Whether you’re slap-drumming your steering wheel as you sit in gridlock traffic, or firing back Jameson shots as you prep for an epic night out on the town, “Which Side Are You On” will provide you with the perfect, grungy accompaniment. It’s a short ride, but, it’s one hell of a ride, none the less.
This might be the first time you’re hearing of Amsterdam-based St. Tropez, which is totally ok. They’re on the come-up, which means you have the rare opportunity to out-hipster your friends this weekend. Just know one thing – even though they bear the same name as the beachy, Provincial French beach town, their tunes certainly aren’t for unwinding with a nice bottle of rosé as you watch the waves roll in. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
“Which Side Are You On” is a beautiful blend of multiple decades, including catchy-as-hell, anthemic punk from the 80’s, and crunchy, guitar-centric alt-rock from current acts like Tame Impala or Eagles of Death Metal. Complete with an inviting opening riff, powerful chords, a wicked solo, and a sing-along chorus, it should have you chanting along after one spin through. Just remember one thing – try to keep the singing to a dull whisper until you’re in a safe space to start belting it out.
If you happen to be one of our European readers, we highly recommend catching them at The Shacklewell Arms in London, on August 24th, or at OT301 in Amsterdam on August 26th. If you’re anywhere else in the world, well, you’re going to have to wait a while, just like us.
Burlington-based Henry Jamison has us really tied up. At times, he calls on associations of classic storytellers like Bob Dylan or Johnny Cash. Other times, he reminds us of endearing country songs that blare out of rickety bar speakers at any number of dusty dive bars across the contiguous United States. Regardless of what box we try to put him in, we know one thing for certain. There have been tens of thousands of people with great voices behind an acoustic guitar, a few plucks from a banjo, and a soft kick drum. Not all of them can keep your attention past a few minutes. But, Henry? He’ll stay with you long after this song ends.
“Real Peach” has a warm, comfortable feeling. Lyrically, it’s a song that you can’t help but give in to, even if you’re not the “sing-along” type. We most certainly are, so we quickly found ourselves murmuring the chorus through a beaming grin.
Cuz my baby she’s a real peach
even when the night come crashin’ down
and the nighttime rolls away, alright
and we’re comin’ back to the demon-killing work of love
With only a handful of followers, you’re one of the first to get acquainted with this budding, young artist. Make sure to keep tabs on him by following him on Facebook.
Jameston Thieves always has the dank records. When we saw he had a release on Uprise Music, another avenue of dope tracks, the dojo was hyped. After listening to “Hypnotic” we were in a trance that left us vehemently clicking the repeat button.
“Hypnotic” is as catchy as it is groovy. Club DJs who skip out on downloading this freebie are doing themselves a major disservice. Fans who skip it are doing the same. Jameston Thieves never ceases to amaze us in every aspect of the creation process. Time and time again he proves why he is among the best up and coming acts and “Hypnotic” is among the best works in the JT catalog. Its refreshing, yet familiar, and its basslines will get even the stiffest of people up and dancing. “Hypnotic” is downright epic, so download it today and get familiarized with the one and only Jameston Thieves.
One act that you’re going to want to put on your radar if you haven’t yet is Solstis. Most recently, they were commissioned for an official remix of “Hiding From The Rain” by Autolaser with PLS&TY. They aren’t stopping their.
Soon to come is a collaboration with Madison Gold as well as another remix. We’re pumped for it, and so are they. These tracks, along with their previous remix, can surely be heard at what is set to be a special show for the duo. Due to military obligations from one of the members, the duo’s shows were taken one by only one of the members, but that won’t be the case at Backwoods Music Festival. There fans will be able to see the duo live in action, with their full repertoire of songs ready to fire off. They will also be holding a meet & greet, so if you get a chance, take advantage. In the mean time, stream their remix and prepare yourself for their upcoming endeavors!
Ever since first cropping up on our Ninja radar back in 2014 with the underground sweeping single “Thinking About It”, Just Kiddin’, the British House duo comprised of Lewis Thompson and Laurie Revel, have held down a tender place within many of our writers’ hearts. Formed in 2010 and originating from the small town of Kettering, Northamptonshire, England, Just Kiddin’ have quickly become one of the hottest acts in all of Club-Land over the last few years, and for good reason. We had the chance to catch up with Lewis & Laurie not long after wrapping up their most recent North American tour & behind the release of their latest music video for “Fall For You” (see below to watch the entire piece); and as always the two brought a smile to our face while dropping some insight into what’s been going on with them as well. Read the transcript of our entire conversation below, and be on the lookout for more music from Just Kiddin’ very soon.
The Music Ninja: First off, thanks so much for taking the time to sit down and answer a few questions on behalf of TMN. We’ve been following you guys pretty closely since all the way back in August of 2014. So thanks again, we’re very excited to pick your brains. Let’s just get right after it! After a bit (read: a lot!) of background research on you guys, we came across some interesting arcs to the Just Kiddin’ saga. Lewis & Laurie, you both grew up in the same town of Kettering, and from what we understand, were near the same social circles, and both grew up with more traditional music backgrounds as well. With those rich musical histories, how did you both manage to fall in with each other in a musical capacity, and what led you both towards the world of club & electronic music; and also why did you decide to apply your talents in that direction?
Just Kiddin (Lewis): Good researching! Laurie & I have been friends since we were about 13, from a young age we got into electronic music together really, hence why our tastes are so similar. We tried to go down the band route originally, but got frustrated with organising band practise and how long things can take. I think this impatience made us grab copies of some music production software, and there’s been no looking back ever since!
The Music Ninja:You guys had early releases as Just Kiddin’ on Nurvous, HK & Exploited before becoming an Eton Messy staple. Obviously, Eton Messy has released and pushed some of your most notable tunes. How did you guys end up getting involved with the YouTube page turned club night, record label and electronic industry leaders? We assume you guys have a pretty solid relationship with the number of releases you’ve had under their banner.
Just Kiddin’: We love the guys at Eton Messy, they’re our good friends and we’ve had some wicked times together. We originally met them at a club night we played at in Bristol after they had been supporting our music on the channel, we hit it off and then decided to release “Thinking About It” with them.
The Music Ninja: Do you both consider Eton Messy to be a home of sorts for Just Kiddin’?
Just Kiddin’: Yes and no really. Like we said, we love the Eton Messy guys and really appreciate the help they’ve given us along the way. But we don’t want to state one place as our home and sounds & styles can change.
The Music Ninja:Your last release was the original record “Fall For You”, for which the official music video recently dropped as well (watch the whole thing above). It’s got quite the buoyant, summery feel to it. Do you think of Just Kiddin’ as maintaining a certain aesthetic and sound, or do you feel you both can go in any number of directions with the project?
Santa-Cruz based Getaway Dogs will soon be adding a much-needed spark to the closing of the few, fleeting, warm weather weeks that lie ahead. Luckily for you, you won’t have to wait until Friday to drink in this collection of indie folk beauties. Why’s that? You guessed it. We have a sneak preview of the entire album for you, right now.
If you’re not familiar with this Bay Area 6-piece just yet, don’t fret. Lost in the Ebb is their debut album, which means you’re coming in at the perfect time to get acquainted with founder Kai Killion, and the other brilliant puzzle pieces that make up this act, including Sam Stone, Mikey Whalen, Andrew Dreher, Lucas Heinel and Elliott Kay.
This 15-track body of work is purely intoxicating, leaving you with a dizzying smile and slowly creeping warm-n-fuzzies. Somehow, it feels like the track was written, practiced and recorded in an extremely natural setting, infusing atmospheric nuances throughout the entire listening experience. Take the lead single, for example. “Indonesia” has a glow that radiates with organic vibrations, instantly transporting you away from the hustle of the city, and into the great, wide open wilderness.
“Wild Guess” is another one of our favorites, boasting calculated acoustic guitar picking intertwined with psychedelic electric guitar chords. The playful back-and-forth vocal exchanges give an endearing feeling, one that sticks with you long after the song wraps up.
In all honesty, we could go on, and on about each and every track in Lost in the Ebb. We mean that. This is truly a “press play and walk away” album. Between the articulate finger-picking, nods to mother nature, enchanting vocals, and infectious indie folk structure, we’re pretty sure you’ll think so too.
There is not one day in our lives that ends up being the same, nor is there one song we listen to that is exactly the same as another. So start off this different day with a bunch of different songs brought to you by this different than lasts weeks Indie Dojo and enjoy the path it takes you down.