Let’s be honest: music geeks like to parade the most exclusive, unknown music they can find, a process that often means friends of said geek must endure mediocre tunes. I’m probably as guilty as anyone. Truth is, even the indiest of indie music comes into our awareness through the marketing efforts of small labels, so it’s rare that we can offer something truly fresh and un-hyped. Today we offer local newcomer looking to self-publish his first EP – Spies On Bikes.
The tracks arrived at Brasky via our Soundcloud Dropbox. I first sampled the tracks on my smartphone (tinny, yes) and realized that I was hearing something that deserved a proper listening experience. When I listened on studio headphones later I was very impressed with both of the tracks offered up by Nathan Cochran, a.k.a. Spies On Bikes. Both tracks boast an impressive assortment of sampled sounds, live instrumentation, synths, and delicate vocal work. I would even dare draw some Radiohead comparisons, or perhaps, on the minimal side of things, Burial or James Blake-seriously good company. I realize that.
Talking with Nathan some more I learned that he’s been having a tough time financing his effort, forced to borrow almost every piece of hardware that was used in putting together his upcoming, debut EP, Man Overboard. My original intention was to just share the tracks, but I think his plea on Kickstarter is worthy of your time if you like the tracks.
And yes, we have a Spies on Bikes MP3 for you – a (surprisingly) grisly piece of glitch hop, hinting at what could be some surprises on the upcoming EP
Just when I thought I had my sexual orientation figured out, resident musician and general misanthropy enthusiast Victor Florence has to go and ruin it all with his lovely voice and flowing melodies.
Born in the eighties, or nineties, or something, Victor is actually 48 years old by heart. When not typing on type writers, being leased by Seaworld to serenade penguins, or impregnating women with his voice alone, he can sometimes be found at coffee shops or studying at the University of South Florida.
Brasky.org is proud to present Bedroom Beats, the first installment of Florida Indoors, a free compilation series setting out to showcase creative electronic music around Florida. Our inaugural mix proudly serves up 19 tracks from artists living in or originating from Florida. Some of these tracks are being released for the first time. Headlining the compilation are nationally recognized artists Machinedrum (originally from Orlando area) and MillionYoung, Miami’s chillwave maven.
For the last 9 months we have been working with artists and labels with the aim of properly representing the beats scene around Florida. We organized the compilation into 3 “sides” that we hope conjure images and feelings tied to life in Florida:
SIDE A (Morning of the Launch)
1. A Scissors – Approaching Sunlight
2. Chromatic Flights – Direct to Whatever
3. Shamantis – Sky Lotus Blossom
4. Dark Sea of Awareness – Surround
5. Diamond Man – Wafers
6. Alien House – Sifter/Water Moccasin
SIDE B (90 in December, 1993)
7. Machinedrum – 911
8. MillionYoung – Forerunner
9. Navigateur – River of Light
10. Sumsun – Wind Stone
11. Luminary Youth – Darjeeling Temptress
12. C85 – Love Takes Time
13. Panther God – Foliage (ft. Miranda Rae)
14. Off Balance Atlas – Blue (One for Joni)
SIDE C (Tropical Disturbance)
15. Kalx – Jack Richter
16. Sea Things – I’m Real
17. Xanadu Kudzu – The Part Where You Run Away
18. Young Egypt – Faraday Cage
19. MissingNo. – IDX