Ten minutes of drama, trauma, hope – with just a dash of trumpet-fuelled triumph – here in Woodkid’s stunning theatrical edit of The Golden Age. It’s just latest in this man’s contribution to the audio-visual landscape over the last few years and, not to mention his heart-stopping live performances, I’m not sure there’s anyone else with such a unique and piercing focus on their vision. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Two years old, but crispy soulful house at it’s absolute best. Joe Goddard is of Hot Chip and The 2 Bears stock and you can certainly hear a touch of that electro-geek sound in this little beauty, but it’s the Valentina vocal that drives this one. A mighty track.
In my opinion the two finest producers out there right now. Romanian ViLLΛGE puts up his Wanna Tell You for florida’s Henry Krinkle to smash out of the park in this storming remix. With more than an appreciative nod towards ViLLΛGE’s instantly recognisable vocal style, Krinkle adds a bouncy, almost piano house, element that seals the deal. Love it.
Check out more work from both these two as well. Fantastic electronic music from across the world:
Love him or hate him (yep, some hate him), the boy-Blake is back and on form in brooding black biker garb. There’s a something odd yet brilliantly spooky in this track, Retrograde. I can’t place if it’s those howling synths, Blake backing his own vocals, or the sign language (something always a little intriguing about seeing it bigger than the bottom-right corner of a tele). It must be the lot.
Here’s another very, very likeable track. I’ve got a lot of time for glaswegian electro-pop trio Chvrches already (their first track, Lies, is a fantastic debut) but I’d say this crackling, arcade-infused reworking from Cid Rim is destined to be a very popular B-side before too long. That drop isn’t what you’d expect, but give it a listen and it’s all you’ll want.
Note: I’ll be seeing this lot live on boat in Bristol in a week or so. Expect to hear more synths and more Scottish accents if they deliver.
That’s the 80 year-old voice of Downtown songstress, Petula Clark. Yes. 8-0. Sounding like a famous old national broadcaster’s “next big thing”, Cut Copy Me is a singeing little track, while the Alex Brown directed video effortlessly drips with nostalgic, melancholy class. Recommended to me “best enjoyed alone with wine”, I couldn’t agree more. Tell the dog to do one and grab something wet, red and corked. Beautiful stuff.
Effortlessly dripping in a monochrome style that’s becoming an early hallmark of Monsieur Yoann Lemoine’s visuals, I Love You is the latest in the series of releases pre-empting his first album, due to hit our ears next month. I simply cannot wait. Woodkid was a big find for me in 2012 and his album and upcoming London show are two events firmly fixed in my audio itinerary.
Wispy, lispy loveliness here from the Canadian cutie-pie, Grimes. That bouncy synth, dreamy vocal and sharp little lyrics are enough to keep it firmly lodged in your head all day, but the Emily Kai Bock directed video is something else altogether. Tidy work from both. And is that an ‘orchestra hit’ in there? Flash backs to music class keyboard button bashing.