Monthly Archives: July 2011

Technicolor Lenses – New Eyes

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New Eyes is an exceedingly well produced hip-hop release that sadly doesn’t have nearly as much recognition as it should. As far as independent releases go, the quality of this album is incredible. Every song is crisp and clear, the samples are fantastic, and the vocals have excellent delivery. The variety in this album is also something to take note of – psychedelic rock music, heavy electronic beats, flowing rap and beautiful instrumentals. Highly recommended.

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The Sunshine Factory – Sugar

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Sugar is a brilliant, blissed out shoegaze album by The Sunshine Factory. What makes this release so great is the depth and variety within the songs.  Whilst you can expect the typical shoegaze sound, there is alot of experimentation here. In addition to occasional psychdelic meandering, there are surprisingly lucid lyrics and beautiful instrumentals. Overall, an incredible album.

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Nectear – From Black Radios

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Nectear manages to hit all the right spots in creating tense, foreboding dark ambient. In keeping with the title, there are many media samples in this EP, along with deep drones and jarring effects. The samples follow the theme of disaster, something that really adds to the dark nature of this release.

In addition to this is the brilliantly apocalyptic spoken word section on Another Cry, which makes the EP worth the download alone. Definitely one to listen to if you are a fan of the dark ambient genre.

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Magicks – Triangles

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This fantastic release calls to mind everything that a good chillwave EP should do – beach parties, sunshine and long summer days. Being slightly more bass heavy than most chillwave releases, this album could easily double as evening listening or even party music in the right situation.

Perhaps the most interesting song on the album is Rabbit Tiger and Cat, a 6 minute long track with warm resonating drones, crashing waves and a wonderful collage of effects. The perfect song to wind down after a long summer day.

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Le Chevalier – Dancer

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Dancer is an experimental pop release that manages to remain entertaining despite its reasonably long track lengths – something not often seen in a pop record. Whilst some genres lend themselves to lengthy songs, pop generally does not. However, Le Chevalier pulls it off perfectly and as such this album comes highly recommended.

The range of techniques used on this album is what makes it such a rewarding listen. From hazy soundscapes to field recordings, audio samples to upbeat synths, there is always something new to pique your interest. All in all this creates a really interesting album that is always revealing something new.

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Jesse Futerman – Super Basement EP

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Jesse Futerman mixes instrumental hip-hop beats with jazz to create this fantastic EP. The result is music that sounds both sophisticated and easy going. While it may seem an unusal mix to some (or downright wrong to jazz or hip-hop purists), the two genres never seem at odds with one another. In fact, the natural flow in each of the tracks is fantastic.

The tightness of the backing beats is complemented by the freedom of the jazz instruments, which move in and out of the mix. This makes for a listening experience that is both relaxing and interesting.

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