A totally random, whatever came to mind first, selection of the latest additions to our New Music Monster
Artist: Juxta / The Turtle Project
Track: “Crash and Burn”
Dark clouds cast long shadows, deep with beats, across a sprawling urban landscape. Rasping guitar strings blow through the baking heat, cascading discarded trash down the deserted streets. UK based, self described, ‘Industrial Post-Punk’ act, Juxta team up with one man, ‘songwriting experiment’, The Turtle Project to ‘Crash and Burn’ your shiny happy, pop chart friendly, summer playlists. Taken from prolific, release machine, Juxta’s latest EP, ‘Survive’ (Released June 29), the band’s twelfth release this year, ‘Crash and Burn’, successfully combines ambient, technoir cinematic, soundscapes with highly percussive musical elements to create a tense, sonic assault upon the senses, that compels as it confronts ; the Turtle Project’s idea rich, stab n rush, lyrical flow forming the phonetically charged, snarled oratory, straight up the centre of the mix. ‘Crash and Burn’, a fallen city on fire. ‘Crash and Burn’, a summer soundtrack to social decay. ‘Crash and Burn’, caught between the ideals of the vista haze. ‘Crash and Burn’, and the sweltering stench of failed reality. ‘Crash and Burn’. ‘Crash and Burn’.
Track: “El Drama”
Cuban born, multi talented singer songwriter / producer, AN1MALA (Berto Carlos Lopez), drops a well brewed slice of Cubana infused electro-beat, slinky instrumentation and effortless vocal hook, to move, groove and improve the mood of your summer party season. ‘El Drama’ rides its vibe light, by carefully crafting percussive value into every musical element, seamlessly blending the rhythmic with the melodic, through slick production techniques. AN1MALA’s vocal shifts in tightly timed phrases, the La Habana born singer, having first made his bones on the Cuban freestyle rap scene. The track walks the tightrope of good taste well, complementing his vocal style and feel with deftly applied pitch FX, that enhances, but never takes chances with the singer’s accomplished voice. ‘El Drama’ is a Travolta strut. Saturday night fever, finessed. Perfectly pitched for the summer sweat and grind. Arms round your lover, bodies pressed hot and hard together, lost in the stink of each other. Dance ’till the sun comes up. Dance ’till the two of you drop. Dance.
Artist: Ana Silvera
Track: “Circle of Chalk”
Taken from her new album, ‘Oracles’ (Released July 6), London based alt. folk singer songwriter, Ana Silvera’s, ‘Circle of Chalk’ is an orchestrated delight ; a vocal opus, rich in percussive energy and intriguing musical device. The track inspires a singular listening sensation, more akin to that of performance art. The tonal uniqueness of the opening rhythmic salvo, catches the ear immediately, with a ‘beat-orientated’ voice arrangement of hushed vowel sounds, swiftly adding to the theatre evoking and quickly evolving aural experience. Further instrumental elements join, adding to both the sonic palette and syncopated tapestry. The track avoids become cluttered through skillful and well thought out use of arrangement, EQ / Dynamic treatment and panning position alike. Comparisons between Ana and Kate Bush, are as obvious as they are inevitable. And yet, the music of Ana Silvera feels too fiercely original, to be crassly compared to that of another. As it moves from one musical idea to another, building in intricacy and engagement, ‘Circle of Chalk’ dares the listener to become bored. The grace and imagination of the track is sweeping, and almost overwhelming to take in all at once. Not a song for the summer. A song for the rest of your life.
About Tobi Davis (BRASH! Magazine/Blog Writer)
Good producing is like good plumbing. If you do your job right, no one notices. Mix, Remix + Master. Run @monsterthread w/ Singer Songwriter Jon Magnusson. Host Thursday’s @musichouruk. Music Reviews for Brash. Promote. Occasional Lyricist. Love my beagle Enzo + fav bands Little Empire and Moxi.
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