Remember Moe Shop, oh Moe Shop, who was one of the fixtures on the future funk scene with his high-quality weeaboo album art and his head-bopping infusion of electronic and funk? Here’s a reminder if you can’t. Now, do you?
I mean, this mixtape was brilliant enough to make me bring this blog back from the dusty remains of the internet, so that should be proof enough. And I don’t listen to hour-long mixes much because the inevitable dud in the middle just spoils the broth. This fantastic mix was taken from his liveshow at Tokyo, and is also available as a free download. There’s nothing in this world that smells even better than popcorn at the movies, other than free (and equally fantastic) music downloads.
My favourite sweet spots are the massive bass that drops at the end of track 1 and straight into Moe Shop’s remix of Lenno & Jack Novak’s All Eyes On Us. The real shame is that this track is only available as a 30 sec preview on Soundcloud. Well, never mind about that – M2U’s Memory Of Beach and Lucky Date’s Ho’s And Disco’s close that mind-niggler with some fine moments on their own.
All in all, this is a damned fine mix – 110k plays, 5742 likes and 1040 reblogs, and counting. I’m still adding to the playcounts, by the way…
1) Fusq – Perfume! x Moe Shop – Superstar (w/ Hentai Dude)
2) Lenno & Jack Novak – All Eyes On Us (feat. Racella)
3) Suken & Fusq – Changes
4) Galantis – No Money (Daydreamer Remix) x Ludacris – How Low
5) M2U – Memory Of Beach (VIP)
6) Lucky Date – Ho’s and Disco’s (Space Laces Remix) x Moe Shop – Natural (w/ Ace Hashimoto)
7) Wolfgang Gartner – YWMO (feat. Gene Noble)
8) Rytmeklubben – Girlfriend (Moe Shop Edit)
9) Aiobahn & Yunomi – Makuramoto ni Ghost (feat. Nicamoq)
10) Colate – Butterscotch (feat. Hatsune Miku)
11) TAK – Voice (feat. Suran)
12) Mat Zo & Porter Robinson – Easy (Lemaitre Remix) x Hentai Dude – Tokyo Chopp [feat. Shiki(TMNS)]
13) Moe Shop – You Look So Good
14) The Knocks – Collect My Love (feat. Alex Newell) (Mat Zo Remix)
15) Tofubeats – Positive (feat. Dream Ami)
Today’s Soundcloud Pick arrived in a rather unobtrusive manner: I found a message sitting patiently (I say patiently, because it had been sitting there for 10 days. Yikes!) my Last.fm inbox from user Luke, who thanked me for the follow and left me a link to an album sampler, from his band Unquiet Nights. I had to Google and gather bits and pieces, but here’s what I turned up.
Unquiet Nights are members Luke Mathers (guitarist and primary singer-songwriter), Rodger Firmin (drummer) and John Rossi (bassist). They originally hail from Northern Ireland, forming from the ashes of a previous band, but are now based in Italy. They’ve also garnered mentions from BBC Radio 1 and Absolute Radio, which is impressive considering the insane amount of new bands seemingly emerging out of nowhere these days. Unquiet Nights have released two LPs: 21st Century Redemption Songs that came out in 2014, and Postcards In Real Time, that came out in December last year. Luke Mathers also happens to be a huge Roy Orbison fan, which is a highly endearing fact (do you remember that review I did?)
I clicked on the first track, and wasn’t prepared for what came next: I found myself falling in love with the gently-picked chords of yearning and despair, shimmering over Luke Mathers’s voice. That track happened to be Someone’s Love On Drugs. Then I headed over to their Soundcloud page, listening to their newer material – Don’t Wanna Kill For Religion had an earnest yearning that appealed to me in the dregs of my mind. The title, if taken literally, seems to allude to the prolonged religious tensions between the Catholic and Protestant communities (turns out I was right, as Luke Mathers reveals more about the track here.)
Okay, what’s more important is the music. Here’s the Soundcloud link to Someone’s Love On Drugs!
Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve is an electronic music duo made up of Erol Nolkan and Richard Norris, who hail from London. I’ve been peeking at their Facebook page and it describes them as the “warped-Balearic-meets-psychedelic-brotherhood of Erol Alkan and The Grid’s Richard Norris”, which sounds hella fascinating. It sounds like some hidden music paradise that you can only gain entrance to via a magical dance club, and it definitely sounds better than my own description. They’ve remixed some tracks by Franz Ferdinand (Ulysses), Interpol and Goldfrapp, which should have whetted your appetite by now, eh?
Diagram Girl sounds like a pleasant Pet Shop Boys-esque synth-pop ditty, but it’s accompanied by a monochromatic, surreal video that features mirrors, a tarot card marked “Labyrinthe” and a girl trapped in her dream. Damn, I like this band already.
It’s also worth noting that their debut album, The Soft Bounce will be released this coming July 1st on Phantasy Records, so…you heard it here first, and a million other music blogs.
I’m going to bend the rule slightly and feature the video too, because it’s actually worth watching.
Here’s the Soundcloud version if you’re not into music videos:
I came across this on Pitchfork (ah yes, I have a love-hate relationship with this site) and this track reminds me of Souvlaki-era Slowdive – that sad/warm intimate, gentle shoegaze-y feeling. Actually, it also reminds me of Embrace.
Shiny guitars that mesh with the chorus “EVERYBODY WANTS TO LUUV YOU” so well, and then burst in a glorious mess of violent colour. Holy shit. *hits repeat*
MONEY is a four-piece indie rock band hailing from Manchester, that musical mecca which has churned out the bands we love (and moan about) so much – The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division, The Stone Roses – throw a rock and you might hit a member from any of these bands in the face, I think. With the exception of Ian Curtis.
Goodnight London is a wintry ballad set against velvety-smooth piano, with Jamie Lee’s raw-throated voice searing through the song. Goodnight London is from The Shadow Of Heaven, their debut, which was released in 2013. They released their sophomore effort in January this year, and it’s pretty damned good.
It’s Saturday, you should be dancing to this even if you’re under the duvet covers.