I was sad to hear that Melbourne rock outfit Little Red have decided to call it quits after six years, two albums and a nationwide fanbase.
I managed to see the band twice, after shortly after they released both of their albums and the group had a fantastic energy onstage.
Little Red’s most popular track was Rock It, an uncomplicated track that combined piano, steady drumming and a funky bassline which made for a catchy anthem. Rock It finished second in Triple J’s inaugural Hottest 100 competition, beaten narrowly by Angus & Julia Stone's Big Jet Plane.
According to the band’s Facebook, Quang from the group has left to pursue his project Naked Bodies(a name which poses a definite Google minefield), whilst Tom left the band earlier in May to work on his project Major Tom and The Atoms. Quang’s announcement coincides with the announcement of Little Red's demise.
Dom and Adrian from the band are speculated to continue writing songs together, although this has not been confirmed, and it is unlikely that there will be a continuation under the name Little Red.
Good luck to all ex-members and thanks for the music.
Of Monsters And Men - Little Talks (Bombay Bicycle Club Remix)
It seems as though Brit-band Bombay Bicycle Club can do no wrong. Since 2006, the group have released three solid albums, varied their live sets and experimented with their own material as well as release some bonkers remixes.
Their remix of Little Talks is a prime example. The track combines brass and funky basslines that is both dance-friendly and contemplative.
Icelandic group Of Monsters And Men never could have forseen their original song transformed into version. Maybe that is because they’re wearing animal masks posing as some pagan hipsters in this picture?
Check out BBC’s frontman Jack Steadman for more of an insight into the band’s DJing prowess.
Two years after their remarkable debut album Weathervanes was released, the New York based band the Freelance Whales have once again embarked on the long road ahead of promoting their upcoming album Diluvia which is out October 9th.
The lead single is Locked Out shows a departure from the sound on their first album by incorporating more electronic instruments. But old fans can rest assured that some of the band’s charming sound can still be heard throughout (with instruments like the glockenspiel).
Personally, I think Freelance Whales are capable of making an amazing album and I’m waiting out to hear if they can top tracks like Starring and Generator 2nd Floor from Weathervanes.
To download the track, visit freelancewhales.com/ and surrender your email address for a free high quality version of the mp3.
The self-described ‘aquawave’ trio Misun have finished the touches on their debut EP which is available for free download via their Soundcloud.
The three founding members met working in different roles at the bar/restaurant of the Science Club in Washington DC in 2010. Lead vocalist Misun Wojcik sounds right at home on the radio friendly track. The 6 track EP has marine influences that can be heard throughout.
Portland-based experimental rockers Menomena live up to the ‘heavy’ description on their latest single from their upcoming album. The personal lyrics discuss daddy issues in an apathetic way. Despite the dark content, the classic rock approach is a welcome break from the synthesizer saturated music perpetuated by many groups today.
At the 2:40 mark there is even an element of grunge as angsty distorted guitar lines mark the climax of the single.
Keep an eye out for the album Moms which will be released on September 18th.
Whoever said that there are no great classical composers alive today? Well maybe noone said that, but in my opinion the absence of knowledge about contemporary classical music is almost as bad.
Prelude For Time Feelers is an evocative song that begins with a simple piano piece before an orchestra lifts the mood and continues to build right up until the climactic finish. The track was taken from Eluvium's 2007 album Copia.
Sometimes you need to stand up and represent classical music. Next time, bump this in yo’ ride when you’re cruisin the hood blastin’ foolz.
Elliott and Marilyn Baker aka Cerulean are steadily building a fanbase despite only releasing their second track last week. Their music can generally be described as atmospheric and spacey though the group admits they have difficulty defining their unique sound. The Ill Chill Pill recently interviewed the brother/sister duo.
Q1. So, how did you both get in to music?
Cerulean: We grew up with it. Our family has never seen music as just something, its everything. And the fact that we discovered how to sucessfully make sounds that people can appreciate is spectacular and still sort of sinking in.
Q2. Being a brother/sister group, do you ever have sibling rivalry? If so, does that change the music making process?
Cerulean: We have small bouts from time to time, but we’ve never been rivals. For the most part working with a sibling is like having the ultimate opportunity to be honest. At the end of the day dissagrements don’t matter because we’re blood.
Q3. I believe you’re working on a debut album. What type of sound will you be working on for the release?
Cerulean: We are. It’s a self-titled EP due very soon. With the release of Hearts Stop, you can see a little bit of a different side to what we’ve been working on for the EP. You can expect a variety sounds. Its not easily defined.
Q4. What would be the ultimate experience for you both as Cerulean? For example maybe a festival you’d want to play, an artist/producer you’d like to work with or worldwide noteriety?
As Cerulean, our goals are still forming. Indivudually:
M: Coachella, perhaps.
E: Ultimately I want to be able to sustain myself and eventually my family off of my creativity. Currently I just want to collaborate with as many musicians as possible.
Q5. What five artists are you listening to lately?
Chiddy Bang’s Xaphoon Jones has added his magic touch to Atlas Genius' debut single Trojans and it’s nothing short of bombastic.
The Australians’ single has been shaken up with a few herbs and spices from Xaphoon’s pantry of synth apparatus. His remix sensibilities will not disappoint dancefloor diehards nor will it be the buzzkill material for energy drinkers running on adrenaline. The remix further adds to Xaphoon’s growing repertoire of indie/hip hop/electro productions/mashups/remixes. On that absurd note, I’ll leave you with a free download.
Jeff Pianki is a songwriter from Michigan who is also a great storyteller. His voice reminds me of Benjamin Francis Leftwich and Youth Lagoon (on Ghost to Me) .
Pianki took a break from music after 2010’s Paper Window's release. According to My Folking Heart, he has started making music again. I’m definitely looking forward to hearing more music from Jeff Pianki in the future.
Brother and sister duo Cerulean originally named this track F**king Wind but have since renamed it Future Wind. I see no apparent reason for this but if I had to guess, I’d say their grandmother would be happier with them for the switch.
The group are due to release their debut EP this Winter, so with some luck it will be on its way shortly.
The track has a windy feel but not the chilly kind of wind, sort of like a summer breeze. Maybe I’m being influenced by the chorus. Maybe you should download this song and stop swearing. Seriously.
The avante-garde and always bold John Frusciante is about to release the Letur Lefur EP on July 16th shortly after Japan has the first taste on July 4th. The five tracks are an adventure in experimentation, something John has always striven for in his music.
In Your Eyes opens the EP and the mood and sounds shift dramatically though the track although it still remains relatively upbeat. According to John, the EP title refers to 'the transition of two becoming one, notably symbolized by the first song on the album being the sequel to the album’s last.'
Later on, John describes his music as ‘Progressive Synth Pop' which demonstrates the former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist’s range in musical appreciation. Later on the EP is the track 909 Day which is an exploration in sample based production (possibly a nod to the 909 sampler) while FM could be described as a combination of hip hop/opera/synth that could sit comfortably with fans of s/s/s.
The five tracks are leftovers from John’s upcoming album PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone. You can read more about that project and Letur Lefrhere.
Four Tet has won my admiration and I am always keeping an eye out in case he releases a new song or a remix that might fly under the radar.
He released one of my all time favourite remixes in 2010 when he adopted minimal vocal samples from The xx and made the song completely his own. The track extends almost 9 minutes and always manages to make me relax. Only 3 artists come to mind when I think of DJs who can control progressive downtempo on the same level as Four Tet - Emancipator, Tycho and Bonobo.
These artists are truly in a class of their own and easily stand apart from your house or nightclub DJ.
I’m sure after listening to the song you will echo the sentiments of Romi, hoping the music “don’t stop, don’t stop…”
In Dutch, the word “arts” means “doctor,” and I think that this was intentional name choice judging by the theraputic brand of organic hip hop the Dutch native has been cooking up.
The Netherlands has one of the best hip hop scenes in the world right now. Artists such as Pete Philly & Perquisite, Pax & Pree, Skiggy Rapz & Keynote Speakerz are world class artists. Arts The Beatdoctor definitely qualifies as one of my favourite producers although he has only released one album to date - 2007’s Transitions.
The Zone is the closing track on the album and tops off a memorable mellow, jazzy hip hop album. Pete Phillyis the perfect guest emcee and his vocals compliment the authentic sample-driven beat.