Wednesday, 28 September 2011

BERMUDA BONNIE






















Real tight sounds coming from Rebecca Huston, the meistro behind Bermuda Bonnie. Gorgeous vibes being orchestrated and a particular highlight is the Sun Glitters remix, released in June, combining two of my most recent favourite artists. Boundaries don't exist within this music and the ideas depicted are ethereal and eclectic, listen, listen, listen!

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

I have just moved in with a bunch of great people in the lovely hood known as Bushwick, BK, NYC, USA, Earth, etc... I just finished a second album called Drama soon to be released on cassette via my sweet new label, Chill Mega Chill Records. Now I am scurrying to finish a Halloween song for their first ever Chiller mix (bands from the label create Halloween awesomeness in the form of song on cassette). This song started out as a creepy story about the dibbik box but then morphed into a BB tale of revenge!

Could you give a brief Bermuda Bonnie history?

Bermuda Bonnie was once a girl with fear of everything, trapped in her little box of discontent. Then she discovered tiny doors behind paintings and all that changed. Now she runs wild in the fern forest where everything is florescent and dewy. And no one calls her a cheese head.

Who did you grow up listening to?

When I was younger I really hated current music. Only Creedence, Doors, Kinks, Syd Barrett, Who, Steve Miller.... Steely Dan!

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've written.

I have started rapping. Well, not really. It feels a little like spoke word over beats...ish. I am truly obsessed with Fiery Furnaces and Of Montreal so the idea is to say a lot of words. And tell detailed stories. The third album will be pretty different I think....

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

Let's see... Well, the first song off the new album, Drama is called Aliens Lizza! It's about that thing of when you are chilling with a friend who tries to pressure you into going over to a guys house and make-out with him but you have never done that yet (junior high shit) and you are super weirded out about it because you don't want her to know you are scared but you really don't want to do it. Then an alien ship suddenly appear above you. Everyone goes though this at some point I know.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

In a car maybe.

What other artists are you into at the moment?

Yacht! And Twin Sister, Born Gold, Hourglass Sea, Kisses..... My new roommate just showed me a new song that is rad. They are called Phone Tag. Very nice sounds.

Where would you love to tour?

Everywhere!

Finally, what's next for Bermuda Bonnie, future plans and such?

I really want to write a proper "tropical" dancy, feel good song or a whole albums worth of them!




Sunday, 25 September 2011

SUMMER CAMP




















First of all, just look at Elizabeth Sankey's hair, it's lovely, I think she's my hair idol, that is all. We're a month away from the release of Summer Camp's debut album 'Welcome to Condale' (31st October, spooky) and it's a very aesthetically pleasing album cover, infact pretty much everything to do with the band is aesthetically pleasing. I was a fan of Jeremy Warmsley's solo stuff, I remember buying 'The Promise' when I was 16. Therefore, I was curious to listen to Jeremy's next project, as he teamed up with esteemed music journalist, Elizabeth Sankey. I've been aware of Summer Camp for a year or so but it's only fairly recently that the shroud of mystique and intrigue over their identities has been revealed; it's like Scooby Doo. Their music is blissful, light and romantic, with undercurrents of sharp wip and cynicism. 'Im better off without you' has been the catchiest song of my summer by far and you can't be blamed for floating along, unaware that the lyrics are saying something quite contrasting to what you'd expect.

Hi Laura!

> First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

We're in London! Elizabeth is doing some writing for hellogiggles.com
and Jeremy is working on a remix.


> Could you give a brief Summer Camp history?

Summer Camps were invented by Lord Baden-Powell in 1910. The first
summer camp was a total disaster, no-one came.....
Seriously though, in October 200 Elizabeth gave Jeremy a mix-tape
which included the song "I Only Have Eyes For You" by the Flamingos.
They thought it might be fun to record a cover version - Jeremy had
his own studio, although Elizabeth had never sung before. We recorded
it and put it online as a fake band, pretending to be seven Swedish
teens. Much to our surprise & delight, Transparent & Gorilla vs Bear
blogs immediately posted about it. We started writing songs and
playing gigs and here we are now.


> Who did you grow up listening to?

Gracelands by Paul Simon, Beethoven and the Stiff Records Christmas CD.

> Tell us a bit about recent offering 'Brian Krakow'.

It's the second track from our album "Welcome To Condale". Elizabeth
wrote it for Jeremy to sing and he put loads of really loud guitars on
it. It's from the point of view of this kid Brian who lives in
Condale. He thinks he's really cool and that the world owes him a
living, as they say, and he's full of confidence. He's a bit of a jerk
but everyone loves him. He's seeing this girl and she's really keen
but he's keeping her at arms length. The sod.


> What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

Hmm.... We're funding our album with PledgeMusic
(pledgemusic.com/projects/summercamp) - people can pre-order the album
now & the money goes directly to paying off our production costs. One
of the things you could get alongside the pre-order was have us write
a song about or for you, which a couple of people have asked for. So
we wrote a song for a marketing dude's website, which was cool, and
then we've had a few people ask us write songs for their partner's
birthday or an anniversary. It's really sweet & it feels really nice
to be a part of people's lives like that.


> What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

Hmm, maybe on a long car journey starting your holiday? Or in a lift.
All music sounds good in lifts.


> What other artists are you into at the moment?

We love Fleetwood Mac, Theme Park, Emmy The Great and Fresh Maggots.

> Where would you love to tour?

We really wanna do a massive 3-month road-trip tour of the US. That
would be so much fun!


> Finally, what's next for the Summer Camp, future plans and such?

Well our album comes out in october - on Halloween in fact - so we're
mostly just planning for that. Apart from that, writing for album 2,
remixes, touring... all very exciting!






Friday, 23 September 2011

21

It's my birthday today, so here's one of my favourite songs.

Thursday, 22 September 2011

WILD BEASTS
























Drown yourself in falsetto tones. New track from November bound single 'Reach a Bit Further'.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

GIRAFFAGE






















It’s such a pleasure to feature Giraffage, the project of San Francisco based, Charlie Yin, because the music he is making is heavily dominating my ear time at the moment and it deserves to be heard by many more ears. It’s slick, with a variety of interesting samples and underlying hip-hopesque beats. There’s a fresh sound that is reminiscent of Star Slinger and Gold Panda; Giraffage is metaphorically rubbing shoulders with these two chaps and matching them in terms of talent too, I'm predicting major movements.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

I’m in Berkeley, California right now simultaneously trying to earn my degree while working on my LP.

Could you give a brief Giraffage history?

I started Giraffage around May 2011, mostly because I wanted a clean break from the shimmering beeps and boops of my old project, Robot Science. The name comes from this crazy looking graffiti that I always pass every time I take the Caltrain.

Who did you grow up listening to?

We had a Yamaha keyboard that was loaded with all these MIDI preset songs. One of my earliest memories is me putting on this cheesy MIDI-esque rendition of Venus by Bananarama and rocking out hard. There were also a bunch of MIDI Beatles tunes that I really dug. MIDI sample tunes notwithstanding, I grew up in the 90s so I was really into Blink 182, Nirvana, shit like that.

Tell us a bit about recent offering 'Pretty Things'.

It’s an EP of four songs I made over the course of 2 weeks. I released it May 2011. It’s pretty sample heavy and it’s the first time I’ve used vocal samples in any of my music.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?

One of my new songs is about having an orgasm.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

In the middle of a gigantic field on an overcast cloudy day frolicking with the person that you love.

What other artists are you into at the moment?

I’ve had R. Kelly on repeat these past couple of days.

Where would you love to tour?

I’d love to tour Europe. I’ve never stepped foot in Europe before but I’m always hearing amazing things about it.

Finally, what's next for Giraffage, future plans and such?

I’m in the process of finishing up my debut LP entitled “Comfort” and that should be dropping sometime October. I’m also working on figuring out how to play live, so expect some shows and whatnot in the near future.

Grab the e.p and learn about Giraffage from bandcamp and facebook...and now twitter

Giraffage - A Bird in Hand from Drinking From a Hose on Vimeo.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

WHITE DENIM



Hot Thought by WhiteDenim

New track from White Denim, a big ball of funk. Also, read past interview with them while you listen.

Monday, 19 September 2011

JAI PAUL






















New track from the elusive chap. Bit of bhangra for your Monday afternoon.

Jai Paul - Flip Out by ListenBeforeYouBuy

Sunday, 18 September 2011

SPECTRALS






















Big fan of Leeds born, Spectrals. You wouldn't be mistaken for thinking this music originated from sunnier dispositions than the north of England, there's something very 60's America about it all. I don't like making this association cos it's like OH HE'S NORTHERN, WHO ELSE IS NORTHERN? ALEX TURNER, THAT'S THE ONE, HE'S NORTHERN, FROM THE MONKEY BAND..THEY BOTH SOUND NORTHERN AND THE SAME...but actually there's a comparable gruff tone, that's where the similarities end. I was reminded more of Belle & Sebastian and Best Coast. The new album 'Bad Penny' drops 17th October and one of the tracks is the humorous 'Big Baby'.

Friday, 16 September 2011

POOR SPIRITS




Really digging this Poor Spirits track that I stumbled across yesterday, great build-up and progression, culminating in slick production and infectious beats.

FRIENDS


I really liked earlier realease 'Friend Crush' and this has been followed up by an equally strong second single by the Brooklyn band. They sound like a fusion of Warpaint and Blondie, with a pop vibe.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

JAMES BLAKE















Chilling. YEP THAT'S A HOMONYMN.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

TYCHO / TEEN DAZE




Hours (Teen Daze Remix) by Tycho

Anything Teen Daze touches turns to gold and this Tycho remix is no exception.

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

PESTO, THE RIGHT CHOICE.

After recently making a passing remark at a party about my contempt for pesto, I was faced with astonishment and bewilderment. The backlash I encountered, forced me to question my views on the popular condiment and I was offered a written testament by Josh Shortt, in order to persuade myself and fellow unenlightened friends, to let pesto into our lives for good. An impassioned plea I think you'll agree.

Josh Shortt

It recently came to my attention that there are people amongst us who are ready and willing to speak ill of the deliciously versatile treat that is pesto. As a pesto enthusiast I found this upsetting and was plunged into somewhat of an emotional turmoil. However, after a few hard hours of mulling this over in a dark room, I decided that instead of shunning these people from my day to day life, as a lesser man would have done, it was my obligation to educate them in the ways of pesto appreciation. It is my opinion that this negative feeling around pesto essentially stems from a lack of knowledge and understanding, creating a culture of mistrust and unease. In the interest of education here is a concise history and some nutritional information to help answer any questions people may have regarding pesto, its origin and how it can improve your life today.

Pesto is a sauce of Italian origin, specifically the northern region of Liguria. Pesto traditionally consists of basil, pine nuts, a blend of Italian hard cheeses and olive oil. The name pesto comes from the Genoese word pestâ which translates as pound or crush, this name comes from the original preparation process which involved the use of a mortar and pestle. There are many different variations of pesto; however the most popular versions are the original green pesto, red pesto with the addition of sun-dried tomatoes and red peppers and a French version known as pistou. While it is true that pesto is high in fat it should not be dismissed as unhealthy. It should be noted that the fat content in pesto is largely unsaturated fat, the healthier option when consuming high fat products. Pesto contains beneficial vitamins and minerals, the garlic and basil leaves in pesto contain vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is important for skin and eye health and vitamin C is important for supporting the immune system and generating collagen for skin repair. Pesto also contains Phosphorus and Potassium which is important for teeth and bone composition and heart beat regulation respectively.

As previously mentioned, pesto is considered to be a very versatile and dexterous condiment, lending its unique flavour to a vast variety of dishes. It is not just its range but the incredible ease at which it can be deployed that really makes pesto a firm staple. You can make a gourmet meal out of pasta, an onion, parmesan and a few spoonfuls of our green companion in a matter of minutes, making it universally popular from students to housewives. Although pasta is the most common use for pesto, it can be implemented in other recipes. You can create a simple yet delicious Alfredo sauce by melting pesto with cream or milk on a low heat; pesto also makes an excellent topping for an authentic Italian pizza. Pesto can also be used as a marinade for meat and goes especially well with chicken, it is also considered excellent for fish and seafood such as shrimp, as its delicate yet complex flavours do not over power it. Pesto can even be used as a replacement for more conventional condiments like mayonnaise, complimenting sandwiches and salads equally well if not better.

I sincerely hope that the information I have provided has gone some way to shine some light on this shadow on ignorance surrounding this delicious, versatile and undervalued food. To illustrate the joy that pesto could bring to your life, I leave you with the image of these two gentlemen enjoying their country’s finest export. Thank you and goodnight.

ACTIVE CHILD / CHAD VALLEY























I won't lie to you, I'm ever so slightly hungover, but this reworking of 'Playing House' is chilled and soothing and therefore momentarily makes me not want to kill myself.

Monday, 12 September 2011

TROPICS
















Really enjoying Tropics at the moment and great to hear Brit, Chris Ward, tearing up the scene and reassembling it in a tight package of psychedelic ambiance and enchanting synth. His album drops 19th September and thanks to hype machine, you can stream it. Will be interesting to see who ends up reading this, due to the inclusion of the term 'tight package'.

Friday, 9 September 2011

JAPANDROIDS / TEEN DAZE

WET HAIR from more is more on Vimeo.

This is by no means new, but I'm compiling a load of songs for a party and I can't help but slip this in. Reminds me of so much stuff over the past year, for example, djing to an almost empty room; the crucial word being almost...the hilarious word being almost.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

GLASSER / DELOREAN


Glasser - Treasury of we (Delorean Remix) by deloreandanz

Only got around to listening to this properly today. I use this word sparingly, usually because it's frowned upon and you sound like a teacher trying to be cool, but this is 'funky'.

MEMORYHOUSE






















Memoryhouse e.p 'The Years' has been remastered and is set to be released by Sub Pop, complete with two new tracks

Memoryhouse - The Years EP by subpop

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

SUN GLITTERS

















I can confess to not having heard anyone music that Luxembourg has to offer before, but judging from the utterings of Sun Glitters, it's a country I'll be revisiting musically. Victor Ferriera's music can't help but aid existentialism and there's something celestial about it; glitches, echo and dub make for a neat, fresh sound that has no borders or barriers musically, it feels like it reaches far and goes on forever. It's easy to get lost in this music, as it pulls and pushes you with a dreamlike, distant quality, so bring a map. A favourite track of mine is 'Love me', it's so dope but haunting simultaneously and the video is trippy. There's resonance with Four Tet and Star Slinger here, but also How to Dress Well, a label for Sun Glitters is evading me, but that makes it even more endearing. I HIGHLY recommend a dip in this pool of disjointed melodies and cleanly crafted fluctuations.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

I'm living in Luxembourg and working as a graphic designer. I have a great family and trying to make great music! ;)

Could you give a brief sun glitters history?

Sun Glitters Is my new project since March 2011, it’s the chosen name for exploring new territories and expanding on my previous work.

Who did you grow up listening to?

There are so many! The most important one is My Bloody Valentine I think...

Tell us a bit about recent offering 'everything could be fine'.

I composed so many tracks since I started making music! This release is very special to me, it represents the transition between my old project and Sun Glitters!

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

WOW... This is a very hard question! ;)
Every track has it’s own strange element. In nearly all my tracks, there are mistakes, though after listening to them further, they’ve evolved into something great!
It’s hard to answer this question properly as my music is about the everyday.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

Yes, my everyday life!

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?

I like listening to music when I'm driving, but for me, there isn’t a perfect environment or situation to listen to music! Any situation can be ideal, it depends on how you are feeling at any given moment and how you interpret the music at that particular time. An example of this can be heard when listening to 2 of my recent tracks; "things are" and "the wind caresses her hair", each have a more melancholic or morose sound, but this wasn’t my intentions when making them!

Where would you love to tour?

Everywhere where people would love to see me performing my tracks live! ;)

Finally, what's next for the sun glitters, future plans and such?

Playing live, meeting great people, doing great collaborations and continuing to work on my next release...



Watch out for Sun Glitters remixes too and you can listen and download Sun Glitters sounds and learn more up above.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

TOKYO POLICE CLUB
















Tokyo Police Club did a '10 covers in 10 days thing covering 10 years' challenge and the results are fun.

Monday, 5 September 2011

CASSIDA PAX

























This dropped in my inbox today and I was greeted with addictive riffs and reverb that made for a nice Monday morning treat.

BATHS


Exit the Mine by bathsmusic

Apparently Will Wiesenfeld created this using an iPad, my dad's getting one so hopefully he'll come up with something similar. Full of layers and ambience, Baths continues to sound like no-one else.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

MORITZ OBERHOLZER

London Bus Tour from moritz oberholzer on Vimeo.

And I said I didn't wanna live in London.

Saturday, 3 September 2011

KASSEM MOSSE

BR Berlin #001 Kassem Mosse (live) from BOILER ROOM on Vimeo.

Grab a drink, wear a shirt, be German and pretend you were there.