So called ‘national characteristics’ are always a bit murky but I think it’s fair to say that UK music has always been adept at taking scattered influences and fusing them successfully. Think Led Zeppelin and American Blues music or New Order and early German electronica. This is particularly true of UK electronic music, which is a fantastic hodgepodge of genres referencing everything from detroit techno to afrobeat. This brings me to Lone, a Manchester based producer who has brought together Hip-Hop, Rave, Ambient Electronica, fusion Jazz, and video game music. I can’t tell if it’s immense skill or dead-on musical intuition that allows him to bring together these genres without sounding forced or chaotic. It’s hugely creative, lovely to listen to, and a great addition to the UK tradition of genre blending. Enjoy.
About three years ago, Steve Warwick aka Heatsick played at Berlin’s famous Panorama Bar alongside a few of the biggest names in underground dance music. Except Heatsick didn’t spin club-bangers or dusty hidden gems, he played an hour long live set almost entirely on a cheap old Casio keyboard. This ballsy feat is an example that sometimes the key to unlocking creativity is severely limiting your options. His compositions take an outdated palate of Casio sounds and make them seem utterly current. He is a subtle composer with a perfect sense of structure. “Dream Tennis” in particular is a Casio keyboard demo track from a more sophisticated dimension. Enjoy.
Creative people have a really enigmatic quality about them, which is that amazing things seem to come out of them almost accidentally. The truly creative people I’ve known have this effortless outpouring of creativity. It might not all be quality but it just keeps coming out of them. Harness it and you’re golden. I can only assume that 19 year old King Krule‘s music pours out of him like that. The young guy is just so effortlessly on point. Here’s to the future.
A recent study by Science University revealed that there is only one known cure for a Halloween hangover: Disco. With this is mind, we are giving away two tickets to DFA Record’s Disco-House, hair gel enthusiasts: Holy Ghost!. The two New Yorkers specialize in a analog-synth dance sound which defined the golden generation of NYC disco. As I’ve said about Holy Ghost! before, you’ll know you’re at the right place when you see the hundreds of happy dancers shedding liters of joy tears. Comment below, posting your favorite disco\house jam and we’ll pick our favorite to win. Everyone else can click HERE for tickets. See ya there…
So, a cross dressing soul singer and a composer of gay porn soundtracks walk into a studio. It’s sounds like a joke but those two lovely people were Sylvester and Patrick Crowley. The two did a number of songs together in the late 70s but this seedy yet elegant track is the pinnacle of their work together. It’s a little lazy, a little drunk, and drips late 70s pre-AIDS sexuality. It’s a track born from the creative power of hedonism. If you’re into this sort of thing, a compilation of Patrick Crowley’s experimental music written for porn soundtracks is about to be released.Take a first listen here, Enjoy.
The music I consume is strongly affected by the season. So you might ask, what’s on the menu for autumn? Why it’s melancholy with a side of nostalgia! Ponder your life away with this track from Hamburg’s Smallpeople. It’s another track that walks the line between ambient music and house music. Enjoy.