Saturday, 25 June 2011
Weird Dance Mixtape, Anyone?
I feel like dancing. You cant question this kind of thing, so you just do it. But there's no dancing unless there is music, so Ive tried to create a weird little soundtrack to boogie around to half naked in full view of the neighbours. These tracks arent your regular floorburners, but they will get the job done in a myriad better ways...
We will start and finish with Motorboater, a Kansas City artist that is mining the same ground as Delorean. Sunny, insistent synth, pattering percussion loops and some lovely crooned vocals, all combining to really sink their teeth in and refuses to let go. All with a smile, a wink and no blood being spilled of course - this is all about a love-in! Both this first track and the closer 'Lessons' are off his freshly released album Sport...
Motorboater - Left Limb
Hooray For Earth, having been born from the afterbirth of Of Montreal, were always going to have skewed dynamics and off-kilter beats, yet this song really took me by surprise. I do love me some RnB when it isnt RnB, or tries hard not to be when it so blatantly is - and 'No Love' is transparent as they come. A lot of fun.
Hooray For Earth - No Love
UMO are Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a name that is floating about a bit lately. Their debut self-titled album is coming out on Fat Possum. This track has been around for a year or so, but is still damned addictive. Its somehow glacial, hypnotic and sundrenched in equal measure. They have a crazy formula that works - Im very keen to hear what the album sounds like... (And for those who want some kind of connection, the band is the brainchild of Ruban Neilson, one third of New Zealand's ace Mint Chicks...)
UMO - Ffunny Ffrends (New Bounce)
Doug Hoyer is among Edmonton’s premier pop practitioners. He is dropping his full length debut Walks with the Tender and Growing Night next week via Old Ugly Recording Co., June 30th. His songs tend to utilise a deluge of different instruments, record samples, and field recordings on every track. It feels like a long lost moody 80s number...
Doug Hoyer - Northern Lights
I really need to stick a Baltimore band on here - they always get me groovin - and you can't really go wrong with some Future Islands! The new single, 'Before The Bridge' isnt out in a physical format until July 19, but I couldnt resist... It still doesnt beat 'Seize A Shark' in my opinion - but then again, not much does - but the track utilises the dance beats, glam punk ethics and Samuel T Herring's vocals to great effect - plus Double Dagger's Denny is on additional percussion, so double ace!
Future Islands - Before The Bridge
We haven't heard from Camera Phone, Luftwaffe's Toby Altman's side project in a while! But here is 'Fauntelroy', a taster of some new releases he has up his sleeve that will be dropped very very soon. Its another easy, groovy number - maybe, rather than dancing, I should just be swaying with my eyes closed, a fat one clamped between my lips???
Camera Phone - Fauntelroy
If we are going for warped dance toons, but dont want to delve into devil worship or Italo disco, then riffling through the Not Not Fun catalogue is a must. And as its one of their newest releases, Ive decided upon Jonas Reinhardt, and a track off Music For The Tactile Dome. His an SF artist that has tinkered with synths for about a decade, but its only the past couple of years that he's music has been finding an audience outside the Bay Area. Hopefully this might get a few more hooked...
Jonas Reinhardt - Smokey Jotus
And, as promised, that other Motorboater track...
Motorboater - Lessons
Well, I hope this lifts your Saturday somewhat. I should add more, but Im floating to the bean bag now...