56 posts tagged UK
Hackman Forgotten Notes
“Forgotten Notes” is the perfect bridge song. San Francisco, New York, most of Europe, you know what I’m talking about. If you don’t, it’s not worth explaining. Just know it’s all about the mood. Yesterday Juno dropped the free download to Hackman’s sexy new single to help spread that feeling even further. Of course I snagged it, and you should too.
Get Hackman’s Forgotten Notes 10” single via the always dope Ramp Recordings.
Bondax Wet Summer
In my recent post for Hearing Gold I said Bondax is one of my top five acts to keep an eye on in 2012. Check out their latest (opposite of [banger] because I’m kind of drunk and h8 that word), track, that is everything you would want in a steamy, wet summer jam. It’s super clean, solid productions of electronic music with an arsenal of tricks at their disposal, yet nothing is overdone because they don’t have to, music for anyone that wants to groove to the beat. Memorial Day in the US was begging for this track whether they knew it or not.
Facebook premieres are the new Pitchfork.
I know you’ve been pining for a stripped down, British version of Yeasayer. Just kidding. Except not really.
I go to great lengths to not read pr emails for the simple fact they haven’t done anything for me as a music enthusiast and I am on the internet enough that I will just find it on someone else’s blog. Well I’m actually really glad I read this one.
Multi instrumentalist Adam Weikert shows of his piano and vocal skills at London’s Union Chapel with a stripped down, acoustic emotional take on indie pop. Weikie does not posses a conventional voice, it’s constrained and a bit odd at first listen, but so raw and filled with so much talent, that the outcome is just beautiful.
(p.s. I hear the Tracy Chapman thing, but it’s a dude so it’s not, and I just didn’t want to go there. Just like it for what it is.)
Vanilla Still Love U + Put A Spell On You
Oh my fucking vice. Been listening to this album on repeat for a solid 36 hours and I’m still not tired of it. Like some smokin’ hot mystery woman, I just want to touch and caress every inch and curve of the Soft Focus’ 24 song catalog. Gawd damn.
Get Vanilla’s Soft Focus from his Bandcamp for free HERE.
Disclosure What’s In Your Head (Unofficial Sluts on Parade Video)
Well I guess I’ll go ahead and let the cat out of the bag. Gluttony is the New Black is actually behind this raunchy, attention starved hookers gone wild video. I mean it makes sense right? Hot girls, little clothes, dance worthy tunes, Disclosure, and chicks that heart British boys. I wish I thought of this first. Regardless this video is now the official video of Gluttony Is The New Black and will officially be played on repeat at any and all official and unofficial GITNB social gatherings until the dissolution of such entity. That or they make an even hotter video.
Disclosure’s The Face EP drops 6/4 via Greco-Roman, get ready.
MIXTAPE MONDAYS: Kwesachu Mixtape Vol. 2 (Micachu & The Shapes and Kwes)
Kwesachu Vol. 2 finally dropped last week, and it’s fucking dope. This is the only mix you need right now. I left if up to the artists to describe this project as they say it best, “Kwesachu started in 2008 with the release of the Kwesachu Vol. 1 mixtape: 50 minutes of cassette tape which proved that both artists were a match made in skewed pop heaven, and gave birth to ‘free pop’ – a philosophy of creating popular music that knows no boundaries, shuns no eccentricity and values inventiveness over any kind of rules that have gone before.”
Check the tracklist below and DOWNLOAD the mix HERE.
• KWESACHU MIXTAPE VOL 2 TRACKLIST •
1. HCHMWBIA - ft. Ghostpoet/Grant Armour of CLOUT!
2. Dj Set - Micachu & Kwes.
3. Beast - Raisa.K ft. Evian Cafun
4. Awol - Amen (Micachu & Pete Wareham)
5. Plastic Coins - ft. Speech Debelle/DELS
6. (Ripped) Blossomshoes (excerpt) - w. CLOUT!
7. Visual Mind Control - ft. Speech Debelle
8. Bird Milk - ft. DELS/Bella Wilde
9. So What - ft. Bang On! & Lee Scott
10. Nothing - ft. Tirzah
11. Glub (excerpt) - Dorovio Bold
12. Papertigers - Action Pyramid
13. LGOYH (alt) - ft. Dels/Kwes./Elan Tamara/Hebe Jones/Evian Cafun/David Okumu of The Invisible
14. 7-5 (Change) - ft. Coby/Grant Armour of CLOUT!/Elan Tamara
by Glass Animals
Glass Animals Cocoa Hooves
Pronounced guitar chords shuffle through funk stained vocals that haunt your thoughts with lyrics like “Why don’t you set your wings on fire…why don’t you play with sex and violence?” as they drip through finger snaps and electronic squeaks, a deep bassline that I can’t get enough of, and vintage harmonies that feel like they belong in a 1960s smoke laden club, are all I know about Glass Animals thus far, and that’s fine. I hear elements of RnB, blues, funk, soul and bass all arranged in a completely new way that’s refreshing yet familiar. This track is somethin’ else. I want more.
Glass Animals have more music coming soon via the Facebook page of a label Kaya Kaya Records, so stayed tuned.
Lost and Found (Ifan Dafydd Remix)
by Lianne La Havas
Lianne La Havas Lost and Found (Ifan Dafydd Remix)
Warner Bros has been working up a sweat this year doing everything they can to make sure Lianne La Havas is on your radar. From spending some serious time developing her sound, to signing her up for a month long tour with Bon Iver, making sure she’s mentioned by outlets like BBC and the The Guardian, not to mention the handful of remixes of her songs by the hottest names in electronic, everyone from Shlohmo and Lapalux, to Gang Colours, and now Ifan Dafydd.
I have to admit Ifan Dafydd’s remix is my favorite. Ifan Dafydd is so close to that greatness. He’s a master at minute fine tuning, delicate vocal reworks and arrangements, all while adding subtle twists to give a track a signature Ifan Dafydd sound. I can’t wait to see what he does next. (Actually I can’t wait to hear what Ms. La Havas other tracks sound like as well).
Now all we need is Burial to pop in and complete the series. Who wants to bet me that shit happens next week? Kidding…
One hundred years deep
by Face + Heel
Face + Heel One Hundred Years Deep + Live set from The Boiler Room
These tracks have been floating around the internet for a minute, but Warm Records just made the Soundcloud streams available a few days ago in anticipation of the band’s forthcoming May 7th/10th release. The track above has a more synthesized and distorted version of Niki and the Dove vibe I’m really digging. Their sound starts with a base of electronically fueled beats and production trends, then add 90s-esque pop music elements, smooth jazz subtleties, droned out effects and finally some fantastic live vocals and piano to create an interesting take on emerging genres. This is the next wave of music.
WATCH Face + Heel tear it up during their live set for Warm Records Boiler Room takeover HERE. Their recordings do not do them justice. These kids get down. This live set is something you need to hear to understand.
Pre-order Face + Heel’s No Stars EP via Warm Records, HERE.
Jewellers sound ranges from down tempo “gems” to du-disco glazed pop songs that make heavy use of looped vocals. On “Thirty Six” (which happens to be my favorite track on the album), it washes over you with synthetic purrs and heavy keyboard notes under reverberating looped vocals to create a chamber of sounds that is like a warm summer night.