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The Weekly Froth! - 20161216

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The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.

Track of the Week: ‘Absence Of Rhythm’ by This Soft Machine

If ya like it rough, with that nice, strong bass pushing this one forward, then this one might just be for you. These main sounds get counterbalanced by some lighter, playful synth sounds, and provided with some extra rhythm through some of that percussion action. In the mean time there is a kind of rhythmic spoken word vocal, almost hoarse, saying that You gotta drop out when you feel it spin. Which, then, is followed by a batch of percussion, which lasts even when the bass and beat are tuned out before coming back for a bit of that dancing action. A short time later there’s again a stop and go moment, this time riddled with spacey synths, before that bass and cowbell return to get dat riddim right. Just released, so instantly possible to pick up.


‘Lost Your Mind’ by Zimmer feat. Fhin

This one starts lovely understated, and then the melancholic vocals come in, which, in tone, are helped out by the piano. A slow tick can be heard in the background, before a more playful rhythm takes over, which is aided and abetted by the guitar. These two things, the verse versus the more chorus like feel of the aforementioned rhythm and guitar, balance each other out nicely, with the vocals the glue that keeps it all together. The vocals which, by the way, get a moment in the spotlight around the three minute mark, where all the rhythm elements (including the drums) are stripped, and only when the bass sound comes in do we slowly start returning to the chorus like structure. This is a cut off of a new EP that will arrive in stores later this month, if one still is in the business of late Christmas gifts, keep an eye out for this one right here.


‘Voices’ by John Talabot

John Talabot is back out with a release on Permanent Vacation, again coming at you with a hypnotically deep track, working the rhythms and, later in the track, some amazing chopped up female vocals to counter the bass sounds that he has put in there. A transition like at around 4:54 is just so nice, just slightly altering the pitch, giving you just that change in pace to give it this feel of moving forward, instead of making it drown in repetitiveness. It gives you the good thing of looping, but not the negative effects. And he does these kind of things throughout the track, sometimes as subtle as an extra instrument that only can be heard in intervals, and sometimes he goes into a different direction with a bigger tug at the steering wheel. Talbot is one of the main men out there for this kind of music, and something like this just probes me to put that vinyl copy of Fin on and give it a whirl.


‘Another Night’ by JKriv feat. Adeline Michele (Thatmanmonkz remix)

Thatmanmonkz is at the reigns for this one, taking the JKriv disco tune and giving it some deep & underground vibes at the start, bringing it back up with the bouncy bass and the vocals, courtesy of Adeline Michele. She is saying that it’s Just another night without your love, before hitting the verse around 1:05 after a little line by the bass. It seems a bit sped up compared to the original, which really was a love lorn disco song, with this one having a bit more punch, a bit more of that club vibe. But still it’s with Michele’s vocals and that tale of love gone by, even though she is admitting that When it’s good, it’s soooo good. And that’s why she’s still going out there to live and fight another day. At 3:20, that’s the moment, that’s when Thatmanmonkz gets out a bit of that nasty deep bass, ending it’s reign with a vocal turn before everything comes back in again. If you haven’t listened to it yet, the man released a killer album this year, just sayin’.


‘Love Me Tonight’ by Fern Kinney (SanFranDisko Digital Mix)

How about some of that old school, getting the energy up with this glittery disco ball of a tune. First you get the beat setting the pace, and then the guitar riff, the bass, and, finally, the vocals. Those vocals, and the build-up that you are hearing right on through, it’s just one of those hands in the air disco things that is just a dancefloor filler with everyone singing along with the "Hooooold mee clooose" lines of the chorus. After which they dive into the guitar riff again before Fern Kinney comes back in, explaining in even more words the one thing that disco sometimes simply is about, namely finding that person to Love me tonight. One of those euphoric sounding disco songs with a dash of longing that would work as close out to the night as well. Just in case you were still working out your New Year’s set.


‘Winter In America’ by Gil Scott-Heron (Moullinex Edit)

Moullinex immediately brings the percussion in, giving us those lovely wooden sounds before putting the beat and click in after the half minute mark or so. In the mean time we hear the jazzy sounds to set the tone, anchoring this track’s mood to balance the smoothness of the boogie. At the 1:39, that boogie becomes a blues, as the rhythm is dialled all but out for Gil Scott-Heron’s poetry, singing that it is Winter in America. A declaration after which Moullinex returns with the rhythm alongside, a bit later on, a new main sound that rides on top of it. The jazzy vibes persists though, don’t you worry about a thing darling. At about 3:25 again the rhythm is switched off again, first for the instrumentals, then for another storytelling tale by Heron, indicating that Nobody is fighting ‘cause nobody knows what to say. And if you don’t know what to say, you just dance the blues away, and with the rhythm back in that’s a pretty appealing prospect all in all.



The Weekly Froth!

  • Published in Columns


The Weekly Froth! A weekly take on six tracks, most of which have recently popped up somewhere in the blogosphere. Bit of a mixed bag with a slight leaning towards house, disco, and remixes, but generally just anything that for some reason tickled the writer’s fancy.

Track of the week:  ‘You Got Me Under’ by Kutiman (La Dame Noir Nightfall remix)

How about some of those atmospherics eh? Nightfall is aptly chosen for this remix, as it has this nice, nocturnal feel to it, which base is provided by this nice combination of drums and the bass. The drums are stripped down around 2:20, leaving the bass and the synths, after which this lovely sound comes in at around the three minute mark, picking up the pace a bit along with the drums again. Also added are the female vocals, which sound like they’re trapped in a '30s jazzy nightclub in one film noir or another. She whispers that You might wonder, how he got her under, so easily.  It is just so high on atmosphere, with La Dame Noir hitting the exact right tone for this remix. It is so jazzy and sultry, and so free to download to boot, that I would say it is very hard to resist this one.


‘Back Of The Car’ by RAC (Moullinex remix)

RAC is one of those artists that always manages to add a nice bit of pop and accessibility to a track, and with Moullinex you have someone who is just coming off an album, so completely ready to go. The start is very tropical, summery, and the vocals give it this nice looking-out-over-the-beach-at-sunrise vibe. It has this dreamy aesthetic, perhaps aided by the fact there aren’t really any real rhythm parts until about the two minute mark, with just the tropical percussion doing their thing. The vocals turn into a little growl (courtesy of Nate Hendrix) for the chorus as they narrate that, Sure, people might think we’re crazy for going our own way, but I wouldn’t want to change a thing. At about the three minute mark, for really the first time, there is a beat element to give it a clear backbone, adding a bit to the danceability of it. As said before, it doesn’t surprise me that this track is really easy-on-the-ear, has a certain catchiness, and is perfect to do some shuffling to at that beach cocktail party in summer time.


‘Which Way To Go’ by Rubberlips feat. Brandon Bennet (George Kelly remix)

This one starts with a slow churning beat & cymbals combo, putting a lazy burner of a bass in as well before a little guitar action comes to provide the higher pitched sound. So by now you’ve got a nice little groove going in the back, and the guitar and cymbals make sure there’s a dash of lightness in there. At about 1:30 the super smooth vocals come in, courtesy of Brandon Bennet, singing that he Still doesn’t know which way to go. I love the softness with which Kelly comes back around the three minute mark, after this moment where he stripped down the main sounds. And after that he adds that lovely bass there as well, having build that up very smoothly. It’s a lovely, slow burning disco tune with some nice guitar work (certainly at the end as well) and some soft rhythm elements to keep moving it forward.  Sweet little tune here.


‘Witness’ by Rayko

Lets get the horns in! Sure, the track also starts with a bass and some power 80s drums, but really, it’s the saxophone solo that takes the crown, cake, and all other things starting with “c”. Shortly after the half minute mark we already get the vocals, which I always love as I’m quite the vocal guy. And the vocals are hollering that, Since you changed my life, I want to be a witness for you. In the mean time Rayko keeps that groove going with a lovely synth line topping the drum & beat. It assures the pace is kept high (certainly high enough for dancing) and the energy up. In the mean time there are plenty of opportunities for the saxophone, the vocals, and the piano to shine, with Rayko sometimes dialling the rhythm elements up or down. Which also creates these little, subtle momentum spurts like at around 4:28. I love how the saxophone comes back at 6:08, that’s the exact right moment for it to get prominent again, as he started the track with it, then went full throttle dance mode with loads of vocals, and then to get back to the horns after a good five minutes of punching is quite nice. After that he does get the vocals back in, but he does slowly bring it all down, ending this lovely power 80s rework after about eight minutes of dancefloor action.


‘Stay’ by Les Loups feat. Marie Dahlstrom

This song starts really delicate, with some subtle sounds accompanying the vocals. After that they put in this lovely, dreamy beat which fit the vocals of Marie Dahlstrom nicely. For the chorus they change the beat up, steering away from the rhythmic, steady beat for a more dub-like approach. After the chorus they return with the former main sound, adding some synths for good measure. This ensures the ability to dance to it for the most part, whilst making people hyper aware of when the chorus (and I’m guessing, the emotional height) of the song comes in. At about the three minute mark they go away from the beat completely for a minute, opting for a nice little bass to provide the rhythm. The vocals ask you to Promise that you’ll never forget me, in this nice slice of disco pop


‘I Can’t Get Along Without You’ by Vance & Suzzanne (Alan Mooney edit)

Alan Mooney starts his edit with a little bit of that bass action, slowly letting the beat and percussion come in, along with all kinds of other auxiliary sounds. It already sounds lovely high energy, this take on the disco tune ‘I Can’t Get Along Without You’, a track from 1980. At around 1:30 you get a nice build-up to a little beat that he slides under it, which gets juxtaposed with some lighter sounds that are floating through the song. At the 2:20 mark we get the vocals, a duet, both singing the line from the title, adding that You’re the best thing for me (I’ve told ya, babe!). The female vocals take over after that, doing the verses by herself before the male voice comes in again for the chorus. In the mean time Mooney makes sure he keeps the disco and dancefloor on the go with the rhythm parts accompanied by those lighter disco sounds. Around 3:30 he gets the bass going pretty good for all them dancing people out there, making sure it has all those things one needs for a nice disco edit to get some dancing done to.


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