Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Let Me Wear Pants

10 point to the person who can tell me what this song says, and what it means.

Note: I am terribly sorry but I have absolutely no idea who either the original or remix artist is. I wish I could give some background information...All I know is that it comes from an electrorock compilation album sent to me from an internet buddy.

Minimal Compact - Deadly Weapons (Optimo Remix) [right click to download]








A Bonus! I made the Ilictronix Promo video a lot longer, and it's not viewable in HD on youtube!





Enjoy,
Prez Jordan

Monday, 30 March 2009

Cover Much?

Sorry to Joe for not keeping his post on top for long, but i found this on Youtube:



He covered pretty much everything, from Michael Jackson to the Pokemon Theme Song.

Simply amazing.

Looks like synthpop's making a comeback...

Remember the 80s? No? Good, because now you won't need to. Today I'll be blogging about two british artists who are bringing the 80s back with their slick brand of electro synthpop.



First up is Leeds based trio Heads We Dance. Signed to This Is Fake DIY Records, HWD always find a way to sneak some kind of technological love triangle into their tracks. "You Are Never Alone With Model 21" is essentially a commercial jingle for a robotic wife, and when asked to do a cover song for Buffetlibre's Rewind project, it's only natural they would choose "Computer Love" by Kraftwerk.

They've had their work remixed by some of the hottest new names in music right now, such as Louis La Roche, Tepr, Frankmusik, Charlie Fanclub and Sidechains. They also make fine mixtapes as Heads We Dance DJs. Their Sci-Fi Mixtape has a tracklist full of galactic delights, each one given just long enough to shine and no longer. Wonderful.


Heads We Dance - My Heart Is Set On You [Right Click To Download]















Heads We Dance - My Heart Is Set On You (Louis La Roche Remix) [Right Click To Download]
















Next is Elly Jackson AKA La Roux, NME Radar Tour headliner and daughter of Trudie Goodwin, actress in The Bill. Her synthpop melodies are just as fun and quirky as the story of how she found her name (apparently, she found a book of baby names in a bin and La Roux was the first one she found, which, after a bit of research, turned out to come from the French meaning "red-haired one"). Strictly speaking though, La Roux is actually two people. In the studio, Elly sings and plays synth, while the second half of La Roux, Ben Langmaid, co-writes and co-produces. Live, Elly sings while Ben plays the instrumentals underneath.

Having recently been confirmed as the support act for Lily Allen's UK tour, Elly and Ben have just released their new single "In For The Kill" on Polydor, which features a brilliant remix from dubstep pioneer Skream, which starts out as a sinister downtempo murmur, and finishes with an all-out breakbeat assault. The new single has been a big move for La Roux, as it's not often a band gets to switch from indie label to major label after just one single (the previous single "Quicksand" was released on Kitsune).

La Roux - Quicksand [Right Click To Download]














La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream's "Let's Get Ravey" Remix) [Right Click To Download]














Keep it funky,

- Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Domination


Peace Orchestra
Check it out.


Peace Orchestra - Domination [right click to download]








- Kevin

The Rain Touch.

When it rains, a cliche phrase is brought into play. That is to say, I woke up to droves of rain today, though that doesn't exactly surprise me seeing that it's the Seattle area! Nice, cold, spring rain. Ah. Well, as I mentioned in last night's Peachy post (wasn't it just... dare I say it... peachy?) I had a jazz concert. What I didn't know was that my mom was having a huge girl scout meeting at our house, and wanted me and my dad to leave. So I went to my sax lesson, but since we couldn't come home, we went to a Value Village that was loaded on Motown type records. Chaching!

George Benson - The World Is A Ghetto
[Right Click To Download]








This was one of the songs on the albums I got. I absolutely love it, and evidently so do Thomas Bangalter and Bob Sinclair (Thomas sampled it for Spinal Scratch. Pretty creative sampling, too.).

We get to the bookstore where we're performing, and my band, the Intermediate group, is on first. We get up on stage, tune, do our sound check and all that, then play through our 4 songs, including Brick House (omgBrickHouseBrickHouuuuseluvluvluvthatbassline). My solo went over well, and I was surprised I got through it without freezing or jittering, and played even better than I had practiced with my teacher that morning. As soon as the video is off the camera, I'll pull off an MP3 and post it, because I'm just that vain.

Commodores - Brick House
[Right Click To Download]








Next, the Advanced group went on... and palyed a solid hour of 40's swing tunes that all sounded the same, each with solos that all sounded the same, intros that sounded the same, and outros that sounded the same. The advanced group has talent, really, but the director of their band chosses reeeeaaally dull tunes. I discussed arranging a few Daft Punk songs for the jazz band with our piano player, and then went home. It was still pouring rain, and my black suit got totally waterpwned. As the drips fell on me from above, I thought,"Gee, I could really use a touch of sun."

Well, i don't know what kind of weather you have right now, but in case it's anything less than gorgeous, here's a little touch of sun from the disco house artist Sun Touch... possibly the only female disco house artist in existence! Evil Stereo and I were speculating about whether she's hot or not. Rather inconclusive. My personal opinion is that if she's anything like the DJ stereotype in The Guide TO DJing that I got at the library, she's an awkward music/computer geek without a lot of 'friends', and a lifestyle based around the computer and music. And that's what makes people like that so awesome. Darn it all, why can't I ever meet girls like that?? Life is so unfair.

Well then, that was quite a birdwalk. Ahem. Yeah. So why don't we listen to some tracks, eh?

Sun Touch - Two Day Cruise
[Right Click To Download]








The Chameleons - A Person Isn't Safe These Days (Sun Touch Remix).mp3
[Right Click To Download]








These were baby sacrificing tracks. Thankfully I don't have any babies to sacrifice. Also thankfully, the Music Demon I consulted had a thing for cheddar cheese, and accepted a large Costco-size block of Tillimook cheddar instead.

Toodles.

Saturday, 28 March 2009

It's fight night


Today's post will be something epic. Something really epic. To tell you truth, it'll be so epic, it'll be on parr with the Italian Stallion.

I'm talking about a Rockysample, now who doesn't like that. I managed to find a remix of Samir's theme by DJ Debonair Samir that's quite rare.

It starts of like the original but then the sound of a bell anounces the upcoming battle between the Rocky soundtrack and the original song. It's a close call, but Samir's tune seems to be the victor.
I'm noy really surprised, because with a sax like that, who's a worthy match?

DJ Debonair Samir - Samir's Theme (Tomcio's Rumble Edit) [right click to download]








Enjoy, Mr. Brown

ps: Adrian! (couldn't resist)

Friday, 27 March 2009

Seeing that we're on just a tad of a LLR kick...


... suppose I'll post a bit about the only one of his songs I'm very fond of. I am a very opinionated individual, and I'm not ashamed to be rather negative at times, so excuse me for saying that Louis La Roche is no more deserving of all his hype than Dark DJ's Dark House was deserving for it's relative underhypedness... if that makes sense. You see, a trend in filtered house right now is to use huge vocal samples and just throw them over a new bassline with a kick, and then sidechain. I find it both uncreative and annoying. Considering two out of four Peach EP tracks were like that, I just don't really like Louis. However, the title song, Peach, blows me away every time. It's beautiful, it's well sampled, it's creatively reworked. Peach is a good song!

Today's journey began at Galaxie Comete Records' myspace (remember Arnold Ziffel and the Russian Love Machine?) where I noticed that the newest sign-ee, Dekoi, had posted a comment that he had anew mashup up on his player: Louis La Roche vs. Poka, who is another Galaxie signee. I wouldn't normally care about one of his new tracks (sorry Dekoi, your disoc-free discohouse isn't all that appealing to me), but I thought a mashup might be interesting. I had nothing else to do, so I decided to check it out. I was quite astounded! The chopping of Peach, the added vocals, and the neat new bass riffs, in addition to the Poka track!

Louis La Roche vs. Poka (Dekoi Mashup)
[Dekoi has yet to release this to the public, so I think it's only fair to not offer a download yet.]








Well, imagine my disappointment this morning when I listened to the Sidechains remix of Peach. Sorry Dekoi, -1. All the same, that just means I was astounded by the Sidechains remix!

Peach (Sidechains Remix)
[Right Click To Download]








Thony Ritz surprised me too... Peach sounds awesome when it's taken down a few steps. I'm not too much of a fan of the electro/electronica-ness of his mix, but the intro is pretty awesome, so I like it for that.

Peach (Thony Ritz Remix)
[Right Click To Download]








Now the other tracks here I have are a gift from Snolan And Skuttle, a chill-ish disco house group I found on myspace. After sending them a friend request, it turns out that Snolan remembered me from the Daft Club. So here we are guys, yet another great house artist from The Daft Club! It's like a house music farm! Unlike some of the tracks I've been posting, I didn't have to sacrifice my children for them. The guy/s (couldn't be sure who I was messaging all the time) sent me a package of a few of their tracks, of which I'm going to post my two favorites.

In Sawn-Off, I really like the bouncy, Le Knight Club style sampling. It may not be an amazingly epic track like Spinal Scratch, or Le Knight Club, but all the same, it's nice, simple beats that make us wanna move. This goes on my homework playlist.

Sawn-Off (Primary Edit)
[Right Click To Download]









This one here, Future Fold 1, also kicks some supreme butt.

Future Fold 1
[Right Click To Download]









Now tomorrow, if all goes well, I should have some actual baby-sacrificing tracks. :) Assuming I survive my jazz concert... I have to do an ad lib sax solo on Brick House. Funfun. And yes, I do mean the Commodores hit.

-Boba

Steve Angello owns Paris Hilton's bodyguard



Priceless.

Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso - Partouze [Right Click To Download]













Keep it funky,
- Joe

Do You Own A Mac?

I recently bought some software for the first time in years. A pack valued at nearly $1000 for only $39.

How is this possible? The people down at MacHeist have been giving away free Mac software for a while, because developers want to get their names out there. Annually, they do a bundle of great software for cheap.


My verdict? I, myself, never pay for anything but music. And I must say, this is the best 39 dollars I've ever spent. No, I am not advertising, I am just passionate about the site and I hope you guys purchase the bundle yourselves, if you own a Mac, that is.

For every purchase, $10 goes to charity, and once $400,000 is raised for charity, even more apps become available for you to download. This pack is something you can't afford to miss.

Get it here.

Prez Jordan

Get Ya Burkas Out

Politically incorrect I know, but I had to.

Oddly enough, I found this track on iTunes. While I have heard of Sinden before, Mapei and Stuffa were virtually unknown to me. Luckily Google Image search helped me find a photo!


While I can't give any background info on this track, I assume it's not popular because I've never heard it, and it took a little while to find it on the internet. But it is rather amazing.

Incredible sampling starts out this track. It seems simply enough, until my left speaker began vomitting some guitar sounds. Note: If you don't have stereo, this track will not be as good. Anywho, the track is flawless and breaks down into an Arabic string sample, which I adore hearing in songs. If this song doesn't annoy the hell out of you, you will love it. See I can tolerate whatever Oizo throws at me, so I think I have a higher tolerance than most people...guess it helps for my blogging.

But anyway, the song completely changes twice halfway through into a crunchy synth, but it doesn't lose its amazing beat structure. I hope you all enjoy this, it was a good find for me.

Mapei feat. Stuffa - Pretty Girls (Sinden Remix) [right click to download]








Comment,
Prez Jordan

Thrilling Criminals

Im sure everyone in this entire world has at least heard of that fantastic yet contorversial artist that inspired most of today's music, Michael Jackson.


I dont think any introductions are necessary so lets go straight on to the tracks. Since a lot of you have heard some of his tracks, im posting 2 remixes for you.

The first one is a remix of the 1988 hit "Smooth Criminal". Here, the american(s) (couldnt find anywhere if its 1 or more guys) Telemitry puts out an astonishing remix of it.
Telemitry is/are known for their remixes, having remixed Coldplay, Bloc Party and even Rickroll, among others.

This remix starts off simple, with vocal chops and beat, but then a synth emulating the original's melody kicks in. After that, a small buildup, and another synth comes in. The vocals become more present throughout the song.
This remix is a great one, because it keeps most of the original meldy using modern instruments and sounds. I recommend.

Here it is:
Michael Jackson - Smooth Criminal (Telemitry Remix) [right click to download]








The second one is the first ever ILICTRONIX EXCLUSIVE! Thats right, you wont find a proper mp3 of this track anywhere. I mean anywhere.
Some time ago, a video of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" came around, but with a different tune. The title said it was Louis La Roche's remix. A lot of people said it was a fake, even though it had that LLR sound. Well, one day, Joe asked the uploader for the mp3 of it. And he got it. It was uploaded, and i managed to get it. But we still werent sure if it was real.

Well, not long after, we got the confirmation. As LLR is a member of the TDC, he decided to end it all. It is real. It was made for a gig at Moda, Lincoln, UK which he made last year, and he asked a friend to upload it on Youtube.
I hate wrongly tagged tracks, and i was very happy when what i got was correct and also happy to know that LLR had the guts to remix the king of pop.

Anyway, now that we got that settled, lets talk about the remix. It starts great from the start, and it builds up to a beat and using lots of elements of the original it just keeps going great. Then, another build up and a laugh and restart.
It keeps evolving until a breakdown where we hear those awesome sentences from the cemetery scene, where the zombies come to life. Build up, and repeat the song before the breakdown.
In conclusion, this is an awesome remix that shouldve been made downloadable sooner . But hey, thats what we're here for.

Anyway, here it is, in 256kbps and not a Youtube rip:
Michael Jackson - Thriller (Louis La Roche Remix) [right click to download] (Ilictronix exclusive)








Enjoy!

Fighting for my life inside a killer,
Alex.

Thursday, 26 March 2009

The Public Has Spoken

So, we got a record 77 votes for this poll, our previous record was something like 21. Anyway, it was a great experience to see the public voting again.


pwnageeeee

So here's the deal...

I'm going to reset the forum, so that its now a discussion about music production, mainly for beginners. We'll be talking about software, hardware, stuff like that. I hope you guys get involved.

Our main catch will be possible weekly (probably monthly) remix contests. Hopefully we get a decent fanbase. And since so many of you wanted a forum about music sharing, we'll be incorporating that somehow.

See you in the forums next week,
Prez Jordan

Around The World.... Again

It's a classic from two French blokes who helped catapult house into the mainstream. Its 144 repetitions of the song's title made sure that no-one would ever need to ask them what that really cool song was called. It was named number 13 in NME's countdown of the top 25 dance anthem of all time. It's "Around The World" by Daft Punk, and it's THE definitive track from the late 90's when Paris was EDM's Mecca.

There were countless remixes of this track, some old, some new. Today I'll be posting three of the rarer mixes of "Around The World". Speaking of which, if ANYONE has that 14-minute Motorbass Miami Mix, PLEASE contact ilictronix and email it, we would much appreciate it.



First is one of four tracks from the "Around The World: Ricanstructed by Masters At Work" EP. Masters At Work are a house duo consisting of Kenny Dope and Louie Vega (both of whom are namechecked in DP's "Teachers"). They made 4 remixes of "Around The World" for this EP. All of them are chilled-out deep house epics, but the instrumental "Mellow" mix is my favourite. Enjoy :)

Daft Punk - Around The World (Mellow Mix) [Right Click To Download]
















Next up is the I:Cube mix. This was on the flip of that Motorbass Miami Mix I was begging for earlier. Daft Punk also did a remix of I:Cube's "Disco Cubizm" which is some FUNKY SHIT, so check that out if you haven't already.

Daft Punk - Around The World (I:Cube Remix) [Right Click To Download]
















And finally, a rare mix from Todd Terry. With added deep throated chanting and a bassline that jumps around more than a hostage in the trunk of a Citroen C4, this mix will get any party rocking.

Daft Punk - Around The World (Tee's Frozen Sun Mix) [Right Click To Download]















Keep it funky

- Joe

Trip Yaself

Today I want to shine some light on an artist I have never even mentioned on ilictronix, Paul Oakenfold.


For the electronic 1337ists out there, this post may merit nothing from you, but I am writing this on behalf of a recent request. Paul Oakenfold, who according to my iTunes goes by "Oakenfold" (not sure about this?), is a 45-year-old DJ and producer straight out of the land of fish and chips. In my opinion, he is the best trance DJ I've ever listened to.

If you know your resident prez, you know I hate trance. I think it's disgusting and that Tiesto is the cancer of music. If you are mad by that statement, just leave...we don't even want you here :). Oakenfold manages to have the trippy ambience of Trance but also mix in some good good Hip Hop through lyrics and scratching. An amazing combination.

So to the point, I am going to post my three favorite Oakenfold tracks. These are among my most-played in iTunes because they never run out. I can listen to these on repeat and enjoy them every time. If you disagree with my picks, I'm terribly sorry. These, coincidentally, are all from Bunkka.


isn't trance creepy?

The first track is a well-known one. If you've ever watched a YouTube video of a kid 0wning at a video game, you've heard this song. Featuring vocals from some unknown guy (well I don't know him :D) To be honest, this doesn't even sound like trance to me in the beginning, besides the pads in the background. It slowly unfolds and frequently erupts in your face with a true trance explosion. You will like this song.

Oakenfold - Ready Steady Go (feat. Asher D) [right click to download]








The next song is much more trancey. This one literally sounds like an acid trip, and I love every minute of it. From the moment it starts, you feel like you're waking up in a club bathroom. Like Ready Steady Go, it slowly unfolds, but never reaches much of a climax. It's a great chill-out song, and a great trance tune.

Oakenfold - Time of Your Life (feat. Perry Farrell) [right click to download]








The last song is popular. If you do not know this song, you are numb. I am simply posting this as a bonus for you to listen to a few times. The first time I heard this a few years ago, I honestly thought it was a disco track at first. It features vocals from VH1 drug-addict Shifty Shellshock of Crazytown fame. Enjoy.

Oakenfold - Starry Eyed Surprise (feat. Shifty Shellshock) [right click to download]








Comment,
Prez Jordan

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

x.x

Apologies for spelling mistakes, I've been pretty ill for most of the week...

School work sucks.

A Maths test, 10 page English Romeo And Juliet coureswork, a big project about a Fax, a leaflet on Global Warming, annotations for a piece of music and a week long migrane is not good.

However, there are two songs which cheer me up no matter what, Beautiful and Born In Heaven, Beautiful by Raw Man, released on the We Rock Music label. Born In Heaven by Vinyl Fever and released on Vertigo Records.

We all know Raw Man (or by his real name Romain Séo), he produced a few Crydamoure tracks (which are epic, Lovers especially) and was part of the French group We In Music which releases on the We Rock Music (where Beautiful was released) label.

This song truly is, Beautiful.



Raw Man - Beautiful [right click to download]









Next up is Born In Heaven by Vinyl Fever, starts off with a simple riff and adds bass which in my opinion makes the song go from happy to sad within a second and then it's all broken down with simple lyrics and lets us all bounce around in rave-age. The song was truly Born In Heaven.



Vinyl Fever - Born In Heaven [right click to download]







Have fun raving,
Gymtonic :)

Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Somebody's Watching Us...I Just Know It

Today I have a rather funny track for you children. If you haven't heard this song, you either don't live in the US, or you don't watch television. Now put away your torches, because this song isn't a mega-smash, it's just a tune you've all heard.


The name of this up and coming duo is Mysto & Pizzi. At only 22 and 23, respectively, they are quickly becoming famous Hip Hop producers. Straight out of Queens, this duo made a few underground remixes (which I'll save for another post). Last year, Mysto & Pizzi received their first Platinum Plaque with their production of R. Kelly's "Get Dirty" (feat. Chamillionaire). They also gained some good myspace popularity with their Kanye West "Love Lockdown" electrohouse remix.

Now today's track is a remake of Rockwell's 80s smash "Somebody's Watching Me." Unlike the 80s smash, this is not pop, but rather an electro-y house-y feeling remix with some nice Vocoder-age. Enjoy, you'll laugh once you recognize it, if you haven't already.

Mysto & Pizzi - Somebody's Watching Me [right click to download]








Don't forget to check out Mysto & Pizzi's other work on their MySpace,
Prez Jordan

"Sexy Stuff."


... which translated directly to electro. The best kind, too. The rare, 80's style kind.

I think I can almost guarantee you that you won't find these tracks elsewhere. For I, Boba, was the only one with the courage to take the heat, to brave the vast wildernesses, to defeat the dragons, and ultimately achieve these excellent, amazing Tracks of Sexiness. I'm so serious about this, I'm breaking out the italics. That's just how serious I am.

Now then. 4TrakZ
is a French guy, as most good electronic artists are (as a rule, most Americans fail at life). His only release was one of his less-good tracks, which I'm not gonna bother with because I find it annoying and unappealing.

Now the italics are officially over. Right now. ...
now. There we goooo.

Ok, so his most amazing track ever is one called Flash Break. After digging forever, I got a good MP3 of the original. And after even longer digging (and chisseling, blasting, pirate-ship-exploding, and small-child-kidnapping), I got a good MP3 of the new remix of the song by Jean-Tube.

4TrakZ - Flash Break
[Right Click To Download]








4TrakZ - Flash Break (Jean-Tube Remix)
[Right Click To Download]








Sorry I don't have more to say, but it's late, I have songs to write, saxophones to practice, and math homework to finish.
-Boba

Monday, 23 March 2009

The Land Before Louis



Yeah, we know Louis La Roche is so damn overhyped, but we just love him. But before he made the move to filtered house, Louis was all about full-on electro with his other alias Night Facilities. And today I'll be posting one of his remixes plus two NF originals.

First up is In Flight. A stomper in every sense of the word, mixing buzzy electro bass with squelchy acid vocoders. Listening to this really shows you what a teenager armed with nothing but FL Studio and a pocket full of dreams can do.

Night Facilities - In Flight [Right Click To Download]














The second one, K.U.N.G, cheekily samples Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting". Kung fu instantly makes stuff awesome. But wait! With an electro hook worked around it, it's even MORE awesome!

Night Facilities - K.U.N.G [Right Click To Download]














And finally, a remix of Busta Rhymes. If you haven't turned off your monitor after seeing the words Busta Rhymes, then I beg you, KEEP READING. This remix has been on my stereo for a while now, and for good reason. NF takes Busta's surprisingly catchy rap and develops the perfect electro-house melody to compliment it. Add a bit of echo and the occasional filter here and there, and you have yourselves a banger.

Busta Rhymes - Dangerous (Night Facilities Remix) [Right Click To Download]
















Keep dancing, you crazy kids :)

- Joe

Fill My Cup and Seal My Fate

Today I'd like to introduce you to one of my favorite groups: KMFDM. Just to get it out of the way, KMFDM stands for Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, which loosely translates to "no mercy for the masses" (although the literal translation is "no majority for the pity" which obviously makes no goddamn sense in English).

Anyway, KMFDM has been around since 1984 and today I've picked one song from their recent (2009) album Skold vs. KMFDM, one song from 2008 album Brimborium and one song from their 1997 album which is commonly referred to as "Symbols" (see album cover at bottom of post).

Although KMFDM has been around for quite a long time, and many members have come and gone (although found member and Professional Badass Sascha Konietzko has kept KMFDM alive and kicking), KMFDM has offered "conceptual continuity" throughout the years. Yes, there's a good deal of variety when it comes to the many KMFDM songs (along with a plethora of remixes), but when you hear KMFDM, you just know its KMFDM.

Speaking of conceptual continuity, the new album Blitz releases TOMORROW but was leaked to the internet February 24th, one month before the official release.


If you want to check out more KMFDM, hit up Grooveshark and listen to a few of my favorite KMFDM jams:
Hau Ruck, Virus, Anarchy, Revolution, Unfit, You're No Good, Free Your Hate, Tohuvabohu, Money, Headcase, and A Drug Against War.

- Kevin
P.S. KMFDM Sucks.



Skold vs KMFDM - Alkohol [right click to download]









KMFDM - Looking For Strange (Super Strange Mix by Die Krupps) [right click to download]








KMFDM - Megalomaniac [right click to download]









Sunday, 22 March 2009

So Euro....

Well my previous post was a fail, so I am going to post something else.

If you don't remember Mr. Brown's super-mega-epic Lamb's Anger post series, you won't know how he left out a few tracks. Anyway, I was a bit disappointed that this track was left out :(. This happens to be my favorite track off of Lamb's Anger. To be honest, it is not nearly ridiculous enough to be a Mr Oizo tune, but it's amazing nevertheless.


So anywho, I hope you guys enjoy this track as much as I do. It sounds like a circuit bent piano dying as it attempts to crank out a tune. It is, in my opinion, the most danceable tune Quentin has ever produced. To be honest, it sounds a Bangalter track, if Bangalter didn't sample, played faster, and used scratchy synths. Overall, the patterns are the same, and the cutting is similar. If you have no idea what I'm saying, don't worry about it. Just enjoy the track and nod your head as your desk shakes from it.

Mr Oizo feat Error Smith - Erreurjean [right click to download]








Disobeying my own rules to bring you the best synth out there,
Prez Jordan

Work Is Never Over

Yesterday, a person by the name of Jason e-mailed me a track. He didn't say anything, he just attached the track to the email.

I wish I could give some information, but I honestly have no idea who made this track. The artist is listed as Daft Punk, but I highly doubt that this is a remix by them. But I took a liking to it so I'll just post it :). If you have any information on this remix, please let me know.

NOTE: According to Alex, an artist by the name of Diplo made this track/remix. Just to clear things up.

Diplo - Work Is Never Over [right click to download]








Peace and Love. Quit your hatin.
Prez Jordan

Disco Menace

Well, yesterday i found out that a major-ish French House artist will release not one, not two, but a three CD album next month, called Idiosyncrasies. That man is the german Kris Menace:


You heard me right, 3 CD's full of house just for you. The first CD is mostly the tracks he made with his mates, Alan Braxe, Fred Falke, Felix da Housecat, among others. The second CD is mostly his solo work, even though it has 3 collabs. In CD 3 are some of his remixes.

The tracks im posting are both originals, not remixes.

The first one is the first track of the first CD, the French House hit Discopolis, produced along with Lifelike.
Who can forget that awesome video made by Seb Janiak, which features a girl walking around, taking a shower and dancing about for 3 minutes with the camera mostly filming her behind? I dont. Men...

Anyway, this is a very simple track in terms of production, but yet, these two guys made this an absolutly fantastic track to dance around in your living room.
Oh, and the best part... its 9 minutes long! Just like any proper French House track.

Here it is:
Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis [right click to download]








The second track is also an opener, but this time for CD 2. This one is surprisingly short, and i dont like the fact that its short. Its called Sensuality, and it has around the same chillness that Discopolis has. Indeed its a very sexy track, with an epic bassline to help it move.
Certainly one of his best tracks, but its a shame it only has a little more than 3 minutes.

Here it is:
Kris Menace - Sensuality [right click to download]








Enjoy!

Telling you to put that damn bass to the max,
Alex.

Saturday, 21 March 2009

We Now Return You To Our Regularly Scheduled Planet...

I'm baaaaaack! And with another artist that's been amazingly ignored on this blog (at least, in terms of his own original work. Da Stronger was put up here recently). I'm talking about TDC's own Zach Bridier, better known by his fans as Electromatic. He's released his second full-length album, "The Return to Earth", which is the album I'll be covering today in my three-track review.



The album begins with the title track, "The Return To Earth", which begins darkly but becomes a massive, vulnerable, ambient Electro wandering. This is by far, in my opinion, the most professional-sounding track on the album, if not necessarily the best. But you decide that for yourself.

Electromatic - The Return To Earth [right click to download]








If you hear at the end, it seems to transition into another, slightly odd track. I'm getting to that. Epic Fail is by far the most fun song on the album, with some neck-snapping breakbeats behind an incredible synth that is, indeed, epic, and samples of two amateur rappers yelling their banter. The ending (with an excellent loop worth looking out for) is phenomenal.

Electromatic - Epic Fail [right click to download]








Epic Fail is soon to be released as a digital single, as a double A-Side along with the next track. The Clay Dance (oooh, such a great name!) is sparse yet elaborate, bringing forth the image of an ancient ruin brimming with supernatural life. It contains a well-used sample of "Alive" by Daft Punk, and some powerful percussion. Definitely worth the listen!

Electromatic - The Clay Dance [right click to download]








And now...

Goodnight...

If you want to download his entire album, or just individual tracks, click on the respective link.

Joe's Essential Guide to 90's Dance, Part 1

We all know that the 90s was the greatest era for dance music, so I'm gonna start this regular feature here on Ilictronix, and keep going until there are literally no 90s dance tracks left (or until I just can't be bothered anymore).



For every installment of this series, I'll be posting two tracks. One from the early 90s, the other from the late 90s. So I'll start with a single by The Shamen which came out in 1992, "Ebeneezer Goode". Now, it is widely accepted that chanting phrases like "E's are good, E's are good!" will inevitably get you chucked off Radio 1 for good, but this is where the clever part comes in.

Rather than just admitting the lyrics were about taking ecstasy (as most did in the rave scene back then), Shamen's singer Mr C spun a bit of top secret code on top of this awesome synthpop rave hook (like early Prodigy, but less sample based), claiming the song was about a guy who's always out for a good time named Ebeneezer Goode, whose friends call him Eezer. Thus, they managed to actually get away with the whole "Eezer Goode, Eezer Goode" line.

Now, as much as I disapprove of songs that condone the use of drugs, the sheer irony of the fact that this track made number 1 during the BBC's drug awareness week almost makes up for it. A great philosopher once wrote "naughty, naughty, very naughty..."

The Shamen - Ebeneezer Goode (Beat Edit) [Right Click To Download]
















And for today's late 90's track, one of house's greatest vinyl-jockeys, DJ Sneak. He's done remixes for Le Knight Club, Stardust and generally everyone else in house music, he's been namechecked by Daft Punk as a major influence in their track "Teachers", and he never fails to produce quality funky house tunes.

This one, released on Strictly Rhythm Records (a great house label if you havent checked it out yet), is a deep, disco laced dancefloor stomper. And Ian Pooley does a fine remix.

DJ Sneak - Keep On Groovin' (Ian's Fierce Mix) [Right Click To Download]














Be back with another edition soon!
- Joebama

Some Remixes for Your Ears

I thought I'd post on something a little broader today. Rather than a specific artist or album, I'm just going to share with you some remixes I have been absolutely obsessed with lately. Today's first track is a MSTRKRFT remix of a recent track by John Legend and Andre 3000. This was also a track I had in my "requests" section and someone was able to find it in high quality for me :D.


In my opinion, this is a great remix and MSTRKRFT managers to mold the given bassline to something that sounds out of their own albums. It also doesn't sacrifice any of the fantastic vocals which the original has to offer.

John Legend (feat. Andre 3000) - Greenlight (MSTRKRFT Remix) [right click to download]








Today's next remix also comes from my old request bin (which is now long gone). This remix is a SebastiAn edit of an Ali Love song which shares its title with a famous Chemical Brothers tune. Can you guess it?


All I have to say is that the chorus of this remix is truly funky and the bass will shatter your ears at 50% volume. You've been warned.

Ali Love - Lost In the K-Hole (SebastiAn Remix) [right click to download]








Lastly, I have a semi-obscure HBFS remix. My iTunes lists it as being part of the Hip Hop remixes, but like the Raindropz Remix, I don't think that's true....here's the album art anyway!


If you can tolerate this song long enough to make it to the breakdown, you're certainly in for a treat.

Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Phanatic Remix) [right click to download]








Cutting and Slicing since 2008,
Prez Jordan

Jaxx your body



Well it looks like Basement Jaxx are back with a new EP entitled "Planet 3". Well, I say "new", it came out in Australia a month ago, but as far as I know it still hasn't been released here in the UK. But never fear, I managed to get hold of two of the tracks from the EP! The jazzy "She's No Good" (featuring Eli "Paperboy" Reed) and the club anthem "Twerk" (featuring Yo Majesty).

Basement Jaxx - She's No Good [Right Click To Download]














Basement Jaxx - Twerk [Right Click To Download]














I will be blasting these nonstop before I see the Jaxx live in April :)

- Joe x

Friday, 20 March 2009

Prez Jordan Reviews "Fist Of God"

Children, it has been a while since I last reviewed an album, and I have some things to announce. First, I will be doing this more often, because it's alot of fun. Second, they will be much shorter, rather than most professional reviews. Why? Because my making them long, I have to spend a long time throughly listening to each track, when I just want to enjoy it. So yea, they'll be shorter, but I promise they'll be good.

So today, I am reviewing the second studio of Canadian super-duo MSTRKRFT, Fist of God.



For those of you who are unfamiliar with MSTRKRFT, they are a power-electro / dance-punk group. Their 2006 premier album, The Looks has had some tracks posted on the blog before, due to its amazingness. In my opinion, The Looks is one of the best, if not THE BEST, premier album I've ever heard. And while reviews claimed it lacked any sort of content, I found it to be extremely groovy and powerful.

Fist of God surprised me, however. While The Looks was fairly heavy on dance-punk, FoG tends to be more in your face, sounding a lot like something out of Boys Noize. I never said this was a bad thing, it's just...different. From my view, FoG seems to be more blastable than previous MSTRKRFT work.

What am I talking about? Listened to next to each other, TL almost sounds like Starbucks Indie music compared to the pure power FoG has to deliver. To be honest, it's as if MSTRKRFT had an epiphony to make an entire album based off their semi-hit, Paris. While TL had some lighter tracks, such as Easy Love and She's Good For Business, FoG had no lighter songs to deliver, only pure exploding-in-your-face synth riffs and loud bass beats.

While this may be disappointing to some, the ecstasy-type-music-lovers such as yours truly were thrilled. To me, it's fantastic that MSTRKRFT decided to make this move, and it shows that they're capable of more.



All in all, Fist of God was more than I expected as a follow up to the amazing "The Looks." While it does have a slight disadvantage replay-wise, FoG gets my hyped up whenever I'm in need of it.

PROS
- Different sound
- Good for the true electro fans
- Excellent collaborations with various hip hop artists
- Great production and flow between songs

CONS
- Lacks as much replay value as The Looks
- Some collaborations sound like the guest is beign drowned out

Prez Jordan's Picks from "Fist of God"

MSTRKRFT - Fist Of God [right click to download]








MSTRKRFT - Word Up (feat. Ghostface Killah) [right click to download]








OVERALL RATING
4.5 / 5 (Excellent)


Enjoy,
Prez Jordan

Number 2 on Hype Machine's most popular!

Just saw on Hype Machine that our Phoenix post is currently number 2 on the most popular list! Epic thanks to all who view this blog :)

And what better way to celebrate than a new track from Phoenix that was made a free download from their MySpace.


Phoenix - 1901 [Right Click To Download]














On behalf of all the Ilictronix staff, thanks everyone!

- Joe

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Some random tracks

Hi there,

I'm pretty busy at the university so you won't be getting any interesting information or story, but there will be tunes. And some pretty damn good ones. Don't try and look for a connection, cause there isn't one :p.


First one is Supah Dupah by Sound Of Stereo (Belgian artists). Some might say it's noisy or something, but I say it gets me moving every single time, so you can draw your own conclusion.

Sound Of Stereo - Supah Dupah [right click to download]








Second one is the Diplo Remix of Get Up by the Bingo Players. I just like the High. I chose because it has this nice build-up and I really like those high pitched noises.

Bingo Players - Get Up (Diplo Remix) [right click to download]








And to finish I have a song sent to me by Matt, a fan of the blog. He read this Calvin Harris article and wanted to share a remix. "Its like a more clubby trancy version of the new calvin harris single.. enjoy!"

Calvin Harris - I'm Not Alone (Jackz Drink That Euro Fuzz Mix) [right click to download]








It's to show how we appreciate our fans who remind us why we started blogging, to share some music with the world and make it a happier place.
And it happens to pay of, because Ilictronix is getting more and more views everyday (and hypem is the living proof)

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Let's go on a little trip to France, shall we?


And maybe stop in Russia along the way, shall we, and See the sights of Moskau? Red Square is great, I hear, and there's all those funky, onion-shaped buildings like the one in Tetris. Ah, yes, Tetris! That amazing game of shape-fallingness that we all know and love.

Many people might know and love the 'A' music from this game, which has a relentlessly catchy riff that I had completely forgotten until a kid I went to school with last year contacted me and asked me if I'd ever thought about doing a cover or remix of the Tetris song. Evidently it's his favorite song. Anyway, quite honestly, the thought had never crossed my mind. I hadn't played the original Tetris in probably 8 years, and I never remembered playing the Gameboy Color version I had with sound. Well, I figured, why not have a listen and see if it could be done?

Well, I dug it up, and instantly it got stuck in my head. My immediate thought was that a Trance remix would be the ultimate win... but surely such a track must already exist?

Well Jordan, I apologize. I know you don't like trance music, but I feel obligated to post this.

2PM - Tetris
[Right Click To Download]








If that didn't make you want to dance... you're not human. I'm sorry, that's just the way things are.

Now, not to toot my own horn, but I did work up a little cover... took me about a half an hour. Nothing to original, although I did change the bassline a bit to be more of my style... which doesn't really mean much. Anyway, enjoy my cover; I call it "Falling Shapes".

Boba Fettuccini - Falling Shapes
[Right Click To Download]








But now we're going to head off to another part of Russia, where we'll meet an interesting artist named Arnold Ziffel. Is he Russian? I honestly have no idea, but his track here is called 'Russian Love Machine' from the free web label Galaxie Comète Records.

The label has a very neat green theme going on, and all the artwork is done in green neons. Can't say that always is a good thing... please excuse me while I go off on a small tangent.


Dekoi's Neoteric Love EP cover from his own release:



The GXC release...


Comparatively, I find the green one to be pretty lame.

Anyway, getting back to Arnold Ziffel's Russian Love Machine! The drum intro is a bit long, but hang in there. You won't be sorry.

Arnold Ziffel - Russian Love Machine
[Right Click To Download]








And now we'll start heading on our way down to France with this lovely remix by Poka, also signed to GXC.

Arnold Ziffer - Russian Love Machine (Poka's Red Curtain Takeover Mix)
[Right Click To Download]








Whew! Well then! We've come a long way! But don't you think that while we're on our way to France, we should stop in Germany? Yes, I think so too.

Moskau... a city of adventure, and passion...


You've probably heard this song. It's one of the greatest YTMND memes ever...
(also the best Disco song song to ever come out of Germany ever. I wish I knew more about the group, Dschinghis Khan, but despite the fact that they still have releases out, it seems I just haven't been able to learn much about them...)


Moskau.
[Right Click To Download]









But you may not have heard these two mixes I've found. They're short, but they're awesome.

Mouskau Remix [Right Click To Download]








moskau - Hetlia Remix (Yes, it's trance.) [Right Click To Download]








Well, I've certainly enjoyed today's trip. Why don't we stay the night in one of these handy little hostels, and pick up the trip to France tomorrow, hm?

Ok, good, because I'm bushed. Seeya round!