All posts by Jakub Alexander

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. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

Toro Y Moi + Clark + Michna + Slow Hands

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Toro Y Moi hit the stage at Lollapalooza and most of us weren’t there BUT someone did get great footage of a new track that is absolutely wonderful, I can’t wait for this album if its anywhere near this caliber than we’re all in for one of the best records of 2012.

Clark’s new EP ‘Fantasm Planes’ will be out on vinyl early September, head over to Warp’s site for a free download. This one is really gentle on the ears.

Michna and I have djed a few times together, we would be asked to play “lounge stuff” while people walk into the event. During that time we always joked about djing under the name “Quiet Boys” and set the volume knob to 3 all night. I’m soo happy for him and his new EP, its been almost 4 years since his release and this EP is chock-full of melody and fun, can’t wait for the live show rework.

Our very own(at one point in time ha) Slow Hands has been travelling the world DJing, he’s really becoming a club favorite with his slow disco sets and i’m sure they even get more interesting later and later into the nights in Berlin. He’s about to release on Future Classic with a jam I remember him working on years back, its completely changed and sounds really opened up, soo happy for him.

ISO50 Video Playlist: 18 Carat Affair

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18 Carat Affair

Kansas City’s Denys Parker has just released a 30 track album under the alias 18 Carat Affair. The album is called Pure Gold and he has a limited of a 100 CDs available here and it comes with the digital download, its a no brainer. I asked him to donate his time and put together a video playlist for the ISO50 readers and he nailed it. I guess the best way to describe it is by taking his definitions and making my own so enjoy this Slow Televised Funk playlist that veers in a few different and excellent directions.

Geneva Jacuzzi “Do I Sad”

Nudimension “Amour Programme”

Alan Vega “Wipeout Beat (Live 1983)”

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ColorVision: Videos That Must Be Seen

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Le Révélateur and Sabrina Ratté are my favorite audio and visual collaborators since we first saw them on the blog via Beamer. The proper way to see this though is live, they played in Brooklyn and I still wish I brought my camera with me to videotape it and share it with you. Data Daze is forthcoming on cassette on NNA Tapes via the Horizon Fears EP.

Michael Cina and Matthew Dear team up to show some amazing ways to introduce art and an upcoming album to their audience. You just have to watch it yourself.

TEEN on Carpark Records is a 5 piece girl band that has the outlook of bringing back where Stereolab left off with more of a pop sense.

I have no information about this video, absolutely none, and that’s completely fine with me.

If you haven’t seen any Nardwuar interviews then i’d suggest having a few hours to watch a handful, its great seeing the musician reactions to the gifts he gives them.

Beacon + Washed Out + Pioulard + Silent

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Beacon’s rework of this Bear In Heaven single is jaw dropping, it really opens up nicely, early Sade levels going on then blossoms out of the darkness. Download it here.

What a perfect pairing this remix worked out to be, Washed Out should be doing more work like this, its a perfect step in a different direction, so damn impressed.

I hear that Benoît Pioulard has finished an album, I hope its something like this, he has such a good ear for the most delicate adjustments in his sounds, they sit perfectly in the mix like a delicate blow on thin linen curtains.

Only in my dreams I can picture djing to a dancefloor that wants a deep dubbed out techno set, Silent Servant makes the tracks that fulfill that setlist, its that entrancing moment where all the sounds start to align and then you notice the small flutters that are rewarding and I don’t even take any drugs.

Japanese Sci-Fi Art

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Dug thru a few sites to make this Japanese Sci-Fi poster collection bigger, anyone else a sucker for airbrush? seems like it took great concentration and a steady hand that doesn’t offer an eraser really. There’s something really romantic about most of these. I can really respect an artist that can create a terrain off the top of his head.

Remixes Upon Remixes For You + The Field

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A true heap of remixes are raining over this summer, this one from Four Tet who never fails us, I heard he went to school with Hot Chip, is this true? anyway this one is pretty stripped down and direct. Matthew Dear preps his album release by dropping a Poolside remix of his recent single Her Fantasy, the edit is laid back and defines their “daytime disco” personas. Fort Romeau ramps up the tempo on Picture’s debut on Cascine, the dub edit has a hint of more upbeat than i’d expect, definitely feeling house piano. I’m not sure if this Hatchback mix of Grovesnor ever made it to vinyl but its at summer jam level once you get comfortable with Grovesnor voice, its almost reaching this slow electro Rod Stewart feel, thats kind of impressive.

I have been trying to catch The Field live for years I think, sadly this is the closet i’ve gotten, totally love it, I thought I wouldn’t like the drummer but I was dead wrong.

Revenge + Active Child + Lapti + Cuppcave

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This is one of the more straight forward tracks i’ve heard from The Revenge, sounds like Superpitcher at times.

I’ve been waiting for new Active Child, i’ll take a remix but I wish there was a harp and his own voice in all honesty though. I’m sure Pat hasn’t had a moment to record since he’s been on tour for over a year I think.

Russia is a vast land with tons of electronic producers, I wonder if its because of those crazy MP3 digital retailers that sell songs for $0.03 per track is the reason why there are soo many musicians. Lapti has a sound thats hard to nail down, I went thru some of his other tracks and it wasn’t the sound but a similar feel, this track grabbed me mainly because of the second half, its like if Holy Other wore all white and made something a bit more uplifting.

Cuppcave I found via Laurel Halo, I can’t find much out about the project but I do love it a whole lot. Its like a irrelevant machine thats found a sound to repeat in the middle of nowhere, it has no business being there just to loop something its made on accident…that sounds like a good storyboard for a music video, might use that.

Alternative London Olympic Posters

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If I was a right out of university for graphic design my first projects for myself before working on my own would be grabbing up a project like this for exercise. The olympics have a great history for amazing posters and branding and fine color scheme to work with so why not see what you could do and test out your skills. I personally like the empty pool swimming ones but the font couldn’t be any smaller which pretty much knocks it out of the running to be a real poster for the public.

via kathykavan