Thursday 24 November 2011

Torn8do W8ll8ce

FYI, 8 is the new A. Got a monster of a party this Saturday, Melbourne deep king Tornado Wallace spinning all night long at our fab warehouse space. I'm sure I don't need to rant on about how awesome this is going to be, just click that flyer and get yoself in attendance :)))

Got a couple of exquisite mixes to share today which are going to be keeping my ears busy for quite some time. First up, Psychemagik have knitted together their third tape for the ever excellent Test Pressing, called Sunrise. The first two, High on You and Celestial Love, are pretty much in my top 5 mixes of all time and I can already tell this one is going to be competing heavily for the upper ranks as well. Just a hair under two hours of pure psychedelic spectacularity, I really am in heaven. Click through and begin the freefall.

Psychemagik - Sunrise (via Test Pressing)

The second is by my boy Joystick Jay, the Danish disco marvel who put together the first Disco Delicious edits record. He got accepted into RBMA Madrid (still so fucking jealous) and this is a set he played right after Chic & Nile Rogers. Oh My Golly. Packed full of wonderful and weird stuff, it's a testament to the breadth and depth of his record collection. Jay, you are the man. We'll be doing another DD release in the near future so feel free to start salivating over that. But in the meantime, dig this mix!

Joystick Jay - Live From Madrid (RBMA)

Feeling pretty inspired by these, hopefully I'll get my act together and pump out a juicy Delishcast for next week. Hopefully see some of you guys on Saturday night! xx

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Giggly Giggly

Alright listen up cats, I've got to bark at you about happenings this weekend. Friday night we're doing a party down at The Spice Cellar with our boyz Das Moth and Mitzi. It's FREE so that means it's excellent value.

Perhaps you heard the super swell single Das Moth released on Cutters last year? I really dig Moon - great melodies, great synth sounds, great production. Fits the Cutters mould perfectly. Anyway, click on that pretty pink flyer and get the infos you need.

Das Moth - Moon

Then on Sunday we're finally back at Hunky Dory Social Club, guzzling wine and having a good time with our dear friend Graz on the scorching rooftop. Please note this is ALSO FREE. Holy fuck we are generous. Behold:

I know the original of this but I can't for the life of me remember who it's by - any spotting action would be much appreciated. But anyway, this is a fine edit by the Grazdog which has been spun on many a sunny Sunday up on the HDSC roof. Dig it.

Unknown - Afrika (Graz Edit)

Uh, man, serious wow factor here. Kiwi producer Christoph El Truento is just stunning. Whether he's making lumpy, groovy future bass (I still don't know what the fuck that is) or beautiful atmospheric breezy dream music, his tracks are overflowing with lush textures and a kind of soothing sonic quality that's hard to define. His first 12" release is coming out at the end of the month on Japanese top-shelf-cognac label Wonderful Noise so you can comfortably assume two things. 1: that it will be of bloody exceptional quality, and 2: it'll be accompanied by a testicle-pulverising price tag. I recommend saving up as much money AND as much dignity as you can, since you won't have much left of either after you've picked this beauty up. On the plus side, he's got a bunch of stuff available for free download on his SoundCloud so you can do some thorough trying before you do your murderous buying.

Christoph El Truento - Sunday

Christoph El Truento - Armadillo Meat Funk

Man, all this future-something and proto-thingo business wigs me out. Can people just chill out with making up new genres? I fear to ever attempt classifying any music as something since I'm sure I'll be using some highly outdated term that the future-post-dubcore-protowonk-bassgrind-glitchtrip heads will laugh at me for it. At the end of the day it's all just computers bleeping at us with different voices :)


Thursday 10 November 2011

Hot Or Not

It's starting to get really steamy in these parts and that makes me really happy. Last night at 2AM it was still 28°C which is the kind of sweaty discomfort I live for. Naturally a lot of what's happening on my stereo is becoming mellower as things begin to overheat and slow to a crawl. This stunning space lounge bit from Nordic brothers Plej is just sublime. A perfect sedative to help you sink several levels deeper into your couch groove while you're struggling to lift a cold beer up to your face. Blissful.

Plej - Lay of the Land

Our buddy is doing an 11/11/11 party tomorrow night down at GoodGod which coincides with his birthday, and you should go. Monsieur Graz recently did a remix for our next Death Strobe release and he's also got a stash of top edits hiding up his singlet. This 'mashup' of sorts (don't grimace, trust me) is a really beautiful thing - one of my favourite Quiet Village tracks paired perfectly with a skilfully edited APP vocal, it's a 12 point fingerprint match as CSI detectives say. Graz is also spinning at our next Death Strobe Sunday Sesh up on the Hunky Dory rooftop, I'll blast you poor folks with flyers next week.

Quiet Village / Alan Parsons Project - What Goes Up (Graz Edit)

Oooh who remembers this little gem? I remember hearing it for the first time on Ministry of Sound's Testament of House: The Third Prophecy, which seems like several decades ago. Heavily cut up with a little grated cheese on top, it's simply nice, warm, unpretentious house music. Clever but not genius, it's the kind of thing that doesn't make your brain work hard and that's just how I like it. At the very least it's a good dose of nostalgia.

Outlines - Just A Lil' Lovin'

Fishing deeper down the nostalgia well and this good-times Led Zep cover resurfaces. A slow burning disco version of Whole Lotta Love with Tina Turner spurting a blazing inferno from her mouth, what could be better? Disco covers are notoriously dangerous but this is one of the top shelf affairs that make it worth digging for more. I haven't listened to this for ages but it'll never lose its charm.

Tina Turner - Whole Lotta Love

Stacks of big parties coming up in the next couple of weeks, like I said you'll be copping an eyeful of flyers so beware.

Thursday 3 November 2011

Records I Can't Afford

So many records, so few dollars. Just looking through my Discogs wantlist and it's a depressing sight - some have been there for years and will probably never be acquired. Damn you disco diggers! Anyway, we can at least try and enjoy some of the tunes as woeful mp3s or crappy bootlegs and dream of someday striking oil or inheriting a 600 acre estate from a long lost relative.

First up is an aquatic gem from Richard Schneider Jr's first of only two albums. If you were commandeering a submarine into the far reaches of the galaxy you'd probably be listening to either this or John Forde. I can't help hearing Forde's vibe in Schneider's music and vice versa - I wonder if 'John Forde' was actually just one of old Richie boy's side projects where he experimented with falsetto and a bit less acoustic guitar. Chilling on the beach or exploring the cosmos, it's beautiful music.

Richard Schneider Jr. - Samba-Trip

This Rare Function nugget is a pricey little beast of a 7" but it's inferno-grade hot. Sitting pretty in 1976, there's none of the disco glam or zazzle to sugar coat it, it's just a proper live soul jam. Horns blasting and black people having bubbly background conversations, talking in that way that somehow makes a track 15 times funkier, saying stuff like "yeah c'mon dig it mmm ohhhh baby yeah mama get down" and such. The stuff people like Quantic worship.

Rare Function - Disco Function

Ah Space Art, you clever Frenchies. Welcome To Love is such a gorgeous robot balad. It's got an air of longing and sorrow that's very special. I think it's about two computers who are in love but are somehow incompatible - an IBM and an Apple Macintosh doomed to be kept apart because of their interface differences and programming heritage, despite both having a heart of 0s and 1s. How poignant.

Space Art - Welcome To Love

Chris Craft's only album is a curious rarity and an ahead-of-its-time obscure jewel. It's a synthtastic journey around the stranger regions of the cosmos with rich electronic textures and loads of melodies floating around. The title track is a bit dark and sits in a more upbeat range and would be a bit more suited to an interplanetary dance floor with some of these dudes carving it up.

Chris Craft - Discosmic Dancer

So if anybody wants to buy me any of those that would be just great :)