harmonious thelonious – mokambo (diskant, 2010)

Harmonious Thelonious…. gorgeous name indeed. Behind this alias there is no other than good old Antonelli Electr. A groundbreaker of minimal techno or house sharing the podium with the likes of isolee or basic channel. Antonelli was more clicky. More on the academic side. Monotonous, hypnotic yet playful and provoking would be the words that go hand in hand with the Italic label and himself. Well past a decade after his first releases, Antonelli reappears with this project which is better summarised as this: american minimalists vs. african drumming vs. european sequencing. Totally mind-blowing and entrancing. I will not try to be erudite here and just plain honest. I would have never discovered Harmonious if it was not for the finest of the mixes I have enjoyed this year. In February, my idol Caribou / Daphni came up with a mix for Resident Advisor. I have canned it to death and I have all the tracks now. He threw the Harmonious Thelonius melodies twice. Briefly and so well melted with the tracks preceding and following that was difficult to know which tune was what if there was no track listing to know.
If you listen to this album in its entirety you will find it both warm and melodic but you will sooner rather than later notice that these tracks are mainly tools… Caribou did make perfect use of them and they sounded brilliant in what I consider the best mix of the year by a mile. Full of energy, and at the time all the tracks were unreleased and total gems ready to be dug out and played very loud. I leave you now with a slice of this cake: the great ‘Mokambo’

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burial ‘street halo’ (hyperdub 2011) / thom yorke + burial + four tet ‘ego’ (text 2011)


burial, dubstep and hyperdub are basically the same thing. they have an iconic sound. Is that grime urban noise? could be. lots of sub-bass, syncopated and apparently broken beats, and slightly distorted noise (urban noise!) on top angelical voices floating along that softens the roughness of the entire track.

i am starting to like dubstep, or at least some of it, the one that shares some similitudes with house. the one that is easy to digest and have some melody. that is the case of two highly anticipated vinyls. one of them is ‘street halo’ which will serve well if played deep in the night in one of those sweaty warehouses packed with a herd of party ravers. it is dark, it has a crackly sound layer of sound that resembles a dirty vinyl while a melody that does not happen to really form accompanies it. to make it palatable enough to be played by many, there is some vocals that unannouncedly appear and hide at free will. It does resembles lots the collaboration among four tet, burial himself and thom yorke that happened in ‘ego’.

‘Ego’ is definitely the track of the month of my choice. hype and thom yorke aside, the track deserves real attention. i posted a while ago that there were 300 limited vinyls to be sold. it all sold prior to hit the release date which left many empty handed, and in my case totally frustrated. I have to resort to getting a copy off eBay for £25.

and now, after some have been ‘lucky’ to make some bucks so easily, it happens the so-wanted vinyl has a proper release. even Juno is cashing in proper. they sold their copies at £6.99 couple of weeks ago. and now they got more copies and they are going at £12.99. pure especulation.

I feel pretty cheated so I have digitized my copy and you can get it for free, gratis, nada. without interrupting ads!!  right here at 320kbps.

100 ‘DIGITAL PROMOS’ ONLY SO DO NOT SLEEP ON THIS ONE

 

 

 

‘ego’ is NOT a dancefloor filler, it is more on the shadows of instrospection. ‘ego’ is very similar to everything i described in burial’s ‘street halo’ but more refined, with a more polished finished and defined structure. obviously four tet did his share, but burial’s sound is quite predominant all the way through with the main difference lying in its melody. this one is fully formed and it comes to its climax around 2 minutes before the end when a sweet piano riff enters saying bye to thom yorke’s vocals and letting burial and four tet finish what is easily one of the tracks of the year and an essential in your record bag.


 

 

 

thom yorke, burial and four tet ‘ego’ (text 2011)

at discofutura headquarters we are all fans of the Text label… hot on the heels of Caribou’s massive ‘Ye Ye’ release, comes this very hot collaboration!

yeah… sounds good but neither you or me are going to savor this smashing combo any time soon (probably never!) on vinyl. funny and frustrating thing is that it is supposed to be released tomorrow and it is already sold out. to make matters worse, it is a totally mind-blowing underground gem that has even been picked by mass media outlet The Guardian, rendering it even more cool. hey, it is the guardian!

It is warm, melodic and housey like 2009’s massive ‘Moth’, and includes all the magic and playfulness of any Four Tet release; it is dark and challenging as any Burial release and it is soulful and melancholic thanks to Thom Yorke’s heart wrecking vocals. One of the tracks of this year, no doubt.

It is released on Four Tet’s own label Text tomorrow Monday… but everything is gone by now big time everywhere. What’s the point in releasing 300 limited copies when you know you will sell out before the release date? Bad bad bad.

Here you have a sample of this gorgeous beauty extracted from a radio programme. And if you have some £40 go hunting on eBay. They are fetching those heights just now.

four tet ‘pinnacles’ / daphni ‘ye ye’ (Text, 2011)

We have been heartily tucking into the Caribou RA Mix lately and so I was delighted to discover that the standout cut from that mix was going to be seeing the light of day under his new Daphni alias on a split 12″ with Four Tet, on Kieran Hebden’s own Text imprint. I bought the record this morning, and it is superfly. Arpeggiating synths get things moving, then the evil lead line comes in and puts you right into head down dance territory. This is a tech house stormer.

(if soundcloud lets you down as it has been the norm lately, try this other link)

The Four Tet side is equally wicked, based on a looped up live bass straight from a parisian cafe, Pinnacles has more of a Theo Parrish vibe, with a deft use of kick drum and a beautiful piano part which really opens the track up.