April 14, 2012

EE Mixup: Recent Listening 2012

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(Picture courtesy of Jon Rafman’s fantastic9 Eyesblog – http://9-eyes.com/)

The first Essentially Eclectic mixup of the year is a look back over the first four months of a year already promising to be a vintage one music-wise. Anyway, less chat, more tracks…

POLIÇA – I See My Mother

Gayngs mastermind Ryan Olson returns with new project POLIÇA, and an album just as strong and delightfully strange as Relayted. Grab a copy of POLIÇA’s Give you the Ghost or miss out. Grab a copy of the latest Stool Pigeon for my more detailed review…

Sharon Van Etten – Serpents

‘Serpents’ is taken from Sharon Van Etten’s strong third LP, Tramp – a record that clearly demonstrates the Brooklynite’s songcraft and way with a melancholic melody from start to finish.

Shigeto – Ann Arbor, Pt. 3 & 4

Shigeto’s Lineage is as impressive a production as is likely to be released this year – an EP full of rounded keys and stuttering blips immaculately produced by the Ghostly International man.

Pulled Apart by Horses – V.E.N.O.M.

Raucous Leeds rockers PABH are finally starting to get their dues, in no small part down to this year’s speaker-blowing Tough Love album. Read a full review of that HERE.

Lushlife – Big Sur

Action Bronson – Tan Leather

Schoolboy Q – Hands On The Wheel (feat. A$AP Rocky)

Hip-hop has been building on its strong 2011 showing in the first few months of this year, so here’s a trio selection of some of the finest.

Lushlife’s backpack-tinged rap returns with new album Plateau Vision this month, with the Botany-produced ‘Big Sur’ leaked early as a taster.

The Queens king of chef rap, Action Bronson, follows up last year’s lauded Well-Done with another collection of tasty soul-and-punchline productions, this time alonside Party Supplies.

Schoolboy Q’s Black Hippy collective have just inked a big money deal with Dr Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, and this cut from Q’s Habits & Contradictions sees him link up with the new ‘crown prince’ of rap, A$AP Rocky.

Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Sings

Following his departure from Fleet Foxes in January, drummer J. Tillman wasted little time in starting work on a new album as Father John Misty. The looming menace of ‘Hollywood Forever Sings’ will no doubt appear on that, whenever it’s out…

Frankie Rose – Know Me

As with Sharon Van Etten’s Tramp, Interstellar by sometime Crystal Stilts/Dum Dum Girls/Vivian Girls member Frankie Rose is a faultlessly conceived collection. Tracks like ‘Know Me’ show Rose’s subtle blend of reverbed dream pop and strong melodic sensibilities.

Lone – The Animal Pattern

Chameleonic producer Lone drops his most accomplished work to date this month in the form of the footwork-heavy Galaxy Garden. ‘The Animal Pattern’ is a good example of what to expect, but really Galaxy Garden works as a complete, play-through album. Read my more detailed review in the latest Stool Pigeon

Portico Quartet – Steepless (feat. Cornelia)

Portico Quartet develop their contemporary jazz stylings on third, self-titled album by exploring more electronic textures, to impressive effect. ‘Steepless’ is the group’s first outing with a vocalist, and a highly successful one at that. The track made for an impressive debut at a recent London show

Lotus Plaza – Dusty Rhodes

Atlas Sound guitarist Lockett Pundt takes his sometime alias Lotus Plaza out for a walk on Spooky Action at a Distance, an LP of esoteric pastoral indie very much in the vein of his parent band. It’s a grower, definitely worth a listen or three.

October 12, 2011

EE Mixup: Autumn Comin’ On…

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It’s been a while since the last EE Mixup (in fact, it was a Sunday way back in May), but with the browning of the leaves and the greying of the skies the time has come for the annual Autumn collection…

Warpaint – Billie Holiday (Steve Mackey Radio Edit)

It’s no secret that Warpaint are a favourite at Essentially Eclectic, so any excuse to play the California quartet is fine with us. This ‘My Guy’-referencing version of ‘Billie Holiday’ is comes from the recent deluxe edition release of last year’s debut album The Fool, and features some deft reworking from Pulp’s Steve Mackey.

Evenings – Genève

This floating slice of piano-tickling ambience from Virginia native Nathan Broaddus, working under the name Evenings, comes from the producer’s second stunning collection entitled Lately. I urge you to get hold of the whole thing at the Evenings bandcamp HERE.

DRC Music – Hallo (feat. Tout Puissant Mukalom & Nelly Liyemge)

Damon Albarn’s latest project saw the Gorillaz man and a few cronies (beatsmiths Actress and Dan the Automator among them) head to the Democratic Republic of Congo with the intention of collaborating with local producers and making an album in 7 days. The resulting release, Kinshasa One Two, is an intriguing chapter in the seemingly never-ending story of Western exposure to “world” music (eurgh), as the collaborations are largely electronic in nature. Although only reflecting a miniscule corner of Central African musical styles, it’s nonetheless an interesting collection, and this infectious opener sees Albarn himself trading verses with Tout Puissant Mukalom & Nelly Liyemge.

Balam Acab – Apart

A strong, strong contender for the EE ‘album of the year’, Balam Acab’s Wander/Wonder is an astounding 8 tracks of yearning, sighing, slow-paced electronic ear candy that should  mandatorily be in every collection come the winter, where its crackling beats and ghost-in-the-night vocal samples will be yet more haunting then they are now.

St. Vincent – Strange Mercy

Arriving late at the St. Vincent party, it was initially hard to get my bearings. But slowly I began to warm to Annie Clark’s idiosyncratic form of melodrama, helped largely by the fantastic production work on recent album Strange Mercy. Here’s the soothing title track.

The War on Drugs – Brothers

It’s no surprise that another EE favourite, Kurt Vile, was once a member of The War on Drugs. Vile’s languid style was obviously forged in the band’s fire, alongside frontman Adam Granduciel. ‘Brothers’ is from the Future Weather EP, a fitting precursor to this year’s fantastic Slave Ambient album.


Note: On first impressions, the new Bjork album, Biophilia, would have a couple of strong contenders for this list. Having only had it for a couple of days however, it seems inevitable that those couple of tracks will be changing daily for the next couple of weeks. Watch this space for an update…

May 22, 2011

Sunday Mixup

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As a bit of respite from all the serious review work posted up here at EE recently, today is time to keep it simple.

Here are a few tunes for a bit of Sunday Mixup…

Lou Reed – Charley’s Girl

Reed’s Coney Island Baby has been on the EE stereo a lot recently, and ‘Charley’s Girl’ is definitely a large reason for that. That irresistible drum sound… 

Speechy Nicholson – Caught In Your Rain

Some beats for those late night hours from Valencia-based producer Speech Nicholson. This cut is taken from seriously strong instrumental collection Speechy Nic, and can be downloaded free alongside more nocturnal head-nodders at his bandcamp HERE.

Gardens & Villa – Blackhills

Bit of blog circulation going on with this track from Santa Barbara band Gardens & Villa. Terrible band name – great tune. Download it free at their Bandcamp Page

Soki Ohale’s Uzzi – Bisi’s Beat

A track from the latest in the always brilliant Nigeria 70 series from the great Strut Records. There could have been five or six selections from this latest compilation, Nigeria 70 – Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970s Lagos, but the aching cry of ‘Bisi’s Beat’s chorus won out in the end.

Tortoise & Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Thunder Road

Not that I wish to open a debate on the best Springsteen cover, but this version of ‘Thunder Road’ from the 2006 album The Brave and the Bold is definitely a personal favourite…

Solar Bears – Dream Valley (Young Montana? Rework)

Dublin electro-hipsters get a woozily tape-saturated overhaul from producer Young Montana? (Not a question – punctuation included in artist name…)

Shabazz Palaces – Spechol-Analog

Some menacingly good hip-hop from former Digable Planets man Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler under new guise of Shabazz Palaces. Mean and brooding, his album Of Light from earlier this year is a must play.

Kyerematen Stars – Maye Obi Den

I leave you with a cut from the stunning Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque collection from the Sofrito crew: a group responsible for the creation and promotion of the Tropical Discotheque – a worldwide club night celebrating everything rhythmic from Africa, the Caribbean and South America. This and the aforementioned Nigeria 70 set could see the summer through on their own. I urge you to investigate Sofrito further, and suggest you start with their site HERE.

April 12, 2011

Eclectic Mixup: Celebrating 50 years in Space…

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Today (April 12th, 2011) marks the 50th anniversary of young Russian Yuri Gagarin’s journey into outer-space, making him the first human to do so. In honour of 50 years in space, here’s a few tunes VERY loosely related to all things out of this world. Obviously there are thousands of other tracks that could potentially make this list, many of which I had to turn down. Please feel free to leave your own suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of this post.

[ATTENTION: THERE WILL BE NO MENTION OF BABYLON ZOO WITHIN THIS POST (except for this one). THANK YOU]

 

Pharaoh Sanders – Astral Traveling

Lonnie Liston Smith – In Search Of Truth

Sun Ra – Space is the Place

Moondog – Bird`s Lament

A few jazz cuts to start with, seeing as a lot of post-trad and freer end of the genre’s spectrum seems to be concerned with the wider universe (namely, the word ‘astral’ crops up a lot, and there are numerous 25-minute plus songs about interstellar travel and Sun gods etc). Pharaoh Sander’s Astral Travelling, Lonnie Liston Smith’s In Search of Truth (from album Astral Travelling), Sun Ra’s Space is the Place, and Moondog’s Bird’s Lament.

Max Romeo – I Chase The Devil

The Lee Perry produced, Max Romeo voiced I Chase the Devil (which includes the space-relevant lines about sending Satan to outer space), a much-sampled reggae classic from the singer’s 1976 classic War Ina Babylon.

Nacho Patrol – Africa Space Program

Featured on EE before on a previous mixup, any excuse to post up the brilliantly rampaging Africa Space Program by Nacho Patrol will be taken.

The Roots – Universe At War

Dr. Octagon – Earth People

Just a couple of hip-hop tracks for the list (there could be quite literally hundreds more). The Roots’ Universe at War, and Dr. Octagon’s Earth People.

Grouper – Alien Observer

Back to the fantasy end of space, with Alien Observer from Oregon ambient fiend Grouper, who has just released twin albums. This is the title track from one of these.

Björk – Venus As a Boy

Björk – Pluto

Mouse on Mars – Schnick-schnack

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of my soft spot for Björk, the Icelandic pixie having popped up on more than one mixup in the past. Here she is representing the planets, along with German electro-funsters Mouse on Mars.

Air – Kelly Watch the Stars

Starkey – Stars (Feat. Anneka)

Seachange – Plain English

Time for a bit of star-gazing. Air’s Kelly Watch the Stars (which comes from the equally relevant Moon Safari), Starkey’s self-explanatory Stars, and Plain English from sadly disbanded indie-rockers Seachange, taken from the unreleased Stars Whiteout album.

Kurt Vile – Beach On the Moon (Recycled Lyrics)

White Hinterland – Moon Jam

Kurt Vile can do no wrong in my mind right now. Thankfully I could find a reason to put him in another post, with the chiming chords of Beach on the Moon (Recycled Lyrics). He’s joined by another EE favourite, White Hinterland, with Moon Jam from last year’s outstanding Kairos album.

The Bees – The Russian

Ella Fitzgerald – Russian Lullaby

To end with, a couple of tracks in tribute to Gagarin himself (unimaginatively just about Russians), with The Bees’ The Russian, and Ella Fitzgerald’s beautiful Russian Lullaby.

April 3, 2011

Eclectic Mixup: Clocks Forward Mix

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*Insert reverie about clocks going forward, spring time, longer days, sun etc here*

Bit late on this one, I know. But here’s some tunes for the better days…

 

José Larralde – Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito remix)

A clever and subtle mix of old and new from Chancha Via Circuito’s fascinating Rio Arriba album of last year. The chosen moniker of Argentinian producer Pedro Canale, Chancha Via Circuito (an amalgamation of Canale’s train journey to and from Buenos Aires) gently reworks a lilting melody from fellow countryman, folk singer José Larralde.

Hype Williams – Blue Dream

Highly enigmatic producer Hype Williams (not to be confused with the director of the same name) may possibly be based in London or Berlin, or somewhere else. His productions are as elusive as his personal details, and the recently released One Nation is a dense mix of far away beats. Blue Dream is taken from previous album Find Out What Happens When People Stop Being Polite, And Start Getting Reel…

Kurt Vile – Goodbye Freaks

Having released the official Essentially Eclectic Album Of The Year So Far in the form of March’s Smoke Ring for my Halo, Kurt Vile makes it onto this mix with a bonus track from first Matador album, 2009’s Childish Prodigy. A riotous, driving instrumental, Goodbye Freaks is a uplifter, but in no way indicative of Vile’s usual songwriting.

Blackeye – Love Inks

Single teaser from Austin, TX based Love Inks, ahead of their debut full length release in May. Infectiously catchy 2-minutes of guitar pop.

Clams Casino – I’m God (Instrumental)

New Jersey-based Hip-Hop producer Mike Volpe, AKA Clams Casino, has just released his first instrumentals mix (download it for free HERE). I’m God isn’t on it, but shares the same euphoric production style as many cuts from this tape.

White Denim – Drug

White Denim return in June with a new album (D), with preview cut Drug doing the blog rounds at the moment. A semi-psychedelic rocker with a bit of a groove.

Burial, Four Tet, Thom Yorke – Ego

The Weeknd – What You Need

Peaking Lights – All The Sun That Shines

Galapagoose – Milkwood (feat. Panorama)

Four-in-a-row to induce a hypnotic state of being, including a radio rip of the upcoming Burial, Four Tet & Thom Yorke collaboration, a deep-frequency slice of R&B from flavour-of-the-monthers The Weeknd, the dubbed out Peaking Lights with a track from their recent 936 album, and a Galapagoose 2-stepper to snap you back out of it…

Manduka – Naranjita

Lastly, a track that just won’t leave me alone from south American Manduka’s 1972 debut. Intimately performed, aided by an over-saturated recording; one to fall asleep to.

January 11, 2011

Eclectic Mixup – Latecomers 2010, Newcomers 2011

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Good day all, happy new year and all that. Just a bit of housekeeping here to tie up some loose ends and start the new year afresh. Here are a few tracks that didn’t make the Essentially Eclectic 2010 list for one reason or another (forgot, obtained too late, change of heart etc). Keep listening, don’t touch that dial…

 

White Hinterland – Icarus

White Hinterland’s Kairos album, released back in March, didn’t arrive in my ears until a couple of weeks ago, but is a great listen from front to back. Interesting production, and angelic vocals that successfully fail to set teeth on edge.


Persian Rugs – Always All

Always All appears to be the only track recorded by Persian Rugs to date (or at least the only one they are willing to share), not that lack of material holds bands back anymore. My personal attraction to this track could be something to do with an ongoing attempt to augment Teenage Riot in the wistful guitar music folder in my head.


Kurt Vile – My Best Friends (Don’t Even Pass This Way Again)

Damien Jurado – With Lightning In Your Hands

Two track grouped together mainly because they are both men-with-guitars. Kurt Vile’s My Best Friends…from the off-puttingly titled God is Saying This to You was the best track from yet another overly prolific year, while Damien Jurado’s quietly crafted harmonies that frame his songwriting are best demonstrated on With Lightening in your Hands from Saint Bartlett.

 

John Roberts – Navy Blue

Beautiful Bells – Jungle Overview

Actress – Hubble

You only have to glance at the Essentially Eclectic Top 40 of 2010 to understand how good last year was for electronic-based music, whether it’s the enlightening house of John Roberts’ fantastic Glass Eights album, the sketchy rhythms of Beautiful Bells, or the moody and muddy Hubble from Werk Discs’ own Actress.

 

Sleigh Bells – Rill Rill

Despite giving debut album Treats a not-so-favourable review a few months ago (the vast majority of which I stand by), Sleigh Bells’ Rill Rill track has wormed its way into my ear and set up camp. Damn it. Good use of Funkadelic’s Can You Get To That too.

 

Kisses – People Can Do The Most Amazing Things

Regardless of the atrocious band name, People Can Do The Most Amazing Things was perhaps the most glaring omission from the Essentially Eclectic Top 40 of 2010. Brilliant melody writing on show here, and one of the more successful ’80s production imitations from 2010.

 

Linda Perhacs – Chimacum Rain

And Finally…

Originally released in 1970 as the opening track to her first and only album Parallelograms, Linda Perhacs’ distressingly beautiful Chimacum Rain gets a full 4 LP re-release this year from tastemaker label Mexican Summer.

 

December 3, 2010

Cold Snap and Winter Tracks

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While a lot of winter-centric song collections focus on warming up cold days and colder nights, this particular lot continue the themes expressed in the Autumnal Mixup post from October: music that is given a lift by seasonal associations. Therefore, the tracks below are to me the coldest sounds I could gather together (off the top of my head), given that extra transcension by the snow-covered streets and biting cold of the night.

 

Björk – Undo

Probably the coldest album ever committed to tape (or HDR), Björk’s Vespertine could store frozen peas in its CD case. Perfectly replicating the icy solitude of her native Iceland, the pixie queen of electronic pop gets a huge helping hand from pioneering producers Matmos, who sample active geysers, footsteps in snow and a whole lot of foley-inspired ambience to which she  breathlessly and breathtakingly performs feats of vocal acrobatics.

 

Imhotep – Balaphone’s Fiend

An instrumental hip-hop album based heavily on Persian and Arabic sounds and samples might not be an obvious candidate for this list, but Imhotep’s flawless Blueprint album (see dedicated post HERE) is also dark, cold and mysterious in a different, but by no means less relevant, way to Vespertine.

 

Aim – Cold Water Music

DJ Shadow – Giving Up The Ghost

Moody instrumental hip-hop does seem to have an edge when it comes to winter tune selection. Aim’s Cold Water Music, an applicable title here, has low winter sun glinting off frozen lakes. Giving Up The Ghost has a similar feel and instrumentation, but its place is at night, a journey down snow-covered streets.

 

Bob Brookmeyer – In A Sentimental Mood

The tinkling piano of Brookemeyer’s take on a jazz standard may aswell have icicles hanging from it, it’s so sharp and crisp. The lethargic wooziness of the saxophone does little to damage this tune’s wintry credentials.

 

Cinematic Orchestra – All Things To All Men (feat. Roots Manuva)

A slow-building trudge across arctic tundra takes 3″24 before Roots Manuva’s chilly paranoia kicks in, and the realisation that this is to be a long, cold night slowly sinks in…

October 17, 2010

Autumnal Mixup

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Autumn’s coming/here/never left, and in celebration/comiseration/indifference of that fact, here’s some tunes for your ears while you kick leaves about and go and sniff wood fires and start getting obsessed with cooking stews.

 

Ice Cream Shout – Tattooed Tears

Autumn is a very affecting season on music tastes, with certain tracks and sounds finding their zenith as the temperatures drop. Tattooed Tears from Japan’s Ice Cream Shout was a grower on me, finally becoming a one of my tunes of the year as the first leaves began to fall…

 

Tame Impala – Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind

Following on from a track of the year contender, here’s a cut from an album of the year, Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker. Finding themselves both in contrast to and aided by the dream-pop/chillwave sound of current American indie, Australia’s Tame Impala carve ’60s psychedelic productions in to an album that is as original as it is an homage to it’s predecessors.

 

Sukpatch – Hey Jolie

I came across this track on a compilation celebrating five years of London independant label Moshi Moshi Records (entitled We Got Monkeys: Five Years of Moshi Moshi Records), released back in 2003. Everything about this song is Autumn, from the string samples to the vocal melodies. I’m yet to decide whether there are certain harmonic progressions or other musicological factors in determining a track’s ‘season’, outside of the obvious ‘summer tunes’ steeped in BBQ smoke and heat haze, or their winter equivalents (see Bjork’s Vespertine album for the definitive article here), I guess it’s subjective.


Yo La Tengo – Autumn Sweater

Quite simply the best song ever written with Autumn in the title.

 

O.C, Chubb Rock, Jeru The Damaja, Masta Ace, DJ PremierReturn of The Crooklyn Dodgers

A slice of the real hip-hop from this mid-’90s collaboration, with the feel of Brooklyn in the Autumn time etched deep in to the piano riffs and vinyl-crackle of one of the genre’s finest beat constructers.

 

Warpaint – Undertow

A track that’s been doing the blog rounds recently in anticipation of the LA-based Warpaint’s full length debut The Fool, out towards the end of this month. The smooth-edged opening chords and chorus melody slot perfectly in to the theme of this mixup.

 

Röyksopp – Sparks

Making music that sounds good in the colder months must come naturally to those living in the chillier corners of the planet. Norway’s Röyksopp will be no strangers to many of you, especially with the success of Melody A.M, the album from which this track is taken, a work filled with shivering electro anthems.

 

Junip – In Every Direction

And finally another cut from Junip’s Fields album, perhaps the most autumnal track of a hugely autumnal album. See below for a review of Junip’s recent gig at XOYO in London

 



September 27, 2010

Recent Listening Mixup

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Music can be at once cathartic and inspiring, a soundtrack to the changing of the seasons or to the changing of situations, an expression of love, hate, enthusiasm, nonchalance and everything in between. And also sometimes it’s just good to listen to………

Junip – Rope & Summit

José González’ long running band Junip finally got a release for their debut Fields earlier this month. The sweet-voiced Swede is still the main focus, with his expressive picking and vocal brilliantly underpinned by drums and vintage keys. Looking forward to catching these guys at XOYO in London next week.

Nacho Patrol – Africa Space Program

Very little information exists on Nacho Patrol as yet (well, not from googling them anyway), but what is known is that Danny Wolfers, Jimi Helinga and Marc Alberto lead the way in the relatively small field of ‘futuristic-psychedelic-afro-funk’ (TM Essentially Eclectic). This is the delightfully frantic opener to new EP Futuristic Abada. GET IT NOW!

B.B. King – All Over Again (live)

A dip in to music’s lost archives here (of course made possible by the extensive cataloguing of the internet) with a version of B.B King’s All Over Again live on Ralph Gleason’s Jazz Casual from 1968. Over some of the spookiest organ in blues, King strips away all hope with a raw, slow groove and defeated opening verse of

I’ve got a good mind to give up living
And go shopping instead
I say, I’ve got a good mind to give up living
And go shopping instead

To pick up me a tombstone
And be pronounced dead

Big thanks to RM for the heads up on this one…

Still Corners – Don’t Fall In Love

One big tick in the ‘pros’ column of the iPod/shuffle/blog generation is the ease in getting hold of single tracks by bands, the majority of whose output you aren’t a great fan. This is the case with London’s Still Corners, who’s Spector-esque, reverb-drenched productions are a little too much for me. However, Don’t Fall In Love gets it spot-on, and has been the soundtrack to my last couple of months.

Gold Panda – Back Home

A bit more of the great Gold Panda while I wait for his album to be released properly…

That’s your lot. Until next time………

August 21, 2010

Eclectic Mixup 5 – Moonlight Sonatas

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Does music sound better at night? Yes. And also no. Sometimes. These tracks do…

Mercedes Sosa – Balderrama

A beautiful, much-covered standard from Argentinian folk singer and activist Mercedes Sosa. Also works well soundtracking a flashback following the death of Che Guevara (see Steven Soderbergh’s 2008 biopic Che: A Revolutionary Life).

Pantha du Prince – Im Bann

Slice of added ambience from already ambient techno producer Hendrik Weber, AKA Pantha du Prince. Now working on Rough Trade Records, this is taken from third album Black Noise.

Camille – Lumière

French artist Camille Dalmais (Camille) has an unusual approach to songwriting/recording, inserting her voice in to the rhythmic and harmonic elements of her tracks. like some horrifying cross between Bjork’s Medulla and Bobby Mcferrin. Sounds rubbish, I know. This track taken, from the UK edition of 2005’s Le Fil, tones all that fancy business down a bit.

Jack Peñate – Tonight’s Today (Mickey Moonlight Mix 2)

Multiple Flavour-Of-The-Month winner Jack Peñate has his addictive highlife guitar-led anthem beefed up a bit, de-vocalised, and improved. A bit more at the livelier end of things, but nighttime listening all the same.

Gold Panda – Lonely Owl

Highly eclectic producer Gold Panda has finally emerged from out of his ‘in demand remixer’ box and released some of his own tracks in the form a series of EPs. Lonely Owl is taken from 2009’s Before.

Dengue Fever – Seeing Hands

Another one for the End of the Road crowd here. LA’s Dengue Fever perform a unique mix of psychedelic rock and Cambodian pop, and do it well. This psychotic creeper is from 2008’s Venus on Earth.

The Mgababa Queens – Akulaiwa Esoweto

I know very little about Soweto’s Mgababa Queens, but came across this piece of liquid-gold harmony on a mix by Ted Jahng taken from the brilliant Soul Sides blog (see blog links.)

Washed Out (feat. Caroline Polachek) – You and I

The undisputed king of (washed out) dream pop/chillwave blesses us with more of the same. This time Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek is on hand to add vocals over the warped cassette production.

Little Feat – Two Trains

Lastly just a quick tribute to Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward, who passed away earlier this month. Not strictly nighttime listening, but RIP all the same.

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