For me Russ Chimes is one of the most amazing music producers and DJs out there - he constantly delivers quality stuff. His probably most known track is his remix of Ellie Goulding’s Starry Eyed that has managed to get a whopping 2.5 million views on Youtube. Other remixes by him include Sam Sparro’s Black and Gold and Mowgli’s Road by Marina & The Diamonds.
The Midnight Club EP is his first release of original works, three energy-laden tracks blended together by a climactic short film that suits the music perfectly (and is actually one of the most enthralling short films I’ve ever seen).
It all begins with the opener Never Look Back dishing out quite the beat coupled with a really nice retro-ish synth. Soon it is joined by unintelligible vocals, which Chimes cleverly uses as another rhythm instrument.
Follow-up Tertre Rouge places more emphasis on the synths, starting off with a fat lead and airy chords that gradually become more and more intense. Especially the Taurus-like bass always puts a big smile on my face.
And then comes Targa, in my opinion the best piece of the album. I still can’t fully comprehend what exactly it is, but something in this song makes it the most epic dance track ever. Maybe it’s the lyrics, maybe the gritty magic of the melody, maybe everything together. As a matter of fact, this song is HUGE.
'nuff said, this EP plays in a league of its own, with Chimes' unique style deliciously separating it from the always same-sounding junk that sadly is the trait of many of today's electronic musicians. It is music that propels you forward, perfect for chasing the night with someone dear. (Yep, the lyrics of Targa are spot on here)
If you like the music, support the artist and buy it!
I’ve decided that I’ll be writing here about exceptional music that doesn’t get enough love. There won’t be any ratings whatsoever, just my thoughts while listening to those records.
Here comes the first one, Mount Eerie’s Lost Wisdom.
Roughly 25 minutes long, Lost Wisdom is a fairly short record, however, the quality of every song is flawless. Phil Elvrum’s calm, somewhat thin voice, the essence of every Mount Eerie release, is joined here by the gentle one of Julie Doiron creating some of the most wonderful harmonies I’ve ever heard. A lush acoustic guitar and a crunchy electric one are the only instruments but they are certainly more than enough to immerse the listener in the melancholy atmosphere.
Yet the record fails to make me disillusioned or gloomy. Despite the somber lyrics (which actually are a work of art themselves) the melodies seem to carry a little seed of hope in them. I prefer listening to this album curled up in bed with my earphones plugged in and a cozy blanket. Maybe it’s the gritty analog recording or the quiet voices, but if I had to describe this album in one word it’d be “warm”. And it’s exactly this warmth that helps me clear my mind and often lets me glide into a peaceful sleep.
If you want to support the artist, buy the album here: http://www.pwelverumandsun.com/store
I just watched a fan made video that I thought I was really going to like but ended up thinking was just OK — but it reminded me to rewatch this video/remix of “Nude” made by James Houston, which still amazes me a bit every time I view it.
The scanner is my favorite.
This is one of, if not the most amazing computer music-related videos I’ve seen (for reasons other than the seemingly perfect fusion that is Radiohead and old technology). My favorite parts are probably the hard drives (it’s eerie how voice-like they sound at times…) and the ZX Spectrum (I’m a sucker for 8-bit music). Though the printer/bass is pretty cool too…
this is just awesome!
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