Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Beat Me Up, Scotty

Hello again. Guess what, it's that semi frequent time where I go out and hook myself up to an IV of instrumental hip hop. That's pretty much all for this intro, tracks as usual after more art.

Indie 184 - Call The Shots

The Special Herbs series courtesy of MF Doom has been a major player since I got me mitts on it maybe a year or so ago, chock full of awesome instrumentals with fittingly foody names. Here's the closer to Vol. 2 that's pretty special (plus a little bonus track on the end after the silence).

I finally got around to getting my hands on some of Swedish audio-visual artist Niklas Åkerblad's stuff, or as he's more commonly known El Huervo. His artwork is pretty sick, you should definitely check it out. Onto the track, this is another of those instrumentals that just scratches all my itches like Walking Endustries' Makee I posted some time ago. Think Nujabes or early Bonobo and you're in the right area.

And finally, before the unique vibes of Los Angeles and the like, FlyLo had a more conventional hip hop sound going on. Given his on and off relationship with the [adult swim] crew this isn't that surprising and I appreciate the evolution he's done over his releases, but damn if these early instrumentals aren't sweet (no pun intended). I highly recommend you track down the demo tapes like this he has floating around the 'net, they've got some gold on them.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Back In Blighty

I have returned over the channel to the familiar isles of Leeds, with no sunburn to report thankfully! Over there was surprised to find I don't have really any Spanish tunes in my archive, but at the risk of sounding nationalistic I do have a ton of British tunes, so have some of them why don'tya?

David Hockney - A Bigger Splash (1967)

Kicking off with my summer album circa 2007, Simian Mobile Disco's debut stands strong as ever even though it's only a ten tracker. The vibe captured on tunes like this is pretty much perfect and is just at home on the beaches of wherever as it is back in England at your uncle's crap summer barbecue.

Another moody bit from the 'Tron's debut. The LP Starts incredibly strong and even though it is pretty simple in comparison to their later work it has a real charm to it that's very sweet, no doubt helped by the strictly synthesized accompaniment.

And finally yet another debut, this time the trip hop pioneers Massive Attack. Unlike their more mellow output circa 1998's Mezzanine, this track is much more rooted in the original trip hop stylings with more of an emphasis on the Hip Hop part, with just a sprinkling of some soul in there courtesy of Shara Nelson.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

There's That Smell Again

I will always talk up Stenchman for as long as I live. The guy is seriously underrated, even back when I was championing him as one of the few keeping dubstep in check with creative spins. He's since branched out more with his creative chops and I gotta admire that. Even more so given that he's absolutely killing it in these new genres too.

I adore anything he puts out under the relatively new Philestine moniker, I was skeptical when he mentioned branching out into 'house' given the sorry state of the genre these days. I have never been more happy to be wrong. give your shelves a good old wobble with this one above.

Even when it's more on the more mainstream side of things I love it. I could totally see this being banged out on Radio 1 after dark, It's awesome to see his dubstep and house sensibilities collide here, hits my future garage button nicely indeed.

And finally, I was holding out for some full versions of these to be dropped but no such luck yet. I still pull this sampler out every now and then because each little part is so sweet. I'm dying for the Stench to put out more stuff like this, I can't get enough. Rest assured you'll know when I do

-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 18 July 2014

Up In The Clouds

I reall need to start hanging on Soundcloud more, I miss so much stuff by not keeping up with it it's unreal. Have a dump from my latest travels into the sky of sound. I didn't even realise Knxwledge had a soundcloud, he probably gets good mileage out of it with his usual ~1 minute tunes, heres a sweet one I stumbled upon

Lied a bit with this one, I actually saw it go live, meant to post it and plain forgot. HudMo finally released his tune 100HM that I heard a ton on the streets of Los Santos thanks to Flying Lotus. The release is a bit slower than the one in game but I don't mind because this is some heavy stuff. Hope it makes an appearance on an upcoming from him!

Cruising his remix playlist I happened upon this, never heard it before but I had to on the title alone. Was a bit meh on it at first but then HudMo hit his stride and made it happen. Awesome sounds in this one, full of that gorgeous organ synth seen on Robin S' Show Me Love that was a big part of the local house scene of my youth.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Sum Of Parts

What d'ya make of multi-part tracks? I don't like the ones that lead directly into each other because I love shuffle too much, but they're not without merit. Here's a cross section of a few I have.

Atelier Olschinsky - Structures V (01)

For a long time I thought the title of this was a typical piss take you see from the likes of 'Pusher and crew. Lo and behold there are actually multiple Male Pill parts (they still aren't in any sort of order though). Another quite jazzy cut from his debut Warp LP Hard Normal Daddy though with much more prominent breaks. A tad long, but a good listen.

Real love/hate relationship with this one, it takes a while to get going, and the quietness means I crank it up and always jump when those rough drums come in befitting the name. Still that sample is brilliant, and as a track its great, it brings the fire and really shows off DJ Shadow's production chops. Not what I'd associate with the album (I much prefer the trip hop parts), but still a solid track.

And finally Apparat. This is one of those ones I mentioned that lead into each other, but this one gets a pass because the two tracks can stand alone with how its cut. The second part is more along the lines of Clark-style ambient noise, so I picked part one cos I think its a better example of Apparat's output: sprinkles of minimal and ambient above an IDM backdrop.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 14 July 2014

Rain, Rain Go Away

Fair enough I don't like summer too much in terms of weather, but you know what else I don't like? When the old stereotype of rainy England comes round to bite me in the arse. Still makes for good music accompaniment I guess. Here we go!

Gustave Caillebotte - Paris Street: Rainy Day (1877)

Knxwledge seems to have taken off a bit in popularity since I last covered him, I still have love for his off kilter beats that are reminiscent of Los Angeles era Flying Lotus, I just wish he'd make more proper full length tunes. But then again they'd probably not be as sweet on repeat listens then.

And of course I still have love for the Massive Attack boys, actually had this one come on when me and some friends ducked into our faveourite bar to avoid the weather and I gotta say they pretty much nailed the atmosphere on this one, that piano never sets a key wrong.

Brief visit to Norway once again for some synth noodling courtesy of Svein and Torbjørn. Fell in love with this one almost instantly, then again around the two minute mark, a gorgeous track through and through, the outro is pretty special too.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Leavin' On A Jet Plane

Holiday time for the Foxbat. In my absence please report all problems or whatever to Adam, your temporary admin! also I'll be scheduling some posts to go up even when I'm away so don't get weirded out that I'm still around. As such I've been prepping my in-flight soundtrack, lets get stuck in.

Roy Lichtenstein - Blam (1962)

I said before it's tradition I always try recreate the bit from Hackers on planes, and this time will be no different. Classic tune that always reminds me of those 90's trips over to España.

No trip to the beach would be complete without a sprinkling of Gorillaz's Plastic Beach. It's chock full of chiller tropical sounds that are sure to go down a treat. Perhaps a little too downbeat in parts but the second half more than makes up for that.

Now typically I associate my favourite Norwegians with the colder months, but going through my library I've found some of the bits on The Understanding go quite well. Seeing as I haven't dug this one out in a while I think it'll be one of the many tracks accompanying me abroad.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Le Grand Départ

Things are back to normal here at Van Foxbat HQ, the americousins have left and things are slowly returning to normal. Oh and something about some big bike race in my home county. Here's some French artwork in honour of that!
Gerard Fromanger - Violet d'Egypte

I posted this on the blog Facebook yesterday but it bears repeating, I can't get enough of this track from Squarepusher's latest EP. Been listening to it solidly since about September and I'm still picking out new things on every listen. Easily stands shoulder to shoulder with the best of 'Pusher for sure.

Broadcast have returned on me in a big bad way. Well, they never left but I've had a lot more of them recently. One of the most underrated bands ever, even on the home of experimental electronic Warp. It's an absolute shame we were robbed of Trish Keenan so soon, her voice makes the Broadcast sound complete and is one of my all time favourites alongside Karin Dreijer. I urge you to check them out.

I realised I've not posted much Massive Attack since I got into them, but I found it quite hard to fit them in here because as much as I like to stereotype Portishead as the moody ones in trip hop, Massive have their fair share of downbeat stuff that wouldn't gel with the above. So after much ums and ahs, have a surprisingly light bit from the very end of the very dark Mezzanine.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Winding Down

Waiting on my results for the year is not an easy time, lucky my long time buddy the shuffle button was there to lend a helping hand and pretty much nailed it this time. Tracks after your daily dose of culture in picture form!
Jim Rosenquist - Myth and Technology F - Fly (1982)

Dug out Felix's excellently titled Devin Dazzle & The Neon Fever LP yesterday, could have sworn I'd posted all my favourites from it, imagine my surprise when I hadn't. Harking back to the diamond days of the Kittenz & Thee Glitz, this here is a sleazy slow number that dabbles a little bit in French. Real standout, and a unique vibe from Felix, if a little short.

Then straight away I got dumped into the retro-futuristic vibes from the end of Teenage Bad Girl's debut with even more french. Think electro house meets a power ballad a la Take My Breath Away and you're almost there, save for their then trademark vocoder, A lovely more darker turn than the electro vibes on tracks like Cocotte.

And finally a bit of Moderat's newest, I wasn't expecting this the first time I dove into the LP, after the minimal-meets-garage theme their self titled had. It's a pleasant surprise mind, Apparat has shown his mettle with downtempo stuff before, so to hear it taken on by both him and Modeselektor is a real treat.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Lush V.2

Same deal as last time here, more chiller stuff I just adore the sound of. That was a short intro. Well you know the drill, tracks and words after the mandatory eye candy!

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Syd Mead - Mobilage

Starting with an album I long struggled to add to my collection due to the ridiculous mark-up on it: Global Communication's 76:14(So called because that is it's total length, the tracks follow suit,though annoyingly they don't match on spotify!). Not that it isn't well deserved mind, it's a gorgeous record throughout and no doubt a fine example of the ambient style of the time. Echoes of The KLF's Chill Out all over this one, combined with that mid to late 90's sense of futurism before the turn of the millennium. Tune in, switch off.

Back to OPN for a bit from Rifts. I adore that album because it's just so dense, I had it in rotation from when I got it in like December '09 and only took it out maybe two years later. The 27 track, 3 album compilation may be too big to digest in one sitting, but it's chock full of little moments that are just brilliant. Prime example here, this track is just beautiful.

I can't believe I've neglected to mention the grandaddy of ambient so far. Eno may not have been the progenitor of Ambient but he coined the term, and his influence is plain to see. the album this is taken from is themed around space and the moon landings and that vibe is captured excellently here. This predates the Global Communication track by 11 years but the foundation is largely the same, albeit minus a drumbeat. Listening to them both back to back is pretty interesting, I definitely recommend it.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Welcome To Leeds

Went to look over N.O.W's soundcloud again after a long while, somehow I missed this one and I've been kicking myself since this morning. Me & Evelyn's shared hometown formed the base of my first ever posts here way back in like 2010, now four years on and having actually met Nightmares On Wax in person that hasn't changed in the slightest.

Perhaps not what I'd have picked to sum up my city, but I can definitely feel it in the vibe laid down here. That intro is pretty sick, unfortunately there's no tracklist anywhere I can source for this. Regardless, enjoy the northern tones on display here (and our funny accent). 'Ey up.

-Claude Van Foxbat