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

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

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

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_



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

Wednesday, 13 November 2013


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


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

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

Friday, 25 October 2013

Live & Electric [Broken as of 2020]

I'm finally gonna try something I've been testing with some friends of mine for a while. I broadcasted live from grooveshark. Thanks to those that turned up, you can find an abridged version of the stuff I played below, kicking off with an old school tune from Spiller that has the honour of being the first ever track played on an iPod!

Broadcast - 25/10/13 by on Grooveshark

Saturday, 21 September 2013

Please Stand By

Tough times ahead friends, site founder and ilictronix veteran Prez Jordan wants to transfer ownership of the site. If all goes well, I'll be taking over the site and hosting, and as such it may be a long time before I can post anything more. Luckily I was prepared and have this hour and a quarter long mix celebrating the ups, downs, and inbetweens of everything I love electronic. I'd like to thank everyone in the community for an amazing time over the years and their continued support, and Prez himself for picking a 15 year old me to write for ilictronix. Stay tuned for updates when they happen but until then, as always stay safe and enjoy the music.

The Knife - The Bridge (Hannah Med H Soundtrack, 2003)
Rex The Dog - Frequency (The Rex The Dog Show, 2008)
Surkin - White Knight Two (Next Of Kin EP, 2008)
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Electronic City (Two, 2009)
Boys Noize - Frau (PUZIQUE Remix) (Oi Oi Oi Remixed, 2008)
Boys Noize - Shine Shine (Apparat Remix) (Oi Oi Oi Remixed, 2008)
The Prodigy - Omen (Reprise) (Invaders Must Die, 2010)
Teenage Bad Girl - Vacuum (Cocotte, 2007)
Danger - 13H12
F.U.S.E - Nitedrive (Dimension Intrusion, 1993)
Blade Runner - Tears In Rain (Vocal Sample)
Orbital - Halcyon + On + On (Orbital 2 (Brown Album), 1993)
Goldie - Timeless (Inner City Life) (Timeless, 1995)
Omni Trio - Sanctuary (Skeleton Keys, 1997)
Commix - Fallen (Fallen (Single), 2013)
Current Value - Into The Light (Into The Light / Deep Digger, 2005)
Venetian Snares - Szamár Madár (Rossz Csillag Alatt Született, 2005)
Sigur Rós - Takk... (Takk..., 2005)

Hang On,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 19 September 2013

AT / AA 101

Romero Britto - Queen Elizabeth II

Speaking of late 90's early 2000's stuff, I got a hankering for some good old 2-step garage like what I used to have piped through my radio back then. And who better to than the most successful garage act Artful Dodger? Here's a little number I must have heard hundreds of times back then, which along with proper house like Stardust and Modjo make up my turn of the millennium listening.

Wednesday, 18 September 2013

AT / AA 100

Gen Duarte + Feik - Favela Do Moinho (2010)

A more obscure bit from my collection to mark the big 100, this bit from duo Projections has been in and out of my playlists for around ten years at this point and barley missed being put in my Guest Night Tales selections. To this day the tune remains as sweet as ever, the sample is almost perfection and the light strings that flow throughout give me just a little bit of a Massive Attack vibe. Definitely check the album this is from (Between Here And Now) if you're looking for more.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

AT / AA 99

Gerard Fromanger - Au Printemps

Air's first LP Moon Safari has aged beautifully and has proved to be nearly timeless. Even though it was released back in 1998, it still gets a lot of play over here in the UK when it's licensed out for use in TV and Air themselves are one of the staples of popular french artists alongside Daft Punk & Justice. Here's an early favourite of mine from the album, Sexy Boy, check the video for it too if you can, it's very well done.

Monday, 16 September 2013

AT / AA 98

Jeremy Mann - Evening Over San Francisco

I didn't know much of Sven Väth's work a few months back, in fact the only thing I knew is he was still playing sets thanks to a poster in my city, and that he'd once done a playful kitsch cover of Serge Gainsbourg's Je T'aime Moi Non Plus with Miss Kittin. I did a bit of digging and ended up on his debut LP from 1992 Accident In Paradise. Trying to ignore the bad artwork I got to listening and was pleasantly surprised by track 3, which opened with pretty much the same sound and progression of F.U.S.E's Nitedrive, but that soon gave way to the smooth techno stylings of tracks before. A nice addition to my small pool of ambient techno for sure.

Sunday, 15 September 2013

AT / AA 97

Wassily Kandinky - Merry Structure (1926)

Aphex Twin's decision to go back to pure analog after making swapping to digital was a good move for sure, spawning the now rare 11 volume vinyl series Analord. Unlike the usual breed of Aphex Twin though, the Analord series take a much more structured approach to go along the pure analog vibe, they still have that undeniable Aphex edge though. Take the opnener for Analord 01 (strangely not the first to be released, 10 was), from the get go it's a lot more subdued but that's not to say there's not a lot going on in terms of sounds.

Saturday, 14 September 2013

AT / AA 96

Ivan Shishkin - In The Wild North (1891)

Alongside Massive Attack, Portishead are held up high as the purest examples of Trip Hop straight outta Bristol. It's not unwarranted mind, their debut Dummy is almost flawless. Coming the same year as Massive Attack's sophomore effort Protection it has a lot in common with that LP actually, with most tracks featuring the the moody dulcet tones of Beth Gibbons a la Tracey Thorn and Nicolette Suwoton. Check it out if you're feeling the vibe in my favourite tune from the LP, Roads.

Friday, 13 September 2013

AT / AA 95

Andy Warhol - Mickey

I have a real love hate with this track for a very specific reason. When I'm riding the train home with my library on shuffle as usual, the last thing I expect is the explosion of drums that kicks off Listen Now, and I bet those cymbals can be heard across the carriage from my headphones. After the initial shock and frantic search for the volume buttons though, it's a shining example of Deep Cuts era The Knife, which Like Rustie's Glass Swords is very upbeat and peppy for the most part. Only with much more pronounced euro influence and some dark lyrics hiding behind the lighthearted exterior.

Thursday, 12 September 2013

AT / AA 94

Piet Mondrian - Evolution (1911)

I'd forgotten that Eyen was the intro to Double Figure, going back to it with that in mind has put it up in my estimations by a lot. It's a quality track on its own, but as an introduction it almost perfectly sets up the album's feel in terms of sound and tone, the way those whistles just turn into squelchy, bassy pads is special.

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

AT / AA 93

Kazimir Malevich - Man In Suprematic Landscape (1930)

Good night out in Newcastle yesterday, gives me a chance to give my morning after playlist a good listen to while I travel the 3 hours home. This playlist has gone through many different volumes and rearranged countless times, but it always started with track 8 from The Chemical Brother's debut; One Too Many Mornings

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

AT / AA 92

Burhan Doğançay - New York Face (2000)

If there's one thing Knxwledge does well, it shot but sweet instrumentals. I picked up an album of his from the strength of Rude and it's been in rotation ever since. My only problem is with tracks so short I always forget the names of them, I managed to catch this one before it finished though. Kicking off with a sample that wouldn't be too out of place in 2007/8 era dubstep it soon gets into that lovely off kilter sound as popularised by Flying Lotus and Hudson Mohawke and the like.

Monday, 9 September 2013

AT / AA 91

Daniel Buren - Sur Les Murs (1971)

Blockhead has rose to fame more recently with his trippy animated spectacle for his album The Music Scene, but he's been around for much longer than that I can assure you. Back in the early 2000s he was responsible for one of Aesop Rock's most popular songs with Daylight from the EP of the same name (which I've already posted his instrumental for), later on that EP there is another slice of smooth, punny instrumental goodness from him with a little mixing by Aesop. Check it for some chill hip hop vibes.

Sunday, 8 September 2013

AT / AA 90

Piet Mondrian - Composition No. 10 (1942)

I really need to dig up more early 90's techno in the warp style. I just love the sound of their self labelled 'electronic listening music' that they put out on the {Artificial Intelligence} compilations which later became a whole series of albums. Two of albums from the series; Autechre's Incunabula and F.U.S.E's (aka minimal man Richie Hawtin)Dimension Intrusion best sum up the sound and what I love about it, keep your ear out for highlights like how the flowing synths are effortlessley joined by the hi-hats around 1:27.

Saturday, 7 September 2013

AT / AA 89

Andy Warhol - Campbell's Soup I (1968)

This is one of those songs you'll have heard before. In fact, you've probably heard most of Melody A.M. the album its from. See there are certain albums that just get a surge in popularity and before you know it they're licensed for advertisements and in hotel lounges everywhere. It happened to Moby's Play two years before this album, and still applies today with artists like Bibio. Mind you, it's not always a bad thing, everybody should love Röyksopp.

Friday, 6 September 2013

AT / AA 88

Dan Baldwin - An Explosion Of Life And Death (2007)

After a hectic day of cleaning the house before my parents get back from America, in-between me running up and down the stairs to turn my sub down thanks to volume mastering, I've found some neat stuff to add to the post pile. Like this non-live version of the Justice remix for Soulwax's NY Excuse, to say it was released in 2005 it still sounds pretty fresh though if a little different from Justice's regular sound. I think I actually prefer this one to the one they included on A Cross The Universe actually.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

AT / AA 87

Edward Hopper - Night Windows (1928)

The massive amount of time I've had off is coming to a close, so I'm giving myself a break from making things and enjoying the rest of it while I can. That and trying to correct my sleeping schedule, no more 4AM bedtimes anymore, but before I go I'll leave you with another slice of late night audio/visual atmosphere.

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

AT / AA 86

The Designer's Republic - SoYo Scape (2006)

I've been overdosing on techy sounding stuff as I revisit my glitch artwork, amid the usual blend of IDM and ambient techno and whatnot is a little slice of something a little bit different. A little 12" by Slyder (Now known as Shiny Toy Guns), see back at the turn of the millennium they were making some brilliant trance that was slow to get going, but once it did it was a hell of a ride. I fell in love when the first of many of those synthesised growls came in.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

AT / AA 85

Jason Salavon - The Class Of 1967 (1998)

If you can get your hands on the old Boards Of Canada tapes, there's some real gold in there to be had. Take this early addition to the Hexagon Sun series, it borrows the drumbeat from it's Turquoise big brother but is a lot more subdued, and while it shares a lot with its blue counterpart but has enough difference to create a whole new atmosphere that's only helped by the cassette compression.

Monday, 2 September 2013

AT / AA 84

Andreas Nilsson - Sametinget

Remember before when I said I don't listen to any Autechre past Amber, then I went against my word and got into Tri Repeate? Guess what I did again, I went and picked up the Anvil Vapre EP and I'm loving it. To be fair it is a lot like Tri Repeatae, to the point where in the US the album came bundled with it and the Garbage EP too. Fun Fact: The Anvil Vapre EP was released only 2 months after Windows 95, think about that.

Sunday, 1 September 2013

AT / AA 83

El Lissitzky - Anxious (from 'Victory Over The Sun', 1923)

I must hear this song at least 40 times a day thanks to µ-Ziq taking the top spot on my artist list. It kicks off at least 80% of my listening and despite it getting multiple plays a day it pretty much never gets old. µ-Ziq just properly nails the balance between crisp synths and broken beats on this one. Lunatic Harness starts much stronger than it ends unfortunately, but the first 3/4 of the album is classic.

Saturday, 31 August 2013

AT / AA 82

Gary Andrew Clarke - Triple Dip Recession

International DeeJay never disappoints with their releases it seems, the fine purveyors of techno pretty much have a monopoly on my favourite sounds and artists. I happened to revisit one of their compilations the other day and found this lovely bit from David Caretta that was my soundtrack circa 2003 when I nabbed a 92kbps copy from Limewire. Have a much higher quality version that I replaced it with when I stopped being a massive pirate.

Friday, 30 August 2013

AT / AA 81

Akse P19 - Sumo (2013)

Stenchman put out another batch of unreleased oldies this year, which has bought him back into my playlists for a bit. This tune isn't from the latest batch, but another from last year that I briefly mentioned called The Dodgy Samples. They kinda feel half finished (this track is mastered really loud for example) but there was a lot of potential in it, speaking of, I hope he puts out more stuff from his Philestine alias soon.

Thursday, 29 August 2013

AT / AA 80

Loretta Lux - Siegfried (2010)

Calvin Harris' first two albums seeping onto the radio was like when I was growing up in the 90's and there was as much house and garage on the radio as pop. Sadly it wasn't to be and now Harris makes generic electronic for the masses, even though there were bits like that on his first two albums so I can't say I'm that surprised. Still, it's nice to put on the closing track to Ready For The Weekend and think of what could have been.

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

AT / AA 79

El Lissitsky - Proun 19D (1922)

Man, Simian Mobile Disco's Attack Decay Sustain Release i a real feel good album. No doubt being released at the height of summer way back in 2007 helped it a bunch, it certainly got it's fair share of play from me that year for sure. It's short at 10 tracks and just over a half hour long, but it goes a long way. Here's a late gem Wooden

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

AT / AA 78

Alexander Vesnin - Abstract Composition (1915)

Not a lot of noise coming from the Rex The Dog camp. Understandable seeing as he's got all them BREED events on his plate. Good news is he's taking a break to head back to the studio after the next one, so fingers crossed he drops a lovely near flawless LP on us like his debut, the brilliantly titled The Rex The Dog Show.

Monday, 26 August 2013

AT / AA 77

Patrick Nagel - 1338

For a couple years now I have been looking for a record or artist with a similar sound to the instrumentals from Golden Boy's only album. The closest I've come is some of the stuff on International Deejay Gigolo records, but even then I come back to the Golden Boy LP and I'm in love again. If anyone knows any records similar to or in this style please, please get in touch and let me know!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

AT / AA 76

Tony Oursler - Eyes (1996)

Little Dragon's debut is a mixed bag of atmospheres, sounds and moods. The opening indie piano ballad Twice is immediately followed by the poppy upbeat Turn Left before slipping nicely into the loungy vibes of No Love. Wink towards the end of the album only adds to that, opening with some cut up snippets of Yukimi's distinctive voice before cutting to the chase with some particularly heavy beats given the rest of the tracks on the LP.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

AT / AA 75

Miwa Ogasawara - Unpeopled (2012)

As much as I love squarepusher's amen breaking goodness, the man has a serious knack for beautiful ambient pieces. Both of the Tommib tracks from Go Plastic and Ultravisitor respectively were well used by Sofia Coppola in a few of her films, but the square man's ambient interludes tend to be quite short. This one's a bit of an exception to that and is one of my favourites from his debut Feed Me Weird Things.

Friday, 23 August 2013

AT / AA 74

Ellsworth Kelly - Colours For A Large Wall (1951)

Ladytron's first album is often lumped in with the whole electroclash movement of the era, and it's easy to see why, there's the monotone culture critiique that's a staple of the genre thanks to Miss Kittin alongside clearly retro inspired sounds. And as much as I feel like 604 isn't an electroclash record though, it does have a lot of similarites, like Felix covering Space's Magic Fly on Kittenz & Thee Glitz, Ladytron are true to their roots with a love letter to Kraftwerk in this re-tooling of The Model.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

AT / AA 73

Roger Dean - Floating Islands

Looking back through my old art inspirations folder, looking at some more pieces by my favourite graphic design studio The Designers Republic. From there I got more into the art of Wipeout and their original developer Psygnosis (Now the defunct Sony Liverpool). Anyways way back in the days of the Amiga, Psygnosis had their logo designed by Roger Dean, who's famous for doing album covers for loads of Prog Rock LPs back when. Here's a piece of his work with some lovely early 90's Autechre that I think fits it quite well (and also had a cover designed by The Designers Republic!).

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

AT / AA 72

Leonard Koscianksi - Suburban Life (2012)

I still remember when I first stated looking at Massive Attack, and the title track from their sophomore LP Protection did the trick. I was hooked instantly from the haunting intro all the way to the carefully placed 303 towards the end. I had heard The Mad Professor's dub remix first and had no idea it had a full vocal track from Everything But The Girl's Tracey Thorn which was a nice treat.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

AT / AA 71

Michael Alan - Fasion

A bit from the black sheep of Oizo's work; Moustache (Half A Scissor). Compared to Analog Worms Attack and Lambs Anger, I can see why it gets a lot of flack, hell the record is in part responsible for Oizo jumping ship to Ed Banger after his then label F-Communications described it as un-listenable. But it does have it's pluses, the Autechre lads have said it's one of their favourite albums and there are some real good tracks in here. This is one of them featuring some lovely cut up style samples scattered throughout, in a recent AMA over on Reddit Oizo said he just recorded himself dropping the needle on a ton of different vinyls to get the sounds giving it that lovely rough edges feel that is almost his trademark.

Monday, 19 August 2013

AT / AA 70

Atelier Olschinsky - Structures II 01

Moderat isn't the only collaboration Apparat has a hand in, back in 2006 he teamed up with head of BPitch Control Ellen Allien for an album, sadly with no name pun like Moderat. The album is quite unlike either of the two's usual output but you can certainly hear their individual touches shine through in parts. Here's the first tune I heard from it, Jet.

Sunday, 18 August 2013

AT / AA 69

Ed Ruscha - Standard Station

A Common complaint I hear with Felix's newer stuff is that it doesn't capture the magic of his older work in the Kittenz & Thee Glitz era. I can see what they're getting at but that doesn't mean there isn't some good in the more modern stuff. Take Radio for example, releasing it as a single was a brilliant move; it's light, short and sweet and has a couple of brilliant remixes from the likes of Shinichi Osawa to boot. While it's far from the likes of Silver Screen Shower Scene, it's still not a bad track.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

AT / AA 68

Jesse Reno - Many Breaks In The Horizon

Plaid back again with another highlight for me. I've said a few times how plaid are pretty hit/miss with me but this tune just gets it right, the way the haunting intro gives way to the main body of the track before melding with it and becoming a recurring motif is pretty great, and there's enough stuff going on to keep it fresh throughout at the same time. Look into it if you're looking for some playful experimental vibes.

Friday, 16 August 2013

AT / AA 67

Edward Hopper - Night Shadows

The finisher to 100th Window is much like the rest of the LP: cold & moody. The tracks also takes some cues from Butterfly Caught when it comes to those lush stings lurking in the back, my only complaints is that it is a lite long, but even then sometimes that eight minutes just files away, especially come the post rock-esque peak in sound around 7 minutes or so in.

Thursday, 15 August 2013

AT / AA 66

Jeremy Mann - New York Night In Blue

Ambient dealer Oneohtrix Point Never recently worked with Sofia Coppola on the soundtrack for her latest flick The Bling Ring. Now Sofia has a penchant for almost perfect music choices and this time is no different. Most of the soundtrack might me mainstream rap & hip hop and the juxtaposition of Oneohtrix's synth fueled ambient track Ouroborus on the soundtrack inbetween Azealia Banks and 2Chainz is amazing. Also tucked away on the OST is the collaboration between OPN and Brian Reitzell (whose work on Coppola's previous was fantastic) The Bling Ring Suite is a brilliant piece that swings from ambient to 80's style synth pop, to OPN's famous Juno-60 drones and back again.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Moderat - II (Album Review)

Ah, Moderat. I really wanted to love their self titled debut but some parts of it just left me sour. This time the Modeselektor lads and Sascha Ring better know as Apparat have come together to make another LP which has much less of a minimal edge this time around, but still has that great artwork and illustration by Pfadfinderei collective. Join me as I work through a select few tracks from the LP after the main art.

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A droney intro punctuated by warbles and rolling sine waves of bass flows perfectly into the second track which was teased a few months ago, Bad Kingdom; Modeselektor's influence is obvious from the get go, much moreso than on their debut I find. Apparat's vocal contributions go down a treat too, at first I thought this would be a re-tread of Rusty Nails and the rest of the album would be minimal meets IDM a la the debut, but the sound has evolved much in that four year gap and I am pleased to say that is not the case.

I also thought Modeselektor's Monkeytown vibes might be too prominent after Bad Kingdom, but the game is changed pretty frequently with each track. Let In The Light starts with the scratchy dirty sounds that Apparat is so fond of before bringing in a vaporwave-esque slowed vocal, then backed by some hazy garage lines before finally letting the lumbering drums loose on us. The whole thing comes out like a half remembered dubstep tune on a comedown. And I absolutely love it.

Not to say they've entirely abandoned their roots though, Milk clocks in at a hefty ten minutes and is by far and away the longest track here. Their evolution has been kind to them though, Milk layers on the variety much more frequently than the last record including a tactical break around 4 minutes in. They've taken a leaf out of Clark's book as well as around the 7 minute mark the distortion starts to get cranked up ending in a beautiful climax around 8:40 and an almost ravey fade to finish.

The fist listen of this was a bit confusing, it felt a little like Apparat's vocals had been ripped from a separate track and hastily put on this one and I wasn't feeling the noise fest around 1:20 which was a shame and kind of spoiled it for me. I came back to it a few days later which had the benefit of giving me almost a fresh listen; the intro is golden and everything past that little hiccup at 1:20 is too, and something about Apparat's vocals clicked and now I wouldn't have them any other way.

The second of the two interludes next, the opposite of Milk at just a little over 1:30. It features some really lush synths throughout, reminding me a little of the Modeselktor/Siriusmo collab Green Light Go, and Modeselektor's own I Love You. There's probably some really nice visuals to go with this one too, I can't wait to see what Pfadfinderei do with this one.

Ilona sees the return of those lovely slowed down vocal lines, this time with some more pitch shiftery going on making it sound like a busted turntable or something from Fever Ray or Oneohtrix Point Never's Returnal. The garage/dubstep styling is still strong in this one, the little break before the beats come cascading back into the mix around 1:30 definitely has a burial vibe to it. Another one for the favourites pile.

There's a select few tracks that are getting a lot of press from the LP, I initially wasn't going to cover them but this one stood out. It has much more of a conventional edge to it than the last few tracks we've been through; think Bad Kingdom, Rusty Nails etc. It's the most downbeat tune so far and wouldn't sound too out of place on Apparat's Walls.

The finale does not disappoint either, dripping with influences from both sides it's pretty much a perfect example of what makes Moderat: Chock full of lovely sounds and carefully crafted peaks and breaks it summaries and closes the album brilliantly. It was the track that caught my attention in the promos (again due in part to the visual contributions of Pfadfinderei). It almost makes me sad as the last fade out comes and goes, it may be another four years before we hear any more of Sascha, Szary and Gernot combined.

And that brings us to the end. I definitely feel like this is a better album than the self titled debut, it feels much more concise and focused in it's sound, while having enough variety to stay interesting. I imagine the overall melancholy vibe to the album might turn a few people off like with Gorillaz's Plastic Beach but Moderat do it so well I can hardly complain. Moderat's II adds another notch to the troves of quality albums released this year and is out now worldwide on Monkeytown Records.

A Moderat Amount,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 12 August 2013

AT / AA 65

Francis Bacon - Study For A Portrait (1991)

When I picked up the re-issued Clarence Park from Clark I listed to it to death for nigh on two weeks and promptly put a good half of it away because of how often I'd heard it. I came across this one again today, I'd not listened to it for a long long time because of that intro, something about it just grates my ears and I can't stand it. But I was feeling lenient today, so I let it play and about a minute in it changed. And it got good, like really good. Another one for me to file under 'wait for it...' and another reason for me to kick myself for skipping over half remembered tracks.