Chris Bathgate recorded a Daytrotter Session, which was released last weekend (click the image to visit the Daytrotter-site to listen/download). There's not much to say about this really, just that it is very beautiful. It's raining like crazy outside, but inside there's hot coffee, a semi-dark kitchen with just the light of the laptop and the sweet soft music of these 4 great songs. I could spent my entire day like this..
Lotte Kestner has been mentioned earlier this year with her fine album China Mountain B-sides, which was released back in 2009. Two weeks ago she released a new EP, called Extra Covers, which (you guessed it) contains a collection of covers, 6 in total. The only song i reckonized was Beyonce's Halo, which is a daring choice, but she gets away with it. Another fine track is Black Metallic, which apparantly was originally done by Catherine Wheel, an early 90s rockband. I'm almost drifting off there in 90s melancholie, which is also a little bit the issue with this EP. I like Lotte Kestner, she has a beautiful voice and is capable of singing little masterpieces, but apart from the 2 songs i've mentioned she doesn't really do that on this EP. For a total listening experience i prefer China Mountain B-sides, but Halo and Black Metallic deserve some airtime, cuz they're both a great showcase for Lotte Kestner's talent.
Not a real Monday due to some silly Christian-thing, but since i'm at work today i might aswell make it a regular Monday and with that a regular Monday Morning Kick-Off. This time with Caroline by Modern Tapes, whose debut EP has been released last week, which you can stream (and download for free) here. Great track to start the week off with, have a good one!
Heard the Hot New Trash EP by FOE almost 2 months ago just when it was released and i rocked away to it during the nighttime a few nights in a row back then, cuz it's a good little EP for midnight alcohol sessions.. Eventually ordered myself the good old cassette tape version with cassetteplayer handpainted by FOE.. (!!) and it rocks. The name of this EP fits the music, cuz it's hot trash and i'm loving it! Even on a sober Sunday afternoon it blows up the speakers in the best way possible!
Although i'm a fan of hiphop-music, it's not easy to discover the great new things that are undoubtfully out there. I spend too much time listening to hiphop-artists that are not doing anything new or special. So far the only new album i've been listening to was Aziz' Leave Me Az Iz, everything else is older, sometimes from a previous millenium.. Untill now! Jalin Roze's The Brilliance suits the name, just because it's a really good hiphop-album. From the 1st second throughout the entire album it has me focussed on the nice beats and sharp lyrics. Which (thank god) are not all about bitches, hoes, cars, rims and money.. Finally another decent hiphop-album to help me through the Summer (somehow, i link hiphop to Summertime, it might be a Fresh Prince/Jazzy Jeff-thing, who knows..?). It is hard to believe, but you can download Jalin Roze's album for free through his bandcamp and that is a well-worth download. I suggest you'd even try to send him some money, cuz he's earned it..!
Luke Rathborne has done something special, he wrote 2 debut-EP's and released them together. They are both incredibly beautiful and now that i've finally taken a few days to hear it i'm truly amazed by the great talent of this singer-songwriter. The 2 parts of the EP show different sides of Luke, but both sides are truly talented. I Can Be One is my personal favourite, it gets under my skin. If that makes any sense.. Great debut, possibly the best we'll hear this year..!
This weeks Monday Morning Kick-Off is another banger from Lightwaves, who had the honour of kickin' off the week a few weeks ago with Working All Day. And although i usually try to prevend repeating myself, this is just such a great track & a really good start of any day, but especially the Monday! Have a good week!
This EP was released in April and is extremely beautiful. I bought it when i was halfway through the 1st song and the only thing i'm disappointed about is the fact i didn't get myself one of those 500 (orange) limited edition vinyls they've started selling per yesterday. Conveyor reminds me of Grizzly Bear and a little Fleet Foxes (but more of GB, to be honest), 2 highly appreciated bands in my home and this is gonna be on heavy rotation for a long, long time..!
On release for next week, but already streaming for a few days (click the album-cover above) is the complete new Arctic Monkeys-album. So far i was ignoring the whole hype around this release, but now i've heard the entire album a few times i cannot say i'm not interested anymore. I will give it a few more spins before i form my judgement, but so far i'm pleasantly surprised!
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