i haven’t blogged in, like, a week, which is a crazy long time. my excuse is that this time last week i was in a field in belgium, and i deigned not to bring my iphone with me. i didn’t even tweet for five whole days, which must be some kind of record. while i was there i saw some crap shows, some ok shows, some good shows and some great shows. i won’t call out the crap or ok people. there’s a full sort of rundown here, but i’ll just tell you what i loved.
plastikman – rolling thunderous acid techno bleep apocalypse
renaissance man – djs who were thoroughly entertaining didn’t just play what every other dj played (ie no pon de floor, no afrojack, no swedish house mafia)
flying lotus – this was a weird one. he sort of laced through a bizarre set of hip-hop/rock/glitch/dubstep, moving from nas is like to idioteque in the space of about eight minutes. beyond that, he seemed to be having more fun playing tracks off his laptop than most ones-and-twos djs i’ve ever seen.
since i’ve come back i’ve put together a chart for august, and an accompanying mix, available as to stream or download. as well as these tunes i’m excited about seeing jon averill and ivan smagghe in kennedy’s on friday. i’m also delighted that two charming men are headlining transmission on saturday night.
then next week there’s the annual spectacular that is the electric picnic. one of the names added most recently was canadian superstar heart-throb dj and label boss tiga. said tiga has just done a sparse and moody rerub of the xx‘s already somewhat sparse and very moody shelter. check it out for free on the turbo site.
here’s my chart, and underneath is the mix – in a slightly different order. (download link)
1 Chromeo – Don’t Turn The Lights On (Aeroplane remix)
2 Rusko – Hold On (Tom Stephan remix)
3 Hot Chip – We Have Love (Hot City remix)
4 Broken Social Scene – All To All (Skeet Skeet’s 2step remix)
5 Freaks vs. Robert Owens – Right Now (Silver City remix)
6 DJ Sneak – Southern Boy (Jesse Rose remix)
7 Nicolas Jaar – Stay In Love
8 Azari & III – Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake remix)
9 Arveene & Misk – Eavesdropper
10 Boy 8-Bit – From The Depths