Sunday, 30 January 2011

De Construction & The Glow

Hey again !

Just got two excellent EPs from Beth Ditto and RJD2.

Ladies first, let's start with the fabulous Beth Ditto, produced by Simian Mobile Disco. I don't see how a collaboration between one of the best voices of the last 10 years, and the amazing producers that are James Ford and James Shaw could give us something that's not at least good.

Beth Ditto - Do You Need Someone [click to download]

Do You Need Someone starts with a very Delicaciesish sound, very simple, every note is here for a reason : letting Beth's voice be the "important" part of the song.

Beth Ditto - Goodnight Good Morning [click to download]

Goodnight Good Morning. This one is a bit too... normal, retro synth, basic drums, repetitive lyrics (not the amazing kind, sadly). Decent song, but it has almost no progression, I was hoping for something way better.

Beth Ditto - I Wrote The Book [click to download]

I Wrote The Book is "THE" song of the EP, probably gonna be the single, if it's not already, I don't listen to radio that much.
Dancy instrumental part, amazing synths, caaaaatchy lyrics, really remembers me of Gossip's best songs, those little pauses between sentences are Beth's signature and it always works. The only thing I dislike about this song, is that it's not even four minutes long.

Beth Ditto - Open Heart Surgery [click to download]

Open Heart Surgery is by far my favorite. And I'm pretty bad at describing why I like a song, so I won't say anything, enjoy the song.

In definitive, a very good first solo attempt for Beth Ditto, unlike Uffie or Alizée (that has one of the most impressive list of producers on her latest album : Chateau Marmont, Rob, Tacteel, Para One...) you don't wish to get an instrumental version of some songs. But I'm a Gossip fan, and it lacks of those crazy screaming parts, it's a bit too calm and simple.

If I had to rate this EP, I'd say 7/10, but only because I had (too) high hopes, it clearly deserves 9/10.

RJD2 is one of my favorite Trip Hop/Lo-Fi/Nu Jazz/You Name It artists. But "sadly" I'm not here to talk about him, because this EP is just 3 remixes of his song The Glow from his fourth album The Colossus.

RJD2 - The Glow (Flosstradamus remix) [click to download]

Flosstradamus, or Josh Young (J2K) and Curt Cameruci (Autobot), made a really relaxing remix, 5 minutes of groovy bass, smooth synth, slowed down voices and then that jazzy sax kicks in to let us finish the song with everything slowly disappearing.

RJD2 - The Glow (Paolo remix) [click to download]

Paolo's remix is totally different, the song starts really fast and keeps this energetic feeling going, growing, only to slow down a bit, playing with the lyrics to end softly.

RJD2 - The Glow (Candy Panther remix) [click to download]

Candy Panther, first, as you can see the myspace is empty so... I don't have much to say about him/her/them. I don't know if it's intended that the song plays so low, if it is, well that's weird, and if it's not, then the guy that did the mastering obviously forgot that song...
Anyway, if you turn up the volume, you'll hear a pretty empty song, 1:30 min long intro, 1:30 min long outro, on a 4min song, really ?

I won't rate this EP, because I think that you can't give one rating for three remixes from three different artists. But I recommend you to follow that Paolo guy, he is good.

I'll end with something off-topic, just a song that I played a lot lately while walking. It's one of the most famous song from Aesop Rock.

Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass [click to download]

Yes, this is rap, I almost never listen to rap, but that guy is like The Streets of The Beastie Boys I guess, an exception. And that Crystal Castlesish instrumental part is effing huge.

Enjoy !

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Silvia remixes and Beardyman's Essential Mix

Hi everyone!

I didn't post much this month, had a lot of stuff going on, finally got a positive answer from the formation I applied to, so I'll have two weeks of free time, then study time ! Don't expect much from me in February / March.

But anyway, here's some music !

From the forthcoming Miike Snow EP, Silvia Remixes, three amazing remixes.

Miike Snow - Silvia (Original) [click to download]

Miike Snow - Silvia (Sinden remix) [click to download]

Sinden's remix is very relaxing, sounds like upbeat chillout, not calm, but not a banger either.

Miike Snow - Silvia (Felix Da Housecat remix) [click to download]

Second remix is from Felix Da Housecat, I don't think I've ever heard a remix from FDH that I don't like, and this one is not gonna make it change. Pretty basic, but it works like a charm, electric guitar always work... The last two minutes are pure pleasure for the ears.

Miike Snow - Silvia (Robotberget remix) [click to download]

Another great remix, from Robotberget. After some researches Robotberget seems to be Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, two of the members that form Miike Snow. And, oh well... that "auto remix" is brilliant.

I'll end this post with something a bit unusual, beatboxing. I guess that everyone knows what beatboxing is, and most of you already heard of Beardyman. If you haven't, well that guy is a freak, he makes noises with his mouth that you won't be able to.

He recently did an Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. As stated in the mix, there's no mp3 or CDs played, just his voice, some special effects pads, and a keyboard.

Beardyman - Essential Mix (22.01.2011) [click to download]


Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself
Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That
Beardyman – You’re Not Part Of Me
A Tribe Called Quest – Can I Kick It
Saint Etienne – Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Beardyman – All The Girls Be Touching My Ooh
Cee Lo Green – Forget You
Kings of Tomorrow – Finally
Beardyman – Cheese And Crackers
Tomcraft – Happiness
Beardyman – Unzip My Armpits
Daft Punk – Da Funk
Underworld – King Of Snake
Beardyman – Going Deep
Shakedown – At Night
Beardyman – I Don’t Know
Beardyman – Get Dutty
Leftfield – Phat Planet
Beardyman – I Don’t Want To Be Your Friend
Beardyman – Pyramid, Square, Rectangle, Yeah!
Beardyman – Glonk
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Power Of Love
Beardyman – We Don’t Know Where We’re Going
The All Seeing I – The Beat Goes On
Beardyman – Back It Up
Beardyman – ‘Av It
Beardyman – Not What You Planned For
Beardyman – Aahh
The Devlins – Crossing The River
Beardyman – Ready For The Burn
Leftfield – Release The Pressure


Thursday, 27 January 2011

Introducing Ms. Topley-Bird

Martina Topley-Bird is one of my favourite artists/vocalists of recent times, making her debut on Trip Hop pioneer Tricky's Maxinquaye in '95 and featuring on his next three albums until 1998, when her personal and working relationship with Tricky ended. Martina set odd to launch a solo career not long after, however it wasn't until 2003 she was able to begin her solo career with Quixotic (released in the US as Anything with a slightly different tracklist). Since then, she has gone on to release two more albums and collaborate with other artists such as Gorillaz, Massive Attack and Leila.

Her albums tend to be a mish mash of all sorts of styles, the majority of her songs though are in a Trip Hop style with just a tinge of 60's Soul in the vocal department. Here I'll be sharing some of my favourites from her first two albums as well as showing off the range of different genre styles on offer, starting here with a Rock based track:

Martina Topley-Bird - Need One [click to download]

Moving into slightly more conventional territory with some quasi-R&B that makes up the majority of the album are these next few songs, all strung together by MTB's unique voice. There's nothing more I can say about it.

Martina Topley-Bird - Lying [click to download]

Martina Topley-Bird - Anything [click to download]

Martina Topley-Bird - I Still Feel [click to download]

Good news if you liked those ones, it didn't take her nearly as long to release a second album, The Blue God, on which the 60's soul and pop influence becomes a lot more apparent and refined. If I had to sum it up for you I'd say picture what Amy Winehouse did, only a hell of a lot better thanks to guest producer Danger Mouse. The result sounds a little like this:

Martina Topley-Bird - Phoenix [click to download]

By far the easiest track to hear the 60's influence on: Baby Blue merges elements of past and present, taking the vintage sound of groups like The Supremes and bringing it to the modern era.

Martina Topley-Bird - Baby Blue [click to download]

In what I see as the spiritual successor to Sandpaper Kisses from Quixotic I posted a while ago, Valentine is a slow and fuzzy number punctuated by sparse guitar chords throughout. Brilliant.

Martina Topley-Bird - Valentine [click to download]

One more tune before I go, this one generates a fantastic atmosphere, with the lighthearted backing hiding the dark lyrics mused by MTB herself through what sounds like an old CB Radio.

Martina Topley-Bird - Razor Tongue [click to download]

And there you have it, a short guided tour through the difficult to pin down music of Ms. Topley-Bird, hope you enjoy it as much as I do and as usual tell me your favourites!

All I Can Say,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 24 January 2011

Giveaway Season!

Hey guys, how's it hanging? I've always wanted to try a giveaway on the site, and today I'm going to do a little "trial run."

On my way out of best buy recently, I decided to pick up a little something something for my loyal readers. While I hate iTunes, I couldn't think of anything better. But don't worry! Better prizes are to come!

So how does one enter this competition? It's easy! All you need to do is tweet me with a little keyword. TWITTER? UGH GROSS!1!!1. Relax, not all giveaways will be handled this way, but for now twitter works for me :)

So just tweet me like so, and include why you love us!

i love @ilictronix because [...] #giveaway

Pretty easy, huh? Here's a good example.

i love @ilictronix because prez is good-looking and funny #giveaway

Right now I'm not sure if I'm going for creativity or just picking one at random, but oh well! Make sure it's formatted correctly, or else you won't be eligible to win.

So yeah, that's it. I'll be picking one of you guys to win a $10 iTunes gift card, probably around this time tomorrow (5:00 PM EST). Just to see how this goes :) I'll contact you and email you the code, or, if you want, I can mail you the gift card with a little note.

Oh, and I heard you guys like music.

BeatauCue - Bus (Original Mix) [click to download]


Sunday, 23 January 2011

Zefyctronix 2010 minimix

Hey everyone !

Hope 2011 is taking a good start for you, at least it is for me !

Click to see the whole artwork!

Here is a minimix that ZefyrMusic and ilictronix worked on together, gathering some of the tracks we loved in 2010 for you guys.

ZEFYCTRONIX MINIMIX 2010 (Zefyr Music Society, Zefyr Management, Ilictronix) by zefyrmusic


1- The Ting Tings - Hands (Passion Pit Remix)
2- M.I.A. - Internet Connection (Dr Rosen Rosen Remix)
3- Palmbomen – Moon Children
4- Two Door Cinema Club - What You Know (Jean Tonique remix)
5- Destronics - Symptom (From the crisis)
6- Arcade Fire - The suburbs (Hawks Chilled Out Remix)
7- Cécile - Sweetness 86
8- Magna - Diamond
9- Château Marmont - Maison Klaus
10- True Pseudo - Freaking me out (Pilotpriest Jouney mix)
11- Findlay Brown - Promised Land (Acid Washed Remix)

And two random tracks I'm really enjoying right now.

AutoKratz - Opposite Of Love (North Lights Ft. Perseus remix) [click to download]

Chow Hsuan - Stop Singing [click to download]

That last track is from the 2004 album Shanghai lounge divas remixed by DJ Ian Widgery

Thanks to Florian from ZefyrMusic and Jörn Kaspuhl for that gorgeous artwork !


Needs MAW Lovin

Hey guys its me Nite and Im here to give you another fun dose of Classic House Music! Anyways, I am officially 18 now and one of the "gifts" I bought myself using my birthday money on amazon happened to be a Masters At Work CD named "Masterworks" (which is their 2nd album btw). So as a way of apologizing for not posting enough and for celebrating my 18th year in the world, I am giving you all a bunch of house tracks produced/created/mixed by MAW,Kenny Dope and Louie Vega. Warning: these tracks may make your body start grooving uncontrollably. Lets go on with ten of my favorite tracks, shall we?

(In NO Particular order):

A Chicago-House track to start your day right. Very catchy and better than the original version of this track. I like.

Todd Terry All Stars (Feat. Kenny Dope) - Get Down (Kenny Dope Dub) [click to download]

This next track is, without a doubt,one of the most well known and famous remix Masters At Work has ever done. It is also one of my absolute favorite remixes ever made. You will love it.

Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Matsers At Work Dub) [click to download]

And speaking of love, guess whats on its way?

Louie Vega (Feat. Blaze) - Love Is On The Way (Dance Ritual Mix) [click to download]

And for those who love the saxophone like I do, here's a MAW Remix (labeled as King Street) of Mondo Grosso's (AKA Shinichi Osawa) Souffles H.

Mondo Grosso - Souffles H (King Street Club Mix) [click to download]

And now for my fave mellow house track by Nuyorican Soul.

Nuyorican Soul - The Nervous Track (Ballsy Mix) [click to download]

and now for a 17 minute deep house track by KenLou. Its gonna take you through the skies:

KenLou - Thru The Skies (Main Mix) [click to download]

This next track is by DJ Gregory but is produced by Kenny Dope. If you are a KD fan, youll definitely be able to tell it is by the spectatcular beats and that wicked tribal feel it exudes off every note in the song.

DJ Gregory - Tropical Soundclash (Produced by Kenny Dope) [click to download]

My next fave track is the same as last for production and mixing, but with Louie Vega doing it on this. The name is Emballa and the song is as sexy and hot as the name (not that I know or care what Emballa means exactly. I just like how it sounds.)
trust me, you'll enjoy this one, especially if you have a thing for latin or tropical music.

Cirque Du Soleil (Feat. Louie Vega and Jaffa) - Emballa [click to download]

The next track is also from louie Vega and is one of my all time favorites from this man. This is single-handedly the track that got me into Louie Vega in the first place. The vocals, the beats...I can't describe simply how amazing this track is so I'll just put it up for you. Ladies and Gentlemen...Welcome to the Diamond Life <3

Louie Vega and Jay 'Sinister' Sealee (Starring Julie McKnight) - Diamond Life [click to download]

My last track on here is old OLD school, even for Masters at Work. On MAWs first album (Named 'The Album'. Quite simple and to the point) This track is slower compared to the rest and has more of a Todd Terry feel to it than any of the others. I cant describe it really in words, but its pretty fucking awesome to put it short.

Masters At Work - Justa Lil Dope [click to download]

And there you have it: 10 tracks that will get just about any house lover dancing uncontrollably. I do apologize for not posting often and I will try to post more if I can. I can only hope this will make up my inconsistencies for a while. Enjoy the tracks and have a great weekend! :)

Feeling Dope,

Friday, 21 January 2011

A Very Warped History 5: 1996

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The year is 1996, and Richard D. James has been hard at work, releasing his 3rd album on Warp in as many years. This album and it's predecessor ...I Care Because You Do are widely regarded as the magnum opus of Aphex, and rightly so. While ...ICBYD had analogue equipment and was drenched in acid, Richard D. James Album would be the record where Aphex started using computers and software to compose, and as a result give rise to his now famous schizophrenic beats, The album is also incredibly short, the UK version clocking in at just over half an hour (with Richard claiming anything over that length "Bores me"). RDJ Album holds a special place in my heart however, as it was the first thing I ever heard from Aphex (knowingly at least) and became one of my favourite albums ever in the process.

Don't be mislead by the frankly menacing cover art either, the album is much lighter and accesible than the claustraphobic industrial vibes of ...ICBYD, combining classical elements with quasi-drum 'n bass and other synthesized sounds, as heard here in the opening track, 4.

Aphex Twin - 4

A brief relapse into previous territory here, the opening of the incredibly titled Peek 824545201 sounds like a leftover slice from a previous project, menace lurking beneath that cold, imposing beat. After about 40 seconds or so it drops out of the mix and the track mingles with some smooth synths, with the beats occasionally coming back to haunt you.

Aphex Twin - Peek 824545201

Originally intended for James' unreleased 1995 album Melodies From Mars, Fingerbib sounds just as you'd expect a song called Fingerbib to sound, the synths producing simple melodies chirping away like birds outside your window. Short and sweet, as is the majority of the album.

Aphex Twin - Fingerbib

Often mislabeled as "Corn Mouth" thanks to RDJ's (badly) handwritten tracklist on the back, Carn Marth is a perfect example of the style on the album, and it also shows a return to the creative sampling we've heard before, this time it's the various bloops and whirrs of a ZX Spectrum, an old school PC from the early 80's.

Aphex Twin - Carn Marth

One of the slower tracks on the album and another standout, Yellow Calx is the last in the series of "X Calx" tracks by Aphex, beginning with Green Calx on Selected Ambient Works 85-92, and continuing with Blue Calx from Selected Ambient Works Vol. II.

Aphex Twin - Yellow Calx

Probably my overall favourite from the album (along with 4) and longest track on the album: Girl/Boy Song combines all the parts of the album I love into one, the intro will hook you in, and then the contrasting combination of the twitchy drums and classical strings will make you love it.

Aphex Twin - Girl/Boy Song

Topping it off is the also often mis-titled (as Logon or Logl/ Rock Witch) final track, where creative sampling makes another appearance, this time in the form of children's toys. not circuit bent ones either, just as they are. Once again AFX makes the completely weird actually listenable, somehow.

Aphex Twin - Logan Rock Witch

Aphex's finest hour? that's for you to decide, coming up next we have Boards Of Canada's stone cold classic debut album on Warp, you don't want to miss that one, trust me.

What Big Teeth You Have,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

I'm In Lesbians With You

My closest and dearest friend, Claudia, is a lesbian.

Like many lesbians, she enjoys the sweet sounds of Canadian indie rock duo Tegan and Sara.

As a gay man, I really can't stand anything girl-centric. But as it turns out, they're several shades of awesome. Normally their music is decidedly acoustic, but their latest single 'Alligator' was put in the hands of more than a dozen remixers a few months ago. The results were pretty sweet. Especially because:

Tegan and Sara - Alligator (Passion Pit Remix) [click to download]

OH MY GOD PASSION PIT REMIXED IT. For those of you who aren't aware, Passion Pit is, like, totally my favorite band, like, ever. This mix is fairly standard in a way, but the 80s emulation is orgasmatastic. Somehow everything fits, almost as if this track could have actually been a Sweet Sensation or Bananarama song from way back in the day. Knowing Passion Pit, I am not disappointed in the slightest.

In a while, crocodile.

Tegan and Sara - Alligator (Kevin St. Croix Remix) [click to download]

Kevin St. Croix on the other hand did a bang-up job of clubbing it up in his mix. At eight minutes it's a bit lengthy, but the mood it creates is undeniably funky. If you're the type of housefan who can listen to club mixes outside of a DJ set (like me!) then you'll enjoy this. If I ever make a DJ set for ilictronix (which I'd like to do in the near future) I'll have to throw this one in there. I'm sorry, but the production is too catchy. Run a-rownnnnnnnd on mee. Run a-rowwwwwnd.

You spin my head right round right round--whoops, wrong song

Also, apparently the Quin sisters collaborated with DJ Tiesto last year. The resulting track is, well... exactly what you'd expect from a Tiesto track. (Awful. But catchy.)

DJ Tiesto and Tegan and Sara - Feel It In My Bones [click to download]

Sadly, the Quin sisters don't produce much of their own electronically that I can find. I am beyond tempted to remix them though.

Over and out!

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Did I hear exclusives and Daft Punk?

Hey there,

Today will be an awesome day, because I can give away some exclusives and post some songs I really dig all in one post...

Let's start off by saying Poka released a song on his soundcloud about two hours ago called Superhero. It's the usual Poka goodness and completely downloadable...
So here's the link to his soundcloud (download it from there and support Poka, that's why I disabled the download option on our player).

Poka - Superhero

Okay, so on to the Ilictronix exclusives: Ever since we featured Team Banzai as our artists of the month, I've been in touch with them and it's time I push out some more of their work for sure. Here are a couple of their latest remixes that were shamelessly kept undownloadable for us :P

A really chill remix of Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl:

Van Morrison - Brown Eyed Girl (TEAM BANZAI Edit) [click to download]

A very dark redux of Shout by Tears For Fears:

Tears For Fears - Shout (TEAM BANZAI Remix) [click to download]

A remake of their Gangsta's Paradise remix with the acepella from Weird Al's parody:

Weird Al - Amish Paradise (TEAM BANZAI Remix) [click to download]

These tracks are all Ilictronix exclusives. So remember folks, if you find it anywhere else it was shamelessly stolen and you should totally congratulate the culprit because music like this should be spread as fast as it can.

And as a late new year's present, here's a megamix they did featuring over 100 songs mashed and mixed together in under an hour:

It features a nice mix of commercial and underground, funky and hippidy hop, loud and chill... It's definately worth a listen! Don't mind the small pauses in between some parts, it's just souncloud screwing up a little.

Ok, time for some normal tracks I discovered lately. People are always complaining we don't post enough female artsists or they are annoyed we don't have a female writer in our team... (cough cough, I kinda want one, please apply... But don't ask money for it like some of you did, kinda sets back feminism and promotes prostitution, just saying).
So here's an upbeat cheerfull track by my favourite french Yelle. The intro does remind me of Voodoo Ray A LOT by the way, must be those Cuban drums.

Yelle - Safari Disco Club [click to download]

And last but not least, you know I always save up the best candy for the end...

Daft Punk - Derezzed (Pink Is Punk RETRON Mix) [click to download]

This Derezzed remix seriously blew my mind away after a couple of listens, because guys let's face it. Even though Derezzed is an amazing track to listen to for about a minute in the movie the tracks itselfs lacks some variety (I came to that conclusion playing it in a DJ set once and thought it was way too repetitive). But, thanks to Pink Is Punk we can all enjoy our favourite electro duo on dancefloors everywhere around the world from now on!

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Monday, 17 January 2011

Ping Pong

I have posted 4 times in the last 4 and half months. I don't know about you, but I consider this to be a hideously low number, so as a late New Year's resolution, I'm gonna start posting more often from now on.
And we'll start off with some tracks that recently caught my ear.

First of all, a little matter regarding my last post. If you heard the first 7 minutes of Russ Chimes' "Expressway Mix Pt.2", then you would've heard a fantastic intro and then an unreleased remix Russ made for Booka Shade.

I don't like it when good stuff isn't released, so I simply joined the intro with the full version of his remix so now everyone can get the full taste of the first minutes of that mix.

Booka Shade - Regenerate (Russ Chimes Remix) [click to download]

Now comes my favourite song from one of my favourite albums of the year. Two Door Cinema Club's "Something Good Can Work" is a simple, catchy and dancable tune that has the power to make people happy, which is all you really need from a song.

Two Door Cinema Club - Something Good Can Work [click to download]

Next up comes a track that is great to end a set with. Nicolas Jaar's remix of Azari & Ill's "Into The Night" is a very calm affair, with a lot of bass, a lot of keys and an overall smoothness throughout the song.

Azari & Ill - Into The Night (Nicolas Jaar Remix) [click to download]

And finally, because this is Blue Monday (a term I only discovered today), here's an 80's drug fuelled dance music anthem:

New Order - Blue Monday [click to download]


Lost and found,

PS: There's an Easter Egg here, try and find it.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

In The Summersun I Can Reveal

It's that time of year again! We are slowly approaching the 26th and you know what that means! What? No, not Ellen DeGeneres's birthday. AUSTRALIA DAY! *queue green and gold boxing Kangaroos* And you know what that means.... Well, yes drunken patriotic Bogans clothing only an Australian flag. However, contrary to this is Triple J's Hottest 100, an annual roundup of everything that was anything in the Australian music charts (excluding that commercial Justin Bieber shit ofcourse).

#1 - Miami Horror - Summersun [click to download]

My number one title goes out to who I consider to have produced the best album of the year, Miami Horror. Appropriately titled 'Summersun' this track is everything you could ask for from Australia Day. You may remember them from a previous post I wrote promoting their new works, however their final produce is groovier, dirtier and sexier than anything I ever could have expected to have come from this land of brown open planes (just kidding, its flooding.)

#2 - Miike Snow - Billie Holiday [click to download]

To be completely honest, this track isn’t truly worthy of this number two placement. It’s not their best work, rather it is merely placed at number two simply because it’s the only Miike Snow released this year (besides from The Rabbit which failed to even get played on the station *sadface*).

#3 - Ou Est Le Swimming Pool - Dance The Way I Feel
I actually love this track, even if it’s story is a sad one. It’s just something about that beat. Instead of reposting the track, ill simply provide a link to my previous post.

#4 - Miami Horror - Holidays [click to download]

I literally had to flip a coin to pick between Holidays and Summersun as my number one placement. However tails prevailed and poor Holidays was pushed down to my number four spot. However this fact has no impact on its awesomeness. If this song doesn’t make you happy you deserve a slap in the face with a large smelly tuna fish (Windows Live Messenger: LivePlus reference intended).

#5 - Kele – Tenderoni
Kele’s album was filled with disappoints of such, leaving me with a sense of discontent, displeasure, disillusionment and any other alliterationable synonym Microsoft Word can provide me with. However two tracks shined through making the album semi-reasonable; Tenderoni and On The Lam.

#6 - Pendulum - Watercolour [click to download]

This track is not the best track on Pendulum’s latest album, however it obtained my vote as I strongly feel that at least one track of the album needs to make it in the top 100, and this is probably the most likely bet. Plus the bass is pretty sweet.

#7 - British India - Beneath The Satellites
This track is in no way electronic and as such is valued at null and void on this blog. I included its heading merely to avoid angry comments informing me that I missed number seven.

#8 - Pendulum - Salt In The Wounds [click to download]

Salt In The Wounds is probably my favourite track from the album. Its punchy beat and raving electro create a great party chune. Dun Dun Dun Dun Dun DUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUNDUN!

#9 - Grafton Primary - The Eagle [click to download]

Ahh, good old Grafton Primary. With cliché lyrics, Australian styles and flavours, screeching geeetarrrr and a foot tapping beat; what is there really not to like about this track? But don’t just let me describe it to you, experience the exquisite tastes for yourself.

#10 - Duck Sauce - Barbara Streisand
I hate Duck Sauce, and as such I honestly don’t know why I included this track in my vote. (Gosh I fricken HATE Duck Sauce.) It’s obvious that this track will make it into the top 100 anyway, so why did I bother. It was amazing for like a week and now I hate it (almost as much as I hate Duck Sauce themselves). I mainly included it as a sign of respect to artists I love who failed to get an Australian audience, although upon reflection it’s probably more of an insult. Oh by the way, did I mention that I hate Duck Sauce (the artist not the condiment, just to clarify and to clear up any confusion…)

Well there you have it, my top 10 songs of 2010 (of course limited to tracks which received transmit over the Australian Broadcasting Commissions airwaves). A fitting start to the new year, although yes we are already two weeks in. I will ensure to post all highlights of the Hottest 100; after I scrub off my black and gold war paint, return the boxing kangaroo to the zoo, change out of my Aussie Flag themed attire and recover from the alcohol fueled celebrations.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Let's Get Loungy II: Lounge Harder

As a stark contrast to the week I posted Let's Get Loungy, nowadays at college I have NO work to do. And this has given me a greater appreciation for the more laidback tracks in my collection, here's some of my favourites at the moment.

Recently tending to my hippity hop cravings along with good old Nightmares On Wax is Flying Lotus, his Reset EP hits all the right buttons for me, it's pretty much all I want from instrumental Hip Hop. This track Massage Situation his is quite well known thanks to the Adult Swim bumps but as far as I know the EP it's on was only released in the UK so here you go, enjoy! :).

Flying Lotus - Massage Situation [click to download]

More from them Massive Attack boys now, having a completley different feel to the rest of the stuff on Mezzanine, Exchange is a nice hazy number that ebbs and flows through it's 4 minute runtime it really wouldn't sound out of place in some upmarket overpriced coffee joint. Fall in love with it the second the beat drops.

Massive Attack - Exchange [click to download]

Swedish sibling duo The Knife also buck the trend here with a tune they made for a film soundtrack, breaking away from their usual synths 'n distorted vocals combo for an instrumental mood piece that's simple in all the right ways. I can never skip this one when it comes up on shuffle, the opening chords just grab me every time hell, sometimes I even play it twice to get my fix.

The Knife - Vegetarian Restaurant [click to download]

Röyksopp's cult hit Melody A.M. is one of those albums you'll hear snippets of all the time, from adverts to soundtracks to Mac OSX Panther Sample Music, you'll have heard it somewhere. Not only is this one of my favourites from Melody, but I did actually hear it in a lounge bar not too long ago, so I guess by default it has to go in here :).

Röyksopp - In Space [click to download]

Playing us out, another band of Swedes: Teddybears STHLM. Mostly known for their track Cobrastyle. I stumbled across this one on youtube one day, somewhere between the excellently executed opening sample to the first riff, I decided I HAD to have it. The melodies are great and it has a nice beat to it, that's all you need to know.

Teddybears STHLM - Move Over [click to download]

So kick your feet up, make yourself a brew, unplug all the phones in your house and take in the sounds above. Oh, and don't forget to turn the lights off when you're done kay?

Somewhere In Europe,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Monday, 10 January 2011

You Can Dance

Hi there,

Saw Chilly Gonzales release a new video from his Ivory Tower album today, so I got the urge to do a small post on the awesomeness of this album and tell you guys a little something about it's background.

First up, the video in question, from the song You Can Dance:

I already thought this song was one of the best on the album, but adding a clip like this to it... Damn, my love for it only keeps getting bigger and bigger! Shake those butts, Push them pelvisses forward and Wiggle them chests...

Btw, here's a relinkage to the track that was already posted by Here in his top 10 albums of 2010 post:

Chilly Gonzales - You Can Dance [click to download]

Now something interesting about Ivory Tower, this album was originally a soundtrack for a movie that was partially written by Gonzales himself. This Canadian film features acting performances by the likes of Chilly, Tiga, Peaches and Feist.
I must admit I was really fortunate to watch the movie, because I'm affraid it will not be released in any normal cinema around the globe. The movie is about two brothers (Chilly and Tiga) that both moved towards different environments at a certain time in their life and developped a unique chess technique over the time they were separated. While Tiga became a chess superstar, doing it for the fame and the money... Chilly wanted to make the game more creative and fun for the people to play (calling it Jazz Chess, the chess with no rules)...
The movie is made up like a typical sports movie, even showing the training method of both brothers a la Rocky. And eventually the both of them class in an epic final game to decide for once and for all who is the best player and more importantly, which style in chess is superior.

If you ever manage to find the movie, make sure you watch it. It's got an amazing score and despite the fact that most actors don't really act for a living, the movie is very well made and it approaches the serious sports genre with ample humor.

I did manage to find a little snippet from the movie on youtube however:

The song I am Europe became pretty big over here, being played on the radio alot... Not so hard to see why, because the amazing piano play comined with the raw humorous Chilly rap make this song a masterpiece in my opinion!

Chilly Gonzales - I Am Europe [click to download]

Enjoy, Mr. Brown

Sunday, 9 January 2011

A Very Warped History 4: 1995 (2 Of 2)

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This entry of Warped focuses on Aphex Twin's first conventional album on Warp, released just over a year after SAW V.II. 1995 would be the the year that AFX would release his last analouge material for a decade, switching to computer and software based production after this album. Recorded between 1990 and 1994 ...I Care Because You Do is unique as it doesn't have any of AFX's trademark schizophrenic beats, as they would be introduced in ...ICBYD's follow up the next year, Richard D. James Album.

Why yes, the cover art is a self portrait by Richard himself, trademark creepy smirk and all.

The album itself is a mash of everything from industrial, straight up acid and mere brain melting glimpses of Aphex's soon to be trademark style on RDJ Album. Oh, and don't forget the 6 track names which are anagrams of things like Aphex Twin and whatnot, a gimmick carried on some months later with the Hangable Auto Bulb EP, itself an anagram of Analogue Bubblebath, AFX's first EP.

It begins with the first of the anagramed tracks, Acrid Avid Jam Shred (Richard David James) which is not an ideal opener in my eyes; mainly due to the 3 minute intro where not much happens other than some random bleeps here and there. After that though it becomes a deceptivley light-hearted insight into what lies ahead.

Aphex Twin - Acrid Avid Jam Shred

A brief relapse into Acid here as strings are mixed with heavily filtered bass, the resulting mix is claustrophobic, macarbe and downright strange. Another thing to note is that this track was later "remixed"on the Donkey Rhubarb EP. I say "remixed" because well... it was a fully orchestrated version done by Phillip Glass. Yeah.

Aphex Twin - Icct Hedral

Immediately afterward you are plunged into the depths of Aphex's twisted sense of humour. This right here folks, is something else, a track that simulates the Tinnitus heard by asthmatics when they OD on Salbutamol (hence the track title) the result is abrasive, distorted and borderline unlistenable. And this was the ONLY SINGLE from this album! You can't help but wonder if Rich is taking the piss, or if he's genuinley mental; because if you can listen past the ringing, it's actually quite a good tune.

Aphex Twin - Ventolin

Another Acid bath, this time a bit more conventional, instead of being an all out audio assault this ones a chopped up vision of things to come, nothing stays consistent for long in the mix. The beats and bass hop all over the place, background synths fade in and out, filters come and go, the works.

Aphex Twin - Start As You Mean To Go On

To finish off, my two favourite tracks from this album, the precursors to Richard D. James Album. Firstly, Mookid (Named because the synth Supposedly sounds like a calf mooing) is a very smooth piece where RDJ lets the synth carry the majority of the song, a stark contrast to the acidic tones of previous tracks.

Aphex Twin - Mookid

Alberto Balsalm (Named after a brand of shampoo here in the UK) is where AFX's creativity with weird samples really shows, (it's shown up in previous parts of the record as well, with "Come On You Slags!" aptly sampling a porno flick.) Alberto Balsalm uses a sample of a chair sliding across a floor as a main element of the beat, it fits so well with the other sounds you'd never notice until someone points it out.

Aphex Twin - Alberto Balsalm

That wraps up the first entry of warped this year, There will be another "Warped Leftovers" for this entry if anyone's interested, the record in question is Boards Of Canada's Twoism released on their own label Music70 and later reissued in 2002 by Warp. It's a very important release because it was the record that got BoC signed to Warp in the first place (As the story goes, within half an hour of hearing it, Steve Beckett phoned them up and offered them a contract) it's got remnants of BoC's techno style on it, so I'll likley be saving it for after I deal with their other albums.

Advance Boat Flux,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Sometimes I Wanna Get Slain

Greetings, all.

Miike Snow is a Swedish collaboration between producers Bloodshy & Avant and musician Andrew Wyatt. They've only released one eponymous album so far but I have been captivated by them. I'm intensely surprised that they haven't been featured on ilictronix before: their music is electronic eclecticism at is finest.

Miike Snow - In Search Of [click to download]

'In Search Of' leads off with the Miike Snow formula for success: chopped guitar, ambiguous enough to be sampled or played live, and a drum more squarey than a window at a cardboard box convention. Then it denigrates to pure electronic chaos. Synths attack from all directions unrelentlessly, driving and pulsating yet divinely melodic. I'm fairly sure this song has lyrics--I've only listened to it about forty times in the past two days--but I get lost in the sexy, unadultered Korg action. We're talking David Guetta-style synths (except actually classy), but somehow dancing to this song would seem criminal. I'd like to dream to this song. I'd even nightmare to this song--it'd be an awesomely-scored nightmare if anything.

Specifically, this nightmare.

Miike Snow - Cult Logic [click to download]

The addictiveness of 'Cult Logic' could very well start a cult of its own. I am a sucker for deep lyrics--which is why I hate Katy Perry, but anyway. What I really like about this track, and several others on this album, is how well Miike Snow blends the electronic and the acoustic. We've got synth stabs reminiscent of Crystal Castles alongside a tambourine and live drums. That, my friends, is art: any simpleton can make a track completely syntheticly, and there are thousands of garage bands out there with the typical guitar-bass-drums-maybe keyboard setup, but when you are able to incorporate them all you create a blend smoother than Starbucks coffee and awesomer than Chuck Norris's nipples. (Moving on...)

Starbucks nipples: a twofer!

Miike Snow - Plastic Jungle [click to download]

'Plastic Jungle' is the "I Kissed A Girl" of the album: hard, bad-ass, and outrageous ("I was choked by the jailor and f**ked a gorilla"?!?!). I'd like to say this track is more of the same, but it really isn't. The diversity of Miike Snow's music continues and continues--on the same album as this, they've got a piano ballad and a bossa nova lounger. That's what I appreciate most about Miike Snow, really. They're a true genre of their own.

And in case you don't like creativity, here's a dubby remix of the track 'Silvia':
Miike Snow - Silvia (Emalkay Remix) [click to download]