Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:07:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 New: Vessel – Red Sex http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29265-new-vessel-red-sex http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29265-new-vessel-red-sex#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:06:40 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29265   Just two days ago, electronic music fans were given a taster of the latest release from the innovative Young Echo group of musicians in Bristol. The leftfield producer Vessel, after a year or two releasing occasional tracks under the radar in the wake of his 2012 debut, Order of Noise, returns with this snippet from his […]

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Just two days ago, electronic music fans were given a taster of the latest release from the innovative Young Echo group of musicians in Bristol. The leftfield producer Vessel, after a year or two releasing occasional tracks under the radar in the wake of his 2012 debut, Order of Noise, returns with this snippet from his forthcoming album. Red Sex, though arguably no less experimental than the music forming his previous output, is quite different in nature from the music on the previous LP; where Order of Noise presented the listener with a very dark, glitteringly immersive experience operating somewhere on the boundaries of minimal techno, this similarly experimental track proves very dissimilar in tone and structure. It’s an altogether more visceral, in-your-face piece of music which wastes little time in assaulting sensibilities with its pounding four-on-the-floor and manipulations of a modulated synthesiser. The remaining minutes go on to detail and develop this sound into intelligent areas by way of astute pitching and a shrill-sounding breakdown about halfway through.

Though it’s obviously difficult to speculate what the direction an entire album will take on the basis of one taster track, Vessel does seem to be following through on his expressed intention to shift away from “archetypal electronic sounds” towards a result “that felt more organic, even if the sounds themselves weren’t inherently organic”. Reportedly using a variety of object-instruments like percussive sheets of metal, as well as building his own make-shift flutes from sawn-off bicycle parts, he is clearly one of the producers currently out there who is pushing at the edges of the form, which is always exciting to see. After the publication of Actress’ brilliant record, Ghettoville, earlier in the year, it could feasibly have been expected that no other 2014 release of this nature would top Darren Cunningham’s leaden, sparse and almost formless soundscape; but this threatens to do just that. Red Sex is available to stream now and the album, Punish, Honey, is due to be released on 15th September by Tri Angle Records.

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Premiere: Escapists – Ocean of Noise http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29267-premiere-escapists-ocean-noise http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29267-premiere-escapists-ocean-noise#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:58:51 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29267 Escapists are a London based four piece who create massively emphatic guitar driven pop and we are delighted to premiere their new track Ocean Of Noise which is taken from their debut album Only Bodies, out August 4th. When I first clicked play, images of the summer months speeding past me, disappearing into the muted […]

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Escapists are a London based four piece who create massively emphatic guitar driven pop and we are delighted to premiere their new track Ocean Of Noise which is taken from their debut album Only Bodies, out August 4th. When I first clicked play, images of the summer months speeding past me, disappearing into the muted colours of autumn shot straight into my head. Maybe it’s the short lived, sporadic summer I’m experiencing up here in Glasgow, or maybe it’s the drifting haze of the guitars and the propelling rhythm destined for the sunset slot at every festival across the country. Describing the track as “dark disco”, Escapists aren’t afraid of their pop aesthetic and judging by this release, coupled with their previous efforts, the mainstream and the indie kids won’t be either.

Stream Ocean Of Noise below as well as previous tracks Eyes, Breaking It Up and Blood, all of which will be featured on their debut album Only Bodies:

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Introducing: REL http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29277-introducing-rel http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29277-introducing-rel#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:01:33 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29277 Citing the likes of Lorde, Ellie Goulding and St. Vincent as inspirations, it’s safe to say that LA teenager REL harbours pretty impressive ambitions. Having kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first EP with the release of her debut track, All That Bite, it’s perhaps a testament to the quality of the track that […]

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Citing the likes of Lorde, Ellie Goulding and St. Vincent as inspirations, it’s safe to say that LA teenager REL harbours pretty impressive ambitions. Having kicked off a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first EP with the release of her debut track, All That Bite, it’s perhaps a testament to the quality of the track that she’s already well over halfway to her funding goal. Upbeat and gloriously punchy, it’s clear she knows her way around a hook, and has the attitude to go with it. Check out All That Bite below.

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New: HONNE – Warm On A Cold Night http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29262-new-honne-warm-cold-night http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29262-new-honne-warm-cold-night#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 23:14:01 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29262 Every once in a while a song comes along that’s clearly signalling the start of something huge. British duo HONNE have definitely found the winning formula on their spectacularly sensual debut, Warm On A Cold Night, a brooding, soulful number, drawing as much from James Blake as it does from far more pop orientated records. […]

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Every once in a while a song comes along that’s clearly signalling the start of something huge. British duo HONNE have definitely found the winning formula on their spectacularly sensual debut, Warm On A Cold Night, a brooding, soulful number, drawing as much from James Blake as it does from far more pop orientated records. Amidst a modern, often fleeting industry, where the passivity of numerous artists sees them come and go within a matter of days, there’s easily more than enough about HONNE’s first offering to suggest that the two-piece could well be around for some time to come. To put it simply, this is one of my favourite debut tracks of the year. Check it out below, released 1 September via Super Recordings.

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New: Anie – Lovekill http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29259-new-anie-lovekill http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29259-new-anie-lovekill#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:07:21 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29259 Sometimes I post certain pieces of music just because they grab my attention. In the case of LA’s Anie, I can’t decide whether I absolutely love them, or detest them, but hey, it’s making me feel something; it’s anything but passive. Their debut outing, Lovekill is centred around one of the weirdest hooks of the […]

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Sometimes I post certain pieces of music just because they grab my attention. In the case of LA’s Anie, I can’t decide whether I absolutely love them, or detest them, but hey, it’s making me feel something; it’s anything but passive. Their debut outing, Lovekill is centred around one of the weirdest hooks of the year, it’s all bright, bubbly synths and the sort of lead vocal that immediately kicks up West Coast imagery. Adore it, or hate it? Maybe a bit of both. Check it out below.

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New: Little Deed – NEON http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29255-new-little-deed-neon http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29255-new-little-deed-neon#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:58:00 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29255 For a song titled NEON, Sydney’s Little Deeds debut (somewhat of a relaunch in truth) track is rather more subdued than you’d expect; that’s not to say it’s not hugely impressive. Elements of London Grammar’s Hannah Reid or Florence Welch drift in and out, yet there’s far more to Little Deed than simply a great […]

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For a song titled NEON, Sydney’s Little Deeds debut (somewhat of a relaunch in truth) track is rather more subdued than you’d expect; that’s not to say it’s not hugely impressive. Elements of London Grammar’s Hannah Reid or Florence Welch drift in and out, yet there’s far more to Little Deed than simply a great voice, this is some dauntingly good songwriting. Building to a gloriously over the top crescendo, it’s safe to say that Little Deed has made on hell of an impression. Check out NEON below (via).

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Video Premiere: Tenterhook – Stereo http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29248-video-premiere-tenterhook-stereo http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29248-video-premiere-tenterhook-stereo#comments Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:32:32 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29248 London’s Tenterhook aka Archie Faulks cropped up on quite a few radars earlier in the year with his stunning debut offering, Stereo. Having followed it up with a couple of sold out shows, and a second track, Chemicals, he’s now released a fitting video for his debut, perfectly mirroring the tender, delicate atmosphere of the […]

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London’s Tenterhook aka Archie Faulks cropped up on quite a few radars earlier in the year with his stunning debut offering, Stereo. Having followed it up with a couple of sold out shows, and a second track, Chemicals, he’s now released a fitting video for his debut, perfectly mirroring the tender, delicate atmosphere of the track itself. With a rapidly growing fan base, and a self-titled EP out 25 August, expect Tenterhook to make serious inroads in 2015. Check out the beautiful video for Stereo (directed by Jessica Hughes) below.

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Introducing: MOOD ROBOT http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29245-introducing-mood-robot http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29245-introducing-mood-robot#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:59:32 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29245 So synth-pop duos/trios are definitely all the rage right now, with the likes of CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Broods leading the way, it’s an exciting time for electronic-pop music right now. LA trio MOOD ROBOT (Alex Kazenoff, Ben Kazenoff and Kelly Mickel), shine on their self-titled EP, a delightful mix of slightly cheesey 80′s inspirations, […]

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So synth-pop duos/trios are definitely all the rage right now, with the likes of CHVRCHES, Purity Ring and Broods leading the way, it’s an exciting time for electronic-pop music right now. LA trio MOOD ROBOT (Alex Kazenoff, Ben Kazenoff and Kelly Mickel), shine on their self-titled EP, a delightful mix of slightly cheesey 80′s inspirations, and even a touch of the now seemingly defunct tag, ‘chillwave’. EP highlight, Singin’ Like I’m Crazy definitely slides towards the sickly sweet end of the scale, yet the intelligent production and powerful vocals of Mickel stop it straying into synth-pop dross territory. Check out the full EP below.

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New: Celeste – Born Again http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29237-new-celeste-born http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29237-new-celeste-born#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:05:20 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29237 Having featured on a TIEKS single earlier in the year, 19 year old Londoner (originally from Culver City, CA) Celeste, steps out with her debut solo track, Born Again. Self-written and produced by Tev’n, it’s an exploration of her soulful, pensive vocals, set against a nostalgic electronic backdrop. For a first release, it’s mighty confident, and […]

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Having featured on a TIEKS single earlier in the year, 19 year old Londoner (originally from Culver City, CA) Celeste, steps out with her debut solo track, Born Again. Self-written and produced by Tev’n, it’s an exploration of her soulful, pensive vocals, set against a nostalgic electronic backdrop. For a first release, it’s mighty confident, and will undoubtedly see her making inroads in all the right places. Check out Born Again below.

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New: Shura – Just Once http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29234-new-shura-just http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29234-new-shura-just#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 10:23:00 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29234 Shura already released the best pop song of the year, (see Touch), and she’s back again with another stunner. Just Once, perhaps the best pre-break-up song of the year, well and truly puts her on the map as one of this years most exciting new stars. At this point it feels like her career could […]

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Shura already released the best pop song of the year, (see Touch), and she’s back again with another stunner. Just Once, perhaps the best pre-break-up song of the year, well and truly puts her on the map as one of this years most exciting new stars. At this point it feels like her career could go two ways, either keep writing exquisite, cult-forming (seriously, look at people practically hyperventilating on Twitter) pop songs, or crossover to a far more mainstream perspective. Either way, more songs like this please.

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