Thursday, 23 December 2010

One Oh One, One Oh Two, One Oh Trix

In what will be probably my last post of this year, I bring you a recent artist in my collection, Brooklyn based ambient musician, Daniel Lopatin AKA Oneohtrix Point Never. Working almost exclusivley with vintage analogue synths, OPN's music has same nostalgic qualities as heard in Boards Of Canada's tracks. If I could describe it to you, I'd say it's like the score to an old futuristic sci-fi flick. First up, some tracks from 2009's Rifts, A compilation of his previous 3 albums. These became kind of rare due to limited print and being on casette. So along with being easier to find, many of the tracks are extended or alternate mixes. and so, let's begin.

One thing I love about OPN, as well as the vintage sounds, is how he builds tracks. often starting with a simple arpeggio and layering sounds over it, until each elements blends seamlessly, or conflicting in such a way the sounds blur together into one.











And to top it off: a Mix by OPN, bundled with my copy of Rifts by the nice folk over at Bleep.com titled Objects In Mirrors. I'd love to include a tracklist but I couldn't find one anywhere. The intro's a bit out of the blue, as are a lot of the selections if I'm honest, but stick through it, because there are some excellent choices scattered throoughout - the first coming in in around 3:50 in.



2010, We'll Go There Again,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

A Magna Merry Christmas

Well, comments refuse to work in the new ilictronix 2.0, so I'm going to take a break and post some goodies!

Magna sent me a 3-track sample as a holiday gift to all. It's public on the 24th, so consider this a semi-exclusive. So enjoy this nice little cheese-sampler of sorts, "Three Tracks in Three Minutes." Featuring the sexy tracks "Radio", "Simple Things", and "Step Outside."

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And as a bonus, a new remix. You'll dig it.

I Just Can't Wait To Be King (Magna Edit) by Magna [Soundcloud Player no longer works]

Happy holidays from me, I'll talk to you all soon! Jordan

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Daft Punk - Derezzed [VIDEO]

I cannot wait. My. God.



Enjoy, and be sure to check out Tron Legacy in theaters December 17th!

Prez

It's Cold Outside

I love winter, and odds are it's snowing where you are. Or at least cold. So I'd like to share with you a portion of my chilled winter playlist, as I do with every other season come to think of it!



Planning this post two artists came up a ton in my noted tracks, Let's start with the first: Röyksopp, with one of my favourite songs, Sparks is that special kind of song that hits every right note for me, and it really comes into its own around winter time. No doubt influenced a bit by that super cosy music video it has as well.



And now a slice from Senior, and even though it was released in the spring it was still quite cold in the good old UK. And I think they intended it to be a cold weather track, or at the very least an early morning one, judging by the sounds. And I can tell you from experience it goes very well with both those scenarios.



The second artists to come up alot were Boards Of Canada, famed for their nostalgia tinted melodies they seemed an obvious choice (and if I'm honest I could do an entire post between them and Röyksopp) but in the end it came down to two. Number one, Olson, is a short but very, very sweet piece that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely fantastic, 'nuff said.



Number two: Melissa Juice, another fairly short piece but with a lot more going on, starting with those simple keys and just layering on more substance as time goes on, all topped off with that layer of analogue fuzz.





I've posted this one before, but it holds a special place in my heart during winter. One night earlier this year, me and a friend were sat talking gazing out of the window, My iPod on shuffle in the background. There was a gap in the conversation. The track changed. For a moment everything was in sync, and it was like heaven. I only wish you have a similar experience with this one, Enjoy.



And to finish it off, another tune I didn't associate with snow until last year thanks to shuffle. this track plus empty streets and snowstorms make for a powerful combination, especially with the slow intro.



And that does it for another one of my seasonal Pick 'N Mixes, providing you with new music every step of the year!

Cold As Ice,
-Claude Van Foxbat