Thursday, 28 August 2014

Mid Week Grab Bag

Chiho Aoshima - Sky (2006)

As titled, a bunch of tunes I dig from a grab bag of genres. Get yer eyes and ears some deliciousness. Commix to start with their combo of new and old skool drum & bass sensibilities. This one stands out because it's the only track from the LP with a full vocal accompaniment. Ad it works really really well

Commix - How You Gonna Feel [click to download] |HTML5|

Everybody's favourite Norwegians again (sorry A-Ha). It's actually been a while since I've heard this one, and while I was digging found there was some controvesy between Torbjorn and a previous band he was in called Drum Island. Thought that this track and one of theirs called Lift were too similar, really it's pretty much because they both use the same sample. Still a solid string the to 'Sopp's bow.

Röyksopp - A Higher Place [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally some more chillwave goodness courtesy of Ford & Lopatin from back when they were called Games. This was actually the first song of theirs I heard and I was taken immediately, that was four years ago and I'm still stunned by how fresh it sounds, it's very well put together.

Games - Everything Is Working [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Sad

Not been too sure how I feel the past couple of days. It's not upbeat that's for sure, but I'm not sinking into a pool of sadness either. Rest assured i's not exactly the time for four to the floor hard house, here's some choice picks of the last 48 hours.

Gregory Crewdson - Untitled (From the Beneath The Roses series)

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I know Oneohtrix Point Never comes up a lot as one of my favourite ambient dealers but I cannot stress enough how well Daniel Lopatin does what he does. Take this rare bit from short lived side project Dania Shapes. It's gorgeously put together with lush synths being the order of the day here. However the Dania Shapes stuff he did has a certain glitchy element to it, one that gets more pronounced in this track as it goes on.

Dania Shapes - Exit Strategies [click to download] |HTML5|

The same applies here. When another of my favourite ambient crafters gets involved with OPN the result is just magical. The intro to this LP is absolutely beautiful as is the track itself, the melody introduced around 46 seconds in is unmistakably Lopatin. It has a glitchy side but feels much more naturalistic than the digital artifacts of the Dania Shapes material.

Tim Hecker & Daniel Lopatin - Uptown Psychedelia [click to download] |HTML5|

More from Noise-rock group HEALTH's ambient soundtrack catalogue now. It's not often I can say I've seen ambient sensibilities applied to actual instruments, but this is certainly one if not the only example I have. Definitely a much rougher sounding beast in comparison to the previous The guitar work may not be incredibly complex, but it is very effective when setting the atmosphere, much like Pills and Pain from the same soundtrack.

HEALTH - Torture [click to download] |HTML5|


-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Morning After

Went out again didn't I, and had some time to reflect back on things on my stroll through town. Have a mixed bag of some post-night out musical accompaniment courtesy of me.

Edward Hopper - Summer Interior

More Sneaker Pimps remixes, and another example of a mix I like more than the original from Becoming X. Fold injects Roll On with a much more sinister trip hop vibe than the original, no doubt helped by Kelli Dayton being on point as usual.

Sneaker Pimps - Roll On (Fold Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|

Golden Boy's only full length is still pretty special, the collab between him and Kittin is a bit of a rarity, but is a mainstay in my library because I never tire of it. Here's a real sedate minimal-y number from near the end of the LP, it's grown on me with time for sure.

Golden Boy & Miss Kittin - Kopfstand [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally Skream with a standout piece of dubstep from the early days of the scene. His debut album; Skream! is chock full of classics, but as the sun started to catch up with me there was only one song that fit. Still one of the finest instrumentals out there, got an awesome vibe that is almost unmatched.

Skream - Summer Dreams [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Yet Another Mix

Went soundcloud hopping again only to find Clark had dropped a mix on my birthday for the tenth birthday of the Little Big Agency. Like Plaid's I posted not too long back, this is a pretty eclectic selection, maybe even moreso than theirs. Regardless it's a solid mix and gives a nice insight into what makes Clark tick and feeds into his unique style of muical grit. Tracklist below as ususal!



Tracklist:
The Field - No. No…
Jon Hopkins - Collider
Alex Smoke - Dust
Simian Ghost - Echoes of Songs (Luke Abbott Remix)
Tim Exile - 31022013
Holly Herndon - Chorus
Emika - 3 Hours
Dopplereffekt - Gene Silencing
Letherette - Restless
Hubie Davison - Mannequin Move
Dinos Chapman - Untitled #1 (Live In Moscow)
Wesley Matsell - Future Beacon
Clouds - Consciousness
Physical Therapy - Huminbeen
Jimmy Edgar - Mercurio
Planningtorock - Human Drama (Paula Temple Remix)
Akkord - Conveyor
Dadub + Retina.it - Kykeon
Clark - Superscope
Stellar Om Source - Polarity
Objekt - Agnes Demise
Kommune1 - Kronos
LFO - Butterslut
Call Super - Black Octagons
Laurel Halo - Chance Of Rain
Visionist - Snakes
Truss - Redbrook
Mouse On Mars - Spezmodia
Jam City - Worst Illusion
Slava - Better
Ikonika - You Won't Find It There
ADULT - Idle (Second Thoughts)


-Claude Van Foxbat