Arrivals: Tomasz Makowiecki – Holidays In Rome

maxresdefault Okladka_albumu_Moizm_6226802Tomek Makowiecki is one of the long list of finalists of The Polish Idol. Even thought he came 4th back  in 2002, this stigma follows him since.  Also being married to another singer, dance pop queen, Reni Jusis, which often has them both involontary caught in the celebrity game, sadly pushes his artistic ambitions into the background. But taking part in the show had put Makowiecki’s talents into a well deserved spotlight. And to be honest Polish Idol has produced far more interesting acts than it’s UK and US counterparts. Being an ambitious artist he is, Tomek is still trying, and succeeds in shaking all labels off making his name equal a pop mastery.

The two first albums, made following the Idol episode, under Makowiecki Band name, offered a straight up indie guitar material with a melodic touch.  On his solo LP, entitled Ostatnie Wspólne Zdjecie (The Last Photograph Together), Tomek moved into electronic tinted, orchestral pop rock areaThe album showcased Makowiecki’s soulful vocals, his knack for writing cinematic melodies and indie pop production, that was both, keeping with the latest music trends as well as conveyed its own, Slavic character.

Moizm, his just released second solo effort, is an atmospheric and hazy nu-disco album, often bordering on stillness of poolside naps. Sung half in Polish and half in English, the album seems to be aiming for the audiences outside of Poland, which hopefully will gather Tomek some international recognition. Displaying a wider palette of warmer colours than its predecessor, the record offers a sunny, elegant and nostalgic material which takes us as far away from the gray apartment blocks as possible, to a tropical, postcard destination. The first single Holidays in Rome is the most dancable track on the album and brings Cut Copy’s indie/dance crossovers to mind.

October 23, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Arrivals. 2 comments.

NSA’s Selection Box: Remixes vol 19


Andy Stott

Tricky – Valentine (Andy Stott Remix)




Surahn – Wonderful (Aeroplane Remix)



Passion Pit

St. Lucia – Elevate (Passion Pit Remix)



The Preatures – Is this how you feel? ( Classixx Remix)



Fort Romeau

Polly Scattergood – Cocoon (Fort Romeau Remix)

October 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Remix Academy, Selection box. Leave a comment.

Arrivals: Gent Mason – Eden/Head

Gent Mason

Gent Mason is a débutant vocalist/producer hailing from London. He’s just released his first, exceptional EP entitled, Eden. The title track is a slo-mo, future soul ballad, a sensual conversation between Gent and warped sample by an unknown female, hovering over a bassy and fuzzy base. Head follows the same production pattern but puts more emphasis on its broken beats than melody. On  the summery and laidback Couldn’t Last Until Summer (not streamed yet) all the trickery is brought into the background leaving the spotlight for Gent to show off his vocal and songwriting talents. As a Toro Y Moi fan I’m totaly hooked.

With such head turning debut release Gent Mason makes a great first impression and a promise I hope he can keep.

And what makes this release even more awesome it the fact that it is backed by awesome remixes by Ireland’s MMOTHHS and deep house maestro, Fort Romeau aka the other guy from La Roux.

October 11, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Arrivals. 2 comments.

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