You'll find a cornucopia of tasty tunes to bounce off your eardrums. I update with new tunes, art and photography every week, depending on what I'm doing and listening to at the time, old and new. I'm based in London UK but I love to travel and discovery new music along the way and share my musical journey on neoloop.
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Cracking bass thumping house from Jay Haze, I Wait for You, featuring the kooky but sultry vocals of Laila Tov singing in spanish it's an interesting mix (there are elements of electro, dubstep and tech house here). Taken from Haze's new LP Love = Evolution.
Nice and easy tune from Toronto's Bedouin Soundclash collaborating with Béatrice Martin best known as Coeur de Pirate. A stand out track from their latest Light The Horizon Album. The mesmerising percussion floats along and pulls you in as Béatrice Martin's voice caresses the strings and it's all quite beautiful.
My new favourite track from Toro Y Moi's new LP, New Beat taken from Underneath the Pine. Electronic pop let's go! Sounds like a Sebastain Tellier jamming with Chic in 70's Disco! Love it!
The Bends, OK Computer and Kid A, will Radiohead's new album compare with these classic LP's that we've lived with and loved through years of continued listening. Their last album, 2007's In Rainbows, was perhaps the best of Radiohead's later releases, so now we have The King of Limbs. Lead track Lotus Flower (complete with low-budget video of Thom dancing) slowly penetrates the sub-conscious like all classic Radiohead songs, and gets better with every listen. And that's what Radiohead do best, creating tunes that grow and mature over time. The King of Limbs is no exception, it's another captivating record that you have to listen to intently over time to truly appreciate the architecture of the expertly crafted music. With eight tracks spanning 37 minutes, The King of Limbs is surprisingly short – but it's also typically rich with leftfield electronic texture akin to Burial and Flying Lotus mixed with a Pink Floyd trippiness. It has a late night post-dubstep ambient feel thats perfectly chilled and engaging.
I don't think they have pushed any major musical boundaries here, but it still captures the high quality of a band in their prime. After a few listen's this track, Separator (which closes the album) is one that fills you with the satisfaction you've come to expect from Thom Yorke and co. I'm gonna give it a few more listen before I pass final judgement, but I know it will mature like a fine wine to be enjoyed and savoured again and again. All we need now is Jamie xx to do the remixed version!
Like this? Try: James Blake, Flying Lotus, The xx
Really enjoying the new album of singles and b-sides from The Radio Dept. – Passive Aggressive: Singles 2002-2010.
Not a band that I have really researched into but always enjoyed the odd single. This compilation really showcases what a great pop band they are and gives you the opportunity to dig deeper into the Swedish bands catalogue of great songs. The best tracks I think come from last year’s dreamy Clinging To A Scheme album. Including this track, Heaven's on Fire, which I never get bored of.
New single from Swedish band Peter Bjorn and John, Second Chance is another infectiously catchy pop tune. After releasing short rock n roll ditty Breaker Breaker. Both taken from the forthcoming Gimme Some, the band’s sixth album and picks up the direction of Writer’s Block. Whistles are replaced with cow bells on this, the cousin of Young folks and it's a cracker!
New album due at the end of March.
Nice little summery tune, Malerina comes from Shugo Tokumaru's album - Port Entropy released last year. Shugo Tokumaru (トクマルシューゴ Tokumaru Shūgo) is a Japanese singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Playing all the music himself, he mixes up a variety of old traditional and new Japanese instruments.
The Stepkids a Connecticut trio of singer/songwriters who make what they call futuristic electro soul, recorded on a reel-to-reel.
I'm definitely feeling their brand of soul! They certainly have the right mix of classic soul, neo soul and psychedelic funk. There is some serious influence of psychedelic-era Temptations, Silver Apples, Sun Ra and Roy Ayers. Thanks to Rach for the heads-up on this one. Check-out the full story on Stonesthrow.com
Micachu and the Shapes and the London Sinfonietta are set to release their live album, Chopped and Screwed and they are sharing a single with fans everywhere. The live album was recorded at Kings Place, London in May 2010 and it will be released via Rough Trade March 28th. It's an interesting collaboration of avant-pop and classical orchestration. strange and exciting, well worth a few listens to get your head round it.
Five time Oscar winner, inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and OBE John Barry died aged 77 on 30th January. The legendary film composer best known for his iconic work on 11 Bond films made an incredible contribution to music. Born in York, England, as John Barry Prendergast, he trained as a pianist and then took up the trumpet. He founded a jazz group, the John Barry Seven, in 1957. "The James Bond movies came because we were successful in the pop music world, with a couple of big instrumental hits. They thought I knew how to write instrumental hit music," Barry said.
All the bond soundtracks are classics of course, but I still love the theme to Midnight Cowboy, composed by Barry in 1969 to accompany the film directed by John Schlesinger, and starred Dustin Hoffman and then-newcomer Jon Voight in the title role.
Today is Bob Marley's birthday, he would have been 66. So what better excuse to feature an old Bob favourite, this is a classic. Mr. Brown was recorded in 1970 at Randy's recording studio in Kingston, it was produced by legendary Lee scratch Perry and written by regular Upsetter musician Glen Adams. It was originally released as a single in Jamaica and was included on the 1971 album Soul Revolution.
The theme of the song relates to a rumour that was spreading through Jamaica that a duppy, or ghost, had been spotted in numerous locations speeding through the land on a three wheeled coffin, perched upon which were three John Crows, or buzzards, one of which could talk and was asking for a Mr. Brown. Glen Adams wrote the lyrics after hearing the story, and after Lee Perry's suggestion, was sung by The Wailers. There are other suggestions that the song could be about drugs, particularly Heroin ("Brown" slang for Heroin). Nevertheless it remains a classic Bob Marley tune.
Toro Y Moi caused a bit of stir in 2009 and last year with the chillwave album Causers Of This, which spurned the much hyped track Blessa.
2011's follow up see's Chazwick Bundick going in slightly funkier direction with this disco groove Still Sound. From the forthcoming album Underneath the Pine. Love the easy beat and synth hook that keeps your feet tapping all day long. Arthur Russell for the next generation perhaps. Expect more great things to come from the South Carolina native.
Brand new track released today as a free download from Teen Daze, I like it, more instrumental mayhem, but somehow they manage to make their instruments say something…?
Love this tune from Teen Daze, starts off with a load of messing about and a thumping beat then suddenly opens up into a cascade of guitars and synthesisers. Taken from the bands LP My Bedroom Floor.
Quote on Bandcamp...
"My Bedroom Floor” is a collection of songs that were written between January and April 2010. It was in the process of writing these songs, that I also wrote the 8 songs that would later appear on Four More Years. Those 8 songs were intended to be a part of this record, which I was recording for a different project of mine, when the whole Teen Daze thing took off.