By Stef Siepel
September 27, 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: ‘L’amour Naissant’ by Sebastien Tellier
You can’t fault the man for not trying out his ideas, that’s for sure. Apparently, his next album will be a soundtrack for an imaginary film. I, for one, am looking forward to it, because I really enjoyed last year’s album My God is Blue. This song is definitely jam packed with flavour. It’s easy on the ear, yet it has a certain gravitas to it which makes the emotional side of it work, at least for me. Add a few strings, Tellier’s voice, and a rather cinematic video filmed in black-and-white, and you’re really delivering on what the press text was promising, me thinks. There’s no denying that throughout the song he displays an incredible ear for music and such an ear for when which instrument needs to come to deliver the emotional punch, and this while keeping it extremely listenable. And that, in the end, is what matters in music, isn’t it?
‘More Please’ by B-Jam
B-Jam starts a bit jazzy with the horns, and it always keeps it in this soul and rhythm realm with the vocals and the sounds. There is a clear beat though, which anchors this whole thing, which is good, as plenty is happening all around it. So much, that the moment these light horn sounds come in around 1:18, replacing almost all the other auxiliary sounds, that’s awesome. These horns also give the track some character, and the sweet and smooth vocal turn does this as well, especially if you include the backing vocals. The transition at around 2:37 to the chorus line of “there’s more where that came from” is awesome, and by this time it seems the track has cleaned itself up a bit as seemingly everything is now more clearly separate and audible. The great thing about this track is that it has so much character and flavour, really putting the boogie back with enough warmth to keep you in the club.
‘Another World’ by Mutant Beat Dance
You just have got to love that bass this starts with, even if the beat kind of seems to take over after a little while. The deep, male voice tells you that this Beat will make you move before the track goes a bit spacey with the extra flavour sounds in the background. Which, looking at the title, seems fitting enough. That bass and beat though keeps it firmly in the realm of old school house, especially in combination with those vocals. Something you can do that marching step to that people are so prone to do. It just has got this club vibe going on with those deep rhythm sounds that just transport you to like the heydays of house. A little later on the more spacey sounds are taken away and replaced by a more serene synth that now acts as the flavour text. Also in there is a bit of woodwork as well. If you like a nice, deep house beat, this one will definitely take your fancy I reckon.
‘Under the Rose’ by Jensen Sportag
That start is so lovely and serene, though soon it already gets distorted a bit by both a slash of vocals and a little production meddling. Quickly the rhyhtm parts are added, including a lovely bass, and he puts in the vocals, which seem a bit removed. To juxtapose that there is a nice little riff there that for some reason manages to contrast nicely with the voice. Just before the three minute mark he strips all the rhythm sounds, going for a serene and rather unaltered stretch of sounds, before he obviously gets the bass back in and starts experimenting again with the different instruments. Though I’m not always the greatest fan of those deliberate “lag” moments that kind of undercut the smoothness and flow, it is a good and intriguing listen. And if you agree with that, the full length debut will be out in little over a month.
‘Houses in Motion’ by Talking Heads (Cosmic Kids edit)
Now, why wouldn’t anyone want listen to some Talking Heads? One of those bands that has influenced quite a few people, and here the funky side of the band gets a make over by Cosmic Kids. The edit focuses especially on the funk of it, less so on the swampy vibe the original has, nor, for that matter, the experimental world side evidenced in, especially, the second part. Which is a good choice, I reckon, if you want to make it at least semi for the dancefloor. Throughout you can hear those experimental instruments here though (they definitely aren’t taken out of view for easiness sake), so it definitely is not all forgotten, but here it is definitely put against this steady background of increased boogie. Naturally, Byrne’s talking vocals are given plenty of room here as well, in combination with the more singy chorus. It’s a lovely, funky, edit of a track by one of those bands that you just can’t help but smile to when it suddenly arrives on the dancefloor.
‘Summer Trip’ by Blue Soul feat. Marissa Guzman (Ray Mang vocal mix)
I think Ray Mang is one of those names that just always seems to be able to churn out some real stellar music. Now, the start isn’t exactly my cup of tea, but as soon as those other sounds start coming in, it’s all good from then on. Just rolls along nicely this one thanks to that synth, and you can already hear the vocals slowly coming in (aided by what I think are some bongo’s way way in the background). Soon enough Marissa Guzman is actually doing some singing in a delicious manner. It is a nice juxtaposition to the instrumental main sound, though what I think kind of really makes the track are all these extra sounds you can hear on that second level. So not totally up front, but between those two main sounds and the beat sound. There’s some lovely percussion there to enjoy, giving that track that nice fullness without putting it on overload. As said, Ray Mang really knows how to keep a track like this rolling along, keeping the main sounds and then alternating the things on the secondary plane, with a nice change-up starting about 4:30 to give it some nice variety. Naturally, a bit later he gets back to that main instrumental sound to ride it out. Another lovely track by Ray Mang, so easy to listen to as well.