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A Few Track Reviews

April 29, 2009

Maybe that whole “death of the album” thing that everyone keeps talking about is finally going ahead, or Pitchfork have started doing song reviews again, but bands seem to be releasing a lot of one offs, EPs, big news remixes and pre-album singles at the moment. If you are Hype Machine savvy at all you will probably have these already but here are my opinions anyway:

DOOM: “Gazillion Ear (Thom Yorke Remix)

I still love Four Tet’s remixes of Mad Villain from way back when. Doom’s whacked vox sounded great over something a little less conventional hip-hop. And Born Into This is pretty cool but how many album does he have rapping over cartoon samples and a beat too low in the mix? So anyway, I was looking forward to this. And it starts out pretty good with some typically clicky, textural percussion and spooky synths blending into clipped Yorke “ooohs”. But old mate seems to forget that this song is long for MF at four minutes and that the original completely switches the beat around a couple of times to keep our attention. Instead, the envelopes just fade up the whole time and then DOOM runs out of words.

doom – gazzillion ear (thom yorke remix)

HEALTH: “Die Slow”
Despite having a faint reek of late-90’s rocktronica, of vintage Placebo or something, this second attempt at writing “Glitter Pills” still slays. Putting their thin, decayed vox and noise over Led Zep beats and addictive synths, they then go about writing an actual song. Even my fucking girlfriend likes this.

HEALTH -die slow

Major Lazer (featuring Santigold and Mr Lexx): “Hold The Line “

I find Diplo and Mad Decent and all that stuff pretty hit and mix, but this is one of the good ones. Its Diplo and Switch’s new project and the track features Santigold or whatever she has to call herself now and some dude Mr. Lexx. On top of all the star power, its fast, the drums are big, and there are lots of crazy noises going on. You’d think the whole ‘phone song’ thing was played as far back as M.I.A.’s lowest low, “URAQT”, but other than that…

major lazer – hold the line

15 Comments leave one →
  1. a fork permalink
    May 4, 2009 10:06 am

    Hey Lo,

    Streetlight (Zen’s cousin’s band) are touring over your way. Below are a couple of dates, get along if you can!

    6 May 2009 8:00 P DING DONG LOUNGE w/ The Revels & Learn the Splits Melbourne, Victoria
    7 May 2009 10:00 P TOO MANY CREEPS @ McKillop St w/ Redcoats Melbourne, Victoria

  2. Sackington Ballsworth permalink
    May 7, 2009 10:51 am


  3. Sackington Ballsworth permalink
    May 14, 2009 9:14 am

    Goddamnit when will you write sothing else for me to comment on?

  4. Slap Dot permalink
    May 19, 2009 11:53 am

    Yeah. Lack of blog updates is killing my ability to procrastinate.

  5. May 21, 2009 12:56 pm

    How much Blowcaine are we doing in June?

  6. Slap Dot permalink
    May 22, 2009 4:03 am

    I’ll answer that….

    A Dr. Rockzo’s worth.

  7. May 23, 2009 1:37 am

    He does a lot of blowcaine….right?

  8. Slap Dot permalink
    May 23, 2009 2:39 am

    Have you ever seen a mountain’s side worth of avalanche flow into one man’s nostril?

  9. May 24, 2009 4:36 pm

    i guess i’m about to

  10. Sackington Ballsworth permalink
    June 1, 2009 11:29 am

    i saw that on the weekend, hell, i did that on the weekend..

  11. Sackington Ballsworth permalink
    June 2, 2009 11:15 am

    everytime i come here and there isn’t sdomething new is time i will never get back.

    well i suppose i should be working anyway

  12. a fork permalink
    June 3, 2009 3:45 pm

    I concur with Ballsworth – do something good.

  13. Slap Dot. permalink
    June 5, 2009 3:21 pm

    The insuation being that it has been not good so far?

    Fo’ shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Sackington Ballsworth permalink
    June 29, 2009 3:57 pm

    i am officially giving up on this blog.

  15. Slap Dot. permalink
    July 10, 2009 2:45 pm

    I think you got beaten to the punch.

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