Tuesday, June 23, 2015

DON'T TURN IT OFF


Photo by Adriana Roslin

This one is from a few years ago but it still surprises me every time I listen to it (and it's a staple in my ipod playlists so this happens every so often).
From the lounge-y vibes of the original track, to the acid bassline, to the Donna Summer 'I Feel Love' kind of synth that accompanies the chorus, to the conga drum intermezzo: there's not one part of this track that I don't love. This peculiar mix of elements makes it go so many different places that I'd say there's (almost) no occasion this track isn't exactly fit for.

40 Thieves feat. Qzen - Don't Turn It Off (Brennan Green Mix)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CALLING CARD


Photo by Brian Ulrich

The inimitable Morgan Geist works under many guises, and has just added another one to the list. The Galleria is a (for now) still very ungoogleable name, but underneath the clean cut rhythms and bubblegum vocals on his latest EP 'Calling Card / The Mezzanine', there's Geist's touch for sure.
The two pieces feature Jessy Lanza on vocals, and are both accompanied by a club friendly edit.
It's a grower for sure, so either you listen to it now for an hour on repeat, or you stow it away in your record collection and pull it out in a few months, because there's nothing better than discovering a hidden gem in your collection months after purchase, finally realising how much you actually like it.
Right now it's an iTunes exclusive, but vinyl and other digital outlets are following next week.

The Galleria - Calling Card

The Galleria - Mezzanine (Up Dub)

Sunday, May 10, 2015

WHEREVER YOU GO


Photo by AKATRE

I haven't kept track of these guys nearly as well as I should have the last few years, but seeing their nice new artwork pop up every once in while in the last few months peeked my interest, and turns out they still sound as well as they did before.
The guys I'm talking about is Danish trio WhoMadeWho, and their new EP 'Ember' is about to come out on Get Physical.
Title track 'Ember' features the classic echoing WhoMadeWho vocals and reminds me of Remain & Matt Walsh's Insame a bit, but it's the second track 'There's A Way' that's doing it for me right now. All in all some great laid back rhythms, with equally laid-back vocals and just the right amount of balearic flair.
You can preorder the EP over here, where you can also have a listen to the entire EP.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

BRIGHT


Photo by Zara Pfeifer

Hello? Is This Thing On?
Lots of things have happened and lots of things are coming, there's lots of music I've been meaning to share (but didn't) and lots more music I will try to share, so here's somewhere to start.
The boys from Holger are kickstarting their label Holger Tracks with an EP by Belgian band Bright Entity titled "Flying while Standing".
Lots of music references I could write down, but let the music speak for itself for now.
Below is a clip of the last track on the EP, do check out the other clips here.
For the entire thing you'll have to go to the release party of the EP, which is this Saturday April 11th in Brussels - more info here.
And above is a picture of a palmtree because I've missed confusing the hell out of people with these photo/music combinations.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

AMPLE


Photo by Toiletpaper

Short but sweet.
It had been a very long time since I danced as much as I have danced to this the past weekend.
Buy it here (digital) or here (vinyl).

Sunday, April 20, 2014

YOU'LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN


Photo by Joke De Wilde

You'll Never Get To Heaven is a duo from Canada, they've released a debut album some two years ago and recently put out an EP titled 'Adorn' on their own imprint Mystic Roses Records.
The first notes of that EP instantly makes you think it's an Italians Do It Better record, although the rest of the EP shows a more diverse perspective of influences and interests.
Title track 'Adorn' for example would be sorted in the lo-fi or shoegaze department, while 'Unravel' - the unfortunately only one minute long intermezzo on the EP that was used to score this beautiful campaign video for the Mykita + Maison Martin Margiela eyewear collection - leans more towards a Boards of Canada sound, a sound that is further explored and developed in the closing track 'Closer'.
Despite the range of ideas, the band is still able to combine all of this into one coherent storyline, and all of it in the span of just a 17min EP.
You can stream the entire EP here and buy it here.






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.