DJ Koze - Don´t Lose My Mind
From DJ Koze´s heady, psychedelic 2013 album Amygdala, “Don´t Lose My Mind´´ is warm and playful tune that is perfect for a nice stroll with headphones on. Go ahead and wander.
The Chemical Brothers - Swoon (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)
I’ve been on quite the disco kick lately, and this late-2010 remix of The Chemical Brothers epic track “Swoon” has me on a psychedelic disco adventure. The Norwegian Lindstrom and Prins Thomas take this heady track on a ride on the Scandinavian space-age-disco train, a la Todd Terje, with synths that are pretty much out of this world. I would love to hear this jam with my feet in the sand somewhere. Can’t wait for summer.
Tensnake - Need Your Lovin (Tiger and Woods Remix)
Happy Friday! From the German house connoisseur who brought you “Coma Cat” comes “Need Your Lovin,” with a psychedelic and loopy remix by the enigmatic Italian duo Tiger and Woods. I remember seeing Tensnake at A Club Called Rhonda last year in March, and this heady track definitely got the dancefloor groovin’. Hope these warm, disco- infused beats put some beat in your step today.
Show Review - Com Truise, Bauuer at 1015 Folsom
Com Truise - Cathode Girls [download]
Synthed Out Sunday , brought to you by glitched out beatmaker from New Jersey, Com Truise. I saw Com on Friday, July 13th over at 1015 Folsom in SOMA, and it was kind of a mixed-bag of a night as a whole. As far as the music was concerned, Com Truise played through most of his first album, Galactic Melt during the short but blissed out, glitchy 50 (55?) minute set. He did a stupendous job keep the crowd on their feet, glitching his synth-heavy tracks in a manner that had me stepping all over the place. By the time “Cathode Girls” came on, I was in such a blissful state that I closed by eyes and melted into his synthetic goodness. I wish I could say the crowd at 1015 Folsom was as good as Com’s music, though. Lots of douchey, just disrespectful people (“hey, let’s cut the entire coat check line in front of the people waiting for 10 minute-types”) who were quick to throw an elbow or a shoulder without so much as an “excuse me,” rather we were constantly being bombarded by bodies in a brusque manner. Couple of extra-tough bros even got to the point of exchanging words with one of my boys over bumping into each other. To be expected when going out clubbing I guess, but it was happening to a very high degree which knocked a couple points off of the night and kind of ruined the vibe.
Those are my only real complaints about 1015 Folsom — the way in which they fill the club, and their patrons as well sometimes. First off, 1015 is a large club, and with the two room setup, the main room gets packed like a can of sardines by the time the main acts come on while the side room usually remains relatively empty. Secondly, I don’t really know what attracts the shitty and sketchy sorts to 1015, but this is my second experience where I was annoyed and uncomfortable by the people. I definitely felt hands go through my back pockets while I was dancing at one point, and the constant barrage of self-righteous shoulder throwers was enough to make me swear off the venue unless there is someone who I absolutely must see in town. One of the openers was really MEH, but one of the other people DJing in the side room had a few moments of dancefloor madness. Some Jacques Greene and some Mount Kimbie esque postdubstep beats were being thrown down at one point, followed up by the magnetic Bashmore track “Battle for Middle You,” at which point floor went nuts.
All in all, I had a pretty awesome night. It would have been really awesome but the experience was docked a point or two due to the crowd +antics. If you haven’t seen Com Truise before, I highly recommend you immerse yourself in his warm, synth laden tripped out beats. If you don’t really know him, I sort of think of him as if Crystal Castles and Nosaj Thing had a baby. Raage.
Junior Boys - In The Morning (Hot Chip Remix) [download]
What happens when you put a dancey Hot Chip vibe on a psychedelic, indie electronic Junior Boys single? You get a heady, super experimental remix punctuated by heavenly noises. Raindrops of sound pour down from the heavens on this track. Hot Chip does a magical job of keeping the entire idea of the track intact, while doing something wonderful to the vocals and throwing the rest of the track into an experimental haze. Also, the buildup and break by [6:39] is stuff of legends.
Aphex Twin - Alberto Balsalm [download]
Dreamy, loopy, psychedelic Aphex Twin. Very chill and laid back at the same time. Go daydream.
Cities of Foam - Girls in Bars [download]
I wrote about Cities of Foam a few weeks ago, and I wanted to share another one of my favorites tracks off their album, A Great Day for the Race. "Girls in Bars" is an upbeat and jazzy electronic track with a heady groove. Mildly psychedelic and very catchy.
More Cities of Foam here.
Norway eeeay eeeaaaay ay-ay-ay
Beach House - Norway [download]
I find it kind of funny. It’s pouring outside, and what is my first choice for music today? Some Beach House of course, the dream poppy, hazy and somewhat psychedelic Norway. Yesterday, it was your average nice and sunny day in LA, and what did I blog about? Some dark, heavy dubstep via Emalkay. The weather can put me in funny moods.
earthquake is entrancing.dreamy.and warm. characteristic of deerhunter.
Deerhunter - Earthquake
I can’t decide which album I like better, Halcyon Digest or Microcastle. Both are fantastic, but Halcyon Digest shows Deerhunter’s growth out of the psychedelic haze of Microcastle into something more complex.
Bradford Cox puts on quite the live show. It was a little bit unsettling seeing somebody so unnaturally skinny (to the point of emaciation), but once I learned that he suffers from Marfan’s syndrome, his aesthetic seems to compliment his musical delivery and style perfectly.
I suggest you download Halcyon Digest and give the album a thorough listen. and go see Deerhunter if they are ever in your town!!
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (2010) (zip)
onto the next album!
Deerhunter - Helicopter: a happy, bubbly (and of course psychedelic) track, with unassuming dark lyrics hiding beneath the surface. i think the song (and this album) are quite brilliant. [Download]
I was lucky enough to catch Deerhunter recently at the Wiltern with my friend Emily… what a show this was! They were in town touring for their latest album, Halcyon Digest, and they threw down a 1 hr 45min set that kept me enthralled the entire time. I truly loved how there were no real breaks between their songs; the transitions between tracks were made up of psychedelic jams which would bend and reverberate throughout the room until they resolved into some new musical journey.
Deerhunter - Intro [download]
it feels like a deerhunter sort of monday. have a hazy, dreamy monday.
This opening track of Deerhunter's Microcastle (2008) sets the stage for a fuzzy and psychedelic album full of warmth. You’ll know what I’m talking about after I post a couple more songs off this album.