Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Classic Track : Amen - Price Of Reality

Walking home from work today and this track came on my ipod. It comes from an American band called Amen with the track "Price Of Reality". I first got into these guys when I was at school maybe 9 or 10 years ago and to me they still sound as fresh and vital as they did back then. Check them out!

Friday, 24 April 2009

Introducing New Writer - Glyn Coulter - (New Music - BJ Block / King Khan & The Shrines / Pushboxer / Patrick Pleau)

Today is a new dawn in the life of Music Liberation, as I officially welcome a new writer on board. I've run this blog for the last two years but just felt it needed some new input and ideas, and so therefore I'm extremely delighted to welcome Glyn Coulter to the Music Liberation team.

Glyn is 22 years old and a student from Nottingham. He enjoys live music as much as recorded, from Erol Alkan and Friendly Fires, to High Contrast and Jarvis Cocker. He'll be reviewing all sorts of material, so if you want him to check out your music then get in touch - musicliberation@hotmail.co.uk.

Right it's time for Glyn to make his mark! - Sid.

MP3: BJ Block - Theme Musik
BJ Block’s
smooth sounds of the 70s are replicated in this heart warming track. Sections compare to the late great Herbie Hancock but without the crazed jazz math, this track is simple, with flowing melodies driving it without the use of a vocal line as that is simply not BJ Block’s style. A heavy reverb drum sound similar to that of do make say think makes this track somewhat distant but lively. The silky sounds created by mature synths and paisley painted beats make this track resemble theme music suited for gta vice city, but with a modern twist of a ‘Jamiroquai’ like groove. www.myspace.com/bjblockmusic

MP3: King Khan & The Shrines – Land Of The Freak

If James Brown ever took a hit on a crack pipe, maybe this would be the result. King Khan & The Shrines have been pottering around for a while producing these funk melodies, and when this track is played through the stereo, it becomes apparent they know exactly how take this class. Cooler than a cucumber, King Khan wrap’s up an exciting and energetic 3.33 minutes of fun and vibrant funk. Plain, simple structure with a repetitive rhythm guitar this track works, and to imagine that the band plays some of their gigs in local music stores makes this track a little more manic. www.myspace.com/kingkhantheshrines

MP3: Pushboxer – Pictures
When first listening to this track it strikes as familiar, however when the track ends, there seems to be an instinctive need to play it again. Straight away it is possible to predict this track as a hit. The guitar sounds constructed are picture perfect with a deep vocal sound possible of more than the average bear, completes the style comparable to the editors and white lies. So if it’s the darker side of indie that rocks your boat, give this track a blast. www.myspace.com/pushboxer

MP3: Patrick Pleau – AntigĂ©nie
About three years ago a few distinctive acts appeared in the lime light using thick textured tracks drizzled with instruments which pop music forgot about. At the beginning of this track a horn runs parallel with the guitar rhythm and gives this track the characteristics of a traditional French hymn, and it’s fucking brilliant. The reality is not many people speak French and will not have the faintest idea with regards to the lyrical content. Interpret how you like but this simple soft, joyful melody is easy listening guarantied to put a smile on your face. www.myspace.com/patrickpleau.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Moda Update + Free Andy George Remix

Our Friend Craig Duranti has been in touch with the latest news from the ever impressive Moda Music Label and Radio 1 superstar DJ Andy George. Regarde...

"Things are busy as ever for both Andy and Moda. The club night has just confirmed an Ibiza residency at Eden, and to celebrate this we are throwing an ‘Ibiza Send Off’ at Lincolns Engine Shed on May 1st with Pete Tong, Kissy Sell Out and Chew Lips live!

Our label, Moda Music continues to go from strength to strength. The first two releases topped the Juno charts and our signature track ‘Moda Owns You’ comes out in June with remixes from Torso.x and Sidechains!

Since joining Radio 1 in October, Jaymo and Andy George have covered for Annie Mac and Kissy Sell out, and continue to push new artists on their ‘In New Music We Trust Show’. Their DJ calendars are packed with gigs around Europe and Ibiza, and they are also playing with Eric Prydz and Soulwax at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Swindon!"

Craig has also sent us a free remix from Andy George of his reworking of The Futurehead's "I Wouldn't Be Like This", check it out below as well as various links to check out more from Moda Music.

MP3: The Futureheads - I Wouldn't Be Like This (Andy George Remix)

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Featured Artist : Caspa

Here at Music Liberation we have been big followers of Dubstep long before it started reaching daytime radio and a mainstream audience. One of the artists we have kept a close eye on is the UK's Caspa.

Always on the pulse of brand new exciting music, Fabric Live will be bringing Caspa alongside Skream, Benga, and David Rodigan this Friday (17th April) for a Dub Police takeover in room 1. Tickets cost £13 (£10 Students) and can be obtained via www.fabriclondon.com.

Caspa recently did the Annie Mac mini-mix for her Radio 1 Mashup show, featuring heavyweights tunes from the likes of TC, Rusko, Chase And Status, and Caspa himself. You can check that awesome mix out here.

His debut album "Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening" is released on 4th May through Sub Soldiers. To wet your appetite check out the track below!

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Featured Artist : Mush No Candy

Despite only being 16, Joe James aka Mush No Candy has a seemingly full bank of musical ideas that he has been exploring for a while now. He has attracted attention from the likes of BBC Introducing and is playing at Swanfest 2009 in Ipswich. He recently sent us one of his new tracks "Suicide Disco" to try and decipher what this young man is all about and where he's going.

It begins with a sweeping low end synth which is covered with highly distorted vocals, which slowly decends into a form of dubstep. From here the pace is taken up breaking into a trancey house beat, and from here on in the track switches between these two styles. The bassline is rich and certainly drives the song, but it's the vocals that really shine and take this song up a notch or two.

The production skills on display are awesome, it's either taken a very long time to put together or it's just pure talent. I'm favouring the latter to be honest.

Mush No Candy is without doubt someone to keep your ears on during 2009.

Mush No Candy Myspace

MP3: Much No Candy - Suicide Disco

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Music Liberation March 09 Mini-Mix

Hey guys, here's a little mini-mix i put together for the awesome tunes that came across my ears during the month of March, but didn't have the permission to host the full tracks. Hope you enjoy it, the full tracklisting is below. Your thoughts as always are very welcome.

1. Tame Impala - Half Full Glass Of Wine
2. Simian Mobile Disco - 10000 Horses Can't Be Wrong
3. Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone
4. Enter Shikari - Antwerpen
5. Marina And The Diamonds - Obsessions
6. The Horrors - Sea With A Sea
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero
8. Peaches - Talk To Me
9. Placebo - Battle For The Sun
10. Bat For Lashes - Daniel
11. Noisia - Stigma