Channel Swimmer – ‘Poolside’


Channel Swimmer is the alias of London based Welsh beat-smith Mathew Mayes.

Mayes’ 2013 album, Alphabet is an epic cut and paste, sampladelic adventure and one of the best and most inventive records of recent years. A master of sound manipulation, Mayes’ is a world of lavish exploration through genres, styles and eras – something continued with his brand new single ‘Poolside’. Taken from forthcoming album Souvenirs, it is meticulously crafted with a breezy, feelgood freshness, combining breathtakingly lush layers, sumptuous strings and flourishes of seductive beats. Meticulously crafted with a breezy, feelgood freshness, combined with a shimmering warm glow, lush layers, sumptuous strings and flourishes of seductive beats. One to get lost in, ‘Poolside’ forms a real sense of familiarity, oozing nostalgic feelings for hazy summer days and nights. An exemplary talent, as always.

Check out ‘Poolside’ below, while we eagerly await details on Channel Swimmer’s new album, Souvenirs. And while you’re at it, if you haven’t already, check out Alphabet.


Millions Like Us Podcast – Episode #8

We’re thrilled to share the first Millions Like Us podcast of 2016. It’s great to back and the latest, the eighth, 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 relief from all life’s toils* with lively and entertaining chat and eclectic selection of fabulous music from metro Vancouver and BEYOND. There’s plenty in there, well over an hour in fact, of new tunes, reflection on 2015, anticipation for the forthcoming year and more.

You can read more on it here and 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.

Thanks for listening as always, enjoy!

Podcast #8 Tracklist:

2015 According to SertOne


One of my proudest achievements on the blog this year, or any year for that matter, is the release of GruffWuff; a 19 track compilation of new, previously unreleased and exclusive recordings from some of my very favourite acts over the past 5 years of blogging.

It was a truly fantastic way to mark 5 years of BarryGruff and I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved and the overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic response. As 2015 draws to a close, I have enlisted help from people who made the compilation what it was, to chat about their favourite moments and sounds from year, and up next is SertOne.

Liverpool-based Irish producer SertOne has been one of Ireland’s finest producers for some time. Always fresh, original, innovative and thoroughly enjoyable, and that’s the way we like it. It’s splendidly slick and riveting beat music, indebted to Hip Hop as much as the electronic side of production. Layered warm textures meet twitchy percussion and rhythms, stabs of synth for a wholly irresistible listen. A class act. No doubt about it.

Before we take a look at his 2015 sound selections, you should check out SertOne’s superb back catalogue here and his GruffWuff inclusion, ‘Seventeen’ – of which you can download here for FREE.

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The Expert – ‘Devine’


Dublin’s hip hop producer extraordinaire The Expert (aka Cian Galvin) will released his long awaited and highly anticipated debut album, Dynamic Drift, next week.

We already heard ‘Da Wha?’, when it premiered here back in May and with next weeks big day in mind, The Expert has returned with another absolute marvel, ‘Devine’. Casting his gaze far back into the annals of soul, he’s come up trumps with new single, ‘Devine’ in all its stunning, instrumental glory. Oozing with confidence and swagger, it rolls hypnotically along, amid a confederation of slick samples, beats and atmospheric flourishes. Irrefutably superb and irresistibly infectious. The Expert has long been a firm favourite, be it his work as part of stellar hip-hop duo Messiah J & The Expert or his solo output,  so it’s no surprise that ‘Da Wha?’ is brilliant, ‘Devine’ is astounding and his new album promises to be on par with the this gold standard.

You can check out ‘Devine’ and the Tom Hill produced video below. Also, you can listen to The Experts’ GruffWuff inclusion, ‘Swapsies’ – of which you can download here for FREE.

Premiere: The Expert – ‘Da Wha?’


Dublin producer The Expert has been has been crafting beats for over fifteen years and it certainly shows. Mostly his work has been as the production half of stellar Hip Hop duo Messiah J & The Expert but his solo output to date, consisting of beat tapes and EPs, has been nothing short of amazing too.

Possessing something of a midas touch and yet to put a foot wrong, he’s ready to share his debut solo LP with the world. Entitled Dynamic Drift, The Expert’s debut LP will be released next month and ahead of its release we’ve got an exclusive first listen to ‘Da Wha?’. This is gloriously upbeat and sublimely smooth psychy/soulful Hip Hop jam. Grooving along with some serious swagger and more bounce than zebedee; beats are spliced and diced with soulful samples that unite in perfect harmony for this head nodding, infectious and melodic groover. The Experts’ debut LP certainly promises to be quite a record. A supreme talent, an expert you might say.

Dynamic Drift will be with us next month but for now, behold the master class in sound manipulation that is ‘Da Wha?’.