Tuesday 30 September 2008

French Housewarming (Warming House)

Got a busy week ahead so I'll get this out of the way now!

Let's all take a slow deep breath and relax a little for just a moment: I have a few warm-smile house delights to share with you lovely people. You could probably throw a suit on (tie optional) and go have a dignified dance somewhere sophisticated to these puppies. Your shoes might even still look wearable the next day! Man i hate getting clubshoe.

Enough banter. More new goodies just out on the fabulously excellent(ly awesomely...) Us Two Music. Man I love this label. No doubt it's going to burst at the seams very shortly and people will be going nuts over it. The Dynamic Rockers Remix of Wize is a gorgeous discofunkhouse strings mover - like the meeting of 77 Strings and the bassline from Burnin'. Matt Turner's latest is a super uplifting summer vocal track which, hearing it in a relaxed outdoor club, would complete my life. Seriously get into this label before everyone else does. Then you can brag to all your electro-turned-discohouse scenester friends that you knew U2M when it was underground. Worth picking these up in 320 on Beatport!

Wize - Exhibition (Dynamic Rockers Remix)

Matt Turner - Never Say

Love my old Hed Kandi comps. Haven't really paid any attention since around when they were bought out by MoS, so not sure what they're like now, but there are plenty of gems in days before. The relaunch of Nu Cool was a really great album full of very interesting house(?) (you'd be really stretching to call some house) tracks. Es Vive/Base Bar Ibiza '05 was another random one I picked up after seeing it had a Seamus Haji track, who I had a bit of a crush on at the time. Anyway these two tracks are from both albums respectively. Both just great summer party house - though I could really do without the vocals in Wanna Get Wet.

Liquid People - Ice Cream Parlour

Soul Mechanic - Wanna Get Wet

To change the vibe a little: I grabbed Hot Chip's latest remixes single, Hold On / Touch Too Much. The Switch LA remix has been thrown around a bit, but the others on the release are deffers top tunes. Generally pretty laid back stuff. the Mock & Toof mix glides along the song's magnificent bassline with lots of pretty sounds and effects along the way. Listen to this one in a hammock. Ewan Pearson's remix is a scrape more upbeat but still an array of nice instruments dancing around the original progression. Actually all music should be listened to in hammocks.

Hot Chip - Hold On (Mock & Toof Remix)

Hot Chip - Touch Too Much (Ewan Pearson Remix)

Clearly Falke is one of the biggest fail safe artists around at the moment. It seems like he churns out new remixes on a daily basis and never is there any drop in quality. Just really solid stuff. This one is no different. Do I need to say more? Check out Melbourne locals City Life though, they seem to be attracting some big names.

Citylife - San Francisco feat. DD (Fred Falke Remix)

Black sheep bonus track! It doesn't really fit in with all this, but I've been listening to it a fair bit and I really dig it. Certainly more subdued than his overly crazy LA remix, this is a groovier Switch which probably has a wider appeal. God I love that bassline!

Hot Chip - Hold On (Switch LDN Remix)

Have a good week dear friends!

Sunday 28 September 2008

Discoteca Psicodelica

Hullo crew. Exciting things are happening at the mo. For one, Tim Sweeney (a la Beats In Space, DFA, RVNG, etc) will be warping the heads of us lucky Aussies in October which I'm seriously convulsing with glee over. It's being put on by HAHA Industries - go investigate, get tickets, and have yourself an experience.

To celebrate in a minutely related way, allow me to continue bombarding you with DFA choonz. The first Syclops one is really really cool, as long as you have a little patience. You will surely enjoy the crazy Soulwaxy distortlounge journey it takes you on. I suppose their stuff is a fair bit more experimental than most other stuff on the label, and it's all really interesting. Go explore! And many of you would probably have the Blues Explosion track from DFA's first remix compilation, but whaaaaatever. A great long jam - shit gets real!

Syclops - The Fly

Blues Explosion - Mars Arizona (DFA Remix)

Ash Le Rouge makes a triumphant albeit brief mixtape return for promotion of a new and stunning looking night, Locodisco, due to start this Friday in Sydney at Nevermind. I gave Ash's last mix, Portals, a pretty unhealthy thrashing for months. No doubt this one awaits the same fate. An impressive blend of genres and a really pleasant spring vibe seals the deal - go listen and then go check out the night. Keep an eye on the comments for a tracklisting when I get one.

Ash Le Rouge - Locodisco Minimix

Very unfortunately, Kiyoshi managed to get in the way of Hurricane Ike, and as a result will remain hidden behind the big stage curtains for a little longer while things settle down. But here are a couple of sneaky thefts from his collections which I lurve. Yummy yummy French housey goodness! The first, by Galactik Knights, is a great example of why excessive use of filters is such a good idea. The second Thony Ritz one you may recognise - a glorious chunky bassline bathing in goose-down-soft vocals. You'll love both! Cyberhugs sent to anyone affected by these shitty storms.

Galactik Knights - With All My Love

Thony Ritz - We'll Rock It

I keep wanting to pop down to Melbourne and check out the nightlife, and this is a pretty major added incentive. Fromage Disco sent by a mix and some edits to promote their parties which are making me all kinds of wet. The mix is serrrious hot disco shit. Like, really. They've got a nice edit of a real fave of mine too, I Can't Go For That, which always brings me back to The Avalanches' Gimix mix in erotic daydreams. If you're down in brisk boring Victoria (hehe), this seems like a pretty good consolation prize. Tracklisting for the mix here.

Fromage - Fromagedisco Vol. 1

Hall and Oats - I Can't Go For That (Fromage Yacht Rock Edit)

I really couldn't resist posting this. So so good, had me cracking up when I first heard it. I never heard the original rips that it's based on, but apparently Hidden Cat has done a great job of replicating the Soulwax remix, wherever it is. Props!

Walter Murphy & The Big Apple Band - A Fifth of Beethoven (Hidden Cat's 'Based on the Soulwax' Edit)


Tuesday 23 September 2008

Tseowwwww, Timewarp!

Okies, just a quick dump of some more wankworthy classics, since I'm capped for a few days and downloading anything is agonisingly slow.

Who remembers Grand Popo Football Club? If you're thinking that you don't, well you actually do. And if you actually don't then go visit France immediately and get eurocultured so people will think you are trendy - listen to some Popo and you should be eating old cheese and using cigarette holders in no time. I still listen to Mashed One to hear this (and the LRD Disco to Disco remix below) in a mix, and it's grand. The Joakim remix is a sample of their new stuff which is quite nice. Sacrebleu! My beret!

Grand Popo Football Club - Men Are Not Nice Guys

Grand Popo Football Club - My Territory (Joakim Vocal Remix)

Another couple of old faves: more quality remixes of From Disco To Disco. I posted both Mike Monday remixes a while ago, but these are just as delish in their own ways. The Jake Bullit one is a bit electrofunk in the bassline department. I'd be surprised if many people haven't heard the Les Rythmes mix somewhere - it's seen plenty of play in its day by big artists (like Justice OMG!!!) and for good reason. A simpler arrangement but the track has been decked out with some really neat little sounds. It's addictive.

Whirlpool Productions - From: Disco To: Disco (Jake Bullit Remix)

Whirlpool Productions - From: Disco To: Disco (Les Rythmes Digitales Remix)

Have you kids/kidettes been drowning in your own drool because of these new Oizo leaks? I was clever enough to put on a life jacket before my first listen, and THANK GOD. This album is going to stretch my mind through twelve new dimensions, I can tell. If you haven't heard, go grab them at ClubSoda, after taking the necessary precautions.

Oh, and also, I saw a bunch of blogs have Facebook groups, so I thought I should do the same. Isn't that what blogging is all about? Join it!

Monday 15 September 2008

Dodo, Fish, Antelope

Ho hum. I saw the Soulwax doco last week and funnily enough it's inspired me to get back into LCD Soundsystem more than anything. James Murphy spends about as much time on camera as any of the Soulwax guys... Though I'm not complaining. It's also got me thrashing some other DFA stuff. They really have the most killer little music corner to themselves. I snagged James Murphy & Pat Mahoney's Fabriclive disc today and it's really as fantastic as I expected! Have a taste of a couple of tunes that feature in the mix... Well they're both edits of the tracks used, but whatever. Firey disco! By the way, the doco is great, go see it!

Jackson Jones - I Feel Good, Put Your Pants On (Pilooski Edit)

G.Q. - Lies (Theo Parish Edit)

All the DFA remixes really are solid gold. I'd assume a good percentage of blog readers would have spent unhealthy amounts of time jiving to these tunes, but this is for the benefit of those who haven't been lucky enough. These two are probably my favourites. Check out Metro Area and Le Tigre on their own too - they both make top muzak.

Metro Area - Orange Alert (DFA Remix)

Le Tigre - Deceptacon (DFA Remix)

Also, a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a copy of a new DFA release - Supersoul Recordings: Nobody Knows Anything. Very interesting and very cool. The whole thing has a great spacey vibe, though not particularly light. The production on every track is totally first class! Definitely recommend buying this bad boy and making the most of some good weather. Also randomly picked up a Still Going 12", i dig their stuff.

Walter Jones - Deuteronomy Brown (I-f Edit)

Still Going - Still Going Theme

And finally, while doing some more digging through old things, i recovered my Freeform Five Misch Masch album. I'd honestly forgotten the versatility and talent of these guys. The first disc is a great mix with everything from Funkadellic to Aphex Twin, but it's the second disc of Freeform remixes that really got me excited. 9 tracks of total epicness! The shortest mix lands at just over 6 minutes, so they're serious value productions. My two favourites are the Annie and Elton reworks, both busting out some crazy instrumentation and a broad range of genres. Fab!

Elton John - Are You Ready for Love (Freeform Reform Vocal)

Annie - The Greatest Hit (Freeform Reform Vocal)

High five for anybody living in Sydney who's drooling over this incredible weather like I am. Come by Candy's Apartment on Friday and we'll have a great, sweaty time.

Thursday 11 September 2008

Yap Yap Yap

Not feeling overly talkative tonight but I've got another mixed bag here to tip on the floor and wade through. I'll start with a pretty pearl by Matt Hughes, (dare I say it?) popped out by the deep sea funk oyster Outcross Records (sorry). Can't Talk Now is ultra ultra groovy - a good indicator of the rest of Hughes' latest release, The Funk Theory EP. Check out his label buddies, they're all quite excellent.

Matt Hughes - Can't Talk Now

Yes, The Glimmers are excellent. All thanks be to Rvng. Intl. Records for making me take notice again. Esta Si is just so fucking groovy. Like, really. Their Junkie XL remix is equally fab, though with a much darker distorted disco flavour. Just listen and enjoi... Then go scope out the rest of their releases. Something for all seasons.

The Glimmers - Esta Si, Esta No (Asi Me Gusta A Mi)

Junkie XL - Cities In Dust (The Glimmers Remix)

Artwork are totally cool. They've got the whole electrodisco thing going just swell, and I swear they have some Lifelike qualities that make their music a joy on a balmy night. The vocals from the original tracks both kind of irritated me at first, but I'm beginning to swing around the other way, so late round bonus points have to be awarded. Can't wait to hear more!

Late of the Pier - Bathroom Gurgle (Artwork Remix)

IAMX - The Alternative (Artwork Remix)

If I was still a motivated and sociable person, I'd be able to say first hand that Starfuckers is still destroying Sydney saturday nights. Sadly though, being the aging recluse I am, I have to pass on from second/third/(numbers trail off) hand sources that it's still ballistic. Hookie, also enjoying a quarterly Disco Delicious residency, has come up with another mix to represent the notorious drugpop orgy which is as wonderfully bent as usual. He's also jumped into some snazzy producing too which is cool to see! Grab the Cradle of Rave tracklist here.

Hookie - Cradle of Rave

Hookie - Get the Better of Me

In anticipation of the hopefully scorching summer that's around the corner, I figure I might as well keep milking the classic track attempted revivals. I'm really going through a phase here, I hope it's not putting anybody off. Anyway, this made me go crazy in summer 05/06 and still works its ass off now. You love it!

New Order - Jetstream (Jacques Lu Cont 2nd Remix)

Fuck, I hope some more shitty rips of Soulwax's MGMT remix show up. HYPEHYPEHYPEHYPEHYPEHYPE~