I don't usually dabble in trap music or dub step of any kind (hard, soft, chill,...) but today the norm is being broken with producer Mark Kill. Originally hailing from Canada before settling in Hollywood by way of Orlando, Mark Kill strikes an interesting balance between trap and feel-good dance pop. (He has titled the combo as TrapPop). The seamless tempo changes brought me to the floor. It is such a unique take on Youngblood Hawk's "We Come Running." I don't understand how Mark has done it but the end product is something that doesn't remotely resemble the original product but brings so much more to the table. This would not be a bad track at all to just loop on Saturday night, it has a feeling of invincibility permeating throughout. I don't think Mark will make it out to Iowa but I hope to grab a live show at some point as his shows are marked by the unconventional combo of his backing tracks and live guitar. Mark also runs a pretty damn good website.
It's been a great week for new releases and the one I'm most excited about thus far is "Petrol Station" from Sorcha Richardson. There are a few groups that have been standbys for me since Bochi Crew started in 2012 and Sorcha Richardson is certainly one of them. The New York based Irish musician has developed tremendously through her solo work and work with CON VOS.In her most recent effort, the stripped down acoustic has made way for a synth heavy, thumping tune. The best part? Richardson's lyrics still linger on just as hauntingly as they always have. Take the line:
"the grass stains on my shoes/and my rib cage is bruised/and that side of love you tasted/find that stuff you chase."
It hits just as hard as lines on Sleep will set me free. Richardson has a knack for not only great lyricism, but for the even more important delivery. "Petrol Station" sees its release on May 26th followed by a number of summer shows. Catch her May 23 at Hotel Caf…
Via Courier Mail So I'm late to the game on this one - like the grounds crew has already finished their job, packed up, and has cracked a beer at home late - but figured what the heck, a good song is a good song right? The Brisbane artist absolutely kills Chet Faker's "Gold" during this round of Triple J's Like a Version.Faker's Built on Glass was easily one of the records on heaviest rotation for me this past year, so praise for Faker duplication does not come easily.Plum adds so many layers, however, really giving the track more the feel of a stepchild - who becomes the star of the family -rather than bastard son. Might just be listening to Plum's take from here on out whenever Built on Glass hits track five. Be sure to check out her first EP, Rosie, and her latest, Monsters.This find comes via Stereofox.
Submissions from this past week seem to represent one or two genres, composition and instrumental. As I have mentioned in the past, instrumental work tends to be my favorite and unfortunately it seems to be a genre that doesn't secure enough traction. 'Nough said and with one more plug on to the music. As always email us your submissions at email@example.com
Starting piano at the age of 6 and beginning to compose at the age of 14, the ability of Oskar Schuster to weave fantasized dreamscapes comes as no surprise. In more recent years Schuster studied musicology in Munich before packing up his bags for Berlin in hopes of becoming a musician. Since then he has released Dear Utopia in September 2011 and is currently working on his second full-length entitled, Sneuuwland. Schuster writes,
"I like to call my songs musical fairytales as they create a surreal, magical atmosphere with the combination of piano, glockenspiel, music box, accordion and beats ma…