Feature Friday #7: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Cajita

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Cajita

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music and, of course, bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

Cajita is your man if you want if you’re after some folktronica in your life. Just five days ago he released a split single/remix EP with Ersatz and James Yuill; with one song from each artist (with Cajita putting up Broken Glass, which featured on last year’s MatchMusik compilation), which was then remixed by the others. It’s a great collection of songs and a great introduction the the three musical geniuses. Enjoy.

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Feature Friday #6: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Jordan Butler

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Jordan Buter

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music and, of course, bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

Jordan Butler held track has 6 on both of our compilations thus far. This is a place that he’s more than earned, putting out purely quality material (perhaps only lacking in quantity), including his EP, some beautiful spoken word poetry, and a handful of brilliant singles that you can find/download on Triple J Unearthed. This man is more than worth your time.

Feature Friday #5: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Parks, Squares and Alleys

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Parks, Squares and Alleys

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music and, of course, bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

When I first I heard Parks, Squares and Alley back in April of last year I knew that I wanted him in on our second compilation album. Thankfully I managed to secure a spot for the 19 year old Russian producer, with one of only two songs you’ll be able to find on soundcloud or bandcamp. Last year’s Youth and Forest are both amazing songs that showcase his proficiency and variety within the ‘indie pop’ umbrella. These are also the only songs you’ll find without a little extra digging; which would lead you to an entire album released back in 2011 (possible review to come in the future). I also have word that we can expect an album at some point this year, for which I am damn excited.

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Feature Friday #4: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Message To Bears

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Message To Bears

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music and, of course, bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

Where do I even start with the fourth feature on MatchMusik Vol. 2? I first heard Message To Bears two years ago when he released Folding Leaves and his particular brand of warm, ambient folktronica immediately had me hooked. I find it hard to put into words just what Message To Bears does to me, and this is consistent across all of his releases (including his more electronic focused release as J.R Alexander), but it is certainly something magical. I can think of nothing better than watching the sun set (or rise, or track across the sky, or be reflected off the moon) while listening to something that Message To Bears has concocted. If you haven’t yet, check out his latest release, Maps, where we were fortunate enough to borrow I Know You Love To Fall from (plus the rest of his discography).

Feature Friday #3: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K.

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Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K.

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music and, of course, bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

Track three from the MatchMusik Vol. 2 compilation came all the way from the UK thanks to emcee K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and producer Imperial. Relax is off their collaborative EP Pencils Not Pistols. I’ve been following K.I.N.E.T.I.K. since hearing his lyricism and flow, all while tackling subjects bigger than your typical emcee, on The Kinesis Thesis Vol. III back in 2012; and I’ve tuned into Imperial and his style of soulful boom bap production since they started working together. I know for a fact that these two have a bunch more music recorded together, so while we won’t get another complete album from K.I.N.E.T.I.K. until next year, expect big things from both of them. I’ve added their latest releases below; K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and Kuroisoul‘s first Soul Mates instalment and one of a handful of remixes that Imperial has up for grabs. Of course, don’t forget to get onto their EP.

Stream: Imperial & K.I.N.E.T.I.K. – Pencils Not Pistols

Feature Friday #2: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Owls Of The Swamp

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Owls of the Swamp

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music, and of course bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

The second song off MatchMusik Vol. 2 came from a Melbourner, who just finished up recording his forthcoming album in Iceland and the UK. Owls Of The Swamp is the moniker he goes by, and atmospheric indie folk is what he does. He has been one of my favourite finds of last year, and while he only put out three songs last year (all of which are available for free download), each of them have been nothing short of amazing. Have a listen to one of last year’s b-sides (this is a b-side, so I’m damn excited for the album) and check out a live version of the next single from the album, which you’ll be able to wrap your ears around on May 6 through Labelship.

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Feature Friday #1: MatchMusik Vol. 2 – Xenon Square

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Xenon Square

Feature Friday is a place that focuses on particular genres, places, labels, whatever I can come up with that will allow (force) me to explore some new music, and of course bring the best of it here. Enjoy.

The soon to be 18 year old Malaysian producer held the opening song on MatchMusik Vol. 2 with Tokyo Lights. Layers of lush production, field recordings and delicate vocals from Yaya Suraya make this an emotional example of the chillstep side of the rather diverse producer’s repertoire. Take a journey through Xenon Square‘s music and you’ll find yourself in chillstep, ambient, deep house, trap and a handful of hip hop, all of emense quality. If that wasn’t enough she has a blog of her own and posts up amazing Chill Selection‘s on her youtube.

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