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17
Sep
10

THE RECOMMENDER – THE PASS

THE PASS

To get your attention marketing has to be clever these days.  Very clever.  We now live in such a noisy and crowded environment, with millions of messages reaching us on a daily basis, that it’s virtually impossible to get noticed unless you do something remarkable.  It seems that, for the most part, traditional media has struggled in the age of the internet, even though they may be brilliant, they’re simply too slow and cumbersome as organisations to adapt.  We are over a decade into the wider public’s adoption of the internet, yet some of them are still failing.  The music blogger seemed to step in to this gap as naturally as a boxer to the ring, being as equally linked to their community as they are the musicians.  It was therefore only a matter of time before the bands cottoned on to this and started to sidestep traditional media, utilising our reach and hit their public.  It also married perfectly with the new DIY approach that bands were taking up online – who needs the traditional routes to market anymore?  This streamlined, interactive, direct approach has worked well for some time now and a precise example of how bloggers and bands can work together recently arrived with a video for The Pass.  The four piece from Louisville, Kentucky, who have perfected the art of monumental dance indie anthems, approached the excellent music blogger Zach, from We Listen For You, and requested he made a video for their tune Vultures.  His idea, (see the video below), was to create a collage of props and images that represent the names of over 39 music blogs.  What it lacks in polish, it makes up for in charm and outright fun.  As you would imagine, it swept around the blogosphere and Twitter like wildfire, as folk tried to guess all 39.  The winner received a copy of The Pass’s full length debut album, Burst.  Everybody seems to win in this clever – but by no means underhand – piece of marketing.  This is one of the buzz bands to watch for in 2010, with hit after hit in the waiting.  This kind of masterful, throbbing, upbeat indie is of the highest order, with bubbling synths and giant choruses.  Sounding in part like Passion Pit, it’s actually the album that The Killers would love to be able to make, if they weren’t so lost in the game.  They put it up for streaming in its entirety on their Soundcloud today.  The Pass officially release their work on September 21st, on Sona Blast Records, and we are pleased to state that it’s an LP that’s just as packed with fresh ideas as their commercial approach.   (MB)

Find them here:         Myspace

Hear them here
:         THE PASS – TREATMENT OF THE SUN


Hear them here
:         THE PASS – TRAP OF MIRRORS


Hear them here
:         THE PASS – CROSSWALK STEREO

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24
Aug
10

THE RECOMMENDER – BRAVESTATION

BRAVESTATION

There’s plenty of excellent alternative music burgeoning all over the world, but Canada continues to star, holding the heart of intelligent indie in its hands and Bravestation, a four-piece from Toronto, have stolen our attention for the immediate future.  They blend soaring, melodic indie pop into a warm, lush soundscape, with a broad, mature and consistently excellent collection of songs.  They released their debut EP back in 2009 and follow it up with a new batch of songs on their second EP, entitled 2010.  It shows us a band that are both industrious and ambitious, but comfortably reaching their own lofty aims.  There’s a broad myriad of sounds that are woven throughout each song, creating several intricate tracks in ways that show off a rare skill – of making expertise seem easy.  The song Clocks & Spears presents the type of soaring, tribal indie which has embedded inside it a sense of free-spirited bohemia; of the kind that Yeasayer have successfully produced in recent years.  It’s music that’s easily described as art, but it’s also utterly accessible and jammed with hooks and harmonies.  The tune, Their Calling, brings to mind the kind of layered, soaring choruses more familiar with The Killers or Editors, but without that misguided and rather desperate attempt to write a song whose main purpose is to sound good on the main stage at Glastonbury.  However, the strongest song on the new EP has to be White Wolves, which has some wonderful, raindropped guitaring, more familiar with the clever intricacy of Foals.  It’s a song with rumbling drums and echoing, layered voices, that peaks with a call and response between the backing and main vocals, which in turn creates a feel of two songs being played at once.  Like all the best bands, there’s no one outstanding star of the show on stage here, with each instrument propelling the song as much as any other.  A group that appears to be without weakness, creating EPs this consistently decent, makes our appetite for the debut LP akin to that of a desert orchid watching a rain cloud on the horizon.  You can download their latest EP in its entirety – for free – on their Bandcamp page here.  Um, that’s for FREE!  Like.  Now.  You still here!?   (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:        BRAVESTATION – WHITE WOLVES

Hear them here:        BRAVESTATION – COLOUR US WITH YOUTH

Hear them here:        BRAVESTATION – THEIR CALLING

03
May
10

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 43 – THE KNOCKS

THE REMIXES – PART 8 – THE KNOCKS

This week The Knocks release, on Heavy Roc Records, their own original work with the single Blackout.  It’s given us a chance to reflect upon their body of work to date and when you check out their numerous remixes we think you’ll agree they deserve to join the lofty ranks on our remix specials. You can judge for yourselves by browsing our previous seven selections, with posts that include remix catalogues by:  Starsmith, The Shoes, The Golden Filter, The Twelves, DiscoTech, Bloc Party and Soulwax.

Today’s New York duo have an incredible ability to tickle commercial pop tunes into a whippy, thumping new blend.  Ben Ruttner (DJ B-Roc) and James Patterson (JPatt) were carved out of the hip hop scene and they bring the same confidence to a broad selection of major artists, twisting their tunes into new batch of beat-heavy cocktails.

They’ve particularly attached themselve to the artists familiar to a lot of us via the Neon Gold stable, with remixes for Marina & The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and more recently Samuel and Yes Giantess, whose debut albums they’ve been asked to produce.  This all follows their reworking of Jay-Z’s American Gangster, having paired up with DJ Benzi in the studio, renaming it American G-Funk.

We list below a selection of their remixes alongside their new single, Blackout.  All of these tunes have their recognisable stamp, with plenty of fearless groove and smooth gloss.  It’s music designed for the summer sunshine and buzzing outdoor party, aiming directly for your derriere, which we fully expect to be shaking along, whether you like it or not.

PETER BJORN & JOHNIT DON’T MOVE ME (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

WALECHILLIN’ Ft LADY GAGA (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGUNDER THE SHEETS (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

ELLIE GOULDINGSTARRY EYED (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSI AM NOT A ROBOT (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MARINA & THE DIAMONDSMOWGLIS ROAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

TEMPER TRAPFADER (THE KNOCKS REMIX ft SAMUEL)

PASSION PITSLEEPYHEAD (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

BRITNEY SPEARS3 (THE KNOCKS REMIX CLUB EDIT)

THE KILLERS SPACEMAN (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

JULIACOCAINE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

MASTER SHORTIEBRINGIN IT BACK ( THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE JACKSON FIVETHE LOVE YOU SAVE (THE KNOCKS REMIX)

THE KNOCKSBLACKOUT

As much as we’ve tried to cover a large selection here, we know that there’s others out there, so by all means leave descriptions and links for these in our comments section if you know where to find them.  Hope you’ve enjoyed this remix special, as it’s been a little while since the previous edition.  We promise not to make it so long between this and the next one.  We finish by posing you lovely readers the obvious question: who should the next remix special be about?     (MB)




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