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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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.
Praveen & Benoît’s Songs Spun Simla Remixes has a few lovely surprises with remixes from our favorite mix contributor Tom Croose doing a slow shuffle remix to names like Daedelus, Machinedrum, and David Last but one of my personal favorites is this Shigeto remix called The Tunnel is Still There (Shigeto’s Deep Tunnel Diving Remix). The Shigeto remix grabs a certain energy from the song and runs with it, below is video for the remix that HeadUp did using footage from Koyaanisqatsi and Powaqqatsi.
o9 released Church of the Ghetto PC in 2004 on Schematic who have gave us Phoenecia and Richard Devine. The song Terminal Silver has a hint of the ever classic Alberto Balsalm by Aphex Twin but its a bit more digital and bubbly.
I’ve been hearing about this Mount Kimbie duo for some time now, pretty nice stuff and its kind of hard to pin down their sound and style. Either way its really nice to listen to especially this song WIlliam which has these foggy PBS sounds to it but moves into a nice
Praveen & Benoît – The Tunnel is Still There (Shigeto’s Deep Tunnel Diving Remix)
o9 – Terminal Silver
Mount Kimbie – William
Praveen & Benoît – Chiaroscuro (Daedelus Remix)
Praveen & Benoît – The Tunnel is Still There (Shigeto’s Deep Tunnel Diving Remix) video
I couldn’t help myself but these 2 bands are very unrated and deserve 2 songs posted by each group.
One Second Bridge seems to be a Spanish duo that makes lovely faint daydream songs, N°2 really grabbed my attention because around the 1:26 min mark this looped echo comes in and steals your attention and fades out, its what I can only describe as the perfect interruption. Sucio Cielo Azul is a little more slow going but still stunning and at a perfect length.
Don’t mix up Cloudland Canyon with Canyon Country, Canyon Country has plenty of slow post showgaze vocals and definitely a hint of The Doves and/or GOOD Air.
Usually every Monday morning I head over to Resident Advisor to check out what weekly dj mix is up. My all time favorite mix on there is this Mark E mix, It was the 112th one up, I think they’re in the 140’s now . This one really kicks off at the 11:30 minute mark and its literally smooth sailing and slow head nodding in your chair(if you’re working and listening) from there on. Some of the highlight tracks are the LTJ Experience and the Marvin Gaye edits but once you get into the meat and potatoes of it I personally lose it, its like watching saltwater taffy, milk chocolate, and crayons being made in front of you on repeat all at the same time, its just this perfect slow tempo and you end up losing track of time.
TRACKLIST STL – Foggy Beats – Something Amp Fiddler – You – Genuine Try to find me VOL 1 – Make Dance – Golf Channel Cole Medina – Love You Inside Out (Pinches Mix) – House Arrest Mark E – Untitled – Unreleased Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose (Mark E edit) – Unreleased Bogdan Irkuk – Carpice – Rollerboys Recordings Rondenion – Precious Time – Parker Music Works Mark E – Get Yourself Together – Unreleased LTJ Experience – I Love You – Irma Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair (The Revenge Rework) – Unreleased Birth Control – Plastic People (Medit) – Unreleased
Dial’s new signing Christian Naujoks shows that the Hamburg based label isn’t just sticking to deep minimal 4/4 music, Naujoks album is full of exciting new sounds like Maladies which is just vibraphone and piano together and somehow it still feels like it fits perfectly on Dial, I should of turned my vibraphone techno demo into them in years ago, oh well.
Osborne(Todd Osborn) aka Soundmurderer aka Clutch aka TNT aka Superstructure(who put out Clone A which was a midi version of the whole Kid A album, its nuts) is one gifted man, i’ve only got to meet him a few times and every time i’ve been lost for words so it only gets weird hah. Todd has an array of unique things about him like building his own computers, instruments, and even a hovercraft. He is also one of the only people I know that has this many monikers but actually makes use of them and are needed since his sound varies so often. As for the song Fire i’m pretty speechless, its simple and classic disco but this is the same guy that puts out ragga-jungle and ghetto-tech, so it just makes me think about what else he has in his vault.
I think Swayzak’s Low-Rez Skyline holds a certain place in my heart for easing me off techno nearly 10 years ago, it was like Ritalin for my friends that only thought techno was for dancing. Its a pretty easy going and perfect song to put on for someone that you may know that needs help getting off club music.
I know i’m bookending today with 2 vibraphone songs but its Moondog a blind American composer who was a terrrific street musician and also built many instruments, he definitely needed to be in the same post as Christian Naujoks and Todd Osborn.
As for the video below, its for Osborne’s song The Count which is on the same EP as Fire, the footage is from The New Dance Show(Detroit’s American Bandstand) that was played on a Southeast Michigan public access channel in the evening on the weekend in the early 90’s if I remember correctly, I remember sitting infront of the tv watching it with my little sister.