Monthly Archives: November 2011

Introducing: Nately’s Whore’s Kid Sister

If there’s one way for a band to endear themselves to an obsessive bookworm before said bookworm has even heard a note from them, it’s by naming themselves after a relatively minor character in some work of literature or other. And while this particular bookworm had heard Fix My Corrections, penultimate track from Nately’s Whore’s […]

New: Orca Orca & QUALMS – When The Sun Comes Up / Ghost Bones

Split releases can be rather self-indulgent at times, especially when acts simply stick a couple of previously heard tracks onto a vinyl alongside efforts from one of their friends. Luckily, with this new release from Orca Orca & QUALMS, that’s certainly not the case. Having ‘introduced’ Orca Orca a couple of months back, it’s great […]


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on 28th Nov 2011
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Introducing: Blaenavon

These six demos from UK trio Blaenavon are some of the most promising tracks I’ve heard in a while. The variety and songwriting prowess that they display elevates them far above being ‘just another indie act’, even if the raw production on the tracks is far from squeaky clean. One act who clearly influence the […]

New: Lazer Sword – Sounds Sane / Klock

You might have heard of these dudes before. Spawned around the San Francisco Bay, Low Limit from Portland, Oregon (who has since been a Brainfeeder favourite) and Lando Kal (who moved to New York, now Berlin) formed as one under the name Lazer Sword. They’ve released a split 12″ on Glasgow’s Numbers label, and an album […]


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New: The Distnce – After The War

It’s been a couple of months since we last heard from LA’s The Distnce; when I first posted about him I couldn’t find out much/any information, however since then he’s revealed himself as James Lucas. Granted, one name isn’t much to go on, but it’s a start. With After The War, the third track from […]


By Josh
on 26th Nov 2011
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New: Taneli – Positivity

I’ve had this track on repeat for pretty much an hour now, so it only seemed fitting that I wrote something about it. Hailing from Preston, Taneli is an 18 year old Music Production student, and Positivity appears to be his debut track, as such. It’s soulful and danceable in a way that would make […]


By Josh
on 25th Nov 2011
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New: Black Star – Fix Up (Prod. by Madlib)

Hell yes! Some of you may remember that last month, Mos Def (now calling himself Yasiin Bey) and Talib Kweli came back with new Black Star material with production from the purest of geniuses Madlib, debuting it live on US late-night chat show The Colbert Report (with help from J Rocc). Well now that tune, which […]


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New: Flatsound – Broken Down Shell

Vaguely obscure but criminally underrated artist? Check. Gritty, lo-fi production? Check. Heart-wrenching, emotionally distraught lyrics? Check. Flatsound, you know me too well. Having released one of my favourite albums of the year in the form of I Clung To You Hoping We’d Both Drown, Flatsound has dropped new track Broken Down Shell as a free […]


By Josh
on 24th Nov 2011
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Introducing: Secret Connection

Now I’m not normally one for ‘NME definition indie’ acts, yet Toronto’s Secret Connection are so delightfully energetic that it’s impossible not to like them. Sure, they aren’t pushing the boundaries sonically, but their tunes are so damn catchy that they don’t need to be trying anything contrived or verging on pretentious. Their debut EP […]

New: Warm Speakers – Youth

This new track from NY’s Warm Speakers is rather fitting for current weather conditions, with the summer well and truly behind us, and shorter days and colder mornings beginning to kick in, Youth acts as a sort of Autumn-comedown. If you had to stereotype, it’d probably fall under the glo-fi genre, yet the last minute […]

New: Dâm-Funk – I Don’t Run Wit’ No Cliques

For a man like Dâm-Funk, funk comes naturally, and music comes after. In these days of people using the word ‘swag’ incessantly, it’s nice to know there are still cool cats about who don’t rely purely on rap music. This kind of West Coast funk is scarce these days, and it does seem Dâm-Funk is […]


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Video: Echo Lake – Buried At Sea

Shot off the coast of Spain and directed by Natalia Stuyk, this new video from Echo Lake is a beautifully edited piece of work. The idyllic yet slightly cliched settings and seductive imagery are complimented by the colour scheme, focusing on drowsy blues and organic greens. The track that accompanies the clip is a shoegaze/chillwave […]


By Josh
on 23rd Nov 2011
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Introducing: Cape Canaveral

When CitR first started way back in April 10, someone pointed out to me that the abbreviation was also shared with that of J.D. Salinger’s classic Catcher in the Rye. I mention this because it appears that Copenhagen’s Cape Canaveral also have a love of the late writer, naming their new EP after Holden Caulfield, […]

New: Stay + – SCUM

I don’t think anyone really knows what the hell is going on with Stay + / Christian AIDS / whatever you want to call them. With rumours circulating about the Manchester outfit, and them choosing to remain behind a veil of secrecy, there was only one thing for them to do… um… drop a brand […]

Introducing: The Soft

Suffolk’s The Soft have set the blogging community alight in the space of a couple of days. The trio comprised of Henry Morris, Zander Fletcher and William Glass released their debut EP Hot Summer yesterday, and it’s already been on the receiving end of rave reviews. With it’s otherworldly sounds and organic ambient nature, it’s […]

New: Calyx – Reaction Time (Daedelus’ Pacific Juke Remix)

Everyone seems to be pushing the Chicago juke/footwork thing these days. Ever since Addison Groove (aka Headhunter) and Pearson Sound (aka Ramadanman) were on it, producers all over have been championing the sound – also with great thanks to labels like Planet Mu. It’s become a worldwide and genre-spanning interest, and some producers like Philip D […]


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New: Death Rattle – The Dig

Death Rattle is such an awesome name for a band. Defined as ‘a medical term that describes the sound produced by someone who is near death when saliva accumulates in the throat’ it brings about dark, fairly violent connotations, and certainly bodes well for the music, in my mind. London duo Helen and Chris Hamilton (ex-That […]

Album Review: Los Campesinos! – Hello Sadness

It is unusual for Crack in the Road to have ignored an album such as Hello Sadness for so long after its release, 2 weeks ago I believe. However there is a good reason for this, its pretty mediocre…

New: Machinedrum – SXLND

As if Machinedrum couldn’t kill it any more this year. The Brooklyn producer released Many Faces last year on LuckyMe, announcing his comeback and cementing him as a significant face on the bass scene. Then he only comes and releases a terrifyingly top-marks album on Planet Mu, called Room(s), a recent critical hit with his […]


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Video: The Roots – Sleep (ft. Aaron Livingston)

So I’ve mentioned before our boy Hot Sugar, and that he was working on the new album from The Roots. Well they’ve been posting tracks one by one in video form for a while, but it was the album opener I was waiting for – Sleep. Hot Sugar has masterfully produced this track to classy […]


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