Artist: Luca C & Brigante feat. Roisin Murphy
Release: Flash Of Light
Label: Southern Fried Records
Filtering through apocalyptic sunbeams, the iconic voice of R√≥is√≠n Murphy shimmers above¬†Luca C & Brigante’s spacey vibrations in ‚ÄėFlash Of Light’ – the next spark of brilliance from the¬†ever more ubiquitous duo. In the shining trio of remixes, Solomun takes it straight to the¬†neon club, while Tale Of Us cast their ghostly spell and Blond:ish bring a dose of dreamy¬†tech.
Luca C & Brigante are beginning to need no introduction as their heady Balearic mix of¬†sounds continue to resonate from the beach to the club. Together, they have dropped¬†bombs such as ‚ÄėDifferent Morals’ feat. Ali Love and the Robert Owens fronted ‚ÄėTomorrow¬†Can Wait’. Luca C is also one half of Infinity Ink, whose ‘Infinity’ has been one of the¬†summer’s biggest records, and a new addition to Hot Natured alongside Jamie Jones, Ali¬†Love and Lee Foss. Sebi aka Brigante has remixed the new single from Ali Love, about to¬†drop on No.19.
Aligning with the ancient Mayan prophecy that the end of the world is due December 21st¬†2012, Luca C & Brigante’s new single ‚ÄėFlash Of Light’ featuring dance music icon R√≥is√≠n¬†Murphy is a call to love like there’s no tomorrow. Embedded in heavy reverb and stripped¬†back to slow steady drums, the mood rises as R√≥is√≠n’s crystalline vocals fall into rhythm and¬†weightlessness builds with the bassline hook, pearly high-pitched strings and a burst of¬†harmonic percussion.¬†On remix duty, Diynamic boss Solomun works his dancefloor magic, funking up the bassline¬†and releasing effervescent synths into the mix. Italian duos Tale Of Us & Mind Against unite¬†and deliver a darkly luminous alternative with their hypnotic percussive groove complete¬†with epic finale. Last but not least, fast-rising Montreal born/London based duo Blond:ish¬†supply swirling textures in their solid moody tech workout.
Artist: The D.O.T.
Release: And That
Label: The Beats
The D.O.T. is the new musical project from Mike Skinner of The Streets and Rob Harvey of The Music.¬†After spending the year creating music and video art online, including some of the most cinematic monthly video diaries you will ever see, Mike and Rob finally feel ready to release an album.
From the Trap infused single ‘You Never Asked’ feat Clare Maguire and Danny Brown to dance tent smash ‘And a Hero’ by way of rock led plaintive ballads such as ‘Where Did I Go’ this is the sound of two incredible musicians at the height of their craft making music out of love for it. The sole motivation when making this record was simply to make great songs with no compromise. They have made songs big enough to fill arenas.
In case you’ve been living under a rock for ten years Mike Skinner was the man behind multi award winning act The Streets who changed the face of modern british music at the beginning of the noughties and he has been pushing things forward ever since. Rob Harvey was previously of cult dance rockers The Music who built up a huge and loyal following in their ten years of making music. Rob and Mike have been friends for years but they had never made music together until a one off session was put together, they instantly clicked and The D.O.T. was formed. Mike brings his incredible production nous and dead pan backing vocals which perfectly augments Rob’s stadium sized vocals and soulful guitar. They both get very uncomfortable when you ask them what The D.O.T. stands for.
Already a huge success in Japan where their first festival appearance was greeted by 7000’s fans, the band are now turning their attentions to the UK with a tour in place for October.
Artist: U.S. Girls
Label: FatCat Records
‘GEM’ is the latest album from underground phenomenon U.S. Girls; led by¬†Toronto’s Megan Remy and production from Slim Twig, could this be the moment U.S. Girls cross over?
As with her continuing art practice as collagist and photographer, and what might be called her photocopy-art visual aesthetic, Meghan Remy’s musical output as U.S. Girls has been dominated by her insistence on a solo working method.¬†Maybe it’s the awareness of this once singular insistence that has surprised audiences in the past year, contrasting as it does with a burst of collaborative creativity that sparked a divergence from the U.S. Girls genesis. What started in 2010 as an apparently tentative stab at collaboration – visiting Toronto to record ‘The Island Song’ with Canadian musician Slim Twig, has now become standard operating procedure.
Starting with their split on Palmist Records, continuing with ‘U.S. Girls on Kraak’, and now extending into her latest release, Slim Twig has acted as producer, mixer and general foil. While gradually upping the pop ante, these recent releases have sought to maintain Remy’s directly emotional appeal and lead to the release of her fourth album, the appropriately titled ‘GEM’, on FatCat records. It¬†will doubtless be remarked on for to its ‘improved’ fidelity, its focus on arrangement and production, and most of all, its emphasis on directly delivered and strikingly present vocals. But these qualities speak little to the essence of the maturation that ‘GEM’ is witness to. Present from the beginning, but vibrantly defined now, are themes that greatly contrast with the¬†new-found¬†sonic approachability.
Where before she appeared shrouded and even mysterious, Remy now directly addresses her take on childhood, gender inequality, sex work, and love with a distinctive blend of elegance and frankness. Merging a fascination with glam rock as interpreted by the anti-excess of Patti Smith, these new songs sparkle between the poles of an inverted take on Bolan’s Pop testosterone and the alienating abstraction of Throbbing Gristle. All in all, a rousing¬†fourth¬†album from Meghan Remy that’s well worth checking out.