February 21st, 2016 : Categories Breezy Sundays
February 17th, 2016 : Categories singleTrip-hop singer/songwriter Ramsey seems to have come out of nowhere. She’s only been active on social networks since mid-December, and in the last month she has dropped 8 tracks on Soundcloud, all of which were written and produced herself. In this short amount of time, she has grabbed the attention of over 3,000 followers.
Her songs are as dark and sexy as her voice is raspy and soulful. The sound is quite enveloping – hard to quit after just one listen. In the same vein as Portishead and Phantogram, the tunes are dripping with trip-hop, downtempo beats and heavy on reverberating bass lines. Here is her first official single, “See You Bleed”, along with another one of my favorites, “Red and White”.
February 8th, 2016 : Categories coverWolfgang Schrödl, aka 7fields, takes The Strokes‘ 2006 single “Heart In A Cage” and strips it down to its bare bones, leaving behind only a simple acoustic melody and haunting vocals to match the gloomy, melancholy lyrics of Cassablancas. After spending a decade as frontman in the German indie-pop group Liquido, Schrödl decided “it was about time to focus on my own ideas that reflect where I’m standing now in my life.” Following the Strokes cover are two singles in the same musical vein – bare bones, minimalist, heavy-hearted songwriting. Check out the singles on Soundcloud and keep an ear out for more from Schrödl in the not too distant future.
At times Sleepwreck provides the phat beats and tribal groovage that is sure to make that booty drop; other times it is much more heavy, with distorted guitar licks & trip-hop beats – a sound fit for the head-banging shoe-gazers among us. His latest offering, “Take It Apart“, from the upcoming release Disasterpiece, is of the latter persuasion, how I imagine a mashup of Tool and The Faint might sound like.
Disasterpiece is set to release February 12th on East Van Digital.
February 1st, 2016 : Categories videoHere’s another great track from the talented young Chloe Baker, aka Bitter’s Kiss. Much like her single “Love Won’t Make You Cry“, “No One Will” is a reminder of the rollercoaster ride that is young love. I remember the feeling of hopelessness I felt in ever finding true love again after my high school girlfriend broke up with me. As Chloe puts it “No one will ever love me again” – I must have said it myself at least a hundred times during the weeks and months that followed my disastrous break up. But despite the hopelessness of these lyrics, “No One Will” is a somewhat upbeat indie rock tune, though the feelings of teenage melancholy somehow shine throughout the track. Check out the rest of her self-titled EP here.
January 27th, 2016 : Categories Newdust Mixtapes
- Intro* / PSTGRD :: Prime
- Yppah :: Bushmills (01:21)
- Cloud Control :: Meditation Song #2 (Why, Oh Why) (05:00)
- White Denim :: Drug (08:45)*
- Tame Impala :: ‘Cause I’m A Man (11:33)*
- Wake Owl :: Candy (15:38)*
- Joan As Police Woman :: The Magic (edited) (19:50)
- Monster Rally :: Ikebana Garden (22:21)
- Paper Tiger :: The Bully Plank (24:35)
- Outro* / The Beatles :: A Day In The Life
* Soundclips from Radio North Sea International, Radio City, and various other pirate radio stations of the ’60s and ’70s.
Newdust Mixtape No. 22 :: Pirate Radio