experimental posts


Friday, July 15th, 2005 by Andrew Ladd

chill-out // experimental hip hop

Andrea Mangia falls somewhere between a blissful float down a sunset river and snow falling on industrial estates, whatever that means. And yes, he sounds like a breed of Scott Herren (Prefuse 73) and Four Tet, but I mean, so what? I like Four Tet, and frankly the last album wasn’t that great – so if there are competent imitators I’m happy to oblige. Especially with tracks like ‘Hip Hop Cocotte’ that swirls slowly into a great, sticky mass of guitar strings and electronic hisses; or ‘The Dixie Saga’ which has an eerie darkness to its clicks and twangs.
A nifty handful of beats, heady yet sweetly chilled out.

Populous – Hip-Hop Cocotte
Populous – The Dixie Saga
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The Books

Sunday, February 20th, 2005 by Paul Irish

cut-n-paste acoustic folk // electri-experi-indie

“skippy, choppy, and destructed… “blipworld / fakegrass / speedblues / chamberclick / eccentrock / country&eastern / glitch post-anything music with samples, closely followed by ‘food band’. “quick surges of crowd noise, vibraphone, guitar and bits of violin. “they manage to squeeze every last ounce of beauty from these commonplace sounds and let them carry the songs here. “their brilliant reassembly of tone into tune simultaneously created a genre and perfected it. “also the sounds you use seem to be all fragments, like “found objects” really. “We love beautiful surfaces that flow and pull us in, but we also love depth and nuance and invention…
“We are always trying to find that balance between emotional accessibility and musical innovation.

The Books – An Animated Description Of Mr. Maps
The Books – Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again
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Sunday, February 13th, 2005 by Paul Irish

experimental // shoegazing // idm

In elementary school, you like girls. In middle school, it’s cute girls. In high school, it’s cute girls in the same classes as you. By now, you have an (un)determined set of specific criteria by which you select potential mates. Your personal maturity and development has made romantic compatibility into an elusive and challenging goal. Now personally, this song feels like it finds the nooks and crannies of my musical compatibility and fills them to fulfillment. Nothing exceptional stands out audibly, but it gives me the exact sonic mood that I need — in this case, complex beauty.
The electronica cover and original of a classic shoegazing tune.

Limp – Souvlaki Space Station
Slowdive – Souvlaki Space Station
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DJ Shadow

Thursday, January 13th, 2005 by Paul Irish

heavy hip-hop // turntablism

This man is nothing new to you, and rightfully so. He’s musician of absolute talent, a dj doing justice for the two letters in front of his name. Ever since his debut Entroducing, he’s blown his listeners’ minds. He rocks out on some wild beats ‘n vinyl, here kicking the shit hott with lyricist Roots Manuva. While you’re dropping this song, be sure to drop by John Book’s ultimate DJ Shadow Sample page, it’s got every single sample documented — ridiculous. (The URL changes regularly, peep this to stay updated.) More bass.
The perfect heavy-hitting rhythm to get your git-buzy weekend bumpin’.

DJ Shadow – GDMFSOB (UNKLE Uncensored mix feat. Roots Manuva)

Sigur Rós

Sunday, November 21st, 2004 by Paul Irish

space rock // ambient post-rock

We all have our favorite untitled track from Sigur Rós’s epic 2002 record ( ). We have no idea what those words are, but they’re so entirely soothing; the emotion wrought out by that voice matches the soft, glowing and powerful ethereal sounds of the band. “Ba Ba” was part of an experiment called Split Sides; a collaboration between Sigur Ros, Radiohead, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company to explore the interaction between avant-garde music and dance. The music and art that emerged is something I’d call breathtaking.
Lay down with this music. It’ll carry you on fingertips of contentment into a restful sleep.

Sigur Rós – Ba Ba

TV on the Radio

Sunday, September 19th, 2004 by Paul Irish

post-rock // experimental indie

Unexpected sounds. Melodic distortion. TV on the Radio is at its root, two black men making what some describe “black rock and roll.” I’ll call it an amalgamation of a number of musical genres: punk, electronica, soul, African, indie rock.
TV on the Radio constructs a weighty sound reminiscent of the gravity and sincerity of mainstream acts like U2 and Radiohead as well as the intelligent, experimental playfulness of artists like Prince and Andre 3000.

TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun
TV on the Radio – Staring at the Sun (video)
TV on the Radio – Satellite
The lead, Tunde Adebimpe’s blog


Saturday, September 11th, 2004 by Paul Irish

experimental hip-hop // abstract downtempo

Fresh rhythm. Pounding slow dropped-out grooves. His sound has a good amount of reggae influence. This is hip-hop everyone can love, if they do love real hip-hop. Perfect to get yo’ crip walk on to. Dabrye toured with Prefuse 73 a bit ago, and the two share a similar sound.
Get yo’ glad rags on and join me, thug.

Dabrye – Smoking The Edge