‘FOREVER ALONE’, GARDENAL FREE DOWNLOAD
Paris based Willie Cortez has been on Bloggertronix’s radar for quite a while, firstly with his project Seppuku Paradigm created with his brother Alex, and then later with his work on horror movie soundtracks ‘Martyrs’ and ‘Red Nights’.
Over the past year Cortez has been working on and releasing new material, including a killer video for the new track ‘Note to Self‘, which is available as a limited edition 7″ single.
This mini ep release is home to 4 tracks that are as raw and real as they come. Recorded in a garden at night time, during a stint in the south of France this summer. Rough around the edges, totally off the cuff and lo-fi, these tunes are lovely…and quite a change from the super produced tracks of his past releases.
Of particular note are the tracks ‘Unfinished’ and ‘About time’. ‘Unfinished’ has a great southern Americana, plod along vibe and sports some deadly vocals that mirror that of Yoni Wolf of Cali based ‘Why?’….great stuff!
‘About time’ features a soft vocal bed that is slowly built upon to hit a roaring solid wall of guitar sound…a throw back to those horror movie soundtracks Cortez released a few years ago.
If you’re a fan of Pavement, superchunk and My Bloody Valentine check this release out…stream or download for free below.
YES! KILLER NEW EP FROM BLOGGERTRONIX FAVE, MC ‘OPEN MIKE EAGLE’!
It’s been a couple of years since we wrote about Open Mike Eagle and his ‘Rent party extension’ EP, so it was pretty exciting to hear this new release and re-discover his brand of smart, fully aware rap.
The six track release is home to some really tight joints, Mikes flow is brilliant as per usual and there is some sweet sampling afoot, particularly the third track ‘Raps For When It’s Just You And The Abyss’ which features the chorus of a ‘Broken Social Scene’ tune.
The final sign off track entitled ‘Ziggy Starfish (Anti-Anxiety Rap)’ was produced by Gold Panda and features his signature glitchy beats and token excitable energy…very cool.
Unfortunately we slept on his full length record ‘Dark Comedy’ released last year (Yeah…I was a new Mama and blogging didn’t happen so much!) but you can check out that wicked release, home to more of the same conscious greatness as the new EP over – HERE!
Buy the latest EP – HERE!
Fantastic collection of meditative pieces, seamlessly put together to make the perfect wind-down mix – ‘Lavender AM’
LA BASED GASLAMP KILLER, PART OF THE LOW END THEORY CLUB CREW, DROPPED THIS IMPRESSIVE FIVE TRACK MIX EARLIER THIS YEAR AFTER HE SUFFERED FROM AN ACCIDENT WHILST RIDING HIS SCOOTER AND NEARLY DIED.
IT’S A TRULY BEAUTIFUL SELECTION, EACH PIECE IS A STORY, ALL SPANNING MORE THEN TEN MINUTES IN LENGTH.
WORDS FROM THE CREATOR – “Lavender AM is the first time that I have ever released selections this close to my heart. This is a mix that represents the inner peace that I have found through my time of healing & meditation. I share it with you now, with the hope that it will bring you all the same peace that it has brought me.”
BUY THE GASLAMP KILLER’S LAST RECORD,
‘BREAKTHROUGH’, RELEASED IN THE FALL OF
ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTAL ARTIST ‘HOPEN’ DROPS NEW FULL LENGTH, ‘XXVI – SUN NOISES’
HOPEN (A.K.A Haiir, the second half of duo Starting Teeth and more commonly Childe Grangier) recently dropped this truly weird and wonderful record late last week on Bern based imprint ‘Everest Records’.
It features a collection of ten pieces that swing the gamut from hypnotic synth drone tracks, like that of ‘Paloma Black Ordax‘, to tracks riddled with dance elements like’Cruising‘. At times there are pieces that are almost cinematic in scope for example the haunting opening track ‘Danse de la réalite de Dakar‘ and the Twin peaksesq ‘Diamonds and Meat‘.
XXVI – Sun noises from ylf on Vimeo.
This is a dark and deep record no doubt, but there is a steady silver lining that runs throughout its core. It’s a brighter and more consistent release then past HOPEN records, home to some really solid and exciting sound stories…
Here’s what the artist had to say about the release himself – “The album is about Montreal and Wakefield, Quebec, it’s about feeling blood circulating again in my veins. About Toronto, Port Louis, Bon Bassin, Africa and Phoenix beers, exploring Highways and roads. Driving through a blizzard, cruising in the Indian Ocean and laying down in the sun, listening to the silence caused by the heat… Imagining the noises of the sun. It’s about being in a taxi at 5am in Berlin alone and dreaming“
BUY AND LISTEN TO XXVI SUN NOISES – HERE!
NINJA TUNES ARTIST ‘TWO FINGERS’ DROPS NEW FULL LENGTH ‘STUNT RHYTHMS’
I WAS WONDERING WHEN WE WOULD HEAR MORE FROM AMON TOBIN’S SIDE PROJECT ‘TWO FINGERS’, I’M NOT SURE IF DOUBLE CLICK IS INVOLVED IN THE PRODUCTION OF THE LATEST RELEASE, BUT IT IS REALLY A BRILLIANT ALBUM.
A HARD HITTING ASSULT ON THE LUG-HOLES ENTITLED ‘STUNT RHYTHMS’.
THIS UK BASED DRUM’N’BASS PRODUCER DOES NOT DISAPPOINT, ‘STUNT RHYTHMS’ IS A CREATIVE, JARRING, CLEVER, BASS AND BEATS DRIVEN RELEASE…SOMETHING YOU CAN REALLY SINK YOUR TEETH INTO!
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR THE SINGLE ‘VENGEANCE RHYTHM’ (WARNING, IT’S HELLAH GRUESOME!) – HERE!
BUY STUNT RHYTHMS – HERE!
CHECK THE TRACK ‘SWEDEN’ TAKEN FROM THE NEW LP –
DOWNLOAD FOR FREE AN AWESOME ‘TWO FINGERS’ MIX, ORIGINALLY CREATED FOR ISAM LIVE – HERE!
DIY VIDEO FOR DOSEONE’S ANTICON DEBUT SOLO RELEASE SINGLE – ‘THY PATTERN’
DOSEONE’S SOLO RECORD ‘G IS FOR DEEP’ DROPPED A FEW MONTHS AGO ON HIS OWN IMPRINT, OAKLAND BASED ANTICON RECORDS. BACK WITH HIS UNIQUE FORM OF HIP HOP, POETRY, STORYTELLING WONDER…THE NEW RECORD IS EXPERIMENTAL AS EVER, JARRING, QUESTIONING, CALMING, STINGING, COMFORTING…EMOTIONALLY ALL OVER THE SHOP….
CHECK THE VIDEO FOR THE SINGLE ‘THY PATTERN’ BELOW THEN NAB YOUR COPY OF THE NEW ALBUM!
BUY ‘G IS FOR DEEP’ – HERE!
CHECK THIS KILLER INTERVIEW WITH DOSEONE OVER AT SPECTRUM CULTURE – HERE!
OTTAWA’S DJ D-MASS DROPS NEW FULL LENGTH ENTITLED ‘GRADUATE’
I have been a fan and friend of DJ D-mass for over a decade…I was super excited to hear he was finally dropping his debut full length and even more pumped when I heard how brilliant it is.
Originally from Bermuda, D-mass has been living in Canada for many a year now. He is a DJ (half of the Production duo The 3%), Producer and remixer. An off-kilter sample master in the vein of DJ Food, DJ Shadow, Kid Koala and many other of the fine folks over at Ninja Tune or Equinox records…his skill is at that level and now it’s time for a little recognition.
The 12 instrumental tracks, on the release sport samples, beats, and some prime scratching. The record was originally started in 2000 but was finally completed in 2006. Back then D-Mass didn’t feel like it was quite the right time to release the record there was an overload of this style of genre-melding sample work in the charts and the scene was over saturated….but more recently he’s noticed a bunch of old skool DJ’s making a return to the music biz with fresh energy and ideas. Now is the time for ‘The Graduate’ see the light of day, and about time too…really, it’s a pretty cool release.
The album features down-tempo, smooth grooves, lots of experimentation with voices (check the track Vocabulist) and beats to keep you locked in, plus nice clean production. Of note are some choice sweet and yet simplistic vocals on the first track by guest vocalist, indie roots singer Andrea Simms-Karp, who is also based in Ottawa.
Check out ‘The Graduate’ for yourself…stream it below and then nab your copy!
On Saturday he will be playing Montreal’s ‘Under Pressure’ Festival – INFO!
BUY DIGITAL ALBUM (PAY WHAT YOU CAN) – HERE!
BUY LIMITED EDITION HARD COPY – HERE!
EIGHT POEMS BY JOHN WILLIAM CARROLL, SET TO MUSIC BY
NEW YORK’S REUBEN BUTCHART
I USED TO PLAY REUBEN ON MY RADIO SHOW BACK IN THE DAY, I ENJOY HIS UNIQUE VOICE AND IMPECCABLE RANGE. HIS REFRESHING BRAND OF JAZZY FLECKED CHAMBER-POP IS SHOWCASED WONDERFULLY ON HIS NEW RELEASE ‘NAMELESS AND AWAKE’ WHICH I RECEIVED A FEW MONTHS AGO –
THIS IS BUTCHART’S THIRD ALBUM, AND WAS CREATED BY THE COMPOSER, SINGER & SONGWRITER HIMSELF, WITH THE HELP OF 8 OTHER MUSICIANS DURING THEIR RESIDENCY AT THE ROBERT WILSON’S WATERMILL CENTRE, JUST OUTSIDE LONG ISLAND, NY.
THE BEAUTIFULLY WHIMSICAL AND IMAGE EVOKING WORDS, SUNG BY BUTCHART FOR ALL EIGHT SONGS, ARE INFACT POEMS WRITTEN BY AMERICAN POET, JOHN WILLIAM CARROLL.
BUTCHART ALSO DESIGNED AND ILLUSTRATED A BOOK WHICH IS HOME TO SOME LOVELY DRAWINGS, COUPLED WITH THE WORDS OF THE POEMS FOR EACH TRACK.
PRE-VIEW THE BOOK – HERE!
FOR MANY YEARS BUTCHART HAS PLAYED SOLO IN NEW YORK, BUT HE ALSO SPENT TIME PLAYING PIANO WITH ‘ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS‘. HE HAS ALSO COMPOSED MUSIC FOR DANCE AND FILM.
ABOUT HIS STYLE OF SOULFUL, ORCHESTRAL-POP, SHARA WORDEN OF MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND SAID IT – “…dances with classical and jazz styles in one sweeping gesture, at once earthly and ephemeral.”
TAKE A LISTEN TO THE ALBUM AND BUY BELOW!
BUY ALBUM & LIMITED EDITION BOOK – HERE!
BRIGHTON’S ‘ALPHABETS HEAVEN’ SET TO RELEASE FULL LENGTH IN MAY.
THE SOPHOMORE ALBUM FROM ‘ALPHABETS HEAVEN’ IS SET TO DROP ON MAY 1ST VIA BRITISH COLOMBIA, CANADIAN IMPRINT ‘KING DELUX’. THE RELEASE IS HOME TO 7 TRACKS FEATURING AH’S UNIQUELY TRIPPY, ATMOSPHERIC, ELECTRONIC TUNAGE; THINK REVERB SMOTHERED BROKEN BEATS AND TASTY SYNTH SOUNDS.
EARLIER THIS YEAR HE INDEPENDENTLY PUT OUT A CASSETTE TAPE ONLY RELEASE CALLED ‘ROSEWATER’, A THE HOME FOR THREE AMAZINGLY AWESOME TUNES…ORGANIC, WARM, ELECTRONIC MUSIC…CUE TAPE HISS HERE…BRILLIANT.
CHECK OUT THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THE NEW RELEASE (4TH TRACK ON THE ALBUM) AND A SWEET LITTLE REMIX OF A TUNE CALLED ‘WOMAN’ BELOW. OH, AND BE SURE TO HEAD OVER TO THE LABELS PAGE TO NAB THE RELEASE ON MAY 1ST!
‘WOMAN’ (OVER THE MOON RMX) BY BERLIN’S ROBOT KOCH –
VIDEO FOR ALPHABETS HEAVEN TRACK ‘SQUUUAARES’.
SELF PROFESSED POST-WHATEVER BAND, DROP A GEM OF AN ALBUM & HIT THE ROAD.
IN THE PAST I HAVE WRITTEN ABOUT BERLIN BASED EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONIC ARTIST pOnk, WHO ALSO HAS A NIFTY PROG-ROCK (FOR WANT OF A BETTER WORD!) BAND, BASED IN BERLIN CALLED ‘mOck’. I MANAGED TO SEE THEM LAST YEAR AT A CLUB IN BERLIN, BUT THE SECURITY NABBED MY CAMERA SO I COULDN’T TAKE ANY VIDEO…BOO-HISS!
THE BAND KICKED ROYAL ARSE DURING THE SHOW & I BECAME HOOKED ON THEIR HYBRED FORM OF EXPERIMENTAL MATHROCKY, PROG-ROCKY GOODNESS. AS A RESULT I WAS HAPPY TO HEAR THAT EARLY LAST MONTH THEY RELEASED THEIR FIRST ALBUM VIA ‘I LOVE TO HATE RECORDS’.
FAVE TRACKS –
I HAVE BEEN ON A BIT OF A NOSTALGIA TRIP OF LATE, MISSING THE MUSIC OF YORE… REAL TUNES, PLAYED WITH REAL INSTRUMENTS FOR A CHANGE…LISTENING TO OLD FUGAZI, SONIC YOUTH, TORTOISE AND WOODEN STARS (YES, I USED THOSE BANDS IN THE SAME SENTENCE!), AND THIS BAND FIT THE TICKET. EMBODYING THE SPIRT OF WHAT INTERESTED ME A WHILE BACK…NICE ONE LADS!
ACTUALLY, THE 16 TRACK RECORD WAS MIXED BY JOHN McENTIRE THE DRUMMER FOR TORTOISE, WHO RUNS THE SOMA STUDIOS IN CHICAGO. IT IS A MUSICALLY PLAYFUL RELEASE, THAT IS HOME TO SOME DARK LYRICS. DEFINITELY AN ALBUM TO CHECK OUT!
THE LADS JUST FINISHED A EUROPEAN TOUR WITH CHICAGO’S MOST WONDERFUL VICTOR VILLARREAL WHO HAS ALSO PLAYED WITH JOAN OF ARC. THEY ALSO RELEASED A SPILT 7″ WITH HIM VIA JOYFUL NOISE RECORDINGS (BUY IT HERE!)
RECORDING OF THE ALBUM ‘mOck’…