::M∆DE::IN::HEIGHTS:: - Murakami
The third song released in the past few weeks from Made In Heights' Sabzi and Kelsey Bulkin takes inspiration from the Japanese author Haruki Murakami.
The track deals with relationship troubles and Kelsey wastes no time laying down the great double entendre “you really hold me down like that.” Just after the halfway mark the track gets darker with some aggressive and grimy sounding synths dominating the forefront of the pop song, transforming it into an easily mosh-able end break.
Love it or leave it, but Made In Heights are certainly pushing the envelope of electronic pop. It is great to hear them build on the music from their first two EPs to create some truly original, dynamic beats. Sabzi’s innovative soundscapes always manage to complement the lyrics that are both emotional and aloof in their subject matter.
Download - Murakami
Ben Khan - Eden
While continuing to hunt down clues leading to Jai Paul's mysterious identity, I came across another London resident musician Ben Khan. Looks like pretending to be a private ivestigator paid off for different reasons.
Rumour on the trolls of some random Kanye West fan blog, linked Jai Paul's identity to that of Ben Khan. Relatively little is known about both recording artists, and both tend to have a flair for psychedelic beats that sound like they have been mastered through a dirty distorted filter. (For other ridiculous descriptions of the song just check the excessive hashtagging below)
I am frankly shocked with the number of similarities these seemingly one of a kind musos have in common with one another. The only discernible difference between styles I can determine at this stage is that Jai Paul tends to opt for a higher octave in his singing and Ben Khan looks a little younger in his scarce internet pics. But who’s to say Paul isn’t just continuing to push the envelope on this track and develop a pseudonym to continue being able to veil his identity (which he has seemed fairly dead set on maintaining at this stage in his career).
Either I (and others) am/are becoming delusional with anticipation of an official album release, or there are some uncanny similarities between Paul and Ben Khan…
Glitches - Warm Seas
Glitches are a new British band, who combine a progressive bassline with some otherworldly synth effects and traditional rock n roll crooning to deliver an atmospheric single Warm Seas.
Glitches have just two other releases on their Bandcamp page, where you can purchase Warm Seas and check out a few remixes of their other two tunes.
San Cisco - Get Lucky (Live Cover)
I’m the first to admit that I don’t get Daft Punk's appeal. I've loved electronic music since Primary School, but there was a stage for me in 2001 when if I heard One More Time one more time I probably would have killed someone.
I still feel like the group are often overhyped, but I guess that all comes with stardom. Australian band San Cisco are far from overhyped but they are just starting to get noticed as as an up-and-coming act to watch out for.
They covered Daft Punk's Get Lucky and the band have been praised for their incredible rendition. When I heard it for the first time, I was slightly incredulous that it was actually a live recording, but the video proves that this was a bonafied live recording. For a group of late teens/early 20sies, San Cisco have certainly wasted no time getting rad at their instruments!
Check out the video below and add to the 1 million YouTube views this clip has received in the last four days.
Here We Go Magic - Tunnelvision
Escapism, in the pure sense of the word, is something I always strive to have when listening to my ‘chilled’ music. Few musicians can manage to give me this sensation in their music, however Here We Go Magic are one of those special bands who manage to portray soundscapes that are greater than the sum of their individual instruments to allow for a transcendental listen.
I just came across Tunnelvision, a gem from their debut 2009 self-titled album. I’m off to check out more of their music and to fall in love with their back catalogue.
Here We Go Magic have just recently obtained their goal to fund a live EP that features some of their performances in European cities on their 2012 tour, so keep out an eye for that project by pledging exclusively here.
Download - Tunnelvision (right-click & save as)
Sufjan Stevens - Alphabet Street
Sufjan Stevens has managed to divide critics with the symmetry of a tightrope walker since deviating from his folk roots and experimenting with mind-altering electronics on his 2010 standout album The Age of Adz. The man is a self-proclaimed blender of “autobiography, religious fantasy, and regional history,” and I think they left out alien conspiracy.
Seemingly drawing inspiration from anywhere and everywhere, Sufjan Stevens has recently announced his second double disc Christmas compilation album, Silver & Gold, which is due for release in two days. This psychadelic cover of Prince's Alphabet St will presumably be one of the 58 odes to Santa, or Jesus, or the apocalyptic art of Royal Robertson - I forget.
Enjoy, or if you are the other 50% feel free not to!
Download - Alphabet St
Alpha Channel - Taboo Island
Alpha Channel are a Melbourne duo who draw on samples, exotic instrumentation and their vast knowledge of music production software to craft their music.
Taboo Island is a surreal musical odyssey. Listeners are greeted by laid-back tropical guitar riffs, turntable scratches, and spacey psychadelic sound effects. Both producers have been teaching music production for over a decade at Melbourne’s famed JMC Academy and their expertise is palatable.
In Your Eyes
John Frusciante - In Your Eyes
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 Lefr here.
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