Arbutus is an artistic community based in Montreal. Beginning as a DIY loft space inhabiting community, Arbutus Records developed to cultivate and promote the bands associated with the scene. Perhaps still best known for its releases, Arbutus is by no means a traditional record label, with endeavours into film and literature well and truly underway.
Record of the Year is one of the most prestigious Grammy Awards because it recognizes the achievement of the entire team of artists, songwriters, producers, audio engineers and mixers that goes into making a great song. This year's nominees represent a wide range of musical styles, from the radio pop of Katie Perry to the experimental indie-folk of Bon Iver.
RCRD LBL Essentials Vol. 14 brings you a star studded line up of some of this weeks hottest new tracks. With songs from Scissor Sisters, Wild Nothing and Matthew Dear, this playlist will get you set to kick off your weekend in proper style.
Based mainly between New York and London, Cascine has gone onto release some of the most interesting experimental music is recent times. Declaring a love for cosy electronic sounds, experimental pop and especially all things Scandi!
2011 was an interesting year for Pop music, with trends moving towards the big club beats of European electronic music. This year's nominees for Best Pop Group Performance, of course, are not all electronic artists, but many have incorporated elements of that sound into their styles. Their are holdouts from artists with more traditional pop styles as well though, so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top.
A quick survey of our catalog for songs tagged with the word "jazz" shows the word can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. Well groomed Berklee educated traditionalists and dreadlocked saxophone screamers alike lay claim to the genre. Here's a sampling of what we found in our vaults that falls into that perfectly unpredictable genre called "Jazz/Rock Fusion."