CASTANETS – ‘DECIMATION BLUES’ LP

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.

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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!

BUY ‘DECIMATION BLUES’ – HERE!

Listen to the track ‘Out For The West’ and check out the simple and yet befitting video for the single ‘Tell Them Memphis’ below –

‘TELL THEM MEMPHIS’

SHANAZ DORSETT (LONDON, UK)

LONDON BASED SHANAZ DORSETT DROPS DEBUT EP  ‘CAKE’

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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!

BUY FULL EP – HERE!

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.

 STREAM CAKE EP –

BONUS!!!

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’  –

DEPTFORD GOTH – ‘UNION’

LONDON’S DEPTFORD GOTH RELEASES VIDEO FOR THE SINGLE ‘UNION’




I CAN’T FIND TOO MUCH INFORMATION ABOUT THIS FELLA BUT HE’S CREATING SOME PRETTY SWEET, CALM AND ATMOSPHERIC TUNES (A LA TORONTO/L.A’S RHYE). 

LO-FI POP IS HIS SPECIALITY, AND LAST YEAR PUT OUT AN EP ENTITLED ‘YOUTH II’. HIS DEBUT FULL LENGTH IS SET TO DROP EARLY 2013 ON MEROK RECORDS.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFO AND CHECK THE ABOVE LINKS FOR MORE SOUNDS!
BUY ‘YOUTH II’ EP – HERE!
BONUS!!

CHECK THIS DEMO FOR A NEW TRACK TO BE RELEASED EARLY NEXT YEAR…SWEETNESS.

HILOTRONS – SHE KNOWS MY CONDITION (PART 2)

CANADA’S HILOTRONS RELEASE VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE FROM THEIR UPCOMING SOPHOMORE RECORD.




OTTAWA BASED HILOTRONS SPENT THE BETTER HALF OF THIS PAST SUMMER RECORDING THEIR NEW RECORD ENTITLED ‘AT LEAST THERE’S COMMOTION’ AT ONE OF THE CITY’S BEST STUDIOS BOVA SOUND

THE ALBUM IS SET TO DROP IN EARLY FEBRUARY VIA OTTAWA IMPRINT KELP RECORDS, AND FEATURES MANY GUEST APPEARANCES FROM OTHER OTTAWA MAINSTAY MUSICIANS INCLUDING LYNN MILES, JIM BRYSON, YELLOW JACKET AVENGER AND MICHAEL FEUERSTACK, AMONGST OTHERS.

IN REGARDS TO THE UPCOMING 11 TRACK RELEASE THE LABEL SAYS – 

Fusing the recognizable influences of HILOTRONS past (Talking Heads, Devo, Talk Talk) with that of electro pop pioneers such as Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush and TV-theme composer Mike Dubue has emerged with a deep, hook-laden work. His best to date.

Commotion is also the most raw and personal album we’ve seen from HILOTRONS. The album’s storyline weaves from heartbreak to reconciliation, through the eyes of those who suffer from personality disorders, as well as their friends and lovers.”

CHECK THIS SNEAK PEEK (FREE DOWNLOAD!) OF A TRACK FROM THE UPCOMING ALBUM, A TUNE CREATED BY BAND FOUNDER MIKE DUBUE AND FELLOW CANADIAN ARTIST JEREMY FISHER – HERE!

THE FOLLOWING VIDEO WAS ORIGINALLY DROPPED ON SPINNER JUST IN TIME FOR HALLOWEEN! THE TRACK IS ALSO FROM THE NEW RECORD, A FUN UPBEAT TUNE THAT GIVES A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE ENERGY THIS BAND HAS…IF YOU GET THE CHANCE TO SEE THEM LIVE DO IT!



DOWNLOAD ‘SHE KNOWS MY CONDITION (PART 2) FOR FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY – HERE!

BONUS!!

LIVE TAKE-AWAY SHOW, SHOT BY BLOGGERTRONIX FAVE VIDEOGRAPHER SOUTHERN SOULS, OF MICHAEL DUBUE PLAYING AT THE BLACK SHEEP INN, WAKEFIELD, QUEBEC.

PERSIAN RUGS (TORONTO)

TORONTO’S PERSIAN RUGS SERVING UP A SLICE OF LOVELY!


This EP dropped in the summer of last year and I was sure I wrote about it….but looking at previous posts it seems I did not….Boo-hiss on my part! 

I recently started listening to the ep again and it features some brilliant, driven, spunky soulful pop. Great melodies and powerful voices…You can download the four track ep ‘Always All’ for a measly 4bucks! The release is also available on vinyl…Do it! 

Last month the band started recording new material…so stay tuned at the above links for release news coming soon.

BLOGGERTRONIX NEWS!

A WORD IN YOUR EAR…


JUST A WEE UPDATE TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT A FEW CHANGES HERE ON THE BLOG… FIRSTLY IF YOU TAKE A PEEK TO THE RIGHTHAND SIDEBAR –
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THERE IS A NEW COLUMN CREATED BY SWISS BASED ELECTRONIC ARTIST HAIIR…THE FELLA’S GOT SOME INTERESTING MUSICAL TASTES, AND OFFERED TO SEND ON SOME PRIME MUSIC PICKS, LINKS, VIDEOS AND THE LIKE, TO BE POSTED EACH FRIDAY. SO BE SURE TO CHECK THE SIDEBAR WEEKLY FOR SOME DEADLY NEW MUSIC!

GOT A SUGGESTION FOR THE SIDE BAR? 
EMAIL US HERE – INFO@BLOGGERTRONIX.COM 

SECONDLY BLOGGERTRONIX FOUNDER LEANDA QUINQUEST (A.K.A – DJ LTRON) HAS BEEN ASKED TO DO A SPOTLIGHT SEGMENT ON ‘SEEKS MUSIC’ NET RADIO FOR THE 64 BAR ORCHESTRA SHOW. THE FEATURE WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE QUARTERLY SHOW, AND WILL ESSENCIALLY BE A SUPER CONDENCED SEGMENT HIGHLIGHTING SOME OF THE BEST MUSIC FEATURED ON THE BLOGGERTRONIX SITE.

WE ARE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THIS SHOW AND INVITE YOU TO LISTEN TO PAST EPISODES OVER ON MIXCLOUD – HERE! 

WE FIRST TALKED ABOUT THE 64 BAR CHALLENGE PRODUCTION PROJECT, SUPPORTED BY NINJA TUNES, LATE LAST YEAR AND ARE HAPPY TO NOW BE CONTRIBUTING TO THEIR SEEKS MUSIC SHOW…THE FIRST SEGMENT BY BLOGGERTRONIX WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE NOVEMBER 1ST SHOW…
STAY TUNED!

NEW GUEST DJ MIX! – DJ JAMBAZ

‘FALL ON ME’ MIX BY GENEVA’S DJ JAMBAZ




WE HAVE BEEN RECEIVING GENEVA’S DJ JAMBAZ’S MIXES FOR SOME TIME VIA A FRIEND, AND REALLY ENJOY WHAT HE IS DOING. RECENTLY WE DECIDED THAT WE’D SHARE THESE AWESOME MUSICAL PICKS WITH YOU IN THE FORM OF A MONTHLY GUEST MIX SERIES. 

JAMBAZ’S DJING STYLE AND MUSICAL CHOICES, ARE AS ECLECTIC AND VARIED AS THE BLOGGERTRONIX SITE IT’S SELF SO ENJOY!

BUT FIRST A LITTLE Q&A WITH THE MAN HIMSELF –

BLOGGERTRONIX: How long have you been collecting music?

DJ JAMBAZ: I’ve been dj’ing since I was about 16. When I was in high school, I had a show at university radio station in the town where I grew up, CFRU in Guelph, Ontario, Canada! I’ve been collecting music, going to shows, traveling the world ever since.

B: Where did your DJ name come from?

J: DJ name comes from a small village near where I now live in the mountains in Haute-Savoie, Switzerland.

B: Do you ever have themes in mind for your mixes or do you just play what feels best sans constraints?

J: These days I tend to make a mix per season, and the environment is reflected in the music (this one was from fall), along with new music that I have found, not necessarily new, but new to me. I love cover songs, but that isn’t really reflected in this mix.
 I also love live tunes, and that comes out a bit in this mix.

B: Where can people find out more about your mixes?

J: Not sure where to point people to for the moment…I’m currently  working on a platform to release my work called ‘radioverte’, it isn’t ready yet though, so for the moment I think bloggertronix is my only outlet!

B: YEEHAW!!

STREAM BELOW & DOWNLOAD FOR FREE! – HERE!
MANY GOODIES IN THE MIX…INCLUDING BLOGGERTRONIX FAVES…BONOBO, TALEN & DEER TICK!

‘FALL ON ME’ MIX – VOL.1 (DJ JAMBAZ)

Flox – Believe
Dany Suarez – Esta Guerra Tan Violenta
Ana Tijoux – 1977
Tiken Jah Fakoly – Marley Foly
Talen – Blaze
General Levy & the PSB Family – Flipping and flapping
Quantic presenta Flowering Inferno – Dog with a rope
Black Dub – Canaan
My heart belongs to Cecilia Winter – I made you a mixed tape (live in studio – Couleur3)
Rachel Harrington – Goodbye Amsterdam
Tripping Lily – Chasin’
Sarah Jarosz – Annebelle Lee
Bonobo feat Andreya Triana – Stay the same (live in studio – KCRW)
Ruth Moody – Nest
Bombay Bicycle Club – Ivy & Gold
Caitlin Rose – Spare Me
Deer Tick – Ashamed
Amanda Merdzan – The last song

IN HONOR OF RECORD STORE DAY – DJ FOOD RELEASE!

APRIL 21ST MARKS THE FIFTH ANNUAL RECORD STORE DAY…

GET OUT AND BUY SOME MUSIC!




TOMORROW IS RECORD STORE DAY AND MANY ARTISTS ARE PUTTING OUT SPECIAL RELEASES THAT WILL ONLY BE AVAILABLE VIA REAL LIVE RECORD STORES! 

I JUST SPOTTED THIS BEAUTIFUL VINYL THAT DJ FOOD IS PUTTING OUT. THERE ARE ONLY 1500 COPIES OF THIS RECORD WHICH SPORT A 17 MIN (AN AMALGAMATION OF 3 TRACKS) REMIX OF ‘THE ILLECTRIK HOAX‘ FEAT. NATURAL SELF, ON A SUPERBLY PSYCHEDELIC MULTI-COLOURED 12″. 

TRACKLIST FOR THE RELEASE:
1. DJ Food & The Amorphous Androgynous – “The Electric Images (In My Mind Never Die) (Radio Edit)
2. “GIANT” (Radio Edit) (feat. Matt Johnson)
3. “The Illectrik Hoax” (2econd Class Citizen “Soft Collision” Remix) (feat. Natural Self)
4. The Illectrik Hoax (A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix by the Amorphous Androgynous) (feat. Natural Self) (17min)



THE ORIGINAL TRACK WAS RELEASED ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO ON ON A RECORD CALLED ‘THE SEARCH ENGINE’ BY THE AMORPHOUS ANDROGYNOUS (A.K.A. THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON). IT’S A WILD SPIRAL OF MOD VIBES, SLAPPY DRUMS, WAWA GUITARS AND RUSTY VOX…
 LISTEN HERE AND TOMORROW GRAB YOURSELF THE NEW RELEASE ON VINYL FROM THE NINJA TUNES SHOP (THEY ONLY HAVE 70 COPIES…SO GET ON IT!)

 

WILLIS EARL BEAL A NEW VOICE OUT OF CHICAGO!

THE DIY MENTALITY IN MUSIC REINS STRONG ONCE AGAIN…

PRESENTING WILLIS EARL BEAL!




AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH BEAL’S SWEET DEBUT ALBUM, ‘ACOUSMATIC SORCERY‘, WAS RELEASED BY NEW YORK, BRONX’S BASED LABEL HOT CHARITY. IT’S A LOVELY 11 TRACK LONG, LO-FI ALBUM WITH SOME PRETTY HUMBLE LYRICS. 

BEAL WRITES AND PRODUCED ALL OF HIS MUSIC AT HOME, USING FOUND OBJECTS, INSTRUMENTS AND A 20 DOLLAR MIC. THE ALBUM WAS RECORDED WHILST HE LIVED IN ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO. WHEN HE FIRST MOVED TO HIS NEW CITY NEAR THE DESERT, HE DIDN’T HAVE MUCH MONEY, A PLAN, OR A PLACE TO LIVE. HE LIVED ON THE STREETS. IT WAS THEN THAT HE STARTED SINGING AND DRAWING FLYERS. AFTER A WHILE HE FOUND A JOB AND BEGAN TO TEACH HIMSELF HOW TO MAKE MUSIC. AFTER A WHILE HE MOVED BACK TO CHICAGO…HIS FLYERS BECAME RENOWNED AROUND THE CIY AND BEFORE LONG HE WAS RELEASING HIS MUSIC WITH XL SUBSIDIARY, HOT CHARITY. 

BEAL DID ALL THE THE ART WORK FOR THE NEW RELEASE AND ALSO FOR THE VIDEO ‘EVENING’S KISS’ BELOW. HE’S A TALENTED FELLA AND SOON YOU’LL BE ABLE TO WITNESS HIS TALENT LIVE AND DIRECT AS HE IS TOURING ALL OVER THE WORLD STARTING FROM NEXT WEEK (TOUR DATES – HERE!)

WATCH THE VIDEOS FOR THE ALBUMS RECENTLY RELEASED SINGLES ‘EVENING’S KISS’ AND ‘MONOTONY’ AND BY THE ALBUMS BELOW – 


BUY ALBUM – 
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BONUS!!
LIVE VIDEO OF WILLIS EARL BEAL PLAYING IN MANCHESTER.

CLEAN BANDIT – TELEPHONE BANKING, FRESH & MOZART’S HOUSE

CLEAN BANDIT SPOTLIGHT!



AS YOU CAN PROBABLY GATHER, HERE AT BLOGGERTRONIX WE VALUE ALL THAT IS UNIQUE AND GENUINE IN MUSIC, LONDON’S ‘CLEAN BANDIT’ COLLECTIVE CREATE JUST THAT. THE GROUP MIXES GENRES (DANCE, POP, CLASSICAL, HOUSE) EFFORTLESSLY, THEY WORK WITH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT VOCALISTS AND HAVE FUN WHILST DOING IT!


THEIR DEBUT EP IS SET TO DROP LATER THIS MONTH, AND ON FEBRUARY 29TH THEY WILL BE ON BBC RADIO 1 


CHECK THE NIFTY VIDS FOR THIER SONGS ‘TELEPHONE BANKING’ (BY CLEAN FILM CO.) & ‘MOZART’S HOUSE, ALSO PEEP THE ABOVE LINKS FOR MORE INFO AS THIS LOT ARE BOUND TO COME OUT WITH SOME MORE DEADLY TUNAGE LATER THIS YEAR….STAY TUNED!

CHECK/BUY THE REMIXES OF THE SINGLE ‘TELEPHONE BANKING’ – HERE!


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BUY MOZART’S HOUSE SINGLE – HERE!