As prolific as a slutty frog, Dark Sky are always putting out ridiculous tunes. ‘High Rise’, for example, was definitely one of my favourite tracks of 2011 and I have spent many a night bouncing around like a sentient pogo stick to its rubbery bassline. Today I acted in a similarly mental yet happy fashion as, much to my delight, the trio decided to gift us mere mortals with a free track, entitled ‘Standoff’, as a slightly late but very much appreciated Christmas gift.
Of course, free track doesn’t always mean quality track and as one astute YouTube commenter observes, “usually free tunes are shit… not this one tho.” Although I do not agree with his use of “tho”, I am very much of the same opinion. With an offbeat, pretty chilled out vibe, this is big/massive/huge/awesome/[a positive adjective of your choice]. Download it.
Dark Sky – Standoff
During his takeover of The Guardian’s music section last week Mike Skinner posted ‘Close the Book’, the last ever track to be released by The Streets. An epic instrumental number, it’s a suitably grandiose conclusion to a poignant saga of smoking weed, broken TVs, emotional lows, soaring highs and just about everything else that affects the average individual flailing for identity (just like an episode of Casualty). As for how I’m going to deal with the loss of such a great musical entity…I guess I’ll just have to listen to Original Pirate Material over and over again and sob my little heart out. Has it come to this? Yes, yes it has Mike.
It’s free so download/listen below and please hold back the tears. Be strong for your mother’s sake.
The Streets – Close the Book
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Hemlock label-mates Untold and James Blake are due to tear up DQ this Thursday as part of the Wee Bit Mean double header and after last week’s journey into the vibe vacuum, I’m excited. So much so that I got a copy of Airhead & James Blake’s latest release — MATH06 — and spent the majority of the last few days rinsing it. I’ve not even had time to feed the dog.
A-side ‘Pembroke’ is a fusion of contorted vocals and dulcet bass that feels like a bed-time exhale at the end of a long day. It percolates and swells with a tidal intensity, all the while exuding an inspirational air of ease and relaxation. On the flip side, ‘Lock in the Lion’ inexplicably evokes warped images of 1950s New York and hazy days with a broken vinyl player that skips and pops like a bowl of rice krispies. It seems to almost simmer, with synth flickers teasingly decaying before they peak and delightfully quirky percussion breathing an uncertain yet infectious rhythm into proceedings. I like it. I like both tunes, they’re both gorgeous…
Supremely chilled and tender on the ears, MATH06 is short but sweet. DQ on Thursday then, yeah?
Pembroke / Lock in the Lion (MATH06) is out now on Brainmath.
Airhead & James Blake – Lock in the Lion
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