Thursday, 3 September 2015

Animation Blues

About finished up my latest video project, and got time to get stuck into a project that stuck out in my inbox about a week ago. Now some introduction: the worlds of Jazz and electronic music may seem like odd bedfellows, but there's plenty of influence to be seen: from the Lounge meets Drum & Bass combo from the E-Z Rollers, combined with more of a trip hop feel from Red Snapper, the often frantic bass guitar work from Squarepusher to the more experimental parts of Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma, and again on the Ideas+Drafts+Loops tape.

Why do I bother setting that up you say? Well this is exactly more of that, albeit leaning more on the jazz side than the electronics. There's a lot of piano work on here too, but if it's good enough for Aphex Twin then it's good enough for Mr. James (And if I could play I'd make use of it too).

Maybe a little out of leftfield for our usual posting, but there's some highlights to be sure. Tracks 2 & 3 show off some lovely Downtmepo/Trip Hop and Indie-ish electronic respectively, and I'd recommend you start there for a perfect summary of the vibe here. (Also be aware the player starts on track 6 from some reason) I can definitely see some good stuff coming out of Mr. James' camp in future, particularly if he takes it in a more Hip Hop / Tip Hop direction but then again I am biased. Regardless, get stuck in, and I'll see you in a couple days!

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Summer's End

Summer used to be a lot more enjoyable before I had to regularly render videos, now it is pretty much uncomfortably hot 24/7. But those days are numbered and I have some suitably chilled songs to give you in prep for that, less go.

Loui Jover - Anything (2014)

Starting with a recent addition to my collection, the rock turned Drum & Bass outfit Everything But The Girl. The title track from the LP has been haunting me as of late, parts of it are definitely a product of it's times; the dramatic strings, the liberal use of the Amen Break to name just a few. But towards the end it comes out surprisingly modern, Tracey Thron's depressive delivery isn't something you'd think would twin well with Drum & Bass, but truth be told I can't get enough of it.

Everything But The Girl - Walking Wounded [click to download] |HTML5|

Keping it mostly in England next with another part from Ladytron's Witching Hour. My all time favourite from the album is still Beauty*2, but I've already written about that a couple of times (and it's more of a winter song anyway). Considerably less electronic than their debut 604, but nonetheless still a solid addition to their catalogue, here's an early highlight:

Ladytron - International Dateline [click to download] |HTML5|

And finally my first vocal love since I heard her guest on Felix Da Housecat's Kittenz & Thee Glitz, Miss Kittin. I've put Batbox away for a long time, but now it's back in rotation and I'm all in love once again. Everything from Kittin's playful delivery to the wobbly bassline underlining the synths between verses is hitting all the right buttons. It's a shame her solo output is so few and far between, none of it has disappointed.

Miss Kittin - Play Me A Tape [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Keeping It Short

The trend of tons of releases this year continues, with the man from my neck of the woods Abbrev. dropping a sneaky album on bandcamp. It opens with Geraldo I posted not too long ago so I feel pretty confident going in.

The trend of him being crazy good at genre flexibility continues here, and is reflected in the tags over on bandcamp. In the first 3 tracks alone we go from pusedo-Acid to pounding 4/4 techno to a chilled out IDM influenced number. That might turn some of you off, but I do enjoy hearing the approach on each, granted not everyone's a hit but there's still plenty out there for you to get stuck into.

He's got quite a few releases under his belt already so be sure to check out his bandcamp for more!

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Thursday Soundtracks

Back home after my brief absence, and in a change of pace from recently I actually had some songs lined up before I posted this time so that's alright. Tracks and words as usual after the art as per u.

Robert Del Naja - Patriot (2013)

After a recent sale on steam I've since come into even more Simon Viklund. Taken from the B-Sides compilation of trailer songs and other teasers he composed, naturally most of the songs are pretty short. This isn't a problem mind, and neither is the departure from his standard electronic style for something a little more atmospheric. The slow build to eventual crescendo format here is clearly taken a few pointers from Post-Rock but honestly I would love to see Simon tackle some Trip-Hop style stuff in future if it sounds anything like this.

Simon Viklund - Meat And Machine Guns [click to download] |HTML5|

Shamefully, I don't actually have this in my collection. But it more than deserves to be there (I just have other stuff I'm prioritising). First caught this one in Hotline Miami when I was itching for Kavinsky's album to come out, luckily it was full of songs like this to tide me over and even now it still more than lives up to that rep.

Taking it to a darker note again, I dug out Dummy once again after coming off Massive and UNKLE. There's not much I can say about it that hasn't been said. One of the finest debuts ever, and absolutely essential Trip Hop. Not as easy an introduction to the style as Massive Attack IMO, but if you like what you hear you'll pretty much dig everything Trip Hop.

Portishead - Pedestal [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat