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Just a little bit of last year creeping back in – Gonjasufi

Gonjasufi – MU.ZZ.LE

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The simultaneously croaky and sweet voice of Sumach Valentine is what will catch your ear when you first start to listen to Gonjasufi’s album MU.ZZ.LE with its abstract hip-hop sound.

A handful of electro pop, some down tempo beats, smothered with a sort of slow motion, head-spinning swirls from guitar snares, piano samples and strained out synthesizing strings you might think that this album be a little passive. But Valentines sweet groaning is what off sets the pace turning it into the ultimate bachelor album – the ultimate getting laid album. Pop the album on when you bring someone home and watch as they turn to putty in you hands. The relaxing pace from song to song is somewhat meditative in its delivery and itches for a kind of cathartic release. Yearns for it in fact. And just as you are about to twiddle down Gonjasufi to an ‘easy lay’ album, the lyrics prove to have far more depth filled with raw emotion that, on unwrapping the plastic from the cover, is not initially expected. Especially in light of the fact that Gonjasufi’s previous album “Sufi and a Killer” seemed to have a very collaborative feel to it.

Valentine seems to be focusing many of the lyrics on searching for love, guilt and tripping out, however the sense of honesty that comes from Valentine is really what makes the album worth a spot in your collection.

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Just a little bit of last year creeping back in – Zola Jesus, Conatus

Zola Jesus – Conatus

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Conatus is mainly built from thundering toms, majestically revolving synthesizers, and warm courses of classical stringed instruments. “I kept having these primal images”, Nika Roza Danilova said of her new album, “just quite strange landscapes and shapes I couldn’t shake.” That may sound like a meaningless gloss, but on “Swords”, the minute-long opening track, you can hear exactly what she means.
With her background in opera, one can hear how she challenges the norms of perfectly executed notes in terms of a classically trained perspective – to much of my delight. The Zola Jesus project is something brand new from someone incredibly young and from her collaboration with M83 on the “Intro” song in “Hurry up, We’re Dreaming” one can see she is destined to grow as a musician. Her indecipherable lyrics at points puts the ear and mind to work as one tries to figure out what she is saying, this is none the clearer in “Vessel” which might also just be the most formidable song on the album. Conatus has a broody yet sensual feel to it and if I had to compare it to any other album it would be Bjork’s “Homogenic”.
The restraint of the beats makes you feel like you want to get up and dance yet stay seated and allow the music to swirl like a whirl wind in and around your aural anatomy. Keep your eye on this one, its gong to become really big!<

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Chromatics – Lady

I want to start off with this track for the mere fact that it is a rather uniquely Chromatics sounding track but showing some great maturation and development. Ditching the off robotic vocals for Ruth Radelets moaning and yearning voice was the smart choice but the song is still rife with that Italo disco that the group is so influenced by. Italo disco is a sub genre of disco that showed face in the seventies. What Chromatics have done is take that sub genre and place it in today, and it workks beautifully.

Lady is a rather sensually bleak song. The constant pace of the tune is numbing, the synths are electric pulsations through your veins and her voice pines for more and desires so much.

It’s a good little track… But there is more to come from Chromatics latest album – Kill for Love.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbx8qRg6tPE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Do, do do, do-da, do-da

The bass that bounces from a sexy voice…
An imploding tap that manages to tick tock to the end…
Strings, harp? ding, ding, grrrring, ding
And still that voice is relentlessly bouncing on top of me…
and just as it dissipates into a sort of calm, a sax…the sax
Whining…
Oh how it moans and groans at me…

Keep Me There – is the title of the song and appropriately so. It’s a song that urges you to hold it, keep it in, like tantric dancing. Don’t let it go, build it up, keep it simmering, don’t ever stop and never ever peak. It’s a really delicious song that encourages you to take a listen over and over again and then recreate a sort of scene in ones head that perfectly reflects exactly how the song makes you feel. For me it’s dancing… Albeit with a strong sexual undercurrent, but since when was dancing not a fluid act that demands sexual undercurrent?

Nicolaas Jaar’s 2011 album Space is Only Noise is worth a listen, but as many lyric-less music it tends to sort of blend together to form a jovial, easy listening sort of album. But Keep Me There is one that stands out and bashes me on my groove spine with a rhythm stick that sends little dancing quivers of sensual vibrations up and down my body. Every nerve is alive with a pent up explosion of dance euphoria.

So check it out.

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A Song

Here is a song by Perfume Genius titled All Waters. The song is about two men holding hands in public… But the beginning suggests we are far away from this actually being a reality…

When all waters still
And flowers cover the earth
When all trees stop shivering
And dust settles in the dessert
When I can take your hand
On any crowded street
And hold you close to me
With no hesitating
Oh, I love…
You.

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