Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Poetry | Posted on 11-04-2009

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Dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip are an unusual mix of spoken word and electronica with a unique sound on the indie scene. Both members are soloists outside of this duo. Scroobius Pip produces some fluent verse and dan le sac has a real knack for mixing up beats. (see Fixed and Thou Shalt Always Flatten Beats on his myspace) They released their first album Angles in May 2008 featuring 12 interesting tracks, Angles, the track is definitely worth listening to a few times to get the full story. 

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Sigur Rós

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Rock | Posted on 10-04-2009

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Sigur RósSigur Rós are one of those bands that have been around for about a decade, are known around the world, and yet are hard to find out about. The Icelandic, ambient rock band have produced five full length albums so far between 1997 and 2008 as well as Rímur and Hvarf/Heim. Although few tracks are in English, a lot of them aren’t in true Icelandic either but in a term they coined called Hopelandic. This involves non-sense words and Jónsi Birgisson’s voice is used as an instrument in itself more than anything else. Another interesting instrumental direction is Jónsi’s use of a violin bow on electric guitar to create a warm background drone which really adds depth to their ethereal sound. Sigur Rós released a DVD called Heima (home) in 2007 which followed them on their free, homecoming, alfresco tour around Iceland. It features some amazing footage and is worth getting a copy of it albeit a bit dear.

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Ágætis Byrjun
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Hvarf/Heim
Með Suð Í Við Spilum Endalaust

PartyShank

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 09-04-2009

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m_b727f176b78f4277e97ac34b8f62d69bPartyShank, a mash-up between Christopher Shank’s ‘I Will Shank You For A Penny’ and Howard P. Sausage’s ‘Party Sausage’ are a British ToyStep/Jungle duo. The newer stuff is more electro/punk and isn’t really all that great but the older tracks are still knocking around on the internet and LimeWire and are well worth checking out. If you’re looking for a new sound, some tracks to try and find are:

Hammertiming
I Wanna Go Second
Penis Vs. Vagina
Gary
Untiltied (without the vocals)

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Inua Ellams

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Poetry | Posted on 08-04-2009

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Inua Ellams“I am the brown-skinned blue prince to re-rinse reality outta rain puddles like forefathers before me.”

Inua Ellams is a London based poet and a member of the poet collective A Poem In Between People. He has produced a number of tracks so far, the most notable being ‘Thirteen Fairy Negro Tales’ which later went on to become a book featuring what the title would suggest. It’s worth a read if you get the chance and it’s only £4 on Amazon. This is spokenword at it’s best and it’s well worth checking out if you’re new to the genre as well as Musa Okwonga, another member of A Poem In Between People.

“I spun 13 fairy Negro tales that night.
Weighed them on illogic sales
that tipped the balance
and formed an alliance
with my version of the truth,
I uprooted reality and substituted
for another that had more humanity;
thinking that if I thought hard enough
I’d make it real.”

Inua Ellams http://www.myspace.com/phaze05

Anamanaguchi

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 07-04-2009

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AnamanaguchiAnamanaguchi is 8bit with a difference; they’re actually very good. A gem from muxtape.com, Anamanaguchi are NY based and mix sweet 8bit sounds with drums and guitars. The debut EP ‘Power Supply’ was released in 2006 and ‘Dawn Metropolis’ was released in early 2009, both featuring 7 tracks of chip-tune goodness. They’re definitely worth a listen even if you didn’t think much of 8bit previously. 

http://anamanaguchi.muxtape.com/