135: AGF/Delay, QUIO, Safety Scissors, The Dolls, LappetitesFor a while now I've been wanting to post something about Helsinki producer Vladislav Delay and his collaborations with Antye Greie-Fuchs (AGF) as agf/dlay. While both of them have a lot of side projects going on at the moment, so I thought I just try to combine them all into one long post, with a ton of mp3's to go with it. This is a pretty big post and it was done a bit hastily, so I apologize for any errors. There's definitely a lot more that these artists have done and if you follow the links around, you can find more downloads if these aren't enough for you. Now to the music.
First, Vladislav Delay's solo work. The sound ranges under the different names he goes by. As Vladislav Delay, the sound is a Mille Plateaux style of blip hop, very mental with ambient textures thrown in. As Uusitalo, his music is more along the lines of the Berlin DJ's who lifted the Detroit techno sound of classics like Model 500 and gave it a minimalist slant. His last album was called The Four Quarters and is out now on Huume Recordings. There is a pretty impressive back catalogue of his works though, a sampling of which I've included here:
Vladislav Delay - Raamat
Vladislav Delay - Viite
Vladislav Delay - Karrha
Vladislav Delay - The Super Has Left the Model
Vladislav Delay - Huone
Vladislav Delay - Putki
Uusitalo - One's Groove
Uusitalo - Dutchwallpaper
Luomo - We Melt
Luomo - Body Speaking
Luomo - Could Be Like This
On top of the last album, Delay did some work on a new Safety Scissors album called Tainted Lunch on Scape. It's a bit more tongue in speech blip hop (evidence of this can be found in the title of the opening track, I Am the Cheese), but not enough to turn King of Convenience, Erlend Øye, away from collaborating on Sunlight's On the Other Side. The album is a refreshing way to escape the seriousness and inaccessibility that you sometimes find with IDM or other experimental artists. Audio samples are available here. I recommend Breastbone.
But the more famous collaboration was probably with producer and musician AGF as AGF/Delay. I don't know very much about AGF, other than that I love her voice. Together, they move in more of a trip hop direction, though with a hauntingly deep and minimalist bass that keeps the mind wondering and thinking. My favorite track, which is a little more trip hoppy, is Break Doors from the album, Explode Baby. Another collaboration between the two was Luomo, which did pretty well on the CMJ charts a couple of years ago. This is Delay displaying a kind of funk. It's more human sounding, even incorporating more vocals from himself and AGF, but without losing too much of the experimental side of his work.
AGF/Delay - Break Doors
AGF/Delay - Return to Us 2002
AGF/Delay - Still Eatin
For an even more mellow version of AGF/Delay, one need only add the talent of composer Craig Armstrong to form The Dolls. Armstrong, who has previously composed music for Moulin Rogue and Romeo & Juliet (though he sticks in my mind as the guy who played piano on Massive Attack's Protection) adds some stability to a couple of experimental producers, but their self titled album has still impressed me a lot lately. One of the best albums I've heard in a while. Martini Never Dies is a good example of what to expect from the rest of the album. This version of Choices is more piano based than the album version which includes a sped up version of the beat from LCD Soundsystem's Losing My Edge (that's what it sounds like at any rate).
The Dolls - Martini Never Dries
The Dolls - Choices (web exclusive version)
But AGF is much more than the vocalist for Vladislav Delay. She's also done quite a lot of her own work on her own record label. On top of her solo material, she's become a part of the Lappetites, an experimental, all female group. Each of the four members comes from a different culture and generation. AGF herself is German, Elaine Radigue is French, Kaffe Matthews is British and Ryoko Kuwajima comes from Japan. Together they've engaged in "sonic linking games" as they call it. The results are a pretty interesting, cross cultural project.The Lappetites album, Before the Libretto, comes out on Oct 25th on Quecksilber Music.
And finally, another personal favorite of the moment, the AGF produced QUIO. This is perfect for anyone who loves M.I.A. but doesn't think she's grime enough. Maybe a better comparison would be to the Grime compilations on Rephlex, but with female vocalists. A bit dirtier sounding than the Run the Road CD on Vice, but no less impressive. Highly recommend downloading Great.
QUIO - Great (featuring Lise)
QUIO - So Dazed
QUIO - Gliding (featuring Lise)
QUIO - Gazon Gasolina
QUIO - So Dazed (Minimally Dazed Rmx by AGF)