Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017

Skinshape - Life & Love

On his third record "Life & Love" Will Dorey aka Skinshape has taken another step to perfecting his musical craft. The British beat-maker and multi-instrumentalist released a worthy successor to his 2014 s/t album and 2015's "Oracolo" creating unique soul vibes and deep grooves.

"Life & Love" features more vocal tracks than before, sung by Aaron (Paul) Taylor and Dorey himself. From the first tracks on this album is highly entertaining in its calm and soothing character as it grooves steadily between old school vibes and the approach of a beat-maker. The opener "Take My Time" is definitely one to look out for. "Life & Love" was released on May 3rd on DLaow &Co.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Hydromedusa - Parasite

Aidelaide's Hydromedusa just keep on producing high quality no nonsense rock and roll music. Following the success of their outstanding s/t album the band just released new 7" single "Parasite/Eyes".

The lead single starts off with some heavy Hydromedusa signature riffing, a rumbling steady bass and the most simple and effective rock songwriting which inevitably leads to a high energy jam. The new element on this track is the classic sound of a hammond organ blending perfectly into the harsh rock and roll vibes.

Stream the single on Youtube or below.

Montag, 15. Mai 2017

The Meltdown - The Meltdown

Everybody who took even a slight listen to The Meltdown's releases of the last years, like Colours In The Sky or Better Days, knows what a shaking in contemporary soul's foundation a first full-length album indicates.

The Australian band's new selftitled record starts off with a warm soul hymn in "Darkness Into Light". The group's country soul approach lends elements from various genres and soul eras but always stays humble and maybe a bit less flashy than the coverart might suggest. It is about traditional elements like steady grooves, dynamic horns and great vocals which provide the listener with a rush of positive soul vibes.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Donnerstag, 11. Mai 2017

Dwight Trible - Inspirations

When your hear the harp sounds and smooth trumpets gliding over nice jazz rhythms, you know that Gondwana Record's Matthew Halsall is at work - and the only thing that could elevate his music to an even higher level is a great voice - like the one of Dwight Trible. The American jazz singer will release his new album "Inspirations" on 20th June, produced by some of Englands most talented musicians like Ben Lamdin, George Atkins and Halsall.

The opening track "What The World Needs Right Now" is already up for streaming and offers a great taste of what can be expected. Trible's passionate voice soars over a carefully constructed arrangement and delves into elements of spiritual jazz. The band provides him with all the space he needs to float on top and bring out his most unique and exceptional tone.

Get the stream on Bandcamp.

Mittwoch, 10. Mai 2017

Sievehead - Worthless Soul

London's first class punk rock provider Static Shock Records is set to release the second album by Sievehead. The three-piece band from Sheffield offers a high energy dose of rock and roll with a touch of bleak punk elements.

"Worthless Soul" will be out on 19th May. The crisp sound of a rumbling bass, heavy cutting guitars and the dyniamic post punk vibes of the two tracks already available, "Invocation" and "At The Border", will make you look forward to what will surely be an exciting release.

Get the stream on Bancamp.

Montag, 8. Mai 2017

The Brothers Nylon - Bitches Cold Brew

If you're looking for the biggest, most dynamic, organic or whatever best grooves - this album right here is what you currently might wanna call the real deal. Now this might sound like some cliché thing to say at the beginning of a post but that is exactly what The Brothers Nylon have to offer on their latest record "Bitches Cold Brew". A look at the personnel, New York's Michael and Nick Rufalo and the exceptional Shawn Lee, signifies a clear indicator for unique funk and soul grooves.

"Bitches Cold Brew" is not just a collection of breaks and arrangements it is one big jam (actually every track in itself is) that bursts with energy, quality and humor. While the structure and the just mentioned, sometimes Zappa-like humor might hinder this record from achieving big commercial success it adds to the originality of the music and the sheer joy (and fun) of listening to it. And listen to it you definitely should because the priceless grooves don't always come jumping at you, they emerge through the unique structures of the compositions and first class arrangements.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Tiny Legs Tim - Melodium Rag

Although Tim De Graeve aka Tiny Legs Tim is still in his thirties he certainly prefers his sounds vintage. The Belgian guitarist and singer released his full-length solo album "Melodium Rag" earlier this year and combines classic songwriting motives with stripped down instrumentation and recording style.

The record starts off with "Religions Serve the Devil" which also appeared on a single release from last year. Slide guitars, classic lyric motives, gospel-like blues singing parts and guest harmonica player Steven Troch make Tiny Legs Tim's simplistic and humble approach a really joyful listening experience. And despite the limited personnel De Graeve really knows how to dynamically groove along his tunes like the old greats of the genre, while you can picture him sitting in front of a microphone from 1950 playing his 1943 guitar.

Stream his previous single release on Bandcamp or the album on his website.