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Soulwax – ‘Transient Program for Drums and Machines’
So why not complete the circle? The brothers’ original band Soulwax is back with new music in the form of 8-minute song ‘Transient Program For Drums & Machinery’, which heralds Soulwax European dates. It’s their first Soulwax song in 11 years.
The live gigs to come sound like fun with a specially designed stage set and seven touring members, including original band member Stefaan Van Leuven on bass guitar & synth, three drummers – Victoria Smith (Jamie T), Iggor Cavalera (Sepultura, MIXHELL), Blake Davies (Turbowolf), and Laima Leyton (MIXHELL) on synth and backing vocals, it’ll be a studio on stage. Dublin date to come no doubt. They play Dublin as 2manjDJs on December 17th.
Pavel Dovgal – ‘VHS’
As premiered today in album form, the Russian producer’s new album The Aura is a fine collection of textured electronic beats informed by R&B, trip-hop, jazz and rap. Featuring guest turns from L.A. rapper BLU, Azari & III”s Starving Yet Full and Pavel’s friends Mujuice and Graciela Maria, The Aura is recommended for fans of the beat-driven electronic music of Brainfeeder, Bonobo, Gold Panda, live instrument samples, glitchy beats, and headnodding rhythms.
‘VHS’ reminds me of the kind of beat-heavy electronica that Nosaj Thing has excelled at.
Roosevelt – ‘Belong’
A reminder of a recent album of the week, ‘Belong’ is indicative of Marius Lauber’s M.O. – disco spun synth pop music. He’s playing London, Glasgow, Leeds and Manchester this week.
Theophilus London feat. Ariel Pink – ‘Revenge’
It’s not surprising that a collaboration between Theophilus London and Ariel Pink would sound a bit eighties. ‘Revenge’ was released via Fool’s Gold and promises more music from Theo in 2017.
Buddy – ‘Shine’
Pharrell’s Compton protegé Buddy dropped this smooth R&B jam produced Mike & Keys and DJ Khalil this month. One to watch.
Horse Lords – ‘Towards The Omega Point’
Horse Lords are a Baltimore band that fuse post-punk, jazz, Afrobeat and Krautrock to make it sound weird. ‘Towards The Omega Point’ is a nine-minute sonic excursion of warped guitar lines, cowbells and shuffling rhythm that I’m happy to play over and over. Drone rock.
Sinkane – ‘U’huh’
Some sunshine on a wet Dublin day.
Ahmed Gallab’s Sinkane project has a new album Life & Livin’ It out in February 10th on City Slang. Lead single ‘U’Huh’ is a positive slice of William Onyeabor-esque African-leaning pop music with the lyrics “We’re all gonna be alright / Kulu shi tamaam,” central to the song’s message. “Kulu shi tamaam” is Arabic for “Everything is great”.