Sounds like wasps inside an 8 bit computer game. Dub here means echoey. Which I take issue with. It’s now biffing along in a slightly glassy percussive way. This is on a comp and is the only thing I have heard by him. It’s a bit serious. Boffin music. Bit harsher now. Ends now. Just under 8 minutes well spent.
I know nothing of folk music. This is the sort of folk music my dad used to listen to in the car and I'd be wishing the car crashed or blasting DMX into my ears. Predictably enough, now that I'm older, I like this. I like the peacefulness, the slightly off-beat guitar, the collision of feminine high note with male low note. I even like that folky 'E-OH' they put on the end of words. It's NICE-E-OH. It takes me away to another place, probably a fishing village. My hands are covered in fish guts and sand but I can smell the sea air and I'm about to drink 15 pints of ale. I could almost cry.
I should add that I've not listened to a single word of this. I never listen to lyrics anymore. Probably should.
Shiba San - What’s On My Mind
I found this tune a week or two ago and it's been getting the most play. This idea of writing while listening is probably best to do when the music is new but maybe writing about a tune you’ve already heard will work to? When the bass comes in I remember thinking when listening for the first time that this sounds good. When the bass sort of skips every so often it reminds me of shuffling. All the samples and sounds used in this tune are exactly the right ones. The first time I listened, something happened at some point about a third in where I just did a double take and thought ‘what is this?’ It’s so full of dancing energy but it's that double bass skip every so often which makes this tune so good imo.
DJ Zinc x Chris Lorenzo - Gammy Elbow
Next up is some Lorenzo x Zinc which on paper can only be good. Was randomly listening to tunes on Spotify compiling a play list and discovered this oddly titled Gammy Elbow. When the bass comes in I thought I’ve heard this before but had no idea what it was or who it was by. Again, it’s the bass (a common theme), which gives the tune a mild rudeness and a head up stomping vibe. It just finished but I’m going to play it again. The bass sounds like it carries Bassline’s dna but has been refined to the point where it is something almost entirely different. Imagine standing on a raised area at the back of club dancing and watching a decent swathe of people fully into it.
Chris Lorenzo - Come Down
After finding Gammy Elbow I next clicked on Come Down. It’s quite similar to Gammy Elbow and would work well in a mix as a follow up track to the former. These tunes I’m writing about are a sequence I listen to first thing in the evening currently when relaxing. I seem to do this every so often to kind of soundtrack what's going on during the day (I think) over a particular period of time. The more bassliney and grimey it gets the more fun and memorable time is being had I have deduced. It just finished but again, I will repeat it. The sample about being 'water my friend’ is good.
Tiga vs Audion - Let’s Go Dancing (Solomun Remix)
I think Solomun should probably be bigger or more well known than he is. I’ve been randomly hearing the odd thing from him for a while and they always stand out on their own. There’s a really great Boiler Room video on YouTube of him playing somewhere in the jungle with a wild cast of characters dancing behind. Well worth a watch. This tune is very typical of the stuff I really like that he does. Quite slow, very atmospheric and with a certain heightened musicality to it.
Burnski & Robert James - Perception
Totally reminds me of when people like Mark Radford were hand picking certain tunes from the existing house milieu and putting them together, sort of highlighting maybe a development within that existing house scene that hadn’t happened before. This track is also the one from the Mad Kezza London bridge is falling down video. You can’t really hear the bass on that video so upon listening to this the bass is a pleasant surprise.
Tune by Hikaru Utada; friends have been incredibly enamored with her work but the few times I've glanced at it I've never taken to it usually. However another friend is writing about her specifically at a blog I've contributed to and its pretty engaging to watch someone else's perspective around these tunes, or put themselves through the process of historicizing someone they consider important. The song itself is falling a lot further into the 'not for me' camp as many tunes have done, but its a fairly decent ballad arrangement. She's one of those particular vocalists who isn't peculiar but has a tendency to make certain emphasises that are very her. I heard Reynolds talk at the beginning of the year I believe about how once you're overly familiar with a songwriter, you can start predicting their tricks of melody; their beloved intervals and things of that nature and that causes it to lose the luster a little. This is reasonable but I feel like it's also fascinating to wonder what makes someone start to identify with those decisions as a songwriter, what develops those habits, etc.
This is "Sweet Crazy Love" by Odd Eye Circle, who are a sub-unit of a larger 9-member K-Pop 'group' called L00NA; their agency is actually funded by an arms corporation, and they deal heavily in stylized music videos with tons of subtext, so if Luka dared he'd have a field day with the collective's music. Ignoring the functional stuff going on, this song works to a sort of retro-active dancey-R&B feel that updates the sort of Galleria-middle of the mall Janet Jackson sound with a lot of modern starch. I love the light disco beat beneath the tune and the way for all the typical surge in the keys there's a sense of greyscale (no doubt altered by my perception of the video), and the interlock of the three girls voices (Choerry, JinSoul and Kim Lip; I'd point them out but it doesn't matter when listening as much unless you know their individual solo songs, in which then as a fan it becomes a bizarre game of sorts to deal with these people as 'pieces of a whole').
the times vigilant citizen has covered k-pop have left me genuinely terrified. a level of control, manipulation and psychotic sadism that makes the blood run cold examplified for me by forcing the members of a girl group to all have drastic plastic surgery as part of a relaunch. countdown to the big reveal. what will your idols look like now? very very bad juju. the one eye thing is worth thinking about in that it is not a coincidence. it's very deliberate. so then the question becomes WHY?
Oh you should read this review I'm penning for this one group's single in advance. It's totally going to end up looking like a Suicide Note. A lot of "H-Hey buddy"s. The content truly dishevels the mind.