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Anji Bee - Love Me Leave MeAnji Bee - Love Me Leave Me

Anji Bee – Love Me Leave Me

ALBUM SPOTLIGHT Immensely pleasant – this is how I would describe this debut solo LP by Anji Bee. Yes, this is exactly what some people like to call “elevator trip-hop”, but I like to think of this term as “music that elevates your spirit”. Sometimes (and by “sometimes” I mean...
Nate Connelly - A Dream About Being LostNate Connelly - A Dream About Being Lost

Nate Connelly – A Dream About Being Lost

ALBUM SPOTLIGHT Happy New Year, everyone! Here’s something from last year that many of you might have missed with all the holiday craziness. An excellent release from a young label Blind Colour, this is the debut album by Nate Connelly, yet it is filled with talent and confindence from the...
Josh Furey - PetalsJosh Furey - Petals

Josh Furey – Petals

Is it OK to refer to a great album as ‘sophisticated’? I feel like such epithet may rob it of some of the love and feeling that went into creating it and replace it with some robotic ¬†coldness. Which is the last thing I want to do to Petals. It’s...
Josh Furey: "What you hear is truly subjective"Josh Furey: "What you hear is truly subjective"

Josh Furey: “What you hear is truly subjective”

Allow me introduce the person who was able to bring trippin’ the rift back to life – Josh Furey. His new album Petals is coming out this Friday, and trippin’ the rift grabbed a few minutes of of his busy pre-release schedule to talk about him and his music. tipkin...

Video digest June 2012

Here I am, embarrassingly late with my monthly video digest. Not my fault this time though – I’ve had an internet-less week (courtesy of the almighty AT&T which with all the money and resources they surely possess couldn’t restore my internet service due to communication system laughably poor for a communications company). It’s over now...
New release - The Developing - The Puzzle [TTRR011]

New release – The Developing – The Puzzle [TTRR011]

Here it is, my friends – the first Trippin’ The Rift Records release of the year 2012. The long pause after the last release doesn’t mean that things are slowing down at TTRR – quite the opposite in fact – 4 new artists joined our family, many exciting releases in the works – it just...
Maed Meva - Figures

Maed Meva – Figures

If I say that Maed Meva – Figures is an extremely enjoyable experimental album, would I hurt the artists’ feelings by doing that? Because I’m used to thinking of “enjoyable experimental” as an oxymoron, I was pretty comfortable with the idea of people creating abstract music just to see what happens if they put certain...
Two tracks

Two tracks

Special occasions call for special post, right? Here’s a good reason to dig out my underused category JUST TRIPPY. Actually, two reasons, both trippy and exciting – two new tracks from two projects that I love and respect enormously. THE NEW LAW exploded out of nowhere with this new atomic bomb of a track. Just...
Scarlet Monk - AnnaBella Remixed

Scarlet Monk – AnnaBella Remixed

I find reviewing remix albums harder than original releases. When your regular criteria such as cohesiveness are out of the window (and even become their own antitheses – a “cohesive” remix album may just as well be called “boring”) you don’t have much to rely on other than inevitable comparing to the original material and,...

Yuna live @ Flavorpill HQ in NYC

Haven’t done this in a while and isn’t this the best occasion to return to posting live performances – Yuna doing a live set + interview at Flavorpill HQ in SoHo. Isn’t she freakin’ adorable? I somehow missed her show here in Chicago (she’ll be back for Lollapalooza, but I don’t really do outdoor events),...
Shag - Revolution

Shag – Revolution

It’s easy to miss this album in the onslaught of new exciting releases. Just because it’s so… I don’t know, humble and one might even say simple. Well, that “one” should just keep his feeding hole shut. Because let me tell you this – it’s thanks to people like Shag with albums like Revolution trip-hop...

Video digest May 2012

And again, May was different, – this time the best videos fell into my lap (or inbox) and the rest… are the rest. An uneven selection but (let me drop some retail lingo on you) the blended margin is pretty decent, I think. The first video was technically released on the first of this month,...
Blue Foundation - In My Mind I Am Free

Blue Foundation – In My Mind I Am Free

Amazon.com WidgetsHow many albums have you heard where you start listening to the first track and think: “It’s going to be a good album”? Probably a few, right? But let me ask you this – how many albums have you heard where you listen to the first track and think: “It’s going to be a...
2econd Class Citizen - The Small Minority

2econd Class Citizen – The Small Minority

Amazon.com WidgetsAh, such a good album you guys. Yet I almost gave up on it. I kept playing it and just couldn’t see the story behind it. And without a story it’s always just a bunch of songs thrown together, no matter how good they are. I was this close to start squeezing cliches out...
STEREOSPREAD (Asheville, USA)

STEREOSPREAD (Asheville, USA)

It’s all about love, isn’t it? No, really. Love makes us care about things, love inspires and, unfortunately, sometimes destroys us (but still inspires!). When two people combine their love for each other with their love for music, the results are magical. Please meet James Hopkins and Sara Snyder who create dark, sensual and genre-boundaries-defying...
PlayGame - Forbidden EP

PlayGame – Forbidden EP

Is it just me or there’s a new wave of interest towards trip-hop these days? New websites emerge out of the blue (like this self-proclaimed “#1 source of Trip-Hop music” – we all know who’s #1 source of Trip-Hop music ;)) every other musician is trying to squeeze in “elements of trip-hop” in their portfolio...