Eno * Hyde — “Daddy’s Car”
The announcement of a full album featuring a collaboration between super producer Brian Eno (U2, Talking Heads, Depeche Mode, and so many more) and Underworld’s Karl Hyde was enough to make Jason Bentley shout with joy and share the news on Facebook. (and I can tell you for a fact he doesn’t shout with joy very often). It seemed to come out of nowhere, but it also makes a lot of sense.
It also makes sense that the pioneering British electronic label Warp is releasing the album, entitled “Someday World”, which will be out on May 6. The second single is really the one to get excited about.
As their press release says, the track “betrays the duo’s love of Steve Reich and cyclical Afrobeat”.
Woods – “Moving To The Left”
I know the band Woods mostly because of the NY-based Woodsist label, which released the debut album from one of my favorite current bands, Real Estate.
The label is run by Woods’ frontman Jeremy Earl, but it wasn’t until their current release that I really fell for their “pop shamanism”.
“With Light And With Love” is not only a great album title, but the feeling imbued in the 10-song collection. I’ve been lucky enough to get an early copy of the full album, out next week, and I highly recommend picking it up as soon as you can.
They’re currently touring with Quilt, one of my favorite band discoveries at this year’s SXSW music fest, and have an epic SoCal show planned for August.
Woodsist just announced the details of its fifth annual festival —August 5-6 at Big Sur’s Henry Miller Library with Real Estate, Foxygen, Angel Olsen, Woods and more. See you there?
Supreme Cuts – “Divine Ecstasy”
I love a great instrumental track, especially one as sexy as this one from Chicago production duo Supreme Cuts.
“Divine Ecstasy” is their sophomore effort and the title track perfectly matches its name. It’s an engrossing collage of beats.
Mike Perry and Austin Kjeultes name neo-classical composers William Basinski and Phillip Glass as well as Herbie Hancock, Prince, Sam Cooke, R Kelly, and the recently departed Frankie Knuckles (a fellow Chicagoan) among their influences.
Aztec Camera – “Oblivious”
I’ve discovered more songs that I can name as a KCRW listener, but I especially love finding older bands that I missed completely like 80’s Scottish New Wave band Aztec Camera.
Former MBE host Nic Harcourt would give their track “Oblivious” a spin every now and then and recently Domino Records reissued the band’s landmark debut “High Land, Hard Rain” to celebrate the record’s 30th anniversary.
It’s a must-own album for any pop music lover. Stream “Oblivious” here.
(in the same vein, check out fellow Glaswegian’s Orange Juice and their track “Falling and Laughing”)