Sunday, 19 November 2017

Not As Quiet

Tia Peltz - Personaje pe Calea Văcărești


Back again with another cross section of tunes for y'all. As a quick aside, I've updated the monthly selections over on the right there, there's a whole new track-list for November and I've extended the selections out to ten tracks from the 7 or 8 that it was. Also I'm going to start archiving previous months playlists over on my spotify too, taking it a little closer to the old grooveshark days. Here's my profile if you want to keep up with them.

Revisiting Perturbator's The Uncanny Valley (which as a forewarning is a super loud album, I've certainly jumped a couple times when it's come on my headphones.) Sticking with the album's title track, the cinematic influence on Perturbator's sound is plain to see here, and it doesn't take a massive leap in imagination to see this alongside a finale into credits roll, complete with a fade at the end for a teaser for the next installment of Perturbator's adventures.

Perturbator - The Uncanny Valley [click to download] |HTML5|


Another piece from the Subhuman compilation this time. And it's a far cry from the fairly smooth sailing of Ginrei's Hello, Weather I posted last time. Depersonalization is the compilation opener and it spares no time setting up the gritty undercurrent of the whole experience, the glitchy opening slowly building into a thundering industrial style monster. There are some brilliant touches in there too, I love the small break at 2:15 or so, which gives you a small respite before building back up to the main structure again. The whole thing really hits its stride around the 4 minute mark, where another break introduces some lush backing synths that inject a nice contrast in sound to play us out.

Gray - Depersonalization [click to download] |HTML5|


And finally, some more of Apparat's IDM style work. This is another highlight of the Shapemodes EP for me, it strikes a lovely balance between the skittering chaotic nature of IDM and the smoother accompaniment as seen on Walls and the like. There's even some vocal cut-ups that make a brief appearance toward the end that I wish Apparat would have experimented with more on other releases, they compliment this tune so well and it's a shame they aren't around for just a smidgen longer. Not a huge fan of the title but when everything else is pretty much on point I think I can overlook that.

Apparat - Get Out Of Your Krib [click to download] |HTML5|


-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Quiet Time



Another week another cross section of tunes for you. Keeping it fairly chill towards the end of the year, and kicking off with another archival installment. So it turns out there's a bonus track from FlyLo's Until The Quiet Comes that I wasn't even aware of, I managed to get my mitts on it after some difficulty so I thought I'd file it away on here once again, along with the hi-res version of the album art above. Yet again the Japanese bonus track is a very solid addition to the tracklist, it comes out feeling like a hip hop infused version of the Casino Versus Japan tune I posted last week. I'm totally in love with the sound of it, behind the lo-fi beats there's plenty of smoothness to get stuck into.

Flying Lotus - The Things You Left [click to download] |HTML5|


Had a nightmare run of bad luck earlier this week that left me wandering a train platform for about an hour. Gave me some time to think about tunes I was gonna talk about though, and this was going to be #1 before I managed to get a hold of that FLyLo. Give it time to get past the slightly dramatic sounding intro and you get some some Japanese trip hop styled thing circa '98. Not only does it perfectly describe the weather for November here across the pond, but it's pretty perfect musical accompaniment to being stranded on a train platform, just slow down for a little while.

Akira Takemoto - Cloudy, With Occasional Rain [click to download] |HTML5|


And with that in mind, thought I'd revisit Röyksopp's track of the month series again. Stronghold was the last one to come out, it was slightly delayed so was released in January, it totally first the winter aesthetic to a T as you might expect from Röyksopp. Pair it with Sparks from Melody A.M. if you're in need of some warming audio in these colder months.

Röyksopp - Stronghold [click to download] |HTML5|


Sunday, 5 November 2017

ComfyCozy

Balcomb Greene - Bois de Vincennes (1964)


Gettin' to that time of year here in England where the °C starts falling fast, so I spent Saturday dreaming up some tunes I think would fit in that very loosely defined 'cozy electronic' label I've mentioned a few times recently. First is a fairly recent addition to my stuff, coming from a compilation of Subroc Recordings. This is the tune that kinda set me off on making this post, it echoes with the same feeling that is present on plenty of tracks from The Flashbulb, and also resembles a slightly more sedate version of the Luke Vibert tune that lends its title to this post ComfyCozy.

Ginrei - Hello, Weather [click to download] |HTML5|


I've been holding off on going all in with Casino Versus Japan's album Go Hawaii for just such an occasion. As I mentioned before this album is the closest I've come to finding something that very closely resembles the work of Plone (which funnily enough were active at the time of Go Hawaii's release), but with a slightly more lo-fi feel than Plone. That nervous opening synth is gorgeous, and the tune overall is fairly lush with sounds. Stay tuned after the fadeout for an extra bonus slice of pure ambient around 4:43. A bit odd to have the 'hidden bonus track' format when this tune isn't even halfway through the album but I'm not complaining.

Casino Versus Japan - Metrobolt [click to download] |HTML5|


I spent a long time trying to narrow down which Boards Of Canada tune I think would best fit into this cozy electronic category.Though it was a strong contender, I've posted Olson enough times that I think it'd be a litte lazy (plus Olson is super short too). I hovered around Twoism for a while, but like a lot of BoC's backcatalogue, there are some small unsettling bits and pieces there to boot. I eventually settled on Left Side Drive from the Trans Canada Highway EP, which as it turns out is a fairly good intro to Boards Of Canada if it's your first listen; all the elements are there, the lo-fi analogue feel, the playing around with reversed sounds, and of course the lush synths and beats combo.

Boards Of Canada - Left Side Drive [click to download] |HTML5|


-Claude Van Foxbat