The fourth Kaya Project album Desert Phase Remixes is quite literally inspired by the desert landscape as it incorporates field recordings from those dry locales along with remixes from a number of top-notch contemporary producers. The remixers come from all over the world to offer up 13 tracks, with London’s Gaudi giving us the mesmerizing “Calico Stomp”.
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England’s Working for a Nuclear Free City worked on their new album The Jojo Burger Tempest from a British warehouse and a French cottage and, over the course of just a few days, came up with 2,800 song ideas, so they say. The latest evidence of this prolific streak of electronic rock goodness is “Alphaville”, the record’s second single. Decidely shoegazey with swirling textures, bubbling electronics and haunting choruses, “Alphaville” sounds like a distinct ecosystem captured in digital sound.
This video directed by Oneohtrix Point Never/Games member Daniel Lopatin proves that ‘80s retro-futurism is just as entertaining wedded to dystopian minimal wave as chill sunbaked tape jams and spacey arpeggio-laced mind melts. The song isn’t anything that D.A.F. didn’t have a 30-year head-start on, but it’s a catchy hook nonetheless.
Portland’s Horse Feathers has already impressed this year with Thistled Spring. Matthew Fiander wrote that Justin Ringle’s singing was in top form and that the album evoked the “sound of rebirth” and went on to discuss how the record ” is bracing because it refuses to wallow anymore. It recognizes all the past’s ache, and gives it a sound, but the album turns itself over to hope in the end.” The band has more in store for us this year with a superb 7-inch single releasing next Tuesday, with a moving cover of Nirvana’s “Drain You” as the A-side, backed by “Bonnet of Briars”. We are extremely proud to present the online premiere of “Drain You” this afternoon. Make sure you pick up the 7-inch release too because, you know, vinyl really does rule.
Of all the various consumes that Vanilla Ice has donned over the years (pop-rap crossover icon, street thug, hardcore metalhead), this latest—that of a home improvement contractor—might be his most sincere. Now airing on the DiY Network, The Vanilla Ice Project follows Robert Van Winkle as he renovates multi-million dollar mansions. The early episodes are pretty promising, showcasing his impressive knowledge of construction, as well as his theatrical skill in front of the camera.
All-in-all, as unlikely as it might sound, The Vanilla Ice Project works quite well. Of course, there’s no guarantee on how long the show will work. But, just like a fresh coat of paint in your living room, it’s good for now.
Now, if Mike Holmes would put on some of Ice’s old parachute pants while doing his work, that would be a show to catch.