Introducing: GEM_DOS

Originally from South East London, now living in Dublin, GEM_DOS is a hard one to place in one genre or another.

Broadly speaking this is electronica but it is peppered with techno and drum and bass elements throughout. At times it is deeply atmospheric but always delivered with a real swagger and confidence, especially the clever and classy use of bass. There is a certain Orbital or 808 State character to some of it, especially ‘Get Found Out’. Meanwhile ‘Embrace The Fear’ is a dank, clanker of a tune with tiny shreds of light threatening to break through, only to be quickly suppressed by the shroud of darkness.

GEM_DOS has managed to create hugely addictive jams suited to any time of the night or day, all in all, this is very impressive. Why not download GEM_DOS’s EP Trials for free? It’s here.

Slow It Down & Elijah Collins – Alright (Elijah’s Dub)

Glaswegian disco duo, Slow It Down and the London-based house veteran Elijah Collins, are gearing up to release their collaborative EP, Alright, released through Retrospective.

In the run up to the release Elijah Collins has also found time for a reworking of ‘Alright’. ‘Alright (Elijah’s Dub)’ is a super slicksmooth and irresistible slice of disco house, running along a bubbling bassline, it is bursting at the seams with positive energy. While not included on the 4-track EP, it more than deserve it’s own release, no doubt about it.

You can download ‘Alright (Elijah’s Dub)’ gratis below or you can stream the entire EP here.

Competition: The Unusual History of Ether in The Riverbank

The Unusual History of Ether, play The Riverbank , Newbridge next Thursday, November 1st. Having been introduced on the blog last week, The Unusual History of Ether have kindly offered BarryGruff readers the chance to go and enjoy the show in The Riverbank.

There are two tickets up for grabs. No silly questions, just email your name to barrygruff [at] gmail [dot] com with ‘Riverbank’ as the subject title. Winners will be drawn at random and the competition closes at 12:00 on October 30th 2012. 

The Unusual History of Ether is a songwriting partnership between Rebecca Collins and Danish guitarist Mikkel Ploug. The fruits of this union is fresh, slightly dark but profoundly beautiful indie pop songs, which are sung with passion, performed with grace and recorded quite beautifully. The Unusual History of Ether do, at times, recall the noir-ish, Gothic parts of Anna Calvi’s irresistible self titled debut from last year. 

Tickets are €10/€12. Doors at 8pm & support comes from the ever brilliant Sive. Here’s a few choice cuts from the band.

Introducing: Coves

Formed less than a year ago, Coves, are a two piece comprised of Rebekah Wood and John Ridgard. The duo already have a tour with Echo & The Bunnymen under their belt and are about to go out on the road with Eugene McGuinness.

Coves’ sound could lazily be classified as indie, but there is in fact, a bit of everything at play here as they explore a dazzling array of styles and colourful textures. Their songs are characterised by busy electronics and an imaginative foray through a whole host of electro-rock, psychedelia, shoegaze and post-punk sounds, with an overlaying of beautiful dreamy vocals from Wood. Coves even find scope to squeeze in some rather striking eastern influences on ‘Cast A Shadow’ and most notably, ‘No Ladder’.

An unmistakably joyous, imaginative and, above all, hugely enjoyable set of songs. Hopefully there is an album before too long.

Coves’ brand new EP Cast A Shadow is out now through and you can pick it up here.

We Are Losers – ‘Salt Lips’

Fuzz pop aficionados, We Are Losers are back with a new single ‘Salt Lips’, accompanied by an acoustic take of ‘Moany’.

We Are Losers have been sitting on ‘Salt Lips’ for ages apparently, recorded for a planned single, they have generously decided to put it out for free. ‘Salt Lips’ is a slice of melodic upbeat indie-pop, complete with infectious choruses and beautiful harmonies, just what we’ve come to expect from Elsted & company. ‘Salt Lips’ is a bit more suited to the summer months than a dreary Monday in October, that said, it is sure to brighten up your day. 

Be sure now to grab both ‘Salt Lips’ & ‘Moany’ for free below.