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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Mount Kimbie has always made an effort to make weird attractive to the ear, with their new single Made To Stray off their upcoming LP. They invert the pop angle by slow pairing odd hisses and filters in the intro to getting to the soft hooky vocal at the end.
Cascine have done a great job finding remixers for their artists and this one for Wildarms’Clear Eyes EP is no exception. Octo Octa carries out a intricate and warm dub rework that hints at the sounds that made labels like Dial what they are today.
There was only 75 made copies of this vinyl and I had 2 in my shopping cart, i’m talking about this new single from The Juan MacLean, for some reason I didn’t press buy quick enough and waited too long, still kicking myself for that one.
The smooth and catchy beauty is coming back to Kompakt and I couldn’t be happier, they led the way of making techno attractive back in the day, so glad Coma is getting the love they deserve for this new single.
Come say hello, i’ll probably be DJing early and you know the rest of the roster is worth it. I’ll try to be giving out some of the new Ghostly stickers on this beautiful half satin matte finish. Sadly I don’t think Scott will be able to make it, maybe he’ll drop in, here’s hoping.
I’m late to the Octo Octa game, i’ve been digging up what I can find and this gem has my ear, I like that its pretty true to the originators of this sound.
Marius Vareid never fails to nail that dreamy end of daytime disco, sometimes it steps out from the dancefloor reaches to rejuvenating some untouched 80′s sound.
Some people might hear Cocteau Twins instrumentally to compare No Joy but its too rushed and the drums definitely are recorded differently, its hard to love someone trying to make this sound because the influencers wrote too personal of songs. Either way its still worth hearing and hoping for some commitments to this sound from the band and it not just being fashionably a good choice to make this music.
Rustie might be beyond anything that I can appreciate by now, I really loved him but now its getting too Euro ringtone for me meets a Japanese Sega game theme song that never reached the States in 1995.
I wish wobbly wasn’t ruined by Dubstep as an adjective to describe something in music. This Essay track has some solid relisten potential, also like a Com Truise track striped down and in a higher octave.
What great beginnings for the new Mister Saturday Night label, the clips for their new signing Dark Sky have really stuck with me definitely picking this one up, tracks 1 and 4 are favorites.
Some New Age dark vibes coming from Xander Harris, soo happy this music is getting bigger, its a genre thats really explores soft synths and i’m hoping that actually gets some of these guys out of their bedrooms and booked in venues for shows.
Sort of an older one from Tomas Barfod but it popped up and I had to share it, it could have been a dancefloor dub with one more edit but it might have too much downtime, still in love.
Scott and I did a mix for Herschel Supply’sSelected Sounds series. The tracks came together pretty naturally, some of our favorite artists to just tracks that help slow you down and enjoy the some tunes. Also, I did a short interview answer on how I find all the music I post on the blog here.
Seahawks – Crystal Beach Toro Y Moi – Rose Quartz Session Victim – Dark Sienna The Holydrug Couple – Paisley Onra & Quetzal – C’est Pour Toi Eliot Lipp – The Rabbit Nitemoves – Veaquis High Places – Papaya Year Youth Lagoon – Dropla Ame – Erkki (Hannes Bieger remix) Ashra – Midnight On Mars Bullion – Synth Grub
The Brooklyn / DC label that is brought us Solar Year & Bam Spacey puts together a playlist showing off their depth and a short story about each artist.
1. Young Athletes League “We Only Feed Ourselves”
Every label needs a first release. A 3 track EP from London’s Young Athletes League was ours. We found YAL through a Phil Collins remix he posted via MySpace which lead to discovering his original works. Thinking about it now I feel really old but MySpace is making a come back right? “We Only Feed Ourselves” is the title track as well as the closing track to that release — 7.5 minutes of lo-fi electronic bliss.
2. Solar Year “Lines”
This is one of my favorite Solar Year tracks. Everything just works here from start to finish. This track, and Solar Year in general, give off this underlining feeling of dread that is at the same time strangely pop leaning and warm. It may just be how I perceive it but it’s perfect in my book. It most likely has a lot to do with the contrast between Ben’s productions and David’s incredible high reaching vocals. The Waverly album is now re-mastered and sounding incredible, this is a stand out from the flip side.
3. Albert Swarm “Aging Out”
Actually haven’t listened to the first Albert Swarm EP in a while, it’s been Wake (his second release) 24/7. Was really nice revisiting this track when putting the playlist together. “Aging Out” is probably one of the very first songs I heard from the Albert Swarm project. I think the track really speaks for itself.
4. The Soft “Mori (Elysia Edit)”
This is where the playlist get a little warmer! Really excited about the upcoming EP from The Soft. Produced by Luke Abbott and David Pye who just did some production for Brolin. “Mori” is an immense pop track we released for free at the end of 2012, this remix was done by Henry from the band under his Elysia moniker. Without much snuff Henry took this track straight to the dance floor.
5. Prism House “Need You (Part I)”
The Prism House project is our very first NYC signing and we just released their debut Reflections EP on March 5. Love the variety of samples clicking in and out throughout this track as a desperate sounding bass line tries to find some sort of footing but Prism House aren’t really letting it happen.
6. Bam Spacey “Dessa brander”
Hard to choose one track from Bam Spacey. I really wanted to put up some of the unreleased/upcoming stuff because it’s brilliant but he probably wouldn’t be too pleased with that. “Dessa Brander” was the very last single we did from the Land EP. Imagery wise it sits somewhere towards the end of Blade Runner just before the end credits roll as Deckard is driving further and further away from LA and headed towards the horizon. This track plays right around that time and I’d like to think Deckard is taking his girl out to the beach because she’s probably never seen one before and romance ensues.
7. Glenn Jackson “You Too”
This has to be one of my favorite tracks we’ve put out to date. Glenn has a knack for pacing a track to feel just right and “You Too” is a beautiful example of that. One of the more positive and uplifting tracks we’ve done so far cause you know… feeling good is pretty important. The build is exceptional — you wait and wait for that drop and when it happens you’re cruising, shades on, not looking back.
Showcase show tonight in Brooklyn, Flyer by: Alex Koplin