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Video of the Moment #2780: Django Django (feat. Self Esteem)

 
By on Thursday, 1st February 2018 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish art school synth and percussion geeks Django Django released their third album ‘Marble Skies’ last Friday on Because Music. Want to learn more about it? Have a stroll over to my review from last week through here.

One of the best tracks on the LP stars what I called “the buoyantly beautiful ‘Surface to Air'”, which features vocals from Self Esteem, aka Rebecca Taylor of Slow Club. Her debut single as Self Esteem last year, ‘Your Wife’, was produced by the Djangos’ drummer Dave Maclean, so this collaboration was practically a no-brainer. It looks like Taylor was open to participating with them in a visual sense, too, for the promo video for ‘Surface to Air’. The now platinum blonde Taylor is shown in various, primary-coloured outfits, seemingly channeling Madonna. Intrigued? Watch the video for the song below. For more on Django Django here on TGTF, follow this link.

 

Album Review: Django Django – Marble Skies

 
By on Monday, 22nd January 2018 at 12:00 pm
 

Django Django Marble Skies album coverBack in 2012, Edinburgh art school synth and percussion geeks Django Django were nominated for the Mercury Prize for their eponymous album. Lovably off-kilter, ‘Django Django’ was quickly and voraciously gobbled up by music lovers everywhere, including myself. No-one at the time was doing anything like ‘Default’ and ‘Love’s Dart’. Memorably for this music editor, the Django Django mania came to a crescendo in an uncomfortable, packed, sweaty Blind Tiger in Brighton to close out night 2 during The Great Escape 2012. Joined by some friends and about 6 years later, the Scots have returned with their third album, ‘Marble Skies’, which sees them stepping out of their former boxes (wait a minute, did they even have boxes?) and in a few different directions.

The title track starts the LP off in fine fashion, with synth notes hit in precision and an irrepressible drumbeat provided by Metronomy’s Anna Prior. Vincent Neff’s vocals are, as ever, catchy. “Take us as we are, we have gone too far…we are following marble skies”, he sings. It sets the stage to make us wonder what these marble skies are, and why are Django Django (and ultimately, we, too) are chasing them? Is a journey to salvation or a fool’s errand?

Speaking of a fool’s errand, in case you missed it, the promo video for early single ‘Tic Tac Toe’ (review here) sees Neff running around Hastings in search of the all-important milk needed for a cup of tea. The song, like ‘Marble Skies’ itself, reminds us that these Scots know their way around a catchy pop track. Another early teaser, the Erasure-inspired ‘In Your Beat’, is further proof of this. ‘Real Gone’ later in the tracklisting continues the New Wave feel with an even more frenetic pace. When Neff channels a Sixties-era Roger McGuinn on ‘Champagne’ and ‘Further’ – both songs showing a strange preoccupation with trees – the results are still largely successful.

‘Marble Skies’ features two collaborations that may give a clue to Django Django’s future. The buoyantly brilliant ‘Surface to Air’ features a female guest vocal from Rebecca Taylor, most famously known as the female half of Sheffield’s Slow Club. Her first single last year ‘Your Wife’ as solo artist Self Esteem was produced by the Djangos’ drummer Dave MacLean, so a collaboration now seems natural. I do wonder, though, if Taylor is so effective as a singer to Django Django’s instrumentation, does this mean a side project with her at the front going to bud off from this album? Or is this simply a one-off?

‘Sundials’ is another departure from form, this time for its cowriter Jan Hammer, the composer of the Miami Vice theme song and ‘Crockett’s Theme’. Sadly, ‘Sundials’ doesn’t throw you on a Floridian beach, as it’s a more subdued affair, more breathy and less frenetic than you might like. Still, it works as a moment to catch your breath from what is collectively an enjoyable mish-mash of styles and sounds. ‘Marble Skies’ also makes the case that Django Django’s return to the live stage will be an exciting one.

8.5/10

Django Django’s third album ‘Marble Skies’ will be out on the 26th of January on Because Music. Starting later this month, their upcoming live in-store appearances and proper shows in the UK are listed on their Facebook. Bassist Jimmy Dixon and drummer/producer Dave MacLean were in conversation with BBC 6 Music’s Stuart Maconie on the 12th of January, you can listen back to that interview on the 6 Music Web site through here (scroll forward to the 1 hour, 30 minute mark). For more on Django Django here on TGTF, follow us this way.

 

Video of the Moment #2749: Django Django

 
By on Monday, 4th December 2017 at 6:00 pm
 

Scottish electro-rock quartet Django Django have unveiled a new promo video for ‘In Your Beat’, the next single from their forthcoming album ‘Marble Skies’. The new LP is due out on the 26th of January next year, and we’ve already featured editor Mary’s review of its promising first single ‘Tic Tac Toe’.

The video treatment for ‘In Your Beat’ is a hybrid graphic/lyric video concept, featuring artistic design elements by Sophie Koko-Gate (also known by her initials, SKG) and Brodie Kaman. Its anachronistic animation and illustrations fit nicely with the band’s musical allusion to the cool, detached quality of 1980s’ synth-pop. Watch and listen to ‘In Your Beat’ just below, then take a look back at TGTF’s complete past coverage of Django Django, which can be found right through here.

 

Single Review: Django Django – Tic Tac Toe

 
By on Monday, 30th October 2017 at 12:00 pm
 

Art rock geeks Django Django first burst on the scene in 2012 with their self-titled album. Chock full of psychedelic, toe-tapping earworms like singles ‘Default’ and ‘Love’s Dart’, the London via Edinburgh group captured the minds and imaginations of music fans everywhere with their percussive, witty tunes. Included in that group was this editor, who was so enamoured about their sound that I thought they deserved a Bands to Watch and I risked life and limb to see them play packed, sweaty showcases at SXSW, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City of that year. LP ‘Born Under Saturn’, which followed 3 years later, wasn’t at rapturously received as its predecessor, some pundits noticing its lack of immediacy and its rough edges worn down.

Any concerns about whether Django Django had lost the plot appear to be unfounded. Earlier this month, they returned with a new track to build up excitement towards album number three, ‘Marble Skies’, due out at the start of January. ‘Tic Tac Toe’ begins with a white noise in the background that sounds like a plane taking off, or perhaps a balloon that’s being inflated by helium. How’s that for anticipation? Singer Vincent Neff’s first vocals out of the gate heavily echo, as pounding drumming usher in a melodic guitar line.

The overall effect of their hippy-dippy vibrations envelopes you, recalling the frenetic nature of exemplary earlier single ‘Hail Bop’ from their debut album. The main differences? For sure, ‘Tic Tac Toe’ is more in your face, refusing to be denied entry into the little grey cells in your head. The one thing that’s sorely lacking from the song is an opportunity for a grand sing-along: the lyrics, weighed down with reverb, have a feel good quality but are hard to follow in the milieu.

For its accompanying promo directed by John Maclean, brother of drummer David, the group decided to take an off-the-wall approach that matches their continuing ethos with their music. Take something incredibly important to the British – the milk in their tea – and send their leader off to source some. Trust me, it’s not as pedantic as it sounds. During his mission, he gets caught off guard. Just like fans like us have been by a little group named Django Django.

7.5/10

Single ‘Tic Tac Toe’ from Django Django is out now. The Scottish art rockers’ third album ‘Marble Skies’ will be out on the 26th of January 2018. All of our past coverage on the group is through here.

 

Video of the Moment #2010: Django Django

 
By on Tuesday, 9th February 2016 at 6:00 pm
 

Django Django released their second album ‘Born Under Saturn’ in spring 2015, which is now available on Ribbon Music. They now have a new video out for album cut ‘Life We Know’. Looking like a craft shop class run amok and on steroids, the promo looks like collages being built up and covered over with photos from their own travels around the world as a touring band. Watch it below.

Catch more of our coverage here on TGTF on Django Django here.

 

Video of the Moment #1898: Django Django

 
By on Thursday, 3rd September 2015 at 6:00 pm
 

Scotland’s percussion / synth-based wonders Django Django have a new promo out for ‘Pause Repeat’, which appears on their sophomore album ‘Born Under Saturn’, which was released back in the spring and is now available on Ribbon Music. Colours, shapes, sporting equipment and fruit and veg (yes, fruit and veg) feature in this colourful video that continues their tradition of weird and out there videos. But even the parade of citrus and broccoli doesn’t detract from the infectious beats of the song. Watch the video below.

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