Whilst I spent my Saturday night still recovering from Friday night falling asleep ridiculously early watching the incredible Human Planet, I understand that a lot of people would have been out dancing the night away. Here’s something from Sentinels that would go down a treat blaring out of a huge sound system.
Sentinels- Spirals (Free Download) by Fundamental
To begin with the duo adopt a kitchen-sink-and-all approach, throwing synthesised arpeggios against vocal stabs, but it soon all locks together. The production is crisp, and the break downs are euphoric. When I listen to music, really good music, it always seems to evoke colour. This track makes me think of all the colours in the rainbow. A lot of 2-step and garage is a bit too dark for my liking, but ‘Spirals’ has a lot more warmth to it. I discovered this courtesy of the wonderful people at Fundamental Garage.
Now, as I’m listening to England trying to curtail India’s progress in the Cricket World Cup, with the sun attempting to shine through the light layer of cloud on a Sunday morning, this track seems slightly more apt. It’s glitchy electronica (my favourite kind of electronica) and it comes from Berlin - the brilliant Nils Frahm has teamed up with Anne Müller on cello.
Nils Frahm & Anne Müller – 7fingers by erasedtapes
It’s sometimes hard to combine classical instruments with electronic music and for it not to feel forced, corny or unnecessary, but here the beats and the samples are perfectly complimented by the beautiful and restrained playing of the cello. As with Sentinels, the breakdown is where the heart of the song is - so simple, yet breathtakingly effective.