Feb 15 musings…

  • Holy shit, best video of the year so far!! Great track, too. ūüėÄ

 

  • Loving this cut from the new Joey Anderson record Invisible Switch, released in late December last year on Dekmantel.

 

  • As warm and gooey as honey:
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Feb 12 musings…

  • Epic new track from James Blake! Very excited for his new album, whenever it’s coming out.

 

  • This beauty just gets me every time:

 

  • Just discovered the band Bongwater and on the strength of this awesome track I’m eager to delve into their full catalogue.

Feb 11 musings…

Finally got a day free of busy so was able to jump into some musical goodness.

  • First thing’s first: how in the heck did I manage to go almost 33 years on this planet and never bump into this masterpiece of French electro pop from Cosmo Vitelli?!?!?!!

Come for the awesome track, stay for the delightfully bonkers clip!

 

  • Now while I love a lot of Squarepusher‘s discography I have been left somewhat disappointed by his output of the last decade. I quite liked 2006’s Hello Everything but coming after the 2003 magnum opus that is¬†Ultravistor I couldn’t help but feel it lacking. Just A Souvenir in 2008 just magnified those feelings of unfulfillment.

The negative reviews which greeted¬†2010’s¬†Squarepusher Presents Shobaleader One:¬†d’Demonstrator¬†stamped to death any prospectic I may have had in checking it out.¬†And so essentially Tom Jenkinson‘s recent output just fell off my radar.¬†2012’s Ufabulum and last year’s Damogen Furies¬†have, sadly, been pretty much bypassed by this listener (despite hearing reports here and there that they’re his better releases in a while – what can I say, a period of apathy is a hard thing to break).

Well… today¬†I did stumble upon a used copy of d’Demonstrator going extremely cheaply and decided to try it out. Yeah… so far it’s not brilliant ~however! I have very much taken a shine to the opener Plug Me In.

I think it’s a lovely example of¬†gentle and downcast atmospheric r&b/pop-rock/ehhhh….

 

  • Totally totally on board with It Means I Love You, the first track off the new Jessy Lanza record Oh No.

Her debut album, Pull My Hair Back, was my favourite album of 2013.

 

 

R.I.P. Dilla

  • Yesterday would have marked James Dewitt Jancey’s 42nd birthday, had he not died February 10th¬†2006. Just three days before that tragic day,¬†J Dilla had released his album Donuts, a certified masterpiece of instrumental hip hop.

Around the ten year anniversaries of these events it surely is a time for mourning and reflecting on a lost talent but one also of absolute celebration. Donuts well and truly has earned its status as a classic album. It is brimming with creativity, joy and soul.

Feb 5 musings…

  • I started out my Friday with the news¬†Deftones, one of my all time favourite bands, had hours ago debuted the first song from their new album. Gore, their eight studio album, is out in April. They premiered Prayers/Triangles on Apple’s Beats 1 radio station. It’s a beautiful song and makes me ravenous to hear the whole album.

I really am quite in awe at how the band has evolved and stayed fresh for more than two decades.

Listening to the new song,¬†I couldn’t help but reflect¬†on how I discovered the band in the early 2000s. It was through playing the videogame Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX on my Sega Dreamcast. The song Be Quiet And Drive (Far Away) was on the game’s soundtrack and I absolutely loved it. And so began a passionate love affair.

So it’s a bizarre coincidence to be ending my Friday upon¬†hearing the news of¬†the death of Dave Mirra today.

And my mind wanders to another highlight from that game’s soundtrack, Sublime‘s What I Got.

Life is too short so love the one you got
Cause you might get run over
Or you might get shot