Sunday, 13 November 2011

Watch: Friendly Fires - Hurting

UK indie-electronic band Friendly Fires have come up with a great video for the funky tune 'Hurting' off their 2011 album Pala. The video features some fairly bizarre computer love story that effectively mirrors the lyrics of the track. This combined with some pretty awesome effects, allows for the clip to come together rather nicely. The track itself is one of my favourite off Pala and its good to see that it was rewarded with a decent video.

Friendly Fires were one of those bands that I was long aware of but never really bothered to look into. After the release of Pala earlier this year I finally made the effort and now often find myself turning to their brand of synth driven electropop when unsure what to listen to. The video is well worth a watch and Pala is a great album so check it out if you haven't done so already.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Listen: Neon Indian - Era Extrana Mix Tape

To accompany the deluxe vinyl release of the Neon Indian's huge 2011 album Era Extrana, an untitled mix tape has been included with a range of material, some of which surely inspired main-man Alan Palomo. This 48-minute mix includes some Toro Y Moi remixes of Neon Indian's previous work as well as some fairly obscure (to me at least) 80s French and Spanish new-wave and synthpop bands in Liaisons Dangereuses and Aviador Dro. 

 Although a lot of this mix is pretty unknown to me other than Toro Y Moi and Com Truise (who's amazing), it's a really worthwhile listen especially in terms of seeing what influences Neon Indian, which is clearly audible throughout.
(From some Googling...) 
The full tracklist is as follows:

1. Liaisons Dangereuses – Etre Assis Ou Danset
2. Bill Nelson – Do you dream in Colour
3. Yellow Magic Orchestra – Focus
4. Neon Indian – Deadbeat Summer (Toro Y Moi remix)
5. Aviador Dro – Amor Industrial
6. - (help?)
7. David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bamboo Houses
8. Cocteau Twins – Pearly Dewdrops’ Drops
9. DAF – Liebe Auf Den Ersten Blick
10. Flesh – A split Second
11. Com Truise – Hyperlips
12. Lil B – I seen that Light

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Listen: Lotus Plaza - Where I'm Going (Cut Copy Cover)

Lockett Pundt, aka Lotus Plaza, of Deerhunter recently covered Cut Copy's track 'Where I'm Going' off their awesome 2011 album, Zonoscope. It's now been made available by the Melbourne band on their  limited 7" b-side release which is out now on Modular. The vinyl also features Architecture In Helsinki's cover of the track 'Need You Now' which you can listen to here.

I've been a big of Lotus Plaza since the release of his debut album, The Floodlight Collective back in 2009, and this cover is typical of the expansive soundscapes he creates for his solo project and for Deerhunter. You can also listen to the Toro Y Moi remix of Cut Copy's 'Blink and You'll Miss a Revolution' here.

Where I'm Going (Lotus Plaza Cover) by cutcopymusic

Friday, 7 October 2011

Download: Memory Tapes - Slaughtered Mix

After his followup LP to the awesome "Seek Magic" came out earlier this year, Dayve Hawk has released a new 23-minute mix of original material. Released as past of the 'Modular Modcast' series, it's available as a free download and to stream here thanks to Modular.

Talking about the release, Dayve has this to say: 
"I find I listen to mixtapes more than albums a lot of the time, so I wanted to make a new record in the form of a mixtape instead of a single or EP etc. It's all new, original Memory Tapes stuff just put together in the form of an extended mix. I thought the Modcast would be a cool way to make it available to people quickly and for free." 

Listen: Atlas Sound - Amplifiers

To accompany the recently released tracks from the forthcoming new Atlas Sound Album "Parallax", another has since been revealed. So far we've have "Terra Incognito", "Te Amo"  and "Modern Aquatic Nightsongs" and now we have "Amplifiers". It's a nice, slow track which is really enjoyable. Be sure to check out the other previously released tracks here.

The new album "Parallax" is out November 8 for the US and November 7 for the UK on 4AD

Watch: Jamie XX w/ Quayola - Progress

Jamie XX takes a break from making awesome remixes and gives us a sweet new original piece. The track is called 'Progress' and its come about as a result of a collaboration between Jamie and filmmaker Quayola for Rizlab
. This is a result of a multi-media project the two are working on called 'Structures' which combines Jamie's experimental beat making with the amazing visuals of Quayola. The outcomes are pretty spectacular.

You can also check out the teaser for this project from a couple of weeks ago. 

Feel free to let me know what you think of this awesome project. 

Monday, 3 October 2011

Listen: MGMT w/ Bradford Cox - 'Lucifer Sam' (Pink Floyd Cover).

MGMT with Bradford Cox on the tapes dressed as Joey Ramone.
For Jimmy Fallon and his Pink Floyd week, psychedelic superstars MGMT teamed up with Bradford Cox of Deerhunter and Atlas Sound to perform Floyd's track, "Lucifer Sam".

Armed with matching yellow fishing overalls, Bradford Cox on the tapes and MGMT with a plethora of guitars, the band created loads of noise with some nice guitar riffs to make a really great cover of a classic track.

With the added abundance of fog and bubbles, it was a great performance by MGMT and Cox.