Archive for October, 2011
“Reworked/Remixed is a double album that celebrates some of Trentemøller favorite remixes he completed for other artists, and also some of his personal picks where other musicians have reworked his music. From crisp electronic beats, to atmospheric and filmic moments to heavy post-rock mutations and beyond.”
From the heart of Scandinavia comes Raymond & Maria. A Swedish grammy awarded pop outfit whose sunny melodies and slightly subversive lyrics rise above to challenge the stereotype of a cold and dark Stockholm. Made up of two girls and three boys, Raymond & Maria grew up out of the band’s vision of a “camp-fire ABBA sound, but with drums played like Clem Burke of Blondie.” Leaning toward commerical.
PLAY: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: BELLE & SEBASTIAN Raymond & Maria - Jobs Where They Don’t Know Our Names by Saturday Enterprise
Funkiness has returned with a capital J. J? That’s right, Chris Joss is back with his latest, No Play, No Work. Joss’s inspiration for this album comes from the Progressive Rock/Jazz/Funk Fusion of Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock with the Afrobeat rhythms of Fula Kuti. The result is a high energy album with flapping baselines, vocals from jamming robots, rhythm guitars that swerve and smokin’ keyboards. Forget stretch pants, get those bellbottoms on, dig out the platform shoes from the back of the closet and clomp your way to the dance floor.
Debut from AM and Shawn Lee is Celestial Electric. This breezy album(an adjective often used for ESL artists) is Electro-Soul woth elements of Pop, Funk, Jazz, Brazilian Tropicalia and Turkish Psychedelia. The result is a groovy album with pop sensibilites and a world view that sounds like it’s coming from a radio from 1975. Far out and funky, good for the dance floor, teh lounge or while chilling with friends.
Tracks: All good
Live en San Antón is the result of a three day session of improvised music committed by Marc Nguyen and Guillaume Ollendorff recorded in the barrio San Antón, in the southern Spanish city of Alicante in April 2008.
Marc & O. have known each other for 13 years: they once worked together for a company that sold missiles and celebrity magazines; they later played and toured together in Marc’s electronic-rock band project, called Colder. Guillaume has made music here and there (Tsé, The Mainstream Ensemble, Dust and Chimes) and now, has a life as an independant publisher of Philosophy. After all these years, this is the first time they have actually recorded together.
The intent of Scratoa! should be understood at the very moment you press play. It sounds like it is named. As some kind of big musical lapsus,the kind of ones kids do everyday with toys. A Vomited and improvised - somehow elegant, sometimes not - non sense. A musical role playing game experiment in ten parts, where Tex Avery, Baruch Spinoza and Herbie Hancock’s spirits have been called over three nights to conduct a crowd of gorillas, frogs, cats, birds and ducks in heat, forgotten cartoon characters, families of gypsies and guitars, local pagan marching bands, and drunk kids armed with fire crackers.
Experiencing Scratoa! will probably not cure any disease nor it will help you improve some social skills either. But listening to this first session may however be recommended for all these tiny moments of your life when all you fancy is just a good old fix of primitive poetry. (review from Killer Pimp label)
Self-titled debut from Gigamesh is a four track funky Disco infused Dance album. The tracks are bouncy with a retro Disco feel to them with some synths and male and female vocals backing up the sounds. You almost hear tinges of Abba here along with some very early New Wave sounds. An upbeat fun debut.
Tracks: All Good
The latest from Portland, OR producer, DJ, visual artist Big Pauper is titled Beyond My Means. The album has an Electro-Hop, Trip Hop vibe with a heavy leaning towards Experimental/Outerspace Hip Hop. Heavy, drippy beats along with numerous samples including several from sci-fi or horror movies adds to the Experimental Outerspace feel. There is also a funkiness that reminds me of DJ Frane’s Journey To The Planet Of Birds. The tracks blend quite well making the album a good listen as a whole or track by track. A solid album that is fun and funky but also tripped out. A good album for a smoky room.
RIYD: Dj Frane
Tracks: All Good except Fcc: 2,7,8
Carmen Rizzo’s latest is titled The Space Left Behind. The album is solely instrumental and reflects his personal emotions regarding life, death, and the passage of time inspired by the passing of his parents in 2011. The album is short and concise, six tracks coming in at 27 minutes and has a lush Ambient/Downtempo vibe that feels subdued but still contains a strong beat structure. This creates a wonderful split of having a chilled out feeling but there is a certain energy moving the music (and You). Things “spike” briefly with the synth laden track, Returning To Silence, before settling back into the mellower Ambient/Downtempo vibe. A well crafted album that gives you room to comtemplate the same issues Rizzo is while accentuating the emotions that come with these ruminations.
RITD: Fetal Pulse, Sounds From The Ground
Tracks: All Good