Monday, 31 March 2014

Mum's The Word

Spur of the moment post, but yesterday it was Mother's Day here in the UK, so don't get all worried that you haven't got her a gift or anything if you're in the US or elsewhere! I have a bunch of relevant tunes, but here's three that really shine.

Ivan Shishkin - Rain In An Oak Forest (1891)

Funkateers Chromeo were pretty much a given on this list. This tune was long a favourite from Fancy Footwork and I used to use it to intro people to Chromeo cos I think it shows off what they do really well in a pretty short timeframe.



I remember the Bloody Beetroots from back in my bloghopping days when I was listening to more electro than was probably healthy. Whoda thought that their first album would actually have some pretty sweet non-dancefloor stuff on it, including this one that's got more than a tint of Justice's Valentine to it...



And finally, tune I've held off posting for a while cos it's actually massive. Like Timeless, Goldie's sophomore LP Saturnz Return is opened with Mother, an hour long epic that goes from classical to drum & bass and back again. It takes up almost all the first CD of the album and my 320 rip is a whopping 138 MB, To save on bandwidth have this resampled to 192kbps version.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 28 March 2014

Springtime

Just got to the first bit of time off since the start of this year (and even then I still have work to do). Waking up late with no responsibilities other than some video editing which I like doing anyway is pretty sweet, as usual here's a slice of my daily soundtrack.

Jim Rosenquist - Tosca (2009)

Kicking off with another bit of MF Doom's Special Herbs Instrumental series. I've only just begun to get tired of it and should really grab some more instrumental goodness, but there are some that stay just as sweet every time, see below.



Onto deeper stuff now. My love for OPN is well documented sure, but I've been digging the FRKWYS EP revently. A collab between minimalist veteramn David Borden, James Ferraro, Laurel Halo, Samuel Godin and of course Lopatin himself taking part in some live Jam sessions. By far and away the highlight is the last track, an awesome demonstration of their skills coming together.



And finally the original penultimate track from Psyence Fiction. It's a bit of a break away from the usual trip hop vibe, but with Thom Yorke on the featuring credits and that almost post-rock build up it's a pretty spectacular way to end the tracklist for sure.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 24 March 2014

Surfing On Sine Waves

Been meaning to get myself round to pickin up audiosurf for a while now, its a game right up my alley and luck would just have it that I scooped it for peanuts thanks to the Humble Bundle crew. It's been a real treat for the eyes and ears, here's what I used for my first few sessions.



Purely from an alphabetic standpoint AFX went first (and also is the namesake of this post). This suitably acidic number is pretty easy going for the most part until it drops those sequenced claps every now and then which properly ups the intensity.



Keeping it alphabetical, another relic of my early 2000s listening history with a remix of A:xus' When I Fall In Love. Like AFX it was pretty easy going for the most part thanks to it being Deep House and all, but it was an excellent showcase of the visuals, and I gave the tune it's first proper listen in about 3 years (which I'm in love with all over again).



Another appearance from the Salt City Orchestra folk. Might not be as much of an instant classic as their remix of Marshall Jefferson's Mushrooms I posted a while back, but it sure is a funky spin on the moody musings of the Sneaker Pimps. There's some good basslines in here, the mix certainly lives up to its name.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 17 March 2014

Return Of The Shuffle Post

As I used to say s long ago, sometimes shuffle just gets it right you know? Case in point: I've been slaving over this awful presentation I have to do, and keeping me sane was a frankly brilliant selection of mellow tunes courtesy of random chance, check some of my favourites out below.

Robert Del Naja - Peace At Last (Fire Sale Edition print, 2013)

Felix's last album got a pretty mixed reception but did it ever shine in parts. The closer gives me vibes like the opener to Virgo Blaktro & The Moviedisco did, with a little bit of Analog City from Kittenz & Thee Glitz. I think it closes the LP beautifully.



Another visit from my hometown hero NOW now, with something a little older I can't believe I've not posted before. Finer is one of the few tracks with vocals on Carboot Soul but that just makes it sweeter. Guest Sarah Winton really shines here, I should really look into her stuff one of these days.



And finally, UNKLE breaking their usual trip hop sound on their debut LP with a downtempo instrumental piece that actually isn't vary chaotic at all and brings the album around to it's finishing couple tracks. Like the Alpinestars' Partisan Song, there's nothing else on the LP that sounds quite like it but it's a solid addition to an already quality album.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Music For Steamed Rocks

New OPN announced pretty recently, as part of a new EP coming out of his called 'Commissions I' coming your way on record store day. Listened to it a couple of times and I gotta say I'm digging it. The swooping synths are a far cry from his Juno-60 arpeggios of Rifts but I am loving the new direction as of R Plus Seven with those little bits of noise poking through every now and then to unnerve you a bit. Not for everyone sure, but if you're into ambient at all, this here is good listening.




Tracklist of Commissions I is:
A1 - Music For Steamed Rocks
Composed by Daniel Lopatin for Witold Lutosławski's Preludes at Polish Icons 2, Sacrum Profanum, 2013

A2 - Meet Your Creator
Composed by Daniel Lopatin for Quadrotor performance at Saatchi & Saatchi New Directors' Showcase, 2012

B1 - I Only Have Eyes For You
Composed by Harry Warren and Al Dubin (Remick Music Corp). Cover commissioned for the SONG1 Happening installation event by Doug Aitken at the Hirshhorn Museum, 2012

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 10 March 2014

Mund'y

Took the weekend off as usual, thought I'd post again to make up for me absence. No real theme today, just some tunes I picked out I've not heard in a while, prep yer ears after you get your usual dose of eye candy below.

Takashi Murakami - Chaos (1999)

Put away Netsky's debut for a long time, only so many times you can hear them fourteen tracks without getting sick and his newer stuff has taken a backseat. Still I'm a sucker for pitched down vocals (hence my love for The Knife and such), and I'd forgotten this one completely.



Imagine my surprise when flicking through a professional video magazine for research and I see Tellier's video for Look listed. I've seen it before, it's 4 minutes of rotoscoped butt walkin'. If I can find me a job when I get out of University that lets me do that for cash I don't think I'll ever doubt my choices again. Oh yeah, the tune's pretty sweet too.



Also looked into Pfadfinderei, the collective responsible for all things Modeselektor and Moderat. Which led me back to long time pal of them two Apparat. I really need to pick up more of his stuff, I adore Walls and it's lovely blend of atmospheres, but after the new Moderat record I'm itching for more.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 3 March 2014

Days Of Yoof

Got talking to Adam about albums that you don't hear about and are real underrated. In doing so I dug out my music circa 2003 and found a ton of chillout records that I dug when I was an early teen. But then I went a lil' deeper, got on that old school garage vibe again and picked out some tunes I've been jamming to for nigh on 15 years or so. Tunes after the pic as usual!

The Designer's Republic - Designs for Wipeout 3 (PSX)

First is what probably still stands today as garage's finest example, it's not even by someone from the UK and we invented it! Armand Van Helden's remix of the Sneaker Pimps' Spin Spin Sugar is just well done through and through. That bassline is still sick to this day, though I'm used to it mixing into other tunes like Double 99's RIP Groove which always throws me off a bit.



And of course the album everyone had a copy of those days (even my dad), Moby's Play. The follow up 18 is arguably better, but the slew of singles from this one and the licensing of pretty much every track on there means it's here to stay. Not that that's a bad thing mind, the tunes are all pretty good for the most part, not like anyone's not heard them at this point anyway.



I'll be honest, mid to late 90's trance is a real guilty pleasure of mine, chalk it up to a trip to Ibiza when I was younger when it was at the height of popularity. Ripped from one of the few CDs from my old collection to survive those years, enjoy this audio time capsule back to the pre-millennium: ATB remixed by Sigum.



-ClaudeVanFoxbat

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Desert Tracks: Earl

Sup everybody, Earl here after days of complicated decision making with a(by no means definitive) list of tracks that i would take with me should i find myself stranded in a desert with a CD player. And since my collection of music is quite vast, much like my fellow writers, picking out just 70 minutes proved to be a task, but without further ado, i present to you "Earl Greys 15 Essential Tracks To Listen To Should You Ever Be Stuck In A Desert For A While" (With Blurbs!)


Desert CD Tracklist by YungSuperSatan on Grooveshark

M- Flo ft. Monday Michiru - A.D.D.P. - The first time i heard this song was long ago when i was only a reader on this blog, but it introduced me to a side of Japanese music  that i wasnt even aware of, its been a couple years now and i still listen to A.D.D.P. religiously

Raw Man - Beautiful - One of the most accurate titles of all time, Raw man has been a huge inspiration on me musically and is definitely my favorite solo act to come out of the late 90s/early 2000s french house movement

Theophilus London ft Dev Hynes and Solange - Flying Overseas - I bought this track on amazon a couple years ago before a trip to Jamaica, it always brings back great memories, not to mention Solange Knowles amazing vocals.

Pharrell ft. Jay-Z - Frontin - Modern classic, Frontin is one of those songs that never gets old for me because Pharrell is a genius.

We In Music - Grandlife - Earlier i mentioned Raw Man was my favorite french house artist and this is a large part of the reason why. Grandlife is my favorite house track of ALL TIME (insert kanye here) and Raw Man, along with Play Paul  created this masterpiece of a tune, i own this on vinyl, it sounds great.

Nujabes - Imaginary Folkore - I was introduced to the music of Nujabes through the series Samurai Champloo back when it debuted on Adult Swim in 2005 and from the moment i heard "battlecry" my life changed, Nujabes is a large part of the reason i got into producing hip hop music and the way he flips a sample is legendary. This particular song is my favorite from him for reasons i cant explain, its more of a feeling. RIP

Bonobo - Kiara - One of the best songs from one of the best albums i have ever heard, to get the full experience you have to listen to the intro before it however.

High Contrast - Kiss Kiss Bang Bang -  Originally i was going to use "made it last night" but it was too long(thatswhatshesaid) The music of High Contrast started my love affair with drum and bass music and the intro to this song is one of the best.

Erykah Badu - Didnt Cha Know - According to my mother, i came out the womb with an appreciaton for the music of Erykah Badu, and while i do love all of her material, this is my favorite from her by far for one reason. J Dilla killed this beat, its basically a two for one

The Smashing Pumpkins - Rocket - I Love this band. I Love this album. I love this song. Enough said.

Megadeth - Tornado of Souls - Dave Mustaine inspired me to pick up a guitar when i first heard this band years ago. He Shreds. SHREDS.

Daft Punk - Voyager - My musical idols and my favorite song off of Discovery.

Azari and III - Into the Night - this song encapsulates a lot of the things i enjoy about house music, a groovy beat, great vocals, and the words "gotta get up" in repetition. whats not to love?

Flying Lotus - Tea Leaf Dancers - Like the Nujabes example above, i was introduced to Flylo by Adult Swim because "Massage Situation" was a song used in the earlier bumps, this song, off the same EP(Reset) has become a favorite of mine because its vibe is unmatched

Toro Y Moi - Minors - It was hard to pick which toro song i was going to use for this, in the end i chose minors because it was short. Yup. thats what im ending with.



- Earl