Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:12:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Video: Marika Hackman – Drown http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30304-video-marika-hackman-drown http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30304-video-marika-hackman-drown#comments Fri, 28 Nov 2014 14:12:01 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30304 This rather chilling new video from Marika Hackman for her beautiful recent single Drown really serves to add another dimension to the track itself. Fighting against a faceless force from above, it’s simulatensouly deeply disturbing and undeniably engrossing. Check out Drown below, lifted from her debut LP, We Slept At Last, out February 16 via […]

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This rather chilling new video from Marika Hackman for her beautiful recent single Drown really serves to add another dimension to the track itself. Fighting against a faceless force from above, it’s simulatensouly deeply disturbing and undeniably engrossing. Check out Drown below, lifted from her debut LP, We Slept At Last, out February 16 via Dirty Hit.

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New: Flo Morrissey – Pages of Gold http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30296-new-flo-morrissey-pages-gold http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30296-new-flo-morrissey-pages-gold#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:25:15 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30296 Photo: Jacqueline Harriet Having been almost a month since I’ve posted anything (dissertation woes), I knew it would take something special to get me back into the routine, and this new track from Flo Morrissey is definitely special. Having spent the past couple of years refining her style, Pages of Gold is her ‘debut’ single […]

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Photo: Jacqueline Harriet

Having been almost a month since I’ve posted anything (dissertation woes), I knew it would take something special to get me back into the routine, and this new track from Flo Morrissey is definitely special. Having spent the past couple of years refining her style, Pages of Gold is her ‘debut’ single as such, showcasing a fuller, even more beautiful sound than her initial demos hinted at. With the vocal elegance of Lana Del Rey and the melodic longing of Beach House, it’s a more than welcome return.

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New: OOFJ – You’re Always Good To Me http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30278-new-oofj-youre-always-good http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30278-new-oofj-youre-always-good#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 09:14:49 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30278 OOFJ have an interesting backstory. The group are a couple, Jenno Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills-Rymer, who met while working on Lars Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’. Their music has been used on a variety of films since then and you can hear that suspense and atmosphere leaking throughout the track. ‘You’re Always Good To Me’ blends sultry, […]

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OOFJ have an interesting backstory. The group are a couple, Jenno Bjørnkjær and Katherine Mills-Rymer, who met while working on Lars Von Trier’s ‘Melancholia’. Their music has been used on a variety of films since then and you can hear that suspense and atmosphere leaking throughout the track.

‘You’re Always Good To Me’ blends sultry, dream-pop influenced vocals beside scattering drums and sweeping strings. The effect is almost hypnotic, the disparate influences coming together to form something otherworldly.

OOFJ are releasing their second album Acute Feast next spring and you can listen to ‘You’re Always Good To Me’ below.

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New: Heems – New York http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30272-new-heems-new-york http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30272-new-heems-new-york#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 21:16:54 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30272 Hell. Yeah. To say I’m hyped about this track is an understatement. Heems, a member of the now defunct Das Racist, has just put out the excellent ‘New York’, an outtake from his upcoming album Eat Pray Thug. The track begins with a scat-esque (the singing style, nothing to do with faeces) female vocal sample […]

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Hell. Yeah.

To say I’m hyped about this track is an understatement.

Heems, a member of the now defunct Das Racist, has just put out the excellent ‘New York’, an outtake from his upcoming album Eat Pray Thug.

The track begins with a scat-esque (the singing style, nothing to do with faeces) female vocal sample and finds Heems in fine form.

Displaying his usual verbosity, Heems manages to be both irreverent and insightful. The beat, produced by Heems himself, Patrick Wimberly of Chairlift fame and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson, builds with swelling bass sounds, completed with a middle-finger of a hook.

You can find the link to the original song on Heems’ tumblr and give it a listen below.

If ‘New York’ didn’t make it on Eat Pray Thug because it wasn’t good enough, we’re in for a huge treat when the album drops.

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New: Rat Boy – The Mixtape http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30260-new-rat-boy-mixtape http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30260-new-rat-boy-mixtape#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 13:04:33 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30260 Usually as we enter the end of a year, our minds are either focused firmly in a sense of retrospect and evaluation of albums released, or on artists and bands that have spent the year establishing themselves for the forthcoming year. It won’t be long until we have the usual ones to watch lists, however […]

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Usually as we enter the end of a year, our minds are either focused firmly in a sense of retrospect and evaluation of albums released, or on artists and bands that have spent the year establishing themselves for the forthcoming year. It won’t be long until we have the usual ones to watch lists, however as we stand on that particular precipice we have been stunned by the emergence of an incredibly exciting 18 year old artist from seemingly out of nowhere.

Operating under the moniker Rat Boy, Jordan Cardy originally uploaded his debut mixtape a staggering 7 months ago. For a good while it existed relatively unnoticed, though after a couple of spins on BBC 6Music the awareness has increased and we’ve all started to play catch up. There is an immediate pang of Jamie T in Rat Boy’s music, though you would be very short sighted to end your understanding with such an off hand  assessment. While the comparisons to Jamie T are valid in their shared clever lyricism and raucous energy, after a few listens you begin to hear influences of British punk music, such as The Clash, along with plenty of references to a hip hop narrative in the vein of The Streets and the Beastie Boys, demonstrated through his percussive beats and the ardent use of samples to string together a series of fascinating, and at times contradictory, ideas.

There is far too much to be said about Rat Boy’s debut mixtape to be covered adequately in a modest blog post, so I would encourage you to listen to the mixtape in it’s entirety below. What can be said for certain is that Rat Boy is very much one to watch as we enter into 2015, even if you don’t see him on many of the customary lists.

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New: Mom Tudie Feat. Giorgia Lo – Nothing More To Say http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30257-new-mom-tudie-feat-giorgia-lo-nothing-say http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30257-new-mom-tudie-feat-giorgia-lo-nothing-say#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 13:03:26 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30257 It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from up and coming London producer Mom Tudie, however he has returned today with another sublime cut featuring Giorgia Lo, entitled ‘Nothing More To Say’. Immediately engulfing the listening with his trademark smooth percussion and soulful transitions, ‘Nothing More To Say’ is galvanised by the warming sounds […]

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It’s been a little while since we’ve heard from up and coming London producer Mom Tudie, however he has returned today with another sublime cut featuring Giorgia Lo, entitled ‘Nothing More To Say’.

Immediately engulfing the listening with his trademark smooth percussion and soulful transitions, ‘Nothing More To Say’ is galvanised by the warming sounds of a soaring trumpet line, matching the absorbing vocals of Giorgia Lo and her lyrical narrative. It is Tudie’s clever and acutely contemporary production style that stands out in the track, referencing sounds of jazz and RnB while remaining entirely forward thinking in his sonic outlay.

We can’t wait to hear more from Mom Tudie, though in the meantime you can listen to ‘Nothing More To Say’ below.

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New: Ja_n_et – THER,IS http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30251-new-ja_n_et-theiris http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30251-new-ja_n_et-theiris#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:12:36 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30251 Playing out in an almost cataclysmic mania, Ja_n_et’s latest cut ‘THER,IS’ is a bizarre and striking composition of sounds and samples that immediately grabs your attention. Focusing around a recurring vocal sample of ‘There Is’, the track exists in an hypnotic, dream-like state, underscored by strong, warming bass sounds. With very other little information online […]

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Playing out in an almost cataclysmic mania, Ja_n_et’s latest cut ‘THER,IS’ is a bizarre and striking composition of sounds and samples that immediately grabs your attention. Focusing around a recurring vocal sample of ‘There Is’, the track exists in an hypnotic, dream-like state, underscored by strong, warming bass sounds. With very other little information online about Ja_n_et, you can check out ‘THER,IS’ below.

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New: Burial – Lambeth http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30224-new-burial-lambeth http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30224-new-burial-lambeth#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 11:16:48 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30224 Few days late on this one which, given our past track record with Burial releases, is a poor show. But it’s hardly surprising. Lambeth has been floating around for a fair few years now, after it was spun by Kode9 on Benji B’s show in 2009 and was expected for release shortly after. Therefore, it […]

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Few days late on this one which, given our past track record with Burial releases, is a poor show.

But it’s hardly surprising. Lambeth has been floating around for a fair few years now, after it was spun by Kode9 on Benji B’s show in 2009 and was expected for release shortly after. Therefore, it was easy to overlook it as being the same radio rip that many people have had spinning for five years.

Its release now, as part of Hyperdub’s 4th and final birthday compilation of the year, is fitting: the compilation is a celebration of the “core” sounds that have characterised Hyperdub’s work, particularly garage, house and techno. It also ties in with the statement we received from the man himself earlier this yearI want to go and find some old tunes I did that still sound alright and never came out’.

It’s a bit of a shame, then, that the track itself is more of a curiosity than anything. Off the back of last year’s sprawling and emotionally hard-hitting Rival Dealer, it serves more to remind us just how far Burial’s sound has developed since his Untrue days.

Similarly, out of the many bootleg and radio ripped tracks floating around, Lambeth was never the one that got most pulses racing (fans of True Love VIP or Archeron, keep the faith, your day may still come).

Don’t be mistaken, it’s a solid, straightforward 2-Step cut and it’s great that the completed version finally reached the light of day – but Come Down to Us 2014 this is not.

Pick up Hyperdub 10.4 here.

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New: OneKnown – JUST BKZ http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30134-new-oneknown-just-bcz http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30134-new-oneknown-just-bcz#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 22:32:23 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30134 Remember the Burial-esque Irish electronic pair UNKNWN covered by Crack in the Road earlier this year, following the release of their debut EP Devil/BBY? Well, in the wake of an unexpected run of success over the past twelve months, the duo have decided to break up and go their separate ways, owing mainly to collaborative disagreements and legal issues relating […]

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Remember the Burial-esque Irish electronic pair UNKNWN covered by Crack in the Road earlier this year, following the release of their debut EP Devil/BBY? Well, in the wake of an unexpected run of success over the past twelve months, the duo have decided to break up and go their separate ways, owing mainly to collaborative disagreements and legal issues relating to the project. Unencumbered by this split, though, the act’s nerve centre, Chris Hanna, has decided to push on with things under the new, tongue-in-cheek yet not entirely imaginative moniker of OneKnown, and has provided a sample of his renewed solo work with this sumptuous track.

Fear not if the naming on this one is beginning to spell warning signs for you. On the evidence of this latest release, Hanna hasn’t let the rush-and-whirl of the last year or any reverberations from recent events hamper the quality of his output or production, if anything continuing to go from strength to strength with this. A trippy blaze of erratic arrangements and muffled beats, JST BCZ is a brain-licker of a tune that carries along some of the brooding electronic flavours lingering in the trip-hop echoes from Hanna’s earlier project. Underlined by a cascading and occasionally glitchy snyth line, the richness of detail in this track can be found in the way screeching instrumentation and elements of more subdued electronica are brought together at points where they really shouldn’t be able to. This is most clear to see at the song’s high points (around 0.55-1.30 and 2.18-2.30), and especially in the evocations of  Nosaj Thing, Lorn and Flying Lotus it hands out with a quiet confidence.

Hanna’s impressive output makes up a very precious piece of Belfast’s very own Champion Sound Records. Given that a number of this site’s readers have previously voiced their appreciation for some of the other acts housed under the collective, it’s probably a good time to mention an upcoming showcase being put together by the label on 15th November at the Menagerie Bar. The event will make up a diverse, intriguing display from a number of acts on Champion Sound’s current roster, including the dark, lugubrious two-piece outfit Ghosts and low-key electronic pair Ryan Vail. If you’re around Belfast (or Northern Ireland more generally) at the time, I’d suggest you head along and check it out.

Going to avoid the cheap puns on this one, tempting as they may be.

You can stream it below.

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Introducing: Apache Sun http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30074-introducing-apache-sun http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/30074-introducing-apache-sun#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 22:29:11 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=30074 Glasgow’s Apache Sun is probably UK’s best kept secret that will have many ears out there rattling from joy. Kris Mitchell, Pete Bruce and David Noble move with remarkable ease from Tame Impala‘s hazy psychedelic pop (the fantastic The Rain That Never Came) to ’60s inspired psychedelia in the style of Allah Las (listen to […]

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Glasgow’s Apache Sun is probably UK’s best kept secret that will have many ears out there rattling from joy. Kris Mitchell, Pete Bruce and David Noble move with remarkable ease from Tame Impala‘s hazy psychedelic pop (the fantastic The Rain That Never Came) to ’60s inspired psychedelia in the style of Allah Las (listen to the splendid Backseat Driver) and from there to the haunting Arabesque rock n’ roll perfection of Club Noir. In each of their songs you’ll find a stimulating groove, produced in a flawless albeit seemingly DIY style, leaving anticipation for when their next song will arrive. In conclusion, Apache Sun are one of the best emerging acts that 2014 has offered us thus far.

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