26 April 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 43

QUEEN OF HEARTS - "NEON"



Returning with a narcotic electro fuelled Goldfrapp-esque slab of gritty pop. Oscillating synths and churning bass lead to an infectious, pulsating chorus.




HOODIE ALLEN - "NO INTERRUPTIONS"



Blending cheeky lyrics with sincere attitude, this uncomplicated track dynamically draws, urban wit, dance beat bravado and chart-savvy pop sensibilities seamlessly together.




AYAH MARAR - "MIND CONTROLLER"



This explosive London newcomer magically splices cantankerous dubstep hollows with grinding metallic club beats against voluminous dance synthesisers. Electric, fervent and sensational.




GORDON VOIDWELL - "XO BOYFRIEND"



Disco jaunt oozing seventies panache; flouncy dance layouts, extreme neon vocoding and computational bleep-happy entrapment. With catchy hooks, this song is charming.





CAPITAL CITIES - "KANGAROO COURT"



Staccato synth jabs steamroller into the characterful vocal smokiness and flippancy of these Australians; with twinkling sun-kissed beats this perfectly suits summer.



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25 April 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 42

A*M*E - "RIDE OR DIE"


The Londoner fashions an ostentatious mix of camp pop revelry, speakerphone arena vocals and insubordinate bass whirs to produce this dancehall sizzler.



PINS - "ELEVENTH HOUR"



Bolshy monochrome mood pop drenched in underground indie defiance and alternativism; echoed, efficient, unrelenting. A refreshing addition from the girls in Manchester.




AIDEN GRIMSHAW - "IS THIS LOVE"


Miike Snow/DJ Fresh musical lovechild Aiden's first single is a storming track of gargantuan bass, heavy dance beats and haunting vocals.




CAAN - "EVERY LITTLE THING"


To fill the James Blake void is this modern crooner; soulful voice, poignant lyrical complexity, contemporary beats and desolate synth wastelands; inspired.




GOTYE - SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW (DUMME JUNGS REMIX)


Taking the original and evolving the previous chart-savvy monotony, Dumme Jungs inject Balearic beats, a thunderous and menacing bass and grinding techno-tronica.


 

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22 April 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 41

TANLINES - "ALL OF ME"



Another New York act who thrash together helter-skelter playground beats with breezy vocals and lashings of sun-kissed synths to produce uplifting electro-pop.





NY - "MUSIC"




This diligent and enterprising Londoner oozes Ms-Dynamite-Alicia-Keys compositions; thunderous urban bass fluxes, intelligent lyrics and assured musical drive. Refreshing, impressive and exciting. 





FIREFOX AK - "COLOR THE TREES"



This Svenska-Deutsch hybrid of bold noire-pop eclecticism drills deep with slithering beats, barren synthscapes and the perfect balance of dark enchanting vocals. 





REBECCA FERGUSON - "GLITTER AND GOLD" (DJ FEVER PITCH RADIO EDIT)




The acclaimed DJ reworks this track into a smoking collective of Rebecca's soulful powerhouse chords and explosive dance beats; classic clubbing material.




GOLD FIELDS - "MOVES"



Remember Late Of The Pier? This band will draw familiar resemblances; menacing guitars, frenetic drums, gritty indie, rampant synths and mutated vocals. 






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21 April 2012

SOMETHING TO HOOT ABOUT: 6

BEN BROWNING - "I CAN'T STAY"




















It is no secret that Australia is in the midst of an electro-pop renaissance, easily giving those monopolising Scandinavians a run for their silky modernistic pop money. The nurturing 'burbs' of Sydney and Melbourne have already harboured some excellent acts from Pnau to The Presets, with the pool of creative minds and entrepreneurial musicians appearing to expand further across into foreign markets, it seems deservedly feasible that Australia is fast becoming a hub for genre blending, trend-setting audio geniuses. The collective behemoth that goes by the name of Cut Copy are unquestionably the canons of Oceanic easy-listening electronica. With a decade of musical experience under the quartet's skinny tan belts and with their latest album "Zonoscope" striding forward with defiant creativity and imaginative verve, it was perhaps no big surprise to see bass guitarist Ben Browning breaking free like a boisterous atom, honing his musical skills, driving the passion and producing masterful, exquisite tracks of sugary pop and quirky indie charm.

"I Can't Stay" is the perfect antidote for casting aside the temperate spring months steeped in sickly connotations of rebirth, cute furry animals, drizzling rain; to welcome in the embracing warmth and invigorating feel-good vibes that only a summer season could muster. Immediately our ears are invaded by a plucky serenade of skittish synth jolts and bleeps which give the song an instantaneous pulse of energy. Fluttering bouts of electronica fervently dogfight with euphoric bass lines to generate the solid underpinnings this song possesses. With a skip-a-long almost lackadaisical motion, "I Can't Stay" trundles along with positive dynamism and rapturous instrumentals; juvenile computational shrills and Balearic whomps sew together neatly to form a variant electro-pop fretwork. Browning's vocals are charismatic and skilfully indulge the ear canals; dripping sweet vocoded pleasure whilst waxing lyrically of "staring at a footprint on a fallen leaf". Almost non-nonsensical, the sheer dexterity of Browning's joyous chanting and airy oxygenated vocals lift the song to ethereal realms of blissful electro heaven. With aqueous momentum this sandy slice of contemporary indie charm meanders along at an assured pace, keeping the listener hooked till the last tweet of synthesiser or atmospheric sigh released from Browning's lungs.

"I Can't Stay" can initially appear simplistic and lacking depth, but muzzle past the layers and you will see this a finely sculpted and professionally coated piece of electro-pop wizardry. Ben Browning has done himself no harm in cementing his reputation as a talented musician and with his debut EP "Lover Motion" being released back in March under Cutters Records and with input from Architects In Helsinki, it is certainly worth a listen. Ben might not be able to stay, but we certainly can. 


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13 April 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 40

BLAQSTARR - "ROSES"



The Baltimore born artist fuses hypnotising beats over a chanting background of mellowed urban grooves with sincere lyrics and assured dark undertones.




ST. LUCIA - "WE GOT IT WRONG"



Tropical sun drenched beats, tribal mantras and a crescendo building dizzying array of thumping electro beats generates this organic summer jaunt.




DIPLO FT NICKI DA B - "EXPRESS YOURSELF"



This excruciatingly hot number fuses maniacal beats and brazen electro with raucous grinding bass and razorsharp urban lyrics; Diplo at his best.




BREATHE CAROLINA - "BLACKOUT"



This Denver outfit sling pop-rock commerciality, adolsecent bass waves and European tinged electronica together; flourescent and explosive, the mixture works resoundingly.




THE PENELOPES - "SALLY IN THE GALAXY"



Pure pop bliss is reached as guttoral Franco-disco murmours drip over cloudy skyscapes of powerful electro zorbs and innocent youthful beats.Captivating.




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12 April 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 39

THIEVES LIKE US - "STAY BLUE"



This offering chortles along with assured progression mixing slow-jam grooves with smokey vocoded lyrics and astral electronica in a quirky European fashion.




SHADOWBOX - "A M"



Epitomising the niche of "bedroom" recordings, Shadowbox and her inquisitive synthesiser excitability along with those soaring angelic vocals demand some auditory love.




SHIELDS - "SPIRES"



A gradual culmination of brisk guitar pangs, glistening summer keys and thundering bass perfect this pristine indie-pop number for the Newcastle boys.




LO-FI-FNK - "KISSING TASTE"



Sweden's Lo-Fi-Fnk return with a melodic slice of satin pop that harmoniously draws a crisp assertive beat alongside seamless watery synth backdrops.




PROFESSOR POSSESSOR - "RACE WITH THE DEVIL"



Slam Blondie and Alphabeat together, dose the hybrid with hallucinogenics, supply instruments and inject sparkly synth DNA. The result? Professor Processor. Genius.



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09 April 2012

TWENTY TWOO WORD REVIEWS: 38

THE CONCEPT - "D-D-DANCE"



Pugnacious indie guitar-bopping, summery festival drumming and upbeat swanky melodies will tantalise concert-goers; a Swede-pop bonanza with refreshing verve and accommodating pleasantries.




PY AND DAMU - "BLIND"



This contrasting blend filters glittered synths through wallowing bass patterns with warped convection and enchantment, silently nourished by Py's seamless vocal presence.




SSION - "MY LOVE GROWS IN THE DARK"



Camp neon charm permeates the senses with this sauntering number; sultry synths, plucky beats and suggestive lyrics make this a charismatic track.





KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS - "OUR OWN DREAM"



Feathered dulcet vocals which siren call through viscous bass pools and mysterious electronica settings evoke darkened steely pop angles with creative dynamism.




HOLOGRAMS - "HIDDEN STRUCTURES"



These fledglings bring together stifling guitar pangs with vigorous drum smashing and clattering indie jolts to produce a track with explosive confidence.




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