Onoehtrix Point Never got some bangers
The Field - Yesterday and Today
between the sheen of pure ice and airy perfection on From Here We Go Sublime and the much earthier grooves of Looping State of Mind there’s Yesterday and Today. it’s not the worst album in The Field’s discography only because nothing ever falls below “really good” so i guess this is least best. it’s also not easy to pin down by any stretch of categorization and it winds up being overlooked all the time.
it’s definitely an album that has soundtracked more than one bizarre waking dream version of the ideal futuristic city. the different layers of loops and drum tracks seem to be even more static than FHWGS’. it’s too slow to be a dance album. Axel Willner is toeing the line between dance and trance even more, possibly gleefully smudging it as he lays out a series of vectors to get us into his zone, wherever that is. computers are in overdrive and synthetic noises may have peaked on closer “Sequenced”.
this album is probably when Axel discovered his love of live instruments (Battles drummer John Stanier features on the title track, his 9/30 release Cupid’s Head is apparently 100% musicians playing real instruments, live shows last year featured a drummer and bassist). he grew up and moved on to go play in a stranger, newer sandbox. but he left this for us in the old one, an example of how alienating, strange, and unrelatable the idea of “perfect” can get.
DJ Clap - Best Night Ever
i’m sure that the phrase “best night ever” is overused to this day but oddly enough it also feels like something a certain generation of people in their mid-late twenties who grew up not really watching the OC but rather living the OC really wanted to live up to, you know? you probably don’t.
and you probably won’t know what the fuck to categorize this as, either. it’s closest to juke but juke probably doesn’t take this much ritalin. the best point of comparison to my ears is Oneohtrix Point Never’s side of that split LP with Rene Hell entitled Reliquary House, specifically opener “Stone of Spiritual Understanding”. it’s hyperactive and fidgety when you pay attention but if you let your eyes unfocus and allow everything to blur right by you it’s an intoxicating glow and a transcendental kind of adrenaline rush. definitely one of the best offerings of 2013 and definitely not getting the hype it deserves.