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I’ve been an ISO50 reader for a long time—long before Jakub and I put on Ghostly International Roller Hockey Team jerseys and took to a rink in rural New Jersey to embarrass the label—and so when Jakub invited me to take a whack at a guest post, I naturally jumped at the chance. (Meanwhile, does anyone want my (priceless) jersey?)
I’ve since moved to California, where I work out of the Los Angeles “Vitsoe apartment,” which is both the home I share with my wife, and a unique space where we show Dieter Rams’ 606 Universal Shelving system deployed in all ways. From straightforward bookshelves, to workstations, to room dividers, kitchen shelving, and closets, it’s pretty much all represented here (we specifically chose an apartment without any built-in storage).. As a former dj and avid collector of music, my favorite use of the system is for media storage. After all these years of collecting vinyl, I’m finally able to put it all on shelves that will not bow under the weight. Vinyl collectors: contact me, it’s more affordable than you’d think!
I thought it might make sense to do a first post about some of the songs that have been keeping me going while working out of the apartment—and since it’s a Vitsoe apartment, share some images of the shelving put to use for various media, plus the beautiful Dieter Rams equipment we listen to it all on.
Lorn – Weigh Me Down (Illum SphereRemix).
Unbelievably beautiful reworking of one of my favorite tracks on Lorn’s new album “Ask the Dust.” I’m huge fan of his heavy hitting beats, but this is a nice change of pace, skillfully re-tooled by Illum Sphere. For a taste of Lorn’s own softer side, check out ‘Pause’ from his ‘Self Confidence Vol.2’ unfinished / unreleased / demo tracks over at the Brainfeeder site. A strange anomaly in a very dark oeuvre.
Yppah – Blue Schwinn.
I’m a huge fan of Joe Corrales’ work as Yppah, it’s sort of a shoegazy version of Bonobo, a combo that is pure win in my book. This track is from his third and most recent release on Ninja Tune, “Eighty One.” Anomie Belle’s vocals are a great addition in an instrumental sense, I love how she’s just swirling around in the background and I’m unable to make out the words.
Lost Twin – Soothing Words.
There’s no shortage of great producers in Brighton these days. I can’t remember exactly how, but I found him via Bandcamp, and to my pleasant surprise, he’s offering the whole ‘Birds’ album for free. I would have no problem paying full price (and then some) for his work. Although obviously entirely different in tone, there’s something a little Burialesque about the auto-tuned quick vocal snippets.
Dextro – Ring Cycle.
I’m not sure exactly why Dextro has stayed off most people’s radars for so long: He deserves far more exposure in my opinion. His first release was on Border Community, then the subsequent releases were through his own imprint, 16K Records. Maybe that’s why. I don’t know. What I do know is that his sound manages to successfully bring together elements of Ulrich Schnauss, Slowdive, and dare I say it, BOC. His last album, Winded, from 2009, is a real gem. I’m hoping he follows it up soon, it’s been too long.
A Sol Mechanic – [Almst(Touching)].
I’ll never tire of a good “Everything in Its Right Place” sample. In his own words “it’s less of a remix and more of a branch off. N E Ways.” That’s a good way of describing it, because after that amazing initial drop, the sample gets filtered into the background and the minimal stutter beat takes over.
Geskia! – Melamine.
Geskia’s sound is unabashedly Scoott Herren influenced, and most of his work occupies a space dead center between Prefuse and the long gone DeLarosa & Asora projects. This is a compliment, as he pulls off what so many other fail to do successfully.
Jai Paul – BTSTU.
There’s been a lot of buzz about this kid from London, and deservedly so. I saw a tweet from Four Tet that said simply: “that Jai Paul track,” which of course sent me into a Google frenzy. What I discovered is that there are literally only two tracks under his belt to date. It sounds like he’s in good hands over at XL, in a recent NPR spot I heard them describe how they are giving him loads of space and time to do what he needs to do, because that’s just how he rolls. He really has a grasp on the “Less, but better” approach.
Autechre – See On See (PixelordRemix).
The thing I like about this unofficial Pixelord remix of ‘See on See’ from 2010’s Oversteps is that it brings me back to the Tri-Repetae days, when the tracks were grounded in dark emotion, and they would hit you in the gut with crisp, hard beats. They lost me long ago, but it’s nice to be brought back if even for a few minutes.
Tanlines – Brothers
Phantogram – Don’t Move
Cinnamon Chasers – Luv Deluxe
Porcelain Raft – Tip Of Your Tongue
Elite Gymnastics – Here, In Heaven 2
Destroyer – Kaputt
Teen Daze – The Future
Gardens & Villa – Black Hills
School of Seven Bells – Scavenger
Bear in Heaven – World of Freakout
Space Dimension Controller – Tiraquon’s Return (A New Home)
Jai Paul – Jasmine
John Maus – Molly
The Drums – Days (Trentemoller Mix)
Doldrums – Endless Winter
Shigeto – Please Stay
Hundred Waters – Wonderboom
Roman Flugel – How To Spread Lies
SBTRKT – Atomic Peace
Fort Romeau – Some Of Us Want For Nothing
Matthew Dear – Around A Fountain
Magazine – The Visitor’s Bureau (Magazine edit)
Dauwd – Acireams
Knxwledge – Ovrmyne
Clams Casino – I’m God (instrumental)
Grimes – Genesis
Benoit & Sergio – Everybody
Julio Bashmore – Well Wishers
Lower Dens – Lion in Winter Pt. 2
Madi Diaz – Trust Fall (Jensen Sportag Remix)
Tomas Barfod – Broken Glass (Shlohmo Remix)
Teebs – Verbena Tea with Rebekah Raff
Nils Frahm – Keep
Orcas – Arrow Drawn
Steve Hauschildt – Already Replaced
The Host – Summer Solstice At Cape Canaveral
Oneohtrix Point Never – Sleep Dealer
Todd Terje – Swing Star Pt 1
Tycho – Hours
Neon Indian – Polish Girl
Toro y Moi – I Can Get Love
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – FFunny Frends
M83 – Midnight City
Poolside – Harvest Moon
Gotye – Somebody that I used to know
Beirut – Santa Fe
Thundercat – Goldenboy
Peaking Lights – All The Sun That Shines
Little Dragon – Ritual Union
Andre Obin – Soft Rain
Benoit & Sergio – Let Me Count The Ways
Kolombo – Waiting For
Washed Out – Amor Fati
The Field – Is This Power
John Maus – Streetlight
Jacob 2-2 – LeVar [ISO50 Exclusive]
Soft Metals – Psychic Driving
Burial – Shell of Light (Shlohmo Remix)
Clark – Absence
Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita
18 Carat Affair – Watching Your Dance
Trouble Books & Mark McGuire – The Golden Waste
Austra – Lose It
Dirty Beaches – True Blue
Gang Gang Dance – Mindkilla
Benoit & Sergio – Boy Trouble
Selebrities – 08 Time
Jeans Wilder – International Waters
Ford & Lopatin – Channel Pressure (Instrumental Version)
Bibio – Saint Christopher
Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running
Crosby, Stills & Nash – Dark Star
Diamond Rings – It’s Not My Party
Craft Spells – You Should Close the Door
Midnight Televison –
Com Truise – VHS Sex
Brian Eno & David Byrne – Mea Culpa
Teen Daze – Surface
Clams Casino – Fakest Year Ever (Squadda B)
Eddie C – Listenin’
Magick Mountain – One for My Ego
D/R/U/G/S – Love/Lust (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)
Yasume – Slowly, Clearly and Calmly
Fourcolor – Skating Azure
Lusine – Double Vision
Cloudland Canyon – Heme
Monster Rally – Chaska Beach
Hype Williams – untitled ( and your batty’s so round )
Vince Watson – Solitude
I’ve always wanted a proper Kate Bush playlist for the ISO50 readers but i’ve never been able to completely take in the whole catalog, so I asked my girlfriend since she’s a true lover of Kate and her music, so please thank her for this gorgeous playlist.
I grew up listening to Kate Bush; but I did not understand fully her grace and power until I saw her eyes blink in the video for army dreamers. Above is a playlist of some of my favorite songs.
Cut Copy – Where I’m Going
Beach Fossils – Fall Right In
Radiohead – Feral
Belong – Perfect Life
Modeselektor – I Love You
Chad Valley – Anything
The Juan Maclean – Give Me Every Little Thing (Gmelt)
Kano – I’m Ready
Siriusmo – Blaue Sonne
Daft Punk – End of Line
Depeche Mode – Useless (K&D Session)
Teeel – Dark Passenger
Cex – Theme Song to Cex
Woo – A Complex Art
Dorian White – Exit
Can – Bel Air (Edit)
Geotic – Beaming Husband
Monogold – Feel Animal
Moths – Heart
Painted Palms – All of Us
Yes – Survival
Broadcast and The Focus Group – The Be Colony
Jay Dee aka J Dilla – One
Jensen Sportag – Jareaux
Yoshinori Sunahara – Balance
Dntel – Peepsie
Marina & the Diamonds – Obsessions (oOoOO RMX)
Memoryhouse – Caregiver
Yo La Tengo – Don’t Have to Be So Sad
The Antlers – Kettering
Cover artwork by S.Hansen – Thanks to Eric Carl for providing textures.
Happy New Years ISO50 readers! for most of us its back to the grind but I won’t talk about that instead I was thinking about hitting the ground running with a DFA Records playlist of some of my old favorites! I joined a gym yesterday, anyone else doing that? i’m not chubby but I do want to be healthier and since I don’t play hockey anymore this gym idea sounded good. I hope you like the pace of this playlist and maybe you can use it for other things other than working out, here’s to passing out the first day.
ISO50 Playlist 10 is up! We hope you enjoy this selection, if you like what you hear, let us know in the comments. List your favorite track on the playlist and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of the (sold out) 12″ Vinyl + MP3 of Tycho’s Coastal Brake. Be sure to include a valid email address so we can contact you (email is not publicly visible).
Belle & Sebastian – Didn’t See It Coming
Working For A Nuclear Free City – Quiet Place
Deerhunter – Desire Lines
Tapes ‘n Tapes – Conquest
The Helio Sequence – Back to This
Film School – P.S.
Yo La Tengo – Beach Party Tonight
Minks – Ophelia
Benoit Pioulard – Tower
The Walkmen – Woe Is Me (NPR World Cafe Session)
Junip – Rope and Summit
Kisses – People Can Do The Most Amazing Things
Mark McGuire – Brain Storm (for Erin)
Stewart Walker – Benstrumental
Atlas Sound – Spring Break
Matthew Dear – More Surgery
The Radio Dept. – David (Rice Twins remix)
Lovelock – Pino Grigio
Seams – Hung Markets
Bloc Party – Tulips (Club Version)
Anoraak – Above Your Head
Oriol – Coconut Coast
The Field – Caroline
Games – Everything Is Working
Gonjasufi – Candylane (Bibio Remix)
Soft Powers – just like tropica-L
DJ Shadow – Erase You [Count alt mix]
The Dining Rooms – Costi Ti Amo
Peter Broderick – Pulling the Rain