27-07-2013 // Album: Dave Walsh - Storyboard|
This was a great Must-Have of the Month-candidate for last month and again for August, but it eventually got over-ruled by two other great albums. July's Must-Have is Weekend Riot Club's debut album, next months album will be announced when August has actually started. But onto the great album at hand: Storyboard by Dave Walsh, an English drummer from the Leeds College of Music.
The album is all instrumental. Jazz in a lot of different forms, but always with a solid groove & amazing solos. Dave Walsh plays a lot of instruments himself, but he has an impressive group of talented musicians around him. None of the names ring any bells in my Jazz-memories, but that just makes me happier. To know that there are so much talented musicians out there. A statement I've always lived by since I started bloggin' and decided to ignore the hypes and magazines.
Dave Walsh has written all the compositions himself. He has released some music in the past (his website seems a bit outdated) and I would love to hear some of it. Based on this album, he has a talent for composing. Last year I was completely hooked on the instrumental album by Rebecca Brandt (and I still am), but for 2013 the most played instrumental album has to be this. I listen to it almost 10 times a week and I never get tired of it. I hope a lot of people take notes, because this is what music should sound like. You can get a digital copy for only 4 Pounds, which is cheap as hell for such great music. There's really no excuse not get it.
Great. Fucking. Album.
19-07-2013 // Track: ARMS - Comfort|
The first track from his forthcoming new album EP2, set for release in September, this is ARMS.
18-07-2013 // Album: :novemthree: - Renewing|
Some albums are just made for the darkest hours of the day, Renewing by :novemthree: is such an album. Dark, slow and mesmerizing songs. Haunting melodies with perfectly suitable vocals. You can easily picture yourself in a dark forest, with nothing but the leaves blowing, the campfire softly whispering and the shadows scaring the shit out of you every few minutes. While the music softly plays, completing the beautiful and terrifying scenery.
Not all the songs are of the same dark and mellow type, that would be too depressing for most people. The album nicely switches from the dark, haunting songs to something more light and sweet, such as 'Sunlight' or 'Sing of Beauty'.
Yet the darker songs are more intense. They go deeper, drag you into the woods, knock you out and fill your mind with nightmares through your ears. But perhaps, rather than nightmares, this is the perfect music for beautiful dreams. Just relaxing in bed, ready for sleep. A few candles lit, stereo softly playing. Maybe some scented oil. And if you're not alone in there, may I suggest a tender massage?
Anyway, before I drift off and spend the next hour writing sick little porn stories, let me just end with the few ideas I've given you and let the beautiful music of this great record take you where it is you wanna go. Dreamland or dark hell, that's up to you.
16-07-2013 // Track: Eeek! - B.E.S.|
About 12 years ago I met a girl. She was extreme in a lot of ways; She was loud, she was straight to the point, she was in your face. Always. She was also beautiful and she had a great voice. On the first day we've met we went shopping together and I bought myself a bright red pair of pants that were loose enough to fit 4 of me. On the second day we played 'Stairway to Heaven', I was just learning the chords on acoustic guitar and she knew the lyrics. It was a little match made in heaven and that voice won me over even more than she'd done without singing the day before.
We lost track of each other a long time ago, but she once gave me a cd with some songs from her band on it. It was all pretty bad teenage rocksongs, except for this one song. I fell in love straight away and over the years that have passed I have listened to it 1000s of times. And everytime I hear it, I remember that one hour we had playing and singing Led Zep's classic together. And right after that I remember how she tried to stab someone that 1st day we met.
All the personal memories aside, this is a beautiful song. I've uploaded it on my own soundcloud, but please note that I have nothing to do with the song, neither do I own any rights to it. On request, the song will be removed. Now turn off your phone and listen to this for at least 12 times in a row. I have tonight. I've done so several nights before. And I'll do it again for many nights to come.
15-07-2013 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: The Coppertone - Young Blood|
The morning is long gone, but the day is still young and the week has just started. After a busy weekend enjoying the many beautiful things North Sea Jazz 2013 had to offer, it's nice to kick off the new week with something completely different. The Coppertone is a cool female rocker with a powerful voice & dito sound. This is a new project for her after a failed contract with a record company and it's a great new start for her. Have a good week!
14-07-2013 // Plug in, Baby!: Plug in, Baby! 3rd Anniversary|
It's been 3 years since Plug in, Baby! first started. Loads of great music has been discovered and shared & and the battle continues for another 12 months. Let's celebrate in style!
13-07-2013 // Introducing: Saint Helena Dove|
Dutch singer-songwriter Saint Helena Dove has a beautiful voice, writes beautiful songs and for that a perfect addition to this weekend. I'm spending my weekend at the North Sea Jazz Festival in Rotterdam, I've heard great music last night (BADBADNOTGOOD was live even better than that highly addictive album I've shared with you a few weeks ago) and will probably hear loads of great tunes the next 2 days, but on a slow Saturday morning it's nice to read the paper, drink some coffee and relax with something simply beautiful. Like these 3 tunes by Saint Helena Dove.
These 2 tracks are from a 4-track EP released in February of 2012, a fine little introduction to this talented singer. The live-video here is from just a few weeks ago and brings other talented singer-songwriters in mind, like Angel Olsen. A video I've been addicted to for weeks and months. Just like I've been listening to Saint Helena Dove everyday since I've 1st was introduced to her fine tunes.
Saint Helena Dove is hopefully working on more new songs & I'm looking forward a lot to a full album with more intense songs. Keep up with her via www.facebook.com/Sainthelenadove, I know I will.
09-07-2013 // Must-Have of the Month: Weekend Riot Club - PSYCHOTROPIA|
Must-Have of the Month for July was a hard decision with a mind-blowing hiphop album by Ugly Heroes and 2 more highly addictive albums battling for some precious airtime on the stereo. The winner is PSYCHOTROPIA by Weekend Riot Club, a hard-rocking, head-knocking album, best enjoyed played as loud as possible.
Beware that 'Fly Away' might get stuck in your head, I've had the experience for the last few days singing "Take a deep breath and hold on tight, Let's fly away" pretty much everywhere I went.
The whole album oozes a 90s rockchick-feel, but with a modern twist to it. Being a 90s-kid this is probably one of the reasons I'm so madly in love with this album. The riffs are cold and hard, the drums loud and relentless, the lyrics are mostly about love, brought to you by lead-singer Melissa.
For some reason I feel I shouldn't be so hyped up about this album, perhaps because of that obvious 90s-link this album holds. But this album is just 100% fun. You can dance, rock, jump, run and basically just go hard to this. It's a primal thing, I'd say typical male aswell, but since there's a pretty girl doing the vocals on this record that doesn't really make sense.
Bottom line: Great! Fucking! Record!
07-07-2013 // Track: Crushes - Love Is Lost|
The next beautiful Summer day is best celebrated with another great track. This sweaty banger from Crushes is perfect for a hot Summer day. It's their 1st release, but I'm hoping on more great tunes before Fall sets in. But for now, let's dance!
06-07-2013 // Track: Anton Walgrave - Celebration|
It's weekend for the non-vacation people of the world. It's sunny as hell & we spend about 10 hours at the beach bbq-ing and party-ing yesterday. In a few minutes I'll be leaving on the next trip & I don't expect to be home soon. The Summer is finally here, let's celebrate with a great new track by Anton Walgrave. One of Belgium's finest singer-songwriters.
04-07-2013 // Album: Ugly Heroes - Ugly Heroes|
After 2 days of listening pretty much non-stop to this hiphop-album I knew I struck gold. Thanks to a good friend who tipped this, I finally heard a great hiphop-album that is actually released in 2013. Based on the major opinion Kanye's new album is also worth hearing, I'll get to that later. For now, I'm still hooked on this.
This album sounds a lot like the conscious rap that was coming up 20 years ago with Mos Def, Common & Pharaohe Monch. The sound of that last group was probably a big inspiration to Ugly Heroes. No matter where it comes from though, what matters is what it sounds like today. And it sounds good.
Usually I just type a few lines and let you enjoy the music and form your own opinion on the things I put on this blog. But this album has me to hyped up that I want to keep on talking about the great lyrics, the fine beats with that oldschool-vibe taking me back to the 1st time I listened to Common and Mos Def and how mind-blown I was back then.
I won't though. You just listen to to these four tracks and you'll probably decide to check out the entire album at http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/ugly-heroes. You should!
Great. Fucking. Album.