If Jan Hammer and Danny Wang got together and embarked on a drug- and sex-fueled drive from Key West to Tijuana, Worst Friends' "I Wish I Don't Drop Dead" would make for the perfect soundtrack. Lush, delayed synth loops ride above a slo-motion disco beat, and eventually, sentimental piano harmonies emerge, making the track too resonant for Miami but just right for motoring through the greenery and dust of the American south. Taken from the new Ghostly Presents Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite compilation—for another sampling, check out the Mux Mool track we posted earlier in the week.
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This remix is simply down 'n' dirty. Aptly, too, as it features Australia's own Bertie Blackman, with a voice seductive enough to woo even the most celibate of Vatican priests. Here, the UK's Marco Del Horno—who you may recognize from his stints on pirate radio powerhouse Rinse FM—oversees a splendid transformation of the original's electronic pop sensibility into a bass-heavy dubstep tune. Stamping the song with characteristically grimy stabs and stringy synths while Blackman's silky voice floats atop the mix, Del Horno keeps the track from becoming a faceless wobble-bass workout.
As we discovered in our recent feature, Philadelphia's main attractions aren't so much cheesesteaks and cracked bells but refreshingly cutting-edge music and art. The bittersweet tunes of Cold Cave are no exception. Here, we're treated to a new track thanks to indie giants Matador giving the goth-inspired quartet's Love Comes Close, a re-release with three bonus tracks. "Theme From Tomorrowland" is one of the extra tunes, not to mention an excellent addition to Cold Cave's already solid repertoire of dark, no-wave pop à la OMD and classic Factory Records.
Vancouver native Laberge likely has a stack of Cassius and Daft Punk singles at home, but he probably also has a fairly large collection of West End Records' disco-house repertoire from the early '80s. Though many have claimed to be inheritors of the French Touch sound, "We Don't Know" shows that Laberge is in the running to be the genre's new prince. Recalling Room 5's monstrous "Make Luv," but with more strings and a less prominent vocal, the track sizzles with deep kicks and a funky little bassline. Is disco-house moving back to the club's main room? Time will tell, but with all of the fantastic disco being made right now, it seems likely.
The synths in this jammer from Australia's Cassian are so big and bright that it is hard for the listener to not want to listen to Scotch or Doctor's Cat records afterwards. What's interesting, though, is that while "Final Round" references some very Italo sounds, it also has an early-'80s American arena disco-soul feel with its delayed, panning guitar sounds à la Billy Ocean and samples taken from popular video games of the period. Cassian has a record coming out soon, and if it shares the aural splendor of "Final Round," it will be a favorite in this reviewer's car for months, as well as a great new arrival from down under. Bang Gang has been instrumental in fostering this scene, which is documented on The Bang Gang 12inches Compilation, where "Final Round" makes its inaugural appearance.
Post-punk psychedelic warriors OOIOO have just released a new album, so they've offered this extraordinary piece as a little taste. Featuring a minimal vocal repetition, sex-funk bass, cock-rock guitar solos, and distorted exclamatory lead vocals, "OOIOO-OOIAH" is totally weird and addictive. Little synth bits come in here and there, while the track's live percussion keeps an organic feel that is most unexpected. Much like frontwoman Yoshimi's work with Eye and the other freakonauts of Boredoms, OOIOO sonically questions the boundaries between minimal/maximal, acoustic/electronic, and organic/synthetic.
Brooklyn's Mux Mool makes some truly idiosyncratic music, layering synth sounds that belong in off-kilter Italo tracks with beats that come straight from hip-hop. On "Ballad of Gloria Featherbottom," cosmic arpeggiations are placed atop weird harpsichord-like synths to truly epic effect, and the percussion seems culled from drum-line samples augmented by deep kicks. Set course for the moon with this one, which is out now on the Ghostly Presents Moodgadget: The Nocturnal Suite compilation.
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