Friday, 30 December 2011

Names of 2011

Here is a (partial obviously, these are the things I will remember for the year anyway) list of important names that came up this year.

Pyramid




Pyramid has been around for quite some times but he really started getting attention this year, his 10 tracks long EP "Lost In Space" is simply filled with awesomeness, that guy will seriously be big in 10 years. His songs could fit so much movie scenes perfectly, everytime I hear one of his track I just picture the whole scene instantly.

Destiny Part II by -Pyramid-

Pyramid - Digital Rain [click to download] |HTML5|








Pyramid - Behind You [click to download] |HTML5|








Drive




Talking about songs in movies : Drive wouldn't be the masterpiece it is if it did not have such an amazing OST. Kavinsky as opening credits, incredibly good COLLEGE track that will make you remember the scenes it's used in instalty when you listen to it. And Cliff Martinez original tracks made for the movie are really making you feel the tention.

Kavinsky - Nightcall (Ft. Lovefoxxx) [click to download] |HTML5|








College - A Real Hero (ft. Electric Youth) [click to download] |HTML5|








The Magician




Former half of Aeroplane Stephen became the magician for the pleasure of everyone enjoying retro synths. Magic tapes, remixes, original tracks, he did everything with talent, giving us something every month of the year...

The Magician - I Don't Know What To Do [click to download] |HTML5|








Lykke Li - I Follow River (The Magician remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








Madeon




He was already around for a year, getting recognition for his remix of The Island by Pendulum but 2011 was really HIS year. He remixed Deadmau5, Yelle (and opened for her too), made a mashup of Wolfgang Gartner for Porter Robinson. Oh and yeah he made Pop Culture Mashup who got crazy (well deserved) attention all over the interwebz.

Madeon - Pop Culture (Live Mashup) [click to download] |HTML5|








Deadmau5 - Raise Your Weapon (Madeon reimx) [click to download] |HTML5|








Alecks Awklr




The kind of guy who links his bandcamp page on the shoutbox, you listen to it out of curiosity and instantly fall in love with. In addition to being a very nice guy he produced one of the best album of the year, it really came out of nowhere and I LOVE THAT.

Alecks Awklr - Breathless [click to download] |HTML5|








Alecks Awklr - Temple Runner [click to download] |HTML5|








Dj Mehdi




Here comes the sad part of the post, the very sad part. I never understood much those people crying over famous people deaths, I was a bit sad when MJ died but that's about it. But now I get it, when someone who makes music you listen to almost everyday, makes songs who go right into your heart such as Pocket Piano or Signatune, and you hear that this man died, well you seriously feel something. I never had the chance of seing Mehdi on stage, but I always heard good things about his lives and about him being a genuinly nice guy. Hats off mehdi.

Dj Mehdi - TragicoMehdi [click to download] |HTML5|








The Krays - We're Ready When You Are (DJ Mehdi remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








Rei Harakami




Yes, another name... You might not know him, we only posted once about Rei, but he made some very relaxing ambient tracks. A man to be remembered.

Rei Harakami - Joy [click to download] |HTML5|








Rei Harakami - Lust [click to download] |HTML5|








More to come, in my top 10 albums :)

-Here

Friday, 23 December 2011

Sending Off Shuffle

I know this year's been a bit lacking in content and I apologise for that, but there's only so much blogging one can do, and we have lives too you know! Joking aside, I wanted to take this opportunity to do something I've not done for a while: A good ol' fashioned shuffle post, think of it as a thank you for staying with us through the year.

Click for big


First up is the band I have a notorious love-love relationship with, The Knife. I'm very interested in what they will bring to the table for the album they're planning for next year, hopefully more in the vein of Silent Shout than the more experimental stuff they did on the soundtrack for Tomorrow, In A Year but for now enjoy a cut from what is by far their most popular LP, Deep Cuts.

The Knife - Rock Classics [click to download] |HTML5|








Ah, Squarepusher. I had a real lack of his earlier works before I started the Warped series, so I have a lot of un-posted gems kicking around. I'll probably do a series on 'em after the main Warped series is finished, until then have a bit from the quality Big Loada EP.

Squarepusher - Massif (Stay Strong) [click to download] |HTML5|








Speaking of early stuff, another track just came on that I really love. It's Aphex Twin back in his acid house days, like most of the stuff he makes it has a nice contrast in sounds from the beats to the almost orchestral stabs throughout. The opening arpeggio is pure sequenced heaven to my ears.

Aphex Twin - Polynomial-C [click to download] |HTML5|










It was around this time last year I posted some cuts from Oneohtrix Point Never's then new compilation Rifts, he's since come out with another two albums that I've yet to pick up. I remember the first time I heard this track, it was described as a combination of tons of ambient stuff including Boards Of Canada. I was skeptical at first but this track just absolutely sold me.

Oneohtrix Point Never - Behind The Bank [click to download] |HTML5|








Miss Kittin's first solo effort, I Com was a mixed bag of atmospheres, some tracks were clearly meant for the dancefloor, some for listening. Some even combined the two, as seen here; it's pretty slow to build but that just makes the eventual peaks in sound even more satisfying to hear, especially the amazing break at 3:10.

Miss Kittin - Dub About Me [click to download] |HTML5|








I think I've said before I have a penchant for liking albums that the music press at large don't, this is a great example, 100th Window was massively critiqued upon release. It's true that the compositions are even darker than those on Mezzanine and a hell of a lot sparser, but the end result still sounds great. My only complaint is that it could do without that solid 1 minute of intro.

Massive Attack - Butterfly Caught [click to download] |HTML5|








And that about wraps this years posting up for me, I would whacked a few more tracks on but the last few tracks were quite long. Regardless, happy holidays from me and the rest of the ilictronix crew, we hope to see you in 2012! As always, stay safe and enjoy the music, wherever you are.

Into The Blue,
- Claude Van Foxbat

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

The Magictape 18

A little present from The Magician !

Magic Tape Eighteen by TheMagician

Tracklist in the comments as soon as it's up.

-Here

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Foreign Language video

Brand new video from Flight Facilities' track : Foreign Language.



And a bonus, The Bloody Beetroots - Church Of Noise reworked by Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo and Thomas Roussel from SomethingALaMode.

The Bloody Beetroots - Church of Noise ( B-SIDE ) by thebloodybeetroots

-Here

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Alex Awklr - AppAratus EP

Here is a brand new EP from Alex Awklr

Very short tracks, remembers me of Onra, short but creative tracks, Hokkaido is amazing.

It's free so consider it an early christmas gift !



-Here

Monday, 12 December 2011

Flux Pavilion x Doctor P and Gigamesh

Just received this little bomb from Gigamesh, thought you guys might enjoy!

Gigamesh - Burnin by GIGAMESH

Flux Pavillion and Doctor P worked together again, and the result was more than unexpected, incredibly groovy dubstep tune, very different from their usual stuff.

Flux Pavillion & Doctor P - Superbad [click to download] |HTML5|








-Here

Friday, 9 December 2011

The songs that are on the radio

Alright so here is the story, I had to spend 3 hours in a car without any way to play my iPod, so I had to listen to a french "DJ radio" who mostly plays terrible remixes of Pendulum and Lady Gaga.

Despite all the hate I have for most of the songs that were playing, two got my attention because the synths were REALLY catchy, and I love some catchy synths in the morning, so here they are.



First song I've ever heard from this guy, I know he's from belgium and that's about it.

Basto - Again And Again [click to download] |HTML5|








And a farely decent track from Avicii, the vocals from Etta James really add something to this track.

Avicii - Levels [click to download] |HTML5|








Oh and because it's new, Skrillex's remix of Levels.

Avicii - Levels (Skrillex remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








-Here

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Original Don

Oh, nothing special here, just another regular Major Lazer music video... nothing weird at all.



-Here

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Moloch remixed by Vengeance

Everything is in the title, I'm sleepy but this kept me awake for six more minutes.

Moloch - Owl Vision (Vengeance Remix) by VENGEANCE

Bang.

-Here

Magna's at it again

Made my day, and it's only 9am. Magna's just killing it one more time, that remix is really different compared to most of the other, he chopped the vocals and he did good !



The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love?  (Magna's 'Stripped' Remix) by Magna

-Here

Monday, 5 December 2011

Brodinski likes to slow things down

So, Brodinski has been "screwing" things these days and it's pretty cool actually !



This track is a recurrent joke with a friend so it kinda got my attention instantly, and it sounds realy good slowed down.

Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River (Screwed By Brodinski) by Brodinski

Tyga - Like Me (Screwed By Brodinski) by Brodinski

If you like it, there is a lot more on his Soundcloud page

And just because this remix is great.

Nero - Crush On You (Brodinski Rmx) by Brodinski

Bonus ! An old track by The Glitch Mob & Theophilus London

Black Aura feat. Theophilus London [2009] - Free DL by The Glitch Mob

-Here

Cassian's Love

It is a well known fact that How Deep Is Your Love is a gold mine for any remixer out there, that track is brilliant and the vocals are simply asking for it.

Cassian gave it a try, and the result is simply GREAT.

How Deep Is Your Love (Cassian Remix) [Cass Master] by cassian

-Here

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Bangers by the BBs

Kind of totally forgot about these guys since their whole screamo weird thing...

Came across this video today, and the song was actually way better than I expected it to be.



Actual song :

The Bloody Beetroots - Church of Noise (feat. Dennis Lxyzén) by thebloodybeetroots

And their brand new remix of Congorok - Ivory. Magnificient, I missed their old vibes so much, glad to see they're going back to it.

CONGOROCK "Ivory" The Bloody Beetroots Remix by thebloodybeetroots

-Here

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

Quick news

Hey.

New Congorok killer track. That man really know how to make bangers.

Ivory by Congorock

Robotic Pirate Monkey's back too, one more time, it's the sweet combination of smooth and heavy dubstep, amazing.

Hellevator by RoboticPirateMonkey

and let's wrap this up with Moonlight Matters remix of Digitalism - Circles.

Digitalism - Circles (Moonlight Matters Remix) by Moonlight Matters

Monday, 28 November 2011

Things I forgot to post

Here are some of the things I forgot to post because I did not really have time... time to catch up !

Let's start with Yuksek's latest music video



Two very good tracks by Xinobi including a collaboration with Moullinex

Moullinex & Xinobi - X Marks The Spot (Original Version) by XINOBI

Quakers & Mormons - New York Town (Xinobi Remix) by XINOBI

And this amazing remix of How Deep Is Your Love by NTEIBINT

The Rapture - How Deep Is Your Love (NTEIBINT Remix) by NTEIBINT

-Here

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Canon (Pyramix remix)

Worth a whole post on its own.



Canon (Pyramid Remix) by -Pyramid-

Pyramid is definitely someone to follow :)

-Here

Cadillac

Here is a little something to end this weekend !

Cadillac EP (2011) by Cadillac™

My shitty weekend needed something that smooth.

Enjoy
-Here

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Kraddy and a bonus

Hi there, it's been a while...

I recently received news about Kraddy, hope you guys remember him.

He released his debut album, you can catch it for free on his official website.

But that's not all !

Two contests are coming, a T -shirt design contest is already open, but in a about a week a remix contest for Black Box will start, so you know what to do !

Also, the music video for his main title is now out too.



And what about that bonus ?

Magic Tape Seventeen by TheMagician

Tracklist in the comment section, when available.

-Here

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Album review: PAUS



I gave up on doing album reviews, because they were never my finest pieces of work and they weren't always well received.
However, after hearing this album, I had to review it.

It comes from Portuguese band PAUS, a 4-man band, which consists of, according to them, "A siamese drumset, a bass bigger than your mother and keyboards that make you feel things."



Gotta love that, right? The unusual dual drumset lineup means that this album is heavy with drums, which is never bad.

First track is Ouve Só (Just Listen). A very immediate starter, very quick action. Short on vocals, it bases itself on the drumming and some background synths until it all sorta blows up in a dubsteppy bass wobble, morphing back into more epic sounds, which lasts till the end,

Next comes Muito Mais Gente (A Lot More People). This one a bit more "rocky" than the previous one, and it's more vocal aswell. Very well worked here, hard but not too much.

PAUS - Muito Mais Gente [click to download] |HTML5|








Following right behind is Língua Franca. Once again, "rockier" than the previous one, but slower.
This instrumental is well done, however it can get a bit repetitive in the middle section, but that's pretty much the only complaint I have about it.

Coming next is Deixa-me Ser (Let me Be). Best on the album and certainly the one that causes more buzz.
The catchy guitar riff, the looping rythm, the drum solo. All of those elements make up for an extremely catchy track that reminds me of Summer festivals and good times all around.

PAUS - Deixa-me Ser [click to download] |HTML5|








After that is Malhão. Named after a tradicional folk song, it has nothing folky about it. It starts off a bit slow, but it soon speeds up into a very distorted track, but once again, without exaggeration and with a few vocals thrown in aswell. Not bad.

The following is Descruzada (Uncrossed). It's the drumming that makes this one really good to me. Add in some pseudo-psychadelic guitars and noises and you get a fantastic track, along with a breakdown that is perfect to be played in live shows, going back to the first half sound, with little changes.
Second best in the album.

PAUS - Descruzada [click to download] |HTML5|








Then we have Ocre (Ochre). By no means bad, it's the worst of the lot for me, if I had to pick one.
It just is a bit too messy and doesn't have the flow that the others have. It's a bit all over the place, both the drumming and the remaining sounds, with too much distortion towards the end aswell.
Not my cup of tea.

Finally, we have Tronco Nu (Bare Chest). A fitting finisher, it gives that ending sensation that you want from final songs. The organs halfway sure help, along with the choir-like vocals in the background.
Proper way to finish the album. I could do without the fucked up 8-bit noises after the end of the track though, but you can edit those out easily.

In conclusion, I give this album a solid 8. It's short and entertaining, which is want you want from debut albums. The fact that most tracks have little or no vocals helps to get the internacional appeal.
I want to see where these guys can go, because Portuguese bands that make this sort of music, and do it well, are very rare and the ones who do it right deserve recognition.

Enjoy!

Comments are appreciated,
Alex.

Monday, 31 October 2011

SCAR !

I kept this treat for the end of October.



Released today, I present you Magna's brand new EP, Scar !



It starts with an intro that will remind you of Mr Oizo's weirdest creations, distorted notes, mashed up samples, high piano notes and most important of all, an ending that will make you know what's going to happen to your ears for the next 12 minutes.

Paranoia has been in my ears for about half a year now, I heard a LOT of versions, and this one is by far the most impressive one. Dark and crazy electro, with a touch of dubstep.

Do It Right will definitely catch your attention, that's exactly the kind of song you want, to hear when someone's Djing, powerful progression and amazing drops.

Thrust is by far the discoest (and my favorite) track on the EP, a bit more like his first tracks, I'm having trouble thinking about anything to say as I'm banging my head too hard, seriously, STRONG song.

Magna really worked hard on this EP, he achieved to go past his usual progression style to give songs that sound even more achieved than they usually do. The result is brilliant. He is more than ever a guy to follow.

-Here

October review : USA

October review : Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

October review : L-vis 1990 - Neon Dreams



Surkin finally releases his much much MUCH awaited new album, I would almost say debut album because Action Replay felt more like a big EP than a LP, anyway, that's not important.

The album is a sweet combination of 90's electro with vocals that will make you feel like you're listening to 80's pop. An exemple ?

Surkin - Lose Yourself (ft. Ann Saunderson) [click to download] |HTML5|








The other good news is that the album is almost only filled with new tracks, the few exceptions are White Knight Two, Silver Island and Ultra Light, but it's understandable because well... White Knight Two might be one of the best track he ever produced and Silver Island and Ultra Light were the main titles of his two previous EPs.

So, what are those new tracks, and how do they feel you might ask, well, as usual Surkin likes oldschool sounds and proves it in I.N.Y.N (who uses the most overheard Wooh ! of all times, but in a cool way for once.), but he's not only about big beats, he also creates some smooth as hell tracks, Never Let Go proves it.

Surkin - I.N.Y.N [click to download] |HTML5|








Surkin - Never Let Go (ft. Kevin Irving) [click to download] |HTML5|








I can't think of Surkin without thinking of Bobmo, as their Udon / Work EP was a true bomb. Good news is, they worked together again on the LP and made two great tracks. I love the influence Bobmo has on those tracks, they are as good as his tracks Rock The or Control.

Surkin - Harry (ft. Bobmo) [click to download] |HTML5|








Surkin - Quattro (ft. Bobmo) [click to download] |HTML5|








I really recommend this LP if you enjoy Surkin, he did really well here once again. Unlike Justice for example, he kept his style so no big surprise but a nicely done LP. The only thing that could have been better is if those two (I'm not counting the intro) "shorter than 2 minutes tracks" were a bit longer... Rock It diserves an extended mix !

Surkin - Rock It [click to download] |HTML5|








I know the album will not be available until next week for americans, but when it is, grab it; you won't regret it, trust me. There is everything an album needs, bangers, smooth relaxing tracks and the most important thing of all, TALENT.

-Here

Saturday, 29 October 2011

October review : Neon Dreams

October Review : Justice - Audio, Video, Disco

October review : Surkin - USA

L-vis 1990 deliveres his first album Neon Dreams.



Because of his remixes of Shark Simple, Voodoo or Sha! Shtil! L-vis 1990 always stayed under my radar.

I will give you my top 7 (yeah, that's not usual, I'm an edgy guy) out of this 15 tracks long album. Why do I do that ? Because the album is not ground breaking, it has its moments but it also has a lot of downsides such as being a bit too generic sometimes.

L-vis 1990 - Forever You [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


L-vis 1990 - Play It Cool [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


L-vis 1990 - Shy Ligh [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


L-vis 1990 - Cruisin' [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


L-vis 1990 - Feel The Void [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


L-vis 1990 - Lost In Love [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


L-vis 1990 - Neon Dreams [track removed due to request of the IFPI]


The album is way too eclectic, it seems like L-vis does not really know what crowd he aims for so he makes a bit of everything, some electro pop, some hip hop influenced songs with a bit of jungle.

All in all, I was disappointed, a lot of tracks were pretty flat and weak in comparison to his remixes or a track like Compass. But the album has a few gems, like Forever You, Play It Cool or Cruisin' that will stay in my playlist for a while.

I would give it a 5 or a 6 out of 10, because it's not bad, but it's not good either, some songs are just not working.

-Here

October review : Audio Video Disco

October review : L-vis 1990 - Neon Dreams

October review : Surkin - USA

It's that time of the month again, time to review (some of) the albums that came out !



The first is the obvious one, Justice - Audio Video Disco.

Let's get something straight before I start talking about the album. The Justice we know from Cross changed a lot, this album is pretty much nothing like their previous work even if we obviously recognize their style. "These guys are the new rock'n'roll" someone once said, well, they heard him.

Maybe it's Xavier's work on Jamaica's album or Gaspard's on Rubber, maybe they just did not want to make a Cross 2.0, maybe they simply wanted to do something they like even if it changes from their "usual" style.

Let's play some music now.

The album starts with Horsepower, a good progressive and powerful track to begin with. It keeps those dark synths Justice are known for but also has this retro rock feeling. Very enjoyable track if you ask me.

Justice - Horsepower [click to download] |HTML5|








Next is Civilization, the track that made everyone know that Justice changed, it's the kind of song that grows on you, Ali Love's voice fits very well with the song. I would have prefered Jessy Chaton, singer from Fancy who gave voice to D.A.N.C.E. (If you don't know Fancy and enjoy 70's rock with a crazy singer, check them out).

What do we have now ? Ohio, the song starts in a strange way, and keeps growing in a weird way in my opinion. Not bad at all but a bit too slow and the melody is really not that good for a Justice track, I don't think the vocals are good either... My least favorite track on the album.

Canon (primo) is an intro to Canon, not much to say, it's an intro you know.

Canon, now we're talking ! The kind of songs that screams play me louder, that's the new Justice I like, strong drums, good chords... the perfect mix of electro and rock, the downside might be the end of the song, a bit weak. I'm starting to wonder what it will look like to see them live now, will they be playing actual instruments ? Mainly after seeing the Audio Video Disco video.

Justice - Canon [click to download] |HTML5|








On'n'On. That perfect song you bought the album for. It has everything Justice has to offer, even the flute (?) who could have ruin the mood feels good. And those lyrics... I don't know who's singing, it's not referenced anywhere that it features someone so it might be Gaspard or Xavier, but damn, I'd like to hear that voice more often.

Justice - On'n'On [click to download] |HTML5|








Brianvision remembers me of Rubber OST a lot, that atmosphere, the whole retro feeling of the song is amazing, it would have been a perfect fit for Rubber... It works great here too anyway so that's not a bad thing.

Justice - Brianvision [click to download] |HTML5|








Parade. Call me geek but it feels like a battle theme from Final Fantasy hooked up with Queen - We Will Rock You and The Beach Boys - God Only Knows. Mind blowing track.

Justice - Parade [click to download] |HTML5|








New Lands continues what On'n'On began, the only downside I can find is that without knowing it's from Justice, I would probably not have guessed it. But once you accept the turn they have made, it's an awesome song too, that ending... oh well.

Justice - New Lands [click to download] |HTML5|








The album ends with two already known songs.

Helix, I love this song, but it has a strange feeling because I first heard it they day DJ Mehdi died so it's always a bit weird to listen to it, especially because I think the vocals sampled would match a lot of Mehdi songs. Anyway, great great song even if my judgement is a bit biased.

Audio, Video, Disco is still what it is, I know a lot of people who don't find it good at all, I for one think it's not as bad as a lot of people tend to say it is.

But wait, why is the track 10 minutes long ? Yup, unnamed bonus track at the end ! Lovely lovely bonus track.



Alright, time to give my opinion about the album itself. While almost every track is good, it does not (and I don't think anything will ever again) have the same power as Cross. Once you accept the fact that it will be more of a 70's rock meets electro album than a Cross 2.0 the album is good, great actually. Fans might be disappointed by it, it's understandable, but it's a good album, with well made tracks and no "old remixes from 2003 renamed to fit in the album".

I'd say good move Justice, everything turned out better than expected even if it lacks of something here and there sadly.

-Here

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Fall Preview



Hey there. Autumn is coming thick and fast and today, I've got some remixes I've been liking quite a lot lately.

I must admit I don't know much about Monarchy, only that when mixed with Holy Ghost! and a man named Dixon, it gives out one of the grooviest tracks I've heard in a long while. Makes me wanna pull a John Travolta on "Saturday Night Fever" all over my room.

Monarchy - Love Get Out Of My Way (Holy Ghost ft. Dixon Remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








Again, I don't know much about the artists in this next track, and whilst the intro has a fairly generic and overused sound, it morphs into a nice acoustic guitar and vocals, and it just builds up from there, making a nice club track.

Rebecca and Fiona - Luminary Ones (Denzal Park Remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








Now for something slighlty older, courtesy of Goldfrapp, Metronomy and The Teenagers.
It's a pretty simple track, a drum beat, a couple of synths and vocals, but it works brilliantly.
By the way, anyone know what are The Teenagers up to nowadays? They seem to have vanished after their album release (much like Heads We Dance).

Goldfrapp - Happiness (Metronomy Remix ft The Teenagers) [click to download] |HTML5|








Going a bit darker now. Crystal Castles' most recent album was damn better than their first one, and one of the standout tracks was "Suffocation".
Memory Tapes decided to go back to the mid-80's and give the track a bit of a poppy groove, but maintaining the original's dark essence.

Crystal Castles - Suffocation (Memory Tapes Remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








And finally, another oldie. I honestly can't believe how I haven't posted this one yet.
It's Russ Chimes at his very best. Lots of synths and lots of power on a track which has a 4-minute buildup to a brilliant synthline that doesn't let anyone down.

The Outrunners - These Girls Are Dressed To Kill (Russ Chimes Remix) [click to download] |HTML5|








Enjoy!

Tot de volgende keer,
Alex.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Drums & Bass 2: You got Jazz in my Jungle

Last week I got a package with a huge label on it that said "FROM THE NETHERLANDS". What was inside? nothing shady I promise you, it was a limited edition copy of Goldie's 1995 debut album Timeless in one of those old school bulky 2CD cases. So I get to talk about old school Drum & Bass instead of the new school Liquid Funk!



You might know of Goldie. Though you probably remember him as that guy with the gold teeth in that Bond film, Goldie was one of the artists that brought Drum & Bass and Jungle to the attention of mainstream audiences at the time. How did he do this? well he and Rob Playford (who would later go on to found the legendary Moving Shadow label) produced a ton of tracks that combine the breaks and basslines of Drum & Bass and crossed them with some pretty jazzy sounding elements and a general chill feel, the result was pretty spectacular, and very accessible to new listeners. I'm not gonna post a lot of it because it's a REALLY long album: 1 hour 43 minutes and 7 seconds start to finish and that's just the standard six track version, not the twelve tracker I got. The opening track itself accounts for 21 of those minutes, which means it's 48MB. So instead of hosting that, have some of my other favourite slices from Timeless

Goldie - Sea Of Tears [click to download] |HTML5|








Goldie - Angel [click to download] |HTML5|








Goldie - A Sense Of Rage (Sensual V.I.P Mix) [click to download] |HTML5|










A couple years later in 1998, a duo called the E-Z Rollers would do the same thing, but with a bigger emphasis on the Jazz elements and sounds and a much more upbeat tone than Timeless. It's surprisingly obscure compared to massive success Goldie's effort, but Weekend World just sounds like a success. It all works so well together and it's a shame for it to go so unnoticed. Do me a favour and give it a listen wouldya?

E-Z Rollers - Tough At The Top [click to download] |HTML5|








E-Z Rollers - Movin' On [click to download] |HTML5|








E-Z Rollers - Retro [click to download] |HTML5|








It's interesting to listen to the evolution of Drum & Bass between 1993 and now. I like both types almost equally, but the older stuff has a certain charm to it that just makes it great. That about wraps it up, there was meant to be another album in here: Even Angels Cast Shadows by Omni Trio, but I couldn't get hold of it in time. I suggest you check it out though, it's doesn't sound much like these two, but it's a pretty good example of the older style of Drum & Bass.

Sound Shakin',
-Claude Van Foxbat

Alecks Awklr's new EP

Hi guys.



Remember Alecks Awklr ?

If not, check out this interview and the album review of his first LP.

He recently sent me the songs from he's next EP, I thought I'd share some of them with you.

My favorite one would be Granted, love the atmosphere, the mix between violins and loud drums adds something moving to the vocals.

Alecks Awklr - Granted [click to download] |HTML5|








Leaving seems to be sampling Björk's voice, or at least it remember me of hers... very relaxing track.

Alecks Awklr - Leaving [click to download] |HTML5|








Suburau could really sum up Aleck's style, very simple yet well worked pieces of music that progress together, creating something of its own in the end.

Alecks Awklr - Suburau [click to download] |HTML5|








True is a little bomb, makes me think of Hudson Mohawke's style in a way, that's never a bad feeling.

Alecks Awklr - True [click to download] |HTML5|








The full EP will come out during November on his bandcamp page don't forget to check it out.

-Here