Chiptune synths, whistling, birds singing? It all sounds a bit too goofy. But wait, once things on Harrison’s “Back Home” get rolling it settles into an intriguing groove. Yeah, I like that.
by Mica McCurdy
LUM (or more familiarly know as Liam Sanagan of First Rate People fame) released this gem via Exclaim! this morning. Here he croons over a shimmering track that speaks to the doe eyed romantic in all of us. Listen closely for evocative lyrics, stay for the masterful sampling of Da Bra and Cherish’s single “In Love Wit Chu.”
This new release by Buck 65 stands in stark contrast to the club number that we featured a couple of weeks ago (“Super Pretty Naughty”). With a motorik beat and synthesizers “Danger and Play” has a distinctly European sound. On this more introspective cut, Buck 65’s lyrical skills are on full display.
by Mark Anthony Brennan
Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Kinnie Starr’s new album ‘From Far Away’ has an overall pleasing cohesiveness to it, but there are really three distinct styles in play here. Five of the ten tracks feature Starr’s brand of spoken word music (“hip hop aggro groove” according to some) which we’ve become familiar with on such albums as ‘Anything’. On the other hand, “Summer Day”, “From Far Away” and “I Don’t Love You” are examples of the breezy pop we heard on Starr’s last album ‘A Different Day’. Finally, there’s “Touch the Sky” and “It’ll Be Fine” which are refreshingly au courant with their electrofolk vibes. It’s not as if your ears pick up a jarring change in tone from one song to the next, so the three styles don’t exactly clash, but they do each require a different standard of appreciation.