Music To Start The Week With #050
by: Diego Martínez
September 10, 2012
It’s Monday and we still see lots of chic busy bees on the streets, walking nervously from one extreme to the other. It’s the latter end of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, that tireless tradition in which the most familiar and emerging faces of fashion and pop culture come together in the streets of Manhattan and enjoy beautifully-crafted canvas walking down the runway.
But it just so happens that those busy bees also love listening to good music, so to celebrate Fashion Week and the beginning of a new season, here’s a brand new WILD playlist with 10 great tracks for all of you to strut with.
Get up offa’ that thing, start walking and listen to this week’s selections:
We start off with the Washington-based Odesza, a collaboration between producers BeachesBeaches and Catacombkid. From June all the way to late August, the two worked real hard to assemble their first LP together, aptly titled Summer’s Gone. A tune like “IPlayYouListen” is just one example of what they did: encapsulating the warm breeze of the past few months into 13 beautifully-made tracks. You can hear them in its entirety via Soundcloud. If you happen to love them as we do, click here and download it for free.
Proudly owing an untamed but decent-looking beard myself,the name “New Beard” definitely caught my attention. When I found more about these Brooklynites and what they do, I became even more interested. But it’s not only what they do, which is rather good, it’s what they do it with: instruments like guitars, vibraphones, synths, tuba and a full-on ‘philharmonic symphony orchestra’. The end result is nothing but Weird Rock, and we love it. Get their latest disc New Beard City on their site and catch them live at NYC’s Mercury Lounge, September 25.
The multi-talented Ahmad Gallab is finally getting his due. Freshly signed to DFA, the Sudan-born artist is releasing his first album Mars, scheduled for October 23. It’s chock-full of deep, polyrhythmic grooves that scream 70′s underground soul, but also acknowledges the pool of current influences many musicians dive in today. Gallab plays at least four instruments in every track of Mars, but he also gets help from people like Ira Wolf Tuton (Yeasayer), Oliver Chapoy (Shai Halud) and Roberto Lange (Savath & Savalas, Helado Negro).
Ripley Johnson and Sanae Yamada have already made their mark with two critically acclaimed EPs as Moon Duo, fusing spacey reverb with fuzzy American rock. It took them around six months and different locations across the globe, from Colorado to California and Berlin, to finish off what would become Circles, their new album out October 2 on Sacred Bones Records. Most songs on Circles are inspired by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of “the flying Perfect.” Deep and yet amazing.
I’m a person that loves surprises, so when I found out a band was following me on Instagram, it was hard to resist. And then just like New Beard, I became even more interested when I found out just how good this Brooklyn-based outfit was. This tune features TEENS’ David Wood on vocals and even a group of kids (dubbed the ‘Fashions Children’s Choir’) found via Craigslist, singing a creepy line like “no one will ever come to our funeral.” It’s a 5-minute slice of lush electropop, perfect to sweat the problems away.
6. C2C – Delta
C2C is not your typical French band. Although they sound a bit like Cassius or Breakbot, this is clearly a quartet of turntable masters joined together to make powerful and brilliant sounds. If this doesn’t shake your booty or at least doesn’t provoke some sort of natural reaction, then you’re a tasteless android. C2C’s album Testa is available now.
To think this was produced and released in 1990 baffles my mind. The reason is that it never ages, it’s just as fresh as it was then. “Groove Is In The Heart” was great and all, but there is so much beauty inside Dee-lite’s debut World Clique besides that hit single. One such example is “Good Beat,” third and final single off World Clique, such a House mover that showcases Miss Lady Kier’s sexy pipes. A truly unique and underrated band.
It’s not just bands I urge to rediscover, it’s also previously-released albums that happen to be in the shelf, waiting to be heard once more. This is the case of the superb Aeroplane compilation In Flight Entertainment. We already featured one of the tracks from this LP on our WILD playlist number 13, but it’s got such good tunes that it is worth hearing it again. This one from the dynamic duo of Vaughn “U-Tern” Oliver and Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein takes us on a crazy ride back to the future with a certain smoothness.
It takes great talent to rework a song, twist it around and make it even better. We witnessed it on our previous edition with a fantastic remix of Enya’s “Orinoco Flow” and this time around, Cyril Hahn took on the challenge of giving another dimension to “Say My Name” by Destiny’s Child. Apparently, Hahn’s goal was to do something different without losing some sense of coherence in his sound. I bet he succeeded and made mama Bey proud.
We finish off with a stellar song by UK duo Disclosure, their first single to be released on PMR Records, home to Jessie Ware, L-Vis 1990 and Julio Bashmore, among others. “Latch,” which includes soulful newcomer Sam Smith on vocals, details the tale of a man who has fallen head over heels in love with a girl, so hard he’s basically “latching” onto her. This Pop Bass track is easily heading for the 100K plays on Soundcloud, a fact that’s absolutely understandable. Autumn, here’s your anthem. We rest our case.