So. Yet another jubilant day! Such weather should mean that the British - ever capable of moaning about the climate - will cease babbling and brighten their spirits. No more morbidity people! Get out your hats and sandals, and avoid getting burnt like I did yesterday. Scarlet neck! Ouch.
Also tender right now is Py and iO’s ‘Whispers’. Py has previously delivered the vocals for intricate bass producers Lapalux and Throwing Snow, with the former on ‘Moments’ and the latter on ‘Wallow’. Lapalux also did a sweet remix of ‘Wallow’, which proved one of my favourite cuts of last year.
This time Py returns with producer iO to release a dark pop-garage track, combining lustful vocals (“I always wanted you”) with scattering basslines and moody synths. The opening few bars could be an Alanis Morrisette original, but we are then transported to something of a space age 2-step groove with late-90s Brit vocals. Think Moloko, Fragma, even, with added soul. And a brooding undercurrent of more lust.
Second, we get Midland’s second cut from forthcoming EP Placement. I have always said Midland is an astute producer. He releases relatively rarely but, when he does, it’s great. New cut ‘Tail Ender’ is unfortunately no dedication to Monty Panesar, or indeed the great Alan Mullally, but is fortunately an analogue dream. It’s far darker than his more house-oriented output, and plies a (short-ish) Detroit structure. I cannot wait for this EP.
Finally, the ever-active Shed returns once more to shatter our ear drums with a remix of WAX 30303. Unsurprisingly the bass is terrifying. The almost analogue bass synth sounds like someone rapping steel on a sparse housing estate, and the clattering cymbals like David Lynch-worshipping, demonic wind chimes. I don’t know where Shed gets his inspiration, and I don’t particularly want to.