Friday, October 2, 2015
Everyone - No Time To Waste
The autoplay is on just for the video, not for the sound (so as not to annoy you), so press play above first!
The connection between the song and this video seems to be completely random, were it not for the fact that rhythmically, these two seem made for each other. (I know, it’s only because this song and the original soundtrack of the video are more or less the same 4-4 tempo, but whatever).
The track has been a favourite of mine for a while, although it was actually only months after purchase that I really started to appreciate it. If you've been reading this site for a while, you'll know that Joakim and Kindness are personal favourites of mine, and 'No Time To Waste' was their first coproduction under their 'Everyone' guise.
It sounds as if it was made to be played solely in dark basements in the early morning hours, but I like the contradiction of pairing it with this bright, open landscape video of which you would assume it would be paired with hazy female vocals and summery jingles that underline the inner "goddess" of these acrobats. Note - I actually don't want to criticise the original choice of music, if you turn the volume of the video back up you'll notice it works perfectly to create the atmosphere the director wanted. But stereotypes are here to be broken
PS 1 - The Everyone release was a vinyl only release on Crowdspacer, and it's out of stock in most shops, so Discogs is the place to get it if you're interested ...
PS 2- the video is Shake It Off by Agostina Gálvez, made for Nowness.com .
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Atomium in/out by Marie-Françoise Plissart
Chaos In The CBD (guys, that's a lot of syllables...) have a new EP out called 'Midnight In Peckham'. My knowledge of Chaos In The CBD as well as Peckham is very limited (not to say nonexistent), but judging from this EP, I might have been missing out on some good music and a neighbourhood worth checking out. DJ Sprinkles is a reference that easily comes to mind when listening to this, as in my head they're both categorised under the 'laid back dance moves house'.
'Trust Is Key' is the one that caught my attention, but in fact the whole EP is great - as a whole, as well as each track on its own.
It's out on Rhythm Section, listen to the whole EP here, buy the 12" or digital version here.
Friday, September 4, 2015
Photo by Javier Agustín Rojas
Greyish skies may make you start believing that summer's over, but the amount of sunshine packed in this release will make you pull through until at least December.
Jack J's 'Thirstin' has been seriously stuck in my ears these last few weeks, so I'm trying to detox now by listening to the release's B-side 'Atmosphère' every once in a while. It's working pretty okay, although I'm afraid Atmosphère might get stuck in my head just as well this way. Works best when listened to over and over again.
An excellent diptych out on Future Times, buy the vinyl here, or digitally on iTunes..
Also, while you're at it, check out 'New Years Eve 2013' which Jack J made under his C'est Life moniker, also on Future Times.
Jack J - Atmosphère
Jack J - Thirstin'
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
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
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
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
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
Sunday, April 20, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
Sunday, October 13, 2013
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)