Past Music Of The Month : 1st Quarter

Righty……as requested, some required listening for the month. I find I’m quite heavily slanted to the listening end of things rather than the dancefloor just now, but I’ll include descriptions to guide you in the way of genres……

Also this is not a chart in any order, and it spans more than a month, but I find this format works better for me than trawling Beatport for a questionable group of 10 currently on sale. Who cares when it came out anyway?

      Factory Floor – Real Love (Optimo Mix)  (Optimo Music)

Strong arpeggiated dancefloor dynamite.

Brings back memories of sweaty nights on the Optimo dancefloor.

     Listen or Purchase

     Motion Sickness Of Time Travel – Seeping Through The Veil Of The Unconscious                          (Digitalis)

     As you might have divined from the title, this is not a dancefloor banger.

It is instead an ethereal, melancholy wash of beautiful tones and timbres. Pop from the other side.

Listen or Purchase

     Panda Bear – Surfer’s Hymn (Actress Remix) (Kompakt)

     My favourite Actress work since his first EP (which you should all own by the way!)

     Beautiful confluence of marimba and drums, all deftly crushed together. Lovely.     

     Listen or Purchase

     Vakula – Slavic Mythology (Archipel)

     Lush, melodic excursions of the highest order.

The kind of house music to get lost in.

Listen or Purchase

     Wax – 4004 (Wax)

You know where you stand with a bit of Shed.

Effortless and perfect for the floor.

Listen or Purchase

     Andy Stott – Passed Me By (Modern Love)

This is like listening to a new artist. Featuring a much denser, more textured sound.

Deep and really impressive.

Listen or Purchase

     Bee Mask – Canzoni Dal Laboratorio Del Silenzio Cosmico (Spectrum Spools)

This is just stunning. So much texture and movement incorporated into it.

Definitely music to be listened to loud and  in close proximity, when you have some time to yourself.

Listen or Purchase

      Autre Ne Veut – Autre Ne Veut (Olde English Spelling Bee)

OK this is definitely an aquired taste, but it’s just got that strange something.

It’s been out a year so the vinyl’s disappeared but if you like weirdo pop check it out.

Listen or Purchase

     Lory D – Strange Days Vol.1 (Numbers)

This is just the kind of sleazy electroid shit that gets me moving.

Utterly relentless, but so pure and brilliant.

Listen or Purchase

     Burial – Street Halo (Hyperdub)

So much more into this than the hard techy stuff Hyperdub are into these days.

Scrubbed, emotional and a bit bleak, you cannae beat Burial.

Listen or Purchase

     Steve Reich – WTC 9/11 – Kronos Quartet

And in a break from tradition, I’ll also recommend you go see this is if it’s being played near you.

Going simply on the premise that it’s  the best music I’ve heard all month.

The Kronos are touring it so keep your eyes peeled.

     John Oswald – Spectre – Kronos Quartet

And again, I saw this live this month, and it made a huge impression.

It starts as a quartet, before the electronics take hold and it unfolds into a terrifying wall of sound.

Listen or Purchase

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