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Compromise Music Presents: The Remixtape, Vol. I

2 Apr

I’m pleased to eventually be able to introduce you to a project we at Compromise Music have been working on recently. Basically what happened was, we gathered a few of our favourite producers, and got together for a bit of a mixtape. What we did is got them to remix one song of our choice, and one of theirs. Here’s the final project, which I think it’s fair to say all involved are very pleased with! I’m honestly proud to be introducing these artists to you and also to be at least partially responsible for the existence of some of these tracks! You can grab the tape here, but most of the tracks are available individually on the artists Soundcloud pages, listed below.

Tracklisting:

1) Yelle – Safari Disco Club (HLM Remix)
2) Trophy Wife – Microlite (Randy Lauren Allien Remix)
3) The Streets – Soldiers (Danny T Remix)
4) Camo & Krooked – Climax (Ollie Macfarlane Edit)
5) French Films – Take You With Me (HLM Remix)
6) Foals – Miami (Randy Lauren Allien Remix)
7) Jamie Woon – Missing Person (Danny T Remix)
8) Skream – Midnight Request Line (Ollie Macfarlane Edit)

Enjoy these exclusive tracks!

HLM on Soundcloud
Randy Lauren Allien on Soundcloud
Danny T on Soundcloud
Ollie Macfarlane on Soundcloud
Compromise Music on Soundcloud

More music will be coming very shortly!

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Trophy Wife – Interviewed

17 Mar
They say you should never meet your heroes – and Trophy Wife aren’t actually my heroes, and I didn’t really meet them, but I guess the principle still applies. However, my email interview with them was in no way anti-climatic, and left me very much looking forward to the album promised ‘before the end of the year’ – as if I wasn’t already looking forward to it! So, here they are, in their own words, and be sure to check out the two tracks included.

1) So, tell us about Trophy Wife…
Trophy Wife is Jody Prewett, Kit Monteith and Ben Rimmer. The band grew out of late-night recording sessions on the top floor of an old town house. Initially we had this loose idea that wanted to play really simple, stripped down and repetitive music with a 4/4 beat always present- a dance version of The Shadows or something.

2) How did you meet, and why did you decide to form a band?
The three of us met in a cafe on Oxford’s Little Clarendon street. We went back to Kit’s garage to make some music where it transpired that Jody was actually a guitarist masquerading as a drummer.

3) What can you tell us about a tour. I know alot of people who’d love to see you guys..
We just got back from our first headline tour. It was a lot of fun and it was a pleasant surprise to see so many people turn up. Things got a bit out of hand in Manchester; some of us ended up sleeping in our tour van in the city centre with the engine running to keep us warm.

4) How about an album, is there anything in the pipeline, any dates for our diaries?
The songs are gradually taking shape in our heads. We’d like to get something out before the end of the year. We’ve amassed a lot of material and strands of songs. In between our festival dates this summer we’ll be pulling the disparate parts together that will form the debut.

5) What are you listening to at the moment?
Warpaint, Austra, Metro Area, David Byrne and Twin Shadow.

6) Favourite movie/tv show/book
The Wicker Man
Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares
One Hundred Years of Solitude

7) Favourite band/album of 2010?
Caribou’s ‘Swim’ was flawless.

8) How do you go about writing a song? You use disco-style beats.. are they programmed or do you create them?
Usually things start with a drum loop loop that is programmed on a computer. We also like to use live percussion instruments and create loops from those as well. Then we’ll put a basic guitar chord sequence to it and build things up as we’re recording.

Trophy Wife – Spinalonga

9) If you weren’t in a band, where do you think you’d be?
Retaking GCSE maths exams

10) Tell us an interesting fact about each of the band members?
In a past life Jody was a female builder from Saudi Arabia
Ben’s great uncle invented the shower curtain ring
Kit was an extra in the movie Free Willy after entering a Blue Peter competition.

11) Any plugs, shoutouts, football teams to cheer, basically anything else you want to say?
Ich bin ein Berliner!

Trophy Wife – White Horses

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…

Greetings Loved One’s

28 Feb

Hey there.. Best to start with a big apology for my absence for the last week. I’ve been throwing myself all over the slopes of Northern Italy, having a great time. Back to London now, and I got back to this rather special treat sat in my inbox. That treat was the publication of a podcast I’d helped to put together for Mud Hut Digital, featuring my best free mp3’s of the moment.

You can listen, and download the podcast here:

Mud Hut Music Podcast 017 – Compromise Music Mixtape

And this is the tracklisting:

1) Diamond Rings – Wait & See
2) Bikini – American Mourning
3) Bon Iver – Skinny Love (Das Kapital Re-rub)
4) Dom – Living In America
5) Rollerskaters – Sleep Tight
6) The Drums – Forever and Ever Amen (St Etienne Remix)
7) Trophy Wife – The Quiet Earth (James Yuill Remix)

Motions

21 Jan

These tracks are a bit nearer to our normal modus operandi than some of the stuff we’ve been posting lately.

Trophy Wife – The Quiet Earth

The release of a new Trophy Wife single is undoubtedly a cause for celebration. This is quite a big accolade for a band who were pretty much unknown this time last year. The Quiet Earth goes some way to showing why things are how they are however, it follows where the superlative Microlite leads.

Trophy Wife – The Quiet Earth (James Yuill Remix)

A surprising delight on the single release is this remix from James Yuill, who I’d previously associated with a folky/americana type sound – which isn’t really ‘my thing’. However, in this track, which may even be better than the original, he’s produced a sophisticated, electronic version of the original. Often electronic remixes lose a lot of the soul of the song by adding too many hard synths and losing the textures and melodies which really hold the song together, but Yuill’s background in folk has ensured that hasn’t happened here..

Empress – Captain (James Yuill Remix)

Further remix has shown that James Yuill is in fact quite an extensive remixer and a quite accomplished one at that. I have to say I haven’t heard the original of this but this new version has something which is quite hard to describe – it’s almost as if the higher notes are playing a tune of their own separate to the main body of the track, as they sparkle over it? No, it doesn’t make much sense but I think you’ll see what I mean when you listen.. At least I hope so.

Sparkadia – Mary

A new artist to introduce here is Sparkadia. When listening to this track, Oh Land’s Sun of a Gun was brought to mind, with soft pianos followed by arching guitars. It’s hard to categorise this one, it’s part glam rock, part ballad and part something a whole lot more sensible. It has an air of the Scissor Sisters but at the same time an air of Kasabian. I think this very unique sound is likely to see these Australians really make it big with their second album, The Great Impression.

Bon Iver – Flume (Lanny May Remix)

Bon Iver is one of those artist’s for whom I much prefer remixes of work by them to their originals – sorry man! I find a lot of the stuff he does normally a bit bare, plain if I’m allowed to say that. Remixes that add a beat and another tune in I feel take Bon Iver to the level where he really belongs. I know that part of his charm is the rawness, the lack of production but more extensive production brings out the best bits I think!

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…