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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.

Loose Ends Need Tying Up

6 Mar

So I’ve done one post since I got back with a few tracks in, but they were mainly stuff I got just before I went away and never got round to sharing. Here’s some odds and ends that I’ve ‘found’ since my return. Hope you enjoy!

Jamie Woon – Lady Luck

If you’ve been reading this for any time now you won’t need me to explain that Jamie Woon is a surefire favourite of mine. He’s up to his usual tricks in Lady Luck, his latest single, as he cleverly bounces his voice of the heavy bass below. Good as this is, I still don’t think it’s up there with Night Air.

Earl Wolf – Orange Juice
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The whole Earl/MellowHype/OFWGKTA thing is far from clear to me, but I think this is by Earl Wolf. It’s from the album Radical, anyway, and in my eyes at least, it’s the best track from there. The beat, stolen from Gucci Mane, is especially fantastic, but let’s not take anything away from the rapping, which as a friend remarked to me yesterday, surely should see these guys destined for success very soon.

Summer Camp – I Want You

I wasn’t too familiar with Summer Camp before hearing this one. It seems that witch-house is now the backing track of choice for a certain kind of love song, the kind where you love someone you need their permission to breathe. A tad melodramatic perhaps? Maybe, but this has come off sounding quite a lot like CREEP – not a bad thing at all…

Gold Panda – Marriage (Star Slinger Remix)

Two of London’s glitchiest, most-sampling artists come together in one track…I almost expected a crescendo of crashing drums, glitchy beats and all in all vaguely-organised chaos. But it seems that this hasn’t happened at all. It’s just glitchy enough, I’d go as far as calling it coherent at times! But seriously, this is a good track, mixing the glitchy style of Gold Panda with some dubstep style bass and some house style pianos variously. Very good.

The xx – Islands (Jamie xx Remix)

Another Jamie I’m very much a fan of is Jamie xx. This remix of his bandmates relies less on deep bass than normal, instead replacing the sparse backing track with a fuller, garage instrumental. It’s hard to say whether I prefer this to the original, such is the difference between the tracks, but had this been included on the album it wouldn’t have been short of the standard, even if it might have sounded somewhat out of place.

Cults – Go Outside (Brainbheats Remix)

This remix of one of last years biggest remixes has all things in the right proportions – just the right amount of distortion, of electro but coupled with the fact you can still hear that key riff that made this song so so popular. I have to say I’m surprised at the lack of remixes of this track though..

Arctic Monkeys – Brick by Brick

The world should soon be in hyperbole, for the Arctic Monkeys have released a new track. It’s actually quite good, certainly an improvement on Humbug and maybe even Favourite Worst Nightmare, even if it hasn’t reached the heady heights of the long titled debut album – no, I won’t type it all out. Anyway, this is a good deal more upbeat than what we’ve become accustomed to – and thank God for that!

Jai Paul – BTSTU (Nu-Direction Remix)

I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when this was branded as ‘liquid drum and bass’ so I have to say I was pleasantly surprised upon hearing this. It should be enough to say that it does the original justice.

The xx – Basic Space (Pariah Remix)

Quite how, in 2009, this didn’t make it onto the single release of Basic Space is a mystery to me. It’s leagues ahead of anything on that release – including the original, which for what it’s worth, is a pretty good track. But this remix from Pariah, which mixes dub and house, blows it out of the water. I may be late hearing this one, but I’d go so far as to describe it as my favourite remix of The xx, one of my favourite bands…

Dark Is The Night

17 Feb

I don’t know quite what I want to say in introduction to this post, but it just doesn’t look right without at least a couple of lines before the music starts. Today’s post is left-field, in the post-dubstep, post-garage type of spectrum, dark and brooding, just how I like it on a long dark night like today.

Nerves – Seams (Rabby Shankir Remix)

I got sent this one on Facebook by Nerves who said they thought I’d like it. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect from this, but I was pleasantly surprised with what I found. It sounds to me almost like Burial remxing the xx. I don’t think that’s happened yet? It’s dark and brooding, and menacing, and there’s a great bit of bass in the middle. Make sure you drop by Nerves Myspace if you get a chance.

Jamie xx – Newsnight Theme Reshuffle

Everything Jamie xx touches turns to gold. Yep. Even the Newsnight theme. It wasn’t bad to start with but this is an interesting twist on it… I’ve got no idea how or why this happened but it would be great to hear an extended version at some point…

Destiny’s Child – Bills Bills Bills (James Blake Refix)

From one favourite of ours to another. This time it’s James Blake with this remix of Destiny’s Child. It’s pretty much unrecognisable from the original but the typical Blakean synths and wobbly bass are there so I for one am happy.

Jacques Greene – The Look (Koreless Remix)

I’m pleased to take you from one current favourite to someone who I think will become a future favourite. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Koreless, a Glaswegian in a similar vain to Jamie xx. From this remix of Jacques Greene, I’m left expecting big things from this newcomer.

Microtrauma – Contrast (Max Cooper)

Max Cooper has for a while been a remixer who doesn’t have one established sound.. Which I think can be a strength or a weakness. However, with this remix of Microtrauma it appears he’s focusing his energies on the dub sound found on his remix of Au Revoir Simone, and a jolly good thing that is indeed!

We’re on a Journey

8 Feb

It feels like you are with me in developing taste into tracks which are on the very periphery of dubstep. I like this a lot. I think it’s good that the horizons are expanding – more awesome is always good even if it’s about the bass instead of the guitars that we’re all more comfortable with.

Jamie Woon – Spirals

Jamie Woon is the absolute master of this kind of thing. Once again, after Blue Truth and Night Air he’s at it again! The marriage of the gentle acoustic guitars with the bassy undertones is a match made in heaven. The album, Mirrorwriting is due out in April, and I for one can’t wait!

Jack Peñate – Pull My Heart Away (Jamie xx Remix, Featuring Theophilus London)

It’s rare for even two artists this good to combine, so three in one is a real treat. The vocals are really tight to the warped bassy take on Jack Peñate, which true to style, Jamie xx has provided. Although it’s almost unrecognisable from the original, some of the best elements, such as the swooning chorus are kept… everything in this song is in the right proportions – and that’s what helps to make it good.

Scuba – Before (Deadboy Remix)

Deadboy is one of the more successful purveyors of ‘post-dubstep’ – in other words people outside of South London have heard of him. I first came across him with his fantastic reworking of Drake/Alicia Keys but this Scuba remix is pretty good too.

Damian Marley, Eve & Stephen Marley – You Don’t Love Me (No No No)

Aha, I’m not particularly proud of posting this one! But we’re all allowed one or two guilty pleasures, are we not? This reggae track is one of mine – it’s catchy as hell too…

They call me the curator…

7 Feb

That’s right, none of this is down to me, it usually is, but these tracks have all found their way to me via other people’s help – i.e. they aren’t available for download anywhere. So thanks to AlexDaftPunk91, VarianceJD and Ollie Macfarlane for these! Also cheers to Michael Padilla for the Young Empires recommendation. Thanks over, here’s the music. Also notice how I didn’t use the ‘thanks for the music’ title, I want you to remember that!

Coeur d’amour – Feel The Rocket

I found this one on Youtube and trust me, it’s nowhere to be found. Shame, as it’s super-duper awesome French House. The guy himself even has a Soundcloud yet hasn’t uploaded this track, which is a tad mystifying as it’s his best by a long way.

Maxwell D – Gone Away (Jamie xx Remix)

I actually cannot get enough of Jamie xx’s work at the moment, everything he’s doing is so good. The style of his remixing has become a little less abstract, it’s kept all the good features but has become that bit more refined from the early days, and you’ve gotta hand it to him, it’s pretty awesome.

Jamie xx – Far Nearer (Ollie Macfarlane Edit)

I said I had a thing about Jamie xx didn’t I!? This is a great remix from Bristolian Ollie Macfarlane.. the originals pretty good (Jamie xx made it, duh) but he’s actually made it even better, this feels like a family-friendly take on garage! And whats more, it’s a grower, so check it out and hit him up on Soundcloud for more garage goodness..

Young Empires – Glory of the Night

You have to hand two things to these guys. Firstly, they know how to choose a clichéd sounding track name. Secondly, they sure as hell know how to write a good electro/indie/rock crossover track. Looking forward to hearing more from these guys, only seems to be demos at the moment although they do feature on a Kitsuné compilation…

Hypocrisy

5 Feb

I’ve never hidden the fact that I don’t like dubstep – some would say I’ve shouted it from the rooftops. So a large part of me feels highly dubious about these postings. It’s not dubstep-dubstep though, it’s more sophisticated – I feel like a musical elitist saying this – well I am really – but this is proper music, not just noise.

Ghost – Stories (Featuring Misty Miller)

This link up between two South London teenagers has real soul and atmosphere, the contrast of Misty’s delicate voice with the hard synths of Ghost is nice. It works so well.

Ghost – Fairytale (Featuring Misty Miller)

Much the same story as above, but this one is a tad closer to Misty’s style than Ghosts, until at 1 minute some seriously good synth work happens. It almost reminds me of Jamie xx’s version of Running from We’re New Here.

The Streets – San Frandemonium

To call this one dubstep is really pushing ‘dubstep’ to it’s very outmost limits – in geographical terms it’s like calling Watford part of London. That probably doesn’t help you to get a very good picture of the song I realise. Basically, it’s pure production from The Streets – and he really comes into his own here, with this synth driven hip hop instrumental – I can’t exactly genre-fy it, as you might be able to tell!

James Blake – Tep & The Logic

The newer, ‘next Bon Iver’ stuff has got everyone and his brother in a real frenzy about James Blake, but it’s stuff like Tep & The Logic, a rejected take from his up-coming album, that got James Blake his original fanbase.

Jamie xx – Far Nearer

This has been floating around the internet for quite a long time now but only a radio rip from XFM was available. After that it was rumoured to be appearing on We’re New Here which I’m pretty sure it doesn’t. Who knows what it is!? Anyway, here it is in all it’s deep bass-steel drums glory.

Blackbird Blackbird – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)

This drifts out of the greater-dubstep movement and over into chillwave. I guess it’s most closely related to the James Blake track. It’s bliss for all seasons.

Remixes, Re-Edits and Re-Touches

26 Jan

Essentially one and the same. These are some rather fine examples. The other day, I looked at my iTunes album and found that 10GB out of 46GB are remixes. Not quite sure what to make about this.. I’m sure certain psychologists would have me know it reflects a great deal about my personality, maybe a perfectionist streak? Here are good one’s anyway…

DJ Mehdi – Signatune (Kaytradamus Remix)

When Thomas Bangalter, one half of Daft Punk has remixed a song, it’s something of a risk to take a go at remixing it, especially if you’ve heard what he’s done with it – it’s pretty fantastic. So relatively unknown Canadian Kaytradamus certainly has balls. However, he’s pulled this one off really nicely, an interesting and different take on the remix to kill all remixes!

J Dilla – Stop! (Kaytradamus Remix)

J Dilla is, sadly, an artist I know very little about. So I’m not in the greatest position to judge this remix from Kaytradamus really. To me though, it sounds pretty damned good! I know enough, however, to feel honoured to be posting this track of his.

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (Kaytradamus Remix)

Man, quite a bit of Montreal’s Kaytradamus today! Still this one leads nicely into the next one and it’s a good track in it’s own right anyway. When TDCC released the stems for this one a few months back, it’s led to innumerable remixes. I think this one and the one below are two of the better one’s.

Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know (Dresscode Remix)

I really like what they’ve done with the guitars here – the new house-style pianos transform the song from an indie ditty into a beast fit for dancefloors where skinny jeans aren’t obligatory – although dancefloors where skinny jeans are obligatory tend to be the best!

Rui Da Silva – Touch Me (Jamie xx Remix)

A new Jamie xx remix always brightens up the day, as is the case here with his take on Rui Da Silva’s early 00’s house smash. Truth be told, I can’t really remember the original, but knowing his old work, one can rest assured that this is almost definitely an improvement!