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Electric Guest – The Bait (Shlohmo Remix)

There’s a certain quality to Shlohmo’s music that seems to combat all the hype I’ve been hearing lately about this young man. We all know the formula at this point: a younger artist with an original sound, one who pushes boundaries and isn’t afraid to create a sound not heard before. Every time I read about something this dude does on the internet, it’s a crazy whirlwind of descriptive language and vibes.

That’s kind of how the live show was in Brooklyn earlier this week. Music Hall of Williamsburg housed some of New York’s mellowest electro lovers on a warm Wednesday evening, myself included. He entered the stage in a faux fog, with neon designs cast in the backdrop and a elaborate stage set up that made him appear like a dreary god-like figure. It was surreal. The beats and sounds to come only made the entire experience even more strange, in the best possible way.

Each song intertwined relatively seamlessly with the last, not because he transitioned between each song, like Little Dragon does in their live shows, but because he played mostly remixes. Electric Guest and Lianne La Havas made memorable sonic cameos. A younger crowd was easy to please with sultry beats and slowed down tempos, but not so quick to recognize this particular track that I picked out from the set. Or maybe it wasn’t because they were young — I sometimes forget that not everybody is on the same nerdy level of music appreciation that I am.

Despite the slowed down atmosphere, I felt literally moved by the music. The bass. The dropped down vocals. I let it all flow through as it produced natural movement, that I then put back into the universe. I think about that a lot though — why more people aren’t comfortable allowing themselves to move freely to music. I think people don’t realize that their movement, the way they process and internalize music, is so important to the atmosphere, because it makes not only the artist aware of their success or failure on stage, but it gives others something to feed off of. I saw The Knife last week, and found myself at one point, amidst a crowd of stoic, unmoving individuals. It made me so upset. Why would anyone come to see The Knife and just stand still the entire time? Not a question for me to answer. After we moved to a different area, I realized that as my friends and I started moving more, the people around us had no choice but to move with us, or move out of the way.

The takeaway: if you feel something, let people know. Show ’em what your body can do.

Electric Guest – The Bait (Shlohmo Remix)

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Kate Boy – In Your Eyes

There are two things I’d like to address with this song in mind. First, there’s nothing like a great build-up. There’s absolutely nothing like it. Argue with me, I dare ya. How is it that music is able to do this and make us so happy, but any other sort of build-up, be it angry, happy, sad, in life, tires us? Causes us to grow impatient? It’s frustrating, because we are naturally, not patient. And the patient ones among us are like, on some other spiritual level. You laugh, but you know it’s true — we set them apart. This is why a good build-up is so beautiful, but so satisfying on some intrinsic human level. We love the shift, the drop, the climax, whatever you wanna call it.

The lyrics in this song speak to the visions we create from day to day. That may not be the only thing it gets at, but it is one. It’s simple and meaningful because of this. Paired with a spacey tribal drum sound that carries sonic waves through the mind, and eventually to the eyes. Once it reaches that level, it’s a whole different game. The eyes and ears are connected in activity. Eyes work at a vision of what it is that this song brings to life in front of us. Maybe, you begin to understand that the world as you see it, is yours. It’s your world, one that people get to come in and out of at their own leisure. Your eyes lend the power of perception and, deception, in controlling what it is that you can and cannot see. The ears take us on a ride, unconcerned with the other senses.

This song makes me looks in and out all at once, so, I’m happy. Pitchfork said that Kate Boy was Knife-y. I kind of agree. This Swedish pop-duo has a mysterious air about them, but the approachable quality to this song creates a recipe for sheer success. It’s a good sign for things to come, don’t you think? I’m hoping they turn out more jams like this.

Kate Boy – In Your Eyes

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The Knife – A Tooth For An Eye

A Tooth For An Eye is supposed to be the first track off their super anticipated upcoming album, Shaking The Habitual. I had a chance to watch the video before listening to the song, and I was floored by the simplicity in its concept and, as one might expect, sheer originality. The video brings attention to what we are familiar with as gender roles in society, and challenges those roles; the males participate as happy, less masculine figures, who follow a small but strong girl dancer. And in doing so, not only is it entertaining and attention grabbing, but it’s pleasant as well.

I’ve come to expect nothing less than works of art from The Knife and I’m very happy to say that this piece does my expectations justice. The instrumentation is reminiscent of something tribal yet continues to ring true to the classic style of The Knife. It’s new and old all at once.

This song would benefit from some playtime in your ears with a nice set of speakers. That’s not to say that it won’t get the treatment it deserves over headphones — it’s just that there are a lot of different sounds going on and the best way to hear all of them is as they bounce off the walls.

The Knife – A Tooth For An Eye

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Young Galaxy – Cover Your Tracks

I’ve been considering a full on life change for the last few months – the kind where you literally drop ties and possessions and ignite the fires of recreation. How appropriate then that I dusted off this track from Young Galaxy’s third full length Shapeshifting. The band stays true to their name throughout the album, floating in an undulating cosmos, steady as a calmly beating heart. Cover Your Tracks opens with a heavy bass drum that resonates somewhere deep in your chest. Steel drums excitedly fill layers around the beat, and the vocals complete the triumvirate of sound.

Black sky cloaks the mountainside
A land beyond our lands
I’m witness to and witnessing
And how it plays now hand
I’ve always said I’d trade it all
For places unadorned
My mind is calm and animal
And sharp and reborn
 
Throw away your letters and numbers
And make sure to cover your tracks
Throw away your desires and treasures
And make sure you burn all the maps.”

My first spin of this song transported me almost immediately to a kindred spirit, The Knife’s Pass This On. Maybe it was the echoing steel drums or the fierce pounding bass or lyrics that take you all the way to feeling. In any case, I could feel the musical world in its constant reinvention, always building on itself and saluting its forerunners. While reminding myself of all the things that define us, I continue to feel the need to strip it all down to the core, to the true nature of things. It’s all vaguely Buddhist, I know, but necessity is the mother of invention and, in this case, self-reinvention. Enough existentialism. Get to the jamz. Also, enjoy the supremely eccentric video from The Knife.

Young Galaxy – Cover Your Tracks

The Knife – Pass This On

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The Knife – Got 2 Let U

I’m constantly faced with the question of what my favorite track of all time is. Sometimes the question is framed differently, perhaps pertaining to what my favorite electronica track is, or new indie artist. The question is often met with uncertainty and fear on my behalf, because there are so many that I don’t want to discredit and so many that I don’t want to forget. Consistently though, I’ve turned to a few artists. The Knife, The Weeknd, Little Dragon, The Black Keys, Radiohead…these are all staples in my musical diet. And this track, is exactly the answer to most questions that I encounter about music. Almost all musical questions directed at me can be directed towards this band and this track in particular. It’s perhaps one of the few tracks that I’ve discussed at great length with others where the reactions are very similar across the board. It’s usually a street reaction, one where the eyes are closed and the head is bobbing in tune with the beat. Sometimes you feel as though you’re invincible, like no matter what people think of you at that moment, you are so much cooler than them.

I’m always thinking about what I would say to The Knife if I met them. I really don’t know what I would say. I would probably hope that I could carry a sane conversation. One that covers many different levels, but mostly hoping that they have a lot to say about human emotions. Their music, while revolutionary in sound and movement, is extremely emotional for me and I’m so curious to know where it comes from. What channels of their brains direct that sort of innovation.

If you’re not immediately lured in by the in your face bass right from the start, then you’ll definitely be attracted to the sneaky introductions of new instrumentation as the song progresses. The deep voice that comes in during the second verse, the horn, the punchy vocals in the background — it all happens at such a sly pace, where you feel like you’re meeting new characters of a novel within the span of four minutes. And it’s remarkable.

This track doesn’t necessarily exude swag in the obvious way that heavy hip-hop beats do, but in its own way, it gives off a certain amount of swag. The kind that inspires swag in its listener. I hate using that word in excess, and for that I’m sorry. But I think you guys are with me on this one.

The Knife – Got 2 Let U

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The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity (Cry Wolf Remix)

So I don’t know if this song will make you like charity, but it’s definitely been making me get all hyped about going outside and strutting to this. One of the great things about a band like The Knife is that they turn seemingly bizarre combinations of sounds into something refreshing. While the Swedish duo is influenced by a lot of vintage synth-pop, another duo who also likes wearing masks, North Carolina’s Cry Wolf, remixes this track with an added oomph. 

I’m used to hearing hard-hitting bass like the one in the remix, but it usually comes with the word “moombahton” on the title, and you definitely don’t expect to hear Olof & Karin Dreijer‘s kid-like voices paired to this beat. But somehow, it works. Perhaps it’s the fact that one of the members of duo Cry Wolf is a former hardcore vocalist who decided to explore electronic music. Their remix is able to have some sort of violence to it, while still keeping the original’s eeriness to it. That’s what’s got me hooked to this track, and hopefully you will too cause everyone needs a mid-week pick me up at some point.

The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity (Cry Wolf Remix)

 

 

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The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health (Ratatat Remix)

Count on Ratatat to make anything dirty, gritty and flat out bumpin. The Virginia bounce inspired production style is an instant addiction and with my Skidmore reunion on the horizon I’ve felt the need to represent for my alma mater.

Point out the bounce!”

A lot of people say hip hop is dead but all you have to do is listen to everything but hip hop to realize just how alive it is. The influence of the genre is stronger then ever, listen to the XX’s The
Intro and you’ll see what I mean. N.E.R.D stand for Nothing ever really dies and that couldn’t be more appropriate for hip hop. From Ratatat to Peter, Bjorn and John, the bounce is every where and I love it, enjoy.

The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health (Ratatat Remix)