Thursday, August 30, 2012

Breezewax - Love Sounds Like


Summer is coming to an end; the days are shorter, the weather is colder and the women less scantily clothed -- atrocious, I know. However, before you commit sacrifices in the name of Nordic gods.
Let Breezewax's good time mellow vibes ease you into the fond memories of summer past.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Chillax Trax : Ebo - Come Back

Inebriated Fortune

Ensuing a night of inebriation, intoxication, and overall inhalation, I stirred from what can only be described as a alcohol induced coma, to find a foreign album on my desktop. The means in which I acquired are unknown, the result brilliance.  In order to understand my unexpected fortune, I googled the artist only to find a bandcamp and self description
Life Love Beats Volume I is EBO’s 1st instrumental album. The 18-track album consists of hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funky beats. The album is accumulation of beats that EBO has worked on for the past 4 years. It’s a mix of soulful hip-hop, crossing over to synthesizer driven space funk, and inspired by the everyday struggles as an individual trying to make it. The activity of this piece of music is to imagine things that are not possible and take you through feelings of the past, present, and future. The production style mostly consists of live instrumentation over chopped and filtered samples with crisp, raw, and organic sounding drums and breaks. "

After hearing the album in its entirety, there is only one conclusion; I should drink more frequent.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Beast of the weeK : The XX - Missing

In A Different Way

In a word; transcendent.

Albeit the standard dub-pop-minimalist approach akin to XX music, Missing is completely unparalleled and unprecedented. Romy Madley-Croft's vocals reverberate through your body and split your soul, shattering every fibre of emotional being. Combined with Jamie's palpable performance lustily chanting "My heart is beating, in a different way", the featured track smothers you in emotional desolation
Missing transcends all aspects of music, resulting in what is arguably their best track yet.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Hip-Hop Hump Day : RiFF RaFF - Break Away

Neon Souls : Never judge a book by its cover

Based on aesthetics, the presumption can be made that Hip-Hop artist Riff Raff has an IQ equivalent to a piece of cheese, grammatical consistency for no more than 3 syllables, and the tendency to rhyme 'bitch' with, well, 'bitch'. Having said that, and post listening to his mix-tape The Golden Alien bias have been altered. Containing depth in his lyrics by detailing his struggle into the industry, and I quote

 "Why do they hate so frequently / this dream I have, trimmed in gold...Now I'm focused in my mind"

demonstrates not to judge a book by its cover, even if; that cover has mtv neck tattoos, corn-rolls and grills.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Ann Street Soul Stirrers - Sunny


An excess in talent served along side two hefty portions of funk, drizzled in a layer of soul. Ann Street Soul Stirrers feed your desire to groove.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Brenton Duvall - Hip Hop You Saved Me

Stack that Cheese 


Lupe's release of The Cool was a monumental occasion for Hip-Hop. His distinct and clever word play, untimely flow, and unbridled emotion  breathed fresh life into the ever-decaying game. As for his more recent Lasers, the opposite can be said. I digress. A highlight from The Cool was "Hip Hop Saved My Life", an anthem for those seeking to a better life through means of art. Appealing to anyone, stuck in the slums, or an appreciation for lyricsm and hook, "Hip Hop Saved My Life" was an instant success -- reaching #20 on the billboards.

Brenton Duvall has adjusted Lupes inspirational track and spun it into a flurry of hi-hats and inescapable, indiscernible vocals, in the most positive correlation possible.  Before erupting in a cataclysm, of skewed and augmented Sarah Green vocals, Brenton Duvall fabricates an uplifting intro. Empowering the body, similarly to the Lupe's original.

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The XX - Chained

We used to be closer than this...

A shadow of self doubt is cast onto the musical-sound scape of The XX's- Chained. Creating an inner turmoil,  reflective  in Oliver and Jamie's exasperated lyrics, echoing "...did I hold too tight, did I not let enough light, in".  While a certain sorrow is detected in the wavering vocals of  Oliver, predominant in her chorus, Jamie bellows an empathetic cry for renewal.  Beyond the lyrics and surface value, chained is excessively melancholic. Tormented by sadness and self pity, the XX encapsulate the post-break up perfectly.
Furthermore, inspired by Burial's two step drums and accompanied by a traditional XX ambient synth, Chained, is undoubtedly beautiful.