Well this is a long overdue (cause I'm impatient) EP from WVM before he releases his album on the estimated Feb. 2013. I stumbled upon his Kickstarter on October 2011 and decided to support the artist because of what I heard and came out impressed with where his music was featured, with the bits and pieces being released up to this EP I have high hopes for the album and all involved. There are certain people contributing to this EP and album that caught my eye and those are Chris Vrenna (NIN, M. Manson) and Josh Freese (NIN, DEVO, Perfect Circle), me being a NIN and M. Manson fan before he went Holy Wood, it was an instant peak of interest. Freese drums and WVM vocals goes great together, at first I didn't think the voice of WVM would be ok with the semi electronic sound but no doubts now. The EP has that awesome static electronic punch I haven't enjoyed in a while, a crystal clear indication that this guy knows what he's doing and I'm not worried at all about the outcome of the album. You can buy this EP and pre-order his album on Bandcamp now, if you want to try before you buy then below is a stream of WVM's EP. This is an independent release and not some label behind it, just a lot of work, talent, love and fans involved.
I have a weird like/dislike relationship with MGMT so when I received this album I was a little skeptical about Astro, which has been compared to the Chilean version of the popular band. However, listening thru the album a few times I've experienced nothing but a fun atmosphere and sounds like the boys had a lot of good times making it. The sound is light hearted with an enjoyable pace, it also has a great sense of energy throughout. From the synth one chord cool sound of 'Ciervos' to the bitmapped 'Miu-Miu' then with 'Nueces de Bangladesh' heavy distorted sound, it has good range and stays sonically interesting from start to finish. Astro's self-titled album is a good nod to Latin music and it's progression towards different sounds, they also remind me a bit of El Guincho with their imaginative lyrics and synths. Sometimes you just want good music without the politics and picking sides, the Astro album is perfect for that and that's what makes it so much fun. If this Indie-Pop group stays on course and keeps developing their sound, Astros' future will bring great joy to everyones ears. While sounding great and all fun, I'd like to hear them explore more of an individual sound for Astro instead of me instantly comparing them because of similar sounds... not that it's a bad thing but you know. Those whom don't speak Spanish might be alienated a little because of the all Spanish lyrics but the sounds will totally carry you over and at the end of the day it's about the music. Mission accomplished. You can buy their album on iTunes now for a cool $7.99. 'Ciervos' is their first single/video off the self-titled album which you can watch below.
[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/19670302[/vimeo] Surfer electro? Yep gimme some o' that trippy goodness. La Femme brings back living on the edge and night surfing in 'Sur La Planche'. Gotta love the vibe set in the video as it goes perfect with the song, alright c'mon send more of this my way!
Let's face a few facts shall we? Videogame inspired sounds can sometimes strike a bad chord even amongst fans of the hobby/art form but there are a few shining thru with good sounds that don't sound too harsh and I wanted to share a couple of recent findings (old releases) I stumbled upon. Check them out and let me know what you think, also feel free to submit and share the ones you have or like.
Our Electro Funk homies Navegante recently got together with new Division 1 talent Young Chris to film a video for their "All In Your Head" Remix track and had Jay-Z do a surprise drop by to check them out. Check out the snippet to the track below and the vid to see a low hat nodding Hova digging the sounds. Peace to Navegante, yall doing it baby! All in Ur Head ft Young Chris(Clip) by Navegante
All photos by XXL Mag.