If I talked to you about Knightlife, you might be confused, thinking I meant something else, presumably the word nightlife. When it’s written down however, you might mistake it for an Arthurian fantasy novel by Peter David from 1987, perhaps. But no, I would definitely be talking about Knightlife (in one word), the Australian producer from Melbourne. I’ve listened to as much of his material as I could find, but the greatest track by far (or at least my favorite) remains Crusader. It’s just awesome, and definitly deserves the the space music tag on noisnoise.
Find more of Knightlife‘s music on his Soundcloud, if you dare.
Sinkane is kind of a band. I say kind of, because Ahmed Gallab, the frontman, plays most of the instruments on the album, but needs some help when he’s not playing with himself: that’s when Jason Trammell, Mikey Freedom Hart and Mike Montgomery come into action. The result of some of that action is damn good music, if I may say so myself. Which is not that much of a surprise, since the man has played (drummed) for Of Montreal, Caribou, Born Ruffians, Yeasayer, and a few more, so he definitely knows what he’s doing.
Jeeper Creeper is one of those songs which evokes so many different genres that it’s hard to define, and that’s definitely part of the appeal here. Its hypnotic funky bass contrasts with the African beat and spacey synth effects – and the electric guitar on top of all of that adds the final psychedelic touch. As for the lyrics, you try to guess what they mean – if you think that’s even necessary.
Sinake‘s album, Mars, is out now, and it’s definitely on my neverending to-listen-playlist.
Hey, here’s a good song: Black Road by Pyramid, aka Etienne Copin, a French producer coming from Lyon who shows promise. You can definitely feel the influence of bands like Boards of Canada – for the dark yet uplifting sound – or Justice, for the groovy bassline.
The synth that comes on at around 0:55 followed by the bass (twenty seconds later) are when things really get heavy, so stick around until then before going back to watching porn – or whatever it is that you were doing before listening to this.
Find an interview of Pyramid on Rolling Tuff, along with a link to download the song – you can also get it from the French blog Stop the Noise.
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.
Electronic music has brought us new genres, and one that I particularly dig is something I’d call Space music. Songs that, if (when) I one day have a spaceship, I’d just have to blast through the Noisnoise Enterprise’s speakers while speeding among the stars. Starcrash by Worship is one of those songs, and it smells like beautiful forgotten disco music.
Worship is based in Geneva, Switzerland, and if you want to listen to more of his material, his Soundcloud is probably a good place to start.
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.