Monthly Archives: September 2014

Dry The River – “Alarms In The Heart”

Big vocals, sweeping anthems, great arrangements. Male vocals are a lot like Antony, of Antony & The Johnsons’ fame, but without the trademark warble. Accompanied by sweet female vocalist, it has a The Head & The Heart vibe. They sound like a lot of great artists (Jeff Buckley, Fleet Foxes, Mumford, etc) but the songs […]

The Sexbots-Songs For Jamil

Ilima Considine otherwise known as The Sexbots is back with a four track EP titled Songs For Jamil. As with her previous releases the music has a loungy, Trip Hop vibe and her vocals are sexually charged. There’s nothing wrong with having sensual vocals but here the lyrics feel forced and trite. It’s time for […]

Kasper Bjorke-After Forever

Kasper Bjorke’s latest album is titled After Forever. Bjorke has moved away from his Disco infused dance and this time has more of a Dance Synth sound. There are elements as well of New Wave and Synth Pop. There’s also nice Dark Synth vibe threaded into the tracks as well giving the tracks a nice […]

Love Can Prevail is the second full length album from Electric Wire Hustle. The music blendsPsychedelic Soul, With R&B and EDM. There’s quite a bit of this music going around these days but EWH has a sound that is very fresh and clean. It definitely has a through back feel that doesn’t feel trite or […]

Simian Mobile Disco-Whorl

The latest from Simian Mobile Disco is an album titled Whorl. The duo has taken a different direction in order to keep themselves fresh. Normally they have a high energy Minimal Techno/Techno House sound but here they have gone for a more subtle Ambient Dance sound. The tracks have a nice retro 90’s Ambient sound […]

Rene Lopez-Love Has No Mercy

Love Has No Mercy is the latest from Rene Lopez. Lopez has been around the NYC Latin Funk scene for quite some time and this album takes him in a different direction. The tracks still have a heavy Latin, Funk and Soul influence but also incorporates Disco Dance and New Wave. The tracks are funky […]

Menace and Lord-Sun, Moon and Stars

Sun, Moon and Stars is a collaboration between Kris Menace and Simon Lord. The music is pretty peppy, upbeat EDM with smooth vocals from Lord. There’s a spacey, dreamy vibe as well which helps the tracks to float rather than feel heavy or clunky. Tracks: 2,4,5,8,10,13

Second Sky-Touching the Surface

The latest album from Second Sky is titled Touching the Surface. The music is a blend of Lounge, Soul, Classical Indian music and has a downbeat Pop edge. They have been described as having a “minimal Beatles sound” especially on the track “Free” which has a strong George Harrison vibe to it. The tracks are […]

Nick Monaco-Mating Call

Debut album from Nick Monaco is titled Mating Call. Monaco’s previous work was on the Dirtybird label which specializes in Bay Area House that is usually very funky. This debut sticks with that vibe and has a fun upbeat vibe that is very funky and groovy. He mixes it up a bit with the track […]

Songs Without Words–from Bach to Bachianas

Works transcribed for guitar and cello. As the title suggests, a range of works from Bach to modern composers (Beaser, Lecuona, Bloch, Villa-Lobos and others). Play!

Utopia

A 2010 release of commissioned works by Joby Talbot & John Metcalfe for guitar plus other instrumentst or electronics. Beautiful, ethereal “art rock/classical” pieces. Absolutely play!

Bela Bartok–Fourteen Bagatelles

Surprisingly modern works by a Hungarian composer overlooked in his own country. Some intensity, play!

Sydney Hodkinson–A Keyboard Odyssey

Abstract, lyrical works for piano or organ. Play!

Generationals – “Black Lemon” (Single)

Lo-fi, upbeat, dance pop single from the Generational’s upcoming album,  Alix — to be released 9/16. Definitely a summer song, and appropriately released near the end of the hottest month, Black Lemon emanates jolly, marimba beats accompanied by catchy bells, whistle additions and a beat pad. Check it ! RIYL: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Givers, Born Ruffians, […]

The Muffs – Whoop Dee Doo

After 10 years The Muffs have finally released a record reminiscent of their typical 90’s, emotional, super-enunciated, upbeat pop-punk rock. Similar to the kind that graced the Clueless movie in 1995, the songs project Kim Shattuck’s voice, unchanged by time, still howling glottal stops and moaning vowels. All the songs kinda do sound the same, though. […]

Six Departures

Modern works for the lovely combination of flute, harp and viola. Play most!

Hidden Treasure–Viola Masterpieces

A collection of gracious works for viola and piano by varied composers: Enescu, Vieuxtemps, Mendelssohn, Bowen and more. Play most!

Allain Gaussin–Harmonie des Spheres

Avant-garde works for various instruments, Trk 6 dissonant with strings. Try sampling trks 2 & 3. Trk 5 somber piano.

Ruud Van Eeten–Inner Music

Contemporary works for sax quartet, piano quartet or string quintet, some intensity, interesting!

Uarekena

The Fandango Guitar Quartet performs gracious works mostly transcribed, by Brouwer, Grieg (well-known from Peer Gynt), Assad and others. Trk 10 by Kindle is fantastic!

The Art of the Saxophone

Very interesting eclectic mix of pieces for sax, both solo and with accompaniment, ranging from “classical” to jazz/rock and avant-garde. Play most!

Forever is Composed of Nows–Brass Quintets

A variety of pieces for brass quintet, some with voice (fables and poetry). Starer’s pieces for brass and harp interesting!

Odesza-In Return

The latest from Odesza is an album titled In Return. Their second album has a dreamy EDM feel to it with hints of Post Dubstep, Synth Dance and Ambient and the tracks are very smooth. RIYD: Tycho, Slow Magic Tracks: All Good

Rufus Du Sol-Atlas

Atlas is the debut album from Rufus Du Sol. The music has a smooth Indie Dance vibe that is upbeat and sunny. There are some nice Synth Dance and Disco Dance aspects blended into the music as well. The album though feels a little too long and the tracks are a little too similar to […]

Larry Kucharz-Smpncs

Smphncs is the latest work from artist Larry Kucharz. The album is a compilation of his works from 1977 to 2013 and his style is a mix of Ambient, Experimental and Electro-Classical. The music bounces around from the light-hearted tracks “Elevator Phantasy Waltz” and “Toccata 43” to the more somber tracks “Adagio 43” and “Largo […]