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Sunday, 30 September 2007
Friday, 28 September 2007
Background: Moving Units formed in 2001, and come from Los Angeles. They have released a self-titled E.P in 2002, and followed that up with their debut full length album in 2004 called "Dangerous Dreams". They have toured with many notable bands, such as The Pixies, Blur, and most recently Nine Inch Nails.
Review: Moving Units return in 2007 with their second album called "Hexes For Exes". And what an album it is. I previously hadn't heard of the band before, but instantly became a fan while listening to opening track and first single "Pink Thoughts". This first song sets the tone for the album, a strong drum beat, quirky guitars, synths, and dark revealing vocals. It is a sonic mix of Indie undertones crossed with Electronica. For me what really stands out and sets the band apart is the production on this record. Each instrument can clearly be made out, and it lets the listener really appreciated the songs as they should and were intended to be. This album is so good, that even though i've only had it a few weeks, im already sure it will be a contender for album of the year.
Moving Units will be touring the US with VHS or Beta in November. For more information on the tour or about the band, then check out their Myspace!
Wednesday, 26 September 2007
So on with todays post!
Info: From the album "Lies For The Liars" (2007)
Comment: Wicked guitar rift and drumming, bert & co have taken things forward
Info: From album "Lead Sails Paper Anchor" (2007)
Comment: Confident fourth album from a band who have taken some unjust stick from mainstream media
Info: From the album "You Make Me Nervous" (2006)
Comment: Frenetic guitars and drums collide to create a monster of a track
Sunday, 23 September 2007
Category: House/Hip Hop/Electronica
Info: Find as a B side on the single
Comment: Just imagine this in a club! Killer!
Info: From album "Because Of The Times" (2007)
Comment: Another strong track
Info: From album "We Can Create" (2007)
Comment: UK tour during October
Category: Pop/Indie/New Wave
Info: From album "Writers Block" (2006)
Comment: Really cool track
Thursday, 20 September 2007
Background: Jay Eff Kay grew up in Boston in the US. He worked hard during his younger years to eventually work for a law company on Wall Street. But it was here where he developed a dis-taste for the country and society in which he was living. So to unleash his anguish he turned to music. And after releasing "2005: A Year In Review" a collection of songs he had being working on over his lifetime, it is now in 2007 when he has recently released his full length debut album, entitled "Amercia: Suicide Notes Vo.1".
Review: This album is a full on attack of the American political system, as well as the society and values that modern day Americans are being brought up on. What sets Jay Eff Kay apart from other Hip Hop artists, is that there is integrity in his lyrics, a real intent on upsetting the mainstream, and as a listener his background and honesty strikes a real chord.
Musically speaking there is an obvious comparison with Eminem, specifically in terms of the beats and JFK's style of rapping. But one look at his myspace and the list of influences such as Sex Pistols, to Jonny Cash, to Limp Bizkit, and Jay Z, shows that JFK has drawn upon many artists and bands when putting this album together.
The important thing about this album is the political commentary that many of the songs contain, such as "Den of Rats". However there are often humourous lyrics breaking up the more serious ones such as on the track "Welcome to America".
Jay Eff Kay definately has potential, and with this new album he has demonstarted that. It will be interesting to see what direction he takes with his next release. Check out the tracks below and let me know what you think! Also check out JFK's blog!
Tuesday, 18 September 2007
MP3: Air Traffic - No More Running Away
Info: Released as a single on 24/09/2007
Comment: From the album "Fractured Life" (2007)
MP3: Film School - Lectric
Info: Taken from new album "Hideout" (2007)
Label: Beggers Banquet
Comment: US tour throughout October/November
MP3: Late Of The Pier - Bathroom Gurgle
Category: New Rave/Alternative/Indie
Info: Released as a single last week.
Label: Moshi Moshi
Comment: On tour with Hadouken! during Sept/Oct
MP3: Lillica Libertine - Loose Lips Sink Ships
Info: Not much!
Comment: A Dirty electronic bomb of a track
Monday, 17 September 2007
This is my first installment of my guest appearance on my good friend Sid's blog! I've selected four tunes that i've been playing out alot recently and the time has come to share them with you!
First of all a remix of the awesome Daft Punk from an Australian artist, Ghetto Ruckus. I'm always wary of a Daft Punk remix as its almost impossible to beat the original, but this man has given the track a huge synth injection!
MP3: Daft Punk: Harder Better Faster Stronger (Ghetto Ruckus Mix)
Crookers are churning out loads of decent material at the moment, and they are fast becoming one of the big names in the Fidget House scene. This is their re-working of my second favourite Brazilian act, Bonde Do Role.
MP3: Bonde Do Role: Gasolina (Crookers Crunk)
Next up a lovely bit of soulful D & B for you. This is the title track of the new J Majick & Wickaman album, Crazy World. Vocals are courtesy of Kathy Brown, best known for 'Turn Me Out'. You can get the album now from http://www.junodownload.com/ or Itunes.
MP3: J Majick & Wickaman: Crazy World
Finally an Electro Pop band from Liverpool. To My Boy combine electronic elements with powerful vocals on the awesome 'Model'. The band are currently on tour so please go and check them out.
MP3: To My Boy: Model
Thats it for this installment, make sure you give feedback and support the artists mentioned!
For my DJ dates, please check my myspace.
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
Keep Hope Inside
Suburban Ghetto Musick
Sweeping The Nation
Music And Film Equals Life
The Dekua Tree
Keep safe! Out!
Monday, 10 September 2007
Sunday, 9 September 2007
MP3: Foals - Mathletics
Category: Indie/Nu Rave/Pop
Info: UK Tour from Sept - Nov
Comment: Great track from an exciting new band
MP3: Ghostface Killah - Ghost Is Back
Category: Hip Hop
Info: Taken from the album "More Fish" (2006)
Comment: Quality Hip Hop fresh from New York
MP3: !!! (Chk Chk Chk) - Must Be The Moon
Info: Taken from the album "Myth Takes" (2007)
Comment: 18 Legged noise machine
MP3: Hearts Revolution - C.Y.O.A!
Category: Filthy Electro/Pop/Disco
Info: Check out the awesome video www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFPnl8aEPgo
MP3: Sub Focus - Airplane
Category: Drum and Bass
Info: Check out the video
Label: RAM Records
Comment: One of my favourite D+B tracks.
MP3: Jeff Buckley - So Real
Info: Taken from the album "Grace" (1994)
Comment: Starting to appreciate Buckley now, inspired material
Friday, 7 September 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Billy Talent (who were formerly known as Pezz) are a Canadian Punk Rock band who have been around since forming in 1993. The members are Benjamin Kowalewicz (Vocals), Ian D'Sa (Guitar/Vocals), Jonathan Gallant (Bass/Vocals), and Aaron Solowoniuk (Drums). The band were known as Pezz up until 2001, when due to legality issues they decided to change their name to Billy Talent. As Pezz, the band released an album titled "Watoosh!" (1998). This album was popular for the band in their hometown of Toronto, however it did not achieve the level of commercial success the band would enjoy from 2001 onwards with the change of name to Billy Talent. After releasing an E.P entitled "Try Honestly" (2001), the band went on to record and release their debut self-titled album in 2003. From this album the band enjoyed considerable success, particuarly from singles such as "Try Honestly" and "Nothing To Lose". Building upon their success Billy Talent released their second album in 2006, simply titled "Billy Talent II". Once again this album was successful, and the band reached new levels including world and european tours.
The band will hopefully be starting work on their third full length album in September.
For the time being checkout the tracks below, aswell as the bands Myspace and their label, Atlantic.
MP3: Billy Talent - Try Honestly
MP3: Billy Talent - Surrender
MP3: Billy Talent - Red Flag
Monday, 3 September 2007
Check them out and let me know what you think!
MP3: Calvin Harris - Merry Making At My Place
Info: From the debut album "I Created Disco" (2007)
MP3: Biffy Clyro - Machines
Info: Taken from album "Puzzle" (2007)
Label: 14th Floor Records
MP3: High Contrast - In A Gadda Da Vida
Category: Drum And Bass
Info: Released as single on 17/09/2007
Label: Hospital Records
MP3: Fueled By Fire - Thrash Is Back
Info: Taken from album "Spread The Fire" (2007)
Label: Metal Blade
MP3: The Young Knives - Terra Firma
Info: Taken from new album "Game (Up All Night)" released on 02/10/2007
MP3: Eagles Of Death Metal - I Want You So Hard (The Boy's Bad News)
Info: Taken from album "Death By Sexy" (2006)