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October 31, 2007

Viva Voce

Viva Voce recently re-released their first two albums, Lovers, Lead The Way! & The Heat Can Melt Your Brain, in a fancy 2-CD package that includes a smattering of bonus tracks as well. It's a great way to get introduced to the band's wistful, musing brand of indie rock. The first album in the set seems a little more quiet and reserved, while the second seems to edge toward a bit more force and experimentalism, but overall, the two albums share a swirling, gentle quality that's definitely worth a listen.

Viva Voce - Fashionably Lonely
Viva Voce - They Never Really Wake Up

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Lyrics Born - Stop Complaining (Morcheeba Remix)
The Twilight Singers - Candy Cane Crawl
Alpha - South

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October 29, 2007

Faithless

I just realized that Faithless put out an album last year. Featuring their signature brand of charged up dance music, and guest appearances from Dido, Robert Smith, and Cat Power, the record hasn't wandered far at all from the group's original sound, but that sound happens to be tight and intense, as well as more than a little bit thoughtful on the lyric side. From the 2006 release To All New Arrivals.

Faithless - Bombs (feat. Harry Collier)
Faithless - Spiders, Crocodiles & Kryptonite (feat. Robert Smith)
Faithless - To All New Arrivals (feat. Harry Collier)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Missy Elliot - Hot (Ratatat remix)
Nitin Sawhney - Gilles Smiles
The Sundays - She

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October 26, 2007

Odd Nosdam

Odd Nosdam is back with another round of instrumental hip hop in their signature dark and experimental style. I miss some of the weird vocals from their last album, but this is still a nice little sliver of YMMV. From the 2007 release Level Live Wires.

Odd Nosdam - Kill Tone
Odd Nosdam - Fat Hooks

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Plus-Tech Squeeze Box - rocket coaster
Feist - Mushaboom (Postal Service Mix)
Nicky Skopelitis - Proud Flesh

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October 19, 2007

Michael Fakesch

So a funny thing happened... I went on vacation to NYC last weekend. Normally when I leave town for a few days, I queue up a bunch of posts before I go, but this time, I completely forgot. Hence, no music until today, d'oh! I could tell by the distant sounds of wailing and gnashing of teeth that this really bothered you all, so I'd like to make up for it by, uh, doing nothing special and pretending this is an ordinary Wednesday.

Electronic funk today from Funkstörung member Michael Fakesch, on his new release Dos. Both the vocals and the overall funk vibe are drawing fairly inevitable Prince comparisons, but the electronics here push this in a somewhat colder direction; I was taking a risk picking this up due to the fact that I find the majority of Funkstörung's output to be overly grating, but I can always use a little electronic funk, and sure enough, this worked out just fine.

Michael Fakesch - Escalate
Michael Fakesch - Dot
Michael Fakesch - Miko

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Cursor Miner - LSD
Basement Jaxx - U Don't Know Me (Jaxx Houz Club Mix)
Pilote - Turtle [Bonobo Mix]

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October 17, 2007

Underworld

Wait, Underworld is still making music? Wacky! From the 2007 release Oblivion With Bells.

Underworld - Beautiful Burnout
Underworld - Glam Bucket

Recently on Comfort Radio:
I'm not a Gun - Drunken Anecdotes
Solex - Solex's Snag
Jenglander - Novox

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October 15, 2007

"Awesome"

Seattle art rock phenomenon "Awesome" is back with their sophomore release, Beehive Sessions, produced by Jon Auer of The Posies. For those who haven't had the benefit of seeing these cats live, "Awesome" is a seven-person outfit that collectively brings to bear an arsenal of guitar, bass, drums, keys, mandolin, violin, theremin, trumpet, accordion, clarinet, banjo, and an assortment of vocals. The result is pleasingly reminiscent of some of the best chamber pop elements of recent Sufjan Stevens, some of the quirkiest art pop elements of Moxy Früvous or They Might Be Giants, and some of the catchiest purely pop elements of Rubber Soul-era Beatles. I thought I'd outgrown "prog rock" but these guys bring tremendous whimsy and creativity to the genre, while at the same time sneaking in some '70s AM radio goodness to the mix; it's hard to describe, but very easy to listen to, so dig these tracks and then grab the CD as fast as you can.

"Awesome" - Telephone
"Awesome" - Anthem

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Anima Sound Sytem - More Fire
Mogwai - like herod (hood remix)
Up, Bustle & Out - Hip Hop Barrio

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October 12, 2007

Luke Vibert

I hear the genre of electronica that Luke Vibert works in these days is called "acid." There, I've said all you need to know about Vibert's enjoyable new release, Chicago, Detroit, Redruth. Thank you, music people, for yet another microgenre name that comes out of nowhere and fails to describe the music! Of course, I guess "bleepy-bloopy" as a genre style isn't descriptive enough, huh.

Luke Vibert - Brain Rave
Luke Vibert - Swet

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Komeda - Reproduce
Mouse On Mars - Saturday Night (DJ Crack Mix)
Fischerspooner - Everything to Gain

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October 10, 2007

Natalie Walker

Natalie Walker offers up some very smoky downtempo tunes on her 2007 debut, Urban Angel. It's the kind of record that can draw comparisons to Sarah McLachlan (which would ordinarily make me hurl) while also offering nods to Portishead and garnering a Thievery Corporation remix to round off the record.

Natalie Walker - Crush
Natalie Walker - No One Else

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Tori Amos - Winter (Live in Manchester)
Max Tundra - Merman
Arcane - Morecambe Bay

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October 08, 2007

Maps

Maps creates a lushly instrumented, romantic-sounding electronica on the 2007 release, We Can Create.

Maps - It Will Find You
Maps - Back + Forth

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Talking Heads - Heaven
Girl Bros. - Love & Trouble
John Coltrane - Cousin Mary

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October 05, 2007

The Real Tuesday Weld

The Real Tuesday Weld is back with his third dose of "antique beat" tunes, an album called The London Book Of The Dead. The album seems more resigned and melancholy than I remember from his first album (for some reason, I didn't get into his second album much), but it turns out quite lovely this time around. If you mostly recall the infectious quality of "Bathtime In Clerkenwell," then the sad romanticism of "The Decline And Fall Of The Clerkenwell Kid" may come as a surprise, but it's still a treat.

The Real Tuesday Weld - The Decline And Fall Of The Clerkenwell Kid
The Real Tuesday Weld - Bringing The Body Back Home

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Underworld - Dirty Epic [Dirty]
Fat Freddy's Drop - Flashback (Jazzanova's Breathe Easy Mix)
Johnny Blas - Picadillo (Carl Craig's Breakdown version)

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October 03, 2007

Bitter:Sweet

Bitter:Sweet, a loungetronica group (featuring Kiran Shahani of Supreme Beings of Leisure) who recently put out a big smash record called The Mating Game, now have a delightful remix album called - wait for it - The Remix Game, featuring snazzy reworkings by the likes of Thievery Corporation, Nicola Conte, Atjazz, Skeewiff, and others. As you'd expect, it's a very smooth affair, but my favorite tracks were these two - the Blackbeard remix for its unexpected hints of grind, and the Marsmobil remix for taking things in a very psychedelic direction.

Bitter:Sweet - Overdue (Blackbeard Remix)
Bitter:Sweet - Moody (Marsmobil Remix)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Shadow - Number Song (Cut Chemist Remix)
Styrofoam - Off Is Not A Speed
Four Tet - You Were There with Me

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October 01, 2007

Simian Mobile Disco

My problem with Simian Mobile Disco is not the music, which I find to be very enjoyable, crunchy / grindy electronica. Rather, it's the image the band's name conjures up, which is of that one stupid art car that shows up every year to Burning Man which is just a disco ball mounted above a 4x4 "dance floor" that somebody's slapped onto the back of a golf cart, and then they cram 400 people on it and crank bad music out and drive around as though, you know, a mobile disco is a big deal or something. Aaaaaanyway, yeah, I do like the band. From the 2007 release Attack Decay Sustain Release.

Simian Mobile Disco - Sleep Deprivation
Simian Mobile Disco - System

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Ustad Sultan Khan - Don't Run Away (Radar One Remix)
Aqualung - Breaking My Heart
Nobody - Siesta Con Susana

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