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December 30, 2005

"Easy Summer Season 05"

The compilation Easy Summer Season 05 provides a collection of interesting rock, uptempo "world", and electronic sounds. The first track here is a giddy little instrumental rock number; the second track is a swank little downtempo number; and the last track shows off a little of the global style on display. There's some occasional goofiness involved, but for the most part, this is a tight, melodic collection. I realize it's not summer, but a boy can dream, can't he? I couldn't find a buy link, but if you read Russian, have fun on the label site looking for more information.

Yug - Il Gogogoch
Triangle Sun - Buddha
Netslov - Village

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week. Oh, and HAPPY FUCKING NEW YEAR!

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December 29, 2005

Jazztronik

Every now and then, you just need some good old-fashioned ass-kicking acid jazz to get your morning started off right. Mmm, Jazztronik! From their 2005 release Cannibal Rock.

Jazztronik - Cannibal Rock
Jazztronik - South Of the Border

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Timmy The Terror - Shizuku 2.0
Ambient Temple of Imagination - Obsession
Add N To X - U Baby

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December 28, 2005

Weave

Yummy, quirky electronica from Weave, on the album Of The Nature Tone. He cleverly weaves in (get it? get it? huh? huh?) a variety of live instrumentation throughout the record, elevating this above your average laptop fare. The second track here takes some time to warm up, so be patient.

Weave - Minera (for John Peel)
Weave - Lux Natura
Weave - Darkcharge

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Crash Worship - Vitamin X
Anubian Lights - As Seen In 822 A.D.
IOTA - Creature

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December 27, 2005

Induce

Ethereal instrumental hip hop from the act Induce brightens our day today. There's a smattering of good rap on the album, but for the most part, it's all moods and textures, leaning toward the acid jazz end of the spectrum. From the album Cycle.

Induce - Coltrane's Brain (The Rebirth)
Induce - Color Clouds Blue (Version 2)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Calexico - Alone Again Or
Jill Scott - Love Rain (Remix)(Feat Mos Def)
Plastilina Mosh - Savage Sucker Boy

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December 26, 2005

Vienna Art Orchestra

Hmm, I think the last time I posted any really good modern big band music was, uh, NEVER! Well, that trend ends today (and starts back up again tomorrow). On the 2005 album Swing and Affairs, we're treated to some swank and sultry arrangements by the Vienna Art Orchestra that should sound great on Comfort Radio right after a slamming electronic track.

Vienna Art Orchestra - Hobo Ho
Vienna Art Orchestra - Incubi Et Succubi
Vienna Art Orchestra - When Vienna Doesn't Waltz

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Mr. Quintron - Place Unknown
Dierdre - Close To Us
Garbage - Sleep Together

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December 23, 2005

"Freshly Composted"

This diverse little compilation spans the gamut from dance to, uh, more dance. Yeah! General Electrics feat. Lateef, Trüby Trio, Beanfield, and Maurice Fulton turn up on this compilation, and there's another pleasant "Heart of Glass" cover handy, but surprisingly, that does little to help me describe the overall tone of the album (that, and my overwhelming laziness). From the comp Freshly Composted.

Alex Attias presents Mustang feat Bembe Segue - 10,000 leagues deeper (laurent 'laboratoire' garnier remix)
Jean-Paul Bondy feat. Carl A. Finlow - Cold Reformer
Felix Laband - Whistling In Tongues (vinyl edit)

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week. Oh, and MERRY FUCKING CHRISTMAS!

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December 22, 2005

Gel-Sol

Long-time fans of this blog (ha, I crack myself up) no doubt recall my infatuation with a mid-90s ambient label, em:t, which mysteriously vanished, leaving a small but incredible pile of fantastic music behind as its legacy. In 2004, some version of those folks got back together and put a new album out, by an artist called Gel-Sol, which I finally managed to grab the other day. How's it measure up? Well, you'd need the hand of God to do better than Woob, but by gum, this is some fine, swoopy, Global Communication-style ambient, even a little retro in that regard. From the album 1104.

Gel-Sol - Ach Werden Ijler
Gel-Sol - Montauk

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Solesides - Lateef's Freestyle
Morphine - Rope On Fire
Two Lone Swordsmen - Taste of Our Flames

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December 21, 2005

Ensemble Du Verre

Trippy ambient mixed with experimental jazz? OK! From the 2005 release Sing Me Something, by Ensemble Du Verre.

Ensemble Du Verre - Phonetic
Ensemble Du Verre - Fast

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Dubstar - stars
Ladytron - Skools Out...
Cholly featuring Vicente Rubino - Reception

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December 20, 2005

Cmy

Quirky instrumental hip hop with an occasional experimental edge from Cmy, on their 2005 release Foggy Style. Sometimes you think you're just listening to "ordinary" instrumental hip hop and then they slide something across at you that causes your eyebrow to raise ever so slightly (if you have eyebrows, that is; I am not trying to discriminate against the eyebrowless here.) That is likely because, as their web site proclaims, they are "beyond jazz & hip hop"! Or something.

Cmy - Met Her In China
Cmy - If You Come To Me
Cmy - Beat-Roots

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Blue Ange
The Beatles - I Me Mine (naked version)
Esquivel - Anna (El Negro Zumbon)

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December 19, 2005

Just One

Really tight breakbeat (or is it brokenbeat now?) coupled with great soul vocals comes our way from Just One, on the album Lovemusic (scroll down that page for buy link). Actually the female vocals on the last track make it sound like a missing Suba track - very tasty.

Just One - All The Way
Just One - No Stress
Just One - Lo Que Puede Ser

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Big Boi - Reset (Feat. Khujo Goodie & Cee-Lo)
Orbital - Know Where To Run
Faithless - Sunday 8PM

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December 16, 2005

Friday grab bag

Here's some delightful chambertronica I stumbled across recently from Sebastien Tellier. The original version of the track reminds me of Sufjan Stevens, with a healthy dose of Belle & Sebastian thrown in for good measure; apparently Mr Dan is bringing the "tronica" to the table on this mix, and it sounds pretty charming. From the La Ritournelle single.

Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle (Mr Dan's Mix)

Sofa Surfers have some new music out. The album is not my speed, but this remix was a nice appearance from Kid Loco that turned this song into something nifty in the edgy downtempo department. From the White Noise single.

Sofa Surfers - White Noise (Kid Loco's Fire Engine Hip Society Remix)

And this is a lovely, haunting little instrumental hip hop ditty to round out the day. From the 2004 single Needs Must by We Yo Nee. "Just because!"

We Yo Nee - Capricorn Four

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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December 15, 2005

Birdy Nam Nam

Birdy Nam Nam makes some very methodical downtempo funk that just chugs along, periodically throwing in some horns or some voices to make sure you're still paying attention. It's a bit like a funkier, edgier Land of the Loops, every now and then raising the energy level toward something like Hexstatic. From the band's 2005 self-titled release.

Birdy Nam Nam - Ready For War Ready For What
Birdy Nam Nam - New Birth
Birdy Nam Nam - Escape

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Meat Beat Manifesto - It's The Music (Mix 2000)
The Polyphonic Spree - Section 2
Z-Trip - About Face

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December 14, 2005

British Sea Power

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"British Sea Power brings us a different flavor of '80s nostalgia - guitar pop with lead vocals reminiscent of the Psychedelic Furs or David Bowie. Pretty. Melodic. Sincere, but in a good way. An MP3.com review says 'The question Yan seems to ask throughout Open Season is whether or not life is really crap.' Hey Yan, lemme know if you find out, k? It takes a special kind of band to be able to deliver a line like 'Totally wicked and equally ace'. Although there are standout tracks, this album flows so smoothly that it works better than most as a whole, setting a relaxed, wistful mood. From the 2005 album Open Season."

British Sea Power - Victorian Ice
British Sea Power - The Land Beyond
British Sea Power - True Adventures

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Grid - Throb
hall 9000 feat. sylvia marks - bay bay bay
Afro Celt Sound System - Colossus

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December 13, 2005

Jazzanova & Resoul

I know I posted some Jazzanova recently, but I came across an IDM / ambient downtempo mix compilation they put together that is super sweet to my ears, so. It's called Secret Love 2 - Another View by Jazzanova & Resoul, and it features Psapp, Freeform Five, Chungking, Fat Freddys Drop, Daft Punk, "and more!" When I think of Jazzanova, I typically think a little more "nujazz" or whatever, but this is a lot more varied and interesting overall.

Brooks - Tell Somebody About Us (Akufen Raconte Sa Version De Faits)
Fleckflumie - From The Morning
März - The River

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Shadow - Lost And Found (Live on BBC)
Dr Kesler - Listo para la accion retardada
Llorca - The Novel Sound

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December 12, 2005

Mauracher

Weirdo indie rock today from Mauracher, on his 2005 album Kissing My Grandma. It's almost rocktronica, but it's too rowdy and eccentric to really fit that bill. The artist's bio on his web site makes approximately zero sense, but I was able to glean that he used to make dance music; so if you were a fan of his dance music, this, uh, isn't.

Mauracher - Underwater Buddha
Mauracher - Additional For You
Mauracher - His Leg Against Him

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Her Space Holiday - Manic Expressive
Trance Mission - Tunnels
Growling Mad Scientists - Herd Rush

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December 09, 2005

"Chinese Room"

The 2005 Chinese Room compilation provides 16 wonderful trip hop, downtempo, and hip hop tracks with a Chinese flavor (MSG, possibly, I don't really know). DJ Cam and Kid Koala make reliable appearances here, but although they lend a nice touch to the proceedings, the compilation would have easily succeeded without them.

High Tone - Musical Bonzeye
Gerz Marcellino Aka Dj Gero - Beijing By Night
Cello & Sananda - Shanghai Streets

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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December 08, 2005

Blockhead

Mmm, I loves me some Blockhead - delicious instrumental hip hop. The first track here is from The Block Is Hot Part 2, a live set with three studio tracks on it as well. The second track is from from the Expiration Date single.

Blockhead - 7 Miles
Blockhead - Sunday Séance (Loka Remix)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
MC Solaar - Les temps changent
A3 - Converted
Galt MacDermot - Coffee Cold

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December 07, 2005

Go Betty Go

Another Wednesday guest post from Coe, who writes:

"Here's one for JenMoon... energetic pop-punk chick music. I keep coming back to Go Betty Go while trying to review other stuff because it's so darned catchy. Touch of the Go-Go's, but fierce. The straightforward punk tracks are defiant and satisfying, and the ones that break the mold a bit are even better. From the 2005 album Nothing Is More."

Go Betty Go - The Pirate Song
Go Betty Go - No Hay Perdon (You Are Not Forgiven)
Go Betty Go - Unreal

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Franka Potente - Believe
DJ Food - Consciousness (94bpm)
Space Ghost - Zorak's Horrorscopes Libra

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December 06, 2005

Gotye

I can't decide what to think about Australian artist Gotye, whose second album is due out in January. The first track here has a rich Motown vibe to it, which retro production, horns, and swinging vocals; the second track is a dense, sampletastic technofunk workout. Sounds like the makings of a perfectly schizoid record - which is okay in my book!

Gotye - Learnalilgivinanlovin
Gotye - A Distinctive Sound

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Tori Amos - Ambient Raspberry Swirl - Scarlet Spectrum Feels
Kinky - Not Afraid
Billie Holiday - I Loves You Porgy

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December 05, 2005

Cansei De Ser Sexy

Dirty, sassy, poppy electroclash, anyone? That would be Cansei De Ser Sexy. I feel all naughty for liking this music. Meow! From the 2005 album CSS.

Cansei De Ser Sexy - Fuckoff Is Not The Only Thing
Cansei De Ser Sexy - Alala
Cansei De Ser Sexy - Superafim

In other news, a new installment of my drug culture column on Erowid, eScottology, was recently posted, asking that musical question, "And you thought insufflating that was a good idea why, exactly?" Please to be checking it out. That is all.

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Björk - Visur Vatnsenda Rosu
Arcane - Chinese Canon
Gus Gus - Love vs. Hate

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December 02, 2005

"Give. Listen. Help."

In the "better late that never" department, I just found out about the recent "Give. Listen. Help." benefit 2-CD compilation put out by Urban Outfitters and Filter Magazine, which for $15 ($14 of which goes to the Red Cross to help Katrina victims) will get you a smattering of unreleased tracks from the likes of TV On The Radio, Death Cab for Cutie, Devics, Calexico (remixed by Gotan Project), Low (remixed by Fog), Gang of Four (remixed by Ladytron) and others, as well as some nice album and B-side tracks from the likes of Radiohead, Blackalicious, Grandaddy, British Sea Power, Laura Cantrell, Of Montreal, Sigur Rós, Blonde Redhead, Lansing-Dreiden, Beck (remixed by Boards of Canada) and other indie darlings. It's actually way too indie for me overall, but I know how some of you folks love the rock and roll, so. I do actually love the TV On The Radio song, "Dry Drunk Emperor" (the reason I bought this in the first place), and hey, I finally heard my first Tom Vek song and it's, like, neat and stuff! But the surprise for me is that I have a reason to post the only Tom Waits composition I have unequivocally loved from the moment I heard it.

Tom Vek - Blessing In Disguise
The Album Leaf - Micro Melodies (live)
Tom Waits (with the Kronos Quartet) - What's He Building (live)

These and other fine, fine tracks can be heard on Comfort Radio. See you next week.

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December 01, 2005

Avia Gardner

Very pretty, strangely quirky, lovely-voiced chambertronica comes to us today from the duo known as Avia Gardner, on their new release More Than Tongue Can Tell. It's kind of like how Rachel's might sound if they decided to go electronic.

Avia Gardner - More Than Tongue Can Tell
Avia Gardner - Oceans Of Almost Rushing

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Funki Porcini - Hyde Park
They Might Be Giants - She Thinks She's Edith Head
Samiah Farah - Cool (Barbare)

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