26 Sep

Emancipator – All In Here

Been missing in action for a bit as I've been traveling around a lot and my internet access has been sporadic and my listening has been very much curtailed at every attempt.   Sometimes though having less to listen to is a good thing, you focus in on a track and enjoy it for what it is rather than how much it grabs your attention at any given time, and All In Here by Emancipator is...

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22 Sep

Slipmat Brothers & Penpals – Grade A

As I said before, we have been getting sent some great stuff and tonight is more of the same. I have been checking out the album today's track is from (Made for the underground) as I cruise to work. It's a really nice temp in Malta at the moment and this is perfect stuff to stick the sunglasses on and nod your head to (while looking weird and middle aged).   Slipmat Brothers hail from...

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16 Sep

Asava – Bodhi

I never ceases to amaze me how much the small differences in music production can make, two artists can use similar sounds but the way they present them and organise them and compose their music means the quality of output is miles apart and in a day and age when "How to do's" and "Sound like" tutorials are all over the internet and youtube the real differential in good and music comes down to creativity and musicianship.  ...

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15 Sep

Stompy’s Playground – Harmonic (Kidsuke Cover)

3 things. 1) these are the last few days of my holiday..booo. 2) We are getting sent some great stuff at the moment (thank you). 3) I am starting to make a habit of posting up live instrumentation/re-works of electronic and other types of tracks. Tonights is another great example.   I don't know much about Stompy's playground other than what they have on their website – they are a 12 piece from London and...

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14 Sep

Kate Lomas – Tipsy

We originally got sent "Lets just Be" a few weeks ago, but within the EP was another track, the aforementioned Tipsy which really captured my attention but for some reason got put on a playlist but never featured, but it came up today on my playlist and i was reminded of how good the track was.   The track is a lovely slice of urban-electronica with Lomas singing in a highly emotive and natural UK R'n'B...

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13 Sep

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band – P.I.M.P.

Just a quick one tonight, but i wanted to share a track from one of the albums i have been slaughtering over the summer (i am still on leave by the way so still on the freebie express).    The album 55 by the Bacao Rhythmn & Steel Band has soundtracked a number of BBQs and afternoons by the pool. Its perfect for it considering its an album of funk covers driven by some excellent steel drum...

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12 Sep

Fred Falke – 808pm at the Beach

Diving into the crates today to pluck out a longtime favourite of mine Fred Falke – 808pm at the Beach.   It's the end of summer here and as everything starts to cool down the weather is absolutely perfect for lounging around and enjoying the evenings, and i guess that's why ive been listening to a lot of the French Touch material, of which Falke is probably one of the best exponents.   808pm is typical...

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10 Sep

La Fleur – Longevity

Anyone who follows this blog even on a casual basis will know I've got a genuine love of tracky loopy music. I just love music that can lock you into a groove and then work it for a whole track without losing you. It a difficult skill to pull of but when it's done properly it's the best kind of dance music.   Longevity is one of those tracks, just a locked groove that builds over...

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07 Sep

Th Radio Dept – Repeated Sodomy

After a final 2 pretty crazy weeks i am now on 2 weeks holiday, with little plans other than to relax with the family in the Malta sunshine. So my track picks for the next couple of weeks will be more about what im listening to / we are getting sent than the journey to work. Todays track was inspired by those (quite often annoying) facebook reminders of posts you put up in the past....

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06 Sep

Ross From Friends – Donny Blew It

Compression is one of those things it can make or break a track, get it right and it's the difference between peoples heads turning and going "what the f*ck is this sh*t?" and people screw facing and going, uhm, "what the f*ck is this sh*t?".   I guess that's why i like "Donny Blew it" because it's just so lo-fi and overly compressed it shouldn't work in anyway,it's hammered into oblivion but everything about the...

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