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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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.
Went to my first Dub Wars a few weeks ago which is a monthly in New York that usually is mostly Dubstep, since then i’ve been hooked on the really low end heavy tracks like Lukid’s Slow Hand Slap, its hard to listen to if you don’t have good speakers because a lot of fun in listening to the songs is the ultra clean warmth the kick has.
Recently we hosted a mix that featured this Viul song Wound Cotton Wound which is out this week and includes a Benoit Pioulard remix. Viul is an ex-band member of Esmae which Benoit was the drummer and Viul played guitar. I love the control on the range in the static sound Viul makes, its more inviting to new listeners and half way thru he lightly eases in acoustic guitar and pulls back on the noise, a perfect song to listen to all the way thru for friends that haven’t heard of Fennesz.
I haven’t heard from Deadbeat in ages but he was one of the first consistent Minimal Dub producers around and released on the great ~scape label out of Germany. Organ In The Attic Sings The Blues cuts out the MCing and generic raggae sound and plays around in the more interesting yet always enjoyable experimentation of new sounds in a genre thats been around for ages.
Norway is pumpin’ out the slow disco producers left n’ right and they all have been pretty impressive especially Blackbelt Andersen who has a new record out that is self titled. Reminds me a little of what I loved about Swayzak’s Snowboarding In Argentina which i’ll post later this week.
On a side note I never get to thank you all enough for checking out the blog and the music daily that we get to share with you. It really means a lot to me when I find out any of you go out and support the musicians hard work by just buying a $.99 song or when you just find a new song here that you want to listen to over and over by just streaming it, all of you are a pretty amazing in my book.
Lusine does it again with a gorgeous ambient album called Language Barrier, I don’t know how he does it but he cuts up the lyrics and they still sound like honey being poured onto baby oil, makes me want to bash any music I make out the window using that cricket bat from Spinal Tap.
Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat, I wasn’t a big fan of Modeselektor besides one song that i’ll post next time but i’ll buy anything that has Apparat on it. This pairs up nicely with the Telefon Tel Aviv album, I really need to sit with this record again because only a few tracks grabbed me. A New Error has that colossal analog drive to it that is always nice to lose yourself in for a few miniutes.
I was doing my best to steer clear of this Dark Was The Night compilation just because I felt like everyone already had it and no one needed to read about it but here it is The Books feat. Jose Gonzalez covering Nick Drake and all its glory, all joking aside this is an amazing cover and love both the musicians doing the cover.
DJ Koze just put out a CD that compiles all the remixes he did over the years, I especially love this Heiko Voss one and the Matthew Dear one is pretty outstanding as well.
I haven’t done a mix since 2005’s Pink Rest At Low Levels which you can download here, its an ambient/IDM mix of my favorite music I’d listened to when I would fool around in Adobe Illustrator. This new mix called Goodnight Gracie is kind of an ode to a weekly I did for 3+ years with Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliott, and Scott Brandon at a lounge called Goodnight Gracie in Ann Arbor. Ryan Elliott and Matthew Dear now are big international DJ’s and Scott and I took the night over once they started touring. Ryan would let me open nearly every night and play ambient and deep melodic house before they went on so I could hear Broker/Dealer on decent speakers, I hope you can at least enjoy the end.
Markus Guentner – Untitled 3 – In Moll – Kompakt (2001) Audion – I Am The Car – Unreleased – Spectral Sound (2009) UND – Ambivalente – Maxfield – Defrag Sound Processing (2005) Pleite – Pleite – Pleite – Trapez (2003) The Librarian – The Hornet’s Nest (Teef Antihisatmine rmx) – ModeTwo – Moodgadget (2009) Sten – Way To The Stars – The Essence – Dial (2008) Omar S. – Oasis #1 – Oasis EP – FXHE (2005) Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt – Burning – Kif Recordings (1999) Cobblestone Jazz – 5th Element – 5th Element EP – Itiswhatitis Recordings (2002) Daso & Pawas – Det (Schatrax Beats Plus rmx) – Det – Spectral Sound (2008) Pigon – Promises – Promises – Dial (2007) Lusine – Excess – Push EP – Ghostly International (2003) Slowdive – Good Day Sunshine – Souvlaki – SBK (1994) M83 – I Guess I’m Floating – Before The Dawn Heals Us – Gooom (2005)