Archive for June, 2010

New Mix: Summer Session

And the summer mix is finally here! It’s full of all of my favorites, old and new, all guaranteed to make you happy.

Summer Session by The Vly

1. Royksopp – A Higher Place
2. Diskjokke – Folk I Farta
3. Four Tet – Sing
4. Pantha Du Prince – Stick To My Side
5. Gui Boratto – Azzura (It’s Not The Same Version)
6. Marek Hemmann – NTMYT
7. Dominik Eulberg – Daten-Ubertragungs-Kusschen (Sistema Remix)
8. Lusine – Two Dots (Nic Fanciulli Remix)
9. Arsenal – Estupendo (Compuphonic Main Mix)
10. Phil Kieran – Don’t Look Far Away
11. Caribou – Sun
12. M.A.N.D.Y. & Booka Shade – Oh Superman
13. Compuphonic – Analog Sparkles
14. Metronomy – A Thing For Me

EP Updates

It’s been a while since I’ve posted about any EP and single releases. And there’s been some really solid stuff coming out in the past month (and great older finds as well). Here are some highlights.

Deepchild – Backroom (Dopamine Remix)
Deepchild – Backroom (Leeks Remix)
Pan-Pot – Happy Birthday
Exercise One – Attendance
Erphun – Diatomic (Monoloc Remix)
Monoloc – Pumpkin
Alex Bau – 68 Nerds And A Pony
Slam – City Destroyer (Harvey Mckay Subway Remix)
Reset Robot – La Porte
Alan Fitzpatrick – A Small Decline
Leeks – Qwerty
Hug & John Dahlback – The Happy Monster

Tech House
Pleasurekraft – Tarantula

Ursula 1000 – Zombies (HiJack Remix)
Arsenal – Estupendo (Compuphonic Main Mix)

Barbara Morgenstern – Aus Heiterem Himmel (Lawrence Mix)

Indie Dance
Metronomy – A Thing For Me

3 Essential Italo-Disco Tunes

While I find most Italo-Disco to be terrible, there are a few songs out there that are just absolutely timeless. Really strong synth-driven beats and surprisingly great vocals; the Italians did it right from the start.

Charlie – Spacer Woman [first heard it in a Magda – yes, the minimal queen – DJ set]
Space – Magic Fly [best music video ever]
Mr Flagio – Take A Chance [heard at a Michael Mayer summer day party set]

Soundtrack of the Summer Pt. 2: Four Tet’s “There Is Love In You”

I’m even later on this one (released in January this year), but There Is Love In You is an absolutely phenomenal album (also labeled under Pitchfork’s “Best New Music”). Leaning towards the experimental side, the songs flow freely in and out of distinct structure. I could say more, but isn’t that what summer’s all about?

1. Angel Echoes
2. Love Cry
3. Circling
4. Pablo’s Heart  (no link – it’s a 12 second interlude)
5. Sing [favorite]
6. This Unfolds
7. Reversing
8. Plastic People
9. She Just Likes To Fight

If you’re enjoying this and the last post, check out Caribou’s Remix of “Angel Echoes” (downloadable) – a dance floor friendly version that still maintains much of the song’s original charm.

Soundtrack of the Summer: Caribou’s “Swim”

Released nearly 2 months ago, Swim was received with incredibly high reviews (Pitchfork labeled it as “Best new music” at an 8.4). It is “dance music that sounds like it is made out of water”. The album is short and sweet at 43 minutes: every second of those 43 minutes is thoroughly enjoyable. Turn it up, drive down the coast, dance around the pool. Do something. It’s summer – enjoy yourselves.

1. Odessa
2. Sun [favorite]
3. Kaili
4. Found Out
5. Bowls
6. Leave House
7. Hannibal
8. Lalibela
9. Jamelia

The Genius of Lawrence: The Absence of Blight

I first listened to Lawrence on Superpitcher’s Today. The opening tune, “Spark”, builds so subtly and smoothly that everything just seems to go into slowmotion. It’s funny how some of the most powerful songs are the least impressive (I guess that’s what minimal is all about huh?). I found this album earlier this week and have not stopped playing it since. Every track is incredibly beautiful: the slowly progressing melodies draw you in and the subtle drops take  you to whole new levels.

1. Neighbourhood
2. Fifteen Minutes With You
3. Shelter
4. If You Can’t Understand [favorite]
6. Last Friday
7. Colts Foot
8. Thieltes
9. Winter Green [favorite]
10. Somebody Told Me

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