Friday, 26 August 2011

Purity Ring

'Belispeak' is another ghostly, flickering effort from the Canadian duo, out in physical format shortly on their upcoming split 7" with Braids; the track features stuttering drums and super-compressed sub-bass, in a similar manner to the two tracks on the incredible 7" they released earlier this year. According to Pitchfork, Purity Ring have a full length out hopefully by January.

Purity Ring - Belispeak

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Dom EP

Dom's new EP, Family of Love (out now on Astralwerks), sees the group dial down the thick layer of lazy fuzz that perpetrated their debut, Sun Bronzed Greek Gods. The 5 track release's more honed production values help emphasize the inherent poppiness that went hand-in-hand with the grungey bass riffs of 'Living in America' and the like; 'Telephone' is a truly infectious, sparkling little song, complete with telephone solos and catchy vocal hooks but the EP highlight is undoubtedly the flitting guitar trills of 'Happy Birthday Party', with its sincere yells of "It's time to get Gnarly / Happy Birthday Party Party". Dom always feel to me like a band that should probably qualify as a guilty pleasure, but their particular brand of rousing grunge-pop is way too good to ignore.

Dom - Telephone

Dom - Happy Birthday Party

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Sleep ∞ Over (Balam Acab remix)

The thudding, haunting 'Romantic Streams', from the upcoming Sleep ∞ Over LP has been reworked into an atmospheric, sub-bass fuelled jam by the awesome Balam Acab.

Sleep ∞ Over - Romantic Streams (Balam Acab remix)

Keep Shelly In Athens

'Our Own Dream' is a fresh slice of melancholy dreaminess from the Athenian duo, who have an EP of the same name out later this year on Forest Family records.

Keep Shelly In Athens - Our Own Dreams

Lo-Fi-Fnk Album

Lo-Fi-Fnk recently dropped their sophomore album, 'The Last Summer', on PopFrenzy Records. Despite a thickly spread layer of swedish electro-pop sincerity occasionally becoming a little overwhelming, the duo generally manage to capture a really sort of tender, hushed vulnerability, with poignant electronics, thin vocals and house-y rhythms being complimented really nicely by some properly funky basslines.

Lo-Fi-Fnk - The Last Summer

Designer focus - Ink Klub

I've decided to branch out and blog about some design and illustration; the first designer to be featured is the extremely talented Ink Klub.

Ink Klub, otherwise known as Clare Brown, has a real talent for eccentric, loud lettering. I've put up a picture of her 3 colour screen print, 'Sea of Bees', which you can see more of over at her flickr page.

Ink Klub - Sea of Bees


My enigmatic friend Declan's band WTF TKD, based over at Bangor University in Wales, finally have a tumblr. On the site you can listen to a few of their covers, and admire Declan's photography.