Wednesday 28 July 2010

A Very Warped History: Intro

Chances are if you know your stuff about electronic music, you've seen this logo. It's the watermark of the legendary Warp records (which was originally called Warped Records, changed due to it's difficulty to make out over the phone.)
Founded in 1989 by Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell, they and their new label set out to change electronic music forever, and they would, later becoming home to acts like Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Autechre and Boards Of Canada

The label's first release (Forgemasters' "Track With No Name") was limited to a 500 copy pressing and was distributed in a borrowed car to record shops all over Sheffield. Despite these humble beginnings, Warp's first commercial success would come less than a year later in 1990, with the release of LFO's self titled 12" (with a Purple sleeve by The Designer's Republic) which would rise to number 12 in the UK singles chart. Reports flooded in of club soundsystems blowing out due to the low frequency basslines throughout the track, which only added to it's popularity. This release marked only the beginning of Warp's legacy in the world of Electronic music.

Why am I telling you this you ask? well, a fan requested I do a best of Warp post, but it soon became apparent to me that one post was simply not enough. So over the next few weeks/months/years/so on Myself and fellow new writer Here will be documenting the history of Warp records, and showing you their landmark releases.
but enough talk, enjoy the sounds of LFO's classic, 'cause this is what the next few are going to sound like :)

Tune in next time for more classic releases and words,
-Claude Van Foxbat

Friday 16 July 2010

Sexy Dancing

Hi there, I just sawthe new video of Chromeo's single Night By Night.

It is sooooooooo sexy, David Macklovitch (the brother of A-trak) makes me question my sexuality! Damn he can dance...

Here's the song and and a brilliant remix by Smalltown DJ's. The percussions in the remix really make it a gem!

Short post out, enjoy!
Mr. Brown

Tuesday 13 July 2010

Summer's Pick 'N Mix

had to crank this one out before summer ends :P Enjoy this pick 'n mix post, where I hope to have something to tickle every one's fancy (and also may or may not be a regular feature) so, let's start with the Summer themed tracks:

Something new: Malfunction, reminds me of the old house we used to get in the 90's over in jolly old England, and Mr. La Roche should know, being English and all. Perfect summer tune. 'Nuff said

Something Old: same as above, reminds me of simpler times when all I cared about were crisps (that's chips for you in the states) and lemonade before life kicked in. well, that and you cant have summer without some quality house.

I love this next track to bits, (you've probably heard of BoC if you follow Deadmau5's twitter or FB) I play the album it's from every summer and it never gets old. whack this one on when the sun starts to go down, or up, and you'll see BoC really are something else.

and this is where the summer theme stops, and it becomes "Tracks I think you'll like" first up is some vocoded bliss by Chromeo, given a nice dollop of dub by Skream. Don't worry, it's chilled. No filthy wobbles in this post! 

Another oldie that I found on my iPod, the legend Laidback Luke gets remixed by the Dadas, need I say more?

Remember the remix competition Röyksopp held for tricky tricky a while back? I found my stash of them tucked away on my HD. somehow I'd forgotten about this absolute gem. A huge 8 minute progressive house number, adds an extra layer of epic over the already amazing vocals. You'll never want this track to stop, I know I don't.

and that's my summer summed up (bloody hell there's alot of Alliteration in this post :P) wherever you are, enjoy what's left of it, stay safe, enjoy the music.

Enjoying Sunny England,
-Claude Van Foxbat