In which Jerome LOL continues to tweak the sound first found on the Changes EP, reapplying it to labelmate Tomas Barfod’s “November Skies”. I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say that Jerome could easily be producing (if he isn’t already) for some of the biggest names in the industry. On “November Skies”, he invents a child-like element, represented in the chipmunk vocals and twinkling chimes. Not childish, but child-like. Innocent. Bashful. The synths bounce off of the track walls in bouts of controlled excitement as the live-sounding percussion tumbles over itself resulting in an Animal Collective-esque chaos. This might be the best track of 2012 for people to hipster dance to. The remix is off of the “November Skies” remix package (catch Sepalcure’s take here), out November 26 via Friends of Friends.
It’s difficult to imagine the mental state Travis Stewart (some know him as Machinedrum) and Praveen Sharma inhabit when they meld minds/conjoin/come together as Sepalcure. The duo have explored every corner of the bass-universe, tricking out a sound that hasn’t disappointed yet. 2011’s self-titled debut was one of the year’s best and the two have stayed busy in 2012, indulging in their respective solo careers. It’s been too long since Stewart and Sharma have joined forces, but today sees the drought end with a dub-y remix of Tomas Barfod’s “November Skies”. Stripping the large majority of the original’s vocal work, Sepalcure install complex percussion and heavy low-end effects including some tactful wobble bass. Stream below and grab the “November Skies” single via Friends of Friends on November 26.
Don’t know how I missed this one. The ever-Based Young L took a stab at Tomas Barfod’s “Broken Glass” and damn the results are beautiful. The original’s droning vocals are chopped to bits over shuffling drums and wallowing synths. Young L has never been shy about straying from his comfort zone to sample the likes of Wye Oak and Yeasayer and by the looks of it, he’s not going to stop. Who woulda thunk that the guy who produced this could make something like this. I’m not complaining. Anyone who can make ignant bangers as well as heartfelt coasters is good in my book. Stream and download Young L’s remix below and be sure to give Barfod’s Salton Sea LP a listen.
There aren’t many constants in life, but one thing we can consistently count on is a quality XLR8R podcast every month. Podcast #241 features Danish producer and recently inducted Angeleno Tomas Barfod. With the release of last month’s Broken Glass EP, Barfod joined the Friends of Friends roster, slotting him in between beat maestros Shlohmo, Salva and Groundislava. His XLR8R mix touches on several genres, but keeps the focus on the melody, resulting in an incredibly free flowing mixture of house, techno and even some R&B. I generally like to read a mix’s tracklist after I listen through so that it doesn’t inform my opinion. When Miguel’s standout track “Adorn” Art Dealer Chic Vol. 1 started seeping through my speakers, a wry little smile came across my face, transcending the entire experience of listening to the mix. Stream and download the mix here and look out for Barfod’s upcoming full length Salton Sea on May 21.
In the aftermath of music conferences/festivals like South By Southwest or Miami Music Week, there is always an influx of collaborations, both between artists that have worked extensively together prior and others who have never met. Collaborations between Friends of Friends artists are almost always fruitful and Shlohmo’s remix of Tomas Barfod’s “Broken Glass” is no different. Barfod is a recent FoF signee and the drummer for indie rock band WhoMadeWho. Barfod is also Danish and brings some international flair to the FoF roster. “Broken Glass” is a marauding track, accentuated with vocoder’d vocals, that slowly builds, until, marked by crashing glass, a disco bassline breaks through and the track transforms and last 1:15 are dance floor bliss.
Stream/Download: Tomas Barfod – “Broken Glass”
Shlohmo, as he usually does, takes a different route on the remix, abandoning the earthy sounds that have defined his past few releases and pitching down the vocals to create a brooding atmosphere without slowing down the BPM. Shlohmo’s drums crack and sizzle over the original to create a more complex, although not necessarily superior effort. Whichever version you enjoy better, it’s great to see artists like this work together and hopefully we’ll see more material from the two in the near future. Barfod’s FoF debut, Salton Sea (love the title!), will be released in May. Stream the Shlohmo version at the Boiler Room.