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we wanted you to know

Friday, March 16th, 2012

‘Warm In The Winter’ /// Glass Candy (2011)

A rush of euphoria is not easy to produce. Sustained elevation, as heard here, is harder.

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‘Human Meadow’ /// Falty DL (2009)

“I want your love – forever” repeated across dancefloor in pitch-shifted, ghostly tones = romantic/sinister.

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‘Herpes Simplex’ /// Rosa Yemen feat Lizzy Mercier Descloux (1978)

In which guitar itch and delirious yowl fuse in fever dream. Two people, two minutes, total intensity.

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‘Ambitious’ /// Wire (1987)

One of many still strong songs from Wire’s relatively neglected mid-period. Features acronym paranoia.

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‘My Lovin Is Digi’ /// RZA as Bobby Digital (1998)

This song’s silky bombast is the very definition of ridonkulous (in the best of all possible senses).

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‘Safari Disco Club / Que Veux-tu’ /// Yelle (2011)

Two songs / one video / all love from my favourite contemporary French pop star.

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a weapon we can use

Friday, March 9th, 2012

‘The Comeback’ /// Traxman (2010)

Still no joined-up feeling on Chicago Juke / Footwork, but I love the way Traxman makes this sample shimmer.

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‘What You Know’ /// T.I. (2006)

The most consistent of the best rappers of the Noughties?

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‘Our Lips Are Sealed’ /// Fun Boy Three (1983)

Sometimes wonder if this band mark one of the great paths not taken of British pop…

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‘Francis Bacon’ /// Lime Headed Dog (2008)

Underrated Monday: Depressing / telling how this restlessly inventive band have gone unfeted by indie press.

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‘The City Never Sleeps’ /// The Crystal Ark (2010)

The award for Most Sinister Dancing goes to Gavin Russom, in this video. PS: Music builds like sex pagan MMO. (PS: Russom retweeted this.)

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‘Striptease De Madame X’ /// Chance (198X)

More Nao Wave – but this a minimal and reflective duet w/ lo-tempo drum machine and unravelling piano lines.

love’s true pain

Sunday, March 4th, 2012

‘Hypnosis’ /// Positive Noise (1980)

Obscuro post-punk Wednesday: This will fuck yr hump day right up with caffeine rhythm track + atonal synths.

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‘Us’ /// Azealia Banks (2012)

Lots hype around her tickling of taboo, but singing voice can burn like engine rev / drift like river bed.

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‘Close To Me’ /// Willis Earl Beal (2011)

Outsider Blues? Secret Blues? Hype Blues? Viral Blues? Designer Blues? New Real Blues? I Dunno Blues.

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‘Gushy Wushy’ /// Da Brat (2003)

When drunk, my default is 00s R&B. ‘Cause it’s smart, sassy, modern, adult, playful, open and beautiful.

the window you don’t come through

Friday, February 24th, 2012

‘Rough’ /// Herbie Hancock (1983) Had to look at Wikipedia to know what to say. So: When hip-hop fed back into jazz. Also: synthesisers. Plus: fun.

 

 

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‘Don’t Talk In Your Sleep’ /// Magik Markers (2009) Controlled badassery from among the Noughties’ most focused noise rock acts + a righteous promise of retribution.

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‘Love Theme From Chinatown’ /// Jerry Goldsmith (1974) Love Theme for a doomed couple in a rotten world that’s a classic film.

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‘Fine’ /// Micachu (Feat Baker Trouble & Brotha May) (2010) When not fracturing indie w/The Shapes or screwing drones w/London Sinfonietta, Micachu +MCs do odd stuff to hip-hop…

a prayer with every heart beat

Friday, February 24th, 2012

‘Watch Out’ /// Doctor’s Cat (1983) ITALO FRIDAY. This seminal 12″ packs as many melodies as most symphonies, from Roma to Chicago.

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‘To The East’ /// Electrelane (2007) A band I miss from the place I live.

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‘Warn-U’ /// Ayshay (2011) Fatima Al Qadiri is the first in 2012 to make music I don’t auto understand. I neeeed to hear / know more.

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‘Thug Luv’ /// Lil’ Kim (Feat Twista) (2003) The enduring Bonnie & Clyde archetype. Happy Valentines to you, yr past + future loves.

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‘Time Isn’t On My Side’ /// Polvo (1993) I’m not someone who obsesses over guitar FX, but this song contains my favourite guitar FX.

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‘How Will I Know (A Capella)’ /// Whitney Houston (1985) This was not the song I was supposed to play today. Just the voice, alone.

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‘We Have Been Waiting For You’ (Gavin Russom RMX) /// Pional (2010) The meditative tones of Russom’s arpeggios always denote acid – but here also reach ecstasy via crowd chants.

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‘Jack Kerouac’ /// Gang 90 et a Absurdettes (198X)  Been digging into ’80s Brazilian Nao Wave recently. Some real post-punk exotica. Starts here, more soon…

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‘Promo Vid Pt 1’ /// Araab Muzik (2010) Production made visible. In his blurred hands, have to ask: is the MPC the most exciting live instrument around?

that’s the way we all go

Friday, February 10th, 2012

‘We Want Our Things’ /// Nite Jewel (2010) Philosophy graduate sings about things + hosts. Synth ooze / oblique sentiment for the dreamy hoarder in us all.

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‘Hoot’ (Live Japan Tour DVD) /// Girls’ Generation (2011) Witness K-Pop’s leading nine-girl-band conquer Japan with Sixties schtick, lasers and…thrash?

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‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’ /// Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force (1983) Folk mewls for unity are often trumped by tracks anyone can dance to.

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‘A Little Man And A House’ /// Cardiacs (1988) A good friend recommended the Cardiacs a looooong time before I checked out. Don’t make my mistake.

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‘White Mice’ /// Mo-Dettes (1979) Ex-Slits/Raincoats personnel take post-punk for ecstatic canter on dancefloor. Original VHS studio performance.

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‘World Of Fantasy’ /// Capsule (2011) Perhaps crude, maybe derivative, but this 7-minute 2011 J-Pop single is also so obsessive it ends way beyond.

eight tweets about punk

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

‘Generation N.E.Y. / Bad Girls’ /// M.I.A. (2010)

Been thinking about punk, accidentally. Its contradictions. What remains.

Like: Siouxsie’s ’76 swastika is usually dismissed as a shock tactic – but if you treat it as a means of resisting recuperation…

Like: The Sex Pistols’ comebacks as culmination of The Rock’n’Roll Swindle – their refusal to pretend it was anything other than a job.

By refusing to pose as artists with higher aims, by inviting hate, a flicker of reality within the spectacle. Punkest thing they ever did?

Like: The best punk artist of the last decade does not use guitars (see video, below).

Like: The punkest thing about Nirvana was Kurt’s inability to articulate/process his emotions + unwillingness to cloak this inability.

And so the essence of punk must be that which is elided by critics or copyists. It is what is jettisoned in interpretation.

If it can be enjoyed without qualm, or understood through reduction – if it’s self-consistent – it’s not punk.

All this originally… (…here).

operation mind control

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

‘I’m Hurt Bad’ /// Angelo Badalamenti (1990) The sharpest cut / bluntest trauma from the little-known ‘Twin Peaks: Season Two Music and More’ comp (offshore bonus: Angelo relives the composition of the Twin Peaks ‘Love Theme’).

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‘Riddler!’ /// The Fall (1986) It is silly to have a favourite Fall song, but this one haunts me like a paranoid screensaver (a paranoid screensaver knows there’s something behind it).

offshore archive

Monday, January 30th, 2012

‘Moonlight’ /// Appleblim (2011) Minimal? Yup. Unpredictable? Yupper. This salutary wooze veils slow pulse beats and bass like backlit smoke

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‘Il Se Fait Tard’ /// Francoise Hardy (1965) A hangover is almost a religious ritual. I always find the undertones of a chanson fit for a fix.

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‘Bored’ /// Destroy All Monsters (1978) The A-side is called ‘Bored’. The B-side is called ‘You’re Gonna Die’. She means every word she sings.

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‘Constantly No Respect’ /// Black Devil Disco Club (2006) Synth disco EP 1978. Nothing. Stops. Rephlex reissue 2006. Everyone’s caught up. Resumes career 28 years on.

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‘Is He Handsome?’ /// Rings (2008) Imagine a band featuring the literal sister of Avey Tare (Animal Collective). Now hear them. Looped emotions.

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‘Synthesizer’ /// OutKast feat. George Clinton (1998) Ludicrously multi-layered collabo between OutKast & George Clinton; the grace + grandeur of a national anthem.

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‘Your Dream Lover’s On Video Again’ /// Glass Candy (2003) Between arthouse glam infancy + virtual disco, Glass Candy spent some years with a heel in each. Like so.