Thursday, 11 February 2016

Down

Patrick Caulfield - Braque Curtain (2005)

It's probably a good thing that I got that guest post lined up a couple of days ago because unfortunately I am still in perma-downtempo mode. At least I can meet y'all halfway with my favourites from A:xus, I'll forever love his breed of house.

A:xus - Suite Disappointment [click to download] |HTML5|

The Damon Albarn trend continues too, this time with the first ever released single from Gorillaz back when. Containing all that lovely dark hip hop / trip hop infused sound that was present on the debut LP. 16 years on from it's original release and it's still up there for me.

Gorillaz - Tomorrow Comes Today [click to download] |HTML5|

Speaking of the early 00's, here's another one that takes me back. I always really liked the small bits of trip hop kinda things sprinkled throughout the mostly Drum & Bass Weekend World LP, and would love to have the Rollers tackle more stuff in that vein. The downtempo take on Walk This Land is a solid example of this for sure.

E-Z Rollers - Walk This Land (Remix) [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Ravey Spice’s Top 5 Underrated French House Classics

Somethin a little different today, last night long time bud of the blog and ex-writer Joe, now making things & curating his netlabel HexMania under Ravey Spice reached out to us with a list of some less than known French House stuff from the turn of the 2000's. Naturally as lictronix was founded on a love of french house I jumped at the chance. And now I'm gonna let him take it away!

Nicholas - Goldelectric [20000st, 2000]
Nicolas Lemercier, under the alias "Heartbreaker", was one of the men responsible for the stone-cold classic that is "You Are My High" (along with Jeremie Mondon aka Demon). He also released a handful of solo EPs on Demon's 20000st label under the mononym Nicholas. "Goldelectric", from 2000's Haberdasher EP, is absolute genius. That little reggae break gets me every time.

Wuz - Wuz [Disques Solid, 2002]
Speaking of Demon, remember the time he and Alex Gopher joined forces and made an incredible album as "Wuz"? The title track is pretty much perfect. If I had to explain the French house sound to an alien, I'd just play them this.

Kojak - Stupid Jack (Trouble Men Remix) [Pro-Zak Trax, 1999]
In my opinion one of the most underrated outfits of the "French touch" explosion, Trouble Men had some real bangers. Their remix of Kojak's "Stupid Jack" remains an all time fave of mine. Big-ass kick drums and an irresistible groove. I still drop this one whenever I do a house set.

Mike 303 - Supervixens [Blackjack, 2000]
Mike 303 is probably best known as one half of Superfunk (who had a minor hit with "Lucky Star" alongside Ron Carroll), but he also put out some brilliant solo material. "Supervixens", from his Boogie Starz EP on the excellent Blackjack label, is an absolute blinder.

Nekbath - Think Twice [Grand Prix, 2001]
Not much to say about this one except that loop is fucking gorgeous.

Sunday, 7 February 2016

Sunday Service

Apologies for the slight delay with this 'un, some things happened and I got carried away. Today's sesh is gonna be back to the chill side of things because that's what I'm feelin' ATM because of things that happened, more after some art fer yer eyes.

Edward Hopper - Early Sunday Morning (1930)


Been diggin' Thievery Corp's Saudade LP once again; the albums a bit of a departure from their usual trip hop modus operandi, instead opting for a return to a Bossa Nova style sound. The whole album is very relaxed, with perhaps some hints of sadness given the LPs title. This one comes with the added bonus of feeling extra cultured with the french lyrics.

Thievery Corporation - Bateau Rouge [click to download] |HTML5|

Had a little chat with Evan a while back where we discussed our favourite Gorillaz songs, and as it turns out we both have a penchant for the more downbeat side of the project. I got around to getting the bonus tracks for main Gorillaz man Damon Albarn's solo effort Everyday Robots the other day and was quite surprised to be treated to another of Albarn's downtempo experiments.

Damon Albarn - Empty Club [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally some Boards Of Canada. It took me a while to get me hands on this one back when, the Hi Scores EP I picked up came just a card sleeve with some Braille on. Everything You Do Is A Balloon takes a little while to get going for me, but once it does it earns a spot in the top of BoC's works.

Boards Of Canada - Everything You Do Is A Balloon [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Waitin'

Back to waiting again, but with nothing going on I can keep to the two-day post schedule (it used to be three you lucky buggers). Though don't hold me to that, sometimes things change and I will miss a post day or more than likely I've gone out for the day. But I made it this time so lets see what I have to get to ye.

Nicholas Roerich - Waiting (1927)

I promised myself I wouldn't post anymore Hotline Miami stuff because I like to go for a bit 'o variety (and it's appeared in our hype machine tags). But I'm afraid I'll have to break that promise one last time bcause I am absolutely in love with Voyager; theese are the type of sounds that made electronic music as a whole be so fascinating back when I was a wee bairn.

Jasper Byrne - Voyager [click to download] |HTML5|

Not been all lush synthwavy vibes tho, I dug out some MF Doom instrumentals to scratch me never ending hip hop itch. Have a look for the Special Herbs compilations if this kinda thing is your bag, As always they have excellent sample choice and it's always nice to have more instrumental ammo.

MF Doom - Eucalyptus [click to download] |HTML5|

Speaking of samples, Rex The Dog has been a big part of me recent listening. That and the slick synths on the chorus bits are an absolute treat to listen to, if yous in need of an audio pick me up, this should do you for.

Rex The Dog - Bubblicious [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat