Saturday, 30 October 2010
Friday, 29 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Under the alias of Flying Lotus, Steven Ellison has released some of the most innovative, interesting and downright brilliant music of the last five years. Earlier in the year, Flying Lotus released the critically acclaimed Cosmogramma (an easy competitor for album of the year) which not only saw Ellison expanding and evolving his sound but also reaching a whole new audience. Not to be pinned down, he also recently released the Pattern+Grid World EP. This saw the FlyLo sound develop even more dramatically from jazz influenced glitchy Hip-Hop in to much more electronic territory. The video for Kill Your Co-Workers came out this week which is absolutely brilliant. It starts off with a parade but everything turns horribly wrong when robots start killing everyone. Watch it below.
Monday, 11 October 2010
"Who's fallen over?" asks Tom Hudson, lead singer of Pulled Apart By Horses, to a show of hands. "Me too," he replies, "and I haven't even put skates on yet." Fuelled largely by alcohol, Pulled Apart By Horses put on an incredibly energetic and furious set. The band were constantly throwing themselves around the stage and at the crowd. I've seen this band a bunch of times and, even with a couple of technological problems, this evening is easily the best I've ever seen them. It wasn't long until this energy transposed on to the audience with people moshing and crowd surfing on, ahem, skates. Their set consisted entirely of songs off the album but they still managed to cram in all the fan favourites like Meat Ballooon and The Crapsons. They're also currently opening their sets with E=MC Hammer which works brilliantly, getting them off to a massive start. A fantastic set.
No Age had the difficult feat of coming on at two in the morning when everyone was shattered from roller skating all night. No Age's set was also the moment when the size and ambience of the venue got the better of the mixing desk as the sound was quite muddy for a lot of their set. However, No Age more than made up for it with some noisy, experimental goodness. They played a large chunk of stuff off new album Everything in Between and just about everything else was off their last album, Nouns. With the induction of a third live member on electronics, No Age seem to have found the only way to make their shows even noisier. However at the same time, their performance had an almost psychedelic trance like feel to it. It's been a long wait for me to see No Age but it was worth every moment.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
Back in June, New York duo The Body released the incredible All The Waters of The Earth Turn to Blood. The album is not only one of the best metal album of the year but one one of the most original as well. The album throws just about every metal genre there is in to the mixing pot from Doom to Sludge to Black Metal. However, it also includes tons of elements outside of metal such as IDM style electronics, Post-Rock ambience and a 32 piece choir. However what makes this album so great, rather than the vast range of sources, is the natural beauty hidden behind the aggression of this album. What The Body have created here is a profound, powerful, emotional and truly underrated piece of art. Check out the song A Curse below.
Friday, 8 October 2010
Saturday, 2 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
It's official, the Witch House scene has taken off and is taking the music world by storm. The genre of 'Witch House' is one that is very difficult to describe. It is basically dark, haunted sounding, electronic music with a huge influence from not only '80s gothic bands but also the 90's chop and screw hip-hop sampling technique. They sound like they're continuing the work of their hyped predecessors dubstep and 'chillwave'. It really does need to be heard to be understood, a surprisingly unique sounding genre. However, you can't help but feel a huge amount of the hype this genre is getting is down to the way the musicians present themselves. A large amount of them have stayed anonymous or clouded in mystery by having no communication with the media. Also, a lot of the bands also have, quite frankly, bizarre names such as oOoOO, †‡†, and ///▲▲▲\\\. I honestly can't tell if this is just a phase or something that is hear to stay. I suppose we're just going to have to wait and find out. Anyway, here's a track by Salem called King Night for your listening pleasure.
Leeds' Holy State released their first self-titled EP a couple of years back on the mighty Holy Roar Records. The release hinted at brilliance, as did their split with fellow noisy Leeds residents Pulled Apart By Horses last year, but Holy State felt like a band that wasn't reaching their full potential. Their fun, loud and highly Hot Snakes inspired Post-Hardcore was great but felt like it missed something. Their new EP, again a self-titled, has that something. By reaching in to the pockets of Noise Rock bands like The Jesus Lizard and Post-Punk (and by adding, um, horns), Holy State have given themselves an impressive palette of sound to colour this release. You can hear the EP's opening stormer Brain Caves below and if you like it you can buy it from Dance to the Radio here.