Saturday 1: Music

 

Every Saturday I will be posting a “Current Mood” song, playlist or mix.

Today is a beautiful winter day in London, I’m having a glass of red wine and listening to Mi, a Nils Frahm track reworked by Soul Channel.

Erased Tapes Records is the label that represents Nils, they are going to realise an album of 9 reworks crafted by fans, all songs are incredible, but this is my favourite track, enjoy!

Sweet POP Tune

Is Tropical

Is Tropical

Pop music is not in my top 5 to be honest, but I sometimes come across good pop songs and  have to shout about it, although this is electro-pop, not quite the same thing.

Cruise Control by IS TROPICAL, is the second single from their album Black Anything, which will be released sometime this year.

I hope the rest of the rest of the album is injected with the same sweet vibe as this song is, this is my sweet pop tune of the month.

An Exciting Time in Music

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Kiasmos Album Cover

I can’t remember feeling as overwhelmed about new music as I am right now, really excited about the musicians I mention in this post. They have a very distinctive style, and their sound is a fusion of electronic, minimal, ambient, house and classical sounds.

The London based record label Erased Tapes is known by releasing avant-garde music, some of their artists include Kiasmos, Rival Consoles, Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and A Winged Victory for the Sullen, they are very talented and innovative musicians experimenting with minimal, electronic and classical beats, and this label is one to watch!

My boyfriend introduced me to most of this music, we both follow these artists and try to go to every show as soon as they announce it. I saw Kiasmos in Berlin in November and they were great, but I know their London show in St. John at Hackney Church in March is going to blow me away, Rival Consoles and Vessels are opening the gig.

So what inspired this playlist? Well, the 13 artists I’ve included in this playlist have announced upcoming gigs in London, check out Convergence 2015 to see Kiasmos, Rival Consoles, Clark, Vassels and Pantha Du Prince in March. St. John Church, where these gigs are taking place, is a magical venue for this type of music, I genuinely think these shows will be incredible.

Slow Magic will play at the Oval Space this month and Nils Frahm at the Roundhouse in May.

Something slightly different to a gig, but nevertheless incredible, it’s Random Dance Atoms, the 2013 show by the acclaimed choreographer  Wayne McGregor.  The music for the entire show was created by A Winged Victory for the Sullen, and it was played live during the performance, this is happening again but only for two dates,  the 13th and 14th February, it’s one not to miss.

Enjoy the playlist!

Amok & Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

Thom Yorke

I have been a Radiohead fan ever since the first time I heard Creep, and although I can’t listen to this song anymore due to the fact I overplayed it during my teenage years I own every album they have made and their music has never dissapointed me. Their sound has changed over the years and although it is now completely different to the indi rock tunes they made at the beginning of their career you cannot compare the two at all, they have simply grown as musicians and explored other genres, such as electronic music, their sound has evolved, perhaps alienating some of their early fans during the transition but also making new ones along the way.

I, in the other hand, have loved and praised every album they have ever made, also Thom Yorke’s solo material. He is one talented man with a beautiful voice and unique song writing. I’m slightly fascinated by him as a musician as well as his persona, he is a bit odd and crazy, nevertheless, very entertaining to watch. His music is constantly moving forward and I’m intrigued to see what he will be producing in 10 years time, I really hope he continues to surprise us, whether it might be as a front man of my favourite band, Radiohead, in Atoms for Peace or solo.

Amok is ‘Atoms for Peace’ first album, a band formed by Thom Yorke, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Nigel Godrich (Radiohead producer), Joey Waronker (Beck & R.E.M) and Mauro Refosco, they have been playing together on and off since 2009. This is an alternative rock and electronica record, but the sound isn’t as obscured as Radiohead’s Kid A or Amnesiac, more like a continuation of Yorke’s first solo material, The Eraser.

It was released on February 25th on XL Recordings, I personally love each of the 9 songs but I do wonder, whether the entire album is that good or perhaps it’s because to me York is a genius and in my eyes he can do no wrong.

Odd dancing, Thom Yorke’s trademark.

Thom Yorke on the cover of my favourite magazine, Dazed and Confused last month, not only the cover made me smile but also the interview by Tim Noaks and the mixtape he specially did for Dazed Digital.

https://soundcloud.com/dazedandconfused/exclusive-thom-yorke-mix

Dazed and Confused February Issue.

Dazed and Confused February Issue.

Thom Yorke 30 minute Boiler Room DJ set.

High & Dry from The Bends, Radiohead’s second album.

Retrograde… James Blake is back!

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James Blake, only he can make dubstep sound beautiful.

I thank XFM for playing this song last week more that I could have wished for, without exaggeration I have waited too long for James Blake’s new material and it’s finally here!
This track is the first single from his second album “Overgrown”, which will be released on April 8th. The melody is quite simple but then there is this intense synth chord and his beautiful voice that  sends shivers downs my spine, I can’t stop playing it.

He is playing three dates in the UK in April but only one date in London at Heaven, and although pre sale tickets are sold out there will be more going on sale through the venue tomorrow at 9am so I suggest you set an alarm because they will be gone within minutes. He is also playing in Manchester and Glasgow.

I saw him at Field Day a few years ago and regardless the unstoppable rain and the crowded tent his set was beyond my expectations, none of the songs sounded like in the album, only better, each of them was a dubstep-like remix and the tent was turned into a rave.

This boy is a genius and a sea of talent, I solute you James Blake!

Retrograde

Retrograde