Wednesday, 17 September 2014


Been a couple of days quiet now, gearing up for going back for my final and 3rd year at uni. Not going as bad as I thought, here's hoping everything all right with you lot. Either way so here's some musical accompaniment for y'all to enjoy.

Andy Warhol - Portrait Of Debbie Harry On An Amiga (1985)

Starting off with house legend Romanthony on Bangalter's Roulé label (which is pretty much all flawless releases). As much as I love the housey vibes of the original, the R&B mix is where the tune really shines.

Romanthony - Hold On (R&B Vocal) [click to download] |HTML5|

Normally I associate the Massive lads with their distincly moodier outputs post-Mezzanine, but their debut has some more upbeat tunes to it, from Hymn Of The Big Wheel to the cult classic Unfinished Sympathy there's a fair few. This one is by far and away my favourite though, good cover to boot.

Massive Attack - Be Thankful For What You've Got [click to download] |HTML5|

Playing us out is a tune from Apparat that's seen me through some tough times. Like all of Walls, the buildup on this one is pretty intense and the production overall is just gorgeous. The last quarter of the track is a definite highlight I'd recommend checking out the album if you dig this, it's easily one of my all time favourites.

Apparat - Headup [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 15 September 2014

Old Skool Monday

As part of my dissertation I'm looking up samples and stuff such as the Amen Break and that, and because of that I've been digging in my old school section for more material and I'm really liking it, tunes after the art!

Keith Haring - Pop Shop VI (1989)

Starting off with my first rave loves The Prodigy. I fully blame them for my love of cheesy piano this track is pretty testament to that. Tracks like Charly and Out Of Space are what I think of first when it comes to The Prodigy, pretty much what I think of full stop when I cast my mind back to my psuedo-rave days.

The Prodigy - Your Love [click to download] |HTML5|

I've mentioned before in a post abut how around 1993/4 Drum & Bass tends to get torn between it's hardcore roots and the more recognisable styles of Drum & Bass. This track here is no exception, it's from 1993 and honestly the breaks that get introduced could easily be taken from a Current Value or even a more sedate Venetian Snares tune, it's absolutely mental.

DJ Rap - Digable Bass [click to download] |HTML5|

The same is exhibited here by Omni Trio, though this track sounds considerably more dated than Digable Bass, or hell even the legendary Renegade Saraes from around the same time. Still, I think it's important to see the evolution of genres; the samples here are kinda like what the Prodigy were pulling up there on Your Love, only with beakbeats behind it.

Omni Trio - Be There [click to download] |HTML5|

-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Ilictronix Wingman: Breakup Edition.

Autumn, the days aren't as long, the leaves are turning brown and dying and your summer romances are coming to an end. We have brought you a couple of wingman posts and hopefully you all found that special someone. But its time to look at the other side of things and make a killer list to listen to when that knot becomes unfurled leaving you more hollow than a jack-o-lantern.

 Lets go with the obvious pick first, The xx - Sunset. We talk about The XX a lot on this site and it would be easy to post Coexist in its entirety but due to copyright reasons and not wanting to bum you out too hard we will just do one of the standout tracks.

The XX - Sunset [click to download] |HTML5|

"I always thought it was sad The way we act like strangers After all that we had We act like we had never met."

Oh yeah that's right, embrace those feels. You might still see her at the grocery store or at Starbucks getting her Soy Latte, but she doesn't even acknowledge you. She probably got a new haircut too, symbolizing that she is now a different person and there is no room for you in her life anymore.

The next track is off SBTRKT's newest album "Wonder Where We Land" and features vocals from Sampha. A sad and haunting piano ballad kills the vibe on the album but is perfect for this list.

SBTRKT - If It Happens [click to download] |HTML5|

 "Would I lie to myself just to be close to somebody else" 

You probably changed for her didn't you? She said she loved the Smiths and I'm sure you agreed and said you loved her Morrisey tattoo. Its ok, we've all been there, she isint coming back though so sell those Arcade Fire tickets you bought her for Christmas and be thankful that you don't have to go anymore. We all know Reflektor was a disappointment but you lied to yourself and got the vinyl anyway.

The best way to get over someone is to spend time with a new fling. FKA Twigs should fill that void for you.
FKA Twigs - Numbers [click to download] |HTML5|

"Was I just a number to you?"

The dizzying beat and the her breathless cry's are perfect sounds after you find out that your dream girl was blowing her tattoo artist while you both were together. Yes you were just a number to her. You think she really cares that your drinking canned wine crying about her? Clean yourself up man, you'll be ok.

One of the best benifits to being dumped is that you are allowed a free pass to listen to and love Coldplay.

Coldplay - Another's Arms [click to download] |HTML5|

"Late night watching TV
Used to be you here beside me
Used to be your arms around me
Your body on my body"

Yeah, unfortunately she wasn't "getting breakfast with friends" once a week while you were at work. What did you expect though? She cheated on her boyfriend at the time with you, what makes you think she wouldn't do the same thing again? Hey look on the bright side, you don't have to watch Pretty Little Liars anymore, I mean she didn't even like Hannah! Now you get to sit in your boxers and watch Modern Family and know you will never have that. 

Finishing off this list is something a bit more left-field from Keyshia Cole.

Keysha Cole - Enough Of No Love [click to download] |HTML5|

"Can't say I'm not hurt
I'll be damned if I'm broken
What we had is now hers
Let her know she can have it"

When you first met she told you she was a Christian and a born again virgin but you knew better, she even had a kid. She tells you that she drank too much moonshine and had a 5 man train run on her a week after you spend Thanksgiving with her family in Ohio.   Some people never change.

So get a new haircut, buy some fresh threads, hit the gym and keep being incredible, thinks will be ok for you in the end!

Deep Quotes Have Ruined The Internet

What I imagine interneters look like

Earl here with a new round of track reviews for ya!
Lets get right into it,

First up is another song by Brika, whose track "Expectations" was featured on here earlier. This song, entitled "Options" is a love song about having other lovers somtimes, sure to be a hit with your girlfriend!

Next up is a very exciting track for me personally because its the first single from a solo project by a dude named Maxim Reality (you know that guy from a group you might know called "The Prodigy") Its called Wolf and its for free! FREE.

This song is called "Struggling" by DRDR.
Listen to it.
It has an excellent mood.

And last but not least, we have a VERY funky EP by Persona La Ave called "Relation" which is half of their Temptation/Relation project.
I love every song on this, check it out here

Get out of the house sometime
- Earl