Tag Archives: 2013

Nils Frahm ‎- Says (2013)

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Like last month’s post of Martin Roth’s ‘An Analog Guy In A Digital World’, this sound from Nils Frahm is a serene interlude. ‘Says’ features on his 2013 album Spaces. He creates a pure, pulsating soundscape that is both contemporary and classical.

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Mark Mulcahy – Let The Fireflies Fly Away (2013)

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Former frontman for Miracle Legion, Mark Mulcahy released the album Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You to small applause. It was his first full album in almost a decade and people may have forgotten. But within the album there are some real treats. The song ‘Let The Fireflies Fly Away’ is one such example. “Waiter, there’s a frog in my…”

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Omar S feat. D Taylor – The Shit Baby (2013)

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Some feelgood house music for Thursday. Alex Omar Smith was clever enough to let the piano do the talking on ‘The Shit Baby’. The Detroit producer was able to create something both modern and nostalgic in 2013.

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Mad Rey – Quartier Sex (2013)

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Parisian Quentin Leroy (aka Mad Rey) put out a compilation Cœur D’artichaut on D.KO Records in 2013. On it is a slice of classic house… ‘Quartier Sex’. The long house beat intro is cool, but it’s the impulsive piano chords that draw me in.

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Oneohtrix Point Never – Boring Angel (2013)

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Oneohtrix Point Never is the recording alias of Brooklyn-based experimental composer and producer Daniel Lopatin. Having signed a contract with Warp Records in 2013, Oneohtrix Point Never was looking to manipulate electronica. The opener of his first recording on the label, R Plus Seven, is ‘Boring Angel’. Philip Glass must have been eating his heart out.

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Ólafur Arnalds – Happiness Does Not Wait (2013)

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High praise indeed, but I wonder whether Max Richter was listening to the Icelandic multi-instrumentalist Ólafur Arnalds when he wrote the theme piece for the HBO series The Leftovers. ‘Happiness Does Not Wait’ first appeared on the contemporary classical music label Erased Tapes’ Collection V.

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Cate Le Bon – Are You With Me Now? (2013)

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How good is this track?! It is a recent find and I think I might have to revisit my best-of review of 2013. Her song ‘Are You With Me Now?’ features on her album Mug Museum. Like another Welsh singer-songwriter, Cate Le Bon is based in the US. I think there is more than a coincidental touch of John Cale about this sound.

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James Blake – Retrograde (2013)

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From one English award-winning songwriter to another… James Blake released ‘Retrograde’ in 2013 as the lead single from his sophomore album Overgrown. The sound was sparse, atmospheric and totally original.

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Sweet Baboo – Let’s Go Swimming Wild (2013)

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The talented Stephen Black is a singer-songwriter from Wales. In 2013, he released the quirky album Ships on Moshi Moshi Records. ‘Let’s Go Swimming Wild’ gives listeners a slightly psychedelic flavour of Sweet Baboo.
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Tchami feat. Kaleem Taylor – Promesses (2013)

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Let’s dance. Martin Bresso (aka Tchami) is a house music producer from Paris. In 2013, he carved out a little spot on the dancefloor for himself with the banging tune that is ‘Promesses’. Kaleem Taylor lays down the vocals against the thickest of basslines. Boom! Have a great weekend.

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Still Corners – The Trip (2013)

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London-based duo Still Corners released their song ‘The Trip’ as the first track on their 2013 long player Strange Pleasures. The album does not get any better; Tessa Murray’s voice drifts over waves of Greg Hughes-penned dream pop.

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Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jubilee Street (2013)

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‘Jubilee Street’ was the second single from The Bad Seeds’ album Push the Sky Away. This slow burner has echoes of The Velvet Underground; a song about a prostitute named Bee who lived on Jubilee Street in Brighton. Before the Australian star left the city for L.A., following the death of his son, he had spent the best part of two decades down on the south coast. That’s enough time to see a lot of change. Have a great weekend.

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Cage The Elephant ‎- Telescope (2013)

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In 2013, Cage The Elephant found glam in their rock for their album Melophobia. “In a far and distant galaxy/Inside my telescope I see/A pair of eyes peer back at me/He walks and talks and looks like me.” Lord Bowie could not have put it better.

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Alvvays – The Agency Group (2013)

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Now let’s turn up the dissonance dial a touch. Toronto-based band Alvvays self-released their debut album in 2013. It featured this peach. Molly Rankin hits the high notes on ‘The Agency Group’.

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Connan Mockasin – I’m The Man, That Will Find You (2013)

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We finish the week with something a little weird and wonderful. Connan Mockasin’s ‘I’m the Man, That Will Find You’ mimics and evokes to great effect. Despite the R&B machismo of the chorus, its psychedelic funk production has to be heard to be believed. The song features on his 2013 album Caramel. Have a great weekend.

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