blah blah pon de foley, blah blah chromeo x tiga.
ok now that those two are out of the way, check this out. another track on rcrd lbl that you might have missed is from la-based them jeans. it’s called tips, and there’s something really quite special. the various subgenres of dance music seem to each be following a particular path when it comes to the inherent sonic textures. them jeans is going down a completely different route. i’m hearing things i’ve never heard before. that’s rare. the theme sounds almost like the imperial march, but it’s put together in such a way that i’m finding it difficult to describe it. underneath this darth vader wowee theme there’s a dark, smoky vibe that’s reminiscent of nadastrom, it’s housey, it’s groovy, it’s a winner.
Them Jeans – Tips
another track that’s caught my attention is a remix by a guy called john howes. the original track, by vanstrom, is called smith n wesson and it’s a dark, heavy techy affair, almost in jokers of the scene territory. howes takes it down a notch. it’s a bit slower, it’s got these delightful his and claps, and the taxi driver sample, rather than seeming less appropriate than it does on the angry snarling monster, is lent an air of mournfulness and despair. the slow, simple disco theme, i don’t want to use the term plods, but it bounces along at a leisurely pace without seeming forced. more tortoise than hare if you get me.
Posted in New music
Tagged Chromeo, John Howes, Jokers of The Scene, Mad Decent, Major Lazer, Nadastrom, RCRD LBL, Star Wars, Them Jeans, Tiga, Turbo, Vanstrom
just recently i finished a sort of mix battle thing with a young lad from london by the name of ben white. you know, mix some tracks together, send them to him, he’ll mix on a few afterwards and so forth. we did one in june, and then another last month. well really it was september but i only finished it last week. my bad. i thought it turned out pretty well. i was really taken aback by how fresh his tracks were – apart from one or two i had never heard of most of the artists he used, let alone the tracks themselves. he’s also one of the guys behind the squeaky bleeps blog – so he knows his stuff.
a couple of months ago he had a grimey dubstep remix of asher roth’s risible i love college featured on the mad decent blog, and his productions have only come on since then. waves is a chilled out garage track in the old mj cole vein, and while i don’t really think there’s any point in remixing pon de floor (and the winner of the mad decent comp there was pretty dreadful) ben’s effort takes it into a whole new territory – the aforementioned old school garage – and gives it a new lease of life. he’s also put together a mix which is bursting with vibrant energy – everything i listen to at the moment is good, but this is just explosive.
Ben White – Waves
Major Lazer – Pon De Flor (Ben White Remix)
Ben White – November 09
FLYING LOTUS // Disco Balls
FLOATING POINTS // Truly
DORIAN CONCEPT // Be Tween
El-B // Serious
LA ROUX // Quicksand (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
SDUK // Dapper Derek
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO // Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)
GEMMY// Rainbow Road
YEAH YEAH YEAHS // Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
BOY 8-BIT // Baltic Pine (GreenMoney’s Baltic Porn Remix)
BAT FOR LASHES // Pearl’s Dream (Skream Remix)
2000F & J KAMATA // You Don’t Know What Love Is
SILVERLINK FEAT BADNESS & JAMMER // The Message Is Love (Mumdance Remix)
GRIEVOUS ANGEL // Show Love
BRACKLES // Lhc
UNTOLD // Discipline
IKONIKA // Smuck
HUDSON MOHAWKE // Allhot
JAMIE WOON // Wayfaring Stranger (Burial Remix)
Posted in Top 10
Tagged Boy 8-Bit, Cubic Zirconia, Dances With White Girls, Daniel Wang, Eli Escobar, Florence + The Machine, Joe and Will Ask?, Maggie Horn, Major Lazer, Ms. Thing, Myd, Rainbow Arabia, SaintSaviour, Sammy Bananas, Telephoned, XXXChange, Young Edits
everyone’s going crazy for duck sauce, but i think, as may be the case with major lazer, people seem to be more excited about who’s behind it than the project itself. armand and trizzy both go way back, so their reputation is unquestionable. i still have an armand poster on my wall from around the time you don’t know me came out – i don’t remember what the magazine was but i remember there was an interview with lisa simpson in it… hmm. anyway i found this today – an interview with armand from the now-defunct ministry magazine. june 2001, just before gandhi khan came out. the same magazine gave that album a panning, but why can’t you free some time is a stone cold classic.
the interview features his side of one of my favourite dj-related stories – when armand got booed off the decks at space in ibiza in the summer of 2000. for playing hip-hop at one of the biggest house clubs in the world. while for most people that story cemented steve lawler‘s reputation as the king of space (lawler quickly took over and brought back the pounding pounding techno music), in my eyes van helden became king of not giving a fuck. hero.
Ghostface Killah – Cherchez LaGhost
Armand van Helden – Why Can’t You Free Some Time
ok a couple of these aren’t strictly out yet, and some are maybe a bit old to be chart-worthy, but i heard some of these used to great effect at the weekend.
1 Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Waves
2 LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)
3 Primary 1 & Riton – Who’s There (In Flagranti Remix)
4 Zomby – Rumours and Revelations
5 Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
6 Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Remix)
7 Major Lazer – Hold The Line (ft Mr. Lex & Santigold)
8 Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (A Chicken Lips Instrumental Malfunction!)
9 The Juan MacLean – Happy House Dear (Matthew Dear vs Audion Remix)
10 Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
Posted in Top 10
Tagged Aeroplane, Alexander Robotnick, Audion, Boys Noize, Chicken Lips, Erol Alkan, Fever Ray, In Flagranti, LCD Soundsystem, Little Boots, Major Lazer, Matthew Dear, Mr. Lex, Padded Cell, Primary 1, Rex The Dog, Riton, Santigold, Sebastien Tellier, Simian Mobile Disco, The Juan MacLean, Top 10, Zomby
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)
Posted in Top 10
Tagged Aeroplane, Bobby Analog, Clipse, Diplo, George Benson, Hervé, Hollertronix, Major Lazer, Nialler9, Rock City, Salt City Orchestra, Serocee, Sneaker Pimps, The Big Pink, The Juan MacLean, Toddla T, TV On The Radio