Thursday, 24 April 2014

Onra - "An Introduction to Rap Français"

Hey all! Sarvesh again.

I've been interested in French-Vietnamese beatmaker Onra for a hot minute now, particularly because of his albums Chinoiseries Pt. 1:



...and Long Distance:



....but his mixtape of Golden Era French hip-hop, contributed to the Music Is My Sanctuary site,really made me sit up and listen. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Ben Khan - 1992 EP

Dazed Digital premiered Ben Khan's excellent 1992 EP today, and man oh man does it evoke fond memories of listening to Jai Paul.

Bluesy guitar licks, James Brown yelps, and rumbling bass all melt into an angular neo-soul soup. Take a listen:



Ben Khan's release also reminded me of Black Atlass' eponymous EP from 2 years back:

Rough Fields - Music for 18 Musicians

Hey y'all...Sarvesh again.

I don't know about you, but I've always been a sucker for contemporary/modern classical music, especially Steve Reich. And boy do I have a cool little album for you!

In his fifth contribution to the Bomb Shop imprint -- and first recorded work since his 2012 debut Edge of the Firelight -- Manchester-based Rough Fields (James Birchall) presents the first ever solo recording of Steve Reich's 1974-1976 piece "Music for 18 Musicians". Sampled vocals, plaintive melodica, assorted string instruments, and found objects breathe new life into the skeletal grace of Reich's pulses and chords. With mastering assistance provided by Italian producer Claudio Passavanti (of Sunlightsquare fame), this release finds Rough Fields looking inward, bringing his experimental folk aesthetic to bear on one of his primary musical influences.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Machine Girl - WLFGRL

Hey, everyone.
I'm a new contributor to Gruff Trade. My name's Sarvesh -- I've written in a few other places, most recently at my college radio station's music blog, but now that I've relocated to Los Angeles, I've gotten myself knee-deep into the burgeoning LA beat scene...among a few other areas.

Here's an album I recently discovered on Bandcamp: Machine Girl's WLFGRL. One of the purchasers on Bandcamp referred to it as a "completely stupid hard juke-jungle-hardcore-rave fusion only describable as 'retro future'". I agree with that assessment, and I'll add that it feels like DJ Rashad + the Wipeout Pure soundtrack. Either way, enjoy!



Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Arrange - Their Bodies in a Fog



It's been far too long since we last posted on here. And that's something that makes me sad. So to kick start our 'triumphant' return to a at least semi regular update is a full stream from the latest LP of one of Gruff's favourite artists of the last 5 years. Whatever Arrange releases never fails to blow me away, and he returns once again with the truly stunning Their Bodies In A Fog, which you can download for free now, or grab on cassette shortly. Arrange we love you.