I think it’s fair to say that most of Patrick Watson's music has a melancholic feeling to it. But on his latest single Into Giants, Watson sounds more upbeat and optimistic than I have heard on any of his previous releases.
April 17th is the date when the new album Adventures in Your Own Backyard is scheduled to be released. The album art is pictured above and fits the idea of turning ‘into giants.’ Maybe this will be a new direction in the music of Watson?
I love a good zorb and quite frankly who doesn’t? “Wait a second”, you might be wondering, “what is zorbing?” Well this is straight from Wikipedia:
"Zorbing, (globe-riding, sphereing, orbing) is the recreation of rolling downhill in an orb, generally made of transparent plastic."
Now that you understand, you can fully begin to appreciate the fun, youthful sounds of Stornoway who released this song in 2009. The song reached Australian airwaves via Triple J about a year afterwards and it was not received as the most wildly successful release at the time, yet the song has remained a personal favourite of mine and has stood the test of time.
Enjoy this song lying in your lover’s attic during an electrical storm, or under a shady tree at uni. Hell, enjoy this song Zorbing!
Andreya Triana - Lost Where I Belong (Banks Remix)
I recognise Andreya Triana from her collaborations with one of my favourite artists, Bonobo. She made several appearances on his astounding Black Sands album and he helped to produce her 2010 LP Lost Where I Belong.
Ninja Tune (label) released this remix of the title track to commemorate International Women’s Day. They are also generously giving it away as a free download. You can grab the link to the mesmerizing track below. Enjoy.
This just dropped in the last few days and it features a new Olu verse over the classic track In Love Not Limbo which we posted about not too long ago.
If you’re a fan of alternative hip hop then this song is for you.
Olu has a knack for taking memorable indie songs and making them into his own. To date, he has sampled tracks from The xx, Aphex Twin, No Doubt, Matt & Kim, Phoenix, Bibio and heaps of other artists which feature across several of his mixtapes.
Most of his music is made available for free download since he hasn’t paid royaties to the original artists to sample their music. I think that arrangement works well - we can legally download the music for free, and there are no lawsuits for him!
Crazy Thinker sounds like the lovechild of R2D2 and Prince - or somewhere on that continuum.
The highly polished production is unquestionably slick and it accompanies dreamy echoing synthesizers and equally smooth singing from Countbounce.
And who is Countbounce, you may ask? He’s one quarter of TZU alongside Joelistics, Pasobionic and Yeroc.
The outfit were a force to be reckoned with when Australia’s hip hop scene began burgeoning in the early 00’s. They released three highly acclaimed and distinctive albums with Crazy Thinker appearing as the closing track from their final effort Computer Love in 2008.
Their hallmark was their willingness to experiment and stray from ‘traditional’ music making methods from other hip hop acts. For example, the group would regularly incorporate live instrumentation into their music and would often learn to play a new instrument for the sake of artistic progression.
TZU's future is unknown with various members pursuing their involvement in other groups, such as Paso in Curse ov Dialect. Coutbounce produces several songs for other Australian artists such as Urthboy, while Joelistics has pursued a solo career on Urthboy’s independent label Elefant Traks, alongside a roster of other major Australian hip hop acts.
Fingers crossed the group’s hiatus won’t continue for much longer. [April 2012]The group have just announced they are working on a new album named The Beginning of The End. More info here
With more warbles than you could poke a stick at, French DJ 123Mrk has crafted a truly intelligent, chilled dubstep song.
The production effects in this track reminds me of fellow electronic artist Koreless. The unpredictability and craftmanship of this track is second to none and after a listen or three, Untroubled leaves me feeling just that: untroubled.
I’d recommend listening to this one in the car on a long night drive, doing homework, feeding the animal, or doing just about anything else.
Hilltop Hoods are arguably Australia’s most commercially successful hip hop group. On their sixth and latest album Drinking From The Sun, Suffa continues to push his role as producer to incorporate rock, funk, boom-bap and orchestral arrangements.
Shredding The Balloon is a personal favourite of mine as the melody is fixating and Suffa references everything from De La Soul’s Buhloone Mindstate, ”it might blow up but it won’t go pop," to J.R.R. Tolkein's Return of The King.
The references are dispersed amongst clever metaphors and anecdotes to tell a personal story. The Adelaide emcee still manages to appeal to a widespread Australian audience and attract attention internationally despite being one of the most consistently innovative acts in hip hop today. These qualities are all assets to fans of their music.
I could have picked out a few memorable lines from Shredding The Balloon, but there are too many so you can check out the lyrics below. Enjoy.
Like we always do about this time, ink lines for the sick rhymes inclined, It’s grimy shit but naughty that can’t be fixed with a little bit of spitshine, Big time like Frankie in Vages, inspiring like Ali and Frazier, Spit it out till we spilling out to the street start a party up with our neighbours, I’d rather be part of your playlist, than ever be part of your A-list, Harness the energy, heart of a pedigree with the scars of a sadist, I go so hard on the pavement; I go so far with my statements, That i don’t know where they end and where i start it’s all part of game it’s, The farthest I’ve came since I started to play it, I spar with these artists, the heartless and brainless, We’re harnessed by chains that are hard to escape and you change then they label us bastards and traitors, They’re charlatans, they’re haters, they start on us but they’re fake as, Our parliament, but don’t be disheartened by them pardon their failures, If we don’t forgive our enemies, we’ll crawl the walls like centipedes, Burn our energy like fossil fuels and fuel our own damn effigy, And we’ll all burn like Hennessey, so keep on then and step with me, John Lennon let it be, dead the beef like abattors, before these scavengers tear at me:
I’ve been waiting to come back, Like where the hell is the show?, Like a balloon on a thumbtack, Getting ready to blow, I’ve been waiting to come back, Like where the hell is the show?, Like a balloon on a thumbtack, Getting ready to blow,
And it might blow up but i won’t go pop, And it might blow up but it won’t burst, She said she might grow old but she won’t grow up, Well she might, but only if I go first, She wears her heart on her sleeve like; she’s wearing a patch on her shoulder, It’s not a matter of whether i can catch her, more a matter of whether i can hold her, She thinks out loud she’s got me; she laughs with her whole body, I think about how she got it all figured out and wonder why she’d even want me, Each night i find it’s the same ole, when i crawl inside in the evening, I lie down next to an angel; fall asleep and fly with me demons, They say don’t live in the past and live each day like it was your last but, I’d rather live each moment like it was my first, take it slow and sip from the glass, Savour the moment, spit vicious bars then pray for opponents, Sounds so serious don’t it? But I’m not concerned with a thing, This is book three, Tolkien, Return of the King, The Kings have arrived; we drink from the sky, We fall from all ‘cause we think we can fly, But our wings have been tied, and the winging and lies, Have me I’m wishing that i could bridge the divide, You living the life? In the blink of an eye, The shine of the bling and the rims that your ride, Can all disappear so live for the rhyme, Not material things your gifts can provide
I’ve been waiting to come back, Like where the hell is the show? Like a balloon on a thumbtack, We’re getting ready to blow, I’ve been waiting to come back, Like we’re the hell is the show?, Like a balloon on a thumbtack, I’m getting ready right now I’m getting ready,
Since ‘State of the Art’ we’ve stayed in the yard just waiting to start this shit all over, Laying in bars for a day and a half, had to switch from gin to soda, And by like mid October, record was six month over, Due, and I’m like dude what you expect? I’m only three month sober, Coming up turning tree trunks over, running up burning divas, posers, Run amok till the sun is up or till one of us live la vidaloca, I’m going ta roll until i fold, like I got a hold of Propafol, So beautiful to know you all but for now I’m over an out.
Swedish group the Deportees join forces with fellow Swede Lykke Li on a brand new collaboration single and it’s amazing.
I’m going to be concise here, but expect to hear caribbean influences, violins, afrobeat percussion, and ever so sweet multi-layered harmonies.
I feel chilled listening to this track, in the cold sense of the word. An effect that resembles whispered whistling gives the track a drafty feel; that is until the sweet, soothing vocals balance the temperature out just as though the sun has broken through clouds and found your face. Maybe this was the influence of the Scandinavians as they penned this one?
Melbourne quintet The Temper Trap have been keeping busy living in London since their debut album Conditions reached unprecedented heights in 2009. They’ve also been recording the majority of their new album Need Your Love between LA & Spain but from the sounds of their first single off the record, Rabbit Hole does not stray too far from earlier tracks like Science of Fear or Resurrection.
The track is decidedly moody and forlorn and not the most settling tune to relax to. However according to the band, the new album won’t be as moody or dark as its first single.
The release of Rabbit Hole is certainly an encouraging sign from fans who have been waiting for new material for 3 years. The album is due to be released on June the 5th. You can check out the track list after the download link below.
1. Need Your Love 2. London's Burning 3. Trembling Hands 4. The Sea Is Calling 5. Miracle 6. This Isn’t Happiness 7. Where Do We Go From Here 8. Never Again 9. Dreams 10. Rabbit Hole 11. I’m Gonna Wait 12. Leaving Heartbreak Hotel
Today (March 8th) is International Women’s Day. I like to think of it as a day of the year where we can celebrate what it is we love about women, in particular the women we love in our life.
I think it’s completely necessary that all the men out there play this song to at least one important woman in their life today. Ladies, don’t hold back either. If there is someone out there who makes your life that much brighter, let Dallas Green aka City and Colour express it for you. I mean guys let’s be honest here, musicians just seem to be so much more adept at expressing their feelings without making situations awkward. Thank you recorded music!
Download - The Girl (right-click/ control-click and save)
Olu is an up-and-coming unsigned rapper from Cleveland, Ohio. The dude is about to turn 20 and has already released several mixtapes, which includes a lot of songs produced by the man himself.
He has a loyal following which is destined to grow, but his music is good enough to listen to now. Take Give You More for example. The track heavily samples The xx's Heart Skipped a Beat, (one of my favourite tracks from their album) speeds it up and transforms it in to his own personal tale of love and the breakdown of a relationship.
Even at the sped up pace, the music still retains it’s bittersweet feel. Olu's unrestrained storytelling gives the song an element of harsh reality (the bitter) while the sample keeps the music sweet enough to make you want to keep listening.
Kiwanuka is a British songwriter of Ugandan descent. His music is reminiscent of Cody Chesnutt and Bill Withers; so needless to say, the man can sing.
His latest single, Home Again is taken from his upcoming debut album of the same name. The 24 year old supported Adele last year as well as winning the BBC’s Sound of 2012 music poll. If you enjoy soul/r&b music, then Kiwanuka is a name to look out for - especially when his LP comes out on March 12. Enjoy.
PS. Home Again is currently the free single of the week on iTunes, so get a free copy while you can!
Bonobo has just released a remixed version of his highly acclaimed album Black Sands from 2010. The UK DJ largely takes the backseat as guest producers reinterpret some of his unique brand of folktronica.
While I am a huge fan of Black Sands, I’m not sure I enjoy the guest remixed tracks as much as the originals. My personal favourite from the new album is Brace Brace, a rare Bonobo original that was previously only available on the Japanese version of Black Sands.
The track has been included among the remixes and it is a classic Bonobo orchestral arrangement with emotional subtlety, a donwtempo pacing and smooth instrumentation. Enjoy.