Here’s a great little mixtape by us, for the blog Warmer Climes:
It’s a list of ten songs each, that have meant something to us over the years, so have a read to find out the music we grew up to, and what has soundtracked our lives over the years.
We’ve been friends with London’s Nedry for quite some time now, so it was a delight and an honour to do a remix for them.
We took on their ‘Apples & Pears’ song quite a while ago now, but it’s just seen the light of day on their newly released EP of the same name. You can grab it from Boomkat here, and you totally should.
Expect more from them in 2011!
At the weekend, I took my girlfriend Sophie (of Her Name is Calla) down to Leicester so she could play a gig at the rather lovely Y Theatre in the city centre.
On first was a chap called Peter Wyeth. Our paths have crossed before, and I’ve seen him a few times, bought his EP, befriended him on Facebook, etc. but he played out of his skin this particular night. He’s just so good. One man, one guitar, one loop pedal, but without the groan that usually comes with hearing the usual loop pedal things- this guy actually has songs, and not just a set of looped riffs used as a gimmick to mask anything.
To date, he’s put one EP out. That’s one EP. He barely plays live either, and when asked why he doesn’t do more, the answer is simple: he just wants to spend time with his kids. A world away from hyper-needy ‘industry’ bullshit, he has no management and PR team carefully sculpting every move he makes, he just makes tunes. Which is eerily refreshing, and really quite inspiring.
- James Young, Darkstar.
We played with Hyperdub’s newest signings, Darkstar last night, and they were totally and utterly phenomenal. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, as I’ll I’d heard by them was a slew of older singles and 12”s, which focused on the “robotic 2 step” sound mentioned in the article. With this in mind, I was weary of seeing them in a live setting, but fuck me, it was just the most heartbreakingly folorn and melancholic electronic music I’d heard in a long time.
Reading this Guardian piece, it’s really interesting to see why they aren’t putting out anymore of that “robotic” stuff, which leaves me pretty cold if I’m honest. I love it when bands and artists push themselves like this, and suddenly decide to scrap entire albums because they’re just not good enough. It’s that quality control that seems to be missing from a lot of music I notice at the moment, so kudos, Darkstar, kudos!
Thanks to the lovely folks at Denovali Records in Germany, both Arrivals and Heart Monitor are being reissued in rather splendid vinyl.
They will be super limited editions and will look very, very nice :)