I’m always amazed at my ability to miss songs, especially when it’s been years after they’ve come out. Logically, I should have heard the next one before, since the album it’s from was out in 2005 and it’s gotten quite the views on Youtube, but I haven’t – until yesterday, that is. One Self (not to be confused with Oneself) are signed on Ninja Tune, a label that never ceases to surprise me, and I actually had heard DJ Vadim before, one of the guys behind the band. Anyway, here’s a… classic, I guess? that you also might have missed:
I found the track thanks to Boycom (I wrote something about him over there) and his All Of These People Are Awesome Mix, which I highly recommend. The rest of Children of Possibility (the album where you can find Bluebird) is decent, but I’d rather listen to this song for an hour instead of the album, so I can’t say I really recommend it. One Self have a Soundcloud if you want to explore their sound further, though.
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:
There have been a lot of remixes for Phoenix‘s great single Lisztomania, but one in particular has found a place close my heart: the one by Parlez-vous Anglais (Do You Speak English), a French band that somehow managed to make the original song sound ever cooler.
I also noticed they recently put out an EP called Sunglasses & Shirts and it’s pretty neat, so go and give it a listen on their Soundcloud if the song above pleases your ears.
The British duo Lemon Jelly haven’t produced anything in years: technically, they’ve been on hiatus since 2008. But as a fan, you get by how you can, which sometimes means having to look in unexpected places for rare tracks. Hence why we’re talking today about Together, a song whose lyrics are originally written and read by William Shatner on his second album, Has Been, but whose real appeal is the background music, coming, you guessed it, from Lemon Jelly. To Shatner‘s credit, his voice really fits the music (or is it the other way around?), and the lyrics, co-written by his wife, are ambiguous enough to be qualified as poetry.
Interestingly enough, Shatner would later be featured on a Lemon Jelly song, Go, from their brilliant ’64-’95 album. On both songs, the same artists, but each time you’d never know if you didn’t make some sort of internet research.
It must be weird, to put out an EP with remixes of your song from other artists, and one of them is just better than yours. That doesn’t mean that your original track is necessarily bad, of course, but still, it problaby stings a little. In this case, we’re talking about the Bit Funk‘s remix of an Adulture & OCD Automatic collaboration, the song Paper Cat. It’s one of the grooviest remixes that I’ve heard in a while, and that bassline that comes in at around 0:19… well, you’ll know what I’m talking about it when you listen to the track below. Some brilliant human being has chosen their cat as the star of a homemade clip for the song on Youtube, and it’s so groundbreaking I just had to put it here.
The whole EP features remixes by The Phantom’s Revenge, Sammy Bananas and Free Magic and it’s worth a listen, if only to see what they’ve done to the original track.
You may have heard Bonobo‘s new single, Cirrus, whose clip was created by Cyriak, the dude who made those strange videos pretty much everybody on the internet has seen, where cows do weird shit.
And to be perfectly honest, I’m just using this bit of news to introduce a song from 2002 (that was more than 10 years ago, as Death creeps ever closer) that I actually find better than Bonobo‘s new single : a remix on the song Beachy Head by Mechanical Me. The original is quite gloomy, and clearly not as good as the remix – or maybe the remix is just that awesome. I’ll let you judge for yourselves :
The song comes from an album called One Off Remixes & B- Sides, and if the remix you just heard is your kind of thing, I highly suggest you go and check the whole thing out. It notably features a quite interesting remix by Jon Kennedy (without the H, this one is still alive) of Bonobo‘s classic Dinosaurs; if you’re bored, you can have fun comparing the two and trying to understand why the original is so intense and the remix so relaxing.
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.