You'll find a cornucopia of tasty tunes to bounce off your eardrums. I update with new tunes, art and photography every week, depending on what I'm doing and listening to at the time, old and new. I'm based in London UK but I love to travel and discovery new music along the way and share my musical journey on neoloop.
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Sébastien Tellier returns with new album My God Is Blue, produced by Mr Flash. Looking more like the messiah with every release Tellier's trademark beard and long messy hair is symphonious with his own brand of sexy-disco electronica. The frenchman's music remains in the high quality bracket, all the usual influences are omni present, the old styles of Philippe Nicaud, Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier to the contemporary sounds of Air, Daft Punk and Bertrand Bergalat. Cochon Ville is the lead single released with a suitably erotic video of naked dancers in gods own disco. Tellier always does just enough to remain on the right edge of kitsch with an electro-pop sound that could have been released anytime in the last thirty years or far into the future. Future-retro maybe?! Sedulous is my choice pick of this LP, a slow jam that Serge Gainsbourg would be proud of, a dramatic drum roll strolls into a slow digi-funk beat with a waltzing horn section and funky quitar stabs. Good to have you back Sébastien! HIGHLY RECOMMEDED!
Great to hear some new music from Baltimore duo Beach House and even better that they haven't lost the edge. Following the amazing Teen Dream LP in 2010, new album Bloom is full of the bands lush harmonies and dreamy tunes.
First single Myth is grand song that builds in tension till the euphoria washes over the sound to lift you higher into a state of pure bliss. Other People sounds just as beautiful with a song-along chorus, Wishes has this amazing quitar riff solo halfway through. Irene is the slow late-night jam, On The Sea is a hazy folky song that is just delightful and New Year bursts with energy and colour. Lazuli is 5 minutes of graceful melodies and enchanting atmospherics. Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally have done it again just in time for summer, Beach House will surely be everywhere soundtracking sun-drenched escapades this year. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Due for release in the UK on 14th May. Pre-Order now on iTunes.
A Major Force
Major Lazer played Live at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire this week, it was a mental gig, Toddla T got the crowd nicely warmed-up with a few special guest including the delightful Shola Ama who stole the set. You might need somebody, Taboo and Take it back all sounding good with Toddla's beats. Major Lazor take the stage and dancehall mayhem erupts for the next hour and half. Hold the Line was a special moment, Diplo mixed up the unique Major Lazer sound with classic reggae and calypso, the highlight for me was Harry Belafonte's Day-O mashed with the epic Pon de Floor, the whole of the empire went absolutely mental.
Also out this week is a new tune from Major Lazers forthcoming album due in 2 months time. Given away as a free download in exchange for your email here. Get Free features the lush vocals of Amber Coffman of the Dirty Projectors and sounds amazing, I've been playing it on repeat for the last few days. LOVE IT!
Look out for Major Lazer's forthcoming Dancehall album with Snoop Dogg too!
Grooves like a bastard
Brooklyn's The Men latest long player Open Your Heart is a refreshing burst of melodic leftfield, expansive rock and distortion. Sometimes full on, sometimes it's just weird but always entertaining. It goes from Nirvana grunge to Fucked up's (the band) psychedelic noise via fat Led Zeppelinesque riffarama! It's also has some off kilter alt-country in Candy, a song of beauty. Cube is like an old Dammed song played by Soundgarden that slaps you in the face and nicks your beer leaving you dazed and confused. Title track Open Your Heart sounds like a 2012 version of Ever fallen in love? by The Buzzcocks.
I keep coming back to this album and it's definitely going to feature in the albums of the year come December.
Like this? Try: The Dammed, The Buzzcocks, Soundgarden, Foo Fighters
Some late night moody haze here in the shape of Brooklyn's Sepalcure from their self titled LP from last year. See Me, Feel Me samples very subtly the Who's See Me, Feel Me.
Sit back relax and enjoy.
Atlanta's Lockett Pundt's Lotus Plaza project debuted with The Floodlight Collective in 2009, and has spectacularly returned with Spooky Action at a Distance. Following the hugely successfully Halcyon Digest by Pundt's other band Deerhunter this LP is another indie delight. It's a beautifully breezy album full of blissed out acoustic portraits that bring a feeling of floating in a triply daydream. The Deerhunter guitarists expertly crafted folky songs are reminiscent of Kurt Vile but with a warm charm, colorfully rhythmic chord progressions with a pysch-pop edge.
It's slow gentle burner that will no doubt feature in the end of year top albums. Highly Recommended.
Deerhunter, Atlas Sound, Real Estate, Kurt Vile
From the cult album Night Drive by the Chromatics this is one of favourite tracks from that album. An instant classic back in 2007 Night Drive also contains the full 15 minute version of Tick Of The Clock, an edited version of which features on the Drive movie soundtrack. The pulsating rhythms of I Want Your Love still sounds fresh in a future retrospective kind of way, the rest of the album is just as impressive including a rather moody version of Kate Bush's Running Up That Hill. The title track could easily have been the title theme tune to the Drive movie. Another Highly Recommended LP from the Chromatics.
Also check out the In the City album for a great cover of Bruce Springsteen's I'm on Fire.
Like this? Try: Symmetry, Glass Candy, Desire, Kavinsky
Kill for Love, Chromatics' first album since 2007's Night Drive and it's an epic masterpiece. Earlier post below Symmetry's Themes for an Imaginary Film was created with Johnny Jewel and fellow Chromatics member Nat Walker, Kill for Love fits nicely along side that soundtrack of neon-noir Italo-disco sensibilities but this album is full of big expansive dreamy pop-noir driven by lush vocals and left-field glacial synths.
The album kicks off with this synth-draped cover of Neil Young's Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black) which is deconstructed and rebuilt to absolute perfection, featuring the beautiful voice of singer Ruth Radelet. Kill for Love is Highly Recommended.
The perfect accompaniment to the Drive soundtrack is Themes for an Imaginary Film, by Italo-disco producer Johnny Jewel who coincidentally was originally inline to soundtrack the Drive movie in the first place. Word is that this album is now the alternative Drive soundtrack that never was. Three years in the making, Symmetry - the project that began as a conceptual tangent between Glass Candy, Chromatics, Mirage, & Desire's more abstract sides consists of 37 tracks. Some short little interludes peppered amongst lengthier synth laden cinematic soundscapes. As with most soundtracks the mood changes throughout from upbeat minimal monotonous synth-rhythm-driven beatscapes to darker, moodier ambient trance, tension and atmospheric space. Reminiscent of classic John Carpenter soundtracks it's well worth persevering through the 37 tracks if only to get to the closing love song Streets of Fire. Brilliant.
I'm gonna show you where it's dark, but have no fear
Finally got around to watching Drive, a film about a mysterious Hollywood stuntman, mechanic and getaway driver that lands himself in trouble when he helps out his neighbour. Lush direction by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn and starring Ryan Gosling as the stuntman. It's a moody piece of cinema backed up by an intriguing soundtrack, most of its ethereal electronic-pop score was composed by Cliff Martinez (previous Chilli Peppers drummer). Other artists feature on the first few tracks, This track Nightcall is by French electronic musician Kavinsky and features vocals from Lovefoxx (Cansei de Ser Sexy), it was produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and mixed by electronic artist SebastiAn.
Opening the movie it's the perfect soundtrack, setting the scene with an obscure sense of unease with Gosling's cool and calm character driving around the streets of LA aiding as getaway driver from a robbery. Desire, Chromatics and Riz Ortolani also feature on this superb 80's future-retro epic soundtrack. Recommended.
Kindness aka Adam Bainbridge's latest LP World, You Need a Change of Mind is on constant rotation at the moment. This track is my current favourite from an excellent album produced by Cassius' Philippe Zdar.
The finest disco-funk tune this year!