Monday, 26 July 2010

Back on the Beat

'Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.' ~ Alphonse de Lamartine

Riiiiiiight, so a broken Macbook charger meant I have been dead to the net for a week (HORROR!) but I am back and charging through new music, old music and that music that lies inbetween....


Lo-fi R&B crooning and rumbling is pretty popular right now, particularly for a great number of solo bedroom musicians such as Toro Y Moi. How To Dress Well is Tom Krell, a New Yorker who has been rolling out EPs for a while now and managed to impress with each one.

Each track is a soothing, seething mass of reverb and ethereal vibrations, eminent in the standout 'Suicide Dream 2' and 'Ready For The World'. Vocals wail and squeal via computer distortion over steady, careful footsteps of synth, keys and percussion. It is soulful and wonderful and sinks into the self so easily.

How To Dress Well Interview and Streaming Songs at Village Voice


Maximum Balloon is a side-project of Dave Sitek, the TV On The Radio genius, where a whole host of electronic influence and fuzz takes hold, alongside hip-hip, R&B and indie rock. It's modern funk at its twinkling best and the album, expected sometime in August, includes guest appearances from Karen O, Theophilus London, Kyp Malone, Holly Miranda and David Byrne. I AM EXCITED!

Turn up your speakers/headphones/minds to full volume for the pulse and blip of 'Groove Me' featuring a timely bit of hip-hop via Little Dragon, and an occasional riff that feels like an Earth, Wind and Fire offcut.

Maximum Balloon's Myspace


And Last But Not Least....

Albums out over the next week or so that you should probably buy include;

  • 'Mines' by Menomena [Portland indie rock that screeches, wails, kicks, scratches and bites...]
  • 'To All Beloved Enemies' by The Shimmies [Relatively gentle garage rock that could soundtrack some 'dramatic' TV shows with ease]
  • 'Praise and Blame' by Tom Jones [the Welsh Maestro is back with gospel garble...JUST look at that]

More special shiz approaching from the West...and East..and North and South and inbetween..

Have fun!


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