Sunday, 19 October 2014

Gloomy Sundays IV: This Time It's Personal.

How was your weekend? Awesome? Fantastic? Well unfortunately just like everything else in your life it's coming to an end. So do a line of Prozac, put on your comfiest pair of slippers and wallow together, this week might be your worst yet.

Alex Colville - Horse And Train (1954)

Lets start with a whimper off Arca's new album Xen. Many of you know Arca through his production credits on Kanye's Yeezus, and FKA Twigs EP2 and LP1. His debut full length Xen is unlike anything I have ever heard and is a strong contender for AOTY. The track "Wound" has a beautiful cinematic feel to it with a soaring orchestral backbone. Once the empty and cold vocals roll in the track transcends to the next level. The lyrics are undecipherable and that's OK because the pain you're feeling is also hard to put into words.

Arca - Wound [click to download] |HTML5|

What happens when you combine the hopelessness and trashiness of Florida with the shame of being associated with Skrillex?  Hundred Waters! Signed to Skrillex's OWSLA label, Florida natives Hundred Waters have a pretty dark brand of synth pop. Their label debut "The Moon Rang Like a Bell", was the soundtrack to countless nights of crying myself to sleep. The highlight of this amazing album is the track"Down From the Rafters". Lead vocalist Nicole Miglis has a beautiful and haunting voice that fills up whatever empty room you're in.

Hundred Waters - Down From The Rafters [click to download] |HTML5|

Oh hey look its our favorite depressed frontman Thom Yorke! His newest album Tomorrows Modern Boxes is a music lovers "quart of ice-cream after a breakup" One of the standout tracks is "Interference".

Thom Yorke - Interference [click to download] |HTML5

The description from Rock Genius sums this one up perfectly:

"In the song, Yorke sings about the transience of our lives, our loves, our identities. We have moments in time that seem to be so eternal, but in reality it will and does come to pass all so suddenly."

How does it feel when the lead singer from your favorite band knows your life is worthless?

Lets close out with a track from Sharon Van Ettens ultra depressing "Are We There?" This one always leaves me speechless so I wont say too much about it and spoil it for you.

Sharon Van Etten - Your Love Is Killing Me [click to download] |HTML5|

I would say this is a good playlist when studying for midterms, but lets be honest you don't need to study, you are going to fail all of them.


I've crawled out of my dissertation den to lay down some additions of my own. When the pressure's on and you have to not fuck up at all because otherwise you've wasted three years of your life, you will not get your degree and good luck getting a job in this post-industrial landscape of Northern England it is difficult to stay peppy. So I don't. Have some existential Brian Eno to help with that.

Brian Eno - In Dark Trees [click to download] |HTML5|

And when you see them all, somehow managing to live it up, go out an do what your stereotypical students do and manage to write a dissertation too. You wonder if it's all in vain, spending time writing when you could be out with them. If only you lived closer to the town center and didn't have a 1 hour commute to do, perhaps it would be. Don't dwell on it though, distract yourself and sit down with a brew and read over some academia again.

S├ębastien Tellier - Fantino [click to download] |HTML5|

You are again wracked with doubt about whether your work is good enough, or will ever be good enough. As the last render of the night's bar slowly fills to complete, you look outside and wonder if winter is getting darker every year. Shutting down your workstation, you clamber off to bed. Another early morning bedtime. The small things make it worth it, tomorrow's another day and we can do it all again.

Squarepusher - Goodnight Jade [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Automated 5: Future Proof

Thought I might have some downtime after the last post only to be immediately slammed with more dissertation work. So with that in mind here's another quickie to tide you over until the next one.
Roy Lichtenstien - Reverie (1965)
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Dug out Broadcast again, and again another example of how tunes grow on you over time. I skipped over this one plenty just because I'm not a huge fan of the intro, but keep on listening and it just gets better. Nailed it in completely Broadcast fashion, Trish Keenan was a talent gone far too soon.

Broadcast - Minim [click to download] |HTML5|

More from FlyLo's Ideas .rar, This one got a lot of press just from the title alone (which is admittedly pretty great) but they kinda let it overshadow the tune itself. Think the other Jazzy cuts from Ideas like Oatmeal Face and Wake Me and you're pretty much good.

Flying Lotus - An Xbox Killed My Dog [click to download] |HTML5|

Daft Club gets an awful lot of bad press in the DP community. Yeah it's not the best jump coming straight after Discovery but it has it's moments, like that Slum Village mix of Aerodynamic which is quality. Also the intro is a tune I fall in love with every time, from the nostalgia pangs of the Dial-Up intro 'til the very end. Perhaps one of the most lush tracks the Punks have ever made.

Daft Punk - Ouverture [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Automated 4: No Such Luck

Turns out dissertations (that'd be Thesis for y'all in the USA) are hard. Do not worry, I'm still with you through the medium of scheduling posts in advance. Onto the music, which is strictly trip hop today.
Jeremy Mann - New York Rains

One of the tunes keeping my head up is tune from fellow Leodensian Nightmares On Wax. Carboot Soul was a worthy successor to Smoker's Delight, and I love the vibe throughout, I think it really captures that pre-millennium feel.

Nightmares On Wax - Survival [click to download] |HTML5|

Mezzanine's been back in rotation along with it's bigger brother 100th Window because I love me some moody Trip Hop, even though it's from a year before the N.O.W album above I think it sounds much more modern. It regularly makes the lists of essential electronic albums so deffo give it a listen, it's reputation is well deserved.

Massive Attack - Dissolved Girl [click to download] |HTML5|

UNKLE's debut has it's moments too, long time favourite of the LP I've been hanging onto, Bloodstain was a big part of my winter playlist last year, can't believe I'd slept on this album for so long. I mean, it's DJ Shadow and James Lavelle doing some trip hop, what's not to like?

UNKLE - Bloodstain [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Automated 3: The End (?)

Here's hoping things have gotten better on my end so I can actually write real time. If not this will be the sole update for a while. Less sentimentality let's get moving!

Jim Rosenquist - Croshatch And Mutations (1986)

Starting things right with an early Knife tune, got real love for their first self titled effort, a far cry from the cold electropop of Silent Shout, this one's more like an lo-fi indie electronic dealio with some dark undertones foreshadowing the direction they'd take.

The Knife - Neon [click to download] |HTML5|

More 8-bit-esque FlyLo, with a tune I like to listen to on the train because I enjoy musical irony. Leading the charge for the Pattern + Grid World EP alongside Clay, it's a bit of an oddity in FlyLo's output, but a damn good one to be sure. Still as good as when it came out.

Flying Lotus - Kill Your Co-Workers [click to download] |HTML5|

Some more from House legend Felix here, though the album was pretty much mixed reaction from the press, I absolutely love the tracks in this style. I can't really think of anything else to compare it to, a lighter, less funky Chromeo maybe? Anyway, enjoy!

Felix Da Housecat - Turn Me On A Summer Smile [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat