Posts Tagged ‘LCD Soundsystem

11
Jun
10

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 97 – CHICO FELLINI

CHICO FELLINI

It’s no secret that we are massive fans of LCD Soundsystem – anyone with working ears and feet that are able to move is surely just as hooked!  Therefore any comparisons to LCD that arrive with a band’s press release consistently have our metaphorical door, better known as the delete button, slammed in their faces.  You will initially spot the LCD familiarity with Chico Fellini’s vocals, provided by Christopher Denison, who yelps and hops like Mr Murphy at his most yelpy and hoppy, dancing over the jerked rattle that builds in layers behind him.  This is particularly evidenced on tracks such as No Strata and even more so with Hot.  If it wasn’t done so well it would likely be dismissed as shameful and unoriginal, but there’s enough edge and style to actually like it.  Sadly the lyrics are a let down, selecting to start nowhere and then wander down an empty street, but it undeniably oozes horn out of every orifice.  When they slow it down to tunes such as Electrolyte and Down Up The Ladder they come across like Beck during a midnight drive, circa Nicotine & Gravy, but they’ve somewhat missed Beck’s point when they removed the magical hip hop and funk.  Move your listening onwards to such tracks as Despite The Mixup and it glams up, falling somewhere between the wailing that’s familiar to us with Muse, The Darkness, or that god-awful Britpop outfit Manson, (remember them? – we hope not).  What is collected together with Chico Fellini is a jumble of some of the most interesting pop artists around, but like a pile of dirty washing it always seems to fall through your arms, losing a lot of the interesting bits on the floor behind.  They plan a year long single release campaign, consisting of twelve singles over twelve months, they attempt to cancel out the need for a an album, somewhat re-writing the method in which bands bring music out.  This is a bold move from the Kentucky four piece and it pairs up well with the attitude of their music, even if it’s bravery is mostly about front than real guts or purpose.  If they manage to focus on their craft long enough and tone down the irrepressible sexual lyrics, then they may just unlock something other than their zippers.  (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       CHICO FELLINI – HOT

Hear them here:        CHICO FELLINI – GIVE IT TO ME

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

01
Jan
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 19

And so we’ve finally got past the post and we can now wave goodbye to 2008. A year in which The Recommender blog began and in which it soon blossomed into the gorgeous monster it is today. It proved to be an awesome year of music to begin such a task and so looking back through the archives there’s now a treasure trove of gems to plunder. 2009 is already looking like it’s going to burst with brilliance as Pop, Disco, Electro and Indie continue to evolve. The Recommender’s in a great position to evolve right alongside them.

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FAN DEATH
This is one of my favourite finds of 2008 and they look to be heading into your stereo/ipod/club/head, ( – delete as appropriate), throughout 2009. A female two-piece that hail from Vancouver, Canada, and who are produced by none other than the Electro godfather himself, Erol Alkan. As we well know, anything he tends to pick out, (like a Monty Python-esque hand reaching out from the clouds), is always totally awesome and Fan Death are no different. He has also remixed them to brilliant effect. These girls have also been busy remixing, producing a notably decent version of Ladyhawke‘s ‘My Delirium’. They are a delight to hear. For when this duo go all disco, they bring along handclaps and strings like a 70’s blur. When they slow it down, they chime with layered vocals and simple chords. Either way, it’s always tuneful and fantastically melodic. Catchy and brimming with classic pop, they seem almost timeless.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   FAN DEATH – VERONICA’S VEIL (ysi)

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WE HAVE BAND
Now over to my new favourite band. I love love love them. And with good reason. Us bloggers always ignorantly consider ourselves something of a set of tastemakers, but even we have to have a source. I don’t quite know how they manage to do it, but the awesome French label, Kitsune, always manage to plug into the latest ‘cool’ at it’s very freshest and best. Us blog writers may well be music journalists, band members, DJs or scenesters etc, but the true feed of all things new and incredibly cool often seems to involve Kitsune somewhere in the mix. Once again they’ve produced another true diamond of a band. The 3-piece from London tick all our boxes, with their blend of electronic, melodic funk. It’s upbeat, joyous stuff, with the flick of a guitar, the buzz of a synth and the overlapping vocals making it a great, layered sound. It has that DIY feel of a LCD Soundsystem tune, which is about as spot on as we need things to be here at The Recommender. I’m in love.

Find them here:   Myspace Last.fm

Hear them here:    WE HAVE BANDHEAR IT IN THE CANS (ysi)

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OFFICIALS SECRET ACT
We have loved all the guitar-led, pop-funk Indie sounds coming out of Australia through 2008, (often from the Modular Record label), in the likes of Midnight Juggernauts, (see Recommender 3 from way back) or Empire Of The Sun(see future Recommender posts), but sadly there’s something missing from them all that until now I haven’t managed to put my finger on…Well, now I get it – it’s the ‘UK factor’! Official Secrets Act are precisely what’s helped me find the UK difference. Their sound is not quite the same as these Australian Modular bands, oh no, and perhaps that’s the point, but they represent an ingredient that I’d overlooked. It’s something only bands from the UK seem to produce. A little sharpness, a little edge and a little less over produced than their Indie cousins across the waters. It’s a sound that’s still upbeat Indie guitaring, but it has more variety and depth to it and of course there’s something about an English accent that’s simply less glam, but that’s a good thing. A change of pace here, a singalong chorus there. This London 4-piece do it so well. This post is dedicated to that UK factor. Long may it reign.

Here them here:    Myspace

Find them here:     OFFICIAL SECRETS ACTSO TOMORROW (ysi)

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That’s a fair bit of cool fucking music in one post you lucky buggers! If you want to share the love back, then comment away, or message me etc.

2009 will see us going from strength to strength. We are on the lookout for any budding blog writers who may wish to contribute to The Recommender, so drop me a line if you think you have what it takes to get involved. It may be just the thing you were looking for right?

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




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