Talos‘ Wild Alee album is one of the best Irish releases of the year. Eoin French’s debut is filled with beautifully-scaped anthem-leaning songs flourished largely with guitar, synths and drums.Bringing it all together is the supple falsetto of the man himself, a brittle, powerful voice that can move between engulfing glacial shades and warm tones. A track by track is also on Nialler9.
Yesterday, Talos released a Feel Good Lost-directed video for ‘This Is Us Colliding’ shot in the Burren which you can see below. Today, I’m premiering the remix of previous single ‘Contra’ by beat producer and blog favourite Star Slinger.
Talos Live dates:
05.08 Indiependence, Cork 24.08 Clonakilty Guitar Fest 03.10 Brudenell Social Club, Leeds 04.10 Waiting Room, London
Brendan Canty of Feel Good Lost on the video.
“For this video it was important to introduce the Talos band. It has become such an integral part of Talos and so it was important to capture that whilst keeping things in the same cinematic and abstract world created for Talos so far. “The Irish landscape has been such a big inspiration behind the music and the visuals. And we were fascinated by the idea of the uncanny – finding the unusual in the ordinary. Twisting and distorting landscapes into something unsettling.”
I’ve been a frequent supporter of Darren Williams aka Star Slinger in the past, repping his tracks, remixes and presenting his debut Irish visit in 2011. Since then, he’s had a couple of original single collaborations with rappers Teki Latek and Reggie B, remixing LOLBoys, The Weeknd, Bondax and opening for A$AP Rocky. Lately, he’s been running a series of club nights from city to city called Jet Jam.
He returns to Dublin this Wednesday to play Absolut Unique in the Academy, Dublin along with Jacques Lu Cont. Tickets can be got at Facebook. I asked Darren about some of his favourite tracks…
LOL Boys’ ‘Changes’ has been on the receiving end of some knockout remix treatment in recent weeks. The Friends Of Friends-signed LA duo of Jerome Potter and Markus Garcia have seen their trippy jazzy R&B song transformed.
First by Shlohmo, who loops Heart Streets’ main vocal into a hazy sweat and secondly by Star Slinger into a more sprightly straight-forward summer jam. Ooh-wee.
The first official single from Darren Williams aka Star Slinger follows his remix work in that it’s equally potent and yet sounds separate from the template he layed down on the Volume One original tracks free release. It features Reggie B on vocals (who also features on Onra’s ‘High Hopes‘) and was released via Green Label Sound last week. Keep ’em coming Star Slinger.
Pretty much every time I have DJed in the past six months, I’ve played something from Body Language and Star Slinger so the two together are a perfect fit for me. Body Language’s Social Studies EP is one of my favourites of that length this year and the original is off that. A new Star Slinger single drops on the net this Wednesday too.
Star Slinger let loose a couple of remixes over the last few days: one of Caged Animals and one of Toro y Moi. Here’s his latest reworking, of the Oxford band Fixers. The original ‘Swimmhaus Johannesburg’ gets turned from a siren dance-pop song into a click clacking beat drive.
As announced by On The Record last week, the lineup for the Little Big Tent at Electric Picnic has been announced and includes in order of excitement:
Onra Star Slinger Factory Floor Shit Robot AV show Toby Kaar Andrew Weatherall Rainbow Arabia Laser Tom And The Blast Crew Jacques Lu Cont Tensnake Crazy P Zinc The 2 Bears Kormac Av Set David De Valera Lrb Gretta Gunn Trainwreck Djs
A reminder that Star Slinger makes his Irish debut at a free show in The Bernard Shaw on Friday night. If you’re heading to something early that night (as is the case with the Baths and Solar Bears show) you should be able to get both in as Star Slinger plays just after 11pm. Support comes from All City DJs.
Bodytonic’s Beatyard, in association with Nialler9 are bringing Star Slinger over for his debut Irish show on April 29th at Scribble in The Bernard Shaw and it’s FREE. Support on the night comes from All City DJs. More info here. This is the same night as Baths and Solar Bears in The Workman’s but Star Slinger will be playing at 11pm so hopefully you can catch both.
Check out a few of my favourite recent cuts from the UK producer…
Star Slinger, England's representative as chosen by The Guardian
Every month, MAP (Music Alliance Pact) asks 33 music bloggers across the world to share a track from their home country that they think you should hear. Then the results are posted on those 33 blogs on the 15th of each month, downloadable in one file or playable one by one on each blog.
ARGENTINA: Zonaindie Iguana Lovers – Bloqueada The history of Iguana Lovers goes as far back as 1991 when they released Universo, their first album, which had a limited run in cassette format. Along with big acts such as Babasónicos and El Otro Yo, they managed to create a whole new movement within Argentine rock music, with a post-punk sound influenced by British bands like Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and New Order. Bloqueada is from their new EP, International Mistery Man, which can be downloaded from their website.
AUSTRALIA: Who The Bloody Hell Are They? aBillion – Soldiers It may not be summer where you are right now, but it’s definitely summer in Australia – and despite the natural disasters there’s still enough sun and surf to make a song like Soldiers really hit the spot. Sydney’s aBillion has burst onto the blog scene riding the proverbial chillwave, engaging many of the micro-genre’s tropes but managing to make them their own. Although, there’s a lot of music like this floating around at the moment, Soldiers has enough of a hook and groove to it to make you tune in.