Track Of The Week: The Invisible – ‘Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix)’

Jodhi Taylor

Step away from your chai tea and roll up your yoga mat. If what you have been searching for is spiritual enlightenment then you have been looking in the wrong places. This remix of ‘Life’s Dancers’ by The Invisible was only released three weeks ago and yet has tragically been overlooked as a hot tip on achieving spiritual bliss.

The London-based band and Manchester producer Floating Points, aka Sam Shepherd, have collaborated before with the dreamy, poignant track ‘Wings’, released in 2012. But the intro of this subsequent collaboration captures and quickly discards the melancholy that was so pervasive in ‘Wings’: instead, the aptly-named track takes the listener on a journey which can only be described as spiritual. A subtle feeling of elation washes over the listener as the dreamy vocals and understated drums breathe life into the song: the simplicity of the combination dwarfing the original version of the track. This blissful state of contentment is interrupted, though not unwelcomingly, by a funkier dimension added by the bass. This jazzy snippet playfully teases you before surrendering to cascading string harmonies which leave you with a wistful feeling; the exultation experienced seems to be slipping from your grasp. Despite softening on the outro the ending still feels abrupt, rudely ending the trance-like state undoubtedly achieved, like a bucket of water to the face. Yet, such a heavenly song requires a quick descent back to reality, otherwise, a real risk exists that the listener might not make it back to the world.

But I can think of worse ways to go.

Listen to Life’s Dancers (Floating Points Remix) below.


Track Of The Week: Joyce Manor – ‘Last You Heard Of Me’

Reese Hamilton

Joyce Manor are three albums deep into a budding career in whatever we’re calling their cross pollination of pop-punk, emo, and indie rock, yet have released about an hour of music total. They’re the kind of band that make albums sonically similar to one another, yet have small intricacies that allow fans well-versed in their music to discern the sound of one project to another. The trend seems set to continue, as their latest single ‘Last You Heard Of Me’ is perhaps one of their most distinguishable songs yet. Foremost, it’s over 3 minutes long, making it the longest song in Joyce Manor’s discography. The guitar is noticeably thinner, leaving the driving rhythm of the song in the forefront. Lyrically, frontman Barry Johnson has always been gifted at writing specific lyrics about relatively vague topics. While this is still present, the comparatively slow pace of ‘Last You Heard of Me’ means there’s less space to work with, and the result is a less dense song lyrically than we’re used to from Johnson. Structurally, the track has a strong Weezer influence, not unlike many of Joyce Manor’s musical peers.

Listen to ‘Last You Heard Of Me’ below.


 

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Track Of The Week: The Weeknd – ‘The Party & The After Party’

Rian Mansee

I don’t think The Weeknd has wasted his potential since becoming an unlikely star, but he’s certainly lost some of his edge. Abel Tesfaye used to be a mysterious force in the R&B scene, and the hype that he accumulated across the release of his first three mixtapes was in no small part due to the almost-mythical nature of the man himself. Of course, the music also helped. Beach House-sampling ‘The Party & The After Party’ proves Tesfaye knows how to set a scene. Airy, atmospheric and sensual as hell – obviously – the track is intimate and just the right side of erotic.

Listen to ‘The Party & The After Party’ below.


 

Track Of The Week: Giant Claw – ‘Deep Thoughts 001’

Eva Granek

Back when you were a kid, did you ever play a video game that suddenly glitched the fuck out? Sometimes the audio would go batshit too and, if you were lucky, it would actually sound kind of dope. Enter Giant Claw. Hypnotising, but also kind of ridiculous, ‘Deep Thoughts 001’ is a delightful anomaly. Described by producer Keith Rankin as a “sound collage project”, this is ‘music’ that really stretches the concept of the term. There’s something inherently vast and airy about this track, and it’s not just the production, as if Rankin intended it to sprawl on until time itself stops, but realised halfway through that he was constrained by the laws of our universe and settled for four and a half minutes. I’ve never played Myst, but I imagine this is what the soundtrack would be like, if you melted the disc behind a radiator for a couple hours.

Listen to ‘Deep Thoughts 001’ at Orange Milk Records here.

Track Of The Week: Miguel – ‘Waves (Tame Impala Remix)’

Alexander Smail

It’s a testament to Kevin Parker’s golden touch that his remix of ‘Waves’ is as good as it is – certainly better than it had any right to be. The original is decent, if a little lifeless in the evocative context of Miguel’s Wildheart. But psychedelia is second nature to Parker, and ‘Waves’ was apparently a song in desperate need of some. With a more layered production and imbued with a stronger groove, his remix makes for a much more magnetic listen. Really, it’s just a hell of a lot more fun.

Listen to ‘Waves (Tame Impala Remix)’ below.


 

Track Of The Week: Karen Elson – ‘The Ghost Who Walks’

Alexander Smail

There’s something almost empowering about the disconnect between the central tragedy of Karen Elson’s revenant murder ballad, and her unfeeling narration. She’s not bawling about betrayal, or heartache, but instead gives the titular figure a sense of reverent serenity in death. Her matter-of-fact delivery of pretty morose lines like “and then he muffled her desperate cries under the moon light” over the Southern Gothic-esque instrumental lends the tale a forlorn – but not wholly emotionless – resonance.

Listen to ‘The Ghost Who Walks’ below.


Track of the Week: Lxury & LA Priest – ‘Show’

Alexander Smail

There’s some serious yin-and-yang shit going on in Lxury and LA Priest’s airy joint single. The former leans towards club-friendly house while the latter specialises in avant-garde pop, and yet the two reconcile the contrast without sacrificing either of their own quirks. Actually, they bring out the best in each other. Sam Dust is free to drift towards his groovier inhibitions, while Lxury is in his element embracing more experimental sound design. His otherworldly production dovetails Dust’s dainty vocals nicely, and the lyrics are fittingly nondescript given that ‘Show’ glides along with the gentle pace of drifting off to sleep.

Listen to ‘Show’ below.


Track Of The Week: Homeslice – ‘Sick’

Nadeem Beg

Glaswegian alternative-rock outfit Homeslice demand some kind of attention with this twinkled, soulful three minutes. An ode to romantic exasperation, this track seeps with personable charm and wistful sentimentality. A standout on their charismatic 2016 mixtape, Citizen Kane 2, there is a lot to enjoy here.


Track Of The Week: Metronomy – ‘Old Skool’

Rian Mansee

The title of the new Metronomy single has something of a double meaning. Yeah, the track is deliberately nostalgic for the 80s – with its razor sharp synths and scratching courtesy of Beastie Boys’ Mix Master Mike – but it’s also a wilful return to the minimalistic sound of their early work. The simple drum beat and no-fuss hook immediately evoke the group’s sophomore record Nights Out, and the ‘one step forward, two steps back’ approach has payed off nicely for the English four-piece with a track that’s just compelling enough to keep from feeling like they’re retreading.

Watch the video for ‘Old Skool’ below.