Monthly Archives: July 2009

no rest for the wicked

so i was supposed to have an internet-free weekend, but my kind host has left me in his university’s computer room while he does some photocopying, or something. this afternoon i trawled around london looking for phonica – printing a map might have helped – until i was helped my a kindly policeman on piccadilly circus who just happened to have a map of the capital in his pocket. sweet. so i picked up some random oddities for super cheap in the uber-cool soho record store (which just received those crazy ark 1 tees), and i also grabbed the juan maclean‘s one day vinnil (with added marc romboy/emperor machine/surkin) in hmv of all places.

meanwhile, whoever isn’t at airbound is certainly keeping the bodytonic site ticking over. they’ve just announced the tracklist for chromeo‘s forthcoming dj-kicks mix. i’m stumped – the only track i know is the eagles cover they’ve just released. wow. i’m excited. nice to see young shazam getting a look-in.

Kano: “Ikeya-Seki”
Pierre Perpall: “J’aime Danser Avec Toi”
Toba: “Moving Up”
France Joli: “Gonna Get Over You”
Donna Allen: “Serious”
Lovelock: “Maybe Tonight”
Chateau Marmont: “Solar Antapex” rework
Val Young: “Seduction”
Soupir: “Larmes de Métal”
Lifelike: “Sequencer”
Carmen: “Time to Move”
Shotgun: “Don’t You Wanna Make Love”
Cheri: “Murphy’s Law”
Leo Sayer: “Easy to Love”
Shazam: “Luckier”
Chromeo: “I Can’t Tell You Why”
Diane Tell: “Tes Yeux”
The Alan Parsons Project: “Pipeline”

you can’t write that!

i have a few things in my google reader that i summarily ignore or skim over, but every now and then something jumps out at me. darragh mcmanus‘ piece from the guardian’s film blog on clichés in film writing. i have to laugh to myself at the term “empirespeak” – after several years of loyalty i gave up on empire last year, as it seemed to have become the fhm of film magazines. so guess what replaced it? well sight & sound, naturally. there is however one inclusion which i feel i should disagree with – trope. it’s a great word. fits in anywhere. we used to argue over its meaning and usage in critical and cultural theory seminars. then again, if empire have appropriated it for their own devilish means, i may just have to leave it behind. here are his dirty words.

1. Franchise
2. Helmer
3. Lenser
4. Narrative arc
5. First/second/third/last act
6. Toplining
7. Trope
8. Backstory
9. Darkly/blackly comic
10. Sophomore
11. Knuckle-gnawingly tense
12. Über


so the field day timetable is out. clashtastic. woohoo. well, as shock once said, “only shit festivals don’t have clashes.” true indeed. there’s a fancy pdf courtesy of drowned in sound, but see the full list, in order, and with my own personal clashes highlighted, after the jump. Continue reading

field day mix


so ahead of field day i was going to do a rundown of the acts i’m excited about seeing, but instead i threw a mix together with some of these acts. it’s far from exhaustive – i can’t say i’m familiar with every act on the lineup – but it features a breadth of styles and is hopefully somewhat representative of what’s on offer. there are a couple of drastic shifts in mood, which all (hopefully) make sense from a tonal point of view, but also capture the feeling of leaving one act and seeing another completely different performance on a different stage. or not 😉 either way, i hope you enjoy.

haido – Field Day 2009

Juana Molina – Micael
Santigold – L.E.S. Artistes (XXXChange Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Album Version)
Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
Seth Troxler – Hurt (feat. Matthew Dear)
Audion – Just A Man
The Juan MacLean – Happy House (Matthew Dear vs Audion Remix)
Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down
Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend (Fake Blood Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Allez Allez Remix)
The Horrors – Scarlet Fields
Delphic – Counterpoint (Delphic’s En Route Mix)
Dance Area – AA247 (Skull Juice Remix 2)
Skream – One For The Heads Who Remember
The Big Pink – Velvet
Final Fantasy – This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine

my chart is better than yours…

gah aeroplane have done it again. they’re just unbeatable right now. here’s their chart for july. and a mix too. from their myspaz.

Aeroplane “Mix Chart” July 09

1. Siriusmo – High Together
2. Lindström – The Magnificient
3. Zepp001 – Don’t Sleep
4. Chamboché – Feverish (The Revenge Remix)
5. Faze Action – I Wanna Dancer (Disco, Rock, Dub Mix)
6. Killa Kela – Everyday (Lalory Remix)
7. Freeland – Borderline (Grum Remix)
8. Fred Falke – Chicago (Extended Mix)
9. Makossa Megablast – Juno
10. Rythm Droid – Sunrise on Planet Tokyo
11. Reggie Dokes – Chicago Pimp
12. Headman – Dirt (The C90’s Remix)
13. Mika – We Are Golden (Don Diablo Dub Remix)

mega chart – yeah, mega

i hate seeing on twitter that nialler9‘s top 10 is already up – it means a) i’m slacking on mine own and b) i can’t read his till mine is done – don’t want ideas being put in my head! anyway i seem to have been doing a bit of digging this week, not that there isn’t awesome new music right now, but i’ve had these tracks on rotation you know. might do a more field day-centred chart later in the week.

1 The Juan MacLean – The Station
2 Toddla T feat. Hervé & Serocee – Shake It
3 The Big Pink – Velvet
4 Aeroplane – Aeroplane
5 Bobby Analog – I Want You
6 Clipse feat. Rock City – Warning
7 Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (Diplo Remix)
8 George Benson – Because/Come Together
9 TV On The Radio – Staring At The Sun (Hollertronix Mix)
10 Sneaker Pimps – Post Modern Sleaze (Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)

i feel nothing


i was given falling off the lavender bridge to review on my birthday last year, and it was not what i expected. out of nowhere came one of my favourite albums of the year. his was one of the standout performances for me at primavera (see above). then gorky of bonde do rolê did a crazy remix of galaxy of the lost that was nothing like the original but still kicked ass. and since then, there’s been nothing. till now. over on his website, lightspeed champion is giving away a new track called heavy purple. a dramatic intro leads into some sparse percussion, a delicate guitar solo and some mumbling from dev. it’s a dark song, and heavily reverbed warbling about feeling nothing lends to the ominous sounds that permeate. a spoken word outro wraps up the track with an even darker sense of foreboding. my guess is that he’s really been shaken by the financial crisis, watching what it’s done to his fellow man. that or he’s having bad dreams again.

Lightspeed Champion – Heavy Purple
Lightspeed Champion – Galaxy of The Lost (Bonde do Rolê Remix)

the guy in shades


tiga is a strange character. i love some of his tracks and remixes, his label is pretty awesome, and any time i’ve seen him dj i’ve had a great time. but some of his album tracks leave me cold and a little disappointed. don’t get me wrong, there are some fantastic tracks on sexor (pleasure from the bass, good as gold, 3 weeks) and ciao! (the opening four tracks) but the rest of it really is just filler i think. it’s sad. i remember the first time i heard sunglasses at night. it was haunting, robotic, and cool as hell. then tom middleton mashed it up against the timeless blue monday for his 2002 mix the sound of the cosmos. this particular bootleg was released on city rockers, and, though i can’t remember how or where, i picked up the mp3 some years back, and and now i share it with you.

Blue Sunglasses (The Tom Middleton Cosmos Re-Edit)

wow, neet


cool name for a record label this. how neet. or n.e.e.t. i should say. m.i.a. tweeted about a new track over at the label’s website, and it’s a tough, dirty glitchy track which uses angry stabs and snatches of daft punk under rye rye‘s aggressive flow. check it out. also have a listen to this steel drum rework of bang.

Rye Rye – Bang (Mujava Remix)

good weather for staying indoors and blogging

it’s friday and i’m a little bored. and it’s gone from dry to thunderstorm to sunny to cloudy in the last 90 minutes. currently listening to to old armand van helden tracks. no this isn’t a nostalgia post, just sayin’ 😉 i’m really excited about seeing aeroplane at field day next week. it’s just a dj set but still, they make great music and listen to great music so i think i’ll enjoy it. here’s a funny interview with one of them from dummy magazine:

Do you feel emotional when you play?

Sure! Life is about emotions! But not only good ones unfortunately.

asian dan has a link to their june mix, and i guess their set next week will follow a similar path. i hope so anyway. i guess it’s my mix for this weekend.

another act i’m really excited about seeing is final fantasy. i had the pleasure of seeing him three nights in a row (kind of) in december 2007, but haven’t seen him since. i gather his galway show last month was pretty spectacular, so i’m expecting a lot. maybe a new random cover or something.