Monday, 31 March 2008
Have findally unleashed their debut album on the public's eardrums,and it's not bad at all. First things first, the album sounds famillar first time round due to several of their "classic" tracks being placed in amongst newer tracks and older, less well known tracks. For instance, tracks 5 and 6 are Xxzxcuzx Me and Air War respectively, while Loving And Caring and Knights repeat the same trick in the second half of the album. Good news is that they all sound as top quality as they always have, with the exception of Air War, which has been given a work over and has a new extended and quite relxed ending on it now. Though it's quite feeable that this isn't necessarily a new version, it's just that i saw no need to download a spare copy of it having rpped it from the Digital Penetration a long time ago.
More good news is that the rest of the album, while keeping one foot firmly in their 8-bit and chaotic punk roots, the rest of the album uses it's other foot to explore new avenues, taking in influences seemingly from the Human League to ambient electronica artists such as Nathan Fake which keeps the record feeling fresh despite the number of older tracks here. In fact, one might say that they're achieved an almost perfect balance between the old and the new, unlike Hadouken!'s album, which contained only two old tracks, both of which have been released as singles in the last year. I would have found throwing in properly recorded vrsions of Bounce and Superstar or maybe Tuning In or Dance Lessons might have been a nice twist.
Anyway, as a taster, an old favourie of mine and something a little newer to wet appetites.
Crystal Castles - Alice Practice
Crystal Castles - Magic Spells
Other than that, i'm looking forward to seeing The Death Set at the end of the week. Should be cool. And i received my 7" from the shoes, limited to 300 copies each with an individual Polaroid of a pair of shoes, ranging from the Ed Banger Crew to Zinedine Zindane. I got Katie from the Ting Tings. Not sure what to make of it. I'm sur ethey'll be big and it'll be cool to have that signed photo, but they're not really my cup of tea...
Coming up soon we also have Voodoo at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen on April 9th, with Tired Iire, Invasion, Portasound and Ezra and ot Machine, as well as Andy George DJing with our Hosts Thick As Thieves and Rob Campari Safari. Promises to be a wicked night so get yourselves down there early to make sure you catch all the bands as well!
New mini mix from the Boys at Thick As Thieves. Sounding good as ever!
1. JUSTICE - DVNO (SURKIN REMIX)
2. PRIMAL SCREAM - LOADED
3. BOND DO ROLE - MELO DO TOBACO ( A- TRAK REMIX)
4. DAFT PUNK - AREODYNAMIC (DAFT PUNK REMIX)
5. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - NORTH AMERICAN SCUM
6. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - DAFT PUNK ARE PLAYING AT MY HOUSE (SOULWAX REMIX)
7. PRIMARY 1 - HOLD ME DOWN (THE SHOES RMX)
8. DIGITALISM - POGO (PARIS VERSION)
9.THE ROLLING STONES - SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
10. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - NORTH AMERICAN SCUM
12. THE PRESETS - MY PEOPLE (D.I.M REMIX)
13. SOUWAX - E TALKING
14. BOYS NOIZE - OH! (A-TRAK REMIX)
15. HOT CHIP - OVER & OVER
16. DURAN DURAN - PLANET EARTH
Then i believe it's the opening night of the new Lost In Paris parties on the 10th at th Macbeth featuring The Death Set amongst others and is also going to be a wicked night out. Be there.