Totalitarian – ‘Real Mad Thing’

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Totalitarian is the moniker of Irish electronic producer, Aidan Sheerin, originally from Monaghan but now based in Co. Armagh.

We were introduced to his skills toward the back end of last year, with his debut single, ‘What I Need..’. The track displayed a clear preference for head-nodding and lavish explorations of genres and styles, taking in all-manner of electronic, electronica and hip-hop influences. Totalitarian’s latest release, and first of 2016, ‘Real Mad Thing’, follows much the similar path. It’s a playful, upbeat, bumping piano house tune with shades of Toddla T/The 2 Bears going on. Through a fusion of playful ’90s piano loops, compelling groove and beat combo, and more than a hint of Jamaician dancehall inspiration; ‘Real Mad Thing’ radiates a feel-good and summery vibe. In doing so, providing a well needed and well timed, massive injection of positivity amidst a time of dreariness. It is another fine, fine track from Sheerin, hopefully there’s plenty more to come in 2016, and beyond.

Check out ‘Real Mad Thing’ below, now:

 

Tuff Love – ‘Resort’

 

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Glaswegian scuzz-pop aficionados Tuff Love, have already graced us with a terrific trilogy of EPs in recent times. Those EPs – 2014’s ‘Junk’, and last year’s ‘Dross’ and ‘Dregs’ – marked them as one of the most exciting new bands around, all dazzling, fuzzy indie pop with sugar-sweet melodies and crunching choruses and shoegazey guitars galore.

This promise has been condensed into a single release, Resort. Ordered chronologically and marking the culmination of their hard work, it tells the Tuff Love story so far. Perhaps surprisingly, Resort sits together decidedly well as a ‘record’ in itself, especially considering the fragmented time in which they were recorded and originally released. Tuff Love strike a perfect balance between these contrasting ingredients of their sound. In all of three-and-a-half minutes, opener ‘Sweet Discontent’ outlines exactly what Tuff Love are all about. A racing melody is underpinned by a tattered grunge-echoing riff and a coarse, churning rhythm, and Julie Eisenstein’s dreamy, almost listlessness vocals, which exudes a sense of rage, sorrow and unhappiness. Raw yet dainty, blissfully rambunctious guitar-pop anthems, channeled through a haze of lo-fi recordings, is what they excel at. Of which any number of tracks from Resort will testify too; ‘Crocodile’, ‘Slammer’ or ‘Flamingo’, take your pick!

It’s not clear how far along Eisenstein and Bear are with a debut album proper, but Resort sits together rather nicely indeed. Not only does it allow us to draw a line under these excellent early EPs, it reminds us how good Tuff Love and you get the feeling they are destined for big things.

Resort is out now through Lost Map Records (buy or stream now).

Sales – ‘Jamz’

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SALES have been relatively quiet since the release of their wonderful Renee EP back 2014. The Orlando-based duo did however release the single ‘Big Sis’, back in August of last year and partake in a pretty extensive tour across N. America and Europe too.

Last week, SALES announced that they intend to release their long-awaited debut album on April 20th and shared ‘Jamz’ as a first taste of things to come. Catchy, melodic and pleasantly chill dream-pop; it is yet another gorgeously textured, beautifully nuanced and sparse track. Stylistically speaking, ‘Jamz’ is comprised of the same ingredients, as it drifts around Jordan Shih’s playful gentle guitars Lauren Morgan’s delicate vocal. And there is nothing wrong with that in the slightest; why change a good thing? ‘Jamz’ acts as a strong indication of what we can expect from their debut and is as good as anything from their existing catalog.

SALES’ debut album will be out on April 20th, till then, you’ve got the wonderful ‘Jamz’ to keep you company. The duo have also announced a string of US dates, hopefully some north of the border follow soon.

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Introducing: BeardFight

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BeardFight hails from North Vancouver, and they pride themselves on producing genre bending electronic music.

Aside from this, info surrounding the producer is pretty scant and in a world of information saturation, it is kind of refreshing. So, let us concern ourselves with the most important thing; the music. BeardFight caught the eye (or the ear to be precise) through their appearance on two recent compilations from Vancouver based music collective, Groundwerk. The compilations themselves are excellent and worthy of further investigation (here) but on both occasions it was BeardFight’s stellar inclusion which stood out. The producer has a thing for a deep, bassy sound, with a dark, subterranean vibes; something both ‘Western Eyes’ and ‘505 (Groundwerk Edit)’ are testament to. The latter is a rework of Arctic Monkeys’ 2007 tune, the dark and sunken sounds are joined by flourishes of drums, bass and glitchy mastery, with chinks of light and floaty dub tones. ‘Western Eyes’ is equally immense. Courting a similar aesthetic, it would work perfect as part the film score for a modern film noir style flick. Again there is light amid the darkness, this time through the sultry vocals. A rather impressive dawn from BeardFight, hopefully the wait for new material isn’t a prolonged one.

You can check out ‘Western Eyes’ and ‘505 (Groundwerk Edit)’ below. If they are to your liking, there’s a whole lot more where that came from over on BeardFight’s SoundCloud.

 

Millions Like Us – Episode 10

 

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We’re thrilled to share yet another Millions Like Us podcast with you all. It’s great to back with the latest in a series of music podcasts hosted by Justin & I, in conjunction with Vancouver news & culture site 604now.

On a bi-weekly basis we aim to please, providing  some lively and entertaining chat and eclectic selection of fabulous music from metro Vancouver and elsewhere. There’s plenty in there, well over an hour in fact, of great tunes and plenty of chat.

You can read more on it over here and of course, listen below (and the tracklist (with links) is after the jump too). You can subscribe to ‘Millions Like Us’ on iTunes & Podcast Republic or find us on Facebook & Twitter. Or you can email us at millionslikeuspodcast[at]gmail[dot]com.

2016 has been good to us so far, so thanks for all the support thus far and once again, thanks for listening! And last but not least, thanks to Caroline for the image (and pancakes).

Episode #10 Track list:

Mmoths – ‘Eva’

Three years in the making, Irish producer MMOTHS is gearing up for the release of his long-awaited debut album, Luneworks, on March 11th.

Following from last November’s lead track ‘Deu’, comes the album’s sublime second single ‘Eva’. ‘Eva’ is an evocative piece of music. Blending sound and textures it is bound together by a tick-tock rhythm and Colleran’s smooth, hypnotic vocal, perfectly complementing this atmospheric sea of sounds. An utterly beautiful and captivating piece. This is a tune to get lost in, evoking calmness, it is like finding a welcoming port, in the most volatile of storms. In the intervening years since first announcing himself and his talent with the self-titled debut EP (2012) and Diaries (2013), Newbridge man Jack Colleran’s music has grown and matured. ‘Deu’ suggested as much, and ‘Eva’ has all but confirmed that we’re going to be in for a treat when the debut album arrives.

Luneworks is out on March 11th 2016 through OYAE/Because – a date for the diaries. Lose yourself in ‘Eva’ below or pop over here, to check out the video.

 

Moderat share new track ‘Reminder’, ahead of new album ‘III’

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On April 1st, Moderat, the German electronic trio comprised of Modeselektor and Apparat, will release new album III.

The nine-track record concludes the final installment of the band’s trilogy following 2009’s self-titled debut, and 2013’s II. Building from its minimalistic origins, ‘Reminder’ pulses with a slow, heavy and hypnotic groove, before expanding into a more grandiose, atmospheric, and altogether beautiful track. This throbbing and dynamic tune, stylistically speaking, it’s not far off Moderat’s previous LP. As well as III, ‘Reminder’ will appear on the Moderat’s a forthcoming EP of the same name. Penned for release on February 19th, it will also feature the single and remixes from Paul Woolford and Answer Code.

The trio have announced a huge amount of live dates across the globe, incl. Vicar Street, Dublin on April 6th and thankfully, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver on May 23rd. Check out ‘Reminder’ below, now:

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