Kilmanjaro is a unique and emerging 4-piece from Toronto, performing the densely layered and immersive electronic compositions of Kaan Gunesberk and Ian Culley. Two drummers Luke Graves and Ryan Macdonald weave through interlocking parts to create a bed of driving rhythm that sits underneath lush synth textures and dream-like vocal melodies. Culley and Gunesberk are both active songwriters and musicians outside of Kilmanjaro, with Culley contributing songwriting efforts to Daniel Caesar’s “Get You” and Gunesberk adapting his signature vocals on Drake’s “Right Hand.”
In January 2017, they released their debut LP A Place Unknown To All You Ever Say under NYK records. The album explores a spectrum of lofty and grimy textures amongst Gunesberk’s ethereal vocals, invoking feelings of a nocturnal daydream as he reflects on the different manifestation of his personality and relationships around him.
The band's thoughts on the song:
“This song is the climax point in the album. All the feelings conveyed throughout the album come to this point of realization. There’s a lot of tension in the first half of the song. But it reaches a point where you’re freed from that prison of emotion that’s been holding you for the whole album. There’s this sense of awakening.”
22 (Foreboding) - 02:32
15 (The Masochist) - 03:13
14 (The Idealist) - 03:33
17 (Your Mind Has Eyes That Look Upon You) - 02:31
Mushroom People are a Germany-based brotherly duo that crafts engaging and colorful pop music. The two brothers, Dean and Dustin Bremerich, formerly played in rock bands before a fascination with electronic music arose in recent years. They formed Mushroom People this past November with that emerging influence in mind. “Time Lapse” is the first single from their eponymous new album, released on 3/17 -
With an infectious stuttering vocal sample, culled from a sample of Thrice’s “Artist in the Ambulance”, the hook on "Time Lapse" emerges seamlessly. Effervescent twinkles just prior to the two-minute mark help assemble a stellar bridge, leading back into the vocal sample-laden hook, which touts dance-laden appeal and an electro-pop shimmer. The vocals during the verses pack a more anthemic rock-based feel, which makes the successful electronic incorporation welcoming and effective.
The vocals are performed by London singer-songwriter Mike Wyatt, though he prefers to stay anonymous, because the different kind of genre might confuse his audience. Another fun fact: the harp in the second verse is played by the grandfather of the Mushroom People brothers. Also, the lyrics are inspired by Mark Twain's 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'.
"Heard U Say" is a song roughly about human artifice and social constructionism," Rory explains. "There was something about the riff (which came first) that made me think about the ways in which we try to convince ourselves that we have figured out what it is we're supposed to be doing with our time, and our predisposition to rationalize all aspects of our lives. This recording also features a cowbell, which post-SNL sketch usually gets associated with Blue Oyster Cult, but the inspiration here was Queens of the Stone Age's "Little Sister"."
In mid to late 2005, McVicar's demo received heavy rotation on the BBC Radio 1 Onemusic shows, helmed by Huw Stephens and Rob da Bank. This led to an appearance at In The City in Manchester, as part of Radio 1 Unsigned; as well as the recording of a live Maida Vale session for the show. The track 'Little One', which was the first song on the CD-R, clocked in at number 20 in the traditional end of year Festive Fifty countdown.
McVicar's first release was a split 7" single on HowlbackHum with electronic artist Hoofus, featuring the song "Hide Yrself". Another single, this time on NRone records, called "The Things You Do" followed shortly thereafter.
In November 2007, McVicar released his self-titled debut album on the Series 8 label. The album picked up favourable reviews across the British music press, with singles "Now That You're Mine" and "No More Do I Care" getting airplay across the dial.
Subsequent tours followed, including festival appearances in the UK and mainland Europe, as well as support slots for Josh T. Pearson, Bat For Lashes and Jason Molina. McVicar went on to play guitar on the first solo album released by Nat Johnson, entitled 'Roman Radio' and Emma Kupa's debut EP "Home Cinema".
In February 2010, McVicar released his second album, 'Another Sleepless Night' on his own Lonesome Goodnight Recordings label. The album was released digitally, as well as on heavy-weight vinyl, via http://rorymcvicar.co.uk/
Presently, McVicar is putting the finishing touches to his third album, to be released in 2017, following the release of the Toothache/Alone I'll Be 7" on Static Caravan records in 2016.
Midnight Mystery Club's debut album 'Reason or Rhyme' is finally out. 'Calling Me', 'Run' and 'Richest Man in The World' have already been featured, reviewed and added to mix tapes by numerous blogs and digital magazines. Remixes continue to roll out from world renowned Dj's such a Tesla Boy's Pioneerball. All the while MMC continues to amass new fans every day to their social media and youtube pages.
Midnight Mystery Club is a departure from the typical House styles that David Newell has been working in for the last few years. Known for helping pen such hits as 'The Chase' by The Shapeshifters. 'Reason or Rhyme' is a return to his roots and his first love with a more Alternative, Funk, and Rock vibe.
This new album also marks the first full album collaboration with Producer Michael Gray. Gray, known for being one-half of Full Intention has also had a solo career carved by massive House hits as well. Full Intention has received decades of success and even managed a Grammy nod for their work with George Michael.
Together with Michael Gray's direction, Midnight Mystery Club has crafted an album that surprises and delights. 'Reason or Rhyme' features 10 new original tracks packed to the rafters with hooks and melodies sure to find their way into hearts and minds the world over.
ANTETHIC is an instrumental rock trio from St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the most interesting and innovative bands on the European post-rock scene. The trio is notable for an impressive and organic combination of a variety of genres, such as electronic, progressive rock, ambient, drone, and shoegaze. Staying true to the band's experimental and atmospheric roots every new release shows progression towards more balanced and electronic sound. Throughout a 5 years lifetime, Antethic has released 2 LP albums, several EP and singles.
The latest album 'Ghost Shirt Society' is the first work of Antethic as a trio in 3 years. The record challenged them with the line up changes and expanded each member involvement on multiple instruments. This resulted in more detailed and yet flowing compositions which they see as their best works so far. The album is inspired by idealism philosophy, utopian and post-catastrophic ideas. As usual Antethic was looking for the way to express specific philosophical or political idea by the means of music.
The Great Long Distance is an audible recollection of the first 12 months of a long distance relationship, including the highs and lows and moments in between. It is a journal without words, each of the 12 tracks representing each month respectively. Inspired by the format of NIN's "Ghosts I-IV", the album is a sonic tapestry of different moods and themes, with various recurring motifs and the subtle melding of synthesizer and samples; the result something not quite classical, ambient or electronic - rather, an eclectic blend of the three. For fans of Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and later Ulver
In order to excel in the independent music industry, an act has to define itself as especially unique with a sound quite unlike anything else in the community. This is a tall order, one that isn’t easily filled by acts entering variations of rock music due to the immense amount of bands flooding the scene right now. Palehorse/Palerider, a “doomgaze” trio from Denver, has released an EP entitled ‘Burial Songs’ that does a surprisingly superb job at separating itself from the pack. Let’s delve into it.
Even though the independent rock scene is quite inundated with new acts, there’s always a welcome place for an outfit that changes the formula enough to be consistently interesting and worth taking notice of. The New York-based alternative rock group Voices from Deep Below attempts to do just that, fusing together a variety of styles into a surprisingly coherent sound. Their new record, “I Want to Stand Where the Sun Himself Shakes with Fear”, is a five song album that navigates alt-rock, experimental, and borderline metal and progressive influences all at the same time.