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05-11-2011 // Album: Real Estate - Days

One of the best new albums that has been released this year is the relaxed indiepop album "Days" by Real Estate.

It's Real was released as a 1st single earlier this year and is a great way of getting to know the band. It's an up-tempo song with energizing guitars and smooth vocals. The songs makes it pretty much impossible to sit still and brings out the sun no matter how cold the day is.


Album-opener Easy has the same positive vibe to it and when i 1st heard the album and this track i already knew this was gonna be a good 41-minute trip. After the 1st complete listen i was even more sure that this is a golden album. There are a few more songs like these 2 on the album, but there's also a few different strokes on it. The instrumental Kinder Blumen is something unexpected, but the easy riffs makes this a perfect fit for the album & i find myself humming the tune on a daily bases.

My favourite track of the album is All The Same, the finishing touch. It's a 7-minute trip that takes us through everything good that Real Estate has to offer. It starts off as another fine tune, but ends up being a seemingly endless instrumental trip, that'll continue for another 4 minutes. Making it a perfect moment to end the album with and inspire you to play it again right after the last note has died.


This is the perfect waking-up album, it doesn't matter how you wake up, once you hear these fine tunes your day will brighten up and all you need to do to keep it that way it get yourself a new dose of this fantastic album.

31-10-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Big Scary - Gladiator


The 2nd single by Australian duo Big Scary is a perfect way to start a new week with. It's fun, danceable and a little noisy, but not too much. A great Monday Morning Kick-Off if it were up to me (and guess what, it is up to me..). Have a good week!

26-10-2011 // Album: Jhameel - The Human Condition



The above set of 5 tracks is a raw, yet very good impression of Jhameel's album "The Human Connection", which he released earlier this year. The only non-album track here is Shut Up, the other 4 are on the album that is extremely well worth hearing. A few relations that come to mind when hearing this album is Prince is his best years, and title track The Human Condition even had me thinking of Michael Jackson, not the least of artist to be related with.. This is a great combination of raw-funk and more sensitive tracks, that show a different side of Jhameel, a side not uncovered in this teaser-set.

As said, these 5 songs are only representing Jhameel's more funky side, but when you get the album (which you can download on a "whatever-you-can-spare"-bases), you'll find out there's more to him than meets the eye right away in the 1st track. This track was a little disappointing when i 1st heard it, as i was expecting to be blasting more crazy uptempo shit, but after hearing it a few times it actually is as good as the more danceable tracks on the album, just good in a different way. Jhameel turns out to be a very diverse character, listening to the interesting lyrics only makes this a more impressive 2nd album from the youngster. This album is on heavy-rotation over @pluginbaby.nl and will probably be for a very long time, not sure if i can call it a potential "best album of the year" yet, but the fact i'm considering it does mean something, right..?

25-10-2011 // EP: Megan Bonnell - MAPS


On another blog i stumbled upon a little review on this 4-track EP by Megan Bonnell and it was a bit of a negative writing. It stated that Megan Bonnell's EP was not 'different' enough to make her stand out compared to other female singer-songwriters. An opinion i do not share at all. After all the girls-with-guitars i've heard passing by over the months, it's very refreshing to hear something a bit more powerfull. Piano-driven tracks that give her amazing voice all the time to shine, with Lake Superior being the absolute highlight of this EP.

I can relate to the mentioned review on some level, as title track Maps is not very special, but it's certainly not a bad song. It's a decent ballad that has nothing wrong with it. All together, with 2 absolutely stunning tracks & 2 plain beautiful songs on a 4-track EP i think Megan Bonnell has released a fantastic ep with this one.

24-10-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Hunting Foxes - Dance Again, Baby


A little bit of a special Monday Morning Kick-Off for me, cuz i have the week off. No getting myself ready for another week at the office, but just relaxing the Monday morning away with cleaning the kitchen (it's a dirty job, but somebody... etc. etc.) and some nice music. This track by Hunting Foxes is a good way to start the week with, no matter if you're going to (or already arrived at) work or if you're celebrating the good life, like i am. They've just released their 2nd EP, which has the brilliant title "You Might Not Like Us But Your Girlfriend Does" and it has more songs like Dance Again, Baby. if you like it, be sure to give the entire EP a spin. For now, have a good week (i know i will)!

19-10-2011 // Album: Christine Leakey - Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure (preview)


I love teasers, especially if they are so promising that they leave you wanting more. These 3 tracks get several spins a day here @pluginbabynl; they are different, exciting and contain a certain thrill. It sounds vague, but that's how it is. All 3 tracks make me more curious about the entire record, a little more everytime i hear 'em. Is it December yet!?

17-10-2011 // Monday Morning Kick-Off: [MM-KO] Brite Futures - Too Young To Kill


Monday Morning Kick-Off this week with a fun video and good track by Brite Futures. The video is so full of silly references that the music is a little bit set to the 2nd plan, bu if you listen without looking at the video you'll hear a cool Monday morning-track.
Have a good week!

16-10-2011 // Album: Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Tape Club


Technically, this album will be released in 2 days, but the great thing about Bandcamp is that you can already hear the album and purchase it through their system. So October 18 is only the physical release date of ‘Tape Club’. A collection of 26 (!!) songs that Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin have written in the 10 years they’ve been making music together. If anything, this collection shows that this band is capable of using a lot of different styles in their music. Listening to 10 years of Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin is like listening to 50 years of music history. Although the 60s and 70s are probably most referenced in their music, the 80s and more clearly the 90s are unmistakenly there. Since the new millenium music has donated a lot of it’s time on looking back it only makes sense that a band that’s been around for 10 years combines all the good stuff from the past.

Because it’s good stuff they’re combining. This collection takes a few spins to get used to, as it is clearly a collection of different songs from different moments in their evolution. As to where a whole album usually is more in sync with itself. But the great power here is that huge range of sounds they offer. They could probably not make a better introduction for themselves as a band as they have done with 'Tape Club'. Another highlight for 2011, one of many, but one of the brightest ones..!

15-10-2011 // Album: Lou Canon - Lou Canon



Lou Canon has made one of the finest albums of the year. i bought this album right away via her bandcamp-page after the last note of the final song faded out. And I continue to listen to it again and again several times a day (hence the silence on the blog over the last 2 days..). The great thing about this album is the variety in the songs. Lou Canon has crafted a serie of 10 songs in which she displays a talent to work with several types of songs. She can be very sweet and soft (to find your bed, my girls), but also very up-tempo, making a song like a little party you want to attend to (heart of, close to me).

Besides the fine tunes Lou Canon and her partner-in-crime Hayden crafted for this debut-album, it’s that variety that makes this album something special from start to finish. I’m undoubtfully a sucker for (pretty) girls with guitars and the beautiful, usually sweet, soft tunes they create. These singer-songwriters can usually produce a good, sometimes great, dreamy EP with a few good tracks and pretty vocals.. A whole album is something different though, because 10 dreamy songs have a good chance of becoming boring or just mellow background music. Lou Canon dodges that bullet on this album by gearing up from time to time.

This is best enjoyed any time of the day; I woke up with this album, read the paper in the morning to it, cooked my diner singing along & at the moment I’m reading a book, while drinking a cold beer with Lou Canon singing. I’m pretty sure I will fall asleep to her voice tonight aswell, just like last night.
Great album. Good job Lou!


 
 




 
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