Check out the latest podcasts, soundcloud mixes, single releases and more from around the world! If you would like to submit any news to this section please get in touch.
Lenny Kravitz â Baptism (Rock): One of the greatest and most prominent rock artists of the time, Lenny Kravitz has just released his newest album, âBaptismâ that will seal his fate. His music has long been worshiped by the masses as it transcends musical genres with influence for early soul rock and funk. With a musical career spanning fifteen years everyone is sure to have heard Kravitz at some point on some radio show somewhere. Kravitz, when speaking of Baptism, suggested that he has made a full circle in his career, with the newest album becoming most similar to his first. Receiving countless awards over the course of his career and each record becoming either platinum or multi-platinum there should be little left to say about his extreme talent. Never following any trends or depending on musical sales Kravitzâs admits to creating music that different and exciting. Driven by emotion each song floods the stereo with an impact that is musically rich and pure. And if you still are not convinced of his musical talent there is one string left to play, for his newest and possibly finest release, Kravitz wrote every single lyric, played every thumping bass line, kicked every lofty drum beat, composed every piano piece and strung every rocketing guitar riff. Since I am a sucker for âreal musical talentâ Kravitzâs multi-instrumentalism and energy bursting vocals pull me to suggest one of the highest reviews of 2004.
01. Minister of Rock ânâ Roll
02. I Donât Want to be a Star
04. Calling All Angels
07. Where are we Runninâ?
10. What Did I Do With my Life?
12. The Other Side
Review by: Melissa B.
Whence He Came â The Shorter Story (indie rock): Itâs understandable if you have yet to hear about this âmysteryâ band. âMysteryâ being used to describe the underground local Hong Kong band Whence He Came. Who is Whence He Came? They are a âfour piece Asian indie rock band that play melodic indie rock for the massesâ, describes Joshua, the bandâs lead singer. Beginning in 99â to make their music they have plugged inspiration from a number of alternative rock favorites, including Foo Fighters.
Having signed with Far East Records shortly after the group formed, Whence He Cameâs first album âStill Amidst the Trafficâ became the labelâs first major full-length. Since then the band has toured to the likes of Japan and Singapore, with the Japanese presenting the bandâs strongest musical response. On the thirty first of May the bandâs newest masterpiece, â The Shorter Storyâ will be released, it includes many of the songs that they have been playing to Hong Kong audiences over the course of the previous two years, needless to say, if you loved them in concert then you will love them on the CD. Although the band has gone through a number of changes since itâs first inception, with numerous swapping of their drummer and bass guitarist, self admittedly they are now at their finest. With a sound typical of American/Canadian guitar rock, they have managed to incorporate individual agendas through their lyrics that will prove Asian music can be just as goodâ¦if not even better. Displaying their talent through their passionate lyrics, and emphatic representation of guitar and drums it is quite possible that the listener would be satisfied listening to each song over and over again feeling like it is still the first time.
A CD release party will be held on the 12th of June, so if you are still unsure about the getting the newest album, go and check them out live and the decision should be sealed.
Review By; Melissa B.
D12 âD12 World (Rap): The voice of young America coming from the post-Motown landscape of Detroit, is generating a surreal universe of wild times and unruly rhythms.
With a line-up including the fast-acting Eminem, freestyle king Proof, chilled-out Swift, the baffling Bizarre, the rhythm raping Kon Artis, and the background driving Kuniva the D12 crew has released the huge follow-up album to their debut release Devilâs Night, about which USA Today wrote contains âgarishly funky beats that underpin the diabolically clever wordplayâ. The same quote could follow true for this second album âD12 Worldâ. Although it sounds a little bit to me that the group simply sat themselves up in the studio one day, deciding they needed a new record, and recorded the entire thing, they are probably one of the only groups in existence that can do this, and still make a good album. This is because even before they started making records their solitary goal was to become âverbal ninjasâ and admittedly successful they are all individually fantastic MCâs. Not like most of the gangsta rap on the radio right now D12 is going for a refreshing approach with their lyrical content. With a couple of standout tracks, the first of which being Eminemâs bouncy chants on âGit Upâ, followed by Kon Artisâs R&B constructed track âYou Are the Oneâ, the album is an appealing overall product, but maybe not completely up to par with Eminemâs solos.
01. Git Up
03. Just Like U
04. Iâll BE Damned
05. Dude [Skit]
06. My Band
07. U R the One
08. 6 in the Morning
09. How Come
10. Leave Dat Boy Alone
11. Get My Gun
12. Bizarre [Skit]
14. Steveâs Coffee House [Skit]
15. D-12 World
16. 40 Oz.
17. Commercial Break
18. American Psycho II
19. Bugz 97 [Skit]
20. Good Die Young
21. Keep Talkin [*]
Review by: Melissa B.
Coco Machete Records Presents A Night Called Thatch (Funky Hip House): Ever since house splintered from rap sometime in the early 80s, hip hop has remained Americaâs dominant cultural (musical) force, and Thatch represents a bold and reasonably successful attempt to reunite the two genres in that sometimes dubious territory marked hip house.
Combining soulful funky, Latin US style house beats with catchy hip hop narratives, label chief Sean Holland and lead artist Lance âLand Sharkâ Desardi deliver an infectious summery party mix thatâll work as well on the beach as it does in car stereo with the windows wound down; particularly given its raunchy, tale telling narratives which all centre around one dominant theme; sex, or more precisely; fucking.
Opening track Three Kingsâ Shake Dat Booty (recently championed by Masters At Work at this yearâs Miami Winter Music Conference) starts proceedings smoothly, segueing seamlessly into Cowboy Johnny Christâs Lets Do It Again and Land Sharkâs Tie Me Up. Both artists provide 2 more tracks (all tracks previously featured on the CD first appeared as 12âs on Coco Machete) a does KC Flight, whose Sheâs Sexxy dubs sound strikingly reminiscent of sampler pioneers Was (Not Was) at their early 80s best.
Genre: funky hip house
Las.Civ.Ious: Nice To See you
Three Kings: Shake Dat Booty
Cowboy Johnny Christ: Letâs Do It Again
Land Shark: Tie Me Up
Cowboy Johnny Christ: Letâs Fuck (Land Shark Dub)
Cowboy Johnny Christ: Letâs Fuck (X-Rated Radio)
Third Stone Sound/ OPM: Rebel Music/ Fucking With You
Third Stone Sound: Rebel Music (Brennanâs break with Pursuit (beats)
Epod: The Pursuit (Brennan Greenâs Trackdown)
Land Shark: Can You Relate (Extended 12â)
Land Shark: Can You Relate (Freek Out Session)
KC Flight: Sheâs Sexxy (Land Shark dub)
KC Flight: Sheâs Sexxy (Land Shark Remix)
DâBoldiss: Freak Hug (The Glass Mixes)
Review By: Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
Subscribe to skrufff music newsletter at www.skrufff.com
Jeff Mills: Exhibitionist (Techno):Showing an acute self-perception often rare amongst DJs, technoâs biggest show off, Jeff Mills has chosen wisely in calling his new mix CD/ DVD the Exhibitionist, though it could equally justifiably have been called Live At The Liquid Room 2, the last such mix CD he released 8 years ago.
The poignantly, the Toyko warehouse style nightspot shut its doors for the last time this New Years Day, making Exhibitionist a testimony to Japanâs best known night club ever.
While the DVD clips were entirely filmed in Detroit, USA, Millsâ initial test took place at the Liquid Room in 2001, where the always innovative jock had run peforming alongside projected images of himself. For the CD though, heâs delivered what all Mills fans have come to love and expect; a superbly mixed, fast changing exhibition of top quality turntable wizardry.
Segueing 45 tracks together over the length of a single CD, Mills typically selects tiny parts from tracks by the likes of Ben Sims, Oliver Ho, Claude Young and even Victor Simonelli, though the dominant name on the writing credits is Mills himself, appearing no less than 17 times. Conducive to being played loud, the CD will impress the faithful though may struggle to achieve the same wider impact Live At The Liquid Room did in 1996.
Release date is February 2.
1 AX-009F segment 3 Jeff Mills
2 Condor to Mallorca Jeff Mills
3 Organic Synthetic Oliver Ho
4 Dances D'Afrique Rmx Samuel L Sessions
5 Laget Hans Jesper Dahlbeck
6 Zulu Nation Part IX: The End The Witch Docter Remix Alan Barratt presents
7 Black Water Octave One
8 Moments Dope Mix Ben Sims
9 Bateria-Latin Impressions UK Gold Remix Victor Simonelli
10 Slipped Again Troy Geary
11 Contact Paula Temple
12 B2 from CR007 Oscar Mulero
13 Harmonix WJH
14 Ride the Threshold Headroom
15 The Bells Jeff Mills
16 Ricoque Samuel L Sessions
17 LATIN LOVER (Voodoooamt aka Patrick Lindsey remix) Monika Kruse & Zafra Negra
18 "the" part 1 Jeff Mills
19 Preview Jeff Mills
20 Knap Danilo Vigorito
21 Camborele Andreas Saag
22 Respectful John Arnold
23 Tango Jeff Mills
24 untitled Jeff Mills
25 Sacred Object (track A) Oliver Ho
26 More Over Paul Mac
27 Long Summer Nights Gary Martin
28 Watching Me Aaron Hedges
29 Midnight Confessions DJ Rush
30 Love Club Mark Williams
31 4Art Jeff Mills
32 untitled Jeff Mills
33 Core Samuel L Sessions
34 untitled Jeff Mills
35 Sugar is Sweeter Jeff Mills
36 Finger Four DJ Zank
37 "see" part 3 Jeff Mills
38 thought of phutura side B Claude Young/Jeff Mills
39 "the" part 3 Jeff Mills
40 Native High Jeff Mills
41 "light" part 3 Jeff Mills
42 Alarms Ben Sims mix Jeff Mills
43 untitled Jeff Mills
44 Aguila Aztec Mystic
45 See This Way Jeff Mills
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
L.S.G. - The Best Of LSG (trance/progressive/chillout/dub) Think of trance, forget the commercial âsameyâ sounds that weâve been introduced to over the last few years, add a little experimentation, hints of techno and you arrive at the âground breakingâ sound that is Oliver Lieb whoâs remixed many artists like Banco De Gaia and had his tracks repeatedly played out by Sasha amongst many other trance and progressive DJs.
âThe Singles Reworkedâ sees Oliver stripping down to the bone and âchilling outâ his previously energetic releases, taking them down to a new level that soothes, excites and takes many an unsuspecting turn into various space scapes. If you are familiar with Oliverâs previous tracks, you might spot a hint or two of them throughout the course of the mix, especially the likes of Hearts, Netherworld and Fragile in this âoh so smoothâ production. Throughout the course of this musical ensemble you find hints of dub, spacey delays and plenty of analogue sweeps and bleeps that will make your heart rise along with Oliverâs usual symphonies of pads and lead lines. âThe Singles Reworkedâ really is heading into the realms of chillout and sounds great! Whether youâre at home with the hi-fi or out walking with headphones, thereâs every chance youâll forget the passing of time and purely focus on the sounds alone.
Included with this release is also a bonus CD with even more remixes of Oliverâs Tracks. Again, itâs great to hear trance being offered in such a variable range of genres, especially notable are the pure tech breaks of âHeartsâ and the driving acid of âFragile Part 3â. You will still find hints of trance on this journey although in spits and spurts as the bonus CD covers as many cross genres as âThe Singles Reworkedâ, it tends to be unpredictable and you never quite know where youâre off to next. Unlike âThe Singles Reworkedâ, this CD is all separate tracks that are not all sequenced together into one long set, but still, you canât have everything with free gifts and I found it didnât really matter listening to tracks individual in their own right.
Overall a bargain at any price whether you love trance, progressive or laid back techno trance. Marvellously produced and lots of variation to keep even the fussiest of music lovers happy. Iâm not a die hard fan of trance (even though I did buy L.S.Gâs The Hidden Sun Of Venus on Platypus) but this is a collection that I can relate to as many of you will. Give it a whirl!
CD1: The Singles Reworked
CD2: Bonus Remix CD
Title: The Best Of L.S.G. : The Singles Reworked
Cat No: ???
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewer: DJ Alixir
Auf Der Maur â Auf Der Maur (Rock) : Do you remember the sexy bass guitarist from Hole, in their legendary days, and Smashing Pumpkins, just before they split? Did you ever wonder what happened to her? Well, in her hiatus from the limelight she has been working with her new band, Auf Der Maur, on their debut release.
Born in Montreal Quebec this musical all-star likens playing the bass to her sexual encounters "I get so into it. The only time I ever feel the same way is when I'm having sex; it's the epitome of unifying with something."
The music on this album tends to be spacey and dreamy, definitely more along the lines of the Pumpkins as opposed to Hole. If you are a Pumpkins fan, and are into female vocals this disc may be a priority of yours.
01. Lightning is My Girl
02. Followed The Waves
03. Real A Lie
04. Head Unbound
05. Taste You
06. Beast Of Honour
07. Iâll Be Anything You Want
08. My Foggy Notion
09. Would If I Could
10. Overpower Thee
11. Skin Receiver
12. I Need I Want I Will
Review By: Melissa B.
Kelis - Tasty (Various): With her third and most stunning album yet, "Tasty", this "delicious Harlem darling" has returned. Since signing with Virgin in 1998 Kelis is now just proving her true natual abilities.
With her first two albums created with the guidance and support of Neptunesâ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, "Tasty" displays this 24-year olds real ambition, co-writing five of the tracks and acting as the executive producer.
Kelis has a strong musical background, beginning at a young age with influence from her father, who was a jazz musician, and growing up singing in the church choir and playing violin, piano and saxophone.
The guest appearances on this new album have been kept to a minimum, but the choice of support is noteworthy, having two tracks supported by Andre 3000 of everybody's favorite hip hop duo Outkast. Also heard on this disc is the hot and flawless single "Milkshake", which has just entered its fourth consecutive week at number two on the Official UK's singles charts and shows no sign of stopping there.
Filled with the succulent sounds of R&B, hip hop, and soul this album is bound to be a success. Exuding confidence and filled with sexually laced lyrics that are spoken with such innocence it leaves the listener wanting to play it over and over again.
02. Trick Me
04. Keep It Down
05. In Public (feat. Nas)
07. Protect My Heart
08. Millionaire (feat. Andre 3000)
09. Glow (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
10. Sugar Honey Iced Tea
11. Attention (feat. Raphael Saadiq)
12. Rolling Through the Hood
13. Stick Up
Review By: Melissa B.
Courtney Love â Americaâs Sweetheart (Rock): With a history that extends beyond the years of most listeners, she is an artist with a story to tell. Making her musical debut in 1994 with the group Hole, she became most famous for her marriage to grunge alternative legend Kurt Cobain. However, when he committed suicide in 1994 Courtney Love was forced to make a stance of her own and that she did, releasing some of the most emotionally charged rock music of the time.
Her long awaited and eagerly anticipated solo debut is finally here. After a six-year hiatus Love's "America's Sweetheart" brings the same raw rock that listeners fell in love with from Hole. Again writing her own music, with minor assistance from 4 Non Blondes Linda Perry, whose lyricism is rapidly becoming legendary, the tracks are filled with Love's characteristic angst. However, this time the songs are telling us a little more, and opening a window into life on the edge in Los Angeles. From "All the drugs" and "Sunset Strip" we are given a chance to understand the, as of yet unshared, secrets of the troubled life of Courtney Love.
This disc receives my highest ranking, it has been recommended to my friends and family and now I am recommending it to you. If you ever wanted to know what real unabridged rock was, here is your chance. And of course if you were ever a Hole fan then you probably already own this CD and agree that it could be one of the best of 2004.
02. But Julian, Iâm a Little Older Than You
03. Hold On To Me
04. Sunset Strip
05. All The Drugs
06. Almost Golden
07. Iâll Do Anything
09. Life Despite God
11. Zeplin Song
12. Never Gonna Be The Same
Review By: Melissa B.
!!!: Louden Up Now (Punk-Funk) âAnd you can tell the President to suck my fucking dick. Does that sound intelligent? Like I give a fu*king frickâ.Chatting to Skrufff recently !!! guitarist Mario Andreone admitted the 7 piece punk-funk pioneers now wished theyâd named checked President Reagan on their reactionary latest single Pardon My Freedom, though any band that can rhyme dick with âfrickâ is clearly already aware that the devilâs in the detail.
And itâs the detail, or rather the 10 songs included here, which will carry them beyond being âthe trendiest of New York hipstersâ (NME) after a year in which theyâve already effortlessly surpassed erstwhile contemporaries like DFA and The Rapture.
Essentially a collection of loosely structured jam-style punk-funk workouts, the record is both surprisingly listenable as well as cheerfully upbeat, its serious political messages offset with humour and intelligence that compares favourably with the wit of their spiritual 80s forefathers; namely Talking Heads and original agit-pop provocateurs Gang Of Four.
Breakthrough single Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard remains a highlight as does live favourite Shitscheissemerde though the whole album trundles along happily, reflecting the bandâs chemistry which theyâve clearly now got hold of.
Another reason !!! are set for great things is the sheer brilliance of their live shows (all 7 players are superb musicians as well as clearly great mates) and while Louden Up Now doesnât quite capture that magic, itâs nevertheless a worthy musical snap shot of a band clearly going places. Louden Up Now is out now on Warp.
01. When The Going Gets Tough The Tough Get Crazee
02. Pardon My Freedom
03. Dear Can
04. The Kings Weed
05. Hello, Is This Thing On?
06. Shit Scheisse
07. Merde pt. 2
08. Me and Giuliani Down By The School Yard
09. Space Island
Review by: Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)
Subscribe to skrufff music newsletter at www.skrufff.com