Similar or the same?

Ever read ‘The Manual: How to have a number one hit the easy way’ by the KLF? It’s both a case study of their hit (as The Timelords) ‘Doctorin’ the Tardis’, and a step-by-step guide to producing a hit song with no money or musical talent. At its core is a simple message; you have to sound like everything else to succeed.

It’s not a new philosophy, and its roots go back at least to the work of the Father of Musicology, Theodor W Adorno, who spent a great amount of time examining the ways in which popular music repeats themes and styles, in the 1930s.
So what, right? Music tends to sound similar, particularly tracks and songs within a genre; that’s how we identify tracks as belonging to a genre after all. But how similar is similar?

The recent news of Sam Smith settling with Tom Petty has again brought musical similarities into the news, and we’ve been sitting on this video for a while and figured now was as good a time as any to share it. We’ve held back this far because we’re sick to the back teeth of ‘mash-ups’, but have decided if you ignore the word (which in this case in misapplied anyway), then you have a rather interesting study on the similarities of hit tracks.

And before anyone thinks we’re getting down on Country, we’re not. To reassure, there’s some Uncle Tupelo below too.

The Indie Record Shop Map

Ever been in a new city on release day of a new record you just have to get your hands on? Or are the views on your weekly crate dig getting a bit repetitive? Then check out this map of every indie record shop in Scotland.

The original list for this was created in 2013 as part of a study that revealed that in the ten years previous the total number of record shops in Scotland had declined from 119 to just 54. As of 2013 there were just 15 shops that were independently owned and sold new releases as a predominant part of their business. That number is less now due to the on-going struggles of Avalanche in Edinburgh.

The map currently has 30+ shops not all of which are focused on new releases but all are independently owned. Anyone can add to or edit the map, and it’s hoped new maps can be added showing all the indie record shops in the UK, or even the world.

Full disclosure – we played a big hand in making it, and we reckon it’s pretty cool so go check it out.

The Longest Mixtape (OpenEar Edit)

After the release of Caribou’s ‘The Longest Mixtape’ we thought we’d do some sorting for you, should you not be one of the people instantly hyped by its very existence. We make playlists every day, and we can certainly give this one a seal of approval for diversity and quality – though perhaps not so much for flow and overall tone.

So here, in the order we got them, are ten of the tracks that came up on Shuffle play for us with some of our thoughts on the music contained therein.

Bob Chance – It’s Broken: Proto-House and Disco vibes from 1980 that sound like they should have been released on Mute. If Frankie Knuckles met Fad Gadget…

Z Factor – Fast Cars: More Proto-House, this time rocking an Italo Disco vibe. The Fender bass line makes this, along with the sultry vocals of Jesse Saunders.

Douglas Leedy – Entropical Paradise I: Avant-garde electronics and Moog sounds that could have come straight from the BBC Radiophonic Workshop had this piece actually been interesting.

Emeralds – Genetic: Electronic, glitch-filled Post-Rock is what Emeralds do, and here’s a case in point. Keep your ears open for hints at The Who’s ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ around the 8min mark…

Burundi Black – Burundi Black: Afro-Funk with dollops of groove and grit, surpassed in excellence with a creeping piano line. We have a new favourite song.

Captain Beefheart – Electricity: Possibly the highlight of Beefheart’s career? It’s alleged (and refuted) that Ol’ Don broke microphones singing this one. That slide guitar is electrifying though.

Madlib – Early Party: Short and snappy Indian inspired rhythms from the great beatsmith that is Madlib. What’s more to say?

Sueño Latino – Sueño Latino (Derrick May’s Illusion First Mix): Detroit Techno’s pioneer may be better known for other work but this is a great remix of a track that was already well loved.

Dionne Warwick – You’re Gonna Need Me: Much sampled, most notably by J. Dilla, this is a classic Soul track with a lovely modulated guitar sound buried deep underneath towards the end.

Clams Casino – I’m God: Downtempo Electronica with a particularly airy vibe from a Hip Hop producer who just repeated this feat of eerie beat creation with FKA Twigs’ ‘Hours’.

Harman Car-don

Listening environments are of quite considerable interest to us yet they seem to have dropped off a lot of peoples’ radar of late. Perhaps that’s got a lot to do with the latest waves of high quality portable personal audio equipment, or perhaps that means companies like ours are doing some good work in public spaces. At this year’s CES in Las Vegas, the most noted consumer electronics show in the world, that attention to listening environments seems to be picking up again; in cars.

Harman have displayed a new car stereo that may change long journeys forever. By utilising new software that can auto-balance sound, as well as operate a noise cancelling system, Harman claim to have created a stereo that allows up to four separate listening zones in one vehicle. It’s no great leap in technology but it does sound like an interesting step up from noise-cancelling headphones where alternate frequencies are played to effectively nullify sounds that would be heard as an intrusion.

Unfortunately we weren’t in Las Vegas over the last week so we can’t say for sure whether this system reacts to audio from source or from in cabin microphones monitoring ambient noise. We’re curious if the latter would make conversation a little difficult. That’s all well and good when the children in the back seat want to know ‘are we nearly there yet?’, but not so great when you can’t hear those fateful words ‘I feel sick’.

If you buy a high-spec Lexus over the next few years, let us know how it goes.

New Music – January

D’Angelo and The Vanguard – Black Messiah (RCA)
Comparisons. We could start with My Bloody Valentine and Guns ‘n’ Roses, both of whom spent a decade-plus formulating much hyped ‘future classic’ albums. Or we could draw up the names of such R&B, Soul, and Funk luminaries as Sly Stone, Prince, and Marvin Gaye. At the end of the day though, this is a singular work carried out by one man with a focus that, though it may have wavered over the decade in its making, now stands clear and strong. Whether it’s a future classic only time can tell, but initial signs suggest those hints of Hot Jazz, Doo Wop, and Flamenco have caught more imaginations than chiselled abs ever did. Check out ‘Sugah Daddy’ here.

Moby – Hotel: Ambient (Moby Gratis)
Originally released as a bonus disk to his 2006 album Hotel, Moby was recently asked by a fan how she could get hold of a copy. Upon realising that he didn’t know and that he himself didn’t own a copy, he resolved to bringing about a re-release with added tracks. So here we have a bonus of a bonus which is quite a strange feeling for something so incredibly minimalist. This is as ambient as they come, more so even that the classic Eno album Ambient 1 (Music for Airports). There are hints of Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtrack in the slow synth chords and oscillating harmonics, but overall this is an album marking the ebb and flow of the most delicate of mood pieces. Check it out for free here.
The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Vol. 3
(Freestyle Records)
Better known as a comic actor, or perhaps as a former poet, Craig Charles is also widely recognised as a bit of an authority on Funk and Soul, hosting radio shows and compiling wonderful compilations such as this. Focusing on upbeat and often exuberant tracks, there’s a tendency towards instrumental rather than vocal tracks, and a predominance of horn sections. While that guarantees some fun, the quality and musical talent is just as high with Open Ear favourites such as Hot 8 Brass Band and Lack of Afro providing the great cuts. Check out the album high, ‘Robbin Hood’ by Extra Curricular here.
Charli XCX – Sucker (Atlantic)
There’s a school of thinking that suggests that the best Pop is that which is most infectious; the tracks that are popular, and populist, almost despite themselves being the epitome of the genre. Charli XCX is most definitely a devoted adherent on Sucker as she mixes hook after hook with a charismatic touch of grit bound to convert the cynical. Sure, there’s an unnerving sense of parody that creeps in occasionally, but that ‘Oi!’ in the punky chorus of ‘London Queen’ hints this is far more knowing than most Pop-Punk released this millennium. Check it out here, but try not to over-think it.

Edwyn Collins – The Possibilities are Endless
(AED Records)

Edwyn Collins has a rich and beguiling back catalogue of music to his name, yet after suffering a stroke in 2005 he was left with a vocabulary of just eight words; ‘Yes’, ‘No’, his wife’s name, and ‘The Possibilities are Endless’. That he has now recorded an album of that name, to soundtrack a documentary of his fantastic recovery, would be a joy no matter how it sounded. In fact, it’s a new string in Collins’ bow as he presents tender and deeply considered pieces, with the assistance of co-artists Carwyn Ellis and Sebastian Lewsley, alongside previously released tracks such as the fantastic I’ve Got it Bad, now 20 years old. Check out the trailer for ‘The Possibilities are Endless’ here.
Nostalgia 77 and the Monster – Measures
(Tru Thoughts)
We’re only just done reviewing Nostalgia 77’s album with Prince Fatty when they pop up in their ‘Monster’ iteration featuring the full live band. This latest, Measures, includes significant compositions both from lead Benedic Lamdin and bass player and arranger Riaan Vosloo and returns to their Jazz core, including a fantastic tale on the great Sun Ra’s ‘An Island in the Sun’. Elsewhere there are hints at Miles DavisSketches of Spain, which makes it fair to say that this is a looser and more freeform album than last year’s ‘A Journey Too Far’. Check it out on Bandcamp.

Steelism – 615 to Fame (Single Lock)
Back when electric guitars hadn’t been played upside-down, set alight, and distorted to an inch of their life was a time when they played a remarkably prominent role. As the melodic line in Surf, Country, and Blues instrumentals in the 50s and 60s they captured many imaginations. Minds still turn to them upon hearing the trans-Atlantic duo that make up Steelism, comprised of Jeremy Fetzer and Spencer Cullum, who met while touring with Caitlin Rose. Named after the road between Nashville and Muscle Shoals, Alabama between which their debut album was recorded, 615 to Fame is vibrant and eclectic and well worth checking out. Catch ‘Caught in a Pickle’ here.


Caitlin Canty – Reckless Skyline (Kickstarter)
Authenticity counts when you’re playing Country, and it counts even more when you’re relying on your fans to help fund the pressing of your new album through Kickstarter. Thankfully Caitlin Canty’s alto vocals express the mystery, steady pacing, and weight of the world so important to all Americana with aplomb. Backed mainly be delicate guitar, drums, and peddle-steel from a band that are tight as can be, Reckless Skyline is straight-up quality. The guitar work on album highlight ‘My Love For You Will Not Fade’ sounds like it’s bolted from Ry Cooder’s stable, only to be tamed by Canty and her band. Check out a live version here.


iRefund – Free rental of digital music?

Edit: Despite initial reports, it appears that refunds may not be available if music or apps purchased via iTunes are ‘used’ prior to cancellation. Issues around copying and transfer of files to alternative storage are as yet unclear.

So the big music news from the end of 2014 is that iTunes now offer refunds on downloads, within 14 days of purchase. Thanks to EU consumer rights legislation you can now essentially rent albums for a fortnight and then cash them back in for the original price paid.

It’s been suggested that this could have a significant impact on the Charts, the premise being that a coordinated scheme by fans of a band could see tens of thousands of people buying a new single to get it into the Top Ten, only to then cancel their orders and get their money back. It’ll certainly make the annual novelty Christmas No. 1 campaign a little more interesting.

However, it could be a blessing in other ways if it encourages more people to take chances on new artists or to purchase music unheard rather than waiting until it can be streamed.

The most significant negative aspect that we see is that it negates one of the most significant positives of digital music distribution. While physical formats always have some spoilage, through scratched disks, lost inventory, and theft (and this cost is almost always passed onto the artist), this is not the case for digital. For reasons only labels can explain, many of the original loss/spoilage costs were still factored into artist contracts for digital product, and only recently have we seen a move away from that. No spoilage charges means more money for artists.

This latest move, where bandwidth and server space is used to transfer and store digital files that are subsequently refunded, could see costs again being laid onto the artist. Do we really think Apple won’t pass the bill on to the labels, who will in turn pass the buck? It’s worth considering before buying all of your favourite artists tracks and then calling in the refund.

Nick Cave (Adj): To steal a hole in rocks

Some songs are created in minutes, others are crafted over years. For a lyricist with the extended vocabulary of Nick Cave, it’s no real surprise that he’s been saving up words for years to whisk out when the occasion arises. There are plenty of examples too, though we rather like this imagery from ‘There She Goes, My Beautiful World’

“Karl Marx squeezed his carbuncles
while writing Das Kapital”

So we weren’t hugely surprised when we saw that Nick has been scrawling his favourite words into notebooks for years. That’s a dictionary we’d read cover to cover.

Check out these images to see for yourself (with thanks to Dangerous Minds)

Shure M44-7 in slo-mo

Check out this brilliantly researched and produced overview of an often overlooked piece of music technology – something that has no doubt brought you the sounds of a great night out at some point – the Shure M44-7 turntable cartridge.
For such a small object, it has an awful lot of love from DJs across the world. Yet, how many know that it started out in ‘60s jukeboxes?

All that love is down to the suspension system. Catch the video below to see what it’s all about in super slo-mo. If it takes your fancy, read the whole story over at Machozapp.

The Best New Music – 2014

As it’s the end of the year and the album release schedule has slowed right down, we figured we’d do a roundup of the year. The albums below are some of our favourites from the past 12 months, and they’ve all been featured extensively in a range of our venues. They’re in no particular order, and our plans for a Top Ten quickly turned into trying to cut a list down to just 20. Check them out…

Neneh Cherry  - Blank Project
(Smalltown Supersound)
It’s been a  full 16 years since her last solo release, yet it would be impossible for Neneh Cherry to start from a blank slate. Most famous perhaps for the international hit ‘7 Seconds’ with Youssou N’Dour, or even for her own ‘Buffalo Stance’, over the years Neneh has had her hand in making Punk, Trip-hop, Electronica and Pop what they are. Now she has teamed up with Kieran Hebden of Four Tet on production for some heartfelt Electronica that bristles with deep Hip-hop influenced beats, while her ever soulful vocal flow is endearing and emotive as ever. Check out her collab. single with Robyn here.

Moodymann – Moodymann
Eventually given a digital release, this is soulful House that tends towards the downbeat rather than the dancefloor. The highlights here are languid and fluid, and at times marked with a personable sense of humour. While the track titles take a leaf out of Prince’s book, look no further than ‘Ulooklykicecreaminthesummertyme’ for proof, the real magic of this album is the collaboration with other great figures of Soul, Funkadelic. Tight as ever, and resolutely political, ‘Sloppy Cosmic’ is a wonderful expression of all that is great about this sound and Moodymann’s production ensures it’s a powerfully groove-inducing star. Check it out here.

Lafayette Gilchrist - The View from Here
(Creative Differences)
The versatility of the piano is often forgotten. Not so for Jazz pianist Lafayette Gilchrist who grabs the attention as much with his left hand, through his remarkable mastery of the bass register, as with the whirling melodies emanating from his right hand. This is instrumental Jazz as far away from 12-bar standards as you can get as the bass keys stab, pulse or drone. His absorption in Hip-hop culture has clearly played a part in this, and at times lively Jazz gives way to what can only be described as flitting breakbeats. Check out ‘The view From Here/DC Slick’ on Soundcloud.

Tony Allen – Film of Life
(Jazz Village)
How many drummers have successfully produced solo albums that capture the imagination as well as their beats capture the feet? We don’t mean Phil Collins’ broad Pop here, but instead taking what all great drummers are best at; creating sounds that impact the body and using them to move the head and the heart. If ever that were possible it would be in the style of Afro-beat, where West African percussive rhythms meld with slinky Funk basslines and Global horn sections to create a music that for so many hits the body, mind, and the soul. With this latest album by the Afro-beat drummer Tony Allen (Fela KutiAfrica 70) we’re as close as we can get to music completely in check  with all of the bodies rhythms. Check out ‘Go Back’ featuring Damon Albarn to get the feel.

Leonard Cohen – Popular Problems
Now at 80 years old, it should be impressive enough that Cohen is still touring, that he’s managed to release his best album in 20 years is more impressive still. That touring seems to have done him some good, as his voice remains rich, though softly spoken yet capable of the occasional growl. Whilst mainly an intimate, narrative driven Folk album, there’s the Downtempo electronic pulse of ‘Nevermind’ to mix things up. It’s a lascivious creeper of a track, with light hand drums with a sense of Africa about them that makes it a close runner up to key track ‘Samson in New Orleans’ with its affecting post-Katrina narrative. Check out ‘Nevermind’ here.

Perfume Genius – Too Bright
Moving away from the more delicate work that has proceeded it, Too Bright showcases flashes of energy in tracks like ‘Queen’ and ‘Grid’ while retaining the melancholic fragility that has so strongly characterised Mike Hadreas’ music thus far. Despite those flashes, this latest begins with a measured pace in ‘I Decline’ and continues, for the most part, with soft key driven songwriting. Highlight track ‘All Along’ oozes with an intimate warmth before the final forlorn line resolutely declares “I want you to listen”. It’s a reasonable request, as the subtle nature of this characterful album demands keen ears, and rewards them repeatedly. Check out first single ‘Queen’ here.

Sinkane – Mean Love
(City Slang)
It’s rare we come across such a disparate and leftfield collection of influences and styles in one package. Even rarer for that package to be as coherent as this. These mid-tempo compositions flit between Soul, R&B, Country, and Electronica, while retaining an Afro-funk sense of rhythm. There’s a heavy dose of nostalgia running throughout this enigma of an album, and not since The Clash were in their heyday has such a muddled sound of 60s America been so entertaining. First single ‘How We Be’ is a wonderful exemplar of the personable yet worldly vibe just waiting to be discovered. Check it out here.

Jungle – Jungle
If you’ve caught yourself wondering what that cool Indie R&B you’ve been hearing all summer is, there’s a good chance the answer is Jungle. Filled with warmth and groove, this is a hook laden album with a focus more on the functions of Pop than on the styles that have influenced it. Nowhere is this more true than on ‘Son of a Gun’, which is just off-kilter enough to feel timelessly modern rather than hollow and uncanny. It’s a fine line to walk, but when you can cultivate soul filled vibes like these, the end result will always be in your favour. Check out single ‘Busy Earnin’ here.

Richard Thompson – Acoustic Classics
(Beeswing Records)
A summary of a career rather than a Greatest Hits per se, this collection takes tracks from the 40 year career of the venerable star and gives them a new, acoustic, life. Created due to a lack of adequate recordings of his growing habit for playing acoustic shows, these are newly recorded works that showcase Thompson’s fantastic skills with a guitar as well as his songwriting prowess. Taking in Americana, hints of Country and Jazz, as well as Blues Rock, and Folk if you haven’t heard Richard Thompson before, there are worse places to start. Check out the classic ‘1952 Vincent Black Lightening’ here.

BANKS – Goddess
(Good Years)
The long awaited debut from the much hyped BANKS, who came 3rd in the BBCs ‘Sound Of 2014’ list, is now with us. Squeezing into a singular gap between Indie Pop, R&B, and creeping Downtempo bass beats, Goddess is as good a Pop album as any to kick start the second half of the year. While BANKS’ vocals, and heartfelt personal lyrics, push that modern R&B sound, Lil Silva’s production keeps the mood deep and slow, but rarely heavy. While BANKS may be a rising star, it’s those beats that’ll ensure she burns bright for a good while yet. Check out ‘Begging for Thread’ here.

James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording And Wassailing Society (Domino)
The long established man from the East Neuk of Fife Folk scene has teamed up with some of his closest local companions (The Pictish TrailKT Tunstall) to record an album reflecting on life so far and those closest to home. Relying heavily on acoustic guitar and the harmonised vocals of Yorkston and his friends, these are simple and straight up Folk tunes that showcase emotion at every turn. ‘Broken Wave (A Blues for Doogie) shows this wonderfully as simple fingerpicked arpeggios turn into a delicate fiddle break. The sublime production, by Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, is intimate enough to hear the squeak of fingers on strings – you can almost smell the logs burning in the grate. Check out ‘Fellow Man’ here.

Lone  - Reality Testing
(R&S Records)
Taking the classic sounds of Detroit Techno and mixing them up with skittering Hip Hop beats may not be innovative but in the hands of Lone it sure makes for an entrancing sound. This latest album of mainly instrumental cuts, his sixth to date, flits between swollen grooves, entangling melodies, and rhythmic stabs which together build an absorbingly dynamic atmosphere. The exemplary ‘Meeker Warm Energy’ is almost loungey, yet its back-to-basics Hip Hop pulse keeps it focused until the static-filled ending on bare key chords. The standout for us, however, is ‘Vengeance Video’s’ slurred bassline lurking below the attention grabbing arpeggiated melody – check it out here.

Friends From Rio Project
(Far Out Recordings)
Friends From Rio was the first title released by Far Out back in 1994. 20 years on and the folks at Far Out decided it was time to celebrate the diversity of Rio’s musical culture once more. Filled to the brim with Bossa and Funk grooves alongside some cracking Batucadas, this really is an album that makes you want to move your feet and shake your hips. While most of this energy has been channelled into new compositions, a little has been reserved for a fantastic reworking of the classic ‘Mas Que Nada’. Featuring brilliant group vocals, stylish keys, an incredibly rich flute melody and energetic percussion it’s as good a version of the track as we’ve ever heard. Better than the Jorge Ben original? Very possibly. Get a taster of what else is on offer by checking out ‘Casino Bangu’ here.

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband
(Because Music)
Now four albums in, Little Dragon have their style of Indie Electronica down and this latest release see’s them honing their skills and setting their sights a little closer to the dancefloor. Lead single ‘Klapp Klapp’ has been all over our playlists for a while, and the album follows in a similar fashion of laid back rolling beats, simple synth melodies and Yukimi Nagano’s much loved vocals. The highlight has to be the chill of ‘Pretty Girls’ which really lets Nagano’s voice shine. We’re going to be playing it everywhere. Check it out here.

Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
(Olsen Records)
Having been around for a fair while it’s nice to see Todd Terje eventually releasing a full length LP even if some of the tracks will be familiar to both dancefloors and fans. The title, in many ways, says all that needs to be said as Terje connects Electro, Disco and House cuts together into an upbeat and broadly instrumental record. The collaboration with Bryan Ferry on a cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny and Mary’ may be new but the older ‘Inspector Norse’, with its synth-driven classic House sound, is the highlight here. Check out that Bryan Ferry collaboration here.

Ibibio Sound Machine – Ibibio Sound Machine (Soundway)
When Funk meets Electro a sense of fun and excitement is typically on the cards. When that Electro-Funk is combined with a heavy African influence, particularly Highlife and Afro-Beat, then an irresistible groove is all but guaranteed. It is through these infectious influences, and a keen sense of rhythm, that Eno Williams weaves her songs with stories from the Nigerian folk tales told to her by her mother. In many ways it makes a great contemporary companion to last year’s excellent William Onyeabor record. That alone makes it worth a spin. Check out ‘Let’s Dance’ on Soundcloud.

Tycho – Awake
(Ghostly International)
One of the great things about this time of year is that the light, upbeat records that encourage thoughts of summer days have started to be released. Often amongst those early releases will be a record that will see us through until autumn and Awake stands a fair chance of being one of those this year. Tycho’s instrumental Electro and downtempo Electronica is both light and airy with synthetic washes and analogue bass leading the way. Put simply, this is a happy record worth spending some springtime with.  Check out ‘Awake’ here.

Kelis – Food (Ninja Tune)
By teaming up with producer Dave Sitek, of TV on the Radio fame, Kelis has delivered an album that is designed to incite nostalgia with its rootsy form of soulful pop. Featuring horns and light electronic touches throughout, it has warmth and depth that makes it a pleasurable and involving listen. New single ‘Rumble’ is a highlight with its simple piano-led melody and low-end bass groove allowing Kelis’ vocals to take the reins and inject the bite that keeps the listeners attention throughout this surprising record. Much like Neneh Cheery last month, Kelis has shown that time can be a kind and supportive accomplace. Check out ‘Rumble’ here.

Blood Orange – Cupid Deluxe

As a man of many names and a master of many styles Dev Hynes, a former member of Test Icicles and perhaps better known as Lightspeed Champion, here releases his second album under his current Blood Orange moniker. While the first album was a clear step away from his earlier indie-electro work, taking in a pop sound, the latest record mixes the soul, funk, R&B and hip-hop influences of the first into an altogether more interesting and quality listen. While this latest release won’t lose Hynes the many comparisons to Prince, in particular his NPG-era, that have been made in the past, on this showing that is no bad thing. Check out the video for ‘Time Will Tell’ here.

Redinho – Redinho
The long awaited debut from Redinho finally arrives and the wait has been worth it. The cross pollination of R&B, Electro, Hip Hop and House has resulted in many fine records in the past, but also a fair few duds. Mention the addition of a Talkbox and normally alarm bells would be ringing but, while OTT in some hands, here it serves to meld those soulful vocals into constant conversation with the beats around them. Those beats are as inviting as they come too, sucking the listener into an electronic harmony worth basking in. Check out ‘Playing With Fire’ here.

LuckyMe Advent Calendar

So we’re a little late off the blocks with this one, but we’ve just remembered the LuckyMe advent calendar. What better way to work towards the big party on the 25th than by catching a free download from the LM bunch each and every day?

It’s off to a good start, with tracks from Sevendeaths and S-Type up already. Check it out here.