Thursday, 23 December 2010

One Oh One, One Oh Two, One Oh Trix



In what will be probably my last post of this year, I bring you a recent artist in my collection, Brooklyn based ambient musician, Daniel Lopatin AKA Oneohtrix Point Never. Working almost exclusivley with vintage analogue synths, OPN's music has same nostalgic qualities as heard in Boards Of Canada's tracks. If I could describe it to you, I'd say it's like the score to an old futuristic sci-fi flick.

First up, some tracks from 2009's Rifts, A compilation of his previous 3 albums. These became kind of rare due to limited print and outdated format (believe it or not, Cassette. In 2008!) so along with being easier to find, many of the tracks are extended or alternate mixes. and so, let's begin.



One thing I love about OPN, as well as the vintage sounds, is how he builds tracks. often starting with a simple arpeggio and layering sounds over it, until each elements blends seamlessly, or conflicting in such a way the sounds blur together into one.

Oneohtrix Point Never - Betrayed In The Octagon [click to download]








Oneohtrix Point Never - Russian Mind [click to download]








Oneohtrix Point Never - Laser To Laser [click to download]








Oneohtrix Point Never - Hyperdawn [click to download]








Oneohtrix Point Never - Actual Air [click to download]








And to top it off: a Mix by OPN, bundled with my copy of Rifts by the nice folk over at Bleep.com titled Objects In Mirrors. I'd love to include a tracklist but I couldn't find one anywhere. The intro's a bit out of the blue, but stick through it, 'cuz the good stuff comes in around 3:50 into it. trust me :).


Oneohtrix Point Never - Objects In Mirrors Mix


2010, We'll Go There Again,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 20 December 2010

Scientiae Est Potestas


Salve Amici! Hic est NiteShade! (Hello Friends! this is NiteShade!) For those of you who DON'T know what that language is, its Latin and, yes, I do take Latin Courses in High School (Im not very talented with it though. Its an incredibly difficult language to master >.>) And yes, the title is also in Latin, but im not telling you what that means, unless you feel like revealing it on the comments page. Just a little bit of interesting info for you guys there. Anyways, I am officially on Winter Break and have been so since last friday, which means you'll be seeing more posts from me soon enough ;) Let's start off with some interesting tracks, shall we?

First off we have some South African deep house(or Afro Deep House if you want to be less specific)from an artist named Black Coffee. The track, promptly named Juju, has a simply lovely drum beat involving what sounds like a bit of congo drums, and a powerfully smooth synth with even more hypnotic vocals. Once you hear that repetitive sound of "Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Mannnnn", you will have completely fallen in love with this track.

Black Coffee (Feat. Zakes) - Juju [click to download]








This next track should definitely be familiar to anyone who has listened to Evil Stereo before, especially a certain demo track on Youtube that is named "Girls Of Old Town". Thanks to some indirect help from a Mr. Stephen Johnson on facebook, I found the track Evil had sampled for the vocal portion of the song. The track's name is "Are You (Watching me, Watching you)" by Syke 'N' Sugarstarr. Who are they? Hell if I know. But what I do know is that this song is fantastic. Enjoy it.


Syke N Sugarstarr (Feat. Alexandra Prince) - Are You (Watching Me Watching You) [click to download]








Next up, we have the Planetary Lobby Version of Digitalism's Jupiter Room. Its a rougher, grittier, and more repetitive version of the normal track, not to mention a bit darker. Its catchy, Nite likes it.

Digitalism - Jupiter Room (Planetary Lobby Version) [click to download]








Next off is a track from Moguai, and its quite possibly the heaviest I have ever heard from him. Titled, "We Want Your Soul", this track starts off a bit odd, but eventually starts kicking off with a huge burst of epicness at around 1 minute or so. The heavy vocal sound chopping and the heavier beat makes you want to bang your head off and go a bit crazy. Its huge, its sexy, and by all that is holy, I can't help but love this track.

Moguai - We Want Your Soul (Original Mix) [click to download]








Oh and just because Wippenberg is awesome:

Wippenberg - Chakalaka (Original Mix) [click to download]








And for those who love Tech House like I do:

Sergio Fernandez - Baloncesto Femenino (Original Mix) [click to download]








And to top it all off: A brilliant remix of La Roux by AN21.

La Roux - Quicksand (AN21 and Philip Jansen Remix) [click to download]








Happy holidays to All and 100 NiteShade Points to anyone who gets the reference of the Picture and how it links to a certain holiday.

Veni Vidi Vinci,
Nite

Sunday, 19 December 2010

2010 LPs

Hi there !

2010 is almost over, so I thought I'll make a little "review" of the 10 best, in my opinion, LPs that came out this year, and I'm including OSTs. I wont bother describing how much and why I love the next 10 songs, they are here for a reason. (And also because I'm a bit lazy)

*Drum roll*

#10

Mr Oizo & Gaspard Augé - Rubber (OST)




Mr Oizo & Gaspard Augé - Sheila [click to download]







#9

Destronics - Digital Naives




Destronics - The Lake [click to download]








#8

Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star




Jamiroquai - Hey Floyd [click to download]








#7

Teebs - Ardour




Teebs - Wind Loop [click to download]








#6

Crystal Castles - Crystal Castles




Crystal Castles - Empathy [click to download]








#5

Massive Attack - Heligoland




Massive Attack - Atlas Air [click to download]








#4

Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (OST)




Daft Punk - Tron Legacy (End Titles) [click to download]








#3

The Count & Sinden - Mega Mega Mega




The Count And Sinden - Desert Rhythm [click to download]








#2

Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower




Chilly Gonzales - You Can Dance [click to download]








#1

Mock & Toof - Tuning Echoes




Mock And Toof - Suppress Your Feelings [click to download]








So, what's your top 10 ?

-Here

Thursday, 16 December 2010

Hipster Music

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Revolte is the ultimate in hipster music. It's so underground, no one's ever heard of them. You know why? Half of their songs are LEAKED DEMOS downloaded from a folder on their unfinished website. You have to be really hip and cool to know the URL (thanks to PostWorthyMusic for sending me the right way). To top it all off, what I consider to be their best song is IRONIC.

Pretty literally.



Revolte is somewhat vexing. They only have on official release, 'Fucking On Music' which is great electro, but I find the lyrics crude, shallow, and drab. Since then, they've done a number of brilliant electro tracks, and have proved themselves to be masters of micro-sampling. Their track Unit 2 Lesson 1 has been in sets by SebastiAn, and it's clear why: REVOLTE is SICK. Why vexing though? Like I said, one official release. Not only that, but they've been saying they'd be back in action now for going on 2 years, and have yet to really do anything. No EPs, no myspace updates, nothing.

So I took the liberty of putting together some 'fake' EPs, to collect related tracks together with some album art so you can put it on your music players :)

IRONICAL SEXISM (cover above)

I find this track pretty fun. It's ironic, it's sexist, it's got some great guitar. Quite honestly though, the real kicker here are some of the remixes. While I don't care for the GRUM remix much, the We Are Terrorists and Sundance remixes are BRILLIANT. The Blanche DuBois mix is good too, but it sounds almost unfinished to me. A bit raw for my tastes.

By the way, I'm pretty sure we're the only blog that has the original mix posted, so go wild, guys.

Revolte - Ironical Sexism (Original Mix) [click to download]








Revolte - Ironical Sexism (GRUM Remix) [click to download]








Revolte - Ironical Sexism (We Are Terrorists Remix) [click to download]








Revolte - Ironical Sexism (Blanche DuBois Remix) [click to download]








Revolte - Ironical Sexism (Sundance Remix) [click to download]








... if you can't tell, and haven't ever seen my webcomic, I have a bit of a preoccupation with hipsters...

UPDATE:
I just received a message from our friend PostWorthyMusic with some information.
"By the way, I read your post about Revolte earlier; good stuff! Also, it might interest you to know that they are indeed planning on releasing something in 2011. 1/2 of Revolte posted on the French Touch Forum mentioning an EP (At least according to Google Translate, although it might be wrong), and Tobias of the blog Deathelectro apparently contacted the other half on Facebook who confirmed a full lenght album. Furthermore, both of their facebook profiles have had profile pictures of them in the crash test dummy costumes together and them in their studio.
So, something is definitely in the works"
Thanks again dude! You can help thank our internet informant by subscribing on youtube, and checking out the blog.

-Boba

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Talk to Us!

I've been hard at work on the site new (yeah, not that hard), and I hope to launch it around May if all goes well. In the meantime, I've decided to fix something that's bothered me for a very, very long time.

When ilictronix first started out, I was all about answering every email that came my way. As we grew in popularity, however, my email received more and more spam, until recently when I would get about 20 spam emails every hour. It was truly unbearable.

At this point, I was unable to distinguish what was real, and what was spam. So I've finally come to a solution. The email address (prezjordan@ilictronix.com) still works, but only if you send me something through our contact form.

This was a relatively easy thing to build (I did it on the train home today from college), so there's nothing I can really brag about, just a quick fix.

So now you can finally get in touch with me! Fill out the form by clicking the "Email Us" link on the sidebar as always. Send me artists, funny links, news, albums, or even just say "Hey Prez you're great, are you single?" Whatever works for you!

Yes, yes I am,
Prez

PS - We love free stuff.

Master & Slaves remixes

Hey guys !



So, what's vandroid ? Here is a part of the press release that will give you an idea.

In a windowless warehouse building on the dreary outskirts of town, an unknown purveyor of grind-house cinema was beginning principal photography on what would be it’s last film ever. That summer, in that same warehouse, a young audio engineer named Fujiyama was contracted to record a visionary album as a companion piece to the film using a preproduction test unit of the latest synthesising equipment from Sansui in Osaka.

But sadly, the film and the soundtrack created for it, would not be completed according to plan.

A few weeks later, a freak fire raged out of control, destroying the studio. The barrister found the owners innocent. Insurance checks were cut. And the masters for the film and soundtrack were presumed gone forever.

In the Summer of 2009, Police were called by county court to open a rental-storage locker in the San Fernando Valley, CA with payments long overdue registered to a man by the name of Fujiyama Matsumoto, deceased, as confirmed by LA County Coroner’s Office, 2007.

Presumed lost forever, the visionary unfinished concept album was found in a sealed box in the back of the storage locker and now this epic soundtrack from this unreleased film is about to be released over 25 years after it’s creation.

Re-mixed and mastered by Fred Falke & Nic Nicola, this presumed lost gem will be finally released featuring re-mixes from a growing que of contemporary dance music luminaries.


Sounds weird, right ? Indeed. After some researches, I think that it's just Fred Falke's new project, a collaboration with a lot of great artists, but this is just a feeling based on rumors, so I'm not gonna give any name to avoid angry comments.

When you see the artists that remixed the first song, you can expect it to be huge... Yuksek, Boy 8-bit, Van She Tech, Siriusmo and of course Fred Falke.

Vandroid - Master & Slave (Yuksek remix) [click to download]








Vandroid - Master & Slave (Van She Tech remix) [click to download]








Vandroid - Master & Slave (Fred Falke remix) [click to download]








Vandroid - Master & Slave (Boy 8-Bit remix) [click to download]








Vandroid - Master & Slave (Siriusmo 'Slave Disco' remix) [click to download]








Happy holidays everyone !

-Here

Sunday, 12 December 2010

So It's Been Awhile

I never used to be an album guy. I tended to pick like 4-5 songs by any given artist, and only listen to them exclusively, usually to the point that I absolutely hated listening to them. Then there were some artists I just couldn't enjoy, like Digitalism. I discovered that magically, when you listen to the album as a whole, rather than as individual tracks, it becomes a more enjoyable experience entirely. I realized in thinking about it more that this is the way it used to be, back in the day. You can't efficiently pick and choose tracks on a cassette or vinyl LP.

All this to say, I've really been into doing the whole album, rather than going 'Play All' and hitting shuffle. So here, I'm going over some albums I've been into lately, and ironically, only picking a couple tracks for you guys to hear, which totally goes against the point of what I was doing.

First off, Grand Illusion by Styx.


This album is not strictly electronic. It's rock. But Styx is very brilliant in that they flawlessly incorporated awesome synthesis into their songs, usually as the centerpiece of the musical talent. Some bands having flying guitar solos, Styx did the same with beautiful 70s synthesis. In my opinion, truly one of the greatest albums of all times. Good lyrics, good music, good album flow.

If you haven't heard this album, I'd recommend picking it up. It has some great sounds and has been very influential in my music.

Styx - Fooling Yourself [click to download]








Styx - Miss America [click to download]








Styx - Castle Walls [click to download]








Next album! Phonat!



We've all heard Phonat's 'Set Me Free', which got some serious blog and remix attention. Phonat's LP, however, is a little bit less know, and very unfortunately so. As far as I'm concerned, Set Me Free is among the weakest tracks on the album. It's a house track sitting alone in what is a very diverse, explorational album, and the very basic disco sound is so... well, unimpressive. This album does it all: house, electro, rock, RnB (sorta) and even DnB. Find a download somewhere and grab it!

Phonat - Ghetto Burnin' [click to download]








Phonat - It's For You [click to download]








Phonat - Learn To Recycle [click to download]








Continuing the trend of album names that share the artist name...



I'm sure you're familiar with Chillin' or Lady, both of which are very important to disco house. I'm pretty sure this is my favorite track from the album, though.

Modjo - Peace Of Mind [click to download]










Supermen Lovers? We all know Starlight, it's another one of those big French House hits. You'll note the album version has some significant differences from the edit version that's the most circulated.

The Supermen Lovers - Starlight (Album Version) [click to download]








The Supermen Lovers - Diamonds For Her [click to download]








The Supermen Lovers - Rockin' Urgence [click to download]








To get some of the good parts from both versions of Starlight together, I did this.

The Supermen Lovers - Starlight (Boba's 2010 Edit) [click to download]








Enjoy, and happy holidays (all of them!)!
-Boba

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Drugs, Prostitution & Ke$ha feeling fly like it's Quidditch

I'll just leave this here...


Memorable quotes:
- Aww yeah, Hufflepuff know what's up.
- All the House Elves clownin'.
- BANK!
- Death Eaters trying harm us. Well they better come quick with the flip of a stick or i'll drop em' with my Expelliarmus.
- Put ya, put ya wands up.
- ???
- PROFIT!

Drugs + Prostitution = Ke$ha

Memorable quotes:
- TurboSlut
- It started with smoking weed..
- I'm scouting out all the drug stores.
- If I keep this up i'm sure to be molested.
- Sooooooo.... You guna make something up for me and i'll suck your dick right quick?
- ???
- PROFIT!

The End.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Daft Punk - Derezzed [VIDEO]

I cannot wait. My. God.


Enjoy, and be sure to check out Tron Legacy in theaters December 17th!

Prez

It's Cold Outside

I love winter, and odds are it's snowing where you are. Or at least cold. So I'd like to share with you a portion of my chilled winter playlist, as I do with every other season :P.



Planning this post two artists came up a ton in my noted tracks, Let's start with the first: Röyksopp, with one of my favourite songs, Sparks is that special kind of song that hits every right note for me, and it really comes into its own around winter time.

Röyksopp - Sparks [click to download]








And now a slice from Senior, and even though it was released in the spring it was still quite cold in the good old UK. And I think they intended it to be a cold weather track, or at the very least an early morning one, judging by the sounds. And I can tell you from experience it goes very well with both those scenarios :).

Röyksopp - Coming Home [click to download]








The Second artists to come up alot were Boards Of Canada, famed for their nostalgia tinted melodies they seemed an obvious choice (and if I'm honest I could do an entire post between them and Röyksopp) but in the end it came down to two. Number one, Olson, is a short but very, very sweet piece that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely fantastic, 'nuff said.

Boards Of Canada - Olson [click to download]








Number two: Melissa Juice, another fairly short piece but with a lot more going on, starting with those simple keys and just layering on more substance as time goes on, all topped off with that layer of analogue fuzz.

Boards Of Canada - Melissa Juice [click to download]










I've posted this one before, but it holds a special place in my heart during winter. One night earlier this year, me and a friend were sat talking gazing out of the window, My iPod on shuffle in the background. There was a gap in the conversation. The track changed. For a moment everything was in sync, and it was like heaven. I only wish you have a similar experience with this one, Enjoy.

Aphex Twin - Z Twig [click to download]








And to finish it off, another tune I didn't associate with snow until last year thanks to shuffle. this track plus empty streets and snowstorms make for a powerful combination, especially with the slow intro.

Daft Punk - Make Love [click to download]








And that does it for another one of my seasonal Pick 'N Mixes, providing you with new music every step of the year!

Cold As Ice,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday, 3 December 2010

Crossing the Rubicon


"Don't Fuck With The Chuck."



Hey guys ,it's Nite, back at you with another post. I do apologize for the incredibly delayed posting, but I have to prep for my finals and ready myself for winter break, of which I am almost certain I will be posting a LOT more than recently. Also, On a side note, I recently downloaded the new Tron legacy Soundtrack last Tuesday (the 23rd of November) and I must say: It was one of the best damn soundtracks I have EVER heard, and I have heard a LOT. (Then again, It IS Daft Punk, so it was already bound to be EPIC.) Right, on with what you ACTUALLY want to hear :)

First off, a brilliant edit of an excellent Tron legacy Track from Basic Slack. Starts off a little bit slow, but eventually turns into an eargasm.

Daft Punk - Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) [click to download]








The second track is probably the most disjointed and downright bizarre one you'll ever see me put up ever. The bands name is Bracken, and they made 1 or 2 albums before stopping altogether (They weren't very good trust me on this). However, there were a couple of songs that definitely were enjoyable, if not somewhat creepy. They're a cross between post-industrial rock and electronica, an odd combo. Anyways, here's a track that I definitely liked. i hope some of you like this track as well.

Bracken - Back On The Calder Line [click to download]








Next we have a Chicago House-esque Track by Galactik Knights featuring the lovely voice of Sowelu. Quite charming to listen to. Definitely one of my top tracks to listen to.

Galactik Knights (Feat. Sowelu) - Happiness [click to download]








A wicked track from Vangeli and AN21.

Max Vangeli and AN21 - Swedish Beauty [click to download]








Finally, because something somewhat old-school needs to be on here:

Kings of Tomorrow - Ego Trip [click to download]








Ame futte ji Katamaru,
Nite

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Snow Melting Music

Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls and aliens, Poka is back.



And he's not alone. This remix of Aretha Franklin is, as Poka said himself A tribute to one of the best voices ever. And what a tribute, it's brilliant, as always. You can recognize Poka's touch from the very beginning of this song. The whole track is pure pleasure, the progression, the synth, the lyrics... I can't think of anything that would make this song any better.

Poka vs Aretha Franklin - A Deeper Love (Cross the Line remix) [click to download]








Calypso... That simple word makes me remember those steel drums orchestras from Caribbean islands. In this song you'll hear the best use of steel drums in twenty-first century along with Boy-8 Bit's remix of Quicksand (and 50 cent - P I M P, sorry, but I like this song).

Round Table Knights & Bauchamp - Calypso (Zombie Disco Squad & Miman Remix) [click to download]








While The Magician is taking his time to release his first EP, Vito gives us this pleasant remix of the Australian pop duo Gypsy & The Cat. That song has been cheering me up in the morning for a few weeks now. I guess there is something between high-pitched voices and me...

Gypsy And The Cat - The Pipers Song (Aeroplane remix) [click to download]










I think that everybody will instantly recognise the song Drop Out City Rockers (also known as Drop Out Orchestra) decided to cover here. If you don't, well... I feel sorry for you !

At first I was thinking "Okay, so they did an average cover of Around The World to get some attention" but no, they did more than that. The cover is actually very good, they added a little something (not that anything was missing in the original) that is really enjoyable.

Drop Out City Rockers - International Track [click to download]










The frenchy Tepr released a new track, every month since he created his official website he uploads a new song and a mix every month. December's track is Push It, it might be a bit repetitive or too long, depends if you enjoy the loop or not.

Tepr - Push It [click to download]









Oooh British people... They might have weird food and bad teeth, but damn, they have good Djs, and Sharooz is one of them. The original song is decent but not that good, it has nothing that makes me wanna listen to it for a whole hour, this remix does. Sharooz did a great job with the lyrics and the synth, a very entertaining song.

David E. Sugar - Flea Market (Sharooz remix) [click to download]








To end this post, a remix by Hey Champ, that released their debut album Star this summer. They, for sure, know how to make good Dance Pop songs. A little sunbeam in those cold snowy days.

Gemini Club - Ghost (Hey Champ remix) [click to download]








Oh... Look ! A double rainbow.

-Here

Get Yo Groooooove On

Hey guys, sorry I haven’t been around recently. No I didn’t drop off the face of the internet, I was in fact busy being a slave to exams. Although fear no more as exams are over and I have acquired my freedom. Enough apologies, more music. I have compiled a cluster of songs following a theme of groovy/housey bass, which I assure you will get your groove on.



First up, a remix of my favourite artist of all time; Miike Snow. Much to my surprise, after multiple eargasms due to having this song on repeat for a solid week, Google informed me that eRNEST & AMz are in fact producers of the hiphop genre. I dare you to tell me that their not house producers after indulging your sensations in this track.

Miike Snow - Silvia [eRNEST + AMz Remix] [click to download]









On the remix CD of Miami Horror’s new album I found this musical gem. Although the original song in question is from their Bravado EP (the likes of which I posted before my vast absence) it doesn’t make it any less spectacular. Dear Treasure Fingers *Whispers in a low arousing tone* I love youuuuu.

Miami Horror - Don't Be On With Her (Treasure Fingers Remix) [click to download]









Next up is an original from an Aussie duo who gained mainstream (yes mainstream *shudders*) success throughout the world in 2008. Defiantly my favourite song from them, this song never gets old. Its just so sexy. I believe this song was original written with intentions to sell it to a female artist, however upon completion they decided to produce it themselves. May I say I am ever so glad they did.

The Presets - If I Know You [click to download]








I hope this subdues your appetite and thirst.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Charlie says...

Hi there people and pets,

The Phantom’s Revenge did it again: he made me neglect all online trackhunting, made me mute all my internet applications and most importantly… He made my week.
You guessed it alright, the new Charlie EP is live and kicking, so here’s a little review.

Artwork is tight as always

I’m afraid I’m too lazy to review the entire EP, so here are my two most favourite songs:

The Phantom's Revenge - Machine Gun Girl (Original Mix)








Machine Gun Girl starts off rather heavy, not exactly like your average TPR song. But the song slowly morphs into a house tune and when the timer hits the one minute mark this track becomes amazing. Killervocals, chopping skills even Edward Scissorhands wouldn’t be able to catch up to… And just when the track tends to get a little repetitive, The Phantom switches it up and the madness begins! I’m afraid I have to stop rambling now or I’ll appear to be a fanboy… And we blog writers are obliged to stay composed and stay objective (TPR, please adopt me and raise me to be a genius like yourself, I’m not that old… You could still pull it off).

Onto the next amazing track, Mr. Fahrenheit.

The Phantom's Revenge - Mr. Fahrenheit (Original Mix)








The first second I heard this song, I immediately recognized the “Arabesque - In the heat of a disco night” sample that was also used in the superpopular I Think I Like It track by Fake Blood. The only thing I regret is that I didn’t get the chance to listen to this song without being brainwashed by the Fake Blood song. Otherwise this song would be fresh and amazing, right now it’s just amazing.

Told you it would be a short review, now go buy the damn EP and listen to it all week like the big boys before The Phantom’s Revenge decides to go mainstream and we don’t think he’s cool anymore

Enjoy,
Mr. Brown