Dec 10, 2010

James Yuill

Like many music lovers of his generation, James Yuill has a passion for both the emotional songwriting and atmospheres of artists such as Nick Drake, Radiohead and Sufjan Stevens and the visceral beats and dynamic rhythms of Justice, Chemical Brothers and Aphex Twin. Unlike anyone else however, Yuill has fused these seemingly disparate influences into a magical sound of his very own, something that hasn’t gone un-noticed; he is quickly becoming an influential part of London’s popular “folktronica” scene.

Since the UK release of Turning Down Water For Air this past October 2008 on revered independent label Moshi Moshi Records (Bloc Party, Hot Chip, Au Revoir Simone), Yuill has garnered a huge amount of critical attention, including features in NME, Dazed and Confused and Clash Magazine, who featured him as “Best Newcomer 2008.” UK radio also jumped on board, with DJs including Huw Stephens, Colin Murray, Zane Lowe and John Kennedy all championing him on air.

A hectic live schedule including SXSW, Radio One Big Weekend, Latitude Festival, Club NME and numerous sweaty, dark venues across the globe, has added to the tangible buzz around James Yuill. Seeing him live is a truly unique experience: one minute you’re drawn in to the tender simplicity of his voice and acoustic guitar, the next minute your head’s spinning and your feet are moving to the dazzling array of beats and effects pumped out by James’s laptop and boxes of tricks - not bad for a one man show that fits neatly into a reconditioned guitar case.

No Surprise (Earth Version) - James Yuill

James Yuill / How could I Lose

James Yuill - No Pins Allowed

James Yuill - This Sweet Love

James Yuill - No Surprise

Dec 9, 2010

Spearhead - Hole In The Bucket

Michael Franti

Michael Franti

Michael Franti is a gifted and much-heralded spoken word artist and political activist from San Francisco, CA. As leader of the politically and socially-charged group Spearhead, Franti is at the forefront of hip-hop’s renaissance, expanding the music’s boundaries as he draws on funk and soul-driven beats. Through his music and poetry, Franti tackles a range of issues—the criminal justice system, corporatization of our daily lives, AIDS, gay rights, homelessness, the death penalty, drug addiction and suicide.

Earlier projects of Franti include The Beatnigs and The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, which had more of an experimental/industrial sound, but addressed many of the same social/political issues.

As a celebration of the Election of Barack Obama Franti recorded the Obama Song, offered as a free track on downloaded at their offical website, www.michaelfranti.com/.

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Soulshine

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Hey World

Michael Franti & Spearhead - Say Hey

Dec 7, 2010

Animal Collective - Fireworks

Animal Collective - Peacebone

Purple Bottle - Animal Collective

Animal Collective - Brothersport

animal collective

Baltimore, MD (2000 – present)
Animal Collective is a New York City/Washington, D.C/Lisbon based music collective of avant-garde musicians from Baltimore, Maryland. Animal Collective consists of Avey Tare (David Portner), Panda Bear (Noah Lennox), Deakin (Josh Dibb), and Geologist (Brian Weitz). Records released under the name Animal Collective may include contributions from any or all of these members; the lineup is not uniform. The band members met in school and started recording together in various forms of collaboration from a young age. Although the band is often classified as psych folk or noise rock, it is hard to define the Animal Collective sound as they often experiment with diverse styles and ideas from album to album. The group also runs the record label Paw Tracks on which they have released their own material as well as material by artists such as Ariel Pink, Terrestrial Tones, and The Peppermints. Paw Tracks’ latest signee is Tickley Feather, with whom the band recently toured.

Animal Collective - My Girls

Dec 2, 2010

Zuco 103 with Tomy


Zuco 103

It has been 13 years since Lilian Vieira, from Rio de Janeiro, moved to The Netherlands. It was there that Lilian, a former nursing student, started singing nights in Amsterdam and Zuco 103 was born.

Zuco 103 is a trio lead by Lilian that brilliantly mixes traditional Brazilian singing and European electronic music. The great majority of the lyrics are in Portuguese with the exception of a few written in English.

The name of the band, Zuco 103, was suggested by the drummer Stefan, who, with his poor Portuguese, wanted to say “suco” which means “juice” but instead said “zuco”. Lilian liked the mis-pronunciation so much that the name was approved. “The 103 is the alcohol tax” in Amsterdam, explained the singer. 

The Start

After having given up to start nursing school again in the Netherlands, Lilian started singing in the night, and taking singing lessons in the Conservatory of Rotterdam, where she met Stefan Kruger, a drummer who had a passion for Brazilian music. “We made a bossa nova and jazz quintet”, tells Lilian. 

Later, when they were taking part in a project with Indian and African musicians, Lilian met Stefan Schmid. The three made a song together and, later, recorded a CD. They also had one song included in a compilation of Brazilian music released in New York - for the Ziriguiboom stamp, of B├ęco Dranoff, who discovered the band. After this, the first CD was released by the Belgian label Crammed (partner of the Ziriguiboom), and were indicated to the local prize Edson Awards.

Zuco 103 @ North Sea Jazz 2008, Rotterdam

Zuco 103 - Longing

Zuco 103 - Treasure