Violin Close-Up

Here’s a band that I’ve been really digging for a little while now, Filthy Kicks!

A UK based band that do some really gorgeous compositions fused with Big Beat, Electronic Breakbeat and Drum N’ Bass riddims.

Here’s a little official info from their My Space page:

A mountaintop laboratory on a stormy night. A mad scientist of rhythm completes his last experiment. Six creatures emerge from the darkness, clutching twisted instruments, to speak of bass. They are Filthy Kicks.

Now they roam from club to club, rupturing speakers and splintering dancefloors. Their weapons are synthesizers, turntables, drums and violins. Their battlecries are soaring vocals and blistering rap. If you face them, come prepared to dance…

The band are currently working on their debut album, mixing brand new beats with traditional melodies from all over the world. Their live show is a compound of dancefloor sounds, with drum-n-bass, hip hop, grimey dancehall and electronic breakbeat. Their songs reflect myriad influences from Roni Size Reprazent to Radiohead, from Naftule Brandwein to Nas.

The live sound of Filthy Kicks is led by the raucous, muscular backing of Beat’s Boy’s live drums and layers of dirty synths courtesy of Dr Turze and Mr Heap, kicked and throttled by scratch DJing from Ibrahim Sha’ath, and sweetened by Violeta Barrena’s virtuoso violin and the enchanting vocals of Jana Skene.

I really was not expecting them to give away their debut album for free!!!!!

So I was mega-shocked when Darren from the band sent me a message confirming this.  Man I went to download it quicker than I was able to finish reading his full message….:-)

I was not disappointed cause it really does contain a bunch full of gems that really stand out as being quite unique and delicious to the ear and the production is just amazing.

It covers many different territories too from the Middle East through to South America  via the Balkans.

Man, I’d really love to hear this band also make some Dubstep, using the sort of gorgeous melodies that they have used on this album.  I can really hear it.  So Darren, I know you’ll be reading this, create some Dubstep beats for the next one mate…please.

Anyway, be prepared to indulge in an aural feast of regal proportions cause this album is just brimming with elegance, sophistication, beauty, uniqueness and cool and is one of the best I’ve heard this year in the dance genre.



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