EELS is certainly not a new comer to the music scene. E’s (the lead singer) been prolifically cranking out gravely voiced, angst driven tunes for over two decades and now EELS has a nice fat double album for us! The effort is extremely enjoyable and accessible: the rock tunes are catchy and slower songs stirring. Best of all, whether you’ve been a fan of EELS since the 90’s or if you’re just discovering them for the first time (admittedly, in the case of this reviewer), you’ll enjoy this bluesy, crunchy, effective album from a seasoned band.
The album begins with the track “Bombs Away,” a gritty little track that launches with some top shelf drumming and a scratchy electric guitar as E growls a decidedly fed up lyrical message. Like the majority of the album, “Bombs Away” is immediately contagious and will stay with you as you walk out of your car and into work. “Peach Blossom” offers an interesting change up, beginning with some stomping percussion and distorted guitar that breaks periodically for strange but effective interludes of guitar and keyboards. It’s a fun, upbeat song. Finally, “On the Ropes” shows off E’s knack for songwriting, providing the listener with a folksy, simple and lyrically eloquent tune.
The back half of the album warrants its own review (the double album is a total of 26 songs) and contains some pretty impressive live music. The entire effort is worth the download. Listen to a few tracks here–
Start watching this new video by Italian electric artist and record producer Danny Darko and you will immediately get chills. This beautiful song has the vocals of the talented Dionne Lightwood sung overtop of Darko’s amazing musical mix. The song begins with a violin melody, haunting yet inviting to the listener as Lightwood’s echoing lyrics slowly carry into the song. Then, Darko takes control of the instrumentals in this piece, adding in electronic beats, piano and drums before taking the song for its first drop at :54. The song continues with a layering of Lightwood’s captivating voice with the mix of Darko’s undeniable ear for electronic music. This video tells the story that many of us know; we just want to be visible to the one person who we feel invisible to. The video has some beautiful outdoor imagery with the final minute of the song escalading to Darko disappearing before Lightwood’s eyes. Darko is a newcomer to the electric scene but his ear for mixing musical instruments and electric sounds is sure to make him visible in the electric music world.
Last week’s mini-mix for TMN, by our resident artist Thomas Gold, was an amazing hit with old fans and new fans alike. This whole month with Gold has been extraordinary and he has gone out of his way working with us at TMN to give all his followers what they want, what they didn’t know they needed and of course, lots of unexpected greatness. As always the end of the month means it is time to say goodbye to Gold but as always we wanted to give a shout out to Thomas and the awesome group of people who he works with.
Before we say our final goodbye though we asked Gold about some of his favorite songs and/or artists right now and if he could share those with us. Gold wrote back saying the five tracks below were songs he loves to throw down in his sets mixed in with his own golden touch. Can’t say we are surprised by his choices, these are some great songs/remixes by some talented artists.
Thanks for the awesome April Mr Gold-i-locks, best of luck for the rest of the year and we hope to see you real soon!
Thomas Gold’s 5 must play songs:
Sebjak & Marcus Schossow – Liceu
Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy (Botnek Remix)
Steve Angello & Matisse & Sadko – SLVR
The Chemical Brothers – Galvanize
Hard Rock Sofa – Rasputin
Any time we get to hear new material from MF DOOM, you know it’s going to be a good day. While a collaboration between the masked villain and New Jersey’s Clams Casino may seem odd at first, after listening to “Bookfiend,” you’ll know this is a match made in hip-hop heaven. The track blends DOOM’s atypical flow and complex rhyme schemes over some patented, atmospheric Clams production. Both artists stick to their formula here, but in this case, that actually leads to the creation of something fresh. Let’s hope to hear more from the duo in the near future.
With the sun finally shining here out here in the Midwest, I’ve been searching for a song to match the summery vibes I’m feeling on this lovely Sunday afternoon. I think I’ve finally found the perfect one in Smokey Robotic‘s “Unlike Anyone.” The title is an accurate description of the group itself, who never cease to surprise us with the diversity in their sound. This infectious single is the type of tune that gets you bouncing on your heels almost immediately, which may cause you to miss the true meaning behind it. The song is all about the topic of true love, traversing through its difficulties, and emerging whole once again in the aftermath. If you’re as hooked on this as I am, it might be wise to check out the group’s recently released album, Musium, which you can stream for free on SoundCloud, and purchase on iTunes now.
If you’re looking to start off your week in the most relaxing way possible, this installment of the Chill Dojo will be sure to deliver with some of the most mellow features to date.
It was looking to be a difficult decision for track of the week for #35 until the music of Dutch duo The Planty Herbs flowed through the speakers. ‘There’s Us” may just be the most chilled song ever to grace the dojo, and utilises a sound that epitomises the sensation that this playlist hopes to bring. It could be looped for hours on end and still maintain the same calming effect and amazing vibes it does upon first listen. From a song whose sound represents what we’re all about to one whose title does, the next tune, “Lazy Sunday” fortunately delivers on its promise to provide a killer Sunday feel. Mastefully crafted by German producer XTRAFUNK, a quick browse through his Soundcloud revealed a wealth of other great additions which carry similar feelings of bliss. If this has built up your cravings for disco vibes, then look no further than Louis La Roche to remedy your funky desires with his remix of the massive hit from Calvin Harris and Ellie Goulding. It seems European artists are dominating the dojo this week, and Norway’s Cashmere Cat has become a definite favourite of late, and has seen his popularity skyrocket thanks to consistent displays of unique sounds and astounding production talent. For those of you who missed it in the Trap Dojo a little while ago, his latest remix of “Do You” is an amazing mix of sexy synths and drumwork which work in pure harmony with the smooth vocals of Miguel.
There’s plenty more to write about this week, but this array of magical music is better heard than read, so delve into it at your own leisure. Peace out.
This weekend, folk trio Daughter take on “Get Lucky”, the ubiquitous new comeback single by Daft Punk (whose official artwork is above). It’s exactly what you might expect, in the most unexpected way, and a definite “must listen”. Check it out.