Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:13:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 New: UNKNWN – ‘Devil/BBY’ EP http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29191-new-unknwn-devilbby-ep http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29191-new-unknwn-devilbby-ep#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:13:09 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29191 Belfast-based UNKNWN have recently released this, their anticipated new EP under Champion Sound Records. ‘Devil/BBY’ follows on from a string of Youtube releases back in 2012, made under the solo moniker, Unknown, all anonymously titled ‘#001′, ‘#002′, ‘#003′ etc. The songs collectively generated a train of hype and speculation regarding the identity of the producer behind the […]

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Belfast-based UNKNWN have recently released this, their anticipated new EP under Champion Sound Records. ‘Devil/BBY’ follows on from a string of Youtube releases back in 2012, made under the solo moniker, Unknown, all anonymously titled ‘#001′, ‘#002′, ‘#003′ etc. The songs collectively generated a train of hype and speculation regarding the identity of the producer behind the project, and for a while there really were some slightly bizarre identifications being thrown about the place in relation to the issue (with maybe the pick of the bunch being that UNKNWN was in fact Skrillex attempting to cultivate some underground credibility by way of a new online alias, after the tweet of ‘#001′ by Skrillex’s then-girlfriend Ellie Goulding). Now that he’s revealed to be Chris Hanna, a talented local producer/DJ working with DSNT and several other projects, you can’t help but laugh and wonder in equal measure at social media’s ability to create its own completely wayward artificial hype and urban myths. It’s a great thing, hindsight…

This elusive-persona strategy – not the only thing, it seems, UNKNWN have borrowed from Burial – has unfortunately led to accusations of cynical and deliberate marketing ploys on Hanna’s part, especially in the harsh review doled out by Resident Advisor for his first EP release, ‘#001-#004′. In this collective of early tracks, certainly, you do hear the clear marks of William Bevan’s minimal, bass-infused music – an influence Hanna himself has made clear – but then you can hear how the duo UNKNWN move away from his early work as you make your way through the growing catalogue, developing into a sound which still holds echoes of it but which is more distinctly their own.

This new offering, accordingly, takes the project into a promising new space, and a good deal of this is down to the vocal contributions of UNKNWN’s other half. It’s a paltry ten seconds before the listener is treated to the soulful, licking sounds of singer Gemma Dunleavy, who Hanna teamed up with in 2013, and whose input really lifts the music just that bit higher, especially on the excellent first song, ‘Devil’. The Ghosts remix of this opener follows as track number two on the EP, and reworks its trip hop orientation into a more focused and bass-heavy dubstep track. ‘BBY’ continues to make good use of Dunleavy’s vocal capabilities as it develops and unravels, leaning further this time towards the darker, Burial-inspired side of this form of hybrid downtempo electronica. The final part to the collection, titled ‘Purify’, is maybe the most singular of the songs on the EP and ends the sequence on a strong note with its thudding bass and overlapping beat patterns, an aftermath track of comparative spareness which makes clever use of a distancing bridge coming in at the three-and-a-half minute mark. As an overall package, ‘Devil/BBY’ is accomplished and impressive, coming from a young duo who will only get better. It’s available to buy and download now.

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New: BANKS – Beggin For Thread http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29223-new-banks-beggin-thread http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29223-new-banks-beggin-thread#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:56:41 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29223 Whilst some of the early BANKS tracks felt a little passive and apathetic at times, her more recent run of material (Goddess & Brain in particular) are far more direct and forceful, going straight for the jugular, especially in the cutting lyrical content. With her debut LP, Goddess, out in under two months time, she’s […]

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Whilst some of the early BANKS tracks felt a little passive and apathetic at times, her more recent run of material (Goddess & Brain in particular) are far more direct and forceful, going straight for the jugular, especially in the cutting lyrical content. With her debut LP, Goddess, out in under two months time, she’s gradually teasing the entire album on her Soundcloud, with another track, Beggin For Thread, released this evening. More upbeat and memorable than the likes of Bedroom Wall or Fall Over, it’s a side to BANKS that personally I far prefer.

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New: Vaults – Lifespan http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29220-new-vaults-lifespan http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29220-new-vaults-lifespan#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:06:43 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29220 Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel Maybe a little early to start considering Sound of 2015 lists, but whatever, this is a new music blog, get used to it. One name that will definitely be there or thereabouts on the majority of lists (the ones that they didn’t make last year, at least), are London trio Vaults. […]

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Photo: Eliot Lee Hazel

Maybe a little early to start considering Sound of 2015 lists, but whatever, this is a new music blog, get used to it. One name that will definitely be there or thereabouts on the majority of lists (the ones that they didn’t make last year, at least), are London trio Vaults. With a fantastically received set at Latitude this past weekend, and their debut single Cry No More still clocking up impressive Soundcloud stats, the three piece are ready to take 2015 by storm. Latest track, Lifespan, sees them returning to the winning formula of their debut, with the Ellie Goulding-esque vocals proving a particular highlight. Elegantly poised yet somewhere remarkably hard-hitting, check out Lifespan below.

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Introducing: Kye Munroe http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29205-introducing-kye-munroe http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29205-introducing-kye-munroe#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:46:12 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29205 Sadly I can’t really tell you too much about Knoxville’s Kye Munroe, she’s a bit of a beautiful enigma (she shares a birthday with Posh Spice, I know that much). Self-producing from her mini-bedroom studio, her songs are dark, slightly claustrophobic pop tracks, drawing from house inspirations. Recent offering, Hide and Seek, is a sleek, almost […]

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Sadly I can’t really tell you too much about Knoxville’s Kye Munroe, she’s a bit of a beautiful enigma (she shares a birthday with Posh Spice, I know that much). Self-producing from her mini-bedroom studio, her songs are dark, slightly claustrophobic pop tracks, drawing from house inspirations. Recent offering, Hide and Seek, is a sleek, almost BANKS-esque number, but with far more kick to it. Elsewhere there’s the brooding instrumental Limitation alongside a couple of collaborations (some of which have seemingly disappeared). Check out Hide and Seek and The Line below, as well as a couple more of at her Soundcloud. Also keep up with her awesome Tumblr, where fans have likened her to everyone from Megan Fox to Jacquelyn Jablonski.

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New: Tora – Eat The Sun http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29198-new-tora-eat-sun http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29198-new-tora-eat-sun#comments Sun, 20 Jul 2014 00:22:52 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29198 It’s quarter past one in the morning and the fire alarm in the building next to me has just gone off; thanks London. Anyway, lovely coincidence, Aussie outfit Tora have just uploaded this new gem, Eat The Sun. Another slice of super-chilled out electronic-pop, part James Blake, part SOHN, it’s a further development of their […]

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It’s quarter past one in the morning and the fire alarm in the building next to me has just gone off; thanks London. Anyway, lovely coincidence, Aussie outfit Tora have just uploaded this new gem, Eat The Sun. Another slice of super-chilled out electronic-pop, part James Blake, part SOHN, it’s a further development of their sound, and also a worthy reminder of the strength of their previous material. Check out Eat The Sun below.

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New: La+ch – You Are My Summer (Feat. Coleman Hell & Jayme) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29192-new-lach-summer-feat-coleman-hell-jayme http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29192-new-lach-summer-feat-coleman-hell-jayme#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 22:02:16 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29192 Okay, so bear with me for a second, this is a very un-CitR style track to be posting on these pages, but it’s just absolutely perfect in a cheesy, impossible-not-to-love way. So first and foremost, it’s pretty much ‘house music’ (whatever that means anymore nowadays), it references a plethora of summer related cliches (‘swimming in […]

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Okay, so bear with me for a second, this is a very un-CitR style track to be posting on these pages, but it’s just absolutely perfect in a cheesy, impossible-not-to-love way. So first and foremost, it’s pretty much ‘house music’ (whatever that means anymore nowadays), it references a plethora of summer related cliches (‘swimming in our underwear’, ‘stick our toes into the sand’ ‘sleeping bags under the moon’), and features one of the most addictive hooks of the year; so all in all, it’s a sure-fire hit. Had this been two or three months earlier, you would have been expect a label to pick this up, rush-release it big, and it to be stuck on the radio for weeks to come. Hell, we’ve always got summer next year.

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Introducing: Klo. http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29187-introducing-klo http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29187-introducing-klo#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:30:20 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29187 Klo. (Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam) cropped up with their intoxicating debut track, Make Me Wonder. Countless blog posts and 75k plays later, the duo return with their second offering, False Calls. Again drawing from R&B influences, whilst sticking to their pop roots, they’re part Purity Ring, part Ellie Goulding, and perhaps the […]

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Klo. (Melbourne cousins Chloe Kaul and Simon Lam) cropped up with their intoxicating debut track, Make Me Wonder. Countless blog posts and 75k plays later, the duo return with their second offering, False Calls. Again drawing from R&B influences, whilst sticking to their pop roots, they’re part Purity Ring, part Ellie Goulding, and perhaps the latest in a growing number of breakthrough musical duos. Check out both tracks below.

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Video: Låpsley – Painter (Valentine) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29183-video-la%cc%8apsley-painter-valentine http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29183-video-la%cc%8apsley-painter-valentine#comments Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:05:25 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29183 Already one of the most talked about new artists of the year, Låpsley’s rise to fame is proving a rapid one. With a debut performance at Glastonbury a couple of weeks back, and now a video released for the stunning Painter (Valentine), it’s now not so much a question of if, but when. Directed by seventeen […]

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Already one of the most talked about new artists of the year, Låpsley’s rise to fame is proving a rapid one. With a debut performance at Glastonbury a couple of weeks back, and now a video released for the stunning Painter (Valentine), it’s now not so much a question of if, but when. Directed by seventeen year old Harvey Pearson, adopting a similar sort of story-telling ethos as found in the work of CitR favourite Tyler T Williams (Coma Cinema, Craft Spells, Youth Lagoon), it’s a fitting tribute to the beauty of the track itself. Station / Painter (Valentine) is out now on iTunes and Spotify, where we’ve also added it to our Crack in the Road Playlist.

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New: Amy Milner – Have It All http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29117-new-amy-milner http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29117-new-amy-milner#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:34:23 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29117 We’re now smack bang in the middle of summer and the airwaves and internet are clogged to the gunnels with summer synth pop jams and festival anthems. Yes, there’s a place for all that, an excuse to jump around in a field for a couple days with some strangers and copious pints of beer. But, […]

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We’re now smack bang in the middle of summer and the airwaves and internet are clogged to the gunnels with summer synth pop jams and festival anthems. Yes, there’s a place for all that, an excuse to jump around in a field for a couple days with some strangers and copious pints of beer. But, this little gem that popped into my inbox a week or so ago is for when all the  craziness is done with and all the mud has been washed from your face. Have It All, the new track from U.K songstress Amy Milner is a gorgeous piano ballad, with subtly placed electronics scattered throughout, drawing you in and bringing you back to earth. Perfect for sitting in the back garden with (a lot less) beer in hand, staring at the sun.

Stream Have It All below:

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New: VÉRITÉ – Strange Enough http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29167-new-verite-strange-enough http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29167-new-verite-strange-enough#comments Wed, 16 Jul 2014 16:14:07 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29167 Opening with a gorgeously washed out synth, Strange Enough, the latest track from NYC’s VÉRITÉ falls away into into a prelude of the massive chorus that lies ahead. A subdued verse draws you in, her contemplative vocals soft and brooding and act as the centrepiece of it all. When the chorus hits, it really hits, exploding […]

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Opening with a gorgeously washed out synth, Strange Enough, the latest track from NYC’s VÉRITÉ falls away into into a prelude of the massive chorus that lies ahead. A subdued verse draws you in, her contemplative vocals soft and brooding and act as the centrepiece of it all. When the chorus hits, it really hits, exploding with a crushing snare as the production is amped up and everything really starts to get going. At just over 10,000 listens and the Hype Machine charts screaming her name, VÉRITÉ is certainly one to watch in the closing months of 2014.

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