Friday, April 28, 2017

The Cactus Channel & Sam Cromack - "Sleep Demon"

Since the rise of Courtney Barnett I've been enjoying a lot of indie-rock coming out of Australia (Heart Beach, Julia Jacklin, anon.) but thanks to the folks at Hope Street Recordings, it's becoming a great source of soul music as well. My first discovery from the label was the country-soul of The Meltdown (think Jeb Loy Nichols) and now comes The Cactus Channel and Sam Cromack's collaboration, Do It For Nothing. Cromack's the guest vocalist and boy does he bring the heat. Torch-song level emotion throughout the EP, but particularly on "Sleep Demon" below.

Keep your eyes on Hope Street and your ears on their roster!


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

This Flame I Carry - "Dustbowls"

 These are the tags Noah Cebuliak - aka This Flame I Carry - lists at the bottom of the Bandcamp page for new album Taboos: folk r&b jazz lofi neo-soul prog folk

If you're not intrigued by a fairly disparate group of genres, then I doubt you're following RR on the regular. The spooky bells, Cebuliak's wispy vocals and haunting violin on "Dustbowls" are all underpinned by Patrick Latreille's phenomenal acoustic bass.

Can't wait to hear the rest of the album.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Dwight Trible - "What The World Needs Now Is Love (ft. Matthew Halsall)"

I have a pretty big love for old pop - particularly the likes of Burt Bacharach who wrote this classic with Hal David, and an equally large love for great jazz vocalists so this cut is a no-brainer.

Trible sounds like Terry Callier on this cover, and the strings (harp!) swell beautifully behind him.

Can't wait to hear the rest.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I Ninhos Pega - "Pinha Taburim"

Record Store Day is just three more sleeps away, and one of the things I'm hoping pops up at my local shop is the Sonor Music Editions reissues including the soundtrack for La Seduzione. Check out this swanky sexual organ number.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Gabriel Garzón-Montano - "Crawl (Karriem Riggins Remix)"







I've been jonesing on Garzón-Montano's Jardin  and Riggins' Headnod Suite records separately, so it's no surprise that a remix of the former by the latter would resonate. There's more snap to the bounce of Riggins' percussion on this remix, which pairs nicely with the inherent syncopation of Garzón-Montano's vocals.

Play. Bounce. Repeat.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Nautilus - "We Live In Brooklyn Baby"

 This lead-off track from Japanese trio Nautilus' Nautiloid Quest LP is one funky stroll. Those arpeggiated octave lines on keys are particularly entrancing.And the way they f**k with the timing, speeding up, slowing down and nearly full-stopping is just awesome as all get out.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Jasper Lee - "Veils of Crocus"

Woah. It pays to read the small print. I get release books sent to me with splashy one-page promos for big name releases, but in the late pages of those pdf's are terse one paragraph descriptions of a host of "minor" albums. This morning, I read about Mirror of Wind from Jasper Lee on Noumenal Loom and mention of  "influence from exotica, free jazz and the golden age of holistic LP experiences."

Colour me intrigued. And after listening to the album in its entirety on Bandcamp, colour me hooked. I've embedded my favourite track, "Veils of Crocus" below to spotlight, but it flows so seamlessly into "Primeval Currents" that I strongly recommend just listening to the whole thing.