As the countdown to the end of 2014 quickly approaches we take a personal look back on familiar names, features and musicians’ best releases of the past 12 months. Circuit Sweet will be featuring the featured artists of the site with their personal top 5 releases of the year.
In our end of year special we let our favorites take over the site to tell us the records that have made their end of year lists, their favorite events/gigs and what we can look forward to from them next year.
Our next label takeover comes from Little L Records, a label we have raved about over the last 12 months. LLR is an online record label catering to all types of alternative, experimental and unique music, from all around the globe and have a brilliant taste in music!- Over the last year Little League Records have had one rewarding month followed by the next. As the label have released more artists, more records than you can imagine. This year they prove unstoppable- this is a label home to talent, passion and excellent workmanship, the perfect label with a lot of potential and one that you will be thankful for. The man behind the label is one of the hardest working people out there, and it’s rare to meet someone so genuinely besotted with musical talent, so much so he releases it. We hand over to Callum to find out his year in music…
Hey there! I’m Callum and I run Little L Records. We’re a vinyl and cassette label based in Carlow, Ireland with a leaning towards anything out of the norm, with a strong emphasis on diversity in our releases. You may know releases we’ve done with artists like Cleft, Alex Calder or The Otter Years!
Circuit Sweet has so nicely asked me to give you my rad releases for the year so here’s my picks for 2014!
1: HOMESHAKE – In The Shower (Sinderlyn/Bad Actors Inc.)
HOMESHAKE is a musician that I’ve loved for a while and his new album “In The Shower” is absolutely amazing. You might know HOMESHAKE as Pete Sagar, who has previously played guitar in Mac Demarco’s band. The album as a whole has a particular vibe to it which I actually love, from the shower samples between songs to the pitch-shifted sparse conversations and monologue-esque asides that pop up throughout. The music itself is heavily jazz-influeced, shown by Pete’s delicate guitar work throughout, which compliments the laid-back slacker vibe on this record.
2: Shamir – Northtown EP (Godmode/XL Recordings)
Las Vegas’ Shamir Bailey is an absolute breath of fresh air in the modern pop and R&B scene. His confident, highly unique voice absolutely transcends over the lush funky instrumental tracks, courtesy of Godmode’s ever talented Nick Sylvester. Tracks like “Sometimes A Man” have a groove that keeps you going for days, with massive synths that tower and house something really special. He’s just re-released the EP on vinyl with XL Recordings, go grab it while it’s hot.
3: Alex G – DSU (Orchid Tapes/Lucky Number Records)
Alex G is somewhat of a poster boy for the 2014 alternative scene, especially the kind of crowd that tends to lean into the lo-fi sounds. I’ve heard his music being branded as “introspective pop” and I have to agree. His lyrics are enigmatic and obscure often, laced with wit and quirky overtones. The music itself is forward-thinking and creative, with the album being presented in such a way that it feels very full and polished, each track working perfectly with the one which preceeded it.
(stream – https://sandy.bandcamp.com/album/dsu)
4: Shriekin’ – Gold And Featherwork (Local Action Records)
One of Ireland’s most outstanding and up-coming producers of late is Shriekin’. His unique take on grime is definitely worth a listen, often using left-field approaches and atmospheric melodies that feel completely at home on the dancefloor at the same time. He’s also being known to drop happy hardcore from time to time at live sets *wink wink*. In all seriousness though, this is definitely worth your time and an absolutely fresh approach to the grime scene.
(stream – https://soundcloud.com/localactionrecords/sets/loc019-shriekin-gold-and)
5: Big Sir – Digital Gardens (Hornbuckle Records)
I absolutely love this Hornbuckle Records release from May this year, Big Sir’s Digital Gardens, where they do some lovely alternative takes of songs. A lot of the songs on this are live and the energy and chaos transmits perfectly, I absolutely love how raw it can get at times. Tracks like Be Brave Go On really get a new lease of life and live it to the fullest.
Thanks so much again to Circuit Sweet! We really do love them! Have a great Christmas and New Year from LLR
Callum it’s always a pleasure, we wish the best for the label throughout the next year and we will be here promoting those releases!