Films

Here’s a list of the films that I’ve seen recently, with a little review and score to say what I think. There’s also a link to picking it up on DVD from Amazon to make it easy. I would get round to writing a whole review of them.
Quadrophenia [DVD] [1979]

Monty Python – The Movies (6 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2006]

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows [DVD + UV Copy]

The Boat That Rocked [DVD]

Shaun of the Dead [DVD] [2004]

Hot Fuzz (2 Disc Special Edition) [2007] [DVD]

 

Solar EP – Gunf1ghter

Gunf1ghter

No one can accuse me of focusing on one genre considering I’ve covered a pretty large chunk of the music spectrum in the last few posts and this one is no exception as I venture into unknown territory with “Solar“, the first EP by Gunf1ghter.

Again this is another discovery from my Facebook feed and this time I venture into the realms of Dubstep. Now, being honest Dubstep isn’t really my scene, in my eyes it’s like alcohol is meant to be, used in moderation. I think there’s a time and a place for dubstep, for example when in a club, at a party or as I experienced at Reading, in a silent disco… And this is an example of that.

I first heard some of this stuff whilst at a gathering with the artist and it sounded great. ‘I have a Feeling’ was the first song we listen to, and what remained good about it was that despite the standard dubstep drop which usually kills the song, the actual song appeared to remain pretty much intact and there was still a bit of rhythm to it. The same can be said for ‘OR1G1NAL MU51C’ which again forms a half decent song (I can’t believe I’m saying that for a dubstep song). I also do love the vocals in that song, the voice is undeniably hilarious.

What is good here is the mixture. There’s lighter dubstep for us who have our limits and for the die-hard dubstep fans, of which I know many coming from a preppy college, the heavier, dirtier drops. Overall for a dubstep fan, I’m sure it’s perfect considering I can still enjoy it and I don’t really like dubstep so for a first album, I’d say it’s definitely worth a try. And it’s free! So there’s very little stopping you giving it a chance.

Pick of the Album:

TC feat. MC Dread – Burning Starlight (Gunf1ghter Remix) – Not too dirty for me and a good song. The vocals work and the drops seem as if they should be there. More of the way dubstep should be in my eyes, almost part of the music.

Rating: ★★★ 3/5 (Which I’d say is pretty good considering my detest for dubstep)

Here’s the album for you all to enjoy

And once again, feel free to show your love for Gunf1ghter by liking his facebook page and Downloading the album for FREE!

 

 

 

 

Sky of Broken Glass – Toys With Knives (Review)

Toys with Knives

Now, normally I’m not one to check out the music that my friends on facebook post as normally it’s not really that good, but to start this section on the site and ensure it wasn’t another one off like most of the ideas I have, I thought I’d try out one.

Both Lewis and Marcus, the 2 boys that form Toys With Knives went to my secondary school where I got to know them and therefore I heard a lot about them and their gigs, partially through the notorious liking of their page on Facebook, but had never really been interest. This was never meant in a bad way, but it just never interested me. However, via their twitter I saw the word FREE and well, I can’t resist a freebie, and what a freebie it turned out to be!

Sky of Broken Glass’ is very much back to basics synthpop, it’s easy listening and fun to listen to. The electro vibe is quirky and promenant throughout all the tracks, but they’ve managed to ensure that you can listen to the album without getting bored of it. Even ‘Sky of Broken Glass’  the title track of the album and the extended Remix sound different enough that if you had shuffle on and the songs played back to back, you wouldn’t feel like you’re caught in a never-ending repeat of the same song.

Imagine yourself in an underground club, listening to new music and that’s very much the feel of the album. It’s refreshing for me as a more rock fan to hear this and can imagine some of the stuff in the middle of a DJ set being played. The lyrics are minimal but effective when used, very much like Nero, and add a different layer to the music. Also the guitar riff intro in ‘Cutting Paper Triangles‘ makes the song feel different and makes it feel more atmospheric if that’s even possible (I’m no music expert, I’m just expressing my views).

Overall I’ve really enjoyed listening to it and unsurprisingly a couple of the tracks have made it onto my ipod to crack out at the next party I’m at. And well, for free you really can’t go wrong. I don’t know how the album compares to others, I’m sure an electro-fan can tell you that, but if you want something a bit different to spice up your music taste and make you feel a bit more eclectic in terms or music taste then they’re definitely worth checking out! Only downside is it leaves you wanting more tracks

Pick of the Album:

Sky of Broken Glass – Well deserving to be the title track of the album. Easy listening, and a song that definitely makes you want to get up and move. Think Cyberdog in Camden and that’s basically the kind of sound you get from this song. It works, I don’t really know what else to say…

Rating: ★★★★ 4/5

Download from here for FREE (As of 6th September, I’m not sure how long the offer is for)

And be a good soul and like them on Facebook here (Find out more info about the Band and upcoming Gigs etc.)

I’m With You – RHCP (Review)


I'm With You

Copyright Damien Hirst / Red Hot Chili Peppers

The latest Red Hot Chili Peppers album came as a surprise to me as I didn’t realise they were planning to release any new material, but it was a pleasant surprise.

The new album “I’m With You” sees the band take a bit of a different path and the album appears far more drum-lead rather than the guitar heavy songs of the past. Now as a drummer myself, this is quite a nice change but there is no denying that we do miss the epic guitar riffs and solos of the past. This album definitely feels a lot more like pop, but not in a bad way. I was quite pleased to see “The Adventures of Red Dance Maggie” in the charts, as to me this is finally giving the Red Hot Chili Peppers the recognition to the wider audience they deserve. The song itself is very catchy and is a good single for them to almost re-launch themselves back into the public.

There is also definitely a funky element to the album. The bass plays quite an important role to the music and you can really hear the bassline coming through, something which I for one am guilty of neglecting in the past. The sound of the Red Hot Chili Peppers is definitely still captured in the music, which is important to me as a lifelong fan, but as I’ve said before at a very different time. But there’s a couple of unorthodox tracks in the album that are different but work. For example “Even You, Brutus?” feels quite rappy at times and is very lyrically led, but still it sounds great. I think thats what makes this album, it’s versatile. There’s variety whilst maintaining the feel of the band in the album which I think is great and keeps it interesting.

Personally, I like it. It’s not my favourite album of theirs and the classics will outshine the material released, but I would have no issue listening to this and have got a couple of the tracks in my top rated Playlist so it’s not a complete failure. I’d quite happily watch these in concert and the songs themselves in the right company and at the right time will be fun to listen to.

Pick of the Album:

Monarchy of Roses – The song is quirky, catchy and it’s easy listening. A lively beat, with a good bassline and a bit of a guitar solo. Also the drums to the song sound like they could be fun to play along too. It’s on my ipod and I see no reason why this won’t outshine the rest of the album. I hope it’s released as a single and gets it’s rightful place in the charts

Rating: ★★★★ 4/5