Edit Bunker. Killer duo. Live playing + tracks + video. Synced audio to – band namesake – Edith (and Archie) Bunker. Awesome. An NYC band led by Zach Danziger, these dudes are a DJ’s dream.
MXXWLL. An ongoing fave. Drawing on a seamless blend of influences from old school G-funk to sly nods to J Dilla, Beats Vol. 1 is an easy listening, groove heavy time. The second track is a slow builder, and worth the reveal. A touch of Pomo. A dash of Prince. Synth and beat heaven.
Mister Barrington. A new fave. An NYC band pioneered by Owen Biddle, of The Roots fame, this sucker is right up a DJ’s alley. With another personal hero, drummer Zach Danziger at the rhythm helm, the music is crazy creative. Basically a mix of 80s video game + super modern jazz, while their slightly older stuff has the timeless aroma of peak D’Angelo. Synth and beat heaven.
IDM. Intelligent Dance Music. So called. As in, different from SDM; Stupid Dance Music. Tomato, tomato.
Either way, this title is a big old mouthful to chew off. And pitchfork certainly has a rep for knowing music. While good for a couple hours of listening/time wasting at the very least, in my humble opinion, results are mixed. It’s got a bit of column A (good), bit of column B (bad), and a lot column C (meh). They definitely nail a bunch, with hands-down, all-time classics like Boards of Canada, Autechre, and Aphex Twin. But a lot of it kinda goes into the filler, “navel gazing” bin. Which of course, as a musician, I like.
And hey, it’s good to open the ears. And you’ve got to write copy. And most of all, it’s always hard to make a playlist. Of any kind. In any genre. For any one. Much less one that even comes close to nailing a top 50. Of anything. So kudos for trying Pitchfork. Not sure I’d even have 15 I could list off with a gun to my head. Tomato, tomato.