Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Something is forcing me to post today, dunno what though. It's been in my mind the whole day, but i couldn't find enough tracks that i wanted to post. But now i do.
And for those of you begging for hard electro, im sorry, i searched my playlist up and down, but there's nothing here which isn't either blogged to death or worthy of being posted. So have some tracks that fit in my definition of "epic".
Something nice and smooth to start things off and prepare the brain for what is coming.
Burns - Fourteen [click to download]
Now an instrumental remix of an 80's pop classic.
The League Unlimited Orchestra - Don't You Want Me [click to download]
Now, one of the best mashups i've ever heard. Had to be Aeroplane to do it.
Aeroplane vs Friendly Fires vs Flight Facilities - I Crave You [click to download]
And finally, a brand new remix that completely blew my mind, even though i had never heard anything by either artist. Thanks to Attack Yourself! for sparking my interest.
Florence and The Machine - Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix) [click to download]
Can't shake this feeling,
Tuesday, 29 June 2010
Let's all start by clicking this little link, and saving the newly "better quality" ripped versions of the Linus Loves tracks. Delete the old ones from your computing machine right now!!! Make sure every last copy of them is thrown on a big heap and then let the recycle bin do it's work.
Phew, now that we got that out of the way...
Why not share a tune with you all. Since some people are getting a little tired from all these dubby tracks, why not jump on the band wagon of another trend that started getting big this year. Yeah, I'm talking about Gipsy tunes baby!
Steve Angello & AN 21 - Flonko [click to download]
But fear not, this track isn't all about those swinging Balkan beats. It starts of really conventional with an awesome bass. And once you're completely taking in by the rhythm, the gipsy influance finally reveals itself at about 2 minutes.
Once you've crossed this mark it IS all about those swinging Balkan beats (sorry for fooling you).
Hope you like it and enjoy a hot summer, make sure to get out and have some fun (but not too much, we want you coming back here for more summer tunes :p)
Ps: Give it up for Boba and SkeezyG for helping me figure out how to improve my ripping skills, hope they like the result.
Pps: I'm finally in holiday mode, so my posts might get bigger and better real soon.
Enjoy, Mr. Brown
Monday, 28 June 2010
I'll let this nifty flash player do the talking. My favorite? The Phantom's Revenge's Clubber Lang, obviously. Wat's Discover Danger is definitely up there as well. Pick each song up for just $1.99 USD or grab the whole damn thing for 12 bucks. It's totally worth it, honestly; this is one of the best compilations I've heard in a while. Some great talent from this label, but I'll let the music do the talking for me.
Props to Korbi for the hook-up.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls of all ages, today I bring you an EP Review to blast your puny minds away. Today's review brings us to a group named Skrillex and his first and free ep, My Name Is Skrillex. I would go into depth about who I'm reviewing usually,but I really don't feel like going through it today so I'll say it in one sentence. Skrillex are a four member electronic/tech band from Los Angeles,CA, consisting up of Sonny Moore, Chris Null,Sean Friday and Joe Oneill. Interesting last names... Right on to the review then.
My Name is Skrillex: The EP titled track opens up with a small intro,building up every second, repeating the words "My Name Is Skrillex" in different pitches, eventually ensuing in a roaring banger. Its great for clubbing and tthe track reminds me of those Scion commercials a little bit. Its a great way to start the EP 9.5/10.
WEEKENDS!!!(Feat. Sirah): The track rips up in a rather explosive way as if it were progressing from MNIS. It gets psuedo-dubbish in a few parts and even goes crazy with the vocal chopping. I must say its amazing to listen to! 9/10.
Skrillex - Weekends (Feat. Sirah) [click to download]
Fucking Die 1: This is the lovechild of Todd Edwards,Skream,and Cragga into one dirty but epic dubstep/electro track. I'm not a fan of dirty dub, but damn is it good! My favorite of the EP by far! 10/10!
Skrillex - Fucking Die 01 [click to download]
Fucking Die 2(EE Cooper Remix): Take FD01,make it even more electro,chop it up and rearrange it and you have FD02. Its an amazing mix and I consider it almost as good as FD01. 9.5/10
Do Da Oliphant: In my opinion,it's the most hardcore of them all. Starting of as a headbanging electro powerhouse, it flirts with dubstep here and there, going bonkers the whole time until the insanity stops at 3:27, making it the shortest track on here.8.5/10
With You Friends:The first minute continues from Do Da Oliphant, but instead of hardcore, it starts becoming more of a vivid approach, eventually releasing into a musical journey resembling that of Galactik Knights. It has that GK feel and its almost as if you're playing in a wild 16-Bit Japanese video game. Honestly it's just as good as FD01. 10/10
Skrillex - With You Friends [click to download]
Overall Score: 9.3/10
You can download the rest of the EP by clicking the picture/banner above.
Dont forget to support this guy! He is 100% Deadmau5 approved!(lol no joke)
Continuing the theme of Dubstep remixes, this parts gonna show you that no track is safe from a savage dubstep reworking. in this installment, we'll have remixes of everything from 60's motown style tracks, to reggae tracks that inspired dub in the first place.
starting it off, probably the best known dubstep remix of a popular song, Skream's remix of In For The Kill. Thanks to blogs & extensive radio 1 play the track exploded in popularity (and did so again a few months later, due to it being featured in an ad for Bayonetta)
La Roux - In For The Kill (Skream Remix) [click to download]
it's quite slow for the first thirty seconds or so. And then the bass hits along with Roux's vocals, and continues for the better part of the whole song, eventually leading to a Jungle style breakdown. this is one of those tracks to christen your sub with.
Moving away from popular music, but to a track that some of you will be familliar with, a fairly recent mix of SMD's Cruel Intentions. It's as good, if not better than the original. this one isn't too filthy either, there is a wobble, but it isn't the kind to shake your house's foundations, instead focusing more and the vocals & synths hits from the original track.
overall, a decent remix that doesn't rely on heavy bass to get there.
Simian Mobile Disco - Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix) [click to download]
Another remix of a track even more of you will know fairly well, Township Funk. Except it isn't Township Funk... it's Township Spunk! it again focuses on the original track, but every element from the original is re-done in Stenchman's unique style (he's like the Aphex Twin of Dubstep) with very little sampling, check it out for yourself.
Stenchman - Township Spunk [click to download]
mmm, delicious reggae
Dubstep has a close relationship with Reggae & Dub, after all they led to the creation of the genre. So when a dubstep artist remixes a reggae tune, they take care and don't often do much to the track other than add some beats and a wobble, and this track is no exception. It nicley borders the line between chilled & high energy, and makes a decent non-filthy track
Horace Andy - Youths Of Today (Suspect Remix) [click to download]
And for now the ultimate finale. the one that proves anything can be Dubbed, and the result is nothing short of amazing. I'm not going to say much about this other than Cragga is mental for doing it. and the fact that it actually WORKS is even more mental.
The Marvelettes - Please Mr. Postman (Cragga Remix) [click to download]
and that's that, not much filth this time apart from the final track, but that's not the point of this series :) stay tuned for part 3: The Leftovers
All Dubbed Up,
-Claude Van Foxbat
Friday, 25 June 2010
Now with new and improved tunes!!!
Don't mind me, just dropping some tunes for Korbi...
(He's this German dude that keeps me awake sometimes doing these awesome house/minimal streams - keep an eye out in the shoutbox if you ever want to see him in action, or visit his channels here and here!)
What can I say about the tunes, they are brilliant:
The Terrace is a song that will find it's way to your heart in just one listen.
Linus Loves - The Terrace [click to download]
My Name Is can be considered to be The Terrace's little brother, sometimes you don't like the sound of his high pitched girly voice, but when the two of you are getting along, he's so much fun!
Linus Loves - My Name Is [click to download]
This was also the perfect opportunity to try my very first high quality vinyl rip. You guys like the quality of the tunes? Or should I polish up my mastering skilz?
I've got another 100 vinyls waiting to be digitalised, so I need your honest feedback on this one before I tackle the task.
On the exterior we all claim to completely despise mainstream music, though within all of us there is that small piece of desire that pulses in the back of our mind. This piece longs for the radio-typical beats and perfected vocals that is mainstream elecronica. Admit it, you crave it. Though none of us want to destroy our tough exterior, so thank god for remixes eyy? I was contemplating doing a monthly article titled ‘I Can’t Believe It’s Not Mainstream’, in which I will post remixes of the more overplayed/overhyped songs that we keep burried deep within our collections. To be honest, my secret obsession is Lady GaGa (Yes, I know it’s embarrassing. Deal with it). So what do you think?
Soz, I told you I like Lady Gaga.
Lady Gaga - Poker Face (LAZRtag Remix) [click to download]
Now you know I’m Australian and that I love Australian artists right? So I would be honoured if I could expose some great little Aussie gems to you all. When I mentioned this in my first post I got a few positive comments about the idea, but I would like everyone’s opinion. Do you like the idea of a (roughly) monthly post on different Australian artists? Or do you think I should spend my time posting on something else? Thought and opinions please.
The Presets + Lifelike = EPIC WIN!
The Presets - This Boys In Love (Lifelike Remix) [click to download]
Now we all love to party don’t we? (I know I do) And we all love to dance don’t we? (Errr, depends on how much alcohol has been consumed). So why not have a recurring post dedicated to what us music buffs like to do most… Party! And let’s face it, we can never have enough danceable chuunes in our collections.
I've been waiting for ages to post this gem. At first you might not like it, but trust me it will be stuck in your head for the next year and a half.
Yolanda Be Cool and Dcup - We No Speak Americano [Highly Recommended]
So what do you want to hear? What genres do you want to hear more of? What genres do you want to hear less of? I personally thought that we have more than enough house obsessed team members to keep you guys happy (which is good because house isn’t one of my strong points). Let us know by leaving a comment, or hit me on my beeper by sending me an email anytime :D
Thursday, 24 June 2010
Todd has been posting on Facebook about a download site he is working on where you would be able to access his tracks and purchase them. TO tide us over til the actual debut of the site, he has promised that every Tuesday he will upload his unreleased remixes to his Soundcloud for free download.
The first Tuesday was this week, and his Soundcloud yields many Edwards jewels. I recommend you check it out! I'd post some up, but I've had difficulty with downloading from Soundcloud, so none of the files made it. Check it out! Maybe next Tuesday will see a high quality MP3 of his elusive DVNO mix!
I guess that's all for now. I'll get some of my summer jams up in the next couple days. :)
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
This album just hit stores last week, but was available digitally worldwide today, so I had to pick up a copy. Since the album's shorter than normal at only 8 tracks, it's available for cheap. You can pick it up in stores for $11.99 USD or, if you'd rather own a digital copy, for $7.99 USD on Amazon <- recommended.
I was excited to hear of this albums release back in late March, but I wasn't exactly sure what to expect. We Are The Night just didn't do it for me, and I really had no reason to grab Brotherhood. Further is different, though - it's essentially a "soundtrack" for accompanying videos created by Adam Smith and Marcus Lyal. I figured the album would have more of a "theatrical" sound to it, and boy was I right.
At first glance this album is definitely a change for Tom & Ed, a welcomed one to me. The album features no vocal collaborations whatsoever; all of the vocals were provided by Tom Rowlands, with the exception of some vocals courtesy of Stephanie Dosen. The synths also changed, going back to the experimental feel they had in their first few albums, a much better sound in my opinion. Now let's go over each track individually.
Right off the bat, this album shows why The Chemical Brothers became world famous, their unique sound. A combination of a stuttering dial-tone-like synth offers a glimpse of machinery that, when combined with some higher-quality noises, produces a mind-blowing psychedelic sound. It's hard to explain, you'll just have to check out for yourself. I'm going to give this one an 8/10, because I wasn't too fond of the ending.
This happens to be my favorite piece from the album. The intro starts off where Snow ended, but then climbs and climbs like a rocket shooting into space. Eventually, the noise settles and out comes a steady beat. The track changes feel several times over it's massive 12-minute timeline, each of which carrying its own color and texture. I have to give this one a 10/10.
The Chemical Brothers - Escape Velocity [Amazon]
I feel this track has the most theatrical feel of any other on this album. To be honest, I wish I had the accompanying DVD to review, simply because of how beautiful this song is. The smooth "chaos" of the beginning quickly settles into a filter-filled backbeat. With it comes some holy-sound vocals, with some lyrics I wish I could comprehend. It does become a little chaotic, however, which takes away from the beauty introduced in the beginning. 8/10.
The Chemical Brothers - Another World [Amazon]
This track is radically different than the others. It does, however, quench my thirst for more energy. Today, I did not need that. Consider the review for this track to be biased, because I am feeling extremely mellow today. I found Dissolve to be a little noisy and all over the place. The beginning, like the other tracks so far, was pretty extraordinary. Some spots in the middle were calm, but overall I thought this track was kind of a mess. For these reasons, I'll give it a 5/10, but you can judge for yourself.
The Chemical Brothers - Dissolve [Amazon]
This track is so goddamn weird, honestly. I wasn't a big fan of the intro, and found the vocals to be just a little on the annoying side. At the halfway mark, however, things changed for the better. The synths sounded great, and everything developed quite beautifully. The ending is even better, giving one of the best-sounding beats I've heard this year. 7.5/10, just because of the first half.
A continuation of the catchy riff from the ending of Horse Power, Swoon immediately got my attention. The following riff was full of portamento and full of awesome. The track kept climbing, and kept getting better, and finally settled somewhere comfortable. I found this track to be a perfect length, perfect balance of good and evil, and a perfect way to keep me interested. 9.5/10.
The Chemical Brothers - Swoon [Amazon]
I have no idea what this title means, and if you do, please share that information with us in the comments. I liked the intro, and I liked the cute-sounding vocals that followed. Like it's predecessor, I found this track had a pretty great balance. It was catchy, light-hearted, and essentially cleaned my mental slate, preparing me for the track that would follow. 9/10
Wonders Of The Deep
If I had to choose one track with the most meaning, I would choose this one. It's chock full of powerful bursts of spirit. It lets this album (and accompanying video) have a fantastic ending, grouping up all of the beauty that The Chemical Brothers has to offer, and shipping it off in a single, 5-minute song. I was a huge fan of this track, and it went just perfect with my mood. For these reasons, it earns a 9.5/10
The Chemical Brothers - Wonders Of The Deep [Amazon]
So how would I wrap this all up? Go out and buy this album. If you want it right now, head on over here. You can always just pick up a few mp3s, but I would totally recommend just getting the whole damn thing. Each track compliments the others, and they even seamlessly roll into one another. But hey, it's your call.
As far as a rating goes, I'll have to throw this bad boy a 9/10.
So that about does it for my review of Further. As always (especially with reviews), drop a comment with your thoughts of this album, or any its tracks. And, if necessary, tell me what I did right, and what I did wrong.
Monday, 21 June 2010
In case you didn't know, it's weird. RUBBER tells the story of a tire that comes to life for no reason, then randomly explodes the heads of onlookers. Oh, and the music is awesome. Here's a sneak peak.
I appreciate Quentin's view here - nothing. I'm not sure if he's poking fun at modern art or not, but if he is, bravo.
Gorillaz - On Melancholy Hill (Feed Me Remix) [click to download]
Pryda - Wakanapi (Original Mix) [click to download]
If you've heard the ibiza version of Call On Me, you should recognize this track that was sampled for it ;)
Blaze - Lovelee Dae (Original Mix) [click to download]
Axel Le Baron - For Pleasure [click to download]
I know its another prydz thing but I guarantee you this one is very good, though it is somewhat long (12 minutes FTW!!)
Paolo Mojo - 1983 (Eric Prydz Remix) [click to download]
Happy first day of Summer y'all!!!
Chillin to the tunez,
Sunday, 20 June 2010
My name is Brodie, but thou may call me Colour. I am the final of the three new writers and I have been sent here from a planet far far away (known as Australia) to excite your eardrums and ignite your cochlea (okay let’s hope that last bit doesn’t happen).
More to the point, I plan on taking a slightly different approach on what I will be blogging about by taking a step back and asking you (the ilictronix community) what YOU want to hear! But before I hear you voice your opinions and tastes, I think it would be best to describe to you a bit about me, what I can offer you and why I am worthy to serve you as a provider of this art we all call music. I think I’ll start with a few random facts ;D
- My favourite genre would have to be Electro. There’s just something about that staticy synth that pushes my electrogasm button (Sorry, that sounded a lot less wrong and messed up in my head). Though electro isn’t all I’m limited too. I also enjoy nearly all other electronic genres such as; a bit of Drum & Bass; Dub Step; House, Soft/Hard Electronica, Dance; etc…
- My favourite bands (as of recently) would have to be; Calvin Harris; Pendulum; The Prodigy; The Bloody Beetroots; Groove Armada. I know what you’re thinking right about now: “But Colour, my dearest friend, those are all somewhat mainstream bands” and to that I reply: “Well you can relax as I have not finished yet :P”. To continue; Les Petits Pilous; Passion Pit; Miike Snow; Skream; Rusko; The Presets; and many others I would bet a pretty penny that you would never have heard of.
- I’m a great believer in making my projects extra-ordinary, whether it be by adding Easter eggs to reward those inquisitive enough to find them, tweaks and cheats to make peoples lives easier and more interesting and other extra or different concepts to make things stand out from the crowd, so be prepared to see lots of the above in my posts.
Formal introductions aside, let’s get down to the reason why you fine ladies and gentlemen are here; la música! As my fellow newbie writer ‘Here’ stated:
“You’ll see that my «OMG BEST SONG EVER» changes every 4 days, don’t be afraid, I just can’t help it. Just try to understand that ‘ever’ means ‘of the week’.”Thankyou friend, I couldn’t have said it better myself! I get obsessive with songs and put them on repeat until either their beauty fades or I find something better to replace them with. So without further ado, here is some colourful chuunez to keep you grooving!
Probably my favourite dubstep song, Skream provokes all sorts of mental images of a spaced out/drugged up evening on the town.
Skream - Colourful [click to download]
This song reminds me so much of myself it’s not funny. I love Calvin, one of the best artists I’ve seen live and one of the best experiences of my life!
Calvin Harris - Colours [click to download]
Pendulum is the band that got me into more ‘alternate’ and ‘harder’ styles of electronic music. Without them I would still be listening to softcore electronica. Another band that is sweet live! I love that they have an actual drummer instead of using drum loops. Since the original version has already been posted here, enjoy the Bi-Polar remix which includes an extended set of vocals.
Pendulum - Hold Your Colour (Bi-Polar Remix) [click to download]
Gosh I love Aussie artist. Stay tuned folks because I plan on doing a post on these guys in the not too distant future.
Grafton Primary - Colour [click to download]
The Fred Falke remix is far better than the original IMO. Much groovier and easier to listen to.
Hot Chip - Colours (Fred Falke Remix) [click to download]
It’s The Prodigy, Enuf said!
The Prodigy - Colours [click to download]
So by now you should have a vague idea as to why I use the alias Colour. Sorry for the post being so epically long. Feel free to comment and let me know what you think! And stay tuned for my next post where I want to know what YOU want to hear from me ;D
Saturday, 19 June 2010
About a week ago I received a message in my inbox from someone at Triple Down Records. As their first track on their MySpace page is an indie rock song, I was more than a bit confused. Upon clicking the download link, however, my qualms were immediately soothed.
I haven't been able to find out any information about Adaledge, the enigmatic producer behind Triple Down's latest release, Vintage Feelings. His music is an espresso blend of dubstep and IDM, two genres which are very foreign to little-old-disco-house-producer-me.
Regardless, these tracks are soulful expressions which have broadened my mind to new genres--and, since these are beyond electronic, they merit inclusion in this lovely blog.
On with the show!
Adaledge - Computer Kaki
'Computer Kaki' is pretty arrhythmic, but has a sort of groove within it. Now, I know next to nothing about dubstep (aside from listening to Hyph Mngo last year and hating every second of it), so I'll assume the offbeat guitar stabs throughout the track are supposed to be there. The rest of the track (electronic beat and chopped-to-hell guitar melody) is fascinating to me; as much as I love chopped samples, I'd like to call this overkill, but it really isn't. It takes a genius to manipulate miniscule samples so much and still make a cohesive track. To make a disco house analogy: there is a fine line between The Phantom's Revenge and Rapid Sound.
Adaledge - Can You Dig It
The title 'Can You Dig It' evokes images of Isaac Hayes and all 24 Shaft blaxploitation films from the 1970s and, coming from a community of disco sampling, I was almost expecting his sampled baritone voice to open the track. What I got, however, was even more satisfying. A melting pot of synths, electric and acousting guitar and of course that bumbling jungle beat we love, this track is one of my favorites on the EP. The message of the track seems to be "Everything will be alright," or, perhaps, for our American listeners, "Keep calm and carry on." I've listened to the track 3 times in a row whilst writing this blurb--it's infectious in a way that talks to your soul.
Adaledge - Make It In Metaphors
'Make It In Metaphors' immediately caught my attention as it's actually somewhat housey for an IDM track. The cavalcade of synth stabs and bells is a bit overwhelming at some points in the track, but not so much in an ear-raping kind of way. Simply, they kind of bypass your ears and move straight down. There's not much to say about this track, other than I very much like it. It too sends a message; I'm not sure what it is, but the track is awesome, so who really cares?
Adaledge - Quick On Your Feet Head
Closing the album is the lead single 'Telos', but I think the penultimate track 'Quick On Your Feet Head' is a much better end. The track itself seems to say "We're over, now move on with your lives" in a way that's endearing. Rapidly quickening and slowing down, synths and piano fading in and out, beat constantly changing and disappearing, it is a reminder of the sporadicness of life. Adaledge seems to capture a unique human element here. Perhaps I'm reading too much into this, but regardless--I want this track played during my funeral movie scene montage.
Overall 'Vintage Feeling' appropriates a unique sound, shifting and changing itself while still remaining constant in a way that is the opposite of mathematical. All of the tracks on this release could easily go with a scene of someone's life, or death, or time in the interim. Now, I've grayed out the links to these because Adaledge is awesome--and the full release is only $7. Pick this one up and support a great artist--you won't regret it.
Now I'm off to watch the sun rise and then head off to bed. Ah, the life I pretend to lead.
Friday, 18 June 2010
I'm sure you're all familiar with Rusko, I most certainly am. He's usually a person's first experience with the world of dub (or maybe his close ally in dub, Caspa) and if you like Rusko, you'll pretty much like all dubstep tunes ever. and he's the leader of the pack when it comes to remixes in quantity, but not always quality (in the words of Mr. Oizo: "some are good, some are bad, some are just OK")so I saved you all the trudging through his 'meh' remixes, and now here's my selection of his finest tweaks and reworks:
It was difficult to pick a start point for his remixes, they're usually of popular stuff. but to kick it off, The Prodigy :)
The Prodigy - Take Me To The Hospital (Rusko Remix) [click to download]
filled with all rusko's trademarks, and staying true to the original song make this one heavy tune that will get you ready for the coming onslaught of dub provided by me :D
this leads us onto a song I'm sure we all know Day 'N Nite. there are plenty of Dub reworks of this out there, but none match Rusko's in terms of filthiness AND staying true to the original melody of the Crookers remix. Don't the the quiet intro fool you, this is a massive banger
Kid Cudi - Day 'N Nite (Rusko Remix) [click to download]
and now, the last of the well known songs, the Bionic Commando theme remix. Surkin, Rusko & Clipz were commissioned to do a rework of the Bionic Commando theme in their respective styles. Rusko's stole the show completely, becoming the most popular track from the EP and became a free download from Rusko's Myspace.
The combination of 8-bit sounds and dubstep wobbles really shouldn't work, but 'ol Rus pulls it off in spectacular fashion. You can't not love this track :)
Bionic Commando - Bionic Commando (Rusko Remix) [click to download]
Graffiti, The Coolest Crime (C)
and now we move onto the more obscure remixes, well for some of you anyway.
Little Boots' Remedy was a light hearted electroclash-esque tune, and this remix follows suit... for about 30 seconds, where a low frequency wobble is thrown into the mix. and then LB's vocals battle it out with the bass for the remainder of the song. Oh, and for you Americans out there Trainers = Sneakers :)
Little Boots - Remedy (Rusko's Big Trainers Remix) [click to download]
and finally, Adele. you might remember her single "Cold Shoulder". well it's been chewed up and spit back out by the main man himself, it's hardly like the original at all. featuring cut up vocals and a bouncy bassline that's all over the place it's definitely one of my favourite dub tracks ever.
Adele - Cold Shoulder (Rusko Remix) [click to download]
and that's part one, stay tuned for part two, where I'll be showing you that no genre is safe from a savage Dub reworking, and the amazing results. you're in for a hell of a ride, make sure y'all prepared :)
We'll always be together in Dubstep Dreams,
-Claude Van Foxbat
Thursday, 17 June 2010
So, as you can imagine, I got pretty excited when I found a message from him this afternoon. Two new mixes. Awesome. I took a listen. Awesomer.
The first mix starts off fairly slow, but develops into a bunch of tracks I've never heard before. Honestly, I only have about 25% of these tracks in my collection, and I'm a blogger.
ZE TRACK LISZT
Masters At Work - The Ha Dance (Ken-Lou Mixx)
Lindstrom & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop
Mickey Moonlight - Pelu Tolo
Toby Tobias - In Your Eyes (Tensnake Remix)
Broke One - Lightheart
Breakbot - Baby I'm Yours (Aeroplane Remix)
Break Machine - Break Dance Party
Kansk - Aussi Bon Appétit
Digikid84 - Are you Ready
Digikid84 - P.A.M.E.L.A.
Strip Steve - Breakin' (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor (Shake-A-Pella Mix)
The Main Ingredient - Party People
Axel Le Baron - Primary School
Swivel Hips - Crack Is Whack
Evil Nine - Ultimo
Louis La Roche & Ad-Apt - Missing You
Golden Bug - King Of Kong
Grant Phabao - Cannonbutt
Moullinex - Superman (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
Boys Noize - Gax
Caribou - Sun
Al Kent - Come Back Home
Munk - La Musica
Tiga - What You Need (Chromeo Remix)
Tiga - What You Need (A-Trak Remix)
Kojak - Stupid Jack (Troublemen Remix)
TiTAN - Rodeo (Sammy Bananas Remix)
Hazel & Entyce - In Da Club (Fukkk Offf Remix)
JK Soul - The Music
The Cool Kids - 88
Tellier & Oizo & Sebastian - Letrablaise
See for yourself, it's precious. Unfortunately, commenting on mixes is a little...tedious. But I can just tell you that's full of energy and fun - you'll see why. Only TPR can match Axel Le Baron's "Primary School" with another song, graining included.
The Phantom's Revenge - No Dynamite... [click to download]
The other mix sounds a lot more like TPR, in my opinion. While "No Dynamite..." had a flair, this mix maintains the "filter feel" that made me fall in love with The Phantom's Revenge in the first place. Since the two mixes have such different foundations, I expect some mixed opinions in the comments section. Be sure to stop by and let us know what you think.
Other than that, enjoy.
Pierce - Blondes
Paul Johnson - Ain't A Shame
Paul Johnson - You Got To Get Over
Paul Johnson - I Ain't Got No Soul
Riva Starr & Rettore - Splendido
Uffie & Pharrel - Add Suv (Armand Van Helden Vocal Remix)
Voodoo Chilli - Love Song
Donk Boys - Geekbox
Jungle Brothers - I'll House You (Houseapella)
Horatio - Sing With The Swing (M. In & Bastian Schuster Remix)
Dizze Rascal - Dirtee Cash (Tom Piper & Nom De Strip Remix)
Tekilatex - Answers (Mikix The Cat Remix)
Beataucue - Bus
Poney Poney Run Run - Walking On A Line (Beataucue Remix)
Paul Chambers - Yeah Techno (Soulwax Mix)
Black Noise - Knock You Out (Andy George Remix)
Moonchild - Girl
Swivel Hips - We Can't Hide
Swivel Hips - Cheaters
Freddie James - Get Up And Boogie
Tesla Boy - Electric Lady
Coming Soon Minimix
Neon Indian - (AM)
Bobby Caldwell - Open Your Eyes
De La Soul - The Grind Date
The Phantoms Revenge - No More Blowing Up [click to download]
Splurging all my money on new music,
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Let’s start with a little frenchy doing some good old abstract hip hop / trip hop.
Well, little… not that much anymore.
Doctor Flake is one of the rising abstract hip hop artists. He’s been recently playing with DJ Krush in Paris, too bad I’ve missed it.
Now… how can I describe Flake’s music ? Let’s say it’s very dark, tragic, almost nerve racking sometimes (Fightclubbing and Sueurs Froides are the best exemples) and incredibly joyful at other times. You can often hear Vale Poher’s voice in his songs, and sometimes MC Miscellaneous’ rapping skills.
Here are two songs that, I think, will give you a great idea of Flake’s universe.
Doctor Flake - A Last Dance With Léon [click to download]
Doctor Flake - Le Vaste Espace [click to download]
Ok now, some minimal with Dusty kid.
This little music genius is making some very good minimal, not my favorite kind of music, but he’s so good at it that I enjoy every second of all those gems he creates. The construction of each song is near perfection.
America is deffinetely one of his most known tracks, and you’ll understand why… I could listen to it all day long, especially during a hot almost summer day like this one.
Dusty Kid - America [click to download]
And here is one of his "old" stuff. The mighty Milk.
Dusty Kid - Milk [click to download]
And finally, Wisp. You like Aphex twin ? You’ll like Wisp.
Wisp is an ambient-DnB artist. Another guy that I discovered randomly, the first song i’ve heard from him is Loophole. The song speaks for itself, it’s pure, it’s deep, it’s good.
Wisp - Loophole [click to download]
I’ll end this with my favorite track from him, The Bard. I love these kind of celtic lyrics, since I was a kid, and it just fit to this song perfectly.
Wisp - The Bard [click to download]
Alright, I think that should do it. Have fun, and come chat with us !
Monday, 14 June 2010
I'll just leave it here, you can thank me in the comments:
Fake Blood - I Think I Like It (Tommie Sunshine & Figure EC$TACY Edit) [click to download]
Oh and if that isn't enough, why not throw in an mp3 of the All The Lovers Remix by Dada Life I was teasing earlier...
Kylie - All The Lovers (Dada Life Remix) [click to download]
and now I'm at it, why not top it all off with the Dub?
Kylie - All The Lovers (Dada Life Dub) [click to download]
Enjoy, Mr. Brown
Sunday, 13 June 2010
My hometown, a quaint little city in the Midwest of England known as Leeds. Nothing special really aside from being a coal mining hub in the past. I'm trying to produce my own work, and let's just say Leeds isn't the Electro center of the UK :P.
However Leeds has more than just some old mines and Victorian architecture, Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Nightmares On Wax
George Evelyn, or Nightmares On Wax, a DJ from a hip-hop background (think DJ Mehdi, but English) was one of the first releases on the now legendary Warp Records, however I'm not here to bore you with backstory. instead I'll let the music do the talkin' and focus on not one, but two of my favourite albums from him I recently dragged out again.
any time I've played it, either as backing music or just for social listening, by the end, EVERYONE has their groove on and it's seen me through some tough times what with these final exams and whatnot, it's nice to just take it eeaassy for a while :). they're among my favourite albums ever, so enjoy, kick back and feel the funk
Now, I love me some bangin' electro or wobbly dubstep, but Nightmares creates those chill, dub-flavoured tracks that DEMAND you listen to them. not the Royksopp kind of chilled either, something much more, more like the kind that has so much funk you just have to getchya groove on. And what better track to back up this point with than this?
Nightmares On Wax - Nights Introlude [click to download]
the opener from his charmingly named album Smokers Delight from 1995 (which has amazing artwork, see above),and despite the album's title, you don't need any substances to enjoy this fusion of Hip-Hop and Jamaican style Dub (with bonus Quincy Jones sample) that sets up perfectly the musical journey that lies ahead. Speaking of which...
Nightmares On Wax - (Man) Tha Journey [click to download]
(feel the funk about 56 seconds in!)
Starts with a sample, but that soon gives way to heavy beats, and follows it all up with those groovy synths. as with many of the tracks on Smokers Delight, it sounds boring if you don't have a sub or headphones. normal speakers just don't pick up the subtle-yet-heavy basslines that are a trademark of N.O.W
the final of my selections from SD is Stars, which combines all elements from previous tracks into one, featuring excellent sample work, subtle basslines and even some Bongos, this is the soul of the entire album condensed into a seven minute chunk
Nightmares On Wax - Stars [click to download]
and now, some tracks from the follow up, Carboot Soul. The album shows off how his style has evolved in the 4 years since Smokers Delight, it's quite different compared to the Hip Hop rooted SD, featuring more Bass Guitars, real drums and even full vocals on some tracks, but it still retains that trademark Nightmares Funk.
Nightmares On Wax - Morse [click to download]
Morse was one of the first N.O.W tracks I ever heard, and I instantly loved it, it's a major highlight of the album. it also shows off the change in style, with plenty of guitars and a heavenly vocal sample. again, listen till about 1:45 when the groove hits, trust me :D
The vocal tracks are also a high point, featuring underground soul singer Sarah Winton, the collaboration is a match made in heaven. the backing for these tracks is simple and doesn't have the groove of Morse but that's not a problem due to Ms. Wintons great vocal work
Nightmares On Wax - Finer [click to download]
and to top it all off, one final guitar heavy track, Fire In The Middle, It's in a similar vein to Morse, but slower paced. it almost never gets old, and if it comes up on shuffle I have to listen to it :).
Definitely one for you people stressed out from a hard days work, or just laying back and chilling out
Nightmares On Wax - Fire In The Middle [click to download]
and with that final slice of homebrew for you (can you brew sound?) I'm signing off, let me know what ya think in the comments as usual.
Sunday is the day of rest, after all :)
-Claude Van Foxbat
Saturday, 12 June 2010
It's time for a change. Today, I am announcing a new chatroom for ilictronix. You can check it out anytime at http://chat.ilictronix.com, or simply by clicking "Chat" at the top right of this webpage.
Oh, and it's IRC, so if you're handy with a computer, join us at #ilictronix on irc.geekshed.net.
See you guys around!
Yo its Nite here with another special post for you. Today im going to be talking about Masters At Work. Don't know them? Well now's your chance to.
Masters At Work is a 90s House Duo composed of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzales. The group name was originally from another Old School artist Todd Terry that was used in the 1980s. Terry,however, decided to give the name to Vega and Gonzales, and that's where things kicked off. Since then, MAW has been creating/producing house tracks and remixes rather unique in its time,such as disco, latin and jazz-type House music. I can honestly say that MAW is one of the biggest influences in 90s House Music out there (In my opinion at any rate).
MAW has also gone under several aliases such as KenLou,Nuyorican Soul and Soul Fusion.
Now i've summarized them up a little bit,lets bring out some tracks for you to hear.
First off we have Pienso En Ti, a personal favorite of mine. This track gives a very jazzy beat and makes you feel like youre at a beach with a pina colada in your hand as you watch the sunset.The sexy but somewhat unintelligible lyrics make this track smooth as ice. his is something i would definitely play at a Lounge Club.
Masters At Work - Pienso En Ti (I Think Of You) [click to download]
Next up is Love on Me, a smooth soul track that is rather jazzy, but still has enough kick to get you to groove a little bit. Its an awesome track i must say.
Masters At Work - Lean On Me [click to download]
For the third track we have is Gonna get Back to You. This tune has a much more housey beat to it out of the three, but the vocals and the groovin tone make it much more sophisticated, not to mention sexy.
MAW and Company (Feat. Xaviera Gold) - Gonna Get Back to You [click to download]
And just for the hell of it, heres some remixes and other tunes.
KenLou - What a Sensation [click to download]
Tinstar - Sunshine (Masters At Work Underground House Mix) [click to download]
EDIT: Because someone bitched about this not being on here, here is one more MAW track for y'all (are we happy now?)
Masters At Work - I Cant Get No Sleep [click to download]
Taking you back to the 90s,
Friday, 11 June 2010
On November 14th, 2008, man plunged outward into space one more time for the humble task of space-born home improvement. The space shuttle Endeavour leapt into the dark night sky at Cape Canaveral at 7:55 PM, bound for the International Space Station (ISS). As few as 25% of shuttle launches occur in darkness, making this launch rather special. The light from the takeoff could be seen for miles around, for around three minutes before it disappeared into space. The crew of the endeavor will be undertaking one of the most epic remodels of all time: installing new kitchens and bathrooms for the ISS, so that it can accommodate more people in years to come. Shortly before takeoff, mission commander Christopher Ferguson radioed, “It's our turn to take home improvement to a new level after 10 years of international space station construction!”
That said, tracks.
Koobra is a solo house artist from Finland, who is also part of the duo Helsinki 78-82, which I actually know nothing about other than the fact that I read that on welikeitindie.com. Anyway. I heard the first track, Thrills, and I was all 'lololol man this r gr8' an then i was like man i gotta here moar so i like went 2 soundcloud n listened 2 teh othr traxx and was like DUDE. I was instantly reminded of early Lifelike stuff, like The Cult EP, which as we all know was quite awesome (Black Chess, anyone?).
Now, the label has posed some restrictions on this Koobra EP, and only 'Thrills' can be shared, but I'm embedding the other two tracks (which are the best of the bunch in my opinion) so you don't have to go off-site to hear them.
Koobra - Thrills [click to download]
Koobra - Questions
and my favorite,
Koobra - It's You
I thought this was a ll pretty sweet. A nice throw-back to classic house, with a nice 2000's edge.
Oh, and Play Paul. Just for fun.
Play Paul - Once You Go (Radio Edit) [click to download]