Sunday, 12 November 2017

Quiet Time



Another week another cross section of tunes for you. Keeping it fairly chill towards the end of the year, and kicking off with another archival installment. So it turns out there's a bonus track from FlyLo's Until The Quiet Comes that I wasn't even aware of, I managed to get my mitts on it after some difficulty so I thought I'd file it away on here once again, along with the hi-res version of the album art above. Yet again the Japanese bonus track is a very solid addition to the tracklist, it comes out feeling like a hip hop infused version of the Casino Versus Japan tune I posted last week. I'm totally in love with the sound of it, behind the lo-fi beats there's plenty of smoothness to get stuck into.

Flying Lotus - The Things You Left [click to download] |HTML5|


Had a nightmare run of bad luck earlier this week that left me wandering a train platform for about an hour. Gave me some time to think about tunes I was gonna talk about though, and this was going to be #1 before I managed to get a hold of that FLyLo. Give it time to get past the slightly dramatic sounding intro and you get some some Japanese trip hop styled thing circa '98. Not only does it perfectly describe the weather for November here across the pond, but it's pretty perfect musical accompaniment to being stranded on a train platform, just slow down for a little while.

Akira Takemoto - Cloudy, With Occasional Rain [click to download] |HTML5|


And with that in mind, thought I'd revisit Röyksopp's track of the month series again. Stronghold was the last one to come out, it was slightly delayed so was released in January, it totally first the winter aesthetic to a T as you might expect from Röyksopp. Pair it with Sparks from Melody A.M. if you're in need of some warming audio in these colder months.

Röyksopp - Stronghold [click to download] |HTML5|


Sunday, 5 November 2017

ComfyCozy

Balcomb Greene - Bois de Vincennes (1964)


Gettin' to that time of year here in England where the °C starts falling fast, so I spent Saturday dreaming up some tunes I think would fit in that very loosely defined 'cozy electronic' label I've mentioned a few times recently. First is a fairly recent addition to my stuff, coming from a compilation of Subroc Recordings. This is the tune that kinda set me off on making this post, it echoes with the same feeling that is present on plenty of tracks from The Flashbulb, and also resembles a slightly more sedate version of the Luke Vibert tune that lends its title to this post ComfyCozy.

Ginrei - Hello, Weather [click to download] |HTML5|


I've been holding off on going all in with Casino Versus Japan's album Go Hawaii for just such an occasion. As I mentioned before this album is the closest I've come to finding something that very closely resembles the work of Plone (which funnily enough were active at the time of Go Hawaii's release), but with a slightly more lo-fi feel than Plone. That nervous opening synth is gorgeous, and the tune overall is fairly lush with sounds. Stay tuned after the fadeout for an extra bonus slice of pure ambient around 4:43. A bit odd to have the 'hidden bonus track' format when this tune isn't even halfway through the album but I'm not complaining.

Casino Versus Japan - Metrobolt [click to download] |HTML5|


I spent a long time trying to narrow down which Boards Of Canada tune I think would best fit into this cozy electronic category.Though it was a strong contender, I've posted Olson enough times that I think it'd be a litte lazy (plus Olson is super short too). I hovered around Twoism for a while, but like a lot of BoC's backcatalogue, there are some small unsettling bits and pieces there to boot. I eventually settled on Left Side Drive from the Trans Canada Highway EP, which as it turns out is a fairly good intro to Boards Of Canada if it's your first listen; all the elements are there, the lo-fi analogue feel, the playing around with reversed sounds, and of course the lush synths and beats combo.

Boards Of Canada - Left Side Drive [click to download] |HTML5|


-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 29 October 2017

Tripping Over

Miwa Ogasawara - Indifferent 01 (2016)


Now for something I've been wantin to post about for a while but had a tough time finding some neighbours for it. So the main tune I wanted to talk about was the Cyberia Mix of Duvet by very obscure British band Bôa, it's one of my all time favourite flips of a song, turning a post-brit pop indie jam that reminds me a lil of Mazzy Star into a more trip-hop meets slow techno piece instead that's got more in common with early Sneaker Pimps. If it weren't for the mix subtitle you could easily be forgiven for thinking this was the original, here's hoping you dig it as much as I.

Bôa - Duvet (Cyberia Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|


The Sneaker Pimps comparison should have come up sooner, all that time I spent searching for similar things to pair with it and the answer was staring me in the face on the little spotify playlist we have on the sidebar. It''l be changing come November so I can let myself off with putting this one up. A slightly reworked version of 6 Underground, with the poppier elements stripped out. Playing them back to back like this they are pretty similar, thanks in a big way to Kelli Dayton's delivery (or Kelli Ali, as she's now known). It's got more in common with the Cyberia Mix than I thought, I've only just seen that they're both from the same time-frame of '98/'99, must've been an in vogue style at the time, with the release of Massive Attack's Mezzanine too it was definitely a good year to be into the sound.

Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground (Perfecto Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|


And finally, another revisit from the E-Z Rollers, again from around the same time. The LP this is from Weekend World is a largely Drum & Bass affair, though it is broken up fairly frequently with short interludes and more importantly, dips into things of a lower tempo. Nightfall is one of the tunes from it I've posted a couple of times but I think it warrants it, not only are the E-Z Rollers fairly obscure these days but this tune in particular I feel does a fantastic job of showing off the Jazzy undertones of the album which you might not expect from an electronic album.

E-Z Rollers - Nightfall [click to download] |HTML5|


-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 21 October 2017

We Don't Need No Edumacation

Johannes Itten - Education (1966)


Apologies for the lack of updates as of late, as I've said before we're in pretty much peak busy time for university work, and I've spent most of this week teaching Photoshop, commuting and sleeping. I'll try my best to write some things come the weekend but no promises.

Anyway, I was looking over the recent posts and decided to combine two themes to start off, we're keeping it Daft Punk like with Alive '07, but I'm also archiving a tune from the Tron: Legacy OST. So for whatever reason the Punk lads decided to make this one an Amazon exclusive track, between that and some iTunes and Nokia exclusives it means that no matter which version of the OST you get you'll be missing a couple of tracks. Which is a massive shame because they (and this tune in particular) are absolutely smashing. Get a lot of those downright terrific synths, its gorgeous and sadly a little overlook thanks to the amazon business

Daft Punk - Sea Of Simulation [click to download] |HTML5|


Keeping a digital theme with a return to Jormungand. Another of my favourite electronically tinged bits from the OST, it builds in a quite interesting way. I won't lie it does lose me a little bit towards the end just because it gets a little bit clustered, and I think that super distored vocal could do with being less so. But other than that it's a short sharp sweet little number, both at home in the show and seperated like this.

Taku Iwasaki - Hard Drive Music [click to download] |HTML5|


And i might as well round out the soundtracks and make it 3 for 3 with another piece from the Ghost In The Sell OSTs. I can't say that Cornelius' contributions to the series are my favourite, but that's only because of the previous soundtracks by Yoko Kanno and Kenji Kawai are nigh perfect. Though as I said on a podcast a long time ago, I appreciate the electronic focus of the Arise OST, and thematically I think it fits wit hthe series super well. The ambient tracks are where Cornelius really shines, but there's some upbeat stuff to get stuck into too, from the future beats style of the opening theme, to the obviously more techno and IDM inspired feel of this one.

Cornelius - Self Running Landmine [click to download] |HTML5|


-Claude Van Foxbat