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12/07/

Nick Hallbery, AKA Edison’s Medicine, is starting the year as he means to go on. By this I mean he’s just released a debut EP, Hell Is Never Far Away. This isn’t really anything to get that excited about, as thousands of musicians have released debut EP’s this year, but what marks Hallbery out is that he’s released one that at times sounds like it’s come from three days in the future, but at the same time sounds like it’s also from three days ago.

 

 

Hell Is Never Far Away opens with Jean Baptiste, which sounds like Django Django being remixed by Dan Avery. Its catchy, rhythmic, but with a hint of big room flavour to it. Increments is harder hitting than the opener, the breakbeats are slightly tighter, the bassline deeper and the loops more menacing and invasive. As Increments progresses, everything gets tighter and cyclonic. Small eddies appear from nowhere only to disappear a few bars later. Melodies get lodged in your head only to vanish a few moments later, as another one has taken its place.

 

 

The EP closes with Godless Woman featuring Matilda Eyre. Eyre’s crisp vocals add an extra texture that was missing on earlier parts of the EP. Godless Woman is haunting and eerie, but in a delta blues way, rather than late night Channel 5 horror film. The combination of organic and synthetic sounds works well and makes you wonder if any of the previous tracks would have benefited from this treatment. After a few moments pondering you realise that no, they probably wouldn’t as you’d miss out on the subtle arranging and production.

 

 

This is an EP full of contradictions and xxx. On the surface you think it’s going to be an ambient house affair, due to its genre tags, but when you get into it you soon realise that its far more interesting and vibrant, running the gambit of experimental, tech-house, lo-fi techno and elements of soul pop, due to Eyre’s inclusion. But what is more impressive is how Hallbery has managed to arrange it in such a way that none of its elements are over, or, under powering. It all flows effortlessly along like its normal for all these elements to be occupying the same space together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drab Majesty channel this season weather with Cold Souls, a slab of chilled euphoric electro synth-pop

 

 

Drab Majesty channel the 1980’s. I don’t mean they’re all jane neon fashion, Fonda work out videos sweat bands and out of control hair, far from it, but they take the vibe of 80’s synth pop, mix it with the integrity of Killing Joke/Cocteau Twins/Modern English and thrown in some 2016 social commentary lyrics. It’s pretty close to the kind of pop perfection that everyone at thisyearinmusic looks for in a song. Basically it has great hooks, chilling vocals, massive drums and an aesthetic that oozes sensual danger.

 

 

At times it sounds like a cut from a John Hughes 1980’s film. The hero/heroine has been jilted and they’re walking through a desolate ‘American’ town at midnight. We feel their pain as they are walking slowly with their arms crossed whilst wearing a scowl. Of course, this is my opinion, as all this is really, but if I can see it in my mind it happened right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rain Dragon Records new sampler shows how diverse and entertaining their label and a love of the 1980’s can be!

 

 

When you think of Canada what comes to mind? Maple syrup? The TV show Due South? Neil Young and Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart? Yeah me too, but now you can add 1980’s themed neon soundscapes thanks to Rain Dragon Records.

 

 

Since opening their doors in 2014 Vancouver’s Rain Dragon Records has been purveyors in everything synthwave. Through countless releases, actually its thirty eight, they’ve carefully cut a swath through the electronic music landscape and carved out a niche in day-glo soundscapes. This means that on the surface their roster seems slightly one dimensional, but dig below the surface, thanks to their recent release, Rain Dragon Records Presents Various Artist Sampler 2016 and you start to get a slightly different story.

 

 

TSTR kicks things off in a Footloose meets A-Ha kind of vibe. Epic keyboards hangout with hard hitting drums while a guitar wails to its hearts content. Boogie Idol combines laidback beats with Japanese vocal samples to create something that wouldn’t be out of place on the Akira soundtrack. Stilz Endless Night opens with a rhythmic bassline and cascading synths. This motif carries on until an eerie/sci-fi sounding melody kicks in and Endless Night is off into unchartered territory.

 

 

The stand out track is by Bart Graft. On The Blue Planet, Graft, takes its blueprint for searing guitar solos, catchy keyboard melodies and drums set to DEAF, and merges them seamlessly to create something that hankers at the past, abet a past that might never have existed in the first place, but grounds it in contemporary culture. Yes it’s just big dumb fun, but in a world of daily killing sprees, political corruption and multi-national corporations that have given up pretending that they’re doing us a favour and now just admit they want out money, what’s wrong with a bit if fun?

 

 

Rain Dragon Records Presents Various Artist Sampler 2016 is the greatest 1980’s sound never released. Yes its tongue is well planted in its cheek, but its chocked full of high-octane chase sequences, hero themes, scuffles in dirty alleyways and poignant soul searching. If you like your music with massive drum fills, neon synths and dressed in pastel power suits with shoulder pads then this, and the rest of the Rain Dragon back catalogue, is for you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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