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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Michigan’s Detroit House producer Rick Wade has worked with musician’s like Kenny Larkin and Theo Parrish over the years and the label Rush Hour has compiled a wonderfully detailed compact disc of some of his big hits. This all takes me back to some of the first vinyl I ever brought when I started DJing in 1997, just that faster disco house that i’d buy up at Melodies and Memories out in Detroit, MI. The tempo isn’t a trendy one and neither is the sound and that’s made me want to spotlight just this album alone, I hope you can find something special in this 70’s funk/disco style of midwestern house as I did.
So we all download and save images of items, graphics and photos from the internet daily and some of the time you have no idea where to give credit besides maybe the guy that posted it first or second randomly on a blog. I ‘d like to get some answers on a few of these but also just post some interesting pieces that we come across that might have been sitting on our drives for awhile that are go to for inspiration or just found randomly on a forum with no info attached and just look great. Either way hopefully the point that gets across here is that they are inspiring in some sort of way to you as well.
For the 3 images up here: the first one we’ve tried to replicate for an album cover for Shigeto, the second one always grabbed me and made want to put blurry dust spots on everything, the third one is perfect looking, if you could see it on a large screen it’s just stunning in detail, i wish i would illustrate like that, reminds me of Scott’s post a few weeks ago with the space colony.
Maybe while you rack your brain looking for who we should give credit to for doing certain designs you can listen to one of my favorite songs by someone I can’t believe we haven’t posted about but its good because we can spotlight him here on this post.
The debut EP from Vancouver’s synth pop duo Julian Carnrite and Kevin Schmidt has the right idea with a stripped down poppy soundtrack to a late night that is filled with inviting random friends out to hang out and enjoying cheap wine. The song Cool Your Shoes reminds me a little bit of Circlesquare meets Midwest Product, definitely a great cool down track for the long summer nights.
The new Machinedrum LP is finally out and the track Para Did is on repeat all the time at my place, its on this Outkast meets Blackalicious tip. Travis will be doing a lot this year so this won’t be the last time i’ll be posting on him.
I already posted this Fever Ray song but it was the remix, the lyrics won’t get out of my head i’m usually not a big lyrics fan so that means a lot I guess in my small world.
I don’t know much at all about the Clashing Egos but I do know Joakim always comes with the heat on remixes. The producer from Paris take us on a Beverly Hills sounding soundtrack cut with dreamy stabs that never begs for attention and layer upon layer of synth melodies, definitely worth your time.
Christine – Cool Your Shoes
Machinedrum – Para Did (Featuring Sarah Ruba / Jaunty)
A lot of people may know Chairlift from their Apple commercial but yesterday these 2 friends from Brooklyn turned me onto them by playing me their edit of Chairlift’s Evident Utensil and I thought I had to share it here since it was really catchy and reminds me a little of Kate Bush and that cute IDMish video of the girl singing, download the edit here exclusively, oh yeah I went there.
I really like the packaging for this Lemon Jelly album even though it doesn’t fit in any CD rack that I have, the cover above is great, the actual title(which isn’t shown) is a red balloon sticker that sits in the top right corner usually and has the bands name in it. The song Spacewalk builds nicely, it has this excitement to it because when the drums kick in its hard not to smile.
The same friends that shared the remix above of Chairlift showed me this video of Bat For Lashes, I guess i’m a little late to this party but better late than never going to the party.
I found this Snow In Mexico EP as a free download/donation site run by the musician, some really slow dizzee shoegaze from this Italian born rocker, I highly recommend Cinema 5010.
One of my favorite Books songs is this Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again, just the pure musical freedom they show off and it working out is inspiring. I might have to go out on a limb and say its the best quality sound with random field recording sampling laid out into an actual song we’ll ever hear maybe.
Kate Simko did a beautiful soundtrack for a science documentary called The Atom Smashers, The Creative Part is a favorite of mine, reminds me of what I love about Philip Glass.
Kyle Bobby Dunn is better known for his piano material, he has this beautiful drone EP called Fervency that is out now, some real gorgeous earthy tones that sweep me up, with the song clocking in over 14+ minutes you’ll be sure to fall in and out of this slightly hypnotic piece.
In my opinion Loscil is legendary for his sound that he has worked on over the years, the only way I could ever replicate is if I dove into a 20 foot deep tub of honey and sat at the bottom and had long bass tones aimed towards me from every angle while I sat and held my breathe. Listen to those slight echoes on the clicks! its like getting lost in playing with your fingers when they’re covered in pine sap and you think you can feel every fingerprint unsticking from the other.
The Books – Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again
When I saw Deerhunter live I remember asking myself I hope the guitarist on the right of the stage puts out a record, seems like he was doing most of the melody guitar and effected parts in the songs like some mini Johnny Greenwood. Well that happened and Lotus Plaza did a killer job on the record but I especially love this A Threaded Needle song, it has so many catchy elements of lo-fi post rock. Everything sits in the mix perfectly as well, never asking for your attention just gentle guitar screeches and a vocal that sits in the backseat, couldn’t be happier with the result of this project.
Recently we posted nostalgia filled Adelaide videos on the blog but I can’t just leave you with those, here’s the song Games Without End off their self released EP, this has hints of Sea and Cake and Mercury Program all over the EP but they take it a step closer to what I want to hear which is film soundtrack music that is equal to a Cinnabun in the cinnamon roll world, just an overwhelming ooze of frosting and warmth. If you like this check out other projects from the band like Small Sails or Ethan Rose.
A pretty low key one from Mogwai, definitely nice to lose yourself in this one and think your somewhere else.
This Explosions In The Sky song might be the rowdiest Monday song ever posted just epic the factor alone makes it feel like you won Tour de France and the World Cup at the same time, don’t use it as a exercise song either, you break something important.
Lotus Plaza – A Threaded Needle
Adelaide – Games Without End
Mogwai – The Sun Smells Too Loud
Explosions In The Sky – With Tired Eyes, Tired Minds, Tired Souls, We Slept
If I had a car or satellite radio i’d probably follow the radio a little more but I don’t have either really, I do try though to catch Alex Ruder on KEXP whenever I can because of his diverse taste on one of radio’s best commercial-free KEXP(Seattle). Its kind of nice to get thru 30 brand new songs within less than 70 mins and a get a little info along the way, definitely worth checking out.
TRACKLIST – KEXP DJ Alex Ruder – “Your Style Won’t Survive You” Balmorhea – Settler Koushik – Welcome Flying Lotus – Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix) Osborne – Hydragilm Exit Destruments – The Get Down Calmer – Past Is Present Kiln – Marigold Bunker New Villager – Rich Doors Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Can’t Hear My Eyes Tussle – Elephants Meandering (Sal Principato and Dennis Young Remix) Roots Manuva – Let the Spirit (Hot Chip Remix) Zion I – DJ DJ Buraka Som Sistema – D…D…D…D…Jay Home Video – I Can Make You Feel It KiD CuDi – Day ‘n’ Nite (Jori Hulkkonen Remix) Grampall Jookabox – Let’s Go Mad Together The Bran Flakes – What It’s All About Charles Trees – Memories CYNE – Fall Through Atlantis Aether – Anywhere Hudson Mohawke – Star Crackout Hauschka – Freibad Dyme Def – Fresh In My Kicks Circle Research – This Is A Recording Black Milk – Give the Drummer Sum Eliot Lipp – Sentinel Benoit Pioulard – Ragged Tint Marie Siouxx – Love Song Daedelus – C’Est Super Surkin – Chrome Knight (f. Chromeo) Lemonade – Big Weekend (Delorean Remix)
April 7th is a huge release date for electronic juggernauts The Juan MacLean and Junior Boys, both putting out Best Of like albums that you’ll probably see on many lists this year. This song Work is just perfection in my eyes of what i’d love to take in the studio, it has the dark drive and its sexy beyond belief. Those distant Tangerine Dream synths and rolling leads just grab me right from when they start. The Juan MacLean does jam out on his new album, full of pop length songs and the vox upfront, reminds me a little of how Adult. started out meets Human League.
Todd Terje makes America’s Horse With No Name a bit easier to play out for all the slow disco DJ’s out there, a lovely simple edit.
I found this Manoo remix of Yacoub on a mix by Culoe De Song, just a real nice groove, i’m sure when i’m older i’ll be listening to only this kind of music, all my friends and I will have ponytails, steel round framed eyeglasses and our world music vinyl collections will be sprawled across our living rooms, almost crushing the newly mined gold bird cages holding our rare cockatoos and sometimes even being bookended at times by 500+ euro authentic African rain sticks, while the house reeks of Nag Champa and the kiln is burning my latest failed attempt at a clay vase.