Trigoney – BongCong EP

Play the music, not the instrument. 
~Author Unknown

We stumbled upon Trigoney aka Mark North a few months back while hazily browsing through a stack of music that had been sent to us. After getting rather flustered by piles of nonsense we were taken back back the mesmirising sound of Bong Cong. Straight away we were hooked and got in touch that instant.

This EP will not fail. Each track is truely defiant on what uniqueness Trigoney holds.  The first track (entitled Bruce) is of a tech-house flavour but with more melody than what is normally associated with this genre.

Varying through styles and tempos, the second track kind of slows the sense of speed down, until it kicks into a blunder half way through.

The third and final track of the EP comes the track in which the EP got the title, and has to be my personal favourite.  BongCong is the more chilled of the trio, an is mesmerising from start to finish.

Mark is probably known more for his artwork than his music (I think that might change soon however).  An illustrator based in Bournmouth you will surely be hearing his music through various avenues and platforms. So sit back and enjoy the wonderful sound of Mr North aka Trigoney.

The release is out exclusivly through Juno records this Friday (16th September), and out everywhere else from the 23rd September: http://www.junodownload.com/products/1782262-02.htm

So there you have it.  Support the artists, the labels and the people that make and push true music.

One love, music and soul,

Itchy Pig Records x

Chrome Hand EP – Boogie Originals

“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”
Confucius

Stu Robinson (Cosmic Boogie) and Andy Ash is the combination needed to produce the great findings of Boogie Originals. The two minds over Originals HQ have come together to produce their third in the series which is another collection of greatness indeed – Chrome Hand EP is here.

The first two tracks are presented by none other than the newly greats on the scene – Deep Space Orchestra. I first came across these about a year and a half ago and have been impressed with them ever since. Their style is my opinion is a modern twist to how house felt like in the mid to late 90s. Their progressive flow of arrangement and melodic orchestral movements entice you from the start, and this release is no different.

The second track is Ben Sun’s remix of the aforementioned. This is modern house vibes at their finest. The chords and stings are beautifully constructed and the twisted percussion just flows greatly with the feeling of the track. Without a doubt this is my personal favourite of the whole release.

That doesn’t mean however that rest are lacking somewhat. You only need to approach the next track to have this proven. Faces & Traces Of Home by Jamie Johnston will have any dance floor priding itself to be involved in such a collective groove. One of the deeper of the collection, this track still has a mood to it that will have not only your body moving in sync with the rest of the room but a grin will be immersed on everyone’s faces from ear-to-ear.

Jamie finishes off the release with Sunshine Stars. A twisted tale of chimes and arp’d pad builds. This track has a stunning theatrical feel to it that had me hooked throughout. Although it has a completely different feel to the other tracks it is by no means the weaker of the few. I will be looking for many environments to drop this track. 7 and a half minutes of progressed enjoyment.

A superb collection of tracks from start to finish and you would be silly not to get your hands in your pocket and support what is truly great talent indeed. Well done and thanks to all at Boogie Originals HQ for bringing this release to my attention.

With love,

Itchy Pig HQ

Craylo – Headtime Stories

The wise musicians are those who play what they can master.
Duke Ellington 

 

The topic of this thread is an act who certainly abides by the above quote, Craylo.  There is a distinct difference between artists that do well on the ‘enthusiast’ circuit so to speak and the mainstream avenue.  Now I am to make an assumption and forgive me if I’m wrong but I am thinking Craylo will be one of those very few acts that caters for both sides of this long-standing battle.

Now I know it is one of my own signings so many would say that I am bound to say this but I will proudly say that most of my artists are not for the masses.  Craylo are somewhat different.  Their new album holds what I think most (and I use that term carefully) modern albums are lacking – the ability to tell a story.  When I was younger I remember albums had such a flow from start to finish, sucking you in like a great book to an avid reader and it is very rare to come across this anymore.  Their debut album does just that.

Their opening track Caught Together has a modern touch to what could be referred to as ‘indie’ (no, not the Trilogy featuring Mr Ford) – amalgamating guitar sounds and drum patterns that fans of bands enjoy along with modern methods of sequencing and splicing that all MPC based fanatics will enjoy.  The second track on the album has a folk based guitar sample with the drums cut up almost as if Aphex Twin was in the studio.  The whole album manages to capture essences from all kinds of worlds with the ability to keep you listening from start to finish.

This track was featured on a Nokia promo video last year and probably for the same reason as I opened this article with.  The appeal manages to grab everyone.  To do this cannot be intentional as the avaricious listener is like a child in a sense – they can see through anything you put to them.  Most people make the music they want to create (and I don’t care what you have to say, this IS the only way to go about music) and it happens to only fit with certain listeners.

This personally is my favourite track on the album.   The beatless melody seems to grab you by the little fellas and takes you to another place.  The next track follows on from that and carries on the journey as if the last was merely an intro to what was to come.

I will finish this with their podcast that the duo (Chris Massey & Raoul Ray) put together for the label as a showcase of their sound through other peoples music (and one of their own of course).

I hope you enjoy this as much I have and will continue to.  The album will be out 2nd September from all major outlets.  Here is the official video for Define By Light

One Love,

All @ Itchy Pig

p.s. you can purchase their album here>>> http://www.junodownload.com/products/1817224-02.htm