Azeem: All The Same To Me The majority of us may live in democratic societies (sincere apologies to all my readers in North Korea) but the music game is far from fair. Extravagant marketing budgets are pumped into god-awful singers whilst multi-talente d musicians get ignored on the regular. Azeem is an R&B singer on his way up and I just hope he doesn’t drown the in this over-saturated musical ocean. He’s only just popped onto the scene but he’s got a great voice and his song All The Same To Me is [...]
Amongst my minor claims to c-list celebrity stardom is that I used to go to school with Faris Badwan, frontman of The Horrors . I have no particularly interesting anecdotes except for the fact that he used to hang around the music department in drainpipe jeans and a dodgy haircut. But when there was chatter of him starting a genuine band, I piped up and paid attention. At first it was all about image but it seems that after two fairly lacklustre albums (unsuccessfully experimenting with punk, goth and metal) they’re found the magic formula on new release Skying [...]
Having popped up on the blogs last year, Pittsburgh based double-act 1,2,3 have gained some momentum and made a great deal of progress. Their early demos were very rough around the edges but it seems the duo are delivering on their early promise. Their debut album New Heaven came out last month on Frenchkiss Records and features a medley of smooth guitar driven indie-rock. Lead single Work is a catchy working class anthem that can be downloaded below: 1,2,3 - Work
Completing an eight month stint behind bars somewhat slowed down Lil Wayne ’s prolific work ethic. But fear not folks because he’s back and he’s got a fresh mixtape to prove it. It’s called Sorry 4 The Wait ( download ) and is very similar to both Tha Drought 3 and No Ceilings in the sense that Weezy hops onto other artists beats and shows them how they should have teared it up. I’m personally a big fan of ‘mixtape wayne’ and think he actually goes in harder and gets wackier with his raw wordplay. Either way, consider it a starter before [...]
Guillemots: I Must Be A Lover Having taken a short hiatus to fulfil his solo ambitions, Fyfe Dangerfield has returned to his Brummie band Guillemots for the release of their third album Walk The River . Their excellent new single I Must Be A Lover is certainly the best slice of the pie and takes their soaring pop/rock melodies to new soundscapes. Starting off intimate, the song then transforms into an anthemic medley of joyous harmonies and triumphant vocals. Check out the video HERE and try and [...]
I’ll keep this short and sweet because I’ll be getting into a more extensive review of Theophilus London ’s upcoming album Timez Are Weird These Days when it drops next week, but the lead single is out and doesn’t dissappoint in the slightest. My anticipation hit fever pitch when it featured in the How To Make It In America: Season 2 trailer and it’s clear that our Brooklyn boy has been getting his swag on to some old-school Sting and Police records. The influences are eclectic as ever but there is no [...]
With a growing fan-base and a series of great live reviews, Long Walks On The Beach (known as Fritz Kramer when off-duty) is gradually making a name for himself. metaPhysical is the lead single that somehow manages to sound warm, infectous and familiar from the word go. It’s raw and breezy pop music in its purest and will surely slip into many a summer mixtape. The only possible complaint is that it’s less than three minutes long so he’s clearly less us wanting more. Long Walks On The [...]
I remember way back when Eclectic Eavesdroppings was still in its infancy and one of my first posts involved a relatively unknown Detroit rapper called Big Sean . He was young, arrogant and most importantly, signed to Kanye Wests ’ record label G.O.O.D. Music . Being the forward-thinker that he is, Kanye has an ear for talent and signed the quick spitter after he rapped a few bars outside a radio station. Fast forward almost three years and Big Sean has just released his debut album titled Finally Famous . Featuring his trademark flow and witty lyricism, the [...]
Aloe Blacc: Good Things I was lucky enough to check out the Montreux Jazz Festival on the weekend where I got to see both Aloe Blacc and Raphael Saadiq strut their stuff. I thought I’d give a special shout-out to Aloe Blacc who put on a particularly special set. He looked so at ease on stage and was brimming with confidence as he masterfully controlled the crowds every emotion. I felt as if I was in a black gospel church as he preached love and happiness. Simply phenomenal!
It’s amazing how quickly 181 days go by but we’re already half-way into 2011 and it’s time for Eclectic Eavesdroppings 2011 Half-Time Report . Keeping up with the incessant stream of new music from the latest buzz bands isn’t always easy but I do my best to keep afloat in the overcrowded ocean of music bloggers. In the name of fairness, I have included both albums and mixtapes in my selection as it’s tough to distinguish the difference these days. This is only the half-way point so lots will change but for what it’s worth, here are Eclectic Eavesroppings [...]
The Weeknd: Trust Issues (Remix) I can’t speak for everyone but I was largely disappointed when Drakes sophomore single Trust Issues spread across the Internet last week. He had clearly been influenced by his friend and fellow Toronto native The Weeknd but it sounded like a half-hearted attempt. Fear not though as The Weeknd quickly released his own remix and in his hands it regains its intoxicating edge. The production is on point, the lyrics are dseductively dark and it’s everything the original should have been. Taken from the latest [...]
Ernest Greene, the chill-wave pop sensation better known as his stage name Washed Out will be releasing his debut album Within & WIthout on July 12th. My attention was drawn by the awesome album art, but there is no doubting the buzz he’s generated in a fairly short space of time. Just check The Hype Machine if you don’t don’t believe me! What started as a bedroom experiment has now allowed him to sign a deal with Sub Pop Records and feature on practically every summer mixtape made in 2011. NPR are kindly streaming [...]
Boardwalk Empire: Season 2 HBO might not be the biggest boy in the TV series playground, but it bullies the competition with a relentless stream of quality. Boardwalk Empire is the best show I’ve watched in a little while and after a stellar first outing, the second season will be with us come September. In other related HBO news, True Blood returned for Season 4 last weekend, Entourage is back for the last time on July 24 and How To Make It In America returns September 18. [...]
He may only have 24 years on the clock but Kendrick Lamar ’s raps are wise and weathered beyond their years. Whilst lyrical rap music is being pushed aside by the overindulgent mainstream , it’s great to see new rappers of this calibre. I featured the Compton, California based MC as part of a Hip-Hop Stars of 2011 feature back in January and he’s consistently delivere d quality music as the year has gone on. Kendrick Lamar - Hol’ Up His debut album Good Kid In A Mad City [...]
On the back of last years very good innings (see: Flaws ) Bombay Bicycle Club are back and have undeniably taken a poppier route with their new single called Shuffle . It’s taken off the upcoming third album A Different Kind Of Fix but wether anything can be read into the new direction is still unclear. The cliche would have it that they’re “growing as a group” but either way my ears are loving what they’re hearing. Shuffle is backed by a growing piano beat that loops in a style very reminiscent of LCD [...]
I’ve always been really intrigued into how trends become viral and how obscurity can so quickly develop into mainstream. The concept of what is cool, stylish and fresh is constantly evolving and keeping up with the new requires more effort than ever before. This short documentary style video explores what it means to be influential and how creativity has become contagious in the worlds of music, fashion and entertainment. It’s pretty awesome and was put together by R&I Creative who have other excellent videos over HERE .