Sunday, October 28, 2012

sol-tan Summer Mix

A mix I created made for the Summer of 2011 but thought I'd share it before the sunny days that lie ahead.

A Bigger Splash pop art painting by British artist David Hockney

Friday, October 26, 2012

Knocks Dcup

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Piece by Robert Canali as part of his In Dust collection (his own website didn't seem to work)

From the Melbourne based producer Dcup who brought us the globally thrashed "We No Speak Americano." comes a tastier tropical disco flavoured number "I'm Corrupt" (just like my hard drive). There's just something about kids singing on a track that's always a winner.

It's a modern rendition of an oldie but close enough for a fogie to call it a copy.

Song needs more piano!

To finish off is an Of Monsters and Men piece called "Little Talks" which sounds a bit like if the xx were to feature on an Edward Sharpe song. The Knocks remix manages to inject a bit of upbeat disco energy.

Lovely Neh?

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Illustration by Aldous Massie's and features in his Rebirth Collection
I usually don't have the attention span for house music but the warm harmony and vocal progression in Chris Malinchak's newest track manages to hold my attention and release my tension... He is part of the French Express label which features the likes of Moonboots and Perseus. French Express release a lot of free downloads on their soundcloud page if you're of the house/poolside persuasion, including this one:

Apparently every time you skip part of a song a baby giraffe dies.

This is an older Alan Braxe track that stems from a similar vein:

While you are riding the wave here's the Falcon remix of New Lands which carries on the flowing bass lines with the harsh but reassuring New Lands vocals. With a kicker right at the end for anyone who is patient or hates baby giraffes.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Labour Day


Art by Mark Chadwick
Here are some old tracks from the likes of Handbook and Gold Panda I've started listening to again. Nothing like some sample hip hop to chill out to over the long weekend.
Gold Panda - Marriage from Ronni Shendar on Vimeo.

Never trust a Hindu Kali Statue 0:47

Handbook's bandcamp site has an archive of most of his tracks.

*A TEED remix to throw in the mix:

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

St. Lucia


St. Lucia is a small town on the east coast of South Africa. St. Lucia happened to be the place where South African born singer and producer Jean-Philip Grobler spent his summer holidays in his youth. Thus Grobler's alias St. Lucia was conceived.

The aptly named group delivers tropical poolside pop with euphoric synth riffs accompanied by Grobler's strong and sustained choirboy vocals complemented by his girlfriend Patricia Beranek's soft harmony. I say group even though to begin with Grobler considered St. Lucia as his solo project, he employs the talents of many other artists on this EP which has helped St. Lucia evolve into a diverse live performance. This includes a sexy sax solo in "All Eyes On You" which really sets the track off.

Grobler grew up with a musical background studying music in England for three years after travelling the world with the Drakensberg Boys Choir School.

The entire EP maintains a very distinct emotive and nostalgic synth-pop sound that fits in with the intricately engineered tropical image of the group (Sick shirt Grobler). St. Lucia is now based in Brooklyn and are about to set out on their tour of Australia (by passing New Zealand of course), going onto America and Canada.

Gobler Explains St. Lucia

An interesting clip...

Also a great remix of Passion Pit's track: