(Video) Gulp – ‘Vast Space’

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Gulp, the musical project of Super Furry Animals’ Guto Pryce and Lindsey Leven, will release their debut album Season Sun on July 8th.

Ahead of the record’s impending release Gulp have kindly shared a music video for ‘Vast Space’, which we’ve heard before, and features on the LP. ‘Vast Space’ has a certain cinematic and ethereal charm. Leven’s cool, hushed vocals lightly coat the gritty, blues-infused psychedelia, and act as the perfect companion for those effervescent organ chimes. Driven by a rumbling, rambling bassline and a hypnotic rhythm; it’s got a solid sonic groove that brings to mind some of the slower Django Django moments. The video is stellar stuff, directed and animated by Ewan Jones Morris, it is the perfect visual companion. The visual, according to the band “takes its aesthetic from uhh, Greco-Roman architecture, Tetris and Microsoft Windows screensavers, maybe.” Whatever the case it’s a top notch track with an equally dazzling video, their debut record promises to be a delight.

Gulp release their debut album Season Sun on July 8th – until then sample the delight that is ‘Vast Space’.

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Introducing: Cape Grace

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Cape Grace are the Electronica duo comprised of Dubliners Marc Scully and Eric English, who recently released their self-titled debut EP, and it’s pretty damn good.

The pair produce fairly ambient electronic soundscapes, often down-tempo, moody and deeply atmospheric – that’s not to say they’re listless – these are late night / early morning jams with an emphasis on mood, groove and rhythm. Unnerving, unsettling and eerie are the overriding vibe. Rich textures create dark atmospheres, emotion and a feeling of venturing into subterranean world of the unknown, or ghoulish dystopian future . Both ‘You’ll See’ and ‘HClarke’ exemplify this approach, the former steps out of first gear with spritely surges and changes. ‘Fluks’ is the pick of the pile, with it’s dripping beats, distant synths and low-fi crackle, combined with some warped vocal and echoey, chorally ambience culminating in an irresistible five minutes. ‘2MW’ isn’t far behind it with it’s ditzy analogue tape machine-esque wobbles parting way for a kind of African choir before razor sharp beats kick in. Excellent productions from a rather promising duo, hopefully there will be more where that came from soon.

There are a few choice cuts below. All you have to do to own your own copy is ‘name your price’ and download it via bandcamp. Simple.

Cave Story – ‘Richman’

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Portuguese band Cave Story excited our ears last November when they released their quirky and playfully psychedelic collection of demos as an EP.

Kicking on from that, Cave Story have unveiled ‘Richman’, showcasing the sound they’ve been developing since last year. One would be forgiven for expecting the transition from the demo stage to witness a cleaner, polished and sheenier sound. Think again. ‘Richman’ is rough-around-the-edges, gruff, gritty and pretty sheen less indie meets garage fare. High on lo-fi distortion, drone and riffs, with little in the way of pop but remains appealing to the ears as an invariably captivating listen. It sounds as though their infatuation with the ’60s/70s has been swapped for another bygone era; the ’90s. Or not? Perhaps ‘Richman’ is, in name at least, their homage to Jonathon Richman. Or not.

There’s an EP promised in September but for now? You can listen to ‘Richman’ below or pop over to bandcamp and download it for free.

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Freedom Fry – ‘Home’

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Freedom Fry’s tracks ‘Summer In The City’ (2012) and ‘Hanging With The New Crowd’ (2013) were decidedly brilliant cuts of infectious, indie pop of the highest order, so it is a pleasure to have the French/American duo back with new material.

Their latest effort ‘Home’, an ode to LA, is the first fruits of their labour having being holed in their home studio working on a next release. ‘Home’ is suitably laid-back, slow-grooving and dreamy number, combining a sombre and breezy vibe with some sun-kissed tones, perfect for consumption on long lazy summer days. An irrefutably loveable track with a touch of the irresistible.

Seemingly there is a new EP in the pipeline, but for now, you can listen to ‘Home’ below and make up your own mind. If it is to your liking, you can pick it up from bandcamp.

SertOne – ‘Mouthful EP’

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Liverpool-based Irish producer SertOne has been one of Ireland’s finest producers for sometime. Always fresh, original, innovative and thoroughly enjoyable; his new EP, Mouthful, is in keeping with this standard.

It’s a splendid collection of beat music, in SertOne’s slick and riveting style and inspired by the Chicago’s Drill & Footwork scene, it focuses on the more juke-indebted sides of electronic production. ‘Firewerks’ is the pick of an overwhelmingly impressive pile. Its layered warm textures, twitchy percussion and rhythms, stabs of synth and warped vocal whisperings, making for a wholly irresistible listen and demonstrate his supreme prowess as a producer. SertOne is a class act. No doubt about it.

SertOne’s Mouthful EP is out now through Fly High Society and available on both digital and cassette. You can buy / stream in full here. Check out ‘Firewerks’ below.