Posts Tagged ‘Klaxons

09
Jan
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 18

Or should that title read, “How Good Is This Going To Be….”.For today we are in a soothsaying mood. Perhaps it’s the start of the new year that’s making us feel this way, not sure, but this is a post all about hypothetical albums hopefully due at some point in the future that we’re most looking forward to. Whether they will ever happen or not is a totally separate issue…

It’s basically a slot about our favourite bands and it gives us a chance to reflect on their collective ace-ness and send them all positive vibes for writing that next album. Here’s hoping, because their last efforts were life-changers! We list below a bit about why they have us hooked and we also attach an mp3 of our favourite track by them to date…

1) LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – tbc (2009?)
No better place to begin than the modern era’s most important band. James Murphy, Pat Mahony, Nancy Whang et al, are about as good and eclectic as you could ever hope the worlds best band to be. Experimental and original, without ever disappearing up their own collective arses. Reflective and full of inspiration from past bands, yet somehow managing to sound like the future. They are true song masters of the Sensei kind. We love their past work, culminating in the critically acclaimed 2nd album, Sound Of Silver, released back in March 2007. Anyone that can write a tune as great as ‘All My Friends’ will forever be by my side. Like a past relationship that you think back to and privately admit to yourself that you are still in love. It doesn’t die and it never will, you just stop talking about it. Well today I’m talking again. Despite recording songs that are good enough to get the “I-want-them-played-at-my-funeral” request already, we look ahead to what box of magic tricks James will bring us in the future. Regarding the next album, James Murphy admitted last November that the songs are already written, (in his head at least), and once he reaches “critical mass” he will have to start recording. The sooner the better. We can’t hold our breath forever.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – ALL MY FRIENDS   (ysi)

2) THE ARCADE FIRE– tbc (DVD first!)
Like all the best bands, they inhabit a world in some other paradox to ours. Sometimes it’s ice-cold and sometimes its as fiery as a split in the earth’s core. We totally adore them andrightly so. You don’t quite become a fan of Arcade Fire, rather you worship at their alter. They are more a cult than a band. I’m not sure where the religious descriptions come from – Perhaps it’s their Morman dresscode and the fact that they all seem somehow related? Perhaps it’s the fact that when you see them live you catch a spirit that possess you to sing out, loudly, with arms aloft? Perhaps it’s the energy in which they climax a song that duly punches you in the gut, right where you feel it most? Their first album, Funeral, released back in 2004, was a truly moving debut that set up the promise that was finally fulfilled in their follow up album, Neon Bible. Everything changes once you hear that piece of work. It’s as individual as a Hieronymus Bosch painting and just as rammed full of ideas. They release their tour DVD in 2009, so that is the only new thing on the horizon from these guys, but perhaps 2010 will herald the next studio album. By then the church will have a queue around the block. Probably best you join it now…

THE ARCADE FIRE INTERVENTION   (ysi)

3) DAFT PUNK– tbc (2009?)
Where to start? These guys were running around the world doing their thing back in the mid-1990’s, whilst the rest of the world was sucking it’s thumb wandering where this genre called ‘Dance’ music was going. You had to look ahead many years, once blogs developed their taste for the more recent sounds of Justice and Soulwax, for an entire new genre, now referred to as ‘Electro’, or more confidently, ‘Blog House’ . But these new acts, along with the likes of Erol AlkanBoys NoizeDigitalism and quite frankly anybody from France using a synthesizer! were just the pretenders to Daft Punk’s throne. It was made abundently clear as to who should be anointed the crown-wearing daddy’s of this scene when Daft Punk went on a world tour in 2007. Anyone that caught that true moment of spectacular dominance will testify that Daft Punk are exactly where you should start when talking about Electro dance music. With all their obvious rock band influences and robotic imagery, (we’ve got to give their totally awesome robot masks a mention), these guys play out a kicking set. We hope they bring out a new album soon. It seems they have approx 4 years between albums, with Homework arriving in 1997, Discovery in 2001 and their last full album, Human After All in 2005. Hmm, that takes us to 2009 right? With the massive success of Justice over the last couple of years, where can Daft Punk go? All eyes front and centre…

DAFT PUNK – DA FUNK (ysi)

4) KLAXONS– tbc (2009?)
A far smaller band than the acts listed above, but an effective group nonetheless. They arrived amongst the false start of a scene, known as Nu Rave, back in 2006. This almost decided their fate, in no small part thanks to the desperation of the NME magazine’s attempt to drum up a new scene for the teenager masses, so sales boosted by collecting together a bunch of new bands that turned out to be far too individualto be rounded up in such a commercial way. However, it still ballooned and much attention was gained, before they swiped the critical acclaim that comes with winning the Mercury Music Prize. This seemed to allow a deeper appreciation that took them beyond the Nu Rave moniker. Upon reflection, the scene has thankfully imploded and inevitibly pretenders such as Hadouken and Late Of The Pier seemed to have muscled in on thierdollar. Interestingly, the only band not to have blown up in hype from that whole scene are The Sunshine Underground from Leeds, who despite having the strongest album of them all never quite caught the zeitgeist like Klaxons. Hearing some of The Sunshine Underground’s new demo’s it appears they haven’t so much developed as gone backwards. We will see. Anyway, its Klaxons that we will be watching with a keen eye for their next move. They survived the thump of a crashing scene and they seem to hold a level of quality that owes as much to fashion and art as much as their excellent music. What strange and beautiful monster could they possibly evolve into?

KLAXONS GOLDEN SKANS   (ysi)

As usual, all the above acts are keeping tight lipped about future releases (LCD don’t even tell their manager when they’re recording!), so we will have to hold on. When news breaks The Recommender will be right on it to bring you any information.

We obviously have a multitude of other acts that we are also bubbling with excitement about, but we had to stop the post somewhere. Hopefully the above bands give a fairly decent cross-section. Leave a comment if you wish.

We hope you enjoyed this little forage away from bringing you our usual pluckings from the world of fresher, new music. Our next post will definitely be more contemporary. We’ve already got a handful of juicy bands that are virtually jumping out of the sack to meet you…

Mike

23
Dec
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 17

Welcome back people. Another simple post for you here all about the mystery and brilliance that is METRONOMY

We love them very muchly here at The Recommender. With their jerky, wonky, pop that layers up and up into a mash of synths and bounce.

 It’s all a little bit geek-heavy, like Hot Chip, a little bit Casio-heavy, like Mendetz, and a little bit art-heavy, like Klaxons.

It’s with their live performances and fantastic music videos that they really come to life though. You will see them trying just about anything, as long as it involves weird lighting, or outstandingly loud colours. 

They stake their themes all about love and good times and clearly don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s refreshingly bright and hopeful. That’s what shines through in their video’s particularly.

Find their excellent video for ‘A Thing For Me here…

Here’s their video for ‘Radio Ladio’

Well worth their own posting we think. Hope you enjoyed this meandering foray into Metronomy. See you again soon…
Mike

11
Oct
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 8

 THE REMIXES – PART 2 – SOULWAX

On the back of the ‘How Good Is This…’ Bloc Party remix special, I’ve decided to do another remix-based dedication on this post. This time it will be for the re-edit kings themselves – Soulwax.

With their wardrobe now packed full of some of the finest remixes in existence, these guys can show off a set of absolutely fantastic efforts. They totally abide by the remix and mashup rules of trying to create something genuinely original out of the pickings of other artist’s songs. And what a job they’ve done over recent years, including their very latest touch of brilliance on the tune ‘Kids’ by MGMT.

The Belgium team are often found grabbing tunes from non-dance based artists, from The Rolling Stones to Dolly Parton to The Gossip, and they always manage to produce proper dance-floor fillers. Great records to pull out at the peak of any party, these Electro legends can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned.

We all know they released an album of their remixes in 2007, but I just wanted to shove a selected handful from their vast collection of blends here on The Recommender. Enjoy…

KIDSMGMT (Soulwax Nite Versions Edit)
YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANTROLLING STONES (Soulwax Remix)
GRAVITY’S RAINBOWKLAXONS (Soulwax Remix)
LOVELIGHTROBBIE WILLIAMS (Soulwax Ravelight Vocal)
STANDING IN THE WAY OF CONTROLGOSSIP (Soulwax Nite Version)
PHANTOM PART 2JUSTICE (Soulwax Remix)
GET INNOCUOUSLCD SOUNDSYSTEM (Soulwax Remix)
HOLD YOUR HEAD UP – ARTHUR ARGENT (Soulwhacked Mix)

You may find that your feet begin to tap and your arms may well wave involuntarily as a consequence of listening to these tunes, but don’t worry, that’s a perfectly healthy response.

The new RECOMMENDER 13 will be posted up soon, so get your ass back here real soon for plenty more involuntary movements.

Mike

03
Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 11

OK, so we got ourselves some sort of credit crunching financial global nightmare, but what the fuck, let the music play. Spare the money-worries and get your attention onto this lovely slice of RECOMMENDER. Welcome back out of the darkness friends…

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VAN SHE
Nothing new to the blog world here, but I couldn’t resist grabbing yet another wonderful Aussie band from Sydney. This 4-piece, signed to the massive Modular Records label, are well worth their Recommender posting. In recent years Australia has been throwing out quality acts at us like a Shane Warne spin bowl and Van She are flying directly for your middle stump. Totally blissed out guitar pop with a yearning towards the 80’s-era prog rock and synth catchiness. Think of the Presets holding hands with Ladyhawke and you get the shelf upon which to happily place them. They’ve an ear for a good chorus and the songs skip along like a high point from any Flaming Lips album. On a separate note, two of the band members regrouped to produce remixes under the guise Van She Technologic (or as Van She Tech). The remixes are totally ace and boy have they been busy, so perhaps I’ll reserve a separate post for those in a future Recommender. Van She have released their debut album, V, earlier this year in most parts of the world, having previously only released an EP. Search it out and get involved…

Find them here:    Myspace Last.fm

Hear them here:   VAN SHE – CAT & THE EYE

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CRYSTAL CASTLES
OK, so I don’t get it. Really. What is this electro-punk, jagged-edged, shouty business all about??? We should all know Crystal Castles by now right? The two-some from Canada, (Ethan Kath and Alice Glass) who discovered their sound by accident. (This was achieved by Glass accidentally leaving the mic on when laying down vocals over a bunch of tracks Ethan had recorded for them. With her mic still left on she spent time shouting experimentally over his beats and created the first single by chance. Hence the name of the tune – ‘Alice Practice’. The shouty/beat mixture was picked up and became said ‘sound’ for them). As much as I admit that I struggle with their ‘sound’, I cannot help but see something interesting here. I usually think I’m perhaps getting too old, or that my tastes have finally missed the boat, when I struggle to enjoy what seems a sensation to the rest of the world, but it’s sometimes good to see through the obvious hype and let the dust settle on these sorts of acts, (such as people did with say Klaxons). I saw Crystal Castles live recently and their whole show was done in strobe. And I mean the entire set. My eyes took days to recover. Was this good as well as different? I just can’t decide. She is very sexy and he’s strangely mysterious, so that’s something that entices, but to their credit they also have generated some interesting remixes, so I attach the LA RIOTS remix of Crimewave to give you a taster. Anything the Riots touch turns to dancefloor gold, so perhaps it roses the tint in my glasses, but judge for yourselves. Check the rest of their original tunes on the links provided…

Find them here: Myspace Last.fm

Hear them here:   CRYSTAL CASTLES – CRIMEWAVE (LA Riots Remix)

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RA RA RIOT
This New York area 6-piece are an indie band that’s caught my eye recently (or should that be my ear?). Sold as Vampire Weekend meets the Arcade Fire is somewhat over doing it me thinks, but nonetheless gives a relatively good idea of their sound and influence. Cute, delicate vocals float over strings and a pounding echo. Like Arcade Fire they are nicely upbeat so they avoid getting too boring too quickly and survive any pointless drifting. Having regrouped after the death of their drummer, John Pike, in 2007 they have now put together a well produced debut album, The Rhumb Line, following previously released EPs. They’re backing this up with a new tour supporting Vampire Weekend. Check them out.

Find them here:   Myspace Last.fm

Hear them here:   RA RA RIOT – DYING IS FINE

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On a separate note, I’d just like to thank the fans of The Recommender. Your input always helps, so keep the messages and comments coming and continue to spread the word etc. This blog has grown exponentially over the last few weeks and months and now generates thousands of visitors each and every month, so it’s nice to know you’re out there and long may it continue. As always let me know any thoughts…

Until the next one then. All the best,
Mike




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