70 posts tagged dance
BOK BOK featuring KELELA Melba’s Call
The jam I’ve been obsessing over the past few weeks, ‘Melba’ now gets a proper visual accompaniment. The label behind my latest infatuation, Night Slugs along with signee Kingdom’s Fade to Mind imprint have been leading the way for a new sound to break through, one that combines girmey cold breaks, and R&B, while adding punchy, (often synth), elements to give their tracks this epic dance feel that just screams “give me a music video.”
Well Night Slugs labelhead Bok Bok heard those cries and is back with a video for his collaborative new single with a 2013 fave, Kelela. I profiled the singer in my CMJ Preview last year and said, Her melodic progressions draw you in and string you along as her musical prose unfolds. She encompasses a sultry mix of Aaliyah drawls and Janet Jackson’s strong feminine aesthetic that makes her one of the most exciting new acts in the game.
Now that you’re property lubed up, go ahead and press play and enjoy the ride.
SCNTST 60 Minute Boiler Room Berlin Mix
One of my favorite producers this past year has been German based, techno whiz kid, SCNTST. His Boiler Room Berlin mix just went up on Youtube and I am loving every second of it.
If you haven’t checked out his 2013 Self Therapy LP, you’re slacking.
OPP Mix: Larry Gus
Other People’s Poetry: Larry Gus
There’s a line from the movie Hi-Fidelity that comes to mind every time I try to make a mixtape. Something Rob says, “Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do’s and don’ts. First of all, you’re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.” Delicate yes, but sometimes easier than expressing one’s true feelings. After all, a well-made mixtape can communicate almost anything: I’m sorry, I love you, I miss you, I want you back, I want out, I’ll never forget, remember when, and on and on and on.The best compilations are those composed with a specific recipient in mind. Someone to sing over the oldies, dance to the hits, laugh at the inside jokes, and wonder how many -if not every- song is really all about them. These mixtapes are from the artists to whomever, whoever, and whatever they want, and they are mixing other people’s poetry to them. Read & listen.
Last week Yours Truly premiered the video for Larry Gus’s ‘The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep),’ and today we bring you a letter and mix from the producer behind all that fantastic, psychedelic-laced dance music. Gus pens a handwritten note to more than a few artists’ one true love, their machine. His letter includes the tracklist to his dreamy mix of funky disco enchantment and 70s lava lamp inspired original, exclusive and unreleased tunes and edits, all of which seem to melt into one another effortlessly.
Yours Truly Premiere: Larry Gus The Night Patrols (A Man Asleep)
The phrase, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, isn’t one often associated with sounds. Yet the advancements in electronic production have allowed artists to re-appropriate sounds, turning something old, into something completely new. Most often, what’s lifted from these samples is more than just sounds, it’s sentiment, relating to time and place. DFA signee, Greek producer Panagiotis Melidis, under the guise Larry Gus, constructs this wildly controlled erraticism out of these gems from music’s past. Like an orchestra conductor leading a procession, this strangely psychedelic, disco noir of neatly stacked accolades rises up from the thousands of samples and channels lighting up the electronic orchestral pit below.
Inspired by the work of Madlib, Gus’s organized mess of high shrilled vocals, rumbling guitar hooks, and layers of vintage tinged percussion, conjures up comparisons that stretch the genre gamet. The lovechild of DJ Koze and Peaking Lights, seen through the fragmented glint of a disco ball sparkling high above, Gus’s Years Not Living transcends labels and focuses almost completely on mood.
In the accompanying video for ‘The Night Patrol’, a smoke filled zombie disco is taking place; nestled within your subconscious between the folds of sleep and awake. And the beauty of it all is the individual connection each of us has to the oddly melodic, origami of sounds seeping through blaring speakers and running their hollowed words through our hair. Neither coming nor going, we hover above the impending moment, imbibing every second.
Duck House Run
One of my absolute favorite discoveries of 2012. Duck House is the side project of this pop band called The Cads. It’s always funny when the side project ends up being so much more interesting than the main project. When I wrote about them a while back I described them as, ‘Sexy, funk-splashed harmonies do a lil’ dance for a rhythm section cloaked in a synth-haze afterglow.’
Side projects are the new black (2012).
DJ Q - Closer Than Close
DJ Q Closer Than Close
Another glittery holiday gift from Fact Mag’s Advent Calendar. I’d listened to DJ Q’s BBC Radio 1xtra UKG show before, but this is the first time I’ve really dug into his actual music. He brings such an amazing energy to a classic Detroit house sound. He literally transports you to another time. Loving it.
DJ Q’s EP, Party Time (best EP title ever) drops Jan 13th. Pre-order HERE.
Discovered this artist on Believe in Sound’s Best Songs of 2012 list. I fall more in lust with each listen, as the subtle intricacies of ‘Warning’ weave themselves throughout my slightly frazzled brain and settle in, making themselves right at home.
(p.s. Pitched-down vocals were so overdone this year, but this for some reason doesn’t bug me)
Duke Dumont - Need U (100%)
Duke Dumont Need U 100% feat. A*M*E
Every Saturday night needs this. Duke Dumont for the win (again).
Need U (100%) ft. A*M*E will be the first release on Blasé Boys Club.
Jahnne If I Could Only Sleep
Ciara Like A Surgeon (Behling & Simpson Edit)
Your Saturday just got so much better. This is the edit I was talking about in Jackmaster’s Mastermix I wrote about earlier this week. Fucking fantastic. Behling & Simpson are killing it this year. Be sure to check my previous posts on them for more goodness you will want in your life.
(Thanks to Ben Friedlander for the heads up on this Youtube rip)