#Woraklsweek Day 7 – "Chemin"

 

 

It’s the 7th and final day of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬ so let’s end with a fantastic finish. Throughout the course of this week I have posted a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into. I really hope these songs have given you an awesome insight into his work and have opened your eyes to the possibilities of electronic music today.

 

Our final song is “Chemin”. I won’t say too much about how Worakls put this one together, as I’m sure you’re already aware of how beautiful Worakls weaves different melodic fragments in and out of focus, creating an amazingly mellow vibe to chill you out. What makes this song particularly amazing is the different pitched percussion instruments that are use to simulate the different noises that rain can create in a city. Hearing this song while out and about is definitely the best experience it can give you as it really makes you think about how different each and every sounds can appear to you if you give it the chance. The overtones are all there in our natural world and through this change in perception – as cheesy as this is going to sound – music really can be anywhere.

 

So one final time for this week, and hopefully in the future if you stumble across more of the genius of Worakls in your travels, I give you this parting gift: “Chemin.”

 

Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 6 – "Porto"

 

 

Day 6 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Saturday is a day for a samba, so I thought I’d go with something with a bit of a Spanish flavour for today’s track: “Porto“.

 

The track is centred entirely around layering different acoustic guitar parts while sticking to the tried and tested house beat. The assymetrical phrasing of the melody helps to keep the track fresh (along with each new musical layer) and works over the slow, trance-like chord movement that borrows from Spanish folk songs to bring a typical flavour of Flamenco music into your dose of electronica.

 

Once again, the name of the game is subtlety and reflectiveness – and the tune is one of the best Worakls has produced. Ladies, gentlemen and people of fluid or non-specified gender, I present to you “Porto“.

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 5 – "Soleil de Plomb"

 

Day 5 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Today was supposed to be a solar eclipse apparently… as you would expect, this would usually entail a sun shining very brightly on a warm day. Wrong. Oh well, as Worakls’ song “Soleil de Plomb” will help to bring the sun to you! (For those who aren’t aware, “Soleil de Plomb” translates as a sun shining beautifully).

 

Today’s track creates a beautiful blend of piano melodies and standard house music conventions – a fuzzy, distorted bassline, vocal-like hits and a building drumline that helps the track become something truly special.

 

Once again, the name of the game in this song is layers – each musical layer is beautifully interwoven with the others to create a specific atmosphere. In the case of “Soleil de Plomb”, the mood that Worakls has gone for is an uplifting sense of energy, while remaining within the relaxing minimalist house vibe that he often creates.

 

At this stage, I’ll stop my incoherent babbling of music jargon and let you guys make your own minds up!

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 4 – "Elea"

Day 4 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Thursday can be dramatic for many reasons. For some reason Thursdays just seem to be filled with action and stress – possibly because we know the weekend’s just around the corner but it’s not quite tangible at this point.

 

For this reason, I’ve selected Elea. It’s a slight change of pace, with more driving cinematic strings as the central theme, kicking in from the very beginning and filling you with a sense of urgency before the house beat and chilling electronics kick in. There’s a definite sense of loss and thoughtfulness in this record, with the vocal-like drone in the background and the minor key in the bell sounds and heavily edited marimba melodies. When the strings come back they cement the sense of time running out – just as you would expect from a film score.

 

The overall effect can be slightly overwhelming at times when you feel like there’s just too much to do, but the orchestration works absolutely perfectly in proving that Worakls isn’t afraid to tackle very difficult instrumentation and work outside of his comfort zone to bring you a class A record. Hit it up.

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 3 – Bleu

 

Day 3 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Having a bit of a blue Wednesday? Well who says blue (or should I say, “Bleu“?) has to be sad? This wonderful tune is one of the more reflective songs in Worakls catalogue, the looped guitar line creating a beautifully melancholic mood for all of the wonderful marimbas, glocks and chimes to sit in. The overall effect is one of complete and utter peace, and as always with the Worakls touch, each new layer brings with it a new sense of contentment.

 

As the piece goes on you’ll find yourself picking out each and every layer and how it weaves into the mix – at first the marimbas are the sole focus, followed by the guitar. But as you get further into the song you may find these elements slipping out of your focus in lieu of new sounds – and it’s not that they’ve gone away, they’re all just building to that perfect atmosphere.

 

I hope you’ve got a good pair of headphones for this one!

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 2 – Remix of N'to's "Trauma"

 

Day 2 of ‪#‎Woraklsweek‬. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

If you’re having a traumatic Tuesday, Worakls has got you covered with this fantastic remix of labelmate’s N’to’s “Trauma“. Let’s be honest, remixing is more than slapping a different beat on the track and a handful of effects. An effective remix will completely strip the track back and complete an entirely different vibe for the track. N’to’s original “Trauma” is an edgy electronic masterpiece with an in-your-face attitude when it comes to sinking you into the music.

 

Worakls takes the track’s core melody and adds in much more mellow, almost trance-like moving chords and some drone elements to create a much more reflective atmosphere. His breaks include his signature cinematic style of songwriting and the typical tinkles are in there to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. This is 10 minutes of pure bliss,and if you don’t click the link you’re seriously missing out.

 

~ Adam Hitchen

#Woraklsweek Day 1 – Salzburg

 

This week is Worakls Week, because I’ve decided. Deal. Each day I’ll post a different song by the amazingly talented French DJ, who as of yet has not even remotely gained the appreciation he deserves. Worakls specialises in Minimalist House and constructs some truly beautiful atmospheres for us to just melt away into.

 

Point in case, Salzburg. Possibly one of my best discoveries of the year so far, the song continues to build on its solid foundation, each new layer bringing with it a new layer of peace. It’s reflective, that’s for sure. Oh, and it tinkles – I do love a good Glockenspiel!

 

~ Adam Hitchen

 

Pick Of The Week – "Let It Happen", Tame Impala

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This week Tame Impala revealed that they are back, so of course I’ve been celebrating this to the soundtrack of their brand new single. ‘Let It Happen’ is 7 minutes and 59 seconds of absolute genius. It’s as synthy as predicted and is filled with as many riffs as you can handle. The lyrics are warbled over the psychedelic vibes of the track, whilst the track also brings a dance-y vibe to it – so even if you’re not big into the psychedelic vibe this track has something to offer. I’m a massive fan of Tame Impala’s albums and I feel that this track incorporates everything a Tame Impala fan would love about the band – it’s absolutely a magnificent work of art. Any song that can keep me interested for 8 minutes deserves to be my pick of the week! After the release of this track, Tame Impala are definitely at the top of my ‘bands to see’ list – I hope you’ll be as hooked on this track as I am!

~ Ceri-Ann Hughes

Pick Of The Week – "All The Sad Young Men", Spector

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Spector have been under the radar for the past couple of years since their debut album ‘Enjoy It While It Lasts’, but they’ve burst back onto the scene with their latest single ‘All The Sad Young Men’. I feel like it’s a homage to the ‘80s with excessive synths, and this absolutely complements the band’s style. I can’t get enough of this track and its tongue-in-cheek lyrics such as ‘no, nothing ever really started with a kiss’ which is an ode to The Killers’ ‘Mr. Brightside’. Big synths are my thing at the moment, so this track is one to be played really loud. I can’t wait to see what subsequent tracks will follow – a deserved pick of the week!

~Ceri-Ann Hughes

Check out “All The Sad Young Men” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlfsI4UD4ZE

Pick of the Week | Ed Sheeran – All Of The Stars

No spoilers, I promise, but allow me if you will to drop in a reference, now and again. Okay? Okay.

So… the Fault In Our Stars soundtrack was released yesterday. The critically acclaimed book, The Fault In Our Stars by Vlogbrother and all round awesome guy, John Green will be gracing cinemas worldwide in the coming weeks and months. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m looking forward to the film, but I have been more interested to see who will feature in the soundtrack.

Soundtracks are important..

It is one of a plethora of aspects which makes or breaks a film. With that in mind, the levels of excitement that I felt, rose when I heard that Ed Sheeran was going to be one of a whole host of artists featured in the TFIOS movie. The artists ranging from Jake Bugg and Kodaline, to Charlie XCX and Birdy!

‘I See Fire’ is the main song that featured during the credits roll of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and it turns out, he’ll be playing people out once more with his new song – All of the Stars. I was curious about this song the most. So, naturally, I gave it a quick listen.

 

I have chosen it as my pick of the week..

..because it sounds like the perfect way to close out a film like this. Based on what I know about the film (which is very little, it has to be said…), it juxtaposes what happens at the very end of the film.

It is certainly a very soothing song which I thoroughly enjoyed. I wish I had the ability to describe the song to you, but the world is not a wish granting factory. There will be that one missing adjective that would just make the description seem…incomplete.

So instead, all I will say is that I highly recommend you listen to the song!

 


As a little sidenote.. 

This time next week, two Insanity Radio presenters will be presenting live on air for 128.7 hours (5 and a half days) to raise money for Teenage Cancer Trust and Mary Francis Trust. However, this is not just an Insanity Radio event, it is going to be livestreamed by the team at rhubarbTV!

During that period, I would love it if you could support Sarah and Hitchen as they go and push themselves to boundaries that are yet unknown. More details will be coming out very soon, so check out the InsanityEvents and InsanityRadio twitter accounts, the facebook page and the website for more details.

Donations are always welcomed, but food, hugs and love for them is just as important. So please show your support to them and for them!

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Pick Of The Week – "Why Do You Hate Me?", Marmozets

Underground British rock is alive and well in 2014, and few bands embody the spirit of it quite like the marvellously unconventional Marmozets. Industry attention has been fixed on the young group for the last few years, and the last single they released, “Move Shake Hide”, saw their potential completely fulfilled in a jawbreakingly good anthem of a song. With a debut album due to be released later this year and big festival appearances booked for the summer, 2014 seems like it could well be the year of the Marmozet, their latest single “Why Do You Hate Me?” only likely to continue to build the hype.

Striking the perfect balance between zany razor-edged mathcore and refined, accessible pop rock, a fusion that has become something of a trademark for the group, “Why Do You Hate Me?” packs a chorus perfect for radio play without compromising its raw flavour. Fans of any kind of rock music will likely fall prey to the undeniable charms of Marmozets. The future’s bright for British rock, and the guys and girl that make up this band should by all rights be a massive part of it.

~ Michael Bird

Listen to “Why Do You Hate Me?” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGSWfuiO0Ps

Pick of the Week – "Gasoline", The Silent Comedy

Created from the minds of the San Diego based Americana band, The Silent Comedy, “Gasoline is but one example of this band’s magnificent talent. The emotional impact of the intro alone is amazing, with such beautiful music having the capability to calm and relax anyone who listens to the track. It can even, for some, provide that weird and wonderful feeling of completeness, which is only enhanced by the heart-warming voice of Jeremiah Zimmerman. Despite there being more recent tracks by The Silent Comedy which are just as brilliant as “Gasoline”, very few can truly match up to it’s beauty, and taking time out to listen to this track is 3:48 well spent.

~ Hannah McCaldin

Listen to the acoustic version of “Gasoline” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pet-frXJtAs