[Adult Swim] Singles Program 2014 Pt. 1

Posted: August 5, 2014 in Album reviews
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[Adult Swim] is a television network that is on every day late at night on Cartoon Network. Known usually for its very adult shows, It is also known in the music industry. Since 2010, Adult Swim has started up the Adult Swim Singles Program, where every year, a selection of exclusive tracks are released for free over a period of time. In the past, there has been tracks released by a variety of well-known and undiscovered artists such as LCD Soundsystem, Madvillian, Mastodon, Clams Casino, Wavves, Liars, Flying Lotus, Death Grips, Mac DeMarco and Lightning Bolt. This year, the 2014 Singles Program has a total of 16 tracks being released over 4 months by 16 different artists. Today, I am going to share my thoughts on the first half of the series.

To start things off, we have “Giorgio’s Theme” by the legendary Giorgio Moroder. The track is a disco banger, which has elements similar to Giorgio’s previous work such as “Chase” and his recent work with Daft Punk. This track acts as a good introduction to the series. Next, we have “Want Me” by electronic producer Machinedrum. His recent work has mixed elements of UK garage, jungle and hip-hop, which especially shows here in this very good track. After that, we have “Dust” by rock band Destruction Unit which is a fast, noisy and crazy punk song, which I adore a lot. The pace then changes as we are introduced to “Star-Spangled” by Fatima Al Qadiri, an experimental who recently joined Hyperdub (home of Kode9 & Burial). The track is a weird reworking of the US national anthem. Personally, this is the first track that I didn’t like as it just seems quite bland for a reworking. This is quite sad of me to say this from a person who really likes experimental music (such as Oneohtrix Point Never & Aphex Twin).

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After this is “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron” by experimental ambient artist Tim Hecker. I’ve only heard of him due to last album “Virgins” getting quite a lot of praise. After listening to this track I can know understand. It is a very relaxing ambient piece which has become one of my personal favourites of the series so far. Changing the pace, we have “Bigger Party” by indie rock group Speedy Ortiz. Lasting barely over 2 minutes long, it’s a very decent rock song, maybe a bit too basic. After that is probably the most anticipated track. “The Clarity” by Stoner Rock group Sleep, which marks their first track in a decade since the 60 minute long epic “Dopesmoker”. The track goes in Sleep tradition with a reoccurring riff lasting as long as humanly possible, which makes the track nearly 10 minutes long. The track is a rock epic that fans of the band won’t be disappointed by. To finish things off, we have the first ‘official’ hip-hop track with “Coupe” by Future, which is a typical hip-hop song with references to cars and women.

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Overall, the Singles Program has been good so far with generally favourable tracks, with a few exceptions. It isn’t over yet though as we still have 8 more tracks to go, with tracks from Deafheaven, Captain Murphy (Flying Lotus), Run The Jewels and Mastodon still on the way.

Best Tracks:
Sleep “The Clarity”
Tim Hecker “Amps, Drugs, Mellotron”
Worst Track:
Fatima Al Qadiri “Star-Spangled”

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