Crack in the RoadCrack in the Road http://www.crackintheroad.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:52:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9 Premiere: BASECAMP – Shudder (GXNXVS Remix) http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29850-premiere-basecamp-shudder-gxnxvs-remix http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29850-premiere-basecamp-shudder-gxnxvs-remix#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:50:53 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29850 Over the course of the past year, Nashville trio BASECAMP have become one of the most talked about emerging artists. Having packed out venues at SXSW earlier in the year, their unique brand of sleek, emotive R&B has made them a real contender for serious success in 2015. This new remix comes courtesy of GXNXVS, […]

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Over the course of the past year, Nashville trio BASECAMP have become one of the most talked about emerging artists. Having packed out venues at SXSW earlier in the year, their unique brand of sleek, emotive R&B has made them a real contender for serious success in 2015. This new remix comes courtesy of GXNXVS, moulding recent online hit Shudder into a slow-burning, dance floor ready jam. Check it out below, alongside the original.

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Introducing: Aurora Aksnes http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29840-introducing-aurora-aksnes http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29840-introducing-aurora-aksnes#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29840 Seventeen year old old Aurora Aksnes has a voice quite unlike any other. The cover featured below, of David Bowie’s Life On Mars, is one of the finest live vocal recordings I’ve heard for quite sometime, and showcases a talent that shines even brighter on her debut track. Having performed at Norway’s two biggest festivals over […]

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Seventeen year old old Aurora Aksnes has a voice quite unlike any other. The cover featured below, of David Bowie’s Life On Mars, is one of the finest live vocal recordings I’ve heard for quite sometime, and showcases a talent that shines even brighter on her debut track. Having performed at Norway’s two biggest festivals over the summer, Oya and Hove, alongside a slot at Berlin Music Week, everything is moving in the right direction for the teenager, and various live clips prove that she’s clearly a born performer. Awakening hints at elements of Lykke Li, yet with a more outwardly pop approach, whilst maintaining an appealing startling innocence and fragility. Check out Awakening below, alongside her live cover of Life On Mars (including a hushed apology for missing a note).

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New: Sunboy – A.B.C.D.N.A. http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29825-new-sunboy-b-c-d-n http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29825-new-sunboy-b-c-d-n#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:15:08 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29825 New Sunboy is always great. This track comes courtesy of Don’t Need No Melody’s 80N7 label compilation (if you aren’t already on their blog, check it out; always posting killer, unheard music), and is another glorious sprawling psych-rock indebted outing. With their lead vocals getting more and more confident with every release, they’re rapidly becoming […]

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New Sunboy is always great. This track comes courtesy of Don’t Need No Melody’s 80N7 label compilation (if you aren’t already on their blog, check it out; always posting killer, unheard music), and is another glorious sprawling psych-rock indebted outing. With their lead vocals getting more and more confident with every release, they’re rapidly becoming one of the most exciting new bands around right now. Check out A.B.C.D.N.A. below.

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New: FFFRRANNNO – 1010 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29820-new-fffrrannno-1010 http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29820-new-fffrrannno-1010#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:37:16 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29820 Can’t help but adore the way that FFFRRANNNO approaches music. From some of the best remixes of The 1975, to chopping up Lorde’s vocals, not forgetting his How To Dress Well satire, How To Fuck Well, he doesn’t take it half as seriously as the vast majority of young producers around right now, and is […]

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Can’t help but adore the way that FFFRRANNNO approaches music. From some of the best remixes of The 1975, to chopping up Lorde’s vocals, not forgetting his How To Dress Well satire, How To Fuck Well, he doesn’t take it half as seriously as the vast majority of young producers around right now, and is still several times as good. Latest outing, 1010, finds him toying with Star Wars vocal samples, over a beat/synth-line combo that Jai Paul would probably want to nab for his elusive debut record (is it a Jai Paul sample?!). Check it out below, and keep your ears peeled for a record, potentially dropping next year.

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New: YOUTHCULT – W E W EP http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29817-new-youthcult-w-e-w-ep http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29817-new-youthcult-w-e-w-ep#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 00:11:50 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29817 WU LYF have been gone a couple of years now, but that doesn’t stop their influence being heard. Swedish outfit YOUTHCULT who released an EP about this time last year, somewhat sarcastically titled YOUTH CUNT, have returned with their most coherent music to date, in the form of new EP W E W. So the […]

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WU LYF have been gone a couple of years now, but that doesn’t stop their influence being heard. Swedish outfit YOUTHCULT who released an EP about this time last year, somewhat sarcastically titled YOUTH CUNT, have returned with their most coherent music to date, in the form of new EP W E W. So the WU LYF inspiration is at times, a little over the top, especially on opening track, Whatever Works, combining the ethereal beauty of fellow Mancunian’s MONEY, with the rousing, raw nature of the Go Tell Fire heavy-pop outfit. Check out the lead track below, alongside the rest of the EP.

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Introducing: Rusalka http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29812-introducing-rusalka http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29812-introducing-rusalka#comments Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:10:26 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29812 This is a little bit special. Rusalka has been playing gigs around Brighton for the past year or so, including one for Sofar Sounds, yet it’s taken a while for her to start appearing on radars online. When a friend sent me the bewitching video to Pink Devil, I was instantly hooked; from her unique […]

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This is a little bit special.

Rusalka has been playing gigs around Brighton for the past year or so, including one for Sofar Sounds, yet it’s taken a while for her to start appearing on radars online. When a friend sent me the bewitching video to Pink Devil, I was instantly hooked; from her unique vocal to the fascinating use of found footage, it’s a project with unlimited potential. She’s a poet, a storyteller and a captivating character. There’s an otherworldly element to her music, perhaps captured most recently by short-lived Mancunian odd-pop outfit WU LYF, that demands repeat listens, and in this case, viewings. Comparison wise, it’s easy to pick out the likes of Kate Bush, Björk and Joanna Newsom in Rusalka’s music, alongside inspiration drawn from pop-culture, fear of modernity and adolescent disillusion.

Her strongest track so far, Pink Devil, is a far and away one of the most haunting compositions of the year. As delicate in sound as it is powerful in lyrical composition: ‘Here is a church / here is a steeple / let me show you how to control all the people’, it’s unrefined and all the better for it. Check out Pink Devil below, alongside a couple of other tracks.

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Introducing: Apartments http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29809-introducing-apartments http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29809-introducing-apartments#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 14:18:39 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29809 In the same way that The Yum Dee Days appeared out of nowhere in releasing one of my favourite records of 2013, Sydney’s Apartments (Charles Wu) has done much the same, with La Salle. For all that it’s recorded and mixed in one bedroom at Wu’s home, there’s a continual underlying feeling throughout that he’s […]

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In the same way that The Yum Dee Days appeared out of nowhere in releasing one of my favourite records of 2013, Sydney’s Apartments (Charles Wu) has done much the same, with La Salle. For all that it’s recorded and mixed in one bedroom at Wu’s home, there’s a continual underlying feeling throughout that he’s a bit of a genius. Like the recently Domino signed Alex G, I can’t help but think that were this tied up to an uber-cool indie, you’d have people going crazy over it. It’s at times ramshackle, confusing and not entirely coherent, yet it’s so undeniably endearing, from the Scott Walker indebted balladry of Last Station Blues to the acoustic beauty of I Saw My Father On The Street, with the exquisitely intriguing songwriting always remaining at the core.

Mixing in seemingly random found sounds, snippets of answer phone messages and even elements of 70′s Bowie inspired psychedelic pop, there’s just so much going on here, and sadly, an album that will probably go unappreciated. Much like the recently re-emerged Lewis, Apartments feels like he belongs to another time, and leaving the programmed drum samples sounding deceivingly modern. Check out he Smiths-esque Darling Louise below, alongside a couple of other favourites, and pick up the full album from Bandcamp.

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Video: Boots – Mercy http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29805-video-boots-mercy http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29805-video-boots-mercy#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:41:04 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29805 Wasn’t completely sold on Boots’ debut mixtape, Winter Spring Summer Fall, despite having moments, it felt a little cloudy, and in truth at times a little directionless. However, newest track, Mercy is his best solo material released to date, toeing the line between full on Youth Lagoon-esque ballad and uber-cool How To Dress Well electronic […]

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Wasn’t completely sold on Boots’ debut mixtape, Winter Spring Summer Fall, despite having moments, it felt a little cloudy, and in truth at times a little directionless. However, newest track, Mercy is his best solo material released to date, toeing the line between full on Youth Lagoon-esque ballad and uber-cool How To Dress Well electronic odd-pop, by passing Muse on the way. Not only is the song itself fantastic, the video also finds him stepping out from behind the veil and showing his face, albeit a rather beaten up one. Check out the video below (remind anyone else of Francis Lung?)

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New: French For Rabbits – Woke Up To A Storm http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29802-new-french-rabbits-woke-storm http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29802-new-french-rabbits-woke-storm#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 20:54:08 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29802 Delighted to hear that New Zealand duo French For Rabbit are set to release their debut album, Spirits, through one of my favourite labels, Lefse Records. Lead single, Woke Up To A Storm is an orchestral beauty, combining the near-mythical grandeur of Beach House with a folkier edge, more akin to Laura Marling. Having finally […]

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Delighted to hear that New Zealand duo French For Rabbit are set to release their debut album, Spirits, through one of my favourite labels, Lefse Records. Lead single, Woke Up To A Storm is an orchestral beauty, combining the near-mythical grandeur of Beach House with a folkier edge, more akin to Laura Marling. Having finally got round to watching Moonrise Kingdom the other night, I can’t help but feel like this would have been the perfect closing credits track. With a host of European tour dates coming up (after the track), and the album expected towards the end of October, from here, the only way is up. Check out Woke Up To A Storm below, and pre-order here.

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Introducing: Crystal Sister http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29799-introducing-crystal-sister http://www.crackintheroad.com/music/29799-introducing-crystal-sister#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:07:10 +0000 http://www.crackintheroad.com/?p=29799 LA has a developed a habit recently of producing ethereal, dreamy pop, and Sonya Bender aka Crystal Sister is just the latest in a long line of emerging California based artists. With her two debut tracks, Take My Hand and Suicide Love, she showcases a pop edge that seemingly draws from the likes of Gwen […]

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LA has a developed a habit recently of producing ethereal, dreamy pop, and Sonya Bender aka Crystal Sister is just the latest in a long line of emerging California based artists. With her two debut tracks, Take My Hand and Suicide Love, she showcases a pop edge that seemingly draws from the likes of Gwen Stefani, in being super slick, whilst focusing on massive choruses, especially on Take My Hand. Check out both below.

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