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#13-PANTHA DU PRINCE-Black Noise (Rough Trade)

Hendrik Weber, the acclaimed German producer of minimal techno, expanded his affinity with shoegaze towards the most challenging corners of today’s dream-pop under his Pantha Du Prince moniker and offered one of the most accomplished crossover records of the year; one that has made his audience notoriously grow. Panda Bear brought his psychedelic loops to ‘Stick To My Side’ and in ‘Im Bann’ he reached a moment of uniquely hypnotic beauty; to mention just two of the album’s many standout moments.


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#26-PANTHA DU PRINCE-Im Bann (Rough Trade)

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#45-PANTHA DU PRINCE FEAT. NOAH LENNOX-Stick To My Side (Original/Four Tet Remix) (Rough Trade)

Stick To My Side (Four Tet Version) by Pantha du Prince

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Pantha Du Prince Conquers The Loop Again

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German minimal electronica purveyor Pantha Du Prince is back on top of our loop with ‘Im Bann’, the most ambient moment of his superb last album ‘Black Noise’.

New entries by Ginz; Joker; LCD Soundsystem and Avi Buffalo are likely to challenge the German DJ’s supremacy shortly.

Check the full loop here.

You can also listen to an extended selection of our current favourite tracks @

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The Cheapskate: MGMT; Pantha Du Prince; Neon Indian…

Our date with free music has got a few long-awaited treats, beginning with MGMT’s first taster from their second album ‘Congratulations’. The Brooklyn duo is giving away ‘Flash Delirium’ through their website. A more straightforward psychedelic effort than the stylistic melting pot that shaped the songs of their debut album.

Other up and coming US indie bands offering new songs for free were Here We Go Magic with their contagious new single ‘Collector’ and Glo-Fi purveyor Neon Indian, the latest of a number of artists dropping new tracks through Green Label Sound. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Week That Was (25-02-2010): Joanna Newsom; Liars; Roman Polanski; Pantha Du Prince; Devo

Last week it seemed like there was only one record release: Joanna Newsom’s third album’s triple extravaganza has taken the media by storm. Newsom has never been short of ambition and her former opus “Ys” became such a landmark that few thought it could be matched. But the first reactions to “Have One On Me” have been superlative. However, a couple of listenings have left us still unsure if three albums worth of material were necessary or “Have One On Me” would have been much better if shortened. Listen in full during this week at NPR and take your own conclusions.

Joanna Newsom casts a shadow over the rest of the week’s releases, among them ‘Similes’, the new record by Phil Elverum’s ambient project Eluvium and the rather lackluster posthumous sixth volume of Johnny Cash’ “American Recordings”.

Haiti and the many charitable musical causes to help with the earthquake’s aftermath were still generating news. After the devastating catastrophe the world had to suffer –for a good cause- reinterpretations of R.E.M.’ s ‘Everybody Hurts’ performed by Simon Cowell’s puppet factory next to some other British stars and in the US ‘We Are The World’ by a large list of A, B and even some C list artists that happen to be around on Grammy night; now its time for an all-star record that you may actually want to hear: Shane MacGowan and friends covering ‘I Put A Spell On You’. The Pogues’ frontman got Nick Cave, Johnny Depp, Mick Jones, Chrissy Hynde and a few other friends involved in the recording.

Primal Scream generated some headlines by announcing they will be touring in the autumn playing their seminal album “Screamadelica”. The band joins an illustrious list of artists that in recent times are following the trend of playing classic albums in full. More live news, Fleet Foxes’ frontman Robin Pecknold will be touring with Joanna Newsom in what’s likely to be one of the most talked-about double bills of the year and Fairport Convention veteran Richard Thompson will be the curator of London Southbank’s annual festival Meltdown.

Roman Polanski was the toast of the Berlinale after being awarded as best Director for his new film ‘The Ghost Writer‘. The filmmaker was not able to collect the prize as he’s still in house arrest waiting for new developments in his long-standing conflict with the US law. The winner of the Golden Bear was the Turkish film ‘Bal’ (Honey). More details about the rest of the festival’s winners here.

More movie news, Oren Moverman, whose striking debut ‘The Messenger’ has earned an Oscar nomination for best script, will be the director of a film about Kurt Kobain’s life. Moverman is no stranger to writing about music. He earned rave reviews for the imaginative script of Bob Dylan’s biopic ‘I’m Not There’. This week also saw the Oscar nominated shorts hit the American cinemas, a look at this year’s contenderds here.

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Pantha Du Prince offered an excellent show at Cargo, mostly based on the tracks of his magnificent recent album “Black Noise”. The project of Hamburg producer Hendrick Weber showcased his excellent melting pot of shoegaze; Detroit and minimal techno influences in front of an ecstatic audience.

Last week we finally finished watching all of this year’s Oscar nominated films, reaffirming our overall impression that 2009 won’t go down in history as a vintage year for movies. The last two films on hitting British cinemas are ‘Crazy Heart’, Scott Cooper’s debut as a director, which tells the story of a country singer whose career is fading. There’s nothing new or ground-breaking about it, but Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal‘s performances elevate it from being just an average fare. At this state nobody doubts Bridges will grab the statuette on Oscar night.

Other film whose actors have scooped some nominations is Michael Hoffman’s ‘The Last Station’, a period drama about the last days of Russian writer Leon Tolstoi; the peculiar cult surrounding his ideals and the conflict they generate between him and his wife, played by the always excellent Helen Mirren. Both Mirren and Christopher Plummer are nominated and deservedly so, but the film shifts between comedy and drama, failing to feel truly accomplished as either.

New and noteworthy tracks of the week: Beach House, fresh from having released one of the best albums of the year, unveiled a new track “The Arrangement”, destined to be a B-side for an exclusive single the Baltimore couple is releasing for record day. This week also saw the return of the Canadian supergroups, with both The New Pornographers –‘Your Hands (Together)’ and Broken Social Scene ‘World Sick’ offering the first taster from their respective new projects. Bill Callahan was also in the news with the announcement of an imminent best live moments compilation. The anticipating track “Bowery” hit the blogs a few days ago.

Video of the week goes for Vampire Weekend’s star-studded new promo in which the preppie New Yorkers have called their celebrity friends to be filmed during a strange tennis match. Jake Gyllenhaal; RZA; Lil Jon & Joe Jonas helped putting images to “Giving Up The Gun”.

Other interesting clips: Liars finally offered a video for “Scissor”, the first single from their imminent “Sisterworld”. Xiu Xiu’s “Death Grey” and Kanye West still releasing tracks from his tepidly received latest record “808’s & Heartbreak” brought us a disturbing video for “Coldest Winter

And the best free stuff of the week includes surprises such as a new track by Devo. The American new wave masters, after their successful return to the live circuit, announced their first studio album in two decades with the free download of the rather excellent new track “Fresh”. The band is also asking their fans for help choosing colours for their new art and image through a curious marketing research happening at their website.

Antifolk supergroup The Bundles, fronted by ex-Moldy Peaches Kymia Dawson and Jeffrey Lewis, introduced themselves by giving away one of their songs, ‘Pirates Declare War’.

And three top-notch mixtapes for your collection: The way for the imminent collaboration between Method Man; Ghostface Killah & Raekwon –finally under the name of Meth, Goth & Rae- is being paved with a mixtape full of both classic moments of the Wu-tang members and new track premieres. “Avenging Angels” can be downloaded here. Canadian electroclash purveyor Chilly Gonzales is back with his “Pianist Envy” mix; and for the lovers of nu-cumbia DJ Orion has compiled another scorcher called “Carajo Colombia” than can be downloaded on a pay as much as you like basis.

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The Week In Records: Hot Chip, Pantha Du Prince; Basia Bulat; Charlotte Gainsbourg…

The last week of January came packed with more fine records, establishing the first month of the year as the time of choice by small labels to launch their most important artists’ output. To top-notch albums by the likes of Vampire Weekend; Spoon; Owen Pallett; Beach House… we can add a whole bunch of interesting new releases, beginning by Charlotte Gainsbourg’s second album, after her first failed to impressed despite a all-star cast of collaborators. ‘IRM’ sees the actress and singer teaming up with Beck, who revisits his passion for Charlotte’s dad music . Together they’ve made a record that would make Serge proud and recalls Beck’s own “Sea Change”. The album can be streamed in full here. The return of Stephen Merritt’s Magnetic Fields “Reality”, described by the songwriter as his folk album is also generating waves of enthusiasm. Alongside Swedish acoustic folkies First Aid Kid; avant-garde jazzists The Shining and returning favorites Tindersticks, they are some of spotify’s most interesting additions in recent days.

British electro-pop champions Hot Chip return with “One Life Stand“, acclaimed by the British press as their best album to date. Other notorious returns are Low’s Alan Sparshawk side project , Retribution Gospel Choir, taking a giant step in their second effort, named simply “2”, which matches in quality the mother’s band offerings. Quasi’s back too with with “American Gong”. The peculiar husband & wife from Portland deliver their best album in a decade and will be part of the line-up of ATP festival curated by their mates Pavement.

Last, but not least in the comeback department is the fifth album by Bristol’s finest Massive Attack. The collective return with “Heligoland” in the company of another stellar cast of collaborators : Hope Sandoval ; Damon Albarn ; Tunde Adebimpe ; Martina Topley-Bird and Portishead’s Adrian Utley. First impression is that, even if superior to their former studio venture, it does not quite mean a return to their earlier peaks. The band is previewing a selection of new remixes through facebook.

Among the best singles and advance songs we find Yeah Yeah Yeah’s third song taken for their electro-infused latest album “It’s Blitz”; Joanna Newsom’s “81” – the first official track from her forthcoming triple album “Have One On Me”; Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward teaming up once again in She and Him; the first fruit of their second album together is “In The Sun”. Indie greats coming from the folk –The Tallest Man On Earth-; art-pop –Parenthetical Girls– and avant-garde electronic –High Places– backgrounds have also featured prominently among this week’s best music playlists.

A few interesting reissues: seminal US indie band Black Tambourines got their complete recordings compiled by indie label Slumberland. Also, Galaxy 500 are seeing their back catalogued reissued by Domino. The trio fronted by Dean Wareham was one of the most influential indie formations of the late eighties.

A fine debut by fresh American voice Basia Bulat with “Heart Of My Own”; The full opera project “Tomorrow, in a year” by the Knife ,which can be streamed in its entirety at the siblings’ website; Gil Scott-Heron’s comeback’ “I’m New Here” and the finest electronic album heard in many moons, Pantha Du Prince’s “Black Noise” are also noteworthy releases and help to wrap an incredible week for music.

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