Allow me to recommend the soundtrack to your next martini-sipping session—this jet-setting mix from dublab’s frosty.
These selections have been shaken and stirred to provide the perfect audio accompaniment for your next social gathering. Whether you’re dancing on moon beams or beyond these are hi-fi cuts to float you higher. Please pour yourself a stiff drink, hit the play button and swim in these sounds.
I also have to give frosty huge accolades for including Edoardo Vianello’s ‘Guarda Come Dondolo,’ a classic of Italian kitsch. Of course he did. Stay tuned for a classic video…
Man I love all of the chillwave mixes that have been coming out this summer. This one has some awesome song choices (Teen Daze!! and Blackbird Blackbird). Turquoise Memories once created psychedelic downtempo tracks, but is currently moving in a chillwave direction. Listen to his old stuff on Soundcloud:
How To Dress Well x Holy Other - ‘Suicide Dream 2’
- wraithlike shrieks and dropping beats carry a skewed R&B melody that lifts a with a piano line and light dance rhythm. Berlin’s Holy Other throws his spook dust over How To Dress Well’s moving orchestral piece, resulting in an otherworldly jam.
Do you remember Teenage Reverb? The young and brilliant mind from Boston, MA has a real knack for making beautiful sample-based recordings. He returns with a brand new moniker and a fresh new style, switching from blissed out bedroom beats to dilla-esque hip-hop experiments. Check out his five-track Sway EP for free.
I’m now back up and running on an old school Apple ibook (thanks to my best blogger friend and label partner verb/re/verb for lending it to me). Thank you so much to the people who donated to the little fundraiser started by We Listen For You. Hopefully I will be able to save up enough for a super dope Macbook, but I’m totally fine with what I got now.
We shared vicious, inhumane idiosyncrasies. Holed away from the rest of the world, we saw to it that we only carried out what the other desired. As our numbers began to multiply, we began experimenting for our survival. Our joy found in our cruel discovery -…
Few things are as sweet as the vocals that surround Regina’s beckoning backdrop of shoegaze-indebted guitar work. Lisa Pykäri had already managed to turn ’Joi et sa soita’ into one of this summer’s finest songs and ‘Haluan sinut’ is equally reliant on her stirring performance, but on ‘Unessa’ her voice is more dominant than ever, set against a strangely beautiful projection of sickly synths and raw guitars. [JM]
‘Unessa’ appears on the forthcoming LP, Souta Mulle
Philly band White Birds hit me up last week with a download of their upcoming limited cassette to promote their fall tour with Asobi Seksu. The four songs are part of a full album scheduled to come out in the not too distant future (and a great indication that the album is going to be excellent). In the mean time, you can soak up the band’s hazy harmonies by streaming/pre-ordering the tape on Bandcamp.
￼ CONTEXT: Berlin-based pianist Nils Frahm is already a firebrand in the modern classical world, collaborating with contemporaries such as Peter Broderick, Ólafur Arnalds and Anne Müller. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world.
As announced by Drowned In Sound, he finally returns on October 10th 2011 with the successor to his highly acclaimed solo piano works Wintermusik and The Bells. Released on Erased Tapes Records and entitled FELT, the album will coincide with a European tour in November 2011 – a truly memorable and magical live experience.
CONTENT: Having recorded his last album live in a large, reverberant church, Nils Frahm now invites you to put on your headphones and dive into a world of microscopic and delicate sounds – so intimate that you could be sitting beside him.
Recorded late at night in the reflective solitude and silence of his studio in Berlin, Frahm uncovers a new sound and source of inspiration within these peaceful moments:
‘Originally I wanted to do my neighbours a favour by damping the sound of my piano. If I want to play piano during the quiet of the night, the only respectful way is by layering thick felt in front of the strings and using very gentle fingers. It was then that I discovered that my piano sounds beautiful with the damper.’
Captivated by this sonic exposition, he placed the microphones so deep inside the piano that they were almost touching the strings. This brought a host of external sounds to the recordings which most producers would try their hardest to hide:
‘I hear myself breathing and panting, the scraping sound of the piano’s action and the creaking of my wooden floorboards – all equally as loud as the music. The music becomes a contingency, a chance, an accident within all this rustling. My heart opens and I wonder what exactly it is that makes me feel so happy.’
FELT creates its own personal microcosm, offering a refuge of tender and honest beauty.
‘The Bells is a record of astonishing beauty’ (8/10) – Drowned In Sound
‘Nils Frahm is poised to become something of a sensation’ – The Economist’s Intelligent Life
‘Emotionally charged piano music which always errs toward the melodic side of melancholy’ **** – Mojo
‘If there’s any justice The Bells, along with his recently released Wintermusik set, will expose Frahm to a wider audience, a demographic with a seemingly insatiable appetite for more prime neo-classicism’ – BBC Music
TRACK LISTING: 1. KEEP 2. LESS 3. FAMILIAR 4. UNTER 5. OLD THOUGHT 6. SNIPPET 7. KIND 8. PAUSE 9. MORE
- crisp beats and lush production with a stunning vocal, as heard in Four Tet’s Beats In Space mix. ‘Winter Turn Spring’ is by UK producer Caleb Waterman, aka Juk Juk, and will be released by Kieran Hebden’s label Text.
‘Coming Down’ gave all indication of a wholly indulgent, ambitious and potentially mindblowing second full-lgenth from Dum Dum Girls, but their sophomore album, Only in Dreams, is taking more familiar shape thanks to ‘Bedroom Eyes’. Its repeated hook, chantable chorus, set against Dee Dee’s distinct, sharp vocals, allow us a look into the Dum Dum Girls we were more accustomed to previously. A good mix of this and the more challenging work, and we’ll have a special album on our hands. [JM]
The new M83 leaked a few days ago and as much as I love getting leaked albums, I hate passing them around. Totally a double standard, I know, but [good] artists usually envision how their music should get released/distributed. I don’t like disrupting that. However, since every blog has started posting new M83 tracks, I’ll share this one song. It’s epic. Don’t give up on it, let it ride out. Pick up the full length on October 18th.
Something dreamy from itinerant electronic producer Glass Boy aka Justin Lambert, currently in Brooklyn, by way of Bloomington, Indiana and Charleston, South Carolina. Says his bio: “He is currently working on the soundtrack for a documentary on victims of torture for the Florida Center for Survivors of Torture.” Stay tuned…
I feel like this is kind of unfair because this is the first I’ve heard of Thundercat and my mind is totally blown. I also feel like this podcast documentary that the KEXP Blog did on Aphex Twin and electronic music explains how I feel about this Thundercat mix as well as…
THE-DRUM isn’t just another producer in the same old game. His work creeps up on you like a modern-day horror flick without all the clichés, leaving you cold, paranoid. The equally claustrophobic ‘Icy Tropics’ featured on one of our podcasts a while back and ‘Omar’ picks up where its predecessor left off, with more of a soul feel than previous, but maintaining the rush of darkness that helps define its very core. [JM]
Light hums; transitioned through diving bass-filled sequences, as soft words move into vowels and become an entire guiding process of moments (mostly past) in only eight tracks. All beautiful, all embracing, Balam Acab’s Wander / Wonder should be the album of the year. With almost every listening second, there’s a mutual median between thoughts of how amazing it all is and little-to-no thoughts at all, due to ‘how amazing it all is.’ The sounds of Wander / Wonder find a way to keep you listening & the Tri-Angle released record is worth it all.
So today’s musical meme is Dance Party. I’m glad it is because it gives me an opportunity to rectify an oversight at my blog. I don’t post nearly enough swing (I don’t think I ever posted any swing, at least not old school swing). So this makes me want to put on a zoot suit and dance with a pretty lady wearing a poodle skirt.
Keeping creative momentum is not an easy thing for artists. To create one catchy hit after another is an impressive feat that anyone can be proud of. When rad bands I love send me new music I almost always hold my breath. Here, a huge exhale and sigh of relief. Stoked to hear another gorgeous dreamgaze pop gem from this duo from San Francisco.
This stunning single represents beko_93 on that always-excllent digital singles label from France, Beko DSL. Don’t miss the B-side Seafoam Green.