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By Mary Chang
on Wednesday, 21st November 2012 at 10:00 am
Well, I do declare…we have ANOTHER The 1975 remix for you all. This time, it’s from Uk producer Hackman and it’s of the title track of their new ‘Sex’ EP. Listen to and download the remix below.
Braden interviewed frontman Matthew Healy for this TGTF interview.
I wrote a little piece about this band Shields from Newcastle a while back, backing them for big things in the future. Saying for sure that they were a band to watch over the next few months/years. Now here I am just a few months later reviewing their debut EP ‘Kaleidoscope’, a sampling of the band at their best, producing some quality work. But while my introduction to the band focussed on the fact that they were the best thing to come out of Newcastle, since everyone’s favourite goalsnatcher and TV pundit Alan Shearer. This time around it’s all about the music, as that is really what does the talking on this record. The opening track ‘Mezzanine’, well, what can I say…
It has all has all the elements of a synthpop hit. The bass is full of vigour and bounce and has the feel of a late 80s disco combined with the infectious enthusiasm of The Go Team! It’s a fantastic way to start the record and is a clear indicator of what this band is about. Sexy, fun pop music that draws a smile on your face whether you are in the mood or not, now that’s an enticing, eh? Things are slowed down a tiny bit and the percussion takes over on ‘Miserly’, with a couple of ooooooooohs and ahhhhhhhhs thrown in there for good measure. The highlights of this song though are the jingling guitars and synths that soar over the engine room of the band.
Then right away on ‘Turning Corners’, the EP ‘Kaleidoscope’ gets a bit folky and finds some segment of classic song structure. The piano’s underwriting the melody are easily my favourite piece of this song. With the subtle bass rolling in the background as the song grows into the pulsing synthpop hit it’s destined to be. Proceedings are stripped down ever so slightly for the beginning of ‘Silhouette’ before the entire band chime in with a banging bit of percussion and some seriously math-rockesque riffs that even Foals would be proud of. Their cover of SBTRKT’s ‘Pharaoh’ (video here is definitely worth a listen, even if it is just for the fact that they’ve gone in a great new direction of the track which will have SBTRKT fans scratching their heads for sure. It’s a bold effort though.
The band are clearly quite happy with the niche that they’ve found and each song on the EP stands out well as ever, it’s just whether in the age of consistent synth pop releases bludgeoning the airwaves, will Shields get noticed by the mainstream populous, or forgotten before they even have a chance. I for one hope not, as ‘Kaleidoscope’ is a right laugh to listen too and should be a staple of any indie DJ.
You heard me, Propaganda.
Listen to and download ‘Mezzanine’ below; the ‘Kaleidoscope’ EP by Shields in its entirety was released yesterday and can be downloaded for free from the band’s official Web site.
By Mary Chang
on Tuesday, 20th November 2012 at 10:00 am
French techno producer Vitalic released his newest album, ‘Rave Age’, earlier this month on Different Recordings. He’s put together a minimix of the album to celebrate, which you can download for free from the Soundcloud widget below. The tracklisting is as follows:
2. Lucky Star
3. The March of Skabah
4. Under Your Sun (feat Owlle)
5. Rave Kids Go (feat Mickael Karkousse)
6. Next I’m Ready (feat Joe Reeves)
8. Fade Away (feat Joe Reeves)
If you like dance, you should definitely give this album a try. One of the most energetic tracks on the album that I recommend you runners to add to your iPod is ‘Stamina'; watch its video below too.
By Mary Chang
on Monday, 19th November 2012 at 10:00 am
Subscribers to the Delphic mailing list got an email last Friday with a link to this free remix of their Olympics single ‘Good Life’ done by their “…mate René (he wears a cape and comes on tour with us)”. (Is he a roadie? No idea, as I’ve not seen them gig in over 2 years. Maybe one of you who’ve seen them can tell me who this bloke with a cape is?) I think this version is far superior to the original actually, so have a listen to the remix and if you like it, grab it for your very own below.
By Mary Chang
on Friday, 16th November 2012 at 3:30 pm
I know, I’m breaking our usual rule of posting free mp3 downloads at 10 AM, but this time I have a good excuse!
Last night the DC branch of TGTF went to go see Ash make their triumphant return to Washington DC after 7 long years. That’s right. SEVEN. It ended up being one of the most amazing and mental gigs I’ve ever been to: I seriously thought the bloke to my left was possessed, he was rocking out so hard, and the one next to Cheryl I recognised as Mister Super Dancer from the Delphic gig at the same venue, DC9, 2 years ago.
The song that was supposed to be the closer before the encore, ‘Return of White Rabbit’, is now being given away by the band this week, so yeah, what are you waiting for? Go get it! And you can watch the promo video for the song below as well.
Expect a rambling review of this gig, crammed with photos and videos, on TGTF next week.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 15th November 2012 at 10:00 am
Stereophonics have revealed a new single, ‘In a Moment’, and you can get it free from the band’s official Web site. It’s an absolute stonker. Enjoy the sonic and the visual in their promo video for the song below.
Stereophonics are on tour in the UK in December.