february 15 2011 – can you wait?
february 15 2011 – can you wait?
i featured ghostdad’s acid yazz last week (which is still super awesome and features xxxchange tracks such as his remix of charlotte gainsbourg) and now i wanna draw your attention to a new project from xxxchange, ghostdad and devlin. they’ve done a new track under the name win win, which is a pretty appropriate moniker. the track is called releaserpm (no i’ve no idea either), and it features vocals from lizzi bougatsos, who if you don’t know is a member of gang gang dance. remember what i said? win win. the track is hosted on the fader, and got a mention on p4k, but it needs our attention because…..
never think that dudes, NEVER…
girl talk has a new album out! hurrah! uh, no, fuck that. i can’t even download the damn thing. if you want something to really mess with your head, check out acid yazz from ghostdad. it’s in a similar vein as xxxchange and devlin‘s voila (only the second-best mix ever) in that it’s in short, distinct yet vaguely related segments. each section is aptly named, and it’s got stuff you really should know (bowie, um, vampire weekend) and stuff you’ve probably never heard before (pretty much everything else). it’s an amazing listening experience, enjoyable not just because you’re waiting to hear what comes next. now trust me, i’m not solely celebrating this mix against a backdrop of girl talk hate though. this is awesome on its own two, but in today’s context it stands out even more. you can listen below, or pay with a tweet. do it – it’s worth it.
they call me pasey pase
don’t make me wait
i go from country to country
and state to state
well you’ve kept us waiting. pase rock’s latest has been a long time coming – nights, produced by xxxchange is a bizarre oddity. it’s a bit wobby, moving from the disco-funk styles he’s used in the past. he’s also eschewed the knowing, humourous style (getting head from punk rock chicks, give me bad brains) for an autotuned party-time vocal.
feel so lonely
i’m tired of being alone
an understandable sentiment, but not one you expected from this dude. that said, the production is ace and the remixes don’t disappoint. nadastrom’s is of the electro-banger variety, while dj spider’s has that hazey, smokey vibe you expect from the likes of the solid bump crew. pick up the single here.
still no internet at home – blogging at work. yeesh. last night at krash was a lot of fun, as usual. someone spotted that panda bear remix – what a dude. i was happy that a few people asked “what’s this track?!” while i was playing schizofonics. tellin’ ya, they’re headed for great things.
next on the list is transmission tomorrow night – it’ll be a special one, as quigo and i are going b2b for the last 45 minutes or so. we’re thinking lots of energy and lots of tunes that’ll put a smile on your face.
Schizofonics – Shake That Thing
Tiga – Mind Dimension 2
Felix Da Housecat – Kick Drum
Shadow Dancer – Golden Traxe
Joe and Will Ask? – Ourpeggio
Uffie- MCs Can Kiss (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
Kissy Sellout – Come On Over (Schizofonics Remix)
Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor
DJ Mehdi – Pocket Piano (Joakim Remix)
Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler
Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent
Wiley – Never Be Your Woman (Jaymo & Andy George ‘Moda’ Remix)
Jan Driver – Rat Alert
lose the boredom, bring back the love!
1 Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric Of Win (ft. SaintSaviour)
2 Young Edits – Radio Tokyo
3 Florence + The Machine – Drumming Song (Boy 8 Bit Remix)
4 Telephoned – Pop Champagne
5 Bag Raiders – Shooting Stars
6 Cubic Zirconia – Fuck Work (Dances With White Girls Remix)
7 Rainbow Arabia – Holidays In Congo (Myd Remix)
8 Eli Escobar – Glass House (XXXChange’s Yoga Mom In A Blender Mix)
9 Major Lazer – When You Hear The Bassline (ft Ms. Thing)
10 Daniel Wang – Like Some Dream I Can’t Stop Dreaming
in case you haven’t noticed i try and include at least one semi “classic” jam each week, either something i’m really feeling from way back when or something i’ve only just discovered. it doesn’t really make a difference which one it is, but they’re always tracks i think deserve (more) attention.
1 Crystal Fighters – Xtatic Truth (L-Vis 1990 Remix)
2 Diplo – Wassup Wassup (Samim Remix)
3 Mr. Oizo – Gay Dentist (Straight Gyno Edit by Arveene & Misk)
4 Matty C – Wiggly Crow
5 Duck Sauce – aNYway
6 Ricardo Villalobos feat. Los Updates – Baile
7 Black Moth Super Rainbow – Happy Melted City
8 Dance Area – AA24-7 (XXXChange Edit)
9 Major Lazer – Keep It Going Louder (Tom Stevens Remix)
10 Daft Punk – Digital Love (Boris Dlugosch Remix)
i was shocked last night when xxxchange dropped jaydee‘s plastic dreams and people around me didn’t recognise it. i always thought it was some sort of classic. it’s been around donkeys years (it first appeared in 1992) and it seems to get remixed or re-released every other year. i first came across it as late as 2003 on steve lawler‘s lights out compilation vol 2, not a great set of mixes but it introduced me to this classic piece of percussive house music. it’s dark, swirling and hypnotic, and i really think everyone should hear it. what i’ve posted is a rip from that lawler mix, but it recently appeared on the awesome r&s compilation in order to dance, both in its original incarnation and remixed by audion.
To say I’m excited about XXXChange‘s upcoming show at Transmission would be a massive understatement. Over the last few years, few other DJs and producers have impressed me as much as this man, as he effortlessly switches genres and styles without ever suffering a drop in quality. He first came to my attention as the producer in chief for Spank Rock‘s Yoyoyoyoyo in 2006, and since then his remixes have been a permanent fixture in any of my sets or mixes. Disco remixes of Pase Rock and Thom Yorke (his own personal favourite); funky reworkings of Björk and CSS; full on rave banger remixes of The Virgins, Bloc Party and Panda Bear. Not to mention his collection of re-edits with buddies Devlin and Darko as part of the Fully Fitted crew.
As a DJ he first caught my attention with the riotous Spank Rock contribution to the Fabriclive series, but it was his guest spot on Tim Sweeney‘s Beats In Space show that truly showed his versatility and willingness to eschew any sense of genrefication. While DJs like Diplo and A-Trak explore genres and throw together hip-hop and electro, XXXChange is more likely to look for some 70s disco or 80s punk. See Voila, his mix with Chris Rockswell. Featuring tracks from ESG and Led Zeppelin alongside Destiny’s Child and, of course, Spank Rock, it is a musical journey unlike any other. Alex himself cites this, alongside Couche Tard, another mix done with Chris, has his favourite mix project. “Hopefully we’ll do another one of these soon. The Fabric one was a royal pain in the butt because you have to license all the songs and we usually like to be pretty free and unrestricted about what material we use, and also we really like to put in a ton of records, which the licensing process doesn’t allow for.”
Since Yoyoyoyoyo his work with Spank Rock has calmed down, as Naeem (Spank Rock’s hyperactive frontman) branched out and worked with Benny Blanco on the 2 Live Crew-influenced Bangers and Cash EP: “I don’t travel with them on tour anymore but I’m still helping out in the studio. Naeem wanted to retain a little more creative control over the project for this album so I’m just trying to help him out whenever he gets stuck.” Which I guess means there’s a new Spank Rock album in the mix – something to look forward to. As for his own solo work, it’s also on the way. “I’m working on a solo LP right now except I seem to be constantly in the studio working on other people’s stuff. so I think it might take quite a while to finish it up.” As well as that there’s a 12” due this summer on Turntable Lab, and if it’s anything like his production work to date it’s something worth waiting for.
While his own work hits the blogs on a regular basis, there’s an abundance of material splattered across the internet almost every day. How is it possible to separate the wheat from the chaff when there’s so much to get through? “I think the amount of stuff that’s worth checking out is about the same as it’s always been. Since most of us find out about music from the internet the absolute glut of information can be overwhelming. I find it’s a bit easier to just wait a few months and see what rises to the top, see what people are still talking about. Obviously with DJing you need to be on top of new music so it’s nice to find a few good sources to filter the information for you, there’s a few good music blogs and also you can look at different DJ’s playlists, whose taste you trust, to find out about new stuff too.”
Surely someone like XXXChange will be a little but more discerning than most: “As far as what it takes to impress me it’s just when you hear someone doing something original and taking risks etc. I’m not really interested in scenes.”
When it comes to his own DJ sets, Alex takes each night as it comes. “Usually I just try and play stuff that I’m feeling at the moment! But of course it depends on who’s in the room. In Europe I usually end up playing more electro and house type stuff which you can’t always do in the US.” So I guess that means that come Saturday, we’ll be hearing more rave than slow-burning disco. And you know, who ever said that was a bad thing.
i know i mainly talk about music here, but i’m a huge film fan too. i just read something crazy in yesterday’s the ticket: john turturro was due to play éamon de valera in neil jordan’s michael collins! i mean alan rickman was perfect, but that would have been very interesting… in other news, turturro is keen for the coens to put together a sequel to the big lebowski. i don’t know how i feel about that, would it dampen the spirit of the original film?
anyway, i talked about it before, but have a listen to xxxchange‘s excellent we make it good mix, which kicks off with a song from that most brilliant film. and don’t forget he’s playing transmission next week – miss at your peril.
oh, and NSFW on this video…