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Flying Lotus – Los Angeles

Posted by David on February 17, 2010

Los Angeles is a 2008 album by up-and-coming electronic artist Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus. The album is a string of hip-hoppish/trip-hoppish beats, accented with hazy-sounding synths and chopped-up little snatches of speech and singing. He conjures up an incredibly viscous sound: the heavy hits of the kick drums forever seem to be dragging just slightly, record needle noise runs thick over much of it, and the accompanying samples and melodies all have a slightly drunken, far-off feel to them. I suspect that combining this music with some kind of depressant might risk melting one’s face off. I was put off at first — it takes a little getting used to — but the longer I’ve played this and the louder I’ve played it, the further I have gotten into its deep, syrupy grooviness. Another cool act on the strange and magical roster of Warp Records.

Those are both a bit more upbeat than much of the album, but they’re a couple of my favourites.

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A couple of wicked Justice remixes

Posted by David on October 20, 2009

These guys!

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Life After †: Some DJs

Posted by David on September 27, 2009

†In 2007, Justice descended into our lives like a humungous, golden, cruciform spacecraft from another world (France). Their album, †, is an extended study in ass-kicking, and should be heard by anyone with an interest in electronic dance music. I have been looking around ever since for other music in a similar vein; thankfully, their popularity also seems to have inspired a slew of new electro house-type DJs, almost all of whom seem to be French. I’ve found that good electronic music of any subgenre — good in the sense of having been interestingly put together, with some complexity, such that it can easily be enjoyed even in non-inebriated, non-club settings — is often very hard to come by, so I report some of my findings below.

Dilemn: I came across this guy’s EPs quite at random on iTunes and was immediately enamoured of his powerfully buzzing bass and in-your-face four-on-the-floor beats. There’s less of the funkiness and grandness that so endeared me to Justice, but Dilemn can certainly match them for amount of punch packed.

Golden Bug: His album is a bit less danceable and more electro-y, and I found much of it pretty tepid despite its aspirations toward electro-disco-fun-ness (aspirations for which I have great sympathy). However, a couple of the songs (“Rocket City” and “Back to Death” in particular) develop into something much more wicked, and if you’d like to hear them they’re in one of the music players on the above-linked Myspace page.

MSTRKRFT‘s sound is rawer than that of Justice or Dilemn. I’ve never found their more staccato synths and less layered-up style quite as compelling as the all-out blasting of the others. I also thought their previous album was marred by a bit too much straightforward repetition—my perennial beef with a lot of dance music. However, as of just now I am listening to their brand-new album, Fist of God, and some of it is actually sounding pretty good to me: more mixed-up. This is my favourite so far. (These guys are actually from Toronto and not France.)

The Bloody Beetroots: I actually have only listened to a smattering of their songs, and haven’t particularly liked any of them besides this rather kickass number entitled “Butter”. (Ok, and these guys are Italian.)

• I was just introduced to Yuksek and I’m liking him a lot. His debut album came out this year, and while it’s not as much of a constant rush as Justice’s, it’s quite pleasantly loaded with variation and still has a few good hard-hitting dance tracks. As an example of this variation, I give you the lovely, serene track, “I Could Never Be a Dancer,” which is not in the least representative of the rest of the album, but I think we’ve probably had enough boom-chish-boom-chish for one post anyway. (Don’t worry, he’s French.)

And that, I hope, will help to tide us over until Messrs. Augé and de Rosnay see fit to provide us with a new studio album.

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The Slew: Kid Koala rocks out

Posted by David on September 25, 2009

The SlewWhen I went to Kid Koala‘s show in July, I was surprised. I had come expecting to spend all night staring in awe at the screen showing the turntable while he worked his virtuosic magic on it, with the usual clever scratching tricks and quirky samples. Instead, right off the bat, we were blasted with a huge, thunderous, danceable beat that he kept up relentlessly, carrying on it all manner of heavy, distorted guitar samples. I didn’t get the sense that anyone in the crowd objected, and the virtuoso scratching still made a few jaw-dropping appearances.

It turns out that his most recent album — apparently a collaboration with another DJ, Dynomite D, which began as the soundtrack to a now-defunct movie project — reflects this stylistic change. I’ve been enjoying it immensely. In the past, I’ve liked his albums, found them humorous and a few of the songs quite catchy, but I’ve never listened to them all that much, thinking of them more as a novelty. But rather than a set of delicately chopped-up jazz melodies and goofy samples, this one is a more or less non-stop party of blasting rock and hip hop drums, bass and gnarly guitar, with his scratching accenting the melody rather than taking centre stage. It is eminently danceable.

As it turns out, the Most Adorable DJ is also the most generous: he’s put the album up for free download, so there is really no excuse for not giving it a listen. I recommend playing it as loud as is feasible for you.

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