Monday, 29 September 2014

Week 2

So this is it, sorry for the lack of updates but I went away for the weekend, and finally being on a proper schedule again doesn't help. Anyways here's some songs seeing me through the day to day.

Alex Colville - New Moon (1980)

Starting with a lil' extra the folks at warp were so nice to give me back when Mind Bokeh was new. There's not much different from the LP version here aside from the shorter intro, but that's a pretty big plus. It's been a fair few years sine this came out and it's still as solid as it was back then.

Bibio - Excuses (Single Version) [click to download] |HTML5|

Another return to the Flying Lotus demos that are floating about the net. They're full of hidden gems that wouldn't see the light of day otherwise, I almost wish FlyLo still did these occasionally, but his new direction is pretty sick so I can't complain.

Flying Lotus - Tips And Tricks [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally the bonus track tucked away at the end of Lucky Boy. I just pulled the LP out along with all my old Ed Banger gear after listening to a ton of Mehdi's pre-Ed Banger work and it's been a trip in nostalgia for sure, even now I've branched out into all sorts of stuff I still got a soft spot for the brand of electro put out by the Ed Rec lot. Another great we lost too soon.

DJ Mehdi - Survivol [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Pre-Uni Throwdown

'Bout two days left till I start Uni, hopefully won't impact the posting too much but just in case here's a quickie before I pop off. My long time subwoofer buddy Stenchman dropped a new tune under his house-y Philestine alias and I am in love with the into on it. Poor Stench is criminally underrated when he can do Dub, Hip Hop and House really bloody well.

Been touching more on the world of experimental electronic in prep for when I get my hands on the new AFX. Of course Warp remains the king in that area, and after many months stashed away cos I burned out on listening to it I am reminded why Clark's Body Riddle is one of my favourite albums, gorgeously produced throughout, even if sometimes feels like it's going to blow your head off.

Clark - Matthew Unburdened [click to download] |HTML5|

Also I've been diggin the Selektor's older tunes recently (though Monkeytown is still my favourite). This one features Maxïmo Park, another Warp act and the collaboration works real well. Modeselektor really have a way with vocal stuff, as shown on their work with Thom Yorke and this is no different. Solid closer to a solid album.

Modeselektor - (I Can't Sleep) Without Music [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Breakin' The Law

For the first time in forever I tried to tie all my posts together into a cohesive theme, bear with me cos it might get a bit loosely defined later but w/e, enjoy the tunes!

Dabs Myla - Anywhere

Starting with another Swede on my radar, like El Huervo and The Knife before him, Simon Viklund is a frequent dabbler in soundtracks. And he does it very, very well. The build in atmosphere here is great, the slow build from hip hop to full on drum & bass is intense and the samples only add to it.

Simon Viklund - Phoney Money(Panic Room Part 1) [click to download] |HTML5|

Originally I was only going to post that part, but after some listening I thought that would be letting Mr. Viklund's skills down. There is no build on this one, it goes from nothing to full intensity in about 2 seconds, there is a breakdown to steady yourself with, but it's not long before we're back to breakin' beats.

Simon Viklund - The Take (Panic Room Part 2) [click to download] |HTML5|

Staying on soundtracks, the E-Z Rollers' Weekend World was put to great use in Guy Ritchie's comedy-crime caper Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels. This tune in particular really captures the vibe and that weird late to end of the 90's space it existed in. Definitely check out the LP if you're on the market for more jazzy Drum & Bass vibes

E-Z Rollers - Tough At The Top [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Gloomy Sundays Vol. I

Shamelessly stealing an idea me and Adam cooked up after his latest special depressing edition of the wingman series, we're gonna cover some sad songs today in what will hopefully be a semi-regular feature (and what may be the first ever collabrative post in ilictronix history) Tunes and more after the art.

Edward Hopper - Summer In The City (1950)

Starting off with the absolutely crushing end to The Knife's Silent Shout. Here the album dumps all the twisted electropop sensibilities that underlined the whole album and gets real for a second. Like From Off To On some tracks before it, it's a pitch shifted ambient trip in introversion.

The Knife - Still Light [click to download] |HTML5|
"Was it worth it? Could it be worse than this?"

It's probably a bit of a cliché to mention Portishead here, but I'm gonna do it anyway just because a few lines here real resonate with me, and I'd be lying if I didn't say the way Beth Gibbons delivers the lines is pretty much perfect.

Portishead - Wandering Star [click to download] |HTML5|
"For it's such a lovely day to have to always feel this way"

Broadcast may not be the first band that jumps to mind given their usual sound, but there's more than enough downbeat stuff to go around. I've already given out some love to the lonely vibe of their earlier tune Lights Out, but there's some quality pieces on The Noise Made By People too.

Broadcast - Until Then [click to download] |HTML5|
"How wrong I'll be, none of us have anything"

-Claude Van Foxbat

Adam's Picks 

First on my list today is a track from Instra:Mental and I heard this one thursday night when James Blake played it on his residency on Radio 1. I've had this one on repeat for 3 days now and has really sucked my joy. A pretty danceable track with some pretty sinister undertones and a heartbreaking vocal sample makes this track really special. Oh, don't forget those out of this world synths.

Instra:Mental - Watching You [click to download] |HTML5

"Ill be waiting around, I'm sorry" 

Next we have a new one from Aphex Twin. Off his stellar new album Syro the closing track is a pretty bitter sweet one. It sounds like a rain cloud on a bright and sunny day.

Aphex Twin - Aisatsana |HTML5|

I'm sure your all familiar with this one but its still a favorite downer of mine. Stripped, barebones, and vulnerable is that makes this track memorable for me.

Thom Yorke - Black Swan [click to download] |HTML5

"People get crushed like biscuit crumbs and get laid down in the bitumen"