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Covering Tracks: Groundislava

Covering Tracks is a regular series in which we ask our favorite producers and DJs to recommend ten new (and not so new) releases. This week, Wedidit’s resident videogame buff and Friends of Friends maverick among mavericks Groundislava—Jasper Patterson to his mates—tells us about his personal chart-toppers.


Objekt – “Ganzfeld” [Leisure System]

I don’t know much about this dude, but this song is absolutely amazing and has that melodic acid techno vibe from AFX or Ceephax shit. I go wild for anything that sounds like that.


Dux Content – “Lifestyle” [PC Music]

This dude Dux Content makes crazy tunes—I really dig his new album, Lifestyle. This song in particular is my favorite, it’s like baroque hardstyle [laughs].


Octave Minds – “In Silence” [Boysnoize Records / Gentle Threat Ltd.]

I got a little preview of this collab project while visiting Boys Noize at his studio when I was out in Berlin last month. Everything I heard was dope. We went and had waffles and ice cream after, so it was a good day.


Groundislava – “Feel the Heat” feat. Rare Times (Arnold Remix)

This is actually a remix of one of my tracks, but I really just love Arnold’s stuff a ton and definitely wanted to represent that on this list somewhere. He absolutely SMASHED this shit, and it always lights the whole room up when I play it out.


Nadastrom – “Fallen Down (Club Mix)” [Friends of Friends]

While I’d definitely heard the name, I wasn’t really all that familiar with Nadastrom’s tunes before this. FoF recently put this record out, and this track is just incredible. The vocal is just so raw and glues it all together perfectly.


DJ Dodger Stadium – Friend of Mine [Body High]

This whole album is incredible and I’ve yet to hear anyone say otherwise. Jerry and Samo are two of my favorite people and the music they make together is amazing. So much <333 for this.


Popcaan – “Everything Nice” [Mixpak]

I don’t think anyone dislikes the new Popcaan shit, and Dubbel Dutch killed the production. I think I’ve heard this track at least twice at every house party I’ve been to this summer. The whole record is fire.


Cool World – “Chilly (Instrumental Mix)” [Feel So Real]

Cool World is a collab record by the homies Benedek and Rare Times. They created their own brand of trippy, icy eighties funk R&B shit, and I love this little EP.


Sivey & Evil Needle – “Baby” [Soulection]
I didn’t know Sivey’s stuff before, but I found out about Evil Needle a while ago through the homie Bahwee, who runs HW&W Records. Evil Needle does some of the most melodic and synth-heavy hip-hop production around, and I really fuck with it.~


For more editions of Covering Tracks, head here. Groundislava’s LP Frozen Throne is released on September 22nd on Friends of Friends.


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Videodrome 123 – This weeks’s best videos

Each week, Moritz Gayard rounds up the best new music videos, so you don’t have to.


Videomania in full effect. No matter which niche your release is hailing from, you’ll probably need an accompanying video to enhance virality. Even Mr. Chris Cunningham (yes, this guy) is back on track and directing a music documentary about Warpaint. Unfortunately you have to wait until next week to see the beast. But you can get an idea here. Apart from this, there are some pretty rad, new videos below, showcasing the likes of Planningtorock, Rick Ross, Julien Mier, and many more.


#1 HTRK – “Poison” (Mika Vainio Remix), directed by Laure Prouvost

Prepping their next album, due in early 2014 – here’s the video for Pan Sonic Mika Vainio’s take on “Poison”, directed by Turner Prize nominee Laure Prouvost, who described the video as “toys with concepts of memory, forgetfulness, and repetition,”


#2 Perera Elsewhere feat. Gonjasufi – “Giddy”, directed by Pussykrew

Perera Elsewhere is my surprise of this year. Getting attention with her marvelous “Bizarre”, now she’s back with “Giddy” featuring Gonjasufi and an accompanying video. Her debut album Everlast will be released on FoF any time soon.


#4 Tricky feat. Francesca Belmonte – “Is That Your Life”, directed by Tricky & Len Trusty

Earlier this year, the one and only Tricky struck back with a new album and his own record label, both bearing the name False Idols. Now there’s the self-directed video for “Nothing’s Changed” featuring vocalist Francesca Belmonte.


#4 Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band – “Bad Dancer”, directed by Ben Dickinson

Yoko Ono apparently still makes music. And videos for that music. And videos in collaboration with Reggie Watts, ?uestlove, two of the Beastie Boys, Heems from Das Racist, and Ira freaking Glass. Prepare to bust out some of your worst dance moves.


#5 A$AP Rocky – “Angels“, directed by A$AP Rocky & Luke Monaghan

A$AP Rocky has just dropped a new music video for “Angels”, a bonus track from his excellent debut album Long.Live.A$AP. Watch the usual visuals, directed by Luke Monaghan & A$AP Rocky himself above.


#6 Julien Mier – “Super Tropic Tramp”, Koji Aramaki

Some months ago, the Dutch tunesmith Julien Mier dropped his Jane’s Junkyard EP. Now he’s unveiled a pretty geometric video for “Super Tropic Tramp”, a cut taken from his forthcoming When Will They Wake Up 12” for Canadian imprint King Deluxe.


#7 We Are Shining – “Wheel“, directed by Carl Addy

Can you still handle GIF-fun? Then head into this awesome/GIFsome new promo video, produced by the go-to post-production house The Mill, who are also responsible for these great videos.


#8 Rick Ross feat. Future – “No Games”, directed by Colin Tilley

Rick Ross returns with Future, fire, and fucking awesomeness in the Colin Tilley directed visuals, following his incredible music video for his first crack at “No Games”. Mastermind will be out out Dec, 17th.


#9 Planningtorock – “Welcome”, directed by P2R

Berlin-based producer Planningtorock is set to release her new album All Love’s Legal in February of next year. “Welcome” sounds like a short introduction to the album. Also, I’m happy that the nose is gone.


#10 Miss Kittin – ”Maneki Neko”, directed by San Charoenchai

Miss Kittin unveils 100% animated clip of his new song “Maneki Neo”, directed by San Charoenchai.


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Videodrome 101 – This week’s best videos

After spending last week down in Austria attending the marvelous Spring Festival opening presented by Electronic Beats, today your dear Videodrome is back with its 101st edition. Ever since the music video industry broke down in the early 2000s, when both MTV and VIVA decided to stop broadcasting cool videos, replacing them with ringtone commercials, the landscape of music’s moving image has been a barren place. Never mind, the audiovisual joy continues on the internet. That’s where I stumble over these new and cool videos from the likes of Vampire Weekend, Katy B, Shlohmo and many more.


#1 Shlohmo – “Don’t Say No” (ft. How To Dress Well), directed by Video Marsh

LA-based producer Shlohmo has unveiled the video for his How To Dress Well-featuring track “Don’t Say No”, taken from his recent Laid Out EP. Directed by Video Marsh.


#2 Co La – “Make It Slay”, directed by Andrew Strasser

Here’s the amazing 3D video for Co La’s new single “Make It Slay”, taken from the wonderfully relaxed Moody Coup album—out now via Software Recording Co.


#3 Vampire Weekend – “Diane Young”, directed by Primo Kahn

Check out the new music video for Vampire Weekend’s song “Diane Young”. I kinda love it. Also, extra points for its guest list: Sky Ferreira, Santigold, Chromeo, Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) and Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen).


#4 Fat Freddy’s Drop – “Clean The House”, directed by Mark Williams

In this new clip for FFD you can see some puppet dance. It actually fits to the classy, laid back sound which the New Zealanders are offering us with this first teaser from their upcoming full-length release in June.


#5 HVOB – “Always like this” (andhim Remix), directed by

A few weeks ago, we offered you the exclusive pre-stream of HVOB’s self-titled debut album. Now one of their standout tracks has received a nice remix and an audiovisual treatment. If you’re into animation this shouldn’t be missed.


#6 Disclosure – “When A Fire Starts To Burn”, directed by Bo Mirosseni

Momentum alarm! If you are not aware of Disclosure’s upcoming album, ‘Settle’, you obviously live under a rock. Your final chance is embedded above: it’s the Bo Mirosseni-directed video for their infectious “When A Fire Starts To Burn” track.


#7 Jacques Greene – “On Your Side” feat. How To Dress Well, directed by Trusst

Jacques Greene has teamed up with Tom Krell aka How To Dress Well’s to release “On Your Side”. It’s another house track in the vein of his recent collaboration with R&B siren Tinashe on “Painted Faces” for Yours Truly’s “Songs From Scratch” series.


#8 Mazes – “Bodies”, directed by Austin of Vision Fortune

Mazes just dropped “Bodies”, the first track from their forthcoming album Ores & Minerals which is ‎available to download for free from their Soundcloud page. Worth drawing attention to just how difficult it is to keep a body still.


#9 Dylan Ettinger – “The Pale Mare”, directed by Logan Owlbeemoth

Oh, yes. Looks like Mr. Ettinger is saying goodbye to the post-weirdo stuff he was dealing with in the last few years. Mind you, his video art hasn’t changed that much… Here at least some bass is striking back


#10 Katy B – “What Love is Made of”, directed by Emil Nava

It’s been quite a while since we’ve heard from Katy B. Now there’s a new track called “What Love is Made of” which serves as the official first single from the still untitled second studio album. Due later this year via Rinse/Columbia Records Records.

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