Updated: Jun 25, 2020
Quick takes on projects, tracks, and bands that stuck out in my ears.
French House artist Courrier Sud - a name referencing the 1929 French novel - delivers a slow tempo electronic track that lands on the borders of indie psychedelia and dance music. Ths song Dreams makes me feel like I’ve been dropped into the clouds at 5:30 in 55º Florida winter day. Though little is known of this up-and-coming artist, his sounds speak for itself.
First impression: 8.5/10
Deep Listen: 7/10
The Danish producer stays consistent in his chill vibes and Daft Punk-esque vocal samples on his latest single. I’d love to know the female vocalist on this track. She’s a fine addition to the song. But something feels off about the atmosphere. It’s a fine composition, but nothing as grandeur as his main influence, Daft Punk. I’d be curious to try this at a faster tempo.
Bottom line: It’s nothing too special, but it’s a solid B-side track to his debut album Bedrock.
First Impression: 6/10
Deep Listen: 5/10
Ah, my old acquaintance from my last 2018 project. Welcome back, William Space - AKA Billy Cosmo. He delivers 3-track EP of what can be best described as “Bedroom Band-Garage Rock”. William’s solo work shifts from crunchy, grungy electric guitar to slow, soft acoustic rock. I can’t help but want more, considering the inconsistent sound. After the thunderous beginning with This AIn’t No Circus, Charlie Brown, William quickly kills the energy on Today is Most Definitely the Day. However, the final song is “Season-One-Friday-Night-Lights-or-One-Tree-Hill” soundtrack worthy (hell, this would have been fitting even the last episode of Blue Mountain State instead of Explosions in the Sky). This definitely saves the EP.
The Best: This Ain’t No Circus, Charlie Brown
First Impression: 10/10
Deep Listen: 8/10
Ed Mount - Left My Heart
Wow. The bass and warped keyboard on No One’s Else is pretty much the slow jams your Cleveland aunt and uncle used to “dance" to during the rainstorm and created the old soul 90s kids that enjoys the vintage R&B vibe.
The tempo and arrangements of Left My Heart and Undone seemed so familiar. I could’ve put my finger on where I was in the 80s. Regardless, I feel like I’m at the end of an early 90s kid’s action flick after the ninja turtles save Brooklyn or Cleveland or whatever crime-ridden city they saved this decade.
But what Is Ed going for on No Time? I feel I’m listening to a 90s Japanese pop star trying to create a “reasons-the-birds-and-the-bees-is-prematurely-explained” song like Babyface.
Don’t get me wrong- it’s a solid project- but does various cheap imitations of vintage R&b pop era slow jams. A tad derivative.
The Best: No One Else, Left My Heart, Undone
The Meh: 100 000ºC, No Time - To Waste
First Impression: 5.5/10
Deep Listen: 7/10
Bug - Experimental Bug House
Ah yes… classic trip-hop vibes. The first two volumes of Bug’s latest project Experimental Bug House is a half-hour combination of Portishead & Massive Attack, Bibio, and Tycho.
Bug got the essentials just right. Bitcrushed snares and sub over simple piano and synths. In its most basic form, Bug’s form of trip-hop is calm, yet trippy beats for studying, reading, sleeping or smoking bowls of good ol’ sticky icky.
The Best: Sorry 2 Bother U, Horror Show, Moon Landing, Earworm, Uniform
First Impression: 9/10
Deep listen: 8/10
Experimental Bug House - Triptych 01
Experimental Bug House - Triptych 02
[Cover Photo - Ed Mount - Left My Heart artwork]
Llama Ruckus is an aspiring songwriter and producer from Atlanta, Georgia. His primary genre is trip-hop; blends of elements from funk, surf rock, chill hop, blues, synthpop, and psychedelic rock/jazz.