Category Archives: Uncategorized

Listen to Rustie, Essential Mix

After releasing a brilliant debut album in ‘Glass Swords’ last year, Glaswegian producer Rustie can’t seem to stop his flow of awesome output. And why would he want to? This time it’s in the form of a Radio 1 Essential Mix. The Warp and occasional Hyperdub representative turned this Good Friday mix into a pleasingly groggy bass swamp, with interjections of trademark Rustie power-dub, frivolous pop tunes and based hip-hop swag. All in all, a pretty apt way to start a long bank holiday weekend.

Enjoy here.

Advertisements
Tagged ,

Watch the David Lynch directed video of ‘Crazy Clown Time’

 

Director David Lynch released an acclaimed album of typically dark and skwed electronic music last year. Out of context it appears to be a strange development for the surrealist auteur, but it’s not that surprising when you consider that he’s been collaborating on the soundtracks to his film projects for years- the man has a clear and defined musical aesthetic. And indeed it was a very solid album that thematically and sonically felt very “Lynchian”. Yet it’s still disappointing that he seems to be distracted from the world of film, where he really is a unique and powerful creative force.

So with that in mind it’s an absolute pleasure to see that Lynch has directed the video to the title track of Crazy Clown Time. It’s a disturbing and incredibly atmospheric look at a particularly deranged party that’s laden with dark images of twisted Americana- classic Lynch in effect. And it features amongst other things; A voluptuous woman topless and masturbating, a punk lighting his mowhawk on fire, and a lot of flashing lights and running around in circles. So basically when David Lynch says it’s Crazy Clown Time you best believe things are about to get crazy.

Tagged , ,

Taragana Pyjarama // ‘Growing Forehead’

Image

If ever the word “cosmic” was appropriate to use when describing music, this is it. Copenhagen’s Taragana Pyjarama makes the kind of gloriously warm soundscapes that usually encourage wankery from music journos overzealous to use words like “transcendental”, “dreamy”, or, indeed, “cosmic”, but ‘Growing Forehead’ tickets all those boxes with flying colours.

But hey, don’t take it from us! Wait until the sun sets, put this on, stare longingly into space, and squeegee that third eye.

Taragana Pyjarama’s debut album Tipped Bowls will be released through Kompakt on June 18th.

Tagged , , ,

Listen to: David Byrne’s soundscape- “Get it Away”

Perched charmingly on the very top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, A Room For London is a one room hotel in the shape and style of a boat. The project came to fruition via a collaborative project between architect David Kohn and artist Fiona Banner and will remain in place for the whole of 2012.

Positioned in a vantage point where it is slightly above and removed from London’s kinetic commuter hustle, yet still very much connected to the cultural nucleus of the Southbank it looks down on, A Room For London is designed only in part for the public to rent out as a hotel room. The other part of its function is to act as a space of artistic reflection and creation. Each month a different writer, artist or musician will be invited to stay in A Room For London with the specific task of using their time in the boat to write and create a new piece of work.

In February, David Byrne spent a couple of days in the room and came out with a piece titled ‘Get It Away’ (listen below). After spending a considerable portion of his creative career singing about, writing about and taking pictures of cities, ‘Get It Away’ sees Byrne in the suitable mode of urban explorer.

Byrne created his “soundscape” by recording sounds as he explored the streets, markets and stations of London. He talks of how the sounds of London “converged around a common rhythm”, a rhythm he followed and added his own instrumentation to.

Ever the modern flaneur, Byrne uses snatched voices of market sellers, echoes of trains and the Southwark Cathedral organ (amongst other sounds) to create ‘Get It Away’.

Although the way Byrne discusses his project may threaten to cross over into academic obscurity, ‘Get It Away’ is actually structured around a sweet, accessible melody. The ex-Talking Heads singer’s heightened intellect and his clear thirst for exploration (both sonically and physically) results in a piece that’s hard not to enthuse about.

“London’s tempo is 122.86 beats per minute.”

Tagged ,

New Jai Paul

 

Jai Paul is a reclusive British songwriter and producer who managed to get himself signed to XL on the strength of a single exceptional demo. To be fair ‘BTSU’ really was an exceptional song, which even weepy narcissist Drake recognized when he sampled it on his last album. Now Jai Paul has proved he’s not a one trick pony by posting this corker of a demo on his soundcloud yesterday.

New track ‘Jasmine’ has Jai paul displaying some exquisite electro-funk pop stylings, as opposed to the skewed hip hop slant of ‘BTSU’. In any case it really is a superb and bittersweet pop song, and it might be the best thing we’ve heard all year. Listen it below.

 

 

Tagged , , , , ,

Light Asylum

 

Light Asylum are an intense brooklyn duo making some truly ferocious coldwave. Singer Shannon Funchess reminds us of an angrier rawer Grave Jones, and she has a voice to match the image. So in other words she’s as cool as they come. The duo have  a debut album due this summer and in the meantime you can listen to a cut off that album titled ‘IPC’, which might be the rawest thing they’ve put out yet, which is no mean feat.  We also heartily recommend that you watch the brilliant video to thier banger from last year ‘Dark Allies’.

Tagged , ,

Chromatics-Kill For Love//Review

Chromatics’ new album Kill For Love has finally landed, 5 painful years since their last. Currently only on iTunes (and Soundcloud, see below), it’s soon to be released on delicious double vinyl, good news for those of us who like to touch up our music before we listen.

As anticipated this album is epic. At 91 minutes, spanning 17 tracks including a cheeky 14 minute closer, Kill For Love certainly delivers the goods. Following on from 2007’s Night Drive (alternatively known as Original Motion Picture Soundtrack IV), the beauty of Kill For Love is Chromatics’ ability to create these grand cinematic landscapes, conjured up by the mesmerising rhythm of the synths, the New Order-esque disco beats and the hypnotic distant vocals of Ruth Radelet that narrate the whole affair.

This is an incredible album, with huge emphasis on the word ALBUM. A dreamlike grandeur flows throughout the record, tying the songs together to create the feel of an epic whole. The noir-electro disco beats that Johnny Jewel and Chromatics have become famous for since Night Drive provide a pulsing energy, keeping you hooked from start to finish, and being a 17 track album, that’s no mean feat.  Kill For Love is a true tour de force; they weave suspense into the music like an electro Hitchcock. Using their synth wizardry they send goose bumps down your spine as the record twists and turns, building up to euphoric highs and melancholic lows, assaulting the senses from all angles.

One of the highlights has to be the first track, their cover of Neil Young’s “My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue)”, renamed “Into The Black” (a little confusing as the song “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)” also on Young’s Rust Never Sleeps, has slightly different lyrics). The infamous line ‘It’s better to burn out than to fade away’,  featuring in Kurt Cobain’s suicide note, certainly fits the emotion of the album. But it’s the second song, title track “Kill For Love” which really sets the scene for what’s to come, plunging the listener into a roaring synth-fest. Others including “Candy” and “There’s A Light Out On The Horizon” are also amazing, but this album isn’t about singles, this is one great electro-noire marathon to be taken in all at once.

It’s clear to see why Johnny Jewel was asked to write the score for Drive, even if in the end it wasn’t used. Not letting that get him down, he released it anyway in the form of the 2 hour long Symmetry. However Night Drive’s “Tick Of The Clock” and “Under Your Spell” (a track from one of his many side projects Desire), were used in the film to great effect, and it’s his affinity for such cinematic themes that make Kill For Love such a masterpiece.

Words: Phil Roberts

 

Tagged , , ,

SpaceGhostPurrp

South Florida Rapper rapper and producer SpaceGhostPurrp is set to release his debut LP on indie label 4AD on June 12th. Some have remarked that this is a surprising fit but really it’s not that odd keeping in mind that they put out a Zomby album last year. In any case a track off the album titled ‘No Evidence’ can be listened to below, and it’s the most ice cold yet threatening thing we’ve heard in a mighty fine while. While you’re at it why not download his excellent and incredibly raw mix-tape from last year over here.

Tagged ,

Listen to new Major Lazer ft. Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman

 

On a day when London’s looking crazy good in the sun, Major Lazer have dropped an aptly gorgeous new song snippet to promote an upcoming European tour. Featuring the sublime vocals of Amber Coffman, “Get Free” puts the listener in the heart of a ridiculous summer fantasy; everything looks like it’s filmed through a Super 8mm camera, people are eating free Caribbean food and – because Diplo is involved in this fantasy- American Apparel models are serving you ice cold cocktails all day long. Vibe up.

Gavin Williams

Tagged ,

Clams Casino remixes Florence

 

Clams Casino has remixed Florence & The Machine’s new single “Never Let Me Go”, and in doing so he’s turned the florid and treacly original into an epic ballad of cosmically divine proportions. Just listen to that heavenly quasi-drop in the back half! That’s the sort of thing that Skrillex will be hearing once he finally departs this mortal coil to take his place amongst the heavenly spheres.

 

Tagged , , ,
%d bloggers like this: