Sunday, January 27, 2008
Nice Credentials
Inspired by a nice article in Danish paper Weekendavisen (Online article here in Danish)I'm going to do a small post on techno legend Derrick May. Somewhere in the late 80's May turned house inside out and invented what is refered to as techno today. This mainly happened with the help of Frankie Knuckles championed track 'The Strings of Life' which. Of course not alone, he is part of what you might call the techno equivalent of the gang of four, along with Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson and Juan Atkins.
May's releases in general only span half a decade (from around 1987 until 1992), he does small pieces every know and the for computer games or films, but nothing major. He still runs the Transmat label, and recently did a film on the techno genre called High Tech Soul.

Whats interesting about May, besides the music obviously, is his always socio-conscious approach to techno. He always stresses how music, and especially techno with it's 'perfect' sounds is at odds with reality - especially that of his hometown Detroit. His point being something along the lines of techno(logy) is great but it should never be God.

For your enjoyment today two classics more influential than you can imagine:

Derrick May - The Strings of Life
Derrick May - The Dance

Get classic compilation 'Innovator' here

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Monday, January 21, 2008
I'm All The Blogosphere Needs
I found this little gem on the hollar board - It's a remix of the great All I Need from Radioheads In Rainbows done by hip cat Them Jeans. The tempo is turned up, but contrary to normal, it actually makes the vocals better. It sounds like a cigaret hardened Bonnie Tyler doing electro. This blog really feels the love for this track. Oh, and don't let the clasher looking photo fool you, this is a nice slowburner.

Radiohead - All I Need (Them Jeans Stevie Nicks Vocal Remix)

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Sunday, January 20, 2008
Fun - Pun - Gun - Bun - It's a rhymefest
New mixtape from the hands of Mark Ronson - This time with word surgeon Rhymefest on a Michael Jackson themed run of words and beats. Like everything Ronson touches, this is absolut fire! Hilarious skits by the way! Rhymefest is a funny man!

Ronson & Rhymefest - Man in the Mirror (Zip-file)

01 The Cipher (Rhymefest & Michael Jackson)
02 Can’t Make It (Rhymefest)
03 “Thriller” Skit
04 Get Up (Rhymefest ft Wale)
05 Dancin’ Machine (The Jackson 5 ft Rhymefest)
06 Flip It Skit
07 Never Can Say Goodbye (Rhymefest ft Talib Kweli)
08 Mike The Mentor (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)
09 No Sunshine (Rhymefest)
10 Caught Up Skit
11 Foolin’ Around (Rhymefest ft Dres)
12 Set The Mood
13 Breakadawn (Rhymefest ft Daniel Merriweather & alpha.)
14 Windbreaker Skit
15 Higher Intro
16 Higher (Rhymefest)
17 Mark vs. Mike
18 All That I’ve Got (Rhymefest ft Ghostface Killah & Mary J. Blige)
19 Maybe Tomorrow (Michael Jackson)
20 Sunshine Skit
21 Coolie High (Camp Lo ft Rhymefest)
22 Family Reunion (ft Tito, Randy, Mike & Rhymefest)
23 Much Love Skit
24 Man In The Mirror (Rhymefest ft Michael Jackson)

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Give Me Every Little Thing
Feeling nostalgic these days, longing for the good ol' days. Good ol' days is Fischerspooner. Fischerspooner is probably one of most important numbers in the annals of my musical taste history. They opened my eyes to the wonders of the cross over genre in a not-bootleg-kind-of-way and of course to the wonders of gay cabaret techno, not to be missed. Fischerspooner is best described as a collaborative art and performance project created by Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner that makes music, dance, fashion, film and photography. Straddling genres in art and entertainment, the project is renowned for outsider pop shows bursting with stage effects presented in both art galleries and traditional concert venues, and tlt's face it Emerge was a killer track, and it still is. They've just released 2 new 12" on Kitsune as a preview for an upcoming new album, I'm wetting myself already!

Fischerspooner - Emerge
Get single here

Fischerspooner - The Best Revenge
Get 12" here

Oh and finally, do run on over to Resident Advisor and download the stellar mix/podcast from Juan Maclean - Do it!

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Sunday, January 13, 2008
I am Hercules, hear me roar!
A couple of years ago DFA was the shissle, if you didn't know them, God were you out of the loop. It's not like they've been gone for the last couple of years, but the sound, like everything else is changing, and the blogosphere is a random mistress at best. Luckily, the wonderful label is still doing releases to the left of middle.
Hercules and Love Affair is the next thing from them. The band is basically Andrew Butler, with support from various people (Antony, Nomi, and Kim Ann). Album is co-produces by Tim Goldsworthy.
What does that mean? Well basically were looking at post punk sung by Antony (You know the loveable Antony of Antony and the Johnsons right?) - That's pretty excitting! And that's not all, throw in a remix by none other than legend Frankie Knuckles (Look at his CV)- Speechless!

Hercules and Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
Hercules and Love Affair - Blind (Club Mix)

Album out march - A safe bet it's gonna kick ass.

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Saturday, January 12, 2008
Ready for the floor
Enjoy the video for Hot Chips still excellent Ready for the Floor - Do do do do it now!


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Thursday, January 10, 2008
The radio beats on and on and on
This year could be another good year for Baile and remix kings Radioclit. Radioclit were in Copenhagen last month, a show which I sadly missed. Anygays, the 'clit has done a remix of Danish darlings Alphabeat which is more than worth checking out.
I'm actually all for Alphabeat, but their sound sometimes strays a bit too close to a high school band doing covers of Abba (Come to think of it, that sounds pretty good in a way). There's something in the Danish accent and overall delivery of the music which comes of a bit camp, but on the other hand, who am I to argue - I'm writing a blog. I read somewhere that Franz Ferdinand wanted to make music that makes girls dance, well Alphabeat did actually that. Hopefully, Alphabeat will drop their new album this year, the last one was poptastic in the words of popjustice.The Radioclit remix sets the sails for 24 hour latino carnival town and goes bonanza in horns. I'd love to see Brazilian samba girls shake down to this.

Alphabeat - Fantastic 6 (Radioclit Remix)

This next mix is from '05, made to sound like something from the glorious year 1979
ghettopop 24: the Gaytoblaster Megamixx

Also, I'f you for some god awful dumb reason haven't heard Alphabeat, do enjoy this fantastic single from last year- It's more high school than pimples and "I don't care":

Alphabeat - 10,000 Nights of Thunder
Get album here

Not particularly new, but also worth a listen is Radioclits Divine Gosa single, of which Switch has done remix - So clash it hurts!

Radioclit - Divine Gosa (Switch Remix)
get single here

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Sunday, January 06, 2008
2008 going strong
A new year of music and terror awaits us - let's not leave the jury waiting:

Herve and Sinden have done a great essential mix for BBC to kick of the new year in fashion. It's a bit slow of the ramps, but it ends in bangin' jubilations.

Herve & Sinden - Essential mix

  1. Snoop Dogg - Sensual Seduction - Doggystyle/Geffen
  2. Enur - Calabria (club mix) - Ministry Of Sound
  3. Pitbull feat Lil Jon - The Anthem - TVT
  4. South Rakkas - Mad Again - Mad Decent
  5. Plastic Little - Jump Off - Virgin
  6. Kid Sister feat Kanye West - Pro Nails - Fools Gold
  7. Tragic and Anastasia - Feelin Horny
  8. Spank Rock and Benny Blanco - BOOTAY - Fully Fitted
  9. Soulja Boy - Crank That - Interscope
  10. Dude And Dem - Watch My Feet - TVT
  11. Kid Sister feat Gantman - Switchboard - Fools Gold
  12. Santogold - Creator - Lizard King
  13. Benga and Coki - Night - Tempa
  14. Rusko - Cockney Thug - Sub Soldiers
  15. Hench - 3K Out - HENCH
  16. Burial - Archangel - Hyperdub
  17. MJ Cole - Sincere - Talkin Loud
  18. Estelle - Wait A Minute (Just A Touch) (Count and Sinden remix) - Atlantic
  19. Se Sa feat Sharon Phillips - I Like It Like This (Count and Sinden remix) - Positiva
  20. Ron Carrol - Nike Spinnin (Count and Sinden remix) - Ministry Of Sound
  21. The Soft Tigers - Ice Cream (Waxmasters remix) - Bang Gang 12 Inches
  22. Count and Sinden feat Kid Sister - Beeper - Domino
  23. Alphabeat - Fascination (Count and Sinden remix) - EMI
  24. Toddla T feat Serocee - Inna Da Dancehall (Count and Sinden remix) - 1965
  25. No Requests - Heartbroken
  26. Juiceboxx and Dre Skull - Centre Stage - Vicious Pop
  27. DJ Technics - Computer Madness
  28. Tameil - Trans Newark Express - Mad Decent
  29. DJ Class - Next To You
  30. Fake Blood - Theme - Counterfeet
  31. The Touch - Maximization Nation (Trevor Loveys remix)
  32. Action Man (aka Herve) feat Trevor Loveys - Beat Bang - Speaker Junk
  33. Machines Dont Care - Take It To The Club - Machines Dont Care
  34. Count Of Monte Cristal vs DJ Funk - Bounce That Ass - Cheap Thrills
  35. Tittsworth feat Kid Sister and Pace - WTF
  36. Bondo Do Role - Gasolina (Fake Blood remix) - Domino
  37. Herve - Deep House - Speaker Junk
  38. Machines Dont Care - Afro Jacker - Machines Dont Care
  39. Brick N Lace - Switch (remix)
  40. Action Man (aka Herve) - Alarm Bell - Speaker Junk
  41. Machines Dont Care - Drop The Lime and Herve Are Secret Agents - Machines Dont Care
  42. Voodoo Chilli - Streetplayers - Speaker Junk
  43. Voodoo Chilli feat Trevor Loveys - All I Need - Speaker Junk
  44. Fake Blood - Mars - Counterfeet
  45. Detboi - Come Rest Up - Skint
  46. Chrome Hoof - Tonight (Count Of Monte Cristal ghetto sax remix) - SRD
  47. Count Of Monte Cristal and Sinden feat Kid Sister - Beeper (Detboi remix) - Domino
  48. Dead Soul Brothers - Blessed - Dead Soul

Next track here is strictly speaking not 2008, but since US based Ssion is about to release a new album titled 'Fools Gold', I think it's ok to give this little piece of 80's electro a nice ride on the speakers. It's loud, rather gay, a bit too happy and quite good:

Ssion - Clown

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