This one goes up to 11…

+-*Ever been at an event where you wish they’d turn the sound up another notch? It’s a problem that’s becoming more frequent as inner-city space becomes more precious and residential properties begin to creep into the back streets  that up until now were left to clubs, late night bars, and takeaways. Those new residents want […]

New Music – April

+-*  Errors – Lease of Life (Rock Action) Now on album number four and a stalwart of the Rock Action label, behind only long in the tooth label heads Mogwai, Errors have their sound down and do what they do with confidence and aplomb. It’s notable that Lease of Life is not prefixed with the […]

Introducing: Open Ear Player

+-*Three years in the making, Open Ear is extremely excited to present the ‘Open Ear Player’ –  the intelligent playlisting platform for businesses. As innovative as it is intuitive, it’s designed specifically for bars, restaurants, shops, cafes, hotels, spas, and more. We will be demoing the platform at a special launch event on Monday 20th April […]

MixSCAN monetises samples

+-*It should be taken as read that we’re keen to share new and interesting music around, particularly music that isn’t often well served by more mainstream outlets. We don’t just do it with Open Ear either, as anyone who has caught DJ mixes and radio shows we’ve been involved in will know. Unfortunately, we all […]

New Music – March

+-*Ibeyi – Ibeyi (XL Recordings) Soulful, Jazz-inflected, brimming with deep bass and wonderful touches of Electronica; Ibeyi is an affectionate and endearing accumulation of the influences of its creators. Those creators are French-Cuban twin-sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Diaz, whose name Ibeyi means ‘twins’ in Yoruba – a Nigerian language that travelled to Cuba through the […]

Breakdown J Dilla samples with SampleStitch

+-*Do you remember that graph that showed the relative verbosity and linguistic skill of various HipHop MCs and rappers? We wrote about it here, and in doing so wondered out loud about the motivations of the author, Matt Daniels; “Sometimes the people who do this are creative geniuses, others are just obsessed by knowledge and […]

New Music – February

+-*Kitty, Daisy & Lewis – Kitty, Daisy & Lewis The Third (Sunday Best) The third album from this sibling trio is a retro affair indulging in classic R&B, Rockabilly, and 50s Rock ‘n’ Roll. This time there’s Mick Jones on production duties, though any raw influence of his time in The Clash is imperceptible here. Instead […]