Saturday, 12 April 2014

Track of the Day: 'Heart Is A Far Light' by Wife

Recorded in the wilds of the Essex coast and produced by The Haxan Cloak, the brilliantly moody piece of electronica by James Kelly conjures up images of the rolling sea mists, barren marshes and general isolation that he must have experienced while recording the new album 'What's Between'. The vocals are buried deep within the music, occasionally breaking free to drift through your headspace. It's certainly got me anticipating the full album release, which is set for June 9th in Tri Angle Records.

Remix of the Day: 'Run Run Run (Ada Remix)' by The Notwist

Originally from one of my favourite albums of the year, 'Close To The Glass', this track has been remixed as part of The Notwist's release for Record Store Day 2014 (which takes place next week, on April 19th). It's a great reinterpretation of the track, with the glitchy electronica beautifully matched with the haunting cello. If you can find a vinyl copy in the shops next week it apparently comes with one of those concentric grooves so you're not sure what version of the track you're going to hear when you put the stylus on the record.

Friday, 4 April 2014

Remix of the Day: 'Bridge & Tunnel (a/just/ed Remix) by Holy Ghost!

The always excellent Holy Ghost! from New York have provided this great remix for you to download for free. Full of bleeps, bloops and general electronic loveliness it's certain to get your feet moving and your head nodding (mine's doing that as I type this, that's how I know). Grab it below.

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Remix of the Day: 'Romance Dawn (Unkle Reconstruction)' by Radkey

If the build up to James Lavelle's Meltdown Festival continues at this pace the whole of the Southbank might just explode on 13th June when the festival kicks off. The first Unkle remix for nearly 4 years sees him taking on teenage punk'n'rock'n'roll trio Radkey, turning their song into a hard-hitting acid-tinged electronic banger.

Radkey are playing the the Meltdown Festival in London on 17th June, while Lavelle kicks the whole thing off on Friday 13th. Full details here.

Monday, 31 March 2014

Video of the Day: 'Palace' by The Antlers

Rejoice, my friends, rejoice, for a new album by The Antlers is nearly upon us.'Familiars' will be released on June 16th in the UK on Transgressive Records (17th on the US on Anti). The first track, called 'Palace', arrived to day and it's an absolutely beautiful piece of work. Possibly the saddest trumpet I've ever heard gives way to hauntingly gorgeous but fragile vocals, and instantly reminds me why I love The Antlers so much. If the whole album's as emotional as this I'll be in pieces on the floor once I've heard it.

You can pre-order the the album here (in the UK) or here (in the US).

Friday, 28 March 2014

Track of the Day: 'Amphis' by Luke Abbott

Strap yourselves in, this is one hell of a trip. Taken from Abbott's forthcoming album 'Wysing Forest', this 12-minute piece feels like the soundtrack to one of those documentaries that explain how life first emerged from the sea and took to the land. Ambitious in scale but never bombastic, it's a really absorbing track. The album it comes from is out in June on Border Community Records, and is essentially a 52 minute piece built up from a series of live improvisations he created while artist in residence at Wysing Arts Centre in Cambridgeshire. Based on this it looks like being an essential purchase!

Remix of the Day #2: 'Klapp Klapp (Swindle Mix)' by Little Dragon

Here's your second one for today, a great new mix of Little Dragon's current single. Rather doing a radical remix, Swindle settles for taking all the good bits (which on this track is actually pretty much everything) and just making them all slightly better. It's a little bit faster, a little bit more harmonious, a little bit more jazzy, a little bit more danceable, and it's still a whole heap of fun.