The Hell Hole Store - Three The Hard Way

Review: The Hell Hole Store – Three The Hard Way

We reviewed The Hell Hole Store’s Three The Hard Way. Greetings, everyone. The holidays are finally over, or almost over if you work in a grocery store. However, there’s one gift left under the tree. There was no name on the wrapper, so I took it, opened it, disposed of all evidence of my sin,…

Find Your Lo-Fi Beat Track Names With These Tools

You’ll forget what a vowel is with these text converter tools. I used to find it difficult naming my tracks. I didn’t want to give away the sample I used *ahem* and I also wanted it to be interesting. Eventually, I made a list of hundreds of random titles and dip in as and when I need them. But for a lo-fi producer, there’s a…

How Lo-Fi Took Over Music

From bedroom set ups and Bandcamp LPs to the mainstream, the lo-fi aesthetic is in a lot of your favourite music. Mackenzie Cummings-Grady wrote a great article on how lo-fi minimalism has permeated different genres. He opens with Jim Morrison’s famous 1969 interview with Rolling Stone: “Some brilliant kid will come along and be popular,” he said. “I can see a lone artist with a…

Shrill Evans – MONOLITH

It’s a new moniker for Starchildluke as he releases his fifth #Road2Switch series. No prizes for guessing where the name Shrill Evans comes from. But in case you didn’t know, it’s a lo-fi take on the late piano maestro Bill Evans. And Starchildluke took that inspiration for his new alter-ego on new album, MONOLITH. He describes it as “a sub-20-minute journey through jazz and classical…

RecordRadar turns your e-digging into crate digging

The web app integrates your Spotify music and finds records near you to buy from Discogs. Whether you’re an e-digger, a crate digger, or both, you have a love of music. The method of acquiring it shouldn’t matter. But maybe you’d like to buy the physical copies of songs you’ve found on Spotify. RecordRadar is the app for you. The service has already matched tracks…

Starchildluke – GENGARTAPE

Another month, another beat tape from Starchildluke. This one is called GENGARTAPE. Even though he hit his target, the #Road2Switch series still rolls on with a fifth release. Starchildluke’s GENGARTAPE doesn’t have a concrete theme, but many of the samples on the tracks reference things like ghosts and poison, a nod to the titular Pokémon, Gengar. The producer initially wanted a video game beat tape…

Review: Clear Soul Forces – Still

We reviewed Clear Soul Forces’ new album, Still. It’s been way too long since we last wrote about Clear Soul Forces. So when I heard they had a new album out, I had to right that wrong. The acclaimed Detroit trio released Still, their first full-length album in four years after numerous solo projects in that time. The last joint LP was Fab Five, released…

VIDEO: Beatnick Dee & Pheo – Patience

Anglo-American producer Beatnick Dee and rapper Pheo suit up for their thrilling new video. I’m all for a balance of form and function and that’s precisely how Beatnick Dee & Pheo have described their joint album, Patience. The video for the title track pays homage to Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction and those cheesy LA cop/crime duo dramas from the 60s. Expect plenty of cruising, conversations…