Thursday, 30 July 2015

New Chems Quickie

It always pleases me to get updates like this in my inbox. I'd known the chem bros were brewing a new LP for a while, but it's nice to see them actually put up one of the bonus tracks for streaming instead of holding it for ransom after release (or worse, including it in a later pressing of the album after you've already bought it.)

It's decidedly un-Chemical Brothers for the most part it seems, almost minimal in a way. Can't say I'm the biggest fan of the sample that give it its title, but the other parts more than make up for that. The opening bass has seen me through some animating today, and probably will for the rest of the week!

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 27 July 2015

Mellow On Monday

How do all, My soundcloud has been bare for about 4 days now so I'm going to have to bite the bullet and do another conventional post. Took a lil' while to pick these out but they all fell into place in the end. And I even managed to tie them together thematically this time so that's a bonus.

Atelier Olschinsky - Neon Cities (01)

Dug out Orchestra Of Bubbles again not too long ago, and every time I do it always leaves me wanting more collaboration between the two. Apparat's glitchy downtempo style takes the forefront here, and the track does take a while to get going but when it does it is very sweet indeed, I absolutely adore the combo of those synths and eastern-style strings.

Ellen Allien & Apparat - Edison [click to download] |HTML5|

Sections of The Flashbulb's Soundtrack To A Vacant Life are on the opposite end of the spectrum though, often the songs kick off strong from the get go, but they only last a minute or two. A moot complaint given there's 29 tracks to get stuck into, but I would love an official extended version of this or Dirt Bikes And Street Vendors.

The Flashbulb - Returning Fight Theme [click to download] |HTML5|

Got real stuck into Never, Never, Land. Can't say it's beaten Psyence Fiction yet as my favourite UNKLE offering, but I'm enjoying it. What Are You To Me? repeats the winning formula set down by In A State earlier on the EP, an acoustic intro that gives way to an almost house style beat. I'm not sure it's even technically Trip-Hop at this point but I'm not to bothered, because it sounds real good.

UNKLE - What Are You To Me? [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 24 July 2015

Keeping Up With The Jones'

Special shoutout to Missi who reminded me their EP is actually out now. Covered a bunch of songs of this a while back but missed the intro one on purpose for posting now. I haven't much to add to that otherwise, I've been listening to a bunch of Au Revior Simone as of late, and the Seattle duo do just as good a job at scratching that itch as they do.

There's a whole range of comparisons I can draw from the funky opening reminiscent of Martina Topley Bird, to the more garage-come-dubstep stylings of You Don't Know What Love Is there's plenty to sink your teeth into. Should certainly see me through the summer, get stuck in for yourself.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Back On Time

Look I promised y'all a proper post and here I am delivering. A day late than I planned but never you mind that. Small delays due to shipments of PC parts and that kind of thing, but I'm here now so lessgo.

Robert Del Naja - Splitting The Atom (2013)

UNKLE's sound between their debut Psyence Fiction and the later follow up of Never, Never, Land went through quite a change. As you would expect with a 5 year gap between the albums. There's a lot less turntable tricks and voiceover samples with the departure of DJ Shadow, but some things they do have in common though, namely Lavelle's love of dramatic strings and the dulcet Northern tones of Ian Brown.

UNKLE - Reign [click to download] |HTML5|

Taking myself back to the early 2000s again with these next couple. Hot off the heels of me picking up Röyksopp's Melody A.M. I was after anything vaguely chilled I could get my hands on. Enter Aplinestars, I've been meaning to do a in depth post on this LP but it hasn't happened yet. A lot of the tracks on it haven't aged well, but the Snow Patrol duet will always have a place in my heart.

Alpinestars - Snow Patrol (Part 2) [click to download] |HTML5|

Blu Mar Ten are another relic of my collection I've mentioned before that has accompanied me on many a holiday in the sun. Known for their Drum & Bass output, for their debut album decided to do an odd mix of ambient and house style stuff. It's fared a lot better than Alpinestars' LP though and I still like it a lot. I'l never figure out why they chose to use samples from Predator of all films though.

Blu Mar Ten - Trauma [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat