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Friendships turns ‘I’m Scared You’ll Never Leave’ into a pumping juke track with a lot of motion, moving through the draggy pads and sluggish vocals into a high energy kick drum workout.
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This new tune from Jamie XX, king of the bass-hipsters and one half of ‘the xx’, fits a fine, languid summer headspace. After the first xx album came out with it’s indie-folk-with-an-MPC sound, Jamie XX pretty quickly made it clear that he was into electronica, with a few dynamite mixtapes and remixes, including his infamous full-album remix of Gil Scott Heron’s ‘I’m New Here’. This is his first entirely solo production effort, and it’s extremely pleasant. Using some screwed James Blake-esque vocals and a drum pattern that reminds me of the Burial/Four Tet collaborations, it is a very trendy, 2011y song. The understated steel drums and set it apart. While it is comfortingly familiar, I can’t think of anything else that sounds exactly like it. Fans of Mount Kimbie and Sepalcure absolutely need to get on this. Jamie xx - Far Nearer (limited vinyl & download out now - http://farnearer.com) by Numbers
Post with 9 notesDaterape guy, and Hybrid’s ‘Blackout In LA’, which is a dynamite dance-music-LP-closer from back in the day.
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Saint Surly and his bro Monster Monster put out an album last year called Out Of The Woodwork, which was one of the most exciting Aussie albums I’ve heard in a while. This isn’t from that album, but a new joint (woodwork joke) that Saint Surly put together and slung over. It sounds like there’s a really cool treated harpsichord sample in there. It reminds me of those rickety old sunburned houses you find in Australian desert towns, with peeling paint, sunrooms and rocking chairs. It’s very friendly stuff.
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This tune reminds me of those glory days. Don’t get me wrong, it’s got some punch, like chillout was allowed to. I mean, you found this stuff in the Dance section of your local Sanity. Queensland producer TrakShot is making some warm friendly sounds from dance-y synths, classic breakbeats and tidy vocal samples. I could imagine listening to this on some high-school summer road trip. Maybe there’ll be girls. Maybe not. I don’t know.
I’ve been playing some other TrakShot tunes on the radio show. Check his soundcloud out - his sound is diverse and there are a lot of freebies up there.
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While this is technically a Snoop Dogg cover, it reminds me of some kind of Brian Eno - era Roxy Music song reworked by Hot Chip. Also chillwave. And maybe Sigur Ros. Kind of. That’s probably not what Oliver Tank was going for at all, but it’s a savvy interpretation that brings the emotion out of what was originally a club r’n’b chart-topping hook. Beautiful (Snoop Dogg cover) by Oliver Tank Free download. Win.
Beautiful ambient work from the Blue Mountain’s Option Command, also known as Broken Chip. It’s hard to write about his music without talking about the place it was made - beyond the outskirts of Sydney, in amongst the tall trees, where the fog rolls heavy on a crisp winter morning. It’s lovely stuff which side-steps it’s own swagger and sits in a place between Pantha Du Prince, Teebs and a Vespertine-era Bjork instrumental. Horizon Glow by Option Command This is a free download, like a lot of his other tunes, because Option Command is a really swell guy.