Tony Scumbag & Joe Norkus: “Wedding Theme”.

29 Feb 2012 — Jesse Thompson
Imagine the most tropical cocktail you can. Now put that cocktail in a coconut, sip it and mellow out as you float down stream on the back of your hippopotamus tour guide. With bongos, easy-going synth leads and an amazing EWI USB wind instrument solo, "Wedding Theme" by Seattle, WA via Franklin TN artist Tony Scumbag (aka Grey Johnson) sounds a bit like a "Coconut" to "Kokomo" instrumental interlude that Harry Nilsson and The Beach Boys could have concocted in a tiki lounge during an early evening beach party some time in the late 70's. Found video footage of swimming pools, beaches, and river guides, sequenced by Joe Norkus, blends perfectly with the track, forming a nearly irresistible, cheesy aesthetic that keeps you locked in, listening and watching with a grin. If you're into this collaboration, check out "Suspended Romance" and the 80's inspired video titled "Pump It" featuring sexy fitness video shots, bodybuilders, action sequences and other audio-visual goodness. Read more → Imagine the most tropical cocktail you can. Now put that cocktail in a coconut, sip it and mellow out as you float down stream on the back of your hippopotamus tour guide. With bongos, easy-going synth leads and an amazing EWI USB wind instrument solo, "Wedding Theme" by Seattle, WA via Franklin TN artist Tony Scumbag (aka Grey Johnson) sounds a bit like a "Coconut" to "Kokomo" instrumental interlude that Harry Nilsson and The Beach Boys could have concocted in a tiki lounge during an early evening beach party some time in the late 70's. Found video footage of swimming pools, beaches, and river guides, sequenced by Joe Norkus, blends perfectly with the track, forming a nearly irresistible, cheesy aesthetic that keeps you locked in, listening and watching with a grin. If you're into this collaboration, check out "Suspended Romance" and the 80's inspired video titled "Pump It" featuring sexy fitness video shots, bodybuilders, action sequences and other audio-visual goodness.

Album stream: Torkelsen - S/T.

29 Feb 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Norway's electronic producer Torkelsen magically emerged on the roster of the Oslo based label Sellout! sometime last year, who soon after also released a 7 inch split with South Carolina's Hard Mix. As we've reported earlier, his self-titled album is finally set to release on March 6th, and we've gotten the honor to give you all an exclusive first listen to the whole thing below. Even though Torkelsen is not exactly breaking any grounds with his glitchy, sunkissed sound that goes through the entirety of the record, it is rather his way of telling stories through these pure, instrumental pop tracks that might catch your interest. Visually, every single of his tunes has different atmospheres to them: the feeling of hopelessness or boredom in "Lavkarboår", the playful sound and feeling of lightweightness in "Simple", or what seem to be memories of childhood excursions in "Markjordbær". Listening to this while walking in a sour, dusky weather through the chaotic Berlin capital, it of course hits me that this record would've been a lot easier to enjoy under roadtrips with friends on a sunny day of July. And maybe isn't the lack of a red line so important after all, who knows. But I'll forgive him for that. Read more → Norway's electronic producer Torkelsen magically emerged on the roster of the Oslo based label Sellout! sometime last year, who soon after also released a 7 inch split with South Carolina's Hard Mix. As we've reported earlier, his self-titled album is finally set to release on March 6th, and we've gotten the honor to give you all an exclusive first listen to the whole thing below. Even though Torkelsen is not exactly breaking any grounds with his glitchy, sunkissed sound that goes through the entirety of the record, it is rather his way of telling stories through these pure, instrumental pop tracks that might catch your interest. Visually, every single of his tunes has different atmospheres to them: the feeling of hopelessness or boredom in "Lavkarboår", the playful sound and feeling of lightweightness in "Simple", or what seem to be memories of childhood excursions in "Markjordbær". Listening to this while walking in a sour, dusky weather through the chaotic Berlin capital, it of course hits me that this record would've been a lot easier to enjoy under roadtrips with friends on a sunny day of July. And maybe isn't the lack of a red line so important after all, who knows. But I'll forgive him for that.

Green & Gold vol. 2

29 Feb 2012 — Holly Friedlander Liddicoat

If there’s anything my experience as a music blogger has taught me, it is that people can make fantastic music no matter what their background or locale, or whether they are under the strict umbrella of management or tied to a label of any sorts. This, of course, has been understood and recognised for years before I landed amongst the musings of online publication, however, it is important to emphasise that a multitude of uninhibited and sincere sounds can be found if one chooses to look for them. So today I have decided to bring to you the most secret of Australian gems – all the shiny $2 dollar coins you find tucked inconspicuously between couch cushions. Delving straight into a city that perhaps, unfairly, has been dubbed the unlikeable relative by the ‘cool’ coastly cousins, Adelaide has had to struggle more than most to create a platform for their producers. An honest example of Adelaide’s hard-working, barrier breaking music comes from Gab Strum aka Japanese Wallpaper. At only 15 years of age (yes!), Strum has managed to put out a handful of dreamy soundscapes and remixes for the pleasure and critic of the ever-intangible Online Community. This is his latest, a staccato-like interpretation of Bon Iver’s “Woods”. Bon Iver – Woods (Japanese Wallpaper Remix) Moving in a sweeping northeast direction now, we travel to the Gold Coast, home to many a tanned beach-goer and the central party destination for the end of high school festivities. Nestled amongst the beautiful and the beer bongs, solo producer Jaocb Rohde delves into an expanse of electronic sounds. This track, Buzzin, is from his latest Moving Colour EP, relying more on his production skills than his vocals like in Lovers or I Get This Feeling. Jacob Rohde – Buzzin Sailing now down into Sydney, Jake Antoun sets up shop as soloist Silica Cove. Amongst the jittery beats and vocal snips, Antoun harnesses the essence of waves crashing into the shore combined with lost musings of bewildered teenage souls. Lather that all in gallons of ambience and you have Set Sail; the second song from this 18-year-old’s self-titled EP. Silica Cove – Set Sail While Oliver Tank is Sydney’s new poster boy for electronica, releasing a string of more than favourable releases and being interviewed last week on Earmilk, there are a few equally as talented producers who have remixed his work. On one hand there is the mysterious True North (who producers stunning solo work) and on the other there is the crazy talented BASKE (his remix of Bon Iver’s Perth you definitely can’t go without hearing). All in all though, there is definitely something bubbling in Sydney’s water. Here is MONAS’ interpretation of Tank’s Embrace. Laminating a splatter of pan flute with his glitchy signature style, MONAS is definitely one to keep an eye on. Oliver Tank – Embrace (MONAS Remix) Phondupe is a duo that has kept somewhat under the radar despite a few plugs from the good people over at FBi Radio. Slowly building in an acoustic manner, harrowing vocals turn into a delectable beat overlayed by looping vocals in their monstrous track (in both title and length) Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake. With houses/residencies/beds/etc in both Sydney and New York, it might explain their musical absence over the past few months, but hopefully that is soon to change. Phondupe - Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake Ending out this month’s Green & Gold is something a bit more quiet and a lot more magical hailing from the quiet region of Geelong. Thomas Guida is Leaks, a soul nurturing and ambient teen, whose music looks like thisStranger here is his latest, a lo-fi bedroom number which breathes as his vocals slowly dissipate to leave only sound. Leaks - Stranger In a country so geographically large, it can be difficult to bring creative people together, to find an avenue for your voice, for your talent, or just to have a space of your own to share your wonders. With each state acting sometimes more like a separate country rather than a friendly neighbour, the ability to unify on one single platform is challenging to say the least. Continuing however, at the fabulous rate we're going at, one day soon we will be able to come together and truly present ourselves to the rest of the world. Download the mixtape below.

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If there’s anything my experience as a music blogger has taught me, it is that people can make fantastic music no matter what their background or locale, or whether they are under the strict umbrella of management or tied to a label of any sorts. This, of course, has been understood and recognised for years before I landed amongst the musings of online publication, however, it is important to emphasise that a multitude of uninhibited and sincere sounds can be found if one chooses to look for them. So today I have decided to bring to you the most secret of Australian gems – all the shiny $2 dollar coins you find tucked inconspicuously between couch cushions. Delving straight into a city that perhaps, unfairly, has been dubbed the unlikeable relative by the ‘cool’ coastly cousins, Adelaide has had to struggle more than most to create a platform for their producers. An honest example of Adelaide’s hard-working, barrier breaking music comes from Gab Strum aka Japanese Wallpaper. At only 15 years of age (yes!), Strum has managed to put out a handful of dreamy soundscapes and remixes for the pleasure and critic of the ever-intangible Online Community. This is his latest, a staccato-like interpretation of Bon Iver’s “Woods”. Bon Iver – Woods (Japanese Wallpaper Remix) Moving in a sweeping northeast direction now, we travel to the Gold Coast, home to many a tanned beach-goer and the central party destination for the end of high school festivities. Nestled amongst the beautiful and the beer bongs, solo producer Jaocb Rohde delves into an expanse of electronic sounds. This track, Buzzin, is from his latest Moving Colour EP, relying more on his production skills than his vocals like in Lovers or I Get This Feeling. Jacob Rohde – Buzzin Sailing now down into Sydney, Jake Antoun sets up shop as soloist Silica Cove. Amongst the jittery beats and vocal snips, Antoun harnesses the essence of waves crashing into the shore combined with lost musings of bewildered teenage souls. Lather that all in gallons of ambience and you have Set Sail; the second song from this 18-year-old’s self-titled EP. Silica Cove – Set Sail While Oliver Tank is Sydney’s new poster boy for electronica, releasing a string of more than favourable releases and being interviewed last week on Earmilk, there are a few equally as talented producers who have remixed his work. On one hand there is the mysterious True North (who producers stunning solo work) and on the other there is the crazy talented BASKE (his remix of Bon Iver’s Perth you definitely can’t go without hearing). All in all though, there is definitely something bubbling in Sydney’s water. Here is MONAS’ interpretation of Tank’s Embrace. Laminating a splatter of pan flute with his glitchy signature style, MONAS is definitely one to keep an eye on. Oliver Tank – Embrace (MONAS Remix) Phondupe is a duo that has kept somewhat under the radar despite a few plugs from the good people over at FBi Radio. Slowly building in an acoustic manner, harrowing vocals turn into a delectable beat overlayed by looping vocals in their monstrous track (in both title and length) Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake. With houses/residencies/beds/etc in both Sydney and New York, it might explain their musical absence over the past few months, but hopefully that is soon to change. Phondupe - Hideyoshi's Seven Skillful Spearmen of Shizugatake Ending out this month’s Green & Gold is something a bit more quiet and a lot more magical hailing from the quiet region of Geelong. Thomas Guida is Leaks, a soul nurturing and ambient teen, whose music looks like thisStranger here is his latest, a lo-fi bedroom number which breathes as his vocals slowly dissipate to leave only sound. Leaks - Stranger In a country so geographically large, it can be difficult to bring creative people together, to find an avenue for your voice, for your talent, or just to have a space of your own to share your wonders. With each state acting sometimes more like a separate country rather than a friendly neighbour, the ability to unify on one single platform is challenging to say the least. Continuing however, at the fabulous rate we're going at, one day soon we will be able to come together and truly present ourselves to the rest of the world. Download the mixtape below.

C V L T S: “Under Yr Spell”.

29 Feb 2012 — Henning Lahmann
Here's a brand new jam by Gaurav aka Kansas post-hypnagogia psych enigma C V L T S as a first taste from his forthcoming Foam Daze EP that should be out any day now via his own rad imprint Beer On The Rug. If the music happens to sound strangely familiar, that's cause it indeed is an extremely slow version of the song "Under Your Spell" by Italians Do It Better act Desire. Read more → Here's a brand new jam by Gaurav aka Kansas post-hypnagogia psych enigma C V L T S as a first taste from his forthcoming Foam Daze EP that should be out any day now via his own rad imprint Beer On The Rug. If the music happens to sound strangely familiar, that's cause it indeed is an extremely slow version of the song "Under Your Spell" by Italians Do It Better act Desire.

Brusque Twins: “Wait For Me”.

29 Feb 2012 — Henning Lahmann
On March 6, Montréal imprint Visage Musique will put out the second EP by dark wave duo Brusque Twins. A Voice In The Night is set to build on the project's latest singles "Stone Communication" and "What Else Is There to Say?" to delve ever deeper into the vibes of early 80s minimal synth music, while showcasing an intriguing amount of vague mysticism. Pre-order should be up soon over here. Listen to the EP's first single "Wait For Me" now below. Brusque Twins - Wait For Me Read more → On March 6, Montréal imprint Visage Musique will put out the second EP by dark wave duo Brusque Twins. A Voice In The Night is set to build on the project's latest singles "Stone Communication" and "What Else Is There to Say?" to delve ever deeper into the vibes of early 80s minimal synth music, while showcasing an intriguing amount of vague mysticism. Pre-order should be up soon over here. Listen to the EP's first single "Wait For Me" now below. Brusque Twins - Wait For Me

Stream: AMDISCS 2012 compilation.

29 Feb 2012 — Tonje Thilesen
Our fine friends over at AMDISCS just launced their very relatively massive 2012 compilation, featuring older and newer stuff of NFOP favourites AyGeeTee, Teams, DannielRadall, Coma Cinema, Tan Dollar and Persona La Ave, as well as a bunch of other darlings that we've been posting frequently about during in the past. The Bonus section of 31 tracks will also be available for purchase digitally through their website, containing a superb selection of tunes for every taste. The CD version will be out in March for purchase in Europe in edition of 1000 copies. Read more → Our fine friends over at AMDISCS just launced their very relatively massive 2012 compilation, featuring older and newer stuff of NFOP favourites AyGeeTee, Teams, DannielRadall, Coma Cinema, Tan Dollar and Persona La Ave, as well as a bunch of other darlings that we've been posting frequently about during in the past. The Bonus section of 31 tracks will also be available for purchase digitally through their website, containing a superb selection of tunes for every taste. The CD version will be out in March for purchase in Europe in edition of 1000 copies.

Heat Wave: “Sweets” Mix.

29 Feb 2012 — Henning Lahmann
It's only a couple of weeks ago that Alex Gray blessed us with his delicious Fuckd in tha Game mix, but once again it has become apparent that this dude has no intention to stop anytime soon. Yesterday Gray dropped Sweets, another heavily entrancing mix for your ears and minds that I find rather hard to actually describe aptly, there's simply too much going on that's seriously exciting. So I'd suggest you watch the official video below and then waste no time and head over here to cop Sweets now digitally, and watch this space to get more details about a CD release that's due sometime soon. Read more → It's only a couple of weeks ago that Alex Gray blessed us with his delicious Fuckd in tha Game mix, but once again it has become apparent that this dude has no intention to stop anytime soon. Yesterday Gray dropped Sweets, another heavily entrancing mix for your ears and minds that I find rather hard to actually describe aptly, there's simply too much going on that's seriously exciting. So I'd suggest you watch the official video below and then waste no time and head over here to cop Sweets now digitally, and watch this space to get more details about a CD release that's due sometime soon.

Teen River’s February Batch.

29 Feb 2012 — Henning Lahmann
You remember when we told you last month about that newish Chicago DIY label Teen River, right? And you wouldn't believe that they'd actually put out like 20+ cassettes every month now, right? Well, the joke's on you actually. The gentle folks hit me up a couple of days ago to announce no less than 22 new tapes hot off the reels. You really should check out the whole list right here to see for yourself, and below you can listen to some of our favorites of the batch, which includes, we'd like to add, a Katrina Stonehart/Vehicle Blues split and a new effort by NFOP darling Campfires. To order some (or all) of the cassettes, simply write/paypal directly to teenrivertapes@hotmail.com (2 for $5, 5 for $10, 20 for $40 plus shipping). Read more → You remember when we told you last month about that newish Chicago DIY label Teen River, right? And you wouldn't believe that they'd actually put out like 20+ cassettes every month now, right? Well, the joke's on you actually. The gentle folks hit me up a couple of days ago to announce no less than 22 new tapes hot off the reels. You really should check out the whole list right here to see for yourself, and below you can listen to some of our favorites of the batch, which includes, we'd like to add, a Katrina Stonehart/Vehicle Blues split and a new effort by NFOP darling Campfires. To order some (or all) of the cassettes, simply write/paypal directly to teenrivertapes@hotmail.com (2 for $5, 5 for $10, 20 for $40 plus shipping).