Today's tracks are all about getting the right pop:
first track is the more than awesome MSTRKRFT remix of All Saints' Rock Steady. I don't know how they do it, but MSTRKRFT have seriously nailed the sound of 2006. This is nothing less than killer material, something which should be the best friend of both your right and your left foot.
Second track is the new M.I.A. track, which of course has been all over the blogosphere the last month. A steroid pumped version of M.I.A. grabbing from every musical shelf. This is not for the faint of heart.
third track is Mr. Oizo taking Jamelia to the dark side. The video for this song would feature Jamelia running through a dark forest chased by small disco goblins while shining discoballs explodes around her.
And yes, a fourth track! Not a discotrack per say, more a nice song for you to get in a good mood on a rainy day. If you don't know this German MIA., then do not hesitate, and don't get blown of by the language - German is not meant to be beautiful, only correct!
Peaches has always been an interesting factor in music - not massively popular, but well known (By the way, go to her website and checkout her videos!). The very in your face sound of heavy electro drums and guitar isn´t always that easy to swallow for everyone, which probably is fair I guess. For Peaches is more like a bullying 4 year old who beats up the other kids while at the same time being extremely funny, but maybe a bit too well aware that it´s stepping out of line.
First diddly is a Peaches remix showing of her skills at synth stabs and electro drums. The song ask the question would you be her f*cking boyfriend? Basically yes - if every day would involve a small rave like this song. Look out for the anticlimatic break in the middle which takes you by surprise. Don't tell me you weren't expecting heavy bass?
Second song is from the Jackass 2 soundtrack, hence the title. Karen O and Peaches give us a small exercise in sounding like an aborted Le Tigre song, later found and nursed to health by a drunk Phil Spector and which then gets sent to McDonalds to get cigateres carrying only a gun. That probably didn't make sense at all. Karen O feat. Peachers - Backass Get it here
Finally another post! I have been busy writing for my thesis, so sorry for the delay - It will happen again. Just got some new tracks which I thought I wanted to share with you:
The first one is a remix of The Ones' Picture Perfect by non other that Distortion Disco favorites The Rapture. A seriously funky track, that threatens to 'Gotta shake it 'till you break it down - Gotta brake it 'till you shake it down' - I don't believe you can have a better premise for a song than that. Soundwise it sounds a bit like Make it Happen by the Playgroup doing lines with Falco in some eighties disco in Warzaw. Released on the mighty ATOC.
Second song is a minimal workout by another favorite of this blog - Michael Mayer. I've said it before and I'll probably say it again, this man can do no wrong! A really good minimal techno song from the excellent compilation of Paul Kalkbrenner tracks called Rework, released on Bpitch.
A really grey Saturday here in Copenhagen today. I mean really, really grey - see picture (The view from my window). Therefore I'm not in the mood for doing the worlds biggest post today, I'll just post of few Hot Chip remixes that I have had lying around for some time now, but both of which are really good.
I really like the way that Hot Chip have taken their Prince elektro funk into a Lindstrom'ish influence. Instead of just doing remixes short and sweet like the numbers of their two albums, their recents remixes are longwinded (In a positive sense) exercises in dancefloor deconstruction.
I got the following mail in my junkmail folder today, written on the back of a Doener Kebab, a letter from expatriate Mads in Berlin.
Though promising to post here on Distortion Disco on a regular basis when Martin started out in April, my contribution has been limited to a meagre twoposts thus far, but as I'm playing on Friday at the Rodeo Club in Berlin, I'd like to at least help out today with this thinly disguised shameless plug. For those of you who are in town - it's gonna be rockin'!
The record bag will span from minimal techno to shameless pop, with the controls set to DANCE (Don't expect too much guitar - ed.)! Here is a couple of tracks that are guaranteed to find their way to the decks on Friday night:
Cowbell-heavy Latin punkfunk from yesteryear by a bunch of French Chileans, of whom one might, might not, be a drug-crazed rambling South-American transvestite prostitute, but sure sounds like one as (s)he spurts out the sleazy chorus. The whole dancepunk-thing has aged pretty quickly, but this still holds up - probably because it sounds less like "skinny indie boys discovering dance music" and more like skinny indie boys having great and inventive sex with Brazilian shemales while playing bass guitar. The whole thing reminds me a bit of old school disco hip hop in places. But turned up to 11 and with more cowbell.
A pop hit that never was, this is music purposely built for drunken end of the night swing dancing on the dance floor, delivered by UK Popstars-winners 2003 Girls Aloud. Don't let that fact put you off, though - no fear of pop music should let you miss out on this.
The single-worthy 'Waiting' was well hidden away as an album track on the girls' (very good) 2005 album Chemistry, and subsequently sank without trace after its release. That it didn't get to dominate the airwaves is one of the great pop crimes of the 21st century
Buy it for almost nothing at Amazon (where it is lying firmly in the virtual bargain bin...)
Love and Cowbell
It's probably also a safe bet that you are going to hear some new stuff that you didn't know you loved, so go dance your shoes to death to the banging sounds of Mads, seriously a good DJ, for whom I have only praise!
Just back from the first of the two The Knife concerts in Copenhagen, at Vega! Warmup was Janine Rostron a.k.a. Planningtorock - an easy choice, considering the video installation heavy main act. Planningtorock didn't really rock my world, seriously avant-garde and not really in my taste. A friend mind commented that this was probably something that a lot of people would say they liked, since the pretentious factor was a bit of the scale. On the other hand it did do the wonderful job of making The Knife look good - something which really wasn't needed.
This concert is without a doubt the most visually stunning thing I've ever been to. Siblings Dreier, were placed between to sheets of some weird semi-transparent material, which allowed for videos to be projected on them. I'm finding it hard to do an adequate description of how this worked - Superlatives: Beautiful, stunning, amazing, overwhelming and funny. Here's a couple of pictures:
Musically it was just as great, people were really crawing for this concert - sold out in 15 minuttes - and it showed! People were ecstatic and aplauded even the tinniest blip og klick produced on stage, or behind them for that matter - The concert was in surround sound?! The absoluty only thing I can complain about was the lenght. About an hour which isn't long, but on the other hand I really like this feeling rather than the bored feeling you get after 2½ hours of any concert. By far the best concert this year though!
What happened is the question of the? And why? Last year, and the year before that Mylo was everywhere. He was the talk of the town, and the man who's seal of remix approval you needed if you wanted to make in the music game. Monsterhit Drop the Pressure - which I'm more than sure you all know - was the most sure thing every time you were at the disco (And good times where had by all!). Then this year the backlash seems to really be setting in. Mylo is more or less of the music radar of all the geeks, his recent Freeform Five remix not getting a mention. Why you ask? Seriously, I don't know, just guessing here. His style was starting to evolve into a more bass heavy less chorus filled disco inferno, but that spot was sadly take by Rex The Dog - thus Rex became the new Mylo - in other words beaten by his peer. I might be going out on a limb here, but this is just my two cents.
Mylo though, is still pretty good, atop mentioned Freeform Five remix is actually really good - You can't really take the tricks from this man, and I wouldn't count him for out of the scene. Looking forward to his new album. In the meantime:
tracklist: The Knife - Take My Breath Away (Mylo Remix) Mylo - Muscle Cars (Tiga Remix) Flatpack - Sweet Child O'Mine (Mylo Remix) Kylie - I Believe in You (Mylo Remix) Moby - Life Me Up (Mylo Remix) Mylo - Drop The Pressure (Rex The Dog Remix)
Sort of putting itself in the trail of the Kitsune labes, is other French label Ed Banger Records. I think this is how you would say headbanger, if you had a sexy French accent. On this label, one guy (Besides Justice of course) is making waves - SebastiAn! (Actually scratch that, everything this label does right now seems to be where it's at, but nevermind). SebastiAn's great EP Ross Ross Ross which was released in august was a pure gem of distorted synth bass, and he is now rightfully getting hailed as the new king of this French dancefloor wave. I don't even now if the wave has gotten a name yet? Anyone? Today I thought I would share a few tracks by SebastiAn, if not for anything, then just to be cool - I kidding, I actually really like this. Especially the rather heavy handedness of the numbers, and the way they don't seem to be following a linear pattern. Best served at max volume and at sweaty temperatures:
I think the question with Stuart Price's Thin White Duke moniker is whether we can ever get enough? The extremely talentet Price, creative genius behind my lost on a deserted island number 1 album Darkdancer, has a real ear for these insanely catchy build ups - Layering just a bit more after every chorus, just adding that snare at the right time, letting the bass drum rip when it's time! Just listen to the new Madonna album if you're not convinced.
Funny thing about his remixes is that you actually know what to get before you actually hear it. It's not like a Thin White Duke remix is going to change your world, except maybe the first you one hear, but they do pack right amount dancefloor mayhem to just keep you comming back for more. In other words, when you read the magic wording behind some title on a 12" (Thin White Duke Remix) its like getting a christmas present from your parents as a kid. You almost certainly know what it is, and you can be 100% sure that it's good! The Thin White Duke - a Distortion Disco favorite.
Not a big post today, just a single track by German group International Pony - Seriously, I'm not trying only to post German and Swedish things, but you can't really argue with quality can you? Hamburg band (That means that they are almost Danish!) have done a really good electro-ish laid back single. Released sometimes last month on Kompakt, it's a nice early evening track with robot voices! Hurrah! The single also features a more dancy dub by Menses of Metope. International Pony - Gothic Girl Get it here
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