Its been a while since a video really grabbed me and made a serious impression that stayed with me. I’d say the only way to describe FKA Twigs latest video is hauntingly beautiful and very disturbing at the same time. Co-directed by Twigs herself Papi Pacify is a vulnerable piece of down tempo that crosses somewhere between Portishead and Tracy Thorn’s Massive Attack years. The dark and brooding beats are perfectly infectious, but are over-shadowed by Twigs devine voice that dominates and carries the song throughout. Her. new EP Ep2 is due to drop here in the states Sept 17 and I already have my copy preordered, you should get yours.
Progressive House/Uk Garage Producer Funkstepz brings some incredible tunes with his latest Ep “Mind Fuck”. ” This Ep represents yet another brain fuck guaranteed to get those butts shaking and vibes quaking on the dance floor. Funkystepz serves up a brand of dance floor music that’s chalked full of energy and soul that will keep those late night parties going until it’s time for pancakes
Here it is, a look at UK Bass/Future Garage Producer Last Japan’s newest EP “DARSK”. After warming up the bass machines and cranking up the volume I prepared myself for a listen to what Marco Giuliani been doing all locked away in his pod of magic and Bass synth.
“Paid in Full” is gritty grime track that features Merky ACE, a new talent, who’s among group of young London MC’s energizing a 10-year-old genre. “Paid in Full” pays off with an inspired and unrelenting sound that will take you back to what you loved about early grime, raw quality.
Last Japan knows how to deliver the goods and does it every time with the mark of a true original. “Hoods” infuse old school breaks and new school wobbles.”Every Time I” and “Float” are quintessential Last Japan grooves, deep brooding bass lines, infectious melodies and strong vocal samples. Pick it up July 14 or pre-order through the link below.
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If you asked me what band you should be following this summer. I’d tell you Wolf Alice. I’ve been infatuated with these North Londoners ever since they erupted on to the scene with “Leaving You”. They’ve released only a handful of singles and each one is more infectious and different from the last.
“Bros” shifts away from the energetic youthful romp of “Fluffy” and delivers a more tender sentimental tune filled with bright melodies, driving rhythms and a testament to a best friend.
What makes this band so damn cool is they don’t place themselves in a nice neat little musical category. Just look at the diversity between each of their singles. They blend elements of electro, grunge and pop creating a sound that’s unmistakably theirs and undeniably good.
Their new single “Bros” is out May 2oth on Chess Club Records.
This week they’ve been releasing some tracks from Baz Luhrmann next big movie The Great Gatsby. Now they’re allot of great artist surrounding this soundptrack from Jack White to Beyonce and Andrea 3000, Lana Del Rey but nothing has really stuck with me until they released “Together” from The XX. This song is probably the best yet I’ve heard from this soundtrack and The XX’s minimalistic approach to production shines thoroughly through with just enough emotion and purpose to make it a worth while listen.
London’s Dark Sky released this sample of “Confunktion” from their new EP out March 18 on Bristol’s Tectonic Recordings. Think of it as music for space tourism, this is what you’ll hearing when we’ve colonized the moon and your exiting the ship. Deep dark, gritty spaced out melodies that build on bass-lines that bounces along and flexes with massive stuttering mids, yea that’s pretty much how I see it in my head. Great stuff coming out of the UK . Don’t miss them on NTS Radio every other Thursday from 10pm-12 (GMT).
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Some of the best Electro music is coming out of the UK now a days. Every time I turn around there’s another producers setting the bar just a bit higher for everybody else. Last Japan, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Bondax , and Starslinger are just a few that come to mind when were talking about talented boundary pushers who are making moves in the UK. Now from everything I’ve listened to from London’s collective Funkystepz I would definitely have put them on that growing list. Funkystepz specializes in a mind numbing fusion of UK Funky, Garage and Bass It’s been praised and featured at all levels in the UK lately, BBC Radio One, BBC 1xtra, Kiss 100 Choice FM, Rinse and Hyperdub all have praised and supported them at one time or another. Their remix of Jeremih’s single “All The Time” is a big tune with wobbles that hit so deep and that it’s not hard to get lost a bit in it.
“Fluffy” is the second single from North London indie/Rock band Wolf Alice. Now if you’re sitting there scratching your head going who the F*** is Wolf Alice then your about to hear one of the best new comers to Indie Rock in 2013. Their first single “Leaving You” is a free download that they released a few months backs and set in motion a buzz that would be hard for any band to live up to. With “Fluffy” I pretty much knew immediately they had exceeded everyone’s expectations and solidified themselves as a serious talent with a massive sound. “Fluffy” is available now on .
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Last Japan released his latest track “Anonymous” today. It’s a damn good thing he did to because we were getting ready to flip into crack head mode if we didn’t get a Bass hit and a Wobble from Marco some time soon. Hey we understand he’s been a busy boy. He signed with Space & Time Records (Sony RCA) and he’s been all over the place, hanging out at BBC Radio 1 doing some guest mixes for Rinse FM, appearing in Quintin videos . You can check out his Facebook and Twitter if you want the full rundown on his escapades. We love watching this DJ/Producers grow in to bigger things. His talent is limitless and he continues to inspire and impress us with every track he releases. The future is looking good for Last Japan and I can only hope it means a full length, because I would love to see what he would do with a whole album. Anyways good tune, glad to hear from him Cheers!
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Woozee aka John Seiles coming correct with “I Like Your Wiggle.” This is just a good solid funky House track that really put my Sunday in the right groove. It’s just a teaser but I’m looking forward to the finished product. Allot of music genres and sub-genres come and go but House music is for life and Woozee is making sure we don’t forget that. Make sure and check out his Soundcloud profile for more dance floor bangers.
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Du Tonc is a collaboration project from London Producer Mighty Mouse and Matt Van Schie of the Aussie electro-pop group Van She. After first meeting in a Paris Club back in 2010 they’ve toyed with the possibilities of working on a project together, and we have waited patiently in anticipation for our reward. Well that day has come; “Darkness” is a beautiful blending of bright melodies, funky fuzzy distorted guitar riffs and soft personal vocals. This is an great debut single for these two. It’s bright and beautiful and I found myself coming back to it over and over. Darkness is released on the UK label Cheap Thrills and you can pick it up on .
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Disclosure recently released their latest single “White Noise” featuring AlunaGeorge on Zane Lowe‘s show on BBC Radio 1. It’s a big tune with a retro feel featuring some sexy vocals from AlunaGeorge and some solid future house from the two brothers from the UK Disclosure. These two groups are constantly pushing the boundaries of music and changing the way the world views contemporary music and it’s nice to see two top notch artist working together.
Disclosure’s latest release.
Jake Bugg‘s talent pulses through a vein of music that’s soulful, gritty, and astonishingly good for such young blood. His music resonates Dylan, Cash and Hendrix and he writes the kind of songs that stays with you and days later pop back in your head and you find yourself humming it again. Nottingham England’s 18-year-old Jake Edwin Kennedy is quickly making a short list of my favorite artists this year. The Clash yes I mean that Clash called him ” A precocious talent; fusing retro folk with blistering contemporary rock riffs. It’s genuinely goods bands like Jake Bugg Wolf Alice and Special Explosion that are setting the bar for what will be the standard very soon.
You can find him on tour in the US and he has just confirmed he will be at SWSW. Make sure and listen to his début album below and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
I caught this track from Sheffield London’s Kidnap Kid on Indie Shuffle and I love it. It’s been out for about a year and his sound is just pure bass heaven and makes my day. So I feel like I’ve just been slacking to have missed such a premium track and big talent. He made Itune’s Best of 2012 and he’s been featured on Radio1 as well as getting a nod from Diplo on “Diplo and Friends” on BBc 1xtra. This is what the UK Bass sound is all about right now. So here it is better late than never get ready to go real deep with “Lazarus Taxon”.
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Future Pop duo AlunaGeorge turned some heads in 2012 with some hugely successful singles Your Drums, Your Love, Watching Over You. So it’s no surprise that they claimed the #2 spot in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll. The #1 spot going to another great band featured here on Sublevel Haim. AlunaGeorge really didn’t have a single bad track last year, and 2013 is moving in the same direction for them. Gearing up for a June album debut they’ve released the title track ”Body Love” on BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge earlier today. “Diver” is the stand out track for me so far. Sultry and emotional they use elements of R&B, Minimal Drum N Bass and Synth pop. Then topping it with some Aluna’s signature vocals and well that just feels like home to me.
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Future Pop duo AlunaGeorge turned some heads in 2012 with some hugely successful singles Your Drums, Your Love, Watching Over You. So it’s no surprise that they claimed the #2 spot in the BBC Sound of 2013 poll The #1 spot going to another great band featured here on Sublevel Haim. AlunaGeorge really didn’t have a single bad track last year, and 2013 is moving in the same direction for them. Gearing up for a June album début they’ve released the title track “Body Love” on BBC 1Xtra Live Lounge earlier today. “Diver” is the stand out track for me so far. Sultry and emotional they use elements of R&B, Minimal Drum N Bass and Synth pop. Then topping it with some Aluna’s signature vocals and well that just feels like home to me.
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AlunaGeorge – Thinkin Bout You (Frank Ocean Cover)
[Future Garage] New Remixes From Bondax Featuring AlunaGeorge & Rudimental
The Warehouse Project feat. Diplo, AlunaGeorge, Four Tet (Video by Yours Truly)
EARMILK’s Top 50 Albums of 2012 [#50-26]
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The “Nightmares in Reality Ep” is the latest from Bristol based DJ/Producer Culprate. Bristol’s underground scene has produced a copia of creative and ground breaking musicians, original Bristolians include Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky and others such as Way Out West, Smith &Mighty, Up, Bustle and Out, Roni Size, and The Wild Bunch. Culprate follows in the “Bristol Sound” tradition with an Ep that uses a darkness that’s uplifting and melancholy at the same time. With his sparse instrumentation and deep bass lines he taps into his childhood A.D.D. and twist and tweaks these tunes until you’re not sure where the hell your going to put this in your Itunes. Defying genres and side stepping labels is what Culprate’s all about and you can hear it in his music. As he states on his LastFM page “ I love music, I don’t really follow genres, well, I do to a degree, but I think that most of the time, genres form a prejudgment in your mind, so you think you don’t like something before you’ve even listened to it.” I can get behind that kind of thinking. Pick up this Ep on Beatport and all links for social networking are bellow. Make sure and check his freebies below.
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I just can’t give enough love for this dude, seriously Last Japan killing it and bringing those next level skills with this guest mix he did for B.Traits new show on BBC’s Radio1. Recommended for anyone that digs R&B, UK Garage, Bass, Grime or Hip-Hop. Pick it up free via Last Japan’s Soundcloud.
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Keeping it a short one tonight, have to get ready for the rest of the week. Thought a little Last Japan would help cure those Monday blues. He’s really bring that funky get down on the get down Bass with “Hoods”. This guy is so talented, make sure and hit him up on your favorite social network.
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Digging this Native Ep by the London duo Maribou State. This came out back in June but some how it slipped past me. Really a perfect bit of mellow Soul Breaks and Future Garage for a lazy Sunday. Make sure and check out their Soundcloud page for a bunch of free downloads and go get the Native Ep out on Southern Fried Records.
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Here it is the music video for ”Baby I Got that” from Bondax. The boys are breaking it down to the essentials here, a banging tune some pretty Girls and Water, simple fun to watch and I don’t have to spend allot of time deciphering some kind of coded message. Nice work!
Oh it’s Tuesday not the most exciting day of the week. Not as bad as Monday certainly no Friday. Thought I would check in with Last Japan’s Soundcloud for a little something to kick-start this week proper. Not really sure if these are finished pieces or works in progress, either way it’s some Bassed up goodness! Really looking forward to the official releases so I can get my paws on a copy of these, I’ll let you know.
My philosophy is one good artist will always lead you to another one. While digging for some Last Japan tracks I came across his great Analyzer remix he did for AlunaGeorge. That was my first real introduction to them. Aluna’s vocals are lush, interesting and matched by the support of some great Future Garage Blip-Pop incarnation.
Aluna Francis and George Reid have only been working together for about a year and with just a hand full of tracks out they’ve already been given the nod by Radio 1. For a young group just hitting birth, that’s a good start. It’s no surprise though the three track Ep is filled with memorable moments that kept me coming back to it all week.
You know lately it just feels like I can step out my front door and chuck a stick and hit any number of groups that are saturating the scene with mindless drivel. It’s just dam nice to see some creative and quality artist working together and standing apart from the rest. So go support some good music and check out their site for tour dates and pick up the Ep on Triangle Records, you can also nab it on Itunes as well. The Last Japan remix is a free download via Soundcloud, Grab that below.
My week has got progressively crazier and crazier and here are the tunes I have turned to for some much-needed decompression and relief.
Last Japan one of the best producers in the UK featuring Trim a true original grime MC at his finest.
Mach 5 out of Atlanta with and homage to good times.
A little something from a forthcoming release from Last Japan.
Snippet of a tune from our favorite Bassed up Hooligan out of London, Last Japan. Everything this guy touches is golden. Out next month on Bullet Train Records. Make sure and follow him on your favorite social network of choice.
Last Japan – East Feat Trim out on Bullet Trains Records
I pulled out my favorite cassette tape of Massive Attack today. It’s a work of art in itself, ”Blue Lines” is carelessly scribbled in large sharpie across the top of it. There are some random pen marks, paint splatter and a few chipped corners from just straight neglect, I really doubt it even plays. Still I can’t bring myself to just throw it out. That one tape changed my whole view on music. It opened me up to and underground culture of turntablism, vinyl records, warehouse parties and dance music. When kids in Portland were playing House and Techno the Gemini Lounge was on the tip pumping out the Bristol sounds of trip-hop and Drum N Bass. Since then there have been hundreds of incarnations in electro but the members of Massive still remain the epitome of cool. Their Latest “Summertime – 3D vs Scarlett Johansson” is off the soundtrack from Everardo Valerio Gout’s Spanish-language thriller Days Of Grace. It’s got that Massive signature sound, haunting vocals and a tasty build up. It’s a testimony to just how relevant these guys still are. So pay homage to these pioneers and be thankful there still making music.
One of my favorite gang of Dub-step hooligans and profligates featuring Marco Del Horno & Last Japan,Stinkahbell, Jack Swift, Nightmare & Oni. A Straight up brain scramble.
The London School for Performing Arts & Technology has been synonymous with high quality musicians (Katy B, Adele, Amy Winehouse, Jessie J, Leona Lewis, Katie Melua, The Kooks, Imogen Heap, Kate Nash). Archy Marshall, also known as King Krule, is the latest incarnation that is gaining some notoriety. His mixture of Jazz Ballads and high production Post-Dubstep are seamless and infectious. His baritone crooning is reminiscent of Jonathan Richman. With only a self titled EP and a handful of remixes he’s getting a lot of attention. I don’t know what they’re putting in the school lunches over there but I want some.
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King Krule on Band Camp
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The new track from Hot Chip is full of warm fuzzy vibes and splendid melodic moments reminding me of my Moon tribe days of dessert sunrises and dance floor euphoria. Thanks for the trip back boys, I hope the rest of the album is as good as this track. Watch for their forthcoming album “In our heads” out June 2012. Pre-order links are available below.
Don’ make the same mistake I did and watch this video drunk!!
You’ve been warned.
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We’re big fans of Michael Kiwanuka and we follow him so closely that we could probably be given a stalker status. So naturally when we heard he was collaborating with none other than Dan Auerback from the Black Keys, we pretty much wet ourselves on the spot. “Lasan” is a B-side track from the forth coming single “I’m Getting Ready” which is off his début album “Home Again” due out March 12th. Now if you’re not familiar with Michal Kiwanuka you really have hit that snooze button. So take a minute, grab a cup of coffee or whatever your vice of choice, kick your feet up and prepare to listen to one of the best new artist’s of 2012.
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Two amazing talents and one great song.
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Michael Kiwanuka’s Blog
The Jamie Jones remix of EJ’s debut single “Mama I’m Going to Sing” came out a few days ago. I couldn’t think of a better person to help bring some well deserved attention to this Gospel Soul singer then one of London’s most popular and diverse DJs. ”Mama I’m Going to Sing” has been getting a lot of play in the UK including on BBC’s Radio One who have been a massive supporters. I do suspect we are not getting the full force of her talents yet and with only one track to her name its difficult to know what direction her music will go in. What ever she chooses, I’ll be tuning in.
Jamie Jones on Myspace
EJ on Soundcloud
OK, I love this mix from The Living Graham Bond. I put it on my Ipod and went for a run through the park and I was trying to figure out how to dance and run at the same time. I was pumping the fists, shaking my butt and had a groove in each step, nice work Gram Cheers! Pick up the mix right here for free and then shoot over to Beatport and buy something of his.
Lately its been all about Digi-Cumbia for me. I’ve watched it grow from its infancy through its awkward stages and now its all grown up and keeping people shaking on the dance floor. G.RabbitDirtyRedEyes out of France is no exception, he’s been throwing downs some great grooves using a lot of different elements. Anything from traditional cumbia to Elvis, Adel, Santi Gold to name a few. If you dig that Spanish flava your going to like this.
Here’s a local Portland talent who has put out some great Moombahton remixes lately. Mud Simple says it perfectly ”I make music, I like music, I dance to music. I’m a Dj.” A man of few words and Big Beats. Check him out on Soundcloud for more tracks.
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