The Herbaliser

Aug 18th, 2009 The Roll Call steve 2 min read

Five quick questions form Ninja Tune originals The Herbaliser.

Fink (Cinematic Orchestra Remix)

Aug 10th, 2009 Downtempo, Folk/Acoustic steve 1 min read

I can’t say that I’ve been a huge fan of the “acoustic pop/folk” thing as it always seems to remind me of the James Blunt/John Meyer frenzy over the last decade or so. Of course, we can go way before that for generations of solid folk music, but often, when that lone troubadour is paired up with a backing band, the result comes perilously close…

Dark Party

Jul 20th, 2009 The Roll Call steve 2 min read

Five quick questions for Eliot Lipp and Leo 123 aka Dark Party.

Bibio

Jul 16th, 2009 Folk/Acoustic, Glitch steve 3 min read

“Dwrcan” opens with a modest, sad-elephant shuffle bass & break then takes a turn toward a nice half-time glitch groove.

Lushlife

Jun 19th, 2009 Hip-Hop, Indie steve 2 min read

Sometimes you just have to believe the hype. It feels like it’s been ages since a truly fresh perspective has come out of the underground hip-hop scene.

Polvo: Back with a Bowl

Jun 18th, 2009 Indie steve 1 min read

It’s not often that bands break up and reunite over a decade later without some kind of clear financial motivation. Sure Polvo have had their share of shows over the last year in some of the biggest festivals around (they killed it at ATP), but after listening to their newest track “Beggars Bowl” — which will  instantly register with fans longing for a sound that…

Scissorkast 5

May 31st, 2009 Scissorkast steve 2 min read

Bibio, Cougar, Nosaj Thing and more.

Nosaj Thing

May 14th, 2009 Abstract Hip-Hop, Glitch steve 1 min read

I’ve been corrupted. You know you’ve stumbled upon something great when you’re exhibiting obsessive behaviors like playing a song 10 times in a row because 2:55 just isn’t long enough

A.M. Architect

Apr 23rd, 2009 Downtempo, Post-Rock steve 1 min read

A.M. Architect is another project from Diego Chavez (Aether), together with Daniel Stanush, building on a foundation of guitar and keys over smartly produced beats.

From Monument to Masses

Mar 22nd, 2009 Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Contemporary Instrumental Rock has always been on the outside looking in, indifferent to trends, deferential to personal connection and probably, by its own admission, a little bit nerdy (in the best possible way.)

New DJ Mixes Page

Feb 24th, 2009 Mixes, Site News steve 1 min read

Three old mixes from Steve (aka DJ Sema4) going all the way back to 1999 including the excellent Wildlife mix done with Jamie Roberts and Dave Langolf. Totally timeless. Tracks are still amazing 12 years later.