HELSINKI’S ‘WEEPIKES’ REUNITE!

PRONK ALT-ROCK BAND INSPIRED TO RECORD ONCE AGAIN

THE WEEPIKES CAME TOGETHER AS A BAND IN 1994 AND OVER THREE YEARS PUT OUT A HANDFUL OF RELEASES, ON FINNISH INDIE LABELS SUCH AS BAD VUGUM & TRASH CAN RECORDS. THEIR MUSIC IS THE  TYPE OF NOISE ROCK THAT MAKES YOU ALL NOSTALGIC FOR THE EARLY 90’S, REMINDING YOU OF OTHER BANDS SUCH AS THE PIXIES (CHECK THE ‘WHAT ABOUT’ TRACK BELOW!)

THE BAND LIKES TO THINK OF THEIR SOUND AS A MELANGE OF PUNK AND PROG-ROCK…BUT YOU CAN MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND…DOWNLOAD THEIR TUNES FOR FREE, LISTEN AND TELL US WHAT YOU THINK!

IN 2010 THE BAND DECIDED TO GET BACK TOGETHER, THE LINE-UP REMAINED THE SAME, APART FROM THE DRUMMER. THEY WERE SOON CONTACTED VIA MYSPACE BY NYC BASED PRODUCER, ENGINEER AND LABEL OWNER (SHIMMY-DISC), KRAMER, WHO IS KNOWN FOR HIS PAST WORK WITH WEEN, JOY ZIPPER, URGE OVERKILL AND MANY MORE. KRAMER LOVED THEIR SOUND AND OFFERED TO MIX AND MASTER A COUPLE OF SONGS FOR THEIR NEW PROMO DISC…THE RESULT IS PRETTY GREAT INDEED.

THE BAND HAS YET TO BE SIGNED…STAY TUNED THOUGH, BECAUSE I DON’T THINK IT’LL BE LONG BEFORE THEY ARE….THIS STUFF IS BRILLIANT! 

MORE INFO? CHECK THE LINKS ABOVE.

DOWNLOAD – HERE!

I AM OAK – ‘SKULK’ EP

MUSICIAN FROM THE NETHERLANDS DROPS SECOND RELEASE AND HITS NORTH AMERICA.





THIS EP CAME OUT ON SNOWSTAR RECORDS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR AND SOME HOW I DIDN’T HEAR ABOUT IT UNTIL NOW…WHAT A LOVELY LITTLE EP! 

DUTCH SINGER SONGWRITER THIJS KUIJKEN HAS A REALLY RICH AND BEAUTIFULLY TEXTURED VOICE, THE MUSIC IS CALMING AND REFRESHINGLY SIMPLISTIC…STREAM THE RELEASE BELOW AND GRAB YOUR OWN DIGITAL COPY FOR A MERE 3 YOYOS!

I AM OAK RECENTLY PLAYED DATES AT SXSW AND IS NOW PLAYING CMW IN TORONTO…CHECK LINKS FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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BONUS!!


LIVE VID OF ‘I AM OAK’ PERFORMING THE FIRST SINGLE ‘ON TREES AND BIRDS AND FIRE’ FROM HIS DEBUT LP.

Dub Gabriel (feat.The Spaceape) – Is This Revolution?

THE TIME IS NOW!




DUB GABRIEL DROPPED THIS SINGLE LATE LAST FALL, A HIGHLY BEFITTING TRACK FOR OUR TIMES, A TIME OF SOCIAL AWARENESS AND CONSCIOUSNESS THAT HAS NEVER BEFORE BEEN SO GLOBALLY WIDE SPREAD. THIS DEADLY TRACK FEATURES SOME POIGNANT LYRICS BY NOTABLE UK DUBSTEP MC THE SPACEAPE (KODE9).

Dub Gabriel hits us with his most thought-provoking and subversive tracks to date, highlighting the dilemma facing our global society as people take to the streets striking out against hunger, poverty, war, government corruption and the rise of corporate cultural hegemony.”

ON THE FLIP-SIDE OF THE RELEASE, A CALL TO ACTION JOINT FEATURING ‘THE MIGHTY DUB KILLERZ’…CHECK IT!

MARC BLANCHARD – HYPOTHERMY EP

ELECTRONIC BRILLIANCE FROM FRANCE!




I’VE BEEN SITTING ON THIS SAVAGE LITTLE EP FOR OVER A MONTH NOW… IT DROPPED IN DECEMBER ON THE FRENCH NET LABEL OVVK RECORDINGS AND I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO IT SINCE THEN. I JUST THOUGHT I WOULD WAIT A SECOND TO MENTION IT HERE, AS PEOPLE NEVER REALLY HAVE THE TIME TO CHECK RELEASES AT CHRISTMAS (ME INCLUDED!) AND I WANTED TO MAKE SURE YOU DIDN’T MISS IT!

I WROTE ABOUT BLANCHARD’S FIRST RELEASE, A WICKED 14 TRACK FULL LENGTH CALLED HYDRAPHONY, BACK IN 2010, I DESCRIBED IT AS AN ALBUM “chock full of strange field samples, tinkling piano pieces, airy rattles and clicks“. IT WAS A BRILLIANT DEBUT, AND ONE OF MY FAVES RELEASES THAT YEAR.

ZAP TO ONE YEAR LATER AND THE TALENTED GRAPHIC DESIGNER, ILLUSTRATOR COME ELECTRONIC MUSICIAN IS BACK WITH WITH MORE OF HIS UNIQUE, QUIRKY SOUND. 

THIS NIFTY RELEASE ENTITLED HYPOTHERMY, FEATURES FOUR NEW UPBEAT, EXPERIMENTAL TRACKS AND IS AVAILABLE FOR A PAY WHAT YOU CAN DONATION…HIGH SCORE! CHECK THE TUNES BELOW AND THEN NAB YOUR COPY!

H A Ï R – NEW LP RELEASE ON MENTAL GROOVE (JAPAN)

H A Ï R – ‘GOING ADORE ALLEY’




Haïr (Hate in French) is an experimental electronic and found sound artist, who splits his time between Canada and Switzerland. He has worked on other projects before this release, under the handle HOPEN, and with Berlin based Canadian producer Hrdvision,  working on a more club & beat driven project  called Starting Teeth

Going Adore Alley’ is the debut LP from Haïr and really blew my mind upon first hearing it. This is not a light record, it is an experience, taking the listener on a roller coaster ride of high and low emotions. Dark, deep and atmospheric electronic blips, and glitches, are melded with jarring beats and haunting drones. Voices are sparse, but the few tracks that do feature them stand apart; manipulated voices speaking in french and English. 

The album sports 8 tracks, one of which is a totally bizarre remix of the Phoenix’s track ‘Girlfriend’…really you have to hear this piece…not what you would expect in a million years, wonky vocals and so much reverb, really something else.

The last track on the release ‘Birds are back’ is super cool. Hip hop beats and synths pulse over an old time nursery rhyme taken from a vinyl record…you can hear the cracks and wear…it’s brilliant, and creepy as all hell. 

I think Haïr music  is part of a new wave of artists who are breaking away from traditional song structures and are experimenting with sound and voices in new and exciting way. This music is deep, teeming with different moods and emotions, and highly moving. 

Haïr calls his music ‘End of the World Music’ and I think this term is super befitting. There are also a number of other artists that I feel fit under this title at the moment including – 
It’s not to say these artists are all doom and gloom, but most of them are travelled, experienced and seemingly self realized artists that see the world in a unique and very similar way. It’s also not just about the music…it’s the illustrations and photography, the imagery in their videos the DIY mentality that they couple with their music, that also has an impact and reinforces the EOTW concept…it’s a worrisome world out there, and artists like Haïr give a unique, different and personal perspective on it through striking sound and visuals.

Going Adore Alley’ is the second Japanese focused release in a series put out by Swiss imprint Mental Groove, the first in the series being a release by Sinner DC. There are only a limited number of copies of the release so if you want to nab a copy (there isn’t a digital release as of yet!) you best hit the link below and place your order!

Check the above links for more Haïr info and peep the videos below for more sounds from the new record.

TRAILER FEATURING THE TRACK ‘INDIAN BIRTHDAY‘ –

ANOTHER TRACK FROM ‘GOING ADORE ALLEY’ A LYNCHESQUE PIECE CALLED ‘THE ISLANDS– 


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BUY LIMITED EDITION (ONE OF 100) HARD COPY + FULL JAPANESE RELEASE ARTWORK HERE!

THE MARK INSIDE – FRESH NEW VID FROM CANADA!


Whilst studying for my B.A.A in Radio & Telelvision Arts, I worked at a Music Store in Downtown Toronto. One of the members of this band worked there too, and I went to see his band play many times around the city. They were killer live, and I really couldn’t wait until they recorded a record or released something I could sink my teeth into….I got their debut release and then waited for their second. 

The Mark Inside are passionate, great live and raw as **ck. They’ve been pretty quite for the past few years, Playing the Toronto club circuit and building a fan base that appreciate their musical integrity and drunken gig antics. 

They recorded their harsh form of rock’n rolling music  for their sophomore release, ‘Nothing to Admit’ in the UK. The same producer who has worked in the past with Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys (Jim Abbiss) worked on the release and tried to capture the bands live energy as much as possible in the albums recording.


The band recently released this exceptional video to go with the  dusty western styled single ‘Shots From a Broken Bottle’. The quality of this video is amazing, follow the story of an OCD serial killer as he meets each of his prey….it’s a mini Movie, beautifully shot and excellently casted….

Check the video below and Stream the entire record on the bottom of the lads website – HERE!

Buy LP – ‘Nothing to Admit

The Mark Inside – “Shots From A Broken Bottle” par TheMarkInside

FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP NEWNESS!


BRILLIANT, SMOOTH RHYMES & SLICK FLOWS ABOUND ON THIS NEW JOINT ENTITLED ‘WE ARE’. THE SONG FEATURED IN THE FOLLOWING VIDEO WAS TAKEN FROM THE KILLER NEW RECORD RELEASED BY DECON RECORDS, ‘ THE PROMISE’.


THIS THE FIRST RELEASE FROM FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP IN 10 YEARS, AND IT’S SUPER SOLID. THIS ALBUM LEAVES OTHER HIP HOP RECORDS FLOATING ABOUT THESE DAYS IN THE DUST!! 

LISTEN TO THE TRACK ‘STEP TO THE SIDE’ –

Freestyle Fellowship – Step 2 The Side by DeconRecords


CHECK THE NEW VIDEO FROM THE LA CREW THAT WAS FOUNDED BY ONE OF BLOGGERTRONIX’S FAVE MC’S  MYKA 9 AND ORDER THE RECORD – HERE!

Sweet Canadian Pop! – Christine Leakey & Drew Smith

New Music from the (soon to be) Great White North! 


I have so many music videos to post from the past two months…here are a few from artists based in Canada…brilliant musicians with stunning new videos.
First up… 

Christine Leakey – ‘Lovely’



The following video is for the song Lovely which was taken from the upcoming debut album, ‘Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure’, which is set to drop in January 2012.

Christine recorded the new record in Ontario and LA. It is a labour of love that has taken over 14 years to become a reality, due to the fact that she had an accident that prevented her from playing guitar for quite a while. 

Christine’s music is dreamy and mysterious, without being too whimsical or kitschy. Of special note is her voice, she is refreshingly experimental and her range is killer.

Right now you can order an advanced Special Edition version of the record which comes with 3 extra mp3 downloads , a physical 15 track full length in the mail, plus an original piece of artwork created by Christine herself.

If you are a fan of My Brightest Diamond, St.Vincent, Babel Gilberto or Leonard Cohen you definitely should check her out!

BUY ‘TAPPING TREES IN A TRINKET BOX OF TREASURE‘ – HERE!

Christine also produced and directed this pretty little video. 
Check the above links for more information.

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DREW SMITH – ‘LOVE TEETH’
Drew is another creative hailing from Ontario in Canada, the place appears to be teeming with great artists! His debut record ‘Secret Languages’, is coming out Soon (Check his site for more info).

Drew is definitely one to check out for those who like the sounds created by Cary Brothers, Josh Radin and the like.

Below is the video for the song ‘Love Teeth’, a beautiful track taken from the upcoming release, it was created by the most talented Sohee Jeon.

NEW RELEASE: SON OF KICK (FEAT. RQM) – ‘FROM HERE’

NEW ‘SON OF KICK’ RELEASE FEATURING BERLIN’S RQM




Two deadly forces unite to unleash a slamming track…SON OF KICK once again serves up a tasty batch of bass heavy, glitch glory, couple that with RQM’s signature smooth lyrical rhythms and sweet new singing style and you have something really brilliant.


The ‘From Here’ release features some savage remixes by some top notch international artists. There’s the Dub trippy remix by UK’s Rose Ryot:

Son Of Kick “From Here” ft: RQM (Rose Ryot Rmx) (preview) by Rose Ryot


A Dark and haunting remix by Russia’s Pixelord –


“From Here” ft: RQM (Pixelord Remix) by SON OF KICK


and last but not least, the truely house stylee, get up and dance remix by France’s ‘Night Drugs‘ –

“From Here” ft: RQM (NightDrugs Remix) by SON OF KICK


Buy tracks – HERE
or – HERE!

VIDEOS – NO SURRENDER, SOULPARLOR, BEANS, & ELEKTRISK GØNNER

NO SURRENDER

My fave Brooklyn based electro-hip hop, Afro-punk, glitch-masters (plenty more squirley adjectives where those came from…but I’ll stop there!) are back with a killer, chorus driven, anthem styled Single featuring Tunde of ‘Tv On The Radio’. 

I’ve written about No Surrender a lot over the past 6 years…I’ve been warned about playing some of their tracks on the radio (ok…sometimes they swear…and apparently that’s not allowed! Boo-hiss!) and after the release of their first single ‘Godda Get It’ (produced by Radioclit) have been eagerly awaiting the launch of their debut full length which drops in June!



‘Medicine Babies’ is the name of the record and the following video features the second single from the release, ‘Silver Hall’… thought provoking lyrics supported with this mega trippy video…Check it!

ATT: THE LADS ARE DOING A MINI TOUR OF EUROPE IN JUNE…THEY’LL ALSO BE PLAYING SONAR…CHECK FOR MORE INFO – HERE!

REMEMBER THE TV’S LIEING…
NO SURRENDER – ‘SILVER HALL’ FEAT. TUNDE ADEBIMPE


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SOULPARLOR



Three producers from Germany come together to create some awesome trip-hoppy tunes, their debut record, ‘EVOLUZION’ drops on June 3rd, via (Bloggertronix fave)  ‘Tokyo Dawn Records‘. The album features appearances  by Afronaut, Opolopo, Stan Smith and loads more…Stay tuned and for now peep the video below for the first single ‘Nothing Ever Changes’.

SOULPARLOR – ‘NOTHING EVER CHANGES’ 
(FEAT. JACOB AND THE APPLEBLOSSOM)


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BEANS – 



Here’s the frisky new video (preparing you for the ‘ELEKTRISK GØNNER’ vid to follow) for Bean’s latest single released earlier this month on Anticon. The track was produced by Son Lux and comes from Bean’s fourth record (anticon debut) ‘End It All‘ which came out back in February…

BEANS – ‘BLUE MOVIE’


BONUS!!

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BEANS…


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ELEKTRISK GØNNER

www.facebook.com/elektriskgonner


HAILING FROM ALL OVER THE GLOBE (GERMANY, FRANCE, TORONTO AND BARCELONA) THESE MENTALCASES ARE ALL ABOUT PARTYING HARD AND PUSHING BOUNDRIES…THEIR DEBUT RECORD ‘YER FIRE’ IS JAM PACKED FULL OF ELECTRO-DANCE GEMS & CAN BE NABBED FROM ITUNES – HERE!

THIS SUPER CHEEKY VIDEO IS FOR THE FIRST SINGLE FROM THEIR DEBUT ‘YOUKNOWWHATIWANT’…

BOOBS!

ELEKTRISK GØNNER – ‘UKNOWWHATIWANT’

ELEKTRISK GØNNER – UKNOWHATIWANT from ELEKTRISK GØNNER on Vimeo.