Monthly Archives: July 2013

Ludo Pieters: Hot Karma


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Our love affair with music from the Netherlands continues courtesy this smooth funky jazz composition nicely peppered with some old school rap, courtesy Ludo Pieters:

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Mono Disko : Disco Beat


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Max Vender and Baris K. from Gorinchem, Netherlands, who go by the name of Mono Disko have just come out with an absolute belter of a tech house track called Disco Beat. Very fresh, very new and very groovy, this is good enough to turn any surface into a dance floor and your brains into shiny disco balls:

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This Much : Decision/Spiral


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2 lovely tracks from Boston based ‘This Much’ , from their latest EP released earlier this month. Both are melodious, great rhythm, soothing vocals, songs that you can listen to forever. The sound is very upbeat, very bright and generally add that zing to your mood. The first one is Decision, where they deal with the ‘blessing in disguise’ sort of stuff that life sometimes gives us, so that we don’t slack off and do something worthwhile. Very well sung, very well mixed. The next one is Spiral, which I haven’t completely understood lyrics wise, but it sounds great and has a very nice easy feeling to it. I guess I haven’t really introduced the band in my earlier post about them. They are: Terrence Mulhern – Singer/Guitarist/Keyboards/Recording Technician/Mixing Engineer, Denny Kennedy – Drums/Manager, John Stricker – Bass. And finally the songs, which are free to download:

Please spread the word about this very talented band far and wide. Their website is: http://www.thismuchmusic.com/

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D.V.S : Because


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Derek VanScoten, from Brooklyn, USA , has in his own words tried to tresspass into dangerous territory, a.k.a trying to remix a hallowed Beatles’ song. While some purists may have an issue with that sort of thing, if the world operated according to just their whims and fancies, we probably wouldn’t be communicating via this medium right now. I live in a city where the transformation from the old to the new is gradually taking place and juxtaposed amongst monuments of Prussian glory is suddenly something as audacious as the Humboldt Box (google it). And you know what, it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb in the city landscape. If anything, it adds character…Tasteful mixing of the old and new may add a few quirks, provide a few laughs and give things a much needed jolt of freshness, which is exactly what this remix does. It doesn’t try to enhance the old or better it in any way. It is simply an interesting take, a lot of fun and with a unique flavor like a chilli chocolate:

it is a free download too ;)!

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Honey Bones : Dragg


2206_alteshonDavid and Ivan, 2 friends based out of Idaho and California respectively have electronically collaborated to create this masterpiece of a track called Dragg. It is groovy, funky, summery, makes you wanna get up and dance in one second and sit down and reflect about life, universe and everything in the next. Some are scraping it out of their cups, some licking it out of their cones, but none of that matters if you got Honey Bones. I am eagerly awaiting their EP which comes out on July 20th, but until then:

 

 

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Maxwell Demon: Aurora


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A smoother Cobain? A gruff Bono? In his new Album Aurora, New York based Maxwell Demon efficiently traverses multiple vocal and musical landscapes in a lazy, laidback style which really he has so wonderfully made his own. The album opens with a mellow yet slightly upbeat Cross and then moves on to the really mellow track with a very addictive rhythm called Laidback followed by a slightly peppy Ballroom which then gives way to a delightful Interlude. After this the album adopts a borderline psychedelic groove with Deep Mass and Castles before it moves on to the wonderfully melodious, poetic and my favourite track on this album called Mirrorhouse. It finishes with Marilyn, which is very hazy, very doped out and slightly angry. Marilyn leads well into the first track Cross, thus giving a sort of cyclic mood to proceedings, somewhat reminiscent of the ways of Greek theatre. Whether the titular reference is astronomical, mythological or one of popular fiction, is a question only Herr Maxwell can answer, but for me this little gem of an album is that bright light for Maxwell which should hopefully propel him to the greater things that he seems to be so capable of. Without further ado, here are my top picks from the album:





If you like what you hear, the whole album can be streamed at soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/#maxwelldemon/sets/aurora.
Please support his work, share it and spread the word!

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