Songs We Like - 10/3/2018

Songs We Like - 10/3/2018

Tom and Rhys, together again for another Songs We Like. So what’s happened in the music world this week? The best thing possible: piece of shit ‘pharma-bro’ Martin Shkreli has been jailed for seven years. You may remember him from such asshole hi-jinks as ‘jacking up the price of lifesaving medication’ or ‘buying the only existing copy of Wu Tang Clan’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Shaolin’ and putting it on eBay’. Whilst it’s never right to relish in misery, this man truly deserves his comeuppance and an incarceration has never made so many people smile. Long live justice.

 

Beach House – Dive

 

 

Fuck, I really do love Beach House. Has any band ever been quite as consistently excellent as Beach House? Probably, but that shouldn’t detract from just how great ‘Dive’ is. Does it have the hazed out dreampop stylings we know and love from both Teen Dream and Bloom? Absolutely. Does it progress and push the Beach House sound further? That’s a resounding yes. More instrumentally busy than previous releases (those drums!), ‘Dive’ is an unequivocally beautiful track that piles on the cathartic instrumental blow outs with a cinematic deft that only Beach House can pull off so well. -Tom

 

Bicep – Opal (Four Tet Remix)

 

 

Bicep? Four Tet? Hello. Obviously on a mission to remix anything beginning with the letters ‘op’ (Four Tet’s ‘Opus’ treatment tantalised many a dancefloor for a whole summer), Hebden has stepped up to do an understated but effective remix of Bicep’s ‘Opal’, a staple track from numerous Four Tet radio mixes this year. The synth swirls are intact and largely untouched, but there’s a touch of magic that Four Tet brings to the table: elongated builds, eastern string flourishes, a beefier shuffling beat, soft chanting, percussive outros etc etc. It’s familiar territory for fans of Bicep and Four Tet, and as you know I’m never one to miss an opportunity to gush over Four Tet. -Tom

 

Bill Converse – OK Karplus

 

 

Bill Converse has the strange ability to interweave different instruments and machines into a track that sounds static and flat, even though there are several elements floating in between the foreground and background. Now this isn’t a bad point at all; Converse rewards you for listening deeper into the track – the more time you spend trying to pick apart what at first glance seems fairly straightforward, the more you get out of it. Several times I’ve found myself in some sort of meditative listen when playing ‘OK Karplus’, and I don’t think that’s an accident. Lo-Fi techno banger, love it. –Rhys

 

Chambray – Pim Dive (Mark Archer’s Altern8 Remix)

 

 

First things first: that is a bit of a mouthful for a track title. Anyway, Mark Archer’s remix completely changed the way I listened to the original version of ‘Pim Dive’, which doesn’t happen often at all. I’d been listening to ‘Pim Dive’ all week and only just decided to listen to the remix today, and boy am I glad that I did. Breakbeat drums coming in to shock what could have been a solid airy synth-led house track give it an extra dimension. The switch gives the track so much more bang for your buck. Now listening to the original track leaves me wanting that switch, something more dynamic, which is exactly what the remix does so well. –Rhys

 

Daniel Avery – Slow Fade (Actress Remix)

 

 

Actress has taken reverb heavy ‘Slow Fade’ to a whole new level of reverb. When I let you all know about ‘Radius’ (from Avery’s same EP), I described it as some sort of soundtrack to being in a cave. Well it seems from that cave we have found a crawl space that has brought us out into… another, scarier cave. Familiar sounds have been warped into what sound like falling rocks and ominous drips, once again Actress manages to intimidate my ears while still leaving them hungry for more. –Rhys

 

Jon Hopkins – Emerald Rush

 

 

The whooping, whomping ‘Emerald Rush’ signifies something very important: Jon Hopkins is back. ‘Emerald Rush’ isn’t afraid to slap the living shit out of you with an abrasive necessity, lurching out the speakers and forcing you to take note and listen. But as with most of Hopkins’ work, there’s such an intricacy and uniqueness to his songwriting that ‘Emerald Rush’ feels otherworldly. Layers of heavenly piano lines, soaring synths and soft vocal hums form the space around the bass hits, filling out the track with an emotional density lacking from most other electronic producers. Hopkins is back, and I couldn’t be happier. -Tom

 

Lucy Dacus – Timefighter

 

 

Historian is a phenomenally polished album with many nuanced moments and ‘Timefighter’ is just one such instance of Lucy Dacus’ exceptional songwriting. Produced and mixed to perfection, ‘Timefighter’ combines controlled vocal melodies with an intensely deep and hard-hitting instumental. The payoffs are massive in the breaks, feeling cathartic and foreboding in equal measure. A sheer delight to listen to despite tone and I would strongly recommend giving Historian your full attention. -Tom

 

 

Image: Domino

 

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