Need some new music in your life?… Well according to one of our Facebook faithful ‘this playlist IS life.’
Get your ears around a bunch of jams we’ve had on high rotation over the past month or so. Featuring tunes from The Kite String Tangle, RL Grime, Ryn Weaver, Tycho, Tkay Maidza, Hopium, Action Bronson, Raury, Snakehips and a bunch more, there’s a little something for everyone no matter what your preferred flavour.
Losing My Edge - Throwback Thursdays with Basic Channel
There are labels that stand up as trademarks of quality. Some are bigger than others, and some release more than others.
In 9 EP releases, Basic Channel made itself into one of those labels – a near flawless series of minimal techno vinyl releases that hardly needed a recognisable logo for collector’s to find them.
Only one of the seminal BC series releases went under the Basic Channel name – but all revolved around the founders Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus pictured here -
Here’s the Basic Channel named release “Octagon” for you to test -
Really, if you like it you’ll love the rest. If you didn’t you probably won’t. But they are a perfect collection – distinguished in some experts minds by Von Oswald’s determination to mix “manually” – but I must say I can’t hear that. They are just beautiful stretched works of art and love.
And that was it really. Except for a bunch of side projects under various names and labels - most notably the Rhythm & Sound releases “where dub skank and techno pulse are virtually indistinguishable” and a favourite of mine where Von Oswald and Carl Craig reimagine some classical music for Deutsche Gramaphon (not a bad label in itself). They sound enough like Basic Channel projects to connect, but they aren’t Basic Channel projects so that was that.
It’s a hipsters dream - Small but perfectly formed, collectable, rare and you either get it or you don’t. So there.
For a top 10 of Basic Channel releases and related releases go HERE. It’s a good listen to work through and it highlights the Rhythm and Sound tracks which I actually think I Like better than Basic Channel just now.
[Cool Accidents was happy to seek the weird and wild world of labels for a Basic Channel equivalent for today and – bypassing the likes of XL, Modular & Young Turks – find the perfect 2014 answer right on its own doorstep. While the work of Future Classic records may not be quite so purist, their roster is even more intriguing and has that same imprint of quality – Flume, Chet Faker, Panama, Flight Facilities, Ta-ku. Nice work fellas]
Random White Dude Be Everywhere!
Thomas Wesley Pentz aka Diplo aka The Hardest Working Man In Showbiz aka Captain Prolific is back at it again as he has put together a deluxe collection of his most popular singles, never-before-heard remixes and 2 brand new tracks on his latest release - Random White Dude Be Everywhere.
Basically the comp has more bangers than a Bunnings Warehouse carpark on a Saturday and thanks to Mad Decent you can stream the collection in full below.
Like what you heard? Cop it on iTunes
(Hey!) What a Wonderful Kind Of Day
Cool Accidents fave Chance The Rapper has served up a version of the Arthur opening theme song and it’s some SERIOUSLY FEEL GOOD ISH.
Just to refresh your memory and sends waves of nostalgia flowing through every part of you here it is in its original form -
And here’s Chance’s flip complete with enough high profile backing vocalists to rival We Are The World, seriously though how’s this for a roll call? Wyclef Jean, Francis & The Lights, Jessie Ware, Elle Varner, Eryn Allen Kane, The O’my’s, Peter Cottontale, and Donnie Trumpet.
Stream and cop a free download below.
Grunge Goes 8-Bit!
Well this is cool… Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, Soundgarden and more of your favourite grunge acts all get given the 90s Nintendo treatment thanks to the video below by Filthy Frackers.
Who Is Mr. Mitch?
Well, we don’t know a whole lot, but here are a few things we do know.
1. He’s from London.
2. He owns Gobstopper Records (which we know nothing about).
3. He has produced for Skepta (who we do know) and Trim (who we don’t).
So yeah, like we said we don’t know much BUT we can tell you we like The Room Where I Belong EP that he has kindly posted on his Soundcloud, in particular the brilliantly titled The Lion, The Bitch and the Bourdeaux. Sweet grimey bass vibes.
Danny Brown x The Avalanches
It was only yesterday we were getting excited by the Danny Brown guest spot on the latest Rustie single, and now news of a collaboration with The Avalanches has surfaced after DB chatted to triple j whilst in town for Splendour In The Grass.
"I did one song with them a while ago and it was cool. They felt like it was okay and I felt like it was okay. But then we actually got in the studio and made a record and I swear the record we made is incredible. ‘Frank Sinatra’ was the first one we did. That was cool but the one we did after that… I swear, if we put that out, it’ll change the world. I heard it that first night and that was the only time I heard it. I wanna hear it again! But I know for a fact I put my foot into that song. When I work on something that hard I really like to receive the benefits from it so I can’t wait until The Avalanches release their next project!"
As if we weren’t already intrigued as to what the follow-up to the modern classic Since I Left You will sound like, now we’re bloody drooling.
I mean "I swear, if we put that out, it’ll change the world"?!?!?! either Danny’s back on the cough syrup or the album is going to meet our lofty expectations after all, here’s hoping it’s the latter.
Look, we won’t be holding our breath (we tried that over a decade ago and it didn’t end well) BUT seriously Robbie & co. if by some chance you’re reading this HURRY UP AND RELEASE THE DAMN THING ALREADY please?
Obviously there’s no new audio to be had so instead we’ll leave you with one of THE greatest mixtapes of all-time wherein the boys mixed elements of Since I Left You with classic joints & jams from the likes of The Beatles, De La Soul, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper, Men at Work, Jurassic 5 and many many more.
Stevie Nicks Breaks Open The Vault
Stevie Nicks on her new album ‘24 Karat Gold’ that’s made up of tunes she penned between the years of 1969 and 1987 -
“Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story… They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the brokenhearted and the survivors. These songs are the memories - the 24 Karat Gold rings in the blue box. These songs are for you.”
We’re pretty keen to hear it when it drops in early October, but in the meantime we’re off to listen to some classic Fleetwood Mac and search the internet for more babe-ing images like the one above from 1976.
Artwork or Ass Twerk?
You’ve gotta love the internet. It hasn’t even been a week since Nicki Minaj revealed the mildly controversial cover art for her Anaconda single and already people have gone to work by photo-shopping and meme-ing up a storm.
Our faves to date come courtesy of the highly NSFW (well we assume that’s the case as it’s been blocked by the powers that be in our internet dept.) Manhood tumblr page where they’ve gone and combined the Nicki Minaj asstwerk… whoops.. we mean artwork with a bunch of classic paintings such as The Last Supper, The Persistence Of Memory, The Scream, Birth Of Venus and a bunch more.
Lazer Hip Hop?
Rustie’s Glass Swords was one of those albums everyone agreed about. Super fresh, super dope. A blistering new style electronic album which (apparently) coined the genre “Lazer Hip Hop”… or “slowed down, low-slung beats, with lashings of electronic mutterings and morphing basslines heavily influenced by video games”. Thank God someone at Wikipedia knows what they are talking about (or sounds like they do). Personally we’d have had the album as some sort of mutation between the best bits of house (happy hardcore et al) and the bass throb of dubstep. But what do we know?
Since then he’s dropped a couple of nice mixes but could he follow up Glass Swords?
Well after getting about 15 seconds into the brand new single Attak featuring our pal Danny Brown we realised the answer is an emphatic YES.
Bring on August 25 so we can hear the full length follow-up Green Language.