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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 73

MY GOLD MASK

It’s actually the remixes of My Gold Mask’s tunes that caught our attention initially, but obviously we are a bunch of inquisitive little fuckers, so we checked out their original music too and uncovered something very fresh indeed. It’s the remix that we decided to list below, as it’s so totally fine in all it’s mashed up glory, brilliantly sampling Love Is The Drug by Roxy Music, and that alone is worth something, but there’s a delightful bag of magic held in their original tunes too. This is a female/male partnership, jamming out loose and raw hits, using that same awesome method that Sleigh Bells have recently been doing, or White Stripes did so enchantingly a decade before them.  The excellent frontwoman Gretta Rochelle drums whilst simultaneously belting out the kind of peroxide-killer showmanship that Karen O would be proud of, with her shrieking, ultra-styled vocals.  Completing the Chicago pairing is Jack Amondo, Gretta’s husband (have we been here before – check it’s not his sister!?  – ed), who tweaks the guitar like a giant ghostly shadow on the wall behind her. For a couple of lovers playing music it’s perhaps unsettling to witness such a dark undercurrent, but rest assured there’s also a lot of pop in it too. It’s that same mixture The Cure or Siouxsie Sioux used to drum out, but without all the rolling eyes and foppishness. Like all good couples in music there’s definitely a chemistry which allows a level of creativity or confidence that perhaps might not come out were they not so intertwined. They released a nine track debut LP early last year, but follow it up this year with a new five track EP, called A Thousand Voices. It’s this towering piece of adventurous darkwave pop that finds them reaching a new height, complete with a touch of scary vertigo. (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        MY GOLD MASK – BITCHES (THE HOOD INTERNET REMIX)

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HUSSLE CLUB

Are you looking for some top-drawer music that’s dirty, punchy and so rammed with pop swagger and invention that you’re not even sure what’s staring back at you?  Look no further.  Before now, this New York ex-drummer-for-hire has been found rattling the sticks behind the likes of HEARTSREVOLUTION and Santigold on tour, but now he’s found stretching out his many talents, creating what’s turned out to be some truly remarkable music.  Alongside a whole batch of recent NYC-NSTRS he’s making new music that’s as fresh and devoid of stereotypes as it gets.  Avoiding pigeon holes always leans artists around the restrictions of a genre and thus generates more interest and attention from the likes of us bloggers.  Although doing this is risky and often a little hit and miss, it’s brave, it’s confident and it’s worthy of praise.  Boundary-pushing always wins and it’s precisely what music needs, now more than ever before.  This is no wild experimental dirge though, as there’s loads of fine, solid tune-smithery here.  The man behind the magic is Prince Terrence and his chiming samples and collapsing beats play out behind his sometimes clouded, sometimes sharply styled vocals, before you reach the clever, bursting choruses.  Distorted guitar static, not heard since Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, fizz over claps, tambourines and cowbells, hitting all the buttons marked ‘satisfying’.  Looking through his photos he isn’t short of image and an attention to art either.  Rather pleasingly, The Culture Of Me blog just confirmed to us that Prince Terrence is in the process of signing to a label and releasing some singles.  If this mother fucker doesn’t burst through this year then we’ll jolly well start up a label and sign him ourselves!   (MB)

Find him here:         Myspace

Hear him here:         HUSSLE CLUB – I HAVE HIGH EXPECTATIONS…

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DUTCH UNCLES

Like trying to lift someone onto a speeding merry-go-round we’ve been reaching out for Dutch Uncles for what feels like months, following their self-titled debut LP last year.  At last we’ve finally got around to posting about this talented Manchester five piece and it’s not a moment too soon.  It’s criminal it’s taken this long, but the only excuse we can provide is that we’ve been listening to them so much we’ve not spared the time to put pen to paper.  Um, should that be keys to blog?  Anyway, there’s loads to enjoy with these northern scenesters, who emerge as part of a broader music scene from the tune factory that is Manchester.  Alongside Delphic, HURTS, Egyptian Hip Hop, etc there’s a new healthy line of artists on the current production line, however the sounds are varied and the genres broadly crossed, so the city’s borders are perhaps one of the few connections.  They all enjoy a very high level of quality and all of them make creative, fresh, exciting new music.  Dutch Uncles are one of our favourites from this scene, with their angular, sharp, stuttered melodies and off beats.  They are the bastard sons of Foals and Brighton hopefuls Heels Catch Fire, with the guitars being very much the star of the show.  Played high up the neck, the twinkling staccato riffs and jagged pace reach the brain like a cap of Russian vodka to the eyeball.  It’s intelligent and free flowing stuff, before the vocals come in and provide the beauty, occasionally draped like silk over the bands racing clutter, which, prior to the vocals, was like trying to pop a balloon with your foot.  You’ll find lots of catchy hooks and highlights in each track so we expect lots of success to go with it.  Sadly, on this merry-go-round, the record label’s outstretched arms are often harder to grab, but this lot were certainly worthy of the extra reach.   (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Here them here:      DUTCH UNCLES – TAKEOVER

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3 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 73”


  1. 1 MP
    February 17, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I really enjoy your reccomendations (not all of course :P) and visit your blog regularly. Great job!


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