No, this isn’t the incredibly generic death metal band, this is a slightly sludgy, garage rock noise band with boygirl vocals and sexy bass riffs. Its catchy and energetic qualities make it a great listen, it’s really cool! Check it out.
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.
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.
So, in a somewhat different vein from my previous posts, I give you *Shels latest release, Plains of the Purple Buffalo. Apparently, it pertains to a journey of sorts through the Sioux plains with White buffalo with indigenous people, which is unusual to say the least. However, one can imagine it to a certain extent with the way the album is laid out, this is not something one can listen to on shuffle; either listen to it in its entirety, in the correct order, or not at all. The album boasts a symphonic sound that differentiates itself from all the uninspired ‘power / epic / goth metal’ like Kamelot, Stream of Passion, Within Temptation and the like with a more ambient feel and without the urge to fill up every second with drumming crescendos. I would class it as post-metal with elements of sludge, ambient, and post-rock. It’s an album that is also a journey, give it a listen!
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!
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!
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.