One of the most important pieces of music for this year! It signifies hope, change, world domination and more importantly ‘the spirit of experimentation’. SoDown’s teaser track for their soon to be released EP ‘A Sudden and Drastic Change’, is our final track for 2012! Hope you all have a kickass celebration and a great new year! Mix some chemicals, fly some sparks, effect some reactions, and drink lots of beer! In the meantime, just push play:
The band is from Boulder, USA and can be followed on facebook, in case you would like more soundbytes like the one posted above: https://www.facebook.com/sodownbassmusic
Sometimes things fall into place, like Jameson and Gingerale! And some rhymes sound asinine, like the one you heard in the last line! However, the point is that some combinations work well! Our ‘band of honour’ for the day is the collaboration of Young Piff and Sandor. Young Piff is a producer, rapper, songwriter and hold your breath ‘an engineer’! 4 years of science to become an artist! Happens more often than you think! Yours truly here also labored through 4 years of electronics engineering to work on something completely unrelated! Anyway back to the artiste info; He was born in Nassau, Bahamas and except for the engineering degree, he seems to be self taught in the other areas of his expertise. His actual name is David Darville. His partner in crime on the latest compilation mixtape is Benjamin Hamilton aka ‘Sandor’. I have no further information on Sandor as of now but my usual outsourcing partners: the Interpol, Scotland Yard, CIA and Mossad are working overtime to help me get a better understanding about him. I promise further information once I receive it!
As for the music, it is space altering, time numbing, easy vibed hip hop. I haven’t heard anything of the sort, so comparisons are difficult. So please listen to a few samples yourselves and form your own independent opinions for a change:
If you like what you hear check out their website: http://www.youngpiff.com/. From there you can choose your preferred web 2.0 method to follow them. Cheers!
Boston based Indie Rock is the flavor for the last couple of days as far as I am concerned. The very promising ‘This Much’ sent across the links to their 2 track EP . We are very impressed with what they have created already and the promising potential they have displayed in these two tracks. The sound is melodic and mellow on the lines of Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and others of their ilk. Without further ado, here are both the tracks for your listening pleasure:
If you like what you hear, please spread the word and help ‘This Much’ have a great remainder of this festive season and a fabulous 2013. Cheers and best wishes as always!
What would I give for conditions resembling the above? With sub-zero temperatures being the regular order of the day, ideas such as parallel universes, time travel, alternate realities and the like seem all the more enchanting. We cannot change the hand that we are dealt, but we sure can bluff ourselves to a false sense happiness. So with the heaters on at full blast and with a cup of hot cocoa in my hands, I choose to numb my mind and drift into dreamt up sunscapes by listening to:
If easy listening is your stimulant for these times, you can stay updated with more of the like at:
We have been hibernating for the last few days without warning. However, we are back now and hope to be as regular as we normally are with the posts. With the festive season already in our midst, a kid Santa of the kind shown in the video shown above seems to be the most appropriate way to start the proceedings. I loved the video and the song and hope you enjoy them too.
A little bit about the band Camera2: ‘Brooklyn foursome Camera2 is made up of producer-songwriter-vocalist — Andy Chase (Tahiti 80/Juliana Hatfield/Smashing Pumpkins), guitarist — Michael Jurin (Stellastarr*), bassist — Aric Gillis (Teenage Kick) and drummer — Mike Williams (Teddybears). The band came together in mid-2012 and soon after completed an album Andy wrote and produced in his home studio with co-production by Blondfire’s Bruce Driscoll. Camera2 is a decidedly new direction and a departure from the sounds of the previous projects for all the members who have now stepped into a harder hitting, darker, upbeat and more electronically driven indie-universe’
If you like what you here you could follow them on soundcloud after invoking your inner Sherlock to cleverly decrypt the link below:
Or if video has already killed your radio star, they also have a youtube channel.
A couple of weeks ago, we introduced the very funky record label ‘Casual Labs’ from Berlin and vouched our admiration for what they do. After a bit more follow up on their work, we discovered that this is the brainchild of the very talented musician A.N.I.C.E who also hails from this wonderful city. Her myspace page for a bit more info: http://www.myspace.com/anicemusic
Casual Lab have announced their last EP for the year (To be released on December 21st). Titled ‘Various Artists – Casual Lovers’ it features A.N.I.C.E’s deft magic on all of the tracks and also other wonderful musicians like Mike Starr and Lars Neubert. We hope to hear more from the stables of Casual Labs all through next year and wish all involved a very Happy New Year!. Here come the samples from this truly enchanting EP:
A peppy riff, action sport friendly vibe, perfect blend of electronica and guitar: 4 Cities are back with their smashing new single ‘Games’. All I can say is ‘It was worth the wait’. A nice funky 70’s vibe with the aid of modern technology and a a touch of the 90’s in the vocals. Have fun and dance and own your world:
Drull, the very talented Chillwave duo from Philadelphia, have come out with a video for their latest single ‘Crimson’. It is a superbly shot video, focussing on the details that go unnoticed in every nano second. Watch it yourself, to draw your own conclusions:
I had the privilege to listen to their earlier work and was particularly impressed by their album ‘Hear No Evil’. It creates certain emotions or experiences in some part of your cognitive/neurological system and then like a domino effect, it envelops your system as a whole. Every track is an experience, and the sounds play on each other and with other in words I cannot describe. It just tends to make you fade out into oblivion till it lasts. Have a listen to some sample masterpieces yourself:
They have also been receiving some publicity in recent international music press and I wish them all the very best. If you like what you hear and see, you can follow them on Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/drullofficial or on Bandcamp: http://drull.bandcamp.com/album/drull. And if you are more into visuals then you can also follow their youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/DrullOfficial
After a while, you feel the need to get back to basics, i.e. crisp sounding instruments, perfectly suited vocals, catchy tunes and relatable lyrics. Andrew James and The Steady Tiger, an indie-folk-acoustic band from Cape Town South Africa, offer just that at a production quality which is so high, that it might adversely impact their touring prospects. They have an album out and it is awesomely titled: ‘Red in Tooth and Claw’
A bit about the band: This is a collaboration between Andrew James (guitar & vocals)and James Van Minnen “The Steady Tiger ” (drums & percussion). It was recorded during 2011 in the Knysna forest on the south coast of South Africa. Their bandcamp page also says: As far as possible, we set out to capture the integrity of our live sound; the elusive dialogue between two musicians in a room
While these are the main guys, there are more members who add certain vital inputs to their music and the details for the same can be viewed here. For me, the sound is blend of what you would get if John Butler Trio and Newton Faulkner played together. Now the music:
If you like what you hear, don’t forget to check out/purchase their work at bandcamp and view their website. You can also follow them on facebook or soundcloud (with a name like that they should be , if nothing else, easy to find)
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