Tag Archives: The xx

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.

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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…

Homeless Songs

21 Dec

To start with, I must apologise, as today’s post doesn’t have a thread running through it like my others. However, if you like what I’m doing, hopefully you’ll like these tracks, which I haven’t been able to put anywhere else.

The ABC Club – Thieving Magpie

This Leeds trio (?) remind me of one of my favorite bands of the year, Two Door Cinema Club. If I’d heard them a few hours earlier then they may well have featured in my indie artists to watch in 2011.

Gorillaz – Crystalised (Cover of the xx) [JThunder Mix]

I’m slightly astounded to find that this has only been downloaded 14 times from his Soundcloud. Starting with a really good track, the Gorillaz then made one of the best covers of the year, and now JThunder has carried on the good work with this remix.

Amadou & Miriam – Sabali (Miike Snow Remix)

I have to confess that the Miike Snow part of this track was what originally made me play it. I had heard of Amadou & Miriam of before, but I hadn’t actually heard them. However, after hearing this, I plan to remedy that. No lack of credit intended for Miike Snow by the way, it’s a good remix, but I want to hear more of the original after hearing this track.

Vampire Weekend – Walcott (Insane Mix)

A friend of mine was telling me that her favorite track from Contra was number eleven. Now I told her she was wrong, there is no eleven. However, a bit of searching proved me wrong, there is indeed a number eleven which is a bonus track. This set me off looking for other tracks of theirs which I hadn’t got, including this one, a sweet electro remix of Walcott, one of their best tracks.

5 of the Best: Sad Songs

30 Nov

Today I’m starting a new feature, called five of the best, in which basically, I’m going to choose a certain topic, be that a feeling, a situation, or something else entirely and bring you my personal favourite five songs from it. To make things easy, I’m starting with sadness. I hope this will be theraputic. I’m not claiming these are the five best songs ever to listen to when you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps merely that these are my personal favourites.

Here goes:

1) Michael Andrews & Gary Jules – Mad World

Obvious? Yes. But who cares? This is hands down my favourite song to listen to when I feel upset. Literally everything about this song is perfect, from the beautiful piano melodies to the stirring words. I don’t think anyone could argue that this isn’t a good sad song.

2) Barber’s Adagio For Strings

Possibly even more cliched than the last choice (imagination comes later) this is probably the only song that can reduce me to tears. The one I want played at my funeral.

3) The xx – Intro

Not so much as a sad song, but a song I find useful for reflection, close your eyes and just listen.

4) Thomas Newman – Any Other Name

You may recognise this from American Beauty. The piano really resounds with me. When I listen to this I feel like I’ve just witnessed something awful and I’m stood there, watching everything move and literally not being able to move.

5) Eminem – Stan

The first and absolutely the last Eminem song I’ll ever post. I’m not trying to be controversial, but I can’t stand the guy. This is a work of art though, really can’t argue with it.

Am I happy with this? Not really. I don’t feel like I’ve put anything particularly revolutionary or new out there, but I guess these are the songs I listen to when I’m feeling shit, so that’s my best effort.