More music that I’m digging at the moment, mostly from records I’ve bought over the past while.
Don’t Break My Love//Nicolas Jaar//Clown & Sunset
Nicolas Jaar, to my mind, can do absolutely no wrong. Everything he touches turns to gold (kind of like Dan Snaith of Caribou fame, see below). This is taken from his new ‘Don’t Break My Love’ EP out now on 10″ from his own label, Clown & Sunset. A glitchy, sparse production that builds up to a cacophony of percussion and a simple vocal refrain towards the end, perfect for bedtime listening.
Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Primitive Patterns Extended Mix)//Panda Bear//Kompakt
English ‘microhouse’ * producer Actress (or Darren Cunningham to his mother) does an extend take on Panda Bear’s ‘Surfer’s Hymn’, from last year’s fantastic ‘Tomboy’ album. Four-to-the-floor kicks with signature glitchy patterns and 8-bit wonkiness. A bona-fide floor filler.
* what the fuck is ‘microhouse’?
Lost Land//John Talabot//Permanent Vacation
‘Lost Land’ is taken from Catalonian producer John Talabot’s new album fIN, released on Norwegian nu-disco master Prins Thomas’ imprint Permanent Vacation. The cut up string samples and abstract feel to the whole composition give it a sort of ‘disco’ feel, especially towards the latter half. I could have thrown up any of the tracks from this album to be honest, early contender for album of the year in my book. Be sure to check out his FACT mix too.
Two Different Ways//Factory Floor//DFA
English post-industrial merchants Factory Floor were recently added to this years Forbidden Fruit lineup along with the likes of The Field, Atlas Sound and Grimes, which prompted me to check out their releases so far. Reminds me a bit of Throbbing Gristle and the like. Video is spectacular too.
Acid Raindrops//People Under the Stairs//OM Records
Quite possibly one of the greatest hip-hop songs of all time in my opinion, ‘Acid Raindrops’ is simply a song about smoking “the herbal essence”, buying Timberland boots and relaxing in Los Angeles in the early 21st century. The sample used is jazz-funk maestro David T. Walker’s cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Lay Lady, Lay’. One of those songs that automatically puts me in a good mood when I hear it.
Darkside//Untitled (A2)//Clown & Sunset
That man Nicolas Jaar again, this time with his side-project Darkside (featuring himself and Dave Harrington). More guitar driven than his solo releases this EP still contains that downtempo feel and airy atmosphere that Jaar has become synonymous with over the past 18 months.
Sinkane//Runnin’ (Daphni Mix)//Self-released
Caribou, like Nicolas Jaar mentioned above, has the Midas touch with regards to his productions at the moment. OK, I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of that Junior Boys remix he did a while back but pretty much everything he’s had a hand in over the past year or so has been of top quality. As Daphni, another one of his aliases, Snaith focuses on editing and remixing tracks of a more ‘world music’ ilk, such as Cos-Ber-Zam’s ‘Ne Noya’, but also produces edits of soul tracks like Buddy Miles’ ‘Yes I Know’. ‘Runnin’ is a remix done for Yeasayer’s Ahmed Gallab’s side project Sinkane. High pitched synths, loopy guitars and percussion abound.
Acid Crash//Tyree//Rockin’ House
Acid craziness from almost 25 years ago. Mind-boggling that music like that was being made when I was a baby. I can’t say anything about this track that hasn’t been said before, I’m just listening to it a lot recently!
Pineapple Crush//Lone//Magic Wire Recordings
On the acid theme, here’s one of English producer Lone’s most recent releases. Comes on a transparent yellow 10″ vinyl, which makes it extremely cool. He takes a sample (as about 5,000 others have done before him) of Lyn Collins’ ‘Think’. “Yeah-wooo, yeah-wooo”. Lone recently tore up the Electric Underground 5th Birthday in Cork’s Pavilion venue, which I now work in. Huzzah!
Mmoths//Heart (feat. Keep Shelly in Athens)//SGE Music
Mmoths, as you probably know by this point, is the alias of Kildare-born wunderkind Jack Colleran. He’s only 18 years of age and has been releasing dreamy electronica under said alias through SoundCloud for around a year now. His debut EP was released digitally and on vinyl this week and this is by far my favourite track from it. Ethereal production coupled with sublime vocals from Keep Shelly in Athens, ‘Heart’ is a stunning piece of music to have been produced by one so young. I expect big things from Mmoths in 2012. I saw him in Cork a few months back and although then I thought his live show wasn’t the most, how can I put this, ‘engaging’ performance I’ve ever seen he recently packed out Dublin’s Twisted Pepper and is soon to embark on a tour around the UK and Europe. He’s even playing with Hype Williams in Paris next month. 6 years younger than I am, it’s depressing to think about…
Jeru the Damaja//Come Clean//Payday
Some people will probably think I’m crazy for saying this, but if I were to be asked who I think the best hip-hop producer of all time is I have only one answer: DJ Premier of Gang Starr, who is on the cut in this supreme example of early ’90s hip-hop. Dilla is obviously considered the Godfather of production by lots of hip-hop afficionados, but taste being a subjective thing, Primo takes the biscuit for me any day.
Sun-La-Shan//Catch (Dub Version)//Superradio Records
Italo in tha houuuuuuuuse. My favourite track off John Talabot’s FACT mix, ‘Catch’ is signature early ’80s synth driven Italo goodness. Reminds me of ‘Goodby Horses’ (and Buffalo Bill’s fucked up dance) from ‘Silence of the Lambs’. Read into that what you will.