It has been a very long time and it is about time to write something… It is uncategorized for now, but I do got an idea.
‘State of Constant Reverie’ is Plastic Sound Supply co-founder and contributing artist Scaffolding’s ninth release for the friendly label. The EP stretches five tracks long and the obvious thing to point out would be the choice to cover the jazz standard and classic ‘My Funny Valentine’ a song that has already been covered numerous times since 1937 when it was first published by the American song-writing duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.
The opening track ‘Child’ is a classic take on the warm-sounding non-vocal electronic music that has been written about here the past years and given that more than a decade has passed, it seems natural that the possible references are and would be numerous. What is equally apparent is the workmanship and beauty of the production. The exact same thing can be said about the second track called ‘Light’ that follows tightly upon ‘Child’.
Tracks three to five are versions of ‘My Funny Valentine’, a track covered by among others: Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Chaka Khan. The two first I can immediately relate too, the third I do know, but there’s never been much spinning of ol’ blue eyes’ tracks in my life. Chaka Khan – well what do you know.
My suspicion towards covers has always been deep and generally I simply do not like them, however, in reality that is nothing less than a ridiculous statement… for one thing one of my all-time favourite tracks (if not my all-time favourite) is John Coltrane’s take on ‘My Favourite Things’ and it is with out a doubt a cover. On top of that let’s not forget the songs that I cherish now that I possibly do not even know are covers to begin with.
The original ‘My Funny Valentine’ version on this release made me think of something that Jamie Lidell and possibly Jimi Tenor were/are “experimenting” with as far as the vocal elements go. Choosing between the two remixes I will single out the CacheFlowe Remix simply because it is the one I prefer musically. David Last’s remix is as competent and runs in a softer yet familiar house environment. They all underline the ingenious plan to include remixes in a release to begin with, at least if you like theme and variation.
At first I was concerned that a PSS release in 2014 would include a track that has (reportedly*) been previously released on 1300 albums and performed by over 600 artists. But, I guess that a good track is and will remain a good track and Scaffolding’s ‘State of Constant Reverie’ take on a classic doesn’t disappoint. The artwork and presentation a perfect match to this well executed release.
Iuengliss returns to the continually friendly Denver based ‘Plastic Sound Supply’ label with the excellent ‘Down Cosm EP’. Iuengliss’ debut album on the same label was entitled ‘Blank Matter’ and it was favorably received here at resurface.se.
The ’Down Cosm EP’ has everything anyone could ever want from a follow-up. My favorite track is: ‘Descent’ and it is fourth in line. That said it is a very subjective thing and would be related to bass.
There are so many well executed ideas on this EP/LP/Album (the denomination is increasingly funny: LP (Long Play), EP (Extended Play) and Album are all related to vinyl, but what do they signify in our digital today? Oh, well that is another topic all together.)
The ‘Down Cosm EP’ is well-produced, contemporary, exciting and all-around interesting electronic music! I have great hopes for 2014 and I for one could not wish for a better start; Iuengliss ‘Down Cosm EP’ on Plastic Sound Supply.
And yes, I need to mention the equally excellent bonus remixes by: Scaffolding (Remix.) What can you say? Forest Cycle Baum (There’s nothing wrong with being empowered by the Funcken Bros.) Oh my this is good! It is a fine line… Downfall (As broken as it is sweet.) We like it! And Rapid Eye (A proper remix.) is just excellent.
Time and promise… I imagine that I used to have more time and I’ve always tried not to make promises that I cannot keep. I did make a promise in this particular case and since I did do so I do have to honor that promise.
The artist ‘Esoteric Sob’ is known to me, like the excellent ‘Abnormal Psychology’ album from the Greek label ‘From a Tree’ is as excellent as it is overlooked and I should have written something about it then too.
‘Nostalgia’ on 33 Recordings is in short sublime and if you ever cared for ‘electronica’ or beautiful electronic music in general then you will like this album.
On to the actual album ‘Nostalgia’: the first track ‘Hypnosis’ is just that, hypnotic, warm and complex. More complexity follows in ‘Lost in Time’ and then a theme and it is just brilliant ‘Memories’, which is probably my favorite track on this album, a track that has everything.
However the main-titled ‘Nostalgia’ doesn’t fall far behind and it is all non-vocal electronic music. You do get some vocals as well in ‘Everyday Stories’ and in the interlude track ‘Speak to me’. The beats and production on ‘Sweet melancholy’ are better than I heard in a long time, and that is nothing but a treat!
There’s an outstanding Metalheadz’ mix (selection wise that is, because two decades of wishing MC:s to just stop making vocal noises hasn’t ended I’m afraid) on the ancient radio station Rinse 106.8FM* courtesy of Londonium, UK.
This mix may shed some light on this peculiar and rather annoying phenomenon. Yes, I want to listen to the very old and the equally brand new drum’n’bass recorded on 2013-06-19. The musical creativity, the joy and the uncompromised belief in the future. Ancient music… but it is always going to be a question of having as much fun as possible!
However, I miss ‘Danny Breaks’ in the nostalgic section (can’t say if he ever released on Metalheadz though) otherwise it’s a reasonable recollection of my golden days (minus the talking person, no MC present in the golden times…). Well, to be honest that is not entirely true and then there are quite a few artists missing, but in all fairness you can’t fit them all in a two hour set.
And yes I did visit Blue Note in Hoxton Square in Londonium, UK personally and it was fabulous but another story.
This mix also contains a forthcoming release by: Dom & Roland on Metalheadz. What can I say, either you know or you don’t… The tech is very much alive it would seem and that makes me very pleased!
Just listen to the breaks or even more concrete the drum and the bass.
I would never have found this mix in the first place if it was not for the relentless DJ Krazy. Many, many thanks for the inspiration! As many times before and as always…
PS. No, I don’t believe any of it, this I do believe, either you you’re a d’n’b soldier (no gender applied) or you’re not, there is no easy-listening d’n’b and there never was and there never will be.
*FM would be Frequency Modulation = an analogue radio wave based distribution technique that pre-dates the internet and requires special apparatus to be captured.
‘Move you all, you wicked men, fire the burn your soul in hell. I say this, a change is bound to come one day.
Life won’t be this way always, the good can’t suffer. Tears fall from my eyes, there must be, better situation.
Life will not be like this always, the good can’t suffer. Each and everyone must live, every man, must be fed, bread!
I said move you all, oh you wicked men! I said move you all…’
So I say in my turn; listen lyrics and let us change our ways.
PS. The image to the left is not the actual cover of this compilation, as a matter of fact it is no more than a randomly selected image placed here to represent, this simple and crude fact; I want to go home…
Since the ‘Vibrant Music’ label always has been a favorite of mine and since Naono has been heavily involved in the very same label from the start. This 2010 Archaic Horizon release enticed great hopes when I found it and let me tell you straight away it does not disappoint!
For even more cross-reference it was actually Ten And Tracer’s ‘You’ll Be A Hero Soon, Speaker’ that directed my attention to the label in the first place unknown to me up till then. Furthermore both Milieu (who’s fantastic ‘A Warm Wooden Hollow’ 2008 album on Infraction has yet to be written about here) as well as Electricwest have releases on the very same label.
‘Sleepy Pebbles’ is excellent in it’s entirety, it’s lush, programmed and executed with expertise. It’s hard to comprehend that a full 8 years have passed since Naono’s debut ‘Slope Drifting’ was released on the aforementioned Vibrant Music.
In total there are 7 beautiful tracks on ‘Sleepy Pebbles’ which by the way has cover art to match the musical quality. The album starts off with ‘Healing Process’ in a as soothing as it is well sounding mood. It flows on towards ‘Hobo The Hermit’, which is filled with rich texture as well as structure (beats). ‘Ocean Tapes’ is liquid and contains some perfectly devised watery samples. Apart from being a really good title ‘Random Lullabies’ features more of the warmth and lushness demonstrated thus far. ‘Sellotape Unicorn’ is my favorite track the percussion, bass, dub elements and down toned drama is simply sublime. ‘Tender Telescope’ and ‘Untitled Merrow’ conclude this excellent release by Naono.
And then you play ‘Sellotape Unicorn’ just one more time, especially if you happen to be on a headphone commute. Available at the Archaic Horizon label site.
Aitänna77 is far from being a stranger here at resurface and it’s lovely to once again encounter his musical output. This time around on the (by the look of things unstoppable) Portuguese Test Tube net label, currently racking up 247 something releases the past 8 years or so. ‘Night Loops’ is number 246 and it is an in all aspects excellent four track release; featuring the patented quirky little melodies, the varied instrumentation, the electronics and the skilfully treated lo-fi production. The tale-tell chimes in ‘Empty Pool, Summer Girl’ and you simply have to love the outrageous bass line and aggressive hand-clap featured in ‘Dreams Or Memories’. It is a delicate as it is excellent! Available at the Test Tube label site.