Kishi Bashi – 151a [Listen]

“Grand and transcendent… the layers of beautiful sound, homage to Japanese culture, and use of violin make 151a a dreamy, pocket-sized symphony, perfect for anyone needing a lift.”
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This artist has jumped to the top of my ‘most played’ this summer. Kishi Bashi, aka K Ishibashi is a solo artist who has toured with the likes of Of Montreal, and is also a founder of the NY indie rock band, Jupiter One. Now going solo, K Ishibashi has produced something fresh, new and wonderfully weird. From listening to the first intro track on his debt album, 151a, you wouldn’t expect what would follow.


It’s electronic, folky, classical – a tornado of musical goodness that’s entertaining from the beginning to end. Drawing from his classical routes as a violinist, K Ishibashi conjures a melody of genres, which I can only compare to an artist such as Animal Collective. He mixes up English and Japanese in his lyrics, which add to the sometimes manic feel to the songs. The transition from each track to the next leaves you wanting more of his feel-good musical world he creates.


The birth of this album was conceived through a Kickstarter campaign – a site where entrepreneurs, filmmakers, musicians etc pitch their project and rely on the support of the public to donate money to fund it. Ishibashi’s target was $12,000, and within three weeks he raised $20,000, an impressive achievement, and one that paid off. Since the album’s release in April, Ishibashi has been impressing critics and the public with his live loop-based performances.

“The way I create my loops, I just kind of — they’re not exact. So a lot of it has to do with a feeling and it might be faster, I also like changing things up, so I’ll change things and kind of make it different, and I also like the audience to have a different experience.”
KISHI BASHI – RIVERFRONT TIMES

The album is diverse and unexpected. It paints a picture of both joy and melancholy, and it leaves you feeling great. Ishibashi is currently on tour around the US, and is yet to pencil in anything for Europe. You can get your hands on his album here.

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Modepth – Silence Over the Wadis [Listen]

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!

http://soundcloud.com/modepth/modepth-silence-over-the-wadis

Modepth – Dusk EP is avalibale on itunes. Highlights: Dusk and Sol.

Thom Stone – I Can’t Spend Christmas Alone [Listen]

Manchester based singer/songwriter Thom Stone has dropped a superb Christmas single in time for the holidays. It’s a mellow four and a half minutes but full of soul and you know what, if there’s one christmas single I recommend from this year, it’s this one. Enjoy!