The first single from Until the Quiet Comes, the fourth album from California genre-smearer Flying Lotus, has arrived with a crash and a flutter. "See Thru to U" features laconic sing-song vocals from the reliably fearless Erykah Badu, the eye of the storm in this collage of mostly gentle sounds that when combined have the effect of fury. Beguiling.
The 2001 album from Jimmy Tamborello's Dntel, Life Is Full of Possibilities, helped define IDM or "intelligent dance music." The subgenre was kind of an indie force in the early part of last decade, although everyone always agreed at how stupid the name was. Tamborello's latest, Aimlessness, is out this week and it's not a major leap from what he was doing over 10 years ago, though it is at least a few bounds away from his poppier work with Ben Gibbard as the Postal Service. Mike Powell has a great breakdown of what a difference a decade makes in his review of Aimlessness on Pitchfork. Basically, Aimlessness is what happens when time catches up with futurism. The result is kind of sleepy, kind of a nonevent, but nice like a worn-in sweatshirt. Of all that is offered, "Puma" is the nicest.
This track, Hudson Mohawke's beat-blessing take on "Virus," one of the best tracks from Björk's often inaccessible Biophilia album, has been around for a few weeks now. But I kind of hate the set-it-to-post-and-forget it-tomorrow cycle that so many songs go through on the Internet. Calling it a "cycle" seems wrong, even. There's rarely any building anymore, just a kind of plopping down and letting whomever is paying attention have at it. I understand blogging momentum and how the sheer quantity of released music makes for very brief relationships (believe me, I get that), but sometimes it's nice to hold onto something for a little while.