Oct 13 2014

Weekend Videos: NETA – “Silly Life”

Haunting vocals blend with an electronic downtempo rhythm in NETA’S single, “Silly Life”. A taste of his upcoming project, “Heroes in a Tale”, the song and its video reflect the depth of an artist at his ripest, delivering artistic, poetic and emotional maturity with a shot of irony. Pastel wallpaper is interrupted by the unmoving stare of eyes that have seen the world spin many times over. Sweet lyrics of forgiveness and freedom are contrasted by symbolism of human instinct at its rawest. “Silly Life” and its visual discussion of satiety give insight to a project that follows a hero starring in the tale of his own incredible musical life and spiritual journey.

NETA’s musical journey was sparked by one of the purest of relationships – childhood friendship. NETA grew up and later worked with musical icons Rami Fortis, and Berry Saharov. Together they toured Europe in the 80s and 90s, after which he settled in Amsterdam’s bustling music scene. Years of musical exploration soon lead to NETA’s first solo project. It was released five years ago under the pseudonym “The Alchemystique”, garnering critical appraise in addition to airtime on Israeli national TV and radio.

Several years of personal turmoil arose following his success, leading to hardship and quiet. Nevertheless, NETA chose to become the hero of his own tale, and soon he met his match. “I am usually the master of destruction. But this time, she destroyed me.” The woman who destroyed NETA is the woman responsible for his destruction and his emotional and musical rebirth. In interview, NETA has described his wife as the ultimate push, yet also the ultimate support for both his personal and artistic transformation manifested in his debut single video for “Silly Life”.

The album is a culmination of electronic elements with influence from a vast array of artists covering Bowie to Garbage, Zepplin to Jeff Beck, and Zero7 to Lana Del Rey – with everyone in between. Renowened Israeli producer Eyal Katzav has co-mixed and mastered the album, which also features brilliant drummer Boaz Wolf and phenomenal vocalist Doron Talmon.

“Heroes In A Tale” is due in November 2014, “Silly Life” is out now.

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Jul 21 2014

SKYROADS Release New Double A-side Single

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Fresh from their first ever UK tour, SKYROADS released their disco infused double A-side single “1,2 Steps/ Beyond The Doors” and it proves these boys and gal have a great future ahead of them.

The Tel Aviv based 5-piece channel the spirit of Nile Rodgers through the funk bass backbone of “Beyond The Doors” whilst twinkling synths give a fizzing zest to the dancy track.

1,2 Steps” begins with yet another irresistible bassline built upon with a great sense of restless urgency before the joyous chorus rids the band of all the angst allowing for a free flowing synth line to lead the line to yet more dancy disco infused musicianship. Both tracks are now available on the band’s soundcloud.

Make sure you catch them this autumn when they’ll be bringing their disco rock vibes to Europe and the States.  SKYROADS were born to play live and it won’t be long until we see them across  the biggest stages and festivals.

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Mar 2 2014

Introducing The Kokoro

The Kokoro surfaced with this mysterious intro video said to be a taste of what’s to come. We’ve been waiting to hear more from the mysterious duo and they finally announced the launch of their new video “Broken“. We’ll be featuring that vid real soon as well because it deserves to be seen

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Jan 9 2014

Cougar Microbes Albums of 2013: Adi Ulmansky – ‘Hurricane Girl’ EP

 Cougar Microbes Albums of 2013: Adi Ulmansky   Hurricane Girl EP2013 was a fantastic year for Adi Ulmansky where she seemingly could do no wrong.  Her debut mixtape ‘Shit Just Got Real’ was well received and swiftly followed up with the awesome ‘Hurricane Girl‘ EP.  the Israeli singer/rapper/producer lined up shows in the UK, appearances at Milan Fashion Week 2013 as well as finally playing for US audiences at both Culture Collide Festival in LA and CMJ Music Marathon in New York.

The usual hyperbole accompanying an artist’s sophomore release is the classic copy/paste line “shows more focus than previous work”. In Ulmansky’s case it’s the very scattered nature of her music, and by extension Adi herself, that makes this package so irresistible managing to sound utterly menacing one moment and authentically lovelorn the next often within the space of one track. Check out her “Work It” video if you need more proof.

Hurricane Girl’ channels everyone from Die Antwoord’s Yolandi Visser, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna and even MIA but the big difference is Ulmansky handles production duties herself directly overseeing her infectious mix of apocalyptic samples, machine gun raps and saccharine vocals.

The pocket-sized manga princess efforts are not going unnoticed either with a shoutout from the talented Earl Sweatshirt’s, of Odd Future fame, who guaranteed her appreciation for him was completely mutual.

Keep your eyes on Adi Ulmansky in 2014 as she bring her fierce one-woman-show to the next level.

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Dec 22 2013

Weekend Videos: Adi Ulmansky – “Work It”

Adi Ulmansky‘s videos are always something to look forward to; this week she unveiled more proof that she may not actually be from earth. The video for “Work It” , created by Danna Windsor, sees the manga princess ready to conquer another planet and on her current form she is on her way to conquer our own very soon.

This is just one of the standout tracks on this summer’s excellent ‘Hurricane Girl‘ EP which saw our heroine propel herself to new heights.

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Dec 3 2013

CMJ Music Marathon 2013: Day 2 (Ben Caplan, In The Valley Below, Dorine Levy, Adi Ulmansky, ASTR, Mean Creek)

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Now into its 3rd decade of existence CMJ Music Marathon has earned a reputation for picking largely unknown acts and ushering them towards imminent success. With 1400 acts playing across 80+ venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn there really is something for everybody.

Here are our personal highlights:

Ben Caplan | Arlene’s Grocery
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Ben Caplan is a man equipped with a striking appearance and a voice to boot. His massive beard is potentially only outdone by his huge charisma and today at Arlene’s Grocery this is no different. The canadian troubadour commanded the room ranting and raving between songs before breaking into his passionate mini folk epics. Short of his usual backing band theses songs took on new meanings with their lyrical wisdom resonating particularly well thanks in large part to Ben‘s unique booming voice. This man was born to perform.

In The Valley Below | Pianos Upstairs
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Los Angeles based In The Valley Below‘s civil war evoking outfits are stylistically eye-catching but their music is no less imposing. The meeting of Michigan born Angela Gail and Memphis raised Jeffrey Jacob has produced an elegant mix of organic sounds and just the right amount of electronic influences. Their unique vocal stylings complement each other wonderfully and the on stage chemistry is evident as glances and knowing smiles are frequently shared. At one point Gail produces a chain which she uses as an added percussive sound; the result manages to be both haunting and beautiful.

Dorine Levy | Fat Baby
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We head on over to the Tune-In Tel Aviv showcase at Fat Baby to see what is the best Israel has to offer. The last time we caught Dorine Levy live was at this year’s SXSW where she debuted her new touring lineup (essentially consisting of Dorine and her talented jack-of-all-trades husband Eitan). A few months have passed since then and the Israeli will soon be releasing her debut LP  ‘Diver‘ (review coming soon) meaning this set is a superb indicator of the progress she has made so far this year. It’s immediately evident that the entire live experiences has been sharpened over this time as newer songs have become fixtures in her set and there is a sense of momentum throughout. Notably Dorine has toned down her personal interaction with keyboard, laptops and other gizmos leaving much of this to Eitan. This new found freedom results in more audience participation and eye contact and allows the songstress to fully launch into each performance. Her next stop is Nouvelle Prague festival in the Czech Republic and after that the world.

Adi Ulmansky  | Fat Baby
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Adi Ulmansky is a veritable burst of color on stage at Fat Baby tonight. This is Adi‘s North American debut and after playing a triumphant set at Filter’s Culture Collide festival in LA she’s ready to take over NYC as well. Rocking her newly braided (but always multi-colored) hair and a scanty outfit her allure offers a false sense of security much like a praying mantis. Once she starts performing the transformation is evident and it feels she could literally bite your head off. Over a backdrop of self produced kaleidoscopic 8-bit epic beats Adi raps and croons with the best of them switching from being extremely menacing one moment to highly vulnerable the next. The aforementioned ‘Hurricane Girl‘ EP was one of the great suppress of this year and we expect great things from this girl in 2014.

ASTR | Pianos
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After ASTR‘s lead singer Zoe, announced that it was her birthday, it was apparent that the people who managed to get into the backroom of Pianos were in for a great show. Singing her heart out and whipping her long red haired ponytail around the stage, Zoe‘s energetic performance echoed throughout the packed room. Her partner in crime, Adam – a fluffy haired dude with Buddy Holly glasses – handled the high powered beats by banging on drum pads (strongly resembling the set from the game Rock Band) with effervescence. Their electro-pop track “Razor” had the crowd dancing and sweating along with them, though ASTR still displayed their range of abilities with a cover of Drake‘s “Hold On We’re Going Home.” The overall great performance left the crowd wanting more, and I’m excited to see what other dance tracks are to come from this group.

Mean Creek |Pianos Upstairs
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Last for the night was Massachusetts garage rockers Mean Creek who were basically the antithesis of much of what we had seen so far solely on the premise of having a real live drummer. There is a really endearing underdog quality to this Boston gang’s repertoire that translates instantly and makes you want to root for them. The band are gearing up for the release of their 4th LP ‘Local Losers‘, the first for Old Flame Records,  in early 2014 with a set that incorporated material from that upcoming release. The sense of excitement at airing these tracks is palpable as the four piece launch into each new song with extra enthusiasm. There is also time for a particularly spot on cover of The DescendentsSilly Girl‘ which leaves those in the know particularly pleased. ‘Local Losers‘ can’t come any sooner.

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Dec 1 2013

Weekend Videos: Kosha Dillz – “Where My Homies Be” (Feat. Gangsta Boo and Murs)

I think it’s fair to say I can count my favorite Jewish rappers on one hand (with three of those digits taken up by the Beastie Boys). Kosha Dillz may force me to rethink that list or begin counting on my other hand.

Having dropped his brilliantly titled ‘Awkward In A Good Way‘ album last month the New Jersey born MC has kept up his impressive work ethic remaining fiercely independent while bagging several big gigs over on both coasts. The guy  seemingly never takes a night off and at the time of writing he announced a set of December dates in support of Matisyahu with whom he had toured Israel earlier in the year.

While Kosha Dillz is evidently proud of his heritage (it’s in the name!) I’m starting to feel like that billing him as “The Jewish Rapper” is a little restrictive. “The Hardest Working Man In Hip Hop” is much more fitting.

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Nov 26 2013

Culture Collide Festival 2013

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For three days in mid-October, FILTER corrals some of the most promising talents from around the globe for a mini showcase-style festival in the heart of Echo Park. Spanning five venues and eight stages plotted within a few block radius, Culture Collide offers a doable tasting of up and coming international artists.

Aptly named, Culture Collide, emphasizes a global approach to the music business, bringing in talent from more than 25 countries. Though at first the name may come off as a gimmick, I can assure you it’s not. Walking down Sunset Blvd., venue-hopping through the evening’s shows, a true spirit of worldliness was alive and well as each group of passersby spoke another language.

Check out highlights from the shows:

Adi Ulmansky (Israel) | Taix Front Lounge | Presented by Oleh! Records

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Perhaps best known for her high-profile collaborations with dubstep producer, Borgore, 2013 marked a breakout year for Adi Ulmansky with the release of her début solo EP, ‘Hurricane Girl’. From sugary sweet melodies, to making beats, and rapping with major ‘tude (think Azealia Banks) – Adi Ulmansky does it all with swag to boot.

Terry Poison (Israel) | Taix Front Lounge | Presented by Oleh! Records

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Upbeat and infectious electro pop backed by a full band. Terry Poison knows how to have a good time – get ready to dance. After a recent lineup change the band retreated to Berlin to hone their sound and released the EP ‘Gorgeous‘ this year.

Iceage (Denmark) | The Echo

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The boys in Iceage are so punk rock they nearly broke up on stage. Their booze-fueled outburst may have played a part, but the vibe felt like a mix between Pete Doherty and Joy Division. ‘You’re Nothing’, their second album, was released in February 2013 on Matador.

Like Swimming (Sweden) | Lot 1 Cafe

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While it’s more of a cafe and less of a music venue, discovering the uplifting pop of Like Swimming after a short stroll down Sunset Blvd made it a worthwhile last stop for the evening. These Swedes make “radio-ready” less of a dirty word.

Birth of Joy (Netherlands) | Taix Front Lounge

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Straight up rock with a nod to Jim Morrison and the psychedelia of the 60s and 70s. Holland’s Birth Of Joy filled the room with a fury and the audience took note.

Miami Horror (Australia) | The Echo

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We danced the night away to the sunny sounds of indie electro outfit, Miami Horror, during their headlining performance Friday night at The Echo. Having just dropped a killer single featuring Superhumanoid’s vocalist, Sarah Chernoff, we’re stoked to hear the rest of their second album, due later this year.

Liars (US) | World Stage

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Based on the raw energy put out in the final 20 minutes of their set, Liars was the standout act of the festival in my book. Not only did this three-piece win major personality points for their stage presence, but they killed it in a major way on “Brats,” my recommended take-home track.

Rhye (US, Denmark, Canada) | The Church

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If you thought you were getting into the uber-intimate Rhye performance held in The Church – fuggedaboutit. Entry to this show became a who’s who of Hollywood and had a line wrapped around the block hours before the start time.

Missing this show was a major let down for many, as it’s by far one of the biggest debuts of the year; and the sensual delights of ‘Woman‘ would have been pure magic inside the four walls of a church. Tender vocals tell a feverishly romantic story of love and passion in this soundtrack for getting busy between the sheets.

Gliss (US, Denmark) | Echoplex

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The scene at the Echoplex was alive and well with Funky Sole DJs spinning upstairs and a solid lineup sponsored by Red Bull Sound Selects downstairs. Third on the bill was Gliss, a male, female duo who share vocals over hazy synth pop that favors dark and brooding tones.

The Raveonettes (Denmark) | Echoplex

The Raveonettes Culture Collide Festival 2013

We closed the fest with another Danish, guy-girl rocker duo holding court at the Echoplex. After nearly a decade in the business, the crowd eagerly waited to see what The Raveonettes’s had in store.

Between the fuzzy guitars and soft vocal harmonies, these noise rockers have a penchant for crafting tunes that haunt.

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