Casiokids – ‘Det Haster!’

Norwegian 4-piece Casiokids have returned with a new single and news of a brand new album.

‘Det Haster!’ sees them retained the simplicity of their approach into creating a synth heavy electronic gem with great upbeat electro-pop melodies. Any one who remembers ‘Fot I Hose’ and ‘Finn Bikkjen’ from will not be surprised.

‘Det Haster!’ will be out on October 24th and will be followed by LP, Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen, in early 2012.

Casiokids – Det Haster! via welikeindie

Mp3: Casiokids – Fot I Hose

Introducing: The Depravations

One of the new discoveries of Hard Working Class Heroes ’11, The Depravations are a four piece indie folk band based in Galway. Since forming in 2007 they have released two EPs and are currently recording their debut album, expected before the end of 2011.

Far from their name would suggest, they make gentle indie-folk music with rich sounds, stories and harmonies. Inspired from a combination of influences; ’50s and ’60s, surf music, old country and blues, it is quite reminiscent of some of the softer numbers from The Coral et al. 

Their Mosey EP is free to download from BandCamp and a debut album is due before the end of 2011.

Download: The Depravations – Tonight

The Depravations – Summer Rain

Download: The Depravations – Not Forgotten 

Video/Download: Eugene McGuinness – Lion

It has been a little while but Eugene McGuinness is back with a new song ‘Lion’ as a free download.

Most recently he’s been busy touring as part of Miles Kane’s band but this sees a return to normal duties. ‘Lion’ is lively, uptempo and ridiculously catchy track swathed with swagger and a heavy, spooky guitar line or, according to the man himself, it’s just meant to be the biggest ‘fuck off’ my soul could muster”. Either way it’s a great track and offers an insight into new album, due for release in early 2012.

You can watch the video and download the track below. Check out ‘Fonz’ too, a timely reminder of what he’s already done.

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Eugene McGuinness – Fonz via UnFound

Mp3: Eugene McGuinness – Lion  via ListenBeforeYouBuy

Introducing: Limnetic Villains

Operating under this own name, Kildare based musician Vincent Lillis released three albums on now defeunct online record label ‘Rack And Ruin’. Following it’s demise he decided to change things up a bit and started making music under the guise of Limnetic Villains.

Comparisons between his and the music of Primal Scream, Death In Vegas or David Holmes are hard to avoid. He has a predilection for darkly shaded electronics and burning guitars which are filtered through an eerily murky mix of psychedelic rock and krautrock influences. While heavily indebted to the aforementioned artists this is far from imitation, he manages to put his own fresh stamp on this sound. 

Limnetic Villains is currently working on a new album but for now there is plenty sample below or on his SoundCloud.

Download: Limnetic Villains – Gun

Download: Limnetic Villains  – Creatures

Download: Limnetic Villains – Walk Through Walls

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Video: The Horrors – I Can See Through You

‘I Can See Through You’ is the second single to be taken from The Horrors third album, Skying, one of this year’s very best. The single is accompanied by the White Rabbit directed video, a kaleidoscopic and psychedelic experience of epic proportions. The Horrors seem unable to put a foot wrong right now.

You can watch it below and you can also hear The Horrors own version of Beyoncé’s ‘Best Thing I Never Had’ from BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge last week.

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The Horrors – Best Thing I Never Had (Beyoncé Cover)

Fela Soul: De La Soul / Fela Kuti mashup album

Separating the wheat from the chaff in the world of mashups can be a tough task, but every now and again a real gem springs itself on us.

Gummy Soul’s Amerigo Gazaway has done just that, pairing De La Soul with Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti to create Fela Soul. It is a very enjoyable 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems which seamlessly intertwines into something completely new, fresh and original

Listen to Fela Soul below or you can download the album for FREE from Bandcamp

Download: Fela Soul – Stakes Is High

Download: Fela Soul – Itsoweezee

Download: Fela Soul – Feel Good Inc.

Introducing: The Static Hand

The Static Hand is the moniker of mysterious Berlin based musician. Very little is known about this curious character, it is a rare thing indeed to come back empty handed after scouring the internet. All that’s reall known is their influences include Brian Eno, Mark E Smith and Bez.

It is probably best to concentrate on the music rather than the illusive maker who has released a brand new 4-track EP, Control Will Set You Free. It is full of droning electronica with deep, dark synths and churning beats with an overall ghoulish feel to it.

You can pick up The Static Hand’s 4-track Control Will Set You Free EP over on BandCamp.

The Static Hand – Work (Without A Perk)

The Static Hand – Mid-Year Drone

The Kills – The Future Starts Slow (Death In Vegas Remix)

Death In Vegas recently returned from the wilderness with their first album in seven years. Trans-Love Energies is a moody and spooky affair of krautrock-fuelled electronic beats, So far so good but how good is it? Only time will tell.

DIV head honcho Richard Fearless has reworked The Kills ‘The Future Starts Slow’, one of the best songs from one of the finest albums of 2011, Blood Pressures. Unsurprisingly the retouch has a decidedly Death In Vegas feel to it, churning synths, beats with a breezy spacey vibe.

Check it out below.

 The Kills – The Future Starts Slow (Death In Vegas Remix)

This Weekend Means One Thing: Modeselektor

Yes folks, there is only one thing on the agenda this weekend; Modeselektor are in Dublin for the Becks Vier Rhythm Weekender.

I saw Modeselektor a few years back at EP and they absolutely blew me and the rest of the crowd away. Never before or since have I witnessed a set like it, anyone who’s seen them knows what I’m talking about. It’s a full-blown sensory overload of dubstep, electro, techno, hip hop and a touch of avant-garde experimentation.

The German duo are so good; while yet to hear new album Monkeytown, previous efforts Happy Birthday! and Hello Mom were stunning. I’m really excited about this one, here’s a quick reminder of the sheer brilliance that is Modeselektor.

They play The Button Factory tomorrow (Saturday) night. Doors @ 11pm. Tickets €21.

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Modeselektor – Kill Bill Vol. 4 via MartinNicolas111

Modeselektor – Dancing Box (Feat. TTC) via DTD Sounds

Free Music: SertOne – ‘WIDTS’

It has been a big year for Portadown-born hip-hop producer SertOne, receiving widespread praise for his excellent debut EP The View From Above EP, and rightfully so. Not one to rest on his laurels he’s been very busy ever since.

In keeping with this, he has just released WIDTS, a collection of tracks released or made during the summer of 2011. Some tracks have been released on compilations, others have been given away for free and some have been played in his live sets.

There’s plenty of cracking tracks on here and it is well worth your attention especially as you can download it for FREE from Bandcamp, or pay what you feel is a fair price. In case you missed it here’s a link to an interview I did with him a few months back.

Download: SertOne – Fly High

 Download: SertOne – Constant Conflict (Earth)