By Stef Siepel
August 9, 2013
The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.
Track of the week: ‘Full Moon’ by Kickdrum Industrie feat. Jacques Renault
This one starts really deep house, with that banging beat, then the cymbals coming in, but the real key sound is the percussion at about 15 seconds. That is the kind of sound that places you away from the bunch. Add to that a really deep bass that gets juxtaposed by aerial synth sounds at about 50 seconds, and you already have plenty to be smiling about. After the minute mark you get more synths, but you especially get those vocal bits which just puts this one over the top. At 1:55 there’s some 80s sounds coming through, which is just so surprising and fun. The track really works the contrasts well between the different kinds of sounds, this whilst obviously keeping that base that allows the house to keep on dancing. At about the four minute mark you get some nice bongo drumming (or something similar to that) just before the break, after which the track puts the beat back in to guide you through the last ninety seconds up to the end. And if you haven’t danced by then, I’m not sure what will get you there.
‘Estacy’ by Marvin & Guy
Marvin & Guy (and you know who that is a play on words on) recently released an EP with this track on it (and which included a remix version by Marcos Cabral called the “Bottom mix”). I really like the percussion you can hear through the beat, gives it that kind of original woodwork flavoring that always juxtaposes the beat so well. At 1:40 there’s a really nifty follow through. The track, at times, pretends as if it is going to come up for air, but instead of doing that it follows through what it was doing, which is really nice. At one point they kind of put the main sounds to the background in favor of a “talking crowd”, which is apparently a hot thing these days because last week I had one or two using similar tactics. After that, obviously, the main deep house sound returns, and I really like that main sound. Something you can get shaking to. Around like 05:20 it goes back to its roots with a deep bass and lighter percussion to get that sexy, dancey vibe going right until the end. This one is released on Jacques Renault’s On the Prowl label, so you know that it’s quality house that. One of those that just keeps on rolling.
‘Golden Girls’ by Devendra Banhart (Moullinex re-edit)
I know absolutely nothing about Devendra Banhart aside from that I’ve heard of him, so bear with me on that one. Moullinex, though, released this wickedly fun album last year, with as closer a cover of ‘Maniac’ with Peaches. This is a free download celebrating a certain amount of Facebook followers, and whatever reason it is, a free track is certainly something you should never say no to. I really like the atmospheric start of this, also with what I assume is a whispering Banhart at the start. The key is the vibe though, one that Moullinex is careful to get in whilst he keeps on building up the track. At 1:38 he’s done with that, putting in some big drumming sounds on the original stuff, that still keeps on going in the background. Moullinex abandons those sounds for some simmering synths and a bit of guitar plucking as he briefly brings it down and lets the atmosphere take it all over again. At the four minute mark he puts the beat back in, making it dancey before he starts a pretty long fade-out. Really nice track with plenty of vibe that he carries on right through the track. And that for a freebie!
‘Falling’ by Mitzi
After some of the hottest days in years here, this one couldn’t be better timed. The starting sounds just sound really summery and happy and like we should be having a bit of fun. I like that the vocals aren’t equally as peppy in the verses, holding it back just enough so that it doesn’t go all overboard or something. They’re kind of dreamy I reckon, not sure I can aptly describe it otherwise. Around 2:15 there’s a break in the action with some synths and a load of echo, after which they don’t go back to the main sound but slide a little beat under it. Something which I think is rather cleverly done (although I do think that they kind of overcomplicate it at one point, spraying a bit too much other noises on there before they go back to their starting sounds). Happy making music for the summer this, and the track has plenty of variety so you can listen to it more than once, even if not everything might be your cup of tea. Also a free download, by the way.
‘Shine’ by Cyclist feat. Maiko Watson (Lou Teti remix)
From the get go, this one screams “Let’s get the party started in here!” I immediately like the female vocals as soon as they come in. First with the enticing “hooo”, and then she shows she can get some power behind it as well. After the one minute mark the track really gets rolling, vocals leading the way, but the instrumentals putting down a dancey base for that disco dancefloor. There are plenty of crazy sounds in there, so you’re in for a few surprises. Some you like, some you might like a bit less perhaps, but it does kind of give that disco vibe where no one is afraid to just go overboard on something. At 3:20 you get some bass which really works well, and on top of that a sound which is so bold and brass I’d do injustice to describe it here (also, I am not sure what that instrument is, so if you know for sure and are ready to educate me on that, put it in the comments!). In the description Lou Teti describes this as a disco rollercoaster, and honestly, it is. But it is fun, surprising, and it benefits from a good lead turn by Maiko Watson. So if you’re in that disco club kind of mood, this is one you’ll happily move your body to.
‘Atmospherique’ by Metro Area
A track which, I believe, was first released in a previous century (yikes!), but it is getting some sort of re-release or another. Which is a good enough reason for me to get this one by Darshan Jesrani and Morgan Geist out of the vault. It has this classic house sound this one, and it already starts amazingly when that deeper sound comes in and they play around with that a bit. What I really love is that it is basically the base and them playing around with that main sound and some slight varieties on that, which just gives this such a clean feel. It just makes you hear every sound so well, and they sure make them all count double. About halfway, there is this change-up with a rather more immediate sound which is completely juxtaposed by a synth sound in the background which seems rather to be floating. After that they kind of start combining the two before there’s a kind of break at about the five minute mark, which is picked up again at one point to ride it out to the end. Just classic stuff this, so if you haven’t heard this one before, make sure you don’t miss out on the compilation release this year.