Monday, July 25, 2016

Karoshi - Antera

Karoshi are a four-piece from Vicenza, Italy.  The group plays (mostly) instrumental post-rock that tends to shy away from crashes and builds, instead giving each instrument an equal voice and steady accompaniment to each track.  That being said, they don't necessarily re-invent the post-rock wheel, but their debut full length 'Antera' is a nice piece of post-rock that stands out with their dabbling in sampling and not really accentuating any one instrument or tone at a time.  Drab and slow vocals are featured on the second track in an effective mix against running drums and bright sounding guitar, followed by the third track which introduces keys seemingly foreign from before.  This blending is really their debut's greatest strength -- none of the four tracks sound anything like one another, and to their credit, they give each styling justice and character.

The band's name (the Japanese word for death by overwork or exhaustion) is very fitting to their sound -- like a thirty minute train ride staring out the window at things moving too quickly to comprehend.  Something like that.

You can also download their first EP 'Maizena' for free from their Bandcamp.

Friday, April 22, 2016

The Fall of Troy - OK

The Fall of Troy are back with their first album since their reunion/reformation of their original line-up, with sounds more reminiscent of their inception and first two albums.  The band not only got back together and made a great record, but decided to give it away digitally for free(!).  You can still get the album on vinyl/bundles from their website.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

TribeQa - Experiment

Speaking of Record Store Day...France's TribeQa are releasing their first album in three years, titled 'Experiment'.  The official video for "Poursuite" is out/below and an additional track can be heard on their bandcamp.  Based on these two tracks - not to mention their great two prior albums - 'Experiment' should be among your top picks on 4/16, whether digitally or on vinyl.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Hobosexual - Illegal Sensations

Hobosexual released their newest single "Illegal Sensations" on Valentine's Day, one of three tracks on their upcoming Record Store Day (4/16/16) EP, 'Good Bad Taste'.  
The EP is produced by multi-instrumentalist Alain Johannes (Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, Eleven), but ultimately features the same wacky musical-duo who make music videos with R.O.B. the Robot and an album cover with a mulleted car smoking a cigarette...and you'll hear no complaints here.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Nine - No Country For Old Men [Mixtape]

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ocean "Spitz" Wisdom - CHAOS 93'

Ocean "Spitz" Wisdom is a hip hop artist from Brighton, England.  I found him through his contributing track to kidkanevil's 'Rap Biscuits: Volume 1'; "Ewok", coinciding with the/my Star Wars hype prior to its release -- showcases Wisdom's quick lyrical delivery and unique voice all while dressed like a Sith in the video.  Naturally I had to dig further and found his debut album 'CHAOS 93'' is coming out in February, with two recently released singles.  I think all three of these videos/songs are fire -- and even though I've stepped outside the UK hip hop world I'm glad the Ocean pulled me back in.

Monday, November 30, 2015

d.whale - Revelations EP

'Revelations is a metaphor for an awakening. South Jersey Hip-Hop conglomerate Music Crave Ent. (d.whale, EPIK & YK) release their debut EP “Revelations.” The project is a narrative of the lives of the artist beginning with their adolescence glorifying bankrolls, cars, clothes, hoes and drugs. Towards the middle of the project the artist experience their “Revelation” in which they realize what is priority and most important in their existence on the planet. It’s not all bout being a rapper but being a leader and being a source of inspiration for your generation. The question is what’s you “Revelation?”' - via Soundcloud

Really nice free mixtape helmed by the young and talented DeJuan Whaley (d.whale) and a plethora of producers with some really nice features including the likes of Mick Jenkins.  This covers a lot of ground appropriately for its conceptual design, magnified by all the hands in the pie throughout the project.  The constant is the presence of d.whale, whom has shown with the scope of this EP that he'll hopefully be in your ear for the foreseeable future.