Unearthing MySpace Gems
By now I'm sure you all know the score; I give to you five MySpace pages that are nothing but quality, you check them out, then you become so grateful that you give me all your money… probably. Anyway, for those of you that aren't familiar; all of the artists and groups I feature have one thing (at least) in common; all have had less than 10,000 page-views. If you know of any artists on MySpace, with less than that many page-views, that you think I should feature, please let me know.
allMeadow – http://www.myspace.com/allmeadow
allMeadow is a chap named Justin Haylock, from Manchester, England. He lists his genres as downtempo/dnb/nu-jazz, and the tracks on his page really are a testament to that. What particularly caught my ear were the remixes of Zero 7 and Jose Gonzalez. The remix of Zero 7's Warm Sound has a real deep and dirty feel to it, ala Massive Attack, but also contains a pinch of airy Royksopp. The remix of Jose Gonzalez's Sirens had me really tapping my feet and nodding my head, a perfect remix! Those drums just scream Four Tet. The other tracks on allMeadow's page are also very good – he's obviously one very talented guy.
Like blues? Love Franc! I'm not really one to claim any deep knowledge of blues, I don't even recognise the names Franc lists as his influences, however, the important issue at hand… I like his music, and that's what counts, right? Franc is based in good old London town and writes the most melodic folky blues songs I've heard in a long while. Both his voice and his music just instantly fill me with an authentic appreciation of what he is trying to achieve. Each track feels very complete and for want of a better word; wholesome. You'd quite easily believe that Franc is a veteran to the famous world of blues, but yet he actually has no label. Particular stand out track for me was Desire.
Mr. Tunes – http://www.myspace.com/mistertunes
Mr. Tunes is from Toronto in Canada and specialises in producing downtempo electronica. His sound is quite unique for the electronica genre, but I was trying to rack my brains for a comparison. After thinking for a while, whilst listening to Addicted to Oil, I thought of Hexstatic. He does remind me a little bit of Hexstatic. But like I said, Mr. Tunes does most definitely have his own unique sound and you must hear it for yourself really. I think Princess Unforgiving was my favourite track, a more dnb sounding track.
Employee of the Month – http://www.myspace.com/eotmband
First off, must say big up to Linda for introducing me to these guys. So, Employee of the Month, a four-piece experimental jazz band from Edinburgh in Scotland. They're like a cross between Esbjorn Svensson Trio and Explosions In The Sky. It's really emotional and uplifting stuff, such depth to their tracks, and completeness. I should imagine it would be amazing to see them live. Currently only two tracks on their MySpace page, but both Brainwave Corrupted and You Only Own What You Hold are fantastic respectively. Check them out!
The Everything Treatment – http://www.myspace.com/theeverythingtreatment
The Everything Treatment are Stuart Brown and Allan McKeown, from Glasgow in Scotland. These two lead the group and are the producers, they in turn work with musicians of a live background, in the studio to create their downtempo/nu-jazz sound. There's a depth to their music, like a rich blend of The Herbaliser, and perhaps even The Cinematic Orchestra. The jazz sounds are evident and also encompass a certain funk about their rhythm. Eye of Horus particularly shows the funkier side of The Everything Treatment's jazz sound. Hear it for yourself to make your own mind up, but if you like funky jazz, you'll probably love these guys.
So that's this weeks' five. I hope you enjoy them all – they all deserve to deliver a bit of enjoyment to their prospective listeners, and nobody likes to disappoint. Don't let me down, listeners. Please take the time to explore each page and leave them some feedback – don't forget to let me know what you think, too!