Friday, May 15, 2009

Dragonette and Don Diablo and Heads We Dance make your Friday!


Got something new from both Dragonette and Heads We Dance!

Let's start out with the Don Diablo remixes:
Dragonette - Fixin to Thrill (Don Diablo Remix)
Dragonette - Fixin to Thrill (Don Diablo Remix) YSI

Dragonette - Fixin to Thrill (Don Diablo Dub)
Dragonette - Fixin to Thrill (Don Diablo Dub) YSI

Don Diablo (www.myspace.com/dondiablo) has been asked to put his magic touch on Dragonette’s forthcoming single ‘Fixin to Thrill’, which celebrates their return to the scene. It has been two years since electropop band Dragonette (www.myspace.com/dragonette) first burst on to the scene with their debut album ‘Galore’, which Popjustice called “the best album of 2007” and the Guardian called “ace shagtronic pop.” Don Diablo adds a lot of funk to the original and delivers a remix that will rock your world. The single will be out at the end of may, and Dragonette’s 2nd album, also titled ‘Fixin To Thrill’, will be out at the end of the summer.

Also, here's a little present from our friends Heads We Dance:

Our new single, 'When The Sirens Sound' (Popjustice Song of the Day), is out this Monday 18th May! There are two versions of the single. The first is a digital only release available through iTunes (and most other digital stores) and includes the b-side 'Work It Out' featuring Little Boots. The second is a Beatport exclusive and includes remixxes by Don Diablo (Hype Machine No. 1, Elbo.ws No. 8), Russ Chimes (supported by BBC Radio 1's Andy George & Jaymo), Hot Pink Delorean and Geek Chic Soundsystem.

Heads We Dance- "When The Sirens Sound"
Heads We Dance- "When The Sirens Sound" YSI

--
NEW SINGLE 'WHEN THE SIRENS SOUND' OUT 18.05.09
INCLUDES DON DIABLO, RUSS CHIMES & HOT PINK DELOREAN REMIXES
PLUS EXCLUSIVE B-SIDE 'WORK IT OUT' FT. LITTLE BOOTS

HEADS WE DANCE
www.headswedance.co.uk
www.myspace.com/headswedance

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bionic Commando gets UK rerelease, remixes from Rusko, Clipz and Surkin!


Bionic Commando, the classic video game I'm sure you all remember, is getting rereleased (or rather relaunched as I understand it) in the UK. Their marketing person is smart... like SMART smart because they got some of the best names out there to remix the theme! Rusko, Clipz & Surkin all in one post for ya! At 320 kbps nonetheless...

Rusko- "Bionic Commando Remix" YSI
Rusko- "Bionic Commando Remix"

Surkin- "Bionic Commando Remix" YSI
Surkin- "Bionic Commando Remix"

Clipz- "Bionic Commando Remix" YSI
Clipz- "Bionic Commando Remix"

I just remembered they played this theme at Video Games Live... what a wicked show... not unlike this video... that won't embed... go check it out!
http://vimeo.com/4611423


Here's a little info...
Bionic Commando
Rusko, Surkin & Clipz Remixes
Game release date: 22nd May 2009 (released on PS3, Xbox 360 & PC)

* Iconic 1980s arcade game Bionic Commando is back for the 21st century and is being released in the UK on 22nd May

* The Surkin remix comes fully equipped with a great video by Matt Brown – see it here: http://vimeo.com/4611423

* Bionic Commando is available to preorder from Play.com - http://www.play.com/Games/Xbox360/4-/5537268/Bionic-Commando/Product.html



Hope that brightens up your Wednesday. Thanks to all of you who helped get that Major Lazer/Robot Koch remix to #5 on Hype Machine! Be back soon...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

THE HYPE.FM HAS LAUNCHED! The future of online radio is here... plus new tracks from The Streets!



I have to say, and this is a little bit of a recap, that I never expected to be doing this blogging thing at this "level". I guess I got lucky getting in just after the 2nd wave of bloggers (before Hype Machine and Elbo.ws were a staple in thousands of people's lives). I sort of was just posting whatever I felt like (getting really really high traffic), back when the record companies were only concerned about new songs, when I started. Slowly but surely bands started approaching me, then labels, then promotion companies... and before I knew it I was in a position I'd always dreamed of.

And I'm not sure how much I deserve it? Because I know a lot of these blogs are SERIOUS about what they do, whereas I usually write like the only people who are reading this are my friends. This is largely due to the fact that people told me if they wanted to read a magazine they would, and that they appreciated the laid back "Average Joe who just happens to be a music freak" banter. There is very little that I have written that truly could be used as a "professional writing sample" or anything (certain publications have asked for writing samples and I've struggled to find anything that doesn't read like an instant message lol)...

POINT IS: I'm EXTREMELY honoured to be working alongside blogs like Palms Out Sounds, Big Stereo, Curb Crawlers, Discobelle, Discodust, Electrorash, Disco Punk, iheartcomix, Jacuzzi Killers, Red Threat and more over at Hype.Fm! Those are the blogs that inspired me to do what I'm doing now. So please pop by the site and look forward to my upcoming show! More details about me later, check this out first!

TheHype.FM - New Website Launch Info:
- 3 (free) audio streams (low bitrate mp3, high bitrate custom player, mobile stream launchable through iphone/blackberry/etc)
- new completely interactive website designed by the legendary UsLot Everywhere (http://www.usloteverywhere.com/)
- exclusive regular shows and interview by over 30 of the most influential blogs & hottest artists from all over the globe
- new video stream with exclusive video interviews and music videos playing around the clock
- our new blog focusing on art, news, fashion, and production/dj technique (basically everything but a music blog)
- partnerships with several music labels...you'll get to hear the new releases weeks to months in advance


It's so baller I hope you guys enjoy it... I can listen to it on my Blackberry! How cool is that?!?!?

While we're here I should probably post some music. Mike Skinner, of The Streets has been dropping tracks left and right on Twitter... and I don't know if they've been reposted but they should be! (I hope this is ok, if not Mike then hit me up)...

This first track is a tongue in cheek goofy ass track that wouldn't sound out of place on Everything Is Borrowed... but unlike the rather serious tone of that album... this treats his friend who may have swine flu like a zombie, suggesting that he should be beheaded after showing symptoms lol...
The Streets- "He's Right Behind You, He's Got Swine Flu" YSI
The Streets- "He's Right Behind You, He's Got Swine Flu"

This is more of an upbeat soulful, funky, 2-step-y song...
The Streets- "Where My Heart Has Been" YSI
The Streets- "Where My Heart Has Been"

And an extra bonus I've posted before:
The Streets- "Who Knows Who (feat Muse)"

Last but now least Don Diablo and Example (an associate of The Streets) have LOADS of new tracks... you gotta get on top of these new ones... because you know the previously released ones have been all over the blogosphere in a way only Justice was before!


Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Extended Mix)

Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Extended Dub)

Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Don Diablo's Drive-by Disco Mix)
Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Don Diablo's Drive-by Disco Mix) YSI

Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Spor Remix)
Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Spor Remix) YSI

Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (A1 Bassline Remix)

Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Doorly's Dubstep Remix)
Don Diablo & Example - Hooligans (Doorly's Dubstep Remix) YSI

Don Diablo & Example vs Daft Punk - Aerodynamic Hooligans (Don Diablo Mashup)

Don Diablo (www.myspace.com/dondiablo) and Example (www.myspace.com/leadingbyexample) team up for their joint effort "Hooligans", which is set to become the mosh pit anthem of 2009! On remix duties: Noisia, Spor, A1 Bassline, Doorly and the main man Don Diablo himself. Make sure you grab your copy of "Aerodynamic Hooligans" as well, which is a mash-up Don Diablo did of his Hooligans track with elements of Daft Punk's "Aerodynamic" and yes, you know it will work like a MoFo on the floor! Release date: 29.06 (except Australia / North America / Mexico, release dates tbc).

Check out the music video here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OH78CezwPOQ


I'm so excited about the Hype.Fm show... please check back. Thanks to Mike Skinner, Don Diablo and Example, ans Stephan. Be back soon!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Free Fabriclive mix from Hessle Audio founder Ben UFO


Happy mother's day! I wonder if there are any mothers who read this. My mom doesn't really know how to use a computer so we can count her out! But she does listen to the radio show and get other people to as well so I can't complain. Speaking of radio I'll be putting together my Hype.FM show tonight which will broadcast (I believe) next Saturday at five.

Anyway, there's loads to celebrate about today for lots of people... and free music always seems to add that little extra bit of cheer... SO without further ado I unveil a very tasty tracklisting from Hessle Audio's Ben UFO and his Fabriclive mix!

In celebration of Hessle Audio’s takeover of room three next Friday the 15th of May, Hessle Audio founder Ben UFO has put together this special mix for the occasion.


ROOM ONE:
Rusko (LIVE), Skream, The Gaslamp Killer, Jackmaster, Patchwork Pirates

ROOM TWO:
SOUL:UTION...
Marcus Intalex, Fabio, Calibre, Doc Scott, Commix, Alix Perez, Mosus B2B Zero Tolerance
MCs Rage, DRS & Justyce,

ROOM THREE:
HESSLE AUDIO...
TRG, Ramadanman, Pangaea, Ben UFO, Untold
MC Asbo


Ben UFO Fabriclive Mix
Ben UFO Fabriclive Mix YSI

Here's the eclectic and awesome tracklisting... LOADS OF UNRELEASED STUFF! I love how it's got Omar S and L-Vis 1990, and then Ramadanman and Peverelist and Bump and Flex! You know that's some hot shit! Enjoy the mix, have a good day, go to Fabric and dance you arse off this next Friday!

Greena - Maracay (Forthcoming Applepips)
Omar S - Busaru Beats (Sound Signature)
Aphrodisiax - Unfinished Business (Jus House)
Karizma - 33rd Street Anthem (Defected)
Unknown - Unknown (Unreleased)
Altered Natives - Rass Out (Fresh Minute)
Pearson Sound - Wad (Unreleased)
L-Vis 1990 - Hey! (Unreleased)
Brackles and Shortstuff - Sutorito Faita (Forthcoming Planet Mu)
Deep Cover Inc. - Deepin' Side [NYC dub mix] (FX)
Ramadanman - No Swing (Unreleased)
STP - The Fall [T++ remix] (Subsolo)
Peverelist - Teachings (Unreleased)
Shortstuff and Mickey Pearce - Tripped Up (Unreleased)
Untold - I Can't Stop This Feeling [Pangaea remix] (Unreleased)
Bump and Flex - Promises [Hardstep dub] (Urban Heat)
Untold vs. Tempz - Nextaconda (Unreleased)
Youngstar - Bongcat Riddem (White)
James Blake - Air and Lack Thereof (Unreleased)
Untold - Flexible (Unreleased)
Ikonika - Fish (Unreleased)
Mala - Hunter (DMZ)
Joy Orbison - Hyph Mngo (Unreleased)


Enjoy and I'll be back soon...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Robot Koch Repost, refreshed download links


This is a repost because those links are dead I do believe... and the ID3 tracks were wrong so this didn't make the Hype Machine and people HAVE to hear this

UPDATE FROM 11/05/09: Here's some Mediafire links, as I've been informed the other ones are quite dead!

Major Lazer- "Hold The Line feat Santogold and Mr Lexxx (Robot Koch Remix) Mediafire
Jahcoozi- "Watching You (Snippet Mix)" Mediafire


Holy $#it. There are few producers out there who make tracks, and remixes, as consistently awesome as Robot Koch.

While most producers are saturating the market with about 5 tracks a day, which normally sound unfinished or the same, Robot Koch gives us quality every time he steps out with something new.

Example: This insanely perfect Major Lazer remix... a combo of a track from the Aftershocks EP and the vocal from "Hold the Line"!

Major Lazer- "Hold The Line feat Santogold and Mr Lexxx (Robot Koch Remix)

Now if you thought that was good... this exlusive JAHCOOZI snippet mix of their new EP. I'm literally speechless... I mean I really liked the remix you just listened to... but I'm a big Jahcoozi fan... so this knocked the wind out of me. It's got all these different elements like dubstep, wonky synth sounds, downtempo vocals, stringers, 4/4 beats... I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR THE WHOLE THING. Check it out:
Jahcoozi- "Watching You (Snippet Mix)"

Lastly, remember that Robot Koch vs Cerebral Vortex track I posted about a year ago? Check out a bit from the aforementioned Aftershocks EP:


I hope you guys enjoyed all those goodies. No doubt this one has already made it's rounds 10,000 times in the last 3 hours so I'm not going to bother saying anything about it. You know Aoki, you know N.A.S.A. (whose Designer Drugs track I posted the other day)...

Steve Aoki has remixed the arguably stand out track on the album ‘Gifted’, and the guys put together a 5 minute minimix for BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac Mash up session; 57 songs crammed in to 300 seconds including some N.A.S.A. home brand tunes amongst the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Justice, and George Kranz.

N.A.S.A.- Gifted (Steve Aoki rmx)

Annie Mac Mash Up Minimix

1. Bongo Rock ‘73 Incredible Bongo band
2. Ras Congo shout out 1
3. David Chapelle Live in S.F. intro
5. SP TV news skit
4. Brazil vinheta
5. “Same’s and” ???
6. Los Angeles - Frank Black
6. Born in USA Bruce Springteen
7. We are your friends - Justice
8. Strange Enough - N.A.S.A. acapella
9. It’s the Jam - Ram Jam Band
10. Na Baixa do Sapateiro - The Savoya Band
11. I’m really hot - Missy
12. Treat ‘Em Right - Chubb Rock
13. Break The Grip Of Shame - Paris
14. Why I Must Be Like That - Rodney O & Joe Cooley
15. O Pato - N.A.S.A.
16. Bitch Please ? collage
17. Rock It - Herbit Hancock
18. There Goes Daddy Cool - Boney M.
19. Na Estrada - Trio Ternura
20. Beverly Hills Cop Theme - Harold Faltermeyer
21. Banana IN The Tailpipe (skit) - Eddie Murphy
22. Sisuation - Yaz
23. Give a Dj a Break - Dynamic Duo
24. Strange Enough - N.A.S.A. acapella
25. Wanna Be Your Lover - La Bionda
26. Theme from S-Express - S-Express
27. Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club
28. Egyptian Lover - Egyptian Lover
29. Anybody out there ???
30. Hey Mr Dj (original) - Zhane
31. I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit) - Chic
32. My Love - Justin Timbarlake
33. Love - Siman Mobile Disco
34. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
35. Gifted (Bookbotz Remix) - N.A.S.A.
36. Gifted (acapella) - N.A.S.A.
37. Pack Jam (Look Out For The OVC) - The jonzun Crew
38. Love is Oxigen - Sweet
39. I Burn Dope - Ultramagnetic MC’s
40. Horus Espacial
41. Casa Das Maquinas - Dr. Medo
42. Viktor Larepnoks - Death of a Wasp
43. Ras Congo - Shout out 2
44. Tony Montana Scarface - Skit
45. Afron Son - Waldir Calmon
46. E.V.A. (Jean Jacques Perrey)
47. E.V.A. (Herve & Yoda Remix)
48. Black Soul Brother - Miguel de Deus
49. Whachadoin’ - N.A.S.A.
50. Din da da - George Kranz
51. Danca do Creu - MC Creu
52. Piao de vida loca - T.S.G.
53. Shake What U Mamma Gave Ya (acapella) - Luke
54. Rump Shaker - Wreckx n efx
55. Shake yar Ass - Mystikal
56. Shake to the groud - Rye Rye
57. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (N.A.S.A Remix)


Hope you enjoyed all this. Really amazing stuff, thanks to Robert and Jez for the awesome tracks. Be back soon :)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Robot Koch from Jahcoozi remixes Major Lazor feat Santogold feat Mr Lexxx (plus N.A.S.A. mixtape)


Holy $#it. There are few producers out there who make tracks, and remixes, as consistently awesome as Robot Koch.

While most producers are saturating the market with about 5 tracks a day, which normally sound unfinished or the same, Robot Koch gives us quality every time he steps out with something new.

Example: This insanely perfect Major Lazer remix... a combo of a track from the Aftershocks EP and the vocal from "Hold the Line"!

Major Lazer- "Hold The Line feat Santogold and Mr Lexxx (Robot Koch Remix)

Now if you thought that was good... this exlusive JAHCOOZI snippet mix of their new EP. I'm literally speechless... I mean I really liked the remix you just listened to... but I'm a big Jahcoozi fan... so this knocked the wind out of me. It's got all these different elements like dubstep, wonky synth sounds, downtempo vocals, stringers, 4/4 beats... I CAN'T WAIT TO HEAR THE WHOLE THING. Check it out:
Jahcoozi- "Watching You (Snippet Mix)"

Lastly, remember that Robot Koch vs Cerebral Vortex track I posted about a year ago? Check out a bit from the aforementioned Aftershocks EP:


I hope you guys enjoyed all those goodies. No doubt this one has already made it's rounds 10,000 times in the last 3 hours so I'm not going to bother saying anything about it. You know Aoki, you know N.A.S.A. (whose Designer Drugs track I posted the other day)...

Steve Aoki has remixed the arguably stand out track on the album ‘Gifted’, and the guys put together a 5 minute minimix for BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac Mash up session; 57 songs crammed in to 300 seconds including some N.A.S.A. home brand tunes amongst the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Justice, and George Kranz.

N.A.S.A.- Gifted (Steve Aoki rmx)

Annie Mac Mash Up Minimix

1. Bongo Rock ‘73 Incredible Bongo band
2. Ras Congo shout out 1
3. David Chapelle Live in S.F. intro
5. SP TV news skit
4. Brazil vinheta
5. “Same’s and” ???
6. Los Angeles - Frank Black
6. Born in USA Bruce Springteen
7. We are your friends - Justice
8. Strange Enough - N.A.S.A. acapella
9. It’s the Jam - Ram Jam Band
10. Na Baixa do Sapateiro - The Savoya Band
11. I’m really hot - Missy
12. Treat ‘Em Right - Chubb Rock
13. Break The Grip Of Shame - Paris
14. Why I Must Be Like That - Rodney O & Joe Cooley
15. O Pato - N.A.S.A.
16. Bitch Please ? collage
17. Rock It - Herbit Hancock
18. There Goes Daddy Cool - Boney M.
19. Na Estrada - Trio Ternura
20. Beverly Hills Cop Theme - Harold Faltermeyer
21. Banana IN The Tailpipe (skit) - Eddie Murphy
22. Sisuation - Yaz
23. Give a Dj a Break - Dynamic Duo
24. Strange Enough - N.A.S.A. acapella
25. Wanna Be Your Lover - La Bionda
26. Theme from S-Express - S-Express
27. Wordy Rappinghood - Tom Tom Club
28. Egyptian Lover - Egyptian Lover
29. Anybody out there ???
30. Hey Mr Dj (original) - Zhane
31. I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit) - Chic
32. My Love - Justin Timbarlake
33. Love - Siman Mobile Disco
34. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles
35. Gifted (Bookbotz Remix) - N.A.S.A.
36. Gifted (acapella) - N.A.S.A.
37. Pack Jam (Look Out For The OVC) - The jonzun Crew
38. Love is Oxigen - Sweet
39. I Burn Dope - Ultramagnetic MC’s
40. Horus Espacial
41. Casa Das Maquinas - Dr. Medo
42. Viktor Larepnoks - Death of a Wasp
43. Ras Congo - Shout out 2
44. Tony Montana Scarface - Skit
45. Afron Son - Waldir Calmon
46. E.V.A. (Jean Jacques Perrey)
47. E.V.A. (Herve & Yoda Remix)
48. Black Soul Brother - Miguel de Deus
49. Whachadoin’ - N.A.S.A.
50. Din da da - George Kranz
51. Danca do Creu - MC Creu
52. Piao de vida loca - T.S.G.
53. Shake What U Mamma Gave Ya (acapella) - Luke
54. Rump Shaker - Wreckx n efx
55. Shake yar Ass - Mystikal
56. Shake to the groud - Rye Rye
57. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Zero (N.A.S.A Remix)


Hope you enjoyed all this. Really amazing stuff, thanks to Robert and Jez for the awesome tracks. Be back soon :)

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

New Maps, Little Boots, Franz Ferdinand, Sliimy, Kotchy and plenty of remixes


I don't think I ever did a post about Maps before. Truthfully? I got the album after the hype had died down some (U.S. release dates suck sometimes) and with all the fresh stuff coming in I don't think Maps got any attention. I know my wife loved the album!

I got a track sent this morning that is a dub mix of his new song "Let Go Of The Fear" that shows a nice change in direction that I can really get behind... I can't help but imagine that working with one of the blokes from Death In Vegas would give you new ideas for sound (TRIVIA: Did you know that Death In Vegas were supposed to produce and Oasis album but typical Oasis brother tensions but a quick end to that?)

I like an album I can listen to in my car, at home, and in the club (see Simian Mobile Disco, Frankmusik, and The Black Ghosts) and if this track is any indication of what's to come the new album will fall under that umbrella. I hope you enjoy this track as much as I have!

Maps- "Let Go Of The Fear"
Maps- "Let Go Of The Fear" YSI

Maps
‘Let Go Of The Fear’ (Dub Version)
Release date: 11th May 2009 (digital)
Useful links: http://www.maps-blog.com
www.myspace.com/mapsmusic
www.itunes.com/maps

• Maps is James Chapman. Debut album ‘We Can Create’ was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and ‘Let Go Of The Fear’ is his return to the land of recorded music
• Having been working with Tim Holmes (ex Death In Vegas), James got Oliver Huntemann in to finish off this first offering from album number 2
• The second Maps album is provisionally titled ‘Turning The Mind’ and reflects James’s love of techno and nu-disco


I know I just posted some stuff on Little Boots BUT I hadn't been able to get around to posting some remixes I was sent a while back. Soooooo... I think I'm just gonna post all of em! Why not right? In case you've been living under a rock Little Boots is taking the world by storm... the once Dead Disco front woman is working with half of the Arcadian Family, has a super anticipated album, and from what I hear is crazy hot (which tends to help when you're a singer). The songs are awesome as you'll see below:
Little Boots- "New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)" YSI
Little Boots- "New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)"
Little Boots- "New In Town (Fred Falke Instrumental)" YSI
Little Boots- "New In Town (Fred Falke Instrumental)"
Little Boots- "New In Town (Drop The Lime Dub)" YSI
Little Boots- "New In Town (Drop The Lime Dub)"
Little Boots- "Earthquake (Dekker and Johan Remix)"
Little Boots- "Earthquake (Clap Mike Amour Remix)"

Now since the Hype Machine has changed the way it functions (by not posting more than one copy of a track) I'm going to have to fuck with format for a while to get my numbers back up. I'm still only going to post stuff I like but I guess some of it's not going to be British. Does anyone have a problem with this? I might. We'll see how it goes... I think this time I can find a way to combine a new song from France back to the UK via Franz Ferdinand :)

I just saw Franz Ferdinand at Clutch Cargo's in Pontiac the other night with my friend Jessica... and I have to say, there are very very few bands that can sound as good performing as they do on their records... Franz Ferdinand are one of those bands for sure. It was easily was one of the best shows I've seen in years. They tore it up, and their guitar player came out on crutches and STILL blew everyone away. I don't know too many bands that look like they're having that much fun on stage and would highly recommend that you go see them. They waited til the encore to play "Ulysses" and "This Fire" and I went bonkers when they played both. Then I almost died getting hit by a jeep, and got followed by 5 cop cars on the way home... but... whatever you know?
Franz Ferdinand- "Womanizer (Britney Spears Cover)"

I wanted to mention for you Franz fans out there... there's a little EP floating around that won't be out til Summer but I promise you'll dig it... here's more info:
‘Blood’ will be available for general release on 1st June 2009 through Domino Records, but 500 vinyl copies of the album will be available through selected independent outlets to celebrate Record Store Day on Saturday the 18th of April. ‘Blood’ was originally featured as part of the box set & double disc versions of ‘Tonight: Franz Ferdinand’, though the new version will include the additional song, ‘Be Afraid’, a version of ‘Dream Again’. The band are currently on tour in the US and head to Japan before returning to the UK in the summer for a number of festivals including T in the Park & Glastonbury.

I also can't remember if I posted this before or not but this has been my favourite bloghaus track of the year so far... I play it every time I DJ now...
Franz Ferdinand- "Ulysses (IHEARTMYJUNO Remix)"

NOW here's the break in format... Sliimy has done a cover as well that is one of the best one's I've heard (frankly it is better than the Franz one, but it's also very different). Here's some info on that...
Here's a cover of 'Womanizer' from 20-year-old French boy wonder, Sliimy that would be great to get your thoughts on and up on the site as a download. Sliimy
is an optical and meteorological phenomenon whose “happy, pop,
furry-toy” songs have been known to cause a spectrum of light to
appear in the sky, every time they are played!

Also soon to be released will be ʻWake Upʼ, the UKʼs premiere view of
Sliimy’s kaleidoscopic, fantasy world. Itʼs a soupçon of sweet
tasting hooks. A demi tasse of neon-bright melodies. Itʼs choc et le
bloc full of LOL sing-along lyrics and the UK wonʼt have heard
anything so glass-shatteringly exuberant since Judy Garland minced
down the yellow brick road.


You can check out more at Myspace!
Sliimy- "Womanizer (Britney Spears Cover)"

Also a break from format, but a hot name nonetheless, Kotchy a new err "joint" for you :) This is at least his 3rd appearance on the blog... I believe the last one with with Shunda K from Yo! Majesty...

Kotchy's glitched bass and slouching beats get dirty, bassy on "A
Superstar" it's a perfect blend of house party sleaze & club savvy
hip-hop. . Tongue in cheek both figuratively and literally speaking.
Kotchy says

"I wrote it while living above a cheesy club in Seattle, I find a lot
of main-stream American culture to be sad, and this scene was cranked
at full volume but Smoke a joint, and it's suddenly hilarious."

Hence his new I'd Have to Be High EP then.

Harnessing the more sinister side of the track HRDVSION’s jacking
techno monster morphs Kotchy’s sleazy vocals and killer drum breaks
into a dark twisted club stinger. Nathan Jonson aka Hrdvsion
(Wagonrepair) is part of the first family of Canadian Techno and with
brother Mathew but has fled the nest for Berlin where he tearing it up
and confesses..."the dancefloor loves the mix i've made a banger!
wtf?!!"


The remix and original feature on Kotchy's latest EP I'd A Have To Be
High
Listen in full: href="http://www.civilmusicplayer.com/civilmusic/CIV006/">here and
grab the ltd 12'" and get the download free href="http://www.civilmusic.com/buy/id-have-to-be-high-ep-1/">here at
Civil Music

Kotchy- "A Superstar (Hrdvsion Mix)"
Kotchy- "A Superstar (Hrdvsion Mix)" YSI

Stream the original here:


Ok, well hopefully this wealth of information will somehow get me put on the Hype Machine. Once again I appreciate comments and if you would follow me (see "Followers" in the right side bar) I'd appreciate it. You guys are the best. Be back soon!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

NEW TUNES from Hervé, Joe & Will Ask?, Chima Anya of GTA, N.A.S.A, Jokers Of the Scene and more


A Hervé track is like manna from heaven for me. He's a great balance between electronic music and rock sensibilities... he's a trailblazer for a new "anything goes" generation of clubbers... he's kind and down to earth... and his music is always awesome even though he's more prolific than two rabbits when it comes to making tracks!

This is why I'm even more surprised that it took me this long to post this. See, around the time my dearest Anna sent this to me... I was so depressed I couldn't even really read the email. I'm sure the rest of you who are feeling the recession blues get it... hell, almost ALL my favourite blogs have come close to hanging it up at one point or another. BUT not unlike the Heads We Dance feat Little Boots track from the other day, music like this is undeniable (and even though loads of other people got around to posting it before I did, that doesn't make it any less awesome lol)... I hope you enjoy this as much as I do!

The Young Lovers Album Minimix
The Young Lovers- "Love You Madly" (192)
The Young Lovers- "Love You Madly" YSI

* The prolific Joshua ‘Hervé’ Harvey returns with an album somewhat different to what you may be used to hearing from the electronic producer – Mixmag compared it to Saint Etienne this month (4*)
* Inspired by Joshua’s “trips to Rome, Paris and Barcelona”, the album also features Joe from Primary One and Trevor Loveys
* Joshua has just released his first mix compilation ‘Ghetto Bass’ and is currently working on The Count & Sinden album for Domino Records. The second Machines Don’t Care album looks to be released later this year, with a Hervé debut LP arriving in 2010


It's still not out for a week (11 May) so I didn't sleep on it tooooo long! Check out more at Myspace.

Next up is one from Joe & Will Ask? who made an appearance with a Lowline remix a few weeks back. Here's the press...
The track is to be Released on Gulp Communications later on in 2009 and more Joe and Will Ask tracks are available at www.beatport.com.
Joe & Will Ask?- "Yellow Stone"

NOW THIS I GOTTA HIGHLIGHT... my boy Chima Anya from Oxford's GTA is the only doctor in Brithop and this man spits straight fire. Not only is he a wicked emcee but he also has a knack for choosing the BEST possible instrumentals to work with as you'll see in the press blurb below. DOWNLOAD THIS or miss out on one of the UK's fastest rising hiphop stars...

Having already received support from the biggest radio stations in the uk (Radio 1, 1Xtra, Choice, Kiss FM) and cosigning from some of the most progressive blog sites arouind (Moovmnt, IBYM) Chima Anya (hip-hop's only practicing Doctor) releases his mixtape to great anticipation.

Featuring production from Flying Lotus/ Hudson Mohawke/ Samiyam/ Rustie (editorial note: holy shit, see what I'm saying?!?!) juxtaposed to the more commercial standard bangers this mixtape is the first symptom of vocal hiphop's evolution to a Higher Ground.


Chima Anya higher Ground Mixtape

This I thought would be fun to post... you know how I feel about Brithop (only the grime boys and GTA ever make the cut)... but The Forcefield Kids do, and I quote, "leftfield/lo-fi UK hip-hop act from Newcastle and have an EP coming out on the 6th of July" and I enjoy it. The lead track from the EP is right here:

The Forcefield Kids- "Little Miss Star"

Now I got some rock for those of you who thought I forgot what that was (smirk). Duke Special have a nice little 3 track sample they want you music fans to have and it's got a fun cover in it that you don't wanna miss. Here's some press about their album that just came out and this freebie:

‘I NEVER THOUGHT THIS DAY WOULD COME’: The brand new album, out 20th April 2009
"A more immediate and visceral collection than the previous multi-platinum selling Songs From The Deep Forest, Duke Special’s new album, I Never Thought This Day Would Come is full of moments of beauty and hope juxtaposed with a dark, brooding edge.

Recorded between Wapping, London; Champaign, Illinois and Culleybackey, Northern Ireland, 'I Never Thought This Day Would Come' was produced by long-time collaborator Paul Pilot and mixed by Nick Terry, best known for his work with the Klaxons and The Libertines."

As a free taster please download 3 Duke Special Tracks:
1. "Those Proverbs We Made in the Winter Must End" (Duke Special / Bernard Butler) produced, co-written and co-played by Bernard Butler
2. "I Feel For You" (Prince cover but made famous by Chaka Kahn)
3. "Low" (Duke Special)


So hopefully you'll dig that. Now this is kind of off the beaten path for this blog but I recognize I've come close to being a British "dance" music blog, not just a British music blog so... I'm broadening the horizons some! I've heard VERY heated pro/con online convos about this trio but... I'll let you decide what you think of it. I will say I thought they said "drinking out of a sports bra" and thought "That's a little naughty isn't it? I can't even picture that!"... which is proof I'm a moron :)

The Dolly Rockers- "North vs South" Stream
"It's like three Lily Allens meeting Motiv8 after they've had a quick rummage through one of Pepsi & Shirlie's jumble sales."
Visit http://www.myspace.com/thedollyrockers for 3 more tracks

FORMAT CHANGE: I had a lot of good stuff in the inbox so I decided to post some non-British artists. I don't do this often, but when you ignore your inbox for weeks you stumble upon loads of sick tracks. I mean tell me you don't want this N.A.S.A. or Jokers On the Scene... yeah, exactly my point... ENJOY

Ok, well I know you guys like designer shit (I'm a Kidrobot man myself), and I know a lot of you like drugs (shame on you), and while rocking both I notice a lot of you listen to Designer Drugs. Now I present to you "the amazing ‘Strange Enough’ with a Designer Drugs touch, featuring Ol Dirty Bastard, Karen O. and Fatlip"...
N.A.S.A. - "Strange Enough (Designer Drugs Remix)" (320kpsex)
N.A.S.A. - "Strange Enough (Designer Drugs Remix)" YSI

The Brash are from Canukistan (*cough* my neighbour to the north, Canada). They are described as "two guys from around the corner. A Dj and a geek.
Straightforward electronic music. Nothing more, nothing less"... and personally I like a press release like that lol. They got fellow Canukistanians Jokers Of the Scene to do a remix so you know they're about to be hot shit!
THIS TRACK IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
The Brash - "H Muet (Jokers of the Scene remix)"
The Brash - "H Muet (Jokers of the Scene remix)" YSI

I'm posting this Dirty Projectors track because a) I like it and b) I think this AIDS Charity they are doing with Bjork is awesome... read more below...




   


"Stillness Is The Move" is available on 12" and digital with new b-sides a remix by Lucky Dragons May 5th. Pre-order the 12" now from Domino Mart -http://www.dominorecordco.us/usa/singles/09-04-09/stillness-is-the-move/

"Stillness Is The Move" is taken from the upcoming album, Bitte Orca, which will be released worldwide the week of June 8th (check local listings). Many of you will be able to catch the band live in action prior to that as special guests on the upcoming TV On The Radio tour:

FRI 5/22 - Oakland, CA - Fox Oakland Theater
SAT 5/23 - Portland - Roseland Theater
MON 5/25 - Vancouver - Malkin Bowl
WED 5/27 - Edmonton - Edmonton Events Centre
THUR 5/28 - Calgary - Macewan Hall
FRI 5/29 - Saskatoon - Louis’ Pub
SAT 5/30 - Winnipeg - Burton Cummings Theatre
TUE 6/2 - Toronto - Sound Academy
WED 6/3 - Montrea - Metropolis
THUR 6/4 - Boston - HOB
FRI 6/5 - New York - Summerstage
SAT 6/6 - Baltimore - Metro Gallery - w/ A Place To Bury Strangers
MON 6/8 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
TUE 6/9 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
WED 6/10 - Richmond, VA - The National
THUR 6/11 - Charlotte, NC - Amos’ Southend
*All shows with TV on the Radio except June 6th


In addition, on May 8th, Dirty Projectors and Bjork will be collaborating for a one-night only benefit show at the Housing Works Bookstore in Manhattan. The performance will feature an original piece composed by Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth. The material will pair Bjork and Longstreth with the Dirty Projectors’ Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, and Haley Dekle. All proceeds will go to Housing Works, a non-profit established to provide services for homeless men, women, and children living with HIV and AIDS.


OK! Hopefully that makes up for my absence! I'll try to make sure to stay on top of things from here on out and appreciate all your support. I notice a lot of you adding me on Twitter but please feel free to "follow" the blog (the option is located in the right sidebar). I'll have a show starting soon on Hype.FM in the next week so make sure you keep your eyes and ears peeled because that'll be off the fucking hook... have you seen the other names who are gonna be on that site? Phew! And for those of you already podcasting Albion I apologize about the lack of updates... we have a server problem that should be fixed soon. Thanks again, I couldn't do this without you guys, be back soon!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Converse: Get Out Of The Garage


I don't normally do this BUT this piqued my interest:

Last year Converse's "Get Out Of the Garage" contest pitted about 1,000 bands against each other to duke it out for the #1 spot.

This year they're doing a slightly different version that very well may be more exciting for you the curious music devotee.

Apparently Converse felt there were so many good bands that they couldn't just have ONE winner... so instead they are releasing a CD with the 10 songs that rocked the most from the contest!

Normally I'd be like "blah blah" because I just found an old Doc Martins promo cd and there were like 2 good songs on it (I mean it's miserable, I like DM and all but I can't believe I still have that cd lol); I mean come on, free CDs (in the past) from companies have rarely had staying power.

However, Converse is one of these brands that has really put themselves, in the last couple of years, at the forefront of the changing music industry and so I'm very curious to see what this CD sounds like. If nothing else it shows that Converse has a commitment to getting new music out there (instead of going the obvious and easy route of slapping a couple worn out singles, a couple live tracks, and a couple remixes on a CD and pawning it off as "the newest ish out there") and I give them props for that.

SO I'm sure you're wondering how this applies to you. Well, it's Spring so it's time to put the boots away and perhaps go cop a new pair of shoes... and I know that a lot of you blogosphere/hipster/post-hipster/indie-not-indie/DJ kids can't find what you're looking for at Finish Line (although I gotta say they play good music there lol) and this means if you're going to a mall you're probably going to Journey's. If you spend $75 or more at Journey's you get a free copy of the "Get Out Of The Garage" CD! $75 for shoes isn't much but I mean last time I was at Journey's I found a pair of two pair of Converse that would have added up to about $85 (which is one pair of shoes anywhere else lol)...

If you decide to go out and get some new kicks remember there's a CD full of fresh talent waiting for you at Journey's that you probably don't want to miss out on. You guys know I choose the commercial projects I promote carefully because I don't want to degrade my hard work, and blog, by just selling out in hopes of making a buck or two. Frankly, I'm making nothing off this... I just think it's cool.

The ad campaign that had Kid Sister, Kenna, Frank Gallows, Julian Casablancas, Santigold, Pharrell and all these other artists I like/know/respect reignited my interest in Converse so I don't feel weird repping their stuff at all. Converse has a strong history in pop culture (from pictures of Kurt Cobain drawing on his shoes, to Renton in Trainspotting) and as long as they are keeping with that "underground spirit" I'm interested in what they're doing.

And I'm gonna have to go get a new pair of gray canvass hi-tops and the Kurt Cobain "Journal" shoes same way you will; no one is hooking me up for writing this. So don't roll your eyes at me... we've had at least three pieces now where I've talked about the importance of companies getting involved with music going forward... it's the only way the bands we care about are going to survive.

Here's the (slightly modified) press release...
On June 16th, 2008, Converse, Journeys and Cornerstone launched the Get Out of the Garage Music Contest, a contest designed to target untapped talent in the artist community.

Entrants were given the option of uploading their MP3 to the Get Out of the Garage Music Contest website (http://www.getoutofthegaragemusiccontest.com/). Entrants could also go to any Journeys store to obtain a mail in envelope to send their song in. Over 5,000 entries were received for consideration.

On December 8th, 2008, Converse, Downtown Records and Cornerstone announced the Get Out of the Garage Music Contest winners and revamped the Get Out of the Garage Music Contest website to reflect the Grand Prize Winner and Runner Ups.

The Get Out of the Garage Music Contest website is dedicated to the winners of the contest. Each band was given an individual page on the site, where viewers can stream the winning band’s songs and check out their bios and pictures. Check out all the winning entrants here: http://www.getoutofthegaragemusiccontest.com

All songs, from each winning band, will be available on CD at any Journeys store by April 15th, 2009. This exclusive CD is available through a $75 purchase or more of Converse footwear.

The Winner:
(GRAND PRIZE WINNER)
"On A Whim" Flying Machines
The Grand Prize winner won the following prize

* 4 day trip to New York City to record music
* Studio time with a NYC music producer
They found one winner previously: Flying Machines for their song "On a Whim." But during the process they realized there were lots of talented bands so they decided to make a whole album to promote all the bands!

Here's the playlist:
*"Say It Out Loud" The Company Kang
*"Kenny's Big Adventure" Control Escape
*"Let's Go Steady, Debbie" Echo Station
*"On A Whim" Flying Machines
*"Beside You" Junior Giant
*"Soul Sucker" The Melismatics
*"September" Mod Amish
*"You Should Be My" Nasty Little Habit
*"Goner" The Nothingheads
*"Deadfall" The Swear


Here's the video from the "winning band" last year (who are on the CD). It's nice upbeat powerpop. It's a bit like if Phoenix were from New York and the guy form Keane was their singer. To my knowledge all these bands are American so the Gallows and Keane mention are my attempt at trying to tie this back to the blogs format lol...


So that's that. Just wanted to let you know it was out there... and I'm really interested to see if this new "corporations are the new record labels" thing turns out to be as good as it seems. I mean one of my favourite bands, Midwest Product on Ghostly International, probably made the most money in their career lending their greatest song "Swamp" to Hummer. My boys Flosstramdaus released their wicked indie-electro gem "Big Bills" through Mountain Dew. And everyone from Simian Mobile Disco to LCD Soundsystem to A-Trak (and now De La Soul) have put out releases through Nike. We're in a new era guys and it feels like an industry that we have more control over than we ever have before.

Let's cross our fingers and hope for a productive outcome... and in the meantime maybe we can enjoy some music and new shoes to boot? Be back soon!

MORE Heads We Dance... this time with Don Diablo!


Drip, drip, drip goes the leak.

It's frustrating to see work from your friends find it's way on to the internet a little too soon... BUT Heads We Dance have always been about sharing even their singles with fans so, while this release may not have been when they wanted it to come out, I know for a fact they are happy for you guys to have access to this track (albeit a little early lol)...

Heads We Dance - "When the Sirens Sound (Don Diablo Remix)" YSI

Heads We Dance - "When the Sirens Sound (Don Diablo Remix)" Mediafire

Heads We Dance - "When the Sirens Sound (Don Diablo Remix)" zShare


Here's the official press from our good buddy Don Diablo (the busiest man in dance music lol):
Don Diablo (www.myspace.com/dondiablo) has cooked up a mighty tasty remix for the forthcoming single "When the Sirens Sound" by Heads We Dance (www.myspace.com/headswedance). Don turns the electropop original into a heavy dancefloor destroyer that is sure to rock soundsystems across the globe. The full e.p. will be released on Monday May 18th on Gash Digital. Also on remix duties are Russ Chimes, Hot Pink Delorean and Geek Chic Soundsystem, but make sure you grab the Don Diablo remix, right here right now!

I don't know about you guys but now I'm even more stoked to hear the other remixes. Their album Love Technology is already a sure shot for my top 10 albums of 2009 and the year isn't even half over! You'll understand why once you hear it... it's gonna blow your mind and you ear drums!

I do have to say though... PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE buy this release. You're getting most of it for free but, in my opinion, that's all the more reason to buy it. This band is giving you their hard work (which cost a lot to make) for free, and if you enjoy it, the least you could do is throw a couple quid their way for being so fan-centric. HWD have given me loads of stuff to give to you guys free... and so I ask you (not them) to please at least buy digital copies of the single(s) and the forthcoming album. It would mean a lot to me and would help prove to me that this blog is doing what it's supposed to :)

Check back soon because I have a backlog of a LOT of stuff to get you guys!

Friday, May 01, 2009

I'm back! And so are Heads We Dance with Little Boots!


Mmmmmm... *takes deep breath*... hello everyone! Sorry I took such a significant extended leave of absence! I sort of WELL... you know I'm not sure if I got fired? Or if it was a lay off? Because... I was "let go" because they didn't have the money to pay my paycheck anymore BUT they came up with nice totally unfounded and untrue reasons why I should be let go. Probably not a lay off huh lol...

That's America for ya! Here's a couple good suggestions if you want to keep your job (where there are no rules and supposedly you set your own hours)... DO NOT get a horrible infection in your mouth (w/o insurance) and wait for 6 months to take care of it (forcing you to go to the surgeon all the time). DO NOT wear your Kidrobot hoodies even though you work in the basement, and no one sees you, even though the collective professionalism level is in the negative numbers. DON'T make sense at all... because sense is the enemy of nonsense, and right now that's the ruling power still.

So all that has been a bummer... it made me so depressed I didn't have the energy to even write. BUT on the lighter side of things one of my favourite bands has come through with an antidote to gloom!

Heads We Dance have come through with, no doubt, what will be an album to rule the summer called Love Technology (I haven't been able to take it out of my car to even copy it) which is amazing...

They've always been out to be the best of the best... so of course they've hooked up with one of the "best", Little Boots, to make sure that no one can escape their synth perfection. This b-side to their new single, "When The Siren Sounds", is true unadulterated pop perfection that begs to be played over, and over, and over again.

Heads We Dance- "Work It Out (feat Little Boots)"

Heads We Dance- "Work It Out (feat Little Boots)" YSI

Pete from HWD had this to say via email earlier today:
It's nice to be able to get all our online stuff together in one place at last! As well as 'Work It Out'
you can download our mixtapes, and the Frankmusik remix of 'Love In The Digital Age' - and there are a load of photos, songs for streaming and all the usual news etc. you'd expect to find - take a look! www.headswedance.co.uk


You can pre-order the the 10/10 album of the summer Love Technology by following this link: http://shop.thisisfakediy.co.uk/heads-we-dance-love-technology.html

Of course, it should be mentioned, that new Arcadian associate Don Diablo has remixed the new single along with Hot Pink Delorean and Russ Chimes. Don't sleep on this one... and make sure you check out the HWD website to get more goodies. Be back soon!

P.s. Maybe we can convince Frankmusik to let us post his Little Boots track in the near future?!?!

NEW SINGLE 'WHEN THE SIRENS SOUND' OUT 18.05.09
INCLUDES DON DIABLO, RUSS CHIMES & HOT PINK DELOREAN REMIXES
PLUS EXCLUSIVE B-SIDE 'WORK IT OUT' FT. LITTLE BOOTS

HEADS WE DANCE
www.headswedance.com
www.myspace.com/headswedance