Monday, 26 May 2014

Ilictromix: Loftmind

Happy Holiday weekend everyone*! (Americans) very special mix today for those coming down from an extended weekend. This weeks Ilictromix is a video mix and it comes from producer/artist Loftmind.

A 20 year old resident of Newport Whales, Joel Sinclair makes some pretty breathtaking tracks. If your a fan of James Blake or Jamie XX this will be up your alley. I fell in love with his INTP EP and am super excited when he agreed to whip something up for this feature. Obviously I had to ask him a question or two as soon as I saw/heard the mix. 

Ilictronix: So huge fan! What albums are you stuck on right now?
L: Currently my go-to albums are 'Knife Play' by Xiu Xiu, Akkord's eponymous debut, Actress' 'Ghettoville' is getting smashed pretty hard, Sleaford Mods' latest is pretty great. Let's just take a second to bask in the glow of SD Laika's debut too, mmm all those warm eski synths. I just realised that I haven't mentioned Millie and Andrea's 'Drop The Vowels', amazing piece of work.

I: How long have you been producing for?
L: I've been producing for about 5 or 6 years now. I kinda had a head start on it when I was a kid, although those tunes were pretty much just drum loops on drum loops on drum loops.

I: So how do you stay motivated and find inspiration for the moody tracks that you are able to come up with?
L: To create work, I manipulate existing frameworks of genre to describe an environment, scenario or object. I am very interested in the fusion of disparate codes, finding a half-way point between 12 tone serialism and jersey kick patterns, lifting grime freestyles for restretching into a dark ambient context. I am also very concerned with the notion of deconstructivism in music, how little can I use to make a reference, how can I manipulate and distort a framework or set of ideas about a genre to communicate my understanding?

I: What or who would you say your biggest influces are then?
L: As far as influences are concerned, I hope my music lands somewhere between Jam City, Beneath, Acre, Mumdance. There are definitely some Hessle vibes in there and some residual dubstep tendencies




Tracklist:
Peter Chamerlain - Bedtime Stories For The Innocent
Holly Herndon - Chorus
Actress - Ours
Loftmind - Elevium B
Oneohtrix Point Never - Boring Angel
Arca - Trauma
Loftmind - Inseries-Dizzeeintherhizome
L-Vis 1990 - Ballad 4D
Loftmind - Chalice

You can follow Loftmind on Twitter or Facebook

-Adam

Friday, 23 May 2014

Pre Deadline Quickie

Taking a break from making sure everything's in order for me hand-in next week to lay some tracks down for ya. Hope to keep this one short so sit tight.

Andreas Nilsson - Landskap Norsken

Another blast from the past here, I actually remember grabbing this through illegitimate means circa 2003. I can practically recite this tune note for note given the amount I've listened to it. Good news is I wouldn't give you a decade old 128kpbs file, I've since changed me ways. Enjoy.



Another tune I've had on my HDD for a loooong time, ripped this one for a friend digitising his vinyl collection. We picked it up back in like 2005 when we were out searching for the elusive Roulé and Crydamoure. Pretty solid house actually, shame the guy never really put out much more than a few EPs.



And finally and extra minimal bit from the special edition of Temporary Pleasure. When I picked it up I wasn't too big on minimal, still ain't, but I branched out a little in that direction. It was pretty clear SMD were gonna head out in a techno direction after this with Delicacies, especially given the title of this track.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Robyn & Royksopp - Sayit

One of my favorite duos are back making music together. Robyn and Royksopp are reunited with a new EP titled Do it again. It's streaming right now at NPR but one of the tracks is an absolute monster "Sayit". I don't think I've ever heard Royksopp sound so bold, and Robyn sound so seductive.  It's a loud dizzying track with a fat synth line bursting through midway, and it just keeps building and building. Enough of my gushing listen below:




Do It Again is out May 26th

-Adam

Monday, 19 May 2014

C-C-C-Combo Breaker

Claude has had the luxury of crafting the last 7 posts. I haven't posted in a while.
This is destiny. This is music. This is poorly written.

Firstly, some fresh Glitch Mob. Love Death Immortality was a strange album. While I enjoyed hearing the crystalline production shine through, the overall tempo of the album was a huge put-off. Many of the songs sounded too similar and repetitious in their synth lines. It sounds as if they'd found a golden song goose, and they'd abused it. The whole album is a bit of a silver egg for me. It doesn't sound as though they were willing to try anything new than to add 30 bpm onto their old formula. But hey, that's just my opinion, you guys should probably formulate your own. Here's my least disliked track from the album, Becoming Harmonious.
Those dreamy vocals are almost over-run with triangular eargasms. There's a hint of actual glitching within the drum track. The subtle bass within the song. The tempo is at a reasonable pace. The dedication to production within Glitch Mob work shines. Enough bad sentence structure. Song.



Now to some of my more likeable selections.

Another of my favourite Daft Punk tunes. The best part is the stirring of the strings. Add a march tempo to it, and you basically feel as though Jason Voorhees is walking towards you while you're paralysed. Spooky, I know.


I don't normally enjoy dance or trance type tunes, but this song is just so perfect, so I suppose the title is rather fitting in that respect. This is barely just a song, it feels more like a composition.

If you know understand the Stephen Falken reference, you know this track perfectly fits into that scene. Contains that clear Futurecop! psuedo-80's sound, but also has that direct link to the past that just cannot be explained.



Aesop Rock has some amazing work. I've had this playing all week, and I notice new things every time I listen to it. The first listening, that strangely high bass line catches the ear. Then that kick comes in, realising the low end missing from the bass line. There are so many things going on, but it all works so well. The utilisation of multi-tracking vocals is one of Aesop Rocks signature techniques, it's hard to think how he'd be doing that live, or if he even can. Great writing, great sampling, great production and a quite good execution.



Enjoy the mix up
-sulphites

Slightly Less Moody

Hey all, decided it was a pretty bad move to leave the proper atmospheric tracks on the front page so long, so here's some slightly lighter tunes.

Miwa Ogasawara - In Licht (2013)

Röyksopp's one and only Live EP is pretty special. The normally bittersweet Sparks gets beautifully transformed into a whole different beast after a suitably downbeat intro. Anneli Drecker reprises her role on the track in top form, a real far cry from her fuzzy musings on the album version.



Grandaddies of electronic Kraftwerk were making very moody tunes before long before Portishead threw their hat into the Trip-Hop ring. To be honest I think Neon Lights fits this bill better, but I already put that up a while back. So instead have cult classic and number #1 single from 1982, The Model.



Rounding us off we have Little Dragon. Ever since her guest spot on Gorillaz's Plastic Beach, Yukimi's been a constant highlight on my radar. Here's a lovely downbeat section from their self titled debut, if you're digging this, they just put out a new album a couple days ago, I definitely recommend you check them out.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Moody

You mighta guessed from the title, this one's all about moody tunes. Doesn't really work too well now summer's in swing but hey ho, here's what I'm jamming to these nights.

Miwa Ogasawara - Sorge 1 (2011)

Funnily enough this all started cos I was on a garage kick, put google music on shuffle for my old Garage tunes and then ended up with everybody's favourite dub/future garage fiend Burial. I know I've said he's hit and miss in the past but I'll say it once again; when he hits he really hits. Not many atmospheres like this out there.



Finisher to Modeselektor's second LP kinda fits this bag. I'd argue This from Monkeytown fits better but I'm pretty sure I posted it. Thom Yorke joins the Selektors for some pretty typically moody musings over the track. As much as I don't really dig Radiohead I gotta admit whenever he guests on stuff I got in my collection it doesn't dissapoint.



And lastly another bit of excellent trip hop courtesy of Tricky. Tracks like this is why Martina Topley-Bird became one of my favourite vocalists out there, her and the instrumental sound almost in sync. Not to knock Tricky himself and his spoken-word style delivery though, he compliments the hazy vibe excellently too.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Smooth On Sunday

Alright, gonna list you some of my techy listenin's of today. Been more boring laying out work for a PDF so here's whats been keeping me sane, tracks after the suitably techy art!

Pascal Dombis - Post-Digital Blue (2013)

I really need to get more Plaid in my collection. Double Figure is a fine place to start, it's pretty consistent with their sound but it's also a bit long if you're looking to just dive in. This one's a good example, not quite the full on playful electronica of Plone but not the subtle menace of say Aphex Twin despite the name.



This album has been at the top of all my media players for about 2 years now, and I can still never tire of it. This one perhaps isn't the best example of the smooth sounds Mike weaves into his tracks, but I've posted some of those before. Still, even saying that the beat salad works really well with those lush synths after the mid-point.



And finally, the square man himself. Not talked too much about the album this is from (his debut on Warp!) but it stands on its own in terms of quality. Here 'Pusher mixes his then current 'Drill 'n Bass' style with just a hint of Jazz influence. The opening couple of tracks on this LP are nigh perfect, but in true Jazz fashion, here's something a little longer for you. Stay tuned 'cos things get beautiful around 3:40.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 9 May 2014

Lazy Days

Preparing for the end of my second year at University, still pretty chilled cos I don't have to commute into town every day these days. As such I wasn't feeling my usual electronic modus operandi so instead scratched my hip hop itch again.

Edward Hopper - Sunlight In A Cafeteria

Starting with more Pretty Lights. Most of this album errs more on the upbeat side of things but this one right here strikes a nice balance between the two, I could pretty much listen to this all day, that vocal sample is just brilliantly selected.



A bit of a rarity, the one and only EP by Walking Endustries is very elusive with only 500 copies floating about (and no rips on the net). It's a real shame because from what little I've heard it's absolutely gorgeous. Luckily Miss Kittin has one of those 500 and included it on her compilation Radio Caroline Vol. 1.



And sending us off, homegrown talent The Deadbeats with the final tune from their second LP Made In The Shade. Honestly a prefect ending, it fully encapsulates the vibe the 'Beats lay down and is deliciously smooth. Get yourself lost in this one, because it's almost over too soon.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Let There Be Tracks

Got on an old school kick earlier today as I do every now and then. Back in my bloghopping days when I first started coming here and was picking up a boatload of new tracks every week. Times and taste have changed since then, but I do still have a place in my collection for the old electro.

Atelier Olschinsky - Organic 02

Title track from TBG's follow up, featuring their occasional 80's tinged sound as shown on Aviateur but with a much more post-Kavinsky influence. The album was a little ropey in spots but I'll be damned if they didn't nail it with this one.



Simian Mobile Disco's debut is probably one of the most solid I own, for their first full length it's quality throughout if a little short. Here's track four featuring Char Johnson, surprisingly she's done no other tracks since, thought a lot of people would have picked her up based on the strength of this.



And lastly, them Modeselektor lads. I put Happy Birthday! away for a long time, but now I think it's time for it to trade places with Monkeytown. I came late to their unique blend of electro, IDM and the occasional bit of Hip Hop which is a shame because it's real refreshing. Definitely check them out if you missed the boat like me.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Yup, I've Been Drinkin' Again

Stopped off for a cheeky pint or two on me way home with some mates, as university students are legally required to do. And I gots to thinking about audio that matched out merry state as I walked to the station, and here's what I found!

Pablo Picasso - The Absinthe Drinker (1901)

Kicking off with a bit from Modeselektor. Hadn't even considered this at first, but then the stumbling melody that opens the track just fit perfectly for the theme. Lucky I've recently put Happy Birthday! back into rotation, I've been missing my electro style fix as of late.



Keepin' it in Germany with a visit from Siriusmo. I didn't see much press about his second album Enthusiast compared to his debut Mosaik, though I suppose we weren't waiting about ten years for it. Similar to the Modeselektor tune it sounds pretty unstable, but the title also translates to something along the lines of "Beer Tears" too.



Something a little out of leftfield here, I've mentioned a Squarepusher's one off Jazz record a couple of times but never actually posted anything from it save My Sound. It does get pretty weird in parts but is actually pretty sweet, here's a little 40 second interstitial that appears about halfway through that reminds me of some stuff I've made meself while on the drink.



And finally, a little extra that I decided to put on as it came on in the station. A dubbed out rework of Massive Attack's Better Things courtesy of Mad Professor. I was surprised I hadn't posted this one, it's one of my favourites from the remix album No Protection, headphones definitely recommended for this one.



-Claude Van Foxbat