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ESESE – AINTNO by OBSA
January 20, 2015, 4:12 PM
Filed under: Vocals | Tags: , , , , , ,

You are dreaming and in your dreams theres a boat, a smooth beat and a good friend with you and you are rapping lines like ‘…life changing young brother like DMT, eye opening mothersucker like LSD…’ then you wake up. Unlike you ESESE (Eastern Seaboard Electric Soul Experience) have made their dreams reality. A Melbourne based collective of talented artists who reside in the cool summer breeze of Melbourne’s flourishing music scene, Hudson James Jnr and Hancoq are featured in the dreamy summer time visuals. AINTNO stopping a young brother who’s presence is reminiscent of DMT.

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Dr. Bones & Marigold – Treehouse by Chris
March 18, 2014, 3:14 PM
Filed under: Chilled, Vocals | Tags: , , , ,

I didn’t realise, but I had my speakers turned up really, really far when I hit play on the intro track of Treehouse so my first reaction was HOLY CRAP THAT BASS IS LOUD! But even with my stupidity getting in the way, it made for an enriching listen.

For a bit of background, Dr. Bones is a future beat producer out of NYC (I’m sure regular readers will enjoy his two free EPs to be found here and here) while Marigold is a Boston-based vocalist. The pair have created a layered electronic-folky type sound full of them delicious organic samples. My heart was pounding a mile a minute after being startled by the initial volume I had my speakers set to (again, my fault- not theirs), but luckily the album is beautifully relaxing.



Ape Tit by Chris
December 5, 2012, 3:34 PM
Filed under: Beats, Dance, Jazz | Tags: , , , , , ,

Ape Tit is a funky beat duo out of Denver who utilize real instruments in their production to create jazzy hip-hop beats. Electric Elephant  is an older release (it hit bandcamp back in May this year), while Make Love To YOU only appeared on Soundcloud a week or two ago.

Less words, more music:



James Litherland – Where To Turn by Chris
March 4, 2012, 11:00 AM
Filed under: Rock, video, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

This weekend I’m going to hit you up with another video (perhaps I’ll do this regularly from now on):

The main focus is on the first minute or so- James Blake fans will get tingles. Funnily enough, it was James Blake‘s father who produced Where to Turn, released back in November ’06 before James Blake heavily re-worked it into the minimalist-electronica piece that it is now The Wilhelm Scream. Give the original a listen and see what you think- I must admit progressive rock is not usually my thing, and James Blake did such a magnificent job capturing the mournful emotion behind the lyrics in his version; but I’m a real sucker for talking about samples and the whole father/son thing makes for a neat story.

Of-course, if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you simply must check out James Blake‘s The Whilhelm Scream which I coincidently included on this mixtape.

Also, if you think this sort of stuff is cool- I recently wrote an article with some more widely-known samples for Purple Sneakers right here: http://www.purplesneakers.com.au/2012/03/listen-where-does-that-sample-come-from/



Gorilla Junk – Unknown Voyage So Far by Chris
January 30, 2012, 11:36 AM
Filed under: Jazz | Tags: , , , , ,

The sounds of Gorilla Junk are a mish-mash of familiar instrumentation and unique creativity, (I could swear there is a paper-rustling sample in Unkown Voyage So Far) something admirable and risky- yet pulled off very well in this case.

The melodic rock influence in Unkown Voyage is prevalent- there’s even some distorted backing guitar (something we don’t hear much of on FTR), award for most unique sound however goes to the use of the aussie didgeridoo during the track’s second half which serves as an interesting backing to a loud jazzy bass. Give it a listen!

Gorilla Junk – Unknown Voyage So Far

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/gorillajunk



The Townhouses – Backyard by Chris
January 5, 2012, 3:52 PM
Filed under: Chillwave | Tags: , , ,

The Townhouses

The Townhouses is a deceptively pluralised name for what is fundamentally a solo project out of Melbourne, Australia. Although main artistic mastermind Leigh Hanna is accompanied by Hamish Brooke on trumpet in Backyard to create a dreamy atmospheric chillwave piece with a subtle hint of African musical influence.

Backyard fills out the musical spectrum in an enriching way; with the deep bass drums grounding the low-end of the frequency spectrum contrasting nicely with the glitchy lyric-less vocal line and hi-hat flutterings that occupy the mid and high sections respectively. Your ears will appreciate the variety of sounds used in the piece and how well The Townhouses has managed to fit them all neatly together in one beautiful package.

Download:

The Townhouses – Backyard

Bandcamp (free EP available):

http://thetownhouses.bandcamp.com/

Soundcloud (more free music available):

http://soundcloud.com/thetownhouses

 



Juzhin – Tupona by Chris
November 9, 2011, 12:00 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Chilled, Jazz | Tags: , , , , ,

Juzhin is a downtempo artist from Moscow putting out some really amazing music… and he’s giving it away for free on Soundcloud, so get in there before the rest of the world discovers him.

Tupona is a pleasurable mix of acoustic sounds. I’m guessing there are samples in there because I can hear the pop and crackle of vinyl. It’s really neat stuff, a laid back fusion of chamber-jazz and ambient; artfully crafted in a way that pushes Jason May (the man behind the music) beyond the negative stigma of ‘producer’ and into the respectful realm of being a ‘musician’. That said, everything is well produced to a very professional quality, and although his soundcloud following may be small, you can safely bet Juzhin is no stranger to being played through the headphones of many.

Download:

Juzhin – Tupona

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/juzhin




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