Archive for electronica

Jamie Woon @ Scala, London

Posted in Downloads, Reviews, Stream with tags , , , , on 3 March, 2011 by Sim.R

So there we were, myself and fellow Hotcakes baker Seb, at London’s Scala eagerly anticipating one of the first live performances of the much hyped Jamie Woon.

Scala, even when sold-out, is an intimate venue; seemingly perfect for Woon’s downbeat style and emotive delivery. With Ghostpoet in support – his blend of half sung, half spoken vocals and an indie/hip-hop crossover score warming up the crowd to good effect – we thought were in for a good night… Continue reading

Jamie xx

Posted in Downloads, Features, Stream with tags , , , on 22 February, 2011 by Sim.R

Jamie Smith, better known to you and me as Jamie xx, released his debut album today: a compete remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s 2010 album I’m New Here. The re-fixed version, We’re New Here, is a journey through the minds of two people separated not only by age – 39 years to be precise – but stylistically too. Gil, a modern jazz and blues legend; Jamie, one of the best young electronic producers around Continue reading

[video] Bibio – Excuses

Posted in Stream with tags , , on 2 February, 2011 by Sim.R

We had a album sampler not so long ago but now it’s time to take a proper look at some material from Bibio’s forthcoming album Mind Bokeh.

Directed by Michael Robinson.

Mind Bokeh is out 4th April on Warp Records.

[Moving Mondays] James Blake Live

Posted in Features, Stream with tags , , , on 20 December, 2010 by Sim.R


Oh yes! He’s not doing his solo live show until the new year but here is James Blake with his band supporting Everything Everything.

Check the rest of the videos out over at Fader.

Gold Panda remixes Errors

Posted in Downloads with tags , , on 15 November, 2010 by Sim.R

Electronic band Errors will soon be releasing a new EP entitled Celebrity Come Down With Me. It is a collection of seven remixes of tracks from their celebrated second album which came out earlier this year. While the album may not have hit the highs that their debut album did back in 2008, it was still fantastic and the prospect of having the likes of The Field and Mogwai rework the tracks is really quite exciting.

The remix of ‘A Rumour in Africa’ by London’s Gold Panda is likely to be one of the highlights. You can tell almost instantly that GP is behind the remix which is testimony to the distinctive sound he’s developed. I was going to write a review of Gold Panda’s Lucky Shiner a while back but ended up just listening to it on repeat instead of getting round to actually pen anything. Needless to say it’s one of my favourite albums of the year and I hope we’ll be seeing more GP remixes in the future.

Errors – A Rumour In Africa (Gold Panda remix) [alt]

Tracklisting:

01. Germany (Wax Stag remix)
02. Sorry About Mess (Dam Mantle remix)
03. Beards (Moon Unit remix)
04. Bridge or Cloud (The Field remix)
05. Jolomo (Ceephax Acid Crew remix)
06. A Rumour In Africa (Gold Panda remix)
07. Supertribe (Mogwai remix)

Celebrity Come Down With Me is out now on Rock Action Records.

Seams – Tourist EP

Posted in Reviews, Stream with tags , on 13 October, 2010 by Sim.R

Hotcakes favourite Jami Welch, better known by his moniker Seams, is back with a new EP. Welch spent his summer working on the recording while in Berlin and it seems that the city itself very much part of the finished product:

It was inspired by the outdoor living of the city in the summer, and how much music was intrinsically linked to daily life. I spent much of my time in Berlin recording the sounds of the city with a tape recorder and my phone, and based each track on these recordings, attempting to recreate the feeling of being there.

We got our hands on one of the tracks Hung Markets – which you can get as a free download – and you can instantly see that location forms the foundation of the track. The distant chatter of voices forms an initial backdrop, before layers of bells, keys and synths take hold. You get a sense of a bustling market with competing stalls and voices jostling for position while we make our way through the crowded streets. That’s what I took from it anyway, I’m sure each listening will have their own perspective, which is part of the track’s strength.

It seems every time I review a Seams track, I dream up a whole host of new Four Tet comparisons, but I just can’t escape the similarities. However, as a huge Four Tet fan I use the comparison as high praise and I see only good things for the future of Seams.

Seams – Hung Market

Get Hung Market as a free download from his Bandcamp.

Tourist EP is out late November on Pictures Music.

Flying Lotus – Camera Day

Posted in Stream with tags , , on 19 August, 2010 by Sim.R

Taken from his forthcoming EP, Flying Lotus returns following the success of his third album, Cosmogramma, earlier this year.

Pattern+Grid World is out 20 September on Warp.

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