Tonight is the launch of a new EP by London based artist, Samuel Howard aka Halls. This will be his third release to date. His music is ambient, electronic and often has a sparse dubstep beat. For me, his sound is very engaging, I think it must be the ambient soundscapes that drift me off slightly into a psychedelic day-dream.
The launch is taking place at the hipster hive, Shacklewell Arms in East London. Doors open at 8pm. Click here to order your copy of the EP. I’m quite excited to hear him play live, his previous work is quite beautiful. Here’s the link to the Facebook event.
Finding information about this artist is surprisingly difficult. What I can tell you is that Neon Canyon is made up of two friends, Mark Webber and Jon Sherman, they’re Canadian and they’re both very talented.
I found this artist through a song by one of my favourite electronic artists Blackbird Blackbird. This track is rather ironically called, We Have To Know, and features Neon Canyon. This by the way is a stunning tune.
Neon Canyon has an electronic, minimalistic dream-like sound. What I love is the simplistic hazy beats which are overlaid with ghostly vocals. As I said they are somewhat mysterious, even their Myspace page is down, but they do have Bandcamp page, which annoyingly doesn’t contain any tracks from my favourite album called, Neon Canyon. I believe this album is free, and i’ve seen it available on a couple of blogs, but i won’t paste a link just in case.
I’m still trying to track down their ‘currently private’ music video on Vimeo, which is for my favourite track called Photosynthesis, which according to all the blogs say is ‘sublime’. They’re such teases.
Here’s a link to their Bandcamp page, and let me know if you find the music video for this awesome track: neoncanyon.bandcamp.com
2012 is off to a good start already with some solid music discoveries and a release schedule that’s gaining momentum every day. Amongst the discoveries has been San Diego based Room E who has just this Monday released his new LP Penguin Child, a colourful blend of instrumental hip-hop, electronica and ambient. The album’s a heady mix of samples and live instrumentation with lush, warm production and a laid back vibe. There are some real moments of brilliance here where Room E creates some seriously catchy melodies and hooks that will stick with you for a while.
It may not be too far removed from his peers and is instantly reminiscent of Four Tet and Gold Panda although where Room E forges his own path is with the aforementioned vibe that’s consistent throughout. It may lean toward the safe side a little, but none of it sounds rushed and as a whole piece it comes across delicately compiled and considered which is a great strength as the album becomes instantly effortless to listen to. It also varies in style enough to hold the attention bringing in many offshoots of the electronic music genre and what you’re left with is an incredibly solid record. There’s also a fantastic range of sounds and instruments there with xylophone, melodica, accordion all making an appearance along with live drums which bring a looser, more organic feel to the tracks they’re used on.
It’s also benefitting from some seriously cool artwork courtesy of Cami Robinson, which is what grabbed my attention before I’d even hit play. I can’t emphasise enough how much decent artwork influences what I will choose to check out and this one (although subjective of course) is a great example of what works for me.
Through repeated listens of Penguin Child those little details within the production become apparent and even sitting down with my headphones and writing this review I can feel my appreciation of this record grow. It’s an album I can strongly recommend for fans of beat music who want something a little downtempo and unhurried. It’s a strong start for the year for both musicians and music fans alike. You could do a lot worse than to check this album out.
After a strong debut EP back in November and a track featured on Ministry of Sounds compilation Adventures in Dubstep & Beyond, Manchester ambient/downtempo/2 step (I get lost with these genre crossovers sometimes) producer Adam W Flynn, AKA Modepth, has already been busy throwing some new tracks up onto soundcloud for his growing fanbase to devour. This latest one Silence Over the Wadis caught my attention especially as it builds on Modepths sound from the Dusk EP perfectly, pushing the bar in almost every way.
Soaked in atmosphere with crystal clear production and a delicately composed drum track this is one piece of music to turn all the lights off and listen undistracted on some decent headphones. I’m pretty excited to hear what’s around the corner for Modepth and after a live London debut back in November I’m hoping for a full-length follow up that really develops on the solid foundations Flynn’s already laid. Modepth has a habit of chopping and changing tracks on his soundcloud so catch it soon before it’s removed!