Bon Accord released his Unknowing EP yesterday on JUKBOXR. It’s a textural and lush creation featuring some of the most infectious and memorable material from Bon Accord to date. Glowing and seductive synth lines carry the melancholy vocals, bass and rhythmic percussive flashes build up and then shift down the songs from dance floor workouts to a 7am come-down couch session.
Portland outfit Arrange will release his Five Years With The Sun EP on February 14th with JUKBOXR Records. Malcom says it’s a goodbye letter to Florida, the state from which he moved. The opening track is beautiful and lush, rampant with undertones of love and passing memories.
Philadelphia outfit Gracie has his Treehouse EP coming out February 7th on Small Plates Records. His first EP, For Summer, was light and bright. Treehouse is a dark transition album, full of introspective curiosity and melodramatic tensions.
Nakagin creates something reminiscent of crude trip-hop on this tune. It can out back in July, but it’s timeless. The vocals are beautifully atonal at times, and they clash with the deep dissonant chords in the rhythm. It’s at first a little unsettling, but the rest of the tune is just as awkwardly constructed. It’s a dragging beat, but somehow all parts mesh into something I’ve had on repeat for a few days now.
One of our very own, Jonathan Abramson, who makes music under the moniker Between You And Me, already has an EP tucked under his belt. He’s a different face on the experimental electronic scene, providing more of a classical approach to electronic composition. Currently working on his 2012 LP, he will join forces with soul and jazz vocalist Krystal Hardwick for a few tunes. The result is something we’re going to call retro-futuristic soul… whatever that means.
The beat in this is tune is just so fantastic. The snare hits chop it up nicely and the simple vocal line flutters over the somewhat brash high hat. It’s a great dichotomy between the aggressive and the calm.
Tom Day reminds me of the weird kid in third period english who never really speaks and keeps to himself, but you know he’s capable of brilliance. You’re somewhat afraid of him, but then one day he does something to get the attention of everyone in school. He surprises people with his excellent talents. His music has that same type of reserved quality, but give it some time and introspection, and you’re bound to be amazed.
This tune sounds like it’s pedaling through hummus. The ascending and descending colorful synth accents the mush and creates the forward moving illusion that keeps it afloat just before you think it’s about to drown.
The trouble with genre’s comes when defining a certain song or sound and labeling it causes us to look past what actually matters, the music. In the case of iamfuzzybear, I’m not sure what to classify the young lad as other than roll worthy, and honestly, I don’t think genre classification would serve em’ well. “Reckless,” a soothing albeit articulate little piece shimmers in the afterglow of the chilly winter sun. It’s almost lethargic in it’s pace but you know what, during the winter, that’s the speed in which most of us are at. So sit back, relax and let this one wash over you. Hear more at iamfuzzybear’s Soundcloud.
When we last heard from NUDITY they were making heavy handed jams, with bracing abandoned and while that was gorgeous in it’s own right; the poptimistic duo seem to have shifted from this past modus. Now with increased emphasis on vocals and ballad-esque guitar work, “BLAME WALTZ” finds itself both brooding and hauntingly intimate. Regardless, it’s a beautiful, heartbreaking song. Find more on NUDITY’s Soundcloud.
Flash Forest’s remix of this Oliver Tank tune is beautifully ethereal. The gentile melodic voice cradles the rhythm as the percussion trudges along at a hesitant pace. The two create something dreamy with nostalgic undertones.
This tune is a lo-fi/synth-pop beauty. It starts with a mysterious passage that exudes enough light for there to be shimmers on the horizon. Then out of nowhere “DiamondII” transforms into a blaring passage with strong synths and core-shattering bass.
It’s a matter of fact, BKBROWN knows how to lay a proper joint down and on his new EP, the man only illustrates this truth even further. ‘Remis’ is an EP that won’t go unnoticed; BROWN’s got talent and anyone who loves instrumentals knows this material is solid. He brings the nostalgia by sampling what sounds like old soul grooves, yet keeps them relevant by eleveating and morphing the rythms into something other wordly. Download ‘Remis’ at his bandcamp for the low, low price of nothing.
This is quite possibly the most beautiful Kinks cover I have ever heard in my life. A gorgeous piano arrangement and sleek vocal progression comprise Theoretical Girl’s near perfect cover of The Kink’s wonder hymn “Waterloo Sunset.” Just melt with this guys, then download it, along with a ton of other incredible material, at Theoretical Girl’s Soundcloud.
The lovely Chloe Sunshine decided to grace us with a new track the other day, this is that track. While her production quality has increased dramatically on “Hold Me,” she still retains the beautiful simplicity of her previous moody, lo-fi roots. Hear more of her at our girls Soundcloud.