Since we posted in November about the woozy warmth of Washed Out (here) and the hazy ice-mist celestial electronics of Active Child in December (here) we’ve found ourselves listening to a number of artists that hang eerie downbeat chilled lo-fi matched with moody melodies to their core. The song Despicable Dogs by Small Black is one of our most played songs of that ilk. Telling the way like a lo fi version of James Chapman’s Maps, Despicable Dogs is a song that we’ve fallen in love with. Clattering drum patterns, and mucked up instrumentation bring a translucent sound from Brooklyn, New York via the wire to the waves of our south coast city, UK.
Released last September, there are two reasons for posting about this song now. First to bring to your attention the original tune (video below which stars vocalist Josh Kolenik's uncle Matt) and secondly to highlight the fact that on the 26th January Small Black and Washed Out will be releasing a dual A side 7” single where Washed Out give the remix treatment to Despicable Dogs and Small Black repay the compliment to You’ll See It by Washed Out. You can buy the single here. The remix clarifies things by slowing it down and synthing it up, turning it into something new, pulsing and luxurious. Here's the original with a simple sharply shot film, that shows that to make a creative and interesting film you don't need hundred of special effects.