Tag Archives: Synths

Serge Bulat-Third World Walker

Serge Bulat

Serge Bulat is a Moldovan born producer and singer/songwriter who now resides in New York, who has followed up his award winning Queuelbum LP with the Third World Walker EP.  Bulat produces electronica that is more on the experimental side, however it has a fluidity and complexity that makes it difficult to pinpoint but is utterly engrossing.

The EP commences with previous single Third World River a brilliant ambient tune that allows you to drift away and that has garnered recognition for an ambitious, innovative video project.  We are moved on to an unreleased version of Rec Shift Motel, a thought provoking track which features dark, illicit tones that loom over you.  Idiots In Hell is a reworking of Bulat’s Idiots In Heaven track where he has collaborated with Argentinian music artist Clan Balache and it’s deep, understated techno sounds make for an enthralling journey.  Third World Walker is bookended by another single, Walker which has a soft, droning beat that takes you through this sublime tune and draws this great EP to a conclusion.

You can get the EP here.

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The Bleeding Obvious-The Bleeding Obvious

the bleeding obvious

The Bleeding Obvious is the musical project of Wakefield’s Jessica Rowbottom and she has released her self-titled debut album, an incredibly well put together that I can loosely describe as electro pop but that encapsulates so much more.  The Bleeding Obvious have also collaborated with over 40 musicians and vocalists on this album, so there are too many to mention individually, however it is tribute to Jessica that she has managed to get so many talented people on one album.

The spoken word intro to Splendid! Gives off the impression that it will be something entirely different to the wonderfully nostalgic piano house tune that it morphs into which makes for a brilliant start to the album that engages you immediately.  After a bouncy interlude on Special Snowflake, the pace is slowed down on the melancholic yet endearing You and I (Always Fighting).  The Bleeding Obvious cover a variety of genres which means this record is not something to be pigeon holed as can be heard on the understated dub tones of I, Human which then quickly jumps into the yearning ballad, Double Hard.

The jaunty beat of Not Dead (Yet) is contrasted by its sombre lyrics that when combined make for an outstanding pop tune.  Put Your Arms Around Me is a delightful ode to a lover that makes you feel comfortable with the fact that it’s alright to get help from other people.  Coming in a six minutes long Runaway is by far the longest track of the album, however it fly’s by with a smooth groove that allows the lyrics to tell this tale of unrequited attraction.  The Bleeding Obvious continue to hop about through the genres on Can’t Come Home yet another great tune that’s tinged in reggae.

Rock Chick features vocals that have an element of the dramatic about them that is surrounded by a beat dipped in delicious funk in addition to having a customary epic guitar solo.  The self-explanatory title of Bittersweet Goodbye encapsulates the feeling of being in a club at the end of the night within its brooding sound as well as the reflective lyrics.  As The Bleeding Obvious draw proceedings to a conclusion on the swooning Me, Myself and I it’s shocking just how quick the time has flown and this intriguing, encapsulating record and with album number two apparently in the works I for one cannot wait to hear more from The Bleeding Obvious.

You can get the album here.

DRGM-EP Etc

DRGM

DRGM are a trio from London who produce their own unique brand of electronic music which can be heard on their latest release, EP Etc, which has come out on the records etc label.

Lead track Felt has an intriguing intro that has an underground feel to it, that grows in a huge track which also has a simple but effective video that goes along with it.  DRGM slow things down on Cherryade is a demonstration of the intricacy of DRGM’s compositions as well as verging on the Avant Garde.  The smooth and sleek tones of Vanilla mixes things up nicely whilst continuing to demonstrate the outstanding vocal range of the lead singer, adding to the sense of cool that radiates from this band.  Drip is the shortest track on the EP which gives it a real sense of the here and now about it that would instantly get anyone moving and should be an instant hit in my eyes.

Overall I would say this record is faultless and the only complaint I had is that I wanted to hear more so hopefully there might be a full length release in the future.

You can check out the EP here.

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Cave Wars-Cave Wars

Cave Wars have self-released their home recorded self-titled album, a fabulous record that is certainly influenced by the 80’s without sounding like they have merely just imitated material from this era.

The two piece kick off the album with 1955 which has some brilliant dark and brooding vocals that are a feature throughout. The more upbeat synths on Skymen are quickly followed by the slow burning and swooning Origami a lusciously understated track that is a definite highlight of Cave Wars. The chugging beat of Kubrick has a sense of foreboding that wraps around you and wouldn’t feel out of place in one of the films directed by the man of the songs title,

The album continues Danger Zone and Day After Day, two tracks that see Cave Wars take on amore poppy sound, especially on the former while the latter is a spectacular tune that has a beat that grips you immediately. The instrumental track Duel is an extremely and clever piece form the band that leaves you waiting for more while still being good enough that it doesn’t seem like anywhere near four minutes has passed by the time it reaches its conclusion. This excellent lo-fi record finishes up with End Boss a brilliantly gritty tune full of fuzzy guitars, that develops into a complete wall of sound making it a superb way to wrap up a wonderful album.

Matt Hill

cave-wars

Cave Wars have self-released their home recorded self-titled album, a fabulous record that is certainly influenced by the 80’s without sounding like they have merely just imitated material from this era.

The two piece kick off the album with 1955 which has some brilliant dark and brooding vocals that are a feature throughout. The more upbeat synths on Skymen are quickly followed by the slow burning and swooning Origami a lusciously understated track that is a definite highlight of Cave Wars. The chugging beat of Kubrick has a sense of foreboding that wraps around you and wouldn’t feel out of place in one of the films directed by the man of the songs title,

The album continues Danger Zone and Day After Day, two tracks that see Cave Wars take on amore poppy sound, especially on the former while the latter is a spectacular tune that has a beat that grips you immediately. The instrumental track Duel is an extremely and clever piece form the band that leaves you waiting for more while still being good enough that it doesn’t seem like anywhere near four minutes has passed by the time it reaches its conclusion. This excellent lo-fi record finishes up with End Boss a brilliantly gritty tune full of fuzzy guitars, that develops into a complete wall of sound making it a superb way to wrap up a wonderful album.

Matt Hill

You can check out Cave Wars here.

Sidefields

sidefields

Sidefields are a London based three piece whose music covers a range of genres whilst also having a delightful retro feel to it.  The Night Is Ours is a harmonious, synth driven track that with its softly sung vocals can’t help but put a smile on your face.  Sidefields also show a great bit of versatility on Ronnie Says where the guitars take more of an emphasis as well as being a brilliant melodic tune.  These couple of tasters have really impressed and made sure that I will certainly be waiting to hear more from Sidefields.

Matt Hill

You can check out the band here.