Brandon McFarland on Friday, Feb. 24th
With all the music that gets released every day, it’s hard to keep up with everything. We at AllDayPlay.fm are usually pretty good at staying up on the latest, but some tunes do just slip right past us. Here are a few songs from new and already established artists that we missed. Enjoy!
Japanese hip-hop pioneer, DJ Krush, released the fifth installment of a monthly song series. His latest is “Kouro Optical Path, which according to his website, is “a tune he’s been incorporating in his live DJ set since the European Festival Tour last summer, and making a buzz among die-hard fans.” It’s pretty dope, dark, moody, haunting and classic Krush. We’ve been fans since we were first introduced to Strictly Turntablized. Considering he’s now five months into this series, with the sixth coming within a couple week’s time, we vow to no longer let new Krush grooves pass us by.
The return of UK singer/femcee Ms. Dynamite is something we’ve have been waiting for since she dropped off the face of the earth after her sophomore LP, Judgement Days, suffered the sophomore curse (as well as other legal drama). She popped up a couple times last year, guest appearing on Nneka’s 2011 release, Heavy Soul, and new comer Katy-B’s album On A Mission. She reappeared back September with her come back single “Neva Soft”, a funky UK bass/dancehall flavored track. A bunch of remixes to this record soon followed, including a hard heavy drum and bass remix by Nu:Tone and my personal favorite, The Mike Delinquent Project Remix. This straight up takes us back to those classic 2-Step Garage joints from the late 90s/early 2000s and takes Dynamite back to her Garage roots.
Brooklyn electronic/pop group Class Actress. Their debut album “Rapprocher”(released in October 2011) is really beautiful, VERY synth heavy and at times a little strange. Some of their music sounds like when you take a 45rpm record and play it on 33rpms. The production is mostly slow slouchy beats, with really fat low toned snares, but it pulls you in immediately. When you hear the lovely vocals of front woman Elizabeth Harper, it clearly identifies that’s the way the music was intended to sound and it works. There’s also a couple songs where the music’s chord arrangements almost don’t match the vocal key; in a good way. At times we’re reminded a little of electro pop/italo disco, Portland based band “Glass Candy”, but the real difference is in Harper’s strong vocals and song writing. Check it out for yourself.
UK Folk, Soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lianne La Havas is one to keep on your radar in 2012. She’s released two EPs in 2011 and has her debut full length set to be released sometime this summer on Warner Brothers Records. We’re really digging “Forget” off the EP of the same name. We love its opening riff and how it builds up to its hard live drums and epic chorus. Her voice is really powerful and sultry on this record. Check out the other songs on the Forget EP & her previous EP Lost & Found.