By Stef Siepel
January 24, 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: ‘Stirling’ by Casino Times feat. High Hopes
If a deep voice like that saying “what do ya wanna do?” doesn’t immediately put the vibe down then I don’t know what will, really. That voice is the main attraction at the start, with only a slow, deep beat underneath it. Slowly but surely more instruments come in, from percussion to synths, though it takes until about a minute in for the track to get a bit into the dancefloor vibe with the bass and percussion. The synth and the vocals keep putting in their work, providing the track with its atmosphere. After 2:30 you get some higher synth sounds in there, which is good because it changes it up a bit without completely altering the vibe. About 3:30 again, the higher sounds, this time to a backdrop of just a beat for a while, at least before the percussion comes back in again. In the mean time, the voice is still saying that he’s “here baby”, which apparently is its cue for asking “what do you wanna do?”. Grind it out on this slow jam, I suppose, which works really well due to the combination of that bass, the percussion, and the synths and vocals for the vibe.
‘Old Time Glory’ by Keep Shelly In Athens
It seems like Keep Shelly in Athens really started to gain some momentum this year, with the release of their album (which is a pretty good one, by the way). So no better time to quit, eh? Not the band (don’t you worry just yet), but vocalist Sarah, who’s been the voice of the band since they started. Which is a shame, really, because I just loved that dreamy sound of her voice, and it seemed such a good combination with the sounds they were going for. To go out on a high note though, they’ve released their last collab, and it’s a really good example of why I like this band. This one is a nice, up-tempo affair, and despite the drums and synths going pretty berserk, Sarah’s voice is perfectly audible on top of it all, sounding both strong and dreamy at the same time. There are times when they strip the sounds a bit, as to put her vocals in the spotlight even more. An example of this is at about 2:40, when they start building up the synth a bit after they had dialled it down earlier, later adding the drums that they stripped away completely just before. If you like this and didn’t manage to get a listen in on the album yet, do give that a go as well.
‘Down to the Sound’ by Bibio
I remember doing a slow little dance on Bibio live under the summer sun a few years ago. Good times. This is one beautiful little tune (with little not only in instrumental scope, but also in running time). The almost lullaby like vibe does get a bit disturbed by the elements though, with thunder and rain making this a perfect inside-with-hot-cocoa-looking-outside track. These sounds, by the way, come in on cue as Bibio sings that the sunlight is taken, and he means that quite literally from the sound of it. After those elemental sounds I believe he also throws in a bit of a flute. He does put down a lovely little vibe here, a nice preview of what is to come, as he’ll be releasing a new EP later this month.
‘Too Late For Words’ by Auto Body
Apparently, they fell in love with the synth on this one, deciding to build a song around it. I can certainly see why. It’s got a nice immediacy to it, which is aided by the throbbing drums they’ve put behind it. The grainy vocals juxtapose the happiness of the synths nicely, with the latter still laying down the vibe though. Especially after about 1:30, when they seem to kick it into a bit of a higher gear, which is sure to get the festival folks dancing come summer time. At the halfway mark they keep the bounce in their step whilst stripping away a few instruments, coming back with a nice and dancey instrumental patch before they let those synths and vocals back in again. They sure manage to keep the energy up until the end of its four minute running time, so if you’re high on energy too, this will be a nice lil’ match for you to get cheery and hopping around the house on.
‘The Fake Out’ by Jacques Renault
Yeah, I normally don’t do this too often (using snippets of songs in my column), but it’s Jacques Renault, so I couldn’t quite resist to share. Jacques Renault is one of my favorite House DJs, and no one gets me quite as up and dancing as this guy does. Again, this track has a lovely house vibe to it, and I would say that everyone can get jackin’ to this no problem. It’s just got this really nice club feel going on, with some nice and deep sounds, but it has also got a bit of a tribal vibe I reckon. In the middle of this snippet you have a nice moment where it’s mostly synths and where he’s stripped away the rhythm part of it all, obviously coming back to that with a vengeance so that everybody will be dancing even harder from that point on. With remixes from No Regular Play and The Organ Grinder I can imagine this to be a safe bet for anyone who plays house and doesn’t mind getting a bit deep soundwise. Can’t wait for the full monty for this one.
‘Right of Way’ by Benoit & Sergio
Lets get vibing to some Benoit & Sergio. Love the chilled out feel of this one, with the sparse percussion and the icy synths to start. After that it starts to come alive a bit, with an extra layer of a very organic sounding percussion rhythm. That sound these guys introduce at about 2:20, that’s a nice juxtaposition they put in there with that. They stripped away some of the more rhythmic elements to throw the aforementioned sound in, which is a nice way of changing it up a bit. That atmospheric synth is still playing though, and it keeps on playing even when the rhythm part returns. At this point in time they weave some peculiar sounds in and out (one of honestly them sounds like my grandfather playing the tuba), but underneath all that you’ve got that hypnotic vibe that keeps going on and on. If you like to be hypnotized on the dancefloor and do some of that swaying and dancing with your eyes closed, this is definitely a good one to do that on.