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battlehymn

there are just a few days to go to the give it socks festival, taking place in the eastpoint business park in clontarf, dublin. i’m fortunate to be one of those playing, and i look forward to sharing the bill with some of the best talent in dublin and beyond, including lorcan mak, whisperjack aka barry farrell, my fellow sidetracked resident jevan neilan and those upstarts two charming men. the latter headlined transmission last weekend, can check out their set below.

meanwhile, i’m loving everything from the man like tensnake lately, and he’s just put out an in the house compilation on defected records. banging ‘funky’ house at its finest you might think, but with the likes of lindstrøm and prins thomas, mount kimbie and armando on the tracklist, it’s definitely worth a listen. i’ve only just discovered his masterful remix of the faint‘s battlehymn for children, have a listen to this delightful rerub below.

????? – ????? (Two Charming Men Remix)
Art vs Science – Parlez-Vous Francais (Nadastrom Remix)
Diplo & Don Diablo – Make You Pop
Drop The Lime – Sex Sax (Bart B More Remix)
Tiga – You Gonna Want Me (Hey Today Remix)
Micky Slim & Nom De Strip – Do It
LA Riots – Bombah (Mowgli Remix)
Dem Slackers – Swagger (Clouds Remix)
Sound Of Stereo – Flatland
Clouds – Liquid
Green Velvet – Harmageddon (Felix Cartal Remix)
Mumbai Science – Ancova (Dry Edit)
Ampersand – The Ruckus (Highbloo Remix)
L.A. Riots – The Drop
Kid Kaio – Hey
Foamo – Centavo
Avicii & Sebastien Drums – My Feelings For You (Angger Dimas Remix)
Disco Killah – Ravage (Two Charming Men Remix)
Swedish House Mafia – One (Congorock Remix)

lusty beats

awwwwww yeah. more solid bump. damn. their run of absolutely ace releases continues with meroz’s lust/trump/grit ep. all three tracks are exciting disco house jams, conjuring the ghost of thomas bangalter as the SB boys put it. they’ve got that repetitive-but-not-irritating thing down, replaying simple samples and layering them with nice licks and varying percussion, synths and
themes. we’ve even got some explosions to enjoy on lust and grit. what’s really cool is that in trump there’s this distorted raekwon sample, where he’s talking about “spine-tingling, bust-yo-shit-open beats” – exactly what we have here – that comes from the into to skew it on the bar-b on aquemini, or should i say the outro to rosa parks, which i played last night. how and ever… then we have the dark and pumping gingy & bordello remix of lust, moody and housey, and with these mad stabs which recall that monstrous chems remix of fatboy slim. you can hear a clip below, as well as grabbing a 192 dl of trump.

really doe, you need to pick up the release at beatport, iTunes and turntable lab. pleasure and pressure 2 is ridin’ dirty at number FIVE in the all-time charts on ttl, let’s get this up there too people. solid bump, running tings in oh-10…

Meroz – Trump (192 Free Download) by Solid Bump Records

Meroz – Lust (Gingy & Bordello Remix) *CLIP* by Solid Bump Records

let’s hope it’s a good one

so my first new year’s eve spent anywhere other than someone’s house or a starbucks (long story) was pretty crazy. schizofonics rocked a transmission crowd through the midnight shift, and myself and jon averill kept things going before hystereo and shit disco brought the proceedings to a close. the insane sight that was dublin’s streets almost entirely bereft of taxis was compounded by the ice-rink-like quality of the city’s pavements – drunken revellers were lucky not to fall over as they warily made their way home. i myself had to grab on to lamp posts and even a bridge at points in order to escape the cruel hand of gravity. town tonight was like some sort of post-apocalyptic nightmare, as city-dwellers and the unlucky few who found themsleves working tonight shuffled gingerly across roads like cold-stricken zombies.

if i didn’t have to do it myself it’d be hilarious.

anyway – this is kind of pretty much what i played last night – jon also played (at the very least) some old school rave, a-trak’s heads will roll remix and star guitar somewhere in between all of this. want to do more b2b sets now!

Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
Spank Rock – Bump (Switch Remix)
Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Death Suite (DJ Mehdi Simple Acid Edit)
Arcade Fire – Rebellion (Lies)
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
Surkin – White Knight Two
The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers
Daft Punk – Crescendolls
Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent
Tiga – Hot In Herre
Empire of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)

scrapes and capers through dance music history

i really splashed out last week – i’ve been commenting of late on the fact that i don’t spend money on cds like i used to. a) because the price has generally come down, and b) because i’m always keen to find a bargain. one collection jumped out at me however, and i was more than happy to shell out €20 for it.

scrapesandcapers

this compilation brings together a host of tracks from the famed junior boy’s own stable. it’s a really british label, and so it’s a really british compilation. i don’t mean that in a bad way whatsoever. some of (if not) the best people in british dance music history feature on this comp – underworld, the chemical brothers, pete heller, and of course, the granddaddy of british techno, andrew weatherall. you’ve also got acts like the happy mondays and primal scream, proving that the whole dance/rock crossover is nothing new, and it was far better before the days of ironic indie boys and pointy haircuts.

i was but a nipper when most of these tracks came out, and a lot of them are completely new to me. i know the whole nostalgia thing is completely clichéd and this release could well be seen as just a cash-in for the label big-wigs, but for me it’s a delight to get a chance to listen to this collection right now, at a time when the electronic spectrum seems completely caught between two generations, neither of which is keen to budge.

this is reflected by the recent appearance of an article on resident advisor article titled “the esoteric art of the opening dj” – an article which has provoked discussion on all of the major dance forums i frequent. everyone seems to agree that warming up is an essential part of a given night and that lashing out anthems as soon as the door is open just doesn’t work – so why do people still do it? one theory i have is that a lot of people who are trying to get into the dj world right now just don’t know their history, or, if they do, they don’t respect it. dance music hasn’t been around that long, and at the moment everyone seems far too concerned with having something brand new and fresh, rather than just playing good music, irrespective of age. this is compounded by the fact that, in today’s climate, something from way back in 2007 will sound ugly and dated, while something from the mid to late 90s will still fit into any set with relative ease.

as in my last post, i seem to be coming off all cantankerous, which is silly. i’m 24. i just see a whole load of problems in this scene, and even thinking about trying to reconcile urgency with respect and reverence with excitement clearly causes a major headache. to return to what started this whole tgv of thought, releases like this seem to serve two distinct purposes: to remind people of the so-called classics, or to introduce young’uns like myself to tracks they should really know already. if there was any justice in the world it’d fly off the shelves and onto the ipods of every budding dj out there. i guess you can’t have everything.

Happy Mondays – Hallelujah (Club Mix)
Sunscreem – Perfect Motion (Boys Own Mix)
Pete Heller – Big Love (Eat Me Edit)

“can you play something i can dance to?”

it’s funny how when people end up in a club that really isn’t for them, they try to make out like they’re not the one with the problem. last night at transmission i had a pair of girls come up to me and repeatedly ask for: pop music; songs with words; songs people know; songs people can dance to. at this stage of the night i had already played tracks by boys noize, daft punk and the chemical brothers, so it wasn’t like i was digging my tunes from the depths of obscurity. while the club wasn’t as full as i’ve seen it at present, the dancefloor was by no means empty, and the majority of those on the floor seemed to be enjoying themselves, what with the odd “ooee ooee ooh” chant and some very happy dancing faces.

i understand that when one pays into a venue one can expect that the dj is there to entertain you. i’m relatively new to this game, so i’m not above at least listening to requests. i’ve talked the ear off plenty of djs in my time. at the same time, if you arrive at a night that isn’t playing the sort of music you like, you can’t expect the music policy to shift entirely because you don’t like what you hear. i’m a huge fan of jay-z, have been for over a decade, but i’m not about to play run this town because one girl in the crowd thinks boy 8-bit is “shit”.

i know i’m not the first dj to express this sentiment, and i certainly won’t be the last. i might seem like i’m running off some righteous indignation, and to an extent i am. that said, i couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. especially when the stuck on repeat vocals kicked in and one of the complainers recognised it and, thus, waved her hands in the air and started dancing. maybe playing all 9 minutes of alexander robotnick‘s epic remix was asking a bit much…

anyway, this is pretty much what i played.

Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
SmartTech – Took The Trompeta
Green Velvet – Flash
The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar (Pete Heller’s Expanded Mix)
Daft Punk – Around The World
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win (ft. SaintSaviour)
Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge
Kid Cudi – Make Her Say (Nadastrom 88 Dub)
Midfield General – Disco Sirens (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
MGMT – Time To Pretend (Diplo Remix)
La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
Machines Don’t Care – Afro Jacker
Telephoned – Pop Champagne
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Sharon Phillips – Want 2 / Need 2 (Trentemøller Remix)

harry pot-pot

in anticipation of the release of the half blood prince, i recently reread harry potters mark vi and vii. i wonder what music harry and chums would listen to, apart from the weird sisters of course. he spends a lot of his time confused and unhappy:

he feels pain and anger so he probably would listen to some whiny emo like a proper angry teen – and i’m not the one with the knowledge on that front. but given the anger and pain and fear that permeates the last three books i would imagine he’d need a driving beat to keep him going while he’s on the run.

something like:

or

or maybe even

but at the end of the day, he has a power the dark lord knows not:

i know this has been a silly post, so forgive me.