London-based dubstep duo 16bitwere invited to do a ‘Klassroom Mix’ for Kissy Sell Out on BBC Radio 1. This you got to hear.
It’s an unadulterated aural assault of big tunes, big beats and big bass! The pace and tempo is unbelievable. Sit back, relax and turn up the speakers as loud as possible – this one’s not for the faint hearted.
The tracklist is after the jump – you can download it from here.
London Ska/Punk collective The King Blues have just dropped a ferrous no holes bared universal declaration of fury and non-compliance in the face of cuts and austerity.
‘We Are Fucking Angry’ is loud, brash and raw with catchy as hell shout-a-long choruses. Easy to see it as a UK response to The Mighty Stef’s ‘We Want Blood‘, there are striking similarities between the two, not in sound or styles but certainly their messages are in sync.
‘We Are Fucking Angry’ is available for download for FREE via bandcamp and taken from the forthcoming album Punk & Poetry out this April.
The King Blues play Dublin’s Academy on Saturday, March 26th. Tickets €16.
EDIT: The video has been taken down with the following message left, ”This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by YEAH! Films Company”. Not sure if this is permanent of temporary yet, shame.
Connor Obert and crew can’t be accused of being tight-fisted with previews of the new Bright Eyes record, The People’s Key.
Hot on the heels of ‘Shell Games‘ comes ‘Haile Selassie’, taking its name from long-time Ethiopian Emperor who is perceived as a messianic figure in Jamaica’s Rastafari movement.
With a myriad of differing material to date it’s hard to call anything ‘typical Oberst’, yet that’s the best way to describe this. Lots of overlapping instrumentation, rhythmic riffage and that renowned lyrical prowess.
You can give it a spin below before downloading it for the price of an email address via Spinner.
Right, I’m a little late to the game with Chicago quartetSmith Westerns, who since the release of their eponymous debut in 2009 have attracted many column and blog inches to discuss their merits.
Their glam-fused indie sound is deeply, deeply rooted in early 70’s glam rock and garage punk of the T. Rex and David Bowie ilk. So much so that you would be forgiven for thinking they had been commissioned to make the soundtrack to retrospective BBC sci-fi/police drama Life on Mars.
Of their two albums the debut record is the stronger. It’s very much a lo-fi fuzzed-out-glam affair of hooky heartfelt grooves, bound by reckless youthful energy. 2011′s follow-up Dye It Blonde while polished and detracted slightly, retains that youthful exuberance and recklessness which make the debut so captivating.
A brazenly honest band who wear both their heart and influences on their sleeves. At the age of just 20 and two albums in, the future is looking pretty bright for these guys.
Warp announced the return of Clark (Aka Chris Clark) today, dropping an absolute belter of a mix via their website.
The Phrenic Mix showcases some new material as well as some choice cuts from elsewhere. It’s apparently the first in a series of MPC mixes which got premiered on Tom Ravenscroft’s show on BBC 6Music last Friday.
Clark and Warp have kindly made it available to download for free via soundcloud.
Clark will play the Button Factory, Dublin on February 4th. Doors @ 11pm/€9 (seriously?).
Clark – Dulceria Remix Neil Landstrumm – Index Revisited Cajmere – Only 4 U (Instrumental Edit) DJ Hyperactive – Teeter-Totter Thomas Kroner – Woodcarver Surgeon – 9 Hours Into The Future Actress – Let’s Fly Paris Mitchell – Ghetto Shout (Clark Edit) Waxmaster Maurice – Tha Wop Dorian Concept – Trilingual Sex Experience Bernard Purdie – Disco Beat Clark – Dirty Pixie Clark – Untitled
The Quarter Inch Collective’s is set to release Quompilation #1, a compilation of 13 Irish artists performing re-worked and re-imagined renditions of favourites from 2010.
The bands and guys from Quarter Inch Collective have outdone themselves – take a bow. The quality is ridiculously high throughout and it is simply littered with excellence, Hipster Youth, We Are Losers and No Monster Club.
A guys gotta have his favourites, yeah? Ahead by a nose are Squarehead, Kid Karate, Ginola and Spies tackling Adebisi Shank, Tinie Tempah, Rihanna and The National respectfully. A lot of love and care has gone it to this, fingers crossed it is the first in a long running series.
To stream the album/more info pop over to The Quarter Inch website. Here’s a couple of tasty morsels to get your mouth-watering.
For the most part Weezer‘s career has been a sporadic mix of brilliance and mediocrity, one record stands head and shoulders above all else, Pinkerton.
The recent acquisition of the ‘deluxe edition’ of the album has seen my fondness for this record rekindled. The story behind this one is pretty well-known at this stage, best to keep it short.
In 1996 the release of Pinkerton seen a move away from the band’s original power pop sound which made their name, toward a darker and more abrasive sound.
Initially critics especially didn’t get it, branding it “seething and self-indulgent”, “juvenile” and it “clearly shows Weezer is headed to the graveyard of forgettable bands”. How wrong they were, such harsh criticism put off the punters ultimately rendering it a commercial failure.
Despite the rough start it rose in stature in the intervening years slowing winning over legions of fans. Soon cult status ensued and coming full circle it soon began securing posthumous like acclaim.
It may be clichéd to say but I don’t really care, this is by far Weezer’s best work and remains one of my favorite records of all time . If you don’t have it already make sure and get your hands on a copy, you’re missing out!