What really makes my day and keeps me from not just becoming a complete hermit is when i see or meet passionate people and the most passionate person I know is my good friend Danny(The Reflecting Skin) by a long shot. If you ever could witness him enjoying a track or him performing it honestly will make you smile, you’ll have no other choice. Watching him is a mixture of a mad scientist that thinks he has nailed down some brand new formula for something extra special and is pacing back and forth and is completely unreachable or him literally dropping to his knees and giving you the “wait for it….ok now”. I wasn’t even allowed to speak in his room when we first listened to the new Telefon Tel Aviv record but when he played me this Arc Lab track at a really high bit rate and on great speakers he did all of the above. The bell comes in like it’s ringing on a foggy morning at about 5 am a 100 yards away then just a simple average IDM drum pattern comes to partner up the bell and you wait and there it is its simple and low but the bassline appears thicker than trying to eat cheese cake with a dry throat. The song comes completely alive with the melodies fighting for your attention like Aphex Twin’s “Fingerbib”. I hope you can enjoy it as much as Danny and I do.
Arc Lab – Versions
Oval – Do While
Quiet Village – Can’t Be Beat
The last thing I would do to you guys is post Peter Bjorn and John – “Young Folk’s”, let’s be honest it was one of the catchiest tunes around and my favorite track when it came out but I honestly don’t think I could sit through it right now all the way thru. Well, PBJ came back and didn’t disappoint at all with a vinyl and digital only release that I couldn’t just post only one track of. I love the direction of this record, at times it’s like a poppy Bibio album and touches that 70s-80s PBS background music style but in hi-fi. If you’re going to ever buy an LP this year and don’t have a record player this is the purchase to make because the LP comes with a digital download and you can give the LP to friend and they’ll love you for it.
Peter Bjorn and John – School of Kraut
Peter Bjorn and John – Erik’s Fishing Trip
Peter Bjorn and John – At The Seaside
Peter Bjorn and John – Favour Of The Season
Mmm, some more Michael Rother for you.
This is Harmonia’s second release just before Rother hit the studio to record NEU!’s ’75. Brian Eno joined them for their next release (Tracks and Traces (1976)).
Harmonia’s lineup was a match made in heaven: a perfect mixture of NEU! (Rother) and Cluster (Moebius and Roedelius). Wikipedia references them as a “Krautrock supergroup,” and quotes Eno as saying that they are “the world’s most important rock band.”
Deluxe was a departure from the trio’s first release Musik Von Harmonia (1975). It’s much more of a solid sound with smoother melodies.
It’s a long track (9:43), but definitely worth the full listen, as they fit quite a few movements into it.
Harmonia – Immer Wieder (1975)
Earlier this year we posted The Chap “Auto Where To” on the blog and went off on a tangent on how much i loved it, well Ghostly International put together an amazing collection of remixers and edits of past Chap song’s including the French producer Joakim, check it out here.
The Chap – Auto Where To (Electroware Remix)
Xaver Naudascher – Motor City
Pigon – Promises
The Russian Futurists – Let’s get ready to crumble
An old favorite, this one never goes out of style. The loose breaks are so key, they really carry the song. And no, that’s not the cover to “Programmed to Love” up there. The real cover is so excruciatingly bad that I just couldn’t bring myself to post it along with such a nice track.
Bent – Invisible Pedestrian
Matthew Dear has a new 10 inch record coming out Tuesday with a few different style remixes from DFA’s The Juan Maclean for the Pom Pom single off his latest album Asa Breed. The 10 inch vinyl can be picked up on his tour dates with Telefon Tel Aviv. The guitar is pretty gnarly in the track but what I love about it is the breakdown and the build back up. Since I put up the pretty downtempo psychedelic cuts from Harmonia(which i can’t get enough of) and DJ Shadow I had to pair up the Pom Pom track with an old favorite of mine which is this Skatebaard track who recently was on DFA’s Supersoul compilation. Enjoy.
Matthew Dear – Pom Pom (The Jaun Maclean Mix)
Skatebaard – Data Italia
Harmonia – Watussi
DJ Shadow – Six Days
I am not sure where I first heard this song, but I think it was on some old chillout compilation I had years back. I am always surprised when I play this for someone and they haven’t heard it yet; it seems like a song this good would be pretty well known. Anyways, a mellow classic in every respect.
Finley Quaye – Even After All
Sorry for the mix up there, i was uploading the songs at a place with really weak internet and then completely lost the signal in the middle of previewing a post. So to make up for it I added this Swayzak song for all your troubles.
Lucky & Easy – Blo Sum
Swayzak – Blufarm
Takka Takka – Silence
Jatun – Bee Bee