Month: December 2019

MIDGE – “LET IT TAKE YOU (ORIGINAL MIX”

I am 100 % on board with a track made specifically made for “chilling by the pool” at Ibiza. The faintly Balearic beat is categorically blunted – specifically played at the decibel imperceptible to hangover-sensitive ears. Synths come in as keyed-up gentle crests atop waves of pure tonal drift. It’s a pretty location-specific track that …

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LINDSTRØM & CHRISTABELLE – REAL LIFE IS NO COOL (SMALLTOWN SUPERSOUND, 2010)

2009 trivia time! What famous pop star died in 2009? If you it took you more than .0002 seconds to answer, you probably shouldn’t be reading this article. Actually, you’re probably not even alive. Healthcare, Afganastan, the crumbling economy and subsequent recession… sorry, but 2009 will not be remembered for these things. So, excuse me …

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MOONSPEED – FLOWERS OF THE MOON (FLIGHT APPROVED, 2010)

Denver’s Moonspeed are no strangers to the wonders of psychedelia. The album titleFlowers of the Moon should be a first indication that the band wants to lift its listeners up into the mysteriously unknown beauty of outer-space. But outer-space can also, of course, be considered a cold and desolate place. Moonspeed remedies this truth, however metaphorically, by planting flowers on the moon. Oof. …

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LARS LUDVIG LÖFGREN – HETEROCHROMIA (HALERI, 2010)

You have to hand it to those Scandinavians, they are still trying. While American slacker-jangle-pop Kinks throwback bands have stopped trying to actually sound like they care about playing their instruments, burying subtle moves under wavves of static and for-the-jugular choruses, Swede Lars Ludvig Lofgren’s lo-fi British-Invasion inspired pop-ramblers still sound like he still gives a cuss …

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CLIPD BEAKS – TO REALIZE (LOVEPUMP UNITED, 2010)

Clipd Beaks claim that To Realize is “a tribute to love, to moving forward, to rejecting doom.” This is a head-scratching claim given the claustrophobic, frequently caustic moments of violence that erupt across the album’s 11 tracks. Hailing from Oakland, Clipd Beaks layer disorienting, swirling drones over tight, sinister grooves and frantic tribal drumming. Their …

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JJ – NO 2

I have to give it up to bands that can craft a sound so meticulous and textured that it creates its own internal spatiality. I am talking about “Ecstacy” the ambient club-drug banger that samples Lil’ Waynes infectious “Lolipop” just as effortlessly as it covers a line from Will Smith’s “Miami.” The vocals literally float over the slo-mo, pulsing …

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TH XX – X

I wouldn’t say I missed the boat on this one. It is still technically 2009 as I write this. I would say that the time was not right for this ultra-cool, ultra-young, ultra-sexy, ultra-British band to come into my life. Late August I was begrudgingly embracing the good-time summer 09 fuzz-punk bands and there was …

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