28.5.09

Jayou



This kid is a maniac. Jayou is just a little over 21 years old. He's a product of the UK and he's coming up quick with a remix for that Sunshine guy as well as being featured on the upcoming compilation for my label Buzzard Gulch due out in July(ish).

He's been sending me tracks at an alarming rate. This kid is ON THE M-Fing Point!

Check this track out:

Jayou 'Beans&Rice' (320 kbps)

26.5.09

Read Silence EP



This EP has been out since April 15th or so. The EP features a remix from Gang Gang Dance and Glitch Mob plus this gem below.

TV On The Radio 'Shout Me Out (Willie Isz Remix by Jneiro Jarel)' (YSI)

The Bass Knights



Amazone from the So Fresh! blog sent an email my way with a track from French group The Bass Knights. I am a big Buraka Som Sistema fan and I think The Bass Knights apply some serious doom to to 'Kalemba.'

Buraka Som Sistema - Kalemba (The Bass Knights Doomstep remix) (320 kbps)

Check out their MySpace page to listen to some more remixes.

21.5.09

Sunday Best



Tacos on fresh-pressed tortillas, sangria, a nonchalant Sunday afternoon vibe, poplar tress, plenty of space for little kids to play around, plenty of space for dogs to run around, plenty of space for you to lay around, and a shaded floor for dancing to truly great DJs playing on a truly great sound system.

This Sunday is the opening day of the Sunday Best summer 2009. Quentin Harris is the guest DJ, and residents Justin Carter, Eamon Harkin and Doug Singer give support on the decks.

at BKLYN Yard // 400 Carroll Street between Bond and Nevins, Brooklyn
3p-9p // $10 // $8 anytime with advance tickets
$8 before 4pm with RSVP (to rsvp@sundaybestnyc.com)

For more information visit: sundaybestnyc.com

Awesome New Republic



Okay, so one more, because I just put this one and I can't stop bouncing. Awesome New Republic have been one of my favorite bands since Lolo from Sweat Records/Sutro in Miami gave me their first EP 'All Party Talks.'

I finally saw them for the first time this past Tuesday at Mercury lounge for a rare early show at 7:30 PM.

MJ has one of the best freaking voices around. There just really isn't anything out there quite as unique as ANR. If I gushed anymore, it would just not be my style. BUT THESE GUYS ARE AMAZING!

Download their new album, Rational Geographic, for FREE from the bands website here.

Awesome New Republic Website

Memorial Weekend Break, Chicago on my mind



Three years and ten months ago, my best friend Tim from Chicago drove with me over night from Chi-town to NYC. He's one of the greatest guys in the world. He will be in town for the weekend. I have not seen him in that much time. Enjoy these two songs. I have basically lived the lyrics of 'Chicago.' So here's to best friends, wherever they may be.

Sufjan Stevens 'Chicago' (YSI)


Les Savy Fav 'Pots And Pans' (YSI)

19.5.09

Kitsuné Vs. The Cobra Snake





Barely into their twenties, Classixx (also Featured on 'IT CAME FROM THE BLOG') has begun defining a new sound for the Los Angeles electronic music scene. A refreshing change from the trance and techno inspired Electro that has been dominating dance floors, their Donna Summer’esque grooves have caught the ears of music aficionados, fans and artists alike. With recent remixes for groundbreaking artists such as Phoenix, The Ting Tings, Shiny Toy Guns and The Sounds their funky midtempo sound are turning heads everywhere.

This summer they’ll be releasing their single, “I’ll Get You” featuring Jeppe (Junior Senior), as the debut track from the new collaboration between Kitsune Records and photoblogger Mark TheCobraSnake. Three weeks after the Classixx release we’ll be ready to drop the other side of L.A. with Acid Girls "Wake Up," a massive dance anthem…

When the most famous photoblog in the world meets the nicest music label on earth, you get a wonderfull association presenting the finest of the new american scene.
Please, welcome Kitsuné x The Cobrasnake !

A compilation is planned for release next september.

Classixx feat. Jeppe– "I’ll Get You"
Digitally released Worldwide : June 1, 2009

Classixx @ MySpace
Kitsuné @ MySpace

ABSOLUT FREAK RECORDS present 'MOSTRO'



"Mostro" is the project of 4 electro superstars- crafted exclusively for ABSOLUT FREAK RECORDS.
On "Mostro 1", french wonderboy PLAY PAUL, mainly known for his work with Kitsune, Craft Music and Gigolo ("Lalaland"), meets DANIEL DEXTER, member of the german crew AcidKids who have also appeared on eminent labels such as Exploited & Television Rocks. They deliver a dynamic and spacey electro climb.

On the B-side, club legend BORIS DLUGOSCH and RAIK FARGO from Hey Today! (Kitsune) are COME KLAR. Their tracks "Mostro 2" and "Mostro 3" are explosive tunes with a freaky basslines and fluo pads on a massive compression!

For fans of Lifelike, Alan Braxe & Linus Loves.







Absolut Freak Records @ Beatport

Absolut Freak Records Website

DrtyBlu from Brooklyn



DrtyBlu have dropped this Bangin new electro house track that asks the question, “Where Are You Right Now?”
'Where Are You?" combines the precise tech-rock styled productions of AutoKratz with a summer anthem pop vocal.

DrtyBlu are an obscure electro-house punk group from Brooklyn, who claim 'Our mission is to capture and release sounds, our style is no style. DrtyBlu smells like Humbolt county and moves like Muddy Waters. DrtyBlu is the new color of electro [pop] punk.'

Snfu give the original mix a techy New Wave twist. Think Get Physical meets Mute Records.

Check out the video for 'Where Are You?' here .





DrtyBlu @ Beatport


DrtyBlu @ MySpace

14.5.09

Star Eyes



Between my life long love for heavy bass music, my addiction to XLR8R since it started and former days dancing in bright colors at Goth parties- I love the Trouble & Bass crew, particularly Star Eyes. I also think she's my favorite female DJ. Her 'Disappear EP' is out now on Trouble & Bass. Check it out.

Star Eyes 'Disappear (Mikix The Cat Remix)' (YSI)

13.5.09

Dub Echoes DVD Out Now



“Dub Echoes” is an amazing newly produced documentary about Dub and its influence on the development of contemporary electronic music worldwide. Three years in the making and featuring an incredible array of artists – both Jamaican legends (U Roy, King Jammy, Lee Perry, Sly and Robbie, Bunny Lee, to name a few), alongside a similarly awe-inspiring array of artists who have taken Dub into new directions in electronic dance music in the 21st Century (Kode9, Roots Manuva, Howie B, Adrian Sherwood) and many more.

Directed by Bruno Natal and released on Soul Jazz Records, this film has already received many awards throughout the world and is hotly anticipated – a killer film that can be watched again and again.

This film marks both the 40th anniversary of the invention of Dub and the 20th anniversary of the death of King Tubby, the genius legend of this far-reaching musical revolution.

Artists featured in Dub Echoes DVD:
Kode9, Lee Perry, Congo Natty, King Jammy, Adrian Sherwood, U Roy, 2Many DJs, Bunny Lee, Roots Manuva, Don Letts, Mad Professor, Peter Kruder, Aba Shanti, Howie B, Adam Freeland, Sly & Robbie and many more!

Buy the DVD Here.

Buy the CD/3xLP Here.



Soul Jazz Records

12.5.09

Stones Throw Update


MYRON & E
COLD GAME 45
Myron & E is a Soul duo from Oakland, whose Timmion release "Cold Game" is now released in North America by Now-Again, distributed by Stones Throw.

MP3 Myron & E "Cold Game"



SAVATH & SAVALAS
CD, LP, BONUS 45
The Prefuse 73 project Savath & Savalas drops May 19 worldwide, but you can get them here now along with our bonus 45 "Masia"

MP3: Savath & Savalas "La Llama"



EXCUSE ME, BUT I BELIEVE YOU'VE SAMPLED MY FUNK.
This man is Matthew Larkin Cassell. He hit us up after he heard his “Heaven,” from his superb (and superbly rare) album Pieces, on the song “3.14” from the Madvillain Remix album. Check out how we handled it.

11.5.09

Transmission from Hot Chip




When one of your all time favorite tracks, from one of your all time favorite bands gets covered by one of your current favorite bands-you listen. I actually can't give a final opinion or analysis of this cover of 'Transmission' by Hot Chip. Alexis and Ian could not be more different as front men. The bands couldn't be more different.

All I will say is-I am a sucker for steel drums.

Hot Chip 'Transmission' (YSI)

Check out Joy Division performing the original live:

Baby Ford 'Gravy Train'



I have been listening to Baby Ford releases for a long time now. Back in my heavy IDM days I would catch a 12" from him on Planet Mu or Rephlex. Once I got into techno and started picking up Perlon and Playhouse 12's I found that Baby Ford has many levels in his production catalogue.

These two tracks came out on Perlon sometime in April of this year. 'Gravy Train' is a late night creep fest backed with 'No Day' which is a moody tech-house journey. Perlon is a vinyl only label-so these are recorded direct. But you can pick up the vinyl here at Forced Exposure. Perlon also releases records from Pile, Luciano, Benjamin Wild, Melchior Productions, Hombre Ojo, Narcotic Syntax, Stephan Laubner and Ric Y Martin (Dandy Jack & Ricardo Villalobos).

Baby Ford 'Gravy Train'(YSI)
Baby Ford 'No Day'(YSI)

Spatial



I love writing about dubstep producers, mostly because finding a picture of these guys can be near impossible. I love the fact that the music is there to speak for itself in all of it's drum rolls, skitters, vocal snippets and pummeling bass lines.

I grabbed these tracks from London's Spatial a while back. His tracks come out on Infrasonics, which he appears to be the only artist recording for as well.

His first release on the label was a 10" release but featured 2 free digital tracks that you can grab here.

America's Best DJ?

Pioneer Pro DJ and DJ Times magazine are pleased to announce the launch of the fourth annual America’s Best DJ (ABDJ) competition and summer tour.

America’s Best DJ gives U.S.-based DJs a chance to shine just as brightly as their European contemporaries. The U.S. is the birthplace of dance music, the origin of club culture, and the biggest entertainment market in the world. Its DJs deserve a contest of their own.

As selected by the staff of DJ Times, this year’s TOP 100 U.S. DJs – and contenders for the title of America’s Best DJ – represent every possible style from Bhangra to Booty-tech. Online Voting Begins May 1, so dance music fans are encouraged to visit www.americasbestdj.net and vote for their favorite DJs!

Supporting the online vote, a 20-city tour—dubbed America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer Pro DJ—kicks off Saturday, May 2, at Pacha NYC with New York’s own DJ Boris. Co-sponsor DJ Times will be at Pacha, taking in-person votes for the ultra-popular Boris and showing off Pioneer’s unique DVJ-1000 “DVD turntable.”
The ABDJ Summer Tour, which runs May through August, expects to attract nearly 150,000 music fans nationwide—and all voters will be eligible to win prize packages that include a trip for two to ABDJ’s closing party/award ceremony September 12 in Las Vegas. ABDJ votes will be tallied up through August 9 and the winning DJ will, of course, be flown to Las Vegas for the closing party/award ceremony—exciting details to be announced soon!

The complete ABDJ Summer Tour will be announced shortly. For details, please visit www.americasbestdj.net. Stay tuned!

8.5.09

Dirty Coast




Tonight I am heading over to Public Assembly for the New Orleans-based T-shirt company, Dirty South's party featuring DJ Soul Sista, Generationals, North American Wildlife, Simon Lott, Mike Gamble, and Marc Friedman. Details here.
Where ya at?

Dr. John 'Iko Iko' (YSI)


New Orleans Bingo! Show 'New Orleans' (YSI)

6.5.09

Burial & Four Tet



Two of the most intricate producers around got together and put out this 12". It has no label and is completely black. Burial and Four Tet create two dub techno masterpieces that I am certain will find their way into the playlists of everyone from Efdemin to Ellen Allien (seriously, check out her recent podcast for Resident Advisor here.)

You can order the 12" vinyl here.

Burial & Four Tet 'Moth' (320 kbps) (YSI)

Burial & Four Tet 'Wolf Cub' (320 kbps) (YSI)

Even Further Goes BALEARIC!




The Even Further crew is at it again in a little over a week in the hidden treasure of Red Hook Brooklyn, Botanica. They make some of the best cocktails in the city as well as having one of the more unique spaces around. This month we are going 'balearic' with classic disco and house, dub, high life and other smooth rhythms for a Spring evening. All vinyl, all night.

Botanica Website

Even Further Myspace

BLT IDM BLOG

5.5.09

Kitsuné Maison 7



Download CD track autoKratz “Always More (Yusek Remix)” from Pitchfork!


Download the Kitsuné Maison 7 mini mix here

The seventh Kitsuné Maison compilation, the lucky one.

Kitsuné gets more and more professional, but stays as fresh and passionate as ever. With a constantly expanding network and always more news, discoveries, talents soon to blow-up, hopes, love, happiness and he-do-nism. Although Buzzard Gulch will be hot on their heels soon.

“Kitsuné Maison 7” will be released June 9, 2009 on Kitsune. Pick it up on iTunes, Amazon, Beatport, eMusic, and other fine digital outlets.

Kitsuné Website

Kitsuné Myspace

Track Listing Breakdown from the Kitsuné crew:

1. TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB - Something Good Can Work
They’re very young, very shy, very three, very Northern Irish. They’re into melody, very much so. We believe in them. Close your eyes and here you are: somewhere else. The most beautiful song there is.

2. WE HAVE BAND - Time After Time
They’re young too, also three, although there’s a couple in the trio. A mental energy on stage that’s left the Parisian audience of a Kitsuné En Vrai gig totally battered. Proper heroes.

3. PHOENIX - Lisztomania (CLASSIXX Version)
Here’s the first single of the long awaited new Phoenix album, remixed by the new Los Angeles scene: Classixx. A production that’s evocative of a Corvette in the sun, carefree, before it all gets dangerously heated up. Quite convenient too when you’re fifteen (at least spiritually) to French kiss for a whole five minutes.

4. CRYSTAL FIGHTERS - Xtatic Truth
They say: “We make dance music with Basque instruments, synths and our voices”. In London people talk of Folktronica. At Kitsuné’s headquarter in Montmartre, we find that it opens the door quite a bit and let fresh air comes in.

5. THE GOLDEN FILTER - Favourite Things
The italo-disco scene revitalized by these New Yorkers who have been close to Kitsuné for a long time. The girl goes through her list of favorite things and that’s enough for us: “coffee, sugar, ice cream, vintage dresses, kittens, rabbits, Paris, nice girls, cute boys”. Feels familiar.

6. LA ROUX - In For The Kill (LIFELIKE Remix)
Here La Roux is remixed by Lifelike, mr glamour from Strasbourg. These days she’s one of the most fashionable artists in the Kitsuné Maison. The track is as smooth as a yellow Testarossa that won’t stop, just like Donna Summer’s endless orgasms. The beat revolves around broken glass, yes we drink Russian-style at Kitsuné.

7. BENI - Fringe Element (Short Like Me Edit)
Young, charismatic producer, he makes club music. He’s part of the good, ebullient Aussie scene. The track takes an unexpected turn, in discotheque slang it’s called ‘major sweating’.

8. autoKratz - Always More (Yuksek Remix)
The band of the moment remixed by the remixer of the moment, a healthy Manchester/Paris connectivity. The break is sublime: ‘take my hand, you can break my heart’ sung through a vocoder. We don’t aim to be too lyrical but… In June 2009 Kitsuné releases Autokratz’s album.

9. 80 KIDZ - Miss Mars
A Tokyo trio that’s crept up on the electro radar these last few months. They’re extremely polite, take great care of the way they dress; they’re Japanese and we believe the best of their scene right now.

10. JAMES YUILL - This Sweet Love (Prins Thomas Sneaky Edit)
Atmospheric and acoustic, check the contrast between the simplicity of the voice and the richness of the Prins Thomas remix. Extremely beautiful song, another vision of the sun. Because we’re talking of a maison and not a barn, Kitsuné likes to relax but not let go totally.

11. MEN - Make It Reverse
There had to be an act who would call itself Men. The lesbian scene moves in la Maison. A very militant sound, alternative sexuality, new hormones for a new life. They have as much energy as ‘radicality’, it quickly entices you to jump up and down. Very good very loud at four in the morning to do what you do at four in the morning.

12. CHEW LIPS - Solo
The sound of east London now today, not just another guitar band. Music that experiments and improvises among four tons of influences. The city’s urgency, the impatience, the vitality, the whirling.

13. CHATEAU MARMONT - Beagle
The thirteen track on the seventh Maison. Here are some French people impressed by the luxurious Californian hotel where fashionable actors come to die. They’re childhood friends, into science fiction, and down the end a sound quite hard to grasp.

14. HEARTSREVOLUTION - 薔薇と彼女の王子
The band behind the craziest track of Maison 6 makes a welcome return. Their album will come out in September 2009 and love will rain. They’re handsome, they have a Swarovski microphone, plenty of ideas, they’ll go a long way. True idols.

15. DELPHIC - Counterpoint (Delphic’s En Route Mix)
Delphic is a British band from Manchester, Kitsuné will release their album in September 2009. Influences range from Orbital to Underworld, very much what we like. To listen at sunset, sunrise and in between.

16. ENCORE –
An empty index, the moment people scream for an encore at a concert.

17. MAYBB - Touring In NY (Short Tour Edit)
Here hides a very, very famous guy who doesn’t wish to be named. So we can’t give away much, it’ll drive you crazy, but really we can’t tell you more.

18. RENAISSANCE MAN – Rythym
They’re Finnish from Helsinki, used to be students with Abäke, Kitsuné’s graphic designers. Yes there is nepotism too at Kitsuné. The result could be used as soundtrack for contemporary ballet, it sure cleans the aural pipes.

19. TANLINES – Bejan
Tribal and epic music from New York. Their own press release sums it up perfectly: “Balearic and disco Larry Levan-style with an insistent euphoric charm that’s perfect to blow up the soft-skinned British students.”

4.5.09

Alphabet Posting: O to Z



So I was busy for a few days there and didn't wrap the Alphabet Posting as promised...
So here's the end of the Alphabet Posting...O to Z. A little techno, a little underwater dancehall and then some. I am thinking I might do a DJ mix A to Z now. Keep an eye out for that.

This post goes out to Rudy M. 16 and his constantly growing desire for quality music.

O.
The Orb 'Towers of Dub' (YSI)
P.
Pinch 'Get Up Ft Yolanda' (YSI)
Q.
Quiet Village 'Pillow Talk' (YSI)
R.
Ragga Twins 'Spliffhead (Original Mix)' (YSI)
S.
SIS 'Trompeta' (YSI)
T.
Theo Parrish 'Second Chances' (YSI)
U.
Underground Resistance 'Technology Gap' (YSI)
V.
Von Südenfed 'Flooded' (YSI)
W.
Will Saul & Tam Cooper 'Tech Noir' (YSI)
X.
Xiu Xiu 'Fast Car' (YSI)
Y.
Yo La Tengo 'Mr. Tough' (YSI)
Z.
Zombie Nation 'Money' (YSI)