::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - Pirouette
Producer Sabzi and vocalist Kelsey Bulkin comprise the diverse duo of ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS::. Their music is different on so many levels to other artists. Sabzi takes a masterfully minimalist approach to the groups music by arranging interesting percussion with dreamy synths. In turn, Kelsey crafts lyrics rich in emotional appeals and metaphors.
Piroutte is the second new release from ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: this month with DEATH coming out a few days ago. Their social media posts have been coming more frequently with lyrics being posted days in advance before the release of DEATH and Piroutte.
Hopefully the new music doesn’t dry up too soon and we can enjoy an album release in the near future.
Download - Piroutte
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - DEATH
::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: are back!
After releasing two game changing EPs (Winter Pigeons and APORIA) in 2010 and 2011 respectively, all has been quiet from the New Yorker duo who are still relatively unknown and do very little publicity. And despite beatmaker Sabzi hinting about an upcoming debut album in Q&A sessions, there has been no official word about upcoming projects.
That was until today, when the ::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: Facebook page proclaimed DEATH was impending.
The single loops a euphoric choir sample, 808 beats and some minimal piano flourishes for Kelsey Bulkin to serenade over. The release of DEATH easily eclipses 99% of new music releases and is sure to become a favourite over at the Ill Chill Pill for our top 2013 picks.
Download - DEATH
Lorde - Buzzcut Season
I remember writing about Lorde in January soon after her EP was released. Fast forward to October and her debut album, Pure Heroine is out and she has garnered a huge international following.
Pure Heroine contains tracks from the original Love Club EP and her second EP offering as well as some newbies. Buzzcut Season is, in my opinion, one of her best efforts to date. It features the 16 year old’s vocals on a fairly minimalist beat with her vocal flourishes with a fairy melancholic vibe.
Four Tet - Parallel Jalebi
When it comes to crafting avant garde electronic music, Four Tet has always been a both a pioneer and innovator, pushing the limits of sampling and experimentation with loops.
His latest track Parallel Jalebi sees Four Tet using a chopped bassline and some cyclic female vocals that have been woven together like thin slik over the precision of some fine tuned engine pistons.
Just before the 2:30 mark, things get a little ambient before the song picks up again with added sound effects. The track is then stripped back down to the fundamental samples for minimalist perfection.
Emilíana Torrini - Caterpillar
It’s been a good 5 long years since Emilíana Torrini released her last album and 3 years since she had another kid but fans were finally rewarded last week with the release of the Icelandic songstress’ new long player Tookah. The track listing averages at just under two songs per year of absence (9 tracks) but I am currently 3/4 of the way through and thankfully there are no fillers thus far.
If you’re the kind of awesome person I know you are, you will enjoy this song. And if you’re rapt with Caterpillar (get it?) you can rest assured that the rest of Tookah will be right up your musical alley.
Cosmo Sheldrake - Rich (feat. Anna Roo)
Described as a “master-looper,” Cosmo Sheldrake makes some epic noises. His unorthodox means for constructing a song has earned him accolades by professional musicians and fans alike.
To really get an understanding of how Como puts together music from samples, off-kilter instruments and a frantic energy, you really need to check out footage of a live performance.
Even after watching Cosmo do his thing and the novelty of the live show has worn off, I am still convinced that the 23 year old musician has the goods to produce a damn good song. Get stuck into his other amazing recorded tracks (of which there are a current total of four-five floating around the web).
Solillaquists of Sound
Solillaquists of Sound - Bulletproof
There have been few people in the 21st century who have inspired so many and sacrificed so much as Martin Luther King Jr who was assassinated 55 years ago for being an outspoken civil rights activist in a racially segregated America.
Rather than eulogise the man, I will leave it to Swamburger and the Sollilaquists of Sound to describe his struggle, set to piano, strings and drums. An amazing song befitting an amazing man.
Banoffee - Ninja
Two years ago when this site was launched, up-and-coming female musicians were difficult to source. There are definitely more amazing indie female performers making music than ever before, making our job much easier. St South, Emma Louise and Banoffee are just three incredibly Australian artists who have emerged in the last year or so.
Banoffee hails from Melbourne and Ninja showcases a strong warrior persona, which is reflected in the film clip to the song. Her vocal style and production is reminiscent of 16 year old New Zealand songstress Lorde, who is making waves internationally right now with her two EPs The Love Club and Tennis Court.
But Banoffee won’t let herself be pigeonholed into genres or commodified with clichéd comparisons. Her dreamy vocals with punchy lyrics drift in and out of your consciousness for the duration of the song, but the feminist message is apparent throughout. It hits home at its hardest in the final few seconds when Banoffee warns "I’m a f***ing ninja now, I won’t let you bring me down." Pair this with boxing routines in the accompanying video clip and you have yourself a track that will resonate with you for a while to come.
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