SBTRKT, feat. Sampha – “Temporary View” (Young Turks)
SBTRKT dropped a new track today (June 6) – “Temporary View”, featuring vocals by the inimitable Sampha. The song opens with phasing synths, setting the mood for a dreamy melody befitting Sampha’s typically wistful lyrics and lilting vocals. This one seems like a true collaboration, as SBRTKT’s penchant for skittery beats and dense production is intertwined with the starker piano/beat combination characterizing much of Sampha’s early solo material. Not a floor filler/banger in the vein of previous team ups like “Break Off” or “Living Like I Do”, but on first listen a worthy successor to tracks like “Hold On” or “Never Never”. Will keep on repeat…and wait (somewhat) patiently for the in progress new full length.
The Wytches, Robe For Juda/Wide At Midnight (Hate Hate Hate Records, 11/17/2013)
A compelling slice of stoner/surf/grunge/psych/whateverit’sgood rock from this Brighton, UK based trio, released on the great Hate Hate Hate label, also home to The Fat White Family (the group are now on the just as great Heavenly Recordings – well done!). On the a-side, vocalist/guitarist Kristian Bell’s nasal croon floats disembodied over the track, which lurches spastically from jangly, psychedelic guitar and “Come As You Are”-inspired bassline to an angst-ridden piledriver of a chorus. B-side “Wide at Midnight” might be even better, following a similar dynamic with lovely 60s sounding melody, de- or evolving (I don’t judge) into a catharsis of imploding guitars, drums and bass. The quiet/loud/quiet dynamic in full effect. Similar in tone and dynamic to contemporaries like METZ (who they are touring with in July), this and other releases like the Gravedweller ep have me looking forward to their debut full length, due in August. The soundtrack to a really lost weekend – or maybe for that wraith chick in The Ring’s ascent from the well.
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