Saturday’s ambient sounds [Listen]

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I’ve recently been revisiting some of my favorite ambient artists and making some new discoveries. I thought I’d do a little roundup of what I’ve been daydreaming to for the last week.


Rhian Sheehan & Helios

Keith Kenniff AKA Helios released an album of his previously released songs that have been remixed by a variety of artists. Halving The Compass is one of my all time favourite Helios tracks, and was recently remixed by Rhian Sheehan, an award winning musician from New Zealand. Rhian Sheehan put the ambient scene in awe with his 2008 album, Standing in Silence. I genuinely can’t think of a better composer to remix this track. The pacing and intimate sounds of the piano are perfect.


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The Universal Wax Top 12 of ’12 – Part Three

So here we are with the final four albums of our twelve that make up the Universal Wax top 12 of ’12.  This time it’s Toms selection which is as broad as ever and features some really fantastic records. I couldn’t agree more with the inclusion of the Journey OST which has been one of the most beautiful scores I’ve heard for a long time and as any long time readers may recall we’re already big Andrew Bird fans here at Universal Wax. This will be our final post of 2012, however we’ll be following this one up in the new year with our notable mentions (those that didn’t quite make our top twelve) and some upcoming artists to look out for in 2013. In the meantime, from all at Universal Wax, we hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and are about to have a fantastic New Year, enjoy our now complete Universal Wax Top 12 of ’12 and let us know what you think in the comments below!  – Sam

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Tom’s mixtape: Volume 2 [Listen]

Midnight SunIsaac Delusion

“Isaac Delusion is about two multidisciplinary artists continually exploring new musical landscapes”. This is where techno and folk meet and produce super cool riffs complimented by smooth non obtrusive vocals. It’s going to take a while before I get bored of this track. Their EP Midnight Sun was released this year, and will be closely followed by their second, Early Morning which is soon to be released.


Alone Trampled By Turtles

Trampled By Turtles are set to release their 6th album in November called Stars and Satellites. With their highly successful track record in the Bluegrass scene there’s no doubt it’ll be a hit. Following the formulas of traditional folk and fiddle songs, and using a wide range of instruments their sound is timeless and full of soul.


TomorrowFuture Islands

This artist has quickly become one of my favorites; I could imagine them being a product of David Lynch. I like to think Sam Herring’s voice is a mixture of Tom Waits and Cat Stevens. The band have very recently released a 7″ single, after their successful album, On The Water (2012). The deep repetitive beats and synthy swirls – not to mention Sam’s scream-like roar half way through makes this song as wonderfully weird as the rest of their stuff.


Old FriendSea Wolf

Alex Church has been recording under the name Sea Wolf since 2003, and has been successfully pioneering the solo project since. He has a new album that’s yet to be released called Old World Romance and is currently on tour in the states. This track, Our Friend, is a sneak peak of what’s to come from the new album – and it’s very exciting.


Black & White MountainsSnowblink

Daniela Gesundheit AKA Snowblink has an extremely listenable voice. It’s the simplicity of this track that had me hooked. Delicate layers of beats and synths overlaid with vocals which sound a bit like Amiee Mann make it so enjoyable.


Can’t Get Enough The Sweet Serenades

I love the voice at the beginning of this song, it sounds like a burp. A band that’s descibed as, “Hip swaying, knee twisting, & finger snapping goodness”, this is a good wake up and walk to work track. The Swedish band’s manifesto of creating ‘unpretentious pop songs that make you feel cool’, doesn’t let you down here.


These Days (Jackson Browne)Pandit

Pop tunes infused with ambient and experimental texture, Pandit is the work of Lance Smith. I haven’t heard a bad song from this guy, and considering These Days is one of my favorite songs, Pandit’s cover is spot on. He has a new EP coming out at the end of the month, so keep an eye out for that.


Hang on to Me (Daytrotter) The Wooden Sky

I’m a huge fan of the Daytrotter Sessions, they often bring out better, more heartfelt sounding recordings than the originals. This is definitely the case with this Wooden Sky track. Taken from their latest album, Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun (2012), Hang on to Me is just one of the many great tracks from the album.


JitterDakotafish

Their synth-pop beats have a similar sound to Pheonix. This track is taken from the 2011 album, Many Moons. It’s a good track to stick on as a party winds down and the sun rises.


Miracle (Ghost Beach Cover) – TRAILS AND WAYS

Here’s something different; Brazilian shoegaze. I actually prefer this version of the track to the original Ghost Beach track. Covers can often come off as sounding like the original with less instruments and slightly awkward vocals, but when a band gets it right – it can transform a song into their own which is exactly what they’ve done.


New TheoryWashed Out

Since 2009, Ernest Greene’s project has received a constant stream of positive reviews. This track, New Theory comes from his first EP, Life of Leisure which launched him. 2011 saw the release of Within and Without, his first full length album which received startling reviews all round. 


Utah All Human

This is a random Bandcamp find, with similar vibes to Imaginary Johnny, this is an easy song to get into. He’s currently touring the states with his new album, Catholic Guilt or the Queerest of Thoughts.


Wally Wilder Delicate Steve

Steve Marion has flooded blogs recently with Positive Force. His music sounds as though he wrote lyrics and then decided the guitar should sing them. It’s cocktail of Ratatat and Animal Collective.



Golden PalmsHORSES / Bronson

Short and sweet, this track encompasses all that’s great about low-fi songwriting. Although it seems Patrick Ebermann’s project HORSES has evaporated. Now appearing under the name Bronson, the album Paper Tusk was released in 2011 and Golden Palms on this is different to the original – a bit overworked in my opinion. Here’s the original.


Little Dreamer (Future Islands Cover) – Doe Paoro

This one’s a grower, resist yourself from skipping it before the first minute. The sparse piano and seldom drums slowly intwine themselves into a beautiful melody which Doe Paoro sings through. The original song naturally has unusual vocals from Sam Herring, and so this Kate Bush sounding twist fits perfectly.


Says ElliottSibylle Baier

Sibylle Baier is a German folk singer, she sounds like a sad Nico – and I mean that in the nicest possible way. I love this song, its intimate sound makes you hang on every word. She’s quite a mysterious person, the homepage of her website reads:

I (her son Robby) set this site up for my mother…Sibylle will most likely never see this site. She is really quite perplexed by all the attention that her album “Colour Green” has gotten. My father keeps telling her about all the pages and articles that are out there, but she, though smitten, prefers to hear about her accolades through the eyes and ears of her family. The web makes her dizzy, I think.


Koreless – Lost In Tokyo [Listen]

Fans of minimalist dubstep will no doubt be very exited that Glasgow based producer Koreless has finally released another track. If you have never heard of Lewis Roberts AKA Koreless before, then you would file him next to James Blake, Mount Kimbie and Four Tet in your record collections. His debut 12” was released last year on Pictures Music and is now considered quite a collectable as both tracks on that record have been very highly rated ever since their release, and many people, myself included, have been eagerly awaiting new tracks from him.

Finally late last year, Jamie xx featured a new track in his BBC Essential Mix. That track has now finally had a digital and vinyl release. It is aptly called “Lost In Tokyo”, as I imagine it’s the perfect music to listen to while cruising round Tokyo on a night bus. The vinyl is being released on Jacques Greene’s Vase label and his remix of Lost In Tokyo is on the B-side. You can stream the original track below along with the mix that Koreless did for The Boiler Room, which is one of my favourite Boiler Room mixes and contains both the tracks of his debut 12”.

Koreless – Lost In Tokyo

Boiler Room Mix

Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes [News/Listen]

Stephen Ellison is a very busy man. He runs his own record label, Brainfeeder; is a producer for many of the artists on that label and also produces his own music under the moniker of Flying Lotus. He has recently announced to the world that his fourth full length album will be released on 2nd October, and will be titled, “Until The Quiet Comes”. It will be released on Warp Records who released two of his previous three albums, his 2006 debut album titled “1983” was released on Plug Research.  You can see the album cover and tracklisting for “Until The Quiet Comes” below. The album will feature guest appearances from Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood, both from Radiohead, as well as Erykah Badu, Thundercat and Laura Darlington.  He will embark on an autumn tour to support the release of this record which includes two UK dates:

3/11 – Brixton Academy, London
9/11 – Warehouse Project, Manchester

Further dates can be found here

Until The Quiet Comes:

01 All In
02 Getting There [ft. Niki Randa]
03 Until the Colours Come
04 Heave(n)
05 Tiny Tortures
06 All the Secrets
07 Sultans Request
08 Putty Boy Strut
09 See Thru to U [ft. Erykah Badu]
10 Until the Quiet Comes
11 DMT Song [ft. Thundercat]
12 The Nightcaller
13 Only if You Wanna
14 Electric Candyman [ft. Thom Yorke]
15 Hunger [ft. Niki Randa]
16 Phantasm [ft. Laura Darlington]
17 me Yesterday//Corded
18 Dream to Me

In addition to all this new album goodness, Flying Lotus has also released a single as part of the Adult Swim Singles Series 2012. It was released on Monday (23rd July) and is available for free download. It is a collaboration with OFWGKTA member Earl Sweatshirt and someone who calls themselves Captain Murphy. It’s a belter

In addition, FlyLo has also just released the third instalment of his Lovers Melt mixtape series – “Another mix for your summer some things you may know some things you may not”. It is available as a free download from Brainfeeder.

You can now see why I started this post by saying he is a busy man, but lets hope it stays that way.

Free 78 minute UNKLE Sounds set from James Lavelle [Listen & Download]

James Lavelle, DJ, electronic recording artist and founding member of UNKLE has released the latest UNKLE Sounds mix on soundcloud.

The mix, entitled The End Pt. 1 includes many UNKLE tracks from their last few studio releases, remixed by the likes of Trentemøller, King Unique and 16 Bit Lolitas.

Originally categorised as a trip-hop project in the mid 90s, UNKLE have evolved over the years into a full band, employing a variety of guest artists and producers. They regularly remix tracks as UNKLE and perform DJ sets as UNKLE Sounds.

Listen and download the mix below:

The tracklist of the mix:

1. Intro
2. Trouble In Paradise – UNKLE
3. Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me (UNKLE Remix) – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
4. F.E.A.R. (UNKLE Remix) – Ian Brown
5. Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (A Cappella) – Daft Punk
6. Restless (16 Bit Lolitas Remix) – UNKLE
7. The Runaway (A Cappella) – UNKLE
8. Natural Selection (Future Beat Alliance Remix) – UNKLE
9. The Answer (Trentemøller Remix) – UNKLE
10. Reign (String Reprise) – UNKLE
11. Reign (King Unique Remix) – UNKLE
12. No One Knows (A Cappella) – Queens Of The Stone Age
13. Money And Run (16 Bit Lolitas Remix) – UNKLE
14. Heavy Drug (Album Version) – UNKLE
15. Heavy Drug (King Unique Remix) – UNKLE
16. Heavy Drug (Future Beat Alliance Remix) – UNKLE
17. Heavy Drug (Fergie Remix) – UNKLE
18. Follow Me Down – UNKLE
19. 24 Frames (Redux) – UNKLE
20. Tomorrow Never Knows (A Cappella) – The Beatles
21. The Dog Is Black (Barry Jamieson Remix) – UNKLE
22. Heaven (Charlie May Remix) – UNKLE
23. Sayonara – UNKLE
24. Burn My Shadow (A Cappella) – UNKLE
25. In A State/God Moving Over The Face Of The Waters – UNKLE/Moby

UNKLE Website

Tom’s ‘recently found & loved’ playlist

I started compiling this playlist for a friend, but then realized I hadn’t posted for some time and so I thought I’d share it here too. What I’ve got here, (besides a couple of tracks) is a mix of new music I’ve found while sifting through blogs and music sites.

TV Girl:

A band from LA, they’re slowly on the rise, give them a year and they’ll touring the states, and hopefully Europe. It’s feel good electronic, indie shoe-gaze goodness. I’ve been enjoying pretty much all their releases.

Tyler Lyle:

This is my favourite track from his album, it’s got a good pace that seems to get more enjoyable as the song progresses. The other songs on his album are worth checking out too.

J:

I dug and found gold with this guy, he’s from Czech Republic even though he sounds very American. I love this track, it’s part of a series from his EP that all seem to be about childhood. His album is free, and it’s very good.

surely i come quickly:

I don’t even know how I found this guy, but his music is really enjoyable. It comes from an album called, you never wanted me. I believe the artist is from Saskatoon, Ca. The low-fi recordings really do add to the atmosphere of his music.

Soko:

This girl is pretty well-known around the blogs, and I believe made an appearance in the charts. She’s got some nice music vids, one directed by Spike Jonze. I love her voice, and even though this is a pretty sad song, It takes you on an ‘enjoyable’ journey I think.

Birds of America:

An American artist from Oakland, described as Dub/Folk. This track is super chilled and builds nicely, it sounds like it was recorded in a barn after a good party. It’s been on repeat for a while on my iPod.

Tom Eddy:

A folk band from Seattle. This track comes from their album called, The Bread Maker’s Blues. I think it’s the plucking and soft vocals that makes this track fun to listen to. Reminds me a bit of Herman Dune’s stuff.

Cass McCombs:

This is a pretty well-known artist in folk scene. He’s from Baltimore and has toured with a bunch of folky/rock artists. This track comes from his 2009 album, Catacombs.

Cotton Jones:

I love duets, XX are a good example, and these guys execute this song so nicely. This is an alternate version of their song, Gone The Bells, which they released on Soundcloud, I actually prefer it to the original. The dreamy guitar and bells sound beaut.

The Oh Hello’s:

These guys have an EP on Bandcamp which you can ‘name your price for’. They’re working on a full length album which looks promising as this song demonstrates a lot of talent. They say they’ve taken a lot inspiration from Mumford and Sons, personally i think they sound better.

Grand Salvo:

He’s known as ‘Australia’s Iron & Wine’, Grand Salvo has a knack of writing original songs about everyday observations. This is a song that triumphs on its simplicity. You might find you won’t take in the lyrics until the 3rd or 4th time since the acoustic instruments glide through your ears so gracefully.

Of Monsters And Men:

Time to pick up the tempo, this is another boy/girl duet. For me this is Edward Sharpe and XX mixed together. Of Monsters and Men is a 6 piece band from Iceland. This track is from their EP that was released in 2011, they’re currently working on bringing out a full album. They’re one to keep an eye on I feel.

Angus Stone:

I first heard of this artist back in 2007 when he released a single called Mango Tree with his half-sister, Julia. Definitely check out the song if you don’t know it. This track comes from his new album, Broken Brights, I hadn’t really been following his solo venture, so this album came to be a nice surprise.

Helios:

One of my all time favourite instrumental/ambient artists. He’s usually playing in my car during long drives through the countryside. literally love everything he produces, and somehow i missed this track from his last album, which resulted in a nice surprise.

Tallest Man on Earth:

Tallest Man on Earth hit the ground running with his 2008 debut album Shallow Grave and has been impressing fans and critiques since. This track comes from his newest album There’s no Leaving Now. It’s my favourite on the album – and no, he’s not putting on a Bob Dylan voice….

To Just Grow Away by Tallest Man on Earth

Alt-j:

I’ve started to spot adverts around London for Alt-J’s debut album An Awesome Wave. They’re a British band and have been gathering a lot of hype with their indie/electronic sound. I’m not gonna say I heard them before they got big because I don’t think I did. They’re playing at End of Road Festival this year which should be a treat.

Blackbird Blackbird:

Another of my favourite artists. I got to see Blackbird Blackbird play this year in the UK which was amazing. This guy constantly puts out great sounding music. This is one of his newest tracks, and it sounds like he’s far from losing his touch – nice one Mikey.

Fortune Howl:

I found this on some blog, it’s a remix of one of the songs from Wes Anderson’s new film Moonrise Kingdom. It’s a really enjoyable track to listen through.

Hidden Orchestra – Flight Mixtape [Mix]

Joe Acheson of Hidden Orchestra has thrown out this rather wonderful mixtape to celebrate the release of the new Flight EP on Tru Thoughts. It’s an extensive collection and expertly woven with some of my favourite artists cropping up through it’s 86 minute run time. It’s also FREE courtesy of Paris DJs (which, by the way, is well worth a regular visit!).

Head here to Paris Djs to download the mix in it’s entirety. Tracklisting is as follows;

[00:00] 01. Hidden Orchestra – Flight
[00:01] 02. Shake Keane – One a Week with Water (excerpt from poetry recital)
[02:44] 03. Hamalais-Osakunnan Laulajat – Prelude – Kesa (by Matthew Whittall)
[02:48] 04. Origamibiro – Dissect Ephemeral
[02:51] 05. (interview) – Marke’s favourite sound pt.1
[05:19] 06. Hidden Orchestra – The Windfall (Drums-Only version)
[05:42] 07. Hidden Orchestra – Out of Nowhere (No-Drums version)
[06:01] 08. Björk – Hidden Place (acapella)
[07:03] 09. Hidden Orchestra – Stammer (Drums-Only version)
[08:06] 10. Hidden Orchestra feat. Julia Biel – Footsteps (Lost Twin Remix)
[11:40] 11. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller – Long Enough
[11:53] 12. Jeru the Damaja – War (acapella)
[13:51] 13. Origamibiro – Womb Duvet
[14:20] 14. Phuong Dung – Do Ai (Riddles)
[15:36] 15. Joe Acheson – Riddles
[16:59] 16. Long Arm – After 4am
[18:13] 17. The Pharcyde – Runnin’ (acapella)
[19:20] 18. DJ Cam – Free Your Turntable And Your Scratch Will Follow
[20:41] 19. Lewis Parker – Shadows of Autumn (acapella)
[23:40] 20. Guru – The Revolutionist (acapella)
[23:41] 21. Madlib – Distant Land
[27:34] 22. Linton Kwesi Johnson – Reggae fi Dada (live poetry recital)
[27:37] 23. Boards of Canada – Everything you do is a Balloon
[27:38] 24. Gorodisch – Omaha
[30:08] 25. Madlib – Episode VI
[31:16] 26. Billie Holiday – One, Two Buckle my Shoe
[31:25] 27. Madlib – Slim’s Return
[31:31] 28. Björk – 107 steps (acapella)
[34:02] 29. Madlib – Episode XI
[34:40] 30. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Shimmy (acapella)
[35:03] 31. Quasimoto – Put a Curse on You (acapella)
[35:04] 32. Controller 7 – Untitled Demo 2
[35:44] 33. Mu-ziq – Hasty Boom Alert
[37:16] 34. Hidden Orchestra – Dust (Drums-Only version)
[37:28] 35. M.O.P. – Pounds Up (acapella)
[40:13] 36. Hidden Orchestra – Dust (Floex Remix)
[43:08] 37. Street Smartz feat. O.C. and Pharoahe Monch – Metal Thangz (acapella)
[45:51] 38. Jaga Jazzist – Real Racecars have Doors
[47:42] 39. Chali 2na – Comin Thru (acapella)
[49:54] 40. Madlib – Static Invazion
[50:22] 41. Talib Kweli – Some Kind of Wonderful (acapella)
[50:39] 42. Controller 7 – Untitled Demo 1
[51:10] 43. Thelonius Monk – Caravan
[52:21] 44. Radiohead – Paperbag Writer
[52:21] 45. Four Tet – Cload
[55:00] 46. Wu-Tang Clan – Chessboxin’ (acapella)
[56:25] 47. Peruvian Marching Band – Memphis Soul Stewed
[56:42] 48. Elvis Presley – Suspicious Minds (acapella)
[58:22] 49. Madlib – Funky Blue Note
[59:52] 50. Kuljit Bhamra & Orlando Consort – Tabla Talum
[62:38] 51. Origamibiro – Remnants
[62:48] 52. (interview) – Marke’s favourite sound pt.2
[63:39] 53. Xploding Plastix – Kissed by a Kisser
[66:11] 54. Dizzy Gillespie – Jambo
[68:36] 55. Radiohead – These Are My Twisted Words
[70:03] 56. Shake Keane – Poetry and Jazz (excerpt from interview)
[72:04] 57. Amon Tobin – The Killer’s Vanilla
[73:03] 58. DJ Shadow – Going Nowhere
[74:39] 59. Shankles – Branches
[75:00] 60. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller – Reminds to Teeth
[75:16] 61. Shake Keane – Soufriere (poetry recital and flugal horn solo)
[78:32] 62. (radio documentary excerpt) – Angel Horn – produced by Matt Thompson
[78:44] 63. Hidden Orchestra – Flight (Drums-Only Version)
[78:58] 64. Igor Boxx – Last Party in Breslau
[80:26] 65. Nils Frahm & Anne Muller – 7fingers
[80:57] 66. Profisee – Welcome (acapella)
[83:56] 67. Four Tet – The Butterfly Effect
[86:12] 68. Hidden Orchestra – Flight (No-Drums Version)

Hidden Orchestra’s Flight EP is out now on Tru Thoughts and if you’ve never heard their stellar debut Night Walks, I implore you to check it out.

Fanu Presents All-Fanu Mix Volume 7 [Listen]

Breakbeat genius Fanu has a fresh mix on his soundcloud page, It’s a fantastic diversion for an hour and it’s also a free download. If you’re after a little downbeat and dnb it’s well worth your time.

http://soundcloud.com/fanu/fanumix7

01. DJ Shadow – “Scale It Back” (Fanu’s Lightless coffee remix) [dub]
02. Pilvien Päällä [Lightless]
03. Paras Ystävä [Lightless]
04. Rave Like It’s… [Lightless]
05. Animation – Spanish Key (Fanu’s Lightless remix) [RareNoise]
06. ZZYZZX – Battle Anybody (Fanu remix) [dub]
07. Shatner Rap (feat. Greenleaf) [Lightless]
08. I Can’t Sleep [Lightless]
09. Jupiter 2011 (feat. Mineral) [Lightless]
10. Nuku [Lightless]
11. Dawn Joseph – Something Beautiful (Fanu remix) [dub]
12. Beauty [Midnight Sun Recs dub]
13. Ane Brun (Do You Remember) [Balloon Ranger Recs. dub]