Canadian born folk via Alan Lomax field recordings from the young Al Spx, whose voice has a rich blues, soul and folk heritage. soundcloud.com/coldspecks
The Beatles 8-Bit
After tackling the music of Kraftwerk in chiptune form, the Gameboy-obsessed 8-Bit Operators are back with a collection of Beatles covers called Wanna Hld Yr Handheld, Vol. 1 which focuses on the avant-garde and electronic side of the Fab Four.
Jun Seba, a Japanese producer who sadly died in a car crash last year has posthumously released his final album Spiritual State of uplifting instrumental music to much acclaim. hypem.com/artist/Nujabes
Rapper Kid Cudi has been immersing himself in punk rock of late and his WZRD project and collaboration with Dot Da Genius and Brake is the first taster of that absorption with its stoner rock histrionics. Listen at Earmilk
The tale of King Arthur told through shitty music video form features “20 actors, 3.5 lawyers, 4 Slovenians, 4 lead singers, 7 employees from 4 Cleveland area law firms, 3 horses, one historic castle” and the worst headbanging in a music video ever.
If you’ve ever scoured Youtube for live music video clips of that gig you attended and found nothing but shaky camera footage and distorted audio, you’re not alone. That’s why two new Irish digital music startups have sprung up recently.
45Sound was set up to address the uploading of fan-captured video with poor sound. 45Sound does that by recording the audio of gigs directly from the sound desk. So when you end up with a kickass live clip with shoddy audio quality, you can send it to 45Sound and if they captured audio at that particular gig, they will sync up a properly mastered high-quality version of the audio cut to your footage before you upload it to Youtube. 45Sound first debuted at this year’s Hard Working Class Heroes festival and the demos so far are impressive with clips of And So I Watch You From Afar, Rubberbandits and The Redneck Manifesto demonstrating the technology.
On the visual front, a new online “live entertainment venue” called VenueOne.com was launched with a gig at The Grand Social in Dublin on Monday with a lineup featuring Little Green Cars, The Riptide Movement and Arveene amongst others and you didn’t even have to attend to experience it. The gig was streamed live on the VenueOne website which is aiming to become the defacto site for video of pre-recorded and live gigs. (more…)
Throw yo’ dolla signs up. The news of a $3 million record contract proceeded the arrival of A$AP Rocky, a Harlem rapper with a Southern rap style whose LiveLiveA$AP mixtape featuring the tracks Pe$o and Purple Swag has made him the most hyped rapper around. asapmob.com
Florence covers Drake
Florence Welch shows her love for the title track from the Canadian rapper’s North American chart-topping Take Care album. The original features production from Jamie xx as well as vocals by Rihanna. Florence’s version injects it with her typically airy orchestral arrangements. Listen / Watch at When The Gramophone Rings (more…)