Thursday, 31 May 2012

DISCLOSURE


Monday, 28 May 2012

Friday, 25 May 2012

SUMMER HEART


Thursday, 24 May 2012

PEARS



















As a sweltering heat-wave sweeps the UK, what better way to spend it, than cooped up in a stuffy, sweaty library, surrounded by moist bodies and books…and writing sentences with loads of words starting with ‘s’. Desperation permeates the building, a prison binded together by a mixture of fear, nervous pooing and the popular energy beverage, Red Bull.. I’m not even certain that’s a metaphor anymore. It is in these times that we crave stimulation; anything but Foucault. Anything but the hair of a sinister length, on the table next to you, that screams PUBE. Anything but having to small-talk with someone off your course about exams and scaring them with a half-joke about wanting to kill everyone in the library (not a joke). What is the omnipresent, omniscient and benevolent medium that alleviates this odium? Yeah its music, which isn’t really surprising is it, cos this is a blog that talks about music and stuff, sorry about that, should’ve just said it. Anyway this double album by Pears has been like a really strong, robust climbing harness, that’s stopping me from falling into an abyss of mentalness during revision period, but means I can scale around it and abseil into it when I want to, to give me the fear for exams and everything.



BLOOD ORANGE

Blood Orange: I'm Sorry We Lied on Nowness.com.

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

DISCLOSURE

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

JESSIE WARE


It's that girl again.

Monday, 21 May 2012

CRAFT SPELLS


Friday, 18 May 2012

HIGH HIGHS


I've got a confession. I've turned up inexcusably late to the High Highs party and only discovered them recently, let's hope my metaphorical gift of ferrero rocher, the ultimate party gift, will suffice. However, what a delight, their music is enchantingly gorgeous and absolutely addictive. Looking forward to hearing more from this band, their album can't come soon enough.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
We're in new york. we're working on finishing up our record. Most songs are in the bag - theres about 13 songs and we'll probably end up with around 10 on the record. we're finalising who is going to mix the record right now.

Could you give a brief High Highs history?
Oli and I met in Sydney a few years ago. Oli came from a really electronic background and i was just starting to write songs on the guitar. It took us a while to find a middle ground between where we both coming from - the early stuff was super weird. We found ourselves in New York a few years later and we started the band back up. We've been chipping away at the record for about two years over here. It's taken a while but we're really proud of it.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Growing up i was listening to a lot of Eric Clapton and John Williamson. The latter is a classic aussie songwriter - total legend.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
Theres a song called In A Dream, which is only a working title i think. It came together really quickly. Its one of the more "up" songs on the record. The foundation of the track is an instrument Oli made by sampling two peoples voices. It sounds like a pad but its got a really nice texture to it. We just recorded drums last week and i'm about to do the final vocals on it... its taking me a while to get the lyrics right.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
One of the first songs i ever wrote was about the fear of being attacked by a Magpie in australia. Quite ridiculous.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
I think it makes a great soundtrack for travel.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
We just got a really nice record player in our apartment so i've been enjoying revisiting older stuff on vinyl. Steely Dan's "Aja" has been on heavy rotation. My friend also just got me the new Burial EP "Kindred" which is really beautiful.

Where would you love to tour?
Europe. I've never been there and I cant wait to go there.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
We're just focusing on making our record the best it can be - thats enough for us at the moment!

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Thursday, 17 May 2012

JULIO BASHMORE

YEASAYER


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

TOUGH GUYS OF AMERICA


Definitely the most entertaining interview I've done for a while. Serbian band, Tough Guys of America, are smashhhin it with their new e.p and there's a physical release out in June, from SuperSizeShe records.

Answering: Stevie Whisper JR & Andrija Spicanovic

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
S: This infamous country called Serbia, it's capital - Belgrade to be precise. At the moment i'm trying to figure out how get away from here.
A: I'm an architect building fancy hotels, skyscrapers and all those posh places to live when our band gets famous.

Could you give a brief Tough Guys of America history?
S:
We Knew each other for a long time, playing in bunch of bands in our local punk scene but never in the same band. When we finally decided to do it together, we were kinda done with playing loud as fuck so we started making these simple pop songs. Played a few gigs than split up, got back together after a year few month ago, played some more gigs and released this EP..guess we can take a hiatus now, do a reunion tour in ten years when it's hot again and finally make some money for our grandchildren...

Who did you grow up listening to?
S: Woof... from 2pac and Ice T through those crappy New Metal bands from late 90's to pretty much all the early bands from Dischord and SST..plus bunch of classic rock..
A: Ramones, Misfits, Cock Sparrer and then Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana, Fugazi, Pixies, Sonic Youth...

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
S: Did at least three new songs at the time recently, but the last that we managed to get together is this one called Now or Never..You know that story, a boy and a girl or boy plus boy in something that everyone around them would call a relationship except themselves? Well this is about one trying to define this for one last time. Or maybe booth of them, depending on how you look at it. Andrija says it reminds him of Beck, Girls, The Sea and Cake..to me it's more like cheesy Iron Maiden song..

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
S: Dunno. Maybe about the guy who gets stabbed by American Apparel gang for wearing a wrong t-shirt?
A: For one of my previous bands I wrote a song about the moment when a person is dying in a war. Probably the most epic one i will ever write.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
S: Berghain, Dark Room, Saturday around 6:15 AM, take off your shoes please..
A: I guess a college spring break, the fully packed bus slowly driving to Miami, everyone singing along.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
S: A lot of different stuff...John Talabot, White fence, Tropics, Evil Eyes.. and yeah Shy Girls and this amazing EP that got out in december and should've been huge by now..but it's not..don't get it..
A: Lower Dens new album is pretty good, and I was also amazed with No Joy album...Hella made new non disappointing album for the 4th time.

Where would you love to tour?
S & A: Everywhere. Mongolia, Cambodia,South Korea, Honduras..You name it, we're there..

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
S & A: Getting a 0 on PItchfork, playing a 4 song set on SXSW, doing a playback on Blogotheque with Lana del Rey and of course meeting Kurt Cobain in heaven..

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Monday, 14 May 2012

GOLD PANDA



Have eagerly anticipated new stuff from Gold Panda and it doesn't disappoint. Just listen, listen to that.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

BIBIO


Bitta fun.

VACATIONER / GIRAFFAGE

Thursday, 10 May 2012

HUDSON MOHAWKE / LUNICE

TWO INCH PUNCH


Wednesday, 9 May 2012

GIRAFFAGE / XXYYXX

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

JONQUIL


Massive fan of Chad Valley, who is also in the band, Jonquil. Really nice stuff coming from them.

HYPERMAGIC


Hypermagic is back and bringing us an abundance of blissful haze.

Monday, 7 May 2012

FOUR TET


Fresh off the block.

BONDAX


Friday, 4 May 2012

JASON NOLAN


Today I'm bringing you the extremely young, but extremely talented JASON NOLAN; capitals are completely justified, his sound is dooooppppe (momentarily possessed by the spirit of Will.i.am). I'm staggered by the quality of the production on his latest e.p and there's so much diversity in his music, eclectic sounds clashing together to create something really exciting.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
At the moment I am in Southampton and have just started brainstorming some ideas for songs whilst attempting some Maths.

When did you first decide to make music?
I can't really think of when I first decided to make music really. My earliest memories of trying to create music is with two of my closest friends when we were about 9 or 10 - but we didn't play them on instruments or anything - just sung probably a 10-15 second hook over and over... and over. I always tended towards improvisation on jazz flute but the first time I took song writing seriously was probably when I was 12/13 and had just started playing guitar in my first band.

Who did you grow up listening to?
My Dad is a huge music fan and had an eclectic taste and I can recall him playing me Bowie, The Beatles, Jethro Tull, Michael Jackson and many others when I was younger and really liking what I was hearing. It was certain tracks that stood out for me though when growing up rather than artists, before developing a taste in music- so a lot of 90's and early 2000's pop too.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
I havn't starting producing anything new since the debut EP - so the last song I worked on was Velvet Ties. It is the final track on the EP and features some flecks of a phenomenal spoken word piece by my close friend Samuel Cole. The track features around 15 manipulated guitars layered together in the background and is a pessimistic view of a seemingly short childhood.

What's the strangest subject you've ever written a song about?
Generally, I wouldn't say my lyrics are too out there but probably just Bicycle Shed - which is about procrastinating. The lyrics feature some of the stranger thoughts that come up like caring about the tilt of your laptop and going on a bike ride when there are clearly more pressing issues at hand. The name is a referrence to Parkinson's Law of Triviality.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
I'm not sure really - probably just on your own, on the go.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Although loving a lot of different music, over the last few years I have been blown away by only a few artists with the most recent name coming to mind being James Blake - whose self-titled LP I think is brilliant. I got Soundcloud last month after being encouraged by a friend of mine who also makes music - Excavate (Charlie Tappin), and have just been finding some great music from up-and-coming artists through that medium.

Where would you love to tour?
To be honest, I haven't really given performing live much thought as I think there would be too many constraints and I wouldn't really have much of an idea of how to go about it without being on stage with my laptop - which doesn't appeal. I'd like to maybe record an acoustic session though of some of my tracks as I think that could be interesting.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Next, I plan on passing my first year of uni and then I plan on producing a couple of tracks over the Summer break with possibly another EP soon after.

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Thursday, 3 May 2012

SACRED ANIMALS / STEFFALOO


Sick track.