Saturday, November 25, 2006
Mega Bonanza CSS Review!

... should have been the order of the day, but sadly I'm a bit lazy - been visiting Distortion Disco correspondent Mads in Berlin. It is really a small piece of weirdness in the centre of Europe, if you have a possibility go!

But now to the CSS review thing: On a scale of one to ten, I'd place them somewhere around nine. Really a good concert, but the sound at Loppen was too low, which normally is never the case. Lovefoxx, was more than great, a small explosive, dare I say it, sexy lead singer, which really is the key to this band's greatness. Highlights for me was Lets make love, and the waving of hands! Also the amazing amount of hipsters, who were at the concert was funny - interesting how word gets around and how obvious it is, when you have more than 5 people asking you 'Is this that Brazilian band' gesturing at the warmup band...

The tune, has already been posted a lot of other places. It's the remix of first single Alala which stills sounds great, even though it has a year on it's behind:

CSS - Alala (Princess Superstar Remix)

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Thursday, November 23, 2006
First of, sorry I never got around to reviewing the Klaxons concert on friday. It was really great actually! Here is my drunk meta review:
Rock, in some form, is taking back the clubs - and here I'm not just referring to the punk funk of The Rapture, DFA etc. The long story: Rock as a mainstream music genre started somewhere in the clubs, think way back to 50's era Beatles, but slowly and steadily grew to indoor arenas, outdoor parks, stadiums, etc. until it finally imploded in a massive ball of self masturbatory chords and scales in the late 70's early 80's (Of course it bred new things like punk and merged with disco, but seriously it died!). This of course was no bad thing, rock had gotten to pompous for it's own good, and for anyone to care. Instead, from within the clubs, new danceable tunes emerged with via disco, onto electronic music - This, in its mainstream form, has then gone on to take the route of it's grand parent on the mothers side, namely rock, and become to big for it's own good (Again a lot of new sub genres have emerged - electro(which is probably the next contender for to big for its own good), techno (which dodged the bullet in the late 90's), house (which to a certain extent got it's whiplash along with rucola salat a couple of years ago)). Think circa 2000's Basement Jaxx and Fatboy Slim, DJ'ing at the huge orange stage at Roskilde... Seriously, at the time it might have sounded like a good idea, but now it´s blatantly obvious that we are right back at masturbating arena style again (Note masturbation belongs in clubs and at home - If you are not Bruce Springsteen that is!). Finally we are back here in the late 00's where rock is trying to reinvent itself as a club genre - whether it will succeed is a matter of letting time do the telling, but for now Klaxons are doing good headway! In other words I thoroughly enjoyed the concert.

Clearly the above is crap, concived in a drunk state of mind, but there you go - That´s real life bitting your behind! Download an interview with them here.

Next along the this new track is CSS tonight at Loppen, thus we will have a double CSS-review bonanza sometime this weekend. Berlin and Copenhagen combined! WHOAH!

Until then, a couple of tracks to keep your feet warm, and your heart pounding like the bass:

The warm feets is courtesy of Klanguage performing under the influence of Tacteel:
Klanguage - Priceless Things (Tacteel Remix)
Buy it here

The heart is send pounding by Hypnolove, saucing us up with a piece of sexy French toast:
Hypnolove - Madamoiselle
Buy it here

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Tuesday, November 21, 2006
KLF mastermind Bill Drummond fears he's losing his interest in music. Now no piece of music is more than a couple of mouse clicks away, it's hard to be really suprised and excited anymore. Not because music doesn't sound as interesting as before, but because it's so easy to get hold of and consume. Like kids permanently locked up in a candystore, we're getting overfed.

Drummond's solution?
"I decided I needed a day I could set aside to listen to no music whatsoever. Instead, I would be thinking about what I wanted and what I didn't want from music. Not to blindly - or should that be deafly - consume what was on offer. A day where I could develop ideas. This day I would call No Music Day. 21st of November.
St Cecilia is the patron saint of music. I have no idea why and I am not interested in finding out. But her Saint's Day is on 22 November. This is the day we are supposed to celebrate music, thank God for its existence. I decided that No Music Day should be on the day before St Cecilia's Day"

I'll be following Bill's lead today - and set off St Cecilia's Day celebrations in style with a midnight Cansei De Ser Sexy gig at the 103 Club tonight. And let music be my girlfriend, beach house, kingsize bed and hot, hot sex all over again...

CSS - Music Is My Hot, Hot Sex
(only to be listened to after the 21st of November, of course!)
In the meantime, do the right thing and get the "Cansei De Ser Sexy" LP here or here
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Friday, November 17, 2006
Down the Stairs. Out the door
, Round the corner....
Well not exactly, but going out tonight, to see The Klaxons at Vega. Don't know what to expect, but I'll give you some sort of run down tomorrow! While you are waiting patiently at home for that, you can hear this blogs re-edit of my favorite track of Pieces of the People We love by the Rapture. Not much done, just tried to make it a bit more DJ-friendly, not change the world.

The Rapture - The Devil (Distortion Disco Uh-Ah Edit)
Get the real deal here


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Thursday, November 16, 2006
Bamm! Kapow! Göttsching!
Manuel Göttsching was guitarist in a 70's Krautrock ensemble called Ash Ra Temple, but it is his adventures as proto-techno forefather that is the subject here. The one hour long track E2-E4 was improvised and recorded live in 1981 in Göttsching's appartment, but only released in 1984 - to a critical press and public. It was apparently NYC DJ legend Larry Levan who first brought the track to prominence by playing it in its entirety at the end of his sets at the Paradise Garage, And from there it went on to inspire the first techno producers of the early eighties.
First hearing about of the track I didn't really expect it to be as listenable as it truly is - an hourlong krautrock electronic jam doesn't normally bode for an easy ride. But after having played it out all day long it feels like a forgotten blissfull balearic house anthem. Endless variations of the main melody figure drift by while small percussion glide in and out of the mix, and the guitar fills half an hour in adds a beautiful human sound. It is almost New Agey but luckily just to strange sounding to fall into that pit.
To really hear the balearic connection, hop on over to Dilated Choonz for an extra sunny rework the song from 1989 by Sueño Latino that adds piano and bird noises to the E2-E4 sample for a true summer of love Ibiza feel.

Bonus: To mark the 25th anniverary of E2-E4, Manuel Göttsching is preforming it live and alone at Berghain in Berlin on the 12th of December. Don't miss if you are around!

Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4
(Because of the file size you have to log on to Yousendit to download)

Manuel Göttsching is often mentioned as a key influence by the Norwegian space disco army (Lindstrøm, Todd Terje, Prins Thomas), and for added effect comes a Prins Thomas' tribute track, simply named Goettsching. The floating synth layers are a bit reminicent of E2-E4 but the track is mainly driven by a great disco bassline.

Prins Thomas - Goettsching
Support the Prins, get royal here
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Tuesday, November 14, 2006
Distortion Disco 2.1
New feature on the blog! On the right is a link to Blogarithm which allows you to sign up for an E-mail each time there is new distortion at the disco... Pretty neat ehh? That's web 2.0 right in your face.


A single song to keep you warm on a cold day like this (at least here in Denmark):

The Freelance Hellraiser made his name with the great bootleg of Xtina and The Strokes, A stroke of genius, which wasn't a lie in itself. He released an album back in July, know he's back with a remix of the band of the moment Klaxons. Adding just a touch of early 90's rave this track is ready for another round on the big tracks.

The Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone (Freelance Hellraiser Remix)
Get to the Interzone here


Elsewhere in the wonderful blogosphere that we all call home:

Tape has an interview with Michael Mayer!
Checkout Palms Out Sounds Remix sunday 37 - always worth a visit

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Monday, November 13, 2006
Revel In Bass
As promised earlier, I'd try to post a bit more regulary here, and what better way to get back into it than a couple of Carl Craig's excellent remixes from this year.

First up is Delia Gonzales & Gavin Russom's 'Revelee'. We saw Delia & Gavin warm up for Hot Chip at Berlin's Watergate Club last January. They had about seven keyboards on stage, which looked rather awesome as they were only two on stage. The first three minutes were great, with Delia & Gavin building one gorgeous synth-figure up after the next - and ten minutes into it I was well ready for the big release... that just didn't seem to appear.
After twenty minutes of non stop constant synth-twiddling, it dawned on us that Delia & Gavin hadn't brought a single drum machine along. People were now sitting (or sleeping) on the floor and we realised that this was one of thos those"willfully difficult" performances that are made for art galleries, and promptly headed for the bar, praying to the God of Bass to deliver us from this beat-less art hell....

... a couple of months later our prayers were answered - exactly 3 minutes and 44 seconds into Carl Craigs remix of 'Revelee', where a killer kick drum is finally let loose on Delia & Gavin's synth-noodlery, turning the track into the stomping techno track it deserves to be. Not totally satisfied with his accievement, Craig also makes room for a nice bongo & piano jazz break at the end. As you do.

Delia Gonzales & Gavin Russom - Revelee (Carl Craig remix)
Buy it here

Second track is remix of Rhythm & Sound's 'Poor People Must Work'. Taking the lead from the dubby original, Craig's remix is as deep as it gets. At first listen nothing much happens during the almost seven minutes of the track - but turn up your speakers and the underflowing river of bass will draw you in.

Rhythm & Sound - Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix)

Buy it here
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Thursday, November 09, 2006
I wanna book a shade filled spot, now!
Booka Shade have really had an eventful year - from the digital underground to electronic mainstream faster than you can say "Wow, they are even better than hype said they would be!"
As mentioned in a previous post I saw them live at Berghain in the spring, and from then on, it has been only one way traffic to the stars. I've actually heard them played on Danish mainstream radio!

The tunes today are two awesome new remixes by the German Wunderwaffe:

First one is of other Distortion Disco Favorite Tiga, 3 Weeks hadn't really gotten my attention when I heard it of the Sexor album, something was a bit off. Dunno what they've done, but now this track is completely on! There is a great dub version of this track as well, but do you really wanna miss Tiga's sexy vocals... I think not! Also checkout the breakdown halfway through the track, a musical tip of the hat to Anderssons Washing up! B.T.W. checkout the dahlbäck remix on the single as well.


Tiga - 3 Weeks (Booka Shade Vocal Remix)
Get it here

Second track is a remix Azzido da Bass tune going throught the icy hip caverns of Booka, filled with the ever hip Shade of dance. I don't really have the speakers for this number, but I could imagine bass winds blowing when this track gets full blast. It's hard to put a finger on, but there is this really great understated quality to Booka Shade which seems to fit the present time really well. This remix carries exactly this quality, the same which made early single Mandarine Girl so great.

Azzido Da Bass - Lonely By Your Side feat Johnny Blake (Booka Shade Dub Remix)
get it here
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Monday, November 06, 2006
Emerald Sapphire Gold Whipped Cream
Distortion Disco went to see Bronx legends ESG on Saturday - I find it hard to give an adequate discription of the this wonderful old punkfunk band. Maybe if Diana Ross had complete creative control of a mixed band of the Rapture and Sonic Youth. A really good concert with the youngest Scroggins shakin' her booty, slowly seducing every member of the audience. We had a quick show of votes among the various men at the urinal afterwards - Verdict: We want big black women who know how to move! This band is a must if you get the chance. Hearing Moody had shivers raising down my spine!

The ESG tunes, all three of them display of the great slow building funk punk, for which DFA has a lifetime debt. Get A South Bronx Story (here) from Soul Jazz Records and make yourself a complete person.

ESG - Dance

ESG - My Love For You

ESG - It's Alright

Besides almighty ESG, we also saw a great new Danish band called Fabula Beat, a reggae outfit based on the remnants of Favelachic. I was only able to find the one song on their myspace, which is a bit surfy in their own words. I will get back to them when there is a release of something.
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Thursday, November 02, 2006
Was ist Musik? Wo bist du? So many questions!
It's music week this week in Copenhagen because of some little award show? Basically it means that the centre of town is blocked by a huge stage, and that there is a lot good stuff to go hear around the various clubs.
Yesterday I went to see one of my favorite Germans do his thing at A-Huset. If was of course none other than Schlagertechno prince Justus Köhncke - worst dressed man of electronic music! It was a real thrill seeing this extremely talented musician get a lazy crowd going after the revl9n concert.
The obvious highlights were of course Timecode, Was ist Musik? and new favorite Advance. I would have killed for him to do Wo bist du?, but the setting clearly wasn't for world class eurovision songcontest sing along entry, so I wasn't that bummed about him not playing it. On top of the great set, he was nice enough to pose for a picture on my cellphone:

I'm sorry about the dark picture, should probably had some flash or something - He actually tried some funny faces as well, but my cameraphone is not Nikon material.

After what was the highlight of my evening, some random gent called Thomas Trentemöller took stage... I haven't seen a Danish crowd go bunkers in the way they did yesterday. The reaction to Rykketid was nothing short of amazing. I can't really figure out how he has managed to break into the Danish mainstream, but he is incredibly populare here at the moment. (by the way for international readers Rykketid means Time to get going!)

A quick snap of the Trent' - even worse picture, serious pushing, fighting and fanboyism major factors: Now For the tunes of the day.

Couldn't resist posting Justus classic Was ist Musik? This song doesn't offer the answer, but it does give a really good hint at what electronic music should be: i.e. catchy! His ultra kitch lyrics in this old gem, is nothing short of funny.

Justus Köhncke - Was ist Musik?
Buy it here

Second song is of the great Kompakt compilation Total 7 - Love and Dancing. Actually I think this title says more about Justus than anything else. Hearing this you can see that this is a man in it only for the love of music! You know what he want's, now dance!

Justus Köhncke - Love and Dancing

Get Total 7 here
posted by Niall Quinn @ 1:18 PM   4 comments

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