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Monday, 8 February 2016

The Front Bottoms


Naturally I talk music at work, and recently a colleague recommended 'The Front Bottoms' to me as her family really like them. Each time we discussed the band I intended to have a listen when I got home, but always forgot for whatever reason. 

Tonight I remembered and thankfully so. They have a nice sound that reminds me of some Death Cab, Polar Bear Club, Frank Turner and Motion City Sound Track; which therefore means they sound awesome. 

Have a listen to these tracks below:

Twin Size Mattress

Funny You Should Ask

Thanks Jo & Aaron!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Radio Days

Sundays are radio days, and I guarantee I hear a great track every week. Something I've never heard, something that just pops out and grabs you and makes you need to know what it is, who its by, its age, era, style, genre, influences, scene, culture and history. 

The track below is (so far as I'm listening as I type) today stand out. There's just something cool about it, I felt drawn in and carried along as it ebbed and flowed to its conclusion.


Monday, 25 January 2016

a=f/m : Body Collide


A while back I was thinking about the number of bands there are and the fact that each of these bands strives for a name to make them stand out; 'a=f/m' is about as different as you can get really. 
They win.

This duo are more than a name though, they also make some really nice songs. I really like 'Body Collide' (listen below); it is a great synth track with so many layers to explore and enjoy. I particularity like the vocals on this record and how they sit nicely and sometimes blend with the music. 

You can check out more of their music and more about the band at www.alphalpha.ch


Radio


Last night Ellé (My Wife) and I were listening to the radio and came across a few good songs we hadn't heard before.
Hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

Soon Come : Shy FX Feat, Liam Bailey



Planet Sizes : Steve Mason

Saturday, 23 January 2016

The KVB : In Deep


The fantastic track below is from UK (Berlin based) duo 'The KVB' and is from their upcoming album release 'Of Desire' on Invada Records, which is out on March 11th.

Starting big, its hard not to be into this track! I love the apparent simple nature, the chugging baseline, but beneath it a myriad of sounds sweeping in and out to build the huge finished product you hear. Really, really cool track.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Grimes : Kill V. Maim Video


Today saw the release of self directed video for 'Kill V. Maim', a great track off Art Angles, the latest album from Grimes.

Another great slice of pop with a side of blood, guts and the occult.



David Bowie
January 8th 1947 - January 10th 2016

It's been over a week now since David Bowie passed away at home in New York, two days after releasing his 25th album. I was raised listening to his music, taught that he was someone to be respected and idolised, just as my parents had grew up listening to his music. 

A true performer, Bowie took artistic inspiration from everywhere he could. In an interview I heard him say it was because when he was growing up in Britain the charts consisted of big hits from around the world, irrespective of genre. He loved folk as equally as rock and roll and saw no reason why these and other genres couldn't blur and be explored in equal measure. 

In his later years of his career his sound altered and became somewhat more introverted as he now drew inspiration from bands who were inspired by himself. Until his last days Bowie explored and enjoyed music in all forms, sought everything it had to offer and everything it was a gateway to.

Like a lot of people, my favourite track is 'Life On Mars?' It is a beautiful piece of music that will no doubt be played long after we are all gone.