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)
Tycho - Awake
When Tycho releases new music, you know that it is time to listen up. Awake is a sprawling, original track that demonstrates why it is easy to love the man’s mesmerising work.
There is a synergy between the instruments and electronics, which make for an organic listen and bridges the gap between dance, ambient music and everything in between.
If you are new to Tycho you can check out his previous two albums Past Is Prologue and Dive. He is due to release his third full length effort in early 2014.
Emilíana Torrini - Caterpillar
It’s been a good 5 long years since Emilíana Torrini released her last album and 3 years since she had another kid but fans were finally rewarded last week with the release of the Icelandic songstress’ new long player Tookah. The track listing averages at just under two songs per year of absence (9 tracks) but I am currently 3/4 of the way through and thankfully there are no fillers thus far.
If you’re the kind of awesome person I know you are, you will enjoy this song. And if you’re rapt with Caterpillar (get it?) you can rest assured that the rest of Tookah will be right up your musical alley.
Parra For Cuva - Wicked Games (Chris Isaac Cover)
The song has been around longer than the the careers of Hanson and Justin Bieber. It is virtually a walking dinosaur among the social networking giants Twitter and Facebook. It has been covered by countless artists, including Scandinavian goth-rockers HIM and r&b dude Weeknd, yet it still seems to find relevance today since it’s original 1989 incarnation. This time, Wicked Games has a reworking by Geman DJ and singer combination Parra For Cuva.
The track contains shakers, bongos and a distorted guitar looping. Clocking in at 5:58, there are times when this track borders on repetition and the attention deficient listener may grown weary very quickly. Most people will be familiar with Chris Isaac's original lyrics and melody, so it is really up to the subtle changes employed by DJ Nicolas Demuth that hold Wicked Games together, especially considering that vocalist Anna Naklab is unfortunately absent for large sections of the tune.
On my fifth listen, I can safely say that the progressive nature of Wicked Games is a strength. Patience will reward your listening experience with this downtempo gem.
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Four Tet - Unspoken (original version)
Unspoken originally contained a sample of Tori Amos. But because Four Tet could not get the sample cleared, he had to change the original version so it could be released on his sophmore LP Rounds.
Today (ten years after Rounds was released) he tweeted a link to the original 9 minute version along with a download link. What a champ!
Download - Unspoken (original version)
Emancipator - Minor Cause
Elegance and exotic soundscapes lather Emancipator's new album Dusk to Dawn.
Nowhere is this more true than on the stunning opener Minor Cause. The music begins slowly and builds before blossoming into a fully recognised orchestral, electronic masterpiece. The strings alone make this song worthy of a listen, but Emancipator's technological prowess transforms Minor Cause into a piece to be reckoned with. Highly recommended.
Download - Minor Cause
Cutup Piano And Xylophone
Fridge - Cutup Piano And Xylophone
Four Tet has a pretty large fanbase nowadays, but not many fans of his music would know that before building his reputation as the godfather of folktronica, he made music in a trio called Fridge.
The group was pretty prolific in the late 90s, early 00s, producing four albums in five years. The very descriptively titled Cutup Piano and Xylophone is taken from their third full-length effort Happiness. It blurs the line between sampling and live instrumentation in a fresh, unconventional way.
Download - Cutup Piano and Xylophone (control-click & save)
Bonobo - Cirrus (radio rip)
Bonobo has a reputation for being one of the premier ambient / electronic producers in the world. This is a reputation that has been building for several years and there are more and more fans anticipating the man’s next move.
Thankfully, three years after releasing his last original album Black Sands, Bonobo has returned with Cirrus, premiering the tune of Giles Peterson's BBC Radio 6 show and rumour has it that he is due to release a new album in 2013.
The track features complex percussion and predominantly live instrumentation that has been masterfully mixed to create a minimalist tune. The end result is Cirrus. One listen to this song will induce the same brain wave frequency patterns as mediation. Unfortunately that state of mind will be broken by Giles Peterson talking over it.
Keep your ears peeled for the legitimate copy when it is released later this year.
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