Friday, 29 February 2008

Star Wars themed tracks?

That's what i'm talking about. I figure, if it's involved in Star Wars, it has to be good (and, yeah, i mean Episodes IV - VI). And, yeah, i picked a MASSIVE picture of Darth Vader. It's because he's more badass than you. Xxx

Anyhow, so i've finally got around to investigating next big things (how lame is that phrase? Answers on a stamped addressed envelope will be read and laughed at) Neon Neon who i'm not quite sure how to describe, they are, however, notorious Anticon producer Boom Bip and Super Furry Animals singy bloke Gruff Rhys. There's a very 80's vibe running straight through the middle their songs, yet there's a distinct "of the moment" flavour to them as well. Perhaps a cross between the cock rock and electro, with hints of Afro-Beat popping up in songs such as Raquel, of the 1980's (think, say... Van Halen covering Human League songs in the Old Blue Last) and it all works brilliantly. In fact, the opening of "I told her on Alderaan" opens up with immediate similarities to sitcom fans favourite 80's classic "Don't Stop Believing" by Journey (see the relevant episodes of Family Guy and Scrubs for ammusement). I have to admit, i haven't had much of a chance to really get to know them yet, as i think i'm on maybe my third listen now, but already things are sounding better with each play. Well, i suppose, once again it's your chance to see what you think, as per usual., though my opinion is that they're going to go far. Catch them at Adventures in the Beetroot Field at Fabric with Erol and other such nefarious characters on 20th March.

Neon Neon - Raquel

Neon Neon - I told Her On Alderaan

Also, as mentioned a couple of posts ago, i have a Faggatronix mix which is, well, pretty grimey. You like that vibe? Have a listen. Also listen if the transforming noise for the original Transformers cartoon and movie do it for you, they do for me.

Faggatronix 4x4 Birthday mix

01. ? - set your body free [CROOKERS remix] / DJ TAMEIL - i smell pussy
02. L-VIS 1990 - change the game
03. STICKY - dr who
04. FAGGATRONIX - broken promises
05. DND - got myself together
06. THE OUTHERE BROTHERS - wiggle wiggle
07. UNKLEJAM - lova ya [HERVE remix]
08. DIZZEE RASCAL - stop dat [BOK BOK's SE5 refix]
09. STARKEY - noreaster riddim
10. ACID JACKS - mookie
11. STICKY & GAPPY - inna da dancehall [D&G mix]
12. DROP THE LIME - come 2 life
13. FLO-RIDA - birthday
14. CROOKERS - aguas de parco
15. LIVE O - dirty skankin
16. DJ ASSAULT - kill the bitch
17. DEXPLICIT - good for me
18. DROP THE LIME - big malice
19. DJ TRAJIC - 1 2 3 4 all the ladies on the floor
20. I ROBOTS - frau [BOYS NOIZE remix]
21. WES FIF ft B.O.B - haterz everywhere
22. J MIXER - let it all go
23. H20 - what's it gonna be ft Platinum
24. T2 - salsa
25. Keisha Tara Shonda Sabrina Crysta Daronda Theresa Felicia Tenisha Sha'von Monica Monique Christina outro

Untill i can get it uploaded, you might be able to find it where i pinched it from, Skull Juice




Wednesday, 27 February 2008

Big Booty Girls...

Right then, it was just over a week ago now, i believe, i was sitting in Bardens' Boudoir (turns out it really is THAT far down kingsland road, ouch) watching Cutting Pink With Knives. Having had their debut, Oh Wow!
for over a year now but having consistently failed to catch in the live arena i was fairly excited to finally catch them. Needless to say, i did not leave disappointed. Playing mainly new songs from their follow up LP and a few choice cuts from Oh Wow!span>, they set up away from the stage on the venue floor and proceeded to cause a riot amongst themselves for the next twenty minutes. Many poses were pulled, numerous shapes cut and various crowd members touched. Highlights being the guitarist playing some insane riff behind his head whilst shimming and grinding all over a young ladies leg before bending over and reversing into my crotch then finding myself rolling on the floor screaming along with the vocalist, to Hey, Cowboy, who'd just pulled me down. Well, i had a good time.

Next up, The Carps who, to put it simply, are quite similar to DFA 1979 if they'd had more soul based vocal stylings. The same set up, a bassist with various electronics and a drummer/vocalist. Though, i have to say, more interesting than DFA 1979 to see perform, especially when in the sort of mood they were. Performing little skits to lead into and help tell the story behind songs, chatting away amiably with the crowd, getting us to sing along, clap, the works basically. And i'd never heard of them until a few days before. Absolutely charming fellows to top it off. They've sent me a preview of their upcoming album, and i can safely tell you that it's going to be worth ge hold of if you like anything Jesse F. Keller has done, or just like innovative music with good, soulful vocals. Do it.

Closing, was Cadence Weapon on his 22nd birthday, and we had quite the party. On myspace his hybrid of IDM and hip-hop sound quite brutal almost and distinctly heavy for a hip hop artist. Bring it to the stage however and a whole new good times aspect seems to be on the table. Performing a strong set of good vibes and rolling beats, with a load of crowd interaction, and, i do believe, a good time was had by all. I have to say, i've only stumbled across the 'Boudoir recently, but i've had two good nights there and think i shall be returning again soon for Dananananakroyd and Gay Against You! Excellent.

Check that shit. Yeah?

Tunes For You?

Cadence Weapon - Sharks

Cadence Weapon - In Search of the Youth Crew I reckon this one's more suited to any electro heads who like their music a little fater than 90 BPM. Raaaar.

My old Fave CPWK track:

Cutting Pink With Knives - Hey, Cowboy

And something a little bit quaint from my favourite, underrated Ed Banger artist. Yeah?

Electroluxe Family - Rock That Shit (Vicarious Bliss Remix)




Tuesday, 19 February 2008


Chewy Chocolate Cookies have once again sent us through more exclusive material and, excitingly, this time round it is an exclusive tease of what to expect from their forthcoming first ep release. After a few listens one can only surmise the short teaser is cuts from each track from the ep mixed together and the range of styles is quite exciting. Ranging from blissed out, hands to the sky synth lines to Crystal Castles style 8-bit destruction through vocoder antics almost up there with daft punk, all with a healthy dose of bass. This is going to be be worth a trip down the shop for i feel.


Promo Vid for EP

Also, Having been spending far too much money on t-shirts and jeans recently i stumbled across a rather nice little find on myspace. You Might Never Find Us A small UK based company who deal in limited runs of, quite frankly, pretty trendy t-shirts, jumpers and hoods. I wouldn't say it was unreasonable to describe the style of art as if So Me (Ed banger records artist, reckon you know his stuff) had come from Northern England.
Having got hold a shirt from them myself i can happily say that the look and fit great. seriously, go and investigate before they blow up and you can't get hold of their stuff for love nor money, So Me style. Remember being able to hold of the Ed Rec II fluo shirts? No? That's because you couldn't and chances are this stuff is going to go the same way.

And to accompany, i don't know how many of you caught the Ghetto Ruckus mix of Daft Punk, but he's got his own stuff out as well now, and it's fucking nasty. Anyone who's into disgusting bass should check him out.

Ghetto Ruckus - Commando Redial

I'm going to see Boys Noize finally this weekend with d.i.m. just make it even more special. I'm not entirely sure how i've never managed to see young Alex Ridha so far, i guess i must have been otherwise engaged whenever he's been playing. I know i was watching Para One liv eon NYE, which i think is a fair excuse as he fucking killed it!

Coming soon, a very unpleasant mix from Faggatronix. Clarke-Stafford, i'm looking in your direction for this. Reckon you might love it.

Anyway, i know i'll see some of you there, the rest of you i hope to catch soon.




Monday, 18 February 2008

My new favourite band.

Would be the delightful Kap10Kurt. I saw these guys at dollop last Friday at the Old Blue Last, and i have to say i was quite excited having don a myspace check up on them prior to the event and heard them soundcheck as well. Everything was looking pretty sweet, then they played.

Anyway, scroll back a little and dollop kicks off at around 9pm and slowly fills the Old Blue Last (which was looking pretty special with canvas up on all the walls for people to draw on all night) until it's icredibly busy for opening act, Battant. They slammed out a good quality set of fairly arty punk stuff that dealt pretty heavily in good old fashioned pop hooks, entertaining the relatively sober and slightly partisan crowd. Quick trip downstairs to get another beer and pop out for a quick smoke and a chat then back upstairs in time for main act, Kap10Kurt who, quite simply, blew me away. Using a laptop, a classic old roland synth (taped to a guitar strap and played around the region of the knees) and a very small drumkit, they rolled out something that akin to Shy Child, if Shy Child were really, really good (and i'm a fan of Shy Child, do not get me wrong) except the bass and synths were nastier, the beats more danceable and pounding and the hooks... epically catchy. I got home still grinning three hours after they finished and went straight to their myspace page where i sat for a good 1/2 hour. Subline stuff, and incredibly lovely people as well. I've rarely met bands so friendly. And they liked my shoes as well, extra bonus points there. Ha,

As I fallen for them so fast, i have a bunch of tracks for you, i can also recommend investing in the dangerseekers 12" picture disc as the art is very cool, and also comes with the original and Sinichi Osawa edit (if you don't know him you're doing something wrong and need to sort yourself out. Or at least listen to his edit of Boys Noize - Feel Good (Tv=off). Pick it up HERE or alternatively, look them up on any of the sites to the right of your screen.

kap10Kurt - Dangerseekers (Tepr edit)

Kap10Kurt - Dangerseekers (Rolf Honey mix) (This is Yusek , by the way)

Dave Gahan - Use You (K10K mix)

Closing the night was The Badical, who played a fun sounding laptop set of nasty electro, though i'm afraid to say i missed a substantial section of it as a few of my friends were "removed" from the premises and i had to go say by before they left. So maybe more on them another time, though worth a look in if they're ever round your way.

Sadly, having dragged loads of friends along to catch may favourites, most of them missed them. I hope they learn to kick themselves in due time. I think they're the best band i've seen since The Tough Alliance in September.

Also, on a warm note, i've rather been enjoying the weather of late (yes, i know, how typically english. Bollocks, it's true,) Anyway, on that note, here's a few tracks i really like that i think will be played to death this summer due to the fantastic vibe they have about them. Think, The Secret Handshake - Summer of '98 (Tapedeck mix), though in terms of that warm, summery sound, the acctual songs are quite different, from each other and the Tapedeck mix.

Primary 1 - Hold Me Down (The Shoes Mix)

Adam Kesher - Local Girl

Gonzales - Working Together

Oh, and this ammuses me. It's evidently old and referring to a certain outburst at the 2006 MTV awards. Tool.

Until next time,




Friday, 8 February 2008


So, Thick As Thieves (charming fellows, by the way) kicked off their new night Voodoo, at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen, last night in fine form. I have to admit, i arrived a little late, getting there as third act Mummdance where halfway through their set, though hearing Tapedeck's mix of Atlantis To Interzone slamming in as I was queuing to get in did get me excited and the rest of the set passed in the usual fashion, slamming electro to the last. It was then things changed, out of nowhere The Bugs storming Skeng dropped in and the heaving bass certainly got heads rolling! BBO$$ took over from there, taking us through some low-end, rolling dubstep before mixing that into Partyshank remix of Late Of The Pier's The Bears Are Coming and getting back into the electro spirit of things before Lillica Libertine took over. Man, has this guy come a long way since i first saw him DJ around a year and half ago. he brought a level of professionalism to the night, which had arguably been lacking previously (not to detract from the previous DJs, more to point out that Lillica of morphing into something special) with killer mixing and track selection that really got people onto the floor and generally just going for it. Well done sir, Thick as Thieves then took control of their own party with a great fun set of killer tunes that kept the party going right to the close. fun, fun night with everyone up for simply having a great time and leaving the pretentiousness that's perhaps springing back into the scene in some places, at the door... or home, massive grins all round was the general theme of the night. I went on my own, and left with many new friends, having heard cracking tunes on a great soundsystem all night. Basically, you remember those housepartys you had that were some of the of most fun you ever have. That's definitely a vibe i was feeling last night, dance as if no one is watching. That sort of thing. Yeah?

Admittedly, there were a few teething problems, a communication breakdown led to Lillica thinking he was playing a DJ set though he was listed as live and the short time span from conception to reality (two weeks) left little time for promotion so it could have been busier. However, the next one is in early April, so plenty of time, and the line up is looking set to be pretty great! So, why not check it out and party with people who are looking for pure, unadulterated fun. Cheers guys, i'm in.

I think this tune sums up the night for me, especially as it was the only one that got hammered out a few times and never failed to keep bodies moving.

Radioclit - Divine Gosa (Switch remix) (Also available in Brodinski)

Seemingly the guys have decided to move the next forward a little as well. The next Voodoo is now on the 21st February, hope to see some of you there.




Wednesday, 6 February 2008


Two vampire related pieces today. First, if you haven't already, go and see 30 Days of Night however you can. It's pretty terrifying, having the most realistic "Vampires" for a very long time. Don't stake it for some cheap Blade rip off, this film is far superior.

Second, Being as they have about as much buzz about them as Klaxons did back in the day, i figured it might be time to mention Vampire Weekend now that i have a copy of their album. Basically, it turns out, it's really rather good. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when i first investigated as i frequently find the net hyped indie band to be about as exciting as trying to claw ones way onto the London Underground at rush hour on a Friday, let alone want to go back for more. So i pleasantly surprised when i found myself listening to the self-titled debut from New York's Vampire Weekend. Released, possibly, at the wrong time of year as one feels that this is very much going to be unavoidable in parks all summer long, which i am definitely looking forward to. Though i other ways it is arguable that as winter is slowly waning and the sun appears more and more every week that an album such as is highly appropriate for the morning. I challenge you to walk down a sunny street on a warm afternoon listening to Oxford Comma without a huge grin spreading across your face, for instance. Though the same could be said for many of the eleven delightful, summery, indie-pop tracks on the record. Six weeks into the year and we already have a strong contender for one of the top albums of the year, expect to see this in A LOT of Best of 2008 lists. It will be. In the meantime, listen to Oxford Comma, then go an grab a copy. Not the most immediate record, but the hooks will keep you interested and after three or four listens i'm certain you will be, as i was, pretty hooked.

Vampire Weekend - Oxford Comma

Radiohead - Exit Music (for a film) [Vampire Weekend Cover version]

I've also recently picked up the Hot Chip album, Made In The Dark which starts out a lot more dancefloor orientated than previous outings, which has some fantastic results. The opening salvo of Out at the pictures, Shake a Fist and Ready For the Floor is one of the best starts to an album i've heard for a while. It does calm down and become a lot more introspective after the first half of the album, but it is Hot Chip, not Crystal Castles, so one could hardly expect an album of dirty, bass heavy groovers. I can't honestly ay i know the record full well enough to say whether it surpasses the warning, but first few listens would certainly hint at that possibility. Another success for the Hot Chip boys then.

Hot Chip - Out At The Pictures

Another recent purchase is Beat Pyramid by Southend's These New Puritans. Coming in at a fairly hefty sixteen tracks, one soon fins that there is closer to around ten once you filter through all the interlude tracks. An interesting blend of New Wave, electro, pop and indie the album achieves varous highs and lows. first off, the Lows. I think this effectively encompasses the interludes (especially 4, an eight second track of silence. Why?). The songs though stand out, once you've worked around the interludes, are actually rather good. Opening tracks, Numerology (AKA Numbers) and Colours stand out, as do En Papier, Infinity Ytinifni and (my favourite) old track Elvis

These New Puritans - Elvis

Also, coming up this Friday: dollop with the rather good Kap10Kurt and Battant both playing live and the usual dollop residents all keeping feet bouncing in between sets and into the night. Come! It's at the Old Blue Last on Great Eastern Street and is completely free!



Anyone going to see Hot Chip

Be sure to get there early and catch Matthew Dear (the alter ego of the minimal demon Audion). This'll just be a quick one as i'm off to bed, and stuck this on and though you might like to hear it. A beautiful piece of electronic pop transformed into something entirely more special (hard, matthew dear's album, Asa Breed, is fantastic) by the headliners of the tour, Hot Chip. In terms of blissed out stakes this is up there with the likes of You are here by Nathan Fake or some of the more swirly Boards Of Canda stuff, though, of course, it is a wildly different style of music.

See what you think anyhow.

Matthew Dear - Dom and Sherri (Hot Chip Remix)

This has also been turned into a serious, faintly minimal, club track by the delightful M.A.N.D.Y. (who have the honour of being the latest Fabric release). Also well worth a listen.

See ya,



p.s. SHould have Hot Chip's new album in a day or two. So a review will be up soon, for anyone who likes Hot Chip/trusts me.

Tuesday, 5 February 2008

This week..

Hype machine still doesn't want us. Oh well. Maybe you can spread the word verbally and such?

Also,i'm finally going to see Shitting Fists on Wednesday at the Old Blue Last for a vice launch party. Good times. Also off to a new night, Voodoo, at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. Run by the guys in Thick As Thieves, it should be pretty ace, with Lillica Libertine performing live. I've never seen him live before, but he's a good DJ and has some great tracks, so hopefully the evening will be a success. That's on Thursday, anyone want to come down as well? Wouldn't want me to get bored, would you?

Lillica Libertine - Man Hunt

Lillica Libertine - Acid House

Do what the man says.

Slayer - Reign In Blood

Also, what's big in my world this week is Stupid Disco. Felix, from the Daze's new project. Only just starting out but already has one great track and a good remix under his belt and, i'm told, more to come soon. Kicking out banging electro tunes i the vein of Kissy Sell Out it's refreshing to hear a new producer who doesn't sound like he wants to be Parisian right now.

Stupid Disco Mini Mix

Das Pop - Fool For Love (Stupid Disco's Slojam Remix)

Hopefully to be gigging in London and Cambridge soon. Keep your eyes peeled guys.

Keep checking,