Cagney XOR Lacey (Apollo) is the create title for the EP due out in a few days by the creatively named Datassette, and the title track below, sounding like a cross between chops, blips, distorted ice cream trucks and dreamy funk landscape hit harder than a yard styles, is something that should carry you for the ride of your life throughout the year. This is the music John Davies has chosen to create and as Datassette, will prove that electronic manipulation is still strongly made in the right hands. This song will make you feel inside, will make you feel outside, will make you feel yourself as you feel. Feel this, and let’s get back to the era of the Commodore VIC 20 and look into the future again through his creations.
It’s nice to hear someone from Jamaica that still sounds Jamaican, and not from elsewhere. I’m all for exploration and expanding boundaries but sometimes the feeling and sound of home is best, and that’s what Popcaan does in his song “Everything Nice”. This is in preparation for his debut album due out later this year on Mixpak and while he has the means to make it big, I hope he will do so on his terms and making the music he loves. Dancehall continues nicely in Popcaan’s hands.
Meet George Getson has George Getson getting the word out about his album before it hits ears and faces on April 27th, and another word and song for you is “Lean”, which brings in Nahkim into the soundscape. Enjoy them both and if you’re moved enough by the song, consider buying it below via Amazon.
June 24th may seem like a long way off, in fact, it’s three months and two weeks away and in the music industry, that’s almost forever. It is the day that Welsh/Scottish group Gulp will be releasing an album of their brand of pop, rock, and hints of garage and ethereal-ness called Season Sun (Everloving). The group is a new project from Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce, a slight departure from what he has been known for but a welcome addition to what he has done over the years. Those who are headed to SXSW next week will be able to see them at The Hideout Theater on Thurday, March 13th. Until then, listen to their very exciting sound by entering “Vast Space” with them.
The Boombox Theatre is what L.E.O. & Carnage are calling their new album, 17 new cuts featuring people such as The M.U.T.T.S., Maya Colombo, Eric Medina-Raic, and more.
L.E.O. handles the vocals while Carnage tears it up on production, and The Boombat Theatre is a represntation of not only what was the goodness of hip-hop, but what it is and remains for millions of people. It’s a partial throwback but it eagerly looks to the future, just as many of us did when artists from the 80′s and 90′s helped us do so.
Art work is how Austin, Texas’ Equals are categorized, but that statement alone may move people to not want to categorize them at all, or to hear them to find out how they’ll step out of categories, and that’s completely fine. The five-piece will be self releasing an album on May 6th called Tracts, and “Conveyor” is a preview of what they did in the studio to move to the next level. The band produced this with Alex Bhore, who was also responsible for engineering and mixing the projects from start to finish.
Being an Austin band, it would be appropriate for them to roll on over to SXSW next week so if you’re headed there, head to their shows. They also have a few more on the way in April.
March 14… Austin, TX (SXSW @ Wonderland (Day Party))
March 15… Austin, TX (SXSW Official Showcase @ Karma Lounge (1am))
April 10… San Antonio, TX (502 Bar)
April 11… Austin, TX (Empire Control Room)
April 14… Corpus Christi, TX (The NASA)
Ads Antalik decided to bring in Palermo Stone for a song and what they ended up putting together is “Time Gone”, constructed by producer BuddahSPK.
Jessie Frye is a pop artist that should be making the kind of songs that should be anthems and heard in every other TV show and movie but for the time being, she isn’t on that level. However, one listen to Obsidian (self-released) and you’ll realize she should be.
What I like about Frye is the strength of her voice, the music, and the songwriting found within. She’s not afraid to show occasional vulnerability but she’s also not afraid to show strength in what she can provide and what she seeks in life. It’s done in a manner that avoids cliches and hashtag lyricism that has become tiresome in the last few years. I love hooks, I love songs that will grab me but not when it ends up sounding like the last ten movie trailers I watched online. A song like “White Heat” has the kind of uplifting feel that would make it appeal to a wide range of people, but sometimes hearing someone who offers some level of perceived strength will make people fear listening, as if the simple task of listening is harmful. Frye could easily move through a wide range of genres, from country to hard rock but here, she plays around with notions of pop and power pop with occasional dips into the rock pool. Some of the music also leans towards the freedom and innocence of early to mid-80′s new wave, almost as she’s trying to let people know where she may be rooted but also where some of her influences reside. I find with Obsidian that when one song hooks you, the rest of them will and everything will fall into one cohesive place. Listen to it as a whole and then pick and choose. You may find picking and choosing involves you choosing the entire album as a favorite.
Deadkill have created an album that very much sounds like the Seattle rock I’ve known of for the last 30 or so years, with hints of Mudhoney, Soundgarden, Coffin Break, and other bands where things cross over the boundaries of rock, punk, hardcore, and metal to become distinctively Seattle while showing love for all of the bands they’ve been listening to in their dingy basements. No, Never! (Good To Die) sounds like the kind of music you specifically want to buy beer or drugs for, head into a room and listen to it on your own or with friends. If you’re with friends, you’ll want to jump over the walls and couches to get your rage out or even better, you head to other concerts and sing Deadkill’s songs over the other band. It’s the kind of music that are filled with lyrics of hope and hopelessness, losing and finding, along with redefining what it means to dwell in the pity but knowing that the small bit of anger felt (expressed in the music) will only lead to better days. Someday. It’s the kind of record you’d expect to not intentionally want but when you want into a record store and hear them playing it, you realize this is the one that you needed to hear at that moment, and it’s the one that will change you in some fashion. It would be silly to call this a feel good album, because “feel good albums aren’t supposed to sound this raw and rugged” but you know and understand the music, and why it sounds the way it does. No, Never! suits you because it sounds like the kind of melodic punk that was placed in front of you to disrupt everything, and for the better.
People like to complain about what makes good and bad hip-hop in 2014, and sometimes it seems more people are using their eyes instead of their ears to determine their decisions. With that said, may I recommend to you a song by Matt G called “Perched”. The Austin, Texas rapper has a lot to say and does so in a very concise manner, one that is also funky. The song will appear on his forthcoming Imagipashun album, which is partly an accumulation of the type of work he has done for the last ten years, which has also includes shows with Blueprint, Killah Priest, and Tracy Morgan. Use your ears first upon listening, then open your eyes.