Attaque – Paragon

Young Colchester producer Attaque came onto the radar with a number of cracking EPs in 2011 and through praise from the likes of Tiga, Fake Blood and Erol Alkan.

To sign off the year in style Attaque has decided to offer up new track ‘Paragon’ as a free download. It is no surprise to find him embracing his knack for making hard-edged, minimal yet rich techno tunes.

It is another reminder that we should expect be hearing a lot more from this promising up and comer over the next 12 months.

Download: Attaque – Paragon

 DownloadAttaque – False

End of year final roundup, of sorts

Its been another year of ups and downs but matched too by tons of great releases, gigs, festivals and I’ve been introduced to so many great sounds and equally great people.

BarryGruff isn’t even two years old yet but it still surprised to have gotten this far and I’m even more surprised (and chuffed it must be said) that people give a shit about what I have to say. It is an absolute privilege and a joy to be sharing my musical thoughts and suggestions with people on a daily basis.

This might well be my final post of the year (well I’m going to try and have a wee break anyway) so I’ve put links to all my (and Johnny’s) end of year posts and a few other choice cuts in case people fancy catching up over the festive period. Before I go a massive thanks to everyone who’s sent music on, got me into things for free, done artwork, mixes and helped with BarryGruff presents, and, of course those of you who read the blog.

Where will 2012 lead and what will it have in store? No one knows, but while I like many others will probably find there future away from Ireland – whatever the case there will certainly be plenty of great music to rave about.

Top 5 new artists of 2011 /  ones to watch

BarryGruff’s Irish songs of 2011 Mixtape

BarryGruff’s Albums of 2011

Johnny Feeney’s albums of 2011

A few more choice cuts for 2011……

The other side of Blur (b-side mixtape)

A year in a blog mixtape to celebrate BarryGruff’s first birthday

Alex Turner – ‘Submarine’ EP

Factory Floor – Two Different Ways (Second Way)

Billy Bragg – Never Buy The Sun

Henry’s Funeral Shoe

dB Band – Stranger In The Alps

Download: Slugabed – ‘Motherfuckeeeeeeeeeeer’

Slugabed, the brains behind Roots Manuva’s ‘Get The Get’ remix and EP Sun Too Bright, Turn It Off, has been kind enough to post a steady stream of unreleased tracks on his soundcloud page every week.

‘Motherfuckeeeeeeeeeeer’ is the latest and best so far and displays the beat makers favoured approach and distinctive style of glitchy, bass-heavy electronic beats. 

Keep an eye on his soundcloud page and check  out, if you haven’t already, the aforementioned remix and EP, Sun Too Bright, Turn It Off .

Download: Slugabed – Motherfuckeeeeeeeeeeer

Free Rough Trade 2011 Compilation

It’s that time of year, bloggers are making end-of-year lists and record labels are putting out compilations from the past 12 months.

Rough Trade are the first off the mark, signing off 2011 with a free MP3 sampler of their releases throughout the year. It’s a pretty tasty 12-track mix including the likes of The Strange Boys, Mystery Jets, British Sea Power, The Strokes and lots more from throughout the year. As a side note, how have I never listened to Jeffrey Lewis before this?

It’s available stream or download for free from Rough Trade’s website. Here’s a few very good reasons why you should!

Mystery Jets – Serotonin via cizmar

Jeffrey Lewis – Cult Boyfriend via Landandora

British Sea Power – Who’s In Control via Driftrecordshop

The Strokes – Undercover of Darkness via AaronAxelsen

Introducing: Edleigh

An air of tranquility surrounds the sounds of 19 year old, Preston based producer, Edleigh.

Taking his cue from the likes of  Four Tet, Mount Kimbie and Little Dragon and inspiration from a wide variety of acts such Jason Mrazhip, Jurassic 5 and producers J Dilla and DJ Premier. It is with the former that Edleigh’s music sits most comfortably, using of a subtle blend of minimal samples and vocals, kick drums with slick and tactful percussion, he crafts a laid back, ambient and altogether rich, glowing and mood provoking sound.

You can check out a few choice cuts below or head over to SoundCloud for more tranquil electronic jams.

Download: Edleigh – Rising

Edleigh – It’s Just

Edleigh – Side Sick