Unearthing MySpace Gems
It's that time again. Five more pages for you to peruse and abuse. Quick recap for those not in the know… 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. Also, as a side note, I've now set up a MySpace page specifically for this blog, you can find it here… http://www.myspace.com/jlmblog
DJ Coz/Sky Cycle – http://www.myspace.com/canedrive
This DJ/Producer is from the Midlands in the UK, he lists his genres as electronica/hip-hop/trip-hop, and… his music is beautiful. Coz's music would not be out of place on a label like Ninja Tune, Grand Central, or Warp. For a guy that grew up with Brit-rock he's certainly come a very long way! Listening to Coz's tracks I could sense a lot of influences from other artists, but I wasn't able to categorically put my finger on them – and to be honest I'm pleased about that – shows how unique he is. Every track on the page is fantastic in its own way really, so make sure you check out each; Horns At The Ready, Poise, Gospel, No Regret.
Sound Of Seventy Three – http://www.myspace.com/soundofseventythree
What can I say? I'm a real sucker for the Explosions In The Sky type sound. Even if I'm not overly in awe of some of the artists listed in So73's influences box, or even the fact they've listed their genres as indie/alternative/shoegaze – that all goes out the window, cos it's about their sound. So73 are Doug, Mike, Jeremy, and Matt, an acoustic band playing out of Atlanta, Georgia. Just two tracks on their page at the moment; Autobots, and The Great Rest – both are fantastic. If you like your instrumental rock, you have to check these guys out.
Those Norwegians eh?! Lama is Nils Martin Larsen from Oslo – an electronica producer with a tasty blend of Jaga Jazzist, Xploding Plastix, and Sigur Ros, to his sound. Just two tracks to check out on his page at the moment; Innocent Bystander, and Disruptive. Something I can really appreciate from Lama's music is the almost cinematic feel to his electronica creations – I'm very eager to hear more material, but if the two tracks on his page are anything to go by, then they will be fantastic for sure.
Morning Theft – http://www.myspace.com/amthief
And now for some IDM. Sy Ashdown is Morning Theft, an alternative/electronica/IDM producer from Bristol in the UK. Sy uses guitar, bass, synth, melodica, harmonica, and percussion, to create his fantastic electronica tracks. Four great tracks on his page currently, and my particular fav at the moment is the beautiful Panda Girl In Tokyo – also be sure to check out Morning Theft's remix of the Massive Attack track Teardrop.
Lightspeed Future Lullaby – http://www.myspace.com/lightspeedfuturelullaby
Two Bristolians in one blog entry?! Although this one came via London originally. I'm talking about David Griffiths, aka Lightspeed Future Lullaby, a down-tempo electronica producer. There's a certain Animal Collective (the less rocky tracks)/Boards of Canada feel to David's sound, yet it all keeps with the subtle down-tempo flavour that David has in his tracks. I guess the clue is in the name… Lullaby. I was particularly taken with the track Jackie, but essentially what Lightspeed Future Lullaby offers is a fantastic down-tempo listening experience. Don't miss out.
So, there's your five for this week. A distinct tilt on electronic artists for this one, So73 aside. Don't despair hip-hop fans, there's always next week! Anyway, please take the time to explore each of this weeks pages and leave them some feedback – don't forget to let me know what you think, too!