Archive for the ‘dance’ Category

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Echospace – Liumin [2010]

October 24, 2010

Post #49. Liumin by Echospace.  Exotic field recordings + minimal house = Liumin.  This album begins with the track, In Echospace, an amazing sculpture of sound.  At first you hear a few voices, static, and other ambient elements that build into the sample.  You expect it to continue as most ambient tracks do, adding bit by bit but staying in simple and gentle territory, until it gets transformed into something more interesting.  Around 1 minute in these elements are crafted into gorgeous waves that become more rhythmic as the track continues.  At about 2 minutes in you notice that the waves have depth as a subtle pulsating bass enters.  At 4 you think you hear an off-beat kick-drum, but by about 5:30 you realize that you must have imagined things were getting more exciting as the track gets brought down a notch.  But as the waves of static wash seamlessly into Summer Haze, that old familiar kick-drum lands on the house 4 and the party starts.  Perfect interplay between exhausting beats and textured swells carry us to the last track, Warm, a peaceful ambient rest after over an hour of dancing.

Stream the whole album here.  The OBMX track (youtube video below) is not on this album but is an Echospace masterpiece from 2008.  For more info on Liumin‘s creation, read this review.

ALSO! Preview next week’s post, Brian EnoSmall Craft on a Milk Sea, by streaming at NPR till Nov 2.

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Delorean – Subiza (2010)

June 11, 2010

Post #41.  Subiza by Delorean.  I don’t feel the need to make much of a case here – you’re going to like this instantly.  Delorean is the kind of music that can get old, but only because you won’t be able to stop yourself from putting it on repeat.  They have an Animal Collective Brothersporty jungle dance sound that is perfect for summer cookouts and parties.

Enjoy all but the last track on this youtube playlist.  Here’s a free download of the single Stay Close, and here’s one of their remix of Cold Cave‘s Life Magazine.

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Caribou – Swim [2010]

April 20, 2010

Post #34. CaribouSwim.  Why do you need my thoughts when Caribou creator Dan Snaith explains Swim so well? “I got excited by the idea of making dance music that’s liquid in the way it flows back and forth, the sounds slosh around in pitch, timbre, pan… Dance music that sounds like it’s made out of water, rather than made out of metallic stuff like most dance music does.”  Some beat crafting credits go to Four Tet, Junior Boys‘ Jeremy Greenspan, and Born Ruffians‘ Luke Lalonde.

Stream the whole album here or via this youtube playlist.  Also, free downloads of Odessa and the Spirituals remix of Sun.

source: dataless