That piece of “ancient electronics” is called a “Buchla Electronic Music Box” and it’s the source of some of the noises on one of this week’s staff faves, “Scientist.” The creator behind the noise is Alessandro Cortini, also known as Sonoio. As Anngie told us last Friday when she hyped the cut from the one time NIN member, “Cortini’s music takes complex rhythms and drenches them with vibrant sonic textures while distorted vocals weave through delicately.”
“Coffee Break” features the bare essentials needed to make a hit electro/halfstep in North America,” ptorts told us earlier this week when he introduced Zed’s Dead: “kick on the one, snare on the three, explosive bassline at the drop, and a catchy vocal hook throughout.”
Like a “two in the afternoon caffeine trip,” the Zed’s snip a bit of Aretha from some wax and deliver up a staff fave for the week.
We fell in love with Haroula Rose the minute we heard her song “Another Breakup Ballad.” Then we saw her picture (she’s beautiful), read her bio (she’s a Fulbright scholar of the classics) and took a peek at her passport (she’s studied in Athens, Greece and recorded in Athens, Georgia). Our feelings immediately went from love to obsession and we’ve been spinning her song ever since.
It’s a deceptive one, not a ballad all, in fact, but a “a bouncy ride down the bumpy road of love, prompting us to picture Dolly Parton recording with the Band.” As we said when we gave you a copy of the tune last Friday, it’s “the first of its kind: a breakup song that’s actually left us smiling.”