One March, one day, Circulation will curate their playlist direct from SXSW, Austin, Texas, after hanging out at Prince’s after party, or chatting to Dave Grohl about his key note speech, or while camping out to be front of the queue for Bruce Springsteen. That day is not today. This playlist comes to you from a quiet sofa in England, excited about all the new releases and artists emerging like animals from hibernation, but with its yearning eyes cast over the Atlantic. One day…
Four Tet – For These Times
Four Tet continues to surprise and delight with his musical offerings this week. ‘For These Times’ evolves with some infectious marching band snares and forms part of the compilation Think And Change – ‘a cognitive dance floor therapy session’. We’re alternating between that and his minimalist remix of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit And Tie’ and simply couldn’t say which we prefer.
Laura Marling – Where Can I Go?
The first single from the fourth album Once I Was An Eagle. It’s so perfectly Marling; wise and questioning and calm and scared all at the same time. We can almost feel an awakening springtime yawn throughout this song and we can’t wait for what it brings. Less snow, more Laura. Album due in May.
Deptford Goth – Feel Real
Teaching assistant Daniel Woolhouse was hunted by Merok Records after they heard his version of Mariah Carey’s ‘Real Love Fantasy‘ on myspace. He now operates as Deptford Goth, and today released a beautifully tentative and emotional debut album – Life After Defo. He says it plays with ‘not really knowing if it’s a digital sound or a real-life sound. I like mixing the two together, it’s a nice territory to exist in’.
Lion Babe – Treat Me Like Fire (Star Slinger Bootleg Mix)
This track comes very, very highly recommended by Circulation’s Joni Roome. Star Slinger has taken Lion Babe’s wonderfully noughties RnB vocals and set the dance ablaze with them. Check out our interview with the man himself on this website; we found him to be rather nice indeed.
Baths – Miasma Sky
This song and the others from Baths’ Obsidian LP are born of his E. Coli illness and the subsequent three months ‘only able to eat bread and bananas and Gatorade’. It’s wonderfully dark and sleek, and seems to go far deeper than a bout of food poisoning.
Suuns – 2020 (Archie Pelago Remix)
After first hearing the original of this song through headphones walking home alone late at night, I’m glad Archie Pelago have given it a more jazzy, less threatening sound. Their laptop-saxophone-cello-trumpet live set-up is really something to behold.
Drake- 5AM In Toronto
Yep, Drake’s back to remind you that Drake’s great and that’s that.
Father Sculptor – Sault
After a fabulous performance at our launch party last month, Father Sculptor offer this – rousing and despondent all at once. We love those eighties guitars and lead singer Thomas David’s Morrissey-esque gloom.
Haim – Falling (Duke Dumont Remix)
With fingers that have previously twiddled the likes of Mystery Jets, AlunaGeorge and Metronomy, Duke Dumont has worked his infectious magic on Haim ahead of the release of his single ‘Need U 100%’ on April 1st. It’s a relief for those who can’t get enough of Haim. When I hover my mouse near their name on iTunes, I can almost feel the Haim-bytes quivering and pleading for a rest. Give me a full length album, and you shall rest, little digital pieces of Californian joy. Until then, this remix from their 3-track Falling EP will have to do..
Spring Offensive – No Assets
A favourite with Circulation’s Will, this band’s clear vocals and honest lyrics are strangely touching and certainly intriguing. He assures us they’re well worth seeing live so catch them supporting Gaz Coombes at The Duchess on April 22nd.
Fractures – Twisted
This caught our ear when we thought Justin Vernon had gotten hold of Ableton and done something special. We were wrong – it’s Australian Mark Zito, it’s one of only two songs he’s released so far, but it definitely is something special nonetheless.
Bon Iver’s Colin Stetson and Justin Vernon (cover) – Warm Shadow (original by Fink)
From Justin Vernon sound-a-likes to the man himself. Bon Iver have turned this song in to something that swirls around you, ominous and gripping until you’re engulfed entirely and don’t quite know what to do with yourself. Compare to the original.By Alice Lawrence