Ladder Devils – Forget English

Ladder Devils’ Forget English EP pretty much receives a four star rating for every track on it, that is to say, it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s a blend of noise, post-hardcore, and according to last.fm ‘like being teabagged by godzilla’. I don’t know how accurate the former two tags are, but I can definitely attest to the latter being true. Their sound is heavy, energetic, catchy and somewhat cacophonous at times, which only adds to the fun.

It’s up for free download on their bandcamp here: Ladder Devils – Forget English

Young Circles – Jungle Habits

Yeah, so it’s been a while since I’ve blogged anything, this is because I haven’t really found anything that good. However, today I stumbled upon Young Circles, and they’re goooooooooooooooood. Their sound is layered synths, vocals, percussion and the odd riff. Speaking of the vocals, they’re very catchy and up tempo in their own way, a very energetic listen and great fun.

It’s up for free download here: Young Circles – Jungle Habits

Nujabes – Selected Tracks

Nujabes has basically defined jazz-hop for me, his sound is inimitable, and his beats, flows, and samples are suitable for almost any mood. However, for those of you who don’t know, Nujabes (Seba Jun) passed away during 2010, last year. I have compiled a 19 track selection off of Modal Soul, Metaphorical Music, Hydeout Productions, and a sampling of his Ristorante Mixtapes in an inadequate attempt to pay homage to him. If you enjoy it I highly suggest you buy an album or two!

Download: Nujabes – Selected Tracks

R E A L M A G I C – R E A L M A G I C

R E A L M A G I C, currently signed to Heart Music Group, is a young man whose June release this year is the only thing known about him. Although, I think this is more due to his being actually unknown rather than an enigma.  However, this is all completely irrelevant to his music, which is best described as a blend of spaced out shoegaze with elements of chillwave. There is a slight whiff of hipster, but it is good, check it out!

Download: R E A L M A G I C – R E A L M A G I C

Random Axe – Random Axe

Random Axe making its way to my hip-hop album of the year, sweet flows, heavy beats, the odd sprinkling of R&B swooning, and three MCs dropping verses like deuces. Whilst it’s nothing particularly out of the box (although some of the beats are quite interesting) the solid level of production and no bullshit rapping make it one of my favourite albums this year.

Download: Random Axe – Random Axe