Well due to the fact that my computer died a few weeks ago, it has been radio silence from this part of the web….BUT I’M BAAAACK! So, to start off with, I hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year, have all forgotten or broken your resolutions and can now go back to enjoying life to it’s fullest again, without feeling obliged to martyr yourself in the name of something you won’t give up or do, no matter how much time or money you have, and tell anyone who will listen to you about your strife….
New year’s resolution beef aside, I has got some sweeeeeeeet tunes for you all to enjoy!
To kick us off, we will be visiting Regal Records who have recently had the presence of mind to bring this music to light for all of us to enjoy. Quality drum and bass that does what it does without trying to snatch the headlines or jumping up and down for attention. Solid track with interesting basslines, almost slightly haunting sound that should have you nodding along like that stupid bobblehead dog from the Churchill adverts. Anyway, for your royal ears only, enjoy Mr. Exel‘s The Hitcher
And for more information on either Exel or Regal Records, visit http://www.regal-records.com
Now last time I mentioned this guy, it was in the last blog before the Great Computerlessness of 2011/12. Akala, aka Kingslee Daley, is fast emerging to become one of my favourite hip-hop/rap artists. In his latest album ‘Double Think’, he uses a blend of blues, ‘conscious’ hip-hop and “shares debts to Radiohead, Aphex Twin and Depeche Mode as strongly as to Public Enemy, the Wu-Tang Clan and Rakim“. For me, one of my favourite tracks off the album is Find No Enemy. Chilled out electric guitar, simple bass and drums leaves all the emphasis on the lyrical content which Akala does not fail to deliver. Potent words that make even more sense when you read the story behind the track and understand his philosophy regarding mainstream hip-hop and the messages it seems to deliver, along with its stereotypical image. So here is Akala and his track Find No Enemy.
For more information on Akala and his label Illastate please visit http://www.akalamusic.com/
And now back to supporting those you may not have heard of yet but will soon I’m sure :-p
Starting with the realm of dubstep comes this collective of Franco-Russian creative minds, working under the collective banner of PLAYMA are signed to the Audioporn label. Finding inspiration from such diverse musical influences as The Chemical Brothers, Miles Davies and Noisia (did anyone check out there NOISA-VISION competition on facebook? Hilarity!), PLAYMA have collided together to bring a unique take on dubstep which I find particularly interesting! So here is their track, aptly named Mr Big Boom
In a completely different genre of music, I am ‘forced’ to return to The Suburbians. Back in November they released their first ever album, and to commemorate it, had a huge gig at the 229 The Venue and it was a massive success. Oversold tickets meant for a lively electric atmosphere before the guys even got on stage. The show started with a short video of the band on their recent tour of Canada which, as soon as it ended gave way to fireworks and the band pumping out their first track of the night. The crowd starting jumping up and down for excitement and did not stop until the last track had been played! On some of the ‘harder’ songs, a mosh pit managed to find its way unto the dance floor and people were flying into each other or lifting each other up into the air using what can only be described as a rugby-lift technique! Add a smattering of (short lived) crowd surfing by some and the night can only be described as abdolutely entertaining from start to finish. The band were on form with class solos from both Ben K on guitar and Ben N on the drums respectively, Charlie faithfully tight on the bass throughout and Mark K showing off his vocal range and adaptability…I for one loved it! For those of you who were unfortunate to miss it here is a taste of what happened!
Anyway, that’s it for the moment from me! I hope you enjoy the blog and please remember: tell your family, friends, pets, neighbors, teachers and workmates about the blog! Send me your feedback and then I can really focus on making it better for you!
That’s Waagwan :-p