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Download Four Tet’s Justin Timberlake Remix

Download Four Tet’s unique take on the latest JT single.


July 16th, 2013

5 of the Best Small UK Festivals 2013

There’s too many to choose! We’ve put together this little list of the 5 small UK festivals we think really stand out (for various reasons) in 2013


June 23rd, 2013

Manics Recording 2 New Albums

And you thought they’d hung up their stenciled t-shirts and balaclavas for good..


May 18th, 2013

PVT – Homosapien

PVT are from Australia, a country that is producing some really awesome bands and artists from it’s electronic scene (see “Mount Kimbie” and “Seekae”). “Homosapien” is the new album by PVT, a beautiful expression of all that is great about modern electronic music. It feels far more controlled than their last album “Church with no Magic”. Everything has space to breathe, each part has it’s place and the big ideas occur once or twice per song, not per bar. The first track “Shiver” is a simple analogue sounding arpeggio affair with a  flashes of bass, sweet vocals and the occasional reverb-drenched clap sample, building subtly to rolling toms and lead synth.

According to PVT the second track “Evolution” set the thematic threads and tone for the rest of the album. Basically tracking a persons own personal evolution and also the modern evolution of technology and it’s intergeneration into everyday life, that kind of thing, you know. It’s a fitting thought, this album is certainly a progression from their last, feeling more technologically driven yet actually bringing out more intimate and human moments. The band have also found their sexy side on this LP,  check out the smooth and silky “Vertigo” which sounds like (a lot like) early 808 state, and “Electric” which is going to get used on some dark, dystopian thriller movie soon, mark my words.

Apparently the epic title track “Homosapien” was a dodgy sounding demo emailed between the band, born out of that simple plodding bass line you hear at the start. That seems a common theme to the process of recording the album, given the band members live on separate continents, emailing, changing and re-emailing demos was the only way to work. It’s evident in the sound of the album, sounding less like a “live band” and more like a studio project. That said, Homosapien is the most “band sounding” song on the album with guitar, bass, drums and vocal taking centre stage over electronic machinations.

We’re kind of in-love with this band at the moment, they seem to contain everything we love about music. They seamlessly mix live and electronic instruments, aren’t afraid of sentimental lyrics and know when to kick you in the balls. Well worth paying the equivalent of 2.5 Starbucks Lattes.

We’ve given it 4.5 out of 5, simply because we know that PVT have even more to give, so we’re saving the 5 for next time guys!

4.5 out of 5      

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