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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…

Here are some of your new favourite bands

15 Jan

When I wrote this there wasn’t really a theme and I was going through the usual difficulties in coming up with a title, so I decided to look back over the post and I realised the unifying theme was that these are all, with the exception of the Eurythmics, artists that aren’t particularly high profile but possibly will be or maybe even should be. I know that’s a theme running throughout the blog, new exciting artists, but I think it applies even more here, so enjoy the sound of tomorrow, if you can get over the cliches…

Foster The People – Helena Beat

Last summer this LA trio were creating a real stir with their uber-catchy debut, Pumped Up Kicks. However since then they’ve been pretty quiet, I’d almost forgotten about them until today when they proved they have very much still got it, with this new electro-pop track, Helena Beat. While their last track was whistles and guitars this one’s synths and drum claps, heralding the arrival of a darker version of Foster The People.

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks (RLYNX Remix)

While I was searching for the relevant link for the track above I found this ultra-chilled remix from RLYNX of FDP’s other track. (That’s Foster the People, not the NWA track in case you were wondering). Now as far I can see it’s his only work so I’m going to urge him here to do some more, because this is pretty good.. The people want more, and you’ve gotta give the people what they want.

Winter Gloves – Plastic Slides

With verses sounding like The Drums and choruses sounding like Two Door Cinema Club, these Canadian boys are destined for big things. While they may have been around longer than both of the aforementioned artists, they haven’t quite gained the critical acclaim yet. However, I think that’s likely to change with this track.

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Atiq Remix)

I didn’t think this track should be touched but Swedish producer Atiq has proved me to be completely wrong, with this electro remix. I’m genuinely struggling for words to describe this one. That ever distinctive riff from the original get’s darker, more menacing, more danceable. Maybe even better? Then it’s repeated throughout this song. No doubt that this would get any dancefloor anywhere in the world in a frenzy

Star Slinger – Word

This is the second track I’ve featured from Mancunian Star Slinger in successive weeks. Some in the British press are lauding him as a latter-day DJ Shadow, and I guess this is instrumental hip hop, but what I really like about this track isn’t the beat it’s the way that the bassline almost carries the track, with an independent but interdependent tune. According to Star Slinger this is Satanic Soul. Awesome…

Hollerado – Fake Drugs

When I saw the title of this one I thought it was kinda lame, trying to hard to get that rockstar image and so on. But listen, and to quote the song, it’s so agreeable. That doesn’t really work.. Basically, it’s your standard indie-rock track. As I said, calling a track Fake Drugs means it’s going to have to be pretty good to actually stand up, but this track does stand up pretty well..

Lord Boyd – Versailles Beat

Now Versailles Beat suggests there may be some kind of WWI theme running through this track, so I’m going to hazard a guess that Lord Boyd might be some sort of English military guy I haven’t heard of? Then again I could be completely wrong, this doesn’t sound like the kind of band that would name themselves after a historical figure. Man, I don’t even know how to describe this, it’s like electro-pop but performed by people as crazy as Lady Gaga wishes she was.
UPDATE – Lord Boyd messaged me on Soundcloud to say that you can get this track on a free EP of his here.. Get downloading

Insert vaguely interesting title here…

12 Jan

Weirdly enough one of things I’ve found hardest about this whole blogging business is coming up with title’s for each piece. Do I just go down the boring, descriptive route, or do I go with some thought that sounded really good when I was a wee bit high but sounds slightly weird now (‘I see the future in black and white’, I’m looking at you here). Well anyway, this dilemma has now got the stage where I’ve all but given up, as you can see.

If you’re still wondering what the hell this whole post’s about, and haven’t just skipped onto the music, its some tracks I’ve stumbled upon recently – mainly what happened the night Mr Indie and Mrs Electro both got drunk and started making bastard children. Beautiful children though…

Yelle – Safari Disco Club

Ah Yelle, that bastion of French decorum. Ever more stylish and sexy, she’s back with a new track, Safari Disco Club, and melting more boys hearts as they dance and try and remember their 10th grade French..

Broken Social Scene – Texaco Bitches (Star Slinger Remix)

Past experience has taught me that a meeting of internet darlings rarely sounds as good as it ought to – I for one found the normally excellent Jamie xx’s remix of the normally excellent Adele distinctly underwhelming. Maybe I ought to play it some more. Anyway, one combination that has come out well is this remix from Star Slinger.

Rich Aucoin –┬áBrian Wilson is A.L.I.V.E. (All Living Instantly Vanquish Everything)

The Beach Boys referencing title of this one gives it instant kudos. After I’d judged this song by it’s title (is that as bad as judging a book by it’s cover!?) I was pleased to note my prophecy had indeed come true. It is indeed a pretty cool track. Starting off with either a Beach Boys sample or something that way inclined, it progresses into something resembling D.A.N.C.E. by Justice. This is one Canadian I shall certainly be keeping on my radar.

Chromeo – Hot Mess (Oliver Remix)

While perusing Soundcloud for the relevant tracks for this post, this remix popped up on my homepage. Now, Chromeo are a good band, so I couldn’t just ignore it. I played it, and at first, I have to say, I was disgusted. Hard synths all over Chromeo. What the hell!? That’s not what Chromeo’s for. But I’ve always been taught that patience is a virtue, and so I gave it a minute – and how rewarding it was. It transpires the funk hadn’t gone AWOL, it was just cleverly interwoven in the hard synth that was all of a sudden started sounding really good. So I better apologise to Oliver. Hard synths all over Chromeo? Yes please!

Mike Posner – 31 Minutes to Takeoff (Keljet Remix)

You might be familiar with Keljet from his awesome Adele remix. If not, familiarise yourself. Anyway, on his Soundcloud is this remix of Mike Posner. Incidentally I liked Mike Posner when he first came out, I thought it was quite quirky – the combination of his soft voice with some great electro-pop beats. However, the big nasty faceless corporations got their hands on him and as far as I was concerned, Mike Posner was just a flash in the pan. A flash that happens to still be burning if you listen to Radio 1, but not otherwise. Anyhow, this remix from Keljet has reinvigorated him somewhat in my eyes. It’s melodic yet danceable, a really great track (1:3o is where it starts to get really exciting).

The Radio Dept – Never Follow Suit

Using a cover which, to me, looks like a guy smoking crack out of a gun gives a lot to live up to. Now with an image like that, you’d think this is the latest offering from The Game or some other self styled hustler. What you certainly wouldn’t expect is for it to belong to a dream pop group from Sweden, hardly renowned as a gang hotspot. But there we go. Now, apparently this lot have been round since 1995, and I’m unsure whether to admit to having not heard of them. Will I get some horrendous social stigma and lose all my readers? Am I in effect coming out as a philistine? I don’t know. One of their albums made an NME list, although this was back in 2004, so maybe I’m alright after all? Anyway, this is balearic-ambient-dream pop-indie, after the heart of the likes of The Miracles Club, featured yesterday.

James Blake – I Never Learnt to Share (Sound Remedy Remix)

Post-dubber James Blake is taken to the dancefloor, kicking and screaming here by Chicago’s Sound Remedy. In a recent interview I read, James Blake said he was at his happiest when one of his songs made a girl cry on a dancefloor. Now I don’t think he’s a masochist but even so, this song creates something I’d rather see on a dancefloor, which is some dancing – it’s what they’re for after all. If you listen to the first minute of this you’ll probably have no idea what I’m on about it. When I heard it, I was enjoying the bass and so I downloaded it. What I hadn’t accounted for was the electro-fury coming in a bit later. Persevere with this one and you will reap the rewards!

Pete & The Pirates – Winter

One of the first tracks ever to be featured on this blog was Mr Understanding, by Pete & The Pirates. It’s a great track. However, it comes from 2008’s little debut Little Death, and it’s fair to say that fans of the band have been getting tired of patiently waiting for new material. Their waiting was finally rewarded on Boxing Day (or Today if you’re me) with the release of this track, Winter. Lacking the raw energy of Mr Understanding, this sounds more like something that the Mystery Jets might have released to me, albeit with dare I say it, a slightly house-like beat. Not wanting to tempt fate, but this one is absolutely primed for remixing. Just saying. If you don’t like it first time, I’d suggest giving it a couple more plays, it takes a few to appreciate. It’s what you might call a grower..

With that we’re at the end of probably the longest post I’ve ever written, I hope you enjoy it and happy listening. Rejoice in the beauty of these children indie and electro have parented. There’s a little joke as a reward for those who read all of the intro rather than just skimming to the tracks. You know who you are…