Listen to Elijah Prophet’s heartfelt 2006 single “Piece of Ganja” (Irievibrations) and you’ll hear what sounds like voice of a lion. Stout and growling, with a measured, sophisticated timbre, Prophet (born Devon St. Patrick Hoggart) transforms the roots riddim into a spiritual ode.Read more »
Indie-pop has taken many forms over the years, but rarely are bands as consistent as Camera Obscura. The Glasgow-based band has released over 10 records, with incessant touring across the earth at every turn. Last year’s Let’s Get Out of this Country found the group at their most realized with a potent blend of '60s pop melodies and melancholic vocal harmonies. The "Tears for Affairs" single, set for release April 16 on Merge and “If Looks Could Kill" (also on the up-coming single), shows exactly what we mean.Read more »
Two styles of music relatively obscure in your average record store, but alive and kicking online, are the flourishing nu-jazz and broken beat genres. Nu-jazz encompasses pretty much anything in the “leftfield jazzy beats” realm–from downtempo acts like Mr. Scruff or Cinematic Orchestra to uptempo sounds from Jazzanova or Sleepwalker.Read more »
It’s been six years since DJ Food and DK launched the highly sought-after Solid Steel series with Now Listen. The duo perpetuated such mega-hip-hop mash stylings by propelling a Solid Steel radio show and club night, unveiling a scene of Z-Tripian mash enthusiasts who follow its every move. Now, we’re refreshed with the sequel, Now, Listen Again.
The ’90s were a strange period for music. There was (of course) grunge, which stiffened the rise of innovative punk and indie rock bands from Earth to Sebadoh from coast to coast, but a goth-wave hovered over New York City during that time–and longtime promoter Justine D gives us a modern reminder of it on Rvng Prsnts Mx5: Justine D.
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