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Wabz – Some Day by Chris
July 9, 2012, 2:33 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Electronica, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Some VERY deep sounds from Melbourne-based Wabz, it seems the bass is bottomless- extending to unfathomably distant depths. The percussive sounds are organic and satisfyingly crisp sounding.  There’s some amazing atmospheric work going on here, worth checking out.

Wabz – Some Day



Squarehead + The Black Galaxy Experience Gig by Chris

Collingwood’s Gasometer Hotel is another punk rock fortress in the midst of Melbourne’s north-eastern inner suburbs…Lots of distortion-riddled power-chords and highly energetic performances can often be heard radiating from the top floor as you enter the venue or duck out with your mates for a smoke.

Downstairs however, there’s an intimate back-room there behind a ubiquitous closed door which has been playing host to the opposite; punks of a different breed… the downtempo/electronica/beat scene in Melbourne has it’s many branches, and climbing their way to the top of the tree one killer set at a time are Fuck the Radio faves, Squarehead. Also on the bill this particular night was The Black Galaxy Experience who were fresh off of the launch of their 3-track EP, an atmospheric and moody work of prog-rock/jazz sounds. The music in this room may not have been punk rock- but it certainly dared to be different.

Squarehead (above) create their songs in-front of you, live. And you can tell they love doing it. Tobi (on the right) fronts with a bass guitar hooked up to a pedal board bigger than Kanye West‘s ego. They opened their set with a new song which expanded dramatically into a room-filling climax of cymbal crashes and reverberation; and while there’s a subtle hint of underlying melancholy present in their music, it’s masked with a dash of velvety mystique. Tobi knows his way around the bass fret board, and as the tracks build in passion, his ability to rip out some pretty killer solos really comes to the fore-front. Playing through the rest of their ZZ Tunes  catalogue also made for a great show, King of Birds  absolutely rocks it live, there’s a-lot of energy in that breakdown section that translates to stage very well, as well as serving as a device for breaking up the more downtempo pieces.

Also I want to stress that when I say ‘down-tempo’ I do not want you to think I mean ‘boring’. There’s enough intricacies and rhythmic patterns that lie throughout all of Squarehead‘s music to keep you listening intently from start to finish. I Dream At Night, (the second last track of the set), is reminiscent of Ratatat‘s relaxing-yet-stimulating sound, and when translated to the live stage, it takes on another special element you miss out on if you just listen at home with your iTunes. I think perhaps the most fitting description I have for Squarehead‘s live-sets are ‘perfect for taking a girl to’.

After SquareheadThe Black Galaxy Experience set up all manner of synths and instruments that would make any music-geek drool. The drummer Andrew writes all the music and is quite adept at what he does; there’s an interesting prog-rock/psychedelic feel to the jazzy electronica he performs which fills the entire room and envelops you whole like a sonic cushion. It’s clear that as a musician, Andrew is a skilled artist- the dynamic levels and expressive drumming was a stand-out. With tunes that can fall close to the 10-minute mark in length, the constant evolution and flow of the music kept the room totally fixated. Whats’s Going On in-particular built and built with fluid smoothness into a swirling crescendo of drumming prowess which was just out of this world.

Definitely some of the most musically impressive bands in the underground electronica scene at the moment, if you live in Melbourne, check them out next time you see their name on a poster.

Squarehead:

The Black Galaxy Experience:



Desmond Cheese – Saw The Signs Pt 2 by Chris

Desmond Cheese‘s beats are dope. Saw the Signs Pt. 2 is an instrumental cut off of a release he did with Mr Bill about a year ago, and it’s got all of the best ingredients: jazz, bass and essence of sex.

You could do just about anything with this music playing and it’d instantly give it a totally new groovy vibe. Seriously, you could be eating a taco or something, and some hottie could walk past you and think nothing of it. But if you were eating a taco with this music on the hottie would be dtf.

Enjoy 🙂

Desmond Cheese – Saw The Signs Pt 2



enchanterDown – Knocking At My Door by Chris
June 15, 2012, 11:30 AM
Filed under: Ambient, Beats, Chilled | Tags: , , , , ,

It’s a Friday- which means I’m going to need some help surviving Saturday morning. While the largest container in the house filled with water is normally the way to go-  I’ll supplement it with some enchanterDown.

That perfect blend of textural bliss and subtle rhythm, Knocking At My Door is a relaxing tune that doesn’t demand too much to please you. In-fact, I seem to have stumbled upon a goldmine with the Lion’s Memorial Pool collective, putting out some real fresh dreamwave- worth checking out.

He’s also a part of the delightful list of artists that Grappa Frisbee Records has released, and I can’t miss the opportunity to shoot love around in all directions. Check out his free release with them from back in February.

enchanterDown – Knocking At My Door



Squarehead – Raindrops by Chris

The gap between producers and musicians is a precarious one, especially when it comes to playing live. Squarehead played at Fuck the Radio‘s opening night just over a week ago and put on an amazing show.

Performing songs live as a trio, complete with bass guitar and 50 different effects pedals- if you have the chance, Squarehead are not an act you want to miss if you love music (and, if you read this blog- I assume you do).

Raindrops is a beautifully composed track with a multitude of evolving bits and pieces that in the right atmosphere just fill the room and take you in for a musical candlelit journey over forests and deserts on the back of a magical flying flamingo. The rest of the free album shares a similar feeling, only perhaps with different flying magical animals. It’s something I can’t really describe without sounding like a maniac, so don’t just take my word for it- grab the album, and catch them live in Melbourne on the 21st (link below)… I’ll be there with my flamingo.

SEE SQUAREHEAD LIVE

Download/Listen:

Squarehead – Raindrops



Daisuke Tanabe – Ate by Chris
April 27, 2012, 2:07 PM
Filed under: Beats, Chilled, Mellow | Tags: , , , , , ,

Daisuke Tanabe (who also goes by simply ‘dt‘) put this Acid Jazzy number out about a month ago on Soundcloud. It took a-while to settle in, but by the second listen I was absolutely hooked. The clever subtleties excel in Ate, creating a dynamic track comprised of tightly meshed vocal snippets and percussive glitches. Amazing creative work;

Daisuke Tanabe – Ate

Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/daisuketanabe



Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah by Chris

Everyone has bizzare rituals; whether it be conditioning thier hair before they shampoo, purposely wearing socks inside out- or something a little more involved, like sitting in the same seat at the same bar every Friday after work and ordering the same drink. We all have little things that we like to keep to ourselves- it’s what keeps us sane. For me, every Sunday night after I get home from the radio station, I pour myself a small glass of red wine, turn the TV onto the ‘classic movies’ channel (where they play all the old black-and white films), mute it, and listen to music.

Kwala‘s album Shabang may be the perfect soundtrack for these moments. As wine slowly stains my lips and the suave-looking detective in the movie lights up his cigar, Kwala‘s expansive pads and smooth down-tempo rhythms fill the full aural spectrum. Not demanding enough to be abrasive or distracting, yet far from being boring or repetitive- the best way to describe Kwala‘s music would be something like ‘post-trip-hop’. Excuse my ‘typical-music-blogger-making-up-meaningless-genres-to-avoid-actually-describing-the-music’, but being superfluous when it comes to these things does nothing justice. Plus I want to enjoy my wine.

Kwala – Werewolf Barmitzvah

The full album is available here for a pick-your-price download and it comes with my highest recommendation:

<edit: It seems to have disappeared, but there is still some great stuff up there>

http://kwala.bandcamp.com

 

 



Stumbleine – Bloom by Chris
February 29, 2012, 3:49 PM
Filed under: Ambient, Chillwave | Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Reminiscent of Oliver TankWintercoats and even Steffaloo, the Bristol-based glo-fi artist Stumbleine is consistently superband with the recent release of a new album off of bandcamp, now is as good a time as ever to post the relaxing ambient chillwave peice Bloom released a little over a year ago within the pick-your price All For Your Smile.

Stumbleine – Bloom

Make sure you check out the new album:

http://stumbleine.bandcamp.com/album/drifting-youth



Wintercoats – Someone to Share My Life With by Chris
January 2, 2012, 3:16 PM
Filed under: Chillwave, Electronica, Vocals | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Here we are, the first post of 2012- going to Wintercoats from Melbourne, Australia.

Someone to Share My Life With is a cover of sorts- the original being the folky tune by Television Personalities of the same name; but Wintercoats has transformed the clanky electric guitar into the type of beautiful downtempo/chillwave that Aussies seem to be quite talented in producing. Fans of Oliver Tank will enjoy the sounds that Wintercoats have to offer- and on that note Wintercoats is Oliver‘s support act in Melbourne on the 20th for his EP launch party.

Give the track a download and be sure to check out their bandcamp page for several more tracks and an EP all being given away for free! 😀

Download:

Wintercoats – Someone to Share My Life With

Bandcamp:

http://wintercoats.bandcamp.com




Broke – 40s With Ghost by Chris
December 21, 2011, 7:07 PM
Filed under: Jazz | Tags: , , , ,

I’ve had this album for quite awhile, sitting on my iTunes accumulating plays.

I think it’s time I posted about it.

40s With Ghost is a short track (under 1 minute). I highly recommend you check out the FREE ALBUM which is a collaboration between artists Ackryte, Broke and Repeat Pattern out on Cascade Records’ bandcamp page.

This track by Broke is a jazzy downtempo piece with neat sampled flourishes throughout it. I chose to post this particular track simply because it’s a good teaser for the rest of the amazing album. Seriously. Check it out.

Download:

Broke – 40s With Ghost

Album:

http://cascaderecords.bandcamp.com/album/love-exposure



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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