Couches In Alleys

30 07 2010

The melody and bassline of Couches In Alleys just hits a soft spot in me.  Benjamin Gibbard can do no wrong with his signature vocals atop Styrofoam‘s lush yet gritty musical programming!  From Nothing’s Lost released in 2004 on Moor Music you will find more than just this innovative gem on the album.  Heart warming chords, mind numbing beats and a whole list of very talented special appearances make this record a must have for any left-field vinyl collector. Close your eyes, open your heart and let your mind drift… “At the end of this road that climbs the horizon will be reached in a matter of miles.  And when the wheels cease to spin the walls and the fences will grow higher than redwood trees.  And I know your demise and I fear what will happen when the road fails to flow under me, flow under me…”





Mommas Boy

30 07 2010

The year is 2007. The musical outfit is Chromeo. The sound is a grand fusion of Jazz, Soul, Funk, Hip Hop, Electro, Rock and Dance. “And boy you got it so wrong when you look into her eyes and all you see is your mom.” Momma’s Boy boasts 80’s guitar licks and drums fused with the classic vocoder voice to give you that fuzzy feeling all over. Dave One sings the lyrics while handling the guitars and Pee Thug masters out the pop-ladden keyboard lines on this home-sweet track. Teaming up with Phillippe Zdar on mixing duties, this record released on Turbo Recordings out of Montreal has a sound and an appeal you just can’t ignore!





Keep You Kimi

15 07 2010

Keep You Kimi is one of the most beautiful electronic songs in my record collection.  Written and produced by Hird (C. Berg) with the amazing lyrics and vocal talents of Yukimi Nagano, this record was released in 2002 on Dealers of Nordic Music (Sweden).  I managed to get the song on Future Sounds of Jazz ~ Volume 9 (Compost Records) which is chalk full of great tracks!  Keep You Kimi is elegance in the future sound of Jazz!  This must be listened to on proper speakers, turned up, with the modern world tuned out.  “Dark sky rinse me with rain and I’ll cry.”





Passion

15 07 2010

The sound of birds starts this wonderful record by Markus Nikolai.Passionate release on Perlon from 1999.  “Just like this.”  He unfolds the famous Michael Jackson bassline from Billy Jean (although you may not have noticed if I hadn’t written this)! “Girl, it’s time for love.”  A wonderful line to begin the perfect drums, the simple vocals and the moving melodies of Passion.  This track never gets old.





Wonderful

3 07 2010

Tosca is Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Huber.  Wonderful features the raspy scat of Earl Zinger which totally compliments this downtempo gem!  Renee Gadsden makes a won-der-ful appearance, as well, singing out the title in a smooth, sexy, secretive way.  Released on G-Stone Recordings in 2003 under exclusive licensing to !K7, this record is, simply, wonderful!





Beautiful Life

3 07 2010

Gui Boratto slowly builds Beautiful Life from the ground up and eventually the track explodes into an entranced dancefloor anthem!  Using a few, seemingly, simple elements he captures us with an electro stringline that leads into the dreamy, sun-drenched vocals of Luciana Villanova. “I can see lights, I can feel love, I can see the sun, what a beautiful life.”  Quite repetitive, this track is the perfect mixing tool.  Released on the Chromophobia album in 2007 on Kompakt Records, this is one release I couldn’t keep out of the collection!