The Month In Music: March 2012
If you’ve been looking for some new music recommendations or if you’ve bypassed a lot of this months great releases, then fear not. With the first of many monthly round-ups we have a handful of new music from the month of March to recommend. From southern Hip Hop to slacker Disco grooves, the chosen few within this list have been on heavy rotation these last few weeks. Now obviously theres things here which might not be to everyones liking, but im hoping theres something you dig amongst this mix. On top of this I’ve also included a playlist collecting new gems and old favourites i’ve encountered this month. So jump in, have a rummage and see if there’s anything you like and of course if you’ve got records to recommend me, then please feel free to throw in your two cents.
Self Titled by Portico Quartet
Portico Quartet are a London based Jazz troupe who first came to rise back in 2008 when their debut album Knee Deep In The North Sea was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Four years later and the group have released album number three. It’s more jazz-fusion than straight up jazz and see’s the four piece blurring the lines between their old sound and new. By incorporating aspects of post rock and ambience they’ve really broadened their scale and the experimental nature of this is not only exciting to hear, it shows plenty of promise for the groups future endeavours.
Wrecking Ball by Bruce Springsteen
The Boss is back and angrier than ever! When Bruce is pissed off he is at his best, fact! The New Jersey native has been around for decades now and shows no sign of slowing down here. Wrecking Ball is not only the audible equivalent of an angry yet well articulated monologue, regarding many of todays current issues. It’s also a really soulful and heartfelt record in places too. Blending blues, rock, folk, celtic music and even a dash of trip hop Wrecking Ball, like last years Bad As Me by Tom Waits shows that these old dogs still know how to shake things up.
Port Of Morrow by The Shins
I’ll be honest upon my first listen of The Shins first record in five years, I was really non-plussed. It’s a little straighter, a little more sober and a little bit more intricately pieced together. It seemed initially that the soul of The Shins wasnt as prominent as it had been previously. But after several listens I found this record really opened itself up to me. It might not be what a lot of people were expecting but Port of Morrow shows a more mature, more musically conscious side to the group. If like me you havent been impressed upon first listen, stick with it for with a little time and patience it really does blossom
Dream Analysis by Jesse Ruins
Dream Analysis is the fantastic first release from Japanese duo Jesse Ruins. It’s a wonderful mix of crispy, tempo shifting drum machines and swirly, dream like layers. Fusing post punk sounds with aspects of shoe gaze and dream pop the pair have made something that you can really sink into with ease.
World, You Need A Change Of Mind by Kindness
The debut album from UK producer Adam Bainbridge aka Kindness is an understated slice of brilliance. Blending laid back disco grooves with 80’s indie pop and sexy sci-fi funk he has created a dance record for the mumblecore crowd. If your a fan of silent disco’s, dancing on your own and playing the air bass whilst wearing black sunglasses indoors, then this record is a definite must have for you.
Concealer EP by Jacques Greene
Beat maker Jacques Greene has been firmly on my radar since lasts year fantastic single “Another Girl”. With each release he seems to be getting stronger and he seems to further developing his RnB/Electronica/Post Dubstep styles into new and interesting areas. If you havent already then take note of his name, you’ll be hearing it a lot more in the future.
4Eva N A Day by Big K.R.I.T.
Following up on last years fantastic mixtape Return Of 4Eva, Mississippi MC Big K.R.I.T. returns with another damn good effort. K.R.I.T. is easily one of the most interesting, intelligent and dynamic figures in Hip Hop right now and his latest collection echoes this. Mixing his usual tweaked southern influences with an off beat take on contemporary hip hop 4Eva is another fine cut from K.R.I.T
1.Sister by Young Fathers
2.Blackjack by Death Grips
3.Pick It Up, Lay It In The Cut by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
4.Ill Manors by Plan B
5.Cat People by David Bowie
6.Get Got by Death Grips
7.Terms and Conditions by Chet Faker
8.Floating In Blue by Young Prisms
9.Nova by Burial + Four Tet
10.All The Rowboats by Regina Spektor
11.Myth by Beach House
12.Crystal Caverns 1991 by Lone
13.Dream Analysis by Jesse Ruins
14.Tiger Style by Kudi
15.The Don by Nas
16.Land of Hope and Dreams by Bruce Springsteen
17.Spinner by Portico Quartet
18.Ice-Pulse by Cocteau Twins
19.Reptile by Lisa Germano
20.Embrace by Low
21.Upon Viewing Oregons Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus by Titus Andronicus
22.Ekki Mukk by Sigur Ros
23.The Only Place by Best Coast
24.SEOD by Kindness
25.Calling All Destroyers by TSAR