Montag, 10. Juli 2017

The Great Harry Hillman - Tilt

For their latest and third album, The Great Harry Hillman from Switzerland joined forces with Cuneiform records - a logic fit since this band really knows how to push the genre's envelope. Still, "Tilt" does not burst with crazy ideas and arrangements for most parts but contains intense and exciting compositions which create their energy through a calm and melodic approach.

With the Great Harry Hillman its a fragile coming together of many instrumental layers that combine for great arrangements as they meet and dissolve and meet again for beautiful harmonies and progressive grooves. The opener "Snoezelen" or "The New Fragrance" are perfect examples of this very mature approach in which every rhythm and melody is perfectly yet somehow freely drifting in it's place. "How To Dice An Onion" on the other hand displays a completely different and rhythmically challenging approach - and there's your creative burst of jazz-energy.

You can stream the full album on Bandcamp.

Mittwoch, 17. Mai 2017

Skinshape - Life & Love

On his third record "Life & Love" Will Dorey aka Skinshape has taken another step to perfecting his musical craft. The British beat-maker and multi-instrumentalist released a worthy successor to his 2014 s/t album and 2015's "Oracolo" creating unique soul vibes and deep grooves.

"Life & Love" features more vocal tracks than before, sung by Aaron (Paul) Taylor and Dorey himself. From the first tracks on this album is highly entertaining in its calm and soothing character as it grooves steadily between old school vibes and the approach of a beat-maker. The opener "Take My Time" is definitely one to look out for. "Life & Love" was released on May 3rd on DLaow &Co.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Hydromedusa - Parasite

Aidelaide's Hydromedusa just keep on producing high quality no nonsense rock and roll music. Following the success of their outstanding s/t album the band just released new 7" single "Parasite/Eyes".

The lead single starts off with some heavy Hydromedusa signature riffing, a rumbling steady bass and the most simple and effective rock songwriting which inevitably leads to a high energy jam. The new element on this track is the classic sound of a hammond organ blending perfectly into the harsh rock and roll vibes.

Stream the single on Youtube or below.

Montag, 15. Mai 2017

The Meltdown - The Meltdown

Everybody who took even a slight listen to The Meltdown's releases of the last years, like Colours In The Sky or Better Days, knows what a shaking in contemporary soul's foundation a first full-length album indicates.

The Australian band's new selftitled record starts off with a warm soul hymn in "Darkness Into Light". The group's country soul approach lends elements from various genres and soul eras but always stays humble and maybe a bit less flashy than the coverart might suggest. It is about traditional elements like steady grooves, dynamic horns and great vocals which provide the listener with a rush of positive soul vibes.

Get the full stream on Bandcamp.

Donnerstag, 11. Mai 2017

Dwight Trible - Inspirations

When your hear the harp sounds and smooth trumpets gliding over nice jazz rhythms, you know that Gondwana Record's Matthew Halsall is at work - and the only thing that could elevate his music to an even higher level is a great voice - like the one of Dwight Trible. The American jazz singer will release his new album "Inspirations" on 20th June, produced by some of Englands most talented musicians like Ben Lamdin, George Atkins and Halsall.

The opening track "What The World Needs Right Now" is already up for streaming and offers a great taste of what can be expected. Trible's passionate voice soars over a carefully constructed arrangement and delves into elements of spiritual jazz. The band provides him with all the space he needs to float on top and bring out his most unique and exceptional tone.

Get the stream on Bandcamp.