Jump Clubb “The Love of No Dance” – Album Review

7 10 2009

jumpclubb_albumcoverThere’s been a lot of hype about Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills). I’m not quite sure who they are but I do know that I really enjoy the beats they’ve been spittin’ out. Their debut album “The Love of No Dance” dropped yesterday, Oct. 6, 2009 and its all sorts of good. Pushing seven tracks of sweet electro sounds and seductive lo-fi vocals, “The Love of No Dance” boasts a mere 20 minutes of music. With an album so brief yet alluring, why not review the whole damn thing track for track:

1. Green Light – This track has beats that resonate from the mid 90’s rave stylings. Although a bit more refined and echoing with sexy, subtle male vocals, there’s a very provocative essence to “Green Light.”

2. A Frozen Hug – By far one of my favorite songs on the album. Carrying a dreamy, yet tribalesque beat, this vivacious dance number will get your body moving to the lush sounds and whispering vocals doused in this track.

3. The Love of No Dance – With galactic bursts of sound riddling the background with ambient life, title track “The Love of No Dance” is very mellow, very chill, and very sexy.

4. Please Excuse Us – I have no idea who they’re sampling at the intro of this track, but he sounds very big and scary. That deep dark voice quickly looses all its shake appeal once the lovely strings and melodic beats come into play.

5. Lets Crash This Party – Breaking into a groovy jam of beats and elegant woodwinds, “Lets Crash This Party” carries the loveliest of instrumentation on the entire album. At one point it reminded me of ancient Incan flute music. It was very delicate and organic, but oh-so-hot! Another favorite of mine.

6. I’d Rather Be Played – This is probably the only track where the soft and mysterious vocals actually show any emotion or changing energy. The fuzzy words start slow and then climax into a demanding plea to “dance with me tonight,” while an almost-annoying robotic chorus chimes in with their two cents.

7. Spraypaint – Closing up their debut LP with a calm track rolling with trance beats, ambient synths and light drums, “Spraypaint” will leave you craving more of that mysterious Jump Clubb sound.

So who the fuck are these peeps? Although their band goes by the name of Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills), I do hear some references to Brooklyn in “Spraypaint.” Hmm …

Stay tuned for an interview with Jump Clubb and be sure to pick up their debut LP “The Love of No Dance” here. It’s short and sweet and something your gonna wanna Jump on.

Click here for FREE music from Jump Clubb.

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Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills) FREE Mixtape Featuring Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn & John, Wolfmother and More!

30 09 2009

There’s a lot of suspense building to the mysterious band Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills). Although their not revealing their personalities just yet, they’re putting out some sultry-electro hotness fit to make you fall in love with their debut album “The Love of Dance.” The goods drop Oct. 6, but until then Jump Clubb is offering a FREE “The Love of Dance” mixtape featuring new tracks from their debut LP “The Love Of No Dance” also featuring Major Lazer, Passion Pit, Peter Bjorn & John, Wolfmother, Eric’s Trip and more!

It’s hot, it’s FREE and you should download it Now! Click here for you FREE “The Love of Dance” mixtape download.

Track Listing:JC_mixtape1 copy

1. Intro
2. Flo Rida – Jump ft. Nelly Furtado (Designer Drugs remix)
3. Beat Happening – Indian Summer
4. Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool (Thin White Duke remix)
5. Jump Clubb – I’d Rather Be Played
6. Peter Bjorn and John – It Don’t Move Me (Miike Snow remix)
7. Jump Clubb – The Love of No Dance
8. Passion Pit – Sleepyhead (Wake Up! Remix)
9. Jump Clubb – Green Light
10. Major Lazer – Hold The Line (The Unik & Tambour Battant Remix)
11. Jump Clubb – Lets Crash This Party
12. Eric’s Trip – Sunlight
13. Wolfmother – New Moon Rising (Yacht Remix)
14. Jump Clubb – A Frozen Hug





Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills) – Release Title Track The Love Of No Dance

17 09 2009

Who the hell is Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills)? Not quite sure myself yet, but their new album “The Love of Dance” is sounding all sorts of sexy-electro hotness. The goods drop Oct. 6 so stay tuned for an album review in the coming weeks.

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Combining dance, disco, and electronic styles with indie mentalities and vocals straight from the height of the lo-fi era, these peeps have got it going on. There music has a unique alluring element that makes you want sway in the most sensual of ways.

Think LCD Soundsystem meets Beat Happening. Or Hot Chip meets Eric’s Trip.

Download their newly released title track “Love of no Dance” here for FREE! And while you’re at it grab yourself another Jump Clubb track, “A Frozen Hug” for FREE here too!





Don’t Knock it Till I Rock It! New Album Releases!

16 09 2009

This week brings us a slew of fresh tunes. Check out what’s hot and what’s not!

shuddertothink_livefromhome_204“Live From Home” by Shudder to Think
Apparently its been more than 20 years since Shudder to Think released their first single. I can honestly say I’ve never listened to this band hailing from the post-hardcore days of punk. Considering “Live From Home” has 21 tracks (all from their 2008 reunion tour), you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with the quantity of music. Now in terms of quality … not so much. Perhaps there’s a reason why I’ve never listened to them. I will give it up for the band though, the instrumentals are very high energy and will engage your body into some rockin’ out movements as well as some mellow sways. But I’m just not feeling the front man’s vocals. He pretty much annoys me.

Check it: “No Rm. 9, Kentucky”- Sounds like a dreary love anthem fit for the broken heart of a bad boy greaser from the 50’s who’s a lil fucked in the head.

thebigpink_abriefhistory_204“A Brief History of Love” by The Big Pink
Touche! This British electro-rock duo has released a pretty cool debut album. The lazy vocals of font-man Robbie Furze, complement the spastic breaks of ambient sounds and screeching psychedelia. Although The Big Pink is coined as a duo, they are joined by a band of five more peeps when taking the stage live. From soft and more tender ballads like “Love in Vain,” to some beat driven tracks and sonic soundscapes in “Velevet,” “A Brief History of Love” keeps it fresh although treading a bit more on the dark side for the majority of their tracks. I guess you can say, they can get a lil emo on your ass.

Check it: “Too Young to Love” – Sounds like a gnarly party going off in an insane asylum. Very awesome instrumentals.

sunnydayrealestate_diary_204“Diary” by Sunny Day Real Estate
I never listened to them 15 years ago when their debut album “Diary” was released and I’m not too hip on hearing them this time around. Although, I do think my skinny-pant wearing 15-year-old emo nephew would like this band. Talented in their own genre and groundbreaking for their time, but this kind of music just all sounds the same after the first three tracks.

Check it: “9 (Bonus Track)” – Sounds like a sore thumb. Standing out above the rest, is the most unique of the album, in which it doesn’t sound like every other track. Well, maybe just a little, but the intro is pretty sick.

qtip_kamaaltheabstract_204“Kamaal the Abstract” by Q-Tip
Now why the hell was this album shelved for some eight years? Although I’m sure it has gone through some major changes before re-surfacing back into the current day and age, “Kamaal the Abstract” brings back that groovin’ 90’s hip-hop vibe. Flowing rich with jazz undertones, you’ll also hear some sonic guitar chords and delicate melodies all over a dope hip-hop beat and the distinct vocals that we all recognize as Q-tip. I like that Q-tip gets a lil weird with it pushing tripped out sounds of the atmospheric unknown and vocal manipulations such as in “A Million Times.”

Check it: “Barley in Love” – Sounds like a sexy number to enchant an unsuspecting fool on the dance floor. I’m loving that blues thump that automatically get that foot stomping and hands clapping.

tyondaibraxton_centralmarket_204“Central Market” by Tyondai Braxton
Looks like the front-man of the experimental rock group, Battles, has followed in his father’s footsteps (Anthony Braxton) and has composed quite the avant-garde solo effort (his sixth). This shit is gnarly and way to cool for average ears. As I listen to these eccentric musical compositions, sometimes I feel like I’m frolicking in a fluffy forest filled with trolls and fairies, while other times I feel like I’m running for dear life! After various scores or some amazing music fit to grace the big screen of the next fantasy blockbuster, “J. City” is the only track of seven with any substantial vocal presence―very experimental and all that is unusual yet beautiful, fitting to the Braxton name.

Check it: “Dead String” – Sounds like a not-so-happy ending. The exceptional megalomania that closes up the track leaves you with the craving for more beautiful madness.

fink_cover204“Sort of Revolution” by Fink
As the fourth studio album for the very gifted jack-of-all-trades (singer-songwriter, producer and DJ), Fink presents an album full of soothing and beautiful aural pleasures. It’s the kind of album I’d like to grab a nice bottle of pinot to, light up some candles and just relax in a warm bubble-bath (either that, or some good love-makin’ music). Track for track, “Sort of Revolution” is drenched with luscious rhythms and enchanting words. With two tracks co-written by John Legend, “Move on Me” and “Maker,” you best believe panties will be dropping to this album.

Check it: “Pigtails” – Sounds like sexy love. Radiating a sensual vibe, this song brings in the soulful, rhythmic sounds of lustful thoughts through Fink’s breathy words. The dark blues instrumentals make the track all the more intense.

masonjennings_bloodofman_204“Blood of Man” by Mason Jennings
Isolation at it’s best. Looks like Mason Jennings went on a solo mission into the Minnesota wilderness to deliver this earthy album. With handsome vocals and catchy melodies accented by sweet honest words, Jennings brings forth yet another enchanting folk album we can all chill to. If you’re looking for an easy listen, this album will do the job. But if you want something with a little more edge and energy, “Blood of Man” might put you to sleep. But wait! Track six, “Ain’t No Friend of Mine” is all that and then some. Full of gritty blues and muffled vocals, Jennings rocks out to this jam with repetitive hooks hard enough to represent in a rap song. It’d be nice to add a few more rippin’ tunes to spice up the album a bit.

Check it: “Blood of Man” – Sounds like what it is to miss somone so damn much, but can’t do shit about it. This track is absolutely beautiful with lyrics so bitter sweet they just may bring tears to your eyes. Oddly enough, the sweetness ends with an ascending intensity that leads into blissful distortion.

krsoneandbuckshot_survivalskills_204“Survival Skills” by KRS-One & Buckshot
Do you got the skillz to pay the bills? Looks like KRS-One & Buckshot’s new album “Survival Skills” is some hard ass shit that will bring in them Benjamins. Featuring big names such as Slug of Atmosphere, Mary J. Blige, Talib Kweli, K’naan, Immortal Technique, Pharoahe Monch, and more, the album has made quite a name for itself. But how does the music pan out? Hard ass raps, dirty rhymes and words to make your mama angry. This is a full on RAP album, not a groovy hip-hop collection you can get your groove on to. Although there are some dope scratchin’ and chilled out vibes. “Survival Skills” will get that head bobbin’ and your blood pumpin’ but that’s about it. Perfect for them boys that like to feel all hard and “gangsta” as they blow the bass out of their crappy car stereo speakers and cruise with one arm on the steering wheel (usually some puny white-boy).

Check it: “Survival Skills” feat. DJ Revolution – Sounds like I’m way better than you. Opening up with a hot track rich in hard flows, you’ll hear a throwback to Boogie Down Productions’ “I’m still #1.” Oh, and Smif N Wessun’s rhymes are smooth as buttah in “Connection.”





Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills)

11 09 2009

I’m definitely not a fan of over-privileged kids born with a golden spoon in their mouths who try to become successful (respected) musicians. It’s like Paris Hilton trying to make a name for herself as a pop singer when in reality, all she has to show for is her rich blood and D-grade internet porn.

Needless to say, I’m sure (I know) there are those musicians who came from wealthy backgrounds and are truly pursing their passion for music because it comes straight from their hearts―not some greedy need for fame or defiance against mummy and daddy.

When I first received the press release for “Jump Clubb (Anonymous Band From Beverly Hills),” I immediately deleted it on the basis they were from Beverly Hills. Second time around I opened it and checked out their music. After listening to their track “A Frozen Hug,” I instantly dugg their sweet electro sound. It has that indie electro feel accented by both disco beats and an exotic tribal flavor. Download it for yourself here.

The press release also said a few good things about them considering they’re musicians from “Beverly Hills.”

Hailing from a town that is literally built on celebrity and the need to be noticed, Jump Clubb makes it a point they want nothing to do with the fame that surrounds them on a daily basis … While others are constantly focused on their public image and measuring their talent in TMZ appearances, Jump Clubb makes music … They are musicians whose only goal is to release music …

Their debut album “The Love Of No Dance” drops Oct. 6. Check back for the review.





“Falling” by 2020Soundsystem – Album Review

10 09 2009

2020 Sound SystemDrenched with endless trance beats and layers of ambient instrumentation, 2020Soundsystem’s new album “Falling” will either put you under a hypnotic spell of hedonistic bliss, or lay your sweet ass straight to sleep. Considering they’re a live electronic band, I was surprised to hear a small variety of instrumentals in “Falling”. It’s way more mellow than most electronic bands which can actually work in their favor in terms of that dark, artsy simplicity or for ravers that can’t get enough of tripped out ambient soundscapes. But for those that need more energy, the lack of musical variation and surplus of beat continuity might give you a pretty mean trance hangover.

Pros: Cops annoy me. Therefore I’m not too keen on the exasperating sirens ascending through out the intro of the first track “We Get Down.” Needless to say, the track transitions into a cool mid-tempo beat, personified by some bumpin’ bass fuzz. The vocals are short and sweet, and play a hip hook to the funky undertones. The unreleased version of album track “Satellite” is pretty awesome (better than the album version)! Download it for FREE below.

Cons: “Sliding Away” brings in breathy vocals that float on the flat side while repetitive trance bubbles almost put you under a spell (or to sleep). This is common through out a few tracks. They all kind of mesh together and lose any sense of individuality.

Check out 2020Soundsystem here and downoad a FREE unreleased version of album track “Satellite” here. It’s actually pretty fuckin’ sweet.

Tracklisting2020soundsystemfalling

1. “We Get Down”

2. “Every Time”

3. “Sliding Away”

4. “Broken”

5. “Ocean”

6. “Dark Matters”

7. “Bisco”

8. “Falling”

9. “Psycho”

10. “Satellite”

11. “Closure”

12. “Way Of Life”





“Red” by Datarock – Album Review

4 09 2009

datarock_red_204Immediately, the robotic intro of the first track “The Blog” reminds me of a scene in “Revenge of the Nerds.” It’s an interesting song filled with interview samples and fuzzy broadcasts, somewhat an ode to viral marketing and the effects of social media on the music industry. I definitely heard a lil Miami Vice in the second track “Give It up,” a shake your ass dance anthem sure to glisten dance floors everywhere with sexy beads of sweat.

Datarock has a keen way of delivering vivacious music that is a bit cheesy, but oh so fuckin’ cool. With colorful swirls of disco beats lightly coated with new wave instrumentals, “Red” can also transcend into childlike melodies while rolling out those funky rock n’ roll riffs. By far, Datarock brings forth a rhythmic album full of delicious diversity and pure excitement.

Pros: “Dance” radiates an utter cheesiness so hot that it melts your face off in the coolest fuckin’ way. Featured in almost every John Hughes 80’s teen flick, “Molly” is a sweet yet funny ballad in the name of Molly Ringwald. Just about every boy’s teen wetdream.

Con: Can we move on from the red tracksuites to perhaps a pink set? Goes well with the effervescent cheesy theme.

Check out Datarock’s new album “Red” here.