I’m still trying to wrap my head around the Swedish electro artist, Elliphant.
She’s got heavy jungle beats, snappy snares, and a dark, underlying house element that brings it all together. Elliphant’s self-titled debut EP is nothing but pure electronic grit. Tracks like “In The Jungle,” sound like they’re meant for the lowest lit of warehouses and grimey alleyways yet she turns the vibe completely around in, “Cian’t Hear It.”
The track has a very heavy reggae vibe and I would have to say that it falls into my own personal Kiddie Pool Musiccategory. I can’t wait until the end of May to bump this in the backyard in Bro Isle. The video was also accompanied by a link for a free download of the track as well as a bonus remix which features spurts of 60′s pop rock rhythms.
Back when summer had just started I put out a mixtape that I thought was perfect for listening to on the beach. Within the mixtape was a band called The Caribbean Torpedoes. I found their album on vinyl while cleaning out my grandparents’ basement and I enjoyed their soothing calypso sounds. Apparently my grandparents did, too. They went on a cruise in the 60′s and the Torpedoes were the band that performed on the ship. My Pops liked them so much that he purchased their album. I’m glad he did.
Enough of the backstory, I’ll get to why I’m sharing the full album now. A couple of weeks ago we were contacted by the daughter of the guitarist from the Caribbean Torpedoes and she expressed surprise at the fact that their music was available. We traded a few emails and she asked me to put the rest of their album online because she would love to share it with her family. So here is their album in its entirety for free. Listen to it and pretend you are cruising around the Bahamas.
Friend of the blog Chaz Van Queen is performing in New York tomorrow night and he would like for you to join him. He is set to open the show up and will be followed by the Disco Monkeys and Emergency Service, who will be recording the show for their next music video.
If you’ve been keeping up with the blog you know who Chaz is. If not, he is a very talented musician specializing in hip hop and r&b who is currently studying music and plans to release his album “A Smile for You” very shortly. The Disco Monkeys are in fact a disco band, but the band is made up entirely of humans. This means that their band name is half of a lie. Emergency Service lists their genres as pop, reggae, rock, pop rock, and hip hop. I’d throw in that they sound a bit ska-ish at times, too. This makes them the everything bagel of music, or maybe a meat lover’s pizza. They are headlining the show which starts at 9 PM and is located at Dominion in NY. Event info here.
Now Emergency Service isn’t the only band Chaz will be opening for this week. On Saturday night he will start things off at the Das Racist concert in Washington, DC as the Relax Tour rolls through. The show will take place at the 9:30 Club and will start at 11:30 PM. You can get your tickets here if you haven’t done so yet. The show will also feature Despot, Danny Brown, and Lakutis.
We will be on hand for this one so expect videos and audio from it. Or don’t. We could run into technical difficulties. Then you’d be disappointed. Want to be not disappointed? Listen to this:
While listening to old calypso and Hawaiin records I got from my grandparents basement with Lindsey, we decided that it would be cool to put together a mixtape consisting of some of those songs as well as some original creations made from samples of those records. We figured it would be sweet to have those laid back and forgotten tunes meshed together for easy listening on the beach, since summer is approaching. I listened to all of the records that I had in this genre for a while and started picking out the songs and decided that the tape should be limited to 20 minutes since that’s the maximum amount of time you should spend with one side of your body exposed to the sun. The tape could have easily lasted an hour and a half since I lucked into so much good and obscure music. I included selections from the Caribbean Torpedoes, Harry Belafonte, J.D. Nicholas(Weekend at Bernie’s II soundtrack), the Hawaii Calls, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. There are also a few weird things I did thrown in there, not much though. I included an alarm at the end of the track with an English woman’s voice reminding you to turn over so you don’t get a sunburn. Hopefully you enjoy the mix and are able to put it to good use this summer.
My apologies to African Americans, albinos, and gingers as you probably won’t have much use for this tape. I’ll start working on something that incorporates you guys.
Everyone knows that most bros are looking for sweet chicks while they’re down the shore, so I have a song that’s perfect for night time at the beach. Love Making Mood by the Caribbean Torpedoes is sure to convince your girl to have buckets of fun with you in the sand. Just remember, it’s a no rubber summer and Plan B is plan A. Enjoy.
I don’t mind working from home..which is what a majority of my work consists of. It does get a little draining because everything is so permeated and it’s hard to not be constantly tied or consumed to work. This morning I was able to sit down and hang with my dad while I got some work done. I guess I got this whole music obsession from him because he really enjoys listening to new music and the music I recommend him. Feeling slightly adventurous, I kept my iTunes on shuffle to see what would come up.
Here’s a few of the songs..
Coloured Souls – Natty you gotta admit..the lyrics are good on this one. Does this guy remind anyone a little of Trevor Hall?