Saturday, 21 January 2017

Back @ It

Peter Phillips - Spectrocoupling (1972)

Re-instating an old policy to try and git more content out there. So have a storm of posts I'm writing over the course of a couple days and then scheduling out over a week or so. Starting with yet another song that's been drilled into my head. Compound is surprisingly chill given the series its from and all. Pretty much know it note for note only without the odd "PERFECT!" and shotgun noises from many tries at Behead The Undead.

Graeme Norgate - Compound [click to download] |HTML5|

Bibio made an unexpected return this week too, some folks I was talking to were interested in retro aesthetics for their video projects and I mentioned it might be a bit difficult to reproduce them exactly with software and brought up some Bibio videos for reference. The video for Excuses remains one of my all time faves, I remember watching it when it debuted in 2009 and it's still in that list.

Bibio - Excuses [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally, to commemorate this increase in productivity, a tune from Simon Viklund with a fitting title. Between this and Phoney Money the man clearly has chops in the hip/trip hop department, and as much as I love his electro based output I'd definitely not qualm if he came out with some more for us.

Simon Viklund - Change Of Pace [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Lines And Lines

Karl Benjamin - #14 (1965)

Slightly off schedule again, though I count that as a good thing seeing as this week I had my first proper go at software instruction to a class, so only being off the usual routine by a day is pretty on point given I've missed more time over less. Anyway onto the tunes, as per us this is mostly going to be made up of things that have stuck out to me on shuffle in the past week or so. Starting off with another slice of goodness from Timesplitters, not by Norgate this time but still just as good, actually had to do a bit of detective to find out who actually made this one but it paid off in the end. I can't get enough of the main motif running throughout this one, it's just so catchy.

Steve Croker - Zeppelin [click to download] |HTML5|

A bit of Soichi Terda surprised me again this week in a nice way. The gorgeously smooth Yokozuna Beach Chillin' was a nice counterpoint to being blinded by snow flurries trying to cross the road. It's a lovly glimpe back into mid 90's drum & bass too, it's got a very specific sound that I adore. Would love to see more in this kinda vein nowadays, it's a shame this one cuts off so abruptly but that's just a casualty of Sumo Jungle seamlessly mixing tracks when listened to in whole.

Soichi Terada - Yokozuna Beach Chillin' [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally, somethin' I usually skip over but left on this time due to not wanting to take my hands outta my pockets and into the cold. There's nothing wrong with Interlude, but man oh man does it take a long time to get going. And moreso than usual too, as in 2:23 of the 5:26 runtime is introduction. Still, it's a nice dollop of synthwave goodness if you've got the patience for it, I wouldn't blame you if you skipped forward.

Chromacle - Interlude [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

There & Back Again

Going to share some more recent things I happened across in the run up to and in 2017, Starting with Macross 82-99. I'd heard and seen bits and bats of the stuff via twitter but never really sought it out until hearing it used as interlude music on some streams I frequent. And there I was puzzled to find people calling it Vaporwave, when it's quite clearly a different vibe altogether (and never mind much faster bpms), it's billed as future funk but I can't be too fussed with genre names these days. But I digress, onto the details.

The main reason I've been wanting to share this with y'all is that those of you in for the long haul will remember when we were riding that beautiful wave of french touch, bloghouse or the multitude of other names slapped on it, as well as having a major appreciation for the likes of Roulé and co. Where does this come into Macross 82-99 you ask? Well I think that it might fill that void in our music collection when bloghouse fell from faour. Fun Tonight for example, is giving me the kinda feelins that I had when I listed to The Peach EP back when.

There's even some more slightly downtempo early 00's feelgood house influences in the mix too, as heard on Have Hope. I'm incredibly happy to see this kind of sound come back, as it was the original tunes back when that were formative in my falling in love with electronic music as a whole, as well as having the bonus of being a nice introduction anyone looking to make their first steps into the world of electronic. I do kinda wish they were longer but given the rate that the tunes go upon soundcloud you'll have enough to get you by if you keep tabs on it.

While I do have some gripes with the name 'future funk', there is at least a measurable funk influence in there too. Maybe not as pronounced as say Chromeo or the like, but certainly there. The tune I heard being used as an interlude 82.99 AM does a good job of showing off a good cross section of Macross' sound, and is definitely an exercise in sample spotting if you're so inclined. While not my favourite of the examples I've posted, I have to give it props for turning me onto it and I will be ccetianly keeping an eye out in future.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Welcome To 2017

Hello! It's been a little while I know, I took some time off around the holidays as usual but some life things came up like always. In fact they did again just last night but I thought I'd at least drop by with a little something. You may notice we've had a slight redesign, it's not the massive overhaul that I wanted but it does look a little nicer. Anyway, let's revisit some tunes for the new(ish) year.

M.C. Escher - Merry Christmas & Happy New Year (1961)

Used to be that I'd post a NYE track dump every late December. Missed the mark a little bit but I did have one planned (that I've since forgotten). Normally I kinda cop out and open it with The Knife's New Year's Eve because why not. Well I'm not going to do that now so instead have another of my all time favourites from the same album, get stuck into the acoustic goodness on offer.

The Knife - Vegetarian Restaurant [click to download] |HTML5|

I've been binging on ADULT. too, it's reviving the early 2000's Foxbat in me. This slightly reworked version of Skinlike has seen me home a few times so far this year, the high energy electro hiding Nicola Kuperus's moody monotone melancholy will probably be a mainstay of things around here for a few weeks to come.

ADULT. - Skinlike (Equation Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|

On the opposite end of the spectrum, I've been looking over Royksopp's whole discogs since the last podcast. Junior remains a highlight, and an easy avenue for both newcomers and those who aren't too into electronic. It's been a while since Junior came out, but the production and Anneli Drecker's accompaniment remain as sweet as ever.

Röyksopp - You Don't Have A Clue [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat