SIN COS TAN – RITUAL
Finland’s finest, Jori Hulkkonen, is on a bit of a role at the moment. Following on from his wonderful work with John Foxx, he’s now teamed up with Julo Paalosmaa, a guy I know two fifths of fuck all about. OK, just checked, he’s the lead singer of Villa Nah, a Finnish pop duo, heavily influenced by 80s pop. Which goes some way to explaining this track which has an overriding feeling of said decade. It’s all about those synth patterns which float over the chorus and the chord changes really, but the vocal has that kind of Tears For Fears-ness about it. It’s certainly unashamed in it’s execution and all the better for it.
The album is called Afterlife and it will be released on Oct 25.
GANG COLOURS – WHY DIDN’T YOU CALL? FEAT. LULU JAMES (DAVE AJU REMIX)
No sooner did I post Aju’s live mix @ Ayli as my Saturday night mix, along he comes with this flickering, slo-house remix of Gang Colours’ ‘Why Didn’t You Call?‘ This keeps most of the original elements, just drives it along with a bit more purpose – deeper kicks, shuffling hats and additional fx are enough to freshen it up for the early evening crew. Love that drop into Lulu’s sweet voice too.
Out on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood label Oct 28.
MADLIB – BLACK WIDOW
Madlib turns his Konducta series to the realm of drum solos and heavy riffs with the release of The Rock Konducta Vol.1 in December. I’m not sure there’s anything left that can be written about Madlib and his production greatness so I might as well not bother. Instead, I’ll give you a bit of advice about cooking the perfect mashed potatoes. After your potatoes have boiled, leave them to steam away for a minute or so while you heat plenty of butter and a splash of milk. Heating the butter first means the butter will meld better with the starchy potato, giving your mash a creamier and smoother consistency. Also, add a fuck ton of salt. Like, more than you can imagine. Seriously, Et voila. Amazing mash. You’re welcome.
AUSTRA – FORGIVE ME
Neat bit of modern pop from Austra which screams Scandinavian cool rather than Canada, whence they’re from. ‘Forgive Me’ is released on on Nov 25 and marks the band’s second release from album Olympia from earlier this year. It’s a gorgeously rendered piece of music – a 4/4 beat and funky little bassline and slightly off-kilter vocals, a plea to a lost lover with no great cryptic lyrical subtleties but pleasantly blunt nontheless. Love those warped bass manoeuvres which are smudged throughout too. It’s not really gonna break any boundaries but sometimes, straightforward pop is good enough.
DAVID BOWIE – LOVE IS LOST (HELLO STEVE REICH MIX BY JAMES MURPHY FOR THE DFA)
Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know I’m hugely late to this party but I have been unable to blog for a few days. Anyway, I don’t need to make excuses to you. It’s just that this is too good to ignore. Explicitly channelling Steve Reich’s ‘Clapping Music,’ this takes melds it into a gorgeous cosmic piece of LCD goodness which is up their with the best of Murphy’s work. His adulation of Bowie is clear (particularly in final LCD album This Is Happening,) and it’s clear he wanted to do justice to one of his idols. He’s certainly done that, this is a 10 minute phenomenon.
VESSELS – BLUE CLOUDS (MODESELEKTOR COVER)
Stunning cover version of ‘Blue Clouds,’ the opening track from Modeselektor’s Monkeytown album from a couple of years back. Vessels have produced consistently brilliant output over the last 5 years or so – all sprawling, post rock instrumentals with just the right amount of electronic influence – and this cover captures the originals building intensity to perfection. Intense and superb.
Taken from the Elliptic EP out on Nov 25.
!!! – CALIFORNIYEAH (ANTHONY NAPLES REMIX)
Takes from the R!M!X!S EP, this tearing remix of ‘Californiyeah’ by Anthony Naples uses the original punkish vocal to great effect creating a 7 minute rumpus of thudding kick, punctuated synth and old school percussion. Grows from simple beginnings into a giant redwood of a track. Too good.