Discovering new music that you’re
stoked on is always a good thing.
That was certainly the case when I
stumbled across the band Swimm at
a secret mini-festival that took place
close to (and at the same time as) the
famous Coachella festival craziness
in April in Southern California. Swimm
played their set to an intimate crowd
who were treated to a great show.
The band is made up primarily of Chris Hess and
Adam Winn, with an array of musician friends joining in
when schedules permit. Originally from central Florida
and now residing in Los Angeles, Chris and Adam
describe their sound as “elements of dance music,
rock ‘n’ roll, and shoegaze/folk, with psychedelia as the
cohesive element,” and that description is pretty much
right on the money!
The Feel EP starts off with mellow acoustic guitar
and vocals from Hess on “Darkness of Love,” followed
by the much more uptempo and danceable track
“Feels.” What impresses me the most about this EP is
just how varied the sound of each song is, and how the
vocals affect the overall feel of each. My favorite track
is the last song, “Wanderer,” which starts off slowly but
quickly transforms into a body mover.
Keep an eye out for a full-length album from Swimm
later in the year. David Langran
SWIMM: FEEL EP
This new release has been gaining a lot of traction here in the
motocross industry, and for good
reason. Highly Overdue is the
first full album from Pak X Emh, a
group comprised of former amateur standout rider Brad Frace,
“Justin Lucas,” and Garrett Merkin. The trio hit the charts big on
i Tunes, reaching the number-two
spot in the Hip-Hop/Rap category
for a short time on April 1.
If you’re in the market for some hip-hop tunes,
Highly Overdue is for you, and the range on the
PAK X EMH: HIGHLY OVERDUE
record is pretty wide. “On The Hill” and “Hard to
Believe” leave you in a more chilled-back state of
mind, while “The Mindstate” and “ 10 Weeks & 4
Days” are a bit more upbeat to get you pumped for
what’s next. Definitely something to listen to in staging getting ready for motos.
Whether you’re usually a fan of hip-hop or not,
I suggest checking it out. It’s not my favorite genre,
but I came away from my listening experience impressed. This album will definitely be getting more
playtime from me. You can download the album on
i Tunes, check out some of the tracks on SoundCloud,
or pick up merchandise on www.pakxemh.com to
support the cause. Andrew Fredrickson
MXGP was recently
released for the PC
and the last-gen
consoles, but here
in the States the
only means of acquisition is through Steam on the
PC and a demo version on consoles. MXGP has a lot
going for it, but the career mode is what really shines.
You start off getting picked up by small races teams.
As you earn wins, factory squads will start to take
notice and eventually sign you on. Unlike most moto-
cross games out there, everything is actually licensed
from real-world manufacturers and tracks in the FIM
Motocross World Championship.
MXGP: THE OFFICIAL MOTOCROSS GAME
The graphics are certainly a step up from previous releases and make for a great experience,
although the game does have some shortcomings.
The physics work rather well on the ground, but
when you send it through the air, you’ll be quick to
notice the game seems to be doing all the work for
you. Whiskey throttle is out the window, and throwing whips, while possible, isn’t much fun—the game
will always bring you back to center automatically. I
would classify this more toward the arcade style of
riding, as you won’t find much in the way of simulation in the physics. Overall, if you’re looking for a
new motocross game to keep you occupied, MXGP
does the trick. Josh Rud