Electronic production duo Bells and Robes have been active on the D4AM radar for a few months now, and with this EP we can finally truly understand their direction. If you're in the mood for that everything-in-between kind of sound, you're in luck. How Could We Have Known? aims to capture an eclectic array of emotions and styles.

For the most part, it works really well.



My problem is specifically with the introduction and ending. It feels like a statement to me. I could be wrong, but I hear them say they're production that doesn't need vocals. Tracks one and five are the most instrumental and if they're trying to say they work instrumentals just as well, I have to disagree on this effort.

Tracks two, three and four could all be singles for their respective featured artists, and they could probably get a lot of airplay and a nice following, too. My hunch is that the duo know how to manipulate production to show the best of the featured artists, and in that sense I have to praise them.

It's not every day you get an entire EP with just the right amount of strong bass with relaxed electronica.

http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/bells-and-robes-how-could-we-have-known.html
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I'm really excited about this duos future. I mean, it could go either way, it happens so often I'm forced to consider it, but the way this EP is layed out gives me extremely high hopes for a future effort.

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Wildflower is definitely headphone material.

I've read a lot of mixed opinions and I was curious what I'd think for myself. The way I see it, The Avalanches made an album that would've struck a lot stronger if they'd released it back when people heard albums all the way through.

Frankie Sinatra is a great single, but it sounds way better within the sound of the album than it does on its own.


The way the album works really sounds more like a recorded DJ mix than an album, so I put it on while some friends murdered hundreds of innocent people on some online first person shooter game. Wildflower fit incredibly well. I mean sure, occasionally you get a stare or reaction, the ambient occasions really place you in the story so it can be a little awkward for people not expecting it.

In the end I found that The Avalanches did their best to have a little something for everybody.
They succeeded.

Quality hip hop rhymes, songs that scream happiness, songs that move your slow-jam needs, and some extremes, too. Colours, for example, is the kind of track hipster Spongebob would listen to right before some trippy jellyfish catching.

http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/finally-listened-to-avalanches.html
iTunes | Vinyl
The first few days of its release I tried to find it on Spotify to no avail, and now after really getting the effort, I understand why. This isn't the kind of project you'd want to listen to with ads every few songs, and it's definitely not the kind of album you should listen to on shuffle. It's up for online stream now, though; just proceed with caution.

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Solto Por Jeri is everything I hope for when presented with a Brazilian album. It's a music optimist's dream. It takes seconds before you hear beautiful melodies mixed with a variety of instruments for a nice breezy and dance-enticing tropical sound.

I mean the flute, and there's an accordion in there? It even goes full salsa on Elas.


There's something about the intro and the follow up that reeled me in. You get to hear some very choro 49 seconds and then you rush into Elas like that. It's beautiful.

I hear the traditional influences. You can hear it in the percussion, in  the style of vocal melody, and in the essence of the lyrics to each song. They've created this soundscape for mass appeal, without selling out or restricting their base. The sound will never be so foreign that you won't be able to sing and dance along, but they've also kept it at home. It's pretty cozy.

Stream/Download @ Bandcamp
If you're into it so far, check out their video of a live performance for É Proibido Cochilar. It shows they're pretty amazing live, too. If you're around their areas, they're doing live shows right now. Look up the dates on their website.

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If you've been a fan of Tom Misch before this release, you've been a fan of his acoustic-based production. The modern beat over delicious licks has formed his signature sound. But Reverie is here to show you a glimpse of the future. Tom works amazingly as a singer/songwriter/producer, and this EP has been long overdue.


Crazy Dream gives you a clear idea of what you're getting, but nothing beats the full stream.
What am I missing, though?

Alright, the album starts with Crazy Dream featuring Loyle Carner. This is the only track where Tom's vocals are only heard for the chorus, but that doesn't matter because Loyle brings gold. I'm not sure there's a better hook on the EP, though the next few tracks sure try.

That one's followed by Follow, a fan favorite that sticks to you. Then you get I Wish, another acoustic beat produced exquisitely. Finally, Watch Me Dance ties everything together. From the mood of the album to those last confusing details. Watch Me Dance could explain Reverie on its own, but the experience comes from the complete listen.

http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/tom-misch-reverie.html
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I've been singing these songs in the shower. I've had them roaming in my mind just as I wake up and right before bed. If this is indication of what the debut album's gonna sound like (Tom's words) then I can't wait for its release.

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This is completely instrumental jazz fusion, with tons of talent, enough obvious improvisation, and more complicated themes than your every day coffee shop jazz album.

It's fronted by Ryan Carraher, guitarist, but I'd barely call this guitar jazz.


Equuleus does a great job of letting you know kinda-sorta what you're in for. The track you'll wanna pay close attention to is Valantis. You could call it bipolar; I find it honest. It's a rush of emotions that felt confusing initially, but later turns into one of those tracks you need. A blueprint of possibility to better acquaint you with what's in store.

You can just leave it on and do your own thing, that's the D4AM recommendation.

http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/ryan-carraher-vocturnal.html
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Vocturnal is for anybody who listens to jazz, which probably explains why it's listed as one of the best selling jazz albums on Bandcamp.
Whether you're a fan of dissecting the music, letting it play in the background, or anything in between, this album's for you.

It's a name your price release so do the guilty thing if you're short on time and grab it for free. After you've given it a listen, consider a donation. This is a sophisticated release and deserves recognition and support.

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The band is
Ryan Carraher - Guitar
Steve Wilkinson - Drums
Evan Waaramaa - Keyboard
Brandon Wilkins - Alto Saxophone
Greg Toro - Bass
Two songs into the album and I knew it was a gem.

Psychedelic band Sugar Candy Mountain came out with the lead single and title 666 not too long ago, and it was a pleasure to the mind and ears. It's not every day you expect angst-driven metal and happen to hear a breezy enjoyable psychedelic indie rock.



If you're not in the mood for breezy rock with a fair share of psychedelic solos, maybe you should wait until you are. It's part of the appreciation, you have to admit they nailed the sound but you gotta give it its fair listen when you want that psychedelic indie sound.

I find most of the album extremely memorable. From Windows onward, just about every track has the D4AM blessing. Its replay value is about as high as listening to the effort for 6 hours straight, and though you could grow tired of a couple of tracks, most of the songs contain that top quality inspired-band production you hope for from a psychedelic album.

http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/sugar-candy-mountain-666.html
Stream/Buy @ Bandcamp | iTunes
A few D4AM favorites include:
  • Windows
  • Change
  • Atlas
  • Tired
  • Time
  • Eye On You
And it's important to know the album is only 10 tracks long. Every track missing from the list deserves an honorable mention, especially 666 that works as a lure during those initial listens. Long term, 666 could've been developed better, but that's what live performances are for.

Speaking of live performances, they intend to spend the majority of the year touring the US and Europe. Make sure to connect with the band and catch them when they're near you.

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It's not every day you get something this good for free.

I'm not gonna say the album is perfect because it's far from it, but it does have a signature sound, it does an amazing job of hooking and reeling you in, and most impressively, it's music of conscience.



It starts right, but it won't take more than a few songs before you hear the first monologue. It's cute, and a great way of getting to know and connecting with Jamila and her music. It just gets old after a few listens. Actually, the only reason I wouldn't replay the project is because of the constant self-reflecting stories. They're incorporated directly onto a handful of songs, so you can't skip/eliminate it from your library once you get tired. As someone who's heard the album over a dozen times already, trust me, you can get tired of it.

I've spoken the worst of it, but there's a bright side.
Take a listen to the end of In My Name, you'll hear children chant a beautiful message. The way I see it, when a good album is so freely available, maybe the point is just for people to listen. Even once.

http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/jamila-woods-heavn-free-download.html
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We could put all that aside. We could have this same album with no monologues and no conscience, we could not hear a sentence in relation to black lives in our era, we could hear nothing about discrimination and injustice, and this would still be a pretty great effort.

It feels like it's natural to her. Her voice is beautiful and strong, and the production she sides with on this project has a relaxed aura to it most of the time. Even when it doesn't, it all works excellently on the album.

Give it a stream, take advantage of the free download. Share it with friends.

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Busty and the Bass just released an EP fit for live consumption.

Really, you listen to this little gem and it's great, production is stunning and talent is anything but lacking. What might be lacking is a hard-ass producer making sure the studio work sells, and though I much prefer listening to a performance live, that one detail is the only place where I can acknowledge the album needs some work.



They work around it!

Stages (I Don't Know Why) is one of the catchiest songs on the album, and it's also their lead single. It shows what they're really made of, from the funk soul backgrounds to the heavy brass imprint, all with their signature Busty sound.

Stages is one of my favorites, but I also really love their Macy Gray cover for I Try. We posted it on socials a while back, and Macy Gray herself praises the version. The video is pretty great, but I'm happy the song can be bought on this EP.
http://www.d4am.net/2016/07/busty-and-bass-lift.html
iTunes | Amazon

I recommend leaving yourself a little reminder for this one.
Give it a stream once on Spotify or wherever you find it, but come back for it. You'll be surprised all the lyrics and melodies you'll have embossed in your mind.

It's that hook and their energy that I think makes this one of those albums best understood in person. You want to share this with other people who get the music, you want to hear this when the band is feeling it for you. Trust it.

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