Wednesday, 24 December 2008

New Year = New Music.....

Silence is the fabric upon which the notes are woven. ~Lawrence Duncan

Time for a buncha artists for you to absorb, assimilate and idolise....

Kid Cudi is an artist who is now getting some airplay here, there and everywhere. He is a Cleveland rapper whose new single, 'Day N Nite', is a song that sticks to the sides if your brain, thanks to an infectious chorus. His debut album is currently being prepped for a release in Spring 2009.

Kid Cudi's Myspace

Say Hi (To Your Mom), as well as having an awesome band name, have a seething sound that is set to penetrate the consciousness of 2009. They have been around since 2002 but not reached the fame they deserve though the stage may be set for their new record 'Oohs and Aahs' to reach that wider audience they deserve.

Say Hi (To Your Mom)'s Myspace

Riding the new electro-pop wave is Little Boots, a glamorous new icon for the electro age. 'Stuck on Repeat', her first single, is a pulsating, pop nugget with a synth line that makes you want to dance on a bartop. Produced by Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, his genius for electronic riffs and pop sensibility shine through on pretty much every track she creates.

Little Boots' Myspace

I am also loving Lily Allen's new song, 'The Fear'. I was never a big fan of her first album, it was catcy and decent, but those were the only two words I could think of to describe it. But her new song has a gentle melancholy and softly, carefully strung lyrics that combine well to form a sweet little pop song.

Lily Allen's Myspace

And here is just a random selection of new artists to keep an eye on...

The groovy funk beats of Magistrates, who combine the drums and riffs of Talking Heads with Prince-like vocals.
Magistrates Myspace

The sampling genius of Passion Pit, alongside their high, emphatic vocals and incessant yet catchy riffs.
Passion Pit's Myspace

Fight Like Apes bring a mixture of shoegazing, indie and electronica to craft a music that grasps the heart and shuffles the feet simulataneously.
Fight Like Apes' Myspace

That is all for today, on the eve that Santa prepares his presents for us all!! Merry Christmas to all and a Happy New Year! Lets hope for many, many, many more genius musical crafts, creations and constructions in 2009!

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Return of the Mack...

My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require. ~Edward Elgar

Once again, back again after a period of time and ready again to oust the best of the new music breaking down the barricades of the music world!

Firstly and very quickly, I wanted to note the various people I have mentioned in this blog who have since reached various levels of fame...Flight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, Reverend and the Makers, Esser, Jack Penate, Black Kids, The Wombats and Laura Marling...not to say I told you so...buuuuuut.....

Screw trivialities, onwards and upwards to the music!!

Critics, labels and music fans have been swarming around A Place To Bury Strangers with gusto, praising and fawning over the group labeled 'the loudest band in New York'. And all with good reason.
The band provide a wall of sound that pervades the senses in the most fulfilling and satisfactory way, battering at your eardrums with a force like no other. Their debut album, also titled 'A Place To Bury Strangers', exhibits the full range of the bands ability over the 16 tracks. From the frenetic pace of 'Missing You', to the tense, mysterious 'I Know I'll See You', through to the raw, soaring length of 'Ocean', the album succeeds on multiple levels, recalling The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Cure and My Bloody Valentine, fused into one big cooking pot of musical genius. An album to seek out, put on, turn the volume to 11 and absorb...over and over...

A Place To Bury Strangers' Myspace

Cardamis is a Greek American singer-songwriter fuses the worlds of electronica, glam and pop, throwing in sprinkles of R&B and dance, to craft an odd combination of songs that manage to please with their fundamentally catchy pop sensibility and electronica distinction. By far the best track, 'Bound to Love You' spews forth an old school R&B ethos amongst modern electronic and pop capability, creating an updated ballad for the noughties, that also manages to evoke a cheesy love morality only effective in 60's and 70's soul...until now. His self-titled debut EP has two further tracks, a powerful floorfiller in 'Eat Your Dinner' and a lacking 'Take Me Apart' which upsets as the finale for the three song piece. Nonetheless, the talent shines through and a possible debut album looks promising, if Cardamis can control his internal battle between the many genres that influence him.

Cardamis' Myspace

Onto two new electronic indie artists reminiscient of MGMT and the current wave of electronica types flooding the market. I make it sound awful, but I am loving it, as long as the music is good. And these two bands are awesomes...

Electric Owls are from Carolina in the US of A and showcase a level of musical perfection with the slice of perky, synth styled genius with 'Magic Show'. One can only hope for them to quickly come over to the UK to show themselves off to our island in the rain.

Electric Owls' Myspace

Boy Crisis are another New York act, who hit hard with their blend of indie rock and keyboard bleeping riffs. 'L'homme' may be one of my favourite songs of the year, providing a seething underlying riff with simple yet gorgeous lyrics such as 'I'm on some drugs, you're on some drugs, hey, do you wanna talk to me.' So cheesy. So awful. So freaking perfect!!! They have been called one of the worst bands ever by Pitchfork...but hell to those guys, this band are just pure, unadulterated fun! Listen in and freak out...

Boy Crisis' Myspace

Finally, a brief mention to two artists with experience and reputation.
El Guincho
is an excellent modern world artist with an amazing tropical aura when it comes to his music. His new album, titled 'Allegranza', is a tourdeforce of exotic, afrobeat funk that excites, enthralls and entices the listener into wanting to travel to the nearest desert island to join a tribe and dance the night away.
Jeremy Warmsley's second album, 'How We Became', furthers his journey as an adept and intelligent songwriter. Warmsley, a Transgressive Records staple, is a singer with a gift for words as his lyrics weave stories, entangled in a web of folk and indie splendour.

El Guincho's Myspace

Jeremy Warmsley's Myspace

Lovely jubbly, another blog of wonderfully captivating music for your listening machines (your ears.....)! Tune in next week for another exciting segment of NEW NARCOTICS....

PS: I am determined to update this darn thing at least once a fortnight, if not encourage me anyway you can pwease!


Monday, 5 May 2008

The Start of Summer?

"Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosphy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents" - Ludwig van Beethoven

I have not posted in a long long long time and I really do not know why...I am going to say laziness...even though laziness is spurring this post as I am supposed to be doing university work but find myself posting here...

Anyhow, lots of new stuff to tell everyone about!!

Oh No! Oh My! have been around for a few years but my lazy brain has only just heard of them and they are pretty damn good. Pop rock melody with indie sensibility and lovely lyrics fused with a catchy nature that will drive you slightly insane (in an amazing way of course).
They have a self titled album out which you should try and get your hands on as its lovely. 'I Love You All The Time' is a compelling, synth lead song that burrows deep within and bounces your insides around for days on end. 'I Have No Sister' is also an awesome song, that bounces along in a similar fashion with a punchy hook and lyrics that seep into your soul.

Oh No! Oh My! Myspace page

I managed to see a very talented young man who plays an electronic pop mixture of genius and gentle seething. Esser has played Camden Crawl recently and is currently on tour around England. He uses a variety of odd instruments and electronic bits and bobs to make highly enthusiastic music that can be either danced to or chilled out with. 'I Love You' has been the most addictive song that I have heard in months, sticking to your skull like its covered in glue. With tracks such as the fabulous 'Headlock' and the cleverly crafted 'Let's Work It Out', he is destined to go far.

Esser Myspace page

Spilt Milk are a band from London who have a song called 'Let's Get Married' which has become one of my new summer tunes, that will propel me through the sunshine (if it ever comes). The lovely, happy vibe that surrounds the song reminds me of a Modest Mouse infused Beach Boys track.

Spilt Milk Myspace page

The Muslims are a new band to watch out for, a group from San Diego in the US of A, they throw a punk agenda against a messy rock and roll theme, with some decent lyrics and riffs that pulse against you over and over. 'Nightlife' is the epitome of this sound, showing the bands special ability to catch you with a riff.

The Muslims Myspace page

That's about it for now but I am sure I will have plenty more very soon! I am diving into the many unknown bands who are at Glastonbury this year and some of the unknowns at Latitude as I am visiting both this year with earnest anticipation!

Au revoir!


Monday, 10 March 2008

A Quick Post...

Music is the medicine of the breaking heart. ~Leigh Hunt

A very quick mini post as I have just found out that Alex Turner, from Arctic Monkeys, and Miles Kane, from the Little Flames and The Rascals, have a side project. Well, I had heard about it a fair while back, but I sort of forgot until I heard that they now have an album recorded, a name and a single with a video online.
They are called The Last Shadow Puppets, which I quite like though it sounds a bit pretentious for some reason, and the album is called 'The Age of the Understatement' and is due out April 21st here in the UK. The single is also called 'The Age of the Understatement' and is out on April 14th, though the link below leads to the band's website where you can view the video and hear the song. The video is not bad but seems overly grandiose and could be viewed as annoying rather than clever. However, the song sounds quite good, in an Arctic Monkeys kicks it up a notch way. I think I need a few more listens and choose to hold judgment on how well this venture will go...though I cross my fingers for Alex as he's always seemed like a nice boy with nice clothes and hair....

The Last Shadow Puppets - 'The Age of the Understatement'

Go give it a listen and see how you like this new offshoot of the indie...


Sunday, 9 March 2008


Music is the poetry of the air. ~Richter

I have not had chance to listen to too much this week but have enough to fill up todays blog. I seem to have descended into slightly older music, so have a few older bands and albums mentioned after a couple of new bands I have decided to love!

Fleet Foxes are a Seattle band I have stumbled across completely at random on the internet but they make harmonic, gorgeous, sweeping music that will be perfect for a summers day, as soon as one comes along that is. The soft and delicate balance of instruments and vocals sound confident and beautiful, stringing themselves together with awesome cohesion. They have 'Drops in the River' available as a free download on their myspace but 'White Winter Hymnal' and 'English House' are the two best on their page. 'In The Hot, Hot Rays' is not on their myspace but i'm sure you can find it on the web somewhere and you should, as it sums up how good they can get. They are at SXSW this year and don't seem to be approaching England but we can hope for the future!

Fleet Foxes Myspace

Drew McConnell, the bassist for Babyshambles, has created his own musical outfit named Helsinki and they are damn good. He is obviously a very talented musician and it is kind of sad he gets overshadowed by the overly excessive (though very talented for the most part) Pete Doherty. He mixes urgent riffs with soft bass and vocals to create songs with an enduring presence and sweetness. 'Ampersand' and 'Ribtickling' are two fantastic tracks that show off Drew's talent clearly. There are rumours abound that Helsinki consists of Drew, The Strokes and Fionn Regan though I am unsure on these statements from the not-so-reliable NME. I hope to hear a lot more from Mr McConnell though!

Helsinki Myspace

Finally, here are a couple of older albums I have finally gotten around to getting and loving!

Hüsker Dü were an American alternative punk band in the 1980's and released a stream of awesome stuff, the highlight of which in my opinion was the concept album 'Zen Arcade'. It managed to influence numerous underground alternative rockers since and showcased a fast and loud ethic to creating a reckless concept album. Standout tracks are the impulse driven 'Chartered Trips' and the expansive 'Masochism World'. Definitely worth a listen!
'Chartered Trips' on Youtube

A band I have mentioned before, but only for their single 'D.A.N.C.E', who released their album '' (also known as 'Cross') in the middle of last year, is the French electro duo Justice. I have only just got the album due to lack of funds and lack of memory/intelligence/whatever and it is damn amazing and I wish I had gotten it sooner! The pulsing beat of Justice tears its way through every track on the album from the dancefloor perfect 'Let There Be Light' to the robotic force of 'DVNO'. The album embodies a new disco genre, electro disco, and if you are not dancing after one listen, you have no soul!
Justice's Myspace
'DVNO' on Youtube

Thats about it and Happy International Women's Day for yesterday if you missed it!

Sunday, 2 March 2008

Back to Business...

Without music life would be a mistake. ~Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche

Back after a ridiculously long hiatus due to work, uni, life, the universe, everything...and me forgetting about this blog pretty much! Anyhoo, straight back into it all!

Firstly, I want to promote a band called Black Kids. They are an American indie rock band who have released an awesome EP called 'Wizard of Ahhhs' and supported various bands, gaining some critical acclaim in various media outlets. They are on various festival bills this summer to try and catch them if you are out and about this year!
Check out their debut single, the incredibly delightful 'I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You'.

Also, a band that have already had a fair bit of coverage and are on the way up. MGMT blend electronica with synths and indie rock riffs to create fantastically engaging songs. Their first album 'Oracular Spectacular' was out very recently and should be on your buy list!
The opening track 'Time to Pretend' sounds like it came from musicians designed by a computer, straight out of a Wierd Science situation! Pure synth genius!

Finally, a couple of mentions to well known musicians who have new stuff coming out!

Firstly, theres the lovely Mystery Jets, who always get me dancing whenever I have witnessed a live show. They have a new single called 'Young Love' featuring my celebrity love Laura Marling, whom I have championed in an earlier post. It is a lovely jubbly tale of, well, young love!

Mystery Jets Myspace - Listen to 'Young Love'!

Lastly, We Are Scientists have a new track out as well. It is called 'After Hours' and is a charming track with cute lyrics and a cute catchy riff that gets riveted in your head after a couple of listens.