Back 2 Basics: the new album from Ben Askins’ Genlevel

Marta Millere Contributor

By Marta Millere in New Music on Monday 24 March 2014

After just two minutes of listening to Genlevel’s new album Back 2 Basics, you’re transported back to the carefree spirit of summer and (thankfully) the rest of the album leaves you there, happily ensconced in its electric warmth. Back in 2011, Ben Askins’ was a Bandcamp superstar, his Genlevel one-man-show banging its way to the top of the charts for downloads.

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New Business Casual EP trailer by We Are Scientists

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Tuesday 22 October 2013

This video for Business Casual, the new EP by We Are Scientists, is so cool. The broken images flipping across the screen are so atmospheric and old-school. The video just oozes nostalgia and classic cool. It makes me wish I could go back to the eighties and lounge on a beach somewhere with the band.

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Illustrated music video for The Dead Pirates song, Wood

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Thursday 3 October 2013

I discovered The Dead Pirates a few years ago and have been a fan ever since. Check out their music video for country/rock inspired track, Wood. The animation is outstanding and the black and white illustrations are created by French illustrator and band guitarist, Matthieu Bessudo (Mcbess). The pen and ink style has an old […]

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Amazing guitar video: Preston Reed performing at TED

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Tuesday 1 October 2013

Preston Reed, the legendary percussive guitarist who has influenced the likes of Kaki King, Andy McKee and the most watched guitarist from South Korea on YouTube, the young Sungha Jung, was invited to TED last year, where he performed. Reed invented this unique style where he uses his fingers, thumbs, fists and hands, which sounds […]

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Memoria: Minimalistic electronic music by Murcof

Marcus Byrne Contributor

By Marcus Byrne in New Music on Saturday 28 September 2013

Murcof (aka Fernando Corona) had been around for some time in various electronic multimedia groups before emerging with his own debut album, Martes, in 2002. He’s signed to UK label Leaf, home of Four Tet, Susumu Yokota and Caribou, among others. I was lucky enough to meet him in a town called Sligo on the […]

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Play music with your prosthetic spine

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 19 September 2013

These prosthetic body parts allow the wearer to create music with their body. The futuristic digital instruments are designed for dancers to wear as they move. The pieces are built as single, smooth prostheses that can attach or detach from the human body throughout a performance. Not only are the instruments eerie to behold, but […]

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The Third Eye: Stream Belle and Sebastian’s new album

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Friday 30 August 2013

Belle and Sebastian’s latest album, The Third Eye, is a compilation of rarities and remixes from over the years. It’s an upbeat, eclectic romp through top-fan-picks from their last decade of music. So have a listen right here, courtesy of Rough Trade.

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96-year-old writes a beautiful love song for his late wife of 73 years

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Thursday 29 August 2013

Fred Stobaugh didn’t know the first thing about how to write a song or upload a video to YouTube. But his raw emotion took control as he began to pen lyrics to a love song for his late wife, Lorraine. ‘After she passed away, I was just sitting in the front room one evening by myself, and it just came right to me almost. I just kept humming it and singing it. It just fit her’, Fred explained. [watch this moving video here]

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Kitar: a customizable open source instrument

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Wednesday 28 August 2013

Meet the Kitar. It’s a brilliant new invention in the world of electronic instruments which lets you change out necks with bodies on the fly. And with built-in effects, the Kitar evolves and changes as you switch it up. This new open source musical instrument is a great idea for those of you who just can’t sit still when […]

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Altar/Offering feat. Joshua Miller: the new single from Keyoung

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Music on Wednesday 10 July 2013

I met Keyoung when he sort of stumbled into my life in Amsterdam. On a mission to explore the globe with only a backpack full of clothes and the poems he’d written, he seemed to be searching for his place in the world, anywhere that might feel like home. Though he gave off the impression of being a […]

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ICASEA: crunchy, fragmented ambient electronica

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By Daniel Purvis in New Music on Tuesday 9 July 2013

A night spent clicking deeper into the digital rabbit hole, clutching at fickle interactive works and embraced by ambient electronica, I discovered ICASEA. A British, Japanese and German collaborative, ICASEA music distribute crunchy and fragmented walls of distortion alongside lush and funky digital beats, all disseminated via digital delivery with occasional vinyl and cassette (yes, […]

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Made For You: haunting music by Niia

Tes One Contributor

By Tes One in New Music on Saturday 6 July 2013

This hauntingly beautiful and surreal track“Made For You by Niia is equally matched in mood and direction by director Tony Kaye (American History X). Inanimate, intense and kind of insane, Made For You is available on iTunes.

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Blue Sky Black Death: incredible atmospheric tracks

Tes One Contributor

By Tes One in New Music on Wednesday 3 July 2013

The music of production team Blue Sky Black Death (BSBD) stays in heavy rotation in my studio. They just dropped a deluxe version of the already incredible, atmospheric album NOIR. The re-issue includes live, alternate and screwed tracks along with three previously unreleased songs. Stream for free and support their art here.

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KCHUNG: listen online to LA’s coolest radio station

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By Colin Archdeacon in New Music on Thursday 27 June 2013

Operating out of a nondescript storefront in Los Angeles’ increasingly mysterious Chinatown, KCHUNG is a radio station after my own heart. Sure, you can pick them up on 1630 AM if you happen to be within their four block broadcast radius, but most listeners tune in online and you should too. KCHUNG is based on […]

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Colin Stetson: avant-garde saxophone juggernaut

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By Colin Archdeacon in New Music on Monday 24 June 2013

Can you even remember the last time you were totally floored by an album? Not a single, not a playlist, not a mashup – AN ALBUM. Well, if you’re like me and spend most of your time hop-scotching through an iTunes library, allow me to introduce you to Colin Stetson, the avant-garde saxophone juggernaut behind New […]

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