Archive for the ‘London and the UK’ Category

‘Fuzzy Mornings’ by Polaroid 85

In Album Reviews, London and the UK on March 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Polaroid 85 is an interesting new project from Neeta Sarl and her associated band of string players, drum players, woodwind players and producers. Their first EP, ‘Fuzzy Mornings’ has just been released, and it makes for a stimulating listen…more after the jump.

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DWNLD: Horsepower Productions ‘In Fine Style’

In Album Reviews, Celebrate Your Scene, London and the UK on March 20, 2011 at 3:07 am

Sooo exams and work and life has been taking its tole on all of us here at Midday towers. Its been difficult to find the time to write anything meaningful etc etc. That said, I’m making it a goal for this busy period to upload entire albums to our Mediafire to help make the stress and the cigarettes of work bearable. The albums could come from anywhere in my library, could be new finds or old classics, who knows. The only thing uniting them is that they are albums I truly think are great and work well as albums. Ill also try and say a little about them. To start off – Horsepower Productions’ ‘In Fine Style’ (Tempa TEMPACD001, 2002).

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Radiohead, Why Are You So Good To Us???

In London and the UK on February 18, 2011 at 11:34 am

IT’S HERE. NOW. You thought you’d have to wait until Saturday, didn’t you? Well, the band that is consistently too good to us has just raised the stakes and put out their newest album a day earlier than probably most of the world expected. Read the rest of this entry »

Like…what does Gold Panda drive to work?

In Choice Cuts, London and the UK on February 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm

Marriage from Gold Panda on Vimeo.

This is probably one of the most heartwarming things I’ve seen in quite some time. Coupled with the 70 degree days this week in February has brought to Maryland, I’m rolling on a surprisingly natural high right now. Read the rest of this entry »


In London and the UK on January 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

Remember how good Thunder, Lightening, Strike was? (Here’s a little reminder.) To be honest I may have neglected their second album, Proof of Youth, and probably unfairly because what I’ve heard off their newest, Rolling Blackouts, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. Read the rest of this entry »

A Burial/Four Tet Collaboration?

In Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, London and the UK on January 19, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Yes! It happened. And I can’t believe I missed it until now.

Here at midday, British DJs Burial and Four Tet have been making some of our favorite music over the past couple years, so when I saw this I was pumped, and then I heard it, and got entranced more than pumped really.

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James Blake

In Choice Cuts, London and the UK on January 19, 2011 at 11:08 am

James Blake (this one, not this one) made a big splash in the electronic music scene with a series of EPs in the now long gone 2010. His first official album, aptly titled James Blake, is set for release in the motherland on February 7, and it’s definitely worth getting excited about.
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We’re Back, In A Big Way: 2010 In Retrospect

In Canada, Celebrate Your Scene, Choice Cuts, Features, London and the UK, Montréal, New England, New Jersey, Worldwide on January 12, 2011 at 6:00 am

We’re nostalgic already. Remember Kanye’s album? That was dope. Seriously though, we had a great year and we hope you did too. Here’s a little something we put together to put all our love for 2010 in one place.

The list was made by averaging Matt, Steve, and Ethan‘s 25 favorite albums of 2010 (Arnold‘s opinion, though very highly regarded, was not included because he doesn’t like to confine music to lists…or he just didn’t make one). Click on the artist to see what we’ve had to say about them previously, and click the album art on a select few albums for a little surprise.


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Portico Quartet

In Celebrate Your Scene, London and the UK on October 14, 2010 at 2:26 am

Since I caught their show during Pop Montréal I haven’t stopped listening to London based jazz band Portico Quartet. Their show (a co-presentation with Montréal Jazz fest) was stunning, and the first track, ‘Clipper’, from their 2009 album ‘Isla’ was one of the standouts on the night. The second track is called ‘Knee Deep in the North Sea’ and is the title track from their Mercury Prize nominated debut album.

(p. s.That soft metallic sound you can hear on all of their tracks is the Hang, one of the few patented instruments in the world.)

A further track for good luck. ‘Life Mask’ from ‘Isla. (give this track till 1.40 to get going, though listening to it all brings out the complete ambiance.)

Tentative, Hopeful, HURRY UP! Jai Paul (possible) EP out in (possibly) 2010

In Choice Cuts, London and the UK on October 11, 2010 at 4:40 am

Jai Paul, who we previously covered here, has been making some massive bug-tings rounds on the blogowebsphere in 2010, even since he dropped his ear melting track BTSTU earlier this year.

Since then we’ve had little to no news about/from him, except a strong rumour that he’s been signed to XL recordings. The latest we have is that an EP, titled ‘Bait Ones‘, has appeared on, and is scheduled for release in 2010. No track-list or further details. However, for the first time this year I’m starting to hope that we may hear more from the Paul and that he hasn’t just been cotching hardcore in Rayners Lane.

In the meantime, here are the two tracks he’s released so far (right click for download):

Jai Paul – BTSTU

Jai Paul – Jungle Drum (Emilíana Torrini Edit)

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