Monthly Archives: October 2011

New: RIVKA – Sun Shadows

As if you need reminding about Halloween. Call me a muggle, but it’s worse than Christmas for needless celebrating. From having snotty nosed kids in soiled bedsheets knocking on your door, to teenage girls donning miniscule shorts, bunny ears (rabbits are NOT scary) and acting even more frivolous, I’m yet to see the excitement behind […]


By Josh
on 31st Oct 2011
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Video: Gem Club – 252

Following the release of their stunning new LP, entitled Breakers, Somerville’s Gem Club have dropped a video for the penultimate track from the record; the epic five minute ballad 252. Opening in what appears to be a slightly rundown hotel room, the clip is startlingly harrowing, documenting everyday situations in a realistic, yet unnerving manner. […]

New: Washed Out – Call It Off

This new track from Georgia’s Washed Out will feature as the B-side to upcoming single Amor Fati, out 14 November. Continuing very much in the delicate, synth-pop vein of recent album Within And Without, Call It Off is slightly more dance orientated, with even more emphasis placed on the electro inspired hooks and reverb soaked […]

New: Paris, Texas – Am I Deus

Taking their name from the 1984 classic film Paris, Texas, this debut track from the London outfit is a lukewarm chillwave inspired affair. There are times when Am I Deus becomes slightly predictable, and the production on the vocals towards the start of the track doesn’t do full justice to what comes later on. Although […]

New: ethos wolviis – MTV

I am in love. This debut track from New York’s ethos wolviis is about as lo-fi as you’re going to get; but wow, is it beautiful. Mixing the down-tempo production values of Youth Lagoon with the reverb laden surf-pop inspired vocals akin to the likes of Wavves, MTV is a stunning first outing from the […]

Introducing: Skruncha-roo

Skruncha-roo aka Kyle Vento from Houston, Texas fashions DJ Shadow-esque instrumental hip-hop. New track Deer And I uses the sampled female vocals to expert effect, looping them around the simplistic yet addictive beat. The Dilla influences are prominent as well, especially during the mid-section breakdown in Deer And I, yet the track manages to develop […]

Crack in the Replica 2 – Darkstep

Ah, this guy. “I love it” shouts Replica, wildeyed with characteristic puppydog enthusiasm, “when something you’ve heard a thousand times can still sound so fresh in a different listening context.” We’re pushing our way through the doors at the back of Brixton’s O2 Academy, ducking out of Death From Above 1979, and sadly, it’s not […]

Review: Florence And The Machine – Ceremonials

Is there anyone in the entire world more annoying than Florence Welch? From whoring out her soulless wail for duets with anyone able to stump up the dollar, to her aural molestation that disguises itself as a cover of The Source’s 1986 classic You Got The Love, I can’t be alone in wishing the Machine […]

Video: Spring Offensive – Every Coin (Berlin Sessions)

Oxford quintet Spring Offensive have been off touring Europe for the last couple of weeks, and for anyone back home missing the band’s formidable live presence, the lovely people over at Berlin Sessions have filmed a special acoustic version of the mighty Every Coin, from 2010′s Pull Us Apart, in the back of a fast […]


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New: Placeholder – Librarian

Artwork by Michela Heim As much as I claim/insist I’m a fountain of knowledge when it comes to contemporary music, there’s always going to be an artist that makes it literally impossible to know any more than, ‘This track’s pretty dope’. And this track is indeed, ‘pretty dope’, yet it leaves a painfully unsatisfied taste […]


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New: Damu – Don’t Cry in My Bed

Image sourced from TRAFN With the Manchester producer’s debut LP, ‘Unity’, now out and available on Keysound Records, the beat maker has released the LP’s closing track ‘Don’t cry in my bed’ as his new single. Colourful and fragmented, the cut breathes life into a quote, “one thing about music, is when it hits you […]


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New: Polar Dear – Thanatos

After being the first website to pick up on Budapest’s electro-pop duo Polar Dear, it’s great to hear them back with a new song in the form of Thanatos. Again, it’s synth heavy and wonderfully danceable, part Hot Chip, part Bloc Party; surely it’s only a matter of time before more people pick up on […]

New: The Big Pink – Stay Gold (Araabmuzik Remix ft. Danny Brown)

With The Big Pink’s sophomore LP due out sometime in January 2012, the hype train is steadily moving thanks partly to an AraabMuzik remix of their single, ‘Stay Gold’. After the single and remix dropped it all got even better, with a re-cut of the remix surfacing featuring the voice of Danny Brown. The neon tinted slacker […]


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Video: Youth Lagoon – 17

There hasn’t really been an album in the last year that’s as ripe for a visual representation as Youth Lagoon’s ‘The Year of Hibernation’. It started with Tyler T William’s video for the incredible ‘Montana’. The video was at times harrowing, but rather delicately centred around a simple story of a young boy. This fan […]


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New: Escalier – Stillness

Sometimes a piece of music simply comes at the right time, with the quality or indeed cultural relevance of the piece becoming ultimately meaningless. That’s not to say that this new cut of ambient art from Escalier has no artistic merit, for from it, more that its relevance to me is perfectly married to what […]


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New: Gonjasufi – The 9th Inning EP

Last Wednesday we reported on a new cut from the emphatically strange and mysterious, Gonjasufi, and the free EP it was taken from. Well, as reported, the EP has dropped. 4 tracks of new material; not exactly the wealth of music I was hoping from a man that’s been away for so long. Regardless the […]

New: Hunt In Pairs – Slow Dance

This debut track from UK based duo Hunt In Pairs is a gloriously ethereal affair, catching me slightly off guard. Heavily reverb focused, Slow Dance is mirage like in it’s sound, twisting around a dubstep influenced beat and dreamy shoegaze inspired guitars. As described by the tracks press release, teenagers ‘Zan Crabbe and Jake Jubba […]

Video: Dimlite – Fridge Note

It’s news to me, but Swiss producer of all things strange, known to Planet Earth as Dimlite, has been working hard on a third effort, and it sounds like it will be his most complete to date. From this new stuff you can already hear a strong Krautrock style, and the forecast reads strong squelchy […]


By Benny J Keeler
on 26th Oct 2011
in Music

New: Dro Carey – Promothug

The Sydney producer is back on our shores, and he’s refined his sound acutely. There’s some grime styling to this seemingly choppy R’n’B deal. Something about the bass/kickdrum combination that makes me want to scream “instant classic”. But it’s still weird enough for those not familiar with Dro Carey to scream “what the fuck is […]


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Introducing: from the alpine, swim

Ok, so I had my beef with lo-fi. And from the alpine, swim, an as-yet enigmatic pair of sound art students from Brighton, sound like they record into Garageband at best. But instead of betraying an irreverent or even lazy attitude to recording, the hiss and crackle weaves a bedroomy mystery through the duo’s cuts, […]