June 27, 2008

Artist: The Avalanches

Avalanche Rock

In light of our recent deluge of posts on Steinski, Girl Talk, and The Field, you might have thought, "Hey! There are probably no sample-based artists left to talk about!" Well if you thought that, you were wrong.

Which brings us to the Avalanches, the brilliant Aussie DJ team who, in my humble opinion, rank among the best of the best of the samplers. It has been 8 long years since these 6 fellers proved their chops with the fantastic Since I Left You, but dangit if that album didn't contain 8 years worth of goodness to hold us over. Next to Endtroducing, it may well be the best all-sample album ever made.

Since then, they have left an adoring public with only tantalizing details of their next project:

We're sure you're gonna love it when it arrives ... One day when you least expect it, you'll wake up and the sample fairy will have left it under your pillow.

Argh. 8 years! Bring it on guys.

Anyway, until the new album arrives, I leave you with something almost as good, the Gimix. This mix was the precursor to Since I Left You...a lot of the same songs, with a bunch of interstitial stuff thrown in, including a fine Jimi Hendrix/Cyndi Lauper masheroo. It is, needless to say, great. Enjoyyy!

The Avalanches - Gimix

1 comment:

baconfat said...

It has been far too long, indeed. One has to wonder if their label is going to be willing to take the financial risk of paying for all those samples for the new album.