Edinburgh, Scotland’s Midas Fall are a band that seems to have two speeds: Progressive pop and shoegaze ballad. And they’re quite good at both. It’s hard to find much information about them, though. Even the press material doesn’t offer a whole lot of info. I can tell you that vocalist Elizabeth Heaton is the main reason to listen here–she’s got a terrific voice–and whichever of the three guitarists plays the bubbling leads is a strong second. “Eleven. Return and Revert” appears to be the band’s debut album. Give the single a try–I think you’ll dig it.
Thought I’d combine the Midas Fall review, about a band that’s as musical as can be, with a rap review. Stevie Crooks is giving away his latest, “Diamonds and Guns,” for free! Crooks is remarkably versatile, able to spin hardcore street tales and then turn on a dime tell a vulnerable tale about this father, then do another 360 and do an I’m-better-than-you rap, all the while mixing flows influenced by everyone from the fast-and-clear Eminem to the growling of Mobb Deep to the kind of wise-ass playground taunts you’d hear from Lil’ Wayne.
I’m not saying Crooks is necessarily as good as any of those well-established acts. But I am saying he has the potential to be.
Stevie Crooks is a West Coaster without claiming a set, he’s tough without fake posturing, he doesn’t have ridiculous claims of having been a street Godfather, or shot twenty guys, or any kind of lame B.S. like that. His lyrics are hot, the beats are tremendous, and almost every single song is a keeper.
And while you’re at it, cop last year’s CSTC mixtape. It’s fantastic, too. Much harder, utilizing Mobb Deep beats….