Sunday, October 24, 2010

some new tunes: "with lions" and "mrc riddims"

Below are a couple of samplers from two fairly new music projects from some members formerly of bands I've been into for some time now. Both were introduced to me earlier this month via e-mail, and I thought I'd share 'em here for your listening pleasure.

First off is the single "Our Great Rise" by former Lake Trout lead man Woody Ranere's new project With Lions. Vocals are credited to Stephen Ortega, but they sound a whole heck of a lot like Woody singing, which, as a big fan of Lake Trout, was kind of confusing. All technicalities aside, this is a pretty awesome song, with a big, epic sound going on. Fans of U2 and Coldplay, as well as Lake Trout should like this. Though they claim to release tracks in a more nonconventional manner than your typical single and LP format, let's hope they put out a full length soon.

The other single is a set of tracks from Dalek music man Oktopus, who collaborates with producer Merc on what sounds to be nothing like Dalek. In their own words: MRC Riddims is the production/DJ team of Oktopus (dälek) and Merc (from Ifwhen All Natural Lemon & Lime Flavors). - Two lifelong experimental guys now making music for the freshest of dance floors. Influences from Jamaica to dub-step to the dirty south to Flying Lotus. They don't care about replicating or fitting into any one genre. They're based in NYC and Berlin, one in each city.  Its all about their own style of grooves and textures - whether its remixes, straight hip-hop, cut-ups, riddims or straight dance tracks, they've got their own thing going and its very undeniably MRC.