Wednesday 30 October 2013

Introductions are in order.

Not to sound like a cheesy online dating ad but hi, my name is Adam and I'm happy to be here! I've been an avid reader of this blog for years now and I'm proud to start contributing. I just moved to Chicago so I'm excited to share with you some fresh tracks coming out of this area, along with some of my personal favorites.

The music scene has certainly changed since I've joined this blog. Who would've thought that the electro house craze of 07' would keep growing and eventually hit the mainstream airwaves! That producers would get the recognition that they have today and people like Hudson Mohawke would be making beats for Kanye west! Could anyone predict that electronic artists and rappers would join together for a "golden era" of hip hop? We are living in a new age of connectivity and artistic expression and I'm excited to join in the ride with all if you.

So instead of killing myself finding a track that is my "thesis". I've decided to just share one of my favorite tracks this week from artist Kelela. This free mixtape dropped pretty recently and the opener is by far the best cut on the album. I love this track, from the opening synths to the cool delivery of the vocals. It's hard not to fall in love when the chorus hits and the track goes barebones with that haunting synth line.


Under New Managment

We're through the thick of it readers, I've mostly taken over site ownership from Prez, and I'd just like to take a post to reflect on how I've come to this point. Join me, won't you?

I lurked the blog for a long time, but the first thing I contributed was waaaay back in 2010 when I sent in an old school house track from around 1998 that I'd grown up with that had a pretty deep story behind it. You can read that in the comment section over here for the full details, for now enjoy the tune!

Not long after I started I started to cover most of the legendary Warp Records' backcatalogue, and of course Aphex Twin was a huge part of that. Here's a little bit from his debut Selected Ambient Works 85-92.

Of course, I can't forget that ilictronix was founded on a love for house. Here's a stone cold classic from one-half of Daft Punk Thomas Bangalter. If you can get your hands on any Roulé, you should! there's not a single bad release on the entire label.

And finally, before I leave you all once again, here's the bonus track from the latest Moderat LP that has some gorgeous drums in it. It sounds almost unlike anything else on the album, but there's nothing wrong with a little more Moderat to go around.

Thanks to all of you out there once again for sticking with us, and keep holding on for more to come in the near future!

-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday 25 October 2013

Live & Electric [Broken as of 2020]

I'm finally gonna try something I've been testing with some friends of mine for a while. I broadcasted live from grooveshark. Thanks to those that turned up, you can find an abridged version of the stuff I played below, kicking off with an old school tune from Spiller that has the honour of being the first ever track played on an iPod!

Broadcast - 25/10/13 by on Grooveshark

Wednesday 23 October 2013

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo

It's time again! there's an awful lot of soundtrack stuff going on in this post so stick around for a grab bag of genres and vibes. No grooveshark players this time either, so you can actually skip forward or back in the tracks without leaving the site!

James Doolin - Study For Corporate Rise (1986)

First up is a little number from my childhood days by Rom Di Prisco, which plays out like a weird collision of 90's breaks and techno. I still think it's really well produced for its time, even though it does sound a little dated now (especially the title).

Giving Flying Lotus his own station in GTA V was a masterful move, though I would have liked to see what Hudson Mohawke came up with if he hadn't turned it down. By far my favourite of the tracks he produced for the game, it might not have that roughness of Los Angeles or the straight up experimentation of Cosmogramma, but The Kill is a shining example of what makes FlyLo's stuff consistently great.

Getting There from his latest LP Until The Quiet Comes also makes a stellar appearance on the tracklist of FlyLo FM, I've loved the tune since I first heard the teaser in the short film that accompanies Until The Quiet Comes. My only real complaint is that it's a shame it's so short!

And finally, HEALTH also contribute with their cover of The Units' High Pressure Days. HEALTH's usual noise-rock sensibilities take a backseat on this one and I gotta say I love it, I would love to hear more from them in this style soon!

Friday 11 October 2013

Breaking The Break

John Sloan - McSorley's Bar (1912)

Y'know, after you've been writing about music on and off for a few years, when you finally take some time off, at first you appreciate the break. But then, you get the itch to get talkin' and sharing again so here we are. I got sick of seeing that 'i' anyhow. Here's a mostly chilled selection of my fall semester favourites, here's hoping I can drop a few more of these before the site ownership is worked out (or the work catches up with me).

Update Note: Grooveshark has been long dead for a while now, and I have no idea what was on that playlist. As consolation, please see the replacement (Y)ellow playlist below, it likely contains similar if not the same tracks and is in general a collection and continuation of the downtempo vibe that I like as I was doing here. Reminder that Spotify embeds only have the first 100 tracks in them, be sure to check out the full thing on site or in the app to see more! Enjoy!

Again, as always, stay safe and enjoy the music.
-Claude Van Foxbat