Today’s guest post is brought to us by a young blogger by the name of Eloise of 15on15. When Eloise offered to do a guest post I had no idea what I would get is such a well written essay by such a young writer. It’s great to see a young blogger whether love-sick or not…
Police Academy 6 - Fill In The Blanks (Ft. Top Girls)
I found this super mellow, chillwavey tune in my inbox this morning from the mysterious act known as Police Academy 6. The changing of seasons in SF has thrown me off the chillwave lately, but this song - and the rest of the EP it can be found on - brought me right back. Of course having Top Girls in the mix made it extra sweet! Download the song here.
Daily Doses: Star Slinger “Elizabeth Fraser” (Cocteau Twins Rework)
At this point I’ve exhausted most of the adjectives at my command when it comes to the work of UK sample-smith Star Slinger.
From his beginning work on Vol. 1, to his more recent Standout Single “May I Walk With You”, he’s been moving further and further forward with every track and improving on what was already an extremely impressive debut at an almost superhuman rate.
I was just commenting earlier today that when it comes to structure oriented electro, the UK just slaughters the US. Recent works from James Blake, Gold Panda, Young Montana?, and of course Star Slinger tops out my play list most weeks, and I’d be surprised if all of those artists didn’t end up on my year-end list in some category or another just based on their output to date. When you take into account that’s with Gold Panda’s LP Lucky Shiner just hitting shelves, and Young Montana?’s self titled EP not even in stores yet, the quality these young artists are delivering from the beginning of their careers becomes even more impressive.
Star Slinger’s little corner of the kingdom is probably the most heavily sample based. Playing hard and fast with reworks from current artists such as Deer Hunter and The Morning Benders, as well as a variety of dusty vinyl gems he routinely draws from. He creates full new songs that stand on their own from as far away from the dance floor as your home computer can be.
Along those lines, In this tune he turns out an homage to Elizabeth Fraser (Lead Singer of The Cocteau Twins), sampling the Scottish artists into a glorious banging wonderland that I’ve actually had on repeat since downloading, and haven’t had the slightest urge to move away from.
One of the top tracks of the year so far. And as I said, everyone in this crew is just getting better.
Dirty Gold may or may not have an EP called Hidden Treasures coming out, but for now check out both “California Sunrise” and “Overboard,” two tracks from the ambiguous EP. “California Sunrise” proved to be a perfect nightcap for a stressful day of studying physics. Maybe it’s more of an early morning tune, but I think you should listen to it now, or anytime. Plus, check out the video Panaframe created for it below.
The mystery behind Clive Tanaka y su orquesta goes beyond the name; it’s built into the music itself. Going from his usual, almost robotic sound to a distorted, underwater gentleman in “Neu Chicago,” Mr. Tanaka is tough to identify, and his debut release, Jet Set Siempre…
[Socrates:] And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened: —Behold! human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads. Above and behind them a fire is blazing at a distance, and between the fire and the prisoners there is a raised way; and you will see, if you look, a low wall built along the way, like the screen which marionette players have in front of them, over which they show the puppets.
[Glaucon:] I see.
And do you see, I said, men passing along the wall carrying all sorts of vessels, and statues and figures of animals made of wood and stone and various materials, which appear over the wall? Some of them are talking, others silent.
You have shown me a strange image, and they are strange prisoners.
Like ourselves, I replied; and they see only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave?
True, he said; how could they see anything but the shadows if they were never allowed to move their heads?
And of the objects which are being carried in like manner they would only see the shadows?
Yes, he said.
And if they were able to converse with one another, would they not suppose that they were naming what was actually before them?
And suppose further that the prison had an echo which came from the other side, would they not be sure to fancy when one of the passers-by spoke that the voice which they heard came from the passing shadow?
No question, he replied.
To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.
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And check out Teen Daze’s CMJ schedule ::
October 21, 2010:
IGIF Presents Floating Fest (w/Baths, Pepper Rabbit, Oberhofer, Beach Fossils, Young Man, Foxes In Fiction, Violens, Blackbird Blackbird, Class Actress, Viernes, MillionYoung, COOLRUNNINGS, and Young The Giant)
Remember “Where the Wild Things Are” and it’s fabulous soundtrack done by the so gracious Karen O and the Kids?
I came across this straight up, no kidding around here, kick ass mix done by Emay, this alternative, experimental, hip-hop artist who deserves some recognition. He brings in some sweet beats into the already awesome tunes of Karen O and the Kids… Go get it here.
From what I can hear, he has some pretty kickin’ tunage and I would grab it all if I were you!
Not that you don’t already know this, but the life altering track Breaking that premiered on the Collaborationscassette not to long ago, is now out as a single along with three bonus tracks from each perspective artist.
I discovered the duo MNDR a few weeks back, listening to tracks “I Go Away” and “Fade to Black.” And they have some promising material. I’ll have to admit I was hooked to “I Go Away” for a good couple of weeks. You can check it out here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89VHhFyHBPk
Thanks to all of you out there, posting your posts, blogging your blogs, inspiring people like me to do the same. This mix is for a rainy day, with the wind blowing, and the leaves falling, and the season swiftly changing…
Apply (Chairlift Remix) - Glasser Autotune - Niger Angonde (feat. Mo Laudi) (Remix) - The Very Best Masturbation Coma - Sutcliffe Catering Co. Air - Warm Waves And Pepepiano High Level Alchemy - Gay Boiz Melt - Top Girls and Guerre Blood Pt 2 - Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti) Hey, Snow White - The New Pornographers Reds - Houses She Doesn’t Know Who I Am - Nature’s Kid Her Sinking Sun - Coma Cinema I Know My Mind - Idiot Glee Feeling Today - Botany Love Fade - Tamaryn Run - Police Academy 6 Fade to White (Feat. Emily Reo) - Blackbird Blackbird
Somewhere in Tuscon, Arizona lies Sutcliffe Catering Co., the dorm room project of Michael Hayes. His sound is crisp and echo-immersed, with shouts seeming to beseech something far way or long-gone. His sole release, the four-song Ponderosa White EP, comes embellished with cymbals and shakers, which compliment the resounding vocals and lend to the growing cold. It’s available for free download here. There’s no news on a physical release yet, but it looks like Way Slow Tapes will be putting out a full-length sometime in the future.
Daily Doses: Cloudy Busey “Pound Your Town To Hell”
I was really planning on taking the weekend off, but when I heard this new track from Bob of Ice Cream Shout via Jared over at Life Aquatic, plans changed.
Some songs just leave everything on the floor. You may like them or dislike them, but everything they do is pretty easily broken down and analyzed.
With others there’s just a little something extra… A little bit of magic that slips in among the chords and programming, slipping in beneath the vocals and curling in wait.
“Pound Your Town To Hell” is one of the latter.
It helps that the production and vocal work on this track are flawlessly executed, with just enough build to keep the 5 minutes and 41 seconds that the track lasts consistently interesting and moving. But it’s the little something extra hidden in this track, that when combined those strengths gives you something really special.