Hip-Hip from the Sol
Spring is on its on its way; you can smell it in the air, feel it in way the evenings are shedding their darkness and hear it on the stereos of the kids at the beaches. One such track had caught my attention this week, walking home after the show this weekend and I want to share it with you all immediately.
This sun kissed hip-hop mixtape has been produced by Seattle soul hero Sol who’s been making music for the last decade sharing stages with the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan, Big Sean, Mac Miller and The Pack. It’s classic 90′s rap music with deeper soul influences that warm up the overall feel and add that unmistakable sound of summer. Lyrically there’s a touch of Prince present and a good dose of De La Soul to keep things bouncing. Easy beats, cheeky enough to you get grooving yet soulful enough to keep you smilin’.
Right now you can get yourself this little slice of hip hop for your soul via Sol’s bandcamp page. Pay what you like, just play it loud enough to capture peoples attention. Help spread the word of this new music brilliance: Sol, Dear Friends, Vol III is out now via bandcamp.
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Posted in Australian, British, Music, tagged Australian, bondi, guitar, indie, midnight youth, mosman alder, music, singer, songwriter, stick fingers on July 27, 2010 |
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This weeks polyphonic 3 come from a Friday afternoon spent scouring the Aussie music blogs, of which there are surprisingly many. It took a while to weed out the good ones, the glitzy ones tend to be international whilst with the local ones it hard to tell if the mp3′s are legal or not for download? Tricky. Music Matters so we try and keep it legal if we can. )
Anyway – Thanks mostly to the guys at whothehell.net I was able to find some top new tracks from a couple of local bands I think are worth a listen. You can head to their site and check out the tracks for yourself. First up we had Mosman Alder, Tim’s favourite. They’re a soaring Arcadian fire affair with layered compositions and detailed lyrics. The vocals are strong and the energy simmers beneath the surface threatening to boil over at any time. We chose Raisin Heart to play. Listen to it here.
Next up, Sticky Fingers and a track called Juicy Fingers. Picked primarily as the name appealed to my immature sense of humour, and secondly for the amazing soaring guitar solar two thirds of the way in. Described on the blog, and subsequently the show as white guy regga… they’re not. At all.. but they are good. Check their summer indie vibalicousness here
Last up were Midnight Youth whom we saw at the Beach Rd a few backs back and rocked their Aussie socks off. Though their music is pretty simplistic in their structure making them seem more pop than rock they deliver their vocals with enough on stage bravado and energy that, as a live act, they command indie status and a place on the polyphonic three as a break through act to watch out for. Check out their myspace page for more top tunes.
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Posted in Australian, British, Music, radio, tagged Australian, bondi, guitar, indie, London, music, radio, singer on July 17, 2010 |
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The very first Polyphonic Three kicks off with local hero and friend of the show John Vella.
John is a Sydney born and bred singer/songwriter. Performing on stage with his band, their sound is characterised by depth, lyrical story-telling, and intelligent composition & arrangement. John is a firm believer in the groove and spreads his vibe light the sun spreads its warmth. Key influences can be found in John Mayer and Ryan Adams. Recently supported Thirsty Merc @ the Metro. For details check out his space: johnvellamusic
Next up are Babe Shadow. Floating on a summer’s breeze of good vibration moonshine, NME declared them as ‘an Arcadian beat-combo for our time’ and has featured heavily in press and on their blogs. We think they’re the breakthrough band to watch this year. With good management behind them and a string of high profile support acts including festivals and Florence & the Machine. They make a jubilant and lovelorn guitar-twanging type of pop music, for steamy nights with romancers and dancers.
Check out more on their myspace: babeshadowband
Lastly we had Johnson-Jay who we didn’t know too much about. But it was our first show, and we liked his music so we gave it a whirl. It went well. Let us your thoughts, we’re new and would love some feedback! xxx
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