Roman Flügel - Thank You Jack
Been groovin’ all morning to this super heady track by Frankfurt based German DJ Roman Flügel, off his Cookie Dust EP. This song is absolutely beautiful. A swirl of ambient melodies converge upon a g-funk inspired, glitchy trip-hop beat. The intro reminds me a bit of the ambiance of Sasha’s Airdrawndagger album, and when beat drops I am elevated to a state of bliss. This track is masterfully crafted, and I highly recommend you check out his stellar EP.
Four Tet - 0181 (album) [download]
Kieran Hebdan, better known as Four Tet just released a free album today, “0181” that is a mix of trippy, dreamy, and jazzy electronic beats. This album was compiled in 2012 but includes sounds created between 1997-2001. The jazzy little bit at [19:30] is currently tickling my eardrums, and reminds me a lot of Bonobo’s Black Sands. Enjoy!
Tosca - Ronda Acapricio [download]
Tosca, the Viennese duo made up of Richard Dorfmeister (Kruder and Dorfmeister anyone?) and Rupert Hubert deliver some ambient, chilled out trip hop on this track. Reminds me a bit of Thievery Corporation’s style, and this specific sound reminds me very much of the spacey vibes of the chillout tunes of the early 00s (Telepopmusik…)
Massive Attack - Paradise Circus ft. Hope Sandoval (Gui Boratto Remix)
Had to post one more track off the Lazpod. So awesome.
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.
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.
Pretty Lights - We Must Go On [download]
We must go on. Some fresh beats by Pretty Lights… brings me right back to Identity Festival where we were raging in the stairwell the entire time! Glad my friend Randy showed me this gem. I love that PL releases almost all his music free on his site… check it out!
Tokimonsta - Bright Shadows [download]
Big ups to one of my favorite electronic labels around, Brainfeeder. It’s no surprise that they just won “Label of the Year” at the 2012 Gilles Peterson Worldwide Awards, they have some serious talent on their roster and continue to put out innovative and fresh beats. As a thank you to their fans, they just released a free 12-track sampler, which you can download below. This free sampler features tracks from Thundercat, Martyn, Samiyam, Tokimonsta, Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, Teebs, Austin Peralta, Matthewdavid, Mono/Poly, Gaslamp Killer, and Lapalux. Check out these awesome LA Beats Scene artists and enjoy their heady, trip-hopped out electronica.
Brainfeeder Sampler 2012 - [download]