woah nelly. big ol’ tape for your little sunday evening/early monday morning/another time of the day on another day all together.
18 big ones this time ’round because, 1, i am feeling generous, 2, there were that many great tracks from August that I didn’t get round to actually posting individually, and 3, because i’ve had a big month…something…metaphor?
So, at the risk of sounding like a broken compact disc, this one’s got a bit of variety, something for every boy and girl. And something for mum and dad too if they play their cards right. And a couple of cards on show tonight/today/whenever the hell you are reading this thing are:
The Peep Tempel – massive Eddy Current vibes with this one all the while owning their own brand of aggressive punky rock’n’roll,
Jarrow – young kid – 18 I think, combining some pretty amazing garage style pop complete with some scissors and glue style electronic aggression,
Slow Dancer – Simon Okely, one of the other guys from Oh Mercy doing a real beaut of a song, all understated and full of style and some real pulled back instrumentation that blow me outta tha park a bit,
Moon Holiday – Some solo electronic pop that is big enough to hit hard, but with just enough darkness to help it standout from the rest,
Jesse Davidson – absolutely no shame in speaking about my love of this young man. this new track took everything he did, threw it all around to see what stuck and kinda re-invented his sound a little, all the while keeping that soulfulness he’s becoming known for.
So, please have a stream and a listen. And if you like, grab the whole tape as a download just below. I even tried to mix some songs together in a way that didn’t sound as bad as i thought it probably would.
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I was lucky enough to get my hands on an EP entitled Bad Blocks by a duo called South City Sushi Cop and had that ‘shit, these dudes are fucking incredible’ moment. With a name like South City Sushi Cop, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. But it’s one of the best thoughtful, ambient-techno pop releases I’ve heard this year.
Sitting at 6 tracks long, Bad Blocks is definitely something danceworthy, and hey, look, on one hand, it’s an EP 5/6ths full of dancefloor ready techno-pop bangers (track 5, ‘Seven Fields of Sigh’ offers some respite from the crazy moves). But on the other hand, and if you listen to the production, the instrumentation, and the reflective vocals, it has this really carefully constructed, interesting quality to it. There’s a heightened level of atmosphere, a bed of warmth sitting underneath every track that although the music itself doesn’t necessarily elicit a strong summer vibe, still helps to keep me warm on a cool Melbourne afternoon.
I’d highly recomend you get your dirty hands onto this release – it’s pretty fucking good. I got streams of my two faves below though – the sporadic, manic, chiptune infused ‘Forest Spitting Cola’ and ‘Where You’re From’, a track with a really strong club vibe to it, complete with elements of Presets, be it from the big chorus drops, or the pulsating, full-on kick drum groove.
Free download of the EP over on the bands bandcamp page.