Nices Wölkchen (ft. Apparat)
Magical Boy (ft. Matthew Dear)
It’s been a while since I enjoyed an “electronic” album that much.
DJ Koze is back after 8 years with a proper LP, inviting his friends along (Apparat, Matthew Dear, Caribou, etc.)
This album is a concentrate of creativity, rythms and melody.
The songs I chose here are two house tracks. But it doesn’t necessarily reflect the style of the whole album (not at all actually). It’s just the tracks I dig the most right now.
Have a listen, you won’t regret it!
Solo Piano II
I know you’re not used to see that type of music blogged here, but let’s face it : this album is a pure marvel.
Chilly Gonzales is a Canadian musician and producer (Fesit, Jamie Liddel, etc.), who loves to blend and play with the genres.
He delivers here a piano album only -his second to date- but already collaborated wit Tiga (on his previous release) for an electronic sound, made an orchestral rap album…
I could only advice you to browse his great discography and (re)discover his musical genius.
Kill For Love
Into the Black
Kill for Love
This is the soundtrack of a midnight drive in the city, passing by city lights and going to an unknown destination.
This is also one of the best albums of 2012 so far IMO. Chromatics succeeded to produce a highly cinematic album while still containing great standalone hits. If you loved Drive’s ost, you’ll love this (Chromatic’s previous album had been a source of inspiration for the ost).
Kill for Love opens with a cover of Neil Young’s “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”. A risky move, but a marvellous result. It then goes on with the title track, containing most of what the album is made of (ambient, disco, synth-pop, etc.)
If I can give you only one piece of advice, you should jump into this album and listen to it several times. And not just in a car at night. Give it a try at the beach, on rainy or lazy days… Just maybe not to go running or exercice, as listening to KFL with stretch the time and calm down everything surrounding.
Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion
I Love You
The album on Spotify
I stumbled upon this album a few months ago and listened to it quite a few times during long nights of work and/or chill times. As you already figured it out, this is not a warm up album, not a dancefloor killer, etc. This one of the most beautiful ambiant album I’ve heard in a few months/years.
Oliver Tank is a young dude from Australia who produces this poetic music you could compare to Boards of Canada, James Blake… but with his own unique style.
It was quite difficult to chose only 2 songs -even if there are just 6 songs on the album- but I went for the obvious one -Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion- and the following one.
If you have to spend long quiet nights those days (hello students!), I strongly advice you to put on your headphones and embark on this peaceful journey with Oliver Tank as captain.
Oh, one last thing: the album is available for a pay-what-you-like price (this means it’s free if you want) on Bandcamp
Other People’s Problems
Edward The Confessor
A few months ago, I had a blast with the track “Edward the Confessor”. A fresh new sound, full of power, tension and creativity. If you only have time to listen to one song, this is the one.
Since then, I’ve been waiting for the release of their first full length album. “Other People’s Problems” has been released a few days ago.
But first, let’s talk a little bit about the band, because it’s not exactly the classic type of band we can find everyday. Those 5 guys all come from art school and formed a multimedia arts collective, starting as movie directors. Soon enough, they needed music for their videos and so, started to produce their own music. This is important to know, because this has quite a great influence on their sound.
The lads from Breton all live under the same roof, the BretonLab : an old abandoned bank that is now their house and their studio. They manage everything about the band; from the music to the image, these guys create everything themselves.
“Other People’s Problems” is a concentrate of various influences. If you want some names, the more obvious ones could be Foals, Battles, Burial, Bloc Party, Four Tet… Some songs could be categorized as urban, others as post-punk, dubstep, ambiant, electronic, rock… As you can see, it goes in a lot of directions, but oddly enough, it remains remarkably homogeneous! It’s sometimes slow and dark, sometimes fast and happier, but always keep the unique stye of Breton, a concentrate of dark atmosphere, tension and danceable riffs and beats.
The more I listen to this album, the more I love it. Each time, I discover a new song, listen to things differently. Each of the eleven tracks could be used as a soundtrack for a short movie and I play it in my head when listening to it.
I chose 3 songs for you to listen. I tried to pick different ones to let you hear the broad range of sound you can find on this album.
“Edward the Confessor” is the main track, the one that I can’t get rid of.
“Jostle” let you hear what they’re capable of when they go indie-rock.
“The Commission” is definitely one of my favorite, with is nightly dark atmosphere.
Breton is my best discovery in 2012 so far and I can’t wait to see them live. I’m sure (and I hope) this first album is only a glimpse of their entire talent, and that we’ll hear a lot about them for a few months/years.