On Repeat: Pillowtalk - Je Ne Sais Quoi

Theres been some great music released in 2014 but I'd been waiting for the first album to make me say "wow".  It's here and it is Je Ne Sais Quoi by Pillowtalk.

This is one of those albums by a group that definitely electronic genre, but is right on the edge of that and something more natural.  In the past I've talked about DJ's and producers branching out a bit more.  Instead of just using decks and samplers they are throwing more instruments in the mix.  It's been great to watch things change and for the better.  

Je Ne Sais Quoi dips in and out of jazz, house, 80's, a touch of alternative, and more.  It is so completely chill and I just can't stop listening.  Below are some of my favorite tracks, although it was hard to pick them because just about every track on the album is great.  

Listen & Purchase

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Moodymann

We're almost two months through 2014 and I had yet to find an album I could consider a favorite of the year.  That changed this week.  I heard about this album from Detroit based producer Kenny Dixon Jr via Twitter.  While I have read that many of these songs have been previously released (via vinyl) and aren't actually new, it's all new to me and I haven't been able to stop listening since I got it.  

Dixon Jr is listed as a house music DJ on this wiki and while you'll find a lot of electronic tunes on this album there is no shortage of jazz, soul, and funk.  It definitely takes more than one listen of all these tracks to really "get it".  My first listen I didn't really dig it but after the second I was in deep.  

Favorite Tracks:

1.  One of my top tracks on the album is nowhere to be found on Youtube but you can listen on Spotify.  Don't let the slow, somewhat odd sounding start to this track.  It is the most jazzy track on the album and gets nice and upbeat as it progresses.  

2.  I Got Werk

3.  Desire (featuring Jose James)

4.  The 12 minute long P-Funk remake and tribute to Detroit is probably my favorite track on the album.  

Listen and Buy:

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AM & Shawn Lee - La Musique Numerique

Hadn't really heard of these guys but thanks to Spotify I came across their new album.  I've been listening to it a lot for the past week or so.  Definitely digging it and hope to see them live if they come around.  A few of my favorite tracks:

This one uses a classic dub riff you should know.




They also do a decent cover of Joe Jackson's "Steppin Out"

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Coma - In Technicolor

I've been giving the new Coma album In Technicolor a listen.  Let's just say it is alright.  I have been shying away from a lot the electronic stuff lately because it is starting to sound all so similar.  This album starts our sounding very refreshing but doesn't do very much to stand out from the crowd as it progresses.  Still, Coma has been experimenting with doing live sets which I very much appreciate.  There are so many DJ's these days that feel the doing live sets with instruments and samplers is the next evolution in electronic shows.  To really stand out in the crowd of thousands of DJ's you're going to need to step it up.  One of the best live electronic sets I've seen in a while was No Regular Play.  If you have the chance to check out one of their live sets you should definitely jump on that. 

In Technicolor is very mediocre as a whole but has a few great tracks.  Missing Piece is probably my favorite.  The hook got stuck in my head for days when I first listened to the album.

Buy In Technicolor

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David August - Times

In the past few months I have tried to take a bit of a step back from electronic music.  To me there has been a feeling that most things coming out lately sound the same or at least too similar.  Music is something that has ebbs and flows and lately the electronic stuff hasn't really been flowing much for me.

Times, a recent release from Berlin DJ and producer David August has pulled me out of the lull a bit.  This album is exactly what I needed.  A big step back from a traditional electronic album, you've got a actual instruments being featured (who would have thought?!).  Sprinkle in some synths, bass, and vocals on a few tracks and you have what amounts to a possible album of the year for me.    

The album is only available for purchase on Beatport right now (ugh) but should be coming to places light Amazon and iTunes soon.  I hate buying things on Beatport.  This album sounded so good that I pulled the trigger anyway, and I think it would be a great purchase for almost anyone.  Here are a few of my favorite tracks:





Buy Times by David August on Beatport