This is hauntingly pretty. Not like Hot Chip was ever anywhere near bad, but this is just beautiful. They’ve put out some solemn tracks before, but nothing this well-composed. Of course traditionally simple Hot Chip sounds abound (listen to the percussions about a minute in), but between the synth and vocals they really seemed to have pulled together a sound that is at the same time light and yet almost ominous. Love it.
So I know the tract is older than dirt but I feel this remix added a lot to an already great track. On average I’m not as impressed by remixes as I am original content so I try to avoid posting them but this came up on Pandora today and made my bike ride home perfect. The drum beat, while nothing fancy per se, added the foot-tapability that the original Animal lacked.
LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (London session, 2010)
I haven’t read any of the press or hype for LCD’s “London sessions” but I figured it out as soon as I hit play: it’s James Murphy’s attempt at “the Peel session”. Dude’s a pretty fabulous producer but he knows how a great Peel session can bring out the best in a band. Here’s my top three sessions, while we’re on the subject:
Anyway, if you ask me, this performance pretty handily beats the original recording. He actually seems excited about Daft Punk playing at his house; I never got that feeling from the original. I just thought it was Murphy being funny and name-dropping because that was his thing back then.
New EP drops today from Brooklyn-based Rubblebucket: Triangular Daisies. Take a listen - this is a joyful sound. Underneath the spacy vocals and nonsensical lyrics lies a plethora of talent: an eight-piece orchestra ranging from baritone sax to a n’goni(?). I think one of the things that struck me most about Rubblebucket was how well put together a sound they have. While there is a lot happening in the song, none of it feels unnecessary or chaotic - something I don’t hear as often in music these days.