December 20, 2010

Essentially Eclectic Top 40 of 2010

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It’s list o’clock across Blogland at the moment. So, getting into the compiling spirit, here are the Essentially Eclectic top 40 tracks of 2010 (in alphabetical, rather than preferential, order…)

  1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Round and Round (from Before Today)
  2. Babe, Terror – Summertime Our League (Four Tet Rework) (from Summertime Our League EP)
  3. Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo (from Teen Dream)
  4. Best Coast – Boyfriend (from Crazy For You)
  5. James Blake – Klavierwerke (from Klavierwerke EP)
  6. Bonobo – We Could Forever (from Black Sands)
  7. Botany – Waterparker (from Feeling Today EP)
  8. Broken Bells – The High Road (from Broken Bells)
  9. Caribou – Sun (from Swim)
  10. The Concretes – Good Evening (from WYWH)
  11. Cults – Go Outside (from Cults 7″)
  12. Matthew Dear – Honey (from Black City)
  13. El Guincho – Bombay (from Pop Negro)
  14. Floating Action – Could You Save Me (from Floating Action)
  15. Flying Lotus – Mmmhmm (feat. Thundercat) (from Cosmogramma)
  16. Fool’s Gold – Nadine (Memory Tapes Remix) (Unreleased)
  17. Four Tet – Circling (from There Is Love In You)
  18. Gold Panda – Same Dream China (from Lucky Shiner)
  19. Ice Cream Shout – Tattooed Tears (from True Love Waste)
  20. Junip – Rope & Summit (from Fields)
  21. The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Luckiest Charm) (from Woebegone Flying Lotus Remix EP)
  22. Massive Attack – Saturday Come Slow (from Heligoland)
  23. Mount Kimbie – Adriatic (from Crooks and Lovers)
  24. Pantha Du Prince – The Splendour (from Black Noise)
  25. Phaeleh – Afterglow (ft. Soundmouse) (from Fallen Light)
  26. Benoit Pioulard – Shouting Distance (from Lasted)
  27. The Roots – Right On (Feat. Joanna Newsom & S.T.S) (from How I Got Over)
  28. George Stanford – Meet Me In LA (from Roll Away EP)
  29. Still Corners – Don’t Fall In Love (from Don’t Fall In Love/Wish 7″)
  30. Tame Impala – Alter Ego (from Innerspeaker)
  31. J. Tillman – Diamondback (from Singing Ax)
  32. Toro Y Moi – Blessa (from Causers of This)
  33. Twin Shadow – Savannah Howl (Hard Mix Remix) (Unreleased)
  34. Twin Sister – The Other Side of Your Face (from Color of Your Life EP)
  35. Warpaint – Undertow (from The Fool)
  36. Washed Out – You and I (feat. Caroline Polachek) (from Adult Swim Singles Project)
  37. Wu-Tang vs. The Beatles – Back in the Game (from Enter the Magical Mystery Chambers)
  38. Neil Young – Rumblin’ (from Le Noise)
  39. Young Galaxy – Peripheral Visionaries (from Shapeshifting)
  40. Young Magic – You With Air (from You With Air/Sparkly 7″)

Essentially Eclectic best albums 2010 coming soon………

December 9, 2010

Remixology, 2010

Posted in Remixology, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:49 pm by essentiallyeclectic

A lot of my favourite tracks from this year have come via the medium of the remix; all too often the scourge of the musical earth, but every once in a while a piece of beauty existing as an entity entirely separate to that of the original.

I’ve included links to the originals (where possible) to show the work undertaken, and also to provide you with further avenues of listening should you take to these tracks as I have…

 

Fool’s Gold – Nadine (Memory Tapes Remix)

L.A. Afro-Hebrew-Poppers Fool’s Gold get the Memory Tapes treatment of their track Nadine, from last year’s glorious riot Surprise Hotel. The respect shown to the vocal melodies in this remix is particularly satisfying.

See the video for the original HERE

 

The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Luckiest Charm)

The Long Lost – Woebegone (Flying Lotus’ Like Woe Remix)

Two Flying Lotus remixes of this track by The Long Lost. Luckiest Charm shows the producer’s more than competent laid back side, while the Like Woe version gets the full face-melt workout and appears on the compilation Ninja Tune XX, celebrating twenty years of the influential imprint.

Check out the Satie-referencing original HERE

 

Twin Shadow – Savannah Howl (Hard Mix Remix)

Mustachioed Dominican-born Brooklyn hipster Twin Shadow has just released his debut Forget  on 4AD. It sounds very little like this gorgeously affecting remix from South Carolina producer Hard Mix, a beautiful collision of the two’s styles, but both artists are still worth checking out individually.

Find Twin Shadow HERE, and Hard Mix HERE

 

Babe, Terror – Summertime Our League (Four Tet Rework)

This track made the Essentially Eclectic Recent Listening: November post a few weeks ago, so apologies for the repost. So in the interest of continuity, here’s what I said about it then: Brazilian artist Babe, Terror soundtracks the night to his native Sao Paulo using only layers of his own voice and plenty of effects. Here, that voice is given a body thanks to a Four Tet reworking of a recent track from the Havai EP. (Remix also on the EP)

Video for this remix HERE, original can be heard on Babe, Terror’s myspace HERE

YOU SAY PARTY – Dark Days (Babe Rainbow Remix)

We end with probably the most drastic reworking on this list. Vancouver new wave/punks YOU SAY PARTY’s Dark Days, an uptempo tangle of distorted guitars and pounding beats, is transformed into an ethereal mass of noise and reverb by fellow Vancouverite Babe Rainbow. Spooky…

Watch the video for the original HERE

 


 

 

November 6, 2010

Recent Listening: November

Posted in Recent Listening tagged , , , , , at 6:57 pm by essentiallyeclectic

I guess, by default, this could be an extension of the Autumnal Mixup post from below; more cold weather music for the crisp days and cold nights ahead……

 

Babe, Terror – Summertime Our League (Four Tet Remix)

Brazilian artist Babe, Terror soundtracks the night to his native Sao Paulo using only layers of his own voice and plenty of effects. Here, that voice is given a body thanks to a Four Tet reworking of a recent track from the Havai EP. (Remix also on the EP)

 

Twin Sister – The Other Side of Your Face

Indie hipster-darlings Twin Sister open their Color of Life EP with this slow-building, minimalist slice of mood; all insistent rhythms and long, intermittent chords.

 

Kria Brekkan – Gömul Vísa Um Vorið

Iceland has produced some beautiful music over the years (cue periodical reference to Bjork’s Vespertine and Homogenic albums), and Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir (aka Kría Brekkan) is pushing for top spot on that list. Former múm frontwoman, and wife of Animal Collective’s Animal Collective’s Avey Tare, Brekkan released this hypnotically spooky track on 2007’s Wildering 7″.

 

Benoit Pioulard – Shouting Distance

Oregon singer-songwriter (that term still makes me shudder, but is necessary for universal description) Benoit Pioulard continues his prolific streak of releases with lasted album Lasted. Vinyl crackle leads in to Shouting Distance, a jaunty acoustic effort with that would be unpalatabley saccharine in the hands of, say, Badly Drawn Boy, but has a weary feel here, with plenty of autumnal colour.

 

 

Grinderman – What I Know

A rare sanctuary of calm in the middle of the raw, ear-pounding rocker that is this year Grinderman 2 album, What I Know finds Nick Cave in an uncharacteristically relenting and nostalgic mood over ambient production. For those that need reminding what Grinderman are really all about after listening to this, please check out the video for Heathen Child from the same album…