Wednesday, 31 March 2010

So Beau-tiful

As i crawled upon the living(hell/utopia/whatever the @#$! you want to call it) realm of online videos that is Youtube, I discovered a rather interesting man by the name of Beau Damion. Who he is exactly is anyone's guess. However, i do know he makes kickass mixes. Just look at these:

The first we have is not a mix, but rather a recreation, of the Dub5tep track by Deadmau5. What he did was simply take all the parts used in the track, cleaned it up,and made a full Dub5tep track that is simply amazing (Please NOTE: there is NO actual full track of Dub5tep so this is the best we have to work with). Also, this is in fact an ilictronix exclusive in terms of mp3's. You won't find a gem like this anywhere else. You're welcome.

Deadmau5 - Dub5tep (Beau Damion Edit) [click to download]








Next, we have another ilictronix exclusive mp3 of a D.A.N.C.E mashup of his. Taking clips from a D'azoo At Night Track, a few bits of Deadmau5 elements, and the MSTRKRFT mix of DANCE,Beau takes a already sweet mix and pumps it up a bit. I know you will enjoy this one :)


Justice - D.A.N.C.E (Beau Damion Mashup) [click to download]








You can find everything about him here

Have a great spring break y'all, if you havent had it already. Oh, and i WILL get to the request post people, i promise. (I just need to find the files...oh dear i may have lost it. well @#$!)
Nite

I'm Feeling Better

Just wanted to get something out, so enjoy Hot Chip's latest single which has a pretty interesting videoclip.

Don't let the intro put you off though, those Boysbandmembers will get what they deserve, muhahaha...

(fun fact: this videoclip was directed by Peter Serafinowicz, know from 'Shaun of the dead')

Hot Chip - I Feel Better [click to download]








First hearing this song I immediately heard some fantastic remix material. The best one in my opinion is the Dancing Robot Music Remix.

Hot Chip - I Feel Better (Dancing Robot Music Remix) [click to download]








This one truly brings the tune to it's full potential:
- getting rid of the boysbandintro
- keeping those fantastic vocals
- adding some rhythm

Or am I mistaken, I have this feeling a lot of people will prefer the original over the remix, voice you opinions people!

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Monday, 29 March 2010

Goodbye...

Well, the time's come. I've been writing for this blog for just over a year now, but recently, due to increasing pressure from school and various other commitments, I've simply not had the time to post here much anymore. So, consider this my final post here, my formal resignation if you will.

I wouldn't want to leave you empty handed though, so here, have one last banger from me :D

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation (DJ Zinc Remix) [click to download]








Cheers everyone, it's been really fun writing for this blog, and I hope whoever the team gets to replace me does an even better job than I have!

So for one last time, keep it funky,
Joe xxx

You Want It? You Got It.


Sorry for the metalhead, but i couldnt find a picture of a headbanging DJ.

So, some people have been complaining about the lack of variety in the blog's content. They say that we are posting too much house and funk.

Well, what can you do? We all like this genre, some of us make it and we all have extensive collections of it, be it digital or physical. So of course we have to share some of it.

But i will concede, because one of the teams' goals was to add a larger variety to the blog.

So to avoid any more "HURR YOU JUST POST HOUSE, NEVAR READING AGAIN" whines, this post will have some of the dirtiest and glitchiest tracks i have.

To start, Yelle. Ce Jeu is one of her most known tracks, remixed by some great guys, like The Twelves, 80kidz, Tepr, etc.
But the Fisk remix is where its at. Fisk is a british producer, with a set of EP's out and a handful of remixes.
This remix is great, glitchy and energetic from start to finish, keeping the vocals and adding some loops to them.

Yelle - Ce Jeu (Fisk Remix) [click to download]








Now, Shitdisco. I never really cared for the self-proclamed "creators of nu-rave", but the remixes that people made for them are awesome. So awesome, in fact, im posting 2 of them!

The first one is Yuksek's remix of OK. Yuksek puts out great stuff and this one is no exception.
Filled with synthy-goodness and funny sounding vocal loops, it kinda builds up to the end, after the catchy, yet hard to understand vocal breakdown, where all the elements heard before conjoin and make a sweet bouncing track.

Shitdisco - Ok (Yuksek Remix) [click to download]








The second one is Goose's remix of I Know Kung Fu. I have posted this one before, when i talked about Goose, but this remix was glossed over, i think. I dont want that, especially with such a great track.
After some claps and more funny vocal loops, the beat comes in and this sick synth comes in and starts the party. And after the 3:40 breakdown, all hell breaks loose.
But i wont tell you what comes after that. You're gonna have to find out.

Shitdisco - I Know Kung Fu (Goose Remix) [click to download]








Next up, Heads We Dance, one of our favourites and protégés.
I tried posting the Hot Pink Delorean remix of When The Sirens Sound some time ago, but unfortunately it had to be removed. Some more time has passed since the release of the single, so i think its okay to post another remix.
GTRONIC turned this track into an ear-bleeding noise which is not bad at all, if you are into this. If you arent though, i think you should back off.

Heads We Dance - When The Sirens Sound (GTRONIC Remix) [click to download]








Finally, we have Minitel Rose. These guys arent what you would call hardcore, but they did a very hard track.
Continue is melodic at first, but then this bassline comes in and kinda turns things around. Im not sure if its a 303 bassline, but its similar to one. Maybe you should listen for yourself.

Minitel Rose - Continue [click to download]








Enjoy! Next post, Easter Eggs. Better update your browsers before i post that.

Flank my foghorn,
Alex.

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Your Music Here

In case you haven't noticed, ilictronix has a pretty sweet community. We're dozens of thousands of music geeks from all over the globe, always looking for the latest tastes, beats, and rare gems. Because of this, ilictronix may be a great place to get noticed.


:D But you're MY zombies!

After introducing the "Featured Artist" element, I realize how great of a tool this blog is for getting new artists out there. So I came up with the following...

SEND US YOUR MIXES!!

You can (at any time) send me a song, I hope you know that by now. But I get dozens of these "tips" a week, it's almost too much to sort through. What's even better than a track? A mix. Yes that's right, a mix, exclusive to this blog.

So if you're looking to get your name out there, or just pick up a few (thousand) more fans, get mixing! If you're a good mix artist, start compiling some sweet songs. Please note that we prefer these mixes to be exclusive to the blog, this way if they get popular, we'll get some recognition as well. And don't just rename a mix to "Ilictronix Mix," that wouldn't be too cool.

This is not an advertisement, or some scheme to help Prez make a few extra dollars, no, that's not at all what this is. I want to give people record deals, or even just get their name out there. Plus, I think having mixes just for this blog would be pretty cool :)

So, again, get on it. Go throw together some songs you'd love to share, and send it my way. Put ilictronix in the title for bonus points.

Take care,
Prez

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Clear For Posting!

There's a lot of music out there, and we'd love to show you all of it. Unfortunately, we can't. Let's save the battle over what's right and what's not right for later. For now, I have good news. I've been in contact with some artists (as I always am), and I've recently gotten the green light for some of my favorite tracks. And you guys thought I didn't love you...


Let's kick things off with one of the best song's I've ever heard. No, seriously. It comes from an artist we're currently featuring as our artist of the month for March (and April, because I posted it a little late), Silver Disco. I cried a little inside when he informed me that "On My Mind," would be better off not being posted. Fortunately for all of us, he eventually gave in with the words "fuck it, put it up <3." Less than three indeed.

Silver Disco - On My Mind [click to download]








Next comes from another fascinating new-milennium house artist, Quinten 909. His new Sophia EP is action-packed and ready to rack up some serious playtime in your library. While the Original Mix is heading off to BeatPort, the Extra Medium Mix has been given the green light. Boy is this a tune.

And if you love it, be sure to support Quinten 909 and grab the whole EP over at BeatPort (http://beatport.com/s/rX8Bb).

Quinten 909 - Sophia (Extra Medium Mix) [click to download]








Lastly is another track by dj Dark Intensity. The previous post about him received some mixed reviews, but I think it's necessary to appreciate his talent - the songs he remixes do not have Acapellas, making it much much much more difficult. But, I think his remix of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" will be well-received. The original sucks, keep in mind :P Anyway, he recently dropped me a thank you email and I hope his tracks get more playtime on BPM (Sirius Channel 36), the US's largest Dance Music station.

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now [dj Dark Intensity Remix] [click to download]








Enjoy, and don't forget to support the artists and labels!
Prez

Friday, 26 March 2010

The Zombie Is Back


I first heard Kavinsky when I first joined Myspace back in early 2008 when I first started my Boba Fettuccini band account. I was going through adding bands as friends that I saw on other profiles I was already connected with, when I saw this little sprite animation that said 'Kavinsky' above it. Judging by the name and picture, I was expecting something awesome, and when I listened to 'Grand Canyon' and 'Kavinsky vs. MIA'... I was HOOKED. But it was 2008. 1986 and Teddy Boy had both come out, and after I got my hands on them, I wanted more. More never came.

But then, in late 2009, rumor of a Kavinsky LP started circulating around the darkest corners of the internet (otherwise known as The Daft Club...) and then it was revealed that a new P.C.H. EP would be released. This soon changed to be the Nightcall EP that just hit iTunes, and does not fail to disappoint at all. The zombie DJ/vigilante-superhero-guy has pulled through, and risen from the dead (ok, not dead- just partying with the Ed Banger crew a lot) and delivered us a taster of his new album.

Of course, the title track, Nightcall, is HARDLY news to anyone, as it's been leaked and blogged every which way for weeks now. Neither are the Breakbot remix, or Pacific Coast Highway, for that matter. But the mysterious Jackson and Dustin N'Guyen remixes pose an interesting question: who are these people? We'll answer that later. Now we're just going to tackle this EP track by track.

I'm giving you a night call to tell you how I feel. Well, I can tell you I feel fairly strong about this track. Nightcall is catchy, typical Kavinsky taken to the next level. For the first time ever, we have vocals, which, though cheesy as heck, add an amazing new element to the music that has never been there before. I feel that this track fell a little short of where it could have been. Having heard numerous times it was being produced by Guyman, I really would have expected a little more. Still a fun track, though.

Kavinsky - Nightcall








Pacific Coast Highway is an interesting track. We get the tried and true Kavinsky formula of arpeggios, synth guitars, and samples from weird driving videos. In the case of this one, I have rather strong memories of having seen the video that the audio clips here are from, though I can't remember where, sadly. Probably Youtube. I feel that this was a far more complete track than Nightcall, despite the lack of vocals. It just shows more work and vision, I think. It's not my favorite track on the EP, but I think it's probably the better of the two originals.

Kavinsky - Pacific Coast Highway








Who is Dustin N'Guyen? My guess is as good as any blogger's, but I've seen the theory that it's a pseudonym of Guyman. It's also been suggested that it's Xavier de Rosnay of Justice, but I highly doubt that, as the track seems to lack any resemblance to Justice productions at all... when you produce, you know your favorite techniques, and I think we'd be able to tell. At any rate, this is Nightcall 2.0. For the most part, it's just Nightcall but sped up, but there are a few differences including a synthesized guitar solo and some different vocals not heard in the original. It's good... but I think I prefer the original, honestly. This, regardless of who produced it, is a rather novice-sounding FL edit for the most part.

Kavinsky - Nightcall (Dustin N'Guyen Remix)








Who is Jackson? I'll tell you who I think it is: Xavier. This track bears lots of similarities to Justice's tracks. Just listen in at about 0:37, the way the chords hits are arranged should instantly remind you of Justice. NOTE: It has been pointed out that this is actually Jackson from Jackson And His COmputer Band. Hm. Guess I need to catch up on my electro, I'd never heard of him. Probably the only true banger on the EP, this track bring Kavinsky's ideas to new playground of distortion, compression, gating, and all sorts of production that had probably never touched a Kavinsky recording before. It's a terrific remix, though the TV clips just sound out of place. Regardless, this is easily my 2nd favorite track on the EP.

Kavinsky - Pacific Coast Highway (Jackson Remix)








Your parents probably explained their reasoning behind placing dessert after dinner numerous times in your early childhood. The save-the-best-for-last idea is totally accurate, and Kavinsky's EP goes out with a bang in theform of the Breakbot remix, which is easily the best piece of production on the EP. It's not synthpop, and it's realy not electro. It has that 80s sound, but this harkens to more of an 80s funk sound than anything else. If you like elctronic music and don't like this, you should just stop reading this blog, because we do FUNK here. DISCO. Take your idiotic thirst for electrotrash elsewhere, BECAUSE I WILL DIE BEF- Ok, getting a bit carried away there. But honestly, this song belongs on every iPod.

Kavinsky - Nightcall (Breakbot Remix)








Final analysis: Great EP, a good listen from beginning to end. It lost some points though with its rather weak opening. As a rule of thumb, I really don't think that any remix should ever be better than the original, and that definitely happened on this EP. Minor issues, though. I'm pumped for the album.
Total EP score: 4.1/5

Thursday, 25 March 2010

[IFA] April/May: Silver Disco

EDIT: Voting now works! When you submit, the panel will turn black - that's normal. Please only vote once!

Hey guys, I'd like to introduce you all to an exciting new feature I've been wanting to produce for quite sometime - the Ilictronix Featured Artist. At the end of each month, I (with the help of my staff), will select an artist we wish to be featured on ilictronix.

This is different than normal posts, as it will contain a short bio, some pictures, tracks, and even an interview. We hope to help these growing artists get the exposure they deserve. So enjoy! Also, you will able to nominate an artist using the form below.

To kick off this feature, I am more than thrilled to talk about one of my new favorites, Silver Disco. While my love may be new, I assure you it is here to stay. But enough about me, let's begin.


My name is Josh Joel Hubi and I'm a producer and DJ from New York. I love
pasta, free hugs, and baby make me feel dirty sex (no really. Just the first
two). I am mostly known for my rare french house sound which is projected
under Silver Disco but I've be involved in many other different musical
projects. It is very rare for a Turkish and Puerto Rican as myself to have
such a powerful burning passion for French House music. Let's just say my
childhood was none alike the advantage.

> So, Silver Disco, what other aliases have you gone under?

First starting out as Joel Van Cortlandt in 2005 (Joel being my middle name
and Van Cortlandt being my childhood birthplace) I released a two side vinyl
EP called “Hurt You”. Later that year, I joined my good friend Dawood
Helmandi (½ of The Disko Starz) and formed a duo called Silver Starz. Our
first self release was “True Love” which contained a very strong connection
between love and music. It was this track that I really realized that I
wanted to get serious. After working with The Disko Starz and learning along
the way I formed Silver Disco and released my first free 4 track EP called
“Silver Disco - Silver Starz”. That was in 2007 and the rest is history.

> How long have you been in the business?

Five exciting years.

> Describe your music in 3 words or less.

Love fulled music.

> What do you do besides make music?

Besides my love for music, I have a huge passion for computers. I am a Web
Developer currently earning my bachelor’s degree in computer science. I've
founded a web hosting company called DewPixel and work as a Web Developer
for a gaming company called GamerNode.

> Describe some of your other talents.

I can bend my legs behind my head while sitting down, Go 48 hours without
sleeping, drawing, writing, and did I tell you I could read peoples minds?

> What record/artist really got you into dance music?

Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You

> What record/artist would you remove from history?

AutoTune Hip-Hop rappers who rap about hateful bullshit crap and sell
platinum.

> Favorite musical guilty pleasure? (We all secretly love Lady Gaga)

Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff, Pitbull, Diwali Riddim,
Wayne Wonder.

> Favorite music toy?

Roland TR-909

> What do you try to achieve when you make music?

One thing I try to achieve is a connection between the song and the
listener. Music is a very important element in our life and when I create
music I always try to aim for that feel good tune. The type of tune that
will lift you up off and keep you grooving. Slip Away. On My Mind, Farewell,
This song's for you; All songs which hold a key to my past. I was never
lucky and always fell short in love. Music is all I got to express myself.
It's all I got to love. I am just so very blessed to be able to love and be
loved by the ones who listen the music.

> What would you like to see evolve in the world of House music in the next
few years? (Or brought back).


The acceptance of this type of music (French Touch/Disco House) in the
states for sure. Not enough people are fond with this type of music just
yet. I can name ten people off the top of my head that I know who hate it,
ten more who have never heard of it, and another ten that don't even know
who Daft Punk is. It's big down in France, Germany, Leads, and Italy but not
as strong as you'd think it should be down a few parts in America.

> Anything we can expect from you in the near future?

I am really excited about my future with Silver Disco and as a artist. I am
currently the studio working on my debut album which we will hear more about
after spring 2010. I am very excited about it and I am drawing a lot
inspiration from Daft Punk's Discovery album. As the album may be a heaps
away I got two new EP's “Call Me EP” and “Your Love EP” coming out via
roXour and OMG recordings in the upcoming months. They contain tracks that
will be on my forthcoming album.

Here's some of Silver Disco's hand-picked tracks.

Silver Starz - True Love [click to download]








Silver Disco - Farewell [click to download]








Silver Disco - Slip Away [click to download]








Joel Van Cortlandt - Hurt You [click to download]








God what a talent, and in my opinion - some of the best (and most personal) answers I've seen yet. I am pleased to honor Silver Disco the title of Ilictronix Featured Artist - March 2010. Don't forget to check out Silver Disco on MySpace and Twitter.

Think you can do better? Nominate your artist now! Please be aware that it must be artists whom we will be able to reach and conduct an interview with!


Stay cool,
Prez

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Wouldja?

Well, last time I wanted to sell t-shirts, they were super expensive, cheaply made, and the store sucked...bad.

So! Now I want to start over. Recently, I've been getting in touch with a MUCH better company, one that actually makes and sells merchandise for websites, artists (well-known ones, by the way), and even companies.

But before I lay down quite a bit of money to get these made, I need to make sure they'll actually sell! Here are the specs...

- There will about 2 or 3 different designs
- High quality shirts (nothing cheap)
- You order online with a credit card/paypal
- They'll be around $15 USD each

So what do you think? Would you buy one? Leave a comment below, because I really want to get t-shirts that represent all the work we've put into this site, but unfortunately I have to order in bulk.

Thanks,
Prez

Sunday, 21 March 2010

[Royal Flush 023] Richard Grey - Come Into My Groove Vol. 1

I've got some more filter-heavy French House for you :)

Courtesy of Richard Grey (MySpace), Royal Flush's 23rd installment, Come Into My Groove vol. 1 sounds like something off of Crydamoure, but came much later than that.

Label: Royal Flush Records
Catalog#: RF023
Format: Vinyl, 12"
Country: France
Released: 2003
Genre: Electronic
Style: House, Disco

Royal Flush Records is packed with Filter House talent, and unfortunately I only have 3 installments, otherwise I would post more. This EP is no exception, though short. It has perfect high-to-low pitch changes, great cutting, and subtle yet lasting drum beats. Let's take it step by step.


This is the only picture I could find, sorry :(


One More Groove is the more energetic track of the two. If you can mind the little static ticks (from vinyl ripping, of course. but these offer sort of a "nostalgic" feel), you'll come to appreciate the flow of the song. It's very harmonic, soothing, and above all, funky. Damn I wish I found this sample first.

Richard Grey - One More Groove [click to download]








Love Groove has an older feel to it and has so much filter you might not be able to take it. But a little into the song, the whole thing develops into some serious funk. The sample is relaxing, and the lead is very classic-sounding, almost like muzak. It's light, but in spirit, has a lot of power behind it.

Richard Grey - Love Groove [click to download]








So that does it for Come Into My Groove Vol 1. Short, I know, but it definitely has a lot to offer. So keep adding to your French House collection, because there's a track for any type of emotion.

Enjoy,
Prez

PS - Thanks to Lee (@ghostsofvenice) for sending me this as a part of a larger French House collection!

Saturday, 20 March 2010

Living in a World Full of Plastic Sand (Gorillaz Plastic Beach Album Review)


Yo Guys, It's Nite again, bringing you something cool to post for you today. I apologize for not keeping up with my weekly posts last week. I didn't have the time for it (that and i was too lazy to post anyway). So, as a way to make it up to you, i am going to review another album (which means lots of songs :P)

Today i am going to review the new Gorillaz album Plastic Beach and I must not lie:they are one of my favorite bands on the planet. Does this mean a good review? Well, lets find out.

Orchestral Intro (feat. Sinfonia ViVa):
a minute of intro sounds to get you accustomed to the feel of the long awaited album. However its just a intro so there is no rating for this.

Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach (feat. Snoop Dogg and Hypnotic Bass):
Very slow and chillin track. The slow tone and sweet vocals from Snoop just want to make you want to relax and do nothing but chill. The only flaw I see in it is that it is possibly that you may fall asleep to it (i know that because i did haha). Nevertheless: 9/10

White Flag (feat. Kano,Bashy,and The Lebanese National Orchestra for Oriental Arabic Music): Yes i have to spell out the WHOLE title. deal with it. Anyways, I adore this song. Beautiful lively instrumentals provided by the lebanese orchestra make me feel like i'm in some foreign
country far away. The feeling is further expanded with a jamaican-like feel coming from the beats added on later to it. Downside? Its too different from their original hip-hop/electronic/dance/rap-esque feel and that may not interest a gorillaz noob. I personally think its a 10 but i have to be critical on it: 8.75/10

Rhinestone Eyes:
This is probably,BY FAR, my favorite track on here. Soulful lyrics, cheery beats....god its just downright beautiful. Yet, as cheery as it may first seem, it has, at least in my opinion, a feeling of loneliness hidden in it. You will love it regardless. 10/10

Stylo (feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def):
Much faster than the other tracks on here. Not to mention catchier as well (especially the overload part). Its got beats, vocals, and funk. Yet, its missing some personality compared to the other tracks. True, its more like the older gorillaz tracks, but it just doesnt carry anything AMAZING or FLASHY in it that wows me. Still, its pretty catchy. 8/10

Superfast Jellyfish (Feat. Gruff Rhys and De La Soul):
Now thats what i call a creative title.
I personally think this track is single worthy. Its also a little bit more varied than the rest of the rest, giving it a bold personality in it, as well as feeling completely happy and not lonely or nihilistic at all. The only flaw is its length (2:55 is TOO short people).
Still it gets a 9.5/10.

Empire Ants (feat. Little Dragon):
Very hypnotizing and Sweet.It can also bore you to death and make you fall asleep with the slow half of it. It gains some speed in the second half, but can feel a little bit too lonely. 10 for beauty but only a 8/10 as a song all together.

Glitter Freeze (feat. Mark E. Smith):
Its a bit meh to be honest. It doesnt have a lot of variety in it and it can be annoying. 7/10

Some Kind of Nature (Feat. Lou Reed):
EDIT: After giving it a more in-depth listen, i realized i am the biggest moron on the planet for giving it a 5 originally. This track is quite amazing, with the exception of the intro (which i still cant like). Otherwise, its a great tune with lovely vocals. 9/10
On Melancholy Hill:
Pure epicness to be honest. Whenever i listen to it, i feel like i'm at the beach with my best buds just cocking about (lol). Its hypnotizing, and not really melancholy as the title suggests. Definitely top three of the album. 10/10

Broken:
Its definitely cool. But again: does it wow me? (no). its a bit too bland and the vocal synths can at sometimes be overkill, but the beats are nice and the vocals can too be enjoyable. I'm torn about this track so i'll be nice and let it off with a 7.5/10

Sweepstakes (feat. Mos Def and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble):
The vocals are rap-esque, yet the beats feel like im in a spanish swing club (if that makes sense). In short, its pretty freaking awesome. (Not top three for me but points go for creativity and nice experimentation). 8.5/10

Plastic Beach (feat. Mick Jones and Michael Simonon):
Smooth track and very "out of there" compared to the last few albums. Unfortunately,the "out of there" part is just the problem as it makes it feel lonely and void of any life.Overall, the track isn't bad at all,it just is a bit too out of the zone. 7.75/10

To Binge (feat. Little Dragon):
The lyrics are pretty decent, and the beats are pretty nice. Still WTH is up with the loneliness im finding in most of the tracks? 8.25/10

Cloud of Unknowing (feat. Bobby Womack and sinfonia ViVa):
To sum this up, its kind of like a church hymn. Sweet, beautiful, and in this case, slow. The loneliness fits in here perfectly and all of the sorrow just makes me want to cry. Truly a beautiful track. 10/10

Pirate Jet:
Very bizarre is all i can say about this track. Yet, its light and happy,which is refreshing and fitting for the end. It makes me feel like that, despite all the sadness, there is a light of hope shining at the tunnels end. Good way to end the album. 9.5/10

Now you're wondering: "Well, what does this mean to me? Should I buy it or not?"

Personally, It depends. If you are a gorillaz noob and you are wanting something that's dark (or happy), and has a pumping dance beat, then no. Demon Days would be your best bet to start off first before considering it. However, If you are a die-hard gorillaz fan like me, or you like variety and chill tracks like me, i would say HELL YES.

Pros:
-Most tracks are very smooth and creative.
-A Lot of the tracks remind me of being on the beach (That's a very good thing)
-Sweet Artwork
-Very chilling tracks: Great to sleep to.
-Variety
-Most songs have personality and flair to it
Cons:
-Not a very uplifting album
-Can make you fall asleep if you dont want to.
-Most of the tracks are sad and lonely, which can be annoying
-Too many (Feat.) tracks and not enough plain ol' Gorillaz tracks
-Can turn off noobs to gorillaz

(REVISED)Overall Score: 9.0/10

Now for some tracks:

Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill [click to download]








Gorillaz - White Flag [click to download]








Gorillaz - Rhinestone Eyes [click to download]








Stay Cool In The Summer Heat,
Nite

Friday, 19 March 2010

Eurotrip

I have a friend named Tom who, though he lives in Colorado, always manages to find the most crazy and lovely European songs for my consumption. Since we've been slower than Sean Penn in I Am Sam this weekend, enjoy some Euro tunes plucked straight from the cafes of Montmartre.
(Warning: cheese ahead.)


Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir [click to download]








This one is old, but its sheer hilarity value makes it post-worthy. Originally a diss track aimed at French rapper Cuizinier, Yelle's track combines French electropop production with scandalous vocals that would make a sailor blush (sample: "Tes performances olympiques / Mais tu nas rien dorgasmique" -- roughly translated: "Your sexual performances are olympic but you don't orgasm"). Yelle has a kind of Uffie meets Lady Sovereign flair which I actually kind of dig, even if her screeching vocals irritate the soul. Overall, French electro-rap doesn't get better than this. (Wait, nevermind.)



Frou Frou - Let Go [click to download]








Moving on to England we have Frou Frou, a duo of Imogen Heap and Guy Sigsworth. Imogen Heap is best known for her track "Hide and Seek" and the various atrocities which spawned from it. However, Mrs. Heap is a prolific producer who is no stranger to electronic production. "Let Go" is no exception, with its minimal jungle beat and synth-heavy melody. It's a beautiful trip into British electroclash (note: remind me to do a post on British electroclash later).



Bjork - Human Behaviour (Le French Touch) [click to download]








Finally, on to Iceland where we meet Bjork. Everyone who even remotely listens to electronic music should be a fan of Bjork. Her production is flawless and her style is breathtaking--she's like a European Lady Gaga. Though she has many well-known tracks of her own ("Hyperballad", "Joga", "It's Oh So Quiet", "Army of Me"), this remix of her 1994 track "Human Behaviour" by none-other-than Dimitri from Paris is stunning. This is an ilictronix exclusive, folks, so enjoy it.

On to the next one,
-Wulf

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Silver Island


One of the the things that has fascinated me so much about art, fashion and music is the '20 Year Cycle', as I will call it. Every 20 years, some trend or another from 20 years prior cycles back into the vernacular. In the 90s, the fun, hip sound of the 70's permeated themselves into the music of the times, and a result, we got disco house. But the new millennium came and with it came change. Music started to reflect the poppy, synthy trends of the popular music of the 80s. This was true for the Top 40 as well as the underground, which saw the birth of Justice, Kavinsky, and countless other acts that drew upon the sound of the 1980s. Thus, we've had a decade of rather dark songs (Compare MSBWY to Music Is The Danger and you'll see what I mean).

This pattern was destined to continue, as it has for the past century or so, with the 2010s predictably channeling a sound of the 90's. I first noticed the switch when I hear Major Lazer's 'Pon De Floor' which instantly reminded me of old 90s hits like Who Let The Dogs out. Now Surkin has released his new EP Silver Island which clearly proves my point.



The EP starts with Easy Action, which instantly drops you into a late 80's/early 90's groove with some piano chords reminiscent of Westbam's The Roof Is On Fire, and chopped vocals of the type so very common in 90s dance music (C&C Music Factory anyone?). It holds true all the way through, and serves up a really pleasant, upbeat track that any house enthusiast will love.

Surkin - Easy Action








The title track, Silver Island greets us with some of those cheezy musical sound effects that you'll find on any given home model keyboard in the 90s, in this case, seagulls. Then it transforms into an optimistic-sounding background with some Danger-esque lofi bass and synths. Towards the end, we get some of that great 90s midi saxophone. Overall, this track just rocks.

Surkin - Silver Island








Speaking of rocking, Fan Out certain does that, and reminds us of that the entire way through. Surkin's signature cut-up sound is accompanied by that great 808 cowbell sound common in so many pop and hip hop recordings from the great old days before gansta rap became Top 40 material. This song has already made quite a splash since it was played on Radio 1, ripped and blogged all within the same five minutes, and I say it was well worth the wait for the full EP. The EP could have no more fitting of an end.

Surkin - Fan Out








Overall, I was very impressed by this EP. I've got most of Surkin's stuff, but for the most part, it tends to disappoint me. When I first checked him out, it was due to many raving fans on forums claiming he was the best thing since sliced bread. When I heard tracks like Radio Fireworks that were nothing but ear-bleeding chaos with no rhyme or reason, I really thought I was gonna hate him. I gave him another chance though, and the Next Of Kin EP brought him up a few rungs on the ladder (but only a few). The title track was amazing and felt very inspirational, but Kid Gloves and White Knight were more of that absolute chaos that I just couldn't tolerate. Now Silver Island EP proves that waiting can pay off, as the Surkin name-brand chaos now has rhyme, reason, and is actually musical and groovy.

My one beef is that he doesn't do too much playing with the flow of the tracks as he does in his older work. This is a very straightforward intro-cut to chords-add chops-loop-breakdown-end sort of thing, whereas with track like Next Of Kin, something new is happening every 4 bars.

As Surkin posted on Facebook, "Redeem your soul or pretend you don't already have it". I highly recommend purchasing this EP.

"Redeem your soul or pretend you don't already have it: you can now buy my new ep 'SILVER ISLAND' on Beatport."

3.9/5. Definitely not the best release I've ever heard, but it certainly proves that the next decade is going to be full of pleasant surprises!

Boba

Wednesday, 17 March 2010

A Question For You...

I've been doing this blogging thing for about a year and a half now, and it goes without saying that it was the best decision I've ever made. But, I haven't been on this Earth all that long (only 17 years), so I was much too young to witness some of the greatest artists that laid the foundation for artists that I know and love today.

So my question is...
What artist/song/album made you think "Damn, electronic music owns!" ?

I loved Daft Punk as a kid, and Discovery was the first CD I ever truly fell in love with, so I've been a fan of dance music for a long time (for my age). But the first song that really made me think "Damn, this stuff is legit" was Justice's DVNO.

So what song inspired you to keep listening? Let me know in the comments section.

Looking forward to hearing your responses,
Prez

Monday, 15 March 2010

A Bonus!

I was going to include this in the post from yesterday, but I figured most of you might not see it. It's the original mix I was looking for, and it's fantastic.

Old School Reunion - Lovestory [click to download]








Thanks so much to "Here" for sending this in. I love you guys, I really do. You all help me out so much, and keep the nice comments coming - they really make my day.

Cheers,
Prez

PS - Mr. Glass M also posted a link to the original in the comments for the previous post. So props to him as well!

Sunday, 14 March 2010

I Feel Brand New Again!

"Prez, what are some nu-disco tracks/artists you can recommend? Thanks"

Sure, why not! Unfortunately, I have a pretty weird definition of "nu-disco." I realize it characterizes the newer style of French House, but I take it a little broader than that. Allow me to explain.


Old School Reunion is smooth, funky, and all over the place at times. Adding in a little LeBatman makes it that much more entertaining. I love this track - wish I had the original, though. Can't find the damn thing anywhere.

Old School Reunion - Lovestory (LeBatman Remix) [click to download]








Next, I've written about The Phantom's Revenge quite a bit. Hell, I've even interviewed him. Anyway, he recently sent me a bunch of music in 320 (thank heavens for no longer having myspace rips). Anyway, here are two of my favorites that haven't been posted here. I think the second one has, but not in 320.

The Phantom's Revenge - Money Money Money Rework [click to download]








The Phantom's Revenge - French Cheese Funk [click to download]








And lastly, Poka. I've also interviewed him. My personal favorites from him are his Galaxie Comete Records tracks, but you be the judge. This is one of my top 10 favorite tracks ever.

Poka - My Love Is Here To Stay [click to download]








So that about does it, I'll be posting way more of this stuff in the future. It's our little way of keeping up to date with music, without posting shitty radio music.

Enjoy,
Prez

Friday, 12 March 2010

Last Japan


While watching the surprisingly gripping penultimate episode of this season of Skins
the other day, marveling at its consistently brilliant soundtrack as usual, one track jumped out at me. Pumping beats, aggressive sawtooth bass and rave stabs all layered together. It was the ultimate party track. And, after a quick bit of searching online, I found out it was a remix of Crystal Fighters' track "Xtatic Truth" by London's Last Japan.

Currently signed to Fatboy Slim's Southern Fried label, 20 year old Last Japan dropped his latest original offering "Jungle Warrior" back in December, and is currently hard at work on his debut album. And with a series of official remixes for the likes of Brodinski, Diplo, Soft Toy Emergency and DJ Tonka behind him, he's got the world in the palm of his hand at the moment. But don't take my word for it, let the tracks speak for themselves.

Crystal Fighters - Xtatic Truth (Last Japan Remix) [click to download]








Soft Toy Emergency - Critical (Last Japan Remix) [click to download]








Keep it funky,
Joe

Robotic Men Unite to be Acolytes


Creepy.

Anyway, during this recent "not-posting-but-lurking" period, i discovered some cool tracks. And yes, it is a random tracks post, but fear not, as soon as i get my shit done (which should be in about a week), i will make a specific post on a specific artist, but for now, onto the tracks.

We start off with a little british band called Delphic.
This track is off their debut album called "Acolyte" and guess what, im posting the title track itself!
It is nearly 9 minutes of a brilliant progressive track, which starts off slow, to speed up, then to slow down again and then to climax. This peak isnt even at the halfway mark, but somehow it just keeps on going until the very end.
Beautiful.

Delphic - Acolyte [click to download]








Now, we have a rarity. This track you may have heard on The Twelves' latest mixtape, The Twelfth Hour. It is by a german duo called Methusalem, who released an album and two singles in 1980 and then dissapeared from the map.
This single, called "Robotism" is so rare that the 12' copies of it are worth about €100, which is quite expensive for a record.
As for the track, its funky disco at its peak. All it lacks are some vocals, and The 12's do that for us in their mixtape.

Methusalem - Robotism [click to download]








Now, something darker.
Kris Menace's label "Work It Baby" is celebrating it's 10th birthday, and to celebrate, they released a 2-cd compilation with exclusive tracks and old releases.
This is Menace's remix of Moonbotica's "Men of The Future".
It has that melodic, dreamy sound that is typical with Kris Menace, but the lead synth is fantastic is gives a bit more depth to a brilliant track.

Moonbotica - Men Of The Future (Kris Menace Remix) [click to download]








And to finish this post, an exclusive. Ferrenl is a dutch bloke who doesnt really have much history in the music making business.
But the other day, he posted a mashup on TDC that is absolutely brilliant.
You all know SebastiAn's "Threnody". I called it the most stupid track of 2010, 4 days into it.
But what Ferrenl decided to do is to mashup this track with a Raw Man + Blanche track, more especifically "United".
The end result is fantastic. The classical intro of United builds up to the Threnody breakdown, using United's lyrics and finishes with the Threnody outro, all in less than 3 minutes.

Raw Man feat Blanche vs SebastiAn - United Threnody (Ferrenl Mashup) [click to download]








In the meantime, Ferrenl tweaked it a bit, and ou can get version 2 off his soundcloud, but i prefer the original version.

Enjoy!

A model of success,
Alex.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Re-Re-Re-Re-Mix

Yo. Today I present you an artist I discovered on XM Radio (BPM - Channel 36... check it out, it's good stuff).


DJ Dark Intensity is a trance-by-day artist who has recently been cranking out remixes of some of the more "popular" songs on the radio waves.

To be honest, I feel his remixes could be better, and sometimes the lead drowns out the original. But you know what? It sounds cool, for the most part, and the songs are free, again - for the most part. I have a feeling you guys will enjoy it. Be sure to let me know in the comments.

My personal favorite is his remix of Young Money's "Bedrock." The original is just terrible, so there was definitely some room for improvement. I was pleased. Anyway, enjoy!

Young Money - Bedrock [dj Dark Intensity Remix] [click to download]








Black Eyed Peas - Imma Be [dj Dark Intensity Remix] [click to download]








Ke$ha ft. 3OH3 - Blah Blah Blah [dj Dark Intensity Remix] [click to download]








Peace,
Prez

PS - Be sure to check out DJ Dark Intensity here, here, and here.

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Remind me.


Hey everyone.


Whilst making a playlist for a friend of mine, consisting of some new tracks I'd recently laid my hands on, my interest was peaked by how a few of them reminded me immediately of other songs. It's not necessarily obvious - or maybe even real - but it sure does make a nice combination.

So, when I first heard this -

Gorillaz - Stylo








I thought of this right away.

Royksopp - Remind Me [click to download]








And when I finally got my hands on this -

Kavinsky - Nightcall [click to download]








Well.

Yoko Kanno - Fantaisie Sign [click to download]








Phil.

(Oh, and pre-order Kavinsky's new EP here, okay?)

Saturday, 6 March 2010

Album Review: 2010



Ladies and Gentlemen, Today I have a treat for you loyal blog fans out there. I am going to do an album review on Dark DJ's new album,2010. If anyone of you out there is scoffing, stop now. This album is quite epic, and i don't say that often, as i try to be a critcal as i can when i listen to songs. However, 2010 is by far leagues from what dark dj used to be, and it shows. you'll hear it later, but for now, on to the review.

First off we have Craptastic:
This song has a warpish like intro, then just starts building up on to it with layers of beats to go with it. Not my personal favorite, but its very nice. 8.25/10.

Don't Care (yes that is the songs name):
How can I explain? Its different from the first song in respect, and better. It has a more electronic-ambient feel to it, yet seems very upbeat.9/10.

257 Squadron:
Probably the odd bunch of the tracks. It has that generic rap-like noise, but it has beats to make this track solid. At first it may not appeal to you, but then it goes into a electronic-trancish feel later on.Pretty good really, just that it can get a bit annoying.7.5/10.

19:
Now this track is really cool. It has a real dark feel to it, one that would make you just jam at a club. Its one of my top favorite tracks on here. 10/10.

Alter Ego:
This track seems to have almost a 8-bit/Danger-esque feel to it. Reminds me of Atari games, and that's a good thing. 8.75/10.

Why Should I?:
This song HEAVILY derives from a well-known track,but im not going to tell you, as i wan't you to guess it. However, It does have a certain style only Dark DJ can give it. I absolutely love this song. 10/10.

Bellerophon:
Quite an interesting track. It has a strange feel to it, but it doesnt leave you feeling bleh. Rather, it gives you a pumped feel. 9.0/10.

Monster:
This one is probably the only black sheep in the album. i think it just sounds too weird.
7.25/10. nuff said.


R600L:
This one is quite good actually. It has a good beat. the synths are quite nice and not too whiny like monster. But it can be rather strange. You may need to have an acquired taste for it. 8.25/10.

Tangmere:
This.Track.Is. INSANE! By far my favorite track of this album. This track is really just too hard to describe. Its well-made and has a club appeal potential inside it. 10/10.

Unlikely:
Bizarre is the only way to explain it. Still, I like it. 8/10.

True Fax:
Not really the best track to end such an epic album. Its an acquired taste really, one of which i dont have for this song. meh 7/10.

Pros: The songs have a flare in them and mainly all of them are worth listening to without skipping. Plus, some of them are club worthy.

Cons: Few of the tracks are weak, and some of them can get just way too weird.

Final Score:8.75/10

Well Done,Dark. You have impressed me greatly :)

Now for a few tracks from the album:

Dark DJ - Why Should I [click to download]









Dark DJ - 19 [click to download]








Dark DJ - Alter Ego [click to download]








Dark DJ - Bellerophon [click to download]








Stay fresh,kids.

Nite.

P.S.: I forgot about the link to the album! You can get 2010 HERE! Thanks for reminding me Untra!

Holy celery stalks!



LeBatman, also known as Gianluca, is one of the earlier and increasingly forgotten French House 2.0 artists. I can't find any releases by him, but his tracks permeated through the net in 2008-2009 thanks to blogs and our favorite daft girl, Alex. Luckily I've been able to track down a few tracks of his. Not all are in 320, so be warned.

LeBatman - Killer Deffos! [click to download]








"Killer Deffos!" is a high-energy track. The main sample is meh, but the various samples running throughout make it for me. This is what you can expect in a typical LeBatman track: smooth beat, microsamples chopped and filtered to hell, microsampled vocals and effects running in and out. Overall not a bad track at all when you get into it.

LeBatman - La Maitresse Aux Yeux D'Or [click to download]








"La Maitresse Aux Yeux D'Or" (trans: "The Mistress With Golden Eyes") is a little different from the usual LeBatman, incorporating some synths stabs and some 80s sounding samples, making for a bit more of a dark-sounding track. It's a bit quirky, especially the random French film samples, but I just love the sample arrangement. Only issue is that the sidechaining is a bit heavy.

Dom & LeBatman - Isabelle [click to download]








"Isabelle" is a collab between LeBatman and 18-year-old producer Dom from Italy. I can't find too much information about him, but he seems to have connections to a lot of house producers, namely Titan. "Isabelle" is a cavalcade of filtered and bitcrushed horns a la Le Knight Club's "Soul Bells". Not crazy about the first horn sample or the scratching, but the track is a smooth ride throughout. Anyone who knows the sample let me know, as its familiarity is killing me.

And now, for a remix...

Worship - Fat Love (LeBatman Remix) [click to download]








I never did find out who Worship is. As far as I can tell he's a low-key electro producer who's remixed for GRUM and B-Xentric. LeBatman's remix of his (unreleased) track "Fat Love" has always been a favorite of mine, and was in fact the first LeBatman-related track I got my grubby little hands on. The synths and chopped vocals speak to me in a way, and the Togetheresque bass just makes the track. Anyone who can dig up info on Worship, please do so.
(Yes, this track has been posted twice before. No, I don't care. The other ups have become downs as it is.)

Also, one final track, my favorite of LeBatman's, sadly in yucky 96kbps quality. ;_;

LeBatman - Alphaville [click to download]








Also: I apologize for my lack of posting as of late. I had this post ready a week ago but didn't get around to posting it until today. Standardized testing + me working on a remix + general stress = no time for blogging. But I'm back and here to stay, don't worry.
-Wulf