Sunday, November 13, 2011

Discreet Unit - Shake Your Body Down

Just because.

Discreet Unit - Shake Your Body Down (original mix) by dailyfloss

('Shake Your Body Down' 12", Prime Numbers)

Radiohead - King Of Limbs remixes

Now that they've all been gathered on one compilation, the various Radiohead remixes that have been released on 12" throughout 2011 seem to make more sense, if that's not something of a betrayal of the concept. If you were going to be fanciful and regard them as an 'album' then it's the best thing Radiohead have put their name to since Amnesiac. It works surprisingly well as a long-player, with a wide variety of styles from some excellent producers. Highlights would have to be cuts from Jacques Greene, Blawan and Shed. Needless to say, kudos to Radiohead for shining their influential light on the fertile electronic/bass/whatever-you-call-it-don't-call-it-post-dubstep scene. Interesting nerdy fact: the Jacques Greene remix cleverly changes at 1-minute intervals.

Lotus Flower - Jacques Greene RMX by Radiohead

Bloom - Blawan RMX by Radiohead

Little by Little - Shed RMX by Radiohead

The whole collection can be streamed from Radiohead's Soundcloud.

Arkist & Kidkut - 'One Year Later'

Two Bristol producers team up for this (pretty) recent 12" on Hotflush. The title track is a deep, simmering number, while the flipside 'Vanilla Imitate' = more goodness.

Also worth checking out is Arkist's 'Rendezvous/Fill Your Coffee' 12" - released earlier this year on Apple Pips

and further back, 'Only If You Mean It' which was up there with my favourite tunes from 2010 (from the 'I Couldn't Possibly' 12" on Immerse Records)

Arkist has also just released the free Double Zero EP, a 'rough history of dubstep'. It can be downloaded here

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Squarehead & Patrick Kelleher - Attention to Detail/Just a Tragedy

Two very different acts join forces on this 7" for Popical Island. Surf-pop/slacker-rock trio Squarehead and the gothic-synth-pop-leaning Patrick Kelleher have both released acclaimed albums this year, the former with Yeah Nothing and the latter with Golden Syrup (along with a similarly excellent split EP with School Tour). Here they've teamed up and carried out a very cool idea with aplomb: each writing a song in the style of the other and then collaborating on both. Roy Duffy pens the inspired 'Attention to Detail', which matches his band's breezy garage-pop sensibility with a reverbed 80's-referencing arrangement; Kelleher's contribution combines his distinctive vocal croon with doo-wop-type harmonies and jangly guitar flourishes.

The 7" can be streamed from Bandcamp and is available to buy from selected record stores including Tower, RAGE and HMV Grafton St. in Dublin, Plugd in Cork and Wing Nut in Galway.

Cooly G - Landscapes

2011 has seen Hyperdub on-point as ever with stellar releases from Burial, Hype Williams, Ossie and Funkystepz showcasing the impressive range of the label's output. A new 12" from Cooly G sees her collaborating with Simbad and Karizma; 'Landscapes' is the Simbad collab and it's stunning; a hypnotic number with expansive synths, intricate percussion, an irresistible bassline and the producer's beguiling vocals. The 12", also featuring 'It's Serious', is out November 7th.

Video shot by Simon Drew and 'edited and mutated' by Sabrina Ratté.