Tracks/Mixes of the week: 16/11/16

Here is the first iteration of “Tracks/Mixes of the week”, a post in which I share 3 of my best finds. These for the most part, are discovered on soundcloud or youtube, both services which are free to access to the public.

1.This VIP remix of Steve Gurley’s track Walk On By undeniably falls into the jungle genre. The use of the offbeat snare and high-hat as well as the female vocal motif creates this early 90s’ club feel. The chopped up vocals towards the second half only add to the classic genre conventions. A travelling sub bass is placed into the tracks at moments to make the echoing keynotes stand out and add to the layers within. This is definitely one for any jungle advocates among you. Be sure to check out the CJ Reign remix for a much more rhythmically centered and ‘in your face’ version.

Rating: 3/5

 

2. With the track clocking in at nearly 11 minutes and 30 seconds,  Robert Babicz’s has certainly produced a slow building yet immense piece with Rabbit Clouds. It starts off with a focus on its insect-like sounding percussion, gradually constructing up until just over 2 minutes, where the heavy sub bass takes over. This same sub bass pattern is repeated for the remainder of the track, letting other details like the floating keyboard and maraca to add to the climax. It certainly invites the listener to become more and more involved as the record progresses, allowing them to become lost in this soaring world. I highly recommend listening if you enjoy using music to project yourself within the created space.

Rating: 4/5

 

3. This piece is by London based Producer/ DJ Church featuring Paul Cut off their new album Volumes 003. The track starts off with these off-beat, light jazz sounding drums,  eventually being joined by the dancing tones of an 80’s sounding keyboard. At around 2 minutes in, we see a change in tone from jazz to an almost upbeat house sound, where smaller details such as the cowbell and soulful vocal samples are added. As it quietens towards the end, the subtle hiss and crackle, similar to that of a vinyl recording, reminds us of the 70’s Jazz sound which resonates throughout the track. This all results in an easy-to-listen to piece of music, which has you tapping your foot and bobbing your head uncontrollably.

Rating: 3/5

Bristol : A City of Sound

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Bristol is definitely a City brimming with various forms of Culture. One of its most prominent forms of Culture, is its Music scene. With multiple venues each playing host to a range of events and genres, there is always something for someone. Colston Hall, “Bristol’s largest concert hall” has been around since 1867 and has seen the likes of Louis Armstrong, David Bowie and The Beatles. This speaks volumes for the significance and History of the venue which is no doubt a staple amidst the music scene in Bristol. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum we have Motion, an old and abandoned warehouse turned into a large space in which up to 2500 people can enjoy a night of music. With this being said, you spend 6 out of the 8 possibly hours there, dancing till early morning. The venue is renowned amongst youth in Bristol for its great choice of artists and sound system, both critical components in creating a successful event.

Both Love Saves the Day and Tokyo World are two lively festivals which take place during the Summer time in Bristol. These also take pleasure in providing an array of genres, in hopes of catering to multiple audiences. This sense of diversity is one that resonates throughout the City, making sure no one feels like they don’t fit in.

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It is the small Pubs on Gloucester Road and King street which contribute heavily towards the Culture too. Although they are not as big, this does not restrict them in producing a great listening experience. More often than not, it is a local band that plays, each of them performing for different reasons. Whether it be in hope of a breakthrough and becoming heard, or simply out of pure enjoyment, they all add to the sound of Bristol.

It isn’t only bands that play at the smaller venues but underground DJ’s too. Places such as The Small Horse and The Doghouse capture a similar experience as the larger clubs but on a much more intimate level. Even though there is less space to move, the idea that everyone has purposely come to see the same act, implies a sense of unity in the way in which each person connects with the music. It is these moments of solidarity which bring people closer, not only in terms of sound, but as an overall mindset. It is this variety in music which gives the people of Bristol a chance to understand one-another and build toward an integrated ethos.

Music: A Universal Language

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Music, in my opinion, is the most important form of art on our Planet. It is unlike literature, where you need the ability to read in order to understand. It is unlike fine art, where a conscious appreciation of why and how the painting in front of you, draws on your emotions. On the other hand, understanding music requires absolutely nothing other than your body. “Well, you can’t listen to music without ears” you say, however this could not be more incorrect. As Evelyn Glennie, the famous, deaf, female percussionist and composer says “Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body”. This is why music a universal language with no boundaries or borders. It is also why you hear stories of how pregnant women can feel their babies moving whilst they listen to a piece of music. This subconscious understanding of vibrations is something innate across humans and therefore accessible to all.

Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body”

Another benefit that music has, is the ability to create it whenever and wherever. With literature and fine art (most of the time), you need some type of canvas to in order to create. However with music, we can simply produce through our voices and other types of noise such as clapping. This also explains why music has such a history, due to the accessibility of the medium of sound.

The other reason why music is the most important form of art, is its ability to tell a story. Wherever you go in the World, different cultures will have different forms of music. This is down to the fact that humans, whether intentionally or unintentionally, portray their life experiences through this medium. It is the Hurrian’s “Hymn no.6”, the  Sioux’s “Rain dance music” or Motzart’s “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik”. Each piece providing a window into that period of time, each different in their own way, yet similar in how they valued the beauty and significance of music.

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The final reason, is that music is the only form of art which causes movement. At most, literature and fine art causes an array of facial expressions but nothing near the extent of full body movement. It is music which allows and gives cause to move freely through dance. These two mediums intertwine with one another, creating an acceptable form of liberation, in what is a seemingly open yet rigid society. This physical liberation is celebrated through festivals like Carnival in Brazil, although these types of events do not occur anywhere near as frequent as they should.

With this considered, music’s universal ability to liberate, story tell and simple accessibility surely gives reason as to why it is the most important form of art.