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#9-CARIBOU-Swim (City Slang)

London based, Canadian born Victor Daniel Snaith’s second album in full fledged band mode begins where his former effort ‘Andorra’ ended and goes to brand new heights, perfectly mixing current DJ trends with pop-rock sensitivity. Since the dazzling ‘Odessa’ hit the airwaves we knew we were in for a treat, and ‘Swim’ didn’t disappoint our high expectations, becoming a worthy candidate for electronic record of the year. From the chilled vibes of ‘Sun’ to the master class in dream-pop that is ‘Kaili’, every other track of the album worked both individually as well as an unique piece in a stunning contemporary sound mosaic.


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The Week That Was (18-04-2010): LCD Soundsystem; Record Store Day; Blur; PJ Harvey…

Enduring a minor delay due to the vulcanic cloud forcing us to alter our plans, we begin our review of last week’s music activity with the record that everybody is talking about. James Murphy has made available the third LCD SOUNDSYSTEM album, ‘This Is Happening’ , for streaming weeks before its released, right before their tour reaching UK shores. On a first listen it sounds more inclined towards the post-punk/rock element of the band, whereas our preferred dance/electronica part of the equation is somehow kept on a secondary level. It also includes the most obvious tribute to David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ ever made.

LA arty noise rockers HEALTH announced the release of their second remix album and launched a spooky video for ‘We Are Water’. Other artists unveiling clips worth mentioning were San Francisco’s art-pop combo The Morning Benders , putting into images ‘Promises’, another highlight off their acclaimed album ‘Big Echo’. Danish electronic meister Trentemøller with ‘Sycamore Feeling’, the first taster from the DJ’s new record; whereas fellow Danes Efterklang introduced the clip for ‘I Was Playing Drums.’

Best piece of news of the week was provided by PJ HARVEY launching out of the blue a new song in the middle of BBC political analyst Andrew Marr’s show. ‘Let England Shake’ samples The Four Lads ‘Istanbul Not Constantinople’ and in her live rendition we could watch PJ hitting that weird electronic harp she has been using in her shows for a while. Suitably for election time, the track is unusually political for our favourite artist from Dover. On the other side of the coin, worst news was the dead of legendary jazz drummer Steve Reid, joining the already long list of musicians passing away in 2010.

Around the festival circuit, the granddaddy of them all, Glastonbury, revealed this year’s line-up with Stevie Wonder, U2 and, erm, Muse topping the traditionally long and eclectic bill of participating acts. Its film counterpart in Cannes also announced this edition’s schedule with a jury presided by Tim Burton and new works by Kitano, Kiarostami, Ridley Scott, Gonzalez Iñarritu and Mike Leigh in competition.

Last week was also packed with high profile new tracks from some of the most awaited forthcoming albums, THE NATIONAL Y BAND OF HORSES amongst them. Most notoriously, ROBYN offered a triple advance from the first of the three mini albums the Swedish star plans to release during the year: the already known tracks ‘Dancehall Queen’ and ‘Fembot’, plus her new collaboration with Röyksopp, ‘Make Den Mine’.

In the realms of the anecdotic, youg Brits The XX have already made such an impact among Japanese youngsters that they’ve got a tribute band, callet The OO.

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Last Saturday was Record Day Store. The event celebrated its third edition and judging by the queues to get into London’s Rough Trade East –one of the many participant stores around the world- it was a rotund success. The East end shop offered its customers a day packed with free showcases by the likes of Ash; Caribou or LAURIE ANDERSON, who performed a Q&A session as the main character of the latest theatrical opus ‘Homeland’.

One of the highlights of the Record Shop Day was the amount of exclusive material released for the occasion. The most sought-after was Blur’s ultra limited 7” inch, containing their first studio track for over a decade, ‘Fool’s Day’. After last year’s return to the stage, the band seems to be slowly putting their differences behind and the first new fruit of this reunion is this lovely track reminiscent of some of Blur’s musical influences, particularly The Kinks. The band made the track available for download at their official website.

Other top freebies of the last seven days were given by Haunted House, one among that batch of acts who have adopted the new trend of ultra-lo fi cassette recordings and gave away the content of two of them online. Also, Mount Kimbie gave away one of the new remixes they are compiling in two 12”, The FaltyDL reconstruction of ‘Serged

US rising trio The Antlers offered a new video for the track ‘Sylvia’, at the same time than a free EP worth of new material and African legend Toumani Diabate was the latest guest in the famous ‘Black Cab Sessions’.

CARIBOU was plugging the release of their new album ‘Swim’ with a double free bonanza. The Canadians gave away a remix of one of the record’s highlights ‘Sun’ totally gratis; plus Belgium DJs Allez Allez curated a mix containing some of the band’s new tracks.

Other artists offering new mixes and mixtapes were James Murphy, whose Disco mix next to Pat Mahoney was rediscovered in the light of the third LCD Soundsystem album; Angola’s Kuduro greats Buraka Som Sistema curated their own Essential mix for the BBC; and the duet formed by Alessio Natalizia of Banjo or Freakout and Sam Willis of Allez Allez (again), Walls, did the same for Dummy magazine . Jumping to another continent, Chico Sonido stormed the Latin dancefloors with his most recent mix.

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The Week That Was (10-04-2010): Malcolm McLaren RIP; Caribou; Male Bonding; Karen Elson; Godspeed! You Black Emperor…

In what’s shaping up to be a really sad year full of notorious music losses, headlines this week were paying tribute to the figure of Malcolm McLaren. The godfather of punk and also the man who brought hip-hop to the UK lost his battle against cancer at the age of 64.

Other newsworthy acts during the last seven days were Thom Yorke – previewing a brand new track live – and veteran US new wave band Devo who launched a song study for their fans to select the 12 tracks that will be part of their next record, after two decades away from the studios.

Better news came out of the festival circuit. The most important being the reunion of Godspeed! You Black Emperor. According to an online message, the apocalyptic gang will reunite for a few live dates, which will include curating the first of two ATP festivals in December, right before Belle & Sebastian’s ‘Bowlie 2’.

And London’s Meltdown this year will have a distinctive folk flavor as Richard Thompson is in charge of a bill that will have among its highlights the Wainwright siblings heading an all-star bill for a tribute to their mum Kate McGarrigle. The rest of the festival’s line-up can be checked here.

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Among the records to stream this week, the new Caribou album marks a step back to their electronic beginnings. The first single, ‘Odessa’, is already one of our favorite tracks of the year.

London energetic, guitar loving and punk infused trio Male Bonding are also offering their debut album ‘Nothing Hurts’ to stream. To celebrate they’ve been signed by Sub Pop, they were also giving away their new and excellent single ‘Year’s Not Long’ at their blog.

Up and coming Brooklyn quintet Twin Sister, currently being championed by all the hip sites, were also giving away on MP3 their new Mini album for two weeks, before it is actually released in physical format. The freebie includes the current hit ‘All Around And Away We Go’.

More free stuff this week: the notable indie label Kill Rock Stars offered a sampler of their finest moments, including back catalogue classics by label’s roster finest such as Elliott Smith; Gossip; Bikini Kill; The Thermals; etc. Elsewhere, No Age gave away a live version of the 17 minutes track they have written as a soundtrack to the film ‘Aanteni’; and Canadian indie bunch Stars came back with ‘Fixed’, the first taster from their forthcoming album.

Among the best videos, Karen Elson’s music debut, ‘The Ghost Who Walks’. Jack White’s wife shows a lot of promise in this, her first track. Other female fronted acts with new audiovisual offerings were the haunting Zola Jesus with the title track of her recent EP, ‘Stridulum’, and British newcomers Peepholes’powerful new single ‘Ladder’.

Xiu Xiu carried on the string of clips to promote his latest album with this promo inspired by old arcade video-games for ‘This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy). And last, but not least, from Tijuana Los Macuanos put into images their contagious ‘La Burrita’ (‘The Little Donkey’), whereas veteran psychedelic purveyors Apples In Stereo added a touch of Hollywood calling Elijah Wood to lipsynch their latest single ‘Dance Floor’

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The Cheapskate: Best Free Music

Another week, another feast for lovers of free music: There has been no shortage of prime track downloads and mixtapes during the last few days. Beginning with Yeasayer, the rising Brooklyn combo is previewing their festive second album “Odd Blood” –which can be heard in full at Myspace– with the free download of their second single “O.N.E.”, the follow-up of “Ambling Alp”.

Four Tet, still earning rave reviews for his latest opus “There is love in you”, went to the BBC to broadcast his take on the Beeb’s much loved Essential Mix series. You can listen to the whole mix at Four Tet’s website and it can also be found on Download format.

The laptop-electronica artist formerly known as Manitoba, now morphed into a proper band formation under the moniker of Caribou, is back with “Swim”; offering the excellent first taster “Odessa” for free, which is currently riding high in our loop.

Raekwon put the cream on top of an incredible year, in which The Chief has gathered unanimous acclaim for the second installment of his “Only Built For Cuban Lynx” classic, with a new mixtape “Coke Up In Dollar Bill” compiling freestyle moments, some of them in the Company of other Wu-Tang members such as the late ODB.

Bullion, a DJ and remixer from the London neighborhood of Acton has curated this month’s Fact magazine mix. The rising artist has just released his new single “Say Goodbye To What”, samping Buffie Sainte Marie and wrapping her speeded-up vocals in all sorts of uplifting arrangements.

Other online magazine, Verbicide, offers the volume 3 of its mixtape with recent greats from Animal Collective, Elliott Smith; Dum Dum Girls; etc included.

Last year it seem that Canada’s frenetic pop activity was put on hold, but 2010 begins with news of some of their most iconic bands (Arcade Fire; Broken Social Scene; etc) releasing new works and with some new names surfacing. Ontario’s ethereal duo Memoryhouse, self-described as the bedroom recording project of a neo-classical composer and a photographer, is giving away a full EP worth of music named “The Years”.

Meanwhile, L.A. based band Dios are also giving away the two tracks comprising their “1st Quartet” single.

From Sunderland, England, the band of the Brewis brothers have readied their third album, “Measure”, after a gap year shaping up different side projects. Field Music‘s first single “Them that do nothing” was available online before Christmas and now the trio is giving away the title track to plug the album’s release.

Somewhere else in England, Peter Gabriel keeps unveiling the contents of his covers album “Scratch My Back”, after Arcade Fire’s “My Body is a cage”, now is the turn for Bon Iver’s “Flume”, an mp3 of which is offered as a freebie.

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In The Loop: Beach House on top of the loop.

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Baltimore’s dream-pop duo Beach House are this week’s number one among Rober Awards’ favourite tracks. “A walk in the park”, one of the highlights in the couple’s excellent new album “Teen Dream”, got to the top facing tight competition from Surfer Blood and Lindstrøm & Christabelle.

Entries include new tracks by Charlotte Gainsbourg & Beck; Caribou; The Strange Boys; The Magnetic Fields; etc.

You can check this week’s loop here.

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