Hyetal – Jam The Network

The nineties introduced a new genre of music videos that I don’t understand (or like) up to this day: CGI animations. There are plenty of bad examples and I’d like to think of myself as fortunate for not remembering too many of them. That said, I’m not entirely sure why I’m posting this new one from Hyetal, basically a rendition of an early 3D version in the Mario Kart franchise. I always like hearing a new Hyetal track and I have a weakness for glitch effects, but other than that I can’t think of an excuse. Rule of exception maybe?

The track is taken from Hyetal’s second album Modern Worship, video by The Great Nordic Sword Fights.

Hyetal – Northwest Passage

It’s no secret that Hyetal is one of my favourite Bristolian producers, his album Broadcast ranked among favourites of 2011. In the meantime, he teamed up with Julio Bashmore to form Velour, but that doesn’t mean there’s no new solo material coming. According to his SoundCloud page, his new single (listen above!) featuring the vocals of Gwilym Gold will be out on April 29 via True Panther Sounds. Took me a second time to fall for it, so don’t judge too quickly!

Black Acre presents Rebuilds

Black Acre is a label to have an eye (and ear) on, otherwise you’d miss out on a lot of good music from a diverse scene of underground producers. Last year’s albums by Blue Daisy or Hyetal have found many fans, and there’s no need to argue about the talents that Fantastic Mr Fox, Lukid, DZA or 1000names are. You find a bit of all that on the label’s new Rebuilds compilation.

Black Acre Presents Rebuilds01. Fantastic Mr Fox – Sketches (SBTRKT remix)
02. Hyetal – Diamond Islands (Boddika remix)
03. Blue Daisy & Anneka – Raindrops (John Talabot’s Cosmic rework)
04. Hyetal – Phoenix (Fantastic Mr Fox remix)
05. Memotone – Multicolour (Lukid remix)
06. 1000names – Pocket Calculator (Lynx & Hellrazor)
07. DZA – Bullseye (feat Mujuice & Non – Dizz1 remix)
08. Hyetal – Searchlight (Stay+)
09. Blue Daisy & Anneka – Blood Petal Roses (Sunken Foal remix)
10. Von D – Truth (Tes La Rok remix)

Many of these tracks have so far been available on vinyl only, so make sure not to miss it if you don’t collect records. For me, the Phoenix Remix (listen below) makes it worth buying alone.

You can buy Black Acre presets Rebuilds from fine places such as Boomkat, Bleep – or iTunes.

Weekend Mixtapes

One of our 2011 favourites, Bristol’s Hyetal, has been this week’s guest on Solid Steel radio. Listen or download his mix on their SoundCloud page.

Seems London’s Bullion had to struggle a little with his Tom Ravenscroft remix. Haha, sorry!

Our latest podcast contributor Jay Scarlett recommended this Yosi Horikawa mix for Playground Mag, you might find it easy to agree on.

Here come the big sites: A Guy Called Gerald, Luke Vibert for Dazed, Daedalus for FACT Magazine, and Kowton for Dummy.

Lastly, you might want to check out the new BTS Radio guestmix by Toro Y Moi.

Hyetal – Searchlight (Night Mix)

It’s still sometime until February 20th, but fans of Hyetal should mark the date as that’s the day when Black Acre releases his new 12-inch. Both tracks are originally taken from last year’s Broadcast album, a personal favourite of mine, and have been remixed by Stay+ and Hyetal himself.

I can imagine physical copies one will sell fast, so keep your eyes open for this one. However, Black Acre has a history of putting out digital releases as well, so there are alternatives.

My 2011 Picks

Happy New Year to all of my readers, I hope 2012 will be a good one. It should easily be better than last year, at least when it comes to my private life: in 2011 I was robbed and later I suffered an ear stroke, possibly as a late reaction to the robbery. But well, we’re not talking about my private life so much, let’s talk about music!

In the first year of this blog, I wrote an article on best-of lists and I still think they’re kinda ridiculous. However, I also think it can be of benefit for those who only read this blog every now and then and wonder what good music they might have missed. I tried to limit each list to 5 items, because otherwise I wouldn’t know where to stop as 2011 was another year of rich releases. So without further ado, here are my personal top releases.

Albums:
Thundercat – The Golden Age of the Apocalypse
Dimlite – Grimm Reality
Zomby – Dedication
SBTRKT – SBTRKT
Hyetal – Broadcast

EP:
Floating Points – Shadows EP

Tracks:
Arkist – Rendezvous
SBTRKT- Pharaohs
Ossie – Set The Tone
Actress – Harrier ATTK
Mr Beatnick – Synthetes

Mix CD:
Kutmah – The New Error 2

Mixtapes:
Jamie xx – Essential Mix
Jamie xx – Guestmix for Benji B
Dauwd – Clashmusic Podcast
FaltyDL – Fader/MoMA PS1 mix
Apparat – Groove Podcast

An honorable mention to Elzhi’s Elmatic, as it’s a more than worthy tribute to the classic debut album by Nas – and it was available for free throughout the year.

Real Scenes: Bristol

First in a series of city portraits, Resident Advisor visited Bristol, talking to the likes of Julio Bashmore, Peverelist, Appleblim, Hyetal, Pinch and more.

Looking forward to see more of these!

Hyetal – Broadcast

Hyetal - Broadcast

Cover Artwork

Perhaps I was a bit overwhelmed after the fist couple of listens, but after being hooked on Hyetal‘s debut album for two weeks, I think I can safely call this one of my favorites of the year. And it came as a suprise, as I haven’t really followed his music so far – shame on me. But then again, Broadcast is pretty different from those dancefloor oriented EPs released on Punch Drunk or Build Recordings.

Overall, the record is clearly eighties inspired, washed out, colourful and sometimes appearing out of tune like the tapes from your childhood. It brings to mind artists such as mind John Carpenter, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Cure or contemporaries such as Tropics, M83 and to some extend Lone or Ital Tek.01. Ritual
02. Diamond Islands
03. Phoenix
04. Beach Scene
05. The Chase
06. Searchlight
07. Dime Piece
08. Boneyard
09. Transmission
10. Black Black Black

Broadcast draws its space from reverbing drums and the ethereal synthesizers creating ever beautiful and melancholic melodies. The atmosphere sometimes drifts into darker parts like on Ritual or The Chase, but the overall vibe of the record is uplifting like on the standout tracks Phoenix, Beach Scene or Searchlight. Occasional vocal appearances add some variety, but even without those the tracks nicely flow into each other, making it easy to listen to the album from start to end.

Already available since end of May, Black Acre offers this album on CD, LP and digital download. While DJs will be happy about the generous triple disc vinyl option, vinyl collectors might feel a bit left out as they only get half of the tracks featured on the CD. Apart from Phoenix, which previously saw a seperate release, all the important tracks are on that LP.

In the meantime, Black Acre also made a remix from Fantastic Mr Fox available for free download, while Hyetal put together a mix of influential tracks for The Fader. Also, don’t sleep on the free remix he made for Ratatat.

Hyetal – Beach Scene

How good is this video? And how good is the album? I have to say it’s one of the best things I heard all year. The video was probably made by another huge fan of Hyetal, but it fits the the overall vibe of the song (and the entire album) very well.

If you haven’t had the chance to listen to his album Broadcast yet, I urge you to do so. It is available now from Black Acre Records and you can choose from CD, 2xLP and digital download – whatever suits you best.

(via Gimme5)

Midweek’s Mixes

Missed a couple of good mixtapes recently, here is a selection of bass-heavy material.

Following up her album Contact, Love, Want, Have, Ikonika returns with an exclusive mix for the XLR8R Podcast. In the next couple of weeks, you can catch Ikonika touring North America.

I keep recommending to subscribe to the LuckyMe podcasts. If you haven’t yet, you just missed mixes from James Pants, Hyetal, Optimo and many others. Get them all here!

From RBMA graduate Tokimonsta comes a selection of her favourite tunes, available for streaming on the Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

Kindred Spirits have a mix from Mwëslee, Aardvarck delivers a preview to his upcoming album on Eat Concrete, and the latest Resident Advisor podcast comes from Mike Slott.

Lastly, check out these new cloudcasts from Greenmoney: Smutlee and Lil Silva