It’s already more than four weeks ago, but I can still watch this all day long… Deutschland ist Weltmeister!
Did they wait for the World Cup with this title? I don’t know. But anyway, here is the latest, greatest from our Icelandic “electronic soul” heroes. For my taste, a little too few vocals from Earth, and at first and second listen, it lacks a bit of the beautiful deepness of 24/7 and Arabian Horse. But it is nonetheless a no-fuss, four-to-the-floor delivery that has at least one massive hit in its luggage. Check out the official video for Crossfade…
… and get a sneak preview of the entire album:
As always, I suggest buying it directly from the label, if you like it.
This is going to be my favourite song of this summer. Heck, it could even match football World Cup this year… Turn on HD on the video, then turn up the volume – and dance to Chromeo‘s funky pop! Oh, and remember: The whole album is just like this – great, fun and groovy.
P.S. While I’m at it, you might want to read this interesting interview with the guys on electronicbeats.net, too.
Against the Clock is an interesting feature on FACT Magazine, showing off what producers and artists can come up with in ten minutes time. It is quite amazing to see (from a rather nerdy perspective), how much some of them really master their tools – may it be the computer or a specific instrument – so they can actually write and (well, somewhat) arrange a basic song idea in such a short time. And – extra bonus for you and me tonight – I discovered a young, amazing Drum’n’Bass producer, who : Watch Stray build a sweet, slow jam for us in just ten minutes. And don’t forget to check out the other features, too.
Oh, and check out also a preview of Stray’s latest EP Chatterbox to hear what else he’s doing:
I already wrote about the guy a few weeks ago, but now you can pre-listen the entire album. I must say, this is one of the really interesting, in a good way challenging electronic albums this year so far. Go, and get it from the label directly here, if you like it.
And the best thing: He’s going to play at Pumpehuset, here in Copenhagen in June! Well, their website does not tell yet, but they confirmed on Facebook (sic!), so I suppose it is going to happen. Oh, and, dear Pumpehuset, your website sucks, so please do not make the “visuel, bred og flot” view default. It is neither of the three attributes, when you actually want to look for something…
Oh well, it seems I am getting old. Amongst all the new music every year, month, week (that sometimes makes me feel that there is too much music to handle), there is always that little spot, where the ghosts from the past seem to reappear every now and then. This time, it was this article in The Quietus that made me revisit what is probably my favourite album of all times – even before any Depeche Mode album, in fact.
This year, it is 25th anniversary of the release of Disintegration, and I can still remember how I sat together with a friend in his bedroom in his parent’s house, listening to the album for the first time. We were so blown away, that the thunder still echoes in my memory. Ok, that sounds too full of pathos, but it is true. Well, how can you not be impressed by an album opener like Plainsong?
So, what is this story about? Well, it is about the fact that others are better writers than I am (see above mentioned article), better musicians than I am (did I ever write a song as good as any random bar in any song on this album? hell, no!), but that I am certainly a great admirer of great music. So, do yourself a favour, take some quality time reading that article and listen to this wonderful album. It might bring you way down memory lane – for good and bad – but it will be worth it. And to all those naysayers out there, who only listen to 17 Seconds: Listen closely, and you will understand.
P.S. The above video is indeed rather boring, particularly compared to the one for Lullaby or those stupid/funny videos for Lovesong and Pictures Of You (here is the long version, the most beautiful, epic piece of melancholy ever), but it represents one of the very outstanding songs on Disintegration, in my opinion.
I used to like Hercules and Love Affair a lot for various reasons. Anthony and the Johnsons was once of them. Their variety in style, sounds and production another. Now they are about to release a new album, and I don’t know what to say. I don’t know if I like it or not. I don’t understand it. Is it only me? It is so very retro that even GusGus’ Attention and Forever sound like future music… Maybe, it is just a bit too much of it for my taste. Listen in full for a limited time on Pitchfork Advance or watch the video for I Try to Talk to You, which John Grant contributes his vocals to:
The Notwist’s latest album Close To The Glass is still winding up into my ears slowly, growing every time I listen to it. It is a slow burner, like all albums (before and) after Neon Golden. But I am sure it will stand the test of time within their complete oeuvre at last. Now, here is a complete concert they played recently in the city of love. Enjoy 102 minutes of pure live genius!
I just wish they’d play in Copenhagen, too…