The Music Floss

The Best Music, Today.

25: Movement – ‘Like Lust’

A beautiful and haunting song from Australian trio, Movement.

Movement – ‘Like Lust’

Like this? Why not also try: Stubborn Heart, Holy Other and Future Islands

24: Nao and A.K. Paul

A.K Paul is brother to the amazingly talented Jai Paul (whose debut album it still yet to see an official release), and even worked along side him in the past. ‘So Good’ is a symphony of soulful vibes, catchy guitar licks and even catchier vocals from rising London female singer, Nao (Pronounced Na-Yo’), and Paul himself.

Just in time for the summer, ‘So Good’ has been positively received from all corners of the music industry, and could act as a career catapult for Nao and A.K Paul both – now where’s that barbecue at?

Like this? Why not also try: Jai Paul, Blood Orange, Ben Khan, Chet Faker

23: Riton – ‘Bad Guy RiRi’ EP

The name, the jocular record cover; you’d be forgiven for thinking Riton’s ‘Bad Guy RiRi’ EP, released through Ed Banger was a comedic mockery, but happily the British producer returns to his best with an EP which is both eclectic and energetic.

Perhaps the stand-out track, ‘The Same’ (Feat. Irfane) kicks things off on an upbeat, funky vibe but still retains that animated electronic sound which features so prominently on most Ed Banger releases. ‘Aloha Surfers!’ is mildly reminiscent of Smithson’s Carte Blanche days with the late DJ Mehdi; slowed down and noticeably darker. The remaining two songs from this four-track EP could be more closely filed under techno, particularly ‘Lost in Sound’ (Feat. Spank Rock), which wouldn’t sound out-of-place filling a sweaty, fog-distorted dancefloor somewhere into the wee hours.

- FYI ‘Riton’ means ‘Henry’ in French just for the record.

‘Bad Guy RiRi’ is available on iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/bad-guy-ri-ri-ep/id869341734?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Like this? Why not also try: Erol Alkan, Kavinsky, Djedjotronic and Bambounou

Flashback: Tears For Fears

- ‘Everybody Wants to Rule the World’ (1985)

Sorry for the shortage of posts, it has been a busy month. I will post more soon!

Bugged Out Weekender: A Weekend of Music, Mayhem, Campari & Queues

After two weeks to ponder the puzzling notes saved to my phone, collect details from friends and browse over pictures from the event; I have finally recollected enough to deliver the promised Bugged Out Weekender personal account – sort of – with photos and music.

The line-up included: Ben Pearce, Erol Alkan, Dusky, Paul Woolford, Heidi, Sasha, Joy Orbison and many more: http://www.buggedoutweekender.net/lineup

 

Day 1: Friday 7th March

At first light I made the retched journey across Central London to meet an excited group of friends and embark on a five hour car journey. In a bid to take things ‘back up north where it began’ for the Bugged Out 20th anniversary, we found ourselves at a faded Pontins resort in Southport. Once filled with British families on their summer holidays, for three days it was to be invaded by ‘no-frills’ clubbers from all over the country. We unloaded our alcohol-riddled car, collected our keys and wristbands, and poured into a rather run-down chalet we were to call home for the foreseeable future. Once the sun had set and music was thumping from all over the vicinity, there was no time for unpacking. We clinked our mugs, plastic cups and beer cans together to fuel up for the warped night ahead.

Shots!

Somewhere between 6pm and midnight we bounded over to the main arena (not sure how else to describe it), endured a nippy wait in the cold for wristband checks, then finally made our entrance. We were met by a fish & chip shop, dodgy carpet and a semi-functional games arcade; but who visual splendour when dance music was vibrating in every direction. Claude Vonstroke in the main room was a personal highlight from the weekend; the lighting that accompanied the set was truly remarkable and really emphasised the already electric atmosphere – kudos to everyone involved!

Claude Vonstroke Fun

 

As the hours passed, we danced, we drank and we bumped into old friends whilst gallivanting from room to room like children at a toy shop. At a time in the night which I cannot pinpoint, I was fortunate enough to catch part of Todd Terje’s live show in main room before moving through to Erol Alkan in Room Two. Then with yawns escaping uncontrollably from my mouth, I foolishly decided on taking a quick power nap back at the chalet. All of a sudden it was lunchtime and day two.

 

 

Day 2: Saturday 8th March

I was devastated to learn that my mates wanted to attend the afternoon pool party. Not only was the afternoon too early to do anything, I could also feel we were in for disappointment. However, I casted my doubts aside, sucked my far-from-bikini-ready-body into a swimsuit and minutes later found myself in the middle of a freezing pool that hadn’t seen a new coat of paint since 1978. Although the image of a sizeable floats falling onto the heads of unsuspecting swimmers accompanied by a set from The Two Bears is rather amusing even now, I was more than relieved to head back to the chalet to recover my alcohol blanket in the form of Campari and cola (I can’t recommend this tipple enough).

pooh

You Can Never Win!

By now we were accustomed to the queues at the entrance, and once in, took time out to chill on the kiddy-sized merry-go-round in the arcade between rooms. After some pounding electronic sounds from Paul Woolford, followed by a memorable set from Green Velvet, DJ EZ drew us all to Room Three where he was throwing out nostalgic Old Skool Garage like it was 2000 again.

Then lights, music and faces all became fragmented; before I knew it I was banging on the door of our chalet perplexed to why the two people on the sofa were refusing to let me in. When the door final opened with the help of a friend who possessed the key, we were greeted by strategically piled clothes fashioned to resemble people, with balloons for faces – who knew we had an artist in our midst.

Day 3: Sunday 9th March

Several of us woke up surprisingly early at 2pm, after a wonder along the beach nearby the realisation set in that none of us has eaten since the Friday and thus embarked on the breakfast/lunch/dinner mission. With our choices limited to Pot Noodle, a questionable breakfast buffet, or pizza, I sensibly opted for the latter only to realise that half of the resort had decided to followed suit – cue more queuing. Stomachs filled and the final evening fast approaching, by sun-down the rest of the group had awoken from their slumbers and joined us in toasting to the night ahead.

The Faceless Crowd

In a sudden change of events I was able to secure some backstage wristbands and just like that I was no longer one of the masses, I was an ‘Artist’. Though the bouncers were undeniably irritable from three days of constant aggro, they checked our wristbands with a frown but allowed us through to the party inside nevertheless.

Erol Alkan From Night One

After faultless sets from Boddika and Joy Orbison, I decided to take advantage of my newly acquired ‘Artist’ wristband and headed backstage. I attempted to charm ramdomers with my musical knowledge and imaginary wit, then made the quick realisation that backstage wasn’t quite as glamorous as I had imagined. After noting the severe lack of a backstage bar I made up my mind to slip back into the crowd and obscurity once more. Once the final act took their bow the atmosphere was still buzzing; thinking ourselves a lucky few we headed to the “secret” Mixmag after party in one of the chalets. As we bumped into a herd of fellow dazed clubbers in the trek towards the same chalet, we were again greeted by a lengthily queue, but who cared! Packed like a tin of sardines; dancing was difficult but not impossible and there was nothing left to do but dance.

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Misc DJs

And what goes up (sorry to quote ‘Human Traffic’) must come down, and it did so in the form of a disastrous journey home with an amount wrong turns than you wouldn’t think a human being was capable of acheiving – until next year?

 

Words and Imagery by Sabina Campbell (Please credit me if re-using photographs)

22: M83 – ‘I Need You’

From the ‘Divergent’ Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, ‘I Need You’ is an emotive track from the French band who go by the name of M83. Starting off slow and mellow, the song builds to an epic crescendo of eighties-esque saxophones, over-dramatic drums and heartfelt vocals from Gonzalez. Existing fans of the M83 will not be disappointed and new fans will be left wanting more.

*Next week stay tuned for the Bugged Out Weekender special*

Flashback Thursday: Nina Simone

- ‘Baltimore’ (1978)

FYI: Someone told me that it’s meant to be ‘Flashback Friday’ and ‘Throwback Thursday’, I told them to do one ha!

21: Young Fathers – ‘Dead’ (Album)

Creating original music since 2008, Young Fathers are often referred to as a Hip-Hop group, though their genre-defying sound is not something that can be truly categorised – like much of today’s music scene. The talented Scottish trio from a Liberian/Nigerian background, released their acclaimed debut EP, ‘Tape One’ in 2011, followed by 2013’s ‘Tape Two’, which made us further anticipate their 2014 debut album (out now) ‘Dead’.

Only a small hint of their Scottish accents can be noted, while a heavy African influence surges throughout; the introduction to ‘No Way’ (featured video) is just one example. Thick with unusual electronic samples and instruments, the vocal harmonies and slick rap lyrics make each track from the album unique and interesting in its own way. From the hypnotic bassline that resembles a car motor in ‘MMMH MMMH’, to the heavy soulful undertones that rip through ‘I’ve Arrived'; the catchiness of ‘No Way’ makes it one of the stand-out tracks from the 11 track masterpiece.

Get the ‘Dead’ album (released on Anticon and Big Dada) from iTunes now: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/dead/id728490547?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Like this? Why not also try: Jai Paul, Jack Penate, MGMT, Santigold and Ghostpoet

20: Chet Faker – ‘Talk is Cheap’

‘Talk is Cheap’ is the first single released from Chet Faker’s debut album ‘Built on Glass’ (Future Classic/Downtown Records), and it’s a perfect introduction to Faker’s music for those who are not already familiar with the Australian singer/producer.

After his successful re-working of Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’, his latest single shows that he can produce original tracks with the same resonance and likeability. The catchy tune will certainly appeal to a more commercial audience whilst also keeping his existing fans satisfied. Featuring strong vocals from Faker himself, its robust electronic beat and romantic saxophone melody are bound to tug at the emotions.

You can get your hands on the single from iTunes, or alternatively wait for the full album released April 11th: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/artist/chet-faker/id439036555?ign-mpt=uo%3D4

Liked this? Why not also try: James Blake, Jamie Isaac, Sam Smith and Ben Khan

Flashback Thursday: Tom Vek

- ‘C-C (You Set The Fire In Me) 2005

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