Posts Tagged ‘Electronica’

In the cold and dark winter months, hiding in the solitude and comfort of my room away from work and students, I absolutely fell in love with James Blake’s first single “Retrograde” from his new album “Overgrown”. A timeless song and one I could happily play on loop into the early hours.

Multi-talented industrial rock/metal/dubstep crossover masterminds BLACKBURNER are set to release second album PLANET EARTH ATTACK on September 25 via Cleopatra/Hypnotic Records. Featuring guest appearances from legendary Star Trek actor WILLIAM SHATNER and members of the prog rock back YES, PLANET EARTH ATTACK further illustrates the bold creativity Blackburner has become known for.  Crossing EDM genres of dupstep, glitch, and house with progressive rock, industrial, and noise, the 17-track collection is a journey from depths to heights and back with beats that physically resonate.  On “Apocalypse,” vocalist Jessica Jean adds an ethereal edge to the dystopian anthem, while “In Love With The City” infuses a more progressive house sound highlighted by singer Geri X.  The single “50 Grades of Space “ is the definitive example of Blackburner’s ability to aurally transport the body and mind with sonic manipulation of tempo and intensity.  
 
Blackburner is a bold new force in electronic music masterminded by producer/musician Skyla Talon, who first cut his teeth in music with modern metal band Killingbird in 2000, later joining Scum Of The Earth, the side project of ROB ZOMBIE axeman Riggs in 2005.  After touring the US with acts such as HATEBREED and TYPE O NEGATIVE, Talon began experimenting with electronic dance music production, inspired by the revolutionary new sounds in Dubstep and Glitch music generated by the likes of fellow metal-head-turned-DJ SKRILLEX.  The result was the birth of BLACKBURNER – who released debut album ‘FEEL THE BURN’ earlier this year featuring electronic pioneer Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream as well as John Wesley of Porcupine Tree.

Influenced by the member’s backgrounds as metal guitarists and vocalists, BLACKBURNER combines the heavily twisted and seriously aggressive bass beats of Dubstep and Glitch with the melodic hooks of Rock, Industrial and Electronica to create a daring yet widely appealing new hybrid sound.

PLANET EARTH ATTACK is released September 25 on Cleopatra/Hypnotic Records.

Listen to “Planet Earth Attack” ft. William Shatner here: http://snd.sc/NYmU8l

LINKS:

http://www.facebook.com/Blackburner.org

 

“Nice Music For Tired Ears”

Kalabi  has been making and producing music for the past twenty years. In the early days, Kalabi [Si Oliver] was playing bass and writing songs for rock, grunge and funk bands. However, for the past decade he has been producing chill out / trip hop  tracks under the name of Kalabi, with releases all over the world with a number of labels. Strongly influenced by Bill Laswell and Jah Wobble (the Radioaxiom album), and Ronnie and Clyde (the In Glorious Black and Blue album) the core concept of his work is “nice music for tired ears”. As if by musical fate, Kalabi sent through some tracks this week when the ears were in need of some seriously serene bassy sonority, and I found myself completely engrossed in his work. With a range of albums including, “The Bubble or the Spirit”, “The Wheel” and “Tone Poems”, Kalabi’s style and composition reflects and matches that of the work of many popular well-known electronic and chill out artists, which are hit with readers and myself.  Kalabi is sending over tracks from a number of his albums, and his work will now be posted as a regular chill out feature on the blog. His work certainly deserved some recognition and should be a big hit with the trip hop fans! Keep and eye out for next weeks collaboration track with UK Hip Hop producer Remulak entitled “Hypnosis”, which features singer songwriter Guy Osborn.

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Saturate was released on The Chemical Brother’s sixth studio album We Are the Night and it has grown to be one of my favourite feel good pick me up songs. I heard this track for the very first time live among an almighty crowd at the Wireless Festival last year just as the sun was setting over the city and the cider was flowing; it truly was a beautiful musical moment: a building, twisting, highly infectious tune that blends baggy drums with washes of kaleidoscopic electronica; a song with all the grace of a modern dance electronica masterpiece.

Silence, Traffic, Adagio- oh my! DJ Tiësto’s performance at TommowLand 2011 was truly epic and festivalers were graced with what is likely to be the most memorable festival moments of 2011. If you have not seen this before, prepare for goosebumps, heaven reaching arms, and a tear in your eye…this would have been one of those rare rave experiences you continue to long for at other festivals but never quite gets there.