mercredi 14 février 2018

The Villain - Magical Man & The Gritty Mysteries

I don't really remember how I stumbled upon this jewel, but I cherish the day the series of events that led to this one started.

It is without a doubt, one of the best Downtempo albums I've had the opportunity to listen to in a mighty long time. Chilly atmospheres and unidentified flying samples coming from old documentaries about electronic music will enchant you throughout this journey of an album.

As would The Villain say : "The final result is an obscure mess of chapters, narrative and tracklisting, during which you won’t hear even a single second of silence. Enjoy."

I don't have anything to add.

PS : I hope you've steered clear of Valentine's Day and only listened to cool music all day long, together or alone.

mercredi 31 janvier 2018

Who Ha - Synthwave Belongs in a Museum

I highly recommend you take a listen at those first five tracks, which are incredibly good "sunlight drenched crescent moon Canyon after a neon night" kind of music.

If you find yourself with people that didn't watch Indiana Jones as a kid, then you can skip the first track and play the sixth, which happens to be the same but without the Indy references. I was told it could be disturbing otherwise.

Life is good in the Synthwave dimension.

Yes, I know.

mercredi 24 janvier 2018

Anachronist - RGB

If I wasn't sure there were algorithms perpetually reading my mind, now I know it's true. After only a few months of binge-listening to Synthwave, Youtube suggested I take a listen to Anachronist's music. I must admit I was tempted by the beautiful cover and its flashy colours.

And well, if being spied on by the government and corporations is the price to pay to get such amazing music, I'm more than willing to do it.

Anachronist, as he says himself, is a creature displaced in time, creating musical sandboxes of the things he's seen. Specifically here this is "music inspired by the music inspired by the 80's", a most excellent and tasteful Synthwave release that has already found its way to my personal musical fall of fame.

mercredi 17 janvier 2018

All Them Witches - A Sweet Release

Good stoner is like looking for a needle in a haystack. Once you get your greedy hands on that needle, don't let go ! And while you're at it try to find a bunch of other needles, they may come in handy.

One of those needles I've found is this, A Sweet Release by All Them Witches, a great stoner band consisting of Robby Staebler at the drums, Ben McLeod at the guitar, Charles Michael Parks Jr. at the bass guitar and the vocals, and Allan Van Cleave at the keys.

Their music is like an satisfyingly heavy psychedelic trip to the heart of the planet and back, as should always be the case.

I won't get tired of it anytime soon but that could not be the case of your neighbours mind you, so invite them for a pint while you listen to this gem.

mercredi 10 janvier 2018

Aloe Island Posse - Good Night Aloe Island

This album embodies pretty nicely the conception I have of Future Funk. Old-school kitsch synths like a sunset seen by the milkshake bar by the sea, disco samples, rhythms that give one the urge both to dance and to sweep the floor all at once, but most of all a special 80s, 90s atmosphere given by the scratchy lo-fi sound, the short keytar riffs and the unavoidable image of an era lost and idealised at the same time...

But don't worry, by the time we get to 2080, we'll get to live the eighties of the future ! And yes of course we'll still be there, what's that for a question ?

If you crave more Future Funk as I do, go and take a listen to what they got at Sleepless Tapes, you won't be disappointed.

mercredi 3 janvier 2018

Scythe - Chipscape

It's high time people knew about Scythe !

I discovered his/her music by listening to Krelez's ever-rewarding radio. I recognised its typically megaman-esque sounds and thought "this is the kind of chiptune that suits me so perfectly". So I went on, like each time, and searched, asking the question, "is there more ?"

And yes there is. More tracks can be found on Bandcamp and on Soundcloud. The album is quite recent so there is a good chance that more is coming right up.

Also, don't forget to go and take a listen to Cheapbeat's catalog. Cheapbeats is a Tokyo-based netlabel specialising in chiptune, and I got to say, there is never enough of those...