Monthly Archives: October 2009

freaks come out

i wish i had this jacket for tonight. i could dress up as some sort of zombie jock.

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sub-standard

lately i’ve been trying to be a blogger by day, a sub-editor by evening and a dj by night. i’ve met with relative success. maybe i need a bit more of the blogging, but hey, i’m getting there. i posted a link to my interview with belgian electro-rock outfit the subs on facebook and a friend pointed out the obvious joke.

which i’d missed somehow.

anyway don’t forget that these crazy belgians will be shaking transmission to the ground tomorrow night. as well as that, we’re still looking for any budding producers out there who feel like tackling their latest single, fuck that shit. ahem. finally we’ve got prizes for costumes tomorrow night courtesy of bud ice – they’ll be given out before 12.30am so make sure you get in early.

rex @ dex

i’m not mad on halloween to be honest. ever since i got past the age where i could go to people’s houses uninvited and get sweets it’s not meant much to me.

i’m also not always too mad on rex the dog (though his remixes are invariably sublime), but i love the concept and the execution of his marketing. check out this ad for his halloween party in london. it brought a smile to my face.

click the pic for the competition.

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back to the future

since i’ve been so busy on this mix thing i’ve not been giving due attention to new music. my bad. in the past few days i’ve been sent some great stuff, and it’s high time i share it with the world.

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i’ve been repping for solid bump for a while, so it stands to reason that i should be excited about laberg’s debut release on the label. i had no idea, but laberge is just 22. i hate it when i hear that someone that i really respect is younger than me. anyway the true love ep, available on beatport, comes with three original tracks and a remix. the title track has a low-slung bassline, soft synths and a chipmunk vocal sample that really works. just don’t let go is a more laidback affair, beautiful stuff for a warm up. we don’t know has emotive chord changes reminiscent reminiscent of tee’s happy, and the remix of true love, by meroz, gives the original more oomph to take things into the early hours. all in all it’s one solid release for a label that is solid by name…. well you get me. check out this remix of just don’t let go by dj eq. like meroz’s remix, it beefs up the beautiful original and makes it a little bit more late-night friendly.

Just Don’t Let Go (DJ EQ Remix) – Laberge

chaos

chaos dans le cbd consists of two brothers from auckland, and they’re making some damn fine tunes. think brodinski, momma’s boy, renaissance man. my favourite track of theirs is called tesh & maccas – don’t ask me what that means. it’s got high pitched bleeps that seem to be singing something to me, white noise and that hint of tribalism that suggests something more than a little bit wild. rag rats is a little bit angrier, and the wild is more than just suggested. rattling tribal fills and more of those bleeps help this one become something of a banger within this genre – if that’s possible. and, appropriately enough, they’ve remixed noob and brodinski’s peanuts club. while the original is something of a dj tool, they’ve taken the signature riff and built a hazy, smokey new track around it. thumbs up.

Chaos Dans Le CBD Feat. Tommie Pickles – Tesh & Maccas (Original Mix)
Chaos Dans Le CBD – Rag Rats (Original Mix)
Noob & Brodinski – Peanuts Club (Chaos Dans Le CBD Remix)

disco 2000

and so it begins. i can already say that this undertaking was the folly of a maniac with too much time on his hands. whittling down the list of songs to choose was an epic task, and then trying to fit them together made it all even harder. several tracks were cut even at the last minute. i can only imagine how hard it will get as the decade goes on. make no mistake – this project does not in any way aim to be the definitive collection of the decade’s best music – that would be an impossible challenge. rather, i hope to put together the tracks that have meant the most to me over the last ten years. if you like them too, all the better. if you don’t, hey, it’s not worth fighting about.

i must mention a few tracks i really really wanted to include but couldn’t, for various reasons. sister bliss’ sister sister, the knee deep remix of afro medusa’s pasilda, bedrock’s cracking remix of cowgirl, anything by ferry corsten. it was really the first year i paid that much attention to dance music, so one 75-minute mix could never contain the joy and wonder of twelve months of tunes.
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naughty, naughty, very naughty

so for some bizarre reason i’ve decided to try and do a mix for each year over the 00s (not each decade, as i bizarrely said on twitter). i haven’t even finished selecting tunes for 2000 and already i’m exhausted. this project will be mainly from a “dance music” perspective, with a few non-dance but suitably electronic pieces thrown in to keep it interesting. yes, there will be some tracks that you may consider “cheesy”, but i’m keeping this as honest as i can – stuff i loved then, stuff i still love now, and stuff i discovered in between times. haters need not apply.

alas not everything has been easy to find, so there will be tracks from each year that deserve to be included but which will be left out simply because i don’t have them. i’ll be sure to namecheck these unlucky souls.

in the meantime, here’s a brief glance at what i’m starting with… and yes, my tagging leaves a lot to be desired…

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freaks

yo majesty, you know, the maniacs who did club action, are about to release freaks come out on artjam – a slower but in no way less powerful club groover. fittingly it will be released on saturday, aka halloween, and it comes with a bizarre lesbian zombie nightmare video.

i think it goes without saying that this one is very much nsfw. enjoy.