I am growing sick of the same old sounds coming from my radio. Twenty eight year old women pretend to be sixteen and have about an equal amount to say over a thumping watered down techno or dubstep beat. Beer soaked washed up rockers still make your drunken mother and her biker boyfriend take a road trip out to the nearest city to re-live a youth lost. Two producers process the same old bass drums and machine gun snares that you have already heard a countless amount of times ever since N.W.A. came straight out of Compton while some small vocabulary about sex and drugs is recycled yet again. One in a hundred of these stations might lead you to a single song that is great for five plays then dead by the end of the week once you have heard it spin a thousand times. Just once I would like to get into the car and roll the windows down while I spin that dial to station after station blaring a new beat.
It’s been a long time since I left you with another dope beat to step to from the Dilla inspired brilliant beat making mind of Star Slinger and that is never no fault of his own. Track after track and remix after remix he never fails to leave a sugar sweet taste on your lips with his reworks and this latest mix for Toro Y Moi’s New Beat proves just that. Coming quickly after a fresh mix of the latest Caged Animals track Teflon Heart his take on New Beat is built on a bouncy bass drum riddim straight from Kingston. Dub horns play and lift the spirits over a speeding cymbal and rattling percussion section. The vocal is inserted perfectly giving this track from early in the year a new breath that is ready for a dance floor near you. Hear both of these quality remixes now via his Soundcloud along with quite a few other remixes he has had his hand on in recent months and get out there and catch him live on August 28th when he plays Creamfields in Manchester.
Toro Y Moi – New Beat (Star Slinger Dancehall Remix)
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We have shared everything including our blood for the most part of twenty-eight years and now we are apart and growing up on our own. Each of us is finding our place and our own other halves in two parts of the country. We used share our tastes in toys and video games and grew to teach other about film, history, science and music. We both played the drums and rode skateboards and you always were the better half. While you may have been inspired by the things I found first you always managed to take them further and show me what could be done if our minds were put to something. After our father died we took strength in one another and started to find out just how grown up we had become. I miss you, I love you, I wish nothing but the best for you because I could never ask for a better brother.
School Knights came to me first through a rollicking rock n roll ride called Prom Queen and the pair are back with an all new full length album that is brought to you by the fine folks at DRACULA HORSE. The eleven track album is a loud boisterous bash of rock that is filled with newly mastered versions of the early tracks as well as a whole slew of brand new sound for your ears. The pair of Zack Roif and Weed Diamond’s Michael Stein have been busy playing with the likes of Ty Segall, Black Lips, and Gauntlet Hair but after hearing this debut I think now is their time to step into the spotlight. There sound is loud, fun, and energetic with slashing guitars and wild drumming creating a spiral of sound around their vocals as you tell from this small sample of the album titled Brother. Head over to their Bandcamp and show them a little love by purchasing ALL DAWGZ GO 2 HEAVEN for a fiver if you are into the sound or give it a free test drive first through DRACULA HORSE then return once you get nice and settled in.
School Knights – Brother
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For as long as I can remember I have had my bare feet pressed against this length of suede. Day after day I wake up and am given my ride to the gym by my mother and manager to begin my stretches. Then I will head out onto that mat-covered floor and pull myself up onto both my best friend and my worst enemy. My legs wobbled in the beginning and I wasn’t sure that I would ever be able to get the hang of this sport. As I continued to come in and practice while aging I found that I was capable of things most people would never even attempt much less master. Now I dance, leap and my legs split like a pair of scissors in the air before I land gracefully and present myself to the judges. I will then spin slowly with one leg extended outward and quickly flip my body twice before jumping into the air in a tucked roll. After I feel the balls of my feet land on that mat my arms will lift while my chest pushes forward to take in the roar of the crowd and at last I will feel that balance.
With a classic bass line throbbing behind glorious synths Balance brings the three men of Baltimore’s Future Islands to new heights. From the moment Samuel T. Herring lets his voice belt out you will be hooked and riveted. Nostalgia is imminent as you fall into the bass groove and those riveting synth melodies reminding you of artists that have come before repackaged and presented in a nature that gives it a rebirth. I can’t even believe that allowed myself this much time to sit on my laurels and not share this slice of pure pop bliss. Just give the single from their upcoming album On The Water to be released on Thrill Jockey in October a listen or ten here and I think you will agree that this style can still be updated, enjoyed, and embraced by an entire new generation of music listeners as well as those from generations gone by.
Future Islands – Balance
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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.
Nomadic Firs – Melo Nation
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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.
Blood Diamonds – Grins (Deptford Goth Remix)
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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.
RA CAILUM – I Know That You’ve Known
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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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