SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Electric Wire Hustle + NYC Show

Photo by Seher Sikandar

Electric Wire Hustle is undoubtedly one of our favorite newer acts to hit the scene in the last couple years. Their sound cocoons you in soulful nostalgia all while keeping your expletives in free flow with their unforgettably unique flavor. SXSW brought the New Zealanders several shows, including the Mint Collective x Grown Kids Radio Showcase, where we got a chance to snap a few photos and catch up with the guys.

Self-described as more “painting with oils than water colors,” Electric Wire Hustle’s fluid sound is one of purpose where individuals strengths are recognized and utilized. Citing the opportunity to travel and “sample more than what’s limited to [their] particular portion of the universe” as one of their reasons for making music, the group’s seemingly effortless appeal becomes easy to understand – their music is informed by both the depth and breadth of experience.

Trying to pin down exactly what feeling you get when listening to Electric Wire Hustle can be a bit difficult to describe at times. There’s a familiarity and a newness all at once, and on the first record, an undeniable sense of Marvin Gaye. Per the guys themselves, they share that they ‘don’t necessarily wan’t to be any one thing.’ They explain

“It’s beat driven, it’s Hotere influenced, its Samo before Basquiat blew up, its Kafka after the first chapter.”

Read more, watch a live video, & get info on tomorrow’s NYC show after the jump

New Release: Sjzerdene – ‘Patchwork, The EP’


We’ve been slightly bent out of shape holding onto this Szjerdene EP the over the last few days, ever since we posted the video for “Blue Lullaby.”

Today, the four-track Patchwork EP is out – and you’re going to love every little bit of it! Szjerdene shows us her versatility as she traverses from the ballad sing song of “Blue Lullaby” and “Go” to the punk rock get down and ska vibes on “Turn” to Little Dragon-esque esoteric electronic echoes on “4th Stranger.” Just listen below and marvel at the beautiful sounds with us.

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Video: Lianne La Havas – “Only Girl In The World” (Rihanna Cover)


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Shivers. It’s as if Lianne La Havas can’t perform a song without leaving some sort of lasting psychosomatic effect on you. This time, the audible dream of a lady does a cover of Rihanna’s “Only Girl In The World.” Backed only by a piano, Lianne’s voice fills in the space with power to be reckoned with.

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New Track: Congo Sanchez – “Democrazy” + MP3


Congo Sanchez, an adroit DC based instrumentalist will be releasing his solo debut Congo Sanchez – Vol. 1 on April 17. Contributing to The Empresarios, Funk Ark, Thievery Corporation projects, Sanchez creates a distinct blend Afro-Latin dub on his own congo-driven project. He goes on to explain some of his inspiration:

“I embodied Afro-Cuban and Haitian rhythms while accompanying for world dance classes, and began composing pieces for Solo Percussion and Chamber Jazz Ensembles….built a DIY home studio and started to produce my own beats with these ideals in mind.”

Take a listen to the carefree groove on “Democrazy,” download for free, and prepare yourself for the goodness to come!

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SXSW 2012 Artist Spotlight: Haroula Rose

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The sweet-voiced Haroula Rose is an LA based singer who meshes together a dreamy mix of folk, indie, and at times, a little tinge of country. The sparse palette her music resides on makes her a great candidate for some amazing remixes as well, such as the Luke Top remix we posted a few months back for “Close My Eyes To See.” Gorgeous. The original track is off of Haroula’s first album, These Open Roads, which released in 2011. At the moment, she is working on her April slated EP, So Easy, as well as her sophomore album.

We caught up with Haroula during this year’s SXSW Music Festival and gathered some fun tidbits to help folks get a little more acquainted with the talented lady.

Haroula’s biographies often note her first instrument, the violin, being given to her at age eight. What might not be as widely known is that the Chicago suburb native was drawn to music and performance a bit earlier. She notes,

“I was making mix tapes since I was like 7 years old and running around the house performing. I guess I do it because it has always been something that makes me feel alive and connected. I have tried doing all kinds of different jobs, but nothing came close to feeling right. I love making films too, especially when music is directly involved.”

Read more after the jump