Friday, April 30, 2010

MP3 blog 2010/04/30

blog 2010/04/30 - I still believe this can all work out.

Oh damn, I need to catch up.  Are you committed?  Can you take it?  Because the spring floodgates have opened and tonnes of wonderful new sounds have started flowing towards me.
I already have 2 more updates worth of new stuff ready!  So let's get right to this one.

Cary Brothers - Honestly:  Gorgeous folk!  From 2007, but I only found about this just now.  For fans of Damien Rice and Jeff Buckley.

Crystal Castles - Celestica (Single Mix):  New Crystal Castles for 2010!  This is a slightly different mixdown of the track, from the single of the same name.  Much softer and more "Bats For Lashes" than their normal stuff, rest assured that the single also includes a lot of totally satisfying 8-bit crunch electro beats with buried frantic vocals.  A little something for everyone here.  I will check the full length out soon.

Dan Deacon - Woof Woof:  With his shambley electronics style, no one has ever done a quality remix of Dan Deacon.  It just doesn't fit.  You'd have to do a cover version to come anywhere close to being acceptable.  So on that note, his new Woof Woof EP doesn't really work because you end up not caring about anything more than the single.  But it's a great single that will hopefully influence the next generation to put more low-fi kids toy animal samples in to their tracks.   Did Renaldo & The Loaf ever imagine their spirit would manifest like this?

Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Monsieur Adi Remix):  Even MORE Goulding!  I know I've posted a bunch, including the original of this song, but I just really like what this remix does.

Eluvium - Perfect Neglect In A Field Of Statues:  I put an example of his atmopsheric folk ambient last time, so here's a slice of his fabulous piano compositions.

Eraldo Bernocchi And Blackfilm - Bethnal Green
Eraldo Bernocchi And Blackfilm - Mistakes Pt. 2:  BASS ALERT!  Bernocchi is a name burned in to my brain and a rush of chemicals squirted in to my brain when I found he had a new release out.  AND IT'S SO DAMN GOOD.  I played the crap out of his album with Mick Harris back in the 90s, his beats are now upgraded to 21st century bass. 
Blackfirm is a perfect choice to team up with, their self-titled album from 2008 being a near perfect mixtue of post-rock grandeur and headnoddin' deepness that pays tribute to the heydays of the magic that was Possible Records.

First Aid Kit - Hard Believer:  The EP from last year was a bit hit-and-miss, but I found a few nuggets of gold in it.  Well the LP "The Big Black And The Blue" has more steps that disappoint me, but I do love this song.  It's like they just need a new producer who can really make them pull it all together.

M.I.A. - Born Free:  New M.I.A. album out this year!  This is the first single off of it, riffing with a Suicide opening loop.  Be sure to check out the incredible music video that goes with it, up their with GaGa's Telephone as best music video of the year.

Marlon D - Trust The Drum:  A great little minimal house track.  There have been so many tracks out lately chomping on "African-sounding" samples (like sampling Lion King?  WTF???) that it is refreshing to have a track like this whose main sample is from a speech about Africa itself.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I'll Still Be True
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Window Shopping:  How can you NOT love Sharon Jones?  Her new album "I Learned The Hard Way" is turning heads and kicking ass.  It's got modern funk and soul all across the spectrum, without pandering to "contemporary sounds" and bullshit reworks.  Recommended.

The Fire and Reason
- This Isn't Love (Per QX & Tombstone Remix):  Solid little electro-rock number.  Reminds me of The Gossip, and lots of fun.

To Rococo Rot - Forwardness:  I really wish I could listen to the new LP "Speculation" with a more open mind, since I have a soft spot 1990s To Rococo Rot.  But I listen and I just wish I was listening to Four Tet's latest album instead.  Sorry.  I'll console myself while grooving to these marimbas...

Wiley - Never Be Your Woman (Solo Loves Garage Remix):  Sexy garage remix of this hot single!

Wye Oak - I Hope You Die:  What could have just been a wonderfully melancholic folk song gets some luscious keyboard action that really puts it up a notch.  But uhhh...  Odd sentiment.  Although the saxophone really feels appropriate, somehow, after she tells us she hopes we die.

Zebra Baby - Jumbo (Boody B Remix):  I'm kind of in love with this semi-deconstructed banger. 


Cary Brothers - Honestly
Crystal Castles - Celestica (Single Mix)
Dan Deacon - Woof Woof
Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Monsieur Adi Remix)
Eluvium - Perfect Neglect In A Field Of Statues
Eraldo Bernocchi And Blackfilm - Bethnal Green
Eraldo Bernocchi And Blackfilm - Mistakes Pt. 2
First Aid Kit - Hard Believer
M.I.A. - Born Free
Marlon D - Trust The Drum
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I'll Still Be True
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - Window Shopping
The Fire and Reason - This Isn't Love (Per QX & Tombstone Remix)
To Rococo Rot - Forwardness
Wiley - Never Be Your Woman (Solo Loves Garage Remix)
Wye Oak - I Hope You Die
Zebra Baby - Jumbo (Boody B Remix)

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  1. Caitlyn, I've been reading these for less than a month and I've already discovered an awesome amount of great new music.

    So just wanted to say thanks–and don't slow down!

  2. No problem, and if you ever get caught up with the new releases, don't forget you can mine the blog archives for much much more.