Toronto-based music blog finding the best new music in the feeds. To the point track features, videos, quick reviews and streaming playlists
About Lior Phillips
Lior Phillips doesn’t particularly like pie, but seems to dabble in many with growing fears of actually becoming one, some day. Based in Cape Town, South Africa she is a Freelance Wardrobe Stylist & Writer with a firm base in Brand Consulting. There are so many other-wordly bands out there she so often feels it unfair to have only been granted one set of ears. A stickler for detail and a lover of all things that are drastically oversized or undersized (E.G XXL mugs & travel size toiletries) her fixation with fantasy/sci-fi novels live on the same trajectory as her fixation with the world of music – both move and whirl vividly in her imagination; a fitting and introspective backdrop.
Was it the lure of their band name hitting some sort of chord, seeing as though I live in South Africa? Monkey Safari, who are neither Monkey’s, nor on a Safari are actually the German muso-duo of brothers, from a town called Halle. According to the original post on Pitchfork, Larry Fitzmaurice explains how the original “Coming Down” used sampling material sourced from Justin Vernon’s cover of Anaïs Mitchell’s “Coming Down” featured on one of the best radio stations in the world; Triple J.
Naturally, I was completely intrigued, so after a few clicks worthy of a successful ‘dig-around’ I’ve decided to let you listen to it, three times over. The new edit of theirs, Justin Vernon’s cover and her original. It’s quite a little journey you’re going to take with just one song, and it goes to show how powerful songwriting can potentially be. I’d love to know which one you enjoyed the most! Let’s put these triplets against eachother, shall we?
Grouplove getting all gritty! Before their Ways To Go EP release next year (not ready to accept it’s around the corner….yet), it’ll include three other remixes of this track. Today, like the turkey you’re all about to devour – Thom from Alt J gives thanks, in his special own way.
Having just signed with Good Years Recordings (BANKS fame) Francis Farewell Starlite (oh glory-gosh) has a treat for us all. Ahead of his latest release on November 25th, Francis And The Lights‘ new EP ‘Like A Dream‘ is just four days away, so we’re giving you a stream that will decidedly, make you, err, scream? Watch the video and you may feel as excited as I am about this artist. Creating his very own two-step, this glorious patter-tapper through the fields sways through piano pop and contemporary R&B quite comfortably.
Anyone remember this treat? This perfect tribute to the almighty Talk Talk? Hella sure you do. There’s a slight chance it’s etched in your memory valves for two reasons; it’s Zero 7 and it’s Only Girl on vocals. In just a measly two Internet-hours, their new track featuring Emily Murphy, the woman behind the Only Girl moniker has had over 4500 plays…4501…4502….
The superbly relevant London duo Zero 7, Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns, have been busy this year! What with releasing their brilliant white label 12-inch ‘On My Own’ back in August that featured singers they have never actually worked with before – Danny Pratt AKA Danny Boy on the title track and Tom Leonard on the flip-side track Don’t Call it Love. Both of these songs were seductively playful and somewhat set the sonic pace for this new release.
“It’s a Sweat n Glitter number. Made of lost nights, danced away with friends in grotty nightclubs” says Zero 7 via their Facebook page when describing their brand new track “Take Me Away” (available 1st December) It’s hooky, bright and totally playful, showcasing yet another collaboration with a benevolent sounding singer/songwriter. The production quality is crystal clear, with splashes of a Studio-54-esque Disco palette, you’re suddenly transported to the centre of the dance floor, hypnotically swaying and getting swept away. Oh go on then..
Holding on for Broken Bells, has been worth it. They’re back just ahead of their of their album release set for January 2014 and it’s called After the Disco. Bee Gee-fied harmonies from producer Danger Mouse and The Shins‘ lead singer James Mercer really means one thing – you can’t go wrong.
Our appreciation over here for Gil Wojcik and Justin Victoria, the boys from PLOY is quite clear – we’ve been tracking the NYC duo for a few months with songs ‘VRDSNT’ and ‘Fool’ in particular which snatched up our attention pretty quickly. Their latest single ‘From Home’, slows the pace, elevates the rhythm and soothes your mind. A smoother track and somewhat of a well deserved ‘pause’ one would take from their day. The synth floats as an emotive wallpaper behind the main vocals and we’re treated again to the sound of a fresh new band setting their sound.
After you stream the track head over to Bandcamp and give it a nice little download will ya?