Games was a group consisting of the Brooklyn based duo (pictured above) consisting of Joel Ford (left) of Tigercity (one of my personal favs) and Daniel Lopatin (right) of Oneohtrix Point Never (possibly recently relocated to Asheville…). Games released one EP That We Play back in September of 2010 and it was a great vintage 80’s synth jazz sounding record including the hit Strawberry Skies (video featured below). I think the name Games had some legal issues or something or maybe it was too unsearchable and so they changed the name of the project to simply their last names Ford & Lopatin. This past week Ford & Lopatin released their full length LP Channel Pressure on Software an offshoot of Mexican Summer.
The album Channel Pressure is mixed by Prefuse 73 and feels like an escape backwards in time to the eighties era of happy, synth pop with high pitched tweaked out singing. The album is a sci-fi futuristic journey where you find yourself dancing on a neon lighted spaceship filled with brightly colored robots. My favorite standout tracks are The Voices, Emergency Room and Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me).
The last of the songs mentioned above was recently featured as the first release by the Adult Swim Singles Program which released some great tracks last year by The Cults, LCD Soundsystem, Black Lips, Washed Out and more. And this year they plan to release even more tracks over the summer from the likes of Best Coast, The Rapture, How To Dress Well and many more. You can get all these tracks for free over at Adult Swim.
(Right click to download)
Ford & Lopatin – Too Much MIDI (Please Forgive Me) (Courtesy Adult Swim)
Ford & Lopatin – Emergency Room
Games – Strawberry Skies (feat. Laurel Halo)
And if you want more free music including some pretty good mixtapes go to their SoundCloud here.
Here’s some of their older music to get a sense where the Ford & Lopatin sound came:
Tigercity – Are You Sensation
Oneohtrix Point Never – Nobody Here
And here is some crazy videos:
One more thing Ford & Lopatin are playing a few nearby fests later this year including Hopscotch in Raleigh and Moogfest in Asheville. Line ups for both festivals are up and both are probably worth checking out I know I’ll be there.