Monthly Archives: June 2014

ALEXIS TAYLOR // AWAIT BARBARIANS (DOMINO)

HOT CHIP FRONTMAN 2ND LP. EMOTIONAL SINGER-SONGWRITER W/ INTIMATE LYRICS. HONEYED VOCALS, WARM INSTRUMENTATION, DRUM MACHINE HITS. PLAY: 3, 2, 5, 7, 11, 12 RIYL: HOT CHIP, ARIEL PINK, MATTHEW DEAR

PHOX // PHOX (PARTISAN)

ACOUSTIC POP-ROCK W/ BOUYANT AFRICAN/CARIBBEAN GROOVES BEHIND MOODY REFLECTIONS. FEMALE VOCALS, STRINGS, HORNS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 8 FCC: 7 RIYL: FEIST, YOUR FRIEND, EX HEX

LEE BAINS III // DECONSTRUCTED (SUB POP)

SOUTHERN-STYLE SLUDGY NOISE ROCK W/ COUNTRY TWANG. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 FCC: 3 RIYL: ALABAMA SHAKES

SAY HI // ENDLESS WONDER (BARSUK)

LO-FI SYNTH ROCK, BRITTLE DRUMS, SKRONKY GUITARS. ALL OVER THE MAP BUT TIGHT STRUCTURE. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7 RIYL: GENERATIONALS, DALE EARNHARDT JR JR, TELEKINESIS

PETER MATTHEW BAUER //LIBERATION (MEXICAN SUMMER)

FORMER MEMBER OF THE WALKMEN DEBUT. VARIES FROM POLYRHYTHMIC ISLAND MUSIC TO SLOW 60’S BEAT BANDS TO AMERICAN HEARTLAND ROCK. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 RIYL; THE WALKMEN, WAR ON DRUGS, FATHER JOHN MISTY

miniature tigers // cruel runnings (yebo)

Sun-drenched silly 80’s synthpop grooves on their 4th LP. Vintage Casio, new wave vocals. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 8, 10 FCC: 2, 3, 7, 9 RIYL: BORN RUFFIANS, SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN

Glass Animals-Zaba

Debut album from Glass Animals is titled Zaba. The music is rooted in mellow Electro R&B but has elements of Tropicalia and Downtempo. The vocals are lush and smooth and the lyrics are creative and catch your attention. Overall a solid debut that is smooth and is part of the new Electro R&B genre. RIYD: […]

Jon Hopkins-We Disappear 12″

We Disappear 12” is a three track single from Jon Hopkins. The disc contains two versions of We Disappear plus the track Abandon Window. The tracks are Minimal Techno with an ethereal feel to them. Tracks: All Good

Napolian-Incursio

Incursio is the Napolian’s debut album for the Software label. The music bounces around from light hearted retro Synth Dance to bouncy Downtempo Dub to Electro Hop to more intense Bass Music and Drum and Bass. The key to this album though is that even though it bounces around it has a very good flow […]

The latest from Blackburner is an album titled From Dusk to Dub. The music is super grimy EDM with heavy glitch and massive bass. Get ready to party and get down and dirty with these tracks. The album also contains a bonus disc titled Bass Warning which came out in 2013 and is smoother and […]

Josh Harris-You Make Me Dance

You Make Me Dance is a single by Josh Harris and features Kristin Dennis. The single contains six tracks, the original edit plus five remixes. The music is straight up EDM and is very upbeat and has a high intensity to it. It’s time to dance, dance, dance! Tracks: 1,3,4

Lone-Reality Testing

The latest from artist Lone is an album titled Reality Testing. The music is very smooth Electro Hop with touches of Funk, Ambient, Lounge and Downtempo. While a little bit smoother, there are also elements of Chicago House and Detroit Techno infusing the Electro Hop sound with some solid beats. The result is a sound […]

Ted Rosenthal Trio (Playscape) “Rhapsody in Gershwin”

Ted’s  equal facility in playing Jazz  and Classical music puts him in the perfect place for this project.  The skillful re-arrangement of “Rhapsody in Blue”  includes intriguing sections of stride/ blues/ mambo and the personalized stamp of his improvising. The other 7 pieces  are adept ( and at times witty) renditions of some of the […]

Dave Stryker (Strikezone) “Eight Track”

Soulfully swingin’ renditions of 60’s/70’s pop tunes in the style of that era’s guitar/organ jazz  combos, with additional improvisational interest  provided by Stefon Harris’ Vibes.  Nice variety of tempo ….(the slower tracks are #’s 5 and 8)    

Lotz of Music (VIA) “Blues For Yemaya”

The quintet ‘Lotz of Music’ , led by German flutist /composer Mark Alban Lotz in collaboration with musicians in Havana, Cuba (mostly percussion &  voice) who are deeply connected to the Santeria Tradition.  Recorded in Havana in April of 1997. Mucho Ache ! Authentic re-interpretations of prayer-songs from a powerful Afro-Cuban Sacred Tradition.  

Signal Problems (pfMentum) “Signal Problems”

Trumpeter / Composer Danny Gouker and 3 mates who started playing together in the Baltimore area a few years ago and have since relocated to Brooklyn N.Y.  Very much in this musical moment while taking inspiration from past masters who were not only fine , original players/composers but were able to put together ‘one-of-a-kind’ ensembles […]

The Awakening Orchestra (Innova) “Vol. 1: This Is Not the Answer”

Not your typical Jazz Big Band recording.  One moment the rhythm section is up-front with a soloist….various motives bubbling in the other instruments in the background….then the entire ensemble is roaring to a huge climax.  The music seems to follow a dramatic arc, almost as if a story line is woven as a connecting thread […]

Jean-Philppe Gregoire (Big Round Records) “Sounds From The Delta”

J-P G.’s Quartet (Paris based, 3 Frenchman, 1 Belgian) plays 8 Gregoire  originals & 2 covers (9 & 10). The leader has an attractive guitar sound and uses effects judiciously. As a composer,  his pieces are varied in feeling. From uptempo cookers (1 ,3, 5 and 7) to the laid-back…including  a solo guitar feature on […]

Joe LoCasio and Woody Witt (Blue Bamboo) “Absinthe”

A paired-down , straight ahead homage to the music of Billy Strayhorn. The duo setting invites focus on the beauty of Strayhorn”s music , while the clarity of these works highlights the talents of these two accomplished Houston, Tx based improvisers.

Project Trio (Project Trio, Harmonyville) “Instrumental”

  Brooklyn N.Y. based Chamber Trio whose music exhibits influence from many genres. There’s an attractive feeling of lightness, joy and fun. 2 ‘Classical’ covers (1 & 11)  , a Brazilian Choro (6) and the rest are originals by the group members. Patillo (flute) often uses the breathy, vocal-inflected approach (ALA Rahsaan or Ian Anderson […]

THE FLIGHT REACTION // SELF-TITLED (13 O’CLOCK RECORDS)

SWEDISH GARAGE/PSYCHEDELIC/PUNK W/FUZZ. FORMED IN 2009 FROM ASHES OF 3 DIFFERENT BANDS W. THEIR ROOTS GOING BACK TO LATE 80’S/EARLY 90’S UNDERGROUND GARAGE SCENE. PLAY: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 RIYL: 13TH FLOOR ELEVATORS, THE HOLLIES

MAKTHAVERSKAN // II (RUN FOR COVER RECORDS)

SWEDISH POST-PUNK BAND’S 2ND LP. 80’S FIRST-WAVE GOTH WITH UPLIFTING POP JANGLE. RAW, HEAVY COMPOSITIONS LIFTED BY SOARING FEMALE VOCALS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 8 FCC: 1, 7 RIYL: JESUS & MARY CHAIN, BLOUSE

HAMILTON LEITHAUSER // BLACK HOURS (RIBBON MUSIC)

THE WALKMEN FRONTMAN DEBUT. LONELY PIANO/VOCAL TRACKS TO LOUD, LIVE ROCK. MEMBERS OF VAMPIRE WEEKEND, DIRTY PROJECTORS. SHINS, FLEET FOXES, THE WALKMEN. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 7, 9, 10 RIYL: THE WALKMEN, EELS

3108 // 3108 (TROUBLE IN MIND)

DIZZYING & ADDICTIVE CANDY-COATED UK SYNTH-POP. PLAY: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 RIYL: SOFT MOON, OMD, WILD NOTHING, SOFT CELL

ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT // PARTY JAIL (INFINITY CAT RECORDINGS)

MINIMALIST PUNK DUO W/ POP VIBES  & LAZY, NASALLY VOCALS. EQUALLY LOUD/DESTRUCTIVE & PENSIVE/HAUNTING. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 11 RIYL: NO AGE, THEE OH SEES, PROTOMARTYR, OFF!