Pick a Piper have been making some serious waves lately with their excellent debut self-titler out yesterday on Mint. Spin, MTV, Exclaim, they’re all singing its praises. There’s no question that “All Her Colours” is one of our favourite tracks of the year. This, coupled with the fact that founding members Brad Weber is also the drummer for Caribou made us think that he would be perfect for our ongoing Silent Shoutout series, where we ask some of our favourite artists to choose their recent favourites. His picks are wonderful no-brainers for this percussive-minded world-music aficionado. It is of course tailored to the Silent Shout listening public, so there are a few dark electro gems in the mix as well.
Xavier Leon is a dude from Montreal who writes pretty manic, left-field type tracks. They can be pretty dark but some have a lot of brightness to them as well. This one I feel meets halfway in the middle.
I LOVE this track. Youngteam is a new producer/guitarist from NYC who I think will go on to do really great things. He’s had tons of attention already through electronic blogs like Dipped and Dollars and I’m curious about what he’ll do next. He also makes me excited about guitar again.
Nods to Japan’s LLLL for this moody track fronted by high-register breathy female vocals. Even throws in a really unexpected super-pitched up free jazz sax bit in the middle.
Their description works best! “London-based producer DrumTalk flips the Asiko rhythms of Ghana’s Mpese Mpese Band – bridging the gap between Hackney and Accra. The original track came out in Nigeria in 1986.”
From the incredible Sofrito label.
Chancha Via Circuito is an Argentinian producer who seems pretty well known to me, but then again I’m always surprised how few people actually seem to know his music. The genre is called “cumbia digital” but I don’t feel like that description does his music any justice compared to the rest of the new cumbia artists out there. Again, someone else’s write-up seems to explain it well: “dreamy, neo-primitive mix of chopped-up pan flutes, folk guitar, Coke-bottle percussion, and booming, electronically treated drums– an almost shamanistic sound that carries its own landscape: underbrush, riverbanks, campfires.” His arrangements are incredibly sparse for the most part, but you never feel like anything is missing. It feels like each element is very carefully crafted to its fullest extent. This isn’t necessarily my favourite track, it’s hard to choose. So I’d recommend listening to this entire EP (all on soundcloud) to get a better idea.
Mix: Silent Shout Best of February 2013
1. Sally Shapiro & Electric Youth – Starman (Radio Edit)
2. Prince Innocence – Golden Hour
3. Purity Ring – Grammy (Soulja Boy cover)
4. Kids on TV – Dazzler
5. Magie – Plante Morte
6. Fan Fiction – Tila Tequila Ascends to the 12th Dimension
7. Rakam – Long Island Beaches
8. Me and My Rhythm Box – Male Models
9. Great Valley – Dream Phone
10. Moon King – Appel
11. Jamaican Queens – Water
12. Pick a Piper – All Her Colours
13. DJ Koze Feat. Caribou – Track ID Anyone?
14. Humans – Possession (Beta Frontiers remix)
15. Betty & Veronica – Ghostrider
16. Holobody – Place to Be (Nick Drake cover)
17. AroarA – #11
18. DenMother – Black
19. Apparition – The Watcher
20. Majical Cloudz – Kisses Like a Girl (Sean Nicholas Savage cover)
21. Zach Phillips – Cry (Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads cover)
Very into this collaboration Caribou did with DJ Koze! The track appears on Koze’s first album in eight years, also featuring a couple of collabs with Matthew Dear.
Brad Weber of Caribou leads a side project called Pick a Piper and they just released their first song in ages today. It’s a pretty awesome psychedelic electronic track and features Ryan McPhun from the Ruby Suns. Hope this means there’s another EP on the way!
The new Daphni video, Caribou’s alter-ego. Truly excellent track.
The new video for “Jamelia,” the last track on Caribou‘s Swim. Misty, spooky…and (spoiler) is that a beaver dam she gets murdered on?
Caribou – Leave House (Motor City Drum Ensemble Remix)
Here are two glorious Caribou remixes to keep you contented. Both are available on the Swim Remixes record, which is available direct from Merge here.
13. Bonjay – Stumble
As you probably noticed, Silent Shout is a blog, and is therefore morally and legally obligated to post a year-end best-of list. It’s been an excellent year for Canadian electronic music and an excellent inaugural year for Silent Shout. Canada definitely has some of the best indie electronic acts in the world and there are plenty more that we weren’t able to include on this list. That said, here are our champions! Today: our top albums and music videos. Tomorrow and Thursday: our top songs.
Top 5 Albums
Top 15 Music Videos
15. Bishop Morocco – Last Year’s Disco Guitars
14. Cosmetics – Soft Skin
13. Coyote Clean Up – Downhill Exxxpress
12. Blue Hawaii – Dream Electrixra
11. Humans – Bike Home
10. Silly Kissers – Precious Necklace
9. Caribou – Sun
8. Diamond Rings – Show Me Your Stuff
7. Doldrums – Painted Black
6. Jef Barbara – Larmes de Crocodile
5. Parallels – Dry Blood
4. Miramichi – This Lettuce is Pathetic
3. Jef Barbara – Wild Boys
2. Diamond Rings – Wait & See
1. Doldrums – Euphoria