Author Archives: lizwithmwl

These Electric Lives – “We Called It Off” [VIDEO]

These Electric Lives

 

Described as making music that bridges the gap between electro-pop/new wave and supercharged indie-rock, These Electric Lives play their own brand of “melodic dance rock”. TEL’s exciting and energetic live show consistently delivers uplifting and danceable anthems fueled by an intensity of honest emotion and the powerful soaring voice of lead singer Mark Stanfield.

 

These Electric Lives

The Toronto, Canada based quartet began working with Juno-nominated producer João Carvalho (João Carvalho Mastering) releasing their critically acclaimed, self-titled debut EP in 2007. The underground hit “We Should Be Believing” charted regularly on college and internet radio stations around the globe. These Electric Lives’ infectious and catchy songs have become increasingly popular with DJ’s and producers in Canada, the US, and Europe, prompting the release of a TEL remix album in 2008.

In September 2010, TEL released a new EP entitled “We See Light…” and are currently back in the studio working on new material, including a dance track collaboration with New Zealand producer Yuhei Kubo, to be released on Bonerizing Records (Sweden) this spring. Fresh off their Indie Week Canada win, These Electric Lives are also gearing up for their first international tour in May which will include dates in Dublin and Belfast, headlining Indie Week Ireland and showcasing at Liverpool Sound City.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

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Bombay Bicycle Club – “Shuffle” [NEW MUSIC] [EVENT]

Bombay Bicycle Club

 

Bombay Bicycle Club is an indie-rock band from London.  Comprised of Jack Steadman (lead vocals, guitar), Jamie MacColl (guitar), Ed Nash (bass) and Suren de Saram (drums), the band just released their third studio album, A Different Kind of Fix.  The first single released, Shuffle, provides a microcosm of the album’s feel. Building a gentle, hooky pop song over a looping, dance-inducing piano sample, it’s, like all the best late summer sounds, seventy-five percent exuberant and twenty-five percent melancholy.  This album is different than the previous two; it incorporates more electronics and has less folk influences.  Watch the video for Shuffle to see for yourself, or see them live in Brooklyn (Music Hall of Williamsburg – Sept. 7) or Philadelphia (Theater of the Living Arts – Sept. 9) – for more tour dates check out their schedule!

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

 

Dear Creek – “Dear Creek” [MUSIC]

Dear Creek

Dear Creek is a folk duo from Winchester, Virginia, who is accompanied by the Barefoot Wanderers, a collection of at least ten other artists, each of whom pitched in to make Dear Creek’s self-titled album a true masterpiece.  Combining folk with blues and jazz, the guitar with the harmonica and dulcimer, and flawless vocals with impeccable production Dear Creek and the Barefoot Wanderers create an incredible album. I really like track 2, Sunflower Seeds.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Wolftown – “Settle Down” [NEW MUSIC] [EVENT]

Wolftown

Wolftown is a promising new rock band out of Cape Town.  With edgy, bold sounds they are sure to make a footprint on the South African music scene.  All songs are written by the band, which consists of Sarah Pope (lead vocals and guitar), Damian Upton (bass) and Kyle Sanders (percussion).  When recently asked how they chose the name of the band they responded, “It has a massive meaning for us three. In this industry its dog eats dog and while preparing our songs for studio, we choose the name that we felt was the most dominant. We’ve worked really hard to be at the top of our game and we needed something to go hand in hand with all the hard work we’ve put in. So Wolftown is our way of representing our music, our passion, our past, our future.  See them live at Zula on September 16th if you’re in Cape Town!

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Pure Solid – “Dub Lockdown” and set from Cold Turkey [FREE DOWNLOAD]

Pure Solid

 

Pure Solid is producer Damian Stephens (Dplanet) and VJ Anne-Sophie Leens (spo0ky). Together they create an intense audio-visual assault on the senses. Dplanet describes his musical style as ‘soundsytem music’, ‘robot army music’ or ‘dark’. This sound has influences of dub, grime, Detroit techno, Chicago house, acid, hip hop, juke and electro.  Spo0ky creates bespoke graphic design and video treatments that interpret and enhance the music, providing a powerful, immersive, hypnotic, audiovisual experience.  Check out the second track – Dub Lockdown – off their recent double EP Ghetto Dubs.

 

Cold turkey featured Pure Solid a few weeks ago, you can play or download their set.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Reigndear – Hurse [MUSIC]

Reigndear

 

Reigndear are a 3 piece experimental psychedelic folk band officially founded in Taiwan, January 2007, by South African brothers Kent Dylan & Wesley Jay as well as lifelong friend and multi-instrumentalist/producer Johnny Atterbury. Reigndear are a band who believe in the profound effects of music and they create a blend of music that is best described as “a nostalgic look at the present through the past & future” Starting January 2009 Reigndear began touring as a live duet in and around the greater Johannesburg area playing acclaimed venues such as The Bohemian, Tanz Cafe & Voodoo Lounge. In December 2009 Reigndear left Johannesburg for the sunny shores of Cape Town for four months, where they have been playing gigs at venues such as Zula, The Purple Turtle, Boo Radley’s & The Royal Albert Hall.  The band also released their first EP that same year and continued to travel to Taiwan and the United States to work on and promote their music.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Chianosky – “Sick Sick” [VIDEO]

Chianosky

Eighteen year old Chianosky has just released her catchy radio single, Sick-Sick.  Labeled as neo-jazz, the track has influences of electronic, jazz and pop.  I’m excited to see what lies ahead for this multi-talented musician.  She fell in love with music at the age of 10 and pursued her dream by transferring to The National Academy of the Arts to study contemporary music, while modeling for Star Model Management.  Originally from Cape Town, but now residing in Johannesburg, Chianosky is a promising young artist, I hope to hear many more tracks like Sick-Sick on the airwaves in South Africa and abroad.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The City and Horses – “We Will Never Be Discovered” [MUSIC]

The City and Horses

Marc, the lead singer of The City and Horses, started the band as a side project from his New York apartment.  Since the first E.P. release in 1997, the band has evolved, played shows and perfected their indie-pop tracks.  Their last EP release, Little Finland, (the first for the Marc’s whole band) on White Shoe Records in the US, had a great review including one by Time Out New York.  Their appeal is quite simple — they make jangly, well-crafted pop songs with quirky, intelligent lyrics and quickly hummable hooks.  And that’s that.  Yet, unlike other contemporary indie bands, The City and Horses hope to remain in the shadows behind their meaningful and melodic tunes.  Check out the title track of their soon to be released album, We Will Never Be Discovered, on Paper Garden Records.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Little Tybee – “Building a Bomb” [MUSIC]

Little Tybee

 

I just stumbled upon a great indie-folk band, named after a tiny island off the coast of their native Georgia, where legend has it an undetonated hydrogen bomb lies missing. More of a music collective than an easily definable, self-contained entity, Little Tybee has five core members, and at least a handful of other talented musicians who accompany the band in their quest toward orchestral pop brilliance. The core of each of their songs begins in the relentless and creative mind of vocalist/guitarist/pianist Brock Scott. The songs mature through the dedicated musicianship of 8-string guitarist Josh Martin, violinist Nirvana Kelly, bassist Ryan Donald, and percussionist Pat Brooks.  Listen to their track Building a Bomb to get a feel for what Little Tybee has to offer.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

Deerhoof – “The Merry Barracks” [MUSIC]

Deerhoof

Deerhoof are currently on tour supporting their tenth LP, Deerhoof vs. Evil. They formed in San Francisco around 1995 by drummer/multi-instrumentalist Greg Saunier and guitarist Rob Fisk. Satomi Matsuzaki (who’d just arrive in San Francisco from Tokyo, Japan) soon began singing overtop of Greg and Rob’s raw tape recordings.  Since then the band has had numerous line-up changes and successful tours.  Deerhoof vs. Evil may be the band at their most unpredictable: songs sung in Japanese, Catalan, and English as complex acoustic guitar flourishes, sharp bursts of electronic noise, and J-Pop influenced dance-a-longs hide around every corner—sometimes within the same song.  Check out The Merry Barracks for a taste of this eclectic indie band. AND they will be  playing in Brooklyn on September 20th at The Music Hall of Williamsburg, then the following night in Philadelphia at World Cafe Live.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC