The NBTMusicRadio Fantastic Themed Hours TWO:The MirrorBall Sessions

The MirrorBall Sessions

10 PM Berlin Time (9 PM UK / 4 PM New York)

From the 50’s RnB, to the 60’s Psychedelic soul, thru to hip hop, techno. electronica. From Progressive House to Dubstep, with huge shots of the best new Rap artists as well.

Featuring:

Kimicoh Kimico, Aloe Blacc, The O Jays, Freda Payne, Speech Debelle, Gift Of Gab, Roots Manuva, Jamie T, Matisyahu, Mr Fix DJ, Dragan Pejic, The Black Science Orchestra, Spanky Wilson, Paul Kalkbrenner, Goldie, Machinedrum, A Guy Called Gerald, James Curd, Louie Vega, Body Language, Sonar Pilot, Team Brooklyn, Dave Gahan, Bobby Collas, nina Simone, Esther Phillips, De la Soul, War, Aceyalone and RJD2, Louis Batey, Blow Flyy, Alice Russell, Godspeed,Dukes Go Up, Ify, Shabazz Palaces, James Brown, Bobby Womack, Last Poets, Apollo’s Sun, Chaptabois, Sly and the Family Stone, Harvey Mason, The Staple Singers, Eddie Floys, Dizzee Rascal,Jr Tha 4th, Skilf, LK, Soul Children, Mel and Tim, Johnny taylor, Chairman Of The Board, THEESatisfaction,Tardishead,Lo Fidelity All Stars, Plan B, Orbital, Scuba, Tove Stryke, Kay 2 and the Strange Days, Schiller, Renegade Soundwave,Eoin Hayes, Suuns, Domino Grey, Bassnectar, Edward, Visions Of Trees, Simian Mobile Disco, Cassius, Fresh Heir, MDNR, Anti-Crew, Copyright, Jazzie B, Levon Vincent, Mantronix,Elaine, Skream, Electritribe 101, Kid 606, Anonym, Aphrodisiac, Sleep Archive, Crystal Castles, Kele,Spiller, Alea Karin, Yana Rizhova,Ganesh, Carolyn Baron and BosBeats, Mos Def, Bennie King, Clayton Savage and Jay Quan, PLXDABOSS, Jam and Spoon, Maya Jane Coles, Drums Of Death, The Knife, Jamie Principle, Frankie Knuckles, LadyHawke, High Luxe, Jamie Sparks, Kimbro, Melogain

and MUCH Much More

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The Gospel According To NBT (or the top 50 trax of 2010)

so yeah.

A long strange 12 months. So much music, and not nearly enough time or text to convey how great and wonderful and THRIVING the indie music scene is. It is rather cool to note that at least half of these bands belong to tiny labels or are unsigned or are self released. the ones with nbt in brackets behind them have been played and written about on the NBT podcasts and webpages.

Still to come the HUGE NBT Wonderful Ones 2010 Blog and Podcast. watch this space

note this is a choice of SONGS not albums.. that comes later

50) Let’s Say Goodbye, Like we Said Hello – The Coal Porters(nbt)

49) When we swam – Thao With The get Down Stay Down

48) Eure Liebe Tötet Mich –Tocotronic

47) The Dark Side – Elika(nbt)

46) Smart Girls – Caroline Alroy (nbt)

45) Mister Tell Me About The Great Depression –Tokyo Rosenthal (nbt)

44) Lemonade – Coco Rosie

43) Sprawl 2 – Arcade Fire

42) Golden Spells – Adventure Spirit (nbt)

41) Analog love –Cassis and the Sympathies (nbt)

40) A Landscape –Pollyanna(nbt)

39) We’ve Got Your Back (documented minor emotional breakdown#2) Los Campesinos

38) Annie’s Box – The Knife in collaboration with Mt Sims and Planningtorock

37) Born free –M.I.A

36) Computerface/Pure Being –Flying Lotus

35) The Key- 19 Mirrors (nbt)

34) Sentimental Xs – Broken Social Scene

33) Blind like a fool –Tallulah Rendall (nbt)

32) I’m Doing Fine – Apollo’s Sun (nbt)

31) There’s Nothing Underwater – Lightspeed Champion

30) Middle Of A Breakdown – Krista Detor (nbt)

29) Swim Till You Can’t See Land – Frightened Rabbit

28) Sleepless Street –Peter Doran (nbt)

27) The Walls Are Coming Down – Fanfarlo

26) Visitenkarte –  Schutzschall (nbt)

25) Death Of Auto-Tune –Jay Z

24) Breakin –Lisa Bianco (nbt)

23) A Voice In The Louvre – Get Well Soon

22) Home – The Villagers

21) Firefly garden – Merry Ellen Kirk (nbt)

20) Death blossom – Carta Marina(nbt)

19) Boyfriend – Best Coast

18) Undertow – Warpaint

17) Do You Ever Think Of Me – Wartapes (nbt)

16) Cannibal –Zoomonk (nbt)

15) Love Lost – Temper Trap

14) Take You Back –iCON (nbt)

13) Norway – Beach House

12) Barricade – Interpol

11) Enemies Like Me – Birdeatsbaby (nbt)

10) Spy –Boister (nbt)

9) Trees Have Fallen And The Birds Are Ripe – Marco Mahler(nbt)

8 ) Flashback part 1 –MaCu (nbt)

7) Impossible Soul – Sufjan Stevens

6) City lights –Count To Fire (nbt)

5) She Said – Plan B

4) Another Town –Richard Kapp and the Gowns featuring Ina Simone(nbt)

3) Does Not Suffice – Joanna Newsom

2) Even If I Tried – 88 Kilos Of Sunshine (nbt)

1) Baptism – Crystal Castles.

the NBT Flagship podcast

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com

the NBT Dark Electric Podcast

http://nbtdarkelectric.podbean.com

the NBt top ten

http://nbttopten.podbean.com

 

The NBT Review 103

Smash My Box/Electroboxx –iCON (independent release)

You get a set of songs to review, you play the first track and think you know where you are now heading, think you know what the mood of the piece will be, what degrees of crazy the writing will fall into to suit the music. Think you know whether vibrant short shots will suit, or rather languid thoughtful sighs perhaps.

Then you get these swell indie chameleons and your journey is thrown into delicious disarray.

Oh the strobe lights strut, the glitter-cool. From the first seconds of ‘Do or Die Moon’ it is clear this is no shy shuffle, no shoegaze insecure, and no bedroom anti-social. This is bright bang (pow !)party music.
Ok I know this band. I think I Know where they fit.

Ok NO.

Here comes the 1st of many gratifying curveballs. Next track up is nothing like that. ‘Giant’ slides into focus over delicate piano and builds into a Tori Amos meets Siouxsie chart contender, the kind of glossy not quite ballad full of hooks and surprises that make good pop music so refreshing

This is a band equally at home, playing the mainstream but coming out proud and uncorrupted, or creating songs awash with strings and dramatic arrangements where the shift from club gigs to stadium dates is inevitable.

The Electroboxx tracks show yet another side to the band, now they are Disco Darlings, with a soupcon of camp, a dose of day glo funk(you know the kind that Prince would dreamWrite and CSS managed on their first album) and an honest love of the fun side of Bubblegum- Rock.

Brought to the attention of the right listener, this is a band that could easily make up for the disappointment of, say, the new TingTings album and dominate the airwaves in 2011.

Personal fave for me is ‘Take You Back’ a driving dance mix ten parts giddy, hundred parts exuberance.

http://www.myspace.com/iconsmashmybox

Tracks from these EPs will be featured on both NBT podcasts
this week and next week

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com

http://nbtdarkelectric.podbean.com/

 

 

 

 

The NBT Review 92

Delicate Dangerous Cool part one.

A whole bunch of great music to give my thoughts on today (its going to take two blogs i think) so without messing around lets just get right to it.

First up is the new single Summer by Elika, from the upcoming Snuggle Bunnies

This is the summer of static, the hope within the thunder storm, this is a summer indoors under the shifting club lights. The summer of beauty within the chaos a dreamy collision ‘tween 60s harmony pop, and the frantic longing of the shoe-gaze bubblegum. This song proves that gentle need not be insipid, that loving need not be bland. A song for your soon to be lover, but here is the twist, it is as much a song about leaving, losing, as it is about giving, accepting. The sadness in the crush, the absolute thrill of the now.

http://www.elikamusic.com

 2010 – Orange 1

 This is the soundtrack to watching the people move in slow motion, standing on the outside looking in at the ordinary day as it floats past, the drama of the seemingly typical, the zoom in, the noticing of every small movement, every indrawn breath, every controlled bit of anger or delight.

It is the detached view of the human fever, how the normal becomes sci-fi. In this music as we watch and we listen, all becomes movie, all becomes epic. Put these songs on your player, go to your mall or city centre, press play and watch the world.

 http://orange-1.jimdo.com/music.php

 Various Songs – Magic Panda

 Leave the safety behind, there is danger in this sweet discovery. This is the music the wineglass hears as it shatter suicides against the cold-hearted floor. Soundtrack the sparkle from a knife as it glides through space, here is the eternity of the journey, the anticipation of the contact, the thud to come.

This magic is not in the dense or the obvious, the self made terror of the darkness, rather this is about the bang of the bright, the calm in the cold. It is music that manages to be both serene and complicated, ambient with shiny hooks.

 http://soundcloud.com/magicpanda

 you can hear tracks from all these artists on the NBT Dark Electric Podcast going out on Wednesday the 22nd Sept

http://nbtdarkelectric.podomatic.com

The NBT Review 84

The Electric Mist – Metaform (Just Records)

Imagine if you will, an intimate adventure, where we try to capture the electronic soul from the ghost of a disco dancer. The ambiguous tale of the doomed and the sensual, told with a songwriter’s detachment, and a sound creator’s charm.

What is kinda thrilling about this collection is the way even languid slinky Soul, is seductively corrupted by an Indie Kid with a love  of noise and movement, and rock song hooks that prowl the spaces. And for once, the use of production tricks on the vocal add to the suspense, even the humanity in the songs, somehow the technician reveals a heart.

The Track OCD is a playful ambient miniature, Coldcut meets Lynch back at his place, for drinks and a sway around the statues. Like a lot here it hints at the hedonistic, the full on rave ruckus, but prefers the instability of the outsider.Elsewhere it’s pretty cool hearing an American take on the challenge of the Brit dance indie bands such as Bloc Party and get it totally right, this is indeed the Future Frolic.

Kele hire this guy for some remix work right now.

Metaform even finds a place for giddy theatrics crafting a piece in, ‘’It’s Gotta Be’’ that is all camp Soft Cell, totally free of the retro 80s prison though,  with slivers of Flying Lotus and other such innovators.

And in, ‘’Introversion’’ there is even a droll take on the sort of Instrumental dream pop that the Love Unlimited Orchestra would attempt, The Isley Brothers 3007. Smooth but not smooth, it goes down a treat.

This is not for the purists (of any genre) but then again what fun cool music really is? And will make as many enemies as life long fans.

Which one will YOU turn out to be I wonder.

Find out here: http://metaformonline.com/fr_store.cfm

Metaform will be featured on both NBT podcasts during August and September

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

http://nbtdarkelectric.podbean.com/

If you use Internet Explorer you can stream snippets of a couple of the Tunes here

                               http://www.nextbigthing.co.za

  (After the intro Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page)

   A chart made up from browsers rating and listening to the song streams can be found here:

                                      http://nbttopten.podbean.com/

The NBT Review 81

Waste The Right

Build It Down

Dr Night

Last Planet

Nu Dead Pretty – Mach Fox (all Independent Releases)

Set the controls for mirror ball and strobe light, where the dancers are mysterious and the shadows skitter shatter, conceal and deceptively reveal. This is nightclub music with a dark pulsing heart, and a pop grin, it is alien rock Guitar shot out at girls with fizzy drinks and sly sweet smiles. It is post new romantic, nostalgic new wave twisted modern.

Waste The Right combines that ‘dance with sadness’ thrill, and incorporates the militaristic almost nihilistic grooves of Nitzer Ebb (a cover of Hear Me Say) though adding an ironic funk to the proceedings.

Build It Down (released the same year as WTR) now has a detached sensuality to it, the guitar is slinkyFluid, it sneaks and crawls all over the melodies, and Miss K adds a chilled eroticism to the mix, making the songs of fright and fear and longing ambiguously seductive. Their cover of the Kinks ‘All Day and All Of The Night’ skews the sentiment in much the same sardonic way Wall Of Voodoo once did when they covered Ring Of Fire.

Dr Night is the artist virtually alone, and in Dying To Save he delivers his first warped epic, skittish samples drift over a trancelike journey, the tense guitar and sleepy vocals recall both travel and sleep merged into a beautiful blur.

This song is re-imagined on the next EP, Last Planet, and there is now a power to the artist’s writing and production, he is comfortable there in his strange space and it shows, the ghost of Frank Tovey still haunts and pursues the songs souls, but these now are Mach Fox creations, set in the here and now, speeding calmly forward into the Night’s adventures.

Nu Dead Pretty is exuberant, electro warrior cool, wicked, the balance of raw and dirty balanced just right with the machine cruel, we have listened to the star being born slowly, delightful, with screams and shudders and glorious shrieks, with the composer adding his own remote narration, keeping us dancing, enticing us to think and perhaps even surrender.

These EPs are only the tip of the building that Mach Fox has built, is STILL building, go here

Follow the links and download these collections for your self

 Or even better buy them (you make the price) http://machfox.bandcamp.com/

Hear trax from Mach Fox on the NBT Dark Electric Podcast going out on the 3rd August 2010

http://nbtdarkelectric.podbean.com/

If you use Internet Explorer you can stream snippets of a couple of the Tunes here

                               http://www.nextbigthing.co.za

  (After the intro Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page)

   A chart made up from browsers rating and listening to the song streams can be found here:

                                      http://nbttopten.podbean.com/

Let’s get some Electro on the charts ok!

The NBT Review 68

Fly Gallery – Frequency Theater (independent release)

One mans journey into the heart beyond the switches, travelling along the giddy current, he rides the dark sparks into a unique messy world.

The intro hints at the disturbance to follow, ancient voices saved perhaps from apocalypse, counterpoint the alluring lethal future siren full landscape.

Fragile mechanical rattle shivers for a few seconds then POW the song explodes, driving martial foot-stomp brave, call to arms call to dance call to PoP over artifice, call to commercial breakthrough, the chorus will save us.

Then we feel the wave motion, sultry swim of the Modern Myth, recalling the exact moment the young boys from the Depeche machine, plugged in, tuned out and lost their innocence and found a wry sense of melody.

                                Ahh the poignancy of the retro electronica, the percussion slinks in, all criminal rough telling us this ballad is being lead, willingly, lovingly to the slaughter.

This Theatre loves the chaos, but loves the sadness too, hear how the almost drum and bass chaotic rumbles detached as a gentle tune unfolds. This is Frenzy sure, but a wry thing indeed.

The vocals are unwrapped from their steel camouflage, allowed to be flimsy even personal, within a song that dares to be modern soul, the orchestral syrup of the latter day urban.

The pilot of this rocked up spaceship, Nathan Butler has a keen ear for hooks and a steady grasp of the human emotional behind the flickering effects. These are chart songs shooting down from a cool planet.

Finally the squelch slow build as we are pushed Over The Edge, sculpted tension the song spirals seductively outward.

The bodies undulate, the trance smokes in, and all too soon the song gurgles out.

Take a breath.

Press play

Begin the journey again.

http://www.frequencytheater.com

Hear tracks from this album and thoughts from Mr Butler on the NBT Dark Electric Podcast going out on the 17th June 2010

http://nbtdarkelectric.podbean.com/

And later in June on the NBT Flagship Podcast

http://nextbigthing.libsyn.com/

                              If you use Internet Explorer you can stream snippets of a couple of Frequency Theater’s Tunes here

                               http://www.nextbigthing.co.za

                           (After the intro Click on the ‘#Just want to look around# text it will take u thru to next page)

                             A chart made up from browsers rating and listening to the song streams can be found here:

                                      http://nbttopten.podbean.com/