Archive for the ‘downtempo’ Category

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Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner [2010]

September 21, 2010

Post #47.  Gold Panda‘s debut LP Lucky Shiner. Gold Panda, a super humble guy named Derwin, spoke with me about music and other artists we like after his fantastic opening set for Health earlier this year.  When I asked if he’s been palling around with Mount Kimbie, James Blake, and Joy Orbison he laughed it off saying he’s not even a musician and is way out of their league.  I’m not sure he can be so humble after releasing Lucky Shiner, which displays incredible musicianship and easily puts him in the ranks of the top new British producers.

What’s great about this album is its balance between depth and immediacy.  Thoughtful melodic tracks flow seamlessly out of catchy “bangers” (sorry Derwin, they really do make my head bob).  Soft rhythms keep the melodic tracks flowing while elegant phrasing and structuring keep the jams from wearing out after a few listens.  Despite their previous release on the You EP, Derwin cleverly included You and Before We Met on Lucky Shiner in a way that only adds to the album’s cohesiveness; and rather than sounding recycled, they feel completely new in this context.

Stream the whole album here (also a free dl of Snow & Taxis) and buy it for only $8 here!

free downloads from pfork: Same Dream China and a non-Lucky Shiner track Quitters Raga and a Gold Panda remix of The Field‘s I Have the Moon, You Have the Internet

source: pfork, Derwin

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Balam Acab – See Birds EP [2010]

August 29, 2010

Post #46. See Birds EP by witch house artist Balam Acab. Balam Acab is definitely my favorite creator of witch house, a relatively new electronic genre that’s frightening, creepy, and freaking sweet.  I credit Karin Andersson’s work as Fever Ray with the origin of this slow, haunting, and intentionally large music; though in contrast to her work, witch house tends to be lo-fi.

Balam Acab isn’t just creepy, there are also brilliant atmospheric touches to this music.  Here’s what Balam wants: “fear, nostalgia, bliss, sadness, euphoria, beauty, peace, dreams, loneliness, longing, a removal of all the layers that aren’t until the one which is has been found, i want you to get lost…”

Your favorite will be the super slow groove title track See Birds (Moon), but make sure you dive into Regret Making Mistakes and let the shuttering beats and voices echo through your head.  Both tracks are free downloads from pitchfork (below), but the other three tracks are also good.  Here’s a youtube playlist with 4 of the 5 tracks.

Free Downloads: See Birds (Moon) and Regret Making Mistakes (right click, save as)

And here’s a witch house bonus track: the ridiculously large perversion of O Holy Night – King Night by Salem

source: pfork