July 14, 2010


Skull Theft

Way Slower

(tracklist in comments)


  1. Daniel Lopatin...

    Demdike Stare – Trapped Dervish (edit)
    Jordan Redaelli (of CoConuts) sent this to me a while ago and I hadn’t really wrapped my head around how good it was until recently. Austere techno production vs. Middle Eastern vibes…if ECM had any bananas they’d be putting out records like this. I used just a bit of it to lead into some Faltermeyer, but I’m pretty heavy-into the whole Symbiosis record.

    Harold Faltermeyer – The Discovery
    This is the OTHER jammer from Beverly Hills Cop. Almost has a Carpenter-style spaghetti cop movie vibe to it. Carpenter would have put harmonica on it, though, and it woulda been more lo-fi. I like that it doesn’t really have a dancefloor MIDI vibe but is still brutally funky.

    Asmus Tietchens – Wein Aus Wien
    Asmus invents coldwave! Even if he didn’t, he did.

    AG Geige – Gesichter
    I’m not sure I know too much about AG Geige; probably found this on Mutant Sounds in 2007. I like all the drill sounds and slashy avant guitars over digital marimba. Sounds like root canals with PBS on in the background.

    Claude Larson – Data Flow
    Claude Larson is one of those iconic library record synth dudes. Steve Hauschildt (of Emeralds) sent me Digital Landscapes and I got super into it. You can really tell Claude has a taste for the finer things and isn’t afraid to be an emotional man in the world.

    Alex Cima – Disconcerto
    Kind of in the same vein as Larson. Can you believe this was on Polydor? Mind you that this came out a full year before The Age Of Plastic (Buggles). Everyone was going nuts for these sci-fi pop suite type albums. “Dancing in space is fun” is kind of the ultimate least-common-denominator thing you can say about space travel. I prefer it to “I’m watching the proles on parade” or whatever.

    Andreas Vollenweider – Hands and Clouds
    Andreas Vollenweider is an ’80s MOR hybrid, a smooth jazz/new age harpist. Did you know that the only difference between smooth jazz and new age is CHOPS?

    Axxess – Dancing Shadows
    Another Mutant Sounds find. Has a distinctly Peter Baumann flavor to it. I love all the transposing.

    Rush – Time Stand Still
    I like to lie and tell people Kate Bush sings on the chorus. Geddy Lee’s Ayn Rand obsession is so creepy.

    Cleaners From Venus – Drowning Butterflies
    Taylor (Richardson, Human Teenager/Infinity Window) got me hooked on the whole Martin Newell/Cleaners From Mars axis. I am a Robyn Hitchcock fan, and perhaps more generally an ’80s jangle power-pop fan. So this wasn’t a far stretch for me, but there’s something so much more rewarding about Martin’s lyrics and arrangements. It’s just bursting with everything he’s got. Sorry about the vinyl skip.

    Dennis Wilson – Moonshine
    IMHO Moonshine is the only unfuckwithable track off of Pacific Ocean Blue. Lost love jam + super fat synth bass. Awesome.

    Autechre – See on See
    My favorite cut from Oversteps. I like that fine line between dissonance and harmony that Autechre plays with. I don’t even know if they are like “trained musicians” or not (I’m not), but there’s a heavy serialist vibe to their sound that appeals to me. Also I like the super pure digi synth drift they get on this track. Sounds like an old Wavestation patch or something like that. Tasteful.

    Flying Lotus – Zodiac Shit
    FlyLo’s new album is FBO: FOR-BLAZERS-ONLY. A true auteur on the rise.

    Jim Ferraro – On Air (edit)
    This is James’ new jam—Olde English Spelling Bee is putting this out. 808 State-style tropical asymmetry in your face.

    Brian Bennett & Dave Lawson – Proud Industries
    Library jam for the grand finish. Sayonara!

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    Hope it's ok that I link to your site.

    If you like what you see, maybe you would link back!