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

Download Max Cooper’s Remix of “Roads”

Max Cooper’s remix of “Roads” by Portishead sounded incredible in his preview, and now we finally get the whole thing as a bonus download!

Get the song HERE thanks to IndieShuffle.com.

Max is also trying to chart this tune on Hypemachine, you can help him out here.

Pantha Du Prince Revisited

After hearing so many great things about him, I don’t know why it took me this long to discover both of Pantha Du Prince’s incredible albums: The Bliss (2007) and Black Noise (2010) [his first ablum, Diamond Daze, released in 2004, was only released on LP – to my knowledge – and I am desperately trying to find it]. His stuff is absolutely beautiful, and he’s definitely in my top 5. While you must listen to the albums in their entirety, here are some of my favorite tracks:

The Bliss

Saturn Strobe
Seeds Of Sleep

Black Noise

Lay In A Shimmer
The Splendour
Stick To My Side
Bohemian Forest
Welt Am Draht

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