Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Another Day

This was supposed to be another soundcloud dealie, but my feed is being understandably slow as of late what with all the holidays. So instead I guess we'll shuffle again and see what comes of it.

Jim Rosenquist - The Kabuki Blushes (1986)

Thought it about time to dig this one out again, I love Rossz Csillag Alatt Született throughout, but I'd be lying if I didn't say that Mr. Funk's breakcore treatment of Billie Holiday's Gloomy Sunday wasn't near the top of the list of favourites. A bit different from the rest of the albums classical angle, but it's a treat to listen to.

Trip Hop has been seeing me through my video experiments as usual, and the more depressive cuts of UNKLE's debut are making an appearance again. Honestly when I get wrapped up in animating or whatever I only really hear the lovely beats + strings combo, which is probably for the best otherwise I might end up being sad.

And to round out the downtempo side of things, a little something from Senior. Dug it out once again as December rolls in, and it remains just as fitting as ever, I would love to see Ryxp try their hand at another ambient style record in the future, here's hoping.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Let's Go Swimmin'

Remember how like two posts ago I was saying that I love the vibe that Celadon and the company he keeps put out? Well they musta been listening because his collective project/netlabel Galaxy Swim Team just dropped another compilation dealio that is filling my super cute audio needs for today. It's also accompanied by a lovely message:
This album is dedicated to all of our family and friends who have supported Galaxy Swim Team thus far. We could not be more thrilled to finally be putting out this comp! Galaxy Swim Team at its core, is just a bunch of friends creating together. We all feel extremely lucky that from beginning to end, that's all this project ever was. Friends creating together.

So from the bottom of our hearts,
We hope you enjoy. <3

It doesn't mess around, from the get go you're immersed in that Glass Swords-esque sound that I indulge in every now and then. I will not be short of people to look up for future soundcloud roundups for a while to boot. Check it out, and find more from the Swim Team at Soundcloud, Twitter, Facebook and buy their releases on Bandcamp

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Bits From OPN's Garden

OPN has another new LP coming out, I actually heard it on the day he put it on SC but it's taken me this long to decide what I want to say about it. It should come as no surprise to you lot that OPN is one of my recent music loves, my penchant for ambient and synth sounds being the main reason. It's been a while since I first heard OPN in 2009 or so, and he's done a lot of evolution since then, and Garden Of Delete seems to be quite a big step in that regard.

I saw people mess with the MIDIs that OPN put out and as far as I knew we were in for another slice of Ambient goodness, but it seems that is not the case. I've been wracking my brain trying to describe this and the only real way I can think of is if imagine that OPN dropped all the 80's stuff that influenced him before and moved onto late 90's techno demos for inspiration instead. I do think the intro overstays its welcome a little, but the break at about 1:53 is just gorgeous, and I can't complain the track doesn't change things up enough after that.

I'm never sure exactly how to react to new OPN, I didn't like Replica as much as the rest of the blogging scene does, but then again I absolutely adored R Plus Seven. I suppose the short of it is do I like it? And the answer is yes, though I do think it may be too experimental for everyday listening and based on the MIDIs the ambient pieces may still be the best for me, but we will have to see on the 13th of November when the album comes out.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Will There Be Another Time?

Pleasantly surprised this morning to find out it's the 10th anniversary of one of my all time favourite albums from one of my all time favourite underrated bands: Broadcast's Tender Buttons. It's a very special album indeed, it's much more electronic focused than all their previous efforts, no doubt influenced by the departure of most of the bandmates, leaving Tender Buttons to be made with a skeleton crew of James Cargill and Trish Keenan.

There's plenty of albums that open strongly, but no matter how many times I look over Buttons' tracklist, I'm hard pressed to find a weak link throughout. The actual introduction track I Found The F does it's job perfectly, showing off the new electronic undercurrent in spectacular fashion.

It's not long before Broadcast's previous psychedelic-influenced streak begins to show through though with Black Cat. One of the tracks that were chosen for release from the album, not sure that it's the perfect choice for that given some of the later ones, but it is still fine.

The title track of the LP is very different from all we've heard so far, it plays out almost like a normal Broadcast song before the electronic accompaniment of this album. The real highlight here is the reason for the album's name: it takes it' title from a series of poems by Gertrude Stein which revolve around the rhythm of the words rather than traditional rhymes, which is also the case for some songs on the LP that Keenan delivers absolutely flawlessly, especially here.

I end the post on a rather significant point. America's Boy is the reason I discovered Broadcast many years ago on some music blog, and to this day I fall in love with it again when I hear that intro. I think it is one of the best constructed tracks here, and is also pretty good introduction to the overall sound on offer, showcasing the new and unique electronic aspects as well as Keenan herself in top form.

Broadcast remain one of my all time favourites, and even though their output was limited there hasn't been a single release of theirs that I haven't enjoyed. Unfortunately that limited list of releases will not be getting bigger anytime soon, owing to Trish Keenan's death in 2011. James Cargill has said he has some unreleased Broadcast material recorded before her death that he was preparing for release but there's been no developments on that front in some time. But until them I more than content with their discography up to now, and I hope the wait will not be much longer if this has been your introduction to them.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Working For The Weekend

After spending the last couple of days wrestling with a website that seems to hate chrome with a passion, I should really take the weekend off, but I can' be doing that because I have deadlines to meet so that's gone out of the window. Luckily I've had time between renders to catch up on what's been happening out in the music world, specifically with my long time label romance Warp.

New Squarepusher first! From upcoming LP Damogen Furies which has killer artwork. Given his most recent albums I wasn't sure what to expect. Not in a bad way mind, just not sure what style he'd be doing this time. I was expecting to hear some more of the Z-Machines in there but they aren't on this track at least. It starts off pretty Squarepusher-esque but some synths come in later which give me a lick or two of Glass Swords-era Rustie. And I'm perfectly fine with that.

The new HudMo's been blowing up a ton too. I'll be honest and say that I've never been a fan of his trap direction (but I did like 100HM so there's that), but that intro had me VERY interested. I'm diggin' this track a ton, Irfane who you may recognise from Breakbot's releases lends his talents to the track and makes a treat to listen to.

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 29 January 2015

2030 A.D

Anyone who's read for a while will know I have a disposition towards tech, but more recently I've been submerging myself in my faveourite aesthetic of all time, Cyberpunk. It's not quite as nerdy as Steampunk, and with better books and movies. Ever watched Blade Runner and dug the hell out of the setting? Cyberpunk may just be the ticket for you, here's a playlist I've been curating for tunes that fit into this category, check 'em out while you go hacking or whatever it is Cyberpunks do these days.

-Claude Van Foxbat