Friday, September 26, 2008

Playlist: September

I'm going to take a step back from recounting shows (long) past and write a little about what I've actually been listening to lately. You'll notice that there's a lot of electronica here, and I suppose that my tastes have evolved to embrace beeps over guitars. I get enough of those by going to shows, right?

I've only begun to scratch the catalogue of London's Swayzak. They're on the terrific label !K7, and their last album, Some Other Country, came out in 2007. It's pretty minimal, but a few guest vocalists make it more than a little pop crossover. The highlight of this album for me is "Smile and Receive," which features fellow DJ Cassy's singing. It's been on repeat the last couple days.

MP3: Swayzak - Smile and Receive (ft. Cassy)
MySpace: Swayzak
Official Site: Swayzak

Simian Mobile Disco mixed the lastest FabricLive 41, and it's a fun time. I think what makes the duo so appealing is their versatility, and the mix is a fast-paced romp through all sorts of electro. Conveniently, they included "Miura" by Metro Area, another group I've been getting into big time. Funky and just a little weird - I dig.

MP3: Metro Area - Miura
MP3: Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation (Simon Baker Remix)
MySpace: Simian Mobile Disco
Official Site: Simian Mobile Disco

Speaking of Metro Area, Morgan Geist just put out another solo record. Well, "solo" isn't entirely accurate - Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys sings on many of the album's ethereal disco tracks, and there are moments that sound just like his usual group. This isn't the first time Geist has collaboratated - check out the fantastic "Ghost Trains" off of King of Convenience Erlend Øye's solo album from last year, Unrest. Gorgeous!

MP3: Morgan Geist - Detroit (ft. Jeremy Greenspan)
MP3: Erlend Øye - Ghost Trains (ft. Morgan Geist)
MySpace: Morgan Geist
Official Site: Environ

It was a massive oversight not including Pantha du Prince on my best-of list for last year. This Bliss is just that: euphoric, cinematic electronic music that envelops the listener. IDM is a silly term, but I think it's applicable here. This music isn't obviously danceable, but it's definitely dynamic. Also check out his labelmate on Dial, Efdemin.

MP3: Pantha du Prince - Saturn Strobe
MySpace: Pantha du Prince
Official Site: Pantha du Prince

Don't know too much about this guy. Apparently he released an album called Planets, with tracks named after planets, naturally. "Talisman" is side one of a single he put out this year. It's simple, resounding banger, with incessant synth slashes and a booming bassline. Good times.

MP3: Sébastien Léger - Talisman
MySpace: Sébastien Léger
Official Site: Sébastien Léger

Last but not least, I can't find the mp3 anywhere, but do yourself a favor and stream the Juan Maclean's "The Simple Life," remixed by Marcus Worgull.

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