Crack In The Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:58:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 New: PAWS – Owls Talons Clenching My Heart http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28047-new-paws-owls-talons-clenching-heart/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28047-new-paws-owls-talons-clenching-heart/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:58:55 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28047

artwork

Glasgow’s PAWS are a band rooted in the DIY aesthetic. Their latest single Owls Talons Clenching My Heart (currently premièring over…

The post New: PAWS – Owls Talons Clenching My Heart appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
artwork

Glasgow’s PAWS are a band rooted in the DIY aesthetic. Their latest single Owls Talons Clenching My Heart (currently premièring over at Stereogum) is still a testament to this, albeit with a more refined and polished edge.

Owls Talons Clenching My Heart is all angst ridden vocals and lethargic instrumentation until the raucous chorus kicks in, something that has come to epitomise this noisy Glaswegian trio. I’ve been bashing on a lot about how summer is just around the corner recently and I’m going to do it again. This is your new soundtrack for summertime heartbreak.

Their sophomore album Youth Culture Forever is out 2nd June via FatCat.


The post New: PAWS – Owls Talons Clenching My Heart appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28047-new-paws-owls-talons-clenching-heart/feed/ 1
Album Review: Ratking – So It Goes http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/27873-album-review-goes/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/27873-album-review-goes/#comments Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:52:11 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=27873

RAtking

Hip-hop is in rude health. Mixtape culture is constantly producing classic albums and some of the biggest music stars in…

The post Album Review: Ratking – So It Goes appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
RAtking

Hip-hop is in rude health. Mixtape culture is constantly producing classic albums and some of the biggest music stars in the world are rappers, something that would have been virtually unthinkable 25 years ago.

In the midst of this Ratking, the New York born-and-bred trio, are hyped as the next ‘big thing’. Their Kurt Vonnegut referencing debut album begins with a spoken segment in which Wiki, the lead vocalist, says a modern day rapper “is completely different from Biggie and Pac.”

There is little doubt that So It Goes doesn’t aspire to copy either of the aforementioned artists. Still, you can hear influences from years of New York artists filtering into the music. The sparse, airy stabs of instruments you can’t quite put your finger on is reminiscent of The Infamous-era Mobb Deep. While on tracks like ‘Snow Beach’, you can hear echoes of A Tribe Called Quest in the baseline and jazz-y trumpets.

That’s not to say that Ratking are revivalists though, far from it in fact. So It Goes has an eye firmly on the future. Many of the tracks flirt with noise, overloading the listener with busy beats that border on the experimental. It’s not quite Death Grips, but you can hear a clear desire to innovate.

It’s where the group try and do something different that they achieve the most success. ‘Eat’ has a hook that worms itself into your head and displays the virtuosity of Wiki’s lyricism and rapping skills. He twists his words over the shuffling beat, elongating vowels and changing the speed of his delivery so it warps and wraps around the beat.

Although there are some fantastic moments on So It Goes, there are a number of missteps as well. King Krule’s hook on ‘So Sick Stories’ seems forced and corny, while Wavy Spice’s addition to ‘Puerto Rican Judo’ would be nothing but forgettable, if her rhymes weren’t so weak. The fact that Wiki is such an accomplished and strong rapper also works against Ratking at points, as Hak, the other MC in the group, is nowhere near his equal.

Still, So It Goes is a huge leap forward in both sound and lyrics than the Wiki93 EP. The production is rich and, generally, inventive, but there is a sense that Ratking have more to give. By pushing their experimental moments further, they have the potential to release something truly great, carving out their own space in hip hop.


The post Album Review: Ratking – So It Goes appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/27873-album-review-goes/feed/ 0
New: Hannah Diamond – Attachment http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28038-new-hannah-diamond-attachment/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28038-new-hannah-diamond-attachment/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 15:23:01 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28038

Hannah Diamond

Just over five months since Hannah Diamond arrived with the release of her debut track ‘Pink and Blue’, she returns…

The post New: Hannah Diamond – Attachment appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
Hannah Diamond

Just over five months since Hannah Diamond arrived with the release of her debut track ‘Pink and Blue’, she returns with her sophomore effort ‘Attachment’, and it does not disappoint.

Following on from Josh’s brief analysis of ‘Pink and Blue’, Diamond’s extension into ‘Attachment’ is a seamless development of the bubblegum pop aesthetic that is still galvanzied by a wonderful element of satire. With a more extrapolated song structure and a greater vocal range, there are even moments that are reminiscent of Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’.

Could this be the greatest example of meta pop yet? We’re still trying to figure it out, however in the meanwhile ’Attachment’ is an infectious track that will only increase the intrigue surrounding this exciting young PC Music artist.


The post New: Hannah Diamond – Attachment appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28038-new-hannah-diamond-attachment/feed/ 0
New: Burning God Little – Sorry For I Gar (ft. Bendik) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28015-new-burning-god-little-sorry-gar-ft-bendik/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28015-new-burning-god-little-sorry-gar-ft-bendik/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:53:28 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28015

burning

This Oslo based outfit creates some intriguing ethereal electronic pop vibes with Sorry For I Gar. Burning God Little gloriously…

The post New: Burning God Little – Sorry For I Gar (ft. Bendik) appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
burning

This Oslo based outfit creates some intriguing ethereal electronic pop vibes with Sorry For I Gar. Burning God Little gloriously stands next to names like Yumi Zouma or Air France, with their dreamy electronic pop aura surrounding Bendik‘s essential vocal harmony and a soft, disco groove cultivating an addictive rhythm that’s impossible to leave behind. Burning God Little are well and truly on your 2014 ‘Ones to Watch’ list.


The post New: Burning God Little – Sorry For I Gar (ft. Bendik) appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28015-new-burning-god-little-sorry-gar-ft-bendik/feed/ 0
New: BOOTS – Dreams (Feat. Beyonce) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28031-new-boots-dreams-feat-beyonce/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28031-new-boots-dreams-feat-beyonce/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:26:14 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28031

1891323_460919014034732_568698283_o

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following BOOTS’ career with the same scrutiny as…

The post New: BOOTS – Dreams (Feat. Beyonce) appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
1891323_460919014034732_568698283_o

This probably won’t come as a surprise to anyone who has been following BOOTS’ career with the same scrutiny as we have, given his previous work with Queen B, it was only a matter of time before BOOTS brought Beyonce in onto a track of his own. Dreams, the last song on his debut mixtape, features vocals from Beyonce, as well as his own, alongside his now world-renowned slick, R&B production. Check out Dreams below, as well as a message from BOOTS underneath that, about the significance, and aims behind releasing the song.

A while back I promised myself that if I ever had the opportunity to help others, or give back in some way, I would seize it.

A friend recently told me about a non-profit organization called “Day One” here in NYC. In their words, “Day One is the only organization in New York City solely devoted to the issue of teen dating violence.”

I feel that protecting women from these horrible and unthinkable acts should take precedence in our society. I feel passionate about this because if more women knew that safe places existed from the turmoil they experience, it could possibly prevent these situations from occurring or reoccurring.

Every cent made from this song will go directly to Day One

It’s hard to put into words how thankful I am for everything and everyone who helped get this together. I’ve experienced a lot in my life. Good and bad. But through it all, I’m certain every one of those things had to happen to get me right where I am today. I feel very fortunate for that. Thanks for all of your love and support.

http://dayone.org/


The post New: BOOTS – Dreams (Feat. Beyonce) appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28031-new-boots-dreams-feat-beyonce/feed/ 0
Stream: Ben Khan – 1992 EP http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28025-stream-ben-khan-1992-ep/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28025-stream-ben-khan-1992-ep/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:51:30 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28025

1495378_760902577272955_552277601_o

One of the fastest rising artists of the year and king of the rapidly growing ‘future-soul’ movement, London’s Ben Khan…

The post Stream: Ben Khan – 1992 EP appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
1495378_760902577272955_552277601_o

One of the fastest rising artists of the year and king of the rapidly growing ‘future-soul’ movement, London’s Ben Khan has just made his debut EP, 1992, available to stream in full. Featuring four tracks released over the course of the past nine months or so (now in re-worked, fully fleshed forms), it’s far and away the most impressive, ambitious EP of 2014 thus far. From the murky, slightly ominous sounding Drive (Part 1) to the far more pop orientated swagger of Youth, it’s a mightily refreshing release. With the EP now out there for purchase and streaming, here’s hoping that the live show is just round the corner.


The post Stream: Ben Khan – 1992 EP appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28025-stream-ben-khan-1992-ep/feed/ 0
Introducing: SinceYou http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28022-introducing-sinceyou/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28022-introducing-sinceyou/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:30:18 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28022

1961909_714293255289316_7270645129067446722_o

Boston/LA quartet SinceYou have seemingly appeared out of nowhere, with their stunning debut EP, simply titled I. Put onto my…

The post Introducing: SinceYou appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
1961909_714293255289316_7270645129067446722_o

Boston/LA quartet SinceYou have seemingly appeared out of nowhere, with their stunning debut EP, simply titled I. Put onto my radar by CitR contributor Ian (aka The Unloved Kids), it’s perfectly formed, R&B indebted indie. Comparison wise, there’s elements of Aussie outfit Tora, and perhaps even LA hip-pop giants The Neighbourhood. From the stunning EP opener Barefoot, to the Ava Trilling featuring Lela Bells, it’s one of the most exciting debut EP’s of 2014. Stream it in full below.


The post Introducing: SinceYou appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28022-introducing-sinceyou/feed/ 0
New: Them 9′s – Dreams http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28019-new-9s-dreams/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28019-new-9s-dreams/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 12:47:40 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28019

1233259_527922130628819_78415569_o

Posted the debut track from Australia’s Them 9′s back in July of last year, and they’ve finally followed it up,…

The post New: Them 9′s – Dreams appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
1233259_527922130628819_78415569_o

Posted the debut track from Australia’s Them 9′s back in July of last year, and they’ve finally followed it up, with stadium-baiting Dreams. Somewhere between the slick-rock of Kings of Leon and the psychedelic leanings of Aussie favourites Tame Impala, it’s rock music at it’s most invigorating and downright enjoyable. Check out Dreams below.


The post New: Them 9′s – Dreams appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28019-new-9s-dreams/feed/ 0
New: Movement – Ivory http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28010-new-movement-ivory/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28010-new-movement-ivory/#comments Tue, 22 Apr 2014 00:41:42 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28010

10012753_853855894629495_962808311121625316_o

Sydney trio Movement certainly aren’t trying to throw off the Jai Paul associations. All their tracks thus far feel heavily…

The post New: Movement – Ivory appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
10012753_853855894629495_962808311121625316_o

Sydney trio Movement certainly aren’t trying to throw off the Jai Paul associations. All their tracks thus far feel heavily indebted to the Rayner’s Lane magician, and in turn, to Prince. New cut, Ivory, is destined for similar online success, and while it doesn’t even begin to touch on the beauty or genius of either of the aforementioned artists, there’s more than enough here to suggest Movement have enough in their lockers to be around for some time to come. Ivory is lifted from their self-titled EP, out 6 May through Modular.


The post New: Movement – Ivory appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28010-new-movement-ivory/feed/ 0
New: MYTHHS – Elements http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28006-new-mythhs-elements/ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28006-new-mythhs-elements/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 23:43:39 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=28006

10277023_1425114537741906_7868295874578129989_n

When confronted with MYTHHS Facebook / Bandcamp page, I was expecting something rather different to their debut track, Elements. From…

The post New: MYTHHS – Elements appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
10277023_1425114537741906_7868295874578129989_n

When confronted with MYTHHS Facebook / Bandcamp page, I was expecting something rather different to their debut track, Elements. From the ‘in-your-face’ usage of capitals letters, to the images of a recent live show, suggesting a rather more raucous affair, I wasn’t expecting the slow burning beauty that their debut outing ends up being. From the impeccable vocals of Martha Roper, to the intricately delicate guitar lines (Harrison Clark), it’s wonderfully composed, and airily elegant. Check out Elements below, and be sure to keep an eye out for this Reading band.

you say “darling I’m the only one for you” 
but I can tell by your face we both know that’s not true


The post New: MYTHHS – Elements appeared first on Crack In The Road.

]]>
http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/28006-new-mythhs-elements/feed/ 1