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.
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!
WE FIRST HEARD SHANAZ’ LOVELY VOCALS ON THE NEW SINGLE ‘BUS’, A TUNE RECENTLY DROPPED BY ONE OF BLOGGERTRONIX’ FAVE LONDON BASED BANDS BENIN CITY. THE TRACK IS ON THE BANDS NEW EP ‘MIDNIGHT MALARKY’ WHICH DROPS TODAY!
SHANAZ’ CAKE EP WAS SELF RELEASED EARLIER THIS YEAR VIA SOUNDCLOUD. ALTHOUGH IT IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD YET. THE EP FEATURES THREE LO-FI SUPER STRIPPED DOWN TO THE BASICS SOULFUL TRACKS. THE MUSIC PERFECTLY CUSHIONS HER DELICATELY SMOOTH R&B VOCALS, ECLECTIC ENOUGH TO HOLD YOUR ATTENTION AND YET STILL LEAVE THE VOICE FRONT AND CENTER…. LOVELY STUFF!
FOR MORE INFO CHECK THE ABOVE LINKS.
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VIDEO OF SHANAZ AND THE BENIN CITY LADS PERFORMING THE SINGLE ‘BUS’ A FEW WEEKS AGO, AT LONDON’S BEST LITERARY CLUB NIGHT ‘BOOK SLAM’ –
WE’VE BEEN FOLLOWING ‘YELLOW JACKET AVENGER’ FOR THE PAST DECADE OR SO AND DURING THAT TIME HE HAS INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL, ALBUMS, SINGLES, COVERS…HIS BRAND OF EXPERIMENTAL RAW POP-ROCK, FEATURING HIS UNIQUE WARBLING VOCALS IS SUPER REFRESHING…AND YET UNDERSTATED. THIS FELLA TENDS TO PUT RECORDS OUT WITHOUT A SONG AND DANCE, AND AS SUCH, NOT MANY PEOPLE HAVE HAD THE LUCK TO HEAR OF HIM… TIME FOR THIS TO CHANGE!
ORIGINALLY FROM OTTAWA HE NOW CALLS MONTREAL HOME…HE TENDS TO TOUR OFTEN ON THE EAST COAST OF CANADA SO CHECK THE LINKS ABOVE FOR UPCOMING DATES IF YOU’RE IN THAT AREA.
LAST YEAR HE RELEASED A NINE TRACK LP CALLED ‘BRANDEN TOWN’ (CHECK VIDEO’S BELOW) AND AS OF APRIL RELEASED ANOTHER BRILLIANT OPUS CONSISTING OF 20 TRACKS RECORDED BETWEEN 2002-2003 IN HALIFAX….THE RECORD IS CALLED ‘BLOOMFIELD’ AND IT IS A TRULY GREAT RELEASE…SERIOUSLY, WHY DON’T MORE PEOPLE KNOW WHO THIS GUY IS?!
QUOTE: Jim Guthrie – “All of his albums are amazing. Great songs, amazing and imaginative recordings and incredible arrangements. Favorite track: Emergency (v.1).”
STREAM AND BUY ‘BLOOMFIELD’ (LP) –
STREAM AND BUY ‘BRANDEN TOWN’ (LP) –
WATCH VIDEO’S FOR BRANDEN TOWN’S FIRST TWO SINGLES ‘GRAVITY’ & ‘YOU CLAIM ME’ BELOW…
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.”
I first saw London’s Ebony Bones perform live at Brooklyn’s ‘Southpaw’ back in 2009 in support of her debut record Bone of My Bones. She was an exceptional performer, fierce, colorful and exuded a punk rock attitude that floored everyone in the place…the audience was thin, but she rocked that gig like a stadium performance a true professional. Apparently in a past life she was a theatre performer and worked in a soap opera until 2005, this woman knows how to work a room and fortunately has the pipes and writing skills to support her steez.
I was wondering what she has been up to over the last few years and was happy to see this new release from this most talented producer/artist.
Ebony Bones grew up in Brixton she was born into a Caribbean family, and spent her childhood working with her father in the market selling vinyl, a fine base that made for her eclectic musical education.
‘Behold, a Pale Horse’ is a solid gem of a record from start to finish, really…it blew my socks clean off and to be honest that’s a lot considering I’ve not been too impressed with a lot of music out there at the minute (have you noticed a lull in my blog posts…yeah..well….nuff said about that!)
The album is home to 12 tracks and has a super dark and apocalyptic vibe in sound and lyrical content…electronic beats rub shoulders with punk guitar riffs and don’t even get me started on the samples!! The Morrissey cover (What Dfference Does It Make) featuring ‘The New London Children’s Choir’ and ‘The Warriors’ cult classic film soundtrack sample kill!! Got to love this woman!!
The release also sports guest appearances by Mechanical Elephant and The Mumbai Symphony Orchestra….wonderful sounds abound.
The Whole record was produced, written and arranged by Ebony Bones at YRF studios in Mumbai, India.
CHECK OUT THE ‘ILLUSION MIX’ BY EBONY BONES CREATED FOR THE OKI-NI MIX SERIES. IT’S ALSO HOME TO FOUR TRACKS TAKEN FROM HER NEW RECORD, AS WELL AS SOUNDS FROM DANIEL JOHNSTON, CROOKERS, NIGHTCRAWLERS AND THE CURE, AMONGST SHINING OTHERS…FANTASTIC STUFF!
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‘.
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“
CHECK OUT THE LATEST SUMMER MIX FROM NYC CLOTHING AND LIFE STYLE POWERHOUSE MISHKA!
The new mix features, according to Mishka, your new favorite rapper, that you’ve never heard before ‘Spark Master Tape’.
The whole mixtape/album was produced by Paper Platoon who also produced ‘Spark Master Tapes’ debut full length ‘Syrup Splash‘, which is a solid and uber trippy release unto its own.
Download the ‘SWOUP SERENGETI’ mixtape for free below and check out the Official video for the track ‘Half of Nepal’ taken from the new mix…Expect more goodness from this duo by the end of the year…love it…Chopped and screwed vibes, sick beats and just plain eclectic as all hell!