While travelling through the beautiful El Valle, Panama, a talented video producer we met along the way, Jose Alberto Yau Hernandez, captured these moments and compiled them into a short film showcasing an acoustic cover of "Riptide" by Sophia Simmons on the ukulele. Enjoy! -H.
LAYLA has dropped a new track, Fight the Fire, from her forthcoming EP 'Weightless' which is out in November. We've posted about this British babe before, so click here if you want more. Enjoy - H.
Brooklyn-based front man of Silent Rider, Reed Kackley, has a new moniker dubbed BAILE and it delivers. He has just released the first two original tracks, Manic & Don't Worry, off of his forthcoming debut EP "From The Depths" (no release date yet). Manic is an emphatic, upbeat track, with a driving beat, while Don't Worry is a more atmospheric and subtle downtempo piece. Reed has decided to focus on production and DJing for now and is putting Silent Rider to the side, but be sure to check them out too. Keep an eye out for him because mighty good sounds are emerging from this talented young man. - H.
The Beautiful Babe Bahamas, otherwise known as Afie Jurvanen, has just released his stellar music video for his new track Stronger Than That on vevo. The man proves that strength can come from many places, but most of the time, it just comes from your muscles. So the bigger your muscles the better you are, which brings the slightly diminutive Afie, courtside to the Worlds Strongest Man competition in Vernon, California. Stay tuned to see how well he does in the Keg toss. Also keep your eyes peeled for this mans glorious upcoming tour. He will be making a pit stop in Calgary on October 20th at which I will personally challenge him to a tire tossing match. - C
Vancouver Sleep Clinic delivers melodic electronic-soul sounds that are created with the intention to help you fall asleep. Contrary to the name; however, 17-year-old Tim Bettinson hails from Brisbane, not Vancouver. Why did he choose such a name? Tim's goal with the project was to make "atmospheric music that people could fall asleep to" (hence Sleep Clinic). As for Vancouver...he chose it because "it looks like a beautiful place". Right he is. Tim is not only talented for his young age, but for 17, this dude has his shit together. He explains that "making music has never been about me placing myself in any spotlight; it's about giving people a collective experience." Does he mean communal nap time at his live shows? Yes, I would definitely sign up for that. His ethereal, falsetto vocals are reminiscent of Justin Vernon and Sigur Ros, two artists he said he drew most of his inspiration from. If you need a few more tracks to lull you to sleep, check out Collapse and Vapour on his soundcloud or buy his debut EP, Winter.
Last weekend Thomas Jack performed to a sold out crowd at one of Calgary's best music establishments, the Hifi Club. The show was a high energy revelry of musical enjoyment and just as the music he creates would suggest: Thomas jack is the happiest camper. A fresh face who has blown up in the past year: Thomas Jack has taken hype machine by tropical storm.
Mr. Jack absolutely killed the show and you could genuinely see the excitement in his eyes as he saw the crowd recognize and love his music. You can tell he's soaking up every ounce of enjoyment of his first North American tour and it was amazing seeing someone so excited about performing!
My personal favorite tune is his remix of Gold by Gabriel Rios, but there are just too many to name.
His Tropical House mixes don't disappoint and I stream them all day from my cubicle (currently enjoying the soothing sounds of Vol. 5 as we speak!)Over all it's a show I won't soon forget and wish him the best of luck on his tour!
THOMAS JACK RULE 0303: decide every morning that you are in a good mood. - DJ SHIM SHADY
Last weekend Ladywood attended the 24th biannual Route du Rock festival. Held in St. Malo, France (inside an old fortress), this gathering of talented musicians and insane partying is like few festivals ever attended. A relatively small lineup compared to Coachella or Bonnarooo, the organizers of Route du Rock pulled in some pretty unbelievable headliners considering its size. Moderat, Darkside and Portishead to name a few, as well as up-and-coming UK songstress Anna Calvi. Below are some festival fun facts or click here to read the full festival review.
100 - points for serving booze in reusable cups/wine glasses (1€ deposit)
100 - points for booking Moderat
7 - number of flower crowns spotted (this is like a negative number compared to North America)
72 - percentage of people wearing appropriate footwear (think rain boots and doc martens- no Californian could have handled that level of mud in their studded gladiators)
26500 - official number of festival attendees over the weekend (compared to 13,000 in 2013)
2 - number of shout outs given to the farmers who supplied all the hay used to cover the mud pits ( successfully!)
99.9 - percentage of people using 2sec pop up Quechua tents (we were the black sheep with our MEC tent). These tents are genius for festivals [see here]
75 - percentage of hip people carrying custom cloth tote bags
110 - percentage of people smoking
89 - number of people who slipped in the mud outside our tent
0 - number of 'Shark Security' guards inside the festival
0 - number of shits the security guards gave about anything (but everything still felt safe!)
2 - number of people totally blown away by how many people piss everywhere (read me and Chris)
- Milla Time
Van City's Blontron and Waspy are coming together as BnW. Check out their heavy booty-bounce music, and take a glance at their Soundcloud; they're bringing in some things my people. -R
Ok this may not be a standard Ladywood style post, but I gotta share the love when I feel it. I cannot get enough of Swifty's newest track Shake it Off. Maybe its the total and complete dominance the country-crooning pop songstress exhibits over the entire music industry, or maybe its because I just secretly want to be a part of one of the badass dance crews in her video. Either way T-Swift is dominating right now and she's doing it in a brilliantly understated and adorable way. Blast you and your perfect sing along music Taylor, blast you! Carry on. -C
I spent a considerable amount of time choreographing pretty terrible dance routines in the middle of the school playground in between the ages of 10 and 13. None of my dances were quite as good as the kids in this video by FIona Burgess of alt-pop four-piece Woman’s Hour. Directed in a secondary school, I was a little hesitant that the concept might be a bit to twee, but this is vid is so great on so many levels. In Stillness We Remain was shot at Queen Katherine School in Kendal, which Fiona and bandmates Will Burgess and Nicholas Graves all attended. The awkward teen dancing is both cringe-worthy and endearing, and it’s got a nice sleek and simplistic aesthetic that makes middle school seem much more "in touch" then I ever remember it being. Dunkaroos anyone? -C
Ladywood's European ambassador, Holly Millar, is covering La Route du Rock, a 4-day music festival in Saint-Malo, France. Last night's headliner, Darkside (above) killed it, while the crowd went wild dancing in a mud-pit created by a torrential thunderstorm. Other festival headliners include Moderat, Jamie XX, Portishead, The War on Drugs, Mac DeMarco and Todd Terje. Stay tuned for a full festival review where MillaTime will share her favourite acts as well as up-and-coming artists to look out for! For more festival info, click here.
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