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!

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 + - 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

Monday, 18 August 2014

Lets Talk About Young Turks: A Newbie Guide

Unless you have been living under a rock, Future Garage and Future R&B are in right now. Unknown to most, a small imprint of XL Records is putting out some of the most groundbreaking and forward thinking Future Garage music right now. It's only a matter of time before things hit critical mass. That imprint is Young Turks, and believe it or not your probably are already familiar with some of the work they have put out already.

I should'nt need too give much detail about XL Records, let's just say if you've listened to Adele, The White Stripes, Thom Yorke, or Vampire Weekend, you know who XL Records are. With an impressive parent label, Young Turks takes things even further with big names that release remix's and side projects and acts that will make it big tomorrow. Now, lets talk about the biggest things to ever come out of this imprint and dig our way more "obscure"

Yes, this Drake track is produced and heavily sampled from Jamie XX's and Gil Scott Heron's "I'll take care of you".

Drake Ft. Rihanna - Take Care [click to download] |HTML5|

Speaking of Drake.....

Drake - Too Much [click to download] |HTML5|
The vocals are from the talented crooner Sampah, who is also on Young Turks. Sampah also worked with imprint mate SBTRKT,

Sbtrkt - Temporary View [click to download] |HTML5|

Oh snap we are going down the rabbit hole but lets come up real quick for another heavy hitter "The XX"

The XX - Crystalized [click to download] |HTML5|

One of the biggest names to come out of the imprint this year is FKA Twigs, I don't mind FKA Twigs, LP1 and LP2 have had heavy rotations from me, and she put on amazing performance at Pitchfork Festival this year. I'm the only one with this opinion but it really doesn't suck me in like everything else that Young Turks is putting out. Don't worry I'm sure I'll change my mind and post a gushing post about their next album. For now though I get why its popular, but maybe I'm having a Weeknd deja vu. Fingers crossed she doesn't put out a "Kiss Land"   EDIT: Shit bangs in the right ways possible, everyone listen to LP1 all week, I was wrong, I'm hooked. Sorry.

FKA Twigs - Give Up [click to download] |HTML5|

FKA Twigs - Video Girl [click to download] |HTML5|

FKA Twigs - Lights On [click to download] |HTML5|

You might be thinking that you have their "sound" down, but really no, because also on this imprint is "Holy Fuck" Yes, thats one of the worst names of all time but man that music grooves. They have perfected this kind of live, chaotic hardware set sound that would fit nicely on something like DFA Records.

Holy Fuck - Super Inuit [click to download] |HTML5|

Holy Fuck - Milkshake [click to download] |HTML5|

Maybe this EP found me at the right time or maybe it's the sudden cold front thats hit Chicago but this release from Quirky might be my new favorite thing out of this imprint.

Quirky - We Landed [click to download] |HTML5|

Quirky - Break A Mirrored Leg [click to download] |HTML5

Quirky - Acid Beth [click to download] |HTML5|

With releases like that its not fair to write off Young Turks as a "Small Label'. They have had so much success that they recently started another imprint named "Whitites". Here is their first release.

 OOOOH yeah thats the stuff...


Saturday, 16 August 2014

Working On The Weekend

Watch Captain Earth


Starting us off today is a really smooth remix of the track "Till Sunrise" by Goldroom. Pacifico took the song and turned it into an evening at the beach. Tenouttaten, excellent work

Next up we have another remix, this time by Edmonson for the Seb Wildblood track "Hunney"

I'm a sucker for beautiful voices, and Zella Day definitely has a beautiful voice, check out "Compass"

last but not least, i will share a track from one of my favorite artists right now, Makonnen, dude has been blowing up in Atlanta and recently got a Drake feature on his song "Tuesday" but this is not Tuesday.


- Earl 

Another Rainy Saturday

As is often the case in England, it's been raining all day but I don't mind too much. After 20 years you kinda just accept it. Anyways I'm back again for the usual tunes & rt combo, here we go!

Gustave Caillebotte - L'Yerres, effet de pluie (1875)

Dug out Little Dragon's debut again, wish I'd have heard of them around the time, for a first album it's very solid. There's not any tracks I could do without, which is unusual for a 12 tracker. It's chock Full of well produced numbers like this one.

Little Dragon - No Love [click to download] |HTML5|

Omni Trio remains one of my favourtie all time producers of D&B, I've got a collection of his stuff dating back to about 1993 and the fact he's managed to keep me interested all that time is no mean feat. The subtle evolution in his style is pretty great to follow, moving from the hardcore/jungle vibes of old into more chilled sounds such as this:

Omni Trio - Sanctuary [click to download] |HTML5|

Another debut now, with the also brilliant Taking Up Your Precious Time from Pretty Lights. Full from end to end of sample infused chill hip-hop vibes. It can be a bit daunting to listen to in full at 15 tracks, but as individual parts they're all incredibly sweet. You can still pick this album up for free over on the Pretty Lights website too!

Pretty Lights - Stay [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat