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Letherette – Warstones

Living with a foreign roommate has a lot of perks.  Like their cooking: they’re using spices you never knew existed.  But most intriguing is the double identity they seem to lead when speaking with a family member or peer from the same country in their native tongue.  Though the language might change frequently, their essence and personality remains intact.

Similarly, Wolverhampton EDM producers Letherette foray into a different musical dialect and show us with their bilingual side on the new track Warstones.  Listening to the tracks from their upcoming EP on Ninja Tune (!), you can hear that the uptempo electro instrumentals are a total departure from their previous material: smoked out electro R&B.  As an avid listener of Letherette‘s debut EPs and their excellent remixes for Bibio and FUR, it’s a little surprising to hear them go in this direction.  Is it disappointing? Not in the least; they are clearly expanding on their potential, and are aiming for an audience that would rather rage all night than wake and bake.  

Warstones is almost like a mix in itself, with clearly divided phrasing that builds and builds, subtracts, and then builds on established beats with ease.  The first 7 seconds, we’re lead into a lighthearted uptempo R&B jam, but by the :45 second mark, they are unafraid to tell you they mean business with kick drum,  crunchy sound effects and bombastic cymbals.  The soulful vocal samples and the arpeggio of high pitched synths successfully fills that Daft Punk void that many of us fans are going through.  On that note, I consider Warstones to be like what the downtempo smooth “Something About Us” was for Daft Punk: an unfettered example of range.  It’s a track that proves Letherette‘s sound can turn on a dime and not only maintain their character and integrity as producers, but ultimately still satisfy.

Letherette – Warstones

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Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings (Chateaubriand Edit)

Simply adorable. This track. It’s like bird lovers engaging in a quarrel mid-flight. You know what I’m talking about — sometimes you’ll be walking down the street in New York City during the summer and maybe you’re thinking about twelve things at once. You begin to wonder at why you love this city so much. You hate it. But you love it. You relate with all the classic writers who have said the same thing. And you think to yourself:

I just need to get out of here! I need nature. I need not-subway-air. I need proper isolation.”

And then guess what happens? These two birds come flying out of nowhere in tandem, suddenly engaged in flustered wing flapping choppiness. It looks like a fight. They don’t hate each other, it’s like when dogs play. Everyone else who isn’t a dog (or not a dog owner, in my case) thinks they hate each other, but the dogs know it’s all good in the end. That’s exactly what it’s like. And then they stop fussing over whatever it is birds fuss about, and continue on in flight. And because they’re lovers (an observer can only hope), they fly in perfect coordination with one another and it’s sublime.

The fight then the happy. But the fight’s not a real fight, so everything just seems really okay the entire time, like you shouldn’t really worry. That’s what this track feels like. It’s a summer track, one to be played by the blow-up kiddie pool you wish you had on your blisteringly hot tar-covered rooftop.

You might recognize the original Lovers’ Carvings from the Google Glass video. There’s a charming introduction, and then the song really starts to kick off at around 1:28. That’s where you hear the guitar, the hand-clapping, and the maracas. What’s great about Chateaubriand’s edit is how loyal it is to the original feeling. As you can tell from the length of my post, this song is a lot more about the feeling it evokes for each listening than anything else. But by starting the edit off with the part of the song that  picks up, speeding it up a bit, and providing a funky dance beat, the original track is left in tact. There is also the sound of waves in the background of the edit which works beautifully in playing up the summer song vibe.

I have a feeling this track will end up in many summer mixes…just a hunch. Enjoy!

Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings (Chateaubriand Edit)

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Bibio – K is for Kelson

Subject: Good Stuff for warming weather

That subject and a link to this song was the entirety of an email I got from my college buddy Will. The song he was talking about was Bibio’s K is for Kelson and  his brief description couldn’t be better. Eclectic is pretty much the only way to describe Stephen Wilkinson aka Bibio’s style. The muti-instrumentalists experimentation is fearless and his limitless imagination makes his latest album Mind Bokeh an exiting and unpredictable adventure very much worth the listen.

K is for Kelson is a summer anthem where a world of influences come together to create a feel good concoction perfect sunshine lounging. Rumor has it Bibio played all the instruments on the track, which is impressive considering Archtop, Jazz Guitar, Electric Bass guitar, Rhodes Electric Piano, Analogue Monophonic Synthesizer, Wine and Whisky Bottles filled with water, Various Shakers, Brandy Glass, Hand Claps, Chinese Silk Fan (as kick drum), Bermibau, Voice, Talk Box. Pretty ridiculous if you ask me. My LA friends are basking in their 80 degree glory while NYC is only getting glimpses of nice weather right now. However, you put on a song like this and the world seems to light up. I’d love to stay and kick it some more but I’ve got some hotels and restaurants that want some music so I’ll have to cut it short, enjoy.

Bibio – K is for Kelson

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