Finally a great hiphop-album this year, I was on my way to becoming a little worried. Last year the phenomenal Jalin Roze released an album I still enjoy at least once a week. In 2012 I've heard some nice things (The Wurxs), but nothing yet that I can listen over and over again. Untill now!
No Threat by Atherton is a fresh album. The beats are easy on the ears, the lyrics are good, even brilliant at times. With lines in there I wish I'd written. The kind of songlines that really makes you wonder how the hell he came up with that. It's almost crazy, but it comes out brilliant.
The diversity on this album is amazing. Some tracks are dark, others are light and easy. Which is something that is not easy to produce and usually works very well. Especially on a hiphop-album. For some reason hiphop-albums have a bigger risk of getting monotonous.
With these 4 tracks you can clearly hear how creative this album is. The beats take a little of a lot of different styles and each style mixes great with the other. Final track "Paul Simon Songs" is my favourite, and a great example of the fun this album holds. Atherton clearly enjoyed writing this, and I sure as hell enjoy hearing it. On a daily bases for a few weeks now.
Ten fine tracks on a great 3rd album by this talented rapper. Go listen to the other 6 tracks on his bandcamp and get yourself a copy for only 5 Dollars. Worth every penny!
A few weeks ago I received SEESAW. After writing a little something sweet about two of their songs last year, The Rest emailed a digital copy of their new album for me to hear. With the weeks passing by they went on releasing a new song every week, while I was falling madly in love with their album a little more everytime I heard it.
"Always on my Mind", was the 1st track I heard last year and is still one of my favourite songs on this album. A year ago it was just a good song, this time around it's a good song on a great record.
The Rest has created a record that slows down and speeds up from time to time, but never slows down too much, and too much speed is pretty much impossible. lead singer Adam Bentley sometimes sounds a little like U2's Bono, which usually is not a good thing, but he gets away with it. Since it's not a constant reference, but only at certain moments, it is acceptable and luckely this band writes songs that outscore U2 any day of the week, so any slight U2-reference I had, was easily overcome.
Just like the best albums out there, there is really no point in just posting four songs here, as this album is best enjoyed from start to finish. You've heard the opening and finishing tracks and two of my favourite 8 songs stuck in between, now get yourself over to their bandcamp-page and listen to The Rest, because this is one release you don't want to miss out on!
Catchy as hell, this new video by San Cisco. Together with their previous single 'Awkward', this is taken from their recently released EP Awkward. The Australian band is just loaded with fun and easy sing-a-long tunes. Not all brilliant, but probably great on a Summer festival with a cold beer and a pretty girl.
Renaud Garcia-Fons usually shares the stage with several others, but this Spring he released a solo album called Solo -- the Marcevol Concert. Kalimbass is one of the songs on this album and it's not only a great track, but also pretty incredible to see what one man with one instrument can create. It's not easy to find more music from this solo album, but you can hear some more excerpts from the album on his website www.renaudgarciafons.com.
So this album had me in doubt. As I discover great music and share this with you, I usually skip the big releases that you will most likely read about of hear from without me writing about it. This is why I haven't written anything on that beautiful album by Michael Kiwanuka or that amazing debut album by my 2011-sweethearts Dry The River. They were both in my newspaper at some point over the last few months, so despite having listened to both albums A LOT, I haven't written a single word on it, and probably never will.
With that out of the way, let's look at Beach House, a Baltimore trio that has released their new album Bloom a few weeks ago. And I'll just tell it right now, it's perfection on a disc. It's a trippy Summer-record that'll make me want to walk around with sunglasses on all the time, nevermind the rain, thunder or snow. For the last week I've woken up everyday with this on my mind. I took showers with the door open, so I could hear the music, I went to work with it on my headphones and I ignored stopsigns because I was too far into the music to notice the rest of the world. Especially final track "Irene" is hypnotizing.
As I said this album had me in doubt, because Beach House has 260.000 fans on facebook, a decent record label behind them and I can buy the vinyl in my local online record store. There's a reasonable chance you've heard of them before. But some things are too good to ignore, too beautiful not to share and it would be such a waste if you'd miss out on this great record.
"This is the first single from Lemolo's debut full length album, The Kaleidoscope. The album will be released on July 3, 2012."
And what a fine 1st single this is. Very relaxing, dreamy soundscapes with a certain tension underneath. Perfect for dark Wednesday nights and rainy Thursday mornings. But probably just perfect any moment of the week.
There's a reasonably long list of albums, EPs en songs that I want to spend some time on writing about. Telling the webs how good that album, EP or song is. These albums etc have spend a decent amount of time playing on my stereo, laptop and/or mp3-player. And then there's Luchi and their brand new released Luchi EP.
Just started listening to this 5-track EP 3 days ago (thx to Bandcamp Hunter), but I'm hooked! "Falcor" is mesmerizing as hell, making it completely impossible not to move. The great thing is, it's not just 1 great, mesmerizing and beautiful song. There's 5 of 'em! With "Falcor" as my personal favourite, but "Clockwork" is just as great. and so are the other 3 songs on this fine EP. Which is rapidly on its way of becoming my first Australian import. I don't believe in rating albums, as it's all a matter of taste, but this gets 6 out of 5.
So I've been loving the shit out of The Rest's upcoming release SEESAW, but I'm holding back writing something about it untill it's officially here (mainly cuz I'll have the option of including whichever song I want using their Bandcamp-page). To support them and their great album I don't mind sharing some great live sessions they've done in the past. A few weeks ago there was a very special live version of Always On My Mind, today I suggest you give this live version of "John Huston" a few spins. It's not as warm as the album version, but there's nothing really wrong with that. It just proves (again) how great the songs are this band writes. Two more weeks untill the album is released, but there's a new FREE track to download, go here and get it while it's hot!
j. viewz has a new album out and this beautiful video belongs a fantastic track. I think I can listen to this all night long while I'm installing everything on my brand new laptop (I just hád to mention this, I'm sorry). Go to his website to hear more and order yourself a copy.
Last September I fell a little in love with Air Review's American's Son EP. After that I kinda lost track of them, something that can happen when there's this much great music being released almost daily. Last week I found out they did a live acoustic session in the Church of the Incarnation in Dallas.
This acoustic live session gives their songs some more warmth than the album versions and the harmonies are just beautiful. The videos give a nice impression of the atmosphere that was created. Watch all 4 songs at http://incarnation.airreview.net/.