For one reason or another, there has been no shortage of awesomely catchy and sunny lo-fi music coming out of the UK over the past year or so, and I am in no way complaining. I’m still not completely sure how I ended up following YOOFS on Soundcloud, but this song makes me extremely glad that I did. ”FRIGHTMARE”, clocking in at just over 2-minutes, is the perfect short light-hearted and upbeat track that I needed to convince me that summer is actually beginning. Although I don’t know much at all about the Bournemouth-based band, I will definitely be looking out for them in the future. Stream “FRIGHTMARE” below and link to their Soundcloud for a few more really good songs after that.
I really don’t know much of anything about the Spring King besides the fact that they claim to be from Avocado City, UK… which I’m pretty sure isn’t a place… if it is though imma go there. Spring King make slacker rock that touches upon sounds from some of my favorite slacker groups recently, namely Real Estate and Sat. Nite Duets. Like those bands, however, Spring King don’t make overly distorted or lo-fi music in hopes that the fuzzy coat may hide their lack of true songwriting talent. Instead, Spring King demonstrate a talent for hooks and songwriting on tracks like “Avocado City”. Tinged with tropical percussion, “Avocado City” is a great way to start getting used to spring’s warm weather.
A couple of months ago British band Fun Adults wowed us with their track “Sap Solid” that channeled and built upon the sound of Yellow House-era Grizzly Bear. We were already impressed with the bands talents as musical artists, but now they have impressed us even more as visual artists with the video for “Sap Solid” which was completely animated and directed by band members Dan W Jacobs and Huw Thomas. The video consists of a series of different painted landscapes brought to life in rhythm with the song, matching the songs changing complexity. I’m still waiting to hear another song from Fun Adults, but this video definitely helps verify my belief in their talent and potential.
Only Real has been keeping a pretty nice pace over the course of this year. Back in April he released “Cadillac Girl” which immediately showed that he was someone to look out for, then in June he showed that he could consistently make great tracks with “Cinnamon Toast”, and now, on the first day of November, we have a third track from him. ”Backseat Kissers” is great for pretty much all of the same reasons “Cadillac Girl” and “Cinnamon Toast” are. Only Real still executes the sing-talk style really well, incorporating just enough melody to show that he isn’t using the style as a crutch, and has come up with another twangy guitar riff that is good enough to be repeated throughout the song and still make you want to hear more of it. I know that winter is well on its way, but this song has me feeling like July. Only Real will be releasing this song (hopefully with at least one other) on ASL on December 10th.
If you listened to British band Honeyslide’s debut self-titled EP, you might be under the impression that they only make heavy and dark songs, but now they are changing that up. With “Sugar Routine”, Honeyslide move towards a much brighter and fast-paced style. Whereas the songs on Honeyslide EP were slow-burning, melodramatic and usually lasted around four and a half minutes, “Sugar Routine” clocks in at just under 2 minutes, and sounds like something you might actually listen to with other people instead of alone in your room. Although Honeyslide have changed the mood up, they still maintain their grungy and heavy charm that caught our attention in the first place. Listen to “Sugar Routine” below…
It looks as though Ambassadeurs has no plans on slowing down his winning streak with this new remix. This time the British producer has taken on fellow countryman King Dinosaur’s dark track “The Night” and kicked it up a few notches. Once again, Ambassadeurs music is still pretty difficult to categorize other than by calling it really good electronic music; with an innumerable amount of synths that build up into each other perfectly and snares that hit in all the right places. Surprisingly enough Ambassadeurs still hasn’t really broken out of his niche audience of electronic music magazines and blogs, but if he keeps putting out tracks this great I can’t see him not gaining a lot more recognition in the coming months.
Lately, a lot of soundcloud producers who have formerly been classified as chillwave, are trying very hard to push their sounds beyond that genre and any other label for that matter. Beat Culture is starting to do it in amazing ways with tracks like “Orange” while British producer Lapalux is doing it with tracks like this. ”The Hours” is an incredibly dense track that marries a bunch of different and distinct samples with well-crafted synths so seamlessly that its almost impossible to tell where one begins and the other ends. I’m not really sure how else to describe this song, and in the spirit of making genres obsolete I’m not going to try and put a label on it, so just click the play button and listen below.