Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance reworks Soft As Snow’s ‘All Our Beasts’, found on the ‘Glass Body’ EP that came out this summer on Houndstooth. Here find him stretching out and adding some beats and pieces to the original’s offkilter, spooky contemplation. The track is off ‘Glass Body Remixed’, expected next week. Check out the tracklist below.
‘Glass Body Remixed':
A1. Halo Heart (Lucy Remix)
A2. All Our Beasts (Gang Gang Dance Brian DeGraw Remix)
B1. Glass Body (Factory Floor Gabe Gurnsey Remix)
B2. Black Birds (Maria Minerva Rework)
By Philip Neeson
‘Always Tomorrow’, the debut long-player from punk-pop three-piece Wild Smiles, is eleven rollicking tracks addressing “the struggles of the debt-heavy, priced-out youth generation.” Continue reading
Nystada and Wolfgang Merx recorded and mixed these seven tracks over a nine-day period, with the result “each one a pleasure to make”, according to the former musician. The unashamedly-titled ‘Motorik’ has a 4/4 beat that seems to turn it into a sequenced/squelch-y Kraftwerk for the ’84 Detroit club scene. For the gloomier, foggier ‘Undergrund’ the beat pushes along in a wrestles manner, like a living, still curious heart pumping under water, and ‘Turbulenz’ is an eight-minute tricksy synth squiggler, slowly-revealing-yet-never-revealing.
Listen to ‘Turbulence’ here.
Fitting nicely into the disagreeable but irresistible harsh post-everything sounds that is Tri Angle Records (WIFE, Haxan Cloak, Fis) Peter Boothroyd– for it indeed be he– puts out four tracks together entitled, rather suitably, ‘Idle Hours’. In a recent interview with Dazed he talked about his youth spent “in a shit little working class town where nothing has happened for about 400 years”. Points lost, of course, for calling a working class area “shit” (there are already enough arrogant people who’ve never so much as spent a day in such places who see them, mistakenly, as just that), but we’ll forgive him. After all, his way with a bleak melody, and concrete-laced, twisting-and-broken technotronic beat can only be a good thing. Just don’t try playing this down the club. At least not a club in the conventional sense.
New-wave trio in harmonium– and one of our favourite new bands of 2013– The Wharves release their much-anticipated debut long-player ‘At Bay’ (artwork above) through Gringo Records on November 3. The first single off it is the wonderful upbeat ‘Renew’, followed by the moodier ‘The Grip’. Watch the videos for both of those below. And then find yourself a fan forever.
‘Losing The Battle’, the new single from Postcode, sees the band take a bit of a left corner into some scalextric-peddled shoegaze. The track is off recent record ‘Zebratronic’ (artwork above). Watch the Venison Lamprey-directed video below.
Techno and Belgium have been in a solid if on-off relationship for some two-and-a-half decades now since the days of R&S and others. Today, then, good news for those of you happy in the knowledge that this relationship is ongoing and never completely broken comes in the form of the country’s Token label putting out an excellent new subwoofer-buster of a compilation entitled Token Presents Aphelion’. Including such quality individuals as Surgeon, Lucy, and James Ruskin, ‘Aphelion’ can be streamed now via FactMag.
‘Preternaturals’ is a record that doesn’t work too well if you happen to be listening on your iPhone through those little white earbuds whilst hustling and bustling around a busy town centre; traffic, the ringing of tills, schoolkids jumping into your path as if from nowhere. This writer tried it and all he was aware of was a subtle, electro-psyche pleasantness with vocals sung in the style of a young Martin L Gore. This way the record kind of floated about the air like the autumn leaves currently, well, floating about the air. Continue reading