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!
MOTION LINES IS THE FIFTH SINGLE FROM THE NEW LP ‘PERFECT HAIR’, BUSDRIVER’S NINTH SOLO ALBUM WHICH DROPPED IN SEPTEMBER, ON BIG DADA RECORDS.
THE NEW SINGLE IS A WIRED TRACK THAT’S A LITTLE SPECIAL AS WE GET TO HEAR BUSDRIVER EXERCISE HIS VOCAL CHOPS AND THIS FELLA HAS A SMOKING VOICE!
‘MOTION LINES’ IS AS CLOSE TO AN R&B FLAVORED TRACK AS YOU’RE EVER GOING TO GET FROM THIS ARTIST, AND IT IS DEADLY! WITH IT’S SYRUPY SWEET CHORUS, DEEP GROOVES AND HARMONIOUS BACKING VOCALS…THIS IS A JOINT THAT GETS PLEASANTLY STUCK IN YOUR HEAD.
RAYMOND RAPOSA IS BACK WITH MORE HYBRID ELECTRONIC FOLK – ‘DECIMATION BLUES’ LP
Okay, so this album dropped a few months ago, and I should have mentioned it earlier but yeah…life, babies and such happened, and as you may have noticed blog updates have been few and far between….I’m trying to change that though.
So yes, Castanets’ ‘Decimation Blues’ dropped on ‘Asthmatic Kitty Records‘ in mid-August, and I’ve had it on heavy rotation since so I ought to write about it over here quick sharp right?!
What a deadly release! Front man Raymond Raposa has reinvented the Castanets sound once again with this his 6th release. The bands musical style has developed, evolved into something quite unique…a future sound, a space western soundtrack from the future…really experimental and brighter, much lighter then previous ‘Castanets’ releases.
Despite the ominous sounding title there is hope and light in this 12 track record. The album features broad soundscapes, drum machine beats and synth sounds hanging out with haunting analog elements. It is home to everyday life stories, tales of times gone by, with some familiar characters thrown in for good measure. Stories told in the most poignant way, lyrics delivered via Raposa’s signature rusty-croak vocals…Wonderful stuff!
It’s been a few years since TV On The Radio released a record, and from what I can gather by listening to their recently released singles, it’s been time well spent.
The lads are back and in fine form. The new tracks are brilliant, rock-out tightness in full effect. The upbeat racer ‘Happy Idiot’ and reverb drenched, synth joint ‘Careful You’, make me super excited to get this album in my grubby little mitts!
The band are doing a handful of shows in the States and Canada over the next few months…Check out the above links for dates and venues.
If you pre-order the new album now you can get the two new singles ‘Happy Idiot’ and ‘Careful You’ for free –
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…