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Come and get your summer sampler!

July 16, 2014

various artists – club cortez summer sampler 2014

I will be traipsing around Europe by way of summer holiday. This means tent pegs will be nearer than keyboards, and the chopping of firewood will take precedent above keeping up with the musical Joneses. I’m very much looking forward to it.

Please find a link to a small sampler of current tracks exciting me above- no further description, allow yourself to be surprised.

Houdoe,

C.

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WHOAH.

June 27, 2014

Turn of the sound, turn on some music of your choice and watch in full-screen HD.

Reality Testing

June 11, 2014

Have an upfront stream of the new album by Lone – I have been looking forward to this one.

Late Night Pass(ing)

June 5, 2014

the cardigans – and then you kissed me (taken from “long gone before daylight“, 2003)

After years decades of logical, focused and goal-oriented interaction with music I quit smoking. This was last march, and after a intensive 18-year habit. If I had known what the consequences were I probably would’ve never taken the step. Life at its best is taking a chance on the outcome of the choices you make. This was one of them, and the outcome was a severe disruption of a lot of things I took considered normal. Turns out these were habits, and that giving up smoking resulted in a tilt-shift of my life. Listening to/writing about/buying music? All connected to smoking, and therefore out the window…at least temporary.

Nearly three months in, and the smoke [sic] is starting to clear. New phases = new beginnings. Not worrying about new releases, limited editions, Paypal balance and jazz grails for the moment, but content to stare out of a window and listen to something. Anything. Well, obviously not anything, still an elitist music nerd when it comes down to it… let’s call it more open to chance.

Last week I stumbled across online praise for “Long Gone Before Daylight“, the fifth album by The Cardigans. I always thought their final album was 1998’s Gran Turismo. It wasn’t. This 2003 set of songs is the dusk to the dawn of their previous albums – the knack for good songs and the poppy production are still in place, but the music is downbeat and the lyrics suggest the twists and turns that accompany growing up. Have some Swedish late-night country moves.

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Yellow Memories

May 18, 2014

fatima – do better (taken from “yellow memories“, eglo records 2014)

The opening track from her anticipated debut album has Fatima in full regal mode, with  production by Floating Points & Theo Parrish connecting all the right dots. Love this. Album stream here, interview here. Go Eglo!

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Do the Robot

May 10, 2014

This is drum & bass piece performed live using an automated drum kit and other percussion, playing together with a selection of vintage and new analog synthesizers.

All the sound is being generated in real time, the analog synths coming through the main rack mixer and the robotic percussion being recorded by microphones.

List of the main gear used :

Modulars : Roland System 100m (sub bass), Roland System 700 (basses), Doepfer system (stabs and atmospheric sound).

Other Synths : Yamaha CS-10 (more basses), Studio Electronics Omega 8 (chords and atmospheric sound), Korg Monotron Duo (more basses).

If you would like to download the audio file, you can do so at kxnz.bandcamp.com where you can find it in high-quality formats on a pay-what-you-like basis. All proceeds will go towards supporting a trip to London to present a paper about musical robotics at NIME 2014.

Only the firmest, juiciest, freshest tomatoes make it into our bottle.

May 8, 2014

..or, Hi! How have you been? Time to accept that posts are now more of a monthly event, the upside of which is that only high quality content will survive the daily media onslaught, with the dregs automatically going down the drain. At least, that’s the plan! Let’s get this Catsup started.

While visiting a festival, I stumbled upon a concert by Angel Olsen – almost literally, since she’s pretty small, and I had never heard (of) her previously. I have now – Olsen sounds like a woman possessed, or already past those crossroads. Her lyrics deal with the human condition in a honest, wry and occasionally funny way. There’s no specific footage of the show I attended online, so check out her performance in NPR’s Tiny Desk series.

Remember Howie B? He’s got a new album, and it’s a great set of moodily relaxed house shufflings.

Me and other lovers of all things John Jeremiah Sullivan are lucky – after february’s essay on the birth of ska, a new multimedia article for the New York Times sees him at the peak of his powers. Music writing is at its best for me when it combines history, research, context and passion for the subject with serious writing chops. The Ballad of Geeshie and Elvie delivers (and is not without controversy)

More multi track masters by what can best be described as the don of this micro-genre, Kon. Take a bow dude!

2blogmay2014The fact that Nas’ debut album Illmatic turned 20 years old a few weeks ago received coverage in a host of media, and was supposedly an Important Event. While obviously a great album, this outpour of recognition for the decades old debut of a still active performer must be a sign of the times – it was a little confusing to me, and made me feel slightly old. If you are so inclined, you could probably fill a good 10+ hours with the tributes, documentaries, articles, discussions and mixes dedicated to the album. I suggest you spend that time otherwise…after listening to DJ Moneyshot’s “Nas – Half Man, Half Amazing

Tele Novella is the new project of JC & Co’s Jason Chronis… Don’t be a stranger.

Chicago’s DJ Rashad passed away on april 27th from drug-related causes. After losing Philip Seymour Hoffman to heroin earlier this year, his death hurts and feels pointless. Rashad had already been active for a long time before I became aware of his existence, and I will remember him for the way he was able to fuse soulful melancholy with footwork’s frenetic drums and booming subs. Check out his recent tracks “Rollin” and “Let U No“, and dive into Benji B’s tribute mix for more.

UK-based Berceuse Heroique is one of my favorite labels at the moment, combining avant-garde sensibilities with tear-out underground techno and never far from a link to breakbeat history. Curious to see what the rest of 2014 will bring.

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