4 Cities – Highway

Stairway To Sound

Just heard the fantastic ‘Highway’ by 4 Cities on soundcloud. I am blown away by the old school rock sound which has only been heard in fits and starts after the 90’s. A modern day cowboy feeling, with the surreal sounds that only true musical instruments can bring. Electronica has great potential, but digitization can only take you so far.

According to their website: ‘ 4 CiTieS is an indie band. It mixes a very eclectic set of styles from alternative pop, indie, funk, rock and electronic music. At the moment, 4 CiTieS is busy working on the first album release which will be available by the end of 2012.

All songs have been fully created/performed/produced by the singer songwriter Mariano Latorre in his home studio at London, UK during 5 weekends while working as a software developer at Time Out London.’

All I can say that I am eagerly awating the album and wish them all the best

All the songs can be downloaded by providing your email at their website : http://www.4cities.co.uk/

The last few days of Sommer

Although we love the summer in Berlin, the truth is that it is about to end. However, this summer wasn’t short of excitement, colour, verve and all the good things associated with the sunshine. The scene won’t look so bright and happy, as it does in the picture above. But we can only appreciate this due to the dull grey days that will follow soon. Anyway, some late summer love from Patty Kay seems like the perfect way to end the season :


Strange Being – MΔXWELL

Shoegazing Meets Psychadelia

When I read the words ‘Shoegaze’ in the Genre tags, I said to myself : ‘It has been a while! ‘ . Maxwell, a musician from Long Island sent me the link to his album ‘Strange Being’.  After hearing the tracks, I have to say it brings back memories of The Cure and surprisingly, the earlier works of The Smashing Pumpkins from their Siamese Dream and Machina Albums. The sound apart from being mostly shoegaze also incorporates  other sub-genres like psychadelic rock, dreamy-synth and chillout . All this is only the beginning until you listen to the vocals, which are smooth, crip and one of the better voices I’ve heard all year. The melodies are haunting, catchy, and don’t ever jarr your ears by overdoing the distortion effects, which some bands go haywire with these days. The lyrics are well-written, meaningful and stuff you can relate to. To sum it up this is collectively an accomplished piece of work by a very talented musician\song-writer\vocalist. It looks like he is severely underrated\under-valued at the moment and if this were a stock on the stock-exchange, I would pick it up now and enjoy the billion dollar returns later. Ergo, the stuff is legitimately downloadable for free at: Bandcamp (smaller file sizes here) and Soundcloud .

I had a hard time choosing which ones to share as the whole album sounds too good, but here are the Top of the Tops:

Slow Hands – Cameo Culture (Parts of you and I)

Slow Hands is back with as many as 7 new tracks today! Feel like I’ve won the superlotto! I like a lot of music but amongst the digital slo-mo genre I rate Slow Hands as a cut above the rest, like I rate Pink Floyd compared to music as a whole. This time the track that has caught my attention the most or almost is the remix of Parts of You and I by Cameo Culture. Cameo Culture is an accomplished musician in his own right, an Australian Native who now lives in Brooklyn and creates electronic sexiness from time to time. So here it is:

And that’s not all that rocks about the 7 tracks posted today, visit the soundcloud page for many more gems like :

PS: Best enjoyed on stuff that delivers high quality audio like the earphones featured above. Yeah, Dr Dre is paying me too ;).

Heaven, Hell and everything in between

A week or so ago, I was out for dinner with a few friends when I ordered a juicy beef burger. Now, the religion that I belong to ( and don’t follow one bit), disallows eating any beef. So, my friend said: ‘You are so going to hell!’. I smiled then, but it started a few trains of thought. What I felt was, that since there are so many religions and so many different ways to go to so many different heavens or hells (ergo, don’t eat beef, or don’t eat pork, or be vegetarian, or what not), then isn’t it only logical that if I don’t end up in the heaven of my religion, I could potentially end up in some other heaven of a religion, which could be potentially be at some ideological war with mine. Since, as we all know religions are anything but friendly to one another. As, I took a few more bites of that sumptuous burger and let some of the bacon mix with the beef in my mouth to create the taste only the saltines of bacon intermingled with the juices of beef can, I felt buoyed by my quest for and success at science and chemistry respectively. So I began to think about purgatory, or the place where according to some religions a soul is stuck when he is not good enough to go to heaven or bad enough to go to hell. So imagine the horror of a poor biker who belonged to a cult called ‘Hell’s Riders’ or whatever, and they listen to all this heavy metal and tattoo themselves with the number ‘666’ (which incidentally is what my phone number ends in ). Ok, so imagine that this biker gets up there and the authorities say, ‘Sorry mate you aren’t badass enough for hell, so you need to prove your affinity one way or another, by being stuck in purgatory till we evaluate your true path’. What a disappointment of a life it must be for him in that case, right!

Which brought me to my life lesson for the week:  ‘Don’t ever do shit in a half-hearted or a pseudo way! Take a stand, don’t sit on the fucking fence, unless you like others making decisions for you! Start a religion, buy a DSLR camera (which I have been avoiding due to the expenses involved)! Till when can you continue to super-edit pics of lampshades in your house by multiple phone apps, to resemble the masterpiece above , Hic !’

And we also have a song :

Paul kalkbrenner – Das Gezabel

The preview track from Paul Kalkbrenner’s soon to be released album ‘Das Gezabel’ (scheduled for an October release, I guess), came into my mailbox courtesy a digital bundle pre-order on August 3rd. Love the sound and as usual Kalkbrenner delivers with the style, intensity and the Berlinnny/Leipziggy vibe that he seems to master so well. I recommend buying your own digital bundle from http://paulkalkbrenner.net/ to have download access to the track posted below, an album mix and a video of the track. It costs only a euro and 99 cents, so let go of that extra Bratwurst and listen to this: