Monday, 30 April 2012
Sticking with what seems to have been a recent electronic vibe on here.
The first track comes from the young Portlandian we never seem to shut up about Arrange, we gave him the album of the year last year for the stunning Plantations, and interviewed him around then too. His next full length New Memory is set to drop within the next couple of months and after having an early listen we can promise you it’s worth any wait.
The second track comes from Irish producer Clu.
And the final track is the A-side off the new Tropic of Cancer 12" EP Permissions Of Love set for release on the 28th of May.
Full stream of JRG's minimal and beautiful lo-fi The Dreamers' EP recorded in his bedroom in South Philly, and released on cassette and CD through the brilliant Treetop Sorbet Recordings.
Friday, 27 April 2012
Staying pretty dreamy today. Also if you ever wanted to know anymore about us, and our logic The Guardian wrote a little thing -here-. Oh and you can like us on Facebook if you want -here-. No more plugs ever.
The first comes from the Brooklyn based BLKKATHY, signed to the brilliant independent Deep Ellum Records.
The second track comes the pretty hyped xxyyxx, he is based out of Florida, and signed to Relief in Abstract Records.
And the final track today comes from Twin Empire, a disgustingly young producer based out of the UK's West Country.
Full stream to the simply stunning sophomore full length from Jewellers. I'm not even going to attempt to describe or review it; all you need to know is that it is dreamy and beautiful. Go buy it here, and you can stream the whole thing bellow.
Thursday, 26 April 2012
All three of today's tracks are pretty dreamy.
The first comes from Denver based duo Goer.
The second comes Coventry's 19 year old producer Bruises.
And the final track comes from Delusions, and is off a split cassette he put out with sometimes band mate Boneglow (together known as Dream Peter) toward the tail end of last month. You can get yourself a digital copy of it over -here-.
Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Three more tracks of the day.
The first comes from the Newcastle based Waskerley Way, and is the title track from his latest release Haunted Tors.
The second track seems destined for big things over the summer, it come Philly based Work Drugs.
And the final track today comes from Notta Comet, and is a cut from his debut full length, available on tape or digitally. The record is an odd blend or d'n'b and spoken word, the result being music I could easily see some adoring and others loathing, anyway the track bellow is my personal highlight off it.
Tuesday, 24 April 2012
Three more tracks of the day.
The first comes from Renny Wilson and is the first indication of what we can expect from his forthcoming full length out mid May. Stream the song bellow, or watch it's video above, potentially my favourite video of the year...
The second comes from Orange Counties' GRMLN, and is taken from his EP First Phase, and is defiantly worth a full listen over here, and even a free download.
And the final track comes from Cat Martino and was recorded as part of the Shaking Through Project (such a cool idea and worth checking out).
Monday, 23 April 2012
Three more tracks of the day.
The first comes from the young London based producer Slime. This is the first thing I heard from him since last summer’s Increases 12" (Tough Love Records), and it’s great to see him exploding back with a bang.
The second track comes from the even younger (16yrs) Nashville based producer Bedroom.
And the final track comes from the very exciting Dreams West.
Interview with Kitty Pryde, easily one of the most exciting female rappers to grace our ears in god knows how. Watch this space as we are placing bets on her making huge waves over the next couple of months.
First off, how and why did you end up working under the moniker Kitty Pryde?
I started using kitty pryde after a few tracks had already been out- kitty was already my nickname, but I didn't want to use my normal boring last name so when my ex-boyfriend was recording "k/trev" (which is a terrible song that I hate) he asked what name I was gonna use so that he could shout it out in the beginning. Kitty Pryde has always been one of my favorite x-men, so I just went with that. I like that she can phase through obstacles, I feel like I do the same thing a lot.
What got you into rapping is there any one reason that you first picked up a mic?
I got into rapping because I was mad at my ex-boyfriend, so my friends and I made a mean song about him on garageband to make me feel better. I didn't even realize I'd like doing it so much.
Who do you view as being your particular musical influences?
My influences are all super different and it kind of depends on what kind of song I end up writing, but I'd say the two biggest are Nicki Minaj and WHY?. Others would definitely be earl sweatshirt, lil b, and frank zappa.
So what’s the story behind Okay Cupid, did you really write the guys name on your binder?
I wrote okay cupid about my current boyfriend, kevin. He's like the opposite of me….he's this cool, popular dude and I'm just an embarrassing dork and it drove me crazy for a long time when I couldn't even figure out if he liked me. I really did doodle his name on my binder…..it says "Kitty <3 Kevin" like 100 times.
Leading on from that: Does he know he has a lust song about him getting all sort of attention over the web?
He definitely knows now. I didn't even try to hide it. I'm pretty open about these things. I wonder if he tells his friends it's about him…….that would be so cute. He's probably too cool for that though.
Beautiful Lou ended up supplying the backing track for you, how did that collaboration come about?
Beautiful Lou contacted me randomly on Facebook one day about a week before the song was posted and told me he had some beats I could use that he thought I would do well with. Since then he and I have kept talking and working pretty closely….he's one of the greatest producers out right now, I feel really blessed to have met him and the fact that I have access to his talent is crazy to me. He's also just a really nice guy. He's just so awesome I can't even explain.
You have seem to live your life pretty intimately with those that follow your tumblr, do you ever regret the stuff you put up there, or just generally being so open on the web? You seem to get a fair amount of creepy comments.
Yeah, I do get a lot of creepy comments online, but I don't really ever regret anything that I post online. I guess I am pretty open on tumblr, but I'm even more open in real life, so it doesn't really seem weird for me. I think it's kind of cool that people are that interested…it's flattering!!!!! My parents even read my blog sometimes. They just think it's funny.
And finally what does the future hold or at least what does your dream land future hold?
I don't really know what the future holds right now because there are lots and lots of people contacting me and all of them seem very important but I'm literally a naive teenage girl who knows nothing of the music business. However, I have managers now to deal with that sort of thing, which makes me feel very official but also makes me kind of sad because I really liked just sitting in my closet and making music whenever the hell I wanted and I feel like all this junk that's happening is going to inevitably lead to DEADLINES….which I hate. In kitty's dream land future, I would get to tour outside of florida and meet DANNY BROWN!!!!!! Okay wait no if this is my dream land, i would be touring WITH danny brown. I also really really want a pet bunny!!!!! For now you can expect a video for JUSTIN BIEBER premiering on april 28th, a video for OKAY CUPID very very soon after, and a beautiful lou x kitty pryde EP soon enough.
Friday, 20 April 2012
Three more tracks of the day.
The first has already started to pick up a fair share of love in the less than 24 hours since it hit soundcloud. It comes from the disgusting young and talented Beat Culture.
The next track comes from Warui Kettei.
And the final track comes from Bright Future a solo project from Frank Midnite, based out of New York and signed to Nite Thief Records.
Full stream of the debut self titled full length from Grant that hit the web last night on the stroke of midnight. This is a voyage of an LP, flowing through pretty much every genre you could imagine, with the end product being something pretty delightful, defiantly worth a stream, and you can head over to his label Relief in Abstract Records' bandcamp to grab your copy on a name your own price basis.
Full stream of the new EP Battles Within from Swedish duo Badlands, released today on Temporary Secretary Recordings. It's well worth a listen.
Today's Tracks #85 is a bit of of an odd one. All three of the tracks come off the recently started Fake Flamingo Recordings label/project, and are thus all from fake artists. It would probably be best to let FFR do the explaining:
"Fake Flamingo Recordings was conceived in 2011 as a response to the current phenomena of selling an artist's identity rather than their music. A group of veteran label owners, artists, and writers created a framework for the project, culminating in a 2012 launch. The goal is to release a digital single each week, created by an artist working under a pseudonym."
"The ability for an artist to create new sounds without having to reference their past work has proved to be quite freeing. The music is the product, not the person. We hope that you enjoy the art as much as we have enjoyed putting it together."
I can't help but adore this project, I love the fact that even those who run the label don't know the true identity of the artists. It also helps when a lot of the tracks so far have been as good as they have, anyway here are my personal top three:
Thursday, 19 April 2012
Full stream of the debut full length Riverhood from the Canadian sibling duo Holobody (Felix Green and Sea Oleena). It's a pretty enticing blend of almost every genre from hip-hop to gospel, with the end result resting somewhere far more interesting then your usual indie/folk record. It's out May 22nd on Mush, but you can stream the full down bellow now.
I also picked my favourite track off it to give you a little taste flavour.
And the full album-
Wednesday, 18 April 2012
Tracks #84 contains just the one song, we normally aim to have three tracks of the day, but just couldn’t quite manage it today.
Today’s singular track comes from Kitty Pryde, easily one of the most exciting artists I have been introduced to this year. The track bellow has already sky rocketed its way into any imaginary list I have of my favorite female hip/hop records.
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
The 83rd edition of our tracks of the day (there have been a lot more than that, but I decided to start the count from September 2011, rather than September 2010, because that’s when I see the blog it's current from as having started).
The first track comes from 19 year old producer Different Sleep, native to San Diego, but currently based out of Chicago.
The second from Parisian producer Andrea, it comes off the new Bedtime Stories EP (Bad Panda), which you can grab for free from -here-.
And the final track comes from the Helsinki based collective We Are Phantom, and comes off their debut Ep Scars.
Full stream of the new twenty track double album Master from Portlan's Log Across The Washer. This guy is crazy prolific, head over to his tumblr to find yourself faced with a mountain of a back catalogue.
Here is my personal highlight off the double LP:
And here is the full stream:
New video to the latest single from Slow Magic, taken off the new ▲ LP out April 30th on LebensStrasse Records.
Directed, Shot and Edited by Brendan Canty and Conal Thomson of Feel Good Lost with help from Slow Magic.
Monday, 16 April 2012
Another selection of our three tracks of the day.
The first is one you may have already heard over the weekend, when it started to gain its fair share of buzz. It comes from Ryat's debut LP Totem which is out June 5th on Brainfeeder.
The second track comes from Trails And Ways, who hail from Oakland California. The track bellow is the lead single off their upcoming LP, Trilingual.
And the final track today comes from Prison for Kids, who also call California home.
Full stream of the brand new EP from Berlin/Melbourne based producer Kyson, it's out to buy May 1st on Moodgadget Records. Above is the the new video to Frustration with Myself, which is included on the EP.This really is such a beautiful collection of tracks.
Friday, 13 April 2012
Head bellow to grab a full stream of the debut EP But First Of All from Dutch duo Änimal. It's a master class in how I like my ambient music, in is one of the most relaxing EPs to hit the net so far in 2012. You can head over to their bandcamp to grab it on a pay what you want basis.
EmAy finally dropped the follow up to last years Incorruptible EP, more then a year in the words Adam is his debut full length, and it has been worth every second of the wait. Some may take these words to be hollow, Gruff is hardly the heaviest promoters of rap or hip/hop, but Adam represents to us by way and far the best rap record of the last year, if not longer. Packed with samples and lyrics that stand shoulders above what has been dominating the airwaves in the last few years, we can't but help and cross our fingers in the hope that this is the direction hip/hop is going to be taking over the months to come. Beautiful and phenomenal. OH and it's free from here.
Thursday, 12 April 2012
New video from A Forest, a band we haven't shut up about since we interviewed them nearly a year ago. Director/Camera/Post-Production by Lars Kaempf
Three more tracks of the day, and it’s a little bit of an unusual mixture of tracks, including a remix which if you have followed us for any length of time you will know we try to avoid.
The first track Brian Chimera, and Ecuadorian chillwave producer, who has a phenomenal talent for making the most incredible music to soak under the sun to.
The second is a collaborative effort from super long time favorite of the blogs Portland's Arrange (we gave him our album of 2011, and have pretty much not stopped gushing about him since)and Ricky Eat Acid, who we mentioned a little while on the advice of Arrange. We got the chance to have a listen through Arrange's new LP New Memory which is set for a late June release, and a pre-order for the vinyl has just gone up here, trust me it's pretty bloody brilliant, and is the perfect follow up to last year’s Plantation.
And the final track today is a remix by NOC of the soon to be released Breezeblocks single by the much hyped alt-j.
Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Three more tracks of the day, and another super unsubtle plug for you to follow us on facebook (oh and hypem too if you like), last time we will ever mention it.
The first track comes from the LA based Young Hunting, and is the perfect slice of dream pop to compliment any mid-week you may find yourself suffering through. Also head over to their bandcamp to have a little shuffle through their back catalogue.
The second track has already started to build up a slow storm of hype, it comes from one of the most exciting acts of the year West London's Only Real. This has to be up their among the best tracks of the last couple of months, or so.
And the final track is quite literally the perfect soundtrack to a summer’s day. It comes from Swedish lo-fi genius Summer Heart.
New epic track from the London based Kwes. it's the second song he has released of his upcoming EP Meantime, penned in for a May 1st released off Warp Records. Really not quite sure how to describe this, something along the lines of SBTRKT, but if I'm honest the little I've heard coming off the Meantime EP is further up my street. Check his previous release bashful. bellow.
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
It's been a pretty crazy busy day for us so far, slight alterations to the layout, a bunch of posts, and we finally admitted defeat and created our very own facebook page.
But anyway, here are the three tracks of the day:
The first comes from the Dutch act I Am Oak aka Thijs Kuijken signed to the Snowstar Records, and winner of the best Dutch album of that year.
The second comes from another oak related act, experimental dream pop(er) Noble Oak, who hails from Vancouver.
And the final track comes from Thrupence, an act based out Melbourne.
Stunningly beautiful new EP from Russian trio 2muchachos, head over to their bandcamp to grab a free download of it. This is the perfect ambient musical partner to the start of spring, and the summer that lies ahead.
First off we need to quickly get a shameless self plug out of the way, an hour or so ago we finally caved and got a Gruff Trade facebook, which we would love if you went and liked.
More importantly, the stream for Toronto based Eight and a Half's debut (self-titled) full length (out today, on the amazing Arts & Crafts Label) hit the web a little earlier, and yeah it's as good as we all thought it might be. Have a little play of it down bellow.
Monday, 9 April 2012
Bellow is a full stream to Blithe Field's most recent full length, the stunning and fragile follow up to last years Two Hearted, and the year befores Beautiful Wave '74. Be forewarned, like much of their previous work this album is painfully addictive, be prepared to handover hours of your time to be totally controlled by this. I don't want to waste time with words, when you could be listening to this.
Kicking off the week with the rather stunning Swiss Alps self titled debut EP. Hailing from Philly this three piece have started to get me pretty super excited for lo-fi and surf pop in the year ahead. It also comes out in perfect time for summers slow, but inevitable arrival.
Having first come out back at the very end of last month, the EP is the perfect way to kick your week off; a lovely example of what lo-fi music should sound like when done well. You can head over to their bandcamp now to grab yourself a copy for a name your own price, or if you’re feeling a little retro grab the debut on cassette (Pyramid Lake), in the mean time stream the whole thing bellow.
Friday, 6 April 2012
We first hear about Art Imperial for the first time less than a month ago, and it is safe to say that in the incredibly short time since then he has already cemented position as being among our favorites artists of the year so far. A listen through his debut full length Cult of Love (No out till May but you can stream it in its entirety bellow) and it quickly becomes obvious why we have become so smitten with him. It’s still early days but this is already in very strong contention for soundtrack to our summer.
Your record comes out soon, just in time for the summer, did you envision it as a summer soundtrack?
Sonically I did envision an overall summery vibe but lyrically, I was mainly concerned with issues of lost love. I believe this juxtaposition makes CULT OF LOVE more of a ‘summer soundtrack for the broken-hearted’ than anything else.
What artists do you listen to, and which of them do you think influences your music the most?
While it’s undeniably The Beatles who have had the greatest influence on my music (specifically their vocal melodies and chord progressions), as of late, for some strange reason, I find myself listening exclusively to female singers/groups like Blondie, Diana Ross and The Supremes, Phil Spector produced girl groups like The Crystals and The Ronettes, Amy Winehouse, The Pretenders, Nina Simone and Carole King. At the moment, Grimes’ “Oblivion” is burrowed deep into my brain as well as Tennis’ “Origins” and Chromatics’ “Lady”.
What originally got you into music?
My musical appreciation undoubtedly originated from family and friends. My father was a self-proclaimed hippy and gave me my initial education on music exposing me to his beloved sounds of the 60s (The Doors, The Guess Who, Santana, Simon & Garfunkel, etc.) and he also gave me my first lessons on the guitar. Later on in life, I’ve found that the majority of friends I made and kept close were either adept audiophiles, encyclopedic music-heads or incredibly talented musicians which only served to reinforce and breed my love of music and musical knowledge.
Is the Toronto music scene vibrant? Any other good groups to look out for?
Toronto is always vibrant, bursting at the seams with culture, oversaturated with great musicians and artists. But other than myself, there aren’t any other artists to look out for. It’s the truth.
If you could take one record with you to a desert island, what would you choose and why?
Jeff Buckley’s “Live at Sine” (Legacy Edition).There’s something magical about the recording which effectively captures the ambiance of the cafe it was recorded in, complete with the clinking of cups and cutlery, the shuffling of chairs, the laughter and clapping, the random yelps and the preservation of all the other ‘imperfections’ in the performance (like Buckley messing up notes which turns into a hilarious Miles Davis trumpet impression). It capture the totality of a live performance, embodying a particular space/time, producing an intense intimacy with the listener. I never feel lonely while listening to this album instead I’m instantly transported there to that cafe in NYC, experiencing the show as if I was actually sitting with the crowd, drinking a beer. A much needed feeling if ever I was stranded on a desert island.
Who, if anyone would be your dream collaboration?
I admire artists who have that special ability to write what I call ‘sticky melodies’; the ones that you find randomly stuck in your brain which you can’t help but sing, hum or whistle for days straight. This, I believe, is the purest definition of ‘pop music’ and one that I continuously strive towards. So on any day of the year, give me Michael Jackson (R.I.P) to work with. That guy knew how to write hits.
Any surprising musical pleasures that might take people by surprise?
I’m unabashedly a fan of 'top 40'/mainstream pop and have no qualms stating that I like Brittney’s “Till The World Ends” or bumping Rhianna and Drake’s “What’s My Name” which some people might find surprising. At the other end of the spectrum, I’ve become obsessed with this artist from Vancouver named Loscil whose sound completely opened my eyes to the beauty and deepness of ambient music; absolutely mind blowing stuff! In between those extremes, I grew up listening to hip-hop in the ‘golden age’ of the mid-90s and still cherish my Nas, Common and Tribe albums. I’m convinced though, if you’re a true music lover then you shouldn’t be surprised by anyone’s musical tastes. Those ‘surprised’ people tend to be the one’s concerned more with the perception of music as an identity rather than the actual quality of good music. Good music transcends genre, this is my only universalizable truth.
And finally any plans for tours in the next couple of months?
At the moment I’m searching for the equivalent of Johnny Marr, Keith Moon, Krist Novoselic and Gillian Gilbert to comprise a real working band. Once complete, tours are imminent but in the meanwhile, shout-out to LakeandChapel.com for all the amazing support and go download the new album May 1st!
The final three tracks of the day for this week. Watch out for an interview which should be appearing in a little bit.
The first track today comes from GRANT a soloist from Orlando Florida, if I'm not mistaken that’s where Disney land is... He makes incredibly consuming music, it’s almost repressive, and I mean that as the strongest level of compliment, oh and he only fucking 17.
The second track comes from Slowwkid, I first mentioned this guy a week or so back, toward the tail end of last month. I don’t tend to talk about the same artist twice in such a short period of time, but he just dropped the stunning track bellow today, and I really couldn’t resist.
And the final track of the day for the week comes from Milagres, this is a bit of an oldie by internet terms having first made the rounds back in mid January, however I only stumbled onto it today.
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Right, so as of writing this Gruff seems to have fallen off the side of the internet, hopefully if I wish really hard it will turn up in a little. If you’re reading this then I guess all the wishing paid off.
The continued existence of the blog aside we still have three tracks of the day to run through.
The first is super hot off the press and comes from Pasadena's very own World's Most who we first mentioned a little bit back. They released two more tracks up onto their soundcloud earlier today, both of which are excellent.
The second track comes from The Bilinda Butchers, a dream pop duo from San Francisco who takes their name from Bilinda Butcher of My Bloody Valentine. And yes this song really is very dreamy.
And the final track is about a month old, so you may have come across it may have found you'd already stumble onto it at some point in the last few weeks. It comes from the London based Fever Dream, and the track bellow is their debut single out now on Underused Records.
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Three more tracks of the day, well two tracks and a 'mini mix'.
The first track comes from Genettic a producer based out of Michigan, and is set to release a record through Relative Motion Music at some point this year.
The second track is aforementioned mini mix, it's a mini mix showcasing the new Blow Remixed EP which is out now. It features six producer’s depictions of Dawn Golden’s original Blow EP, including two of our Gruff's long time favorites Shlohmo and Arrange.
And the final track comes from Japanese producer Fumitake Uchida.
The artist featured in this post is almost completely different from what we would normally feature on here.
One Hello World works on an incredibly simple idea, you leave a voicemail this is then transformed and given a backing track, before being published up onto soundcloud, or in their own words "Leave me a voicemail and I'll write music behind your narrative. Call it a soundtrack to your thoughts". The end result is often haunting, or in some cases bizarre. It is in many ways a audio equivalent of postsecrets, but far more personal, and in many cases you can’t help but feeling to these tracks you are in some way intruding into someone’s personal lives.
The results are not always as good as you might hope, and it can often seem almost self indulgent but as a whole this is such an amazing and addictive project.
Tuesday, 3 April 2012
Another edition of our three tracks of the day. I'm a touch ill today, so this is going to be fairly brief, apologies.
The first track comes of Glass Eyes new EP Fortune, which is put out on Zoology Records.
The second track is by S. Carey, and is from forthcoming EP Hoyas out May 8th on Jagjaguwar.
And the final track is from Mirror Lady, who is already starting to garner some pretty solid hype, really not very difficult to notice why.
Monday, 2 April 2012
New single Cul-De-Sac from Death and Vanilla off the album "Death And Vanilla" released by Hands In The Dark and Kalligrammofon.
Video by Sarah Mosk
Another tree tracks of the day.
The first comes from the Belgium Ssaliva, who is signed to the pretty exciting Vlek Records label, you hand head over here to stream a copy of his sold out 10 inch.
The second track is from Sleep Party People based out of Copenhagen. Their forthcoming album We Were Drifting On A Sad Song is available April 10 on Blood and Biscuits.
And the final track today comes from ambient producer Brian Chimera, I'm pretty sure he is the first producer from Ecuador we have ever featured on here.
Headed out to an apartment show down in Fobo on Saturday night, and it ended up being easily one of the most musically enjoyable nights I’ve had since moving into the District back in September. Three great acts, all originally from the Philly area.
The headliners for the night Is And Of The ought to by now be a familiar name to anyone who has been following us for any length of time as hardly a week goes by when we don't mention these guys.
If I'm honest I don't really like written reviews of live shows, they tend to end up as contrived, and dick measuring competitions over who can use the most complex metaphors to describe the always intense experience the author went through, I get it you’re a tortured soul, congratulations. I'm just simply going to say all three acts where brilliant, the crowd fantastic, and a free keg, all ending up to a brilliant night.