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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Even if this Pantha Du Prince song wasn’t good i’d probably still post the album art but i’m glad I found this amazing Four Tet remix to go with it, you know how it goes its Four Tet and its loopy and gorgeous.
My good friend Danny aka Philistine DSGN aka The Tower of Light made me aware of 2 things recently: 1. Old PJ Harvey where the electronics are really dark 2. Odd Future with Tyler The Creator, both blowing my mind.
I was really geeked for the new Isolee record, I mean just hoping for magic and I could really only find one song that I fell in love with and it was In Our Country, I hope some singles pop up over the next few months.
This video below isn’t the best for the work place, just an FYI
Resident Advisor posted a great mix from Caribou which features his new project under the name Daphni that really made my ears happy. Check the mix out and listen for the Daphni tracks if you’re following along with the track order. He comes big right off the bat with Yes, I Know, I NEED that on vinyl.
TRACKLIST Barnt – What Is A Number, That A Man May Know It? Daphni – Yes, I Know The Jellies – Jive Baby On A Saturday Night Hounds of Hate – Purple Stuff Daphni – Deep Blue Colored Mushroom & The Medicine Rocks – The Route To The Medicine Rocks Daphni – Buck Dance Harmonious Thelonious – Verwobene Muziek Harmonious Thelonious – Mokambo Bakey Ustl – A Tender Place Daphni – Scratch DJ Elmoe – Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead Man Daphni – Ye Ye Kingdom – Fogs
[Voyager overdubs] Lone – Angel Brain Ricardo Villalobos – Peculiar Charanjit Singh – Raga Malkauns DJ Clap Pina – Unakunukulpan Thomas Mapfumo – Shumba (Daphni Edit) Edward Larry Gordon – All Pervading
Carpark Records was holding a remix contest at Gorilla vs. Bear and i’ve been searching for them and selected a few of my favorites, lets us do our own voting shall we? comment below and let me know your favorite.
The summer jams hit us early this year, not my top choice yet I can’t deny the pop hooks and a history of loving a handful of their songs. Some tracks might ride the line of too familiar on the melody or sound choice end which scares me a bit. I have a feeling Cut Copy will be all over every festival DJs turntables or iPads or how ever they’ll get music to us this summer.
Take Ed Banger Records and make them go pick on The Go Team! and Pogo in the studio and you’d get a slightly mutated yet decently working Siriusmo.
I’m like the idea of more bands like Silk Flowers, cold and seductive yet light leaks of lo-fi melody.
More groove cuts are needed on here, this René Breitbarth is right up my alley with that locked in feeling, definitely will be played this summer.
This Brooklyn duo is at it again, bringing Dub and background R+B vocals together into one blissful cruise. One thing I noticed when I listen to Sepalcure is that it makes me so happy especially Your Love, every wash of soft noise feels like a breeze hitting you while you fish off the coast of Greece with the sun blaring down on you.
This Chad Valley song will be my theme song for the summer, soo much swagger in the bass line , makes me want to lower my sunglasses to check out a girls booty. If we can’t dance to this then we all have a problem.
I’ve posted some of my favorite Dark Party tracks earlier last year but I keep going back to their album for the impressive synth work.
Belong is doing vocals! along with their dirty swirling guitar that sound like their under mud, I want 10…20 more songs like this.
For the readers that come here for the design mostly then your mind must = blown after seeing the album art for Pop Ambient 2011. I personally love the color scheme and subject but hey… font wise and pixelated cutout background might be causing small paper cuts on some readers brains. If I remember correctly the designer of the 11 year series is no other than Mr. Kompakt himself aka Wolfgang Voigt aka Gas which in my mind he’s allowed to do anything he wishes. If he wants puppies in santa hats in July then we do puppies in santa hats and we do it the way he wants it but I do truly admire the consistent flower theme that he has stuck with, its a brand now and I respect it and buy it every year.
Now for the music, I selected 4 cuts from the compilation, I know this weeks playlists have been super ambient and I was committed to breaking up that streak today but I couldn’t hold off, this compilation is sprinkled with stunning moments.
I’ll start off with what floors me, I mean honestly makes my jaw hit my desk then slams to the ground and goes thru the floor and hits my downstairs neighbor in the face, it’s San Fran’s Bvdub. Bare with me here, if there are angels in heaven and they play music I could see them hearing this song and thinking they haven’t written anything as beautiful as this, there, thats out there now.
Now we go to the music scholar in my mind who goes under the name Marsen Jules, everything by him is made with so much care, the releases are perfectly timed and the atmosphere is dialed in with such precision, a proud moment for modern classical / experimental music.
If you come to the blog often for music then you’ll see me post a ton on Mr. Fehlmann, the man is a genius when it comes to gentle dance music and could make a sample of a baby crying thats playing with fireworks sound like something you could fall asleep too, don’t take my ideas, I might try and make that happen.
The more unknown project here is Bhutan Tiger Rescue, it starts off like what most people would describe as a lullaby but then bells, a sliding bass guitar line and flutes gently crawl in and within moments you’re rocked into a very calm state.
If you pick up Pop Ambient 2011, I highly recommend you grab the vinyl from Kompakt directly, that label has done soo much to inspire new musicians I prefer to support them that way.
With the big electronic goth movement happening here in NYC comes some pros and cons, one definite pro that has come from it is the music, nothing has grabbed me more than this oOoOO remix, this could have been on the last Telefon Tel Aviv album and I wouldn’t have blinked twice, pretty perfect sounding.
I always get super giddy for new Tim Hecker, I can close my door to my room and let his songs fill my room, its always an experience like walking thru a hurricane at night.
If you want to take it up a notch on the noisy ambience listening I highly suggest someone like Yellow Swans, alil more harsh but so rewarding.
I’ve really never done this but I finished a small EP last week under the name Heathered Pearls and made it available for free to download,its very loop based with hints of subtle changes and meditative i’d say, hope you enjoy.