all contributions by: Alan Zilberman, Alex Nicholson, Peter Heyneman, Erik Loften, William Alberque, John Foster, Svetlana Legetic
we reached deep into our internal sub conscious and came up with a dream team of classic BYT contributors who have been with us since (almost) day 1 to share their sonic loves and desires just as the weekend approached. Get pumped while bumping these:
Erik Loften (BYT design g.e.n.i.u.s):
Wale – DC Gorillaz
Alex Nicholson (the original BYT food editor):
This week I’m going on vacation with a group of friends I met through the mid-90’s rave scene in DC. We’re older now, and some of us have kids, but we still love a heavy dose of nostalgia. This week’s sad news of Scott Hardkiss’ death, brought me back to listening to “Raincry” which at 2:30 still gives me rave chills.
And then I went right to Sasha and John Digweed’s “Out of Body Experience” Rabbit in the Moon remix, which picks up where Hardkiss left off and brings in this devastatingly gorgeous Tori Amos vocal piece. It’s amazing that 17-20 years later these still sound so amazing.
Svetlana Legetic (well, that’s me!)
San Cisco – Fred Astaire – adorable and sweet and with a nice beat to dance to (sort of reminds me of Voxtrot, I guess). A great song to not be depressed to about ANYTHING:
Divine Comedy-Something for the Weekend – just in time for said (dirty, funny, wink-wink) weekend ahead:
Alpine – Gasoline – because ever since this interview we ran with them I have been listening to absolutely nothing else but their soon-to-come out record (May 31st can’t come around soon enough)
The Bird and The Bee – Love Letter to Japan. Happy Cherry blossom festival you guys:
John Foster (of “JUDGING A COVER BY ITS COVER”/”BEST AND WORST ALBUM ART” round ups fame):
William Alberque (the BYT Brussels Outpost)
Steve Mason and Emiliana Torrini – I Go Out
Indie producer Dan Carey (Kills, Django Django, TOY, Bat for Lashes) formed a new label, “Speedy Wunderground,” with the intention of making fast music. It’s a great concept – take two artists and give them one day to record, one day to mix, no breaks, minimum overdubs, press in 250 7″ singles, and release as quickly as possible. The first release sees former Beta Band (King Biscuit Time and Black Affair) singer Steve Mason and Italo-Icelandic goddess Emilian Torrini create the kind of motornik pop song melded with an apocalyptic guitar avalanche that one would expect from these two — only if one was visiting a parallel dimension. It starts with an irresistibly marvelous groove and ends so massively – it’s a perfect one-off.
IO Echo – When the Lillies Die
The new EP by IO Echo is custom-made for my happiness. At times whistful with boy/girl vocals, at times epic with driving percussion and wall-of-noise guitars, all laden with tons of reverb. They only have a handful of songs to date, and none of them lived up to very much. Stunningly, their third single, released by Luv Luv Luv, realizes their promise – and this is an a massive track, but each surprises with its depth and creatively. Bizarrely, they toured earlier this month with Garbage, but they’re much more interesting than the Curve-derivative pop band that tops the bill.
Merchandise – Anxiety’s Door
I’d heard about Merchandise some time last year, and finally got around to listening to their buzzy 5-song mini-LP Desire about a month ago. Every song a classic, with two tracks clocking in over ten minutes. Post-punk classics, with Chameleons-esque noise and beautiful, and winning male vocals (an all-too-rare thing). Nothing this Florida band had put out previously pointed in this direction, and now they have another mini-lp ready for release. If it’s all like this lead track, they have yet another unheard classic ready to go. Brilliant.
Elite Gymnastics – Ours
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I don’t know Elite Gymnastics, and I don’t the Taylor Swift song, but this is further evidence that a good song is a good song, regardless of source. Recorded, as the Guardian tells me, as a hipster present from the guy behind Elite to Grimes as a birthday present, it’s quite kind of him to share it with all of us. Makes liking TS almost respectable, it does.
Jagwar Ma – The Throw
I heard this last week thanks to the Horrors’ superb song of the day feature on Facebook. Gorgeous, psychadelic, laid back, falsetto vocals and an addictively marvelous beat (expect a Tom Furse remix within days). Jagwar Ma are a deep improvement on some of the baggy revivalism and guitar-psyche revival we’ve heard lately, without the annoying excesses of Tame Impala or the crap vocals of Alt-J or the nearly-there-but-not-quite-so of Peace. This is worthy of being on repeat.