Saturday, 30 October 2010

Ghosts n Stuff Oh MY!



Hey guys, It's NiteShade again, bringing you some wicked tracks today that I have picked up during my absence. Expect a more Halloween-esque feel to them as its, well, a day away from Halloween. Since I'm 17, I wont be trick-or-treating ever again, but that doesnt mean i wont wear a makeshift costume to scare the hell out of TPers and Eggers who dare cross my sight. Oh, and I'll still be getting candy too out of this so I'm good with no ToT. If you guys have any interesting ideas to deal with egg trolls and the TP Brigade, feel free to put them in the comments box. Who knows, I might decide to do it. Anyways, On with the tracks!

Digitalism - ZDRLT (Rewind) [click to download]








The Chemical Brothers - Dissolve (The Bloody Beetroots Remix) [click to download]








Because the Name is fitting for this post...

Skrillex - Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites (Original Mix) [click to download]








LA Priest - Engine (Erol Alkan's Transonic Re-Edit) [click to download]








And because I was requested to put this up by a fellow DJ and Friend of mine who goes by the alias of M3311:

Daft Punk vs Classixx - Cold Act Ill vs Oh Yeah (M3311 Remix) [click to download]








I'm putting this track here because it has a sort of mysterious aura to it a little bit. Well that and the name is fitting too:

Kris Menace - Swarm (Original Mix) [click to download]








And you cant complete a post with a deadmau5 pun in the title without a deadmau5 song. Here is a clean remake of a live Mau5 track played ages ago. (which will soon be released)and its remade by a man named Beau Damion.(remember the Dub5tep Track? Same Guy.) Can anyone guess the track? No? Well here it is:

Deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon (Beau Damion Edit) [click to download]








Enjoy the musical treats and have a Happy Halloween!!!
Nite

Friday, 29 October 2010

Halloween Draws Near...



That dark night of spooks, horror, and cavities approaches! As such, I feel it is only appropriate to share this little treat I made to scare the shizzzzz outta all the lil kiddies. And I'm sharing it early, because I'm the kinda of guy who opens some of his presents on Christmas Eve! Without further ado, Boba's 2010 Halloween Minimix!

Halloween 2010 Minimix by Boba Fettuccini

Tracklist:
La Roux - Tigerlily
Boys Noize - Transmission
Mihai Popoviciu - Deep In The Carpathian Woods
Mr Oizo - Pourriture X
Jamaica - I Think I Like You To (Buffalo Bunch Remix)
Justice - Stress
Daft Punk - Rollin' and Scrathin'
Danger - 3h16 / Kavinsky - Nightcall (Acapella)
Boba Fettuccini - Psycho Lover
Deadmau5 - Ghosts N Stuff (Hard Intro Version) / Killers - Somebody Told Me


While we're here, why not tell us what you're doing for Halloween? Any of you dressing up? Share pics if you got 'em! I'm going as a somewhat stylized Batman: The Animated Series style Joker. My hair is died green and everything, I'm pretty jazzed.

Mwuahahahahahaha, happy Halloween!

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Shobaleader One: D'demonstrator (Review)

I'd be lying if I said I'd been keeping up to date with Warp's new releases after trawling their back catalogue for classics, but as I went to pick up more stuff from bleep.com I noticed 'Pushers new album. I knew it was coming, I'd heard Cryptic Motion, so I decided to check it out. And I was stunned.



Squarepusher is back, with a new "band" and this time bringing what I can only describe as his own twisted vision of Electro House to the table, or as Warp describes it: "The perplexingly titled 'Shobaleader One' is a dizzy whirl of proggy, vocodered soul; double-jointed electro-funk; Daft Punk-esque disco; electrifying finger-taps and various other mutations of speed-metal and fluorescent pop music". And with that in mind, my first album review:


It begins with Plug Me in, opening with some simple guitar chords we've seen before on Ultravisitor and Just A Souvenir. And then the beat drops, and the vocals too which carefully dance the line between vocoded and auto tuned, and all of a sudden it's a different beast entirely from anything we've heard before. Almost perfect opener IMO, just a bit too laid back in comparison to the rest of the album. 9/10

Squarepusher - Plug Me In








Here is where the Electro dabbling starts, set to some funky guitar riffs and even more almost incomprehensible vocoded verses. And while it's not going to set the floors on fire like We Are From Venice, it's damn fine electro, just with added guitars. think Pourriture X or Planisphere Part 4, only less crunchy. Overall, a very decent song, but it can get tedious after a while if you're looping it as I am. 8/10

Squarepusher - Laser Rock








I honestly have no idea how to describe this track. There's nothing to compare it to but I'll do my best :). One of the more laid back tracks on the album, Into The Blue keeps it fairly simple and focuses on the lyrics, sounds like some crazy futuristic pop from the 80's. I can hate or love this track depending on when it comes up, so I'm going with my gut feeling at the moment.6/10

Squarepusher - Into The Blue










Frisco Wave is a very strange track indeed, it sounds like a more modern track from Aphex Twin's unreleased Melodies From Mars; and that's not a bad thing at all. No vocals on this one, and as the first instrumental (minus a few random vocalisations) track of the album it's not too shabby, something about it just hits all the right places. Perhaps it's that melody, rising and falling in waves (no pun intended), which is too damn catchy for it's own good! 9/10

Squarepusher - Frisco Wave








Megazine (the track used in the D'demonstrator trailer) is what happens when 'Pusher decides he wants to do some Metal fused with his new Electro style. and he knows how to make it last, introducing the now expected vocoders over the top and some droney synths in the background. And just when you're getting tired of it, there's a kick ass guitar solo in the last quarter that injects the track with some much needed freshness at the right moment, and because of that Megazine gets an 8/10.

Squarepusher - Megazine








By far my favourite track on the album, Abstract Lover is a slow moving electro number, the satisfying beats lead into the synth-esque guitar riffing which is simply amazing. the way it merges and flows with the beats is just fantastic and the vocals only add to the winning combination. Already in my list of favourite songs ever and one of the best electro tunes I've heard in a long while, I only wish it was longer than three minutes. 10/10

Squarepusher - Abstract Lover








This one's a bit of a mash. It's like Jazz mashed with an 80's power ballad and some hair metal. Yeah. The track gets much better after about a minute or so if you haven't given up on it by that time, only just my least favourite but still good, if only for the later parts. 5/10

Squarepusher - Endless Night








I shouldn't really need to explain this one, but I will anyway. Released earlier as a single, it's pretty much the gateway to the album. In short: if you like Cryptic Motion, you will like D'demonstrator. One of the best tracks here as it pretty much encompasses everything the album is about. only compliant: could be a bit shorter, but that's me being picky 10/10

Squarepusher - Cryptic Motion [click to download]








and the finale, which like Megazine is straight up screechy guitars in your face. This time with added kicks, even more guitars over the top and some soft synths for good measure. And while that kickdrum does come across as a bit obnoxious at first, it soon slides into it's place in the mix. It sets out to be as outrageously filthy as it can, and it succeeds.8/10

Squarepusher - Maximum Planck








And that rounds up my first review, I would've included the Japanese bonus track, but it was hard to find a 320 of it, regardless it's similar to Planck and Megazine so if you like them, check it out, it's brilliantly titled "On Fire Again"



Now for Shobaleader One, the 'band' itself, I love the look and the anonyminity of them, it really adds to the aesthetic of the album as a whole. Odds are we'll never find out who they are (yet), they all have adopted psuedonyms and according to 'Pusher they come from a metal background but also are "mad into" R'n B. you can certainly feel that style on the record, as they set out to make what the Square man himself calls "Space Pop".

At the moment he says he's writing more material for them to perform as it's an "ongoing experiment", and is in touch with Andre 3000 from Outkast after he stated he'd like to collab with him. Make of that what you will, I'm off :).

What the hell is a Shobaleader?,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 25 October 2010

The Catalogue by Kraftwerk: part II

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Okay, this is a little humiliating, but back in the day (February the 5th to be precise) I started a series of reviews to bring you some insight into one of the most influential electronical music artists...


And those of you who actually waited for the second part to appear are finally getting what they deserve, the long awaited continuation of the Catalogue review.

Kraftwerk's second album Radio-Aktivitat (You guessed right, Radio-Activity in English) was created after the 1975 Autobahn tour. The Kling Klang studio's equipment got upgraded and in this fully operational recording studio, Kraftwerk started making electronic pop tunes. The album wasn't exceptionally popular in the UK and the USA (but everybody knows "those guys" have absolutely no taste in music), but got a gold record in France. A European tour and some promotional video's however, did spread the name Kraftwerk to the general public. The central theme of the album was the band's shared interest in radio communication.


Enough with the jibber jabber, let's listen to some music.

Radioactivity:
The album's title song and one of the most famous tracks by Kraftwerk starts of with some geigerteller samples and cheerfull synths. The simple vocals and the happy synthsound contrast heavily with the background music and the sad sounding monotone drums. I find this contrast to be the source of power to this song that has a clear message against nuclear energy (which I don't agree with for the record).

Kraftwerk - Radioactivity [click to download]








Airwaves:
To break away from the heavy athmosphere left by the first track, here's another cheerfull song. I just like the uplifting tempo on the drums (they remind me of Karma Chameleon, I'm gay like that).

Kraftwerk - Airwaves [click to download]








Ohm Sweet Ohm:
Apart from the funny play on words in the title, this song manages to annoy the hell out of me by being so slow. And because of this absurd reason I love it! I keep bobbing my head to try and speed it up, but nothing happens and suddenly after two minutes the tempo suddenly shifts and I get happy like a baby watching his mom unbutton her blouse after an equal time of extreme hunger.

Kraftwerk - Ohm Sweet Ohm [click to download]








Why did I choose these 3 songs? To be honest, everything else was some filler music or inaudible avant-garde radio-noise. Remember, they only just started to make pop music.

Let's hope the next album review doesn't take me 8 months to write...

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Sunday, 24 October 2010

[GXC 002] Poka - Phoenix Sun EP

Hi, my name is Jordan and I like Disco.


Sorry I couldn't find an image for this one.

I've written about poka many times. You know why? Because he is fucking incredible.

The 2nd installment of Galaxie Comete Records is a bit... more modest than usual (for the most part). If you can recall my GXC 006 post, which is also featuring Poka's work, it was in-your-face, cut-up, and pure awesomeness. However, Phoenix Sun EP takes a lighter approach at modern disco house - and it's welcomed.

Phoenix Sun starts off as a down-to-earth funk track, and stays that way for the majority of the song. While the track doesn't change all too much, everything flows together quite beautiful, making it the perfect track for almost any mood.

Poka - Phoenix Sun [click to download]








Heartbreaker is equally modest and equally awesome. The vocals in this track really make it glow, and the loops travel through the song so subtly that even your annoying friends who label everything as "so repetitive omg" will like it. Heartbreaker is truly a beautiful track, and there's no escaping that.

Poka - Heartbreaker [click to download]








Party In Me is straight up audiporn. The energy is this song is so concentrated, it's hard to explain unless you're listening to it for yourself (so click that damn play button). The lyric cuts add a nice touch, and the everything-else (guitar clicks, drums, bells, etc) make this song a chunky funky soup. This happens to be my personal favorite track from this release, and I feel it also has the best sound development. The title's pretty funny too - gross if you really think about it.

Poka - Party In Me [click to download]








Live Together is a complicated track to explain. It starts off with a basic lounge style, and develops into a rhythm-friendly sound, which greatly resembles early house music, and hey, who doesn't love early house music? While there isn't a whole lot to say about this track, it's a great way to end a great album.

Poka - Live Together [click to download]








And as a bonus, just so you can see how versatile this guy is.

Poka - 1987 [click to download]








So there you have it. Hopefully with this post, you were able to get some insight into one of the best house musicians of today's time (he's here to stay, bitches), and maybe even pickup some great tunes for your library.

Comments are greatly appreciated,
Prez

Monday, 18 October 2010

Mr Moustache

Hi guys, today I'm gonna make you listen to Mr Moustache !



Mr Moustache is a 20 years old disco house producer from Czech Republic. As for a lot of new producers there is not much information about him, he is mostly inspired by french disco house, and well, you can definitely hear it in his songs.

He just released his first EP on Freedom Record, and let me say, it has some pretty good tracks !

Mr Moustache - Big Tasty








Mr Moustache - Female








Mr Moustache - Heart Sing








Mr Moustache - Marry Me








Mr Moustache - HoneyMoon








Mr Moustache's Soundcloud

For those who like it, you can buy the whole EP here. It's the kind of amazing young producer that needs support in my opinion.

-Here

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Madeon

Hi there, it's been a while since my last post, so... here it is !



Madeon is a 16 years old eletrcopop producer from France, yay !

There is not much I can say about him, he is just really good at making good old upbeat electropop with lovely synths, just check out those tracks, you'll know what I mean.

Poka level for this track. Those catchy lyrics are pure awesomeness.

Madeon - For You [click to download]








Madeon - Shuriken [click to download]








Even if you are not a fan of Pendulum (I know I'm not), listen to this remix, because it's pure genius.

Pendulum - The Island (Madeon remix) [click to download]








Alphabeat - DJ (Madeon remix) [click to download]








The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It (Madeon remix)






Madeon's Soundcloud

Madeon's Myspace

Thanks to magna for this sweet discovery !

-Here

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Freaky Frequencies

As I'm sure you've seen from my other Pick 'N Mix posts, I have a soundtrack for almost everything. And this October is no different, I have an assortment of tunes to make you dance, and some to creep you out. Let's begin :)



I'll start with the electro first, Oizo delivers with the original version of pourriture, not necessarily a Halloween song but fits the bill quite well with it's screechy guitars and haunting vocals. I'm also using it for my Zombie movie I'm doing at college, so there's that too :P

Mr. Oizo - Pourriture X [click to download]








This one earns it's place on the list simply because it samples old zombie flicks, what more can you ask for at this time of year, eh? There's a surprising lack of samples like that actually, I sense a gap in the market! I will team up with someone and create Progressive Zomstep House! any takers? :D

Gorillaz - Hip Albatross [click to download]








Next up is a track I heard best described as "the theme to the most messed up and awesome game show ever". S├ębastien's weird combo actually works out pretty well, it's catchy as all hell despite sounding incredibly cheesy at the beginning :P.

Sebastien Tellier - Zombi [click to download]








And whats Halloween without thriller? 'cept this ain't the thriller you know, it's remixed by our man La Roche. 'nuff said.

Michael Jackson - Thriller (Louis La Roche Remix) [click to download]








One late addition that came up as I was writing, one of my recent favourite tracks, a real downbeat number from Fever Ray herself, for those of you who want a more ambient night :).

Fever Ray - Keep The Streets Empty For Me [click to download]








For the finale, one track that will genuinely creep you out. I'm not going to say much other than if you need some sounds for freaking people out, this is the track to do it with. (fun fact: Gwely Mernans translates to "Death Bed") also, if you want more creepy stuff from AFX check out Hankie from the Warped series.

Aphex Twin - Gwely Mernans [click to download]








sorry for the huge gap, been bogged down with coursework and stuff, you know how it is. (not as bad as being a Chilean miner, mind) This means I won't be as regular sometimes, but now I should be back to my old schedule (for a while). Warped will continue after this post, but for now, just be glad I finally got something up. :P

Define 'Regular'
-Claude Van Foxbat

To keep you entertained...

As the place has been quite dead for the past week, im gonna post some tracks, just so you don't think we have been ignoring you lately.

First up, a minimix by a rodent. Let's play a game here. The tracklist is incomplete because im not a Deadmau5 geek like many people, so try to fill in the blanks. (Edit: The winner of the game is Primal)

Deadmau5 - Minimix [click to download]








Tracklist:
FML
Deadmau5 & Kaskade - Move for Me
Arguru
Fifths
Hi Friend
Sometimes Things Get, Whatever
The Reward Is Cheese
Word Problems
Desynchronized
Feed Me - Mordez Moi
Muse - Knights Of Cydonia (Feed Me Remix)
Ghosts N' Stuff
Moar Ghosts n' Stuff
Soma
Bye Friend
BSOD vs Daft Punk - HFOD (Harder Faster On Drugs)
Hi Friend
Soma
Everything Before
Alone With You
Lack of a Better Name
Slip
I Remember
??

Now, one i neglected to listen to. I regret that decision greatly.

Cassian - Friday Night [click to download]








A funky remix:

Heads We Dance - My Heart Is Set On You (Docteur Cauchemar Remix) [click to download]








One i've started to like a lot:

Grum - Can't Shake This Feeling (Beaumont Remix) [click to download]








And some pre-Moon Safari Air to wrap it all up:

Air - Casanova 70 [click to download]








Enjoy!

Holding out,
Alex.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Please Don't Leave Me Here

Helloooo everyone. I'd apologize for not posting very much but I sense that's getting old. I'm actually supposed to be doing college apps right now... but you know what? I love you guys too much to neglect you any longer (and it's been a while). :p

Today's (read: this month's) post will be a bit divergent from the homophile electropop that you've become accustomed to. (And to think, I was brought on the team for my french house expertise. Ha!)

Instead I'd like to welcome to the world of Korean electroclash.



Clazziquai Project is a trio of Korean musicians who've been around since 2001. They haven't received widespread exposure outside of Asia--which is unfortunate, as their music is amazing. On the surface they're basically a pop group (perhaps analogous to Linkin Park, except... not thrash metal), but the superb production of DJ Clazzi, mixing acid jazz with electroclash with bossa lounge house, is incomparable to anything in the Western music scene or elsewhere for that matter. Feast on this deliciousness.

Clazziquai Project - Robotica [click to download]







'Robotica' is a piece of futurism at its strangest yet most wonderful. The bass and synths are trippy, but almost Daft-esque; the beat is half-dub, half-microhouse; the vocoder is bliss. This is a good representative of Clazziquai's electronic tracks: strange interspersed samples, whistlestop beat and unintelligible vocals ("Please don't leave me alone, please don't leave me here"? Get a GPS, for Chrissakes). For me, at least, it creates a formula of infectious influenza. Also the video is really freaking awesome.

Necessary to prevent Clazzi fever.


Clazziquai Project - Love Again [click to download]







'Love Again' is a bit more stomping and a helluva lot more glitchy. The synths scream "Dance you fools!", driving and hard and reminiscent of one Tim the Tool-Man Taylor. Once again Clazziquai's propensity to make catchy tracks shine through; if you aren't putting your hands up and shouting "I'M IN LOOOOOVE AGAIN" by the end of this track, then the only reason you ever put your hands up is to speak in sign language. Was that insensitive? Oops. Point being the song's awesome.

Sorry Helen.


Clazziquai Project - After Love [click to download]







The intro to 'After Love' is a bit strange (seemingly copped from a ghetto rendition of "Forrest Gump"), but it leads into a melody so mellow and relaxing it could cure ADHD. (More insensitivity woo. But I had ADHD as a child, so it's okay?) This, as a kind of synthounge track, is actually an in-between for Clazziquai; many of there songs are straight-up bossa lounge with barely a synth to be found. I prefer this mix however; this blend of the acoustic and the electronic is ideal and incomparable.

Bonus for you all, a remix:
Clazziquai Project - Prayers (Shinichi Osawa Remix) [click to download]







Holy. fack. Never before have I heard this melting pot of house, electroclash, dubstep and Todd Edwards-style pure groove. Shinichi Osawa sure does deliver in this remix of Clazziquai's "Prayers". It's almost arrythmic at some points, but the intensity it produces makes up for any brief harshness of sound; this is pure raaaaave. I dare you not to gyrate your body wildly in response.

What you should be doing right now.


m-flo loves Sowelu - So Exclusive (Clazziquai Project Remix) [click to download]







Bonus bonus: Clazziquai remix of m-flo's "So Exclusive". Not too much to say about this one, other than this was my favorite track -ever- for an extended period of time many years ago.

Peace folks! See you soon. <3

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Feeling a Bit Grummy

The artist on focus today is Grum.



He is known for his brilliant remixes and for releasing a very good album this (sadly) past summer.

Lately he has been releasing quite a nice bunch of remixes and a couple of them have cought my eye.

The first one is of Passoin Pit's Sleepyhead. I must admit that Passion Pit don't appeal to my ears. In fact, i couldn't even listen to their album in its entirety.
This remix has a quite weird sounding beginning, thanks to the funny vocal loop, but then the bass comes and it all starts to make sense.

Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Grum Remix) [click to download]








The next one is by a band i had never heard of, Everything Everything. I didn't listen to the original, but to be honest, i don't think i want to after hearing this remix. Everything is right here. The bassline, the synths, the drums and the vocals.
One of the best remixes i've heard in a long time and stands beside his Skeleton Boy remix in the awesomeness scale.

Everything Everything - MY KZ, UR BF (Grum Remix) [click to download]








And to top it off, the bonus track off his album Heartbeats. Funnily enough, it's one of the best in the album, which is one of the best of the year, in my opinion.

Grum - Transport [click to download]








Enjoy!

Insert something here,
Alex.

Friday, 1 October 2010

Going back in Time (NiteShades Picks of The Week)


Alright ladies and gents, I have quite a treat for you today. For this picks of the week special, I am picking some house music and other groovy tracks from the past. By the past, I mean 1980s to 1990s. I wont go into detail really since I dont feel like it, but rest assured these few tracks im giving you are quite epic, even if some may be 20+ years old. Are you ready? Well then lets go!!!

Jago - I'm Going to Go (Frankie Knuckles Remix) [click to download]








Maurice - This is Acid (Original Mix) [click to download]








Blaze - Why Can't We Live Together (Dub) [click to download]








Frankie Knuckles - Your Love (Original Mix) [click to download]









The KLF - The White Room (Original Mix) [click to download]








Nuyorican Soul - Runaway (Armand Van Helden's Mongoloids in Space Mix) [click to download]








Enjoy the classics :)

Living in the past,
Nite