Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Here's a few tracks, new and not so new, to check out.

Gloves, the electronic solo project from (the now defunct) Damn Arms' Yama Indra, is finally delivering some original material for us all. Gloves has been very busy touring and remixing for a whole bunch of artists, including huge names such as Van She. Seems like Modular's recent acquisition of Bang Gang 12 Inches has really got the ball rolling for the artists involved, with both Ted & Francis and now Gloves releasing singles within a month of each other. Either way I'd be lying if i said I haven't been watching everything Indra has been doing since i first heard the Damn Arms' epic swan song, Destination, last year.

This track, Too Much To Dream, is the b-side from his new single PYX. If you liked Destination this song is very much in a similar vein, chill electronic with catchy vocals.

Too Much To Dream - Gloves

Here's a track from Lupe Fiasco's upcoming album, said to be due December this year. The album, titled Lasers, is reportedly part one of a 3 album project, and by the sounds of it, is going to carry on exactly where The Cool left off, lyricism focused Hip-Hop with a strong focus on great collaborations. As such, this song, Shining Down, features Matthew Santos, who is best known for his guest vocals in Fiasco's hit single from The Cool; Superstar. Fiasco seems to have gone the auto-tune route here, with parts of the song sounding uncannily like Kanye West's latest LP, 808s & Heartbreak.

Shining Down - Lupe Fiasco

Discovery is a collaboration between Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles and
Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend. Unlike both of their regular stuff, Discovery takes a very electronic, vocoded approach. I must admit I picked this album up without actually knowing any of this, having only heard their cover of the Jackson 5's I Want You Back. It was one of those times when the album cover and artwork really sold it to me, with the inside booklet featuring a really cool graphic direction, colourful pixel art and interesting typographic work.

This track is called Osaka Loop Line, from their debut album, LP, juxtaposes distorted beats with very delicate vocals. It's definitely an interesting sound.

Osaka Loop Line - Discovery

And finally, a song from Cut Copy's first EP, which, if memory serves, was back when it was just Dan Whitford. The EP, titled I Thought Of Numbers, is a pretty interesting indication of how far Cut Copy have come from those early days. The song is Rendezvous, definitely a stand out on the release.

Rendezvous - Cut Copy

More to come.

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