Xinobi – ‘Skateboarding’

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Portuguese producer and Discotexas label head honcho Bruno Cardoso aka Xinobi released his latest album On The Quiet, an eight-track dancefloor-focused album takin its influence from a wide spectrum of electronica; from leftfield house to pop, techno and spoken word.

The latest latest single from the record, ‘Skateboarding’, gazes backward to a significant turning point in his life for its inspiration. As a kid in the late 80s, he experienced a fatal fracture in his arm resulting in two surgeries; bringing an abrupt and unexpected end to his skateboarding career. For rehabilitation, Xinobi was encouraged to train the muscles in his fingers by playing the guitar. ‘Skateboarding’ is an ethereal ode to that time. A slowly building, all enveloping meditative composition filled with melancholic melodies and spiralling beats, precision percussives; it is blissful, enthralling and all-consuming track. ‘Skateboarding’ is also features a speech from Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, Dischord) – one of Xinobi’s heroes – about his perspectives of skateboarding. A simply stunning track and a perfect introduction to Xinobi’s equally stellar new record, On The Quiet.

Check out ‘Skateborading’ and its swish video below. On The Quiet is out now, tune in here.

 

Sean Gadd – ‘Never Be Beautiful’

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Sean Gadd was a founding member of Grouplove and since parting company with the LA-based outfit, Gadd has been ensconced in his solo project under his own name.

Earlier this year he introduced listeners to his new solo work with the single, ‘Radar Sounds’ and following it up with latest single ‘Never Be Beautiful’. On the surface, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a cheerful, bouncy and bubbly pop song; all synths and smiles combine with the alluring duet vocals compliments of Hannah Hooper, Gadd’s long-time friend and former Grouplove bandmate. As highly contagious as it is, digging a little deeper, ‘Never Be Beautiful’ is a testament to self-love, belief and acceptance. An upbeat and fast flowing blend of frentic beats, colourful sounds and general infectious pop melodies. This is one that will be stuck in your head for ages.

Time for you to make up your own mind now, check out ‘Never Be Beautiful’ & ‘Radar Sounds’ below now:

JW Ridley – ‘1990’

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Londoner JW Ridley has returned with a beautifully understated new single ‘1990’.

The new single follows motorik, urgent sliver of alternative-indie-disco collaboration with Dan Carey ‘Everything (Deathless)’, and sees Ridley embark on an immersive journey inwards. More focused on atmosphere and delicate ambience, ‘1990’ is led by rippling piano and warm chimes of guitar, it builds from an origin of fragility into a stunning supernova climax. This is the sort of captivating, emotion-filled song that compels you to listen, demanding all of your undivided attention. Great to hear from JW Ridley again and hopefully we’ll be treated to further new releases in the not so distant future too.

For now, of course there is the no so small matter of ‘1990’. Enjoy its stunning qualities below.

The Floozies – ‘Cosmic Rays’ feat. Ryan Zoidis

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Comprised of brothers Matt Hill (producer/guitarst) and Mark Hill (drums), The Floozies are not short on ideas or self-confidence.

Self-described as the “undisputed kings of electro funk”, it is the duo’s luminescent new single ‘Cosmic Rays’ ads credence to this lofty claim. Lifted from their forthcoming album, Better 4 U, ‘Cosmic Rays’ features Lettuce saxophonist Ryan Zoidis and it is a bright, colourful explosion of fun and ideas. Perfect for summer with its ridiculously sunny disposition, it is bursting with vitality, big beats, samples and funky licks rendering it pretty damn irresistible. Oh, and the stunning sax is just the icing on the cake. Fun, funky and cheesy (in a good way) and you know what, sometimes that is just what’s needed.

Listen to ‘Cosmic Rays’ feat. Ryan Zoidis below.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #8

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A new regular addition to blog, a relatively short weekly Spotify playlist featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears over the course of past 7 days.

Clocking in at just over an hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #8. Enjoy the tunes & enjoy the sun!

You can follow me on Spotify here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #7

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A new regular feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #7. Enjoy!

Lucavietski – ‘Trust Your Self’

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There isn’t a huge amount of info available on Lucavietski. What do we know? He’s a producer based in the UK. His real name (or one provided) is Andrei Stan, and he crafts captivating, beat-driven tunes.

His latest single, ‘Trust Your Self’ was released earlier this year and a post has been in the pipeline for sometime (time, the eternal enemy). It is a stunning exposition of Lucavietski’s abilities; it is an elegant and crisp production. It is a downtempo sojourn through a wistful world of hip-hop inspired beats, plinking keys, humming synth and luscious strings that swells to an inspiring, wholly optimistic climax. ‘Trust Your Self’ stunning production and one that is deeply affecting, and given the overwhelmingly positive and optimistic vibes, you be all the better for it.

Listen to ‘Trust Your Self’ below – letting it into your life could be the best thing you do all day.

Micronism – ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’

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‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’ is the second single from the re-mastered re-release Inside A Quiet Mind by New Zealand artist & producer, Micronism.

Apparently dating from 1998 (though entirely new to me) the album was created over two years in bedrooms in Morningside, Kingsland, Mt Eden (NZ) & Brisbane (Australia). Now, almost 20 years later, Micronism (aka Denver McCarthy) is re-releasing a re-mastered version of the album. The tracks are synth dominated, with a sound that falls somewhere between electro/synth, minimal-techno and chilled ambient. Everything with ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’is head-noddingly mellow, yet transfixing as sounds wash over you waves, in a rather warm and mildly euphoric way. Very pleased to become acquainted with this record, albeit two decades later, it still sounds fantastic!

Check out ‘Engaging Causeless Mercy’ below. The album meanwhile, Inside A Quiet Mind will be released digitally & on Double LP, July 21, 2017. Order it here.

Something for the Weekend: New Music Playlist #6

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A new feature to blog, a short weekly Spotify playlist series featuring some of the finest new music to prick my ears.

Clocking in or around and hour, it’s an easily digestible slice of new music, just in time for the weekend. There’s a nice mix of genres and styles too, allowing me to share even more top tunes for your ears. Well, without further ado, here’s #6. Enjoy!

Introducing: Retro Kid

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Hailing from Copenhagen, Retro Kid serve us with some irresistible electronic productions.

Self-described as “electronic pop in a melancholy funk”; and that description isn’t wide of the mark. Swinging in a place between indie-music-to-dance-to and electronic vibes, their work brings to mind the likes of Caribou, Hot Chip and Mount Kimbie. Their self-titled track, lifted from Retro Kid’s debut EP of the same name, is a wonderfully hypnotic, seductive electronic gem. It flits between contrasting textures of heavy fuzzy bass and shimmering glints of luminescent synth, over layers of mild doses euphoria and deep-house feint. More upbeat and dance-floor ready, ‘Kool Kids’ repeats the trick. Hypnotic, euphoric and captivating it’s pièce de résistance is the alternating vocals from the deep delivery of Christian Larsen’s to the heavenly, airy breeze of Christiane Kjærgaard’s voice. Assured and confident, and delivered with precision; this quartet will have you heading straight for the repeat button.

You can check out Retro Kid’s ‘Retro Kid’ and ‘Kool Kids’ below. You can check out their debut EP here.