DJ In Korea
Today's blog entry wont have much to do with Korea, however, DJ In Korea is the name of the EP by previous Unearthing MySpace Gems superstars; Grudle Bay Riots. The EP is five tracks long, but five tracks of pure dynamite. Thought I'd use today's entry as a chance to inform the less informed, in order to deem the less informed then more… informed… obviously.
The first track is the beautiful Using Lift Guilt Trip – I paid particularly heed to this track when I first introduced Grudle Bay Riots a couple of weeks back. I love it to bits. Dreamy guitar loop with a thumping beat, accompanied by the slightness of eerie piano samples and a few extra sounds to be heard here and there. The epitome of experimental instrumentationalism (I doubt if that is a real word, but it sounded good, and apt). If you take the time to give this track a thorough listen then I'm sure you will appreciate the different levels this track builds upon, very steadily and subtly gaining more and more as the track progresses – fantastic.
Switch To Snooze is the second track on the EP, luckily for the patrons of Grudle Bay… I didn't snooze. More chilled than the hectic first track, I instantly became aware of the complexity of this slower creation. Steady beats and organ samples with santa's finest sleigh-bells. The vinyl cut-up was a nice touch too – good bridging track indeed.
Track three, Fantastich 4, is a fine example of how the guys like to experiment with different sounds and genres. Perhaps sounding more like something you'd maybe hear from Orbital at first, this track still maintains the almost ethereal Grudle Bay feel, a positiveness felt in the more inspirational avenues of music.
Irritate Smee is track number four of five. More proof of the meticulous layering and building that takes place in the music from Grudle Bay. An even shorter track than Switch To Snooze – almost teasing the ears for more of that Grudle Bay sound. A stark reminder that this is just an EP, but also a warning that their is clearly more to come.
Finally, track five is Electric Cornflakes. Sounds dangerous, but you need not fear, this gem of a track hath not cereal on it's mind. It feels as if the guys have sat down and thought "what if we made a sort of floor-filler dance track, but actually made one that is good?!" – this track is a definite head-nodder and wouldn't be out of place in a club. However, the intricacy of the track should not be ignored. As is apparent in all of the tracks on this EP, great efforts, skill, and time have gone in to perfecting the sounds and compositions of each creation, and Electric Cornflakes is no admission to that fact.
Grudle Bay Riots are part of the Origami Sounds collective – they have some other fantastic artists besides the Grudle boys, so make sure you check out their website to see for yourself. Origami Sounds were born and come out of Wolverhampton, in England's Midlands. They've been around since 2002 and have a heavy emphasis on creating and performing music of the highest quality.
Also, as the Grudle Bay Riots and Origami Sounds are sooo damn kind they have put up the DJ In Korea EP free to download here! And just when you were thinking "this sounds so good, but how can I hear it for myself?!" – well, I guess some of us just have all the answers.