Thursday, 31 December 2009

Break Away From 2009 With Some Breakbot Remixes

In what will probably be the final post of the year, time now to give you some remixes from Ed Banger's latest member, Breakbot.

The first one is a remix of Yuksek's brilliant track, "Extraball". In this one, he added vocal, a nice beat, some bass and a nice synth. Good one to start off.

Yuksek - Extraball (Breakbot Remix) [right click to download]

Next up is his remix of Pnau's "Baby". The original is very weird and crazy, but Breakbot took it down quite a bit, with a soothing piano and a gentle touch of a 808 before starting off, with a cool beat and bass. This is a nice calm track, much unllike the original.

Pnau - Baby (Breakbot Remix) [right click to download]

Now we have his remix of Digitalism's "Apollo-Gize". Brilliantly named the Hypnotoad remix, this indeed is quite odd. Starting off with a loop, a guitar, it evolves into a mess of dirty synths, loops, guitars and vocals. One of his best.

Digitalism - Apollo Gize (Breakbot 'Hypnotoad' Extended Remix) [right click to download]

Now, one of my favourites from him. His rework of Late Of The Pier's "Bathroom Gurgle". Starting off with the isolation of the synth guitar, making it 50x more awesome, he puts in the vocals and then inserts the beat and a funky guitar, with some synths added to the mix. Fantastic remix here.

Late Of The Pier - Bathroom Gurgle (Breakbot Remix) [right click to download]

And to finish it off, one i had never heard of until I looked him up on Youtube.
He remixed Justice's "Let There Be Light".
Pretty much like the Digitalism remix, this one is weird, very choppy, distorted and what not, but who cares? I like it.

Justice - Let There Be Light (Breakbot Remix) [right click to download]


In the name of the entire team, thank you very much for making us what we are today, and for making this one hell of a year to the blog.

Happy 2010,

Wednesday, 30 December 2009


I make no secret of the fact that I think this guy is a total crackpot for what I deem ridiculous theories that we are called to the sky because we're made out of 'star stuff'. I also can't stand the way he pronounces 'cosmos'. But despite my prejudice against he and in fact most of the scientific population who make weird theories and preach them as fact before they can possible prove any of them... the guy has some very valid points, and some very deep quotes. My two favorite are
"A still more glorious dawn awaits; not a sunrise, but a galaxy rise. A morning with 40 billion suns, the rising of the milky way."

"To bake an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe."

The guy really had an appreciation for the sheer beauty of existence, and all the details and enormities of our universe, and for that I respect him. I really get the feeling we as humans tend to take things like stars, our planet, and our amazing bodies for granted. Everything is beautiful in its amazing irreducible complexity, in that if one single part of our cells had not been created/evolved (whichever you believe), we would not be able to live.

The Symphony of Science project produced an incredible single using clips of Carl Sagan, and the result is an amazing track called A Glorious Dawn. All the tracks are available for free, so I have no qualms about posting them, but if you wish, you may also buy the song on itunes, and on 7" vinyl.

Symphony Of Science - A Glorious Dawn [right click to download]

Symphony Of Science - A Glorious Dawn (Instrumental) [right click to download]

Symphony Of Science - A Glorious Dawn (Cherimoya Eihn Remix) [right click to download]

Symphony Of Science - A Glorious Dawn (So Out There Remix) [right click to download]

Symphony Of Science - A Glorious Dawn (Triobelisk Remix) [right click to download]

Symphony Of Science - A Glorious Dawn (Wub DubStep Remix) [right click to download]

If you don't think that's cool, then you are just weird.

New Phantom's Revenge + Mr. Oizo

Couple of new electro vibes for you today. First up, the new EP from The Phantom's Revenge, "When Mr Hyde Killed Dr Jekyll" is out now on Beatport, featuring the original mix, a halloweenie Justice-style affair, plus a staggering EIGHT remixes. I'm digging Modek's the most.

The Phantom's Revenge - When Mr. Hyde Killed Dr. Jekyll (Modek Remix) [right click to download]

Buy the whole EP on Beatport here.

Parisian Twitter king and headfucker extraordinaire Mr. Oizo gave out a cheeky Missy bootleg as a Christmas gift. Only two and a half minutes long, but I've found that sticking it on repeat and whacking up the volume helps a lot.

Missy Elliott - Lose Control (Mr Oizo Bootleg) [right click to download]

Keep it funky, and welcome to our new members!

Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Well Look What The Housecat Coughed Up

Ahoy there. The name's Wulf. (No, the above picture is not me. Though it does resemble me in the morning.) I'm one of your new bloggers, so... err, hi? My mission is simple: to give you all a fine dose of house. And of course some funk, disco, electro and various other genres will be represented as well. Hopefully (dare I say, I guarantee) you will enjoy. :D

(Pictured: Still not me)

Let's kick this off, shall we? There's nothing like funky, no-holds-barred house to augment an introduction. :)
Here are three tracks that are currently on heavy rotation on my mp3 player:

Pierre De La Touche And Norman Doray - Dance All Night (Distorded Remix) [right click to download]

Pierre De La Touche quite simply makes some of the best disco house, period. This collaborative effort with Norman Doray is no exception. A hella obscure funk sample combined with Distorded's electro bassline makes for a solid and undeniably rumpshaking track. And I do believe there's a theremin in there somewhere too, and, come on, theremins are awesome.

(Pictured: awesome)

Sebastien Leger - Bouteille A La Mer [right click to download]

From Léger's 2000 album "Atomic Pop" comes this laid-back groove of a house track. The hypnotic guitar and laid-back space bass make me drift off into a cotton candy dream world of electric rainbows and 909s. This is one of the best tracks from the album IMO. If you can find it anywhere jump on it - it's not easy to get a hold of but it's an amazing listen.

Duck Sauce - The Motion [right click to download]

And finally, to round out this post is a more recent track, "The Motion" by Duck Sauce. Duck Sauce is of course the glorious duo of Armand Van Helden and A-Trak. "The Motion" is a banger of a track from Duck Sauce's debut EP, "Greatest Hits". Its synthy string samples and dirty disco ball bassline will get you off of whatever it is that you're sitting on and onto the dancefloor pronto. The vocal chant "Hey!" only exacerbates this.

Well, that's all for now, folks. Enjoy the house! Leave me a comment; I am a beast of criticism. :3

Au revoir,

Random Tracks I Find And Like Vol.4

I wanted to make a post on a single artist, but after finding one of the following tracks, i just had to write this randomness post i was saving for after the individual artist post.

Anyway, the first track is one i found on Youtube, and i honestly cant remember how i found it, it was a complete coincidence. This guy (Mark Hadfield) has only made this track under this alias, but none of his other aliases are all that known aswell.
If you are wondering, yes, this samples ELO's "Shine a Little Love".

The Lovefreekz - Shine [right click to download]

The next one is from Classixx, the funky duo that gave us "I'll Get You" and their "Lisztomania" remix.
It takes a while to develop, but after that, the lead syth is brilliant.

Classixx - Cold Act Ill (Radio Edit) [right click to download]

Now, a repost. I have been searching for a while for a proper quality of Paul Johnson's "Hear The Music". And, the other day, i found it. In FLAC! It is so much better quality than the old 128kbps i posted some time ago.
I have converted it to 320kbps, just so you dont have to download 30mb on a 5:22 minute track.

Paul Johnson - Hear The Music [right click to download]

Next, some French House. I found this one thanks to Alexdaftpunk, the italian girl who posts such tracks on Youtube, and then, i couldn't find.
It is, and im not joking, the first track i've ever bought, with money, legally. (Although not really, because i bought it thanks to some codes i found on Facebook to get 4 pounds on the Nokia Music Store, to buy Rage Against The Machine's "Killing In The Name".)

Edit: Because WMA are such bitches, and DRM is one of the most annoying things that has ever existed, thanks to Nite, I got a hold of this track in MP3, better quality and playable. So there you go, enjoy.

Menace and Adam - Missile Test [right click to download]

Time now to chill, with some Air. This track is from their album "Premieres Symptomes", a selection of demos of their brilliant Moon Safari album.
This is the demo for "All I Need". And the break at 3:17 is epic.

Air - Les Professionnels [right click to download]

Time for something a bit more recent. A-Trak remixed Yeah Yeah Yeahs' "Heads Will Roll" and turned into an epic tune. Words are hard to find.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix) [right click to download]

And finally, the reason as to why im doing this post. A proper quality of Armand van Helden's remix of Aloud's "Bob O'Lean". I love it. The bassline, the vocals, the summery fell it has, its brilliant. Check it.

Aloud - Bob O'Lean (Armand Van Helden Remix) [right click to download]

Sorry for the long post, but yeah...


Dance till you're dead,

Dear Community...

I have a request. I've been listening to (and watching) a lot of Pogo music lately. Needless to say, I find him interesting. So...

I want to interview him. Bad.

If you guys can help me get a hold of him, in any way, please do. For the benefit of the site, and my own pleasure, help me out! An email address, referral, website, anything. And if someone has communicated with him before, better yet - drop him a link to the blog and I'm sure he'd love to contribute.


Monday, 28 December 2009

Let's Give It Up For...

What's good everyone. Now that the holidays are through, and most of you have settled down, allow me to introduce our shiny new writers.

To those who didn't make the cut, don't be so hard on yourselves. At the final count, I received 65 applications - and yes I read every single one. Believe me I saw some serious experience (as well as a lack of it), but my strict criteria was only met by half a dozen or so. After which, I went by personality.


Phil - 24 - South Africa
Phil is a BAMF (because he's from South Africa) who has experience not only in the technical field (doing geek stuff like yours truly), but also in the music product field. He's a club night organizer and has set up many of South Africa's most influential parties. Why'd I choose him? He's from South Africa, knows his stuff, and writers well. So I'm totally looking forward to seeing what he's got in store. Drop him a line on twitter (@breakbones) or via email.

Chris (Wulf) - 16 - NJ, USA
Wulf is a producer whose tracks we've posted here before. Not only is his own music good, but his French House collection makes mine look like the dance section at Sam Goody. Wulf writes a lot, and has a great taste in house music. If you want to catch him, shoot him an email.

So that's all, they'll be posting their asses off soon enough ;)

[Edit by Boba at 9:01 PM PST]

Friday, 25 December 2009

Happy Holidays Everybody!

I wont be here for quite some time, so to make it up to you, I am going to post two tracks for you guys. One of which can only be found on one site,and the other which cant be found to download anywhere! I hope you enjoy them.

Fresh out of the Oven we have a new Xmas Remix of Short Circuit by Anthony (aka Redeyespider)You wont be able to find it anywhere else!!


Daft Punk - Short Circuit (Anthony Remix) [right click to download]

And as another Xmas gift from Erol Alkan, Here's a previously unreleased Disco 3000 Edit of In Flagranti's Brash and Vulgar! (We are the first blog to post this so its another exclusive for now)

In Flagranti - Brash and Vulgar (Disco 3000 Edit) [right click to download]

Have a merry christmas and happy holidays everybody!

Power Glove Records December Updates

(Original art by Boba Fettuccini)

Good Junk - One Night Stand
Label: Power Glove Records
Catalog#: PGR-007
Format: 1 x File, MP3, Single
Country: US
Released: 19 Dec 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Electro

1. Good Junk - One Night Stand [right click to download]

(Boba wishes it was original artwork by himself, but Evil Stereo did this awesome bit of work)

Evil Stereo - Angel EP
Label: Power Glove Records
Catalog#: PGR-008
Format: 5 x File, MP3, EP
Country: US
Released: 25 Dec 2009
Style: House, Electro

1. Let Me Hold You
2. Splice
3. Worthington III
4. Healing Touch
5. Worthington III (Boba Save Me Tonight)

01. Evil Stereo - Let Me Hold You [right click to download]

02. Evil Stereo - Splice [right click to download]

03. Evil Stereo - Worthington III [right click to download]

04. Evil Stereo - Healing Touch [right click to download]

05. Evil Stereo - Worthington III (Boba Save Me Tonight) [right click to download]

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas everyone :)

Merry Christmas

From all of us...have a super awesome very special holiday, no matter what you celebrate. Here's your present.


Thursday, 24 December 2009

Joe's Albums of 2009

As the year is drawing to a close, I thought it'd be nice to have a look back on the best albums of 2009. Get ready guys, this is gonna be a lengthy post. Enjoy.

Passion Pit's debut "Manners" is just giddy electropop at its very finest. When I first heard the children's choir singing "higher and higher and higher..." on "Little Secrets" I felt like I was two again and watching Sesame Street for the first time. Throughout it all - from the Magic-Numbers-with-glowsticks opener "Make Light", through the Delphic vibe given off by "Folds In Your Hands", to the Avalanches-esque sampling of "Sleepyhead" - two things remain constant: feelgood factor and utter brilliance. Highly recommended.

Passion Pit - Moths Wings [right click to download]

It seems as if 2009 has been the year of... er... 1981. If only all of the throwbacks were like La Roux's chart-topping self titled debut. Elly Jackson either coos sweetly or passionately bites over Ben Langmaid's intentionally primitive beats and synths. Lyrically fantastic and charmingly rough around the edges, this is the best thing I've heard in the top 40 in ages. Well, apart from Rage Against The Machine. Take that Simon Cowell.

La Roux - Colourless Colour [right click to download]


La Roux - In For The Kill (Jon Kong Remix) [right click to download]

Sheffield's Toddla T delivered possibly my favorite album of the year. Squelching bass, thunderous beats, a gang of his MC mates in tow, and one key ingredient... Lots and lots of fun. Possibly the weirdest concept album in existence, "Skanky Skanky" begins with Toddla meeting his best friend, Mr. V, and ends with the latter being raped in prison after stealing some mangoes. No wait, come back! This is good! I promise!

Toddla T - No Kip [right click to download]

What happens when you cross M.I.A's superproducer with the british don of big basslines? Well, apparently you get a one-armed Jamaican commando who kills zombies and shit with lazers. But you also get an amazing album that treads into all territories of urban and dance music. Major Lazer's "Guns Don't Kill People... Lazers Do" covers everything; hip hop, house, reggae, dubstep, surf rock, auto-tuned crunk, B-more, and of course, the genreless club destroyer that is "Pon De Floor".

Major Lazer - Pon De Floor [right click to download]

This album needs no introduction. Just listen for yourself.

Phoenix - Lasso [right click to download]

Hope you enjoyed my top 5. See you in the new year!

Till then, keep it funky,

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

2010: The Year to Look Forward to.

And boy I can't wait for this year. Lots of new albums coming out, along with some new remixes. Today I have two exclusive promos, fresh off the press,and ready to be delivered to ilictronix. So let's get started, shall we?

First off we have The Silver Disco. Yesterday, I recieved a exclusive track from his new EP coming in 2010, Call Me (which is also the EP's name). This 9-minute long track is full of so much funky disco/french house beats and synths in it, I just want to start groovin to the beat. Literally, my foot wouldn't stop tapping to it the whole time. This track is pure awesomeness. For more info on this guy, you can visit his myspace here.

Silver Disco - Call Me (I'll Be There) [right click to download]

The next thing we have on here is a promo edit of a mix sent to me by a person of Senor Cisco. Who is he? Senor Cisco is a Radio DJ who will start doing radio mixes on SomaFm, a San Francisco Radio Station every Friday at 6:00 PM PST (that's 9:00 PM for the EST guys like me.) I have been sent a edit of the original 2 hour mix he plans to air on January 8, 2010, so dont miss that! While I am at it, here's the 30 minute promo of his mix airing in a couple of weeks.

Senor Cisco - PopTron Mix (Promo Edit) [right click to download]


Friendly Fires - Skeleton Boy (Grum Remix)
Passion Pit - The Reeling (Calvin Harris Remix)
The Gossip - Listen Up! (Punks Jump Up Remix)
Amanda Blank - Big Heavy
Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars
The Black Ghosts - Any Way You Choose To Give It
Moving Units - Anyone
Kasper Bjorke, The Pierces & Tom Boy - Doesnt Matter (Kasper Bjorke Remix)
Kaiser Chiefs - Never Miss A Beat (Cut Copy Remix)
The Rapture - Whoo alright yeah uh huh
Midnight Juggernuts - Into The Galaxy
Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Feat. Beth Ditto)
Friendly Fires - Paris (Aeroplane Remix Feat. Au Revoir Simone)
Holy Ghost - I Will Come Back
Groove Armada - Drop The Tough (The Twelves Remix)
Sébastien Tellier - Kilometer (A-Trak Remix)
Miami Horror - Make You Mine
The Whip - Blackout
Simian Mobile Disco - Bad Blood (Feat. Alexis Taylor)
Who Made Who - The Plot (Discodeine Remix)
LCD Soundsystem - Time To Get Away (Gucci Soundsystem Remix)
The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (Soulwax Nite Version)
Linus Loves - Prom Night (Don Diablo Remix)
The Whip - Muzzle No. 1 (Black Ghosts Remix)
Digitalism - Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)
Digitalism - The Pulse (DerDieDas Remix)

Heres SomaFM's site so you can stay up to date with all of Senor Cisco's Mixes airing in 2010.

And as an added bonus: Here is the 7 minute version of Daft Punk's Mothership Reconnection Remix!

Scott Grooves - Mothership Reconnection (Daft Punk Extended Remix) [right click to download]

Groove out to the Holidays and the new year.


Have Yourself A Merry Little Mixmas...

Screw political correctness. I'm not gonna wish you 'happy holidays' or 'seasons greetings'. I'm not going to plaster my post in soulless Hanukkah and Kwanzaa references to keep people's feelings from getting hurt. Not gonna do it. I'm going to wish you a merry Christmas, cuz that's how I roll.

Christmas in my house in never complete without some old Christmas tunes from the bygone days of analog recording and phonograph record players. When I stumbled across Merry Mixmas, which features lounge mixes of a lot of my favorite Christmas classics, I was really excited to post them up for everyone. Unfortunately, whoever tagged the one I got had a walnut for a brain and none of the tags were correct, so I was unable to post as soon as I wanted to, and spent a large time trying to get all the artist and track titles corrected. Verrrry irritating.

Dean Martin - Baby It's Cold Outside (Arp Remix) [right click to download]

Billy May - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Mambo (Malibu Mix) [right click to download]

Johnny Mercer And The Pied Pipers - Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (Q-Burns Remix) [right click to download]

Lou Rawls - Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Awayteam Remix) [right click to download]

Julie London - I'd Like You For Christmas (Ursula 1000 Remix) [right click to download]

LenaHorn - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (Seudojazz Remix) [right click to download]

Nancy Wilson - The Christmas Waltz (Awayteam Remix) [right click to download]

And with that, have yourself a merry little Christmas, and remember to watch A Charlie Brown Christmas and reflect on the real meaning of Christmas. :)

Tuesday, 22 December 2009


What's up guys, sorry I haven't been around much lately.

Just figured I'd update you on the writer situation. We've chosen one writer so far, and we're still working on the other :) Please note that this may not be the end of the line for you. And any last-minute pleas can be sent here. :D

So tomorrow I'll give a formal welcome to Philip, and the other writer, who I haven't exactly decided on :)

If you guys could drop a congrats to Philip via twitter, that would be oh so excellent :) Make him feel welcome. BE GOOD PEOPLE.

See you tomorrow,

This Will Make You Believe

Sometimes, you get to know that Ned Flanders sort of person, you know, very religious.

Thing is, there isnt a lot of electronic music that speaks about religion and related themes.
Fortunately, i heard a track (on a radio) yesterday, that speaks to all religious people.

Now, there are a ton of bands called Zodiac. In discogs, there are 27 different bands/artists with this name. But the one we are interested in is the 10th, a Swedish female duo.

Produced by somewhat renown Swedish producer/remixer Libido, this 1995 track is testament of belief and a wish of finding the holy place.

This track is also absolutely horrible. The fact that it is happy hardcore already makes me cringe, but its hilarious. I cant even describe it properly. Have a listen, but at your own risk.

Zodiac - I Believe (Radio Mix) [right click to download]

But wait, theres more! Libido himself remixed the track! And what he did was turn this happy track into a hardstyle/speedcore track. Imagine that. The so-called "Holy Remix" is indeed holy. It makes me say holy shit at least.

Zodiac - I Believe (Holy Remix) [right click to download]

But theres also a slightly better track in this single. (which btw, was Zodiac's only track ever made, so even they know it was shitty)
The Higher Ground, made by The Puff, turns this track on to a dubstepy/d'n'b-ish track, which actually doesnt sound too bad. But its best for you to give a listen.

Zodiac - I Believe (Higher Ground Remix) [right click to download]

To compensate, have one of the best French House basslines ever.

Patrick Alavi - Power [right click to download]

Thank William Lebreton and his "There's More To Music" show (Mondays 10pm to midnight GMT) on CUR1350 (Cambridge University Radio) for playing this piece of art. And by art, I of course mean shit.


Fetching a shield,

Introducing: Voltouch

Hi there,

“It’s been a while” seems to become my new opening line, but this time I really have an excuse. University made me write an essay about Three-phase, full-bridge diode rectifiers and …

On to the more interesting stuff: Earlier this year I had the pleasure to meet some guy that happened to be a DJ through a mutual friend. After some track exchanges and telling him I wrote for this blog, he was interested to appear on it. Didn’t happen for a long while though, you know me: busy, busy, busy. But now the time has finally come for the world to meet DJ Voltouch (myspace and facebook).

Who is he?
A fairly known DJ in the Brussels area that brings you a mix of tech house, fidget & techno (some people even like to describe the music he plays as “wasmachienmuziek”). Most noticeable performance he did was probably with Fukkk Off and he did an interview with CJ Bolland not so long ago. Other than that, I don’t really know much about Voltouch since I never saw him perform.

Saw… as in… not at that time, but things tend to change. Some weeks ago he played a liveset for a local radio station in Brussels called XLAIR. And me and some friend went to cheer on him.

Lucky us, I received the liveset and here it is:

Voltouch – Live @ XLAIR Radio [right click to download]

Don’t mind the first few seconds, it really starts off with the Voltouch intro :p

As you can all hear he packed some punch, bringing a mix of banging beats, swinging rhythms, catchy vocals and deep bass sounds. The song choice was very interesting, giving us lots of unknown (at least to the great public) goodies and remixes. The flow of the entire thing is amazing in my opinion, everything fits and works perfectly with one another. Never one boring part, yet room for breathing. Amazing performance…

And here are my favorite picks from the liveset:

Blaqstarr – Hands Up Thumbs Down (High Powered Boys Remix)

This one got me right from the first time I heard it. Must be those lyrics, those sweet sugary lyrics. Only downside, not much really happens throughout the song.

Brodinski - Peanuts Club (NT89 Remix) [right click to download]

Second pick: a remix of Peanut Club by Brodinski (man I love this guy since I saw him at I love techno). Track got popular as hell, so it’s best to get to know it now, if you haven’t already…
This remix got to me since it’s got some more of those deep bass sounds I like to pump through my stereo, but be sure to check out the original (it’s far more accessible than this shit).

Boris Dlugosch – Bangkok (Original Mix) [right click to download]

Saved the best for last once again:
Damn this track keeps me wanting more and more of it. Them almost voicelike snares, sounds like a siren overcoming noise coming from my dad’s DIY collection. This’ll be a favorite of mine for a long time to come…

For all the lovers out there, here’s the Tracklist:

Voltouch intro
Radioclit- Divine Gosa (Kevstar Latin remix)
Tesh and Maccas - van Chaos dans le CBD !
Funkagenda- Afterclub (riva starr remix)
Blaqstarr- Hands up Thumbs Down( High Powered Boys remix)
Golden Girls - Do the Criminal (Barletta Remix)
Bsbtrgdclub- Ancient Tropics
Suzanne Vega- Tom’s Dinner (Bingo Players edit)
NT89 & Distrakt- Pumpin’ (BeatauCue remix)
Brodinski & Noob- Peanut Club
Dakunt- T’a Sourdu (Lorcan Mak remix)
Buraka Som Sistema- Acqui Para Voces (Brodinski Remix)
Steed Lord- Who u with (Sharkslayer remix)
Crystal Fighters- I love London (Lorcan Mak Remix)
Sound Of Stereo- Velcro
Alvaro- Make it Funky (Dj Punish remix)
Boris Dlugosh- Bangkok
Fatboy Slim- Right Here, Right Now (Abel Ramos Brighton with love Remix)

So tell me, what you think of Voltouch’s skill, did you like the liveset? Don’t be afraid to comment, we’d appreciate it.

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Monday, 21 December 2009

New Venga Digital

The new EP from Mightyfools "For The Kidz" is out today on Venga Digital, with three new tracks, and remixes from Tommie Sunshine & Figure, Blatta & Inesha and Sound Of Stereo.

I found this little bit of promo in my inbox this morning as well! The first track from the EP, "We Don't Care" is a chugging stadium electro stormer, beginning with eerie synth choirs over a house beat, then dropping straight into a snarling sawtooth bassline. I love it!

Mightyfools - We Don't Care (Radio Edit) [right click to download]

You can buy the whole EP on Beatport and iTunes now!

Keep it funky,

Sunday, 20 December 2009

NiteShades Picks of the week (Part II)

On this post, I'm giving you some of the coolest, most insane tracks in my collection you can jam to. Some of them you may own, others you may have never heard of. In the end, its just for personal enjoyment, so just listen to them and jam to it!

Deadmau5 - Strobe (Plump DJ's Remix) [right click to download]

Pryda - F12 (Original Mix) [right click to download]

Dubfire - Roadkill (EDX Acapulco At Night Remix) [right click to download]

Calvin Harris - Flashback (Dem Slackers Remix) [right click to download]

4 Strings - Take Me Away (Glenn Morrison Contact Mashup) [right click to download]

And by request of Aria:

Classixx - Cold Act Ill (Extended Mix) [right click to download]

Have a safe holiday people.


Thursday, 17 December 2009

Album Review: Junior Boys- So This is Goodbye

You're probably wondering: who the HELL are Junior Boys? To be honest, I dont know much about them myself but I can tell you one thing: They can make pretty good songs. They have that kind of fell to them that is very reminiscent of DJ Hell, with a smooth pop-esque voice that just makes it sound even more amazing. I would label it as smooth electropop. As this is my first album review, I want to just get to the point and describe the songs and rate them.

First off we have Double Shadow:
At first I assumed it was bad due to a bland intro, but then it just releases into a very smooth and sexy track with nice vocals and cool drum beats. I would give it a ten if the intro wasnt so blah, but its nonetheless amazing so it gets a 8.5/10.

Next on the list is The Equalizer:

Its more popish than anything else, but it has some great electro riffs. I rather like the track to be honest. The only downside is that its too poppy sometimes. Regardless, I give it a 8/10.

First Time:
This is the most dissappointing song of the track. The vocals dont work, and the beats are ish at best. Very odd track really. 5/10.

Count Souvenirs:
Very Cool track indeed. The beats are very good with a great vocal piece to work with it. Its sounds very tronish in some parts. (When i mean tron, i mean the 80s movie)
I give it a 9.0/10.

In the Morning:
This is probably the heaviest track on here. At the same time, it is also my Favorite Track on here. The beats are very catchy and it gives such a wide atmospheric feel to it. I would give it a 1 million but I cant so 10/10.

So This is Goodbye:
As the main track labeled on the CD, i would've expected something great from it. And i was right: it didn't fail to disappoint me at all. The whole thing sounds stellar. SO much so, i sometimes wonder if i am actually tripping out. This is the most electro (in my opinion) of all the tracks. It has flare. It has Style. Its Out of this world.

Like a Child:
Sounds very similar to In the morning with a DJ Hell-esque feel to it. There are lots of noticeable differences i dont have time to mention, but it has the same feel. I dont like it as much as In the Morning though.8/10

Caught in a Wave: Reminds me a lot of the Basic Slack Mix of The Legacy theme, just not as electro or flangy. I think its cool, but the vocals are unnecessary in this track.I give it a 7.5/10

When No One Cares:
Quite possibly the slowest song on here. Not very electro or poppy. Just a lot of piano and instrumental fading. 6/10

Meh. Thats all i have to say really. It has a decent beat, but its just too slow and the voice makes it too dull. 7/10

Pros: Its very smooth and has sweet beats in it that makes you relax and hypnotized.

Cons: Its NOT a headbanger album, so it is a disappointment for people who are justice and Boys Noize fanatics. Some of the songs are a dull and can lead to boredom.

Overall score: 8/10

Now for my picks:

Junior Boys - Double Shadow [right click to download]

Junior Boys - The Equalizer [right click to download]

Junior Boys - Count Souvenirs [right click to download]

Junior Boys - In The Morning [right click to download]

Junior Boys - So this is Goodbye [right click to download]

Happy Holidays Everyone,


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Twitterview with Lee Dunn (Ghosts of Venice/Youth Attack!)

Today I had the pleasure of having a chat with Leeds-based musician Lee Dunn over Twitter. Over the last couple of years he's been making a name for himself as one half of cut-up electro group Youth Attack!, but more recently he's started a new solo project, Ghosts Of Venice, which focuses on disco and house. He's already reworked Club Cavalry, Feadz and Shakira under his new moniker, and has his debut solo effort "I Learned From The Best" coming out later this month for FREE download! Here's what we nattered on about...

Hello GoV. If you had to describe your sound in three words, what would they be?
Probably "Party Filter House", I think that best describes it.

What do you think was the moment you decided "that's it, I wanna make music"?
There wasn't really a defining moment, I've been in bands/DJing for many years on and off. It kind of just happened. One day Chris [Petty, the other half of Youth Attack!] and I just decided to make a track together, and everything naturally progressed from there. The Ghosts Of Venice stuff came after my holiday in Ibiza with Jaymo and Grum, which made me fall in love with House music all over again.

With your new Ghosts of Venice material, which artist (if any) have you tried to emulate?
I wanted to do something that went back to the Crydamoure and Roulé era. The Ghost of Bangalter haha. It kind of evolved from that really.

What was the first track you ever made, under any band or alias?
I recorded an album with my first band, it was terrible. I think we sold about 100 copies of the CD, most of them were probably to our Mums.

Haha sounds fun. So, let's talk about your club night Kill The Rhythm. Who's been your favourite guest?
I think my favourite guest was In Flagranti, he's such a nice dude. But loads of our friends played the night, Hostage, Joe And Will Ask?, etc. So they're always good ones. We've stopped doing it now. But we've got a few dates planned in other cities in the new year.

Didn't know you'd stopped doing the night. That pretty much renders my next question useless haha.
Haha. We didnt make a big deal of it, it just had to happen. We had big names every week. I just had to take a step back and concentrate on making music. We're starting the Kill The Rhythm label in the new year too. I couldnt do everything! haha.

What's been on your stereo recently then?
The new Ocelot album, Those dudes are gonna blow up. I'm currently remixing the first single off the album due out new year. I've been listening to Le Principle, Paul Johnson, Strip Steve. The XX album has been on heavy rotation for me as well. My favourite band of 2009.

Time for a good old hypothetical: If you could pick one song to erase from history, what would it be?
Boomtown Rats 'I Dont Like Mondays'. Fair enough Bob Geldof did a lot for charity, but the guy is an idiot. He's been milking that song for about 20 years now!

Geldof's a cunt. So what does the new year hold for Ghosts of Venice, Youth Attack! and the rest of your crew? Any top secret dancefloor weapons in the works?
Well well, got some big things planned. I'm hoping to head over to Chicago in a few months to work with Le Principle on a GoV track, some big remixes coming out soon too. There's an EP in the works, and a Youth Attack! Album I'm starting on. We're launching the Kill The Rhythm record label which I mentioned before, some really good stuff coming out on it too. There's also a few other big collaborations hopefully!

Finally, Coke or Pepsi?
Coke all the way!

True dat. Thanks a lot for talking to us :)
Pleasure's all mine :)

Such a nice lad. We've been loving his remixes of Feadz and Heads We Dance on the blog, and the other day he sent us this nice little Christmas present. Enjoy :)

Janet Jackson - Make Me (Ghosts of Venice Edit) [right click to download]

Keep it funky,

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Attention Acapella-Wanting People!

All previously uploaded acapellas, and a few others I tossed in can be found

After this point, all new acapellas will be embedded like normal tracks.

Thanks for your patience!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Prez Reviews DJ HERO: II


The theme of this article: Gameplay / Music

While I'm still sifting through applications, I think I'll take some time out to finish my DJ Hero review. Why? The holidays are coming up.

The TL;DR Version

This game is amazing. It's fun, challenging, and appeals to a wide range of people. The price? It might be just a bit too high (88 bucks on Amazon / 190ish for R.E.), but depending on your budget, it's a nice investment. I think it's a must-have for the Christmas list. 9 out of 10.

The Legit Version

Layout - Let's start with the layout of the menus. Everything is very nicely designed, including the urban art all over the place. Picking up and playing the game is a sitch, easier than other "Hero" games which require a few button clicks to get to Quickplay mode. DJ Hero is different, it's almost as if the whole game is Quickplay. To be honest, I'm a huge fan of this new setup.

Songs are groups (3-5 songs) into tracklists, which can be edited (such as removing songs, rearranging, etc.) to meet your needs. Alternative, you can jump right into a Quicklist, where the entire track listing is available for you to select up to 8 tracks. DJ Hero also allows for three custom setlists, which are basically lists of your favorite songs (that you set). I have one set already, with four tracks that I play most. This allows me to turn the game on and jump right in.

Gameplay - I went into this game expecting something too easy. I was wrong, dead wrong. The idiot I am jumped right to hard and promptly "failed." What's unique about DJ Hero is that you don't fail, you just get very few stars unless you do well - so I got 1 star, on an easy song. After a few rounds at Best Buy, I started getting the hang of it, but it was still tough.

While the buttons may be familiar to people, there are two killers in this game, directional scratches, and the crossfader. Both add a completely new twist on the music and rhythm game genre. My eyes were totally used to the single button "taps," but the crossfader was difficult to read. Nothing against the game, it was just hard for me to pick up on. Don't even get me started on the spikes - where you have to quickly "shoot" the crossfader to one side and back.

The scratches were easy (bi-directional), but once the arrows came in, the learning curve got steeper. DJ Hero has two types of scratching, one where it's just a bunch of bidirectional arrows, and you scratch your heart out (not necessarily to the beat), and another where the game tells you to scratch up or down. Scratching is VERY unforgiving, unlike button taps, where you can even tap the button one extra time and almost never get penalized for it.

Overall, this game is a CHALLENGE. Even a master like me is finding it difficult to get 4 stars on Expert (on the first half of the setlist, the other half I play on hard). So if you're looking for a challenge, look no further. DJ Hero is TOUGH.

Music - Do I really need to say anything? The music in this game is so incredible (with the exception of about 4 or 5 mashups). Each mix is enjoyable and does the game mechanics justice. Unlike Guitar Hero - I am so comfortable playing this game because the simulations I am performing are pretty damn close to what actually goes on. Turntablists - do not rage, I am simply saying that some of the motions are pretty spot-on.

If you're like me, you'll see how much better you play the more you like a song. For instance, one of the harder songs, Satisfaction vs. Elements of Life (eugh), is thought to be the second hardest song in the game. On my first attempt on expert, I 5-starred the thing with ease. Why? Because I got into it. On songs that are just terrible, Jackson 5 vs. Third Eye Blind, I can't get 4 stars simply because I can't get into it. I'm sorry, but that mashup is bad.

But overall, the music is incredible, and makes the game worth it.

Recap - I liked this game, a lot. I really really do. I think it's a nice spin, hehe, on rhythm games in general. It's extremely polished - more so than the first guitar hero, and TOTALLY leaves room for sequels to come. While I haven't yet tried the DLC, I've heard good things.

Let's talk about the price. The normal edition of DJ Hero is available for $120 USD in stores, but you can find it on amazon for 88 bucks. Renegade Edition is $200 USB retail, or about 170-180 online. It's a little on the expensive side, but my first DJ Hero post explains why the Renegade Edition is so great.

All in all, ask this game for your winter holiday. It will make a fantastic addition to anyone's Christmas list. And a word of advice for those buying for children, this game was enjoyed greatly by young cousins.

So what does this game get? A solid 9/10 (so close to 9.5). The gameplay is fun, addicting, and the music is fantastic. Setbacks? The price is a bit high, and I have found that the game is quite time consuming at times, because sets can take up to 20 minutes a piece.

So that's my DJ Hero review, I hope you enjoyed it. And if you (or your company) would like to send us a product to review, contact me at and we'll set something up.

Now get scratching,

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Would You Like A Sample?

I love good sampling. To me, it completely dominates a good bassline or drum track. Sampling makes the song and makes electronic music what it is - to me, at least.

Let's take a trip to Perth, Australia and check out Pogo. []

What sets this guy apart from the rest is his incredible ability to micro-sample, a trick I simply do not have the patience to even attempt. This involves ripping sub-second samples and combining them to make beautiful music. The three tracks I am going to show you today show off his talent, and it's truly mind-blowing.

The first song, Alice, has been posted on this blog, but since the DAY OF RECKOINING - it has since been removed. It's by far his most famous work, and for good reason. Alice and Wonderland is cut up and played around with to become a trippy heart-warming ambient song to chill out to. It's good, I'll leave it at that.

Pogo - Alice [right click to download]

The next, Lost, has more of a traditional song layout. The opening sounds like a potentially slamming hip hop beat, and the song develops with more drums and background lines to set itself apart in your iTunes library. Sadly, I cannot identify the original work these samples come from. If you know, please share. But first, take a listen, you won't regret it.

Pogo - Lost [right click to download]

And lastly, Expialidocious, a title even I have trouble spelling. This happens to be my personal favorite, and shows off the most impressive sampling. Pogo makes incredible use of all resources from the original, Mary Poppins. Below, EvilStereo gives us an excellence layout of each of the samples.

Now for the music...

Pogo - Expialidocious [right click to download]

Enjoy, and disregard the quality, I've been trying :(