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

Trading Card Designs – Part 1

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When I look back into my childhood I try and figure out why I have such a intense passion for certain layouts, design and unique printing. I’m sure some of it just stems from trying to revive nostalgia, though sometimes I think it all comes back to my obsession with collecting sport cards, I think I was at 40k+ cards at one point and every Beckett Pricing Magazine imaginable. I’m only showing the tip of this iceberg so i’ll make it a series, we’ll start with some classic O-Pee-Chee and Fleer and once we get into the deep cuts i’ll share some real favorites but pretty much that Cam Neely one is a favorite.

Beacon + SVIIB + K.S.I.A. + Phantogram

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When I first started to hear the new Beacon EP live on stage it reminded me if Underworld meets James Blake but once masters came back I got to experience their signature deep south low end and it had more of that R+B feel that Active Child or How To Dress Well have been parading. What really grabs me is the hi-fi simplicity mixed in with that feeling that their not trying to make pop music, such a hard thing to pull off, download their FREE single here and watch the trailer below which includes the song Exhale, their EP drops on Nov. 15th.

Warm Ghost will be in my top 10 albums of 2011 no question, so it was a joy to discover this remix today by School Of Seven Bells, the addition of female vocals takes this off this planet and puts it in a new dimension.

What is there not to love about Keep Shelly In Athens? I mean I always hear a new synth usage effected in a way no one else is doing, her vocals are sounding so marvelous for the style their going for.

Phantogram is powering thru with their sound, its got the force to beast thru and become a pop juggernaut while still hanging onto their sound and swirling in some influences from Blonde Redhead and TV on the Radio.

Tycho + Jacob 2 2 + Com Truise + Apparat

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The Radio Edit of Tycho’s Dive single hit iTunes today (including the excellent Teen Daze remix of Hours) which will hopefully help Scott reach some of the non-Tycho listeners and give them something to hum along too. I personally love the longer album version, he makes all 8+ minutes count, I still haven’t had a chance to be alone with the record by the ocean which I think is where this album will flourish on a new level for me.

Jacob 2-2 has a new EP that’s almost a LP length release in this day in age. Chalked full of synth melodies that will take a few listens to hear all the details, this collection of music will touch the hearts of 80′s fantasy lovers, listen to the whole album here.

Com Truise pulled out a beautiful unreleased diamond today, its free for now on his Soundcloud, get it!

An unexpected sleeper from Apparat, gorgeous textures and delays.

SmallBlack + OPN + Actress + H. Pearls

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Sorry for distance recently, the Tycho tour couldn’t have been better and meeting some of you in person really kept our spirits up, now back to what means most to all of us, good music.

One band that I want to make it out of this Chillwave sinking ship is Small Black, I love the delivery of the vocals and they always have unique synth hooks and shimmers, FULL SUPPORT from me.

This new Oneohtrix Point Never record is slowly unraveling into from what i’ve heard a fusion of genre defying work, Nassau becomes more perfect with every listen, definitely the front runner for quality new music.

I’m a sucker for this kind of beat Actress put together, its almost never inappropriate to just interrupt anything in life and throw this on.

I did a sort of rework while I was tour managing Tycho of this Nacho Patrol song that I couldn’t get out of my head, the hypnotic/tribal elements in the original were poking me to be run thru some strange warmth, download it here for FREE.

Mux Mool + Burial + Peaking Lights + Onra

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A new Mux Mool track has already surfaced for his upcoming album Planet High School thats out in February 2012, the track Palace Chalice reminds me of the slower work from his debut LP Skulltaste, when I listen to it I imagine walking thru a casino all warped Fear In Loathing style. DOWNLOAD IT HERE FOR FREE

Grabbed from the BBC radio, here’s Burial remixing Massive Attack, very elegant, haunting and brittle.

Peaking Lights have been a favorite lately, after seeing them make their own equipment i’m excited to see how they do it live Friday, come by and say hello i’ll be doing a Heathered Pearls DJ set.

Onra going all out here, this is pretty much the equivalent to Super Fly car chase soundtrack but in Japanese.