Over here in the UK there is one minute left of 2013 – cheers and all the best for 2014. Catch up with the New Year Ninety which will be running during most of the 1st January – the bands the readers rated most highly in 2013.
Blood Sport – band of the month Readers Choice December 2013
The readers choice for band of the month for December 2013 is the English band Blood Sport.
Go Exploring is the alt-edm solo act of Matthew Scime originally from Buffalo in the USA.
Taking the name Go Exploring to heart Matthew is something of an itinerant traveller and can currently be found in Bangkok, Thailand.
Combining influences from the Far East with standard fare EDM and dropping in some psychedelic twists, turns the out-put into a relaxing space in which to flake out for a while. Not that Go Exploring has been resting with the music, having released five EPs /LPs over the past year.
Very much an indie influenced artist originally the sounds mix in instruments and vocals with the electronics to afford the listener music that doesn’t have a generic feel to it. Despite the number of tracks on the prodigious release schedule there is considerable variation to the out-put which makes a lengthy run through an experience of changing shapes which, whilst ever calming, do contain surprises along the way.
I have spent more time looking out of the window into the dark than typing as the sounds of Go Exploring wash over my ears such is the nature of the music, which lets the mind wander, whilst remaining ever aware of the presence of the music.
I’m Not A Band from Berlin in Germany is the alt-electro duo of Stephan (violin / Synths / Vocals)and Mony (Vocals / Flute).
I’m Not A Band
With their judicious use of violin compositions and a haunting flute to add whisps of flavours to to the dance beats I’m Not A Band is able to provide the audience with both physical and mental stimulation. Luscious textures of sound float around the room and the only thing to do is close the eyes and wallow in the music.
This is material to allow the brain to meander with, whilst the body gently sways like a willow in the breeze. The combinations of classical violin combining with electro-loops gives the listener much to enjoy and frequent references to Turkish Folk add a decadence to the music that enraptures the ears. For maximum value all that is needed are pulsating strobe lights to flicker across the eyelids and many hours to spare.
I’m Not A Band is able to deliver sounds which although infused with difference, are meltingly simple to engage with and ask nothing more of the ears than for them to be open.
Scutluck from Raron in Switzerland is the jazz ska octet of Pete (Vocals / Guitar), Ives (Vocal / Guitar), Mitch (Vocals / Bass), Mingi (Drums), Scha9 (Trumpet), Cedi (Trumpet), Tam (Saxophone) and Steffi (Trombone).
There is a natural timbre to the sound which raises a smile and taps the feet as Scutluck take over the room. Regular readers will have noticed regular forays into Switzerland and the rich seam of reggae derivatives that lie therein, it isn’t all skiing, banking and pharmaceuticals. The octet throw out some interesting variations to a theme which capture the attention.
Spanning decades going back to Flappers from the ’20s right up to 90 years later Scutluck are wreathed in smiles and partying. With the extensive range of wind instruments to call upon they are able to deliver variations on a theme that skip around the room in a flurry of joy, the electric guitars and bass add a depth of quality to the material which is tempting to define as Charleston Reggae.
If you are still supine after listening to one of their tracks, I would be amazed and I look forward to hearing much more of Scutluck in the coming months.