If you look toward the lower end of the Animal Collective ATP line-up you will notice just above stand-up comedian Matt Baetz an act named soldiers Of Fortune. Granted, the billing of an ATP line-up means nothing but it would be easy to overlook the lower echelons of a list of artists that includes acts as high-profile as Big Boi and Beach House. From what I can gather, Soldiers Of Fortune are a super group of sorts, and have been active since 2004. I am not going to delve in to the various musicians that have been and are currently involved in this band because for me, the fact that Kid Millions features on drums is reason enough to take note. Sleeping Sentinel, taken from the debut album Ball Strength is an exciting slice of psych-garage rock that features plenty of sick guitar soloing, awesome backing vocals and some of the best drumming you are likely to hear this side of Oneida. Check the MP3 out below and be sure not to overlook them if you’re lucky enough to be attending AC’s ATP:
Soldiers Of Fortune – Sleeping Sentinel MP3 (Right Click/Save As)
Odd Future ringleader Tyler is due to drop his new album Yonkers on May 10th. If his recent NME cover is anything to go by, this shit is going global. The album is being kept under tight wraps and so far the singles Yonkers and Sandwiches are the only two jams to have been aired publicly. Tron Cat can now be added to that much sought after list of songs. Odd Future may be the most exciting thing to happen to rap since the Wu-Tang Clan and the most punk rock thing to happen to music since the Pistols and Tron Cat both affirms this sentiment and heightens the anticipation for this album further still. Tyler is clearly compromising nothing, the production is as dense and intimidating as ever and the lyrics equally controversial; “Rape a pregnant bitch and tell my friends I had a threesome”. TYLER FUCKS DOLPHINS………. A-MAZING!!!
Tyler The Creator – Tron Cat MP3 (Right Click/Save As)
The clue is kind of in the song title with this one. The spacey synths twist and warp around a disco beat that just hits so hard. Listening to this track is such a pleasure, it just keeps getting better and better as it progresses, breaking down and rebuilding beautifully at around the half way mark. So much happens throughout the song, it changes and mutates just when you think you have a handle on it. Amazing track.
When you’re done having your mind blown by the original edit, check out the Brassica mix. If the original was perfect for a club or a decent stereo then this mix is perfect for outdoor headphones. The beats are still present but everything seems a little more subdued and dreamlike, less clean sounding, the emphasis clearly on the progginess of the keys. I love the way that the melody that bookends the track almost playfully verges on falling apart. One to stare at the stars to. Seriously!!! Check these songs out!
Gareth Cheshire – Galaxia (Brassica Remix) – MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Curren$y has teamed up with The Alchemist to release a new EP entitled Covert Coup. It’s only 10 tracks and the majority of these clock in at under three minutes. This all suits me down to the ground as I often find hip-hop albums to be overly long and difficult to digest in one sitting, Curren$y kept the reins on for this release and it pays off big time. Check out the awesome album closer Full Metal below and head HERE to download the full EP for absolutely nothing more than your email address.
Curren$y – Full Metal MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
I picked up an awesome compilation yesterday called Local Customs: Dubbed at Boddie. I got my copy on cassette but the vinyl and CD versions are titled Pressed At Boddie and Burned At Boddie respectively. The 17 songs span genres as diverse as, but not limited to garage rock, soul, funk, psychedelia and gospel. Each of these songs has been painstakingly chosen and compiled from the vast output of the Boddie Recording Company, a husband/wife business run out of Cleveland, specialising in nothing in particular other than immortalising any artist that happened to walk through their door. I believe this was a Record Store Day release and as such numbers are limited, but if you can get hold of a copy of this I would highly recommend it, not just for the music but also the fascinating sleeve notes. More info HERE.
Earthtone 9 returned today, and they’ve done so with both style and serious intent. Tide Of Ambition is their first new material since way back in 2002 and the wait has not been in vein. What I love most about this song is that it’s classic, unmistakable ET9. Heavy, choppy riffs, guttural hardcore screams and soaring choruses. Short, sharp and straight to the jugular, anthemic in the way that Grind And Click was and catchy like Tat Twam Asi with a hint of Withered chucked in for good measure. This band never ever achieved the heights that they deserved, so hopefully this time around they will get the kind of attention and accolades that they criminally lacked when they were last active. Seriously cannot wait to see them on tour next month. Check it out below. RAWWWWWWWWKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!!!!!!
Earthtone 9 – Tide Of Ambition MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
UPDATE: Just found the below image, presumably the cover for the upcoming EP For Cause & Consequence. Yes!
I know there is an official video for this song, which you can view HERE. But If I’m honest, the below video is way cooler and fits much better with the song itself. Presumably it’s homemade, but whoever is responsible captured the essence of the song by focusing on grainy video footage of a spinning top and footage filmed by reflection of water. Alien Observer is undoubtedly a highlight of its namesake album so whichever video you prefer, is pretty irrelevant when you listen to the song pre/post slumber as you absolutely should.
Starfucker have had a few tunes out there over the past few months or so; now their new record Reptilians is out on Polyvinyl Records. The songs that I have heard so far have reminded me hugely of the Flaming Lips, the use of acoustic strumming backed by sci-fi inspired sound effects has been Yoshimi through and through. Reptlians follows up on the promise of these tracks, offering up a psychedelic journey through 80’s synths and late 90’s hooks. I’m really in to this album and one of the songs that stuck out was Death As A Fetish; it’s kind of an anthemic song that offers none of the defiance that the band name might suggest, but it’s good and positive and I like it. Much like the rest of the album, check it out:
Starfucker – Death As A fetish MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Meanwhile, it was Record Store Day today. And while I didn’t make it to any of my favourite shops, there were some incredible releases scheduled for all over the globe. I hate to say most noteworthy, but of “significant” note was a new 12″ from Radiohead. Featuring two new tracks, Supercollider and The Butcher. As far as I am aware, at least one of these two King Of Limbs session tracks has been played live by the band recently. They both kind of follow on from the latest album in terms of style; beats trump guitars and vocals skirt proper hooks. I still absolutely love them though. Check vinyl rips out below:
Radiohead – Supercollider MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Radiohead – The Butcher MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Purity Rings song Ungirthed has been doing the rounds now since the beginning of the year. Now that the physical 7″ is imminent, the B-side Lofticries has surfaced and very quickly spread like wildfire. For good reason too, these songs are beautifully put together. The vocals sound like a less waif-like Joanna Newsom or a more organic sounding Karin Dreijer Andersson. They are pitched perfectly to a backdrop of spacey synths and a moving collage of auto-tuned vocal samples. The vocal manipulation and stop start nature by which they are pieced together is kind of reminiscent of dubstep, but the way it all comes together elevates it way beyond such a lazy comparison. Both these songs are incredible and it’s no wonder the internet seems to be tripping over itself in disbelief, I for one am very excited. Check them out below:
Purity Ring – Lofticries MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Purity Ring – Ungirthed MP3 (Right Click / Save As)
Also, I posted an MP3 of the Californian artist Evan Bailey last week. I wrote a review of his self-titled album for Buzzpost, click HERE to check that out.