Thursday 29 April 2010

Simian Mobile Disco


Okay guys, what happened? Out of the original big 4 acts that represent 'the golden age' of electro (That is to say, Justice, SMD, Digitalism and MSTRKRFT, between the years of 2005 - 2007), Simian Mobile Disco had so much potential. They had a great album, their live show was indeed live (read: not DJing) and their DJ mixes were fantastic.
So when I heard this -

Seriously though. This is just really fucking galling. Look, I wasn't crazy about Temporary Pleasure, but I did like it. It wasn't packed with exclusively brilliant tracks like Attack Decay Sustain Release was, but it most definitely had moments. But, just read the totally childish and woefully outdated writeup on the Boomkat website (which I pray to God is their own copy and not SMD's), because, um

"For the Boys Noize types there's 'Aspic' on the A-side with climactic rave synths and acid house beats."
"Beating out a proper minimalist tattoo with maximalist dub chamber FX making for a striking cut that should find a wide audience. Impressive!"

For the Boys Noize types? Climactic rave synths? First of all, what constitutes the abuse of the word 'rave' might be a topic for a whole different post, but let's get serious. Second of all, fuck off with your 'climactic rave synths'. Seriously.
Oh, that last quoted part was in reference to your desire for something a little darker.
Which is apparently minimal techno.
Anyway, here are the before and after examples.

Monday 26 April 2010


Hey Everybody.
Taking things for granted. We've all done it. Some things are so ubiquitous and integral to our day to day lives, that it's depressingly easy to forget they're even there. Kraftwerk are like this. So much music - pop , electronic, dance, hip hop - owes so much to Kraftwerk.
So, if you haven't heard these:

You have a lot of explaining to do.

Also, for more information and a few other tracks, be sure to check out this post.

Saturday 24 April 2010

Hey Readers...

We love posting music, and that's pretty much what all the focus is on these days. Sometimes, however, I like to get in touch with the community. So I have a question for you.

What is your academic background?
What college(s) have you attended? What degrees have you received? Still in school? Where? If you're too young, how about what High School, Middle School? Just share it with the rest of the site, I'm curious to learn more about you guys.

Maybe once a week I'll post questions like these. It's sort of a nice break from this whole "music" thing.

Anyway, cheers!

Saturday 17 April 2010

It's That Time Again...

The staff has changed a little over the course of ilictronix, and to be honest, my favorite part is reading applications. It's very cool to see how much you guys can dedicate yourselves, and how this blog will be full of talent, regardless of whom I choose.

I have decided to use Google Docs, rather than the traditional "email-me" way of applying, just because it's much easier to manage, and it looks better.

EDIT: Fixed
So anyway, get on it! The application is pretty straightforward. And you know the rules - don't lie, put some effort into it, and above all, impress me. Within the next few weeks, the whole team will be reading these, so cater to all interests.

I'm looking forward to reading these!

Thursday 15 April 2010

So I Hear You Were Looking for Some Music...

Please note the age of this post, we do not use this subreddit or the subdomain linked below anymore - please do not use them! -CVF

What's up guys? So we have a little feature on this site called "The Finder." This allows you guys to request tracks that the community then goes out and looks for. It's been fairly successful, but unfortunately it's a real pain in the ass to manage. So I've enlisted the help of the internets.

I've been a redditor ( for a little while now, and I really like it. For those of you unfamiliar with the site, you essentially post links (or just text) in specific boards, which people then rate and comment on.

I figured this would be a pretty good platform for the finder, so I created FindThisTune. Read the "welcome" post to get started, but it's pretty straight forward. Just create some posts (after signing up, of course) with the prefix FTT. Then, then the community will set out and look! I hope to make some pretty damn good discoveries on here.

Anyway, use this tool to identify tracks from youtube, find rare releases, ask for some info on a particular artist or song, or whatever else you can think of! The tools are all yours!

So when you're ready, head over to Be sure to bookmark it, it's important.

Enjoy, and I hope to see you guys around, I'll be there looking as well! Prez

Friday 9 April 2010

Good Morning Good Mix

So a while back, I asked you guys to send in your mixes. To be honest, the results were practically overwhelming. Fortunately for everyone, I went through them all, and I found quite a bit of talent.

Boston's own GMGN (Good Morning Good Night) has been featured on this blog before with their remix of Ratatat's "Loud Pipes" making it all the way to #1 on the Hypem Charts. While relatively new, these two DJs sure know how to work with sound. Their original tracks are top-notch, but their mixes and remixes are simply mind-blowing.

So today I have a treat for you, sent to me directly from Ben. It has quite a few plays already in my iTunes, and at 46 minutes long, that means something - I keep coming back for more. Enjoy, because I sure know I did. The intro hooked me instantly, and the mix was so energetic and entertaining I couldn't believe it. You'll wish it were even longer.

Here's the tracklisting...

Douster – King Of Africa
Calvin Harris – Flashback (DJ Kue Remix)
Crookers ft Mike Snow – Remedy (Magik Johnson Remix)
Gramophone – Why Don’t You
Gorillaz – Stlyo (Alex Metric Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco – It’s The Beat (Shit Robot Remix)
Jump Jump Dance Dance – Show Me The Night (Grum Remix)
The Yank – We Can’t Be Stop
Ratatat – Loud Pipes (GMGN Remix)
Bag Raiders – Turbo Love (Light Years Remix)
Don Diablo – Too Cool For School (GMGN Cheeky Edit)
Uffie – MC’s Can Kiss (Zombie Disco Squad)
C-Code – Burning Up In Here (Rubix Remix)
Ducksauce – aNYway (Black Noise Disco Mix)
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance the Way I Feel (Armand Van Helden Remix)

And as a bonus, a remix they sent me of The Brothers Johnson's famous "Stomp." Can you remember the famous house jam that sampled this? ;)

The Brothers Johnson - Stomp (GMGN Remix)

So be sure to check out GMGN on MySpace, and of course, their blog.

Comment it up!

Thursday 1 April 2010

Ugh, Really?

Guys, I have horrible news. The timing isn't that great, so I'll be sure to go into more detail later today. But to be vague, our time here at ilictronix is coming to an end.
But for now, please check out this page.
Thanks, Prez