Monthly Archives: September 2011

Live Review and Interview: Wheatus

Although it was possibly the oddest line-up Dundee had ever seen; Sundays gig at Dexters has to have been the densest crowd I have ever been a part of, and perhaps one of the best…

By Adam Jamieson-Caley
on 30th Sep 2011
in Interviews

Crack in the Replica 1 – Autonomic Movements

Knowing south coast based DJ Replica is like having your very own breakbeat Sherpa. It’s been four years since my feet first started moving to processed beats out of enjoyment rather than necessity, after someone stuck on the Andy C side of a Drum&Bass Arena mix at a house party, but I’m still a distinct, […]

Review: Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune

Oh, Dan. What happened to you? What horrendous, depressing event was inflicted on you in the last few years? In the past, the albums of Canadian folk artist Dan Mangan have hardly been easy-listening, and sure, there was always an underlying sense of sadness to the way that Mangan composed his songs, but it was […]

Review: Into It. Over It. – Proper

Much like their name, Into It. Over It. (or rather, Chicago native Evan Weiss and friends) are a band of two halves. Amongst the boyish excitement and rampant sentimentality of my last post concerning IIOI, I mentioned Weiss’ fitting position on a bill between pop-punkers Grown Ups, and Shoes and Socks Off‘s skewed take on […]

New & MPFree: Shield Your Eyes – Larkspur

Shield Your Eyes are a truly exciting prospect for modern guitar music. Anyone who’s ever seen them ply their fractured (in pretty much every sense of the word) antics live will attest to that. Mainman Stef smashes out seemingly arbitrary lead lines on a busted-up mutant of a guitar, to fearsomely competent beats and skewed […]

By Rob Hollamby
on 28th Sep 2011
in MPfree

Video: Stray Kites – Talking Plaster Walls pt.3

Stray Kites are hands down the cutest duo in music. Whilst on first listen their lo-fi acoustic-driven tracks can appear harsh and slightly grating; with further listens the lyrics begin to speak for themselves and the bond between Junior Roseboro and Max Detrich becomes ever prominent. With this, their first official music video, for Talking […]

By Josh
on 27th Sep 2011
in Music

Introducing: Freakish Atlantic

Hailing from Berlin, self-proclaimed ‘folkwave’ duo Marius Gutowski and Florian Sekula aka Freakish Atlantic have just released their debut EP Siren Songs, five tracks of gorgeous synth driven folk. What’s so fantastic about this EP is the picturesque way in which the songs fit together, portraying the duo as far more experienced than their history would […]

New: St. Spirit – Build A Life / Ferrous Vessel

St. Spirit are hardly reinventing epic indie-pop, yet there’s something rather adorable about these two tracks from the London outfit. Stating one of my all time favourite records as a major influence, in the form of My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless; it’s slightly bemusing then that these two tracks bare very little, if any resemblance to […]

Introducing: The Sayitaints

Flutter; an entirely apt title for the debut track from Baltimore duo The Sayitaints. The beat is sparse and choppy, whilst the vocals hover resplendently over the languid synths, forming an engaging experience. Whilst it appears rooted amongst indie pop influences, with hints of The Antlers breaking the shimmering surface, particularly amongst the vocals, there’s […]

Review: Youth Lagoon – The Year Of Hibernation

It’s always mildly rewarding when a musician that you’ve been tipping for a while breaks into the world of mainstream recognition. Since hearing the two debut tracks from Boise solo sensation Trevor Powers aka Youth Lagoon, way back in May, his debut record The Year Of Hibernation instantaneously became my most anticipated release of 2011. […]

Introducing: Palmistry

It would have been hard not to predict a world where the harsh and stark textures of Lo-Fi song writing, would have at some stage collided with the darkly tinged Rn’B reemergence that we’ve been seeing recently. Releases from How to Dress Well and Apache Jackson, to name just a few, confirmed that these two […]

New: Chad Hagans – Remember to Remember Me

Chad Hagans‘ second EP, Remember to Remember Me, is a subtle display in delicate minimalism. The record features 4 tracks, which more often than not all centre on one or two  melodies. This, combined with the spacious production by friend of the site Erik David Hidde, gives the whole thing a weightless quality, it really […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

Review: Thrice – Major/Minor

Thrice hold a particularly special place in my heart. Around the time The Artist in the Ambulance was released, I experienced something of an adolescent musical sea change, and that record was instrumental in steering me down the route I would take for the next few years. I ended my strict three year diet of […]

New: Evidence – Fame (Ft. Prodigy & Roc Marciano)

The latest tune to leak from Evidence’s upcoming LP, entitled Cats & Dogs, is a classic case of judging a track not necessarily by what it’s saying, but rather how it’s saying it. The track featuring heavy hitters Prodigy & Roc Marciano might not blow boundaries to pieces, it’s boastful and ‘dealing with fame’ pretext […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

New: DannielRadall – To Make You Mine (Feat. Steffaloo)

It seems that everyone wants to work with Steffaloo at the moment. From her work with Chrome Sparks, to her debut collaborative LP under name Toy Camera and finally this new release with DannielRadall, it very clear that the girl has a voice that inspires people. The new single from the two artists takes a […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

Video: Hooded Fang – Brahma

Back in early August I had the pleasure of stumbling across the Toronto-based sixtet Hooded Fang’s sophomore record, Tosta Mista. It was its blend of woozy lovesickRock n’ Roll and good old-fashioned song writing that drew me in so unfathomably at the time. I had moved up north for a few months and frankly, I […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

Introducing: Palm Reader

Two nights ago I walked into the Boileroom in Guildford, on my own, broke, and kind of grumpy. I couldn’t see anyone I knew, so I resignedly leaned against the back wall, as far away from anyone as the small venue would allow. Around then I noticed that there was actually a band standing around […]

New: Friends – I’m His Girl/ My Boo

Unlike some, Friends’ sassy and audacious brand of Rn’Pop wasn’t something that grabbed me from the beginning. Their early tracks, Feelin’ Dank and Friend Crash seemed thin in terms of vocals and lacked that punchy groove that I was looking for. Still, I felt alone, isolated even, so it was a great relief when the […]

By Joel Chima
on 22nd Sep 2011
in Music

Video: Caged Animals – Teenagers In Heat

The video for the provocatively titled track, Teenagers in Heat, by Brooklyn 4-piece Caged Animals has been released onto the web. The video piece directed by Mike McLean, takes the form of a video collage made up of digital projections of the band over vintage footage, all combined using primitive digital techniques. The result is […]

By Joel Chima
in Music

New: Gladius the Fertile – Gladius the Fertile EP

As a release, Gladius the Fertile’s debut EP does its very best to polarise what it means to be a bedroom producer. From the record’s stance on beauty to its epic scope, it pushes more than ever what’s possible from the confinements of a small 4 walled room. The EP that was released today is […]

By Joel Chima
in Music