blog 2010/01/20 - now 18 great songs closer to our death!
AFTA-1 - 7th Sun (first draft): a little nugget of soulful bliss... A preliminary leak from their super smooth mixtape.
Alan Pownall - A Life Worth Living (Jakwob Remix): The joyous vocals just gush all over the place! This out-shines even Passion Pit for sheer exuberance. But fuck, wait a sec, we have JACWOB on the beat, and this becomes an ecstatic stormer, and an instant classic.
Alina Orlova - Lijo: No idea what she is saying it, but this track from the 2008 album Laukinis Suo Dingo is simply stunning. She is super cute, Lithuanian, and wonderfully talented.
Dan The Automator - Rapper's Delight (Tepr Remix): Having witnesses enough breaker battles, I am so fucking sick of Rapper's Delight and the classic breaks and funk that is on at every single throwdown. So hell yes to Mr. Automator for flipping the classic, and hell yes to Tepr for dicing it up and distilling the cheeseball goodness for a new generation.
Deru - Fadeaway: I highly coveted my copies of Pushing Air and Pushing Soil, those cute little 10"s from way-back-when. You can even find tracks from them on my Robots Are People Too mixtapes. Well Deru is back with a new album, Say Goodbye To Useless, and it is certainly worth the wait.
Deru - I Want: Doing the contemporary thang where he straddles that line between downtempo, breakbeat and IDM fans, this album successfully appeals to all and alienates few. There is less sonic exploration than on his earlier works, but that is in exchange for a production maturity and album consistency. Recommended for fans of Alias, Panty Raid, Bass Nectar, Blockhead, Harmonic 33, etc.
Ekelon - 7th Soul: From the Techrishe EP, here have a dubby little stepper with some IDM flair and a wonderfully chosen vocal sample.
Goodbye Ivan - Jonktion 1205: Continuing with the instrumentally goodness, we tone down the beats and add some guitar smoothness. This sounds like a simpler take on mid-90s Tortoise, and I mean that in the best possible way. I hear it and I just think of baleen.
Miami Horror - Don't Be On With Her (Treasure Fingers Remix): The most direct successor of the high-pitched Kissy Sellout sound, Treasure Fingers whirls on the synth leads and overlays the pop goodness with the best of them. I am hoping I don't reach total burnout with this producer like I did with Kissy Sellout, but right now it's a toe-tapping indulgence.
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt: HOTNESS ALERT! HOLY SHIT, PAY ATTENTION! Heartland is the new LP from Owen Pallett, aka Final Fantasy, and it is wonderful, immediately staking claim on the top albums of 2010 lists everywhere.
Owen Pallett - Oh Heartland, Up Yours!: Like his earlier stuff, it exists within it's own soundworld that is all his own. You have to give it a moment, you have to pay attention, and you have to just sink in to his logic and WOW the payoff is huge.
Owen Pallett - Tryst With Mephistopheles: So he is dropping the Final Fantasy moniker. Apparently he wants to call himself Skylord, which is like the best name ever. An awesome contraction of SKYMASTER and GAYLORD. If I was rich enough, I'd pay Owen Pallett to perform at my wedding, and white rose pedals would magically float down from the ceiling.
Speech Debelle - Better Days ft Micachu: Speech Therapy is a rather remarkable album. Debelle's guarded, sometimes nervous flow rides perfectly. Most of the beats are interesting, and in some cases genius (see: Live & Learn)
Speech Debelle - Live & Learn: The album as a whole doesn't do it for me, but the strength of the winners overshadows any gullies.
Speech Debelle - The Key: One thing that can definitely be stated is that Speech Debelle takes the reins from Jean Grey as the most interesting female MC out there, for sure.
The Albertans - I Want You: Some mellowness, seemingly taking a smooth blissout base of Orange Cake Mix, it barely raises a stir. But really, sometimes the understated whispered ones like this are just so full of charm.
The Count And Sinden - Elephant 1234: Sinden, off on his own, has produced some pretty grating stuff, but kudos to the Count of Monte Christo for always reigning in the flamboyance and getting things back to the solid dancefloor business.
XXX Residents - Black Eyeballs Are Coming!!: So an album comes along entitled "Attack of Killer Black Eye Ball!!!!" and so of course I have to check it out, being a life-long obsessive fan of The Residents. And what? Masami Akita is involved on a track? Weird. The album itself it most just poor techno, and sometimes you can spot some samples from The Residents on there. Two tracks do it for me, but especially this one. The creeper bassline seems to sit perfectly with The Moles Are Coming, and the iconic synth lines.
I can't recommend the album, but oh how this track makes me smile!
THIS WEEK'S TRACKS
AFTA-1 - 7th Sun (first draft)
Alan Pownall - A Life Worth Living (Jakwob Remix)
Alina Orlova - Lijo
Dan The Automator - Rapper's Delight (Tepr Remix)
Deru - Fadeaway
Deru - I Want
Ekelon - 7th Soul
Goodbye Ivan - Jonktion 1205
Miami Horror - Don't Be On With Her (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Owen Pallett - Lewis Takes Off His Shirt
Owen Pallett - Oh Heartland, Up Yours!
Owen Pallett - Tryst With Mephistopheles
Speech Debelle - Better Days ft Micachu
Speech Debelle - Live & Learn
Speech Debelle - The Key
The Albertans - I Want You
The Count And Sinden - Elephant 1234
XXX Residents - Black Eyeballs Are Coming!!
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