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Sausage Links 2

Posted in New Music, Random Things by Brian Park on November 1, 2009

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Again, fun things from the internets:

I’m glad I’m not the only person who was bummed about Little Boots’ new sound. Maybe this signals the end of the honeymoon for me and synths.

Dutty Arts posted a great song by Washington Phillips, a 1920s gospel singer. I love the sound of whatever the instrumentation is, very cool. There is a great looking release called Take Me to the Water: Immersion Baptism in Vintage Music (1924 – 1940) and Photography (1890 – 1950) that features some of Phillips’ music. I want. Also, I tried my hand at cleaning up that Phillips track; download here if you like. Sorry about some of the artifacts, but I like it better than the original anyway.

The BBC has this annoying habit of taking down their content, but they’ve had two great programs on recently. The radio show The Great Bleep Forward, and the TV documentary Synth Britannia are both interesting looks at electronic music and very worth trying to find through legally ambiguous means on the internet. (via Wire to the Ear)

When Flying Lotus has a birthday jam, you know it’s going to be good; or, as he described it, “surrealism, structured to bug-out and back.” The jam is a really fucking cool mix of electronic and traditional instruments, and thank god they recorded it: listen here. This is what I want my jams to be like. (via David Lang)

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Guilty Pleasures

Posted in New Music by Brian Park on September 20, 2009

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I think I’ve talked enough shit recently on modern pop music. Here’s some stuff that I don’t know why I enjoy, but I do.

Burial – Archangel

The first time I heard this song, I was really embarrassed by the cheesy boy-band sound of the lyrics, especially the “good at being alone” parts, and I really didn’t like the ultra-simplistic chords. Since then I’ve secretly started liking the song, and I know at least one person who will be surprised I’m posting this. I think sometimes its nice to just hear a nice simple melodic hook that works, and I actually really like the production on this. The effect that all the space and darkness around those cheesy sounding vocals has is great; all of a sudden the boy-band sound is lonely and strange.

Jogger – Nice Tights (Nosaj Thing Remix)

Nosaj Thing does a lot of fun stuff with the whole off-quantization thing that is happening these days, and he’s definitely got this niche of using very breathy sampled vocals. I think it’s cool, if generic. Still, this remix is fucking awesome. It hits hard, and while you can hear the elements from the original Jogger song, it’s nice to hear a remix that doesn’t just throw the vocals over a new beat with whatever artist’s trademark synths underneath. I even like the fact that Nosaj Thing didn’t bother to clean up all the artifacts in the bass line, it’s a nice contrast to the squeaky clean synths he’s running with heavy sidechain compression.

Flying Lotus – Disco Balls

This song, from the Hyperfub 5.1 EP, is way too much fun. I thought the rest of the EP kind of sucked, but this song has the characteristic FlyLo sound, and lots of catchy, gravelly bass lines. I’d complain about the fact that the top end doesn’t provide any melody, but I know that was a conscious decision on his part. Actually, this could be one of those songs that’s just begging for every kid out there with a cracked copy of Ableton Live to put gross hip hop over. Hell, that kid is dying to get his shit on the Hype Machine, so having Flying Lotus vs. Some Shitty Rapper of the Moment (Shitty Ableton Kid Mashup) is going to go a long way.

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Video: Flying Lotus’s Infinitum

Posted in New Music, Video by Brian Park on September 11, 2009

This has been floating around for a while now, but for anyone who hasn’t seen it, this video for Flying Lotus’s Infinitum (from the L.A. EP3X3 from his Los Angeles album) is really nice. It reminds me that I need to listen to that whole EP sometime when I’m in the mood for extended FlyLo listening.

Bibio: Computers Made of Tree Roots?

Posted in New Music by Brian Park on September 4, 2009

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If a jazz trio improving its way through an old standard is like a great debate over a pint, studio and laptop productions are like watching the dialogue in a film; there can still be brilliant interaction going on, but it’s all been conceptualized by someone behind the scenes. As production values change, I’m fascinated by the movement toward more human, organic approaches to computer music. Still, producers like Nosaj Thing and Flying Lotus lose my interest pretty quickly after the newness of their sound wears off. Is anyone going to remember those tracks in 20 years? I have a lot of respect for those guys sonically, and lots of other producers out there–they’re pushing sounds and ideas that need pushing–, but I just don’t find their music has a lot of substance. I can’t hum them later, there’s nothing to latch onto.

A producer who has caught my ear recently is Bibio. Most reviewers out there have noted his kind of quaint, British countryside kind of approach, but what gets me is his ability to use new sounds and styles while still creating songs that have catchy melodies and lots of substance. His earlier albums are more about production and effects, but his most recent, Ambivalence Avenue, dives right at being a quirky pop record with amazing production and great musicality.

The title track of the album, Ambivalence Avenue, is a really nice, innocent pop track.

It was hard to choose a second track, but Fire Ant really shows Bibio’s ability to mix sonically interesting production with catchy-as-fuck-ness.