Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Promos of the Week

Right, time for a new feature.

Every day, we get a healthy stack of promo emails. Quite a lot of them are shit, but a few of them sneak pass the crap-o-meter and I think some of these should get more recognition, so every week, i'll post my 3 or 4 favourite promos.

I should warn you though, that I don't get all of the promos that are sent. Prez forwards me a batch of them every day or two, so the ones I post, are the ones i get on my inbox.

Anyway, onto the tracks.

The first one is by a group called Laser Sex. Bit of an odd name. They're from Scranton, Pennsylvania and this is their first single "Dr. Thunder Nose".

It is a nice, flowing track with a deep feeling to it. It's a bit hard to describe, but the highlight is the guitar. Shame about the ending vocal samples though, they don't make much sense here.

This next one is by CROPS, a Melbourne based british artist, who also gives us his first single, "Ana".

With fantastic vocals, this is a smooth and relaxing track, with a great use of synths and with a beat that just gives it that extra bit of force.


Finally, we have something a bit funkier, by Claude Perdu, who we featured not long ago.

This is a remix for Faisal's "Journey" that entered a competition but sadly didn't win.

It has a fantastic bassline and the sample work follows right behind it. I can't figure out how this remix didn't win, this is what all House music should be like.


Surf's up,

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Intro To Epilogue

So, I'm still kinda on an electro kick, and having nearly exhausted my current supply I was craving some new stuff. that's when I checked my e-mails and saw this: The latest release from a group called Galactaron; an electro group with a Drexciya-esque backstory - a group of aliens on their first visit to earth. To make music with their new human friend Emily Wong of course.

The track they linked me is pretty sweet, avoiding cliche electro elements and dabbling in vocoders (which for me is ALWAYS a bonus). It also has a fairly unique twist in that every word in the lyrics is in a different language, ranging from Afrikaans to Russian, while this idea sounds a bit sketchy on paper, the end result actually sounds really good, almost comparable to some tracks from Squarepusher's Shobaleader One: d'Demonstrator. (you can download it from their soundcloud, I can't upload it at the minute as I'm on a borrowed laptop)

Galactaron - Epilogue by galactaron

And here are a few more of their tracks I liked from their soundcloud:

Galactaron - First Contact by galactaron

Galactaron - With Just One Moon by galactaron

Galactaron - Wǒmen Move On by galactaron

Find Galactaron on:

Outer Space, To Find Another Race,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Drums And Bass?

As you may have seen, a few weeks ago I got on a bit of a drum 'n bass kick, and decided I didn't have enough. Cue me trawling all over the place to find something similar to what I liked, which if you don't know much about D&B is quite a task but I eventually found some stuff I dug. And that's what I'm here to share with you today! First up is Commix, a duo hailing from Cambridge that I found through Goldie's legendary Metalheadz label. Their first album, Call To Mind, is much more "traditional" than the other tracks I'll be posting, but it's quite accessible, you don't have to be a hardcore D&B Junkie to enjoy it. Take Emily's Smile for example a very smooth track with swooping synths and speedy breaks, it's the epitome of Metalheadz.

The same applies to another track that caught my ear, the intro to Strictly is nothing short of amazing, and it soon gives way to some heavy waves of bass, with fleeting fragments of the smooth intro returning now and then. Headphones or a decent speaker setup recommended for this one.

The next artist that held my attention was Netsky, Belgian electro producer turned onto D&B by labelmate High Contrast. Netsky brings a unique combination to the table due to his electro background, as you will hear on tracks such as Iron Heart and Pirate Bay.

His self-titled debut also has some fairly chilled out tracks, it was a difficult choice to make between Moving With You and this track, in the end Endless Search won because it sounds like the soulful late 90's underground Garage and House I used to listen to way back when, and it's a nice change to the usual D&B sound.

Stenchman is a producer I've been meaning to post about for a while, his unique brand of dubstep is the only kind I can listen to nowadays. Stenchman doesn't just do dubstep however, he sometimes puts out Drum & Bass tracks that often combine elements of both, take this track: Antimatter.

Stenchman - Antimatter

This track was given out for free last Christmas by Stenchman himself, creatively titled Stenchamn's Christmas Album this is another fairly smooth track that I really enjoy, it's just a shame that it's so short.

Stenchman - The Cosmological Constant

And playing us out, the first proper (IE: not Squarepusher) Drum & Bass Album I bought, Chase & Status' More Than Alot, which I picked up after seeing them live, the album is pretty great all the way through, starting with Can't Get Enough.

My absolute favourite from the album however is Take Me Away, I can always come back to it no matter what, and it will still be as good as I remember it, demanding at least a couple of listens before I move on.

There's an awful lot of Drum & Bass out there, take this as my beginner's guide for the person who doesn't know a lot about D&B and is looking for a place to start, these tracks worked for me, and hopefully will for you as well!. All I Ever, -Claude Van Foxbat