Wednesday, 15 May 2019

ilictronix Podcast: Tune In, Drop Out

"In this episode: Claude and Adam both share their "day off" playlists."

We are live for this week! It's a return to form for me as we enjoy our collective time off with a little bit of downtempo. I feel like I've earned this one, I kept it upbeat for a few episodes after all; we take a trip down memory lane with some new and some old additions to my collections, opening with another piece from Mehdi's pre-Ed Banger debut beore hitting up my recent bounties from my dive into Guidance Recordings' back catalogue from The Dining Rooms, Projections and Flunk (whose album you can still buy quite easily, see the show notes!) and then the real trip down memory lane with Blu Mar Ten and The Deadbeats completing my sweetly smooth selections for this week. It's a list I've planned for a while, originally stating out as one based on our conversation last week about songs that are just 'Ok' but that quickly got sidetracked because I HAD to play Kingsburg and from there it was a sure shot that this would be me back on my downtempo vibes. Adam treats us to his approach to the same prompt, as luck would have it he's been off as well, and unlike me the downtempo fiend he's got a whole host of house and other recent goodies for us this week. It's quite varied, not that Adam usually isn't in that department mind you but I was certainly surprised to see Plaid of all artists on there. I very much need to listen to more of their stuff but I outline my favourites so far in the episode! Tracklist as usual follows:

Intro: DJ Mehdi - Along The Way

Claude’s picks:
The Dining Rooms - M. Dupont
Projections - Kingsburg
Flunk - Honey’s In Love
Blu Mar Ten - Trauma
The Deadbeats - You Never Know

Adam’s Picks
Harry Romero - Indy Loop
Kedr Livanskiy - Sky Kisses
Whodat & Viola Kein - Funeral Song
Plaid - Anything
Cinthie -Time To Move

Kim English - I Know A Place (E-smooth Club Mix)

The Mehdi interview Alex did way back when is still on the site. I couldn't find it at first because I had the dates wrong, Alex re-published it the day after Mehdi's passing. You can read it here

Flunk, unlike many othe rartists I've found on Guidance have a real easy way to pickup their stuff, seems like most of if not all their stuff is on bandcamp, including the two albums I talk about this episode; For Sleepyheads Only and Treat Me Like You Do (For Sleepyheads Only Remixed) are on there, and you can even buy a CD of Sleepyheads Only which is pretty neat for those of us that like Physical stuff!

I mentioned it very breifly in passing at the very end of the episode but I am also working on another ambient EP, it's been just under a year in the making at this point but I'm pretty happy with it so far, You can find the latest track I made on my soundcloud

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

ilictronix Podcast: Electro-clashin'

"In this episode: Claude's Electroclash power hour! Adam brings some summery house tracks"

We are back on time after our unexpected break last week. It would have been nice to have these back to back as well because for this week's offerings I took a leaf out of Adam's book and went all in on the genre front, not the eurobeat like I keep threatening, but something equally European! Yes it's everybody's favourite slightly retro and usually sleazy electronic subgenre in Electroclash! It's a fairly limited scope this time, there no choices here that I could see people disagreeing with like I had last time (bands like Ladytron and the like). We go in hard at the deep end with Miss Kittin & The Hacker's Frank Sinatra 2001, Miss Kittin's sultry french tones telling you "suck my dick" should let you know what you're in for. From there though it's a who's who of the genre and some of my favourite pieces of it both well known and slightly obscure; kicking off with ADULT.'s absolutely bombastic remix of Tuxedomoon's No Tears which as I say in the episode epitomises the punky side of electroclash for me.

From there we take a trip back to the sensual and sexy side with Fischerspooner, Mount Sims and Peaches back-to-back. The 'Spooner tune kinda ruins the pacing but it was definitely a highlight from the album (helpfull called #1), and I wasn't going to play the already overplayed Emerge (which while I do love, I think is not in keeping with the rest of the selections so...). Mount Sims makes his solo debut on the podcast as well with by far and away his most popular track from the brilliantly titled UltraSex in How We Do. I mention in the episode that some of Sims' rhymes are really weak but I find them endearing, with the possible exception of the heinous "Don't wanna bite your lip / I'd rather bite your hip" which is almost unforgivable. We finish up with my touchstone for every time I've mentioned electroclash in Peaches, in one oh her rare less risque tracks.

Adam turns up the heat in his own way by giving us a choice cross section of some more summery vibes as we both try to desperatley recapture that little bit of sunshine we had a little while ago. I'm not even a huge fan of summer myself but it has been especially dreary here in the UK, as it has in the Windy City from the sounds of Adam this week. Regardless, he does a choice job of it, certainly much better than if I had tackled the same theme if only because it isn't filled with an absolute glut of Crydamoure, Roulé and other miscellaneous french house. Not that that's a bad thing, but I'm certainly trying to expand my 'summery' horizons beyond that and Adam is doing an excellent job of assisting with that. Tracklist as usual follows:

Intro: Kerri Chandler - Atmospheric Beats

Claude’s picks:
Miss Kittin & The Hacker - Frank Sinatra 2001
Tuxedomoon - No Tears (ADULT. Remix)
Fischerspooner - Turn On
Mount Sims - How We Do
Peaches - Downtown

Adam’s Picks
Ricky Castelli - U Can Feel It
DJ Sneak - Beat Phreakin'
Natural Rhythm - Something Big
Brame & Hamo Lamaj
Slim Media Player - Quicksand

Felix Da Housecat - Madame Hollywood (Tiga’s Mister Hollywood Version)

-Claude Van Foxbat

Thursday, 25 April 2019

ilictronix Podcast: Upbeat & 'Ardcore

"Claude brings some smooth deep flavors that pleasantly bring in the new season. Adam tips his fedora for a "EUPHORIC POWER HOUR (I'm so sorry)" and brings some hi-nrg tracks.

Going up a day late because Adam uploaded slightly later than usual (also I fell asleep oops). Regardless we are back for this week! The description he wrote above really does it justice. I continue on my quest to break the mold of what I feel like is stuff I usually pick, mixing it up with a purely upbeat selection for this week, starting with the buttery smooth Mount Amazing 2 from Soichi Terada, and I try my best to keep the vibe of that track alive throughout, keeping things eastern with the first (of what will be many!) appearances of TeddyLoid, taking us on a surprisingly blog-house nostalgia train before checking in with what Shinichi Osawa's up to as of late too. A visit from Philestine too, featuring that deliciously nostalgic 'Show Me Love'-esque organ synth that coloured so many moments of my youth. We round things out in very very smooth fashion too, with back to back tracks from ZHU and Hudson Mohawke. I haven't been able to stop looping the ZHU track for roundabout 2 weeks now, me and Adam also go down memory lane again over the fact its a MSTRKRFT remix, there was a time when they were coming out every week! And we close things out with the out 'n out vibes of HudMo's Scud Books, I mention this in the episode but this is one of those tunes that found me at the perfect time and it will always transport me back to that place. It helps you can get down to it too.

Adam sheds all pretences this week and treats us to an all you can eat buffet of Hardcore & Hi-NRG. Once again I'm emboldened for when I eventually do do that Eurobeat episode I keep talking about (it'll be soon™ I promise). We joke around the topic and all but I'm going to echo what I've said in past episodes about stuff like this; there is no such thing as 'Guilty Pleasure', you like what you like! And don't let anyone make you feel bad for doing so. Here at ilictronix (as you will have heard if you've listened to a couple of these episodes) like a whole ton of the spectrum when it comes to electronic music, and it really shows with how passionate Adam can get when describing some of these. Tracklist as usual below:

Intro: Soichi Terada - Mount Amazing 2

Claude’s picks:
TeddyLoid - White Out
Mondo Grosso - Labyrinth (Album Mix)
Philestine - Skippy The Bush Kangamoo
ZHU - In The Morning (MSTRKRFT Remix)
Hudson Mohawke - Scud Books

Adam’s Picks
Vibes & Wishdokta - Givin It All I Got
Lone - Melted
Force Mass Motion - The Pressor
Edit V - Burning Love
Jimmy J & Cru-l-t - Take Me Away

Kaotic Chemistry - The Come Down

-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

ilictronix Podcast: Synth 'N New

"Claude digs deep in the synth wave well to bring us some neon soaked cuts. Adam shares tracks that are all "new".

We are back again for this week! We officially have hit our first ever sequel to an episode, this week I get all synthwavey again (and get on a fairly lengthy sidetrack on what exactly makes 'cyberpunk' music). I switch it up a little bit more this time due to me having some new artists and sources to get my 'wave on, starting of strong with a bit from NINA as appears on the Adult Swim compilation Fever Dreams. As I say in the episode I had never encountered her stuff before, and its moments of discovery like this that make me not feel so bad about talking about soundtracks a lot, after all finding stuff you dig is a good thing, no matter the source! After that we take a tour of the usual suspects (and some perhaps not-quite synthwavey additions from HEALTH and my most recent electronic loves Sidewalks & Skeletons.) I was surprised once again despite me sayin I don't have much of the genre I didn't use up *all* the tracks I'd consider putting on this show, but that's a tale for another day. Adam's selections are on point again, in a rare break for both of us here at ilictronix Adam treats us to some brand spanking new tunes he has to hand (which I almost did with the new Chem Bros. album as I say in the episode). Rest assured despite the age of Adam's choices this week, there is still a healthy amount of Piano Stabs(tm) to go 'round. Tracklist as usual below!

Intro: Project Pablo - Wildest Way To Go

Claude’s picks:
NINA - The Calm Before The Storm
Power Glove - Sloan’s Assault
Mitch Murder - Ocean Avenue
Sidewalks And Skeletons - Disappear
HEALTH - Max: Panama

Adam’s Picks
Kettama - East Side Avenue
Harvey Sutherland - Something In The Water
Paul Woolford Ft. Karen Harding - You Already Know
Skee Mask - Trackheadz
Octo Octa - Bodies Meld Together

Carpenter Brut - Escape From Midwich Valley

The two cyberpunk playlists I mentioned in the episode can be found on my spotify! The first is just general atmosphere, any song that feels slightly cyberpunk to me goes here, from techno to ambient and back again, it is very creatively called 'Cyberpunk'. The other one I mentioned, meant to be in-universe stuff played at near future raves and the like is called the Cyberia Mix, I've been adding a lot to it lately and I'm very happy with the vibe it has, check it out if you're due some techy goodness.

Mitch Murder's Bandcamp is a goldmine of stuff if you dug his uniquely retro sound. As I said in the episode you can pick up all the 'Selection' albums for free if you so choose, definitely check out his other EPs if you're into it though there's a ton of good stuff.

-Claude Van Foxbat