Ben Benjamin

Jun 28th, 2007 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

Not sure if you all know about The Hype Machine but if not, you should check it out. It’s basically an aggregator of all the music posted on every significant music blog out there. Seriously. Scissorkick and all the links to your left are there, in addition to hundreds more, and you can search by artists and find a handful (and more) songs available right…


Jun 12th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 1 min read

Been a while. I know. Work has been all-consuming for nearly a month but now, finally with a chance to exhale, I can turn to the accumulating stacks and chose from a number of new gems to post for you. So why not start the return to posting off on the right foot, with a new track from the newest album from Athens, Georgia’s Maserati….


Apr 17th, 2007 Electronic/Dance, IDM, Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

It’s been about six years or so since the last Fridge LP and during that time each member of the UK trio has done nicely for himself. Kieren Hebden’s Four Tet project has garnered the most attention but don’t overlook the pastoral elegance of Adem Ilhan’s releases as Adem. And while third member Sam Jeffers may not have any solo work to reference, he’s formed…


Mar 16th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 1 min read

Metal is currently waist deep in a really exciting transformative stage. Just look at all the former metalheads returning back to the genre with renewed excitement. Think about it — Mastadon, Jesu, Isis, Red Sparowes, Pelican, Converge etc. — all amazing bands twisting expectations about what metal is and should be. Personally, I like how these bands mesh a sort of mathy, indie melancholy with…

Thisish Volume 1

Mar 13th, 2007 Breakbeat, Downtempo, Hip-Hop, Instrumental steve 1 min read

I’ve read quite a lot about the Thisish crew before this post because I’m always curious how an often myopic hip-hop media approaches eclectic production. The truth is that for all his success, a celebrated producer such as Timbaland for example, who is often showered with deserving albeit hyperbolic compliments, isn’t really that forward-thinking or groundbreaking. In the context of mainstream music, there is little…


Mar 9th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 1 min read

Experimentation in music, as in all things, inherently comes with miscalculated risk. A fact of life for adventurous musicians, there’s no shortage of legendary performers who may have misstepped before taking their great leap forward. With a trio of engaging EPs and a storied collective history in bands like Don Caballero, Lynx and Helmet, the four members of Battles know a thing or two about…

Small Sails

Feb 27th, 2007 Instrumental, Rock steve 1 min read

Labels use a variety of tactics to get a writer to notice a record. One of the most effective techniques — especially to the freelancer with a day job and limited time — is the old RIYL package sticker. It’s a quick reference that allows me, within a glance, to determine if I’m about to listen to speed metal, drum n’ bass, or indie rock….


Dec 19th, 2006 Breakbeat, Electro, Electronic/Dance, IDM, Instrumental steve 1 min read

Like a lot of folks, I am in agreement that the abbreviaton IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) is about as pretentious as you can possibly get. Without getting too specific — is it not obvious? — I will admit that there should be a term, perhaps a bit more inclusive, to describe the kind of music being made by Bernard Farley, aka Outputmessage. Farley, who was…

Cassettes Won’t Listen

Nov 24th, 2006 Electronic/Dance, Instrumental, Rock steve 1 min read

You can thank our friend Jay Drake, the mastermind behind Cassettes Won’t Listen for this little holiday gift. He’s leaked Scissorkick his newest full-length record The Quiet Trial, and we will return his kindness by posting a track for you all. I posted a favorite CWL track a while back (“Lunch for Breakfast”) but his newest LP may appeal even more to SK readers since…


Nov 22nd, 2006 Electronic/Dance, Instrumental, Rock steve 2 min read

SK Best of 2006 alert! Yesterday was a good day because of the arrival of this record, which immediately jumps to the head of the holiday listening line. If you are a fan of this site, then you like the mix of acoustic and electronic and no record released this year does it as well as Law by Madison, Wisconsin’s Cougar. These dudes are on…

Bonobo :: Days to Come

Sep 14th, 2006 Downtempo, Electronic/Dance, Instrumental steve 1 min read

A couple of quick posts today and tomorrow before I begin with the Touch & Go posts for next week. First off, a new track from the forthcoming Days to Come LP from Ninja Tune artist Bonobo who continually produces the finest downtempo there is. You know, I sort of hate to say downtempo too, but there isn’t a more specific word to describe the…