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NO TIME TO WASTE

Fri, 02 Oct 2015 18:02:00 +0000

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Everyone - No Time To Waste

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The autoplay is on just for the video, not for the sound (so as not to annoy you), so press play above first!
The connection between the song and this video seems to be completely random, were it not for the fact that rhythmically, these two seem made for each other. (I know, it’s only because this song and the original soundtrack of the video are more or less the same 4-4 tempo, but whatever).

The track has been a favourite of mine for a while, although it was actually only months after purchase that I really started to appreciate it. If you've been reading this site for a while, you'll know that Joakim and Kindness are personal favourites of mine, and 'No Time To Waste' was their first coproduction under their 'Everyone' guise.
It sounds as if it was made to be played solely in dark basements in the early morning hours, but I like the contradiction of pairing it with this bright, open landscape video of which you would assume it would be paired with hazy female vocals and summery jingles that underline the inner "goddess" of these acrobats. Note - I actually don't want to criticise the original choice of music, if you turn the volume of the video back up you'll notice it works perfectly to create the atmosphere the director wanted. But stereotypes are here to be broken

PS 1 - The Everyone release was a vinyl only release on Crowdspacer, and it's out of stock in most shops, so Discogs is the place to get it if you're interested ...
PS 2- the video is Shake It Off by Agostina Gálvez, made for Nowness.com .
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WE TRUST EACH OTHER

Sat, 26 Sep 2015 18:48:00 +0000

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Atomium in/out by Marie-Françoise Plissart

Chaos In The CBD (guys, that's a lot of syllables...) have a new EP out called 'Midnight In Peckham'. My knowledge of Chaos In The CBD as well as Peckham is very limited (not to say nonexistent), but judging from this EP, I might have been missing out on some good music and a neighbourhood worth checking out. DJ Sprinkles is a reference that easily comes to mind when listening to this, as in my head they're both categorised under the 'laid back dance moves house'.
'Trust Is Key' is the one that caught my attention, but in fact the whole EP is great - as a whole, as well as each track on its own.
It's out on Rhythm Section, listen to the whole EP here, buy the 12" or digital version here.

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ATMOSPHÈRE

Fri, 04 Sep 2015 14:55:00 +0000

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Greyish skies may make you start believing that summer's over, but the amount of sunshine packed in this release will make you pull through until at least December.
Jack J's 'Thirstin' has been seriously stuck in my ears these last few weeks, so I'm trying to detox now by listening to the release's B-side 'Atmosphère' every once in a while. It's working pretty okay, although I'm afraid Atmosphère might get stuck in my head just as well this way. Works best when listened to over and over again.
An excellent diptych out on Future Times, buy the vinyl here, or digitally on iTunes..
Also, while you're at it, check out 'New Years Eve 2013' which Jack J made under his C'est Life moniker, also on Future Times.


Jack J - Atmosphère
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Jack J - Thirstin'
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DON'T TURN IT OFF

Tue, 23 Jun 2015 21:41:00 +0000

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This one is from a few years ago but it still surprises me every time I listen to it (and it's a staple in my ipod playlists so this happens every so often).
From the lounge-y vibes of the original track, to the acid bassline, to the Donna Summer 'I Feel Love' kind of synth that accompanies the chorus, to the conga drum intermezzo: there's not one part of this track that I don't love. This peculiar mix of elements makes it go so many different places that I'd say there's (almost) no occasion this track isn't exactly fit for.

40 Thieves feat. Qzen - Don't Turn It Off (Brennan Green Mix)
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CALLING CARD

Tue, 02 Jun 2015 22:45:00 +0000

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The inimitable Morgan Geist works under many guises, and has just added another one to the list. The Galleria is a (for now) still very ungoogleable name, but underneath the clean cut rhythms and bubblegum vocals on his latest EP 'Calling Card / The Mezzanine', there's Geist's touch for sure.
The two pieces feature Jessy Lanza on vocals, and are both accompanied by a club friendly edit.
It's a grower for sure, so either you listen to it now for an hour on repeat, or you stow it away in your record collection and pull it out in a few months, because there's nothing better than discovering a hidden gem in your collection months after purchase, finally realising how much you actually like it.
Right now it's an iTunes exclusive, but vinyl and other digital outlets are following next week.

The Galleria - Calling Card
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The Galleria - Mezzanine (Up Dub)
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WHEREVER YOU GO

Sun, 10 May 2015 14:17:00 +0000

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I haven't kept track of these guys nearly as well as I should have the last few years, but seeing their nice new artwork pop up every once in while in the last few months peeked my interest, and turns out they still sound as well as they did before.
The guys I'm talking about is Danish trio WhoMadeWho, and their new EP 'Ember' is about to come out on Get Physical.
Title track 'Ember' features the classic echoing WhoMadeWho vocals and reminds me of Remain & Matt Walsh's Insame a bit, but it's the second track 'There's A Way' that's doing it for me right now. All in all some great laid back rhythms, with equally laid-back vocals and just the right amount of balearic flair.
You can preorder the EP over here, where you can also have a listen to the entire EP.

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BRIGHT

Tue, 07 Apr 2015 20:05:00 +0000

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Hello? Is This Thing On?
Lots of things have happened and lots of things are coming, there's lots of music I've been meaning to share (but didn't) and lots more music I will try to share, so here's somewhere to start.
The boys from Holger are kickstarting their label Holger Tracks with an EP by Belgian band Bright Entity titled "Flying while Standing".
Lots of music references I could write down, but let the music speak for itself for now.
Below is a clip of the last track on the EP, do check out the other clips here.
For the entire thing you'll have to go to the release party of the EP, which is this Saturday April 11th in Brussels - more info here.
And above is a picture of a palmtree because I've missed confusing the hell out of people with these photo/music combinations.


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AMPLE

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 23:30:00 +0000

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Short but sweet.
It had been a very long time since I danced as much as I have danced to this the past weekend.
Buy it here (digital) or here (vinyl).

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YOU'LL NEVER GET TO HEAVEN

Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:29:00 +0000

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You'll Never Get To Heaven is a duo from Canada, they've released a debut album some two years ago and recently put out an EP titled 'Adorn' on their own imprint Mystic Roses Records.
The first notes of that EP instantly makes you think it's an Italians Do It Better record, although the rest of the EP shows a more diverse perspective of influences and interests.
Title track 'Adorn' for example would be sorted in the lo-fi or shoegaze department, while 'Unravel' - the unfortunately only one minute long intermezzo on the EP that was used to score this beautiful campaign video for the Mykita + Maison Martin Margiela eyewear collection - leans more towards a Boards of Canada sound, a sound that is further explored and developed in the closing track 'Closer'.
Despite the range of ideas, the band is still able to combine all of this into one coherent storyline, and all of it in the span of just a 17min EP.
You can stream the entire EP here and buy it here.


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TWO IS EIGHT

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:16:00 +0000

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Unplanned hiatus, oops. There's been quite a bit of nice music I've been meaning to post lately, and the track below comes with the good news that Lone has a new album coming out on R&S Records, titled 'Reality Testing'. It'll be out on 17 June.
The track consists of two distinct parts, which apparently was Lone's intention for the album in general:
"I love the idea of two things sat side by side, but instead of it seeming like they’re complete opposites, [it's more that] those two things could almost be the same thing." (source).
The first part has this obvious instrumental hip hop vibe, really easygoing and laidback, and towards the end then it seamlessly floats into something that picks up where Airglow Fires had left off. Hence it wasn't a surprise to read that Airglow Fires is tracklisted just after this one on the album.
If instrumental hip hop is your thing then that Nicolas Jaar Beats in Space mix from a few years back is still a great listen by the way.

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MIDAS TOUCH

Thu, 16 Jan 2014 22:25:00 +0000

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This led me to posting the track below, because - I'm sorry Jamie Lidell, Jimmy Edgar & Machinedrum - it just comes nowhere near this Hell Interface (a.k.a. Boards Of Canada) remix of Midnight Star. And nowhere near the original either, obviously. If you want to pick it up somewhere, Discogs is the place.
Hello, by the way! Is it too late to wish you a Happy New Year? Over & Out.

Hell Interface - Midas Touch (Remix)
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A HOLD ON LOVE

Sat, 16 Nov 2013 16:52:00 +0000

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Erol Alkan is considered to be a well-known and good producer, yet when it comes to his own productions, it has been quite silent over on Alkan's front - save for a few remixes over the years. However, below is the lead track of his long-awaited 3 track debut EP, it's the least ebullient one out of them all, and by far my favourite one. There's been some quality material on Alkan's Phantasy label this year and this release is no exception.
Will be released on vinyl at the end of the month, followed by a digital release on December 2nd.

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GOIN' UP IN SMOKE

Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:06:00 +0000

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Another recent re-discovery from my record collection. It's been soundtracking my morning rides to work for the last few days so I could not not share it with you. I don't remember where I got this from, it was released on this edits EP and it's an edit that would work just as well in a dark basement as it does on a fresh bike ride.
I couldn't explain in words why this seemingly generic disco edit excites me more than the thousands of edits that can be found on soundcloud, except that maybe it just has the right pieces put together. Simple yet very effective.

Eddie Kendricks - Goin' Up In Smoke (Super Value Edit)
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HUNT

Thu, 17 Oct 2013 20:40:00 +0000

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Here's a really beautiful piece by Swedish trio dnkl. 'Hunt', their debut single oozes with heavy-heartedness (I'm not sure this is a word), and I can't stop listening to it. Free download too. Snygg!

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DAYS LIKE THIS

Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:07:00 +0000

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It would probably be cool to say that I found these track in a bargain bin in a very obscure & cool record shop, but the truth is they were on an Eskimo mix compilation that I played so, so much a few years ago - because I liked the music, but mostly also because of it being a neon orange cd that just looked really cool. I reckon you can't pick this up in the store anymore, but it's still one of my favourite mix cds to date, so worth checking out.

Shaun Escoffery - Days Like This (DJ Spinna Remix)

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Lil' Louis & The Party - Clap Your Hands (Tambourine Mix)
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WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?

Thu, 10 Oct 2013 21:48:00 +0000

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Has anyone actually listened to the entire David Bowie album? I realised today that I haven't... Here's the good thing though: he's releasing an 'Extra' edition of The Next Day and whereas in most cases I hate it when an artist releases an extended/special edition/bonus version of an album you've already bought, in this case The Next Day Extra might be my cue to invest. There's all sorts of stuff on this special edition but the only thing that really matters to me right now is this piece of bliss by James Murphy.
A big name remix of a big name fails to meet expectations more often than we'd like, but really this one does the trick perfectly, and not in an arrogant way but just by being well thought through and excellently produced, from the seemingly arythmic hand clapping at the start right up until the last few synth chords. And to be honest, did we expect anything less from Mr. Murphy?


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ROUNDS

Sat, 14 Sep 2013 11:58:00 +0000

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It's been a while, but summer's over so it's time to get back into the blogging thing. If you've sent me an email in the last 3 months, there's a 90% chance I haven't read it, I'm sorry. But here's something I found in my spam folder while looking for another email I couldn't find.
I'll keep this post simple, people that have been reading ssssound for a while will surely be familiar with Marius anyway. He's got a new single coming out on NON Records and it's really great. Out on 18th September.

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MESMERIZE

Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000

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If Pampa Records has a definable sound, then this must be it. So, aficionados of DJ Koze, Ada and the likes will highly appreciate this piece of music. German duo Die Vögel just released an EP titled 'The Chicken', of which the A-side and title track - despite the name - is quite heavy, while B-side 'Mesmerize' is rather laid-back and indeed 'mesmerising'. Buy the EP here. And maybe while you're enjoying the music you can read the press release here, it doesn't happen often enough that they're as entertaining as this one.

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TELEX

Sat, 27 Jul 2013 10:38:00 +0000

Photo by Matt Lief Anderson I've been going through my itunes library a bit these past few days and in the process of doing so I've come across some Telex albums again, a band who you'll most likely remember from 'Moskow Discow' or their (at the time) baffling performance at the Eurovision song contest in 1980 - their plan was to finish last in the competition, but they failed and ended second to last.Below are two remixes off a Telex remix cd from around 1998. For starters there's the Carl Craig remix of 'Moskow Discow' (I included the remix cause I thought most of you would know the original already. However, if you don't, take the time to check it out. It's a Belgian classic.) The remix really has an archetypical late nineties sound, it's almost a dub mix, with an odd breakdown about two thirds into the track. The 'Raised By Snakes' remix coincidentally comes right after the Carl Craig remix on said cd, it's something quite different, inclining more to Roulé-sounding music, so still classic for that era. Interesting how both remixes 'updated' tracks that were already 20 years old at the time, to make them fit with what was hip & happening then, but now these remixes themselves have become vintage pieces.Although Telex have released some great music, some people might not comprehend their ironic intentions today and dismiss it as 'outdated'. To catch a glimpse of their characteristically humourous, cheesy and (again, at the time) futuristic sounding pop, I've also included 'A/B' and 'Sigmund Freud's Party' below, which are some of my favourites out of their discography.Telex - Moskow Discow (Carl Craig Mix)Telex - Raised By Snakes (Shake Mix)Telex - A/BTelex - Sigmund Freud's Party[...]



STEP BY STEP

Thu, 18 Jul 2013 16:50:00 +0000

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Tristesse Contemporaine released their debut album only last year, but this year they'll be back in September with a follow up to one of my favourite albums of 2012 - need I mention that the expectations are quite high? In anticipation of the album I've been playing their 'Woodwork' EP quite a bit (yes, it's been out for a while, I'm just catching up on things I have been meaning to post). The vinyl version offers four new originals of which the title track is probably my favourite, but they're all great really. 'Waiting' appears to be the lead track of the EP though, since it has an additional Acid Washed remix on the digital release. Great as a whole, but all great on their own as well. Listen to the entire EP here.
Their sophomore album 'Stay Golden' will be released September 16th on Record Makers / Dirty, and you can buy the Woodwork EP here.

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AFRICAN FIRE

Wed, 17 Jul 2013 10:11:00 +0000

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Antwerp-based Soldier's Heart have been causing a bit of a stir in Belgium these last few months. African Fire is their first single, it's 100% pop but who doesn't love pop when it's done right, right? This, and their fresh take on Gabriel Rios' 'Broad Daylight' make me curious to hear how the'll develop.
Stef Van Looveren directed the official video for the single, it's odd but rather nice - watch it here.

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CLOSE

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 20:37:00 +0000

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Close (a new project by Will Saul), has recently released his debut album 'Getting Closer' on !K7 Records, 'My Way' is the second single of that album. The version of 'My Way' that appears on the album is actually an alternate version by Tanner Ross & Slow Hands, the version below is the original version which you can download for free on the Close facebook page. It has a great "Less Is More" production that highlights Joe Dukie's great voice, by supporting it mostly just with a simple rhythm and bassline played by band members of Fink.
The single comes with with remixes by Dusky and Midland, as well as the Tanner Ross & Slow Hands version mentioned above. You can buy the single here, or the entire album here.

Close feat. Joe Dukie - My Way (Original Version)
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RAW CUT

Wed, 10 Jul 2013 22:45:00 +0000

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Susumu Koshimizu - Crack the stone (Mono-ha, 1970)

Syncopated rhythms are sort of a trademark for Motor City Drum Ensemble, they give his tracks their typical choppy, rough sound. In this remix of one of MCDE's best known tracks (I call it "that track with the Moby vocals in it" - though the original vocals are actually from Barbara Lyn - 'I'm A Good Woman' and this is completely beside the point). What I meant to say: in this remix, Recloose starts off with that easily distinguishable syncopated rhythm, as if to remind you who it is he's remixing, but then gradually it evolves into a more polished Recloose-like aproach. It's a nice example of a remix that remodels a track without it becoming overbearing and without losing sight of the original concept of the track.
Forthcoming on a compilation with MCDE remixes, to be released by Faces Records.

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GRIND

Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:48:00 +0000

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This may not be super new, but it's easily becoming one of the biggest tracks of the summer for me. When first listening to Toro Y Moi's 'Anything In Return' album, it was the production of tracks like 'Rose Quartz' that spoke to me - more than the vocals. Over the past few months, I've come to appreciate the tracks as a whole, but that doesn't mean I'm any less of a fan of Chaz Bundick's production skills on their own. And his 'Les Sins' alter ego happens to focus exactly on that aspect. People describe it as his "more dance-oriented project", but personally I don't think Toro Y Moi is not dance-oriented?
In any case, it's some great, carefree music that should brighten up these not-so-summery summer days. It was released on Dan Snaith's excellent Jiaolong label a few months ago, and you can buy it here.

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RENATA

Sun, 23 Jun 2013 21:09:00 +0000

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Here's something that I picked up from the record store this week. Mr Holden has a new album - titled 'The Inheritors' - coming out, which follows up 'The Idiots Are Winning' after a 7 year hiatus. You can stream it over at Pitchfork Advance right now, though admittedly, I haven't listened yet so I can't tell you anything more about it.
This remix on the other hand, comes from a 10" remix vinyl that has been released in anticipation of the album, with a Daphni (Caribou) remix on the A-side and this one by Steve Moore on the other side. The Daphni remix is higly recommended as well, but on a Sunday evening this just seemed to fit the Sunday evening mood better. I hate to call it 'spacey music', though somehow Steve Moore's music always brings images of moon landscapes and outer space to mind for me. It's very filmic, and very enjoyable.
Buy it here

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