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Re-Introducing: Alpines

16 Apr

My blog has now reached the ripe old age where we can update previous posts! So today I’m going to talk about a band from South London called Alpines, who I was first harking on about way back when – or here, if you choose. So why are Alpines back on the radar? Well, in the time since I last blogged them, they slipped into a pool with a bunch of other bands who I’d heard and quite liked, and I wouldn’t say forgot about, but moved to the back of my brain? Well, they’ve very much re-entered my consciousness with some rather awesome remixes just uploaded to their Soundcloud.

Alpines – Drive (Skream’s I Ain’t Got a License Remix)

Seeing the name Skream on a track can mean one of two things. As he’s shown with Magnetic Man, it doesn’t really guarantee anything. However, to counter that there’s the remix he did of La Roux, confident sub bass rather than pandering to the “filth” happy masses as he did with Magnetic Man. Happily this remix of Alpines takes the latter formula, brooding sub bass eventually breaking out into a fast paced anthem that utilises the original ‘night-pop’ aspects very well indeed.

Alpines – Ice & Arrows (Dark Sky Remix)

Although Dark Sky are virtually worshiped in some circles, I’ve only managed to hear the remix they did of Crystalised, which is admittedly pretty impressive – because that’s one special track, but they managed to carve their own niche in it and come out of it sounding pretty good. They’ve gone for a similar style on this track, and sounds good. If the original had been produced by MJ Cole, this is what it might have sounded like.

Alpines – Drive (Akira Kiteshi Remix)

Confession time – before downloading this track, I had no idea who Akira Kiteshi are/is. I still don’t if I’m honest, but from what I hear here, it seems they are a dubstep act of some sorts. Now, as you’ll probably know I’m not a fan of dubstep, and this certainly has something of a wobble in it. In fact, it kind of sounds like Pendulum. I’m not entirely a fan. But that said, I think it works better here than normal – there is a nice contrast with her voice – this isn’t a bad song – if it was, I wouldn’t have posted it – but I do prefer the other two.

So You Like Garage?

14 Apr

Following the positive feedback on my last post featuring garage, I figured I may as well give you garage junkies some more.

Checan – Absent

Basically how this works is – Checan makes a new song. It is awesome. I tell you guys about it. You agree it is awesome. We all wait for Checan to make a new song. And now he has! And yes, it is awesome!

FaltyDL – Brazil (Cairo’s Falling Down Remix)

I for one regard FaltyDL as one of the most exciting electronic producers out there – so his decision to release the stems for ‘Brazil’ excited me. This remix from Australian Cairo (who ought to be Egyptian, surely) is one of the best reworkings I’ve heard so far.

The xx – Shelter (C.R.S.T Remix)

The main problem I find with remixes of The xx is that they ruin the key aspects of the track – the space and so on that makes the tune even more poignant. This future garage remix from C.R.S.T manages to avoid that – while the tune is maintained, so are key aspects that keep the atmosphere of the track.

Sentinels – Spirals

To sum this up is easy – it basically sounds like what would happen if Hudson Mohawke started doing garage. While you might see garage as a form of dance music, I’d say this is the only track on this list that you could really dance to.

I’m Still Alive

10 Apr

I’ll write it here so I can’t break it – my new April’s resolution (?) is to start blogging again! I’ve managed to build the blog up to a reasonable readership, then I just stopped for 2 months, without good reason. I’m sorry – I have awaken from my stupor, and I’m back, and I promise from here on in this blog will only continue to get bigger and better!

Now musically, I don’t really know where to start, because although those two months have not been as fruitful musically as some others, there’s still plenty I could and should have shared. To get things moving along, I’ll post some stuff that I’ve got really recently.

Jamie xx – Boiler Room #35, Unknown Track

So I actually don’t have a clue what this is. New Harmonix has been suggested. I’m posting it here for two reasons – firstly, it sound like it’s pretty good – somewhere between Burial and Hudson Mohawke. The second reason is to ask you guys. If anyone knows what this is, please, I beg you comment below!

Jamie Lidell – A Little Bit More (Luke Vibert Mix)

This track is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before. It takes aspects of all sorts of genres and crosses them into one, giving this song a really unusual feel – does it belong on a high energy dancefloor or in a relaxed living room? It also gives me another question – why hasn’t it become any more popular?!

David Morales – Needin’ U

If you live anywhere near me, you’ll be experiencing the weather that, if you’re anything like me, you’ll have been waiting for for the last eight months. What better way to celebrate the sunkissed state of affairs than with this early 00’s house anthem from David Morales?

Quantic – Not So Blue

I’ve always wanted a friend who listened to different but good music to me – and now it looks like I found one! So cheers buddy, you know who you are. This 2002 track from Quantic blurs the boundaries between electronic jazz and instrumental hip-hop.

Tall Ships – Chemistry

Those who were reading this blog when Foals last album came out will remember my disappointment at the loss of the ‘original’ Foals sound and it’s lack of a replacement. Well, eventually my woes have been brought to an end by Brighton-ers Tall Ships, who compose a similar type of maths-rock aesthetic. I’m looking forward to hearing more from these guys.

Well those highly varied songs are enough to be going on with I think. I will bring more soon, and it won’t be in such a jumbled fashion as this. Thankyou for reading.