Listen to the last ten ‘tunes of the moment’
Broads & Milly Hirst - Happisburgh
Mon 27 Jan 2020 | permalink
Building on a foundation of guitars and electronic experimentation English duo Broads have developed a form of contemporary music that sits rather comfortably in today's electronic musical zeitgeist. Taking their interest in loops and manipulated sounds one step further, the duo have teamed up with Norwich folk singer Milly Hirst to produce an (almost-entirely) analogue album built around pianos, drones, field recordings and wordless vocals.
While Happisburgh bears no obvious vocal embellishments, judging by Hirst's delightful singing voice (on her own material) we're in for a treat... we'll just need to wait until the album drops on 6th March to hear her contribution.
TR/ST - The Stain
Tue 14 Jan 2020 | permalink
Another album I missed on its release late last year was The Destroyer - 2 by TR/ST (formerly just Trust) a one-man band also known as Canadian Robert Alfons. He makes catchy, singalong Electronic music packed with emotion and good vibes, and this track, The Stain, is a fine example.
I've got all his albums and they're all well worth checking out if you're unfamiliar.
PinballSpider - Circuit Breaker
Fri 6 Dec 2019 | permalink
The astute among you may recognise the name PinballSpider from the excellent H+P: Clyde Built 5.0 Compilation earlier this year? He teamed up with fellow Scot Kamus on the track Source Material. Well, the up-and-coming producer is about to release his first solo EP and it's a strong one. The impeccably-produced, Breaks-inspired three-tracker rolls along very tidily but it's the lead track that really steals the show. It's got a lovely old-skool vibe that reminds me of DJ Food and Ninja Tune from twenty-odd years ago. That vocal sample has been cut up to perfection.
Circuit Breaker is out on 9th December on Glasgow label Avoidant.
Kim Gordon - Murdered Out
Sun 10 Nov 2019 | permalink
On her debut album No Home Record ex-Sonic Youth bass guitarist Kim Gordon introduces some raucous use of electronics which, when coupled with her familiar raucous guitar work, results in a cohesive collection, both easily listenable and uncompromisingly upfront. For a Sonic Youth fan who hasn't really kept tabs on Gordon's work since the late-90s I'm genuinely impressed.
Murdered Out may been around for a few years already but I'm glad it was included on the album: it rocks!
Maenad Veyl - Take Nothing With You
Sat 5 Oct 2019 | permalink
Onto Duat follows his self-released LP Body Count, released in April 2019.
Ellen Allien - Free Society
Sun 22 Sep 2019 | permalink
I can't stop listening to Ellen Allien's Alientronic album, it's a such a barnstorming effort, eight tracks, all killer, no filler, and as a result, very easy to pick a different favourite with each listen. My current fav happens to Free Society, which has a funky new video of Allien dancing.
Maxime Alexander - Take My Hands
Sat 31 Aug 2019 | permalink
The US-born producer has been making music for a few years, including an album of leftfield Electro Pop called MA14 in 2015. A series of thumping tunes from 2017's Salon Rouge through to last year's Hurt Me demonstrated a knack for knocking out effective Acid Electro. Take My Hands maintains the Acid vibe but the Pop sensibility shines through strongly. Acid Pop for the win!
Nina Kraviz - Stranno Neobjatno
Wed 24 Jul 2019 | permalink
Shifted - The Light Touch
Mon 1 Jul 2019 | permalink
A master class in hypnotic Techno from Guy Brewer, aka Shifted, who debuts on Lucy's Stroboscopic Artefacts label with a forceful new three-track EP called The Light Touch. The title track in particular is superb.
Alice Hubble - Goddess
Sun 9 Jun 2019 | permalink
Alice Hubble is the new solo project of pop princess Alice Hubley (ex Arthur and Martha) and Goddess is her debut release. The title track is pure and simple Pop genius, all about unrequited lust and the heavy toil that sort of thing can bring. The rest of the EP is pretty decent too, with another pop gem in the shape of Lake Louise, as well as three fine remixes of Goddess. My favourite remix is the grizzly Ambient reworking by Luke Mawdsley.