Tesselate (Ben De Vries Remix)
Alt-J - Tesselate (Ben De Vries Remix)
Last year Alt-J launched into the public consciousness with their edgy and innovative sound. While Breezeblocks earned them widespread acclaim, the track’s popularity somewhat overshadowed the other amazing songs on their debut effort, An Awesome Wave.
There have been some remixes of Alt-J but none that I thought were worthy of sharing, until now. Ben De Vries has capitalised on the track’s deep bassline riff and explosive drum beats and percussion. He has added some glitchy sound effects and paved out the soundscape.
It goes down smooth like a tubby child on a waterslide.
Fyfe - Lies Pt. II
Fyfe releases a follow up to his critically praised Lies, aptly titled Lies Pt. II. If you haven’t heard the original, no matter, Part II will be enough to break your heart.
The London producer is heading for big things if he can continue to release music to this standard.
Download- Lies Pt. II
Bon Iver - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
When you have grown so comfortable with an album, listening to it can be like visiting an old friend.
Bon Iver's debut 2008 album For Emma, Forever Ago, has become a favourite with many listeners, so any cover or remix is likely going to encounter a deal of scrutiny. Adapting a classic song can be like transforming a novel into a film - often it provides quick entertainment at the expense of resonance and personal significance. However, there are always exceptions to this, and there are also exceptions to the rule when it comes to adapting songs.
Thankfully, the Belfast duo Owsey & Resotone have maintained most of the original tracks and added subtle ambient touches to enhance the emotion and mood of the song. It is currently still available for free download, so get in quick before the mp3 vanishes!
Download - Re:Stacks (Owsey & Resotone Remix)
Layo & Bushwacka! - Love Story (Tim Deluxe Remix)
Memories can be crystallised indadvertedly by the conditions from which they were originally formed. For me, that means that when the weather starts to warm up, I am reminded of music that echoes past seasonal shifts in my own recollections.
Layo & Bushwacka! released their timeless classic Love Story in 2002. Admittedly, I only heard the song about 3 years later.
The song brings to mind late nights with good friends and warmer weather. The track has a simple chord progression looped, and this chilled melody is only heightened by the saxophone during the build up of the track about three quarters of the way in. Needless to say, the badass brass easily makes for a memorable listen.
Ben Khan - Eden
While continuing to hunt down clues leading to Jai Paul's mysterious identity, I came across another London resident musician Ben Khan. Looks like pretending to be a private ivestigator paid off for different reasons.
Rumour on the trolls of some random Kanye West fan blog, linked Jai Paul's identity to that of Ben Khan. Relatively little is known about both recording artists, and both tend to have a flair for psychedelic beats that sound like they have been mastered through a dirty distorted filter. (For other ridiculous descriptions of the song just check the excessive hashtagging below)
I am frankly shocked with the number of similarities these seemingly one of a kind musos have in common with one another. The only discernible difference between styles I can determine at this stage is that Jai Paul tends to opt for a higher octave in his singing and Ben Khan looks a little younger in his scarce internet pics. But who’s to say Paul isn’t just continuing to push the envelope on this track and develop a pseudonym to continue being able to veil his identity (which he has seemed fairly dead set on maintaining at this stage in his career).
Either I (and others) am/are becoming delusional with anticipation of an official album release, or there are some uncanny similarities between Paul and Ben Khan…
Glass Animals - Psylla
There is a simple appeal to the new UK outfit Glass Animals.
There is nothing excessive or overdone in their sound and the band’s new single Psylla off their upcoming debut album is reminiscent of the often-compared group Alt-J (∆) who had an enormous breakthrough in 2012 by combining interesting indie arrangement and alluring harmonies with subtle electronica production.
And with a producer such as Paul Epworth manning the executive production duties (Adele, John Legend, Cee Lo Green, Azealia Banks), and a record contract on his new label Wolf Tone, it could be that Glass Animals might be the next indie breakthrough act if the publicity exposure matches the quality of the music output.
Four Tet - Parallel Jalebi
When it comes to crafting avant garde electronic music, Four Tet has always been a both a pioneer and innovator, pushing the limits of sampling and experimentation with loops.
His latest track Parallel Jalebi sees Four Tet using a chopped bassline and some cyclic female vocals that have been woven together like thin slik over the precision of some fine tuned engine pistons.
Just before the 2:30 mark, things get a little ambient before the song picks up again with added sound effects. The track is then stripped back down to the fundamental samples for minimalist perfection.
Bipolar Sunshine - Rivers
Rivers is a song that craves attention and pushes your expectations.
No doubt, there is something enchanting about Bipolar Sunshine's music. And it is apparent on the first listen that his EP Aesthetics is rad and the production is also bonkers.
The tempo of Bipolar Sunshine aka Adio Marchant's vocals changes several times throughout Rivers and the raw upbeat drums contrast the rollercoaster melody of the chorus. Fittingly, the vocals bellow “been low but I’ve been higher" in an inverse fashion to what you’d expect and the listener is taken on the emotional ride without any dragging moments or seconds to spare.
Expect to hear more brilliant work from the British vocalist in the future.
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