Sunday, 26 March 2017

Obligations

I haven't posted in quite a while ashamedly, and introductions were never my strong point, so let just get straight into it!


Firstly, a track I've had on repeat for the last week or three, Daylight by Aesop Rock. I enjoy Aesop's use of doubled up vocals, but after a while, it can become a little tiresome. That's my only criticism of Aesop Rock. The samples are solid, the beats tight and well balanced in the grand scheme. It's just a well written song, and the track suits it perfectly.
Part two is Nightlight. It is exactly what you'd think it is, a yin to Daylight's yang. It too is executed soundly (ba-dum tss), and perfectly fills the mood. Many of the lines from Daylight are repeated, albeit with a new negative or darker answer. One of my favourite lyricists.

"My God, NightLight flipped th beauty of Daylight on its back and fucked it." (sic)


Next up, Utah Saints. I never really got into the 90's electronica, and I think it's fair to blame the general quality and style that many of the hits from that era share. Although the album (Two) cam out in 2000, it still holds many of the characteristics of 90's dance. This track I find to be somewhat exempt, and I cannot find any reason why. It starts so simple and basic and just builds to something fantastic throughout. The vocal work sounds like some of the early Moby vocals, and the simple delay feedback used throughout to blend sections works favourably. Enough chit chat, enjoy it.




Lastly, something soothing and soft yet powerful and resonant. Gotye's remix album Mixed Blood (2007) was a really quite good album in my opinion. This 3am mix really quite suits the title, fitting perfectly with the vibes that abound at 3am. A soft, soothing and haunting synth and some stunning vocal work. Bravo Joe Hardy.


Regards,
sulphites

Monday, 6 March 2017

Analog Heart

Capping off a Monday dentist trip with some delicious synth work from DMX Krew. It's been a while since I scrolled through his soundcloud and it seems that much like Venetian Snares, Ed's been a busy lad as of late. I should come back more often cos I inevitably find something new to binge on every time I'm there. This time it's Radioactive Leak, though DMX Krew has always had that retro edge to it this one does feel sightly different, methinks it has a certain vaporwave/future funk slant to it, and at the risk of sounding real cliche again parts of it would be right at home on a Sega CD game.



He's also done a new age album since last I saw, fittingly called New Age Travellers. Here I was expecting full embracing of he cheese a la so many other New Age records, MIDI sax, dolphin and whale noises you know?. Well it ain't that, instead it's more lovely synth based chill stuff. I'm mad in love with this one, shame it's a tad shot but it's quality every time. Getting slight E-Z Rollers vibes off that intro, and the whole thing really just makes me want to play VA-11 HALL-A again.



-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

The Live One

Apologies for the large gap, as is par the course for moi, had some plans that didn't work out. Decided to fall back on the fairly large backlog of Warp stuff that's gathered in the time being. Most notably the return of Shobaleader One, seven years after Squarepusher promised us there'd be more from his then newly formed 'band' as it were. It's not new material (which isn't to knock it, just laying cards on the table), but rather a compilation of Squarepusher tunes played live and in the Shobaleader style which in itself is quite interesting, the first Squarepusher live offerings since Disc 2 of Do You Know Squarepusher? if I recall right. Slightly annoyed that this wasn't up on any steaming services but then again it ain't out yet. I'll have to check back in 9 days when Elektrac is released proper and give it the once over.



I've heard Journey To Reedham a million times, but it's still just as nice in it's Shoabaleader rendition. I do think I prefer the synths of the original to the bendy guitar here but to be honest I hadn't given it that much thought until now, mainly because I was distracted to how one-to-one with the original the drums are, I'd be convinced they were a backing track if it wasn't for the slightly ska sound they have to them. Whoever it is doing the drumming for Shobaleader One, I've got mad respect for them to keep up with 90's era Squarepusher beats.

-Claude Van Foxbat