Sunday, 28 June 2015

Sundays Alternative Take - Five Fine Tracks

Background - Introducing the third full length album from Australian artist Lo Tide. 'Learn to Wait' features four different and unique vocalists from around the globe on the A side of the vinyl, with the B side comprising four deeply varied instrumental tracks. The LP showcases a collection of styles and production techniques including electronic elements, field recordings and everything in between. The album title is drawn from life's journey and the process of learning patience; whether related to music/creativity or both small and large life changes.

Featured song 'Times Two' has a really stripped back feel to it, the variable beats & genuinely down tempo arrangement is quite hypnotic, a case of less is more.


More Background - It was just last month No Artificial Colours kicked off Night Colours, a new project from the London duo which sees them giving away tunes for free. The choppy, iron-clad 'System Bumper' was the debut, following a run of releases on Kerri Chandler's Madtech, Nurvous Records and PMR Records. Judging by the quality of their releases since 2011, it's no surprise Skream has pulled them in for an EP on his label, Of Unsound Mind. Before they returned to Magna Carta at Sankeys Ibiza yesterday, they've unleashed the next track from Night Series 'The Line'.

I have to hand it to this duo, when you are making tracks of this calibre and giving them away for free, that really is a gift. Let's hope if they make a commercial release fans will repay the compliment, they will deserve it.


Next Up JBAG AKA Jerry Bouthier and Andrea Gorgerino. For the occasion the London-based Franco-Italian duo has teamed up with Chibi, the singer of smart, stylish electronic Belgian duo Shindu, for ‘Everybody (Come On)’, an enticing rallying call for all to get together and sweat on the dancefloor. Bonding in the studio like children and their music toys over a mutual passion for resonating emotions on the dancefloor, Jerry and Andrea combine their many influences (indie, disco, house, electro, italo, new-wave…) obsessively crafting inspirited melodies and funked-up grooves all tied up by a fondness for energy, musicianship and attention to detail.

I am featuring the dub version as it's my favourite mix from the EP. The thought of me on a dance floor is quite disturbing however for those of you that can dance - sweat away.


Some more background - Warpaint have put their magical touch on Eves The Behavior's 'TV', a track that features on the young Australian's debut EP alongside the remix from Los Angeles favourite indie rock foursome. Blending layers of sweet sounds and subtle beats with Eves The Behavior's soft and melodic vocal. Eves The Behavior is Hannah Karydas; a twenty-year old Brisbane-based singer, songwriter and producer with a unique look on the world. Few young musicians have quite the steady vision and kaleidoscopic ambition in which Eves The Behavior sets her sights on, which is in part due to Hannah's synesthesia; a condition which elicits an experience of mixed senses, in particular elements that trigger and become colours in her mind. This rare sense affects and influences her own music, allowing Hannah to figuratively paint her music, including the shadow and darkness from within. Website Here.

I thought this might be a difficult one for me, as I really love the original version of 'TV'. However Warpaint have been really sensitive with this remix and have added to the song in an imaginative and positive way. Now I have two great versions to enjoy, simple as that.


Finally Wise Blood's 'Cretin's Club' featuring Priscilla Sharp on vocals. This track is from the Pittsburgh experimentalist's recently released EP Babyland, out now on Hope Sick Cola. The video for this (Here) is and we quote 'surreal, yet playful and follows the ups-and-downs that come from finding a surly, disembodied head in a trash bag'.

As I listened to the song first and then watched the video, I will give you the choice to do the same. Musically surreal in some ways the video took me in a different direction from the soundtrack (well I don't go around thinking about disembodied heads), yes it's 'experimental' perhaps the emphasis should be on 'mental' but there is this quirky appeal throughout.


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