Monday, May 21, 2018
SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "OCEAN" - Goldfrapp feat. Dave Gahan /// "HALO (Goldfrapp Remix)" - Depeche Mode
Goldfrapp's "Silver Eye" gets a Deluxe Edition treatment in July with a bunch of remixes and one very special version of the epic The Haxan Cloak-produced "Ocean" featuring Depeche Mode's legendary frontman Dave Gahan. By pre-ordering the double CD edition of the album you receive an instant download of the track HERE. It is a rather splendid opportunity for me to remind you of that very special, hauntingly cinematic remix Goldfrapp created for "Halo" taken from Depeche Mode's classic "Violator" back in 2004.
Monday, May 14, 2018
I have been rooting for this UK duo from the very beginning. Sink Ya Teeth have appeared on numerous Crème de la Crème charts of mine, stood on the podium of my Hottest Newcomers of 2017 list last December and prepared this fun Perfect Party Playlist exclusively for my blog back in January. Now Maria Uzor and Gemma Cullingford are teasing us even more before the release of their self-titled debut album with an instantly captivating, gritty electro punk gem "Substitutes". Those post-punk vibes (that somehow suddenly sound very current again!), the energy and the haunting vocals serpentined around another entrancing melody, create a unique atmosphere. I am very much looking forward to discovering Sink Ya Teeth's debut album in its entirety. Aside from "Substitutes" the record will feature the pair's previous singles "Pushin'" and the anthemic "If You See Me".
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs
25 (N) "When You're Wrong" - Twin Shadow (Reprise)
24 (N) "Les Oxalis (Alan Braxe Remix)" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Because Music)
23 (N) "Mother Maybe" - Kadhja Bonet (Fat Possum Records)
22 (N) "PYNK" - Janelle Monáe (Bad Boy Records/WEA International)
21 (N) "Perdida" - Biig Piig (self-released)
20 (N) "Stenio Keytar" - High Klassified (Fool's Gold Records)
19 (N) "Project Redo (Channel Tres Remix)" - Winston Surfshirt (Sweat It Out)
18 (N) "No Her" - Buzzy Lee (Future Classic)
17 (N) "Burn So Deep" - Jimmy Edgar feat. DAWN (Big Beat Records/WEA International)
16 (N) "Censurados" - Ambiance [+ Midnight Magic Remix] (Duro)
15 (N) "Lost In My Boots" - Kwaye (Mind of a Genius Records)
14 (N) "Observer" - Sevdaliza (Twisted Elegance)
13 (N) "Tambulaya" - Pongo (Jardin Rouge)
12 (N) "Bad Bad News" - Leon Bridges (LisaSawyer63)
11 (2) "Illumination" - Dj Koze feat. Róisín Murphy (Pampa Records)
9 (N) "Eros" - Little Boots feat. Planningtorock (On Repeat Records)
8 (N) "Television Days" - Clarian (Balance Music)
7 (N) "Don't Know How To Love" - Gus Gus feat. John Grant (Oroom)
6 (N) "Wdsg?" - Bea (self-released)
5 (N) "Épopée Solaire" - Corine feat. Juliette Armanet (Kwaidan)
4 (3) "I Owe You Nothing" - Seinabo Sey (Saraba AB)
3 (N) "Travelling Without Arriving" - Peggy Gou (Phonica Records)
2 (5) "Dancefloor" - Tracey Thorn (Merge Records)
1 (N) "Controller" - Channel Tres (GODMODE)
Friday, May 4, 2018
LA MURPHY SAGA CONTINUES: "ALL MY DREAMS"/"INNOCENCE" [with Maurice Fulton] + "SCRATCH THAT" [with Dj Koze]
What a week for all the Róisín Murphy devotees!
The Irish artist's latest creative era, in collaboration with the awe-inspiring electronic funk maestro Maurice Fulton, is officially upon us. Over the course of the summer, Murphy will be releasing a series of four 12" club singles each featuring 2 brand new tracks, produced by Fulton and accompanied by exclusive artwork by Portuguese artist Bráulio Amado.
First up is the multi-layered, bass-laden and 'ridiculously sexy' indeed "All My Dreams" and the seductively dark, half-whispered underground house belter of a b-side "Innocence". Both tracks give a fitting tour around La Murphy's ever unpredictable artistic choices, genre-defying sonic excursions and the fascinatingly wide-ranging palette of her vocal colours and shades.
There are only 1000 copies of "All My Dreams" 12" singles being made and you can still pre-order yours from The Vinyl Factory. The video for "All My Dreams" drops on 18th May - the physical release day.
Following on the delectably bizarre "Illumination", Róisín Murphy teams up with Dj Koze again for a slice of trip-hop-infused downtempo lushness featuring some of those signature low-register vocals of hers, bringing back (to me!) some sweet Moloko memories. "Scratch That" is a moody piece of electronic mystery, intricately produced by the German dj himself. You can find both tracks on Dj Koze's brand new LP "Knock Knock" which is out today via Pampa Records.
I have updated my Soundcloud playlist celebrating most of Róisín Murphy collaborations to reflect the recent compositions with Dj Koze and the Lebanese collective Mashrou' Leila. You can check it out below:
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
GODMODE - the always reliable and innovative independent label which brought us Shamir, Yaeji and Aaron Childs, is introducing us to another fresh musical talent. Channel Tres is a Los Angeles artist whose debut single "Controller" is a slice of off-kilter Detroit House with an urban twist, produced by one of Godmode's founders - Nick Sylvester and arranged with a geeky array of instruments and gadgets, "Controller" is making a loud statement on the underground club scene. An instant off-beat anthem.
Monday, April 16, 2018
SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "At Least the Sky Is Blue (Johnny Jewel's Moody Midnight Remix)" [feat. Ariel Pink] /// "Clown (Glass Candy Remix)" - SSION
Cody Critcheloe's incomparable multi-media POP art project, the extravagant SSION is almost ready to drop his 5th studio album "O" featuring many exhilarating guest appearances such as MNDR, Sky Ferreira and our unrivalled muse Róisín Murphy among others! "At Least the Sky Is Blue" a collaboration with another American enfant terrible of music - Ariel Pink, is the latest single taken from "O" and it's just been remixed by the awe-inspiring Johnny Jewel - the man behind Chromatics, Glass Candy and the most vibrant of all record labels - Italians Do It Better! This remix treatment is even more special considering it's been 10 years since the release of SSION's anthemic "Clown" which was then accompanied by one of only 2 Glass Candy remixes ever made (the 2nd being for Appaloosa's "Intimate").
You can pre-order "O" now on Bandcamp!
And here are both of the tracks in their original versions:
Sunday, April 15, 2018
I have recently stumbled upon the "Gumba Fire: Bubblegum Soul & Synth Boogie In 1980s South Africa" compilation which was released last month by Soundway Records. Among all the old-skool gems I found Zoom's uplifting "Wayawaya" which dates back to 1987. An instant favourite, pure joy!
Friday, April 6, 2018
Exclusive artwork: Les Cullinan Designs
25 (N) "Pearls" - Pearson Sound (Aus Music)
24 (N) "Rosebud" - U.S. Girls (4AD)
23 (N) "Still" - Manysheva (Kwaidan)
22 (N) "Vår I Øyer" - Cavego (Eskimo Recrdings/N.E.W.S.)
21 (N) "Sylvia Says (Tensnake Remix)" - Charlotte Gainsbourg (Because Music)
20 (N) "Erreur 404" - L'Impératrice ♕ (microqlima)
19 (N) "Short Court Style" - Natalie Prass (ATO/Play It Again Sam)
18 (N) "Samuel" - Oklou (NUXXE)
17 (N) "Shadows" - Little Boots feat. Joyce Muniz (On Repeat Records)
16 (N) "At Least the Sky Is Blue (Johnny Jewel's Moody Midnight Remix)" - SSION feat. Ariel Pink (self-released)
15 (N) "Worth It" - Smerz (XL Recordings)
14 (N) "Ride" - Dabeull feat. Holybrune (Roche Musique)
13 (N) "Gul l’Abi" - Acid Arab feat. A-WA (Crammed Discs)
12 (N) "Complet Brouillé" - Essaie Pas (DFA)
11 (N) "Long As I Live" - Toni Braxton (Def Jam)
10 (3) "Find a Way" - Blissful (Vitund)
9 (4) "Tangerine" - Aaron Childs (GODMODE)
8 (N) "Il Fait Chaud" - Corine (Kwaidan)
7 (10) "Han Jan" - Peggy Gou (Ninja Tune)
6 (N) "Restless (Crazy P Extended Vocal Mix)" - Sísý Ey (Glitterbox Recordings)
5 (N) "Dancefloor" - Tracey Thorn (Merge Records)
4 (N) "Animal" - Onuka (self-released)
3 (N) "I Owe You Nothing" - Seinabo Sey (Saraba AB)
2 (N) "Illumination" - Dj Koze feat. Róisín Murphy (Pampa Records)
1 (1) "Lifetime" - Gus Gus (Oroom)