Tuesday 20 May 2014

C-C-C-Combo Breaker

Claude has had the luxury of crafting the last 7 posts. I haven't posted in a while.
This is destiny. This is music. This is poorly written.

Firstly, some fresh Glitch Mob. Love Death Immortality was a strange album. While I enjoyed hearing the crystalline production shine through, the overall tempo of the album was a huge put-off. Many of the songs sounded too similar and repetitious in their synth lines. It sounds as if they'd found a golden song goose, and they'd abused it. The whole album is a bit of a silver egg for me. It doesn't sound as though they were willing to try anything new than to add 30 bpm onto their old formula. But hey, that's just my opinion, you guys should probably formulate your own. Here's my least disliked track from the album, Becoming Harmonious.
Those dreamy vocals are almost over-run with triangular eargasms. There's a hint of actual glitching within the drum track. The subtle bass within the song. The tempo is at a reasonable pace. The dedication to production within Glitch Mob work shines. Enough bad sentence structure. Song.

Now to some of my more likeable selections.

Another of my favourite Daft Punk tunes. The best part is the stirring of the strings. Add a march tempo to it, and you basically feel as though Jason Voorhees is walking towards you while you're paralysed. Spooky, I know.

I don't normally enjoy dance or trance type tunes, but this song is just so perfect, so I suppose the title is rather fitting in that respect. This is barely just a song, it feels more like a composition.

If you know understand the Stephen Falken reference, you know this track perfectly fits into that scene. Contains that clear Futurecop! psuedo-80's sound, but also has that direct link to the past that just cannot be explained.

Aesop Rock has some amazing work. I've had this playing all week, and I notice new things every time I listen to it. The first listening, that strangely high bass line catches the ear. Then that kick comes in, realising the low end missing from the bass line. There are so many things going on, but it all works so well. The utilisation of multi-tracking vocals is one of Aesop Rocks signature techniques, it's hard to think how he'd be doing that live, or if he even can. Great writing, great sampling, great production and a quite good execution.

Enjoy the mix up

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