Pilotpriest has some awesome artwork to illustrate his albums – as awesome as his music, in fact. Original Motion Picture Soundtrack is a 25 tracks album (more than two hours!), and like most good space music produced today, it sounds like something from another time, a time when synthesizers were the new cool thing to play, and when electronic music didn’t even know it existed yet.
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack evokes old science fiction movies on VHS tapes – perhaps unsurprisingly, Body Double, the first tune of the album, was once mistaken for a new Daft Punk track, back when the Tron Legacy’s OST was the hot topic of the day. All in all, the album’s dark tone is somewhat contrasted by the presence of a few songs that could almost be called disco music, keeping the whole thing interesting from beginning to end. Oh, and I really love The Canyons, a bonus track that starts like a cliché disco songs but evolves into something much more intense. This particular song reminds me of Ulrich Schnauss, a dude you should all know about.
You can buy Original Motion Picture Soundtrack on Bandcamp for less than a dollar! Awesome beans!
Lastfm has been recommending Skeewiff to me for years, and I’ve only now decide to look into their (Alex Rizzo and Elliot Ireland’s) music. And about time! Their Soundcloud is full of amazing stuff, and the album Electro Swing & Gospel Breaks in particular is worth your time:
You might notice that the songs are tagged not only as Skeewiff , but as them and another artist. In most cases, one could say Skeewiff are more producers than remixers, as the songs remain often close to the originals. A great way to discover old classics!
You can buy the album on Juno and iTunes, or browse more music by Skeewiff on Amazon!
I’ve been listening to The Long Surrender by Over The Rhine quite a lot these past few days, and that’s all thanks to MusicFog, a channel on Youtube filled with brilliant live recordings of various Americana artists. It’s not the first very nice thing I’ve found on their channel, and I strongly suggest you check it out. Before I ruin the surprise by telling you what kind of music it is (oh wait, I already did), here’s probably my favorite song from the album (and the live version on MusicFog is over here):
I could go on and talk about the gospel influences, the perfect balance between Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist who sing, play instruments on the album and also happen to be married on… the life. I could continue with some other terrible sentences about the universe, music and such, but I don’t like to ramble on. Instead, I’d rather point you to their song Bluebird which is pretty breathtaking, as well as The King Knows How, the two tracks which stand out the most on the album for me. Oh man, I almost forgot! Soon! Soon is one of the best songs I’ve heard in a long time! Go listen to it, there’s even an awesome amateur clip featuring (seemingly) real monks on Youtube!
Be way cool and buy The Long Surrender on iTunes or on Amazon!
In my mind, I pronounced BadBoE like badboy, since the E is capitalized. But after listening to his album and all the featuring artists calling him “badbo”, I guess I was wrong. Why capitalize it then? I guess we’ll never know. Anyways, BadBoE‘s new album, Pump Up The Funk, has been out for a few months and it’s really found a sweet spot in my heart; call it funky breakbeat or nu-funk, it’s full of old school samples that will inevitably grow on you with each listen. If you’re in a hurry, you can give a listen to the 7 minutes preview of his album on Youtube, which should give you an idea if you’ll dig the whole thing or not. I couldn’t choose a favorite from the album (Hit It Maestro is definitely up there though, because it smells so much like electroswing), so I uploaded a song which wasn’t on Youtube and am putting it here in order to shamelessly get more views on my account:
Oh, and if this tickles your fancy, check out the album launch mix on mixcloud from BadBoE, which alternates between classics and songs from the album, a great way to discover other artists of the same type.
Be way cool and buy Pump Up The Funk on Amazon or on iTunes!
The king of electroswing is back! Well, he’ll be in about ten days (22/03/2012 according to the internet), but you can listen to the teaser to Parov Stelar‘s new album below. I usually feel frustrated by teasers (which I guess is kind of the point), but this one lasts almost 15 minutes so we’ll make due:
You might have noticed that the name of the band is now Parov Stelar Trio (it used to be just Parov Stelar), which is an interesting addition; it shows how much the collaboration with his live artists (Jerry di Monza and Max the Sax) has become important over the years. Good on Marcus Füreder (Parov‘s real name), because his supporting band is really dynamite live and they deserve our looove.
Oh boy, I love Alan Braxe. Well, I love him with Fred Falke, because they’ve made great songs together. On his own, I haven’t heard much of his music; but here’s the time to change that, since he just released a free EP on the internets entitled Moments in Time, available over here. You’re gonna have to give your email address though, so to make sure you wanna do that, here’s a good song from the EP:
Pseudonyms can be confusing. Boys Noize is just one dude, Bonaparte are a whole band that has nothing to do with Napoleon, and Lemâitre (themaster in French) is not just one guy, but two dudes. Crazy. What’s crazier (slightly) is that the word master is spelled maître in French and not mâitre as you might see it on their Facebook for instance.
Nevermind all that though, because the music Ketil & Ulrik, the two Norwegians producers make is just brilliant. They call themselves an indie-electronic duo, which is fair enough, since they appear to be singing on some of their tracks. The rest of the time, you might confuse them for Daft Punk or one of those artists kids rave about these days, like MGMT or Phoenix. But better, because they’re not super famous (yet).
Their new EP, Relativity 3, which follows Relativity 2 and Relativity 1 (all these years studying math finally paid off!) came out some hours ago and it’s as good as the last two. It’s available for streaming on Soundcloud over here. After listening to it a few times though, here’s my favorite song from the EP, Iron Pyrite (the chorus at 1:30 is just so delicious it’s crazy):
And if that got you interested, I strongly suggest you go and listen to Relativity 2, because it’s still awesome and available on Soundcloud:
Also take a minute to listen to the Uppermost remix of the song Appreciate at the end of the Relativity 2 EP, especially if you’re into slightly more powerful house music. And it’s on free download! As a friend of mine used to say, who doesn’t love free stuff?
You may have heard Emancipator‘s (Douglas Appling) first album that came out in 2006, Soon It Will Be Cold Enough, which some crazy kid put as a full album on Youtube. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and go listen to it, it features some wonderful instrumental pieces that just drool of peace and, you know, feelings. It’s the nice side of electronic music, the one that doesn’t try to rape and kill you.
Now, if you’re the impatient kind, or you already know the first two, Emancipator‘s new album, Dusk to Dawn, is available on Bandcamp for streaming right now. You can also buy it for 10 bucks, which is better than spending it on crack cocaine – at least that’s what they tell me.