Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:29:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 New: Porsches – HORSES http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30555-new-porsches-horses http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30555-new-porsches-horses#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 21:28:31 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30555 NB. Not the actual artwork. Silky smooth debut track from Sydney duo Porsches, HORSES walks the line between the more dance orientated elements of Purity Ring, and the melodies of Passion Pit. Simplistic yet effective, it’s an assured and exciting first outing. Check it out below.

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NB. Not the actual artwork.

Silky smooth debut track from Sydney duo Porsches, HORSES walks the line between the more dance orientated elements of Purity Ring, and the melodies of Passion Pit. Simplistic yet effective, it’s an assured and exciting first outing. Check it out below.

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Introducing: Yo$hwa http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30552-introducing-yohwa http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30552-introducing-yohwa#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 02:32:34 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30552 I don’t post anyway near as much rap or hip hop on CitR as I should, and I wouldn’t claim to be the most educated when it comes to critiquing the genres. From this year, albums from Isaiah Rashad, Schoolboy Q and Mick Jenkins have stood out, yet outside of that, I’ve not delved into […]

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I don’t post anyway near as much rap or hip hop on CitR as I should, and I wouldn’t claim to be the most educated when it comes to critiquing the genres. From this year, albums from Isaiah Rashad, Schoolboy Q and Mick Jenkins have stood out, yet outside of that, I’ve not delved into more underground scenes. Despite my limited knowledge, I’m pretty confident in saying that LA’s Yo$hwa is a very very exciting prospect. Without a Facebook or a Soundcloud under his own name, I’m struggling to piece together the entire story, although it appears he’s worked with several producers (Ckeelay and $hwa – perhaps the same person, excuse my ignorance). Anyway, the Ckeelay produced Blue Garments is fantastic, and latest track, $hwa Forever feels like the sort of track that starts to truly define an artist.

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New: Skarlett – Asleep http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30545-new-skarlett-asleep http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30545-new-skarlett-asleep#comments Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:45:18 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30545 Tipped off on Sydney’s Skarlett by fellow Aussie teenager, Lupa J, reposting Asleep on her Soundcloud. An almost entirely instrumental affair, it’s a slow burning, pensive number, closer to MORLY’s production than Lupa J’s in truth. Check out Asleep below.

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Tipped off on Sydney’s Skarlett by fellow Aussie teenager, Lupa J, reposting Asleep on her Soundcloud. An almost entirely instrumental affair, it’s a slow burning, pensive number, closer to MORLY’s production than Lupa J’s in truth. Check out Asleep below.

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Introducing: ESC http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30542-introducing-esc http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30542-introducing-esc#comments Sat, 20 Dec 2014 02:04:43 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30542 Austin’s ESC (Elliot Cheng) has just released his rather brilliant debut EP, Reminders, a colourful mix between the recent Nile Rodgers led Chic revival and smoother R&B a la Frank Ocean. So it skirts precariously close to cheesy, yet it’s the intelligent songwriting that allows it to do so, without becoming unbearably sickly sweet. Whilst the production […]

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Austin’s ESC (Elliot Cheng) has just released his rather brilliant debut EP, Reminders, a colourful mix between the recent Nile Rodgers led Chic revival and smoother R&B a la Frank Ocean. So it skirts precariously close to cheesy, yet it’s the intelligent songwriting that allows it to do so, without becoming unbearably sickly sweet. Whilst the production may not quite match up to the work of the aforementioned Rodgers, the ideas and melodies (Call Your Phone and Only One especially.) are definitely there. Check out a couple of highlights below, including a Kanye West rework, and grab the full EP over at Bandcamp.

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New: JUDE. – Drive http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30539-new-jude-drive http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30539-new-jude-drive#comments Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:53:47 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30539 Florida duo JUDE. caused quite a stir with their debut track, Crystals. Since then, subsequent tracks haven’t received as much attention, yet in all honestly, are perhaps stronger tracks, both in songwriting and production. Their most recent offering, Drive, shows further development of their sound, ditching any of the Lorde comparisons that haunted their initial […]

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Florida duo JUDE. caused quite a stir with their debut track, Crystals. Since then, subsequent tracks haven’t received as much attention, yet in all honestly, are perhaps stronger tracks, both in songwriting and production. Their most recent offering, Drive, shows further development of their sound, ditching any of the Lorde comparisons that haunted their initial compositions, whilst retaining the ethereal, dream pop vibes. It’s perhaps their most complete realisation of their sound thus far.

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New: Liu Bei – Goodness http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30534-new-liu-bei-goodness http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30534-new-liu-bei-goodness#comments Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:58:27 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30534 Loving this new track from London five piece, Liu Bei. So it sounds a little like it could have been written by Chris Martin, however in this case, that’s not a bad thing at all. Epic, anthemic indie pop will always have a place, and Goodness nails it, whilst remaining heartfelt and emotive. Check out […]

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Loving this new track from London five piece, Liu Bei. So it sounds a little like it could have been written by Chris Martin, however in this case, that’s not a bad thing at all. Epic, anthemic indie pop will always have a place, and Goodness nails it, whilst remaining heartfelt and emotive. Check out Goodness below, and pick it up from here.

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New: Light Wheel – The Keeper http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30531-new-light-wheel-keeper http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30531-new-light-wheel-keeper#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:52:10 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30531 Can’t find any information about Austin’s Light Wheel, with seemingly only a Bandcamp page to his name thus far, and his debut track, the SOHN-esque The Keeper. Sampling 1973′s Lonely Water (or at least I believe it’s that), it’s ambitious, immersive and a fantastic first outing. Check it out below.

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Can’t find any information about Austin’s Light Wheel, with seemingly only a Bandcamp page to his name thus far, and his debut track, the SOHN-esque The Keeper. Sampling 1973′s Lonely Water (or at least I believe it’s that), it’s ambitious, immersive and a fantastic first outing. Check it out below.

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2014: Songs of the Year 20 – 1 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30513-2014-songs-year-20-1 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30513-2014-songs-year-20-1#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:03:02 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30513 Spotify Playlist 100 - 81 // 80 - 61 // 60 - 41 // 40 - 21 // 20 - 1 20. Tei Shi - Bassically 19. TĀLĀ - On My Own In Hua Hin 18. QT - Hey QT 17. Loyle Carner - Cantona 16. Shamir - On The Regular 15. The 1975 - Medicine 14. Tobias Jesso Jr. - True Love 13. Mark Ronson - Uptown Funk feat. Bruno Mars 12. Shura - Touch 11. Run The Jewels - Close Your Eyes (And […]

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Spotify Playlist
100 - 81 // 80 - 61 // 60 - 41 // 40 - 21 // 20 - 1

20. Tei Shi Bassically

19. TĀLĀ On My Own In Hua Hin

18. QT Hey QT

17. Loyle Carner Cantona

16. Shamir On The Regular

15. The 1975 Medicine

14. Tobias Jesso Jr. True Love

13. Mark Ronson Uptown Funk feat. Bruno Mars

12. Shura Touch

11. Run The Jewels Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck) feat. Zach De La Rocha

10. SBTRKT New Dorp, New York feat. Ezra Koenig

9. Sun Kil Moon Jim Wise

8. Nao x A. K. Paul So Good

7. Schoolboy Q Man Of The Year

6. The War On Drugs Burning

5. Caribou Can’t Do Without You

4. Jamie XX All Under One Roof Raving

3. Ben Khan Youth

2. Future Islands Seasons (Waiting On You)

1. FKA Twigs Two Weeks

Spotify Playlist

100 - 81 // 80 - 61 // 60 - 41 // 40 - 21 // 20 - 1

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Introducing: Greg Hvnsen http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30523-introducing-greg-hvnsen http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30523-introducing-greg-hvnsen#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:46:56 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30523 There’s simply no beating a good pop hook, and there’s no doubting that Florida’s Greg Hvnsen has them in abundance. The four tracks on his Soundcloud are some of the most ambitious I’ve heard in quite a while, from the chorus led Run, to recent track Sugar, showcasing his finest songwriting to date, there’s a […]

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There’s simply no beating a good pop hook, and there’s no doubting that Florida’s Greg Hvnsen has them in abundance. The four tracks on his Soundcloud are some of the most ambitious I’ve heard in quite a while, from the chorus led Run, to recent track Sugar, showcasing his finest songwriting to date, there’s a suggestion here that he’s hit on something rather special. Check out a couple of favourites below.

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2014: Songs of the Year 40 – 21 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30495-2014-songs-year-40-21 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30495-2014-songs-year-40-21#comments Wed, 17 Dec 2014 13:52:31 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30495 Spotify Playlist 100 - 81 // 80 - 61 // 60 - 41 // 40 - 21 // 20 - 1 40. A. G. Cook - Beautiful 39. Lapsley - Falling Short 38. Kendrick Lamar - i 37. Taylor Swift - Shake it Off 36. Hundred Waters - Xtalk 35. Shabazz Palaces - They Come in Gold 34. Saint Pepsi - Fiona Coyne 33. Skepta - That’s Not Me feat. JME 32. Raury - God’s Whisper 31. YG - Who Do You Love feat. […]

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Spotify Playlist
100 - 81 // 80 - 61 // 60 - 41 // 40 - 21 // 20 - 1

40. A. G. Cook Beautiful

39. Lapsley Falling Short

38. Kendrick Lamar i

37. Taylor Swift Shake it Off

36. Hundred Waters Xtalk

35. Shabazz Palaces They Come in Gold

34. Saint Pepsi Fiona Coyne

33. Skepta That’s Not Me feat. JME

32. Raury God’s Whisper

31. YG Who Do You Love feat. Drake

30. Real Estate Talking Backwards

29. Ryn Weaver Octahate

28. Boots Mercy

27. Famy Ava

26. Sia Chandelier

25. Alvvays Archie, Marry Me

24. How To Dress Well Repeat Pleasure

23. D’Angelo Sugah Daddy

22. Young Fathers GET UP

21. Alt-J - Warm Foothills


 

Spotify Playlist

 

100 - 81 // 80 - 61 // 60 - 41 // 40 - 21 // 20 - 1

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