Thursday, 30 September 2010

Barbra's Finally Here!

Recently, where I live many people have been going crazy over this new song, only to me it’s not so new. A similar thing happened recently with another track (We No Speak Americano anyone?) with the main difference being that people only demanded WNSA at parties, this ‘new’ song is on regular repeat on everyone’s iPods and every day is growing in popularity. So without further ado, here’s a song that needs no formal introductions (because it was introduced a few months back)!

Back on Saturday, May 22nd, our beloved Mr Brown did a post on a new track released by DJ O-God which was a remix of the unreleased track; Barbra Streisand by Duck Sauce. It incorporated the same sample as the unreleased original and even the members of Duck Sauce themselves (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden) stated that it was incredibly similar to the original which they were producing. Here’s a quick video of them discussing the O-God track.



Now it's time for some tracks! Please note that I have removed the download link for the Original Mix as I think you should go and purchase the track! :P

Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Original Mix)








The original is scarily like the O-God remix, and it would be interesting to find out if Duck Sauce included the ‘Barbra Streisand’ vocals in emulation of O-Gods vocals. Either way it’s a brilliant track, though I personally prefer the O-God remix as it has more of a beat and more bass.

Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Fare Soldi Remix) [click to download 320kbps]








Probably my favourite of all the remixes i've heard, it gives the original a bit of jazz. 10 out of 10 IMO.

Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Sigma Mix) [click to download 320kbps]








A D&B remix with a bit of dubstep thrown in there too, though I personally think it's a tad too overdone.

Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Drunken Masters Remix) [click to download 320kbps]








Some good old dubby electro. When I first heard this track I will admit it didn't take my fancy. But after I listened to it a few times it grew on me.

And now just for kicks, here's a few bonuses.

Boney M - Gotta Go Home [click to download 320kbps]








Boney M - Gotta Go Home [12inch Version] [click to download VBR]








The original and the 12 Inch version (which might I add is quite hard to come by :P)

Ziggy Stardust - Breaking Bones (Original Mix) [click to download 320kbps]








This is another track released a few months before O-God's remix which uses the same sample. It slows the track right down, but once again it sounds scarily simelar to O-Gods and Duck Sauce's. Some people have been labeling this track as "Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Ziggy Stardust Remix)" though it's actually an original.

Also, one last thing before I wrap this post up. DAVID GUETTA DID NOT MAKE BARBRA STREISAND! The track is by O-God, and David Guetta must have dropped it in one of his sets. It's been mentioned quite a bit on youtube that its David's remix. It's not. Gosh.

EDIT:

Also, just for even more kicks. Have some moar trax! Thanks DC for linking me to the first to tracks! :P

Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Afrojack Ducky Mix) [click to download 320kbps]








Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Afrojack Meaty Mix) [click to download]








Duck Sauce - Barbra Streisand (Extended Mix) [click to download]






Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Ren Riz Makes Me Smile

I've been a fan of Ren Rizzolo (Ren Riz) for a while now, so when he emailed me, I was reasonably excited (as I always am when any artist shoots me a message). But this one was special - I had been meaning to post his music for a while, and now I have full permission to do so.


Melbourne's Ren Riz first graced my ears as a delicious electro artist. I couldn't explain why I liked him so much, maybe it was the artworks disco-style colors, or heck, maybe the tracks were just good (that is the real reason, I was just being cute). The all-over-the-place style of "Like Waiting" really intrigued me.

So that's what I'm going to post first. The opening is so catchy and sounds so well-made, which is why it's my ringtone.

Ren Riz - Like Waiting [click to download]








Next is an entirely different-sounding track, but that doesn't make it any less extraordinary. A simple beat develops into a lovely melody, before going WTF-style on your head and turning swing. It's lovely.

Ren Riz - Condor (Extended Mix) [click to download]








Not sexy enough? That's okay. This next one's got you covered. It's so... modern, so... flashy, so... fuck it, it's good. One of the best remixes I've heard in a long time. "Oh yeah!"

Ren Riz - Swamp (Wolfchild Remix) [click to download]








A different taste all together, Excuse Me struck me as strange, but so original. I really can't explain why, but this simple song just rings nicely with me. Meh, you'll have to listen for yourself! By the way, are you some kind of model?

Ren Riz - Excuse Me [click to download]








As you know, I can't throw all of Ren's tracks in this post - it would stretch across a thousand pages. If you want to see more, and I bet you do, I highly recommend you check out his SoundCloud, which is absolutely chock-full of well, everything. He also dabbles in some hip hop stuff, and of course, his ordinary MySpace page.

Enjoy! And see you soon! Sorry for the huge gap, college is keeping my busy,
Prez

Thursday, 23 September 2010

It's been a while, kid.

It's the 1000th post (sorta), and I've been planning on this for a while. It's not bad news, don't worry.

The site has come so far, and I don't think I need to explain why, but seeing such a great community develop over something I do for fun feels better than anything else in the world. And if you haven't noticed, we've been having trouble expanding even more. To put it harshly, we've hit a dead end. So here are some things I'd like to address.

I want change. ilictronix is incredible. Absolutely phenomenal. But to be honest, it's disturbingly regular. In my opinion, it's time for something different. Something that sets us apart. I'm thinking big picture here.

My original intentions for ilictronix were to spread the word of electronic music. I wanted to get artists known, and I wanted to get people to listen to some great music. We've exceeded all what I originally expected, and things are now going swimmingly.

I want to start a catalog for artists that showcase their talents. Something that you'll see at the bottom of every post mentioning them. A familiar box that shows a picture, some info, and some links. On top of that, an option to rate the artists, and even an option for admins to list them as "noteworthy."

I want this to be legit. I want the site to rely on the music of uncopyrighted music, or at to least have complete rights to post certain tracks. What we're doing is fine, giving well-deserved exposure. But if we wish to become a heavy-hitter in the blogosphere, we're going to have to get our shit together and branch out from this website.

So what does this mean for all of us? A total site reconstruction. Is it a lot of work? Shit yeah. If these plans go through, expect a lot of downtime. Maybe even stopping the site for a month or so.

We've hit a dead end, boys and girls. And now it's time to grab a sledgehammer and smash the shit out of the wall. Getting away from blogger, getting away from a feature-less website, and enriching the internet, one song at a time.

So who's with me? Please leave comments listing your opinions on this matter. I'm counting on you guys to measure my own sanity.

Take care,
Prez

999

ANOTHER WASTE OF SPACE.

998

THIS IS A WASTE OF VALUABLE SITE REAL ESTATE.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Haven't You Heard? Being A Dickhead's Cool

I'll just leave this here...via [LINK]


Memorable quotes:
- Just one gear on my fixie bike.
- Tramp Balls.
- NEW AGE FUN with a VINTAGE FEEL!! lol
- WAREHOWZ RAVE DIS WAY <--
- Indeterminate sex reference.
- ???
- PROFIT!

The End.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Curry & Coco & Others

Oh hi there !

I had a lot to do this week but I still had time to listen to new (for me at least) things !



First of all, Curry & Coco , beside having one of the coolest name ever they are pretty good. Curry & Coco is a french duet from the north of France, they play some kind of... new wave disco ? It's a bit kitsch and very entertaining in one word, it's good.

Curry And Coco - Top Of The Pop [click to download]








Tinashé has got this little something in his voice that I like, and Bombay Bicycle had the brilliant idea of playing the vocals in canon.

Tinashé - Saved (Bombay Bicycle club remix) [click to download]








Shit Robot's LP is gonna be released tomorrow so here is a sneak peek. It's gonna be great, for sure.

Shit Robot - Tuff Enuff [click to download]








Alright, time for another french guy ! Jean Tonique is a very promising french house producer from Paris. Since I'm in a very "I need vocals in songs" mood I give you this remix of TDCC, but be sure to check out his myspace to hear his original tracks.

Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know (Jean Tonique remix) [click to download]








Oh... Agoria. This song is from his album Blossom (2003) and there is not much I can say I just love this song and wanted you guys to listen to it.

Agoria - Spinach Girl (Feat. Sylvie Marks) [click to download]








Quick fact about this song : I was watching a (very sad, as usual :D) french film and noticed that the music when the characters were in night clubs was decent (IE: Soulwax - E-Talking). Then comes "the" sad scene, and this particular song plays in the lounge bar. I have to say that I was pretty moved by the song so here it is.

Kleerup - Until We Bleed (Feat. Lykke Li) [click to download]










Back to basics now ! DJ Shadow is back with a sweet EP that only got 2 tracks sadly... Enjoy it, because this song is big.

DJ Shadow - Def Surrounds Us [click to download]








Alright, 4:40am... I need to sleep a bit.
-Here

[Review] V-Moda Crossfade LP


Do you believe in love at first sight?

I first heard word the V-Moda Crossfade LP in a press release email a few months ago. My first impression was that they were an incredibly stylish piece of hardware with impressive V-Moda internals. By the time I took a look at the technical specifications, I was salivating. The Crossfade LP packs a pair of 50mm dual-diaphragm drivers with a frequency response of 5Hz to 30,000Hz.

Recently, by a very lucky series of events, I was given the opportunity to get my very own pair of Crossfades. Now that I've had about a week with them, I'm excited to share my findings.

Right from the start, the Crossfades catch your attention. The packaging is sturdy, and has a nice heft that feels like professional equipment.



Inside the box you'll find the Exoskeleton case, which I am a HUGE fan of. This hard case is a great way to store the Crossfades and their extras for travel, and has a nice rubberized finish.



Also included in the box are a product manual, VIP warranty card, and a microfiber cleaning cloth with an embossed V-Moda logo. The Crossfades come with a one-year premier warranty, and with V-Moda's Replay-Replacement program, if they ever break, you get 50% off of a new pair!


The Crossfades come with two, count 'em, two kevlar-reinforced audio cables. The cables are detachable, which makes for easy storage. One is 3 feet long and includes an in-line mic with volume controls. The other cable is almost 6 feet long, and does not have the in-line controls. All of the 3.5mm jacks are gold-plated, and a 6mm gold-plated jack is also included.



The headphones themselves are a gorgeous example of brilliant design. The shape of the ear cups and frame gives the Crossfades a pointedly "different" look. There are subtle V-Moda logos on the frame above the ear cups, which are a very tasteful way of branding the product. The frame is all metal, and I have no doubt that the Crossfades will last me several years without wear.


The headband is padded well, and the pads on the ear cups are made of memory foam. I found the Crossfades to be EXTREMELY comfortable, and had no trouble wearing them all day.


When it comes to looks and comfort, these headphones are fantastic. However, it's the sound quality that matters when reviewing headphones. The Crossfades don't dissapoint.

They have stood out from the crowd in every testing scenario. Val Kolton and V-Moda have given the Crossfades a very healthy dose of Bass. Mids and trebles are refreshingly crisp as well. They especially shined while playing dance and bass-heavy music, but they also made acoustic tracks sound great. V-Moda has many well known DJ partners that have helped them develop the Crossfades, which may explain the strong presence of bass. It may come close to overpowering higher ranges of sound for some, but it comes down to personal preference. Personally I don't think the extra bass muddies the higher ranges.

If you have a chance, test-drive the Crossfade LP headphones at your local Apple store, and enjoy their top of the line performance. They retail for $249.99, which is more expensive than many pairs of over-ear headpones on the market, but they are worth the money. Still cheaper than a pair of Beats Studio headphones, and with very comprable sound quality, these should definitely be on your list if youre in the market for new headphones. Their solid construction, fantastic audio quality, and impressive level of comfort make the V-Moda Crossfade LP and excellent pair of over-ear headphones.
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When I Found The Knife

Two weeks ago now, I set off on a quest to get into a band. Any band would do and I had an idea of who I was gonna look for, but I didn't really like what I heard, somehow I stumbled onto a video of The Knife I forget which song exactly but that didn't matter, all that mattered was I LOVED it. Within the hour I had listened to every track from their three albums and counted my money, and now here we are.


Bit of backstory for them first before I jump into the tracks: The Knife are an electronic duo from Sweden, consisting of Karin Dreijer Andersson and her brother, Olof Dreijer. Olof does the tracks whilst Karin lends her vocals to them. And if you've heard What Else Is There? by Royksopp you'll have an idea of how she sounds.

Onto the tracks: probably their most popular one (famously covered by José Gonzalez and used to advertise Sony's Bravia TVs) is Heartbeats. chances are if you liked José's you'll like this, after all they ARE the same song, although The Knife's is slightly more upbeat.

The Knife - Heartbeats [click to download]








They rarely perform live, but when they do, it's really something else. I'd say it's up with Kraftwerk's and Daft Punk's concerts as an experience. Hell, the live audio is entitled "An Audio Visual Experience". have a look for yourself, first of all: The Audio, it's much slower than the studio one, I don't know which one I like more.

The Knife - Heartbeats (Live) [click to download]








Second: The Visuals, they certainly know how to put on a good show, minimal as it may be.


I don't really have much more to add than that, so have more songs instead :) This one's a nice slice of lovely electronica, enjoy

The Knife - Forest Families [click to download]








An instrumental this one, hey, variety is the spice of life :)

The Knife - The Bridge [click to download]








The Knife - One For You [click to download]








There'll be more if you lot like it enough. (or I get bored and do it anyway :P). anything to break up this slow streak we're having latley. damn life interfering with my internet friends!

Pining For The Fjords,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Just dropping by...

Hi there,

Just a quick post because things were going a little slow... So here are two amazing tracks to keep you dancing:

I know this one is old, but I really like Tiga and I really like Chromeo.

Tiga - What You Need (Chromeo Remix) [click to download]








This remix is beyond amazing. I was expecting it to be a slightly altered version of the original, but Chromeo truly shaped the song towards their own style. The added vocals, guitar solo and synths just give this song so much more depth.

And here's the new Jamiroquai track.

Jamiroquai - White Knuckle Ride [click to download]








It's Jamiroquai, it's funky and it makes me happy. So that's why I posted it.

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Struttin' Songs

As we know, every journey needs a soundtrack, and me? After a long day at college I just wanna walk home and get my swagga on along the way, and I'm sure you lot do as well, so today I'm picking my current favourites; the ones that make you feel like an unstoppable king as you saunter down the street :).

A bit like this

I like the kinda song that has a bit of funk and catchiness to walk to, the kind where you end up taking steps to the beat without realising, as demonstrated in classic Oizo fashion by the man himself, I DARE you not to get you groove on to this one :D.

Mr. Oizo - Cut Dick [click to download]








A bit more funk and a little less electronic fiddling this time, and also featuring Del Tha Funkee Homosapien on the vocals. It's real old, but the track itself is timeless, due in part to that ever so catchy sample and Del's flowing rhymes. who says we only post house? :P.

Gorillaz - Rock The House [click to download]








This track is the same as Around The World and Eple in the "that song I know but I don't" category, and like both of them it's an amazing tune, highlighting Scruff's excellent sample work, essentially making the song his own. If you have an ear for funky tunes, this will be your jazz flavoured fix for a while, that gets sweeter everytime you come back to it.

Mr. Scruff - Get A Move On [click to download]








This isn't to say I only like that stuff to walk to, no sir, sometimes you just gotta have some lovely electro. For example, Soulwax does it again with another excelent remix that manages to remain interesting despite being the same few bars repeated over and over. Oh, and it's about 10 minutes long too, so it's perfect for those loooooong trips, Enjoy :).

LCD Soundsystem - Get Innocuous! (Soulwax Remix) [click to download]








Topping off the Electro side of things is Zombie Nation. This version of Worth It is from the EP and is slightly slower than the album one, making it just the ideal tempo. This is by far my favourite to walk around to, and even though my favourites change weekly, this track remains in my playlists, which I only only do to truly great tracks, like Da Funk. And now I'm rambling, better shut up and post the player already.

Zombie Nation - Worth It [click to download]








To all of you who walk to your daily distraction, be it work or school, Enjoy. That tops off another installment of Pick 'N Mix, hope you have as much fun with these tracks as I do, stay safe, enjoy the tracks, don't get caught and make like Leo up there wherever you go and strut like a pimp :).

No street is safe from my swagger,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Sunday, 12 September 2010

The Devil Walks Once More


Yo guys its been a while since I last posted or even came on here. I think its been a month and a half or so? Anyways its been a while and I have my reasons why. All I can say is that my computer life has been really FUBAR the previous month and I needed to lay low for a while as it got really tense and rather mood killing. I do apologize for not being able to update you on this sooner (hell, until the middle of last week I wasn't even on Facebook at all either). Well I'm back now and I will be posting, but not as much as I used to,since I have college things to fill out and a senior year of High School to enjoy. Anyways, I dont wanna keep you guys waiting for too long. On with the music!!!!

Raw Man and Blanche - United (Club Mix) [click to download]








La Roux - In For The Kill (Skrillex Remix) [click to download]








Masters At Work - Pienso En Ti (Nuyorican Mix) [click to download]








Mark Knight - Devil Walking (Original Mix) [click to download]








I could choose more but I'm not feeling it today. Sorry :(

Have a great sunday!!!(or monday ,depending where you are)

Peace,
Nite

Friday, 10 September 2010

[IFA] September - TEAM BANZAI

Hi there,

We’re a little late due a small lack of communication, but I’m proud to present our new artists of the month: Team Banzai!

Because we over at ilictronix like variety above all else, these guys are actually our very first “non-exclusive-house producing” artists of the month. And now I’m at it, Team Banzai is the first duo we ever interviewed… Double exclusive guys, you’ve got to love one of those.



I only recently got introduced to Team Banzai when I was checking out the Nightcall remix contest by Kavinsky, but apparently these guys are pretty well known across the web. So why don’t we kick things off with the track that got me into their work.

Kavinsky – Nightcall (TEAM BANZAI Remix) [click to download]








And now I’m giving the word to our artists to explain to you who they are and what they do.

Hi, we are TEAM BANZAI.
We are a collaboration between two guys, Andy and Charlie, who have known each other since 6th grade. We started producing together on a serious level about 1 year ago, but each of us has our own musical background.

The name TEAM BANZAI comes from our 1985 racing jackets that were made for the cast and crew of the film "The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension". It was more by chance that we got the name TEAM BANZAI rather than one we chose.

COMMENCE DOUBLE INTERVIEW:

Describe your music in 3 words.

Genre Bending Dance

How did you guys meet up and which one off you really wanted the collaboration?

Andy: We have known each other since middle school, so like age 11, but did not start producing together until we were about 17. When I started DJing and getting really into electronic music, we would joke around about one day making an electro supergroup called Funk-o-Tron 3000 composing of me, Charlie, and another Andy. That idea snowballed between Charlie and I more and more as we started to learn how to produce. After I moved back to America about a year and a half ago, we had enough skills combined to start releasing tracks.

Charlie: I started fooling around with Reason and Ableton when I was about 17 and learned a lot about production from Andy in high school. I only recently (in the past year or so) became obsessed with producing in Ableton.

How does your collaboration work, do you work on a song separately and show each other the finished work for feedback? Or is it a little bit more complex…

It usually is our own songs that we give each other pointers on or we sit down and actually work on small bits and chunks of each other’s tracks. Doing it this way keeps things fresh in my opinion. When we start work on our album it will be much more a team effort.

What do you guys think is the biggest forte of working as a team? And what talent does each of you bring to the table?

Andy: You get creative criticism, a person who you can nerd out with on music stuff, and two is always better than one. I started to DJ when I was 12, dabbling with the early DJ software. Then progressing from vinyl to cdj, minidisk, serrato, and Ableton. When we perform I am the one who does most of the mixing. Charlie is a producer extraordinaire. His skill in playing bass and emulating music styles is ridiculously good. He brings the funk to the group.

Tell us something about your equipment… What are you guys packing?

Our production tricks are secret, but we use Ableton as our main DAW with a slew of VSTs and good, clean, samples.

In terms of Djing, we now use a Jazzmutant Lemur with our own DJ template (for any readers who own a lemur, you can download the template we use for free at Jazzmutants website), an Akai MPD24, a Macbook running Ableton, A Presonus firebox/pod/studiotube and either a Denon DNX-100 dj mixer or whatever is at the club. We always have some CDJs on hand in case things go haywire.

Who was your biggest inspiration when you grew up?

Andy: In terms of music, Daft Punk. I listened to all of their albums over and over and still to this day they are my favorites.

Charlie: Everything from classic rock to hip hop to old school funk has influenced me to this day, I like it all. And of course, guys like Justice and Daft Punk got me interested in electro and filter house. I also owe some credit to my dad who got me interested in playing the electric bass when I was 13 and took me to a ton of concerts (such as Steely Dan and Steve Miller Band).

Why did you remix the power rangers? Which one of you is the culprit?

Andy: That would be me. I have been a Power Rangers fan since I was a little kid, and after finding a full length copy of the original track by THE MIGHTY RAW, I just had to do a dancey version. I really just wanted to see if I could, and to have a punchy in your face power rangers to listen to myself.
When doing research on whether or not a good remix had been done already, I had found that all were happy hardcore covers or remixes. Charlie and I actually have 2 different versions of the shows theme. Mine is the one we have hosted, Charlies was much more an electro spacey remix. Sadly the source for that was corrupt and had missing parts so we decided to scrap that one.

If you had to choose: Country Guitar sample or Latin sax sample… and why?

Andy: Latin Sax. It has flavor and energy usually, and you can distort, morph, throw it into a sampler and mess with it a bunch.

Charlie: Country Guitar – I like the acoustic guitar sounds a lot.

Ever got sexually aroused by a song? Which one?

Andy: Any Barry White.

Charlie: Sexual Healing – Marvin Gaye.

What was the first album you ever bought?

Andy: Weird Al Yankovic – Bad Hair Day

Charlie: The Jimmy Hendrix Experience

If you had a “one use only time machine”, what would you change in the history of music?

Andy & Charlie: John Lennon not being killed.

Which artist should we check right about now and fall in love with in your opinion?

Andy: Right now I have been listening to a lot of Melee Beats. He is out of Cali and is a really good house producer.

Charlie: Shazam.

What are the plans for the future of Team Banzai?

Right now we are recording an album for our buddies ¡Partíbánd! and hope to be done with that soon, so we can begin our own record. The goal is to have that finished by mid 2011.

Anything else you want to say to our readers?

Never stop partying.



Now onto the fun part, la musique:
I tried to put together a nice variety of original works and remixes.

TEAM BANZAI – Funky Fresh [click to download]








TEAM BANZAI - D.T.M. [click to download]








TEAM BANZAI – Samurai Sax [click to download]








Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc. (TEAM BANZAI Redo) [click to download]








Ron Wasserman – Go Go Power Rangers (TEAM BANZAI's More Metal Remix) [click to download]








Boys Noize – Battery Pt.2 (TEAM BANZAI Remix) [click to download]








Make sure to check out TEAM BANZAI’s SoundCloud, because these guys make tracks like trailer trash makes babies. And you can always find more information about them in our Artist Of The Month widget on the right.

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Thursday, 9 September 2010

We Can't Fly

Hi guys !



I know that a lot of people who read the blog like Aeroplane. So here's a present for all of you guys, some of my favorite tracks from the soon to be released We Can't Fly LP.

Let's hope Vito's solo work will still be "Aeroplanesque", and that The Magician will finally release something !

First, We Can't Fly. This is truly an amazing song, everything in it just seems to be perfect, the synths, the groovy bassline, and those gospel voices... oh well.

Aeroplane - We Can't Fly








My Enemy is what I would call a regular Aeroplane track, you recognise their sound in the first 3 seconds, really good song overall, maybe a bit too repetitive.

Aeroplane - My Enemy








We Fall Over is the last track of the album, and what a great end ! Very calm instrumental part, with Au Revoir Simone's lovely voices.

Aeroplane - We Fall Over (Ft. Au Revoir Simone)








Of course, there is a lot of other good tracks on this album and, sadly, some bad ones too... Such as Good Riddance or I Don't Feel, both tracks are featurings so let's blame the other artists ! Just kidding, the songs are just not to my taste.

-Here

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

A Very Warped History 3: 1994 (2 Of 2)

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This post. this was the one I anxiously awaited doing when I started this series. Some of you will like it, many of you will probably not, Some of you may even grow to love it as much as I do, as is the case with the majority of these Warped posts. It peaked at number #11 in the UK album charts, being another case of Warp's success stories and probably their most unconventional and experimental release. And you know it's going to be good when Aphex himself describes it as "like standing in a power station on Acid" But that's enough chit chat, let's get stuck into it shall we?

Selected Ambient Works Volume II is one of my favourite albums of all time, (and I'm not kidding when I say it owes me weeks of my life back, it's over two hours long) I'm sure most of you think of grinding beats and snare rushes when you think of AFX, but this album is full on ambient in the style of Brian Eno's soundscapes of his "Ambient: X" series. It's unique in that none of the tracks (apart from one) are actually named, Instead of a tracklist on the rear you are given this image:


Confusing right? that is, until you learn that the symbols match up with pictures in the linear notes. an example of one can be seen here, showing the one named track, Blue Calx, and a full decode and explanation can be found on this page. I love that idea, leaving the names entirely up to the listener/viewer, and is only the beginning of the mysterious properties of SAW2. Also, no matter how natural and smooth the tracks sound, remind yourself that ALL these tracks are electronic. Yes, I was blown away too.

Now, onto the actual tracks; as mentioned before it is entirely ambient with only one or two tracks featuring any kind of beats at all, but it's not about that, it's about the textures and compositions of them. Some are dark, some are light, but each has it's own specific feel. Here are some of my favourites (leaving out most of the more sinister tracks to make it easier to listen to)

Take for example, Track One (or Cliffs, if you've seen the pie charts). This is where you'll decide if you like, dislike or love the album. I'll let the music talk for me on this one. turn the lights off, relax, and just listen

Aphex Twin - Cliffs








Arguably the most "known" track from SAW2 is Rhubarb, it's been used in plenty of things from animation shorts to service testing for the BBC. And it's also arguably one of the best, I can't really describe the feeling, a combination of melancholy and nostalgia maybe? Regardless, give it the same treatment as Cliffs and you can't go wrong.

Aphex Twin - Rhubarb








I feel the album flows much better with all the mellow tracks together, but that's not to say I hate the more sinister pieces. sometimes you gotta creep yourself out you know? oh, and this track isn't included on the US release so enjoy, it's a semi-exclusive!

Aphex Twin - Hankie








Moving back to the relaxed side of the spectrum, the opener from the second CD and the explicitly named track, Blue Calx. Picture a more ambient version of Nil from the first half of this post and this is what you'll get. You know what to do.

Aphex Twin - Blue Calx








Another quasi-popular track and one of the more accessible from the album is Z Twig, much like Rhubarb it has that "I've heard this before but I dont know where" feeling. Stay tuned for this one cropping up again in a themed post soon, I have other plans for it.... planned.

Aphex Twin - Z Twig








Time now for Exclusive number two, released only on the vinyl version and hard as hell to find a decent rip of on the net (I Scoured for months to find this copy), enjoy a 320 of probably the best track from the whole album; Stone In Focus. It's not posted on any blogs, well for download at least. it's fascinating in that the little click in the background changes tempo sporadically, and the song speeds and slows in the same way. Amazing stuff

Aphex Twin - Stone In Focus








Annnnnd time for one last track before I wrap this one up, Lichen is more of a classical piece, it's lovely for doing nothing at all to. So much so that AFX himself used to put it in his sets as a cool down song in the late 90's, and the crowds loved it, maybe for the occasional wave of bass, maybe for the smoothness of the sounds. You decide for yourself.

Aphex Twin - Lichen








So there you have it, Selected Ambient Works Volume II in a nutshell. And it sums up Warp pretty well too: a label releasing experimental music that are moderately popular, and then become cult classics that people like me get to rant and rave about.

To all those who aren't a fan of Ambience; I apologise, BUT I will say that you should really tune in for the next few entries as we enter the prime time of Warp in the mid-nineties, they're a lot more accessible and less... shall we say "out there"

Imagine, You Are A Cloud,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 7 September 2010

This Kitten Has A Lion's Roar

Pardon my hyperbole but the Scissor Sisters are the greatest band in existence. The first time I heard them was back in 2005 on the soundtrack of Tony Hawk's American Wasteland (don't look at me like that, that game was boss.) This was back before I knew what house was; yet, here they were, producing the baddest, trashiest disco house ever known to man. I mean that in the awesomest way possible.

Imagine my elation when I heard the news of the release of their new album.

Night Work is a pop music cavalcade, ranging from ballad to upbeat dance to pure house funk. This post will focus on the latter two. :)

Shall we?
Scissor Sisters - Any Which Way [click to download]







If you don't like this song, please remove yourself from the Earth immediately. 'Any Which Way' lyrically is a dirty, scandalous and sexual song and the instrumentation is set to match. Dirty fourstep synthesizer bass, disco strings and Jake Shears's unceasing falsetto makes for a great track in my book. I like this track especially (besides Ana Matronic's seductive solo) because it's a good blend of analog and digital--the sensual synths blend perfectly with guitars and crunchy drums. Also because it's amazing. Don't deny it.

Like seriously, have my babies.


Scissor Sisters - Something Like This [click to download]







'Something Like This' is a bit slower but just as funky. This is a good example of one of their more electronic tracks (and you know it's electro because it totally rips off Kraftwerk) and, though it's got kind of a generic sound, it still stands well on its own. Someone totes needs to remix it and throw some raaaaaaaave synths on it though!

Don't mess with Kraftwerk. LOL JK EVERYONE HAS


Scissor Sisters - Sex and Violence [click to download]







'Sex and Violence' is certainly the most unapologetic song off the album (and, as the title may imply, it's from the point of view of a rapist). Despite the gruesome subject matter, the track is a congregation of dark and dirty synths which tickle the libido. Filters too! Legit, I want to have sexual relations with this song blasting in the background. Does that make me weird? Who cares.

And speaking of weird...


And the piece de resistance...
Scissor Sisters - Invisible Light [click to download]







This song inspires me. 'Invisible Light' is kind of abstract, in both meaning and instrumentation, but it's incredibly intense. The first time I heard this song, I think I cried. Everything about it is flawless. "An invisible light to keep me alive" was an especially touching lyrics for me; around the time I discovered the song my mother was hospitalized with a serious condition and this song helped me cope. Some people don't believe in the power of music but I certainly do and this song is a testament to that.

Also Boys Noize did a remix of it but it kind of sucks so I'm not posting it.

That's all for now, folks. I have plenty more trashy discopop to show you later, but now it is time for me to sleep.
Au revoir!

Sunday, 5 September 2010

Mr. Brown's Festival Review: Laundry Day 2010

As I mentioned before I went to Laundry Day yesterday, so it’s time for another festival review I guess…



Because Laundry Day was an open air festival that happened during daytime, some pretty fun stuff happened you’d normally miss: I saw a 14 year old girl vomiting at 2 o’clock, some guys stealing fire extinguishers backstage and trying to make a foam party by themselves ... But above else the festival was a safe one considering all the buzz since the Love Parade incident.

The first noteworthy performance I saw was a live performance by the Waxdolls. This electropunk duo from Ghent (off course they’re Belgians) knew how to work a crowd. It’s probably best to describe them as a mix between the Subs (they bring the same energy to the stage) and MSTRKRFT back in the day (combining rock with electronic bleeps)…


After only one year of existence, Waxdolls shared the stage with Vitalic, Digitalism, and Alter Ego. And if that still doesn’t convince you these boys are doing a great job, here’s their most recent single:



Waxdolls – Spoiled Rich Bitches [click to download]








And here’s another track from their first album High Speed Killer Ride (buy it, these guys rock!):

Waxdolls – Favorite Girl [click to download]








The next performance I want to talk about is by CJ Bolland. He was giving us an amazingly consistent techno set, when suddenly the music stopped and a beatboxer took over. He gave it his all for about five minutes to end with the famous “this is going to make you freak routine…”. Mister Bolland immediately took over again by dropping it and a magical collaboration was born.

LFO - Freak [click to download]








And as a little special, here’s a classic:

CJ Bolland – Sugar Is Sweeter [click to download]








Last artist I want to talk about is my new hero, DJ Feadz, the reason I went to Laundry Day in the first place. His set was a mix of ravy choppy tunes and supreme mixing brilliance. He managed to keep me interested for the entire two hours he performed by giving the crowd lots of variety, lots of teasing and some catchy tunes everybody likes to hear from time to time. Highlights of the show were him dropping MC Hammer, Mr. Oizo’s Rubber (after teasing it half an hour beforehand, I was afraid you were never going to play it again, you sly devil Feadz…) and Meet Her At The Love Parade by Da Hool.
I’m just to forget the obligatory Uffie you played and keep watching out for your next performance. I will try and get my hands on the set DJ Feadz played and post it when I finally track it down.

All in all Laundry Day was a nice festival (but damn you Netsky playing at the same time as Feadz, I felt bad missing you). Sorry for spamming the blog with posts, but I might be gone for 3 weeks…

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Here's Top 5 bangers of September

Hi guys !

So, it's time for my top 5 bangers, the choice has been difficult but here it is finally.



#5
Futurecop! - Transformers (Ooga Booga Remix) [click to download]








First time I hear something from Ooga Booga, and this sounded pretty good. I couldn't find anything else from him/her/them, so it might be an alias... If you've got some info about it, let me know !

#4
Boy 8-Bit - The Keep [click to download]








Ah... Boy 8-Bit, I don't think he ever made a song I don't like, and this one is by far one of his best work.

#3
Squarepusher Pres. Shobaleader One - Cryptic Motion (Mr Oizo Remix) [click to download]








I've told you that Mr Oizo's remix was epic, so here it is, enjoy it, it's pure madness.

#2
The Count & Sinden - Panther [click to download]








One of the new songs from The Count & Sinden : MEGA MEGA MEGA LP. Catchy accordion (yes accordion.), sweet bassline, epic drums, nothing more to say, they are good. The whole LP is that good, so you know what to do !



#1
Diplo & Lil'Jon - U Don't Like Me (South Rakkas Crew Remix) [click to download]








I'll be honest, when I first heard the original track, I almost puked, it's really really bad. But I told myself, be professional (yeah.), give the remix a try and oh boy I'm happy I did, this remix is good. It makes Lil'jon enjoyable, which is kinda hard.

See you in a month ! Or not.
-Here