29.4.09

Alphabet Posting: H to N



So I have decided to wrap this 'Alphabet Posting' in consecutive posts.
In this section I am focusing on songs from my past.

H.
Hum 'Stars' (YSI) I saw them open for Bush along with The Toadies when I was 13.
I.
Iggy Pop 'Nightclubbing' (YSI) Ah, indeed.
J.
Jane's Addiction 'Jane Says' (YSI) I can't even fathom how many times I've heard this track. The steel drums still make me smile like the first time I heard it.
K.
Korn 'Blind' (YSI) Um, okay. When the local rock radio DJ gave me this CD as a promo at age 11 I had no idea it would help me through those early teenage years. It did.
L.
Love And Rockets 'So Alive'(YSI) Frowning toe sweep anyone?
M.
The Mighty Mighty BossTones 'Simmer Down' (YSI)
I lit Dicky Barrett's cigarette at Warp Tour one year and flipped out. This is also one of my favorite covers. Dicky's voice could not be more different from Doreen's.
N.
New Order 'Ceremony' (YSI) A band covering itself basically, and doing it so well. You can hear the longing for Ian in Bernard's voice.

27.4.09

Alphabet Posting: A to G



So I have decided to start a little series, I am going to post tracks much like the show on BBC Radio A-Z. A track for each letter over a few days. I'm keeping it simple first time around with the letter going along with the artist involved. Here's A-G with a little island/tropics focus.
A:
Anthony B 'Just Can't Live This Way' (YSI)
B:
Bad Brains 'Natty Dreadlocks 'Pon The Mountain Top' (YSI)
C:
A Certain Ratio 'Skipscada' (YSI)
D:
Deadbeat 'Babylon Correction' (YSI)
E:
Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit 'Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa' (YSI)
F:
Fannypack 'Fire Fire Feat. Mr. Vegas' (YSI)
G:
Ghislain Poirier 'Blazin' (YSI)

23.4.09

Larry Tee & Club Badd


I am a huge fan of Larry Tee. He is the king and originator of clashing (pardon the pun) all nasty forms of underground dance music. He's sassy, he can put two records together and I like his glasses. I love you Larry, and congrats on the new album.

Larry Tee's Club Badd comes out May 5th on ULTRA! Includes Princess Superstar, Perez Hilton, Roxy Cottontail, Amanda LePore, Mel Merio, Herve, Bart B More, Blogula, Christopher Just, Kelly, Edu K, Tomboy, Jeffree Star, cover art Bad Brilliance MORE!

Larry Tee 'I Love You (Original Mix)' (Feat. on 'Club Badd') (YSI)

Larry Tee Myspace

22.4.09

Kompakt New Release: Mugwump 'Fears Inc.'



These two guys from Brussels are on fire! Geoffroy and Kolombo grace us with their second 12” after the much loved “Meditation EP”. This time around, they take us to the dark side of house music. The title track “Fears Inc” sounds like the alternative soundtrack of Polanski’s “Dance of the Vampyres”. There’s an overall gay atmosphere but evil bloodsuckers are lurking behind every corner. “Fears Inc” reminds us of the mid 90s when labels like Strictly Rhythm helped house music to develop a variety and elegance that was unheard thus far. Mugwump roll out a majestic, sanguine deephouse track that builds up to total frenzy including bloodcurdling screams and all. This is a monster track... for real!

“Nothing without you” quotes a different period of dance music, diving deeply into the year 1988 when Djs at the legendary Boccaccio Club near Ghent fusioned EBM and Acidhouse into NEW BEAT, a highly energetic ancestor of nowadays European techno. Kolombo and Geoffroy give this timely deceased genre an update and who knows...
maybe they kissed the beast awake!

Mugwump 'Fears Inc.' (Kompakt 189) (YSI)

Mugwump 'Nothing Without You' (Kompakt 189) (YSI)

Kompakt Website

Untold on Hessle Audio




PUT YOUR HANDS IN THE AIR FOR SOME SERIOUS DUBSTEP BURNERS!

Hessle Audio 008 sees the return of Jack ‘Untold’ Dunning to the label on which he made his debut release. Dunning began to develop his unique sound in the mid 90s through his formation of the Sabbatical Sound System, spinning jungle at Notting Hill Carnival, Glastonbury and free parties throughout the UK.

Untold arrived on the dubstep scene in 2008, with the ‘Kingdom EP’ on Hessle Audio 003, as well as remix work for Boka, Milanese and TRG. Through his newly formed and uncompromising label Hemlock, Untold unleashed the dark and quirky killers ‘Yukon’ and ‘Discipline’, as well as breaking new artists Fantastic Mr Fox and Rich Reason.


His much hyped remix of Toasty’s ‘Knowledge’ as well as an artist 12” on Hotflush are due to be released in the following months.

Hessle Audio was formed in Leeds in early 2007 by David Kennedy, Ben Thomson and Kevin McAuley. The label has released tunes by TRG, Martyn, Pangaea, Ramadanman, Joe and Untold. In addition, Hessle Audio tunes have appeared on compilations by Tempa, Scape, Soul Jazz and Global Underground.

Release Date: 18 May 09

Untold 'I Can't Stop This Feeling' (Hessle Audio) (YSI)

Untold 'Anaconda' (Hessle Audio) (YSI)

Untold Myspace
Hessle Audio Myspace

Spencer Product 'We Bite'




Spencer Product is back after his debut mix CD 'Product'. This time he delivers a party anthem 'We Bite' with raucous remixes from London's Tronk Youth and NYC implants Designer Drugs. 'We Bite', named after one of Spencer's classic L.E.S. sleezefests is an ode to late night debauchery. It's all about basements, PBR, dirty sex, cocaine and vomit...what more could you need? Spencer's original is a distorted electro rock affair while Designer Drugs clean it up a bit for the late night beatdowns. Tronik Youth keep things very 80's new wave disco with heavy reverbs on the drums, synths and vocoders all the way...If you can't get a trip in to New York this year just close your eyes and this record will take you there.







Spencer Product Website
Coco Machete Website

21.4.09

Spring Hype & Thug Life


01. Douster-For Weirdos Only (Momma's Boy Remix)
02. Raziek-Wake Up (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
03. DJ Mujava-Township Funk (Diplo Remix)
04. Diplo-Way More (Johnny Blaze Remix)
05. DJ Cleo-I Approve
06. Ghislain Poirier-Go Ballistic Feat. MC Zulu (Toddla T & Duckbeats Remix)
07. Crookers-Para De Graçinha feat. MC Leka (Original Mix)
08. Jodeci-Freek'n You (DJ Brrrapscallion & Carlton L Bruce Remix)
09. Michael Jackson-Bad (Mowgli Is Bad Remix)
10. Purple Ribbon All-Satrs-Kryptonite (Baltimoroder's Bizarre Inc Remix)
11. Riskay-Smell Yo Dick (Solly Stanky Pecker Edit)
12. Tag Team-Whoomp! There It Is! (Spinstyles Remix)
13. Rusko-Cockney Thug
14, Benga-Crunked Up
15. Buraka Som Sistema-Kalemba (Reso's Aguardente Remix)
16. La Roux-In For The Kill (Skream's Let's Get Ravey Mix)
17. The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band-P.I.M.P.

Major Lazer!!!!





I've had Diplo on the brain for years now. I picked up his early mix CDs in Chicago as well as his often forgot full length album 'Florida' on Ninja Tune imprint Big Dada. I also flipped out the first time I heard 'A Bit Patchy' so then it's no surprise I've been patiently waiting for material to pop up from the Diplo & Switch collaboration, Major Lazer!

MAJOR LAZER 'HOLD THE LINE (DJ EDIT)' via RCRD LBL

20.4.09

NEW MAYER HAWTHORNE



Sometimes an image is enough to get me interested in some music. I have never heard a Mayer Hawthorne track before but this album artwork is perfection. Plus I trust that Peanut Butter Wolf and company always release quality tunes.
This 12-inch drops in May - digital exclusive out now: "Maybe So, Maybe No" and "I Wish It Would Rain" - both with instrumentals.

Download: Mayer Hawthorne 'Maybe So, Maybe No' Direct from Stones Throw for free.


Check out Mayer Hawthorne tour schedule here.

MAYER HAWTHORNE
I WISH IT WOULD RAIN
1 Vestax, 1 test press 12" and some rain.

Voodeux "Bones EP"



Voodeux 'Bones' (YSI)
Voodeus 'Skeleton Key' (YSI)


When a new techno stomper gets played by everyone from Philip Sherburne to Ryan Elliot to Dubfire and Dereck Plaslaiko you gotta give it a listen right? Mind-melting music for mind-melting times.

Out now on Claude VonStroke's Mothership imprint.

19.4.09

Charlie Sleeps



I used to see Charlie quite a bit when I lived in Chicago. He worked at a bar and restaurant I would hang out at called Mod. We'd chat about electronic music and hip hop and our mutual friends. He was a sweetheart of a guy.

Telefon Tel Aviv has been a huge inspiration on Fhloston Paradigm.When member Charlie Cooper passed away, the Paradigm boys dedicated this to him. A two song ep that represents Mr. Cooper’s transcendence into the next dimension.


Fhloston Paradigm are signed to the great FiveSixMedia label,owned by King Britt and home to such acts as Power Douglas (feat Tunde from Tv), Ursula Rucker, Sarah White, SYLK 130, The Nova Dream Sequence and ObaFunke.
Charlie Sleeps and Mission 44 are songs of love and admiration.

Rest In Peace, Charlie.

Five Six Media Website





15.4.09

Deepak Sharma’s Hidden Recordings




Things don’t usually move this fast in the dance music industry, but Deepak Sharma and his Hidden Recordings label is currently approaching Defcon 1. The New York City native has the techno flowing in buckets and the press has quickly taken notice. Previously written about favorably by esteemed publications like Big Shot, Mixmag, Raveline and Time Out NY, Sharma and Hidden Recordings is currently the subject of a wonderful feature in the current issue of DJ Times Magazine. The feature dabbles into Sharma’s production and DJ techniques, his inspiration and tips for aspiring DJs and producers to launch and run a successful label in 2009.

This techno entrepreneur has already become a fan favorite in New York City gigging at the best underground parties in town. On Saturday, April 18 Sharma shares the decks with Spain’s Paco Osuna for a transatlantic voyage into the sound of techno. With the famed Integral Sound System in place at Rebel this promises to be the best sound in town!

This month’s free serving of Hidden techno comes via Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause’s “Cubik.” It’s the “A side” from an EP of the “Kaleidoscope EP” (out April 17) and a fat slice of NYC techno done right.

Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause’s “Cubik” (Direct Link)

Saturday, April 18th
Made Event presents
SAVE THE CANNIBALS
NYC Saturday Techno Weekly
w/ Paco Osuna
& Deepak Sharma

Rebel
251 W 30th St (Upstairs)
Bet 7th & 8th Avenue
New York City
Doors at 10pm, 21+ with valid ID
Sign up for FREE admission before midnight
$15 Advance Tickets while supplies last at www.savethecannibals.com
Tickets also available at Rebel Rebel, 319 Bleecker St NYC 212.989.0770
Other Music, 15 E 4th St NYC 212.477.8150
Info Line 917.723.9381

14.4.09

Electric Minds




The 10th 12” record from Electric Minds was released yesterday. The record has been hotly tipped by DJ Mag, licensed by Danny Krivit for his forthcoming compilation on NYC’s Nervous Records, Record Of The Week @ Piccadilly and received support from Ame, Sasse, Dimitri from Paris, Laurent Garnier, Luke Solomon, Metro Area, Hector romero, Milton Jackson, Joey Negro, Toby Tobias, Rocky (X-Press 2), Nic Fanciulli, Will Saul, Robert Owens, Mark E, Pete Herbert, Bill Brewster, Max Essa, Jon Marsh, Chris Duckenfield, Fabrizio Mammarella, Stuart Patterson, Severino (Horse Meat Disco), Alex Arnout, Clive Henry, Matt Johnson (Tirk) & Sean Brosnan (Azuli). For direct links to purchase the vinyl just click the links below:

Juno
Phonica

Piccadilly
Rough Trade

Or you can buy exclusively at Beatport for the next 2 weeks before going on general release:
Beatport

Booka Shade




Booka Shade have been a favorite of mine since the first 12" I picked up from them five or six years ago. Intricate and flawless production-combined with a real sense of song structure is what sets them apart from other Tech and House producers globally. They also perform one of the best live PA sets I've ever seen. This release is a bit old old now, having come out in December but, if you're a fan of Air or Boards of Canada, Cinematic Shades is the album for you.

Booka Shade 'Vertigo (Cinematic Shades Edit)' taken from Cinematic Shades (YSI)

13.4.09

Kikumotoallstars on International Deejay Gigolo!




I am huge fan of Chicago House. I was a fan from the first time I visited the windy city and I still prefer to jack on the dance floor than anything else. This album drops in a little over a month and I must say when I have this album bumpin' on my stereo I feel like I am back in Chi-town once again. Who knew Aussie's had such a love for the sounds of the Chicago underground?

Kikumotoallstars 'Everybody' (YSI)


Kikumotoallstars 'I'll Make You Jack' (YSI)

Australia’s Kikumoto Allstars to release debut artist CD - House Music – on DJ Hell’s International Deejay Gigolo imprint

In the spirit of the original Chicago acid house of Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard, DJ Pierre, Lil Louis and Adonis, and with the intensity of modern dance, comes the Kikumoto Allstars!



House Music LP

Released: May 25, 2009

Gigolo Recordings

www.gigolorecords.com

www.myspace.com/gigolorecords

www.myspace.com/kikumotoallstars

Hot off the critical and commercial success of previous International Deejay Gigolo single releases –“Jack The House” and “House Music” – Melbourne, Australia’s Kikumoto Allstars (aka DJ/Producer Cam Farrar) is back with his long awaited debut artist album 'House Music'.

'House Music' expands on the early glimpses of brilliance his previous singles offered. The thirteen tracks here take us back to the classic Chicago Acid House sound of legends including Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard, DJ Pierre, Lil Louis and Adonis. This is a journey filled with the finest elements of the classic Acid House sound - screaming acidic 303 basslines, sizzling hi-hats, minimalist vocals and wonderful melodies. Intentionally retro, Kikumoto Allstars’ music is informed by today's dance with innovative arrangements and twisted, peaking crescendos. The Kikumoto Allstars remind us that acid house music is back and bigger than ever!

“Everybody” is a real throwback to the forefathers of the scene. The powerful electro bassline drives through the track with “the man” demanding that you “move your body / jack your body.” Who could resist? “I’ll Make You Jack” certainly needs no explanation. The tracks does just what the title says with a wobbly 303, crunching hi-hats and signature acid house vocals. “Can't Stop The House” proves that gals can jack just as hard as the fellas. This one chugs along on a thick bassline and has some chick-infused vocals to boot. “Bending Time” goes off in a darker and stranger direction. This is some intergalactic acid house for the sci-fi jacker among us. “DCO” and “Last Train To Chi-Town” are all about melody. Glorious synths are prominent on both tracks and it provides for some seriously epic stuff. “Sagittarius” and “Just A Feelin” offer the more subdued side to acid house and work perfectly in a hazy afterhours club while the reflective “Warehouse Days” provides a first hand account of that the scene was like…back in the warehouse days. “Jack The House” ends the more chill portion of the disc and fires back with some wicked 303 bullets and synth-stab rockets. It’s a crazy track that more than lives up to its name. “Shed” is all about Bass Expansion! The bass here is swarming and huge – push the bass booster, stand in front of the speaker and feel the breeze! “House Music” is the title track of this LP and Kikumoto Allstars previous EP release. It sums up the entire project in name and sound. “Walk The Talk” marries Acid House with rave synths and it’s a real throwback. Those synths are addicting!

Kikumoto Allstars AKA Cam Farrar was first drawn to electronic music when he saw Devo on Australian television in the early 1980’s. As a teenager, inspired by punk and new wave, Farrar began his career in bands, hitting the skins and song writing. With the 90’s dance music revolution underway Farrar was swept up. Australia was now experiencing it’s own halcyon days with warehouse and bush parties beating through the musical landscape. The DIY ethos of dance appealed and Farrar quickly picked up the skills.

Kikumoto Allstars music is produced with all analogue synthesizers and drum machines including the famous Roland range (TR-909, TR-808, TR-707, SH-101, Juno range, Jx-8p and of course the TB-303 which started the acid house revolution), paying homage to Tadao Kikumoto, the brains behind these now legendary machines.



YOU STILL CAN'T STOP THE HOUSE!

4.4.09

Arthur Russell :: May 21, 1951 – April 4, 1992



I've been a fan from the moment I heard his tender voice and propulsive disco-funk. Arthur Russell is and always will be in my top five musicians ever. Today is the anniversary of his moving on to the great cello in the sky. My heart goes out to his parents and Tom today.

Arthur Russell 'This Is How We Walk On The Moon' (YSI)

Wild Combination Film Site.

2.4.09

Wavves




I heard Wavves is getting a ton of buzz. I've had this first album for a while now. It's self titled. I am really loving the return to lo-fi. I am a huge fan of bands like Beat Happening and sometimes less is more. Here's a few tracks from Wavves first album.

RIYL: Xiu Xiu, Shellac, Sonic Youth

Wavves 'Teenage Super Party' (YSI)

Wavves 'California Goth' (YSI)

1.4.09

IT CAME FROM THE BLOG!


Next Tuesday my very first A&R project will debut on Beatport and iTunes. I put it together with the help of Coco Machete main man, Sean Holland. I am currently working on the follow up, 'ATTACK OF THE BLOG.' Check out the MegaTerrorMix I put together so you can get a real taste of all the tracks via Fairtilizer:



According to UrbanDictionary.com, which is as much a source for culture references as Hype Machine is for music browsing, “Blog House” is defined as:
“1. A genre of dance music, influenced by electro and French house music, made with a simple and lo-fi aesthetic sensibility by people all over the world. Hallmarks of the blog house sound include distorted melodies, 8-bit sounds, sliced-up vocals and pop structures. The democratization of music production and distribution technologies has made the creation and dissemination of blog house available to anyone with a computer and the desire to make dance music.
2. Dance music that proliferates through a blog.”
The definition also adds, “Maybe the best thing about blog house is that it's FREE. Fuck yeah!”
The chances of always getting dope, full quality MP3s of these tracks is pretty high. Finding the best out there? Not always easy to do since everyday more Blogs are started and more bedroom producers make their debut. Coco Machete decided that as available and free as this new genre is, there's still a massive audience that has yet to hear the next clones of the robot rock generation.
To those who don't sift through the Blogosphere, your primer awaits.
Coco Machete enlisted the strategic forces of Low Life Inc., the labels' new promotion arm to get down in the trenches and find the most mind-melting, body-rattling, thumpers they could- with a dash of bearded-disco and dream-lectro to flesh it out.
“It Came From The Blog” is drenched in the terror electro of Fukkk Offf, Kill The Noise & Designer Drugs and the club wrecking din of Le Castle Vania, Cobra Krames and NROTB.
Something stirs in the night, in hazy dark rooms, abandoned warehouse raves and rooftop BBQs, it pounds your head in because…It Came From The Blog!


TRACKLISTING
1. Messinian – Throw It Away (Designer Drugs Remix)
2. Kill The Noise – Let's Ride
3. Rambrandt – Alarm
4. Fukkk Offf – Rave Is King (Le Castlevania Remix)
5. Stabwounds!! – No More Neon
6. NROTB – Take Me Upp
7. Classixx vs Villains feat o8o – I'm On It
8. D' Secret Svc – Tight Jeans (Fukkk Offf Remix)
9. Cobra Krames ft. Teki Latex – Temoin Commandant Cobra
10. Pfunkt – Champagne Boom
11. MTO – Bring It On Now (Hatchmatik Remix)
12. Blamma! Blamma! – Only Friend
13. Debra Dolce – Goodies (ZC’s Dolce Mix)
14. Goose Flesh – Vice Trouble
15. Lazaro Casanova – Klover*
16. James Kane – 1992*
17. One Auff – Lip Them*
* DIGITAL ONLY


Coco Machete Website