The always-reliable Awesome Tapes from Africa digs up a 1995 kwaito dance gem from South Africa’s Professor Rhythm. The label has had some great stuff in 2017 including Umoja’s 707′ and Om Alec Khaoli ‘Say You Love Me’ and this is no different. Joy. Brian and his Awesome Tapes From Africa are in the Sugar Club in Dublin on November 11th with Super Silly, Farah Elle courtesy of Woweembeem.
The Go! Team are back and for their first song since 2015’s The Scene Between. The Brighton band arrive with ‘Semicircle Song’ with a marching band, The Detroit Youth Choir. The band’s mastermind Ian Parton took inspiration from Northern soul, Japanese indie-pop and old-school hip hop and went to Detroit to record with a marching band and choir.
Boy Harsher – Westerners
Massachusetts duo Boy Harsher impressed me with the dark and swirling ‘Motion’ and here’s another from their debut EP, a pulsating electro track with atmospheric care-free abandon and an old-school beat.
SONDAR – Ready
Effervescent electro pop from Cait and Katie, a duo from Nashville.
Burial – Rodent
I’d become less interested in recent Burial releases due to familiarity or apathy. That’s on me perhaps but the latest track from the enigmatic producer finds him in his most direct clubbing state in quite a while. From the the relentless bassline to the hypnotic vocal line to the snatches of sax, ‘Rodent’ is a fresh sound from a producer who already has a trailblazing tag.
Palmbomen II – Ultimate Lovestory Fantasy
The latest release, Memories of Cindy 3, from the LA producer has his trademark textured ambience in full effect: revealing itself like a soft breath in a warm fogged tunnel.
Four Tet – Lush
A mellow and melodic highlight from Kieran Hebden’s largely understated new record New Energy.
St. Vincent – Pills
Annie Clark’s Jack Antonoff-produced album Masseduction is out today. Clark has always been one to root for – as a kickass female artist in a male-dominated guitar space, she’s proved herself more talented and ambitious than anyone yet sometimes, her songs remain stubborn to letting you in beyond admiration. ‘Pills’ is maybe the most pop thing Clark has ever done but it doesn’t lose the swagger that got her to where she is in the first place. She’s in Dublin next week.
Baths – Out
Will Wiesenfeld is back as Baths with a new album Romaplasm on Anticon on November 17th and the album takes inspiration from anime and video games. ‘Out’ has that vivd bounce to it and Will says the title is “a dual meaning—either referring to someone going out for the night, or being an out gay person. It touches on the intersection of both but mostly deals with how I feel in a club environment.” Here’s first single ‘Yeoman’.
King Krule – Half Man Half Shark
Archy Marshall’s newest album as King Krule might be his most complete yet (one listen in). Marshall has a tendency to let his drawl do all the work on tracks sometimes but there’s plenty of shade and energy on the new record to warrant further investigation. It’s still got that loose jazz feel at times and ‘Half Man Half Shark’ is one such typical highlight.
The duo have a long-standing friendship (having met each other the week McDonnell moved to Dublin in 1994) and Mount Alaska allows the pair to indulge in a fully electronic recording process using analogue synths and equipment.
‘Radius’ is Mount Alaska’s third such track a song that is dense in its production with digital drum hits, undercurrents of cloudy synth lines, stormy vocals and patches of melody lines. It’s like Burial crossed with Moderat.
New Order- Tutti Frutti Vök – Waterfall Augustus & John – There Goes My Train Grimes – Realiti Nao – Golden Reykjavíkurdætur – Reykjavíkurdætur Hundred Waters – Down From the Rafters (Huxley Remix) Braids – Blondie Banks – Better Glass Animals & Joey Bada$$ – Lose Control
Santigold – Can’t Get Enough of Myself (feat. B.C) The Fixx – One Thing Leads to Another Sheer Mag – Fan The Flames Shura – White Light Hot Chip – Love Is The Future Richard Egan- Never Seen You Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes Slove – Le Danse East of My Youth – Only Lover Sophie – Nothing More to Say (Vox) Grimes – Venus Fly feat. Janelle Monáe Overcoats – Smaller Than My Mother Saint Sister – Blood Moon
Cut Once – Playing With Fire Para One – Girlhood Bicep & Hammer – Dahlia
I spend most of my day listening to music of all tempos and styles, so when I get close to the night, and bed is calling, I rarely put on music. I used to fall asleep with headphones in my ears but those times are gone and sleep is more precious. Occasionally, my head will be buzzing too much with work and plans that I can’t relax. Music can help then.
Here’s a 3-hour Spotify playlist featuring music for such an occasion, for sleep-inducing, quiet times, for background noise, for night-marches into a deep consciousness or whatever you’re having your self.
It features music, ambient, atmospheric and minimal from Aphex Twin, M83, Brian Eno, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jon Hopkins, Ebauche, Burial, John Foxx, Julianna Barwick, Tangerine Dream, Air, Stars Of The Lid, Boards Of Canada, Harold Budd, Laraaji, Arca, Nils Frahm and more. It will be updated again in future so subscribe. In the meantime, press shuffle and drift off when appropriate.
Next up on the themed playlists? Halloween, Running, morning time or something else? Let me know.
Special shoutout to the ever-brilliant Stephen Maurice Graham for his illustration. This one, he says, is down to that Psychemagik track and the film Dazed and Confused. Please enjoy 15 tracks in under an hour. A bit less talking, a bit more mixing on this one than usual.
Yes, this is legit. Burial adds some atmosphere and a dark-shaded mood to Massive Attack’s previously unreleased ‘Four Walls’ at an epic-length of 12 minutes while on the yet unheard equally long B-side he re-dresses Heligoland favourite ‘Paradise Circus’. The limited to a 1000-only heavyweight vinyl with artwork designed by Robert Del Naja is already sold out since yesterday by the looks of things.
Adult Swim are offering an 18-track free compilation of rare and unreleased tunes called Unclassified from the likes of Ikonika, Actress, Cooly G, Burial (not particularly rare), Babe Rainbow, Geoim, Untold, SBTRKT, Starkey, Boxcutter and more.
After some conversations with friends about dubstep recently, I thought I’d put up some tunes from last year to serve as a catchup/beginners guide to the genre and its surrounds. I’m by no means an expert but over the next two pages you’ll find my favourites from Burial, Zomby, Joker, Peverelist, Benga, Skream, Samiyam, Darkstar, 2000F, Joy Orbison, King Midas Sound, Kode 9, Guido and more.
Please put your own must-listens in the comments.
Burial (with Four Tet)
Enigmatic dubstepper Burial and electronic experimentaller Four Tet combined on a 12″ last year which had two tracks at 18 minutes in length total. ‘Moth’ was the standout track of the two (the other being ‘Wolf Cub’). Perfectly combining Four Tet’s ability to chop up percussion samples in inventive ways with Burial’s ability to produce some growling yet almost supernatural sub-bass. (more…)