Sunday, 30 September 2012

STUBBORN HEART

Saturday, 29 September 2012

BEACH BOYS


Still got it.

Friday, 28 September 2012

STARSLINGER

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

JESSIE WARE / PERSEUS

TENNIS

MAM


Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Monday, 24 September 2012

FLYING LOTUS


Stream it, stream it my pretties.

WILLIS EARL BEAL


I think he hit someone in the crowd at one of his shows, but I'm not sure, so while I'm not sure, I'll post this.

Sunday, 23 September 2012

KARMA KID



It's my bloody birthday!

Thursday, 20 September 2012

FOUR TET / THE XX


Dropped last night, sublime.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

KING KRULE



B-side from King Krule's next single, 'Rock bottom', perfect Autumnal listening.

ANDREW ASHONG + THEO PARRISH

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

FLYING LOTUS

PEARS


A few months ago, I posted two beautiful, intricate albums by Pears, the brainchild of Gary Morris. They acted as a beacon of hope, whilst entangled in the tentacles of revision and also gave me some light, perplexing relief, as I discovered how many ACTUAL people 'like' pears, as in the fruit, on facebook (588,509..increasing as I speak), when finding the band page. Funky rhythmic beats and exotic undertones, you'll find yourself whimsically imagining purer shores as you listen to Pears.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?
I am based in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I work in Manhattan, and I am from Cape Town, South Africa. Right now I am not working on any imminent releases, more just experimenting with new sounds, trying to set things up with different friends music-wise and getting ready to leave my job full-time and head back home for a few months.

Could you give a brief history of your career as an artist so far?
I have always been into music, and owe that to my brother, who has probably been the biggest influence in my musical (and regular) life. I started making music when I around 13 or so. I would use free or cracked software to make stuff with friends. When I finished high school, I decided to try come to New York and study sound engineering. I did that, and at the same time I interned at an audio repair shop called EARS (now called Analog Lab) run by Jeff Blenkinsopp. That was hugely formative experience for me and through Jeff, I got the job I have now, which is working for a music production company that does stuff for commercials, documentaries and films. While being in New York I have released different kinds of music through my own personal capacity or through small labels.

Who did you grow up listening to?
Firstly pop music, then heavy metal and industrial, then British electronic music, South African electronic music, dub music etc. Then moving to New York, opened up my ears to pretty much everything and anything. Especially stuff with a more abstract vibe.

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
Most recent stuff has been long-form tones done on the computer or synth and running it through various things under the name Golden Dwarves. I like playing with frequencies quite a bit. I also have an affinity to dance music made with machines, and to African guitar style music. I try funnel all my impressions into something coherent.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
The town of Clanwilliam, in South Africa.

What's the strangest subject you've created a song about?
I made a song about a friend getting on a bus.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
Harry Taussig. Don Carlos and Gold. John Pengu. La Negra Graciana with Trio Silva. Jared Ginsburg. Calvin Stables. Ricky Gordon. Jake Lipman. Marco Filby. Alec Fellman. My girlfriend has also been getting me into different Brazilian artists as well.

Where would you love to tour?
I don't actually tour, but if I did, probably somewhere warm and relaxed. like a tour of the Caribbean islands. Or a tour around the towns of the Karoo in South Africa.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
I am going to South Africa for 2 months in December, after that I will be back in New York with some time to make more music, meet more people, maybe write some stuff down. Also have an idea to bring my equipment into some classrooms for disadvantaged kids and get them into drum machines and synths and effects pedals, and maybe record some raps.

Friday, 14 September 2012

CRANE LAKE


Psychedelic synth with slick, neat production; Crane Lake's impressive output of innovative electronica is really exciting. I metaphorically sat down with Shane Lynch, the producer behind the Crane Lake alias, to find out his influences and plans for the future, or until he's 27!

How long have you been making music?
I started playing guitar at the tender age of 8, so really I have been making music in one form or another for most of my life. I began making electronic music about 5 months ago because I was fed up with not being able to make a band (unfortunately the market for guitarists at university is incredibly over saturated).

Who did you grow up listening to?
My earliest musical memory is driving in the car with my Dad playing Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band. From 11 to 14 I was into a lot of punk, metal and nu-metal; NoFX, The Offspring, Deftones, Linkin Park, Lost Prophets, Metallica, Megadeth, so on... As I got older, I got more into electronic artists, like Simian Mobile Disco and Justice, as well as emo/screamo/harcore bands like From First To Last, Funeral For A Friend,Glassjaw, Refused and Alexisonfire. Still, I've always had a taste for the classics (Night Moves by the aforementioned Bob Seger is still one of my favourite all time songs).

Tell us a bit about the most recent song you've worked on.
I was sitting in a hotel room messing around with samples for a new song I was putting together, based on an acapella sample of Usher's "You Make Me Wanna", when I came across the electronic arpeggio that you hear at the beginning of my most recent song Solstice. From there, it was just one of those songs where, in terms of song structure and instrumental/sample foundations, the song almost wrote itself and came together in a matter of hours. It's got greater dance elements than most of my previous tracks, but I love the big finish where the synth lead and original drum line come together with the chanting and the rolling organic drums.

What would you say was the perfect environment or situation to listen to your music in?
I like to think I keep my sound varied enough to make a good accompaniment to a number of life's scenarios. It's hard to be objective when talking about your own music, but personally I like to listen to it whilst enjoying a few beverages and watching any program narrated by David Attenborough.

What programmes do you use to create your music?
Ableton Live 8 is my DAW of choice, which I use mostly to create synth lines and to compile/arrange samples. Other than that, I have a veritable plethora of music samples to mess around with to form various beats, ambient sounds and fx. I use the Izotope 5 plug-in to master my songs.

What other artists are you into at the moment?
My current favourite artist has to be Bonobo. His most recent original album, Black Sands, is quite simply a work of sonic art. Since I Left You by The Avalanches is a great album that every now and then I keep coming back to. In the past year or so I have gotten into a couple of indie bands, e.g. Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club. With regards to heavier music, I still listen to Deftones and Alexisonfire quite a bit (Dallas Green's City and Colour also has a great album in Little Hell). I recently bought Letlive's album Fake History after hearing the excellent emotionally-charged single Muther, and so that gets a lot of play at the moment.

Finally, what's next for you, future plans and such?
Well, to be honest I'm not entirely sure. I'm about to enter my third year in a degree in Economics, which is typically a precursor to a job in finance. I am also trying to learn how to DJ in the hope of eventually being able to do my own shows, with the ultimate goal being to have several platinum records, headlining world tours, several divorces and ultimately dying on the toilet aged 27 from an overdose on Bath Salts. Aside from that, I'm just taking each year as it comes.





JOHN TALABOT / CHAIRLIFT

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

NICOLAS JAAR


RADIO 1 ESSENTIAL MIX

Can't embed it, but visit the link, I urge you.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

TEEN DAZE

Sunday, 9 September 2012

BAND OF HORSES


Back to songs that break your heart....and make me write cheesy stuff.

Friday, 7 September 2012

DISCLOSURE


Hello. God, this is nice.