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 think there’s a lot to learn from bands that don’t fit into any easy category. Not because they are necessarily better than bands that do, but because they push the boundaries of what music is and can be. It’s when musicians make the effort to pursue something strange and unheard of, whilst still being able to play pleasant stuff, that you get some of the most rewarding albums I know. Norwegian duo Xploding Plastix are that kind of crazy people, and I’ve had a blast listening to Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents again, their first album, which I hadn’t heard in years. The first track on the album should give you an idea of what it’s about:
One of their first songs, Treat Me Mean, I Need The Reputation is another favorite of mine on the same album. Is this electronic music, downtempo, jazz or maybe nu jazz, a vast category where you can put pretty much anything that sounds unusual? Who cares; but if you like it, the flash player on their website is a good place to continue this musical journey.
Buy the album Amateur Girlfriends Go Proskirt Agents 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!
This next song I found in strange circumstances. You see, some years ago somebody uploaded a song on Youtube supposedly from The Avalanches, one of the greatest bands that ever existed. If you haven’t heard of them, do yourself a favor and listen to Since I Left You, the whole album is on Youtube (it might not make an incredible impression on you at first, but I promise that every time you come back to it you’ll enjoy it some more). Anyway, the song below is certainly not from The Avalanches: they’ve never talked about it on their website (which is “taking a break” for the time being) and the upload never made much of a fuss:
That being said, if you’re a fan of The Avalanches, you might be intrigued by the above song, since it sounds very much like our beloved Australian group – because, well, it sounds good. Some parts don’t add up though (apart from the whole “not uploaded by them” thing): the most obvious being the very repetitive use of samples, since they usually mix them up and one song by The Avalanches can feature quite a lot of changes in pace and ambiance – which is not the case here. I’ve tried to gather as much info on the subject as I could, but the most logical explanation I can come up with is that the uploader, Boycom, is probably the author of the song. He even has a soundcloud! And… another one? And according to his Twitter he’s now named Almighty Planets – and isn’t alone on the stage? Oh boy. Well, nevertheless, this next song by him / them is good enough:
If you liked this, I recommend you listen to his track Kinda Crazy; as well as Let’s Do Lunch featured below (which is on free download), because it’s a hip-hop song about taking a lady to lunch and paying for it. When are you gonna hear something like that ever again?
And finally, if you’re a huge Avalanches fan, you can listen to those 51 seconds of music I stumbled upon that are probably from them, since this is a promotional video for Nevereverland, a festival organized by Modular Records where The Avalanches are signed. Also this new song from the next album – aaand the Sleepy Bedtime Mix on their official channel if you have somehow missed those. So much stuff to listen to!
Be cool and buy Who Needs ‘Em Anyway by Boycom on: iTunes, or / and Since I Left You by The Avalanches on Amazon or 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.
Who’s Hugo Vincent ? According to his Soundcloud, it could be the pseudonym of Theo Fernandez, half of Keadz, two French producers. Their soundcloud is filled with weird music that doesn’t have the same effect as this next song has on my ears though, so let’s just stick to that for now:
If you can’t understand French, the samples are some dude explaining things about philosophy, biology, maths, all that at what appears to be high school level. Part of the appeal of the song if you ask me!
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:
So Daft Punk released 15 seconds of what one might guess is a new song on Saturday Night Live the other day, and of course someone had to go and loop it for ten hours. Some even smarter human used a famous gif of a drunk Ron Swanson (the awesome character from the brilliant tv show Parks and Recreation) on top of that, intitled Daft Swanson:
If you’re feeling frustrated by the obviously too short fifteen seconds, might I suggest you listen to this Röyksopp song, which they released under the pseudonym of Emmanuel Splice (on their Back to Mine compilation) and sounds sort of similar to the new Daft Punk in its repetitive grooveness:
Listen to those brilliant lyrics. The Back To Mine compilation concept is awesome by the way, since the tracks are chosen by artists you like, the songs on them tend to be in your range of interest. Quite sneaky from Röyksopp to include one of their own tracks under a pseudonym, but hey, since it’s so good, we forgive them.
Buy the Back To Mine compilation by Röyksopp on Amazon and feel like a nice person !
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?