Sunday, 23 August 2009

New Music : 2020 Soundsystem / Juice Aleem / KiD COLA / Wheedle's Groove

2020 Soundsystem are best known for their live performances, effectively showcasing their powerful electronic music on a mass scale in front of live audiences, which in todays laptop loving DJ world gives them an edge. This year see's the release of their 2nd album "Falling" through their 2020 Vision label. Taken from that album is "Satellite" which is a typically dark, brooding track which drives along with much vigour and power, thanks in part to a strong bassline, spacey guitars and vocals, and almost 80's drumbeat. 2020 Soundsystem

His reputation preceeds him, having worked with Adam Freeland, Evil 9, and countless others, so the pressure is on MC Juice Aleem for his debut release. Fortunatley from what i've heard so far he's not let us down. Opening single "First Lesson" is a hard hitting track, with Juice Aleem laying down or more like smashing down his vocals over a sick dubstep beat. The album titled "Jerusalaam Come" is out now on Big Dada records. Juice Aleem

We were one of the first blogs to get behind UK DJ and producer KiD COLA late last year when he burst onto the scene with his Secret Machines remix. Since then he's had major radio play from Jaymo and Andy George, as well as Kissy Sellout, supporting that with some big time gigs in London town. This new remix showcases what he does best, a big bouncy bassline, but this time he gives us a different angle with a slightly more melodic feel which is in keeping with the current crop of disco tunes being released. KiD COLA

If your in need of some slick funky cool as fuck soul music, brought to you by a band whose members mostly exceed 60 years of age, then you've got to check out Wheedle's Groove. "H.O.E" has such a laid back beat, its very much old school hip hop, with James Brown esq vocals which is really refreshing. The band have a new album out through Light In The Attic on September 8th called "Kearney Barton". Wheedle's Groove

Finally i'd like to say sorry for the lack of updates this Summer on Music Liberation. This has in part been due to me basically being a bit lazy, the cricket being on, football season starting again, and my new found passion for cycling. I've actually been in training for a charity cycle trip i'm doing from Reading to Chepstow in September in support of Motor Neurone Disease. (You can find out more here and follow my progress on twitter). Anyway as the Summer draws to a close i'm going to make sure i'm more active and update the blog more often.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Single Review : The Units - High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips Remix)

The Units, like most punk bands of the late 70s to early 80s, were very much focused on what they want to achieve with their music. Unlike the candy-coated bands that masquerade as alternative music today, one could never accuse the punk (and post-punk) scene of being anything less than impassioned. Political meaning and artistic sentiment were the driving force behind punk bands and The Units were no different. This is shown aptly by the rant on their myspace about hating guitar clich├ęs. Well if, “Fuck the guitars, why couldn’t music change” is anything to go by. I don’t know if The Units wrote this themselves or someone else did it on their behalf but it’s still a mantra for the innovative musician. So The Units were born and went on to become a seminal Synth Punk band that rode on the first wave of the post-punk movement, along side their more obvious contemporaries such as Devo.

So what’s all this got to do with now? Well, Germanic record label Relish has released one of their singles, ‘High Pressure Days’ as a collection of remixes, this one in particular by the dab hand of Rory Phillips a rather excellent London based DJ.

And it is good. Great in fact. It’s more phat, warp style dance, yet still remains faithful enough to the original to sound like Talking Heads with its David Bynre-esk vocals or Public Image Limited with its blatant quirkiness. As a stand-alone tune it’s fantastic.

The thing is, remixes are a funny business. There is a small section of music purists who will always view them with disdain. To them, remixes are an unnecessary butchering, removing a song from its rightful context only to shove it through a dance-o-matic machine and spit it out onto a dance floor full of jaw-wobbling, uncaring clubbers all covered in big beats and shining production. This wouldn’t matter so much if it weren’t from such a heartfelt band, which oddly, has obviously agreed to these remixes. It’s taking an uncommercial, alternative punk tune and smoothing off the edges to make it more listenable. It’s about as far from the punk ethic as you can get. And, damn you Rory Phillips, it would be easier to dislike this record if it wasn’t so bloody good.

Friday, 7 August 2009

New Music (Dubstep Special) : Kitch 'n Sync / Joker / King Cannibal

Kitch n' Sync are a duo based in London, who have recently started turning heads with several big tunes across various genres. "All Bless" is a dubstep monster with a dirty bassline and wicked MC-ish vocals. Their debut EP "Shack Out/Pink" is now out on Electric Sushi Records. Kitch n' Sync

This original track from The Heavy is taken from their forthcoming album "The House That Dirt Built", which is released through Counter Records on 5th October. Hailing from Bristol, Joker has been at the forefront of the Dubstep movement, and has turned this track into a stormer, effectively chopping the vocals with a huge bassline and samples. The Heavy / Joker

This is a slightly mellower and chilled out take on Dub, and I think it really works well. King Cannibal (Dylan Richards) has been propped by Radio 1 Dubstep queen Mary-Anne Hobbs, so i'm sure big things will happen for him when his album "Let The Night Roar" drops on Ninja Tune on 12th October. King Cannibal