DIORAMA – TRAVELLING
For Fans of: Mum, Air, AM Static,
STUMBLEINE – SOLAR FIRE
For Fans of: Air, Four Tet,
There is something about well executed, slow, electronica that reminds me of traveling. Not the desperately poor moments, not the terrifyingly life-risking moments, and certainly not the embarrassing culture clash moments. Instead, it reminds me of the modern, the high-class moments of traveling. Crispy clean white dress shirts, brand new stiff leather shoes, a GQ in a futuristic airport, leather gloves reflecting the bright lights of downtown Shanghai. It’s douche baggy BS, especially considering even in those moments I was on a student’s salary and could only afford those things through loans, but it is also an undeniably intoxicating feeling. The world of a cosmopolitan jet setter is clean, modern, avant garde, and cutting edge. And what better music to reflect that than the Airs and Four Tets of the world?
Anonymous producer Stumbleine has created a thing of sophisticated beauty that can be added to those artists with Solar Flare. The vocal samples are chopped to the perfect length and play off each other in a cool haze, several percussion layers and a Talkie Walkie-esque keyboard plays a notably nocturnal and urban sound. The mixture of instrumental cold and vocal warmth gives it the perfect balance, and it makes for the perfect mega city soundtrack. This sharp production is extremely sleek and shiny. A little like Shanghai at night.
APES & HORSES – MAGENTA
I have my own conspiracy theory that Air, Daft Punk, M83 and Justice are in fact all the same two Frenchmen. Call me crazy, put I have never seen two of those duos in the same place at the same time. Of course, the main reason I joke about this is because stylistically, all four bands share qualities. France has become the forerunner of this genre. In fact, The North American music consumer has become so accustomed to hearing funky electronica from France, that any other style comes as a shock. If it isn’t a dance party classic, it is an uber-cool Phoenix, or Air track. But Apes & Horses couldn’t be a further away sound. It sounds distinctly un-European (excluding Britain), with a blend of American Band of Horses, and chest pounding emotional a la British Wu Lyf. It comes together as a whiskey soaked, late night desperate rambling, and it is incredibly beautiful. The lead singer’s passionate cries are framed perfectly by the echoing guitar notes and angelic background vocals. It is an astounding listen, and may alter our perceptions of France as producers of super stylish, polished lounge music exclusively.