Thursday, July 29, 2010

Don Diablo mix for Kissy Sell Out!

I don't even need to tell you how good this is... just look at the track listing. Our man Don Diablo has killed it again... I promise you'll be seeing his name a lot more here again in the future. Now that I'm getting my shit back together!

Don Diablo takes you on a trip down memory lane! This thursday, Don did an interview with BBC Radio 1 and dropped a Klassroom mix for Kissy Sell Out's radioshow. Grab the radio broadcast right here, and check out what Don was bobbing his head to in highschool! From Massive Attack to The Smashing Pumpkins and from Prince to Bruce Springsteen and way beyond that...! In short: 40 classics in 20 minutes, enjoy!

1 Ace of Base - All that she wants
2 Melodie MC - Dum Dam Dum
3 Yello - Oh yeah
4 Babylon Zoo - Spaceman
5 TQ - West side
6 Smashing Pumpkins - 1979
7 Kriss Kross - Jump
8 Jurassic 5 - What's golden
9 Moby - Honey
10 Smash Mouth - All Star
11 Felix - Don't u want me (Classical Cover)
12 The prodigy / Lisa Stansfield - No good (Start the dance)
13 Oasis v.s. Queen - Wonderwall will rock u (Don Diablo MashUp)
14 Moby - Feeling so real (Don Diablo Remix)
15 Marusha - Over the rainbow
16 Sunbeam - Outside world
17 Bertocucci Feranzano - XTC Love
18 Westbam - Mayday Anthem
19 Soul II Soul - Back to life
20 Daft Punk - Aerodynamic (Don Diablo Refix)
21 Skee-Lo - I wish
22 New Radicals - You get what u give
22 Salt-n-Pepa - Push it
23 Prince - I wanna be your lover
24 De la Soul - Me, myself & I (Don Diablo Refix)
25 Wildchild - Renegade Master
26 Massive Attack - Unfinished symphony
27 Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia
28 System of a down - Chop Suey
29 EMF - Unbelievable
30 Weirdo & Sim - Go get busy
31 Mainx - 88 to Piano
32 Natural Born Chillers - Rock the funky beats
33 Roni Size - Brown Paper Bag
34 Fatboy Slim - Don't let the man get you down
35 Dr. Dre - Keep their heads ringin'
36 Warren G ft. Nate Dogg - Regulate
37 Eric B & Rakim - Pump up the volume
38 2Unlimited - Let the beat control your body
39 Michael Jackson- Remember the time (Don Diablo Remix)
40 Ryuichi Sakamoto - Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Don Diablo's Klassroom Mix @ Kissy Sell Out show (BBC Radio1) by dondiablo

The Charlatans return with "Love Is Ending"

The Charlatans are back and of course this is cause for excitement... it's even more exciting for those of us stuck in the U.S. since they're touring here in September! This song is actually a lot heavier than what I was expecting for their lead single but I really like it. Check out their "beautiful Michael Clarke inspired, Douglas Hart of The Jesus & Mary Chain fame directed video" for their new single below!

The Charlatans - LoveIsEnding Horrors Remix by WorkItMedia

The single is out August 2nd


Here's some press:

With a career that has already spanned two decades, The Charlatans - Martin Blunt (bass), Jon Brookes (drums), Tim Burgess (vocals), Mark Collins (guitar) and Tony Rogers (keyboards) - release their new album ‘Who We Touch’ on September 6th 2010 through Cooking Vinyl. A 2 CD limited edition package, including exclusive early versions of tracks and additional tracks that never made it onto the album will also be available.

Their eleventh studio album, ‘Who We Touch’ was produced by Youth (Paul McCartney, Primal Scream and The Verve) and was recorded at Britannia Row in London, on the same desk that saw the creation of New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’. Featuring eleven tracks, the album must surely rank as their boldest to date, radically broadening their aesthetic remit. It is, says Burgess, “a soulful voyage”, a journey through moods uplifting and profound, dark and delirious and ultimately concluding in blissful optimism. Its sound is inspired by many heroes, yet always sounds like no-one other than The Charlatans themselves.

Album opener, ‘Love Is Ending’ is the first single to be taken from the album and is available on August 2nd on limited edition 7” vinyl. The Horrors have also done a remix of the track which will be exclusively available through itunes.

The video to ‘Love is Ending’ was directed by The Jesus & Mary Chain’s Douglas Hart, who wanted something very simple yet visually striking to compliment the energy of the track. The ballet dancer/choreographer Aisling Cook was selected due to her influences, style and understanding of Michael Clarke’s work, who is famous for his unique and pioneering style of contemporary ballet with a 'punk' edge whilst maintaining the fluidity and grace of classical ballet.

Further into the album ‘Oh!’ is a beautiful song of reconciliation, as complex as its shifting time signatures. ‘You Can Swim’, an exquisite ooze of ambience, reminiscent of ‘Another Green World’-era Eno, with whose creative ideas the album began. Lurking at the end of the album is hidden track ‘I Sing The Body Eclectic’ featuring Crass’s Penny Rimbauld on vocals. Gee Vaucher who did the iconic artwork for all of Crass’s releases, also provides ‘Who We Touch’ with it’s eerie collaged cover image.

The full tracklisting is:

1. Love Is Ending
2. My foolish Pride
3. Your Pure Soul
4. Smash The System
5. Intimacy
6. Sincerity
7. Trust In Desire
8. When I Wonder
9. Oh!
10. You Can Swim

Their North American tour is as follows:
Charlatans UK - 2010 North American Tour Dates
09/07 - Atlanta, GA @ The Loft
09/08 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat's Cradle
09/09 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
09/10 - Boston, MA @ Royale
09/11 - Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell's
09/13 - New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
09/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
09/15 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
09/16 - Montreal, QC @ Cabaret
09/17 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
09/18 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door
09/20 - San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo'
09/21 - Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar
09/22 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey

The Charlatans play the following shows in October:

5th Hatfield, The Forum
7th Newcastle, O2 Academy
8th Edinburgh, HMV Picture House
9th Dundee, Fat Sam’s Live
11th Liverpool, O2 Academy
12th Nottingham, Rock City
14th Leeds, O2 Academy
15th Sheffield, O2 Academy
16th Manchester, Apollo
18th Oxford, O2 Academy
19th Bristol, O2 Academy
21st Norwich, UEA
22nd London, O2 Academy Brixton
23rd Birmingham, O2 Academy

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

New TODDLA T - "Sky Surfing (Douster Remix)"

I just got at Toddla T about an interview we've been waiting on since before his first feature in Dazed and Confused (i.e. a LONG time). I got an early listen of this beast of a song and wanted to try to get his attention before he was doing like 20,000 magazine interviews because of this... and of course I don't think I emailed him lol. Who knows, maybe it'll still happen, but if it doesn't you'll understand why right after you hear this song... it's so Summer perfect that everyone will want a piece of him...

Here's some press:
Toddla T comes absolutely busting out of the traps for his very first single for Ninja Tune/Girls Music. On a recent trip to Jamaica to collaborate with Major Lazer, Mr T found himself alone in the legendary Tuff Gong Studios in Kingston. Who should wonder in but the one-and-only Wayne Marshall who asked Toddla to play him some rhythms. As soon as he heard the beat which would become “Sky Surfing” he told the Sheffield whizz kid to hit RECORD.

The result is the hyperactive club smasher “Sky Surfing,” which runs through a million styles from dancehall to jump up hip hop to cheesy rave and makes them all sound as fresh, as squelchy and as downright fun as they ever have. Marshall himself sounds utterly revitalised by this genre-crusher, chatting and singing with equal ease and thoroughly enjoying this “JA-UK connect.” A blast of good time energy summed up in its title, “Sky Surfing” is set to go stratospheric.

Toddla T - "Sky Surfing (Douster Remix)"

Expect to see remixes from Benga, Ross Orton + DJ Q when the single comes out 9th August 2010 on Ninja Tune... this is obviously a must have for Summer parties! Let me know what you think in the comment section!

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New video from CASPA, 'Back For The First Time'!

You don't want to hear me talk about how awesome this is... you just need to hear this as fast as possible. One of dubstep's most important names, Caspa, returns with a very sick tune called 'Back For The First Time' and I promise after one listen you'll be fiending for more Caspa... at least a remix lol... check out some press and then the new video below!

After a short spell away, Caspa is back with one of the most highly anticipated releases of the year on his own Sub Soldiers imprint. Never one to rest on his laurels and take a backseat, this latest EP is yet further testament to the devotion and hard work of one of the UKʼs most prolific and prominent figures, cementing his place within the global electronic elite and establishing himself as an artist in his own right. First up is an anthem that has been lighting up airwaves globally for the last few months. This latest, club bound banger comes in the shape of 'Back For The First Time' featuring Dub Police label mate and fellow UK luminaire D1. Gathering heavy support on BBC Radio 1 from Annie Mac & Zane Lowe, as well as being battered in the clubs by the who's who of dubstep A-listers,this is fast becoming one of the biggest tracks to emerge from the scene so far this year - it's not hard to see why with it's catchy ascending and uplifting chords, juxtaposed with THAT trademark growling bass - this track will no doubt be the soundtrack of many festival attendee, clubber and music fans Summer, guaranteed to mash the dance and pronounce the return of one of the scenes key players. On the flip Caspa teams up with another label mate Subscape for a tune that, like its A side brethren, has already seen the light of day in countless clubs worldwide. 'Geordie Racer' takes no prisoners with its driving, furious beats and prominently low, penetrating basslines, anyone who has been lucky enough to be in the rave when this monster drops like a ten ton weight will no doubt inform you of the carnage it creates in its wake. Again gaining support from dubstep royalty and being featured on Caspa's 'MyStyle' mix CD (released last month), its another future classic from the real London deal. All in all, expect big things once again from the return of Caspa & the Sub Soliders / Dub Police

camp. And as ever, theres plenty more to come where that came from…keep those ears peeled and those bodies locked.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Diplo speaks about new "MAYA", plus unreleased tracks from M.I.A. with Amanda Blank and Blaqstarr!

Of course one of the most talked about things on the blogosphere is the new M.I.A. album "MAYA". Some reviews are good, others are not so hot, but arguably the most important verdict comes from Diplo (who has been involved in the production of all of her albums thus far)...

For those of you who are just arriving to the M.I.A. and Diplo show... they started dating after she walked into our dear fabric's nightclub while he was playing her first single "Galang". They had a beautiful working relationship, and personal relationship, and they were the power couple of the year when her first album came out.

Eventually their personal relationship fell apart (we won't go into why, you can find that somewhere else on the interwebs if need be) but regardless they continued to work together... One can't help but wonder if their relationship woes helped inspire this song...
Amanda Blank feat M.I.A. = "Take It Easy" YSI

Their continued collabo yielded, amongst other things, the worldwide smash "Paper Planes" (helped significantly by the trailer for Pineapple Express). And on top of raising both their profiles it also lead to interpolation by KanYe West in the form of "Swagga Like Us":

Anyway... now that "MAYA" is out there is a storm of hipster commentary out there (reminding me a lot of the wild reaction to Interpol's "Our Love To Admire")... however, the review that is most interesting to moi is this interview where Diplo speaks about M.I.A.'s new album.

Other collaborators on the new album include Blaqstarr... who wrote this killer jam (sampling the theme for 'The Wire' in a B-More stylee) that was originally believed to be written for the new M.I.A. album.
M.I.A. feat Blaqstarr = "Way Down In Hole" YSI

If her next album didn't have Diplo on it I'd be very surprised (despite what that interview might lead you to believe). I've met both of them: Diplo is a very funny, kind, prankster of a guy... and M.I.A. (although I only very very briefly spoke to her) seems like a kind, level headed kind of woman... I have little doubt that all this will blow over and they'll be working together again soon.

Make sure to check out Diplo & Switch's Major Lazer EP that comes out this next week featuring the likes of Thom Yorke and M.I.A.!

I'll be back as soon as I can and hope you enjoyed this post... please leave comments telling what you think of the new M.I.A. album! I've got a silly video with Diplo which I'll probably post later this evening... see you guys soon!