Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Clubroot, 2562, Beatconductor, Kurt Vile

All this week Clubroot had been playing in my room non-stop. I can't get enough of it. I remember when I first heard the track "Low Pressure Zone". It was as if Burial's influence has truly gone into effect. Well... influencing Clubroot along with the new Boxcutter. The dark ambient keys, the sounds of what could be rain in the back ground, bass tones that shake your entire body,  the triplet drum pops of dubstep with a little 808 swagger, and the sadness which looms over the producer. They're hints of other genres too like UK Garage but overall I hear this album as a dubstep album. I know this might be a bit of an overshot, but I feel like this could be one of the best records of the year. Not a party record, but a by yourself record. Don't put it on on a first date, your likely to bum out him/her that your with. I don't really think this record is doing anything too new, but is does feel so nicely arranged that it doesn't bother me.
Download or buy this now! Clubroot - Clubroot

Clubroot: "Fire Fly" (new track not on LP)

2562 is another newer dubstep/techno group. Don't be an asshole and get a bad taste in your mouth because I said the word techno. This is not raver asshole music. I'd be dead surprised to see glow sticks or lollipops at a 2562 show. This is for mature music fans and adults who love electronica. Much like Clubroot, 2562 goes about the slight darker side of music. Not as much as Clubroot, but the elements are still there. This music is not made for a crazy dance party as much as just to set back and listen to the tones he puts in front of you. The album Unbalance was released on the Tectonic label, which means he's label mates with Pinch and Martyn. If you haven't heard those guys yet you neeeeeeeeeeed to hear them. They all do some various sub-genre of dub-step. 

Beatconductor is some electronic, funk, soul, disco from Germany who seems like he's into LCD and that whole DFA thing but with more 70's influence than art punk. Either way, another newer producer who stays away from the cheese and gives us something for the club and our bedroom or even a log car ride into the sun. 

Kurt Vile has put out one of the best indie singer-songwriter records of the year,  and then put out another. God Is Saying This To You was my favorite morning album for a month straight. I'm not too big of a new singer-songwriter fan anymore, but this guy's underlined assholeness and dry since of humor I like. Vocals similar to Lou Reed with hints at the 70's NY music scene. It's rare that I hear a new indie singer song-writer sound so fresh. By looking at this guy with his long hair, you would think he's from the west coast but he's from Philly. The productions range from bright acoustic guitars with reverbed out bedroom vocals to electronic noise interludes. Americana is still present even though this so new sounding. I doubt there will be an artist to put out 2 better records this year. (Childish Prodigy was the second record he put out this year released on Matador Records).

Kurt Vile: "My Sympathy" (this song wins)

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Motor City Drum Ensemble, Woods, Fever Ray and Nosaj Thing

Fall in Gainesville is nothing like fall in Sweden (above) but non the less, it's beautiful outside 90% of the time. Being from Miami and hearing people bitch about how cold it is and them being from South Florida is funny. Gainesville at least kind of has 4 seasons. That's prettttttty, pretttttttty normal. 

So this is what I've watching/listening to lately. Nosaj I already wrote about but this video is pretty great, even if you don't get playing electronic music live, you might like it more now. Fever Ray (one half of the Knife) you should know but this video is pretty funny. The Woods (folk, psychedelic, jam band)you should already know too, but also a great video.

Motor City Drum Ensemble (disco, deep house) are an impressive duo from Holland who make Detroit and Chicago influenced disco and house. They just did a podcast for Resident Advisor (which in case you didn't know is the best electronic website that's out there). It's RA. 132 Motor City Drum Ensemble. The interview is good as well. Here's some tracks. When the congas take off in the track "Raw Cuts #5", the track really takes off. (via phase02)

I was trying to find a decent music video to post this week and I think I came upon a pretty good one. I hope you like it. I'm pretty surprised how natural he sings so high pitched. You can see it in the second video below.

Here's the newer Fever Ray video. She never fails to hit ridiculous. 

Here's Nosaj Thing explaining his live set up and playing live. Also a little bonus video for one of his tracks entitled "AQUARIUM".