Excellent first half year for you electronic music lovers out there. The Black Dog, Thom Yorke, Autechre, Boards of Canada etc. all came up with new fantastic releases and there is even more in the pipe. Gold Panda will release’ Half Of Where You Live’ but I am not so sure after the disappointing Trust EP. I am more excited about Zomby’s new double album ‘With Love’. CD1 has already leaked and it’s a killer (half-)release with a mixture of very different styles. The two drum’n'bass tracks Overdose and 777 are massive – the best d’n'b tracks in ages!
Coming back to the present. I am currently enjoying Jon Hopkins ‘Immunity’ very much. I knew him for his collaboration work with Brian Eno and the soundtrack for ‘Monsters’ which was good but not remarkable. That changed with ‘Immunity’, teaser of this excellent album here:
Interesting new project by Dylan Richards aka King Cannibal, who was known for decent drum’n'bass or dubstep releases on Ninja Tune. I am not really a big fan of Ninja Tune with some exceptions like its founders Coldcut and Amon Tobin. Since moving to Berlin Richards’ sound is influenced by glacial Germanic techno which makes ‘Kill the Lights’ a listening pleasure under his new moniker House of Black Lanterns. A lovely dark sound with ambient-dub-techno-IDM soundscapes, some of which remind me to early stuff from The Black Dog., e.g. in track 6 Never Sleep Again.
Boards of Canada just announced a new album called ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’. The album will be released on 10/06/2013 and hopefully dropped a bit earlier as with some other WARP releases in the past (Plaid, Autechre).
Reach For The Dead
Split Your Infinities
Nothing Is Real
Come To Dust
M83’s Anthony Gonzalez used to work together with Joseph Trapanese already on ‘Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming’ (see my review from 2011) and they came together again to create a superb soundtrack for the science fiction film Oblivion starring Tom Cruise. Trapanese collaborated already with Daft Punk for the Tron Legacy soundtrack which I also like very much. By the way, Daft Punk have announced a new album titled ‘Random Access Memories’ due to be released in May.
Coming back to Oblivion. Oblivion to me is a weird mixture from Moon, Star Wars, Independence Day, Logan’s Run and a bit of Demolition Man (well, yes just a bit). The film is dominated by the soundtrack, Gonzalez & Trapanese’s music is always very present. But this may be because I listened to the soundtrack before I watched the film so I was very focused on the music.
Listen to Star Waves which wonderfully combines the leitmotif with some Slowdive-esque sound and the beautiful title song Oblivion feat.Susanne Sundfør.
Many, many excellent releases in February. This is current rotation list:
Atoms For Peace – Amok – As assumed in my December post already this is a great follow-up of Thom Yorke’s genius solo album ‘The Eraser’. One of the best releases this year so far. The single ‘Default’ is the best track, here the B-side ‘What The Eyeballs Did’:
Ochre – National Ignition – Maybe not Ochre’s best record to date but IDM lovers and Ochre followers -like me- will enjoy it.
The Asphodells – Ruled By Passion, Destroyed By Lust – Allround talent Andrew Weatherall (I loved all the Two Lone Swordsmen stuff) with a superb album which partly reminds me to one of the best breakbeat records ever: ‘How To Operate With A Blown Mind’ from Lo-Fidelity Allstars. Where is tha Lo-Fi CD, I need to listen to it again.
My Bloody Valentine – mbv – Oh my god, more than 20 years since ‘Loveless’ Kevin Shields returns with a fantastic album simply called ‘mbv’. When I first heard ‘Soon’ from ‘Loveless’ I felt in love with MBV – one of the best shoegazing albums ever. ‘Loveless’ almost ruined Creation Records, whilst ‘mbv’ was self-released by Kevin Shields – and I really like ‘mbv’. Where is that damn ‘Loveless’ CD too?
Synkro - Acceptance EP – Synkro is Joe McBride from Manchester and I haven’t heard from him so far. ‘Acceptance’ is a really beautiful ambient EP and I am very sure to hear from this guy again. Looking forward to Synkro’s future releases.
Soundtracks are my passion. And when Mogwai produces a soundtrack I prick my ears. The cool thing about Mogwai’s soundtrack to the French TV series “Les Revenants” is that the guys produced the tracks before they started filming (read the interview here). The soundtrack actually sounds like a proper Mogwai album and not like a typical score collection. The mixture of Mogwai’s multiple guitars, the piano, cello and string arrangements works perfectly. I hope they will play a few of the songs live during their next tour as I really enjoyed Mogwai in Frankfurt as part of the “Hardcore Will Never Die..” tour in 2011.
I haven’t got the clue whether the series is worth watching but the music is great. It’s not Mogwai’s first soundtrack, I loved “The Fountain” soundtrack and the film which combines one my favourite director Darren Aronofsky, genius Clint Mansell and Mogwai.
Fade is not the best YLT album ever, in fact some tracks remind me to good old ‘Painful!’. But ‘Fade’ is probably the best since ‘And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out’. Still my favourite is ‘Electr-O-Pura’, though.
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