Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A dose of alternative #4

Well guys, just back from my holiday from the Pacific Islands, didn't really go to plan if am honest, what was supposed to be a lovely relaxing holiday took a turn for the worst after me and my friends and family went sky diving over a tropical paradise and got kidnapped by pirates as soon as we landed. Basically long story short I broke out and saved most my friends and family and returned home to have Ubisoft make a family friendly version of my adventure...

Also University is a waste of time unless you want to learn about the fundamental differences of Idealism and Realism and how Pragmatism kicks ass... overall I've been a angry man recently and needed some music to chill out and what best to soothe the soul that some acoustic singer/songwriter songs. So here's a round up of some of the best Scottish stuff I could find!

Anna Sweeney – I was lucky enough to be given a insight into Anna Sweeney's EP “Oh Gosh Darnit” before its release and knew it was destined for big things and looking into the bottom of my bottle of Tequila right now as it were a crystal ball I was right. Hailing from Ayr she has been busy travelling Scotland with her band and has been received with great acclaim up and down the country! Did I forget to mention she's also only 18? Sincere lyrics and upbeat rhythms is enough to take the edge of anyone's shitty day.

Aaron Fyfe – So would you believe this guy used to be my boss back when we were charity Fundraisers's? Aaron Fyfe's debute EP “Closer to You” is a beautiful collection of songs that vary in several different styles. With a debut album due sometime in early 2013 there's not better time to catch up on the awesome talent that is Aaron Fyfe. Last time I talked to him he had somewhere in the line of 20 Gigs in March alone so am sure there will be plenty of chances to catch him live!

He doesn't have SoundCloud so you can check out his Facebook here !

Mike Nisbet – Nominated for the Scottish Alternative Music Awards back in 2012 Mike Nisbet's album “Vagrant” is truly a phenomenal piece of work, inspired by his life on the road when living between Glasgow and London and is enough to take anyone away from the this otherwise shitty Rothschild ruled world and the fa├žade of governments (the activist in me). There's been plenty of gigs around the country from this gent and continues to tour this march where you will be able to catch him in both Inverness and Glasgow as well as other cities and towns.

Amber Wilson – Currently the touring session vocalist for Bombay Bicycle Club her solo career has seen the last duel single release back in 2011 which consisted of the tracks “Raise the Alarm” and “An Affirmation”. The track "Raise the Alarm" in particular has got a excellent vibe about it and makes you wonder how this stuff doesn't get more credit!     

Eugene Twist - Quoted straight from Vic Galloway, "Unbelievably accomplished and inspired, defiantly one of my tips for 2012". Eugene Twist has been building some serious momentum with his album "The Boy who had Everything" released back in 2012. It is a fantastic mix of Country, Blues, Rock, Latin, 1920's Roaring Twenties and Mexican Gunslinger in a shoot out.... If you think am being ridiculous then give him a listen and you'll see what I mean! With some new tracks on the way there no better time to catch up on the awesome piece of work that is "The Boy Who Had Everything".  

Eugene doesn't have a Sound Cloud so you can find him on Facebook here

That's all for now folks! Look forward to A dose of Alternative #5 at a blog near you soon! x

Monday, February 4, 2013

Serving Up Some Justice #13

Now that's got your attention read the post.

Hey there, if your new to this go back and look at the other S.U.S.J posts because I haven't got the patience to explain what happens here again... and I need to pee but I just got comfy plus this laptop is a bugger to put down in this room, ever since it was given a womanly makeover there's no desk space just pointless expensive lamps and bowls. Then again the lamps have come in handy ever since my dad decided it would be a fun idea to install coloured L.E.D lights into the main light sockets. Blue off course being the most prominent of them which makes me feel like I'm sleeping in a severely drug abused Co Op toilet or the end of a Guy Ritchie movie. Anywhore I have a few issues, one being I share too many personal thoughts as the previous exchange will suggest and the other being I don't make enough posts with musical content. I'm prepared to change one of those, I'll give you a clue.. it's the second one.

So here comes the part where I tell you what I've been listening to and why you should too.

As a lot of house/vibes artists have begun to open to the masses and commercialize themselves its been a sort of cross your fingers and hope for the best situation every time you take a listen to somebodies latest track. My opinion is as long as the content is true to the artist then I'm happy to open my ears to it, who cares if everyone is listening to the same thing. If a few commercial house tracks is what it takes to enlighten some Flo Rida fans to world of hard working musicians and producers then so be it. With that in mind..

Brand new Karma Kid. I haven't managed to catch the name of the female vocalist in this but it's perfect. It's this brilliant combination that makes this track accessible to both those who have learnt to love Karma Kids elegant chimes and drums and those who might have vagina's.

Cannot like this dude anymore! Nemi Alexi a.k.a Ghetto Tronic a.k.a STARS is one of the most consistent producers I know, he's been underated or a long time and it's good to see his STARS project is starting to pick up some much needed attention from the likes of Radio 1 DJ Mista Jam. This remix is a testament to his variation in production styles.

Someone to keep a very close eye on is Second City. First got to them when they were low on follows, but with a couple of Radio 1 plays and YouTube features they've managed to step up their social presence. I don't think it will be long before the name blows up.

The Mord is back. I thought I'd be disappointed but I wasn't. You can hate electro all you want but you can't dislike a Mord melody in a cheery tune like this. The vocal cuts are just phenomenal.

Polymath just has it. No messing, thrashing acid plucking lectro licking housey swirling madness like this just doesn't go a miss. Canufeelit ... yes Polymath we can.

Really want this track. Such a killer to play live. The 'ghost' sound and the bleeps get me everytime!

Here's something from Lucky Cub a.k.a Louis Buick ex Count Clockwork. Meaty remix of that catchy number from the guy that acts and sings and raps and shit. Make sure you catch his debut live performance at our live electronic night on the 23rd of February.

Was going to post another Stimming track when I came across this remix from Gramatik which I wasn't aware of until now! I love 'Funkworm' and I've been known to play Gramatik tracks on repeat so to hear this was a nice treat.

Really liking Slap In The Bass lately, they've become a regular occurance in my sets.

Keeping up the energy heres something bouncey from Mele.

Before you leave, make sure if you live in Scotland you make a trip along to our Live Electronic Night on the 23rd. We've got live sets from some of the best artists in the land including We See Aliens, Lucky Cub, Esbjerg and Dounreay Beach Party.

Ok.. you can leave now.