It isn’t only the weather that makes the perfect summer. The songs that soundtrack are probably just as important, and just as Take That’s ‘Shine’ is likely to remind you of being stuck in cars with relatives listening to commercial radio and Basshunter will immediately make you think all the horrible Malia photos that people have been tagged in on your facebook feed, there are many other, better alternatives. Coming from the sunshine state, Florida’s unouomedude has had about as much publicity about his name (you know you owe me dude) as he has his sun drenched electro racket.
If you’re one of those people who seems to constantly be yearning for a barbecue, you can pretty much wrap up the majority of your playlist now, with most of the the tracks made available through last.fm. This is unashamedly glo-fi, a mish mash of the kind of stuff that Washed Out and Teen Daze have been peddling to mass acclaim for the past few months. However, it’s slightly harder edged than that, with some of the unashamedly pop moments shorn and replaced with more experimental segments – you could hardly imagine Ernest green building a song around a snare heavy drum sample like in unouomedude’s Nightlight. Whilst the competitors sound purposely jaded, this is consistently bright, daring and neon. If the genre is to be something more than a few bedroom producers huddled together by pitchfork to garner more traffic, then this offers plenty of ideas of what could be done once the hype fades away.
unouomedude – Island Summer[last.fm download]
unouomedude – Buildings [last.fm download]