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Lofiles is a music and mp3 blog contains a collection of songs I love. MP3s are for sampling purposes only. If you like the music as much as I do, please go out and buy the records! .If you have a complaint about the ownership of a track, please contact me directly and I will be happy to take it down ASAP.
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Premiere: Benny Loco’s Set EP

November 19th, 2011

Benny Loco’s Set EP is coming out tomorrow, and since the release date falls 2 days prior to my birthday, I consider it as a gift. This is not the first time we mention this kid (we loved his remix for A.T.T.I.C and reviewed it few months ago).

Among his influences you could find the obvious gods, Kraftwerk, Tangerine dream, and J Dilla as well as Mux Mool, Eliot Lipp and Mike Slott. Set is the proof (if the ATTIC remix didn’t convince you) that BL could really make some dope atmospheric beat heavy melodic shit. He says…”This EP has been the culmination of work beginning earlier this as a follow up to my first LP, Just Some Beats, Vol. 1. It is my hope that it will give my listeners a window into what is to come from Benny Loco. This EP begins the transition from Just Some Beats to my forthcoming 2012 LP, Rise”…..

BL is not unfamiliar to the Electronic music scene. During the last 6 years he has been sharing the stage with the likes of Michal Menert, Dark Party, Paul Basic, Mux Mool, Eliot Lipp and The Coop to name but a few.

He would be playing a record release show with D.V.S* – former Boulder resident and acclaimed musician now living in Brooklyn (1320/Daly City) and Paul Basic (Pretty Lights Music) in Boulder, CO tomorrow at The Mountain Sun.

Set Pt. I

Owned

His Arms Wide

Infinite Sadface

the record will be available for DOWNLOAD at his Bandcamp page


Twin Shadow Premieres “Castles In The Snow” & “Yellow Baloon” On RCRD LBL

January 24th, 2010

New York Dates:

2/6 – Glasslands W/ Class Actress – Brooklyn

3/13 – Cameo Gallery – Brooklyn

Twin Shadow makes the sort of music that one imagines would perfectly soundtrack the premature but poetic end to an affair. Shimmering, synth-heavy arrangements underpin bittersweet modern soul songs, all of which seem to document some sort of recent or imminent loss. FRACTIONSOFONE.COM 

After a stint living in Berlin, Bowie and Kraftwerk obsessive and former band-hopper George Lewis Jr. moved back to his home base of Brooklyn and started writing affected electronic pop under the name Twin Shadow. This backstory is maybe not that unique, but Lewis’ elicitation of songs as enigmatic as “Castles In The Snow” and “Yellow Balloon”–both co-produced by Ed Banger affiliate Mickey Moonlight–certainly is. They’re like a wiser, well-adjusted alternative to glo-fi, due on a forthcoming 7-inch in March with another set to follow for Chris Taylor (of Grizzly Bear)’s Terrible Records. Yes, this dude will probably have a really good year. RCRD LBL 

This is like the soundtrack to those moments when the drugs still haven’t quite worn off; you’re still smiling broadly and glowing, but firmly rooted to the sofa. He has a single due out in March, so look out for that. It seems Brooklyn never runs out of energy, so we are looking forward to what else appears throughout 2010. THERECOMMENDER.NET

So the story sounds a little familiar. At least at first, as George Lewis Jr. recalls his 10-round bout with writer’s block, a struggle that was broken by searching the streets of Berlin for the ghosts of Bowie, Reed and Pop. Because that’s what artists do when they get tired of playing rock ’n’ roll, right? They revisit the point where the gods of glam and four-alarm guitars discovered such groove-riding Germans as Cluster, Kraftwerk and Can

“The whole experience of living in Berlin was very cinematic,” explains Lewis Jr., “reinforcing the idea of being in a place where you can indulge just about any fantasy, creatively and personally. What I wanted to do came out with such clarity once I got back to Brooklyn—I spit a bunch of songs out right away.” 

A couple standout recordings from those early bedroom sessions are “Yellow Balloon” and “Castles In the Snow,” which will be released as a limited 7” in March. These songs also serve as the phantasmagoric foundation for a forthcoming LP of new songs that’ll be released through Chris Taylor’s (Grizzly Bear) Terrible Records later this year. Driven by brittle drum breaks, crystallized keys, rubber-soled bass lines and galloping guitar chords, the double A-side single is a poppy but peculiar introduction to Twin Shadow. The solo project took on a life of its own last year, as Lewis Jr. found his calling amid a steady diet of laser-guided synth lines and layered loops. 

“I remember the first time someone sat me down and made me listen to an entire Kraftwerk record,” says Lewis Jr. “I think it was The Man Machine. Anyway, I freaked out over it, because it made me realize why I loved David Bowie’s Low for so many years. I mean, I still listen to Led Zeppelin at least twice a week, but I don’t want to hear someone trying to do that anymore.” 

He also doesn’t want to hold anything back after many years of bouncing between bands and exploring the tone poem side of songwriting with the Bill T Jones Dance Company and Lewis Forever, an ongoing performance art project with his three sisters. One of which is his twin, although that doesn’t quite explain the Twin Shadow name. Think of it as a movie title instead—a film adaptation of Bowie’s Berlin years, as filtered through the waking dream lens of David Lynch

“It’s kinda crazy how new all of this is to me,” he says. “Everything is very spontaneous. That’s the other thing I learned in Berlin—that it’s okay to change, because it’s all connected in some way. Whatever I learn today is something I’m going to apply tomorrow. The tough thing is finding some cohesion. But that’s okay. Musicians who don’t evolve can only be a part of our cultural existence for so long, you know?”

Castle


Balanescu quartet

December 30th, 2008

It is a Romanian avant-garde string quartet founded in 1987 by the incredible composer Alexander Balanescu. I have heard their cover versions of Kraftwerk material on KCRW.
They are currently signed to mute records and collaborated with many artists including David Byrne.

Balanescu quartet