A beautiful collaboration between german electro duo Modeselektor and Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Experimental layering of Yorke’s vocals leaves for indistinguishable lyrics that merge into some psychedelic echos.
If your digging this check out “This” and “Shipwreck” two more LP’s featuring Thom Yorke on Modeselektor’s new album ‘Monkeytown’.
Modeselektor were sublime at Field Day 2012, with the rain coming down hard revelers squeezed into the ‘Bugged Out!’ tent. Laser lights flashing across a heavily compressed crowd, silhouettes of grinning faces and hands reaching upwards were momentarily lit…as the bass dropped!
Some funky music from Brackles, Rob Kemp. The introductory beat reminds me of Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’ not a bad comparison. ‘I Can’t Wait’ carry’s some bottom- heavy rhythms that I look forward to wiggling to.
Last week, during a hungover shift in a tea shop, a Swedish girl (almost Lykke Li really, not the best person to spend time with when you’re sweating wine) introduced me to Yellow Ostrich. Is this Local Natives I thought? Alas no, and I started to notice the details that separate this lazy comparison. Yes, at times the three-piece can sound cheesy, but the playful vocal layering and experimental intricacies (from gleeful bells to intricate taps of drumsticks) that parade as their trademark is enough to a) get one through a horrendous day without vomiting and b) make one wistful for summer days.
Loving the aesthetic of the video, instantly reminds me of ‘Swallows and Amazons’. Nothing makes me feel more tribal than that drum beat. A fun, playful, almost celebratory track enticing the excitement of exploration and adventure.
Glass Animals - Cocoa Hooves, is a work of art coming soon on Kaya Kaya Records.
Immersed in the exquisitely minimal story telling of ‘Glass Animals’ lyrics and ethereal foundations. ‘Cocoa Hooves’ seems capable of tickling heavy emotions and has left me in awe as the group has been producing music for a mere 4 months. The eerie build up created with the delicate guitar and the maximising vocals, leaves you sitting in anticipation. ‘Glass Animals’ have formed beautiful, intelligent music providing insight and musical presence. Maintaining a mysterious identity nobody, not even the internet seems to know anything about them, all I can say is they provide love at first listen.
There’s a lot to love about Glass Animals; in the wake of artists like Lianne La Havas displaying chocolate-smooth vocals, ‘Cocoa Hooves’ seems to take soulful RnB b to a weirder, chilling level. Perplexing and eerie lyrics paired with a ghostlike sexy beat, “Why don’t you toy with sex and violence” leaves the mind to do what it will… Note: Don’t listen with your mother.
This is the new single from the forthcoming EP ‘Meantime’, courtesy of producer-cum-solo artist Kwes. He’s been innovating behind the scenes with some amazing names, Gorrillaz included, but he’s quietly fizzing up on his own these days with a cult following. There’s something very James Blake about the stillness that interrupts his bubbling samples, and I’m loving the playful way the beat sometimes skips and overlaps. He’s like a cheerier Ghostpoet with his articulate delivery, paired with playful, honest and innocent lyrics (also, people should definitely say bashful more, such an onomatapaeic word). This is someone to be excited about, I really hope he gets the credit he deserves for his original, relatable style.
The erratic beats set an uncomfortable almost unsettled beginning, the most successful section of this song I feel is when the pace slows and the lyrics are elongated, enabling you to hear the personal lyrics of his procrastination over pulling a bird. Delivering a similar style to that of ‘The Streets’ I wouldn’t choose to listen to this out of pleasure.
Doe Paoro - Born Whole. Doe Paoro’s voice weaves originality and inventiveness into her song that rides solely on piano and vocals. The Brooklyn based singer describes her music as ‘ghost soul’ which reflects her style well, as the ghost of her music seems to momentarily sit with you once the track ends and your speakers sit silent. Evoking an almost romantic atmosphere the willowy tones may make you want to stare deeply into someones eyes. Once you’ve committed to the play button this song will seize you - get ready for your heart strings to be played.
Rosie This is for all of the Grizzly Bear fanatics out there who, let’s face it, probably slobbered all over Rossen’s beautiful ‘Silent Hour/Golden Mile’ EP as soon as it was released a few weeks ago. But here I am, still slobbering, intent on spreading the love still. His voice really is delectable, gravelly and heartfelt, complete with his self-made harmonies in the background: haunting. I can’t pin down the technique used in the middle section, to me it sounds like the guitar is out of tune (forgive me Daniel if I am wrong), but the result is intense and frenzied, incredible. The lyrics are as confrontational as Grizzly’s ‘While You Wait for the Others’, but Rossen doesn’t need the angelic vocals of Ed Droste to support him.
Absolutely triumphant, I urge you to listen to ‘Saint Nothing’ for soul-searching, ‘Golden Mile’, and the emphatic must-listen ’Return to Form’.