Helsinki electronic producer Vladislav Delay has recorded for three of Europe’s most challenging labels: Chain Reaction, Mille Plateaux, and Max.Ernst. He grew up trained in jazz and still counts Philly Joe Jones — the drummer for the first Miles Davis Quintet — as one of his prime influences. His album Tummaa is out on The [...]
Whitest Boy Alive follow their own rules: no overdubs, no FX, and the music is always recorded live in one take. Fronted by Erlend Øye (of Kings Of Convenience notoriety), the Berlin collective produce a distinctive blend of minimalist melodies and pillowy grooves. And on the eleven tracks that constitute their new album, Rules, they [...]
I am one of those people who turn to Youtube primarily for silly animal videos. However, this video for Swiss electronic duo Larytta directed by art collective Körner Union is a bit unsettling. Maybe it’s the unnatural symmetry that the mirrors creates.
We have a copy of the awesome School of Seven Bells Alpinisms CD, and a Half Asleep 7″, to give away to a randomly selected LAEM subscriber. To be in the draw, just leave a message under this post saying why you really must have it. Entries close Tuesday afternoon.
Brooklyn-group School of Seven Bells have just released my new favourite album of 2008 — Alpinisms —a slow-building, crackling collection of songs which sneak into your subconscious and spin endlessly like an old, beat up 45.
We have five copies of the new Pivot album O Soundtrack My Heart [Inertia] to give away to randomly selected Australian-based subscribers who leave a message under this post telling us about their favourite Pivot song.
UNKLE’s new album, End Stories … Music For Film, comes in a limited edition gatefold vinyl gloss with sculptured panel embossing. We have three copies to give away to randomly selected Australian Lost At E Minor subscribers who leave a comment under this post.
We asked songwriter Michael Angelakos from electro-pop group, Passion Pit how a Cambridge, Massachusets-based group got signed by Frenchkiss: ‘Luck and word of mouth, I suppose. We loved Frenchkiss as a label before they approached us and we were really excited about joining the roster, especially coming to them with our very specific outlook. But [...]
How many bands can you name who’ve formed over drunken conversations at parties? Add another to the list. Vito De Luca and Stephen Fasano of Belgian duo Aeroplane met around six years ago at a party, and decided to work together after discovering a shared appreciation for 60s and 70s psychedelic pop, Fleetwood Mac, Brian Wilson and 80s synth pop pioneers Brian Eno and Giorgio Moroder. ‘At the beginning Vito made me listen to the demos which he made and I found it very interesting!’, Fasano says. ‘I wanted to do disco-rock-electro music with my influences, and after several working years, we both found our own sound’.
You know you’ve made it in Australia when you have a song featured in a BMW commercial. Yup, The Presets have done that, and more. In this issue of My Secret Playlist, Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes each write about four songs (Julian’s four are first) that have helped shape — in some small way — The Presets sound, finessed so superbly on their latest album, Apocalypso.
Computer vs. Banjo are just that: a computer duking a banjo. Hey? Haven’t you seen Electric Dreams. We have five signed CDs and tees to give away to Lost At E Minor subscribers, as well as a free single download
Welcome to the first issue of Lost At E Minor’s new email publication — My Secret Playlist — a weekly peak inside the MP3 collections of some of our favourite musicians, bands, and producers, giving us a rundown on their eight favourite songs or albums right now. For the first issue, we have a wickedly talented and creative producer and DJ. It’s, wait for it, just a little longer, nearly there. Ok, it’s Moby, from some otherworldly universe
I had the pleasure of seeing Duran Duran play a few weeks back in the balmy drizzle of New York’s Central Park. I always thought the guys had more cheek than they were ever given credit for. But don’t be fooled! For a band so rooted in the immediacy of disposable pop, they wrote some [...]
I usually steer clear of anything smelling of disco-breaks: the thought just bores me. But with Padded Cell’s new release, Night Must Fall, I see a bit of a U-turn on the horizon. There’s something really interesting going on here: it’s a cocktail of 80′s swank laced with woozy narcotic undertones and flecked with snappy drum loops: weird, undeniably dark and ominous, but nonetheless pretty damn satisfying.
With his dazzling electro-soul-jazz fusion, Jamie Lidell is quite the showman. He has a new album out — the dryly named Jim — and a head full of sparkling melodies to share. So we stopped him in his tracks for a chat.