By Jon Herriot
As soon as I knew some of the Oh No! Yoko guys were involved in Real Boys, I knew that this music was going to be a riot. (After typing this, I realized the first track was titled ‘Shitshow’). With members of You Say Party, and GSTS, this is a British Columbia supergroup. A couple of shredding guitars lead this band, backed with some solid rhythm and bass. ‘Vacation’ is the one that really gets me grooving. Whoa, ‘Wilderness’ just started playing and I love this one too, starts out super ‘Said The Whale-ish’. Major dance-party EP here. This EP is out next Tuesday! March 27th.
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By Bruce Rave
Finally the “other” half of the Last Shadow Puppets has a solo album about to drop. Miles Kane turned down a chance to join his mates in Arctic Monkeys because he is a front man at heart. His prior band, The Rascals, showed promise a few years ago, but it was the collaboration with Alex Turner that Miles is best known for. He has written sweet pop songs all along, but “First Of My Kind” has a Last Shadow Puppet feel about it. That’s a good thing.
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And we just found our new favorite band. With the crazy good weather we’ve had on the East Coast this week, the usually reserved for summer 90′s soft R&B bangers (KP & Envyi, Total, Something for the People, etc) have been raining down all over b3sci HQ the last few days. So, Lancaster UK dance duo Bondax (who are definitely painting, at least partially, from that “My Love Is The Shhhhh” palette) are fitting nicely into our current 85 degrees in March quiet storm tip. If you’re not up on these guys yet, do not sleep, Bondax are serious.
By Bruce Rave
As Day 3 of SXSW gets under way, Pond are by far my most pleasant shock. Maybe pleasant isn’t the word because these guys simply blew us out of the state. The last thing you would expect is that this is a side project for the drummer and bass player of Tame Impala. This fave track makes you expect a hard garage live feel, but they blend that with the power and instrumental parts of the best 70′s and 80′s metal bands. They came out so intense that many of us initially wondered whether it was the same band. The music shredded, there was always something happening visually, including singer Paisley Adams literally hanging from the rafters. See them when you can.
AraabMUZIK is ON FIRE! Swizz Beatz is not a great rapper but with support from AM’s producing-out-of-his-mind level beat he sounds at least competent here (if not enjoyable). The hipster hammer A$AP Rocky is on the feature here and easily holds up his part of the song with a fresh set of rhymes.
Swizz Beatz (Facebook)
Labrinth rolled through Zane Lowe’s Maida Vale studio yesterday and in addition to laying down ace live versions of “Last Time” and “Sweet Riot” dropped this great take on SBTRKT’s “Wildfire” jam from last year. Lab starts the cover slow on the roll with smooth electronics and subtle bass wobbles only to blow the track up in its final half with big guitars and heavy rock drums. Somehow it all works. Get a sample below.
The angels-on-high voiced b3sci fave Saint Saviour delivers again with a new A+ lush life send-up of M83′s ubersmash “Midnight City”. On the track, Ms. Jones’ on point vocals are framed by Cocteau Twins-esque synths and a great almost hip hop-feel backbeat. Be on the look out for more from Saint Saviour coming soon including a new album Union and new single “I Call This Home”.
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