Now spring has sprung - although wouldn't know by the current grey rainy stuff happening outside - let's start with some cracking new music to welcome in a season that brings baby critters, daffs and chocolate. Enjoy!
First up is some melodic psyche rock from Berkeley residentsThe Art Nikels. His music makes you feel like you are floating on a cloud that you can tap your foot on and their latest EP, Primitive, is set to be released on 30th March on Peach Fuzz Recordings. It's a an album that merges a range of styles such at psyche, indie, trip-hop and ambient to offer something that is fresh and the perfect accompaniment to long train journeys or simply a stroll in the park.
Perhaps it was finally getting to see my heroes Sleater Kinney live in paris on Friday night that has amped up my desire for screamy lady rock. Fortunately I have since come across The Stops. These woman also hail from Portland and also make guitar music that hits you hard (in a good way) but you can't stop listening because it's just so darn catchy.
This is easily one of my favourite tracks at the moment. Atlanta rapper ILoveMakonnen talks about clubbing on a weeknight like it's water into wine kinda shit. He may have Kanye levels of subtlety but he has Drake featuring on this track and, as he states, 'I got the gas and coke' so let's keep listening.
R. Seiliog aka producer Robin Edwards makes music that soothes the brain. His blend of experimental ambience, drone, krautrock, psyche and melodic oddness is currently my first choice for a relaxing evening.
Late Of The Pier's former frontman, Samuel Eastgate, is back on Domino as LA Priest (hurrah) and his first offering is superb. This trippy funky synth laden bit of psyche infused wiazardry will have you dancing into autumn. Sometimes it's better to let someone else take all the drugs and feel the effect second hand. Not sure?.. just listen.
The latest single from British band Early Ghost is a swirly piece of psyche-folk goodness. Influenced by The Doors and old Westerns, this band create music that is both fun and interesting to listen too. Singer Mike O’Malley spoke about thier latest EP Devils Got Me Now (relaesed on 23rd March):
'We have given birth to our very own space epic, an accomplishment that all are due to achieve at some point, lest they spend their final hours on this planet feeling bitter and unfulfilled. This one's about my own, totally unwelcome, obsessive link between sleep and death.'
Crikey! They play at The Shacklewell, London, tomorrow (27th March) and at the Brighton Dome Theatre on saturday (28th march), so definitely check them out if you're about!
Mysterious producer LSDXOXO has dropped his latest project Sacanegan and it's a dark x-rated folow up to his Whorecore mixtape that is full of meddling surprises and killer beats.
Named after everyone's favourite Pokemon ghost, Gengahr are bringing some pretty riffs and harmonies to ensure that you have something to soundtrack your daisy chain making.