Inbox Jukebox: Tone Idle, Red Army, Kid Adrift & Live at Kalibou Beach

Live at Kalibou Beach

With an almost overwhelming amount of emails coming through each day it’s hard to post everything that’s good. This is an attempt at rectifying this problem and showing some love to the ones which deserve yours and my attention.

Mp3: Live at Kalibou BeachSlushball

Live at Kalibou Beach are electro duo Dhom and May from Dresden, Germany who “like guitars, some screaming, toy guns, stars and jumping in pools”. This eccentricity is certainly replicated in their music, a rather quirky, uplifting but industrial brand of electro pop with flashes of 8-bit blips. They follow-up last years debut album Brilliant Eyes with Herz Esbjerg in August.

Red Army – Hashrock

Red Army (aka James Fuhring) is no newbie, playing and creating drum & bass since the late nineties and has even hooked up with the maestro Alec Empire. Drum & bass can sometimes seem severely repetitive but thankfully there’s none of that on show here –  much more complex dark, sweeping, forceful and punchy stuff.

Tone Idle – Roll The Drums

Based in the South East of England Tone Idle are duo James Matlock and Marc Manning. These guys have been making bass-filled synth-accented electro tunes together for about 9 months and have also worked closely with A1 Bassline, Tek-One, Joy Orbison and Kavsrave. With a pile of fresh music waiting for release later this year this is surely only the beginning of the story.

Kid Adrift – Static

Glasgow’s Kid Adrift is walking the fine line between rock and electro which can sometimes blow up in your face. That’s not the case here and he’s very much his own man. It is big, dirty and screaming with influences of dubstep and drum & bass – lots of blips, beeps, bass, guitar hooks and catchy vocals galore. ‘Static’ is taken from Oxytocin EP is out now.

Weekly Playlist: Boys Noize, Foamo, B:Tone, PVT & Labyrinth

The weekly roundup of tracks getting a spin around these parts returns for your aural pleasure.

Mp3: Nas & Damien MarleyAs We Enter (Foamo Remix)

Looking for a new addition to your summer mixtapes? Look no further than Foamo’s gritty take on the Nas & Damien Marley’s ‘As We Enter’. Unsurprisingly it’s full of Jamaican vibes, old school horns and choppy percussions as the track builds to a frantic climax, if you like Toddla T or Major Lazer you will love this.

Gorillaz Stylo (Labrinth SNES Remix feat. Tinie Tempah)

There’s been a steady stream of great remixes from Gorillaz fabulous new album Plastic Beach, are we tired of ’em? no chance. This one comes from Labyrinth and features UK rapper Tinie Tempah and some excellent snes-esque blips and beeps, a worthy addition to the growing Gorillaz remix collection.

The Chemical BrothersSwoon (Boys Noize Summer Mix)

This Boys Noize remix is pretty close to The Chemical Brothers original with some extra sprinkling of summer, a worthy addition to the collection.

PVTThe Quick Mile

Another new from PVT (formerly Pivot) off their forthcoming album Church With No Magic which is out on August 9th – looking forward to this one. (‘Window’ Video)

B:TONEF For Fake

‘F For Fake’ is taken from Ice Cream Wars EP. Glasgow native B:Tone (AKA Brian Tonner) has made a bit of a rep for himself in his home town for thrilling synthy tunes – expect the same with some climactic of build-ups thrown in for good measure.

Weekly Playlist: Nicolas Jaar, Casiokids, Unkle, Tame Impala…….

A slightly sparse weekly roundup of tracks returns for your aural pleasure.

Mp3: Nicolas JaarLove Teacher

19-year-old Nicolas Jaar is apparently creating a bit of a stir across the water in the US. It’s easy to see why with this superbly fresh, subtle and yes, brilliant tune – really looking forward to hearing more from this guy.

Mp3: Tame ImpalaSolitude is Bliss (Mickey Moonlight Remix)

Tame Impala’s debut album has been one of the most enjoyable records so far this year, it will of course get some further attention later but until then there is this excellent Mickey Moonlight remix to whet the appetite.

Mp3: CasiokidsFinn Bikkjen

Not a new one by any stretch of the imagination from the beautifully named Norwegian electro-troupe that is Casiokids. absolutely loved this one last summer and yes you guessed it, love it this summer – best get this one spinning while the weather lasts.

Unkle – Follow Me Down (The Golden Filter Remix)

Unkle’s latest album Where Did The Night Fall is unsurprisingly impressive as is the original of this tune but remixes are always welcome here and The Golden Filter give it a dark disco twist.

Audio Bullys – Kiss The Sky (RuN RiOT Remix)

Audio Bullys ‘Kiss The Sky’ gets the RuN RiOT treatment, the London-based producer and musician has crafted a barnstorming high-octane remix brimming with energy and attitude.

Weekly Playlist: The Chemical Brothers, Scratch, The Qemists, Big Charlie, Minitel Rose………

A slightly more comprehensive weekly roundup of tracks returns to compensate for any aural neglect afflicted by The World Cup.

Mp3: The QemistsYour Revolution

The first serving from Ninja Tunes ‘The Qemists’ as they follow-up Join The Q with the seriously bass heavy ‘Your Revolution’. Only recently becam aware of them but this is a massive tune.

Mp3: The Chemical BrothersEscape Velocity

The new Chemicals album (more on that later) sees a return to form following some ‘mediocre’ releases, all 9.59 mins of ‘Escape Velocity’ is a frank reminder why they’re one of the greatest electronic artists of all time and should never be written off.

Mp3: Minitel RoseWild Birds (Thieves Like Us Remix)

No sooner had I began sinking my teeth into the 80’s obsessed Minitel Rose new album Atlantique and a flurry of mixes appeared on the horizon to distract me. The pick of the pile is Thieves Like US summery mix an overload od groovy beats and wah-wah guitars.

Mp3: Scratch – Too Late (Ft Damon Albarn And Talib Kweli)

What happens when you cross a member of The Roots (Scratch) with Damon Albarn and Talib Kweli? Beautiful majestic and melodic perfectly chilled hip-hop. Where does Albarn find the time?

Mp3: Big CharlieRoses

Big Charlie are Italian duo Matteo De Ruggieri and Stefano Milella, largely influenced by the likes of Phoenix and Beck they’re sound is difficult to categories with touches of electro samples coming through. ‘Roses’ meanwhile is a meandering, endearing almost lo-fi track at times with some strong Super Furry Animals sentiments to it.

Gorillaz – On Melancholy Hill (The Japanese Popstars Remix)

The Japanese Popstars have to be one of the busiest in the business and hot on the heels of the release of the video for ‘Destroy’ last week comes their long-awaited remix of Gorillaz ‘On Melancholy Hill’, great stuff as usual.

Disco Killah – Ravage Two (Two Charming Men Remix)

It’s hard to believe this is only Two Charming Men’s remix but the Kildare duo have returned with another dancefloor destroyer, this is certainly not the last time we will be acquainted with these guys here or elsewhere. They support FOAMO! at Transmission in The Button Factory, Dublin on 17th July.

Sali Feat M.I.A – Toldya

There was a bit of a stir surrounding this one whether it’s a collaboration or features samples from M.I.A – boo woo! It’s the later but regardless ‘Toldya’ is a decent slice of sample-filled craziness, while I’m not one to cause further trouble it does sound as though it’s borrowed more than a drop of inspiration from EMF’s ‘Unbelievable’.

Weekly Playlist

The weekly roundup of tracks returns in playlist form for your aural pleasure.

Mp3: Beastie BoysSabotage (Alex Metric re-edit)

Not too sure what the difference between a ‘re-edit’ and a ‘remix’ is but regardless Alex Metric has been on fire this year does the ‘Stylo’ remix ring any bells? Anyway his turns his magic to an already brilliant ‘Sabotage’.

Mp3: KavinskyNightcall (F.O.O.L Remix)

Kavinsky is yet another 80’s obsessed French electro musician, not necessarily a bad thing but this F.O.O.L remix brings it right up to date.

Mp3: Cilla KDrive You Home Remix

Drive You Home Remix is taken from New York based songstress Cilla K’s debut album Fine Line,  it’s rich, soulful and intelligent. You’d be surprised what turns up in your inbox.

Mp3: Talib Kweli + Hi-TekBallad Of The Black Gold

Ten years on from the release of  Reflection Eternal’s underground classic Train Of Thought and they’re back with Revolutions Per Minute. If it’s all as good as this we’re in for a treat – truthful, clever and poignant lyrics.

Manus Goan – Woke Up

A bass heavy beauty from Manus Goan’s courtesy of Dublin based electronic collective !Kaboogie’s latest cleverly named label sampler dubnobasswithmyheadshop.

Freebass – You Don’t Know This About Me

What happens when you bring Manchester legends Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order), Andy Rourke (The Smiths) & Gary “Mani” Mounfield (The Stone Roses / Primal Scream) together? The answer FreeBass. After a five years gestation process they have put together the Two Worlds Collide EP and recruited Tim Burgess for vocal duty.

Weekly Playlist

A new look weekly roundup of tracks returns in playlist form for your aural pleasure. What d’you think?

Mp3: The RootsDear God 2.0

‘Dear God 2.0’ is the lead single from The Roots eagerly anticipated 9th studio album How I Got Over.  The track re-imagines the Monsters Of Folk original and features Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket, Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis from Bright Eyes and M. Ward. The last album was absolutely fantastic and this has the appetite well and truly whet.

Mp3: Primary 1 Hold Me Down (The Shoes Remix)

The jury is still out on Primary 1 who were recently added to the Oxegen bill, there is no such indecision with this remix by The Shoes, unanimous verdict – TUNE.

Mp3: We Are Scientists Break It Up

Big fan of With Love And Squalor in 2005, less a fan of follow-up Brain Thrust Mastery, do you see where this is going? Actually the first taster from their new album is pretty good and has renewed my interest somewhat even it does sound a little like Inspiral Carpets.

Mp3: The FallO.F.Y.C Showcase

Your Future Our Clutter is what seems like The Fall’s millionth album (actually 28th). The amazing part is they still sound fresh and never fail to impress under the stewardship of lead man Mark E Smith and this track falls soundly into that category. The late great John Peel’s description of them being “always different, always the same” is certainly apt.

RSAGThe Roamer

‘The Roamer’ is the first single from Be It Right Or Wrong, the follow-up to RSAG’s Organic Sampler, again instituted is Kilkenny man Jeremy Hickey’s DIY ethic which sees him perform entirely by himself. On this evidence there has been a minor change of tact to a softer less abrasive sound.

Foals This Orient (Starkey Remix)

I have yet to give Foals new album Total Life Forever the full attention it probably deserves but this remix by Starkey certainly has, it’s pretty awesome as they say.

Johnny Flynn ‘Been Listening’ Album Sampler

The excitement is palpable round these parts at the prospect of Johnny Flynn’s forthcoming album Been Listening, and this album sampler might just have sent us over the edge. It features tracks ‘The Water’ (with Laura Marling), ‘Barnacled Warship’, ‘Churlish May’, ‘Been Listening’ and ‘Kentucky Pill’, some concrete evidence if it was needed that he has picked up where he left off continuing to write unique songs while cleverly molding folks past and present.

Been Listening is released on the 7th June and can be pre-ordered from his website. Johnny is currently on a full UK tour with his band The Sussex Wit but still no sign of Irish dates, here’s hoping.