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The Antiswarm : Cheetah Blood mix NYE 2014/15

As another year ends here’s a rockin’ space jam of a house mix to roll your exhausted mind across the event horizon. Compiled out of the last year’s best producers output and liberally peppered with samples from True Detective (best TV of the year methinks), there’s even a track from the Antiswarm itself under the guise of Black Jugular. What a treat! NYE is always a lottery so let’s just relax and see what happens eh? Roll on 2015

Seeks Beats : Chris Bassett NYE 2014/15

For his second show for Seeks Music we asked him to do something for New Year’s Eve… so he’s come up with a longer mix building on some of the underground house sounds from his first show with the likes of John Tejada, Reset Robot and Jimpster, but as it’s New Year’s Eve he’s included some livelier stuff from the likes of Coma, Hosh, Few Nolder and Solomun to get listeners to progress from just head nodding and toe tapping and getting off their butts and shuffling from side to side… enjoy.

Antiswarm’s Top 10 Lists of 2014

Albums

  1. Vermont – Vermont
  2. Ty Segall – Manipulator
  3. Temples – Sun Restructured – Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Reanimations
  4. Matt Berry – Music For Insomniacs
  5. Royal Blood – Royal Blood
  6. Lone – Reality Test A
  7. King Grizzard and the Lizard Wizard – I’m in your Mind Fuzz
  8. Objekt – Flatlands
  9. John Steel Singers – Everything’s a Thread
  10. Cheatahs – Cheatahs

 

As a format the album’s relevance is rightly questioned these days but I still seem to be listening to a hell of lot of them. So if you enjoy an album too and you can be arsed to listen to any of the above you’ll hear there’s quite a lot ambient stuff in there especially Vermont, The Temples remix album (both masterpieces in my opinion) and special mention has to go to Matt Berry who turned in a soundscape album with head nods to Pink Floyd’s spacier moments and KLF’s Chill Out. There are only 2 tracks on it, both 23 minutes long so what with his Toast of London series the man is a god in the Antiswarm’s household right now. Continuing the good work done by Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma and Pond, fellow Aussies King Grizzard release their 5th album and it’s killer, chocked full of weird detunings and probably the most adrenalin fuelled tunes of all year. The first 3 tracks all run together and it’s a hell of a lot of fun. Also from that neck of the woods, The John Steel Singers (terrible name, ignore it) produced an african tinged, melodic Krautrock masterpiece. Something in the water over there on the groovier end of the spectrum right now I think.

 

Singles

  1. Trash Talk – SOS
  2. Greys – Use Your Delusion
  3. John Steel Singers – Everythin’s a Thread – Live At The Plutonium
  4. Foxygen – How Can You Really
  5. Beck – Heaven’s Ladder
  6. Tweak Bird – A Sign of Badness
  7. Ital – Endgame
  8. Hookworms – On Leaving
  9. Hercules & Love Affair feat John Grant – I try to Talk to You (Seth Troxler Extended NYC Mix)
  10. Action Bronson – Easy Rider

 

Singles wise it’s not been the greatest year for the angrier end of music with some significant ball dropping by Fucked Up, Cerebral Ballzy and The Datsuns to name a few. So I thought I’d include a few adrenalin soaked tunes here to try a redress the balance. Shouts then to Trash Talk for delivering a classic in the shape off SOS that shows a different, more atmospheric take on their normal straightforward hardcore (it probably just sounds like shouting to you but give it a go eh?). Greys pick up the baton where Metz left off and Everett True, the featured voice of the John Steel track delivers a harrowing time travelling story of mental anguish with tongue firmly in cheek (I hope!) Elseware, Foxygen’s marvellous ‘How Can You Really’ gets included despite delivering the most disappointing album of the year in the shape of ” …And Star Power”. After last years amazing effort this seemed like someone had let the praise go to their heads and then forgotten to put any effort in. A big mess and not in a good way. C Minus! Beck hogs his sheet music album’s best track and to great effect in Heaven’s Ladder. Despite being lyrically a bit clunky it’s as close as he’s ever come to the Beatles. Great tune. Finally the massively under rated Tweak Bird turned in a slow burner of an album in the form of ‘Any Ol’ Way’. A sign of Badness was the most immediate tune that jumped out with it’s restrained tempo full of malice like the best Bonham beat. The rest of the album is not so shabby either. Check it out.

A great year as ever if you dig hard enough. Roll on 2015!

It’s a Cinematronica Christmas

Arge is back with a full on festive feast of a Cinematronica show. Featuring the tunes of Christmas past, present and future. (If that’s even possible).

We launch into a lively part one with Goldfrapp, Saint Etienne, Sufjan Stevens, Summer Camp and Eels.

Then in part two things take on a magical feel as Danny Elfman, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Cat Power, Vince Guaraldi Trio, Low and Kate Bush all help to provide a score to Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales”.

Then the final part of this epic festive selection has a more classic Christmas feel with Dean Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Phil Spector and of course, Bing Crosby.

If you’re not stuffed full of Christmas cheer after this lot then call me Ebenezer (Scrooge that is, not Goode).

JimDoes, November 2014

Now that November is here, it’s getting colder and those dark nights are upon us what better way to keep warm than with JimDoes’ usual eclectic mix?
Featuring bands you’ve heard of – Underworld, East India Youth and Manic Street Preachers, – and those you probably haven’t – Pierre Kwenders, Deux Furieuses and Benjamin Booker. Plus a hint of Radio Two, before finishing with a tribute to the late, great John Peel with a load of swearing. JimDoes – Not suitable for work and barely suitable for the radio.

Cinematronica, November 2014

In November’s Cinematronica Arge brings you an eclectic mix of electronica, jazz, hip hop and ambient, mixed with some spoken word. All with his usually Cinematic touch.
This months soundtrack includes brand new music from Fold, Ibeyi, Ez3kiel, Memotone & Soosh, Skalpel and much more.

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