Monster Rally

Monster Rally

Monster Rally is the brainchild of 23 year old Columbus (Ohio) resident and Cleveland native Ted Feighan. Producing music that is sampled-based tropical pop, Monster Rally began with the goal of assembling a bunch of old records into a completely different beast. Feighan began crafting tracks from his collection of records, combining his interests in Hip-hop, Exotica, Tropicalia, and Soul. Monster Rally creates tracks that manage to maintain a surprisingly organic sound, as if they were recorded by a full band on analog tape. There is something inherently nostalgic about the sound.

Steezy Ray Vibes

Steezy Ray Vibes Bio: Dan Casey is clearly not rushing his Steezy Ray Vibes alter-ego, a fittingly snaily pace for such unhurried, spot-on tracks. Nine months after sharing the demo of “Empty City,” the guitar-wielding counterpoint to Casey’s more electronic persona Yalls has returned with “Endless Calm.” In an email, Casey described the visuals as “my own little Tree of Life creation sequence.” I don’t know about you, but from where I’m sitting, it’s a crazily windy Thursday afternoon with the setting sun bouncing off a glass building and straight into my eyes, and a leisurely guitar jam like this is about all I want to hear. - The Fader


Shortcircles is the moniker of Oakland resident Matthew Tammariello. After tinkering around with beats ever since he got his hands on a pirated computer program back in middle school, Tammariello began seriously pursuing production towards the end of his college years, debuting as Shortcircles in March of 2011 with a free EP for the local blog/net-label Mapzzz (ran by Oakland electronic-music enthusiast and XLR8R staff writer Glenn Jackson). Tammariello's initial efforts as Shortcircles took shape as pieces instrumental bliss-hop—dreamy tracks which placed cool chords, chopped vocal samples, and sparsely poignant melodies atop mid-tempo hip-hop beats. In the time since, Tammariello's productions have evolved and matured into more lush and distinctive sonic territory, as heard on his two EPs for Plug Research in 2012 and his handful of distinctive remixes that have appeared all over the web in the past two years.

Now, Tammariello is ready to make his mark with his debut LP, Between Waves, out this May. Without a doubt his most introspective and ambitious release to date, the 10-track record is an immersive musical experience, one which takes its listeners deep beneath the airy textures and moody chords that lie at the base of Tammarielo's songcraft and reveals a vast world of auditory wonders. Between Waves takes its shares of twists and turns throughout its run, hitting on moments of shimmering ambience, soul-tinged electronic pop, and somehow jazzy-yet-futuristic hip-hop along its way. Depending where you find yourself in the record, you may hear echoes of Bonobo-style beatwork ("Tunnels"), come across piano-led slow jams ("Smiles"), or be coyly beckoned by Shortcircles' lush, inviting brand of future-R&B ("On My Mind"). Through it all though, Tammariello finds a cohesiveness in his knack for lush, angelic textures and subtly enthralling arrangements, all of which work to render the LP a profoundly inviting affair.

Fitting a handful of vocal collaborations amongst the tracklist—not to mention saxophone solos, live drums, chopped guitar, and, of course, a bevy of arpeggiated synth lines and repurposed samples—Between Waves is a debut album that reveals Shortcircles as a truly multi-faceted talent. In an era of electronic music that seems to find so many young producers reaching too eagerly towards flash-in-the-pan trends or dancefloor fame, Tammarielo is content to build patient productions that invite reflection as they carefully open up onto unexplored sonic worlds.


From San Francisco, the members of the band would play together several times around the bay area, under various monikers, before eventually settling on the name duckyousucker. Through densely layered synth and saxophone, and loop-based guitar work, the band plays rock with elements of house and experimental music. While many of their songs are instrumental, to call them simply post-rock is a long way off. Taking their name from a classic Sergio Leone Spaghetti Western, they create a sound as cinematic as their namesake suggests, summoning the spirits of Pharoah Sanders and Gilberto Gil, often unleashing the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.

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