let's break it down
during cmj i don't think i managed to catch a single act that did *not* have a micro korg. van she at the modular showcase was fun, pleasantly polished, and refreshingly sweet. digitalism at studio b hit it hard - and "zdarlight" always makes a crowd go spastic - but the show wasn't much to speak of. the knife were ethereal. those were the big ones i was prepped for. oh, and justice killed it. surprised? not at all.
tiga - far from home (digitalism remix)
tom vek - nothing but green lights (digitalism remix)
some great new releases from familiar faces. hot shit djs are the new producers are the new remixers are the new bands. or so it seems.
lcd soundsystem - 45:33 : i have to admit i have been skeptical of the whole nike x ipod collab, mostly because the most exercise i get is from walking to get a cup of coffee, so i don't have much interest in anything that will "help focus my workout". i also didn't pay much heed to the initial nike-sponsored release for the project. but it was from the chemical brothers. was bt busy? this time around though, they got disco gad-about-town and dfa head honcho james murphy to contribute a 45 minute "track" for the project. holy. fucking. christ. 45:33 is what i imagine it would sound like if you were smoking weed with larry levan and he asked if it was cool if he fucked around with your 808 for a minute. for the first half of this - dare i say it? - space disco odyssey, murphy lets lilting piano lines drag along an intoxicating muzzled-handclap beat, letting the track build into an absolute headphone burner. few artists, brian eno and philip glass come to mind, really benefit from an extended pop music format, but i can confidently say that murphy has joined the elite ranks.
instant funk - bodyshine (larry levan remix)
sunn o))) and boris - altar: much to the chagrin of most people around me, i have been gorging myself on southern lord releases of late. no surprise then that i trucked over to soundfix the other day to pick up this collab from the labels two flagship groups. slightly uneven, altar is best when each musical partner lets the other do what they do best. droning yet propulsive, the record surely can't replace any installment in either group's catalog, but is rather a surprisingly effective addition to the label's output. oblique, eh?
sunn o))) and boris - the sinking belle (blue sheep)
mystery jets: it's no secret that erol alkan has shaped my musical tastes in a profound way. whether it's through his dj mixes or his dj-friendly remixes, he always seems to dovetail with where i'm at. while i'm not 100% sold on his work as a producer for the long blondes - but maybe the brilliance of "giddy stratospheres" has simply ruined the band for me forever? - i am chomping at the bit over the snippets of what i'm hearing he's done for the mystery jets. check out the track and just try and tell me you don't love it 10 times more than any silly scissor sisters' remix you've been pretending to like for the past month:
mystery jets - umbrellahead
plan b: jesus christ, another artist best known for their indie-disco producer? well, you will never find me encouraging any form of paul epworth backlash, so sure. oh, and this is a hot chip remix? um, has the UK music industry been reading my diary?
plan b - who needs (hot chip remix)