An insidious sense of dread always seems to fill me whenever I’m asked to write anything of an introductory nature. Screw it up, and it’ll leave an unsightly black stain on your person for what is likely to be the remainder of your life. And if it’s a music blog, the discerning readers will undoubtedly either banish you from their memories altogether, or confine you to the spaces in their brains reserved for irritating bloggers with bad music tastes and poor literary skills.
So let’s address the questions that should be racing through your minds at this very moment. Who are you? What are you doing? And why on earth are you doing it?
My good friend Joscelin (the founder of the blog) and I have decided to begin a little experiment. We are going to see if we can turn our pretentious, borderline arrogant, music snobbery into an entertaining, interesting, and hopefully informative blog. Joscelin will be the main contributor to the blog whilst I will post on a weekly basis (providing the stresses of an undergraduate law degree don’t stifle my ability to stay on top of the music scene). I’ve decided to begin by following on from one of Joscelin’s earlier posts, by forming a collection of my own favourite releases from the past year. I hope that you can appreciate them.
The Italian Electro duo The Bloody Beetroots released this track in June earlier this year. The pounding drums and distorted guitar riffs really reflect the pair’s Punk Rock influences. There’s just one thing wrong though, it needs more cowbell!
I am a huge fan of Alex Ridha AKA Boys Noize and was utterly delighted when he announced his new album. It’s been three years since his last studio album and Alex does not disappoint. The Boys Noize signature sound and style is still present, but being kept fresh with collaborations with artists such as Snoop Dogg. This is definitely an album to check out.
Originally from Scotland but now London-based, Drums of Death has released the next in his wave and colour themed EPs. Blue Waves is a very melodic and very classy set of tracks. Waves City features beautiful piano and saxophone riffs interspersed by smooth synths and drawn-out hums. Drums of Death has already worked on Peaches’ album, toured with Hot Chip, and produced for Azealia Banks. I’ll definitely be looking out for him in the future.
Straight from Merseyside Liverpool, up and coming artist Melé has released this EP featuring legendary grime rapper Kano. It’s perhaps the only song in existence with references to Rihanna, Yoda, Homer Simpson, and Mario Balotelli. An instant classic!
I don’t think I need to argue the case for this album being one of the most anticipated releases of the year. I personally quite enjoyed some of Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke’s solo experimentation with Dance music, but nonetheless it’s great to have such a definitive indie band back on the scene.