White Car, the Chicago duo of Elon Katz and Orion Martin, have finally announced a debut LP. We’ve been slavering for this ever since we heard their wonderful No Better EP last year. Reminiscent of classic acts like Shriekback as well as contemporaries Gatekeeper and TENSE, White Car combine the cold, bleak pulse of industrial dance with post-punk funk and touches of minimal disco that make us cream, scream and pound the floor.
Everyday Grace is set to drop February 28th of ’12 via Hippos In Tanks; check the teaser video below and stream/download ‘Now We Continue’ here.
1. Victim Of Time
2. Terminal Body
3. Statues In Mist
4. Slime The Dog
5. Feed Me
6. The Factor
7. In The Second Month Of The Year
9. She The Bodiless
11. Now We Continue
One month in to 2011, and it’s time to to tell you the tracks that have been stuck on rotation in the office this month. From abstract beats excursions to ballads and big room house, it’s all been on the playlist at some point. We have some indie goodness ( for once) courtesy of Wye Oak, a stone cold classic from Ricardo VIllalobos and a track from possibly our favorite artist of the moment – Nicolas Jaar.
Oh and in case you were wondering we had a huge NYE and christmas, how was yours?
The EB Office team is: Carlos de Brito (CDB), Judith Busch (JB), Gareth Owen (GO), Kazim Rashid (KR), Ari Stein (AS) and Agi Zelei (AZ).
Pulp – This Is Hardcore
(Taken from the This Is Hardcore (1998) on Universal)
In celebration of Pulp reuniting and headlining Melt! I wanted to share an oldie but a goodie from 1997. A tee-tolling shipwreck of a song. A drama told through the eyes of Jarvis Cocker‘s eloquent and obnoxious eyes. This Is Hardcore! This version is played Live on Jools Holland. (AS)
Menomena – Lunchmeat
(Taken from the Mines (2010) on City Slang)
Only recently I stumbled upon Portland-based band Menomena, although their released their latest album Mines in summer 2010. Anyway, they make use of striking melodies and there is a great build-up in most of their songs! My two favourite tracks of this great album are Lunchmeat and Dirty Cartoons.(JB)
George Fitzgerald – ‘Tell Me RMX’ (GROOVE THEORY)
(Taken from the Tell Me 10" ( 2010) on White Label )
WOWOWOW. It has been a long time since I have a come across a track that has still not satisfied me after listening on repeat for 3 day’s solid. It’s also the first track I have owned which I have played three times during a single set. Massive is not enough. Neither is huge.(KR)
Broadcast – Until Then
(Taken from the Noise Made by People (2000) on Tommy Boy)
Broadcast vocalist and songwriter Trish Kennan’s tragic death left us all in shock this month. The band formed in 1995 and released several critically acclaimed albums. In remembrance of the tragic loss of the multi-instrumentalist and iconic character of Warp Records, this song became a standard edition to my playlist this month. Her unique voice and beautiful character will be missed.(AZ)
Xpnsions – Move Your Body (Club Mix)
(Taken from the Move Your Body EP (1990) on Optimism Records)
It’s Friday. I’ve been working hard and shortly a break is on the horizon. Wishy washy new music (that I’m trying to enjoy) is drifting out of the laptop speaker and at best is acting as a tiny, tinny audio irritant. I sigh and puff and shuffle around my apartment and then this record catches my eye. I turn the big speakers on, sit down with a cup of tea and assault myself with 7 minutes of old school breaks, vicious acid and diva lyrics that implore me to "move my body higher". A regular and reliable motivator ever since.(GO)
White Car – No Better
(Taken from the No Better 12" (2010) on Hippos in Tanks)
Really dig this, a new outfit from Chicago, one Elon Katz, a strange cat. He works within the whole Yello, David Byrne and Hype Williams framework and adds a big injection of industrial / EBM swagger . It’s hard to pin down exactly what Katz is doing -it’s got a lot of visual-arty elements to it. Very mechanical, analogue and odd. A definite ones to watch.(AS)
Ricardo Villalobos – ‘Peculiar’
(Taken from the Peculiar/3 Zuge (2011) released via Sei Ed Drum)
My second choice was a hard one this month, it was between this and Pepe Bradock’s Zero 7 remix which is well worth checking out. However, Ricardo won. As someone who is fairly new to the Villalobos craze I felt it only fair. I love this track.(KR)
WYE Oak – Civilian
(Taken from the Civilian (2011) on PID)
‘Civilian’, Wye Oak‘s first single off their upcoming album, is incredible. Good lyrics, great melody! I saw the duo play at Hotel Michelberger in Berlin a week ago and the gig was good, but Civilian is definitely their best new song.(JB)
Mr Oizo – Last Night Herbert Murdered My Poodle
(Taken from the Single Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog Single (2000) on F Communications)
Another record played very loudly for visceral thrills. It was tough to pick between this and the original, as both have been on heavy rotation recently. However the more distance I put down for my Oizo marathon, it is Herbert’s ridiculously infectious version that appears to have the legs.(GO)
Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
(Taken from the Space Is Only Noise (2011) on Circus Company)
It’s nearly impossible to pick a single track from this album as the entire record deserves a maximum score. Nicolas Jaar proved himself the most interesting young, fresh, and enthusiastic DJ/producer of last year. As a DJ he also manages to bring joy and melancholy to the dancefloor at the same time. He has pretty much demonstrated that with an amazing live set at Watergate this month, playing his original compositions alongside genre-bending selections, and great remixes of old disco classics.(AZ)
We decided to do something different this week and feature a label instead of an artist. Hippos In Tanks is a label based out of L.A. started by Barron Machat and Travis Woolsey. Artists such as White Car, Sun Arow, Gatekeeper and Hype Williams are all on their roster.
H.I.T. describe themselves as – “a record label and artist management entity, derived from the ashes of imaginations, who – when faced with the banal and ineffective means of tradition – elected to search for solutions in the field of music experience.”
Last year they put out the critically acclaimed Games 12″ That We Can Play, a collaboration between Oneohtrix Point Never and Joel Ford of Tigercity. A retro-istic mash up that is seriously catchy.
Signing all the right artists, Hippos In Tanks are like the New York based Tri-Angle ( Balam Acab, How To Dress Well), are well equipped in making independent work well, even starting genres all by themselves.
It’s all incredibally lo-fi, with back to basics sounds and references to old school R&B and 80s’ drug films like Zero Effect. White Car are deep, dark and industrial. Gatekeeper have just been signed and they bring a horror influenced fantasy-techno sound.
One of the best artists on the label that i’m digging alot is D’eon, check their record below from 2010, Palinopsia, really fantastic stuff.
D’eon – Palinopsia intro
Have a listen to this really great mixtape Hippos In Tanks put together for Dazed online magazine.
Watch out for Hype Williams album release One Nation on Hippos In Tanks and a new LP by SLEEP ? OVER, plus new EPs from Laurel Halo and Autre Ne Veut.