Tuesday, 30 October 2012

All Is Full Of Love

I'm feeling particularly arty tonight, so I slapped on my records as usual and got to work. But then while browsing my folders of inspiration for material, I found my Chris Cunningham files again. The man is responsible for some of my favourite music videos of all time, and looking over his concept sketches for this video I just had to watch it again. I've already covered the three big videos he's directed - Aphex Twin's Come To Daddy and Windowlicker as well as Squarepusher's Come On My Selector. And I thought it was high time I covered his other famous piece; Björk's All Is Full Of Love


It's a stunning display, especially considering it's from '99, the CGI is brilliantly well done and still holds up fairly well to modern standards, I expected nothing less from Cunningham after his work with AFX and Squarepusher. It helps that the accompanying song is fantastic too, it's a different mix to the one included on her album Homogenic and dare I say it a better one too. Enjoy.

Björk - All Is Full Of Love (Radio Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|

The first remix on offer is from a bloke called Guy Sigsworth. It takes a more subdued route to the sounds while retaining a similar structure. I actually didn't realise how muted this mix is compared to the original until I played them one after another, but the chorus and ending sections feature a beautiful explosion of electronics onto the scene, reminding me just a little of Clark's The Autumnal Crush. I don't have a problem with that - a thing I really enjoy when making art is watching different peoples approaches to the same thing; an object, feeling etc. so these remixes go down a treat.

Björk - All Is Full Of Love (Guy Sigsworth Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|

Björk's interest in the world of experimental electronic becomes more pronounced towards the end, starting with this mix from a duo called Funkstörung. It's fairly by the numbers for experimental stuff, to me it resembles Tri Repeatae era Autechre, especially when the melodic streak running throughout gets it's own break around 3:13 or so. I wasn't too fond of this one to begin with, but like so many other tracks before it, upon revisiting it I found something within it that I loved, in this case that break I just mentioned. It's fleeting, but after the break is gone the track stays special, everything after it and through to the end is just golden.

Björk - All Is Full Of Love (Funkstorung Exclusive Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|


And finally, Plaid. After guesting on their LP Not For Threes, Plaid and Björk have had a pretty tight relationship. I've said before that Plaid are very hit and miss for me, but there's no sign of misses here. After giving the basic melody their unique sound treatment for that intro, you're thrust into a sparse soundscape with only a rolling beat and Björk's vocal stylings for company. And aside from some sparkling synth lines dotted throughout and some squelchy pads added during the chorus about halfway in it stays largely the same. I get the feeling this mix is meant to be more about her vocals anyway, they are slightly higher in the mix than anything else, and no other mix has had the same approach. Saying that, I love their interpretation of it, and I think it's a fitting end to the EP.

Björk - All Is Full Of Love (Plaid Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|

And of course, I can't just write all that and leave all of you to go find the video yourselves could I? Well here it is, it really is a phenomenal video and is definitely worth your time.



Artificial,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 28 October 2012

I'm So Spooked

Hey guys, I'm not dead! after a brief break from University and returning from a fantastic night out on the toon in Newcastle, I not only have time to post, but have things to post too! today's offering is bits from a mixtape I knocked up for a friend relating to a certain holiday approaching, Enjoy!


I already had the perfect opener lined up in the offering from the Cornelius EP that is unlike anything else put out there by the usually electric-centric duo The Bloody Beetroots. I thought it served well as an introduction to what I called rather unimaginatively The Spooky Tape.

The Bloody Beetroots - The Death Of Cornelius [click to download] |HTML5|

I of course followed that up with their church based banger from their debut LP Romborama, it would have been rude not to. listening back to it with that in mind reveals all kindsa spooky goings on in the track right down to the thermin-esque whining bits in the background, and of course a healthy dose of the organ. As one person so nicely commented on my Youtube upload of this track "No more Castlevania remixes for me!".

The Bloody Beetroots - Have Mercy On Us [click to download] |HTML5|

I can't go around dropping videogames into the mix without including everyone's favourite 1980's inspired electro dealer (alongside the 'Vinsky of course) Danger. The intro just nails that old school feel and wouldn't sound too out of place in a low budget slasher horror from about 30 years ago. Do yourself a favour and see if you can ffind that video on youtube where someone synced this tune up to bits from The Terminator it's class.

Danger - 4H30 [click to download] |HTML5|


I desperately needed a slightly more downtempo number to spice up the tape's structure, but it still had to be electronic. I found the answer in an underrated bit from Teenage Bad Girl. This track has always been a favourite of mine from Cocotte, it was a nice break from their usual repertoire, and I as moe than happy to see them carry the slower paced break tradition on to Backwash.

Teenage Bad Girl - Ghost House [click to download] |HTML5|


This gap allowed me to get a bit creative; see this friend is wanting to expand her music horizons and explore more electronic stuff. I ended up playing the safe choice on the actual mixtape and put Röyksopp's The Fear in. However for you fine people I'm going to treat you to my original choice in The Knife's The Captain, a beautifully haunting song that Olof from the duo describes as "What I imagine the Alps to sound like".

The Knife - The Captain [click to download] |HTML5|

Saying that I did choose to put on one of Broadcast's weirder sounding tracks afterwards. Coming back to Pendulum was an experience all right, that off kilter sound, the unrelenting beat during the chorus and of course the lovely tones of Trish Keenan. Between all that it had certainly earned its place on the mix. That and to bring it back around to less electronic oriented stuff to finish it off.

Broadcast - Pendulum [click to download] |HTML5|

Rounding off my selection is Ghosts from Ladytron. After listening almost exclusively to their debut 604, which is a record infused with the vibes of the 80's mixed with contemporary house, jumping to 2008's Velocifero was quite a shock. The electrics may not be as pronounced (minus that droney intro & outro), but the quality is still there and I'm kicking myself for not checking the rest of their discography sooner.

Ladytron - Ghosts [click to download] |HTML5|


That'll do for now, but how about you make your own halloween mixtapes and share them with friends? it's a fun little distraction, and I've already given you a few tracks to get started with so get to it!

HALLOWEEN EDIT: One of our lovely readers by the name of Sulphites dropped by with their own spooky tape to share, you can find it over on their blog.

Boo,
- Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 18 October 2012

THE RETURN OF EVIL STEREO

I realize this is highly unorthodox, seeing as that I technically don't work here anymore, but I never got my privileges taken away, so SCREW THE RULES, I HAVE MUSIC.

Formerly known as Evil Stereo, Randy Westbrook returns as SILVER AGE SCIENTIST in this unofficial and unauthorized compiled LP of all his unreleased material ranging from 2010 up til now! The Perfectionist features all of his best works that 'weren't good enough' to release, and took a backseat to his career as a professional video game player. Get it while it's hot!

Official statement from Randy:


My asshole friends decided that since I wasn't ever going to release all my music, that they would do the whole "Death of the author" thing and release them all for me. Welp. Here ya go."


TRACKLIST:
Intro
Atom Kids
Bomber Change
Reed Richards is Useless
Freeze Ray
Rogue
Blaxploitation
West Coast Avengers
Night of the Sentinels
Comets
Gwen Stacy (Bonus Track)


Now, some MP3s for right away.


Silver Age Scientist - Atom Kids [click to download] |HTML5|

  Silver Age Scientist - West Coast Avengers [click to download] |HTML5|

  Silver Age Scientist - Gwen Stacy (Bonus Track) [click to download] |HTML5|


BLLAAAAAH bad formatting, but I gotta go. Toodles.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Sit Up Straight

So my good friend Earl Da Grey AKA The Deadbeat Demon finally dropped his beat tape that he's been working on for a while. It's been a long time coming and I've loved the last couple tracks he's put out, and I knew from the preview that it was going to be pretty damn good. Check out the preview after the pic!



And just because, I'll hit you up with couple other tunes from the tape that I think is pretty swell. Guys on a roll lately when it comes to hittin' my sweet spots for hip hop, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with for our little collabo. For now though this is more than enough quality to keep me going.

Deadbeat Demon - Ice Cream [click to download] |HTML5|

Deadbeat Demon - Filters [click to download] |HTML5|

Find More Deadbeat Demon At:
'Good Posture' Beat tape
Soundcloud
Bandcamp
Twitter

What's The Dealio?
-Claude Van Foxbat