Talented artist from Brazil carrying on the traditions of Caetano Veloso, Tom Ze, & others who create & experiment with the diverse sounds & rhythms of Rio de Janeiro. His style is energetic and electrified, and involves reinventing his musical roots in the manner described by the title, which translates: “Without Nostalgia”.
Archive for September, 2011
Features drums, acoustic bass, & piano, plus guitar & vocals by Duda Lucena; a composer & classical guitarist from Recife Brazil who studied at the Conservatory of Music of Pernambuco and later at Berklee College of Music. Features several classic Brazilian tunes and some original compositions, played with traditional Brazilian styling and American jazz sensibilities.
Miguel Migsreview by justintime
Miguel Migs latest is titled Outside The Skyline. The music is a mix of World Beat Dance and R&B Lounge with elements of reggae, Soul and Jazz. The album features many artists who lend their vocal talents. Meshell Ndegeocello, Eveyln “Champagne” King, Georg Levin, Freddie McGregor, and Capleton are just a few who show up. The music is upbeat and the Lounge aspect adds a certain breezy subtleness to the tracks. A good album to chill and mingle to.
In Dust is the second album from Roll The Dice. The album as a whole conjures up images of a futuristic urban distopia. Starting with the album name, In Dust, to the track titles, Iron Bridge, Calling All Workers, The Skull Is Built Into The Tool, to the music itself. The music is very gloomy and was crafted the old fashioned way with analog synthesizers. The synths can go from a very tense, quick, nervous pace like in Iron Bridge to more of a heavy thrum in Maelstrom. As well, brooding pianos interspersed through the tracks adds the menacing and dystopian feel of the album. This very much reminds me of Bladerunner or 1984. The music has a certain tension and stress to it, even the more mellow and comforting track Dark Thirty has a looming piano in the background to remind you that you have to leave your loved ones and go back to work in the steaming factories. Dark, dirty, and dusty with the smell of the factories’ smoke pouring out, the album’s gloom is powerful but through the gloom is the music itself which is beautiful in it’s decay. (That’s a tad dramatic but so is the music)
RIYD: Tangerine Dream, Warning Light, Vangelis
Tracks: All Good
Boom Bip has returned with his latest Zig Zaj. He brings in a diverse gang to collaborate with, Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand), Luke Steele(Empire Of The Sun), members of Warpaint, and Mikey Noyce(Bon Iver) help out. This has an old school Alternative/Coldwave/Goth sound that’s been updated with an Electro-Indie sound. Elements of Electro-Punk adds some edge to the tracks as well. This brand of music seems to be “the sound” of the moment. It has more nostalgia than origina;ity but it is well crafted. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for nostalgia if it’s done well and Boom Bip has built an album that has a good sound and a good balance between new and old. Have a listen.
RIYD: The Cure, Washed Out, Gayngs, Interpol
Tracks: All Good
Play For Real feat. The Heavy is a single from The Crystal Method. The single contains seven versions, mostly Big Beat variations-Glitch, Dub, Dance. The tracks are grinding and dirty, solid dance tracks. Many though are FCC non-compliant which is a bummer. Nonetheless, a good single to sweat and pound to.
Tracks: 3,4 FCC: 1,2,6
Cubic Zirconia’s full length debut is titled Follow Your Heart. The music is a mix of Synth Pop Dance and 80’s R&B/Funk with elements of Chicago House, Disco and Hip Hop. Lead singer Tiombe Lockhart delivers her vocals in a hard edged yet sultry way adding a slinky sexiness to the music. The music is good but almost too true to the sound of the 80’s. I feel like this is something I had heard 25 years ago in an underground record store while flipping through the stacks. Like the band’s name may imply it feels more like a replica rather than having it’s own originality. Still, the music is upbeat and the lyrics are intersting so it’s still worth checking out.
Tracks: 2,3,4,8,13 FCC: 9
Mocean (pronounced motion) Worker is back with his sixth album, Candygram for Mowo! This is a mix of many genres spanning close to a century. Dixieland, Jazz, Juke, 1940’s Pop, !950’s Rock, Disco, Funk and current Dance music. The glue to all these genres is a certain beat funkiness that inspires you to hit the dance floor. A nice mixture of new and old will perhaps open a young listener’s ears to a “new” sound that comes from the days gone past.
Ethereal, gauzy, and gorgeous female vocals over eerie organs, echo-y drums and dreamy pop soundscapes. “Part ’60s soundtrack music (Barry, Morricone), part psych pop (Strawberry Alarm Clock, VU) and a big dose of motorik Kraut, as heard in a very Neu!-esque instrumental.”
PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9
RIYL: BEACH HOUSE, BLOUSE, DUM DUM GIRLS
Still Corners - Cuckoo by subpop
“Future Islands’ romantic synth sound scales new heights with On the Water, the Baltimore trio’s most ambitious and fully realized statement yet: a lush yet visceral album, continuing to deliver pounding rhythms, swelling melodies, and undeniable hooks. Future Islands fleshed out its sound with the additions of cello, violin, marimba, and field recordings.” Track 3 features Jenn Wanser of Wye Oak.
PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
RIYL: JOHN MAUS, WILD NOTHING, NOSEBLEED ISLAND
Future Islands - Balance by thrilljockey