Thursday, 13 October 2011

Dramatic Return


So, I'm finally back. As you probably already know, I've been quite unwell for the past few months. I'm a little better now, but still not 100%. To make myself feel even more better I picked up some music stuffs, which is good news for you as well!



Kicking us off is Ladytron, who brought a house inspired brand of psuedo-electroclash to the synthpop revival scene of the early 2000's that I quite like with 604. It still sounds quite fresh for an 10 year old album, check this out.

Ladytron - Mu-Tron [click to download] |HTML5|








Ladytron - Commodore Rock [click to download] |HTML5|








It's not all house all the time though, 604 really shines when it's fully embracing the simple bleeps to create that undoubtebly Kraftwerk inspired sound. It's perhaps easier to hear the influence on other cuts, I just picked this one 'cos it's a favourite.

Ladytron - Playgirl [click to download] |HTML5|










I finally got around to picking up The Knife's soundtrack to swedish indie flick Hannah Med H too, which I've posted a bit of already. It's short (just over a half hour) but all the tracks are brilliantly produced.

The Knife - This Is Now [click to download] |HTML5|








Now, this one is a bit of a wildcard. What happens when The Knife takes a stab at techno? well, this. A menacing sounding, frantic and cut up to hell track that lasts all of two minutes. It sort of reminds of of Aphex Twin's Digeridoo only more... European sounding, if that makes sense.

The Knife - Wanting To Kill [click to download] |HTML5|








I really like the structure of this one, it's one of the longer tracks on the album, nothing is wasted and no element overstays it's welcome: everything feels very precise and calculated, from the opening beats to the breakdowns.

The Knife - Hannah's Conscious [click to download] |HTML5|










Sending us off is my favourite internet animator turned musician, Locust Toybox. His new album Noon dropped earlier this year and as far as I'm concerned it's his best yet, it's very refined and mostly sample based and doesn't have that sort of unfinished feel some of his earlier stuff did.

Locust Toybox - Black Peter [click to download] |HTML5|








The first track I heard from Noon, the intro is good by itself, but the track really shines when that brilliantly executed sample at 1:26 drops. That was when I knew it'd a be a favourite of mine.

Locust Toybox - Be All You Are [click to download] |HTML5|








Finishing up with the first track, which sounds just a bit like something Mr. Scruff would make, but with hazy reverb infused vocals over the top. Could've probably been a summer track, but it's a bit late for that now isn't it?.

Locust Toybox - Crawlusc [click to download] |HTML5|








And that be that, I apologise for not being around as much as I'd have liked to, but between going back to school and havin' brain problems, I kinda had a lot on my plate. BUT on a lighter note I have some other stuff planned so expect a semi-regular return to form for me!

Feelin' Fine,
-Claude Van Foxbat

1 comments:

spectoral said...

Loving Locust Toybox also. Thanks for the reviews! I hope you are getting and feeling better. Hey if you want more great electronica I just got into Eskmo's new album myself, it's like glitch hop meets Amon Tobin. Respect,.:;:. Spectoral