Some midweek mastery and two words that mean cool contemporary classical… Max Richter. In 2014, the German-born British composer wrote the music for the HBO series The Leftovers. The cello in ‘Dona Nobis Pacem 1’ just sings to me.
Son of a jazz and electronic musician, German DJ Stephan Bodzin picked up the experimental baton. In 2015, he released his second studio album, Powers Of Ten, on his own label Herzblut Recordings. The opening track is ‘Singularity’ – a living, breathing, deep techno melter.
Philly-based Alexander Giannascoli is better known by his stage name (Sandy) Alex G (formerly Alex G). After launching his career with a number of self-releases and his label debut DSU on Orchid Tapes, Giannascoli signed to Domino Records and released the long player Beach Music. Its exploratory production was well received; the track ‘Station’ is sung in a lower pitch than much of the album, as Alex G expresses the psychedelic moment of a man breaking into a liquor store. Have a great weekend.
Time for a sundance for the weekend. The seven-piece Mbongwana Star are from Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In 2015, they released their aptly named LP From Kinshasa, which includes the ‘Nganshe’. The track is built around a pulsating bass and a strange cuíca-like squeaking sound. Over the top, voices chatter, guitars flurry and hypnosis quickly ensues.
Et maintenant, du pop français pour le weekend. L’Impératrice’s ‘Vanille Fraise’ is a summery mix of French Touch, filter disco and chillout. If that’s not nostalgic enough, the use of a single looped sample (from the opening of Anita Ward’s ‘Spoiled by Your Love’) is like sprinkles on top. Have a great weekend.
Good morning folks. It’s the talented Mr Obaro Ejimiwe and and his track, ‘Be Right Back, Moving House’. This confident song featured on Ghostpoet’s 2015 album Shedding Skin. It has a touch of Matt Berninger about it, but that’s no bad thing, right. Have a good week.
This sound oozes nostalgia. Apparently, Dan Bejar made his band record ‘Dream Lover’ after just two rehearsals. In a parallel universe, I hear Mercury Rev’s Jonathan Donahue trying to do a Lou Reed impression while being supported by a horn-laced E Street Band. “Here comes the sun.” I hope so. ‘Dream Lover’ was the first single from Destroyer’s 10th album, Poison Season. Have a great weekend.
Happy New Year folks! The Swedish duo of Marleen Nilsson and Anders Hansson formed Death And Vanilla in Malmö and quickly set about using the vibraphone, organ, mellotron and Moog to recreate a certain sound of yesteryear. Their 2015 album To Where the Wild Things Are included the dreamy pop number ‘California Owls’.
Khruangbin is the Thai word for airplane and its use by the band serves as a tribute to the Thai rock/funk that inspires them. Laura Lee (bass), Mark Speer (guitar) and Donald “DJ” Johnson (drums) are all from Texas (I kid you not), but evidently well travelled. “She was a queen. She had a house. She was a fighter. She was a queen. Had a good dude. Bought me a rabbit… She was a queen. One day she was gone. She died in a fight. ‘Cause she was a fighter. She was a queen. She was a queen.” The murmuring sounds of ‘White Gloves’ feature on their only studio album to date, The Universe Smiles Upon You.
Singer-songwriter, producer and DJ, Tom Misch is on an upward trajectory. The London native has an ear for a chilled-out beat. Released in 2015, ‘Sunshine’ features the type of filtered horns and dancefloor-loops that would make a Frenchman smile. Dr Electronic.