Taprikk Sweezee is a producer/vocalist from Germany. Though not widely known, he is definitely one of the most unique producers in the realm of post-dubstep. This track seems to have a huge influence from James Blake, with a more soulful take on the vocals.
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As many of you may already know, the past 10 days has been very favorable for album releases. A new Radiohead remix album dropped earlier on the 11th, A new Feist album titled Metals dropped on the 4th, and finally a new James Blake EP titled “Enough Thunder” dropped on the 5th. These three new great releases have all represented amongst the best of all three artists’ works and really show a great progression and maturation of the direction of their sounds.
I’ll give you all my take on them and a little sample of what to expect from the albums.
Whenever anyone mentions the name Radiohead, the first thing that pops in my head is frontman, Thom Yorke‘s lazy eyes and his eerie falsetto-esque vocal style. His weird vocal style works perfectly with this alternative and intricate electronica.
When an artist announces a full-length remix album I’m always a little bit skeptical since it’s usually a hit or miss. This album killed it. Every song on the album—even remixes of the same song sounds unique and builds upon an entirely different element of the original track. Each individual artist really seemed to focus on the details and each track is a piece of art in and of itself. I’m satisfied with the direction that Radiohead chose to go in. Earlier, when Thom Yorke collaborated with Burial and Four Tet to produce “Ego” and “Mirror” I knew that they took a step in the right direction.
Overall: 5/5—absolutely loved it
Feist (Leslie Feist) seems to be best-known for her track “1-2-3-4,” which was featured on an Apple commercial. Her style has always usually been really uppity, quirky, indie pop—the kind of music that you’d open a movie like 500 Days of Summer or Juno with. This new album represents a turn away from the more simplistic and cheerful songs and a change to a more mature and layered sound. She experiments a lot with layered vocal crowd chants which complement her vocal style really well. There’s also more of an emphasis on drumming—at some points it reminded me of Florence and the Machine actually—her music just sounds well… bigger and larger (just listen to the track below and it’ll make sense to you)
overall I’d say 4/5—great change in sound but some tracks were a little identical to me. Otherwise, a great job.
Feist The Bad In Each Other
James Blake is a very very interesting producer—his music is equal parts cinematic soundtrack, post-dubstep, piano instrumentals, and ambient—I like compare him to Bon Iver (who’s actually also featured on the EP) He is very experimental with his sound in this album and seems to take a step away from his more bass-heavy tracks of his previous production. His instrument of choice this time seems to be the piano and his lazy reverbed voice. His emotional piece however, was very very brief (only about 26 minutes) long. Enjoy the opening track below.
4.5/5—Amazing but left me wanting more
James Blake Once We All Agree
James Blake is slated to release his new EP next week… You can stream it before it actually comes out.
Blake recently told The Boston Phoenix his views on the progression of dubstep as a genre:
“I think the dubstep that has come over to the US, and certain producers– who I can’t even be bothered naming– have definitely hit upon a sort of frat-boy market where there’s this macho-ism being reflected in the sounds and the way the music makes you feel. And to me, that is a million miles away from where dubstep started. It’s a million miles away from the ethos of it. It’s been influenced so much by electro and rave, into who can make the dirtiest, filthiest bass sound, almost like a pissing competition, and that’s not really necessary. And I just think that largely that is not going to appeal to women. I find that whole side of things to be pretty frustrating, because that is a direct misrepresentation of the sound as far as I’m concerned.”
I guess the recent comments sent his musical direction a little farther away from previous tunes. His music now seems to be taking a more ambient and experimental turn much like Bon Iver did a few months ago with his latest release.
Stream the album and grab the album next week, definitely some great new material.Read More