It was a sad day when the Magistrates called it quits but no worries as they announced they are back at it again. During their hiatus singer Paul Usher and Mark of Magistrates worked on this side project, SONS&LOVERS. A New Wave/R&B Pop project that highlights Paul Usher’s lovely falsetto. An album of synth pop tracks will be coming soon from SONS&LOVERS. And also do not worry more Magistrates music is on its way.
Das Pop has been getting all mysterious with their viral The Black Juggler character which I assume is the title of their follow up to that over the top Pop album “Das Pop”. “The Game” is the first track to be heard off of this album – a tune that embraces all things 70s. It is a song that oozes strutting down the street swagger, it feels like a b-side by Queen that didn’t make the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. Love the Led Zeppelin phaser-ed out drums at the end.
Tonight Jamie xx will grace NYC with his thoughtful and nostalgic DJ sets as they span from post-dubstep to classic 90s house. And of course his amazing calypso-step track, “Far Nearer”. A track that has been making its rounds in various DJs sets. I did not realize the track was an 8 min track that just washes over you, I could even have it go on for longer. 2011 the year of #steeldrums.
I cannot to wait to hear “Far Nearer” played on a proper sound system. Hopefully he will drop some Burial. See you there tonight!
This is a track that I have had hidden in my iTunes for a few months and can finally share with you all via RCRDLBL. It is a collab between 2 of the “post-dubstep” greats. Kavsrave teams up with the might Joy Orbison now, Joy O to create a delicate grimey UK track that showcases their understanding of all elements that represent UK dance culture and mixing into this tune “Untightled”. Syncopated synth stabs and kick drum patterns mixed with 808 cowbells with sample of an aggro Brit, proper UK dance. Massive choon.
There was a time when synths were played by hands, basslines were not sequenced and kick drums were played with a foot. Mahavishnu Orchestra were the epitome of musicianship and genre blending in the 70s. John McLaughlin and co have created music that most musicians are afraid to aspire towards these days. “Celestial Terrestrial Commuters” is a brief peak into this fusion world, a track that clocks in under 3 mins yet showcases all that is possible in the Mahavishnu world.
Stones Throw Records have proven themselves to have a knack for finding contemporary artists that sound like they were lost tapes from the 70s found in an attic. The Stepkids are yet another example of a band that have nailed this nostalgic yet tastefully done recreation of 70s psychedlic prog-pop rock. They craft songs that are full of Rhodes runs a la Mahavishnu Orchestra/Herbie Hancock and vocal harmonies that would make Steely Dan proud. Be sure to check them out live, dates here.
Lovestep? Hmm don’t think I will get behind that name but I will get behind UK producer Two Inch Punch. A producer who describes himself as “a frustrated Soul / RnB singer, inspired heavily by Beatles short love-songs, Sam Cooke’s heartfelt melodies and Donny Hathaway’s incredible vocal tones”. I hear proper lo-fi sexy boogie, one part Dam-Funk, Hudson Mohawke, and Jai Paul with samples that are more echoes of 90s RnB hits than samples. Either way I am all about this POST-DUBSTEP/POST-CHILLWAVE/POST-GENREBLURRING MUSIC. Groove on bruva.
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