Its sound ranges from bouncy pop-rock bordering Bloc Party, to echoey-ambience like Mogwai, and then includes everything in between. Track 5 ‘Forever Ago’ starts out very gentle and melodic making good use of a piano to create a melancholy atmosphere, and then builds into a full-fledged pop-rock-dance track incorporating standouts like a fast paced drum beat, a catchy saxophone hook and a few reverbed vocals. Every track on this album is progressive.
Player Piano was meant to be a collection of “keyboard-based psychedelic girl group songs,” as promised by Hawk. Certainly keyboard-based, the album relies heavily on the instrument to create the abstract sound Memory Tapes is so noted for. He certainly delivers on “Sunhits”, an upbeat, throwback jam, with swirling guitars, summery keys, and flashy synths.
Excellent flow, cool synths, earworm-y samples – Linguistics hits all the right tones with this EP. I’ve added the “trip-hop” tag mainly for the excellent production work and vox – it’s not Emancipator, but it’s certainly chill hip-hop. If you liked Lems! you’ll like Linguistics. Real talk, too – Linguistics has some great rhymes, and the title track is particularly worth a listen.
Lustman’s chords and melodic accents—and these are definitely very melodically focused songs—seem to liquefy and pool around the drums, never quite solidifying or staying in one place. The heatstruck haze is a little hypnagogic (particularly the early one-two punch of “The Pacifist” and “Open Space”), and as it turns out, You Stand Uncertain finds itself perfectly at home in the midst of similarly nostalgic Planet Mu material from Solar Bears, Tropics and Boxcutter.
Mimosa has released another collection of brilliant, innoventive dubstep. Falling somewhere between an EP and an LP, this 5 track collection has more of what I love about Mimosa – glitchy loops and samples, serene synths, ethereal whistles and slides, and of course, a deep, grooving bass. Block Party (track 4) is notable for kicking the tempo up to an almost DnB tune, so those looking for a track to slow their roll may wish to wait for a more energetic time of day to try out this album, but don’t pass up this experience.
Please support the artist! Mimosa has released this work as a name-your-price download on Bandcamp.
The laid-back dubby vibes continue ever onwards, punctuated by resonant 303 bassline exercises throughout, and I found that it’s a great album for leaving on in the background without demanding your full attention. Having said this, midway through the album, there’s an absolutely beautiful 10-minute track (one that I’ve kept returning to every day since beginning this review) called “Kitchqoorredux,” which really opens up in the final two minutes and reminds me of Warp production duo Plaid in terms of its head-nodding electronic beats and gorgeous plinky synth melodies.
No review for this one. A somewhat discordant and eclectic start mellows into short, sweet, twee songs. Spangly production – the tracks sparkle out of the speakers with just a hint of background grit. Progressing joyfully through the album we encounter twangy guitars and pounding, energetic drums. Frequently taking breaks and going on segues, this would be a fun album to clean your bathroom to, if you really, really hate cleaning your bathroom, and use orange scented cleaner, and want to feel really good about yourself afterwards.
With a career spanning 20 years, French maestro beatsmith Guts is back, this time working alongside the artist Mambo for the Freedom art and music project. Guts is known for his genius use of old vinyl samples, hip hop beats, spoken word and instrumental mix ups, and as this album is entirely mastered in analogue, it’s pure old school sensibility and seriously cool.
“3 years ago I made an album titled “One Last Look at the Sea”… As many of you know, it was supposed to be released on Somnia, but the label closed. Then it was supposed to come out on 2 other labels, one of which also closed, and the other of which went on an indefinite hiatus.”
“So what I have decided to do is to offer my humble thanks to all who have supported not only Quietus in the past, but my music in general both past and present.”
“As some of you know, from China I am currently unable to run Quietus in its original form for a myraid of reasons, so I have decided to do a one-time digital release, and to show my thanks to everyone by giving it to you for free.”