Dance music! How I’ve missed you! Not sure what’s happened, but all of a sudden I’m embracing electronic rhythms with a vigour I’d never felt. I’m finding so much warm, fun music. I’m starting to think this might be a mini summer of love, for me at least. If anyone needs me I’ll be on my own, shirtless in a field in Hertfordshire.
All the joy of pop-oriented dancefloor music from the past with the good fortune of accessible, quality production. Same goes for videos, the first one here being a perfect example, where once complex and expensive hardware and technology is available to the creative types, not doled out by uninspired penny pinching record execs. Hooray!
Here are my pics of the best of dance right about now.
I first encountered the Barcelona producer/DJ through his belting remix of Shit Robot’s Take Em Up back in 2010. He certainly has a talent for building a song, surprising your ears at each twist and turn.
Two young fellas, brothers, from the darkest depths of south London making captivating nightime madness hours house. They’ve just been playlisted on Radio 1 and have been touring with Annie Mac and playing with a host of big names. Expect more soon, and expect it to rip dancefloors apart.
This one has been blasting out the shop stereo for the past few days. If you ever happen to walk into a north west London building shop and hear Ratatat, Paul Simon, 70’s disco, modern disco, Devo, Black Sabbath, Fever Ray you may see me slouched against the counter trying to look busy. Do say hello.
This is a beast. Sun drenched, clever glittering golden age disco.
Hometown soul: Noriana Kennedy & Christof Van Der Ven
Earthy sounding trad, blues, roots and folk is alive and abundant in Galway city in the west of Ireland, and has been for many years. I regret not tapping into that world of music in my time living there, it’s only now that I appreciate it. Two characters worth listening to are Noriana Kennedy and now London based Christof Van Der Ven.
You’ll see and hear each of them playing on each others tracks.
Following a nostalgia trip from watching skate documentary trailers I have been searching out tracks I heard a teenager on skate videos. I was a baggy dirtbag, listening to typical rural rocker music, Pixies, Hendrix, Metal etc. Strictly nothing arty, indie, “lite”, urban or slick. It’s interesting to look back at parts I liked and hear songs and bands I’ve since grown to love. You can’t expect cultured grown ups to choose the stuff you’re listening to as a 14 year old (but they would often deliver with healthy dosages of Misfits, Metallica, Slayer and GG Allin) so the music of skate videos often went over my head.
Here are a few gems that I missed at the time and the videos they featured in.
Very interesting classic soulful sounding hip-hop from Dublin, full of personality. Sounds like the hip-hop you’d hear in G1 skate shop and Ramp n’ Rail in Drumcondra as a young lad up from the country to go skateboarding in the big smoke.
I came to Graham’s solo stuff only recently and have begun devouring it like another ex-Blur member devours cheese. With the quality of music Coxon has released it’s a relief that he hasn’t gone down any sort of farming, dairy-celeb route.
A&E is out April 2nd, you can download “The Truth” for free on his website.
Their debut album has just been released and I can’t turn it off, it’s almost constant at the moment. I’m delighted with the reaction to it, I’m hearing “Default” on the radio, friends are tweeting and posting excitedly and upcoming tour dates in the UK are sold out.
My good buddy Brian, a man of impeccable taste passed this on to me. Though sounding like it could be Enya’s very cool teenage kids it is in fact an established producer from St. Albans based in Berlin. This is the second teaser from The Iradelphic which is out April 2nd. The first, “Com Touch” is up for a listen on Warp Records.
This one I’m going to. Straight up, for sure, come payday, this ticket will be mine. I’m not even going to start listing what makes me excited about Bestival 2012.
….ok, well, DJ sets from Yoda, Maya Jane Coles, Caribou, Four Tet, Scuba, Annie Mac, 2 Bears, live sets from Sigur Ros, Justice, Hot Chip, De La Soul, Sister Sledge, Spiritualized, Doom, Buraka Som Sistema, King Khan, CHAS AND DAVE!!!??!!! Yes!!
Should be posting one of these every Sunday, but you know what Sundays are like. Pub quiz and snowball fight took preference last week. I’m sure you understand. Snowball fight like …here are three gems we picked up over the weekend.
Confident voice, subtle sounds, captivating, kinda epic even, to the point that The Recommender reckon hearing her for the first time is a “stop-whatever-you’re-doing-moment”. Doe Paoro's debut Slow To Love is out February 14th.
This one, from AU (pron. “Ay-you”) I heard as the opening track on Nialler9's latest podcast. A wild jaunt through pretty much all of the sounds, rhythms and emotions. If music were a competition, this Portland duo would have won. Can’t see this off the playlist over the coming weeks. Out on hometapes/leaf label.
And my most repeated track of the weekend comes from Dana Buoy. It’s got that early 00’s Blink 182/Dead Milkmen/every band played on The O.C accented vocal that over-pronounces everything, though like some of the above, the music makes it bearable, and even likeable. It’s a one man project from Dana Janssen who also plays drums with Akron/Family.
Album, Summer Bodies,out May 8th on Lefse records.
New video for Bombay Bicycle Club's How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep from their rather excellent A Different Kind Of Fix from last year. The animator is Anna Ginsberg, see the making of the video here.
Well what have we got here? De La Soul's Plug 1 and Plug 2 have put together an animated series under the First Serve moniker, documenting their formative years navigating the ruthless world of hip-hop.
Most exciting news indeed. This is the video skit for the first single, the stream of which you’ll find below. They’ve followed up with a skit showing their first record signing that we’ve included below. Check back for more!
For the full story listen to the Goon Time Mixtape. It’s all coming out April 2nd.
Desire - Under your spell Radiohead - Separator LCD Soundsystem - Someone great (radio edit) Interpol - The undoing (Mmoths remix) Air - Run Oni Ayhun - OAR003-B Jape - The oldest mind Adultrock - Vowels Tracksuit Warrior - Suit up and go Four tet - Circling