[Album Stream] Still Corners – Creatures Of An Hour

October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment

If, like me, you’ve been waiting for Still Corners debut album for what seems like an eternity…..rejoice – the time has come. Creatures Of An Hour is streaming now over on Paste. FINALLY.

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[Album Stream] Teeth – Whatever

September 16, 2011 § Leave a comment

LOOK AT THIS it’s Teeth’s album available to stream. It seems like an age ago that I first heard ‘See Spaces’ and fell in love with Teeth, now that their debut has finally arrived it’s good to see that they’ve carried all of the energy of those first demos into the full record (I’m especially happy to see that ‘Pill Program’ made the cut!). This is an album for partying hard and dirty; blast it loud and have the time of your life. (And if you enjoy that you probs should go ahead and order it)

MEN – Talk About Body

February 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

MEN’s debut album Talk About Body was released this week. The group consist of Le Tigre’s JD Samson, Michael O’Neill of Ladybug Transistor, and Ginger Brooks Takahashi of artist collective LTTR. They are an electronic outfit, but their bio states that they speak “to issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and demanding liberties through lyrical content and an exciting stage show”. A little deep for dance music? Not really, it’s only if you stop and pay particular attention to the lyrics that you become aware of the deeper sentiments. Which is quite refreshing; it adds a deeper layer to a genre that can be nothing but sounds to dance to.

In this case, they are highly enjoyable sounds. Highlights come in the form of ‘Who Am I To Feel So Free’, ‘Simultaneously’, and previous single ‘Off Our Backs’ (the video for which you can view below). The vocals are very often anthemic: chants of “Boom, boom, boom” and “Who am I to feel so free? Who am I?” pumping their way into your head, whilst the beats and guitars used pulse and grind along. It’s a pop-tinged record with a dirty edge; a dance record that makes you question whilst you rock out. It’s fun, fresh, and a highly recommended listen. (Which handily is something you can do here thanks to Spinner)

MEN – Off Our Backs by The Recommender

MEN- Credit Card Babie$ by Anorak London

Esben And The Witch – Violet Cries (Album Stream)

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Esben And The Witch are one of the bands I’ve been most looking forward to hearing more from. ‘Marching Song’ was one of the songs I found most refreshing, intriguing and exciting over the past months, and now you can hear their full debut, entitled Violet Cries, on their website. Go here to stream it, you can also find three remixes available for free download.

oOoOO – oOoOO EP

October 2, 2010 § Leave a comment

Witch-house. Hmm. A peculiar term that seems to be being used with quite a regularity to describe bands such as Salem and oOoOO. The fact that I dislike Salem but love oOoOO makes me want to disregard this term, but I actually see it as quite fitting. The spooky, ethereal nature of oOoOO’s tracks conjure up images of haunted places and smoke filled scenery, so I suppose a reference to witches is kinda somehow relevant? Yeah?

Whatever the hell you want to define this as, I like it. oOoOO’s self-titled EP is now available for streaming here on XLR8R.

Marnie Stern – ‘Marnie Stern’ (Album Stream)

September 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

Marnie Stern’s third, self-titled LP is set to be released next week, but is available for streaming right now. Listen to the full thing here.

I LOVE YOU MARNIE STERN.

Marnie plays The Deaf Institute on November 23rd. Manchester people, you would be IDIOTS not to come. Get your tickets here.

The Hundred In The Hands (Album Stream)

September 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

My love affair with The Hundred In The Hands has been a rather accidental one. I heard a couple of tracks, thought they were interesting, but didn’t give it much more thought. I then bought their ‘This Desert’ EP randomly in Piccadilly Records (shop of dreams) a few weeks ago, and loved it. It’s been played many, many times. And yet still, I didn’t pay much attention to who this band were or where they had come from. Luckily for me, it turns out they’ve been prepping for their debut album release, which is happening right..about..now.

You can stream the self-titled debut LP from The Hundred In The Hands (who are a two piece – Brooklyn’s Eleanore Everdell and Jason Friedman) here thanks to Spinner. So far, I adore it. Review to follow…

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