Fresh Fish: Bones of Ghosts- Use your ends to choose your friends Vol. 1

22 03 2011

Another Diamond in the rough from Soundcloud! Brighton UK’s Bones of Ghosts drops a free compilation download of tracks that were once thought to be lost to hard drive failure but now reconstructed for our listening pleasure. Pretty neat stuff.

Here’s a Preview Mix of Use your ends… if you like what you hear, click the mediafire link on the page below for a download.


The Squeezebox: Herajika Tracks- Love Universal (2011)

14 03 2011

Tranquil Hip Hop Instrumentalists Herajika Tracks create a Rare Album of beats consisting of carefully placed samples and well constructed, thought out song structures. Calm and precise- gently sculpted out of Beautiful, complex piano pieces (Which  one the members Koki plays live, rather than being sampled) complemented with Heavy drums, Flutes, strings, and  Soul crooning Vocals. Instead of dwelling within  the City boundaries like most Hip-Hop, There’s a distinct Sense of Nature on this album- on any given (Herajika) track you can hear a bubbling stream or a wind brushing Chimes into motion and a bird call echoing in the background. Like walking through a lush, secluded Forest, Love Universal wraps around you warmly with their peaceful Methods and approach to Zen-like Hip Hop.

85% -Armordillo

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

The SqueezeBox: Incise- Familiar Voices (2010)

19 01 2011

Serving as a Introduction to his sound, Incise Drops Familiar Voices, a Compilation for FREE.  Ontario’s Finest Takes tracks from his last two Japanese Releases Nobody’s Story (2008) & Daily Methods (2010). Presumably made as a sort of promotional tool to grab new listeners.It was an effective way to get his name out there in hip hop circles. It Definitely worked; I took the free sample and I’m Hungry For more.

On Familiar Voices Incise crafts Instrumental Hip Hop consisting of Deep and soulful grooves. Sampling tranquil Jazz melodies characteristic of Japanese Hip Hop Production while also incorporating far-out electronic elements. Add it all up with some signature Primo Thump and  Incise seems to have achieved perfect beat alchemy. It’s been said that the best things in life are free. I’m not sure if this is what our elders meant, but Incise’ MP3 release fits the sentiment to me perfectly. Give this guy some love-Did I mention it’s free? 87% -Armordillo

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