It’s about bloody time we grace ye olde music blog with a little jangly garage rock, yeah? I mean, fuck that chilldub-synthpop-IDM…amirite? One tab of Acid Tongue should do the trick. They’ve been dropping new tracks on the interwebs this month, and something tells me we’ll be hearing a lot more from these dudes very soon. If you’re in the Seattle area, check them out at The Capitol Hill Block Party next month!
DJ/Producer Frenic is a master of his craft. He splices and dices sampled tracks, everything from bluesy harmonica to Gordon Lightfoot, and layers them alongside some really great beats to breathe some modern life back into them. DR DAD, released in 2013, is my favorite of his so far. Each of his albums play out a little differently, which is what I like about him.
Here are my two favorites from the album:
And if you like what you hear, check out his latest album Monomyth: Separation, exploring the sights and sounds of Greece, an album he wrote during and after a 10-city tour of the country.
I thought your Friday might benefit from having a little funk-soul (brother…right about now). The Dip is a talented group of dudes with some soulful tunes teeming with horns, the occasional organ, and some killer drum and bass lines…Not to mention dat voice! Their debut self-titled is an entertaining half-hour, with some songs that are just screaming to be heard live.
Sax G is the modern day embodiment of the electronic goodness of 80s and 90s R&B, minus the cheesy lyrics. His latest release, Lullaby of the Forbidden Dancer, is a collection of ideas revolving around chopped up sampled vocals and beats that showcase his talent as a producer. My favorite track, “Quotient”, plays with the iconic vocals of Sade, saying “The truth, the lies”, wrapped up tight with a simple beat and minimalist melody.
In the wake of the most epic, totally rad thing to ever happen to the internet (I’m talking of course about the release of the 80’s throwback mini-movie, the action-packedKung Fury), I’m in a chiptune, 80’s arcade, David Hasselhoff “True Survivor” kinda mood this morning. Seemingly out of nowhere, this guy by the name of Slothfella drops a full-length synthwave monster mamajam, Savage Mountain, that has me waxing nostalgic hardcore. I can almost see the VHS tracking lines as I’m listening. And let’s not forget, friends…Be kind, rewind.
Here’s another doozy outta Seattle for you on this fine June morning, a collection of ambient IDM that swells with crescendos and swoons with clean, sophisticated guitar lines. Michael Erickson, aka WMD, has quite the catalog under his belt, producing handfuls of full-length records a year since at least 2012. His latest creation is titled simply WMD, and it is, quite simply, beautiful from start to finish. Here are a few of my favorites:
If you’re looking for the freshest and brightest hip-hop of the Pacific Northwest, I’m here to tell you your search has come to an end. Look no further than Seattle’s “Queens of the Stoned Age”, THEESatisfaction. They’ve been quietly churning out only the choicest of soulful R&B and cleverly lyric’d hip-hop for close to a decade now and don’t seem to be letting up anytime soon. Here’s the title track from their latest release EarthEE. Also check out the music video for “Recognition”.