Fresh Fish: Sepalcure- Fleur EP (2011)

7 03 2011

Already sporting an all-star roster of  producers, Scuba, Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison, Etc., Hot Flush is rapidly turning out arguably the hotbed of Garage/2 Step dopeness. Sepalcure is the latest product of the label: Producers Praveen Sharma and Travis Stewart, (who usually records Glitchy Break-beats under the Moniker MachineDrum) together craft Dub-step with a more Spacious feel to their sound and a unique blend of deep techno and house Influences. You can Bask in the hazy tranquility of these beatscapes rather than the subterranean Gloom and claustrophobia of most dubstep. Fleur offers a more heady and surreal take on a genre that is sometimes too preoccupied with just melting your face and rattling your rib cage.   at the risk of being too pre occupied with the  rising popularity of dubstep/ 2 step Garage, we offer you Sepalcure and the newest Gem Fleur EP  for the amazing Hot Flush Records.  Fans of the label gotta pick this one up along with their previous EP/Single, Love Pressure.

83%- Amordillo


The Squeezebox: Mux Mool – Drum EP 2

24 01 2011

So you like electronic music.  Video game bleeps, boom-claps and synths.  You enjoy dancing like a fool in your room to music that could evacuate a dancefloor with its weirdness.  You spend your days holed away playing with pirated copies of Fruity Loops, Cakewalk and Ableton Live.  You’re a beat junkie, and you love it.  Fear not, young pilgrim, for the Balafonic Crew is right by your side, freaking with the best of ’em.

So what’s bumping on the speakers this morning?  Why, if it isn’t Brooklyn-based Big Beat Electro-Hip Hop-Nerd Mux Mool, with his Drum EP 2, released last Friday and available online by donation only.  I love concept albums for their overarching themes.  So many albums out there today are just collections of songs that a band made, but with concept albums there is a larger narrative, a flow between tracks and throughout the album that gets me giddy, even if some of the individual tracks aren’t that hot.

And so it is with Drum EP 2, in which Mux Mool presents us with six songs he produced entirely while riding on airplanes.  As to be expected with an airplane album, Drum EP 2 is appropriately dreamy and introspection-inducing.  I can feel the stale air, the loud whirs and hums of the air conditioner, the sterile attendants and crying babies.  Please keep your tray tables in their upright and locked positions.

But Mux himself says it best when describing why he made this EP on Soundcloud:  “traveling in general can be rather soul sucking if you don’t properly prepare yourself. So this is an exercise in trying to remain inspired and present at a time when there is only frustration and anxiety and crying babies and snoring people and bad smells and stale air and delays and loneliness all around you.”

We can see then, that out of the most uninspiring, oppressive and ugly situations it is possible to still find inspiration, to create beauty and to appreciate soul.  Thanks for this little diddy, Mux, can’t wait for more.


Pick up your copy of Drum EP 2 over at Moodgadget

Fresh Fish: Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (2010

21 12 2010

Kind of a strange name of an electronic pop musician, this new comer from Orlando  is a total dance schizophrenic.  On a few short E.P.’s he has tied together elements of many disparate genres of electronica: drum n bass, house, dubstep, breakbeat, you name it, he has it all. For his lead single he tries his hand at pop songwriting, bringing in Louisa from Lulu and the Lampshades (never heard of them before) to trade-off with him in this charming dance pop duet. Full of Atari bleeps, chest-rattling bass, and sleek keyboard chords propelling the track, it comes off sounding like the love child of the XX and Cut Copy that will stay in your ears for days. -Armordillo

Squeezebox: Yppah- You are beautiful at all times (2006)

12 12 2010

Just when you think you’ve heard it all, an album appears that offers a familiar but new twist to beat music.  Texan Joe Corrales under the alias Yppah (happy! get it? I didn’t notice for the longest time) offer up a intriguing  collision of styles on his debut.  Fusing eclectic genres: the sonic textures of down tempo electronica, hip-hop break beats with reverbed indie guitars and melodies.  It all blends together for a lush, melancholy version of electronic shoegaze, hip hop thing (genre pending).  Soothing and contemplative, its one of those rare electronic albums that feels like it has a life-force of its own.

9.3/10 -Armordillo

Yppah on

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