the ineffable beauty of ronika's selectadisc

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a friend sent me this record tonight saying it was extremely up my alley. only just finishing it and already feel the unmanageable need to make this thread. percussive, oscillating, sun dappled freestyle vibes all over this thing, implied pools shimmering in distance. personality for days. in the making for three years apparently, so a lot of the tracks on the album have been out there for a while and are probably variously familiar to people who pay attention.

regardless, album is my summer jam. if i cool on this suddenly then, i am sorry history of "ineffable" threads

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7NPOQK2yns

http://open.spotify.com/album/7MNOJ8JNIkHxM58lyusEsS

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 04:21 (four years ago) Permalink

i haven't heard this in full yet, but as you mention, upon downloading it yesterday i realised i'd heard about 7 of the tracks prior to release.

i'm looking forward to hearing the rest though and am into her nottingham madonna (from 1983) vibe

ginuwine's cousin (monotony), Tuesday, 3 June 2014 04:34 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, a lot of this record has been released over the last couple years. I have to thank mike t-diva for cluing me into her way back in the days of the Outloud room.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 04:37 (four years ago) Permalink

Based on a cursory listen to the embedded youtube, I part-authorise your use of "ineffable".

Once my co-signatory on all usages (Rev) confirms, you're in the clear.

Obv this sounds great.

Tim F, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 04:50 (four years ago) Permalink

The songs on here I hadn't heard before are just as good as the songs I had. This album is wonderful!

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 21:16 (four years ago) Permalink

I am totally on-board with a 2014 Cathy Dennis.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 3 June 2014 22:40 (four years ago) Permalink

this is great!

doctrine the house (electricsound), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 01:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope.

uppers epilepsy sh@kedown (The Reverend), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 03:57 (four years ago) Permalink

I don't think I've had any use for this kind of retro 80s synthpop move at any point in the 2010s. Adjective denied.

uppers epilepsy sh@kedown (The Reverend), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 03:58 (four years ago) Permalink

Rev hates fun, y'all.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 04:10 (four years ago) Permalink

If only this were!

uppers epilepsy sh@kedown (The Reverend), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 05:40 (four years ago) Permalink

I will overlook the sacrilegious thread title and give this a go. The description doesn't sound positive though, if only because there are so many of these things now.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 08:15 (four years ago) Permalink

http://www.selectadisc.co.uk/images/selectadisc.jpg

ogmor, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 10:43 (four years ago) Permalink

sorry rev, the freestyle elements of this send it over the edge for me

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 12:56 (four years ago) Permalink

mods pls change the thread adjective to "intractable"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 4 June 2014 13:04 (four years ago) Permalink

ir-reverend

Tim F, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 13:06 (four years ago) Permalink

I am very happy that this thread exists, and very happy that "our" Ron has finally got the album out, on her own terms - she's was very, very ill for a very long time.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:53 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh was she? I'd kept up with her on facebook over the past couple years and never even caught a whiff of an illness.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:56 (four years ago) Permalink

"1000 Nights" and "Search Siren" are my two favourites, right at the end of the record. "1000 Nights" reminds me of Taylor Dayne, with an "Into The Groove" bassline: a long-standing live favourite which I've wanted to own for the longest time - and "Search Siren" is, I think, her strongest vocal to date. (I just have to remind myself that she's not singing about a Fleshlight.) But I can't really be objective here. I know her too well.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:59 (four years ago) Permalink

xp: Yeah, she didn't really say anything about it in public until the recent round of press for the record.

mike t-diva, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 18:00 (four years ago) Permalink

Just listened to this for the first time. Fantastic stuff. I liked Wiyoo when it came out but haven't kept up with anything she's done since.

Kitchen Person, Saturday, 7 June 2014 21:15 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

This album deserves way more attention than it's getting. Such a great album. Just got my vinyl copy through the post, it's signed and everything.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 4 July 2014 14:41 (four years ago) Permalink

The vinyl is limited edition and is available here if anyone is interested.

http://www.recordshoplabel.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=40

Kitchen Person, Friday, 4 July 2014 14:42 (four years ago) Permalink

This is a cut above most of this kind of retro-80s synthpop and it mostly comes down to the exuberance in Ronika's voice and the quality of the tunes. Usually you listen to these synthy Popjustice/shambala and you can almost see the deadness in their eyes as they go through the motions, but this has a real bounce to it, so while it's derivative as hell it rarely feels generic. Tails off about 2/3 of the way through though.

Matt DC, Friday, 4 July 2014 15:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Not sure how much Popjustice have actually written about her really. Feel like they're too busy writing about The Saturdays and Lady Gaga to bother.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 4 July 2014 15:25 (four years ago) Permalink

Was just listening to this a couple days ago after it fell out of my rotation for a few weeks. It was even better than before!

Johnny Fever, Friday, 4 July 2014 17:10 (four years ago) Permalink

Matt, the best tracks are at the end! 1000 Nights and Search Siren are my absolute favourites.

mike t-diva, Friday, 4 July 2014 19:20 (four years ago) Permalink

KP, Popjustice have written about her quite a lot over the years, including recently. She also performed at one of their showcase nights this year, and she judged one round of their not-ripped-off-Freaky-Trigger-honest-guv Pop World Cup rounds.

What's lacking has been radio support. I think she falls between stools.

mike t-diva, Friday, 4 July 2014 19:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Glad to hear she's got some sort of support from them. I often read the forums on there and haven't much about her. It seems like the kind of album people on there should go crazy for.

Agree that 1000 Nights and Search Siren are two of the high points. I enjoy most of it really and hope it does well in the end of year poll.

Kitchen Person, Friday, 4 July 2014 21:32 (four years ago) Permalink

This is much better than the second-tier pop that often gets featured on Popjustice.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 5 July 2014 00:44 (four years ago) Permalink

This album is pretty wonderful. Y'all should figure out some way to get it heard by the kind of people on ilxor who don't usually pay attention to threads like this (i.e. me). Put "early madonna" in the title or something.

dlp9001, Saturday, 5 July 2014 01:58 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I've read a lot of Ronika interviews over the years - even done a couple myself - but this new one for The Quietus is more thorough and more revealing than most: http://thequietus.com/articles/15908-ronika-interview-selectadisc (full disclosure, the interviewer is a mate of mine)

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 11:44 (four years ago) Permalink

can't believe motherfuckers had the nerve to use the i-word itt

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:06 (four years ago) Permalink

like what the fuck were you even thinking

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:08 (four years ago) Permalink

lol it only occurred to me later that "ineffable" is pretty married to the tropical aesthetic, i just enjoyed the sun-dappled elasticity of this thing which felt "ineffable" to me at the time.

sorry forever rev

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:12 (four years ago) Permalink

I reject the notion anyone around here has sole (or joint) claim on an adjective. Even Tim F and Rev.

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:16 (four years ago) Permalink

It's not who uses it that's the problem, but as Brad implies what kind of music it's used to refer to, and this is simply not it. Harrumph.

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:19 (four years ago) Permalink

pretty married to the tropical aesthetic

If this is the case, I reject my rejection. The Ronika album feels steamy damp hot summer dusky time of evening to me...what's the word for that?

Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 19:21 (four years ago) Permalink

really enjoyed that interview, she comes across really well.
ta for the pointer.
that said, i think i am done re the whole 80s sound, which worries me re her future.
however, should i spot a cd edition of the album in my local emporium i will definitely give it a chance.

mark e, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 20:17 (four years ago) Permalink

we need more effability round here tbph so i aint really mad at brad deading the term by force

that being said tho, curse the amount of times i thwartedly perk up seeing this bumped on sna [shakes fist]

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 20:43 (four years ago) Permalink

The Ronika album feels steamy damp hot summer dusky time of evening to me...what's the word for that?

― Johnny Fever, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 20:21 Bookmark

old-popjustice-jockstrap

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Xpost: the album is vinyl and digital only; the only CDs are promos.

mike t-diva, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 21:58 (four years ago) Permalink

booooo ...

mark e, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 22:30 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

my god this is wonderful

example (crüt), Friday, 21 November 2014 21:06 (four years ago) Permalink

This has weirdly ended up being my most-played album of the year by a long way. It's just so effortless and enjoyable and you can play it to anyone and they get it.

everything, Friday, 21 November 2014 21:08 (four years ago) Permalink

old-popjustice-jockstrap

lol 4 days

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 21 November 2014 21:21 (four years ago) Permalink

This is a cut above most of this kind of retro-80s synthpop and it mostly comes down to the exuberance in Ronika's voice and the quality of the tunes. Usually you listen to these synthy Popjustice/shambala and you can almost see the deadness in their eyes as they go through the motions, but this has a real bounce to it, so while it's derivative as hell it rarely feels generic. Tails off about 2/3 of the way through though.

― Matt DC, Friday, July 4, 2014 10:07 AM (4 months ago)

somehow it feels to me like a record by a grown-ass woman instead of whatever developmentally arrested indie childes who make the retro synthpop i usually check for

j., Saturday, 22 November 2014 20:38 (four years ago) Permalink

otm

example (crüt), Saturday, 22 November 2014 20:49 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

weeeeeooommmmmmmmmmm

wrrrrrrriiiaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrr

synthhhhhs

j., Friday, 12 December 2014 06:21 (four years ago) Permalink

So it's not on CD but is this available to buy as FLAC or WAV somewhere?

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Friday, 12 December 2014 12:35 (four years ago) Permalink

Sorry, found WAV link on Recordshop site. Anyone know if the free download with the vinyl gives you choice of MP3 or WAV?

Supposed Former ILM Lurker (WeWantMiles), Friday, 12 December 2014 12:38 (four years ago) Permalink

You can get it on a CD now.

everything, Friday, 12 December 2014 17:26 (four years ago) Permalink

Here

everything, Friday, 12 December 2014 17:27 (four years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

great stuff! shame i only just really heard it - a few more listens and it could have scraped my EOY

this is just a saginaw (dog latin), Friday, 9 January 2015 16:16 (four years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

don't know how I missed this entirely, this is completely up my street. so damn good.

Roz, Friday, 30 January 2015 07:36 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Newwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

http://www.hungertv.com/feature/premiere-ronika-step-to-the-beat/

Johnny Fever, Friday, 20 March 2015 14:17 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3yyRuSd4gU

Jeff W, Saturday, 6 August 2016 10:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Great tune.

(Ve)Ronika must be an inspiration to (Reb)Ekkah from Birmingham. Last Chance to Dance, Small Talk, What's Up (with DâM-FunK)

schadenfreude overdose (Sanpaku), Saturday, 6 August 2016 17:10 (two years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

https://www.thelineofbestfit.com/news/latest-news/ronika-lose-my-cool-principle-interview

New album in Janurary. New single today.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Thursday, 20 October 2016 14:12 (two years ago) Permalink

Great news. Selectadisc is one of my favourite albums of the decade so far.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 20 October 2016 15:04 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New song Dissolve

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkqrWGe9mXc

nashwan, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 19:19 (two years ago) Permalink

That is gorgeous.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 29 November 2016 20:00 (two years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This new album is so good. It's very Mariah Carey, especially the second song.

Kitchen Person, Monday, 16 January 2017 18:34 (two years ago) Permalink

I am freaking out about this album right now. It's incredible.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 17 January 2017 20:23 (two years ago) Permalink

I hope so, the Mariah Carey comparison admittedly put me off (I'm not fond of melismatic vocal masturbation). I'm more into delving into the freestyle/synth-funk with just slightly updated sonics.

this device is capable of killing you without warning (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 17 January 2017 21:27 (two years ago) Permalink

I think my favourite song on the new one is a bonus track ("Better Than Ever")

monotony, Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:22 (two years ago) Permalink

I'm having a hard time getting past Dissolve as my favourite. The chorus is so beautiful it could be a KING song. Superfine and Never My Love are two of my other favourites. The whole album is a massive step-up from Selectadisc for me.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 22 January 2017 23:29 (two years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

This video is so ridiculous but I can't stop watching it.

https://youtu.be/CM3WoZcfD2Y?t=2s

kitchen person, Sunday, 11 June 2017 01:39 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

New single, produced and co-written by Lindstrom: https://open.spotify.com/album/50DDAjByaRqv1qigpFIrgE

monotony, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 06:05 (one week ago) Permalink

Here in embedded form
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQuNZOAdW1o

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 8 May 2019 11:58 (one week ago) Permalink

Really love the new single, especially the drums.

Feel like her second album was really slept on. I still go back to it a lot.

kitchen person, Sunday, 12 May 2019 05:12 (one week ago) Permalink


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