Sillyboy: Stalker

During the glorious summer of 2012, when we started with this website, one of the first bands that we featured that made a profound impact on us was Sillyboy. Based out of Athens, Sillyboy’s dazzling incorporation of diverse musical styles under one umbrella in their first album ‘Nature of Things’ had us stoked for good reason. Every song was a masterpiece, which is rare for any album featuring more than 5 tracks and Nature of Things had double that number. They seem to have only gotten better while maintaining this knack of 100% song brilliance in their new album Stalker. The album deals with a controversial subject in a very interesting way, best described as easy going obsession and attempts to reveal an alternate point of view, subtly goading us to refrain from naively painting every action in black and white. In short, this album is a grey zone ‘Tour de force’, Bowie meets Depeche Mode, and I urge you to listen to it, spread the word, buy it ( and make Sillyboy rich. Until that great purchasing decision that you absolutely will have to make, please enjoy the tracks here:

Baby Guru: Marginalia

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Our friends from Greece, Inner Ear records, have forwarded us the latest album of Baby Guru titled Marginalia. This comes a year and a half after the highly regarded and positively reviewed ‘Pieces’. In that time, the band, comprising Prins Obi, King Elephant and Sir Kosmiche, have largely been playing live and travelling around the mediterranean and the rest of the world, to get their creative juices flowing and have worked on expanding their margins and pushing their boundaries for this superb and ambitious release aptly titled ‘Marginalia’. With the help of the band’s unofficial fourth member (Christina) they attempt to fuse high quality pop with synthesizer music and riveting grooves. The album was mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound, New York. 11 tracks create a cohesive whole, brimming with lyricism, electrifying, atmospheric sounds and irresistible hooks. The Album is available for purchase on itunes and an absolute scorcher of a sample track to give you a flavour of what to expect: