13 October 2021
Band: MENTO BURU
Who: A 7-piece band from Bakersfield, CA that combining an energetic blend of Latin alternative, Jamaican SKA, and reggae sounds. Veterans of ska music’s hyperactive nineties third wave, the group has released music on the Moon Ska and Steady Beat record labels. The band’s name refers to two forms of early Jamaican folk music styles, which make up the rhythmic foundation of what would become ska and reggae music in the 1960s.
(photo by Jeremy Gonzalez)
New EP: SKALLOWEEN
Info: A six-song Extended Play of reimagined Halloween music classics originally recorded and released by Bakersfield Sound icons Buck Owens and Ronnie Cook & The Gaylads.
Turn Up The Volume: Just leave your death metal albums on the shelf this year with Halloween. Why? With this steaming EP you can organise also a moshpit with your friends. But instead of banging you’re heads against each other with concussions as a result, you can safely go Ska bonkers now. Warning: don’t fall over your feet while shuffling them like crazy and while shaking your booty too fast, or you’ll have the same painful outcome as with your metalloween havoc.
Join the special(s) madness here…
MENTO BURO: Facebook
(design by ERock)
11 October 2021
Who: Frustrated noiseniks from London
New EP: THIS SEPTIC ISLE
Released: 1st October via Gare Du Nord Records.
When their fulminating single Butterly Room came out (an acrimonious
reflection on the state of chaotic Brexit England) I called these four raging
post-punk revolters the Four Horsemen of the Great Britain Apocalypse. Their
second EP confirms this description with unbridled intenseness and stunning
songwriting bringing the sinister force of The Birthday Party to mind.
Opener Ghoul Driver sets the tremendously torrid tone of this jaw-dropping
extended play. It’s an ominous trance-like outburst that threatens to explode
any second with a nervous violin initiating the expected blood-and-guts finale.
Say Goodbye both surprises and impresses with its longing Mexican tango
melodiousness. Melancholic trumpets, a weeping violin, and banjo-like guitar
gusto. And again the vocals are utterly impassioned. A touching video clip
visualizes this heavy-hearted gem.
As said above Butterfly Room is a fulminating blast and closer The Man Ate
Capitalism progresses at a funeral pace. Lamenting and dolesome. Seems
like capitalism is the deceased.
Conclusion: one of the most fascinating EPs I heard all year.
4 October 2021
Band: HUX FLUX
Who: A quartet from Gothenburg, Sweden. They call their reverby sound ‘Trashdance’, influenced by punk, dance music and garage rock. They produced by legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes, The Sonics, Dirt Bombs etc).
New EP: BANANA BRAIN
“Our personal influencers are a bit different, but as a band I would say that
Thee Oh Sees inspire us on the experimental part, Night Beats for the overall
sound, and The Coathangers for the versatility and attitude. We take our
music very seriously, but as ourselves we are more of the playful types.”
Turn Up The Volume: Expect four glorious chaotic psychobilly grooves
à la slash and trash legends The Cramps, sounding as if they were recorded
in a filthy basement far away from a thing called studio. Smells like punk spirit.
No arty-farty nonsense for Hux Flux whose frontwoman’s voice balances
somewhere between a Riot grrl version of Betty Boop and a young Marianne
Faithfull smoking 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Devilish cool, right? Absolutely.
Check your stereo before you press play…
HUX FLUX: Facebook
2 October 2021
Who: Famous electro-dance duo featuring singer Andy Bell
and synth maestro Vince Clarke (who started his career with
Depeche Mode, left and formed Yazoo and then started Erasure).
Active: 1985-present / 18 studio albums so far, with
the 2020 LP The Neon as the most recent one.
New EP: NE: EP
Released: Yesterday (1 October 2021)
just out of the blue without prior noise.
Turn Up The Volume: As if it was planned (probably so) brand new
Erasure stuff sees the light of the day now the nightclubs reopened
recently, the duo’s natural habitat. So they do what they always did/do,
writing sparkling synth stimulants to activate you for some dancefloor
action. This 5-track EP will do the job easily.
Make your moves here…
28 September 2021
Artist: LOVE ITOYA
Who: A 24-year R&B/Soul Greek Nigerian singer, songwriter,
performer, dancer, artist, born and raised in Thessaloniki, Greece.
Debut EP: INTRODUCTION
Released: 24 September 2021
Itoya: “Introduction” was written by my true life experiences and
also has a message of empowerment and advice to the world.”
Turn Up The Volume: Itoya is a natural-born singer and entertainer. Her glorious soul voice – think Béyonce and Neneh Cherry (yes that good) -sounds so spirited, so brisk, so
real and human that your stream of adrenalin explodes and euphoria takes over. Her 6-track debut EP couldn’t have come at a better time. After about 18 freedom-limiting and depressing months – we can dance in the streets again, side by side.
Finally, we can enjoy life again while swaying and swinging our hips to this exotic R&B jamboree injected with reggae sparks (Pepper Dam / Real Love), Motown inspired disco fervor (Ups & Downs) and passionate, mixed emotions (Consideration, with a flashy guitar solo, should be a hit worldwide)). All irresistible tunes, richly orchestrated and greatly arranged. And yes, Love Itoya looks totally gorgeous. What an introduction!
Stream/buy the EP here…
LOVE ITOYA: Facebook – Instagram
27 September 2021
Band: SONIC TIDES (Liege)
Who: Belgian 5-piece that produces a big subversive sound
ranging from noise rock to psychedelic. You can dive into their
duality between dissonant sounds and hypnotizing and
(photo: Gaux Mar)
Info: “The release of this EP is the result of the group’s work during the pandemic,
traveling between several atmospheres; frantic and dissonant sounds of “Foreseen
Failure” to melancholy vocal harmonies and the soaring atmosphere of “Through
My Bones”. This debut EP offers a glimpse into the alternate universe of Sonic Tides.”
About the artwork: “We were fortunate enough to be able to work with Robby Staebler
aka UVWAYS (All Them Witches) for the artwork for the first EP. We have always greatly appreciated his creations and visuals. He made the artwork for the EP directly from our
music. It was both an honor and a pleasure to be able to collaborate with him.” ”
Turn Up The Volume: From noise bulldozer Foreseen Failure to Black Sabbath
drone with a blues edge The Grass Grows. From bass-driven slo-mo jam Disruption
to quiet/Loud/quiet tour de force Through my Bones that leaves you behind, puzzled
and dazed with your ears ringing for a couple of minutes. An intense experience.
Top debut EP.
Test your speakers here…
SONIC TIDES: Facebook
7 September 2021
Who: This musical project started in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2014 and presents a soundscape based on electronic backgrounds and a more classic rock instrumentation blended with mellotrons, vibraphone, santur, harmonium and other alluring sounding instruments. In short, atmospheric psychedelic darkness with occult undertones.
New EP: ECLIPSE
Released: 20 August 2021
Eclipse, together with the previous EPs Cut (2020) and Spiral (2019) concludes a trilogy full of contradicting elements like nature, machines, birth, death and so on. The band recommends you to dive into the dark and vast oceans, and let yourself drift along with the unknown currents for a while.
Turn Up The Volume: Eyemouth is not a band, it’s a sort of spiritual experience, going from the unreal to the real and back. This EP contains six tracks but you really need to listen to it as a unity, as an entwined whole in order to capture the full sonic and lyrical picture.
Eclipse is one long mythical prog rock symphony with classical music structures that enhance the otherworldly euphony while Marcus Lilja‘s spooky voice wanders throughout like the untraceable ghost in the Blair Witch Project. Enigmatic, poignant and soul-stirring are the keywords. Put on your headphones, close your eyes and let this spellbinding trip lead you to the unreal and back. Enjoy the voyage.
Stream/buy Eclipse here…
Eyemouth: Marcus Lilja, Joakim Åberg
All songs written and produced by Marcus Lilja
Recorded at All Harmonics Studio, Gothenburg, Sweden
Mastered by Daniel Johansson at Welfare Sounds
Cover layout by Håkan Aspnäs
ECLIPSE out now – available via Apple Music and Bandcamp
31 August 2021
Artist: PATTI SMITH
Active: Since 1967 / 11 studio albums
New EP: LIVE AT ELECTRIC LADY
Living legend Patti Smith has a live EP out as part of Spotify and Electric Lady Studios‘s
live registrations, also featuring Japanese Breakfast, Faye Webster, Bleachers, and more.
Her 7-track performance contains five of her own songs and two covers.
Bob Dylan’s ‘One Too Many Mornings’ and Stevie Wonder’s ‘Blame It On The Sun.’
Patti: “We are very proud to be part of Spotify’s Live At Electric Lady series, our favorite recording studio. It was a unique challenge and offered us an exciting and innovative
platform. We are grateful to Spotify for their generous support and willingness to
present a live performance with all its possibilities of risk and revelation.”
Tune in here…
PATTI SMITH: Website
29 August 2021
Band: GORILLAZ (UK)
Active: 1998-present / 7 studio albums so far
New EP: MEANWHILE
This new 3-track extended play celebrates the legendary the Notting Hill Carnival in London, once the inspiration for The Clash‘s debut single White Riot. Unfortunately, the carnival is cancelled this year due to the pandemic, something the 24/7 music-making Damon Albarn didn’t want to pass just like that.
Meanwhile features rappers AJ Tracey and Jelani
Blackman and dancehall artist Alicaì Harley.
Carnival starts here…
22 August 2021
Artist: ANGEL OLSEN
Who: Singer-songwriter from Chicago with a
golden voice, so far she made 5 studio albums
New EP: AISLES
Five covers of 80s hits
Released: 20 August 2021
Olsen picked 5 feel-good electro-pop hits from the eighties,
slowed them down, drenched them in a dream-synth bath,
and let her golden voice glide all over it.
‘Gloria’ – original by Umberto Tozzi
‘Eyes Without A Face’ – original by Billy Idol
‘Safety Dance’ – original by Men Without Hats
‘If You Leave Me’ – original by OMD
‘Forever Young’– original by Alphaville
Stream ‘Aisles’ EP here…
ANGEL OLSEN: Facebook