Thursday, March 13, 2008

From Quiet Village to Bon Iver

Joel Martin and Matt Edward are Quiet Village and in April they are about to release their first album Silent Movie on Germany's Studio !K7, which comes as a bit of a surprise seeing as they've previously released a lot of these tracks on the ultra-limited and super-expensive Whatever We Want Records and hopefully this will give them a chance to widen their already fanatical fanbase. It must have been a pain in the ass for the poor A&R guy and the lawyers at the label to clear all the samples, the most notable absentee from the list being Drax, which samples Double Fantasy Children Of The Universe, which is the b-side to Too High To Move, which is my personal favourite track that they've ever done.

1. Victoria's Secret
2. Circus of Horror
3. Free Rider
4. Too High To Move
5. Pacific Rhythm
6. Broken Promises
7. Pillow Talk
8. Can't Be Beat
9. Gold Rush
10. Singing Sand
11. Utopia
12. Keep on Rolling


Side 1
Victoria's Secret
Circus of Horror
Free Rider
Pacific Rhythm
Keep on Rolling

Side 2
Broken Promises
Pillow Talk
Gold Rush

I've decided to post Circus of Horrors as next to the aforementioned Too High To Move really hits the spot and is one of those records that you simply have to play from start to finish. It's one of those records that doesn't sound like anything else but still works on more discerning dancefloors the world over.

Quiet Village - Circus of Horror

This is another Matt Edwards reworking this time of Sunrise by Norah Jones, or Snorah Jones as she is affectionately known as by one of the faculty members up here at the school, and it is as aptly a named tune as ever I have heard. It's the time of record that would go down a treat at 7am at any other point it might be a bit coffee table but only just. For another great working of his check the ultra-druggy slo-mo remix of Mocky Extended Vacation under his Rekid 'guise, which is superb and I might stick it up in a few weeks.

Norah Jones - Sunrise (Salida Del Sol) - Radioslave remix

I don't know much about Cyril Boehler aka Zwicker other than him being Swiss and his previous Made Up track that was quite big for Pierre and myself when we lived in Taiwan a few years back. This remix is deep house of the highest order with just enough disco thrown in to make it stand out above the rest. This is another one of those records that should have been far bigger than it was and when you play it remember the louder the better.

Jamie Lloyd - What We Have - ....Is A Zwicker remix

This is just sublime and absolutely amazing piece of music from Little Dragon and it definitely ticks all the right buttons for me. It isn't by any means the most obvious track from their superb self-titled album but it is the one that I find myself coming back to time and time again. This isn't a dancefloor record by any means and why do they all have to be? I am besotted with this tune and hopefully all of you will be as well.

Little Dragon - Scribbled Paper

I had the opportunity to interview Yukimi Nagano from Little Dragon a few months back and you can read the interview here.

Bon Iver is a new name to me and I heard this track for the first time the other day when one of the students at the school was playing it loud as in his room and I had to know the name of it, although truth be told the students backing vocals added a little bit to the track that is missing from the original version. It's one of those records that is incredibly catchy and it kind of straddles that line between neo-soul (always hated that term) and folk music and, who knows, it might appeal to a couple of you out there. I like it a lot and he has a great voice that has a lot of potential. I'd love to see Studio have a go at this record and turn it into one of their balearock masterpieces, it deserves it. Here is a typically overblown review of his album by the guys over at Pitchfork.

Bon Iver - Skinny Love

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