Friday, 31 July 2009
On a related tangent to our earlier hype of The Aspirins for My Children, there is news on thecocknbullkid, who is releasing her new EP, "Querelle" on 4th August on IAMSOUND records. The lead track is, of course, pop genius and produced by my friend and yours, TAFMC! Big news all round really. Check out the track below then head out and buy the EP next week.
Having been building her profile for a couple of years now, cocknbullkid looks set to make headways with her new record, having heading the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury and toured with Late of The Pier, Metronomy and CSS.
thecocknbullkid - Clean Apart (produced by TAFMC)
Thursday, 30 July 2009
The Fish Don't Dance Djs are giving away 2 free tickets to this years Get Loaded In The Park on Sunday 30th August. READ ON....
Fish Don't Dance Djs are playing at this years Get Loaded In The Park 2009 day festival and because they are nice guys, they are giving away a pair of tickets.
All you have to do is email email@example.com with the subject - FDD MAILING LIST SUBSCRIPTION PLEASE - and you will automatically be entered in to the prize draw on the 31st July 2009!
Also joining the Fish Don't Dance Djs on the line up is:
*** ORBITAL ***
Roni Size Represents
Miss Kitten & The Hacker
Freeland (Adam Freelands Band)
Magnetic Man feat Scream + Benga
Felix Da Housecat
Pendulum (DJ Set)
The Count & Sinden
Chase & Status
The Bloody Beetroots
Rob Da Bank
Eddy Temple Morris
+ many more to be confirmed!
So email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject - FDD MAILING LIST SUBSCRIPTION PLEASE - for your chance to win!
Closing Day: 4th August 2009 - midnight
Download the Fish Don't Dance DJ mix:
1. Does It Offend You Yeah! - We Are Rockstars (Cold Blank Remix) (cdr)
2. Dan McKie - Pala-caras (unsigned) EXCLUSIVE
3. Chris Lake - Robots (Rising)
4. Michael Jackson - Bad (Mowgli is Bad Remix) (cdr)
5. Eric Prydz - Pjanoo (Dada Life Guerilla fart 7) (cdr)
6. Paul Aspin - Shame (Lazy Rich Remix) (1980 Recordings) EXCLUSIVE
7. Avicii - One Step Forward (cdr)
8. Faarsheed - Do U (Miro Remix) (1980 Recordings)
9. Zombie Nation - Forza (Fuck Offff Remix) (cdr)
10. Crazy Cousins - It's The Funky (Dan McKie Fish Don't Dance Dub) (Warners) EXCLUSIVE
Don't forget if you don't win you can always get cheap Get Loaded Tickets direct from the Fish Don't Dance Djs (Dan McKie & Lloyd Chapman).
Get them for £35 (no booking fee, no extra hidden costs - a nice flat fee)
That is the cheapest on the market; you are looking at the best part of £50 if you buy them online with booking fee etc.
All you have to do if email:
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Tuesday, 28 July 2009
Another week, more of this and that. This time i'd like to bring to the table The Horrors cosmic dub remix of “Bicycle”by Memory Tapes (a rather lovely collaboration of Memory Cassette and Weird Tapes (both of whom are the same man...))which does what it says on the tin really. Opening to a haunting keys melody to a backdrop of run falling against a window with some subtle rumbles of a far off storm in the background which gently fades as the song builds around that melody for over two minutes before the beat drops in, the cosmic loops start and the hi-hat snaps drop while effects and melodies weave their way around the main line, drawing up to the forefront before falling back and allowing others to take their place. Another feather in the cap of the ever more brilliant Horrors, and a prize piece for Memory Tapes as well.
Memory Tapes - Bicycle (The Horrors Cosmic Dub Mix)
Much summery cosmic love,
Friday, 24 July 2009
Sooooo, big this month are... Classixx, who are doing the electro/discohouse thing with much aplomb. Mixes of Holy Ghost! and Fischerspooner definitely stand out, as does single "I'll Get You" but are all in a similar vein, so it is nice to hear them broadening their repertoire with something a little deeper and, possibly, darker.
Here they take on Diplo & Switch project, Major Lazer and bring out a deep house piece with a hint of infused disco in there. Not quite as immediate as, say, their "Listztomania" piece, but great nonetheless. Thanks to Gorilla Vs. Bear for this!
Major Lazer - Cash Flow (Classizxx Remix)
Something else i have decided i am quite fond of is this track by "Forest Fire" which is a lovely, heartfelt, retro song and well worth the time for a listen.
Forest Fire - Fortune Teller
Thursday, 16 July 2009
I suspect, everyone is on this already and anyone who hasn't discovered the simple genius of the A-Trak and Armand Van Helden collaboration, Duck Sauce, then where have you been?
Real Gold, we salute you again!
Duck Sauce - Anyway
I know 16bit vaguely from some of their previous works which, frankly, have been ridiculous to the point of almost being un-listenable (in a good way) and generally sounding massive over club PAs etc.
This remix of Borgore, an Israeli bass meantalist, is little exception really. tarting off with a gentle piano riff and leading into a nice intro, things swiftly descend into bass based chaos. It may not be hugely intelligent, but when it's this over the top and fun... who cares!?
Borgore - Foes (16bit Remix)
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
Internet Forever are a bunch of scuzzy indie so and so's from London (partially via Cambridge) making a delightful little racket round and about London's east end at the moment.
Taking the scuzzy distortion of Wavves with the beautiful pop melodies of bands like Los Campesinos, including the male/female offset voacals and even throwing in my favourite Why? song for good measure. while not being the most musically brilliant cover, it has a certain energy and charm to it that is somewhat akin to the contented feeling of falling in love on a summer's day and being truly happy about it.
Internet Forever then; make you feel like you might be falling in love. Not too bad.
Internet Forever - Broken Bones
Friday, 10 July 2009
Canadian electro-pop outfit Dragonette have been doing the rounds since 2005 and have previously delighted my eardrums with the Ratcliffe remix of "I Get Around" late 2007/early 2008 time. It was pretty slick.
Now JOCKS (1/4 of th now defunct Good Books) have taken out "Fixin' To Frill" with Misters Deep and Disco and fused them into something altogether larger than the sum of its parts. A pleasurably deep piece that builds into a pulsing electro beast before calming and drifting away quietly, making room for a delightful song to replace it. I rather love it.
Dragonette - Fixin To Thrill (JOCKS Remix)
Allez Allez. Can't say i know a huge deal about these chaps, other than that Aeroplane remixed a single of theirs a few months back now and, obviously, turned it into a deliciously groove piece of Disco house. But then, don't Aeroplane do that to everything, regardless of what they were working with in the first place? Well... yes but fret not, as Allez Allez are more than capable of doing things for themselves.
In fact, i might even go so far as to say that Allez Allez could quite easily develop into the UK's very own Aeroplane or Holy Ghost! Big words I know, but i think this marvelous remix of Simian Mobile Disco's fairly ridiculous "Audacity Of Huge" speaks for itself. They even make the vocal sound less laughable. It's all quite deep and, i suspect, is going to fit nicely alongside a track i'll put up later that i have, defintiely, stolen straight from my good friends at 88 Days In My Veins who, coincidentally, are much better bloggers than me and should definitely be on your radar.
Long sentences aside, here is the track!
Simian Mobile Disco - Audacity Of Huge (Allez Allez Remix)
Yep, those tasty boys (well, one of them) from Kraftwerk have taken their hands to working with emerging artists from, of all places, Ireland!
Empire State Human hail from Dublin and produce electro with elements of big beat within it. Not shabby stuff but, then, what would one expect from a band working with THE legends of electronic music? Nothing less.
Offered up on a platter for us is the Rob Kiraly remix which takes it into pulsating electro territory and keeps much of the vocal in place for sing along convenience. Though I have to confess to the "I Love My Techno" vocals in a Rammestein-esque accent are a bit OTT for me.
Empire State Human - Afro (Rob Kiraly Remix)
Buy it HERE
Tuesday, 7 July 2009
Pony Pony Run Run. Not a band who have a gift for names, i have to admit. That aside though, they are a band who have a knack for a beautiful pop melody and hook laden vocals. And around here that generally means one thing; that someone has taken their gleeful music and done something rather magical with it.
This time, Mondkopf have stepped up and risen to the challenge. Treating us to mix that shimmers in its beauty. In fact, it makes me want to book my plane ticket to Ibiza right now purely to hear it at sunrise on a beach after one of those nights you will never forget, regardless of how much remember. Honestly, this is one of my favourite things i have heard in quite some time.
Pony Pony Run Run - Hey You (Mondkopf Remix)
watch the video here:
Friday, 3 July 2009
So, time for a few big tunes that you will inevitably end up hearing all summer whether it be by choice or the simple fact that will no doubt get every-bloody-where.
First up, a collaboration between A-Track and Armand Van Helden which harks more back to Armand's earlier days and is probably going to alienate fans of his more recent works or A-Track's material in general. Having been dropped by the likes of Aeroplan, however, the disco house crowd are sure to love this one.
Next up is the new piece from Switch. Again, no mp3s yet (unless you happen to be a part of or good friends with some the grindin network). This time Switch as, surprisingly... stuck with his trend of indie based remixes and has chosen Florence And The Machine for this round. It isn't up there with his Hideaway remix but it is quite light hearted and summery.
Florence and the Machine - Rabbit Heart (Switch Remix)
Also sounding pretty big and on the rise at the moment is The Aspirins For My Children. Having been awarded the position of No. 2 track you most need to hear this week in NME a week or two ago 9for the Marina & The Diamonds - I Am Not A Robot remix). Here we have a remix of Lost Valentinos "Common Thief" which gets the usual loving makeover featuring swirling, ethereal synth stabs and builds with the vocals chopped yet still set out a relatively similar pattern. I've said it before, and I will definitely say it again, keep your eyes on this chap, he will go faaaaaar!
Lost Valentinos - Common Thief (The Aspirins For My Children Remix)