Can't help but feel like I'm late to the party on this one, but I'm basically obsessed with this. It's hysterical and poignant, and above all, it makes me miss NYC to an unbearable degree. The first episode is above, but you can see all of them here. If you like it as much as I do, perhaps you would like to buy a magnetic bag of fake weed?
Chris Hires - DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor
DJ + Producer + Music Supervisor
Errol Alkan's label, Phantasy, has been around for a minute - in fact, I recall writing reviews for some of their first releases when I worked at Turntable Lab, which feels like ages ago now - but as of late, it seems like all they can do is release records that I keep on repeat. First, Daniel Avery's fantastic Drone Logic LP came out last year, and now they've gone and teased us with this Ghost Culture edit. The xanaxed-out vocal lines are pretty dang catchy, but it's the massive bass chords that come in at about 0:58 on this clip that send me over the edge. Larry Fitzmaurice summed it up quite nicely, describing it as "melodic, creeping house music that sounds as if it were dipped in a vat of syrup." The vinyl's out on Feb. 24 (pre-order here), and then it'll be digital on March 10th.
More dance music, as I continue to catch up on the things I missed last year. I heard this via Tim Sweeney's always-essential best-of 2013 episode for Beats In Space a few weeks ago, and its been lodged in my brain ever since. Pilooski does some top-notch work here, stripping the track down to its bare bones and adding some playful synth flourishes - the track just begs to be played at in a dark, cavernous room. As a bonus, Mr. Perez (who used to be the front man of the confusingly-named band Adam Kesher) has found it in his heart to give away a free .WAV of the track via his Soundcloud page. I've been making very slow progress with Duolingo, so I'm afraid I can't tell you what any of the lyrics are.
Twelve days in, and St. Vincent's eponymous 4th record has shot right to the top of my Most Anticipated Records of 2014 list. I've liked Annie Clark's music for several years, but this is the first dance-floor cut I've heard from her - I'm gonna need an extended edit of this ASAP. The LP is due February 25th, but you can preview several cuts from the record in this interview with NPR's All Songs Considered.
These are the records that I listened to the most this year, in order of most-listened to least-listened. While this method disadvantages some late entrants on the list (Daniel Avery and Sky Ferreira, most notably), I still think it's a pretty accurate way to determine my favorites - the top 5 is definitely spot on. You'll find most of this year's usual suspects here, but perhaps a few of these will be new to you. Clicking on each album cover will take you to that record's Spotify page, where you an listen for free.