Ratatat / Classics
This August sees the release of the my favorite instrumental electronic by way of hip-hop artists sophomore album, I'm talking about Ratatat and their new album Classics. Last year this was on my list of most anticipated albums of 2006 (more of a mental list topped by the Flaming Lips). So with this album spreading around the internet the last two days (along with the new mountain goats) I had to get me a piece. How can I mention Ratatat with out mentioning that ass kicker of track Seventeen Years. It moved some heads. You'd have to hate music not to like it...or something close to that. That track got me into their albums and then their mixtape, which volume 2 of should be available this year. My personal highlight of volume 1 was the Ghostface track Run, it was already a track I dug but they just one upped it to another level.
The new album features a wider array of instruments including acoustic guitar, slide guitar, sleigh bells and cello in addition to the usual suspects, guitars and synths. More importantly though after listening to the album, they seemed to have refined their production skills.
So new album out on XL recordings on August 22nd and new mixtape probably available at their shows.
Ratatat - Lex [from Classics]
Ratatat - Run (Ghostface remix) [From Ratatat Mixtape Vol. 1]
Ratatat - Seventeen Years [From Ratatat]