Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Genre Wandering Tuesday

FLORALS  - Becalm.

What we are told - Based out of Los Angeles, CA. FLORALS uses a mixture of live instruments, synthesizers, and organic textures to create their own take on electronic music. FLORALS are Ryan Koch (producer), Stephanie Marie Rick (vocals) and Joey Singleton (guitar).​ ​They've been covered by outlets like The Grey Estates​, Darling Magazine​ and Buzzbands LA who praised "the band's gloomy atmospherics" and "Rick's bright, feathery vocals."

I love the expression 'Trio Of Doom' on their Soundcloud page​, it's a little melodramatic and yet does give a hint to the sounds they produce. On that basis I guess 'Becalm' is fairly upbeat, whatever it's a really good song. Facebook (here).

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The Zanders - Until My Body Breaks.

Background words - The Zanders is a project born from the creative mind of Heath Petzold, with the assistance of many friends he has accumulated in the Sydney music scene over his years playing gigs, rock and rolling, and enthusiastically participating in whatever debauchery he could find. Heath is best known for The Cadres a band for which he was the founder and songwriter, and the persona that made their live act unquestionably amazing. The Band first hit the Sydney music scene at the famous Annandale Hotels Uprising competition and finished Runners up in 2009.

Until My Body Breaks is produced by Paul Conrad, who’s most recent single “Records” is achieving great success. Heaths old band mates, Jack Maher and Tim Watt are also very involved in making this project. Their own music knowledge has been invaluable to the creation of “The Zanders” sound.

Passionate vocals guide this anthem of a song, mixing power and refrains to great effect. In other words I like it.


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Mazde - Pitch Black (feat. LissA).

The story so far - Mazde (pron. Maz-Dih) is the brainchild of 21-year old beautiful Bonn born electronic producer Matthias Dierkes. Now based in Berlin, the young gun, who trained in both classical and jazz composition from the age of six, first gained attention with his melodic and bass thumping remix of Disclosure's 'Help Me Lose My Mind'.

Now recently back from a six-date Australian tour and with regular shows across Europe, Mazde is readying himself for the release of his debut EP, with fellow German musician LissA featuring on every track. The singer/songwriter's emotional, sincere lyrics and naturally soft and honest vocals perfectly compliment Mazde's beats and impassioned piano chords. Mazde x LissA EP will be released on 28th August on Stoney Roads Records (the label imprint from the leading Australian electronic music site). With over 20 million plays on his Soundcloud from his originals and remixes and his recent Mix Up Exclusive for Triple J (alongside What So Not, Claude Vonstroke, RL Grime & more), Mazde has forged a reputation as one of the most exciting and innovative electronic artists breaking through right now.

This would comfortably fit into one of our 'Sunday Alternative Take' round ups, however I really don't want to sit on it until the next one. Musically this is just so cool and the vocals wonderful, I think this will be getting a lot of attention.

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Hippo Campus - South.

Background - Hippo Campus return with brand new EP 'South' (produced by Low’s Alan Sparhawk) available 2nd October on Transgressive Records. The EP's title track was premiered by Huw Stephen’s on Annie Mac's BBC Radio 1 show. Hippo Campus are four Minnesotan boys, yet to hit legal drinking age making music that is infectious, joyful, and thematically soaked with the sense of cynicism accompanying the youthful search of self-meaning. On ‘South’ Hippo Campus delve deeper into their transcending journey into adulthood and the playful elasticity of singer Jake Luppen's voice amplifies the bands bright, optimistic, and emotionally resonant sound.

Anyone who spends to much time hanging around Beehive Candy may recall we featured Hippo Campus back in June. Well it's a case of another song, another feature, because this is such an impressive band and superb song, simple as that. Website (here).

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