Sunday, 29 November 2015

Degrees Of Seperation

A little late on this one but I have better reason than usual! I was graduating so now I have a nice piece of paper and a BA after my name. But that shouldn't effect the regular schedule anymore than it already has.

Jeremy Mann - Portait With Bomber Jacket (2012)

Kicking off with more Deadbeats just because they are back in rotation. The opening track of Lounging sets up the album well, and as as much a I prefer Made In The Shade's sound, I can't fault Funky For You in any way, a fitting introduction to the lazy sample heavy vibes the album.

Deadbeats - Funky For You [click to download] |HTML5|

Moving onto something a little less electronic than usual next. The Grape Diggers are made up of a bunch of folk from my neck of the woods, including David Firth of Salad Fingers and Locust Toybox fame. They've been providing my folky/indie vibes for a while now, and I think now is a good time to bring them up again, and I settled on this one that has a smidgen of electronics in it to do so.

Grape Digging Sharon Fruits - This Warm Stage [click to download] |HTML5|

And Playing me out is the lovely upbeat vibes of Rex The Dog. I remember being turned onto his stuff after seeing his self directed and animated video for this track in early '09, I go back and watch it every now and then whenever I need a creative boost, and of course the song being top quality as well is just an added bonus.

Rex The Dog - Bubblicious [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Soundcloud Roundup 9

That time of the week again, kicking things off right away with a cover of one of my favourite Modeselektor tracks. It most certainly does it justice, and it's especially nice to hear Modeselektor's unique breed of electronic transfer well into other styles. And I'd be lying if I said I wasn't totally in love with the pitch bends on the intro.

Next is another track I saw thanks to a cheeky reblog and oh my, where do I begin. So many touchstones to reference; shades of UNKLE, Apparat, Trentemøller, a smidgen of Post-Rock and perhaps some fragments of The Knife too, all wrapped up in a killer bassline. I'm loving the builds in intensity thoroughout. Definitely going to keep my eye on these two for future coverage.

And finally yet another piece from Celadon City. He teased not too long ago that he'd got an auto-tune setup working and I've been waiting on the results ever since. The vocals make a nice addition to the usual feel good vibes of CC's output, albeit with a more downbeat lyrical angle. There's still a lot of room to experiment and improve, but I'll always support people tweaking and otherwise fiddling with vocals.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 23 November 2015

Chilly Out

Oh boy has the cold come home fast. 0 to frosty mornings overnight, which means it's finally time to do my annual tradition of prepping winter playlists. Let's get right on in.

Gustave Caillebotte - View Of Rooftops (Effect Of Snow) (1878/9)

After my recent trip into the world of what electropop I have in my collection thanks to a soundcloud roundup I've been crushing on my long time favourites Broadcast once again. I've written pretty extensively about my love for them, and I won't repeat myself here, instead enjoy the wintery tones of the penultimate track of Haha Sound.

Broadcast - Winter Now [click to download] |HTML5|

To that end, a long lost relic from 2008/9 popped back up on that search. Honestly surprised it took so long to come back up, I haven't heard anything from Youth Novels for about 3 years despie daily shuffling o fmy entire library. But it came back, and ho boy these feelings and memories hit pretty hard. I'll have to catch up with Ms. Li sometime soon.

Lykke Li - Dance, Dance, Dance [click to download] |HTML5|

Of course Boards Of Canada were on the lineup for a cold playlist, I'm still amazed at some of the tracks they have tucked away on obscure, often unreleased albums. I've covered a few of the tunes from the aptly named Old Tunes tapes a while ago, but as of right now I'm digging Boc Maxima, and reminding myself of why Whitewater is one of my favourite pieces of BoC.

Boards Of Canada - Whitewater [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Soundcloud Roundup The Eighth

That time again, and once again Soundcloud wasn't making it easy. Think I made good of it though, first things first with another bit from Oneohtrix Point Never's latest, which in contrast to the last one shows off the infuence of both OPN's previous Eccojams release, particularly on the intro. It goes through just about as many changes as Mutant Standard, and as such probably isn't for everyone. As for me; I'm liking it, but it's not the instant love that R Plus Seven was, I think it may take some time before I form a concrete opinion on it.

I've long since fallen out with the Kavinsky-esque electro sound after it blew up and went by more names than you could count. Though my love may have been re-kindled a little as I was making my way through Abbrev's archives, not sure if it was his intention but I am certainly feeling the non-cliche approach to the sound that's on show here, that actually sounds like it's trying to be electronic music and not emulating the 'outrun' style.

And finally a little something I've put up before but bears repeating. Plaid's remix of All Is Full Of Love is something I dig out every few months and fall in love with again. There's not a bad remix on the single, but Plaid's has always been my favourite next to the original. Björk and Plaid go way back, with guest spots and remixes common between them. Plaid's treatment of the original is very understated, with some sparkling synths providing excellent accompaniment to Björk's vocal.

-Claude Van Foxbat