Friday, 27 December 2013

With A Bang 2: Electric Boogaloo


That time of year again, time for my annual track dump featuring a lil' bit of everything; get your house, techno and more fix for the new year right here. You go on out and have yourselves a good night and as always stay safe, enjoy the music, and have yourselves a very nice New Year from all of us here at ilictronix!

































-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Holiday Tracks

Gregory Crewdson - Untitled (Temple Street); Beneath the Roses

Hey all, hope your having a nice break from everything and all this December, thought I'd share some of my favourite alternative wintery songs before Wham's Last Christmas burrows any further inside my skull. Just gonna be a bunch of players this time, stay tuned for a rare and unsettling number from Boards Of Canada under their Hell Interface moniker and the new year's tune I repost every year from The Knife. Happy Holidays from all us at ilictronix!











As always, stay safe and enjoy the music!

-CVF

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Three Flavours

After FlyLo dropped his twitter milestone collection of what goes on in his head I was feeling a lil' more hip hop stuff. Unfortunately as I was looking through my stuff I've posted about 80% of it... or so it seemed before I remembered a recent addition. More on that later, but anyways as the title suggests, today I'm gonna show off three different flavours of hip hop stuff I have lying around.
Dabs Myla - Attempting To Time Travel


Starting with a number from FlyLo's free .zipped idea box, he tweeted again not long after saying it would be more like the old school FlyLo sound, and he's not wrong. It might not be proper old school 1983 era FlyLo, but it certainly has an edge of Los Angeles to it. Would love to see it fleshed out into a full tune.



Now, onto that other recent addition I mentioned. The Metal Fingers Presents Special Herbs series is golden if you're lookin' for some more tasty instrumentals. Here's another of MF Doom's self produced tunes, this one's the instrumental to Doomsday from his debut LP. As good as that is the instrumental is far too sweet to pass up.



I never realised how far NOW had strayed from his original sound until I put him in with this crowd. Taken from his album Thought So... which was recorded on a massive roadtrip from Leeds to Ibiza, so there's a much more personal feel to a lot of the tunes I haven't heard anywhere else. The couple seconds of chit chat and laughter at the end does wonders for the atmosphere and makes the album an overall feel good experience.



- Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 21 December 2013

Advent Calendar

Hi



Lucky Me decided to upload one new song everyday until christmas from artist such as Rustie, Hudson Mohawke or Lunice. You can check them all out here but but I'll give you my 3 favorites.

You can download every song from the Advent Calendar on the official Lucky Me website







And as if this wasn't enough good news, The Glitch Mob released a song from their upcoming album that will drop in February. The song is called Can't Kill Us and gives me high hopes for their new album, it still has that great Glitch Mob sound, distorted synths and bass plus their signature drums, love it.



Enjoy!

-LRNT

Thursday, 19 December 2013

For all you dreamers


Today I want you to meet a couple of great aspiring music producers bringing new audio experiences to a present electronic music world. First man I want you to know is a great Portuguese producer Sun Glitters aka Victor Ferreira, playing sounds from a Sun City for three years now. My first musical experience of Ferreira’s work was his beautiful dreamy mix tape How To Be Dressed in blue, which became a soundtrack of my summer in 2012.

You can hear these romantic memories from warm summer evenings here:



Soft lights, gentle whispers, shy gazes and romantic glitchy dreams emerge in unique Sun Glitters music.

The reason I started my post with Victor’s work is this brilliant new recent discovery his music led me to. Fresh and promising band from France, called MWTE collaborated with Victor Ferreira and released an amazing first EP Attraction to light.

Attraction to Light brings sleepy vocals, gentle transparent bass waves blending with melancholic synth moments and violin whispers.
As MWTE says, their music is about everything starting from small everyday emotional realizations to deep apocalyptical thoughts.
They represent their track Dead and gone as some kind of modern day Dicken's "The ghost of the apocalypse yet to come", where people wake up in post-apocalyptical era, look back and regret when it’s already too late.



Each of the tracks in this EP has a strong emotional narrative and brings an outstanding musical experience. The listener will be taken to new ambient worlds where everything is painted in light pastel colours and buried in transparent fog.










This EP also includes beautiful remixes by Sun Glitters, Chapelier Fou and Armagnac.

This is a perfect sound for a Sunday afternoon, late evening or anytime when in love.


Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Get Over The Hump

As we all know that today is weekly Camel appreciation day, I have decided to share with you guys some awesome tunes to help get over that hump. Now some of you may be asking "where have you been all these other camel appreciation days earl?" To that I say, *kanye shrug*(my laptop broke)

On to the music.


Todays tunes come to us from a great group out of Mexico called Le Touch Lads, my fellow writer Claude put me on to their amazing remix of one of my favorite songs "L.E.S Artistes" by Santigold(Santigold remixes are the key to my inbox guys) It has a very nice groove to it, and it makes me feel like im on a beach. 7/5 stars.

Listen here!


Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Get Excited


I'm quite excited. The Glitch Mob recently announced the completion of their new album, titled Love Death Immortality, set to drop in early February. Tycho also announced his new album, Awake, the other day. He also released the title track.

I got the opportunity to see Tycho live last year, and was also lucky enough to wait around for the live trio to come back on stage after a 3 minute encore chant. They played an unreleased track, without any visual accompaniment, something the entire live show uses. Since I heard them play it last year, I've been eagerly waiting for the new album. The title track from Awake really grabbed me at first, mainly because of the emphasis on the guitar, and away from those sweet synth lines. However, the synths quickly make a return, and so does the iconic Tycho sound. It doesn't sound particularly new or different, but I still quite like it. It retains that strange energetic serenity.




With my pre-order, The Glitch Mob were kind enough to offer up one track, Can't Kill Us.The whole track just throws energy at your ears, like an audio interpretation of dedication and adrenaline. These guys are really quite dedicated too. I've been following original member of The Glitch Mob, edIT, since I first heard his solo album from 2004. Among the extreme amounts of fan teasing these guys have put out the last month or so, edIT recently showed us just how dedicated these guys are.



"Man....... I have been staring at my computer screen for the past three years (every day) cranking on this Glitch Mob record. And as I sit here cranking on our live show it is such a surreal feeling to see a small slice of this album get wings and take off into the internet. Three years seems like a lifetime at this day in age to release an album..... And it is. But you guys deserve the absolutebest that we're capable of, and there were so many moments on this journey where I knew we could do better. I dropped everything and went all in for three years to work on this project, so thank you all for being so patient. We did this for you. I hope it was worth the wait. Can't wait to be on the ride with you all next year. Much love.

-edIT-


It really was worth the wait.

While on the topic of edIT's solo work, here's a taste from his 2004 release Crying Over Pros For No Reason. I'm quite sure edIT is now the pro. When I first heard this guys work, I was just inspired and amazed. I found this track absolutely amazing when I first heard it, and I'm still amazed whenever I hear it. Soothing guitar, silky vocal bends, clicks and claps, and a beat that never gives up the tempo no matter how crushed.



2014 is set to be an exciting year.

-Sulphites

Monday, 16 December 2013

Spaced Out

Vladimir Bonačić - IRB 8-9

Sorry about the lateness on this one, been having some funny connection issues (luckily after the end of semester!). Anyways you all know I have a real fondness for lush synths, hell even the noises they make in general still excite me, and that's what this post will be all about. Here's the opener for F.U.S.E's Dimension Intrusion, which pretty much sums up that Artificial Intelligence era sound of Warp Records for me.



Moving back into familiar territory with some Acid courtesy of AFX. The Analord series is a love letter to the world of analogue from the Aphex Twin himself, and while they might not all be essential tracks, the collection as a whole is noting short of brilliant. Check out the lovely intro on this one.



And finally, Juno-60 junkie Oneohtrix Point Never throws his hat in with the soundtrack to a art installation piece he collaborated on last year. It's chock full of lovely arpeggios and the usual OPN affair, looking back you can definitely see where parts of this have come through on his latest LP R Plus Seven, and while the deliberately dated sound isn't for everyone I just love what OPN does with it.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 13 December 2013

Friday.

Hi



Disclosure recently announced that they will release a special edition of their album Settle. Among the names of the remixers that will be featured on it are Dj Premier, Sohn and Larry Heard.

Today Dj Premier released his incredibly relaxing remix of Latch, he found exactly what to do with it.



Some of you probably remember our good friends from TEAM BANZAI. If you don't, you should check their soundcloud.

They just released a track I love, called Blondie. It has something I haven't heard for a long time, a heartbeat bass, it reminded me of Boys Noize's masterpiece, Heart Attack. But it doesn't stop here, the whole songs just works perfectly, just let it transport you out of this cold winter!



Now, WAEK. I had the chance of seeing them about a month ago, these three guys have a lot of talent, and this new track is here to prove it!

If you enjoy simple yet extremely effective synths and twists, you're in for a treat!



The same night I had the chance to see WEAK, I also "ran" into Pyramid, who gave us a killer set.

Why am I telling you this? Because 2 weeks ago he released a remix for The Swiss. He came a long long way since the first things I've heard from him, under an alias I am apparently not allowed to reveal.



Enjoy!

-LRNT

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

A Lil' Lighter

Robert Del Naja - Protection 1 (2013)

Sorry about my last couple posts being all moody like, hopefully gonna rectify that with this one! Before that, one last bittersweet offering from Massive Attack's Sophomore LP Protection. Check out the alternate art from band member Robert Del Naja AKA 3D above.



Somethin' I've been holding onto for a long time is these acoustic covers of Aphex Twin by Andrew Flanders, the end results are a lot like the Leila cover of Vordhosbn from Warp20. Guy has a YouTube Channel full of 'em, he's not put any up since though which is a shame, check it out for a unique spin of the already unique AFX vibe.



And lastly, something from Shinichi Osawa's The One, tucked away on the largely electro LP are a few more chilled selections like this here one. Somethin' a little more feelgood for ya while I head into deadline territory, I'll try catch you all again soon though!



-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 9 December 2013

2013, Reflections and Commentary

2013 is rapidly coming towards its end, and as this has been a very interesting year for me, I thought I'd take a few minutes for reflection. If you don't feel like reading what is by all accounts a blog post and not a music post, just skip the next few paragraphs and go for the flash players.

I really lost touch with electronic music. I can never be sure whose fault it was, really. Did I change? Did the music? Maybe I just got tired of seeing nothing but dubstep, brostep, chillstep, step step step BLOODY-FRIGGIN-STEP on every genre tag I came across. In truth, this is probably the story of two people who both changed and realized it was time to move on for each other's sake. The music I fell in love with was this happy indie-dance, electro-infused scene where rockers and ravers co-existed. 2007. 2008. Digitalism - Idealism. Klaxons - Myths of the Near Future. Does it Offend You Yeah - You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into. Justice - Cross. Crystal Castles. The Kitsune Maison compilations gave me tastes of everything going on and I loved it.

#5 was really weird


This is where I'm not sure what changed. 2009 was a huge letdown for me. 2010 was a huge letdown. I just couldn't connect with anything going on culturally at any level. 2011, Justice, Digitalism and SebastiAn dropped albums and I thought it was all coming back, but it wasn't. Culture was looking for that kid I had been in 2007 with a shaggy moptop, boundless enthusiasm and a Deviantart full of Daft Punk fan art, and I just wasn't that kid anymore.

Boba, circa 2008
But now it's 2013. I've spent the last year sitting in game shops playing Magic and D&D, helping friends move and move on, listening to the radio because I'm tired of everything on my player, and becoming a comic book junkie. Somewhere in all this, I began to reconnect. A friend of mine from work was moving out, and living down the street and owning a pickup truck, that left me with the boxes and furniture to transport. Searching for some packing tape behind my seat, I found a mix CD titled simply 'Electro', and popped it into the CD player. It was a collection of tracks from the first few months of Ilictronix (for nostalgia's sake, I plan on posting this list sometime later in the holiday season), and the memories just smacked into me hardcore and I began to regain my appreciation for it all. As we were unloading stuff at her storage unit, my friend mentions that she can bring her own music to her other job, and asked me if I could make some CDs of stuff like what I'd had going in the truck. So I began hunting through my music, putting together collections of all my old favorites. I began googling some artists, happily discovering many had come out with new albums or had them in the works. So far I've seen Klaxons, La Roux, Danger and a few others are slated for probable 2014 releases, and I've heard rumors of others...

To make a long story very short, 2013 is the first year that has supplied music I've been excited about in quite awhile. Granted, I'm not quite the underground-exclusive guy I used to be and Imagine Dragons and Capital Cities are mainstays on my playlists, but it's something. It feels like it felt back in 2008 when I first picked up Idealism and listened to Pogo for the first time.

Insert stock music photgraphy here

Since I've drawled on long enough, I'll skip on excessive commentary and just leave you with some of my favorite tracks of 2013.

















Until next time, fellows and girls.

Sunday, 8 December 2013

I Got U

Oi.



It's no big news, I always digged what Duke Dumont did.

His latest production was on the Annie Mac show a few days ago and it is brilliant, so brilliant Annie had to rewind it to listen to the beginning twice, haha.

It's such an upbeat song with steal drumbs that will make you travel to the caribbean, you'll feel like it's not freezing outside anymore, but it still is sadly.



I also was pretty happy to hear that he got nominated for a the Best Dance Recording Grammy with his song Need U (100%).

In case you didn't get the chance to hear it yet, here it is.



What else is new this week? Daft Punk released a video for Instant Crush. It's nowhere near as good as the Homework/Discovery era videos, but it's still way better than the Lose Yourself To Dance one.



And I know it's not to everyone's taste around here, but I enjoy hip hop and rap, so I HAD to talk about Childish Gambino that just released his new album called Because The Internet.

Overall the album is very well done, Donald still knows how to write, the production is top notch as usual, it's a bit more conceptual than his former albums though, lots of interludes so I guess some people will find that a bit annoying (if you take out the less than 1:30min long songs you still are left with 13 songs to listen to).

So let's watch the mesmerizing 3005 music video!



Enjoy!

-LRNT

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Return Of The Lounge

Edward Hopper - Hotel Lobby

Diggin' through my old posts on a nostalgia trip I saw some stuff I could easy bring back around, so enjoy the return of some lounge vibes! I got around to checking out Little Dragon after a recommendation from a friend and loving their contributions on Gorillaz's Plastic Beach. Their debut starts really strong, tunes like this just grab you from the get go.



Tea swiggin' bloke and fellow countryman Mr. Scruff has pretty much the same story with his album Keep It Unreal. His penchant for tidy basslines really shines through on the album, which fits in perfectly with the jazz-hop style he's got going on.



Something from one of my favourite vocalists to wrap it up, I first heard of Martina from the breakdown on Gorillaz's All Alone and just had to have more of her stuff. Check out her solo albums if you get the chance, they're incredibly well prdued but seem to be really underrated.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Summer Vibes

For those of us not in the northern hemisphere, summer is her. So avoiding all of the crispy-ice tunes, here's my personal soundtrack to summer. I like to spend my summers relaxing and being around those that one would wish to be around with such amazing weather.

That Summer Feeling

First up, some sparkly build up from Van She. I'll admit, I liked the original Walking On A Dream by Empire of The Sun, but I also hated to like it. Van She's whole remix is a build up covered in sunscreen wearing some high fashion shades and swimwear with tropical prints. It just works.


Next is some amazing chunky goodness from Pretty Lights. His first album, A Colour Map of The Sun dropped in early July, and I love it. Combining what can only be described as 'phat' electro lines with pseudo-sampled soul, Pretty Lights has created something beautiful. This track is a clear winner in my book, and just fills me with excitement for summer days.



Seemingly minimalist compared to Yellow Bird, Montreal based CFCF's remix of HEALTH's Good Tigers still slots perfectly into the summer vibes playlist. With an almost reggae base to it, smooth as silk vocal work and a beat that doesn't overpower the delicate nature, CFCF perfects the summer sound with little soundscape.



Released July last year, Purity Ring's debut album Shrines was a modest success, and sat in the U.K polls at #100. A strange mix of hip hop inspired beats, electronic dance anthems and indie, Purity Ring have sparked my interest. I'm rather excited to hear what their next album brings. Until then, Fineshrine is my choice track for the Canadian electro duo, and for beach activities.



My initial plan was to post the entire list, but it just keeps growing. So I'll make this the last one for now. In 2011, the Chemical Brothers crafted the soundtrack to Hanna, a movie that seems to have gone by largely unnoticed. While the movie is a possible 4 stars for me, the soundtrack holds some quality gems, gems that sparkle in the sun.


Slip Slop Slap,
-Sulphites

Ilictronix: wingman edition part 2

Hey everyone, Adam here acting as your holiday wingman with the goal of getting you all something extra for the holidays.  So grab that mistletoe, get someone drunk on eggnog and get busy with these tracks.

Let's just start it real filthy with a track from the new R. Kelly album Black Panties. No introduction is necessary for the Pied Piper as his discography speaks for itself. This album could be his sexiest one yet with tracks like; Marry The Pussy, and Show Ya Pussy. The intro song Legs Shaking features Ludacris who delivers a verse that calls back to his own track, Fantasy. Black Panties is out December 10th. Should be used by people who posses extreme game. 




Next up we have Swedish producer Markus Enochson with the track "Love Is On The Way". It's a great blend of Swedish pop and American r&b. The vocals feel like sweet nothings are being whispered into your ear. A panty dropper for sure. 




For all you indie couples who don't want to throw it down but make tender love, here's something just for you from Incan Abraham. A warm track for couples who "love each others souls".  It still sets the mood and gets the job done with a romantic deserted island vibe.




Since this is the holiday wingman guide, the XX's cover of Last Christmas is next. I swear everything this group touches turns into the ghost of sexy time past, and this cover is no exception. Probably the most in your face Jamie XX has ever produced but it's still a sultry take on a cheesy song. Its a great tune to play when you're double dipping with your previous fling.





If all else fails there's Mannheim Steamrollers God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman. It's old school, but for generations people have been getting "comfort and joy" during the holidays to this Christmas album and you should too. Heck turn it into a Christmas tradition, I know I have!  



Remember wrap your candy canes with a stocking and happy holidays!

-Adam



Inside

Miwa Ogasawara - Lookout (2009)

I've been up at the small hours again doing everything from rendering videos, making pictures to managing deadlines and more. And after all that I needed to just kinda shut off for a while, and here's what I put on to do just that, starting with a tune from shortlived UK electronic duo Alpinestars, taken from their second album that has a very wintery theme, White Noise.



And as I was listening it reminded me a ton of Kittin's cover of R.E.M's Everybody Hurts on her latest LP from earlier this year. Tucked away at the end of part one of the double album, it introduces the second half's vibe beautifully.



It'd been a while since I properly revisited Karin Dreijer's solo project Fever Ray, the album is brilliantly produced throughout and is still very fresh a good four or so years after it was released. I love the contrast between the instrumentation and her pitch shifted vocals.



Bringing us to a close we have something from near the end of 100th Window. The atmosphere built on the album is wonderfully bleak, I don't come back to it often, but when I do I fall in love all over again.



- Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 2 December 2013

10°C And Falling



Andreas Nilsson - Kebnekaise

Another chill sesh to match the chill weather as I settle on down into work mode. First things first is a lil' something from my trance days, if there's one thing they did right it was the chillout aspect for those substance induced comedowns. Actually, I'd hesitate to label this one trance cos it doesn't actually get a beat going, its more like an ambient mix of the original really.



Speaking of, here's the deepest cut from the Golden Boy LP that unlike the last few I've posted actually features some vocal contributions from Kittin, though she disappears soon after. It's a little long for my taste most of the time, (especially given that 3 minutes of it is fading out) but sometimes its just right.



Flexible producers Blu Mar Ten broke their usual Drum & Bass mould in 2003 to release The Six Million Names Of God, a weird coming together of ambient, house and downtempo vibes. It's pretty solid, the ambient pieces are just stellar and the more upbeat parts give me a vibe not too dissimilar from Moby's Play from 1999. Give it a listen if you find it, the opening track is lovely.



- Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 1 December 2013

It's been a while




Hi there, It's been quite a while since my last post, some of you might remember me as Here, but now I'll go as LRNT because... well because that's how it's going to be now!

So, since I spent a few months without posting, I guess the easiest way to start again is by telling you guys what I've been listening to during that time.

Most of the tracks I'll post here have nothing in common, that's just how my brain works, I like way too much different things in music.

Let's start with some happy upbeat japanese stuff from bo en and tofubeats.





But since I'm french, I can't escape things from Bromance, who would want to anyway?

Panteros666, the man with the purplest hair is back at it with a 2 tracks EP.





Bromance's newest member, Ateph Elidja used to be known as Rhaft, his first EP on Bromance will drop in december, but here's a treat, one of his old songs and his remix of Brodinski - Gimme Back The Night.

His first EP on Bromance will drop in December, and it will feature Little Mike from Birdy Nam Nam!





So that's all for me today. Feel free to follow me on twitter if you want, I try to post cool songs, or complain about train being late in France. @LRNT_

Enjoy!

-LRNT

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Hey, Essay

That time of year again, when it comes to essay writing I get real specific when it comes to selecting tunes, most of the time anything with lyrics unless I've heard it a ton just distracts me. And cliche though it may be I usually resort to my usual warp-centric experimental electronic.

El Lissitsky - Proun 1C (1919)

Leading the charge is another piece from μ-Ziq I usually skip cos it's always at the top of my alphabetical list. Lunatic Harness may not get as much press as tunes from AFX and the like but its's just as sweet. The album might peter out towards the end but it has killer tunes like this to back it up.



If you've not checked out Wisp's reworkings of Aphex Twin's legedary Selected Ambient Works Vol. II I highly recommend it, he takes the original vibe and completely reworks it into something a little more like AFX's usual output. Here's a two in one reworking of Z Twig and Blue Calx.



And finally bringing it all back down, a lush ambient piece from Autechre. I'm missing out on some lovely ambient pieces just 'cos I don't really like the direction they took post Tri Repetae, but what I do have of their ambient work is nothing short of sublime.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 25 November 2013

In My Box

Busy weeks ahead unfortunately, going to embrace it by returning to my old school method of posting tracks I'm digging atm. With that, here's the soundtrack to my train ride today.

Dabs Myla - Down Is The New Up

A lil' remix from Stenchman, it's from around 2010 so it sounds a little dated in comparison to his newer stuff but it sounds real nice. Stench keeps it fairly simple and I think that works in its favour, a trend he's carried on with his remixes since.

Phoenix - Lisztomania (Stenchman Remix)

A real old school addition here, I threw it in my Play Music app about a month ago and finally popped up on shuffle. Another tune I had a terrible 128kbps rip of from limewire back when that was my go-to source for tunes. Fortunately I did replace it in time, and it still sounds sweet.



And wrapping it up, some of my favourite liquid 'n light drum & bass from Commix. I've posted this one before but every time it comes up I fall in love all over again as soon as that lush intro hits.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 22 November 2013

Tales from my inbox: Evan Ireland

Now that my email is open and on the net, my inbox is always flooded with artists looking to get their names out. Believe it or not I listen to every single one of them, every so often I'll try and feature one.

The artist from my inbox now is a 19 year old Chicago artist named Evan Ireland. Obviously I have a soft spot in my heart for Chicago producers and this one seems promising. He just dropped an EP recently, titled Kept. The EP is very "burial-esque" with heavy atmosphere and time stretched vocals. If I have a complaint it's that it almost seems to heavy with the vocal samples, and some of the tracks really don't go anywhere. 

The title track was the highlight though. It's direct, foggy and the vocals are kept to a minimum. I had flashbacks to "Bowls" from Caribou's Sun towards the end in the best possible way. 



Check out the rest here: http://evanireland.bandcamp.com/


-Adam

The Kittin Connection

Unichi Hiratsuka - Girl (1930)

Looking over my previous posts I realised I'd neglected one of my favourite tracks of all time! The Salt City Orchestra remix of Marshall Jefferson's Mushrooms is brilliant start to end and is arguably better than the original. Turns out I only posted the cut down version from Miss Kittin's Radio Caroline compilation. Well in that case here's the full length for you to enjoy!



And while I was there I realised I haven't dished up much of Kittin's solo work. She's only got three albums to her name but they're all consistently quality; like she said herself on the CD of her debut "I was sick of there being more 'Featuring Miss Kittin' records than Miss Kittin records".



That's not to discount her efforts with The Hacker mind, their first album remains a cult classic, featuring electroclash anthem Frank Sinatra. While the follow up Two might not have had the same impact or the rough feel of the first, it's still got killer examples of what happens when Kittin and Hacker collide. Look 'em up sometime.



And finally, the track that put Kittin on my radar in the first place when it hit the UK Dance charts sometime in 2002. After all these years I still love it, her lyrical delivery and the instrumentation just merge in the most perfect way. If you can track it down, the Or album is a real gem of the era.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Technical Difficulties

Along with most electronic music, I'm quite into hip-hop/rap 'beats'. Not always the typical beats, not the Lil Wayne type beats. I was introduced to the whole genre by a rapper friend of mine, and I'm grateful. I enjoy electronic music and beats. I love it when the two collide.

Enter Mike Volpe, aka Clams Casino. With a new twist on what was a stagnant time for hip hop beat producers, this guy is making serious waves, and well deserved waves too.
One of his first EPs, Rainforest (EP, Tri Angle Records), is largely overlooked, though I have trouble understanding why. With a beautifully controlled delay, often with just the right amount of distortion, master crafted beats, and lots of vocal 'oohs & aahs', Volpe has crafted his own style of instrumentals in a time of great staleness.

Natural, the first track off the Rainforest EP is the archetypal tune from Clams Casino.


** I still haven't worked out the typical Ilictronix embedding, so for now I'll have to make do with YouTube videos and Soundcloud embeds.

The next track is just one of my favourites from Volpe. I simply find it relaxing. I find it to be the perfect start to a day, or the perfect end to a day. That smooth vocal catches my ear every time. Although this track is surprisingly lacking in distortion, all of his tunes seem to have a type of aural watermark that just stamps it as a Clams Casino work.



Along with his tunes and producer capabilities being used by many big names in rap such as Mac Miller, Lil B and A$AP Rocky, Volpe has released a few remixes and two mixtapes; Instrumentals and Instrumentals 2. They definitely have a similar sound, and it may be seen as repetitive, but there are definitely stand outs in there. I won't post anymore, simply to save on YouTube links.

Apologies for the YouTube/Soundcloud links, next post I'll have that embedding downpat.

- Sulphites

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Ilictronix: wingman edition

Winter is here, and I hope you all found your snow bunnies to snuggle up with. Play these around your special someone and I guarantee things will get hotter than a Mexican summer. Like any good wingman I want to get all of you some action, so here are some songs to add to your sexytime playlists.

The first track is from Canadian Cyril Hahn. Not to be out grooved by fellow Canadian The Weeknd, Hahn has been putting out some stellar remix's and building buzz. His mixes for the bbc are responsible for creating a European baby boom. He dropped the Perfect Form EP this year and it's a great mood setter. The title track is an sexy piece of future r&b that sounds like something Jamie xx could conceive a child to. It also has Shy Girls singing the vocals.





Speaking of shy girls, he also dropped an EP this year titled Timeshare. It's a pretty decent album but the first track off it is "must listen". It's a slower groove that still bumps hard enough to break the ice with the coldest of partners. 





Be safe and use protection everyone!
-Adam

Thursday, 14 November 2013

Feelin' Good

I was lucky enough to have one of my favourite artists Nightmares On Wax drop by local record store Jumbo for a DJ set. It's the first time he's been back in Leeds for around 5 years, I wasn't able ot get tickets for the event he was playing that night, so I thought this would be the next best thing. And I was right.


I'd seen interviews and the like, but I didn't really know what to expect. Good news is that N.O.W is every bit as chill as his tunes and stuck around to chat to us before AND after his set. An all round nice bloke who makes equally nice tunes. Here's a couple favourites from his newest LP Feelin' Good starting with sultry number Master Plan.



And a more jazzy number to follow that's up to the ususal N.O.W standard. It's not dethroned Smokers Delight as my favourite release of his, but it's a worthy addition to the catalogue. And besides, he was nice enough to sign my copies of Smokers Delight, Carboot Soul and the newest one Feelin' Good, so I can't complain!




Finally, the soothing penultimate track There 4U. The vibe of the album is completly nailed on this one.As the man said on his radio interview not long after, it's his most personal album so far and is pretty much what he's always wanted to make, and it really shows. The album came out late September, check it out if you're looking for positive chilled out hip hop vibes!



-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

HudMo100

Glaswegian based messy music maker Hudson Mohawke hit 100k likes on Facebook, and was nice enough to throw together a little .rar of edits he's done, including a nice re-imagining of Hell Interface's (aka Boards Of Canada) rework of Midnight Star's Midas Touch. Here's my picks.





Hell Interface x Usher x Midnight Star - Midas Girl (Hudson Mohawke Edit):


RJD2 x Ciara - Go Longer (Hudson Mohawke Edit):


-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Snowpocalypse

The first winter snow of the new year fell yesterday in the great city of Chicago. Ever since I moved here over the summer I knew this day would come; the season everyone has been warning me about, "The Chicago winter". I'm not even a full month into it and already it's absolutely miserable. Canadian Drone and Ambient artist Tim Hecker is going to make it a lot worse.


Heckers music is hard to describe in words because it's a very emotional listen. To me it's like a midnight blizzard: cold, howling and swirling, dreadful, introspective, and ultimately beautiful. It's hard to choose which tracks to recommend since each of his albums have different moods and should be listened to in their entirety.


The first track is from the album Ravedeath 1972. A majority of the album was written with pipe organ in an Icelandic cathedral, so everything sounds distant, old, and suffocating. The track starts off abrasive and grainy, but then a melody starts to form, and then pulsates in this breathtaking track.  





The next track is from the follow up album Virgins. Virgins, is a lot more in your face. Louder tracks that are very jarring, surreal, and absolutely depressing. The track black refraction is one of the quietest and loneliest spots on the album so its easy to recommend  I could go on and on about how I love the piano loop that gets distorted, the haunting noises in the far corners... But instead you'll just have to listen for yourself and check out the rest of his work.


-Adam

Peeled


Legendary broadcaster John Peel had some stellar acts on his shows in his time, including some favourites from warp records. He got the usually mysterious Boards Of Canada on the show, and here's a track they didn't feature on the resulting EP, apparently due to a sample clearing issue which is a shame because it's a fine addition to the BoC backcatalogue. According to them it was the longest and fastest track they'd done since around 1997 or so, have a listen and enjoy.



Another firm favourite band of mine Broadcast actually had several Peel Sessions but never released any recordings of them. The original version of their cover of Nico's Sixty Forty would debut on one of these shows before appearing officially on the Warp20 (Unheard) compilation. Here's a little bootleg recording from their 1996 session with an unreleased gem, Forget Every Time.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 11 November 2013

Monsters Under The Bed

Hey, I'm the new/er guy.


My first post, and I chose some chill indie jam from Oregan based artist(s?), Gingerbread Patriots. Information varies on members, with John Brophy being the only name that appears as a listed band member.  A majority of the sounds for this tune came from an iPhone, the bass and vocals were recorded elsewhere. I have no idea how people create these kinds of lo-fi beats and make them fit into a chorus of other things, but in this case, it works. A simple tune with some great vocal work, and according to the bands Facebook page, the song is based on monsters and tinnitus.



"I used to not be able to sleep when i was a small bebeh ...cause i could hear my heartbeat in my ear on my pillow. i just found out thanks to google dot com (amazing site where you can find anything!) that it was probably pulsatile tinnitus. i used to think that the sound was tha monstahs marching through the sandy desert and beaches to get me. thankfully they musta had a long way to go cuz they never arrived to my bed/their dinner table (sic)"

- Sulphites

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Stuff We Missed

Trust that when we're busy getting the site stable and a new crew in that funkateers Chromeo drop info on a new album and a couple single dealies. Last thing I'd seen of them before this was their collabs with Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates fame. Not really feeling the cover art for this one personally, but whatever let's check it out!



So how does the new stuff sound? quite nice actually, starting with their latest addition Sexy Socialite; a little departure from their usual repertoire, and is probably the fastest track I've ever heard from them. Loving the breakdowns on this one.



And the other half, something a little more conventional from the duo as you can probably tell from that opening bassline. Unfortunately it seems they're catching the wave of uninspired "sounds like Daft Punk" comments that comes with doing anything remotely funk these days. Regardless these two are definitely worth your time, as well as their last three albums if you've missed them!



And of course, Miss Kittin's new album is fantastic. She's totally embraced the vibe changes that she usually has on her albums and made a massive double album, one side dancefloor, the other side more ambient. I was gonna embed a couple from her soundcloud, but they're disabled! Instead enjoy the video for one of the singles, Bassline.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 9 November 2013

Night in the Electronic Forest

Hi, Today I want you all to meet a wonderful talented russian artist Mirabella Kiryanova, also known as Ishome. She's a fresh bright star in electronic music sky, and is often related to Mount Kimbie, Flying Lotus and many other music grands. Being very young she has already achieved a lot - been added to "10 Top Young Producers" list on one of the biggest web-zines in Russia "Look At Me", released her own EP, played in many festivals and became famous of her brilliant magic live shows.


 I discovered her music a couple of months ago. I'm still being amazed every time I hit play button.
I'd say, Ishome is a sign of rapidly growing russian electronic music scene. She forced me to explore russian underground music more, and then I realised how many great producers this country actually has. You ever heard of Pixelord, Ol  or Lapti ? Go and listen to them. Each has some quality tunes to offer.

Now I want you to hear last Ishome's album "Confession" released on Fuselab (This label has many more amazing producers, hit the link and check them out).
Album is absolutely brilliant. Sound is full of dreamy ambient melodies, broken beats, collages made up of manipulated vocals and atmospheric lullabies, buried under melancholic bass and iridescent synths.








Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Summer Echo

Late Sunday morning, waking up from gentle sun kisses. Sleepy eyes catch rainbows falling through stained glass. Happiness for a new beautiful autumn day blends with nostalgia for a lost night.



Crystal clouds float across the sky. Air smells like melancholy and warm summer memories. 

I invite you to listen to my new dreamy compilation "Asleep On Stained Glass".



Tracklist:

1. Arts The Beatdoctor - IL404 (Flako Remix)
2. FKA Twigs - Hide
3. Radiohead - Give Up The Ghost (Brokenchord Remix)
4. Four Tet - Unicorn
5. DasFallin - Zacinfact
6. Tokimonsta - The World Is Ours
7. Balam Acab - Motion
8. Clostri - Petan

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Drop acid not bombs

Australian dance punk artists Cut Copy just released a new album and it is very much worth your time. With this new album you could assume the guys listened to a lot of acid house and dropped quite a bit of it too. The new album Free Your Mind is a great throwback to the days of P.L.U.R. The hedonism of modern edm is nowhere to be found, only positive vibes and uplifting grooves.


Yes the cover art is absolutely hideous, but it represents the bright sounds and colors found throughout the album. The album can get incredibly cheesy sometimes, but you just have to let go and "Free your mind" 


-Adam

Gunpowder, Treason & House

It's the 5th of November, which means over in the UK we all get together and make some stonking great fires and let off a few fireworks in celebration of some bloke named Guy Fawkes failing to blow up parliament in 1605. Which is just a little bit ironic.


It's a good time, especially if you can stand stinking of smoke for the next couple days. Now I could list some tunes about fireworks or whatever, but instead here's some house stuff I'm enjoying right now, starting off with a slow building number from Simian Mobile Disco. (Apologies for the crap video thumbnail - it's the only upload I could find)



Thins take a more downtempo turn here, featuring some lovely synth work throughout and even some Knife/Fever Ray style vocal contributions toward the end it's a great showcase of Rex's production, check it out in prep for his new releases!



New addition to the writing team Earl has a few tricks of his own, I dug out his Selectizm. comp for another listen not too long ago and fell in love all over again, He kills it in both the house and hip hop department. This track is no different, the breakdown with the cheeky Blade Runner sample is an early highlight.

Deadbeat Demon - Orion Hi

And finally, an often overlooked remix from Daft Club. The album gets a lot of flak but I dig the most of the tracks on it, and it features a pre-Get Lucky collab between the Punk and Pharrell! Here's the seven minute rework of Face To Face from Demon.



-Claude Van Foxbat