LCD SoundSystem’s NY Farewell Show

5 04 2011

In one word: Legendary. So bittersweet it’s almost unbearable.I feel regret that LCD is done and never got the chance to experience them live. Sigh, this is as close as I’ll get: One final Party it was with some band members groovin’ almost as much as the audience and James Murphy leaving at his Zenith. When people look back on this era of music, LCD will definitely be remembered and celebrated as one of the most important and fun groups we’ve had the fortune to hear

LCD Soundsystem’s NYC Farwell Show in its entirety.


The Squeezebox: Buckwild ft. Celph Titled- Buckwild Presents..EP (2010)

11 02 2011

Courtesy of my man MFuniverse, Check it–

Usually an E.P. will have a couple good tracks and a bunch of filler that were left off the album for good reason. That’s not at all the case on Buckwild’s  Presents EP, a companion release for his 2010 collaboration with Celph Titled, Nineteen Ninety Now.This is definitely a Buckwild release, and as such the production takes center stage.

Divided into two “sides” the first four tracks continue with Celph Titled featuring new tracks in the vein of Nineteen... Other than the LP version of “There Will Be Blood” there are no throwaways to be heard. If anything, it’s a wonder why some of these songs were left off. Following the aforementioned track is a remix which surpasses the original, capturing that classic 90’s sound that reminds you of warm weather and making your head nod. The posse cut features all of D.I.T.C. minus Big L, and two thirds of Brand Nubian’s original line up. These Songs are nothing short of incredible. It’s amazing to think that these beats sat around untouched for over a decade.
The second side is a compilation of 5 rare/unreleased remixes of singles from the early 90s/post-golden age of hip hop. Notable standouts are Diamond D’s collaboration with Tha Alkaholiks “The Next Level” and Kool G Rap & Nas’s “Fast Life”. The production has a darker, more Middle Eastern feel that gives the songs new life. This EP is a must for anyone who can’t get enough of the boom bap hip hop of the 90’s and fans of old D.I.T.C. like O.C., Showbiz & A.G. and Lord Finesse.



The Squeezebox: ELIKA – Snuggle Bunnies

20 01 2011

For most musicians, the creative process of making music starts with an emotion, an intangible feeling that they can convey only through sound.  I’ve often wondered if there is any correlation between emotional trends in music and broader world events and cultural trends, but that is a discussion for another day.  Suffice to say, the more emotion an artist conveys in their songs, the more accessible it becomes to emotional people.

It goes without saying that Elika, a two-piece, Brooklyn-based DIY electronic-pop band, has mastered this art of conveying emotion.  Though the prevalent feeling of their new album Snuggle Bunnies is a mixture of angst, pain, and frustration, there is a certain prevailing sense of hope and potential permeating the entire album, lending an unexpected brightness to an album primarily about breakups and heartache.

Let me be straight: you can call Elika indie shoegaze/dream-pop, but to accurately define their music would require much more space than we have here.  Snuggle Bunnies is a multi-genre album in the truest sense, ranging from danceable, bubbly, multi-layered electro to dreamy ambience and synth psychedelia.  Evangelia Maravelias has a beautiful voice, and her harmonizations throughout the album are absolutely wonderful.  All the elements combine to form a very compelling and diverse selection.

The only concern I have with this album is in its flow.  Why put the single, “Summer,” an upbeat, angsty hipster-anthem at the front of the disc?  “Stand Still,” track two on Snuggle Bunnies, sounds like the Intro of a great album.  Putting “Summer” before it feels odd and threatens to derail the flow of the whole album right from the get-go.

Elika has the vision, the talent and the relevance to make it as a fantastic chart-topper.   Their DIY production style is very encouraging to other budding hipsters/artists, and if it weren’t for the tracklist and the relatively low level of thematic diversity in the lyrical content, this album could have been a late addition to my top albums of 2010.  As it is, I am very much looking forward to hearing more from this duo.  87/100 B+


ELIKA website

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