In a decidedly weird combination of Denmark and jazz-hop, Point Blank is one of the many that take the mantle of its overused moniker. It’s a lot less beat-defined than other jazz-hop such as Nujabes or Cradle Orchestra, instead opting for a more soulful, jazzy sound, with slow trumpets and soft drums. It’s pretty cool, and up for free download, check it out!
Urgh, so I’ve been in a slump lately, unable to find much post-worthy music, pun intended. So, I thought I would dig something up that I found a few months ago, more chillwave, for better or for the worse of this blog.
Work Drugs, although sharing a track title with Xxyyxx whom I posted about a while back, is seemingly unrelated. It’s nothing especially mind blowing, but with track titles such as ‘Rad Racer’ I am not about to say it’s bad. Their sound is pretty standard chillwave with more vocals than the norm of the genre, adding a soft pop element to it. Overall, it’s a really nice, relaxed listen and I definitely would give it a go.
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!