Gorillaz+Birds & Souls+Tanlines+Loscil

Posted by Jakub

Artwork by Will Calcutt aka Hardac

I’m pretty proud of this music selection today because its so diverse on the electronic end, we have a track from the potentially Top 40 worldwide Gorillaz, a summer track from Birds & Souls, a hip Yeasayers like song from Tanlines and one of the most beautiful ambient tracks that has come out this year from Loscil.

So glad to hear this track Stylo on the new Gorillaz tracks, I was going thru the album trying to find a song I liked plus one to share and it seems that this was my jam. It really reminds me of INXSMediate at times especially when the synth lead chord is being held down. I can see this song being played at clubs and also the more hip private parties, I hope it spreads like wild fire to people’s ears.

Birds & Souls are new and their first single is what i’m going to call 2010 summer’s jam for the festival circuit in the dance world(WMC, DEMF, Sonar, etc.). The track builds from what sounds like friends experimenting making a song into where they find a groove then after around the 4 minute mark it starts blooming into one of the more catchy songs i’ve heard in a while. Its definitely one of those songs to lose yourself in, you can’t even judge a 3 minute section of the song since the song completely transforms if you stick with it, really looking forward to hearing this on some big speakers.

This back to back with the Birds & Souls track you might like i’m a world music nut when it comes to percussion which I am but this song from Tanlines goes a completely different direction which is this sound that is seeping into the indie rock world. I think the unraveling of it started with Animal Collective > Yeasayers > to someone like Tanlines, the added synths morph it into something a bit more poppy and youthful and less experimental.

Time to shift gears and slowly dip into the calm water, let me paint you a picture in your mind: you’ve canoed around a mile off the coast its about 4:55am on a foggy rainy night where its almost dawn, you grab your goggles and put them on, they’re your favorite ones with an oval face and vintage leather strap that doesn’t match and somehow has made it thru all your early morning solo dives. You drop in the water backwards and go exploring like you always do, part of the thrill is people don’t know your out or know that you even do this, its your small kept secret that you take very serious yet when you come up from the water and you see the tiny bit of sun starting to peak out you can’t seem to never hold back your smile. Thats how this Loscil song is for me.

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Bryn says:

March 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

There is also a very nice and amusing video for Stylo that Gorillaz just released this past week, it’s definitely worth a watch.


Joe says:

March 8, 2010 at 10:59 am

everyone should indulge in the alex metric remix of the stylo song, jakub post that little dingy sometime, its rockin!


Alex / HeadUp says:

March 8, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Awesome picks today dude! So glad to hear that the Gorillaz, regardless of how top40 they are, can still avoid sounding formulaic music industry marketing slop, that my ear are attracted to it, that it doesn’t get shoved down my throat.

Love the loscil track too, and the picture you painted for us to listen to it to!


NAVIS says:

March 8, 2010 at 12:35 pm

I dig the Stylo song up until the Bobby Womac entrance. I think that’s who it is at least… just kinda ruins the song for me a little bit. I also hated Clint Eastwood when I first heard that song and now it’s the only song I have completely memorized from start to finish. So it will probably infectiously grow on me.


Tyler says:

March 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I just picked up the new Loscil album today. It’s a great listen all the way through… Like your hazy descriptive morning solo dive take for the Lake Orchard track. I always try to picture random nostalgic scenarios in my head while listening to IDM/Ambient… adds more perspective and depth to the songs.


Tom Mraz says:

March 9, 2010 at 1:36 am

Wow…love the Loscil track, especially with your imagination kick start in mind. Very reminiscent of the Heat soundtrack I’m finding…ahhh such subtle beauty, so evocative and emotive…there’s nothing like letting it slide over you and igniting pleasant daydreams.


adam says:

March 10, 2010 at 9:39 am

i have been hearing that stylo track on our sirius at work for a bit now and have been really digging it. and that tanlines track is pretty rad too.

you need to download this podcast off scissorkick by djjz. i always skip the first three tracks and start about 12.5 minutes in.

also, i dig the eclectic collection of your blog posts. viva la penguin, right!


Dan says:

March 10, 2010 at 8:38 pm

I took your word on the Birds & Soul track and listened to all of it, it was worth it! Great track.

I put on Loscil’s Plume album earlier today and found I’d forgotten how much I love his sound… definitely picking up Endless Falls soon.