MIDWEEK MIXTAPE // 24th November 2010

This week my ears have been kindly plagued by The PixiesTrompe Le Monde, an album that suddenly, pointlessly, emerged from the Pile Of Albums Past and thrilled me all over again. I love it when that happens. Little Eiffel! Little Eiffel!

The ANBAD Donkey gets Black Francisised to celebrate. And now here’s a mixtape, chiefly to remind me that there is still new music out there:

FIRST! The Speechless Radio is an inherently absurd conceit, like a beef-less cow or Sarah Palin without Satan’s icy manipulative hand. Distant Homes II may be a compilation of many individual tracks, or may be a long song of many components, all of which – equally absurdly – work so well I feel like hugging someone and discussing at length why people don’t make 10-minute songs more often.

SECOND! Arp Attack‘s name caused an instant mental leap to Beastie Boys’ Heart Attack Man, and it is through that snot-punk window that Arp Attack’s Electro-pop was viewed. If anything, it’s to their credit that they survived the comparison, but his is probably to do with the fact that their electro-pop songs like Sugar Cane are actually very likeable, as opposed to the turgid majority. Nice.

THIRD! Glass Ankle – if boxers have glass jaws, do kick-boxers have Glass Ankles? Such questions rankle, but dissipate quickly as songs like Kyo wa ii hi (今日はいい日) veer cheerfully between straightforward folk and something a bit more special. You’ll come for the folk, but stay for the imperceptibly affecting emotional yearning.

FOURTH! Future Cop! doesn’t look like any sort of police officer at all. I don’t even think this has anything to do with Peter Weller. I think they might be having us on. You’ll need more than 20 seconds to comply with their songs, super-slick with an unabashed disco sheen and high on hi-hats, synths and maybe life itself. Happy happy joy joy.
FIFTH! Humanizer make the kind of big, shameless, thudding dance tracks that don’t get made too often now, in case their makers get compared to Leftfield. Like that’s a bad thing. Shinobi may or may not have anything to do with the Sega videogame of the same name, but it takes me back to my youth regardless. CHOOOON!

One thought on “MIDWEEK MIXTAPE // 24th November 2010

  1. GLASS ANKLE, LOVED THE TUNE STRONG HINT OF JAPAN, GREAT VOCALS N EEDS TO BE LISTENED TO TIME AND TIME AGAIN, MESMERIC. LOVE IT XXXXXXXXXXXX

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