Lewis Idle – “The Night We Almost Fell In Love” (Audio)
March 11, 2014 § Leave a comment
“He loves you with that everlasting love. True love.” – Donna Hayward, Fire Walk With Me.
Though Valentine’s Day is consigned once more to its annual past, love’s lamentations have not yet been lost this year. Yes, courtesy of Trashmouth Records we have this hard-edged innocence by Lewis Idle, New Malden’s mysterious and felt tip pen-wielding balladeer who, 13-seconds in, had me lit up like it was the first day of Summer. As the title suggests, The Night We Almost Fell In Love is nostalgic, but in both senses; a tale of missed opportunity with ‘50s-era sensibilities and sonic style updated by thundering guitar punctuations. Sounds like: The Jesus And Mary Chain crooned a $5 shake for my ears. And so, 2014 may very well not see romantic regret pitched in such authentic derivation again, but that’s something we can lament next year, along with this year’s lost loves.
Two Fingers – “Razorback”/ “Magoo” (Big Dada)
October 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
If you imagine Mantronix as a Kenworth K100 truck, Two Fingers is what happens when the truck turns into Optimus Prime.
And there could be no more applicable audio accompaniment to that quote from Big Dada than today’s release from the double A-side single, Razorback. Alongside Sweden and from their just-released Stunt Rhythms, Razorback is a glitchy frontrunner on an album that has seen 3 years pass since bi-collaborators Two Fingers’ last release. Fitting Amon Tobin’s departure from his celebrated A/V soundscapes, Stunt Rhythms is a gluttonously-heavy audio-caterer.
And from the same album, Magoo booms like robotic West Coast:
Special Request – “Lolita (Warehouse Mix)”
October 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
Earlier this year, prolific UK producer and DJ Paul Woolford unleashed a fresh nom de guerre onto the music scene. Though his better-known alias may still be Bobby Peru, Special Request’s March vinyl-only release, Lolita (Warehouse Mix), has done sufficient damage to render this limitless and energetic new moniker bound to the consciousness. As the title suggests, this is warehouse-appropriate party-fodder, but with a bassline so playful it’s addictive, it comes with mood-enhancement guaranteed.
Available from Phonica Records.
Angelo Badalamenti – “Pretty Fifties” (Audio)
October 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Raycord (Ft. Stab) – “Chaman” (Phonosaurus Records) (Audio)
September 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
For one of the last days of Summer, a dreamy, downtempo trip-hop track from Canadian producer Raycord’s album Ruban-Ruban, out now on Phonosaurus Records.
“El Resquicio” (Trailer)
August 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
“17-year-old Tomás, and his younger sister Marcela, leave home to attend a fancy dress party. She never comes back. A year later, Tomás and his family go on a trip to an isolated country house, intending to heal their wounds…”
“…But in the hauntingly beautiful countryside, the trip will soon turn into a collective hell. The isolation unearths the memories of Marcela’s death; one son’s deep attraction to his aunt; another son’s hatred for his brother; and the dark fantasy that completely envelops the family’s 10 year-old twins, based on the macabre stories that their aunt tells them before bed. Soon the family members are sunk into a state of nightmarish insanity that some of them may not survive.”
Though there is currently very little info surrounding the release of El Resquicio (literal translation “The Opening”) and thus far no English subtitles for this Colombian-Argentine film, the atmosphere in the trailer alone is enough to convey that this is one family for whom a healing trip away is backfiring with ample sufficiency to delight fans of cinematographic, isolated family madness.
Shed – “I Come By Night” (50 Weapons)
July 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Released today and marking the artist’s debut on Berlin’s 50 Weapons, Shed’s confidently-titled third album, The Killer, looks set to capitalise on its audio-murderous intent. Stalking you like a stealthy techno assassin, I Come By Night is the third track on this consistent release and my pick for its delicious darkness, weight, and haunting synth floatation. Absolutely merciless.
Available to download at 50 Weapons.
Bixio, Frizzi & Tampera – “Nucleo Antirapina”
July 26, 2012 § Leave a comment
It’s hot in the city, and I have an urge to go on a stakeout, spaghetti-style. Relevant theme music does not come better than Nucleo Antirapina, I find.
Image from Neil Krug’s Pulp series.
July 12, 2012 § Leave a comment
Hello. I’ve made an 8tracks dedicated to some of the electronic music which has, over the years, given me the Poe-style tears, both directly and indirectly. We shall know it as TEC_TONICS, because it’s important to feel overwhelmed by beauty from time to time, I think.
Kubrick’s Space Odyssey is, of course, the imagery, partly because astronauts are probably the most iconic visual synonymous with the scientific endeavours and achievements of mankind, and partly because HAL broke my heart (“Daisy, Daisy…”) Also, I was lucky enough to see it at London’s Royal Festival Hall last year with live performances by the Philharmonia Orchestra and Philharmonia Voices, which only served to underscore what a flawless accomplishment it was. I cried my eyes out the second it started, and the fear of never experiencing anything close to it again has left me on a beauty-comedown ever since. Anyway, for your listening (dis)pleasure…
Semtek – “Bento” (Scott Fraser’s Decompression Dub)
July 4, 2012 § Leave a comment
Recently released on the ever-pleasing Awkward Movements label is Semtek’s latest output, Bento. The London-based producer and founder of label Don’t Be Afraid has delivered another round of his idiosyncratic tech house sound with this anticipated track.
Accompanying Semtek’s release is Scott Fraser’s Decompression Dub remix, which sees the producer end his hiatus with the kind of audio assault that’s so deliciously relentless as to make us truly thankful he did. Pushing a near-obscene level of gratuitous bass, this stand-alone variation sees the Wave/Black Nation artist return in stellar sonic form.
Shamelessly filthy and yours to download now at Juno.