Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records.
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‘Walk Dance Talk Sing’ is one of the more deeper cuts on this classy disco effort from the UK trio Crazy P. The bassline makes it a builder compared some of the more soulful dancefloor tracks that imbodies this LP. The distant guitar work is what sold me, reminded me of an Erlend Oye project.
This Berlin-based, Paris-born collective made up of Irishwoman Julie Chance and Australian Jon Dark reach deep and summon some very fluid tones that touch on could have been a lost B-side of Slowdive if they were went a more delicate route in the mid 90’s. I personally enjoy the stillness of the sounds like your slowly circling something in a dark room and sensing it being soft yet cold.
Sola is taken from the debut album Eternalism by Evvol, out June 8th on Mad Dog & Love Records.
This new Legowelt cut popped up when I was looking through some images to post, wanted to pair them up because it reminds of the first days on this blog when it oozed nostalgia and timeless imagery and sound, Its always nice to reminisce. What a track from Wolfers, its like the man lives inside his vintage machines, the melodies he unravels always end up on repeat.
“The basis of the album was a series of field recordings of tones and unintentional harmonies that I made in the summer & fall of 2013 – whistling industrial air conditioners, bird songs, locust drones, washing machines – that I mimicked or interpreted on the guitar, making loops that developed into fuller compositions.
Several of the pieces are recreations of harmony loops that I heard in a series of extraordinarily vivid dreams, and then woke up and recorded.
A few pieces had lyrics and vocal parts that I ultimately removed; at a certain point the album became an exercise in restraint, so I strove to leave only what I felt absolutely essential.
Unlike most of my previous recordings, there are no digital / software after-effects on the album; all sounds are from analog tape and / or my few guitar pedals.” Thomas Meluch (Benoit Pioulard)
The sound of the fifth Benoit Pioulard full length is lush and verdant, a temperate rain forest of ear ecstasy that reflects the environment surrounding the artist. A mostly instrumental work, it is an adept melding of song and sound, melody and texture, the intangible and the palpable, that in an abstract sense recalls the more fractured and loose end of the 70’s krautrock movement.
With each song having an average run time of just 1:30 this refreshing James Pants album is very easy to enjoy. There might be a slight learning curve for past Stones Throw and James Pants fans for this LP. Its heavy on what i’d like to call “Hyper New Age” where a lot of New Age elements/ideas get touched on.
Big room British producer shares his 2nd single “Crystallise (feat. Lawrence Hart)” from his upcoming LP Fading Love on Domino Records.
I am always impressed by George’s very direct basslines, they always work soo well on the dancefloor and have this dryness to them that make them sound classic or like you’ve heard something similar to it in the past. Here he doesn’t have that it, its a rolling arp, a lot less heavy and more ethereal. Still gorgeous, the man has an ear for tasteful dance music, I hope he never goes anymore big room than this though.
Right in time for the summer grilling, Ratatat is back, can you imagine how many backyard parties in Brooklyn this song will played?? I sure can :|. Five years is too long but i’m not going to deny a good thing, they still got it.
An electronic music legend is back with a 2 tracker for us, Casino Versus Japan has always been a favorite on here since the blog started. What to expect? well the signature dreaminess and the lull that soo many artists try to create but can’t ever do as well as Erik did it, i’ve always filed him under Hawaiian Post Rock by himself.