Drew Barefoot

December 10th, 2012 by Kyle

folk // post-rock

Nourished by Sierra mountains, wilderness, and home; cherished by sharing joy through wedding stories; Drew Barefoot renders a threshold baring nature’s cathedral in tone.. and in tune with finding hidden felicity. In a sermon from rustling leaves, or remedial gossip between wind and Forrest Creatures, there is an ageless desire for comfort and trust that is searching for awareness of Heaven from one’s touch. Spiritual union carrying you to a new world; or, for now; simple notes combining soft Iron and acoustic Wine into gently triumphant Explosions in the Sky above underground springs of piano and banjo.

Soothing, exhilarating, inspiring.
Drew Barefoot – Follow the Porcupines
Drew Barefoot – Enjoy the Calm
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ReBirth Brass Band

February 28th, 2005 by Paul Irish

big band // new orleans brass band

Every song starts with a tuba. Not just your standard oom-pah oom-pah ploppy tuba, no sir – this comes at you ferocious. Following after the famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the ReBirth crew throws together a vivid concoction of loud, bright brass slamming you from all angles. You can immediately hear how much they love the music they’re making – the invigorating energy just streams right out of their horns. They don’t stress about slipping a clam, they just let it all hang out.
Listen in on the New Orleans brass band jam session.

Rebirth Brass Band – You Move Ya Lose
Rebirth Brass Band – Chameleon
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Mina Tindle

August 25th, 2014 by Julija

folk-pop // singer-songwriter

French chanteuse Mina Tindle, a.k.a. Pauline de Lassus, delivers breezy cool songs. Following the line of bright and clever indie-pop from the likes of Feist, Mina crafts little pieces of pop perfection. Her style ranges from acoustic folk ballads to buoyant piano-driven pop, while she moves effortlessly between English and French lyrics. “To Carry Many Small Things” is driven by an upbeat, toy-piano arrangements that brings to mind French superstar Camille. “I Command”, from the new album Parades (2014), is a true pop gem.

Subtle yet incredibly catchy sound.
Mina Tindle – I Command
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February 24th, 2012 by Sjoerd

Turntableism // electronic

C2C are a turntable act from France who are expanding into original music production. If you are into turntableism this band cannot be a stranger, having won the DMC team championship 4 of times in a row. If you’re not such a fan of people standing behind record players bobbing their head and moving their hands swiftly and accurately, fear not. Listen to ‘F.U.Y.A’ & ‘Down the Road’ and discover there’s more to turntableism than just rythmically moving a record forward and backward. Also check out ‘Tribute to Louis Armstrong’ which sees a fully scratched up rendition of Mack the Knife.

Scratched up tunes laced with deep bass.
C2C – Down The Road
C2C – Mack the Knife (Tribute to Louis Armstrong)
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December 8th, 2011 by Sjoerd

Electronic // Thrill // Chill

Anchorsong has a way with the MPC, as you can see in the above video. This Tokyo export shipped to London in 2007 and has ever since been building a live reputation, being famed for energetic shows. Masaaka Yoshida’s records are as dynamic and energetic as his live performances, with sounds found in lounge music combined with organic soulful layers from various genres and vibrant pulsating rhythms. Having released three EP’s in Japan and one international EP on his own label, the debut album Chapters is out now, from which I recommend the moody sway of ‘Plum Rain’ and the bold rhythm of ‘At the Hyatt’.

Japanese quirky & thrilling approach to electronic music.
Anchorsong – Plum Rain
Anchorsong – At the Hyatt (stream only)
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Reflex Reaction: Audio Valentines

February 7th, 2006 by Paul Irish
I want your reaction, here. Leave a comment and for any/all of the songs, write your reaction to the song – keep it brief! (5-15 words, extra points if you hit exactly 10) After a few days, I’m going to publish the most evocative/impressive/amusing comments here. Be sure to leave your name.

UPDATE! The best reactions follow:
italian folk // café jazz
Quartetto Cetra – Un Bacio A Mezzanotte

  • cue Dean Martin, complete with cane and straw boater, making eyes at Sophia Loren.~db
  • Red velour, low light, and a martini with your sweetheart.~Skoodog
  • A leggy Italian brunette spinning her parasol on the boardwalk~Brett
  • nu-jazz // hip hop
    Dancing Djedi – Body Surfin’ (feat. Mos Def, Tash, & Q-Tip)

  • poor work on the Ernest Ranglin original, with the lyrics from Body Rock just pasted upon it. Too bad : the pulse of the Ranglin is mad!!!~Garrincha
  • good funk, bounce, reggae flavor, too disjoint to truly savor~Dookie
  • I see an Afro Marcel Marceau doing the jerky moonwalk in a robot suit.~db
  • female folk // americana
    Clare Burson – Love Me in the Morning

  • tender, floating, soft and caressing~kEma
  • Reminds me of a bluegrass/celtic festival. Nostalgic and homesick.~Elise
  • Passionate with a dash of armpit hair. Lilith Fair artist for 2006.~nomisong
  • The Staves

    September 4th, 2012 by Julija

    acoustic folk // vocal harmony

    The Staves, a trio of English sisters, by the charm of their vocal harmonies, could be easily mistaken for the Southern sirens in O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000). The three sisters’ acoustic vocal folk unites melancholic English folk, uplifting West Coast pop, and Southern blues. “Icarus”, taken from Mexico EP (2011), features delicate guitar, soaring vocal harmonies and heart-warming songwriting. The Staves will be releasing their debut album in October 2012.

    Ethereal harmony-drenched folk.

    The Staves – Icarus
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    February 22nd, 2009 by Julija

    french vocal // soft soul

    From the very first track of her debut album Jusqu’aux Oreilles (2008), Quebec native Amylie enchants the listener with her soft-toned and subtle sound. The soulful vibes of “Espace” evoke similarities with critically acclaimed Les Nubiennes’ Princesses Nubiennes, while its lush instrumentation and clean hypnotic production reminds the sound of Zero 7. Catchy, uptempo and playful “Mes Oreilles” brings to mind the debut album of French chanteuse Camille.

    Fresh, sweet-sounding and vibrant.
    Amylie – Espace
    Amylie – Mes Oreilles
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    Red Astaire

    September 22nd, 2004 by Paul Irish

    bossa soul // funky jazzy-ness

    Ass grabbin’ bassline. Catchy catchy rhythm. First, a vocal sample jumps out at you; it’s caught and carried by a fresh little xylophone loop. The vocals come in and the sizzlin’ groove gets your feet movin across the floor. Just after the minute mark, the bass slides in and supports this hot track. Wait up for the hip hop interlude with Redman and Method, because it’ll set you alight.
    It’s a modest little tune that gets an indelible hold on your dancin’ body. This track has got flava’. Drink it up.

    Red Astaire – Follow Me

    Nostalgia 77

    March 10th, 2011 by Sjoerd

    Jazz // Rhythm // Soul

    Nostalgia 77, also known as Benedic Lamdin, is a prolific producer of Jazz with a highly developed sense of rhythm. On the 22nd of March his new LP The Sleepwalking Society will be released on Tru Thoughts. This is officially the fourth Nostagia 77 studio album and it has taken almost four years since the previous release. In the mean time he has worked with Jazz legends Keith and Julie Tippett, played with Larry Stabbins of Stonephace and produced for Sara Mitra & Lizzy Parks. Last year he released two albums on his own Impossible Ark imprint: the afro-funky project Skeletons Smile LP and an afro-latin influenced project with Hugo Mendez titled Rhythmagic Orchestra. See discogs for an extensive list of his work. Out now is the single “Simmerdown” featuring the warm vocals of german Josa Peit (also on soundcloud). Josa provides all vocals on the upcoming LP, of which the track “Cherry” is included below. More material by Josa Peit can be found on her soundcloud.

    Grooves for your jazzy moods.
    Nostalgia 77 – Cherry
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