Navigator – Bad Children
All too often, bands that should be getting praise and recognition from top blogs and magazine are left unheard and unnoticed. Some of these bands may quietly continue pursuing music because they are passionate about their art. This is the case of Navigator. These days, even the smallest bands, in the most remote places will get a nod from a blog. Navigator has had several mentions, but for some reason, this project has not broken into the so called “mainstream” of indie rock…yet!
Navigator is the project of Braden J. McKenna, he hails from Bone Valley, Utah and has release a number of projects under names such as Aye Aye, Sleepover and Mario Kart . All of his music is available at http://www.magicgoat.com. Magic Goat is a free web label run by McKenna in which he makes his music available free for download.
Navigator can be filed into the lo-fi category but McKenna has a very unique approach that differentiates him from the likes of Real Estate and other groups that have followed in their path. His unique voice is charming and his music has a very poppy, nostalgic quality. There are songs of love and heartbreak and self discovery.
Although the fuzzy lo-fi may be his intention but his tunes recorded at a studio quality level are what I truly crave to hear. The tracks are intelligently layered, but it is often hard to differentiate the parts. If it is new, undiscovered music that you love, give Navigator a listen. I hope that we will be hearing from him in the near future. Big things are coming for Mr. McKenna.
The Knux – Fuck You EP
We have received more quality (old school meets new school) hip hop here at BTR. I had no clue who “The Knux” were when I received their elegantly titled Fuck You EP. I put the CD into my computer and began to listen. Within the first few seconds a hot bass line opened the track with lyrics that were extremely catchy : “She’ll steal your heart and take your mind. She’ll smoke up all your herb and drink your wine”. The song is appropriately titled “Floozy” and is the first of five songs on the EP.
The Knux are a duo which consists of brothers Kentrell “Krispy Kream” Lindsey and Alvin “Rah Almillio” Lindsey. Hailing from New Orleans, the two moved to Los Angeles after Katrina devastated their home. They had much success with their debut album, Remind Me in 3 Days. They have toured with the likes of Common, Nas and Travis Barker. And, the duo has had their songs on television and in movies.
The brothers have unique rhyming and singing abilities and their songs are well produced. The tunes can be very in your face when it comes to their message and lyrics. The tile track, “Fuck You” starts off with the words, “Fuck You” repeated over and over again. Of course, they counteract the shocking start and lyrics with an intelligent message and a good beat. These guys are too good not to break out into the mainstream. Yes, I said it, the mainstream. Watch out for The Knux!!
Daptone – Daptone Gold
If you don’t know about Daptone Records and their artists, the album Daptone Gold is the perfect starter kit for all of your Funk, Soul and R&B needs. Daptone Records was formed by Gabriel Roth and Neal Sugarman in Brooklyn. They produce most of their releases in their studios in Brooklyn and the bulk of these records are recorded in analog; ignoring the new wave of digital recordings. Roth does most of the mixing for the artists. Daptone works with many artists including: Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, The Budos Band, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields, Menahan Street Band, The Mighty Imperials, Naomi Shelton, The Sugarman Three and Adam Scone and Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. The Dap Kings are actually the house band for Daptone Records.
Daptone Records have done an excellent job at highlighting artists with funk and soul roots and who are thought to be at the forefront of the revivalist movement. This is an amazing album, with amazing artists. Here are t tour dates for several of the artists!!!
Lee Fields LIVE!!!!
Feb 4 2010 New Morning – Paris, France
Feb 5 2010 The Bloomsbury Ballroom – London, England, UK
Feb 7 2010 Stadtgardten – Köln, Germany
Sharon Jones LIVE!!!
Mar 26 2010 Snoe Down Winter Music Festival – Rutland, VT
Apr 17 2010 Wanee Festival- Live Oak, FL
Mar 5 2010 Prince of Wales- Melbourne,Australia
Mar 9 2010 New Zealand International Arts Festival – Wellington,Australia
Listen up to BTR for music from all of these releases!!!