Chopstick & Johnjon “Closer” EP


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A hypnotic journey, this EP aptly titled ‘Closer’ by Chopstick & Johnjon, transcends your mind closer to the stars while keeping your feet tapping trancily on the earth (for the lack of a more apt word) to its very very organically groovy vibe All thumbs and big toes up for this! We can’t seem to get enough It has been produced by Berlin based label Suol, who have an impressive repertoire.
With New York city’s Ryan Cavanagh aka Slow Hands providing the vocals, the track ‘Catamount’ is a great example of how these two seemingly effortlessly manage to incorporate classy song-writing into a club track
Chopstick & Johnjon always like to show another side of their sound with the last track on their EPs. And this time it is a little gem called ‘Track Of Time’ featuring Larissa Kapp, whose lush vocals on sit beautifully on what is almost a ballad – a ballad with a huge 80s that is.
As just the above mentioned tracks are available for soundcloud streaming, those are the ones that we are posting here, so enjoy and buy the EP for more elation

Bad Reed: Punch It


Punching it with their crushing debut EP are Bad Reed, Costa Chatzis on percussion, Austin Sharpe on bass, Sydney Sollazzo on vocals and keyboards, and Graham Walker on guitars. Hailing from small towns and diverse backgrounds, Bad Reed consists of members with varying music taste. This is evident on the EP as something with as few as 3 tracks manages to cover a wide spectrum of musical styles ranging from jazz blues to progressive rock. We thank our friends at Independent Music Promotions for sharing this with us and you can enjoy it here:

You can follow them socially at https://www.facebook.com/badreedband

Casual Lab: Anis Hachemi – Days like this (Album)


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Anis Hachemi, aka Sin Tek, is back at Berlin based label Casual Lab. He has been busy working on his latest deep house/borderline techno offering which is all the fuel you’re ever gonna need for those groovy all-nighters on the dancefloor at a hip, nondescript club in the capital. Without further ado, here’s a sample of the tracks from the album ‘Days like this’

Rehearsed Living: Time and Space EP


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Sheffield based alternative synth pop sensations Rehearsed Living’s latest EP is perfect for a contemplative session of wrapping yourself in a cozy duvet, sipping that Cafe Mocha and getting lost in the immersive melodies that this beautiful piece of work has to offer. Forget the world, make it your time and your place anywhere:

 

Affairs : Play


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Affairs deal with the complexities that affairs of the heart bring about when companionship devolves into one-upmanship. Solid synth, powerful rendition in a voice that screams melancholy and angst in equal parts, this is a thoroughly engaging single from the Manchester based band who, unlike the theme of the song, seem to be truly United. Play is produced by Suede, White Lies and Pulp producer Ed Buller and recorded at The Kinks’ legendary Konk Studios. Give it up for Dan ‘Scintillating Synths’ Parker, Michael ‘Humming Drums that certainly aren’t humdrum’ Bradnam and Jim ‘Vitalising vocal vibrations’Robinson :

Gudjohr: Zed Songs Part 1 & 2


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Gudjohr, the solo project of the very talented Kips Golden from Brighton, is out with a very promising musical experience to kick 2016 off. Zed Songs, Part 1 and 2 is a collection of songs written by him (and Tor Sanderson and Jack Harvey on a couple of tracks) over the last 5 years, which is amply clear once you listen to them, courtesy the wide range of musical styles and moods in there. You are taken on a beautiful musical journey with beautiful percussion work, moodishly good strumming and peaty vocals which complement the feeling perfectly like a good single malt does. What I especially like is the way the lyrics are written and how themes described in an earlier track are revisited with more evolved emotions, sometimes more obviously intense and sometimes peppered with wry humour. Some of these are works of pure genius like the sample below:
I can fall in and out of style.
In a way that makes you smile.
In a way that makes you mine.
For a while.
No Tears.
Tonight.
Who knew time could be so cruel?

So without further ado, please have a listen and support the artiste by purchasing 🙂

 

Park Planet: Dropping It


Park Planet, a 3 person band from Glasgow, are out with their slickly executed funktronic labor of love titled ‘Dropping It’. The track, which has a sort of ‘letting go’ mood to it, features impressive percussion work, well-executed beat-ups and wonderful switches in rhythm line, thus living up to its name in mood, melody and technicality. The video is impressively cut as well, featuring imagery, ranging from obvious to psychedelic, that beautifully complements the vibe of the song at that moment. Two thumbs up!

PLGRMS: Pieces


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Every once in a while there comes a song that reminds me of that wonderful quote from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ while the protagonist listened to Beethoven’s Ninth: ‘Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now‘. I can’t phrase my praise for this layered beauty of a track from PLGRMS any better, so just listen to it and then listen to it again and again and again:

There is also a video for this track, which I unfortunately can’t access from Germany due to it being blocked by one of the most controversial authorities here ‘GEMA’. A link to the track, should you be located anywhere other than the fatherland:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbTHbErVWV4

A bit of info about the band: PLGRMS is a duo comprised of the talented Australian born, London-based singer-songwriter Toma Banjanin and accomplished Sydney songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Bowden.The track (shared above) is co-written and produced by Jimmy Lyell – one half of internationally-renowned electronic duo Flight Facilities – and also features The Preatures’ Luke Davison on drums.

Vincent Lou : Viral EP


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Piano driven easy-listening pop melodies from Vincent Lou are perfect comfort music for the melancholy associated with the lovely fall. A very talented musician, with a very soothing voice, Lou’s songs are influenced by artistes like Deathcab for Cutie and Owl City. Produced by Bob Hoag (The Format, The Ataris) and influenced by Taiwan, Arizona and breakups, give these well-crafted tunes a try and you won’t be disappointed:

The Unravelling: Master Drone


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Master Drone is an absolute scorcher of a track by Calgary based heavy-metal/industrial rock band ‘The Unravelling’. Symbolic of the internal animal inside all of us that has been in existence since time immemorial but contextualised for this digital age, the master drone signifies a common voice in all our heads programmed by forces beyond our control, consuming us all in our own unique ways. Unleashing this monster with a ferociously dark and very welcome passion is lead vocalist ‘Steve Moore’, who is back with renewed focus after recovering from cancer. He is ably supported by Gustavo De Beauville, who is the instrumentalist and co-founder of this promising metal act. We thank our friends at Independent Music Promotions for sharing this with us. Find out more about this promising duo by following them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/theunravelling

Now get ready to launch into some psycho-analytic head banging: