Cue the dramatic voice of every movie trailer ever made:
They met in 1988 during break dancing! - They were influenced by every genre on earth! - In 1997 they formed a band! - Oh yes, look at them, they formed a band! - They are still set to take over the world - Robag Wruhme & Monkey Maffia are the Wighnomy-Brothers!
First tune is Hankofloppe, from the Okkasion EP released on their own Freude am Tanzen. Click-techno galore. Beautifully atmospheric, a nice use of a sample - this is just pure quality.
Second track is the mighty Wurz+Blosse released on Kompakt. This is one of those tracks released on Kompakt that have turned to instant classics. Sounds like rolling thunder or the apocalypse, in the best possible way. I still remember the first time I heard this at Berghain... The simple bassline is hypnotic, the breaks immaculate.
I wonder whats up (or is that down?) with Australia. Cut Copy, The Presets and hype bonanza Van She. It's the place to be on the other hemisphere. Latest blossom to emerge is Muscles. Sounding like a Lo Fi FNK coverband gone techno. Catchy tunes galore and lots of humor - Hurra!
He has a single out on Bang Gang 12" sometime April - Be sure to pick that up. Distortion Disco is placing a handsome amount on this guy being big this year.
First tune is Ice Cream - candidate for best chorus this year: "Ice Cream is going to save the day - again!" - Hmmm maybe we should start bombarding select areas of the world with ice cream? This tune is what being 12 years old is all about. Dancy, funny and unavoidable. Oh yeah and infectious synths!
Second tune is Chocolate Raspberry Lemon and Lime. Twee UK-garage anyone? Rhyming Lemon and Lime with You're mine is nothing short of pure genious. This is what a 2007 love song should sound like. Filled with falic imagery what more can we want?
Sometimes weekends really are the best. During the week you almost forget the pleasure that it is waking up in your bed (or someone elses?) without having a days worth of work and labour ahead of you. To celebrate this momentous occasion here are some tracks making my weekend even better. I won't do a big writeup on the them. Suffice to say that you should really own everyone of them.
Guess what I saw/heard/danced to Friday night? Following a rather bass drum heavy upfront warm-up set by Djuna Barnes, Vega witnessed what was the most hyped ticket in town. I have been to Vega a zillion times by now, and I have NEVER seen a line formed that quickly or that long for anything. Winning that MTV award sure did the trick huh?
At Roskilde Festival I was rather disappointet by Jus†ice (I remember there only being one of them) playing a rather ordinary unfocused set which quickly fell in the category of boring. That was not the case at Vega! I was trying to think up a way to describe what I really like about Jus†ice - The only thing I could come up with was Urgent and Vital. It just seems so must more necessary than anything else, so bloody aggressive without falling into cliché or being metal. For me the highlight was the old skool disco song that started the set. The crowd was taken completely by surprise. Disorientated dancing ensued... was this what Jus†ice sounded like? Then it hit like a cat with sharp claws being dragged over your skin: The snare drums of the Erol Alkan remix of Waters of Nazareth! Huge flashing cross on the stage and a deafening roar! I'll let you guess at the rest.
Here is a couple of things from the Jus†ice department for you:
This little gem has been tellin me what i like about electronic music for the last two days. Simian Mobile Disco are going to take over the good parts of the world someday! Simian Mobile Disco - It's the Beat (REMOVED) - Preorder this gem here!! Get some more Simian here
Aksel Schaufer is a bonafide Distortion Disco hero. You of course know him under his moniker Superpitcher - one of the kings of Cologne kings Kompakt. Master of the growing tune, evolving from synth strings or micro clicks into mighty dancetunes perfectly encapsulating the feeling of the heavy metropol of the post millenium years. This is the stuff that minimal techno thrives on.
First song is the legendary remix of The MFA's The Difference it Makes. If you don't like this remix, this blog doesn't like you. Sorry to be so pedantic - this is one of my all time top ten tunes. This remix is so immaculate, it should appeal to just about everyone. It still sends shivers down my spine when the bassline enters. Every home should have this record!
The MFA - The Difference it Makes (Superpitcher Remix) get the single here
Second song is of the latest installement of the Speicher series - Lick the Pipe. Featuring an actual flute playing some melody a bit of tune, it is remicent of that Balkan horn section song by Villalobos which is soo hot right now. I'd rather take this Superpitcher song any day. It displays the great flair for a pop melody that always seems to lurk just under the surface in production of his. Superpitcher - Lick the Pipe Get the Speicher here
Tracklist: datA - aerius light does it offend you, yeah? - we are rockstars guns'n'bombs - crossover appeal mstrkrft - street justice (mstrkrft 07 remix) felix cartal - moss vs tree boys noize - feel good (tv = off) (shinichi osawa edit) yelle - short dick cuiz (tepr remix) christopher + raphael just - disco 128 surkin feat. vyle - toxicoman the futureheads - worry about it later (al dare half done refix) the teenagers - homecoming (guns'n'bombs 1996 xtc remix)
Sadly I won't be able to attend the following, but if you don't know what to do tommorow (Saturday) and if you live in Copenhagen or thereabouts, please go chechout Distortion Disco favorites Lo Fi FNK and DJ-sets by hip The Teenagers and impeccable Djuna Barnes at Rust hosted by Kernefamilien.
Just heard a cover version of Blue Monday on radio today. It was done by once destined to be great band Swan Lee. The song sounded good by all means, and it is always interesting to hear different takes on the same song - I, like probably every other person in the blogosphere, was amazed at the new level kool that Jose Gonzales brought to Heartbeats, but for some reason I generally get a bit annoyed by cover versions. All though depends on context I guess. Either it can come of as the obligatory "tak" pronounced in broken Danish by artists claiming cross cultural awareness at the Roskilde Festival - painful and as lousy showmanship like filler - OR it can come of as the absolute highlight of a concert (Travis doing Back in Black or The Rapture doing Gery Glitters Rock'n Roll Part 1 is seriously nothing to be messed with!). I think the trick is that you already have some sort of cultural reference point for both the original song and the artist doing the cover - if those things do not match up in some way it's more excruciating than having your appendix removed with a spoon.
Every now and then though it does happen than everything just clicks:
Here are some covers of or by some Distortion Disco favorites:
I don't know if these songs do the trick for you, but I do find them to add or offer something interesting - not necessarily genious. The Lily Allen track is actually a small bite of heaven... Amazing singer surprisingly.
Oh yeah, head over to Bigstereo - There you'll find a remix by New Young Pony Club of The Gossip!
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