CHATTING on the new forum Sound Off today I was reminded of Omega Code, the metal band-cum-international art project I blogged about here in February.
And I was pleased remember that I promised then they were set to give away their first release - because true to their word you can now log on to their site and download their EP 0.1 free of charge.
Click here to visit their website, or click here, here, here, here and here to get the five tracks.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
CHATTING on the new forum Sound Off today I was reminded of Omega Code, the metal band-cum-international art project I blogged about here in February.
And judging by this starter, One Man's Weird Is Another Man's World, we're in for a gourmet selection of turntablist hip hop over the coming year.
This release sees extras added to expected sublime use of ingenious samples - where does he find them? - and the trademark atmospheric jazzy breaks.
Brilliant opener The Illectrik Hoax features Broken Keys member Nathaniel Pearn under the guise of Natural Self dishing out Lyrics Born-style vocals over a frenetic beat, while elsewhere Ken Nordine and Dr Rubberfunk join in on Covered In Darkness' parts one and two respectively. It's tasty stuff - in fact, I recommend forking out for this, as well as the next two EPs being dished out soon, ahead of the new album Stolen Moments next year.
Monday, June 29, 2009
NOW that's what I call rock!
I say that because Dust Of Rumour, Irish troubadour Marc Carroll's third studio album, ticks all the boxes for being the sort of AOR you'd find three quarters of the way down a Now! double album propping up the track listing.
There's hints of Paul Weller and his Britpop cohorts, nods towards Bob Dylan, shades of The Levellers, a twist of The Edge's epic guitar work etc. etc.
You get the idea, Dust Of Rumour is nothing new - but that's not a massive complaint, because after all, if it ain't broke...
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
ISAAC Ashe's Sound Advice has teamed up with Autokratz who have teamed up with Primal Scream to offer you a spanking new download.
The track, offered as part of the promotion for Autokratz's new album Animal, is a scorching remix of Primal Scream's classic track Swastika Eyes.
Click here to grab your copy.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
GOODNIGHT, the second album by experimental folk singer William Fitzsimmons, is a five year labour of love - although it's probably best not to mention love around him.
Not only was the album written about his parent's divorce while he was growing up, during the writing of the LP Fitzsimmons split with his own wife.
So don't expect a barrel of laughs.
However other things you might predict, such as anger and bitterness, are absent from the album.
Instead there's almost a lullaby feel to his low-key Iron And Wine-style guitar, drum machine and voice compositions, which sound like Fitzsimmons laying his demons to rest.
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
A FASCINATING Lenka fact, Isaac Ashe's Sound Advisees - Lenka broke into showbiz by presenting Australian kid's TV show Cheez TV.
Perhaps this could go some way to explaining some of the singer's cutesy disposition.
Lenka, full name Lenka Kripac, isn't entirely bubblegum, but she definitely goes pop, and she's a bit too sugary for my taste on her eponymous solo debut Lenka.
A compact collection of pop folk gorgeousness that's fairly consistent throughout, Lenka should continue to make a decent impact in the charts following the success of The Show with a few more of her sweet, Summertime songs - although she's not going to be the toast of my stereo any time soon.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
SEVENTEEN-year-old hot girl Dominique Young Unique is set to take over dancefloors across the globe with her undeniably youthful, undeniably unique talent.
Sadly she's not from Dominique, she's from Tampa, Florida.
Under the wing of female trio Yo Majesty!, the teen rapper is set to release her debut EP, Music Time, next month.
And to celebrate its release, Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice has stepped in to offer a free download of hot track Hot Girl, which will appear on her debut release.
Click here to get it.
Monday, June 22, 2009
AS WELL as cigars, rum, boxers and communism, music is one of the things that really puts Cuba on the map.
However outside Buena Vista Social Club's membership, most people would be hard-pushed to name any of the country's acts.
Feel free to correct me in this post's comments on this one...
But judging by Revolution - a fusion of young Cuban talent and established UK and US talent dubbed The Revolution - acts such as Orishas, Anónimo Consejo, Ariday Vega Martín and Sexto Sentido might be worth keeping an eye on.
Because working alongside pros such as Norman 'Fatboy Slim' Cook, UNKLE's Rich File, Björk knob-twiddlers Guy Sigsworth and Marius de Vries and Portishead producers Cameron McVey and Jan Stan, and sharing a bill will the likes of Moloko's Roisin Murphy, Lateef The Truth Speaker and Black Eyed Pea-in-a-pod Poet Name Life, the Cuban collective has crafted a vibrant LP that demands a listen.
Obviously with any musical amalgamations, there are hits - such as Cook's brace - and misses - such as the staid house of Dark House Love - but Revolution clearly shows there's enough talent in Cuba to rise up against the worldwide US and UK chart dominance.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
A FEW tweaks later, and the Sound Off forum is up-and-running for Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice readers to join.
While things are pretty quiet there at the moment, a few new threads have been started discussing facial hair in rock and guilty musical pleasures, among other things.
Want to know what guilty pleasures I've confessed to?
Log on here and find out...
AHEAD of this review, I must inform you that I've never been a massive fan of The Gossip - but I have to say this album is worth talking about.
My initial impression of the group, when they broke back in 2006 with their third album Standing In The Way Of Control, was they were a poor man's Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
I thought they even looked a bit like Karen O and co, albeit standing in a hall of mirrors.
But Music For Men, with the production assistance of the legend that is Rick Rubin, sees the group winning over even me.
A tight showing from the trio, their disco garage rock sound has been fine tuned here - with a controlled performance from Beth Ditto and no slack from the backing band.
The form shown on Music For Men should ensue that The Gossip remain the talk of the town.
PUNK band Kong sound like a woolly mammoth tearing through Middlesbrough with predictably madcap results.
And the Manchester group, ahead of their debut album Snake Magnet's release on July 13, will also be ripping through your speakers shortly, courtesy of a free download.
Click here to download the track Sport.
Saturday, June 20, 2009
They will know that I had gushingly blogged about their debut album Curses less than 24 hours after this blog's very creation - where I described their sound as "meatier than a pig eating steaks".
Therefore I'm happy to report to my legions of fans - and my casual readers as well, of course - that the group's sophomore album Travels With Myself And Another is here, and it doesn't disappoint.
Actually, despite my undying love for Curses, the new LP marks a real progression for the band.
The trademarks of their first album are here - the thumping basslines and full-throttle guitars, but with an added sheen.
But the major difference is where before the group, made up of former Mclusky and Jarcrew members, sang solely of wierdness - pretty pussies called Colin and elves dining on sausages for example - there's salient points behind a lot of this work.
For example, on single The Hope That House Built they sing "there's a reason for incredible wealth - incredible luck" and "God is just a mental illness", before emploring the listener to join their hopeless cause.
I don't know about you, but I'm in.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I CAN'T be the only one with an opinion.
So if you want to make your voice heard, head across to the brand new Sound Off site, the official forum of this blog.
You can talk about any genre or artist you want, plug your own band or website, say what you'd like to see on the blog, suggest Classic Collection additions and much more.
Click here to join the community.
CASTLE Donington's finest Late Of The Pier have put out a free Summertime soundtrack.
As part of their appearance DJing at Dance On Glass in London, the band have compiled Like Summery Songs, a free 70-minute mp3 mixtape.
Click here to download a copy, and bask in its rich warmth.
RECENT Decent album These Four Walls by the sensational We Were Promised Jetpacks was released this week to rapturous praise from critics including me.
But if you haven't bought a copy yet, then let me twist you arm further with a thrilling track lifted from the album, completely free.
So click here to download Ships With Holes Will Sink, and if you like what you hear, buy the LP, damnit, I can't lay it all on a plate for you.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
YOUNG Knives are set to play a special birthday bash in September for their label Transgressive Records.
The record company, which turns five this year, will line-up the Leicestershire band with Esser and Ox.Eagle.Lion.Man for a gig at gay club Heaven in London on September 24.
Other acts playing gigs to celebrate the landmark later this year include Graham Coxon, Jeremy Warmsley and Foals.
NEXT week sees the curtain raise on Dream Theater's 10th studio effort, Black Clouds And Silver Linings, and over the course of their previous nine LPs the group have gathered a bit of reputation for prog-rocking out slightly more than your average act.
After all, any metal band can write a 20-minute track - though not many as technically brilliant as a Dream Theater opus - but not just any metal band can take this to that next level.
To demonstrate this, look to follies such as them starting one album, Train Of Thought, with the ending chord of the previous one, Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence, or them carrying musical themes across decades' worth of material - for example The Shattered Fortress here is the final track of a five track Twelve Step Suite, which carries across as many albums, telling the story of drummer Mike Portnay's alcoholism.
And these are a mere drop in the ocean of examples I could have chosen.
Couple this with their Joe Satriani-esque penchant for virtuosity over content, and despite enjoying a lot of their previous work I approached this album with a little trepidation.
Luckily Black Clouds And Silver Linings is some of the group's most accessible work to date.
The metal riffs really chug along, the frequent time signature changes rarely jar, the solos while blistering as ever are still enjoyable to listen to, and in A Rite Of Passage and Wither the band have what almost pass for a brace of singles.
While Dream Theater have perpetually been under the mainstream radar, they are no Dumpy's Rusty Nuts, and in a climate where Metallica and Mastodon can trouble the charts, surely it's time for the general public to wake up.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
WYMESWOLD'S Wave Pictures are set to release two new tracks through Spanish record label Acuarela's new Singles Club venture.
The band will put out a limited edition 7" Watching Charlie's Angels on July 1.
The release will feature previously unreleased track Swimming as a b-side and be limited to 1,000 copies.
Other acts taking part in Singles Club include Agent Ribbons, Darren Hayman, Nick Castro, Mount Eerie and The Wowz.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
IF AUTOKRATZ were an animal, they would be a dog.
Reliable, solid, if not the most exciting, the London-based duo's full debut album Animal won't let you down, unlike, say, a penguin, lobster or koala.
The album, the follow-up to last year's hype-inducing mini album Down And Out In Paris And London, is a sturdy collection of breaks tinged with a distinct Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and Erasure influence - in fact I swear the intro to What You Want, What You Got? is ripped wholesale from Love To Hate You.
So when I say they'd be a dog, we're not talking pedigree, more a mongrel hybrid of modern beat makers and electronica's pop pioneers.
While this journeyman dance is not going to steal many shows, don't let me dictate to you - for fans of breaks, Autokratz's album could be a man's best friend.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Sunday, June 14, 2009
TOMORROW sees the release of electro duo The Slips' new single, the pulsating 3.0.3.
A storming track, 3.0.3 demonstrates why the pair - who started as a couple of sound engineers wanting to have a pop at making the music themselves - already count the likes of CSS, Mirwais and Rob da Bank amongst their fans.
To celebrate the release Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice has teamed up with the rather marvellous Anti Chris to offer his Anti Chris Remix of the track.
Click here to grab a copy - and if you have a minute more, click through to Anti Chris's Myspace page and have a listen to his fantastic track, Mr Drumbastic.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
ARE you ready to rock?
I can't hear you! I said are you ready, to RAWK?
Good, because to coincide with Download Festival kicking off Monsters Of Rock-style just down the road in Castle Donington today, I'm offering a free download from LA-based guitar slingers ZanKoma.
So now, even if you're not going to Donington Park, you can don your blackest T-shirt, grab a copy of the aptly-titled Road To Nowhere, and mosh away from the comfort of your own living room.
Click here to download the track.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Slightly rejigged from its original 1984 release, all of Loaf's big hitters are here - Dead Ringer For Love, Bat Out Of Hell, You Took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night), Paradise By The Dashboard Light - and I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That) and I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth) have been added for good measure.
Fist-pumping, girl-winning, lighter-waving, handkerchief-saturating, cape-wearing overblown pomposity prevails - and it's as fun as it ever was.
If you already own some Meat Loaf then there's not a lot of point in adding this to your collection, but for the casual consumer Hits Out Of Hell is more than enough to get your fill.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
And on the impending Legends Of Benin, part of the commendable Analog Africa series, the cult 1970s group are again resurrected, this time alongside their musical peers from the west African nation.
Filled to the brim with funky drumbeats, jangling guitars and throbbing basslines, the LP proves that virtually unknown names like El Rego Et Ses Commandos and Antoine Dougbe could - and should - sit alongside the likes of Eddie Bo and James Brown
So if you're a DJ looking for some fresh meat to butcher, or a fan of funk who's looking to graze new pastures, then don't miss out, myth out with Legends Of Benin.
Monday, June 08, 2009
DANCE duo Basement Jaxx release Raindrops, the first track from forthcoming album Scars, on June 22.
And to accompany the track - which features one half of the duo, former Loughborough schoolboy Felix Buxton, on vocal duties - the group have put out this rather racy new video -
LOUGHBOROUGH electronic act Kelpe, full name Kel Mckeown, has put out two new tracks on two new compilation albums.
His work can be found on Japanese label Powershovel Audio's compilation In The First Place, Does Digital Harinezumi Dream, as well as on the Bleep sampler Showcase Volume One.
THE more perceptive of visitors to my humble blog will have noticed that These Four Walls, the debut offering from We Were Promised Jetpacks, has been one of The Recent Decent for several months now.
That's because I simply couldn't contain my eagerness to tell you all how stunning this album, which is finally out a week today, really is.
Over the course of the album, the brilliantly-titled We Were Promised Jetpacks - who were signed up on the basis of being Myspace friends with labelmates Frightened Rabbit - show a talent for emotion as well as being able to rock it.
With a Scottish drawl akin to The View they combine the pop know-how of Snow Patrol, the talent for the slow-burning epic of Sigur Ros, and the driving guitar work of Biffy Clyro.
And with all these factors fuelling These Four Walls, the result is a thrilling ride that should well skyrocket We Were Promised Jetpacks high into the charts.
Sunday, June 07, 2009
NOW established as one of Leicestershire's top exports alongside pork pies and stilton, Kasabian are back on Monday with the snappily-titled and equally mouth-watering West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
Now although I'm obviously likely to champion any group that hails a stone's throw away from Loughborough, this, their third studio album, is probably their best work yet.
After the overblown psychedelic pomp of their previous album Empire, this Dan The Automator-produced effort strips back their sound to what made their eponymous first album so appealing.
The group's rock swagger, which has led to endless 'Madchester' comparisons, is here in full effect, and although the psychedelia and electronica of earlier efforts is retained, none of it ever overpowers the tracks.
But central to the new, leaner Kasabian is the return of the groove - nearly every track is riddled with funky rhythms, from opener Underdog through the frenetic Fast Fuse to anthemic Fire, and the result is intoxicating.
Makes you proud to be an East Midlander, eh?
Saturday, June 06, 2009
WHO'S the latest sensation hot on the heels of Lady Gaga?
Step forward electropop sensation Little Boots.
Judging by the gooey-eyed appetite of both the record-buying public and the tabloid for the aforementioned Gaga, Little Boots - real name Victoria Hesketh - is surely a shoe-in for success with her debut LP Hands.
Treading the same synth-paved path as the likes of Goldfrapp and La Roux, the former Dead Disco star has crafted some unashamed pop with an glam dance twist to it.
There are some lyrical frailties here, and the music lacks a little kick for my tastes, but there's no doubt in my mind that Little Boots will easily eke out a pretty strong foothold in the hearts and the newspapers of the country with this effort.
Friday, June 05, 2009
I'VE not got a bad word to say about Raissa Khan-Panni, the driving force behind The Mummers.
Her voice, the outstanding factor in Tale To Tell, the group's debut album, is distinctive in its gorgeous, other-worldly quality, sounding like a playful young Bjork.
And I can find no fault in the shimmering dreamscape of showtune-cum-orchestral movement-cum-pop laced with horns and flutes that's been crafted to hold it.
I want to like this complex, swirling concoction, I really do.
I just don't all that much.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
BORN To Ruin is quite an apt title for country punk group Crazy Arm's first album.
A debut offering was originally recorded by the Plymouth-based group in 2006, then completely scrapped, recorded again with new material in 2007, scrapped again, and then finally rewritten and put down on record earlier this year.
Fingers crossed the band let it get released on Monday and don't decide to step in again...
The results of the "hard-twang roots-punk" band's endeavours is a hard-hitting sound that's a bit Against Me!, a bit Fall Out Boy, a bit Offspring, with a rockabilly tint in places.
So if any of the aforementioned floats your boat, you wouldn't be mad going out on a limb and picking up a copy of Born To Ruin.
Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
At the time the LP didn't make many waves - and Monday's reissue of the rarity is unlikely to see this album thrust up there with masterpieces like Ágætis byrjun, Takk and Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust.
Because Von is more ambience than normal album, and listening to it merely gives you an appreciation of the epic, string-soaked Sigur Ros that was born when keyboard player Kjartan Sveinsson joined shortly after the release of this album.
In fact the first two tracks are no more than a combined 15 minutes of noise - and only just noise at that.
The effect is like listening to Sigur Ros playing but you're sat in their dressing room, or hearing them on the wind a mile down the road as the play a festival slot - it's not quite where you Von to be.