Lexander James is the newest name of Castledrum Records electronica producer Rob Ross. You can hear the prettiness of Flora and the knuckle-cracking chaos of itsagamble! in there, but there’s really whole a new emotion I haven’t heard in his music until now. A cooling resolution. A hymn for doing the hard thing. That song that plays in someone’s car as they calmly drive themselves and a hundred thou’ in drug money off the bridge and into the river.
Music for people who want to feel totally BA while running errands.
A purposeful, contemplative sunrise track. The theme song for a spellcasting super nintendo princess/love-interest.
Kumon Plaza (Edmonton) wields his keyboard and 707 combo as skillfully as ever with this pretty little piece, setting fire to our imaginations as usual.
Landon Speers makes gorgeous, patient, higher-purpose electronic music that matches well with his other art-form, photography. His new EP, Spaced Jam, blooms and resonates and dissolves for you as anticipated, but his well-known sound has evolved now into into a beating, pulsing, rhythmic thing.
Yes, there are drums, and yes, they are good.
On his bandcamp page, Landon tells the story:
I was bed ridden for 11 days at the end of July/start of August 2011 with what seemed like a myriad of sudden health problems.
Between percocets and nausea, awful sleeps, Predator 2 and all the Harry Potter movies I worked on a few tracks while in bed. These songs comprise Spaced Jam.
Vancouver’s The Parish of Little Clifton makes some real pretty instrumental electronica. Comparable to something from Flora or Boards of Canada (detuned synths rule!), but a little less glitch-clicky, and a little more ambient. Reverb-filled and then sidechained to your good-times, “In the Garden” definitely has some chill in its wave that will take good care of your summer drives.
Mitchmatic showed me this yesterday.
If you still get giddy over neck-snapping, underground, honest-to-God good rap music, then D-Sisive is here to save you from whatever else you listen to.
In “If…” D-Sisive cynically posits that the creative-ass stuff he’s done would have made headlines had it been done by an American rapper like Kanye or Jay-Z. He delivers this argument with craft, cleverness, and patience.
“If Jay-Z sampled a Daniel Johnston tune// You’d download Daniel’s catalogue of music// Don’t try to deny it, it’s probably true// Cuz whateva Jigga say, you gonna follow, dude.//”
There’s no doubt D-Sisive is a pretty bitter guy*, but it’s his maturity, sense of humour, and intelligence that combines with that bitterness to make him a great rapper.
*Toronto’s Mayor, Rob Ford, responds to D-Sisive’s diss track.