Teen Brains – Translucent EP

It’s hard to discover new music as soon as it arrives consistently. With the amount that comes through each and every day, sometimes absolute gems can slip through your fingers until they start to crack the mainstream or gain some noise in the media. Likewise, London’s Teen Brains released their self-titled debut EP last year which completely evaded my listening. Luckily, 2016 sees them back for more with their destructive yet hazy new release Translucent. Continue reading “Teen Brains – Translucent EP”

Sam Butcher – Aretha EP

Remixing one of the greats is never easy, but Sam Butcher, guitarist of Mirror Gorillas, proves that it is possible with his euphoric debut EP, Aretha. Although Mirror Gorillas are a band that fit firmly within the remits of the indie world, Sam goes against this, instead exploring he synthy trip-pop aspects of electronic music, and even drawing in elements of hip-hop. But this isn’t any old electronic bedroom EP; the use of Aretha Franklin’s vocals adds depth to the album, combining the timeless elements of jazz and soul with the spacey modernity of electronica. The opening track, ‘Ain’t No Way’, mixes saxophone riffs (from the original song of the same name) and is underlined with a beat that wouldn’t be out of place in a trap song. The second track on the EP, ‘Till U Come Back 2 Me’, opens with a classical sounding piano intro, but swiftly turns into a distorted and hazy piece. ‘Unforgettable’ also has a hazy feel, opening with a synth progression that would be well at home in a PC music single. Synth in the closing track, ‘Keep You’, has a distinctly Tame Impala feel to it, yet Butcher manages to make the track his own once again.

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Premiere: Thee Mightees – ‘Glimmer’

Whenever I’ve heard what Google tells me is the genre of “Jangle Pop”, I always like to imagine one of the characters of George Lucas’ seminal 1973 classic American Graffiti driving down the boulevard to ‘Sloop John B’. Fast forward 40 years or so and Sheffield’s Thee Mightees are on of the latest bands to keep it going with their second LP, titled Glimmer. Continue reading “Premiere: Thee Mightees – ‘Glimmer’”

Ezra Furman Shares ‘Big Fugitive Life’ EP

Just a year following Perpetual Motion People, an album of playful rock n roll and charming energy, Ezra Furman proves that he doesn’t stop for long – between a dazzling Glastonbury set and a full UK tour, he will release new 6-track EP Big Fugitive Life on August 19. This EP, consisting of four tracks intended for inclusion on Perpetual Motion People, and two for Furman’s 2012 debut The Year of No Returning, suggests that Furman is teetering at the end of an era – on the brink of something entirely new – with this release. Continue reading “Ezra Furman Shares ‘Big Fugitive Life’ EP”

Connect with the Raw Emotion of Noname’s Masterful Debut ‘Telefone’

In the cacophony of online music; SoundCloud, Bandcamp, YouTube, the endless links and playlists, some voices hit a chord that after one listen can’t be forgotten. Chicago rapper/poet Noname (AKA Fatimah Warner) is one such voice- her gorgeous, heartfelt, tongue-twisting verse in Chance The Rapper’s ‘Lost‘ comes lurching out of the track like a pop up picture book, demanding to be paid attention to. Three years and several guest features later, finally comes her debut full length effort in the form of mixtape Telefone. Continue reading “Connect with the Raw Emotion of Noname’s Masterful Debut ‘Telefone’”

Skegss Release New EP “Everyone Is Good At Something”

Lovers of narcotics and three chord thrashes though they are, Australian surf punks Skegss’ second release with Ratbag Records (home of aptly verminous Dune Rats and Rat Boy) Everyone Is Good At Something is as full of innocent optimism as its title. Slayer delivers the most mindless 3 minutes of the 7-track EP from the outset- goofy garage rock that ticks off the cheesy rock cliches of counting a 1-2-3 into the track and spelling out the title of the song before lamenting how “Fucking tasty” space cakes are. Continue reading “Skegss Release New EP “Everyone Is Good At Something””

Premiere: Healthy Eating Records – Yorkshire Puddings Compilation Tape Vol. 1

Leeds based Healthy Eating Records today drop their first release, the Yorkshire Puddings Compilation Tape Vol. 1, with tracks from surf pop three-piece The Orielles, indie pop charmers Deadwall, and the 90’s grunge four-piece Exit Earth. All tracks also come, obviously, from Yorkshire based bands and musicians, reflecting on the DIY music scene in all its variety and glory. Continue reading “Premiere: Healthy Eating Records – Yorkshire Puddings Compilation Tape Vol. 1”

ShitKid Shares Self-Titled EP

When the name ShitKid crops up in conversation, you’d assume that the person behind such a project was your everyday unfiltered rock star getting his own solo project underway in typical fashion. So when you eventually find out that said project is ran by former introvert Åsa Söderqvist, it’s a bit of surprise due to how your brain typically associates this vulgarity. It seems like it may be the intention as well as Åsa has been very vocal about certain aspects of her personal life, especially in regards to her discovery of feminism that happened to fall around the time of the demise of her first band after their move to Gothenburg, Sweden, where she is currently based. Continue reading “ShitKid Shares Self-Titled EP”