Once again I've been combing the furthest reaches of the internet to find hot new tunes to enhance your life. It's not an easy job trawling through piles of awful mass-produce pop garbage to find these gems of songwriting for you, and it's a thankless task. But enough about me. Enjoy these tracks and as always, if you find something you really enjoy, support the artists by buying something or getting out to see them perform live. Your ears will thank you for it. Next week I'll be back with more meanderings on musical matters.
You've heard the story before; boy moves from small town to big city. Boy becomes an MC and makes catchy songs that stick in your head for days. That boy is Dartel and his first EP is a whole pile of good. It's also free so you've got no excuse to not download it and get in on this before he gets huge.
When you take some of New Zealand's biggest musical acts and combine them you end up with Opossom. You also get a cacophony of pounding drum beats, swirling keyboards, throbbing bass and eerie vocals. Which is to say, they sound pretty damn cool.
Many musicians struggle to write their own parts in a single genre. Sky Village's Michael Taylor manages to write for many instruments across a number of genres and does it so well, and with such a high output that it's like he some sort of "music fountain" (to quote Matt Jeyes of Captain Sergeant Major). Sky Village is his latest project and involves a range of musicians that he's roped in to bring his musical ideas to life. Look out for them as they take over the musical world.
Generation of Vipers could be the best new metal I've heard all year. It's sludgey without being too deep and murky, prog without being weird about it and raw with a polish. There's some intense moments in their music, but also a lot of melody. And some crushing drum parts. So something for everyone then.
I got on a big progressive metal binge last week and came across Miroist, who impressed me with their (his?) EP. It's a short one (although with long songs), but one that keeps you coming back for more. It's a bit like Meshuggah but without feeling like you're being smashed in the face by the music.
Cloudkicker are in a similar vein to Miroist - and one of their influences. It's a bit more experimental that Miroist and uses more loops and technology, but the basic idea is the same. They've been at it longer so it's a bit more polished and involved.
If you want to see what the next generation of hip hop is going to look like, it's probably going to be something like Evil Mule. These kids just want to have a good time, throw down some cool rhymes over some huge beats, then get back to the party. It's music for a good time, but often with some sort of message thrown in as well. Like it.