Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #8

You already saw our list of our favorite songs of January to March 2014, but the tunes don’t stop. This week’s Tracking, the weekly series in which we discuss our current favorite songs, features music from Disclosure & Friend Within, How To Dress Well, Twin Shaodw, tUnE-yArDs, SZA, Kyla La Grange, Parquet Courts, Allie X and Todd Terje.

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Tracking Our Favorite Songs of 2014 #8

Disclosure & Friend Within, “The Mechanism”
Disclosure’s 2013 debut LP Settle was an anomaly. It broke rules. It didn’t really line up with anything similar to it because it didn’t really care to. It was just deep-house enough not to be explicitly UK garage, and vice versa. And by boldly adding just a dash of Benga-era dubstep, Settle demonstrated without a stutter or a misstep how to properly combine elements of what came before you to illustrate what lies ahead.

This amalgamation of European house allowed Disclosure to develop a recipe for helplessly catchy dance music that just so happened to be universally understood. It uncovered the appeal of garage and deep house without ever being overzealous about either. It exposed J Dilla as the absent mentor he was always meant to be. And it established brilliant on-record musical identities based entirely almost upon the fact that they do this shit live. Guy and Howard are consistently creating in real time music that might as well have been specifically designed for on-stage playback.

It’s a bold move, and as such, it has garnered some fairly serious acclaim for the brothers Lawrence. Admittedly, it’s hard to believe they’ve had any time to themselves, let alone for the studio. But this time around, they enlisted some help. Collaboration with UK producer Friend Within (yet another name you should get comfortable telling your friends about), has produced, “The Mechanism.”

“The Mechanism,” is interesting, because you can almost hand-point to the elements of the track that belong to each party. Friend Within’s flair for staccato vocal samples meshes beautifully with Disclosure’s punchy, syncopated signature. An elastic bass wobble floats like ash throughout its entirety. Even Eric Thomas, the Hip-Hop Preacher responsible for the countless number of victims who lose their minds every time someone plays, “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” makes his presence known.

What ensues is, “The Mechanism,” a tightly constructed, perfectly curated dance tune that almost involuntarily evokes a head-bob. If you’re reading this on Friday afternoon, I dare you to unplug your headphones. [Austin Reed]

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Breach – Artis EP [Aus Music]

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Following the uploading of the ‘Ode Oshi’ track on the Aus Music soundcloud a few days ago, they have further tantalised the hunger for the upcoming ‘Artis’ EP from Breach with a stream of previews for each tune as well as a full stream of ‘This Ones For You You Know Who You Were’.

In keeping with the ‘Ode Sushi’ vibe, the ‘This Ones For You You Know Who You Were” tune has Ben Westbeech delve deeper into his musical repertoire with an inspired deep house belter. The 8:13 cut lulls you into a dreamy daze before introducing the infectious bassline accompanied by a hypnotic and somewhat submerged piano beat, which comes in around the 1:30 mark.

This direction from Breach, which incorporates “bits of his past”, is top draw as he successfully reiterates his position in the underground scene. Eagerly awaiting the full drop on the 21st.

Breach – Artis EP [Aus Music]

artis

Following the uploading of the ‘Ode Oshi’ track on the Aus Music soundcloud a few days ago, they have further tantalised the hunger for the upcoming ‘Artis’ EP from Breach with a stream of previews for each tune as well as a full stream of ‘This Ones For You You Know Who You Were’.

In keeping with the ‘Ode Sushi’ vibe, the ‘This Ones For You You Know Who You Were” tune has Ben Westbeech delve deeper into his musical repertoire with an inspired deep house belter. The 8:13 cut lulls you into a dreamy daze before introducing the infectious bassline accompanied by a hypnotic and somewhat submerged piano beat, which comes in around the 1:30 mark.

This direction from Breach, which incorporates “bits of his past”, is top draw as he successfully reiterates his position in the underground scene. Eagerly awaiting the full drop on the 21st.

Find A Nicer Way To Kill It

Andrew Jackson Jihad “Temple Grandin”

Andrew Jackson Jihad has been around for about a decade, so they’re hardly new to sounding remarkably similar to The Mountain Goats, but wow, they sound remarkably similar to The Mountain Goats. Sean Bonnette certainly has his own voice and lyrical style, but the music sensibility is very close to where John Darnielle has been over the past several years – a very particular way of playing acoustic guitar, a very particular sort of melodic phrasing, an emphasis on lyrics above all other things. Bonnette isn’t on Darnielle’s level on that front – not a lot of people are, really – but his words are very vivid and rooted in the kind of bitter, ironic tone of a lot of ’00s emo rock. “Temple Grandin” is both oblique and extremely specific, with words that bring up a lot of bile and ideas about cruelty and convenience, but don’t take shape as a specific narrative. It’s just one of those things where you wouldn’t want to be the person addressed in the song.

Buy it from Amazon.

How To Approach A Remix With Sub Focus, Netsky And Chase N Status

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In conjunction with our Kilter ‘They Say’ remix competition presented by AIM on new dance music discovery platform Track Sift, and part 3 of our remix competition tips with producers who are pretty damn cool, we spoke to Sub Focus, Netsky and Chase N Status about how they would approach a remix.

In the final instalment Netsky talks about some advice he received from his label that has applied to his work throughout his career. Chase N Status open up on how less is more and Sub Focus hones in on how he often opts to go down one of two paths in philosophy.

With 28th of April the closing date for the competition, best to be getting along with your ideas! www.tracksift.com


The XX are recording their new Album – Guess Where?

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Following up on their last album Coexist (2012) we can confirm that the XX are back to work recording new music in Marfa, deep in the heart of Texas. After putting on an incredible run of intimate shows in New York in March, social media has been blowing up with photos on Young Turks Instagram indicating their whereabouts and the groups Facebook confirming the recording of new music.

Wasting no time, it appears that a sneak preview was gifted to a lucky few with a cheeky update; “last night we played a new song that we wrote in Marfa, at the lost horse saloon’s open mic night”… hot diggity! More importantly (for us folk down under), as with previous album releases there is usually a tour resulting so fingers crossed for The XX coming out to Australia sooner rather than later.

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In related news, check out Jamie XX’s new song from his upcoming EP ‘Girl/Sleep Sound’, which is set to drop on May 5. The clip is both moving and exceptionally inspiring, showcasing members of the Manchester Deaf Centre as they danced, responding to movement and vibrations in the air given off by the song.

Losco – Bae Bae


Belgium’s Losco continue to surprise us with another great track only a bit over 2 weeks after their White Label release with Soulection. This time group of four producers give us a more smooth track compared to their more hard hitting tracks having slight elements of Jersey Club while still keeping their overall sound original. Stream or download above!

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New York Nightclubs Open Doors To 6 To 12 Year-Olds

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I would like to first start by apologising to anyone who reads this… because you are probably too old to be allowed into Fuzipop dance music parties.

The Pink Elephant and other major clubs around Manhattan and New York are being transformed during the daytime to a somewhat grey area play-pen for 6 to 12 year-olds accompanied by their parents. The party, that also sees a host of child DJs taking to the decks and dropping ‘EDM’, also hosts a myriad of professional dancers for the kids to enjoy while they run around chasing each other’s tails with glow sticks and juice boxes.

It’s never too early to be prepping the ’next generation of city kids’, according to the Fuzipop website, with the event quietly offering the parents the opportunity to get tipsy off to the side. One CNN reporter quoted in what they saw:

“The bartender, who’s used to serving a liquored-up, over-21 crowd on Saturday nights, was surprised by how much the parents were imbibing. The most popular drink that afternoon was vodka.”

With entry at a hot $20 for a single tot  or $60 for a family of four, the promoter behind this idea must be doing pretty well. Cashed up parents, begging for a chance to drink a bit of booze vicariously through the mirage of a kids party.