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The A Forest

Rummaging around BandCamp tonight (January 4th) I seemed to fall through tunnel connecting me with 2006…

The A Forest are - I suppose - kind of seminal. At least in the sense that the collective acted as a starting point for countless groups which came after - at one point, it seemed as though nearly everyone in Dundee was either in it, knew someone who was in it or fancied someone who was in it.

Recording sessions with Robin Sutherland took place, but the album was shelved. Apparently the final mix made its way onto Bandcamp last year - grab the exotically beautifully ‘Polar White’ as a free download below, and then find the link to the full album after the jump…

http://theaforest.bandcamp.com/album/the-a-forest

Samoyed - Malamute

So weird to see the press Samoyed is getting. I remember watching him cart his kit into Braes Downstairs to play a n_ilk show about eighteen months ago, battling the equipment to produce some crazy sounds.

Describing his music as ‘melty’ - clearly a man with a flair for adjectives as well as beats - Samoyed has taken his time but seems to be on the rise. Sonic Router are giving away a free cut, use the embed below.

Alex Charles

Time for another Verses single..

With the winding down of his 11 year old Thee Moths project (www.theemoths.co.uk), UK musician Alex Botten has ‘gone solo’ and started performing under (almost) his own name. More meditative than his previous work, the new sounds are concerned with building layered loops that, despite their complexity, evoke a sense of stillness in the listener.

alexbotten@gmail.com
www.alexbotten.co.uk

(Click the photo)

Reporter - Retrobit

Initially from the Highlands, Reporter ventured down to Tayside to study music at Perth College. Swapping jazz for electronics, he kept the downward tempos and unexpected melodies but added some beautiful loops.

A sometimes member of the Fence Collective, Reporter played two shows with Verses before departing the city of Dundee. Releasing some sparkling material, his final show in Drouthys saw the producer rip up the tempo for some unexpected motorik beats.

Until now, nothing official has been released some these sessions with Reporter presumably preferring to leave them on the shelf. Adding ‘Retrobit’ to his SoundCloud page, it’s clear that the influence of 8-Bit has seeped in - perhaps due to his role at Real Time Worlds (RIP)…

To download the cut for free click Reporter’s photo.

Ben Butler & Mousepad

Just back from a gig in Dundee’s Botanic Gardens..

The performers were Ben Butler & Mousepad and I can honestly say it contained some of the best music I have heard this summer. A two person set up, with a ferocious German on drums and a timid Scotsman on synths / vocals.

A wonderful venue and a performance which seemed to ripple with energy from start to finish. Apparently tagged as Skweee (instrumental Scandinavian hip hop doncha know) the genre name is essentially an excuse for some all guns blazing live-a-tronica.

Think the most far out moments of Holy Fuck condensed into just two people and you’d be close. Photo above and free download below…

Sherbethead

Everyone at Verses is a big fan of Sherbethead.

Sure, he’s young but his lack of years equates to never being forced into slavish adherence to the rulebook. A series of EPs have seen Sherbethead move from 8-bit to noise, woozy hip hop to psychedelia.

Commissioned to craft a number of remixes the young Dundee based producer obliged with typical creative frenzy. Under the chopping block:

Sarah Daly

Muchuu

Conquering Animal Sound

Grab the remixes for FREE via the Bandcamp embed below…

Esperi + Jeffrey Lewis

The very lovely Esperi is supporting New York anti-folkster Jeffrey Lewis in London on August 2nd.

More info HERE.

As a primer for our London cousins, you can grab ‘My Tear Dissolved The View’ from Esperi’s SoundCloud.

My Tear Dissolved The View by Esperi

Just discovered these…
Aberlour / Dundee / London producer Samoyed made two remixes available as free downloads last December. Both are - predictably - stunning, with Samoyed effectively turning them into brand new tracks.
From his Bandcamp…
"two remixes based on tracks by other people mangled beyond recognition that I’m never going to see any payback on so you might as well have ‘em for free."

Just discovered these…


Aberlour / Dundee / London producer Samoyed made two remixes available as free downloads last December. Both are - predictably - stunning, with Samoyed effectively turning them into brand new tracks.

From his Bandcamp…

"two remixes based on tracks by other people mangled beyond recognition that I’m never going to see any payback on so you might as well have ‘em for free."