Steal This Track is a weekly feature on Reverb that gives you the chance to HEAR the great music being produced right here in Colorado, absolutely free.
We’ve got three great tracks for you to pilfer this week, and they come from three distinct genres. We have atmospheric pop from Orbit Service, funky hip-hop from Broken Tongues and gritty rock-n-roll from Lust-Cats of the Gutters. Let’s get to it, with no further ado.
Randall Frazier is probably best known in Denver’s music circles as a live sound engineer and the brains (and ears) behind Helmet Room Recordings, responsible for outstanding recordings of artists from around the world, including Denver folks like Bela Karoli, Sarah Marcogliese and Kal Cahoone.
But Frazier is also a noteworthy musician in his own right. Orbit Service is largely a solo project for the multifaceted musician, but also serves as a platform for collaborations with people he admires, like Kim G. Hansen of the Danish group Antenne and Dennis Swanson of Day Dissolved Dream.
Frazier is currently finishing a full-length album with Hansen that should see daylight later this year, but to fill in the blanks, he has decided to release a three-track EP of songs produced with Swanson over the past three years. “These are all sort of oddball tracks from the last couple of years, as I was adjusting to having a son,” he says. “They don’t really fit with the new record.”
Oddball or not, we think the three tracks are lushly orchestrated, painstakingly constructed and positively dreamy. It takes “shoegaze” to new hypnotic heights. Slippergaze, maybe? At any rate, the EP, titled “Remembering,” should be available digitally soon, but to whet your appetite we suggest stealing the seven-minute title track right now.
Orbit Service | Remembering (right click to save to your computer)
Follow us on this left turn as we introduce you to the music of Broken Tongues. Reminiscent of ’90s hip-hop like Brand New Heavies, US3 and the “Jazzmatazz” releases curated by Gangstarr’s Guru, “Does Hip-Hop Remember the Jazz?” spotlights the six-person collective’s jazz chops, funk proclivities and smooth flows.
While guitarist Zach Warkentin, bassist and keyboardist Erin Angel and drummer Donny Broussard lay down a tasty groove, emcees Greensleeves and Loose Change kick back with calm and confident rhymes that contrast nicely with CC Chambers’ soulful belting on the hook. The group will open for Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na on April 23 at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom. Tickets are just 12 bucks, and after you steal this track, you’ll think that’s a steal too.
Broken Tongues | Does Hip-Hop Remember the Jazz? (right click to save to your computer)
We’ve got one last left turn for you to follow as we unveil a track from Lust-Cats of the Gutters. The Denver garage rock duo — featuring former Reverb writer Robin Edwards on guitar, current Reverb writer Alex Edgeworth on drums and both women on vocals — recently returned from a west coast tour and will be playing the Larimer Lounge tonight, Rhinoceropolis on April 26 and the hi-dive on April 27.
The pair’s hard-hitting, girl-power rock draws on a long line of influences — from the Shangri-Las to the Runaways, Kim Gordon and Kathleen Hanna — but manages to inject plenty of fresh ideas and raw power into the stripped-down aesthetic. “Nothing Cool Happens on Dates” is taken from a recent cassette release on Teen Pass Out, the label started by Bree Davies and Valerie Franz of Night of Joy, who are also featured on the cassette, along with Boulder’s Thee Goochi Boiz.
Lust-Cats of the Gutters | Nothing Cool Happens on Dates (right click to save to your computer)
If you’re a band or musician ready to unleash some fresh sounds on the readers of Reverb, email your tracks to Eryc Eyl for consideration.
Please note that downloads offered via Steal This Track are intended to whet your appetite, and are NOT CD-quality recordings. If you want those, please support the artists by buying their music and/or seeing them live.
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday.