Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TWO IS EIGHT


Photo by Joes Roosens

Unplanned hiatus, oops. There's been quite a bit of nice music I've been meaning to post lately, and the track below comes with the good news that Lone has a new album coming out on R&S Records, titled 'Reality Testing'. It'll be out on 17 June.
The track consists of two distinct parts, which apparently was Lone's intention for the album in general:
"I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, [it's more that] those two things could almost be the same thing." (source).
The first part has this obvious instrumental hip hop vibe, really easygoing and laidback, and towards the end then it seamlessly floats into something that picks up where Airglow Fires had left off. Hence it wasn't a surprise to read that Airglow Fires is tracklisted just after this one on the album.
If instrumental hip hop is your thing then that Nicolas Jaar Beats in Space mix from a few years back is still a great listen by the way.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

MIDAS TOUCH


Photo by Karl Hab

This led me to posting the track below, because - I'm sorry Jamie Lidell, Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum - it just comes nowhere near this Hell Interface (a.k.a. Boards Of Canada) remix of Midnight Star. And nowhere near the original either, obviously. If you want to pick it up somewhere, Discogs is the place.
Hello, by the way! Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year? Over & Out.

Hell Interface - Midas Touch (Remix)


Saturday, November 16, 2013

A HOLD ON LOVE


Photo by Arnaud Lajeunie

Erol Alkan is considered to be a well-known and good producer, yet when it comes to his own productions, it has been quite silent over on Alkan's front - save for a few remixes over the years. However, below is the lead track of his long-awaited 3 track debut EP, it's the least ebullient one out of them all, and by far my favourite one. There's been some quality material on Alkan's Phantasy label this year and this release is no exception.
Will be released on vinyl at the end of the month, followed by a digital release on December 2nd.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

GOIN' UP IN SMOKE


Photo by Rupert Jordan

Another recent re-discovery from my record collection. It's been soundtracking my morning rides to work for the last few days so I could not not share it with you. I don't remember where I got this from, it was released on this edits EP and it's an edit that would work just as well in a dark basement as it does on a fresh bike ride.
I couldn't explain in words why this seemingly generic disco edit excites me more than the thousands of edits that can be found on soundcloud, except that maybe it just has the right pieces put together. Simple yet very effective.

Eddie Kendricks - Goin' Up In Smoke (Super Value Edit)


Thursday, October 17, 2013

HUNT


Photo by Bezel Wang

Here's a really beautiful piece by Swedish trio dnkl. 'Hunt', their debut single oozes with heavy-heartedness (I'm not sure this is a word), and I can't stop listening to it. Free download too. Snygg!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

DAYS LIKE THIS


Photo by Lea Colombo for Jacquemus SS014

It would probably be cool to say that I found these track in a bargain bin in a very obscure & cool record shop, but the truth is they were on an Eskimo mix compilation that I played so, so much a few years ago - because I liked the music, but mostly also because of it being a neon orange cd that just looked really cool. I reckon you can't pick this up in the store anymore, but it's still one of my favourite mix cds to date, so worth checking out.

Shaun Escoffery - Days Like This (DJ Spinna Remix)


Lil' Louis & The Party - Clap Your Hands (Tambourine Mix)

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?


Photo by Nadia Sarwar

Has anyone actually listened to the entire David Bowie album? I realised today that I haven't... Here's the good thing though: he's releasing an 'Extra' edition of The Next Day and whereas in most cases I hate it when an artist releases an extended/special edition/bonus version of an album you've already bought, in this case The Next Day Extra might be my cue to invest. There's all sorts of stuff on this special edition but the only thing that really matters to me right now is this piece of bliss by James Murphy.
A big name remix of a big name fails to meet expectations more often than we'd like, but really this one does the trick perfectly, and not in an arrogant way but just by being well thought through and excellently produced, from the seemingly arythmic hand clapping at the start right up until the last few synth chords. And to be honest, did we expect anything less from Mr. Murphy?



Saturday, September 14, 2013

ROUNDS


Photo by 9eyes

It's been a while, but summer's over so it's time to get back into the blogging thing. If you've sent me an email in the last 3 months, there's a 90% chance I haven't read it, I'm sorry. But here's something I found in my spam folder while looking for another email I couldn't find.
I'll keep this post simple, people that have been reading ssssound for a while will surely be familiar with Marius anyway. He's got a new single coming out on NON Records and it's really great. Out on 18th September.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

MESMERIZE


Photo by Santiaguito

If Pampa Records has a definable sound, then this must be it. So, aficionados of DJ Koze, Ada and the likes will highly appreciate this piece of music. German duo Die Vögel just released an EP titled 'The Chicken', of which the A-side and title track - despite the name - is quite heavy, while B-side 'Mesmerize' is rather laid-back and indeed 'mesmerising'. Buy the EP here. And maybe while you're enjoying the music you can read the press release here, it doesn't happen often enough that they're as entertaining as this one.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

TELEX


Photo by Matt Lief Anderson

I've been going through my itunes library a bit these past few days and in the process of doing so I've come across some Telex albums again, a band who you'll most likely remember from 'Moskow Discow' or their (at the time) baffling performance at the Eurovision song contest in 1980 - their plan was to finish last in the competition, but they failed and ended second to last.
Below are two remixes off a Telex remix cd from around 1998. For starters there's the Carl Craig remix of 'Moskow Discow' (I included the remix cause I thought most of you would know the original already. However, if you don't, take the time to check it out. It's a Belgian classic.) The remix really has an archetypical late nineties sound, it's almost a dub mix, with an odd breakdown about two thirds into the track. The 'Raised By Snakes' remix coincidentally comes right after the Carl Craig remix on said cd, it's something quite different, inclining more to Roulé-sounding music, so still classic for that era. Interesting how both remixes 'updated' tracks that were already 20 years old at the time, to make them fit with what was hip & happening then, but now these remixes themselves have become vintage pieces.
Although Telex have released some great music, some people might not comprehend their ironic intentions today and dismiss it as 'outdated'. To catch a glimpse of their characteristically humourous, cheesy and (again, at the time) futuristic sounding pop, I've also included 'A/B' and 'Sigmund Freud's Party' below, which are some of my favourites out of their discography.

Telex - Moskow Discow (Carl Craig Mix)


Telex - Raised By Snakes (Shake Mix)


Telex - A/B


Telex - Sigmund Freud's Party


Thursday, July 18, 2013

STEP BY STEP


Photo by Isolde Woudstra

Tristesse Contemporaine released their debut album only last year, but this year they'll be back in September with a follow up to one of my favourite albums of 2012 - need I mention that the expectations are quite high? In anticipation of the album I've been playing their 'Woodwork' EP quite a bit (yes, it's been out for a while, I'm just catching up on things I have been meaning to post). The vinyl version offers four new originals of which the title track is probably my favourite, but they're all great really. 'Waiting' appears to be the lead track of the EP though, since it has an additional Acid Washed remix on the digital release. Great as a whole, but all great on their own as well. Listen to the entire EP here.
Their sophomore album 'Stay Golden' will be released September 16th on Record Makers / Dirty, and you can buy the Woodwork EP here.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

AFRICAN FIRE


Photo by Andrew Gallo

Antwerp-based Soldier's Heart have been causing a bit of a stir in Belgium these last few months. African Fire is their first single, it's 100% pop but who doesn't love pop when it's done right, right? This, and their fresh take on Gabriel Rios' 'Broad Daylight' make me curious to hear how the'll develop.
Stef Van Looveren directed the official video for the single, it's odd but rather nice - watch it here.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

CLOSE


Photo by Camilla Storgaard

Close (a new project by Will Saul), has recently released his debut album 'Getting Closer' on !K7 Records, 'My Way' is the second single of that album. The version of 'My Way' that appears on the album is actually an alternate version by Tanner Ross & Slow Hands, the version below is the original version which you can download for free on the Close facebook page. It has a great "Less Is More" production that highlights Joe Dukie's great voice, by supporting it mostly just with a simple rhythm and bassline played by band members of Fink.
The single comes with with remixes by Dusky and Midland, as well as the Tanner Ross & Slow Hands version mentioned above. You can buy the single here, or the entire album here.

Close feat. Joe Dukie - My Way (Original Version)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

RAW CUT


Susumu Koshimizu - Crack the stone (Mono-ha, 1970)

Syncopated rhythms are sort of a trademark for Motor City Drum Ensemble, they give his tracks their typical choppy, rough sound. In this remix of one of MCDE's best known tracks (I call it "that track with the Moby vocals in it" - though the original vocals are actually from Barbara Lyn - 'I'm A Good Woman' and this is completely beside the point). What I meant to say: in this remix, Recloose starts off with that easily distinguishable syncopated rhythm, as if to remind you who it is he's remixing, but then gradually it evolves into a more polished Recloose-like aproach. It's a nice example of a remix that remodels a track without it becoming overbearing and without losing sight of the original concept of the track.
Forthcoming on a compilation with MCDE remixes, to be released by Faces Records.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

GRIND


Photo by Ren-Hang

This may not be super new, but it's easily becoming one of the biggest tracks of the summer for me. When first listening to Toro Y Moi's 'Anything In Return' album, it was the production of tracks like 'Rose Quartz' that spoke to me - more than the vocals. Over the past few months, I've come to appreciate the tracks as a whole, but that doesn't mean I'm any less of a fan of Chaz Bundick's production skills on their own. And his 'Les Sins' alter ego happens to focus exactly on that aspect. People describe it as his "more dance-oriented project", but personally I don't think Toro Y Moi is not dance-oriented?
In any case, it's some great, carefree music that should brighten up these not-so-summery summer days. It was released on Dan Snaith's excellent Jiaolong label a few months ago, and you can buy it here.