Nomadic Firs – Melo Nation

I’m not sure how it happened exactly. Somehow everyone just decided to give in and live. We stopped spending all of our time pissing away every dollar we made and wasting ever minute that we had to live working. Of course society collapsed and for a while we had to band together to take those that would ruin our calm down. Eventually though we managed to establish and then toss away our control. Some of us of course would begin to starve once the food ran out and each generation lived fewer years than we did when we had proper medicine and all of that over processed food and drink. I don’t think anyone really paid that any attention though as we were all able to actually live and enjoy the time that we had for those few decades that we were alive. Small groups of us would come together and roam the mountains and forests just taking in all that we were given. Every one of us was relaxed and calm enjoying each other and this melo nation.

It was a lucky random stumble that led me to this recent single Melo Nation from Knoxville’s purveyor of psychedelic pop Nomadic Firs. There is also a nice little collection of others up on his Soundcloud and there seems to be both an EP and LP in the works for the near future. As far as Melo Nation goes it is built on a guitar and drum intro that opens up into a lazy eyed vocal with backing vocals being provided by Ann Miller. At about the two-minute mark it goes even further into the haze before rebuilding itself piece by piece into that relaxed subtle groove. After hearing both this and the handful of other singles I would have to say that I am pretty excited to see what all he has come up with by the time the LP releases next year. Give a listen to Melo Nation here then head on over to the Soundcloud for more and I am sure you will be happy with what you find.

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Blood Diamonds – Grins (Deptford Goth Remix)

I am surrounded by darkness and as I reach my hands out before me all I can feel is the hundreds of pairs of wet slick fleshy lips. Their grinding teeth are invading my mind like the sound of fingernails creeping their way down an endless chalkboard. I have no idea how I found myself trapped here. I fell asleep early with the noise of the television muted and with my eyes closed I allowed the cinema of lights projecting their colors to play against my eyelids. I awoke on a bed made of a mixture of soft skin and roughly chapped lips that pressed against my arm and face. They spoke no words to me. Those silent lips were hiding those grinding gnashing teeth and torturing me with what my future may hold. My hands shook in the darkness as I finally was able to fish my father’s old Zippo from my pocket. I struck it once, twice, and finally a third time before the flame flickered and I was frozen in fear when I saw that all of those mouths held grins.

I was already excited to hear more from Blood Diamonds after being addicted to Heart upon my first listen so when Grins came along I was all over that as well. Now the single is set to be released through Transparent Records on a brand new slab of 7″ vinyl and the folks there were kind enough to post up this stunning remix from another of my recent favorite artists Deptford Goth who is set to release his debut EP Youth II on Merok Records. After already turning in superb remixes for Purity Ring and Computer Magic, Deptford Goth brings his signature touch to Grins and what a touch it is. Snares and cymbals rush and tap over familiar elements from the original with deep bass thuds and synth waves. Things break down to virtually nothing allowing the vocal to ring out clear before the track tugs you back in with hand claps and drums framing electronic razorblade sharp lines. Have a listen to the remix here and be on the lookout for both the Grins 7″ on Monday and the Youth II EP on October 17th.

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RA CAILUM – I Know That You’ve Known

We were always a little bit flirty. Even when the question of the two of us being a couple wasn’t even being considered I was drawn to you. Your tastes and humor kept me wondering what else might lay behind those eyes. I would think about you even when you had no idea that I was watching or at least I thought you had no idea. Perhaps you were always thinking about me too and what it might be like to be beside me. It took longer than we both expected to get here in this place where we can build our two halves into one whole. Two hearts aligning from miles apart only to be pressed together in the middle of the night as we stare deep into each others eyes. The music is playing softly in the background and I’m just here thinking about you and I know that you’ve known that I am.

RA CAILUM is back with a syrupy bass drum driven slide to the smooth side with his latest single I Know That You’ve Known. Hopefully you have been paying attention to this guy after reading my first post about him and his Souvenir EP. Since then he has released Walkabout, Infinite Value, Bite Marks, and has teamed up with Guerre for a split album titled Call and Response for Absent Fever. He also put out a very solid mixtape for Forty-Ounce Clothing that you hopefully didn’t miss out on hearing. His latest effort is a relaxed RnB infused slow burner with machine gun cymbal sounds, a warped vocal line, and light tapping percussion. The beat hits hard underneath while synth rises out from the background and ties the package all together. Just have a listen to it here and start waiting patiently for his next bound to be stellar release when it comes.

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Alligator Indian/TOP GIRLS – Control

As I age I find that it is tough to feel like I have no need to be in my own driver’s seat. I fret over the many hours that I pour into a job that leaves me feeling unfulfilled and without a just reward for all of the efforts that I put in. I have stress over making sure all of the bills are paid and that my appearance is being constantly judged by those that could profit from my abilities if they just gave me a chance. Each and every word that comes out of my mouth has to be carefully selected in every conversation I have just in case I might slightly offend the average person that I will meet in my day-to-day. My youth is fading away leaving me with a sense of obligation to get what few goals I may left accomplished before everything just slips away into darkness. I have a rare want to just let everything go and live in the moment while throwing caution to the wind. I want to give in to someone like you and start to give my life some direction toward a positive future that we can both share. I want to have fun again in your embrace as we walk the rest of our days loving one another with each of us sharing control.

Two great artists have teamed up and chosen to remix each others singles for a positive cause recently both in creating new sounds and supporting the work of Planned Parenthood. Alligator Indian and TOP GIRLS have come together to release a split single title control that you can now purchase through Bandcamp for one single dollar or more if you are willing to give with all proceeds going to benefit the cause. The benefit to you is that you get Alligator Indian’s take on the TOP GIRLS single Truth which is a screeching beat filled excursion into a psychedelic jungle of sound filled with auditory animals ready to pounce.

TOP GIRLS returns the favor by reworking Telepathic Boys and filling it with crash boom bang percussion in support of a strong vocal line that breaks to give you a small rest before pounding your ears again and closes on a drifting calm sound.

If you are a fan of either artist or simply want to chip in and help support a great cause head over to the Alligator Indian Bandcamp now and grab them both for yourself.

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Pepepiano – Kevin’s Basement

It was always a little dark and somewhat damp down those stairs next to the kitchen. We walked those old creaking wooden stairs what must have been one thousand times or more in my youth. There we would all gather on the two couches that his mother had given him once they became too unattractive to be sat on by proper guests. We would each take turns selecting a slice of vinyl and placing it on that vintage turntable his father had brought back from overseas. Tim would take the towel and stuff it under the door and John would turn the volume up as high as it would go. The sounds would be a sonic blast as they were left bouncing from wall to wall. There was no need for conversations as we each took our turn with those records in our collection or a new one that we had just purchased that day and wanted to show off. There are no places quite like Kevin’s basement though I still long to find another.

I’ve been patiently awaiting the release of the new Pepepiano album for some time after seeing that it had been completed on Twitter a while back and finally that day has come. KING is the title of the album and it is already shooting its way up the list for my personal top albums of the year. His twisted take on pop through the use of electronics has had me hooked ever since I first laid my ears on No Way and this release does not disappoint in any way. He has a knack for taking what is at its base a standard pop tune and turning into a huge rolling masterpiece of beats and electronics that are like nothing I have heard coming from any other artist. Lyrics playfully weave in and out of rolling drum beats and twinkling synth swathes and deep throbbing bass. At times the songs are broken almost completely down to a whisper only to explode out of that auditory cannon that he fires. The limited edition cassette release is available now for purchase through Speaker Snacks and like I just said it is limited so you will want to jump on those orders right away. Here is a small sample of the wide range of sound you can expect to hear in the release with Kevin’s Basement which also has a video that you can view here.


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Skai Nine – Nova

The universe can feel its pressure building. Hydrogen levels are rising and the night sky is afraid. I stare up into that vast darkness and wonder what is happening so many distant miles away. Perhaps I should bother to one day invest in some sort of telescopic device and attempt to become more in tune with those happenings that occur whether we are able to see them or not. With so much unknown about the simple things that surround me here on this one planet I have to wonder what may be changing each evening above and outward. Somewhere out there the sky is burning and soon a cataclysmic event will come. Where one star once shown in the evening sky its parts will start a fusion that not even God himself could stop. A nuclear reaction that leaves everything burning in its wake. A white dwarf collapsing into nova.

Skai Nine has returned with a new full length LP titled Somewhere, But Not Here and it is an almost impossible album to categorize. If you are familiar with his work you know he tends to jump around the entire electronic and beat based spectrum. Relaxed cosmic disco one second and siren pumping hip-hop blasts the next keep your ears in check throughout the albums eleven tracks. Just when you are beginning to get used to that smooth piano groove and its shimmering chimes the next track comes along with deep french touch thumps then makes yet another turn to a heavy hitting head nodding instrumental piece. Each of the albums tracks are all worth the listen but don’t expect the one sample song I am featuring here to even begin to introduce you to the many sounds and influences that you will find by the time you reach track eleven. The album is available now digitally through iTunes, Amazon.com, and his own Bandcamp which will allow you plenty of ways to both stream preview and purchase the album. Here is a taste of the full length with the album’s opener Nova and you can hear the rest through any and all of those other outlets.

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Terracotta Blue – Transmission

I am sending this out into space with hope that someone, anyone at all will hear it and reply to me. I have been alone floating in this small pod for weeks unsure of my course. My resources are beginning to run dry and I am afraid that soon my nutrient replenishment system will begin to fail from lack of power. It has been over a month since I have had any sort of contact with my home ship. Every star surrounding me causes me some small excitement when it seems as if it may be moving closer and that my rescue may come. If I had known this could have happened I never would have accepted this reconnaissance mission. My partner was killed on the surface by a beast the likes of which I had never seen. Its razor-sharp talons ripped his flesh to shreds and I was forced to make my escape in our lander’s small escape pod. Now all I can do is float here alone and worried that no one will ever hear my final transmission.

I always love to hear about new music from a fresh new artist and this track is just that. Coming from the debut three track EP One Million Sunsets as a preview of what will be coming on Terracotta Blue’s full length debut sometime this Fall/Winter is Transmission. It is a rolling ride of synth swirl and steady beat thump that will send your head into outer space. A deep steady bass line drops in beneath those elements in preparation for electronic slashes of siren sound and vocal drones. Each of the three tracks on the EP have their own distinct flavor but the one thing that remains the same is the beats are deep and mellow. Just have a listen to the featured track here and then head over to the Bandcamp for more and I am sure you will be waiting in line with me to hear what the full length will have in store when it drops near the end of the year.

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Blackbird Blackbird – Lone (With Paloms)

Lone I wandered through each day of my life uncertain of what mystery or magic may lay in my path just waiting to awaken to shake my soul. Each day was a slightly changed version of each previous passing of hours with me left empty and dissatisfied. Finally just as I thought there was no possible way for me to escape the bonds of my everyday life she entered my life. Instantly my heart was filled with a warmth that I had up to this point never known. Her laugh and smile causing instant joy that slid under my skin and filled my blood with renewal. Our hands clasped tightly and our lips met and it was an explosion of love and lust that gives me something to live for and to crave each moment that I am away from her. No longer do I have to take on this tough journey alone and no longer do I have to feel like I am one single molecule just floating in the ether waiting for the world to collapse. I am alone no more and I have her to thank for that.

Coming from a newly announced EP titled Yw is the brand new single from Blackbird Blackbird which features the dreamy floating vocals of his girlfriend Paloma. The pair have a perfect combination over gently strummed guitar and haunting electronics. The track is gentle and tender allowing the listener to simply lay back and drift away with its light relaxing melody. While you may think it lacks in huge sound it makes up for every bit with dream inducing heartbeat bass drum thumps and ghost wails. For now the EP release date is still pending but it could very well be any day now if you are accustomed with the very prolific nature of this artist and it will include a full eight tracks of new material. Here is a small glimpse of things to come which you can get both from the Blackbird Blackbird Soundcloud and Bandcamp and be watching the web for the latest news on that full EP release in the near future. If this is any sign of what is to come let me be the first to say Ty.

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Kumon Plaza – River Spot

I was raised for the most part in a heat filled desert. Each day was filled with a sun that bled its rays into our skin as we played in dry pastures filled with mesquite brush and prickly stickers just waiting to creep their way into our skin. Even the animals that had evolved to live in this climate spent the majority of their days hiding under rocks and in holes they had dug out into the sand. I dreamed of a place where the air was a brisk breeze and I could float along calmly in cool water letting it rush over my skin. I would slowly bob along those waters listening to the calming sounds they made while passing over rocks. I could peer out into vast forests filled with woodland creatures that grazed on plentiful grass and the berries growing wildly. Instead I spent my childhood hunting for any shade that I could find feeling more at home with the snakes and lizards simply dreaming about a relaxing river spot.

I just got some great news from Dylan Khotin Foote in regards to his Kumon Plaza project and some new tracks being in the works. The re-release of his previous album Cliff was actually one of my earliest posts here and lead me to a wealth of artists that up until then I hadn’t heard such as Kiss Kiss Fantastic, Born Gold (GOBBLE GOBBLE), and Jaded Hipster Choir. It should be no surprise that I couldn’t wait to hear more and it turns out he has already turned in one new single that is ready to grace your ears for the Crash Symbols curated mixtape that was recently released through Beko DSL. The track I speak of is titled River Spot and is an absolutely gorgeous piece of 8-Bit auditory pleasure. It leads you softly by the hand with a slow piano phrase intro that opens up like a flower in bloom to a smooth boom tap rhythm and unveiling each of its layers one by one to create a field of sound. I’ll give you a sample here and you can both download it through his own Bandcamp or as part of that monster eighteen track mixtape that contains plenty of other great artists and songs to go along with it. Be on the lookout for more from Kumon Plaza and I’ll keep you updated as soon as I catch wind of any and all releases he has planned in the future.

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Hourglass Sea – Return to the Crematorium LP

I have lived many a man’s life worth of years on this slowly dying earth. My first life was as a bread baker in Istanbul where I spent each of my days sacrificing my profits and merely getting by after using what little extra resources I had to feed the poor of the city. Out of my ashes I would be reborn as a playwright spending my days creating draft after draft of politically charged words against my own king until I was forced to flee his lands. Again I returned to walk this world this time as beggar myself using my knowledge of living on the streets to assist young men and women that had no other choice but to lead this same life. Now I walk as a leader of men who are unafraid to make their demands heard shouting from any podium that we can find that a revolution must come to save those less fortunate. After all of these long full lives I have to wonder what will await me next when I make my return to the crematorium.

Dean Bentley has been a frequent contributor who made me a fan right away on the strength of his first single L.A. Lights which I posted about in January and has since released a steady stream of singles and EPs through his own Soundcloud. Now we are on the verge of his debut eight track album which is being released on cassette on the never miss Chill Mega Chill label on August 22nd. L.A. Lights makes an appearance there as well as Tubbs & Crockett, Life Infinite, and two selections from his Live From The Crematorium EP and a hand-picked selection of other singles to round out the bill. What you can expect is large meaty beats, creative sample work, and rumbling bass lines from start to finish. The entire album can be streamed through the Chill Mega Chill Bandcamp as a try before you buy and the pre-order for the cassette release can be found here. Have a little sample of Black Triangle from the album with its electronic horn lines and stuttering percussion here and get on this cassette before it is gone and you regret missing out on it.

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