It’s all about the tunes in this recommender. The artists listed are from three different genre’s, but all have provided us with a slice of brilliance. Sometimes its the strength of the artist, or the collection of songs from a band or DJ that pushes for their entry on The Recommender, but with these guys it’s taken a single mighty song to earn their places. Click the links to find out more from each and see what other golden pieces you can uncover…
A single tune alone should not make a Recommender posting, but we came across this DJ recently through his remix of the fantastic and popular Lykke Li tune, ‘Breaking It Up’ and this lead me to find more from the fella and we love what we found. There’s something sublime about discovering something you like from a little investigation. That’s why every good blogger should give every lead that they get as much investigative time as possible. Pocketknife’s remix of Lykke Li’s tune is a real gem. It’s a song that was fine in it’s original form and it’s also received a great remix by Recommender favourite’s ‘Punks Jump Up’, amongst others. However it’s with Pocketknifes talent that it’s really glowed. He doesn’t leather it with a banging beat, he compliments it with a smooth beat-clap. He also allows the lyrics to breath more, particularly with the childlike choral mantra that lifts the melody. Basically he’s picked up on all the best bits and held them up to the light, whilst making a entirely fresh tune out of it. It’s a sign of the magic that this Brooklyn DJ is capable of. Check for yourself…
Find him here: Myspace
BLATTA & INESHA
Crikey! We’ve been rather wrapped up in Indie and Pop music for quite a few posts here at The Recommender recently. Then WHAM! A true club-floor-filling-banger was thumped onto our desk. This DJ duo are from Italy and although they have a history of Electro dance music, they’ve turned their trade to what is now a growing dance genre on the blog world, Fidget-House. It’s proved a favourite sound out there, after massive pushes from the likes of Herve, Mmmathias, Fake Blood, amongst many others. To be fair this genre’s warped techno doesn’t always sit well in our ears and its rave overtones seem relentless and repetitive, unless your 18 years old and pumped full of X. It therefore has to be a real corking racket that keeps us interested and these guys are belting out many great tunes of a truly amazing quality. Perhaps they will enable us to finally embrace a genre that’s spawned many pretenders, but no kings. All hail Blatta & Inesha!
Find them here: Myspace
THE TEMPER TRAP
It pleased us no end to find a Melbourne band that didn’t sound like most of the others from that section of Oz. The influence of Modular Records surfaces in Cut Copy, Midnight Juggernauts, or The Presets, the list goes on and on. All of these bands are fantastic and had a great 2008, but sometimes we yearn for a little bit more. The Temper Trap are precisely the refreshing wet-wipe to that stuck Australian sound. The 4-piece play on a higher plain than most of the synth-heavy Indie of their peers. Beautiful guitaring from Lorenzo, straight out of The Edge’s school of rock, plays over a climactic lift. All the while Dougie’s high pitch vocals swing you back and forth. It’s not so much verse/chorus/verse, as rather a layered build up that is irresistible. Perhaps you can get a chance to see them at this years South By Southwest Festival in March? Definitely ones to watch through 2009…
Find them here: Myspace
That’s plenty enough great tuneage for now. Should keep your ears busy whilst you get on with other lovely things. 2009 is in full swing and so are we.