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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.


Night Time

21 Jan

This has been written and re-written three or four times now. I’m still not sure what the overall focus is.. it’s somewhere around soul, it’s somewhere around bass. I guess just sit back and enjoy.. and if you manage to get a good amp put these on with the bass full.

Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil

This is my personal favourite of I’m New Here, it has brilliant darkness through the track, it really is haunting, and if you watch the superb video that becomes even more apparent. I’m especially looking forward to hearing what Jamie xx makes of this on the upcoming album because it is already dark and menacing something he normally does to tracks, so I expect him to take this one even further leftfield, and I think that would be really special.

Gil Scott-Heron – Whitey On The Moon (Hendy Remix)

Would you want to whitey on the moon? I’m not sure man, it’s pretty cold up there but being stoned on the moon would be something else entirely. This would definitely have to soundtrack it. Really good remix from New Jersey’s Hendy, I like the way the instrumental gives the track a new energy without over imposing itself onto it.

Gil Scott Heron – Your Soul and Mine (Cole Black’s Levitation Edit)

I’m not sure where the levitation comes in but this six minute epic remix from Cole Black isn’t short on atmospheres. Dark and brooding, the serious topic of the song fits in well with the dark beat, when I listen to this it almost feels like watching the news with a highly sinister overtone. I’m surprised by the lack of attention this one’s received, I really am.

Gil Scott Heron – Paint It Black (N.Y.A.K. Remix)

This is starting to turn into something of a Gil Scott-Heron post but good tracks keep coming up. This one takes a slightly different tact to the previous two remixes, which try and take the music in a really dark direction. This one’s somewhat mellower and almost seems to have jazz influences. The production is very professional sounding, which is somewhat surprising when looking at the names of some of the other songs on N.Y.A.K.’s Soundcloud.

Joy Orbison – Ladywell

Word on the street is that this is a remix of an Usher track, that doesn’t seem quite credible to me, but truth be told it could be almost anything underneath. It’s about as far from Usher as imaginable I must say. Oh no, I think it is an Usher remix as I listen to it, there’s something about Burning… either way, this remix is interesting, it’s a real mix of genres, with a bassline sounding like it belongs in disco house contrasted with a general post-soul atmosphere.

Squarehead – On The Line (Checan’s Neck On It Remix)

You may remember me sharing Checan’s debut single a little while back. Since then he’s been back in the studio and produced this garage remix of On The Line, it’s got some inevitable bleeps and frenetic drums but what I really like is the cleverly interwoven melody, sounds like violins to me, it gives this a laid back vibe if you listen deeply.

Hudson Mohawke – Ooops!

I’m not entirely sure what this is in terms of remix etc, but it’s the closest thing I’ve found to Jai Paul which is a big compliment indeed. This one’s comfortably the most upbeat one on this post – I was originally going to put it in a post about dancing.. However, there is some shared territory which is what this marks this out from the other slightly suspect pop songs that have similarly odd subject matter to this one…

New Breed

27 Dec

I’ve nominally put this track in the ‘hip hop’ category because I’m not quite sure where else to put it. An eclectic mix of garage, emceeing and a whole bunch of other stuff, this track from Sheffield wizz-kid (literally, he’s only 18) ¬†Checan falls nicely in the middle of heavy bass music – the likes of bassline – and whatever the hell we call the music that Jamie xx is putting out. I guess you’d say it’s roughly at the same place as post dubstep, neo soul type sound being put out by the likes of Jamie Woon but drawing more heavily on the garage influenced aspects rather than the soul aspects.

Checan – New Breed (Featuring Drs)

The space in the track is excellent – and it’s good to hear a northern UK vocalist for once. It’s been championed on Radio 1 by garage doyen (and Compromise favourite) Toddla T.¬†This track’s been pretty hard to pigeonhole – I think I’ve had a fair crack – albeit in a slightly more roundabout way than normal. Indeed – it’s not normal Compromise fodder, but I felt it was too good to pass. Check it out and support this up-and-coming artist by purchasing the track on iTunes. It is his debut after all…