Beginning as more of a side-project for 1995 members Jordan Puryer and Adrian Bird, Mellow Grave has slowly morphed into something a little more substantial. Call the genre what you will, but the duo incorporates the dense, atmospheric sounds of drone, shoegaze, grimy synthpop and hip-hop in a way that hasn’t been picked up on by many other local artists. ‘Burn One’ itself is even more foreboding than what those genres allude to, and we’re told that the song is based on a “dreamscape/nightmare which a teenage girl is burned to death while dancing in a play in front of a large audience… and sadly the audience flee, leaving her behind”. More recently, Bird and Puryer have been focusing on where they can take their music overseas by working alongside a bunch of boutique labels in the US — NY’s Sibling Sex Records just released their debut EP and LA’s Living Tapes are releasing the 12″ that ‘Burn One’ is lifted from — as well as making plans to release some newer material in Europe. All that and the band have also lined up production work for a couple of hip-hop acts that are due to drop later this year.
From 2007, Real Groove magazine released four Awesome Feeling compilations, showcasing a diverse and exciting range of underground local talent. Real Groove may be gone, but we think there’s just as many exciting local acts worth a listen, so The Corner is putting out a fifth volume of Awesome Feeling with the support of Groove Guide. We’ll be revealing one new artist/track every weekday throughout May, and posting the entire compilation for download at the end of the month.