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Visual experimentations with sound

The music video to ‘We Need Nothing to Collide’ by London based producer and DJ Russ Chimes is completely mesmerising. Brightly coloured strips of light stream across a background of mundane landscapes in a way that is both hypnotic and strangely unsettling. In one scene the light snakes out of a dark open doorway, like an ominous yet seductive threshold to an alternative world. It’s fitting with the track, which possesses the infectious beat of house music and the increasingly unnerving build of repetitive sounds and lyrics. It sets you in a trance. Speaking of which, I think I’m going to watch it again.

Watch it for yourselves here:

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The Return of Klaves

I really should be writing essays rather than blogging, but this just couldn’t wait… At the beginning of this year I wrote a very excitable post about Polish producer, Klaves just after he’d leaked a free download of his track ‘So Fine’ and last night I stumbled across another one of his musical freebies. This one is just as jazzy and melodic as the last packed with airy percussion, bursts of entrancing wordless vocals and tropical sounding beats – a tribal remix of sorts. It’s hard not to love.

And here it is… ‘Return’ by Klaves:

Check out his facebook page for regular updates and info on how to download: https://www.facebook.com/klavesmusic?fref=ts

 

 

 

 

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Blood Orange’s New Sounds: Cupid Deluxe

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I’ve probably mentioned Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) at some point before. He does a lot in the music world as a composer and producer, doing fun things for all sorts of fun people, most recently he worked with Solange Knowles on her 2013 album. He spent three colourful years making ‘orchestral pop’ as Lightspeed Champion before turning his attentions to ’80s disco inspired melodies as Blood Orange. Nowadays, his music and videos tend to be as vibrant and  bright as a pair of sparkling disco pants – psychedelic man. Though this may all be part of the ‘image’, the colourfulness of Hynes’s music as Blood Orange is also owing to synesthesia ( the neurological condition in which one sense is simultaneously perceived by another). Hynes literally sees sounds, describing the experience of listening to music as viewing moving pictures. He takes his influence from French singer F.R David, Rick Derringer, New York 80s gay culture and naturally, drag queens. His latest album, ‘Cupid Deluxe’ is perhaps the most kaleidoscopic yet and boasts an impressive tracklist including collaborations with Friends singer, Samatha Urbani and Caroline Polachek from Chairlift. It’s like a tiny glimpse into a disorganised and crazily creative mind; jumping from soft rock to pop to who knows what, it’s a mind I wouldn’t mind borrowing for a day.

Have a listen and watch of Chamakay and You’re Not Good Enough (the latter is probably my favourite, though the link is to it’s lyric video) for a little taster of what I’m talking about:

 

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