Saturday, 24 January 2015

All About the Bass

One of the biggest things I'm ashamed of is that I haven't been paying close attention to the imprint Night Slugs. I've unfortunately only heard select tracks from label head DJ Bok Bok and the stellar debut album from Kelela. I really need to dive deeper because everything I've heard from this crew has been unbelievable. Take for example this stellar cut from Jam City. The track Aqua  Box from the Waterworx EP is a great introduction to the Night Slugs sound. Huge basslines and distant sirens create a hazy and dense atmosphere.

Jam City - Aqua Box [click to download] |HTML5|

One of the most curious signings recently was Chicago footwork artist DJ Slugo being signed to Nicolas Jaar's Other People imprint. We discussed the imprint before here on ilictronix and reading that makes this signing even more curious. Where much of Other People was Microhouse, DJ Slugo is all about maximalism. More really is more on his Ghetto House bass behemoths. Taking the best elements of Booty Bass, Detroit Juke and footwork, track I Ain't Yo Baby Daddy was heavy on my rotation this week. An infectious vocal sample *I Ain't Yo Baby Daddy* is somehow both dizzying and dazzling.

DJ Slugo - I Ain't Yo Baby Daddy [click to download] |HTML5|

Remember when Evian Christ wasn't working with Kanye or making huge trap bangers? Yeah me either until I relistened to his Kings and Them mixtape. Lean sounding MYD is a bonafide hustlers anthem. Even though fuzzy reverb soaked R&B is becoming a parody of itself its nice to hear songs like this that remind you why this style grew so fast in the first place.
Evian Christ - MYD [click to download] |HTML5|

Next we have a somewhat rare mix from our good friend ARCA. His work on the new Bjork album and the Sheep Mix he presented at this years HBA fashion show sets this promising producer up for a unforgettable year. This is not the first time he has worked with the framed streetware company though. Back in 2012 he did a mix with Fader for MOMA PS1 and remixed some tracks on a Hood By Air mixtape. This whole mix is stellar but the moneyshot is the remix of Ocean Gang, which features a syrupy chopped sample of Beamer, Benz, or Bently. 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

New Music Needed

In a weird funk at the minute where i spend like 80% of my time skipping songs. Whoda thought that you could eventually get tired of 10k+ tracks? I suppose I should start hunting the albums I've been meaning to but for now here are the few that escape the skip button.

Pam Glew -To Live And Be Loved (2014)

Oddly enough one of the tracks escaping this culling is one I've heard thousands of time since I fist got my mitts on it in '07. Still a class example of what dubstep used to be, and by far one of the better remixes out there.

Uncle Sam - Round The World Girls (Tes La Rok Remix) [click to download] |HTML5|

Moderat's second LP has also escaped this, I can't bring myself to skip this one once I hear the intro. I wasn't too hot on most of the debut aside from the big tracks like A New Error and that, but after hearing the snippet of it on the promo for the album I was hyped and the full thing is even better.

Moderat - This Time [click to download] |HTML5|

Similarly a tune I've had since '03 gave my subwoofer some bother on this cold English morning. Try as I might I can never hate one of the songs that showed me both Felix Da Housecat, Miss Kittin and Electroclash as a whole. Hell I'd even go so far as to say the whole album has a special place in my collection. Thankfully I re-ripped it in 320 when I got a new disc drive many years back, so you don't have to deal with the 128kbps copy I had to deal with for years.

Felix Da Housecat - Silver Screen Shower Scene [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 19 January 2015

Because You're Freeeeeeeeee

I am done for two weeks, so have a break form words and have some sngs instead yo. Tunes after the art as per us'.

Jim Dine -Four Hearts (1969)

More housy goodness from Stench's Philestine alias, after having hear the preview for this one for so long it's ice to hear it in its full glory. That main synth line is straight from the locally produced house tunes I used to listen to in the early 00's with that modern garage spin on things, it's sick.

Philestine - Skippy The Bush Kangamoo [click to download] |HTML5|

As you all well know, I looked back into stuff I listened to circa the early 00's again not too long ago, there I fell in love all over again and found a new addition to my list of favourite house producers A:xus it seems is criminally underrated, which is a shame because he's still making stuff that gives me that feeling the early 00's house did. This one came out in '09 but I'll be damned if that soulful house combo isn't just timeless, I absolutely adore this one.

A:xus - Suite Disappointment [click to download] |HTML5|

Speaking of classic house now would be a good time to revive by far the most famous and hardest to find of Felix's remixes; the Heavenly House version of Sinnerman. Shot to fame again not too long back after HTC used it in an ad campaign, while an odd choice given it's house and all I can't fault hem for it, it's a quality tune to this day.

Nina Simone - Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Pre-Hand In Post

Hand in of my dissertation tomorrow for like 30% of my degree or something. Good news for you lot, cos you don't have to hear me moan about it no more, and I get more free time to lavish you with audio. So here we go with some old favourites.

Sigmar Polke -B-Mode (1987)

Long time music bud of mine Nightmares On Wax with perhaps the shortest tune he's ever done. Clocking in at just under a minute I have to loop it every time it comes up because it's just so sweet. Check out the full album, Smokers Delight for more of this vibe.

Nightmares On Wax - Me + You [click to download] |HTML5|

Before I go diving more into UNKLE's discogs I've been revisitng the debut LP and more importantly the tune that got me to revisit them in the first place. Enjoy the brilliance of when DJ Shadow & James Lavelle give trip hop a go.

UNKLE - Unreal [click to download] |HTML5|

Speaking of revisiting stuff, MTB's been back in my rotation after a lengthy absence. First heard her on Tricky's debut LP Maxinquaye before deciding to look into her other work after her guest bit on All Alone from Gorillaz's Demon Days. A real treat and really underrated, here's my favourite of hers.

Martina Topley-Bird - Sandpaper Kisses [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat