Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Josef Salvat - "Every Night"

There is another song I can't think of the title for, and googling has been to no avail, but the opening notes of this new song feel like there should be an "mmm shbop shbop" group vocal in the background a la that old ditty. "Every Night" has a timeless feel and I can't wait to hear more.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Submotion Orchestra - "1968"

Not sure of the significance of the year 1968 for the folks in Submotion Orchestra, but I know it for the student riots of that year and the effect they had on future university architecture both here at the University of Manitoba and at University College Dublin where I previously studied. Those wide, low-slung concrete steps? Kinda awkward for the human gait, but perfect for tanks. Regardless of its providence, this song is quite nice.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Canis Major - "Free Beat - Logic Type"

I just discovered this cat last night thanks to a tip-off from Dan Fernandes of Sick Notes Radio when we were talking fresh producers out there. Was boppin' my head to his Beats x Beats album right from the top and immediately gave him a "Like" on Facebook. Then tonight I'm scrolling through my feed to discover he's dropped another ill beat. Get on this kid now before he hits the stratosphere because this is next level.

Bird - "The Whole World Knows"

It's PLEDGE-O-RAMA time at UMFM (I encourage you to donate to help support the station I work at if you dig the music I post here - a lot of it passes across my desk at the station at which point I share it here) and I've been putting in some late nights manning the phones. I've been digging La Notte, the full-length by bird since the summer, but driving home at 3am each night, "The Whole World Knows" has become my low-key anthem. "No one can fuck with us now."

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Boardwalk - "Crying"

Loving the renaissance of dream-pop featuring women with beautiful voices. Self-titled record out on Stones Throw next week

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Earthless - "Violence Of The Red Sea"

This is just the beginning of the new Earthless record, From The Ages. Staggering opener though - it's like batting Mike Trout first.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Tru Thoughts new website compilation

My love for the Tru Thoughts label should be pretty apparent to anyone who follows Reductive Reviews on the regular. From longtime label stalwarts like Quantic to recent signings including UK rapper Ty and more, Tru Thoughts have a wide-ranging catalog unified by one thing: QUALITY. I have never met a TT release I didn't enjoy and there have been some that I truly love. If you're unfamiliar with the TT roster this is a brilliant entree to their stuff. The fine folks at Tru Thought have put together a 15-track compilation which you can check out on their Soundcloud account or get as a free download. If you've been sleeping on these folks, it's time to wake up.

Tei Shi - "M&Ms"

I might be pretty biased since my wife & I are "M&M," but this Tei Shi track is pretty great. Love the pacing and the change of pace when the guitar line comes in around the 2 minute mark. Ethereal gets tossed around a lot, but what the heck, this is pretty ethereal.

Ryan Hemsworth - "Against A Wall" [Video]

I've already given you an opportunity to hear this cut from the new Ryan Hemsworth record, but now's your chance to see it too.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Charlie Johnson's Paradise Ten Orchestra - "You Ain't The One (Tall Black Guy remix)"

I know not everyone's a big fan of Boardwalk Empire but I'm still enjoying the illegal actions in Atlantic City and the chicanery in Chicago. Moreso know that the folks behind the show have released an album called Sounds Of The Onyx [Chalky White's club, natch] with barrelhouse-era tunes reworked by the likes of DJ Jazzy Jeff and Reductive Reviews favourite Tall Black Guy.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Christien Summers - "Take Me With You"

If you've been pining for a new Saint Etienne record, then boy do I have a song for you.

White Lung - "Blow It South"

Here's a little something to rouse you from the mid-week malaise. Late October / early November can't come soon enough...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Quantic & Nidia Góngora - "Muévelo Negro / Ñanguita"

OH. GOD. YES. Nidia Góngora - part of the fantastic group of musicians responsible for the Ondatropica album that came out on Soundway a little over a year ago, has teamed up with Will Holland, aka Quantic (he of the midas touch) for an amazing 7' that you can hear in its entirety below. Heck, you can even flip the record yourself.

Slakah the Beatchild - Soul Movement Vol. 2

The first great album of 2014. Seriously loving the cuts that Slakah the Beatchild has posted on the Bandcamp page for Soul Movement Vol. 2. If these are the sounds that didn't make the "album proper" I'm going to have to reserve a spot on next year's Polaris ballot. Mark your calendar for January 6th, 2014.

Pattern Is Movement - "Untitled (How Does It Feel?)"

It is a brave band that tackles a song that D'Angelo absolutely owns. But Pattern Is Movement deliver a pretty solid take with just enough spin on the ball to keep it in the strike zone.