By Stef Siepel
January 20, 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: ‘Running Into Time’ by Nicholas
Nicholas loves his house, and he’s been churning out some stellar tunes for a couple of years now. Here, again, you’ve got the house vibe going on, the handclaps already putting in some fun along with the bass, so if you can’t find anything to dance to here then maybe you should be at home with some nice milk and honey or something. About a minute in you get the piano in there as well, for a moment replacing the beat before this is slid back in underneath the piano line after a few seconds. It’s got this nice house pace to it, will probably clock in around 120 bpm or so I reckon. 2:05 adds some new sounds to the mixture, and they’re discolicious. Some disco sounds are thrown in there to give you that specific vibe, though in the mean time you are still getting the house piano, beats, and handclaps to keep you moving that body. Nicholas does a nice job of sometimes taking back the beat for just a moment, just to add it a few seconds later with some added punch. It’s a fun game, either the beat comes back, or you get the disco sounds in full force, and he mixes it all up very nicely. Another great track by Nicholas, one I’d be happy to play whenever I’m behind the decks.
‘Pulsing’ by Tomas Barfod feat. Nina K.
Tomas Barfod is probably best known for his ventures with his band WhoMadeWho (who are releasing a new album this March I believe). He has flown solo before though, and here he does so again. This time he has enlisted the help of Nina K., who is on vocal duties for today. The track, for me, kind of reminds me of Little Dragon, with the synths, the drums, and the dreamy-yet-somwhat-melancholic vocal sound. There are extended moments without the drums, and naturally here the vocals can really shine, and they just fit the track really well. They are helped by the synthesizers, adding some atmosphere so she doesn’t have to carry the whole load alone. When the drums come back, they will give everyone a chance to do a little bit of dancing. Like with a lot of Little Dragon tracks, there is this nice mixture of dancey drums and atmospheric synths and vocals, making this a very listenable and fun song to be tuning in to.
‘Sing It Back’ by Wolf & Lamb (Wolf’s club edit)
This one starts out a bit botched up, with the guys playing around a bit with the beats. And then her voice comes in. With her, obviously, being none other than Roisin Murphy. This is not an edit fit for the dancefloor, at least not the first part of it (I don’t care that this is a club edit, btw). This percussion heavy edit takes a while to build it all up, but by having primarily the drums in there at the start they do put the focus on the seductive take Murphy gives away, highlighting that gem of a voice. A bit later in you get some of the extra sounds to go with the STOMP like percussion, and after three minutes you get some woodworking to make it more dance friendly. By this time, though, I’ve already been lured in by the amazing mixture of that percussion with the voice anyhow. What a find! It just puts her in the spotlight, amazing. And sure, many will probably be able to dance to this — and I can too from the fourth minute onwards — but to me, the aforementioned mix of percussion and vocals is the thing that makes this track definitely worth the listen.
‘Into the Groove’ by Dimitri From Paris
If you read ‘Into the Groove’, there’s only one thing that naturally comes to mind. Before that comes around though, Dimitri From Paris already lets you anticipate that moment by throwing in some nice percussion to get your body going. About a minute in, you get the familiar synths, the familiar talking prelude, after which he teases you with some synths before going instrumental once more. At 1:40 you get the chorus, with Madonna singing that you need to get into the groove, and step to the beat, and all the other things you remember from back when this came out first time around. Dimitri makes it club ready not only by making it longer, but especially by getting the percussion in there, as well as a lengthy piano solo. So he mixes it up nicely, with obviously the percussion being there for the dancing, and the piano also adds something in terms of just taking another slant. The dancefloor, naturally will still have plenty of moments where they can nostalgically playback to Madonna’s vocals, which luckily still make up for a sizeable portion of the song. A nice, fun edit by the king of them.
‘Steel Life’ by DyE
The Tigersushi label always manages to get some nice electro music in there, a lot of it coming from label owner Joakim. This is by DyE though, and you can see why they’re on that label. It’s not as gritty as Joakim’s output, rather it is a bit more dreamy and — dare I say it? — (synth)poppy, but especially like in that stretch around 1:25 you get that label’s vibe. There’s something about the percussion, the rhythm of the vocals, and the added electro sounds that makes it make sense. The chorus is a lot of light synths, and the vocals there are nice and dreamy, and they “belt it out” a bit more than in the verses, where it at times sounds very ’80s to me. Lovely song by this band, with a nice, breezy atmosphere that somehow I really believe would be a nice soundtrack when sitting with friends at the beach watching the sun go down.
‘Come Alive’ by Chromeo feat. Toro Y Moi
What I love about the dudes from Chromeo is that it always seems like they don’t care what they do, as long as it is wickedly fun. So here, again, a bouncy, fun, throwback track with loads of pace and synths. Here they get some help from Toro Y Moi as well, who also knows a bit about fun, though usually he does it in a bit more understated way. This is just full throttle synth kitsch basically, but I mean that in a good way. It’s just nice and funky, and the combination with the synths, drums, and that guitar riff works really well. There’s also an overload on vocals, with multiple voices at times going right on through each other. But it all adds to the frantic joyfulness of the track, and if you are a person who just likes to smile and dance, this is there for you. It’s just got happy vibes all over it.