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Oh Hey There

2 Mar

Right I’ve been far too lax, been back a good couple of days and really done nothing productive – no work, no emails, no blog, no nothing. So this is my reminder to myself. Get your ass in gear! Here are some things I should have shared earlier. Sorry. Still, better late than never!

Fatima Al-Qadiri – d-medley

Without wanting to sound EDL, I can’t think of many headscarf-wearing-female-Brooklynites making music today. That’s not the only way in which Fatima Al-Qadiri’s unique however. Her music sounds like nothing else out there. The closest I can come is it sounds vaguely like a Vampire Weekend instrumental – and that is a serious compliment coming from these lips. I have to express my shock that this hasn’t taken off on a greater scale – I think it’s all a matter of time though.

Dominant Legs – Clawing Out at the Walls

Dominant Legs are fast becoming one of my favourite new bands. I really like their unique brand of almost operatic indie pop. The use of a strings section works well in every track – giving it extra weight and verve. I really like the little tune you find in every single Dominant Legs track – to me at least, everything feels like a past classic, with a real nostalgic singalong feel.

Dominant Legs – About My Girls

To me, when I listen to this, I picture a bunch of preppy students from the 60s sat around on the lawn of some prestigious college – not quite sure why that is, but that’s all I want to say about this one!

Big Wave Riders – Skate or Die

Funnily enough, as an eleven year old I actually had a sticker on my ‘deck’ commanding that readers ‘Skate or Die’. And now it’s been made into a song by Finnish garage-rockers, Big Wave Riders. It’s not nearly as bad as you might expect! No offence guys – the name isn’t cool. But fortunately, the music more than makes up for it, starting off as some kind of stadium rock jam, before mellowing out into a great indie mix, which combines the sounds of Two Door Cinema Club with some lo-fi rock in tremendous style.

Trophy Wife – Take This Night

I mentioned that Dominant Legs are fast becoming one of my new favourite bands. They’re still behind Trophy Wife in that race however. Consistently, these guys are pumping out beautifully melodic post-pop. I always like an act to have their own specific sound – and Trophy Wife have definitely got that – and what a sound it is!

Trophy Wife – The Book of Right On (Joanna Newsom Cover)

I just alluded to Trophy Wife having their own style – and that remains true, even on this cover version. But what is this style I keep referring to? I’d say it’s a less frenetic Foals, a melodic style of indie, with drum patterns which almost feel like they belong in house. Is this post-disco I wonder…

Dominant Legs – Clawing Out at the Walls (Algodón Egipcio Remix)

Back to Dominant Legs then. This remix comes from Algodón Egipcio, the world’s foremost purveyor of loop-based Venezuelan electro-pop. This remix speeds up the original and changes the drums, making it more dance friendly. It says alot for this track that I can happily listen to both the remix and the original without feeling the constant need for comparison.

Teengirl Fantasy – Dancing In Slow Motion (Algodón Egipcio Remix)

Another up-and-coming band, another Algodón Egipcio remix. This time, he’s turned the slow house of Teengirl Fantasy into something approaching a ballad. That’s until a brooding bassline gives it a much more contemporary feel. It’s interesting that these two remixes have been taken in reverse directions – one made more dance-friendly, and the other the complete opposite. I guess it shows what a versataile artist Algodón Egipcio is. He also has a great afro…


2010 Lingers…

2 Jan

Happy New Year readers! At some point, somewhere I will be publishing my favourite tracks of 2010, but in the meantime this post features some of the best tracks from 2010 by bands you quite possibly haven’t heard of. I guess it sort of doubles up as people worth keeping an eye on in the coming year as well – so this post is two for the price of one!

Kisses – The Heart of the Nightlife

I think this LA duo are going to become one of my favourites of the next few years, judging by this, the title track from their debut album. It’s an instrumental which sounds like the backing for something from 70s West Coast California, but with some electronic influences in there. I might get slated for this.. but it reminds me of a mixture of the Drums and Two Door Cinema Club if you get where I’m coming from?

Trophy Wife – Microlite

Part of the Oxford collective Blessing Force, which coincidentally features other includee Chad Valley, Trophy Wife make post-pop. It’s guitars with more house-style drums I guess. It sounds nice and tuneful.

Chad Valley – Ensoniq Funk

Carrying on the Oxford theme is ‘Tropicalia’ producer Chad Valley. Although he’s been lumped in with the chillwave scene, there’s less of a misty haze over his work – it’s more jazzy and danceable and less distorted. I guess this is what makes him the most likely chillwave artist to cross over into the mainstream.

oOoOO – Hearts

San Franciscan Christopher Dexter Greenspan has chosen possibly the stupidest name for his music venture ever. However, the material he’s putting out there is pretty good, first his soundscapeish Marina remix and now this, the first vocal track I’ve heard from him.

Millionyoung – Pilfer

Even though the basic tune sounds like something that your kid brother could have made in his room on Fruity Loops, there’s something enthralling about this track from Millionyoung which I can’t quite put my finger on.

Teengirl Fantasy – Cheaters

This duo are the internet’s foremost purveyors of ‘dream-disco’, which is like soul music sampled into dance tracks, then everything is slowed down, and dragged out. That doesn’t sound particularly complimentary, but it does sound pretty good, like a more synthy, less brooding version of Jamie Woon.

How to Dress Well – Lover’s Start

This is like a conventional track but distorted a bit – the basic premise of chillwave right? Well, not quite, as rather than the dance/electronic/pop samples which we’re accustomed to hearing, this one features guitars. It’s an interesting idea, and it works fairly well, but does leave you questioning whether it might have sounded better without all the effects…