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Oddities and escapades vol 2

Latest selection of audio slices that are grabbing my goat right now. Some of these tracks have been around for a while (Alexandroid, RA the Rugged Man and Snowboy – actually one of the first albums I owned) mixed up with a bunch of newer numbers.

Given that US Thanksgiving has just passed, I might as well go ahead and say it: I give thanks for all these artists plugging away in their respective genres.

Hope you enjoy.

Tracklisting

Alexandroid – Untitled
Zola Jesus – Vessel
Summer Camp – I Want You
Washed Out – Amor Fati
Ra the Rugged Man – Chains
Shabazz Palaces – Swerve
She Said – Black Leather
Apparat – Ash Black Veil
Snowboy – Mambito
Suckers – A Mind I Knew
Zomby – Natalia’s Song

Oddities and escapades vol 1

here it is. after some time in the making and plenty of tweaking. some old, some new, some newly discovered.

Shiela Chandra – Ever So Lonely
‘the ocean refuses no river’ love the line, not quite sure what the hell sheila chandra is on about. too much time on the ashram munching space cakes, if you ask me.

Rockabye Baby – All Apologies
apparently, according to spin, it’s 20 years since nirvana’s nevermind burst on the scene making grunge accessible to accountants everywhere. with the rockabye project those accountants now have suitable ammunition to send their grand kids to slumberland.

Dan Deacon – Snookered
dan deacon set himself out on a trajectory which severly limited his chances of appearing on ‘idol’ (american or otherwise). thankfully the good ship deacon still sails close to that arc.

Santana – Jingo
santana hits up jingo. a more tribal rendetion regales the quaint new-colonial ‘the endless summer‘ documentary.

Tyler the Creator – Radicalz (NewFuture Remix)
jazz, jazz, jazz. gutteral sax strapped to a military beat as amp live takes on tyler.

The Smoking Time Jazz Club – Shake That Thing
next up new orlean’s smoking time jazz band school us on shaking our thing… lessons take place regularly on street corners across nola.

George Krantz – Din Daa Daa
din daa daa… one of the weirder things to come out of the disco era. man vs drum kit. recently graced the dancefloor at oakland’s layover.

Hollywood Holt, Million $ Mano – The Show
so, who want’s to see the show?

The Uma Uma Truth List – PEACE!!!
shouty, gangly.

Borgore – Sunsets (featuring Diplo)
Very deceptive: from shoegaze to spaz-out. some could say grating. i say addictive.

The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires
don’t let this one get in your head. featured on the excellent Merge sampler available from those nice folk at Amazon.

Memoryhouse – Lady Troisieme
delicate ambient balladry.

Another Green World – Another Green Waltz
i never got to whirl-y-gig. this strange slab of woodwind makes me want to chalk this up on my list of regrets.

Best of 2010

Finally. Time to get this out before another year passes. Some of the tracks appeared way before 2010, but all rocked my boat over that 12 month chunk.

Enjoy.

Space Bass (Jamie xx’s remix of The xx) – The xx

Running Up That Hill (12″ Mix) – Kate Bush

Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi

Ondulation – Shonky

Grande Torino – Agoria

Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke

Poison Lips – Vitalic

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix) – Florence and The Machine

These Words (Roska’s Speechless mix) – Martyn ft. dBridge

Cockney Flute (Rusko Remix)

Circulate – 2652

Omen – Prodigy

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

The ilicitronix blog has been on fire – you’ll find a few tracks that came my way from that neon corner of the web. The full list of blogs I regularly plunder, erm, I mean visit are available here.

Happy 2011 to all – keep those ears well-nourished 😉

The end of the beginning

Quite a year. At least that’s the feeling from behind this laptop. Nine+ months of expectation led to the fruitful delivery of what is now a wonderful smiling bundle of puke and poop. I can safely say I’m having a time like no other in my life.

Other new adventures this year include a foray into the world of jazz following a trip to New Orleans. One rambunctious night turned us on to the new interpretations of an old time style courtesy of the Smoking Time Jazz Club and I’ve since been digging into the old style proper courtesy of Coleman Hawkins, amongst others.

I say all this, but this mixtape installment goes in a wholly different direction dipping more into the world of indie-inflected dance music. I understand that this is the festive time of the year, but this one is more winter than Christmas. And it’s not a best of 2010 compilation: that would be a major disservice to the bunch of tracks I received in December which I still haven’t worked my way through.

Kicking things off with the ultra-ambient tinkles of George Lenton, the mix moves into the more muscular direction of Kings of Tomorrow before dropping down a notch with White Hinderland’s rendition of Timberlake’s ‘My Love’.

Clicks and Whistles is an American outfit indicative of the new sounds coming out of the US. As you can probably tell by the occurrence of two tracks in this mix, I’m a fan of their Idiothouse EP.

Other notable mentions are Peo de Pitte’s reworking of Telepopmusik’s Breathe (I’d urge you to check out the full version which I didn’t have the courage to feature here) and the exciting direction Daft Punk have taken the movie soundtrack genre.

The skinny

Sine A (here here) – George Lenton

Feyd Rautha Dark Heart – Grimes

Yorokobu (Craig Heneveld Remix) – The Malah

Ego Trip – Kings Of Tomorrow

My Love – White Hinterland

Hello – Clicks & Whistles

Twilight Galaxy (JSaxton’s 2552 Remix) – Metric

Give It Up – Diamond Rings

Breathe (Peo de Pitte remix) – Telepopmusik

Raw Passion – Clicks & Whistles

Passion – Nightmares On Wax

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

State of independence

New Orleans gatorScouring through the blogs once again on this mix. It’s summer so leaning more in the direction of trance and blissed out beats, setting the scene with an airy reworking of a Florence and the Machine track before traversing a path towards Agoria’s strung out Grande Torino. Tom Stephan beefs things up a little (twiddling Laidback Luke’s knobs) before making a b-line for one of my guilty pleasures: Pryda. Not a big fan of his more effusive chart-aimed offerings (often under the Eric Prydz moniker), I’m surprisingly drawn to his more drawn out tribal journeys. Blaze were a New Jersey duo that came to prominence on the deep house scene in the early 1990’s. I never really took the time to explore them, but ‘Lovelee Day’ is throbby uplifting house at its best.

Once again I turned to the simplicity of Mixmeister Fusion, occasionally turning to mixing by chords but really having fun with the one-touch looping and channel knobs. One laptop and a pair of headphones was all this took. Hope you like the results…

Tracklisting

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix)- Florence and The Machine
Superhero (Luke Solomon Dub Mix) – The Glass
Raw – DJ Donna Summer
Jungle MCs (Original Web Version) – MarkLam feat MCFreeFlow
Grande Torino – Agoria
Mingpark – Art Konik
My GOD (Tom Stephan Remix) – Laidback Luke
Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke & Diplo
The Kids (feat. Janelle Monae) – B.o.B/Janelle Monae
Dancemachine – Recast DJs
A War Zone (Club mix) – Maestro
Wakanapi (Original Mix) – Pryda
Jeffer (Modeselektor Remix) – Boys Noize
Lovelee Dae – Blaze
BRKLN CLLN – Joy Orbison
I Get Lifted – George McCrae

(BTW, this photo is from our first night in New Orleans wandering down verdant other-worldy Magazine Street. I tell you, you never quite know what to expect in this city. Oh, and the blog post title is a tentative nod towards July 4th… a holiday with mixed emotions for an English man in the US).

Have you caught the June bug?

Feeling that the year is disappearing inordinately quickly? Life slipping you by? One minute you were toasting in the new year and next it’s June?

Take a deep breath and if you can’t make it to your local watering hole, slip on a pair of ear buds and take this mix around the block. I’ve thrown together a mix of new and old using the wonderfully, elegantly simple Mixmeister Fusion (thanks Natalie for the suggestion to bin Ableton – way too powerful for my humble needs).

It’s been a tough week, but be-bopping around Lake Merritt in Oakland to this selection helped me usher in the weekend with a fresh glow. Along the way I managed to catch this fabulous mural hanging out in an underpass.

Let me know how this mix works for you…

Tracklisting

Harry Flowers – William Orbit
Molten – Digital Mystikz
The LSD User – Stagga
Warrior (The xx REMIX) – Magic Wands
Anything’s Possible (Xrabit Remix) – Zero dB
Stories – Izit
Rock The Bells – LL Cool J
Makeout Stakeout – David Last
Let’s Start (Messengers Remix) – J.Period & K’NAAN
Rockit – Herbie Hancock
Acperience 1 – Hardfloor
Ondulation – Shonky
Justify (Will Saul And Mike Monday Remix) – Ramadanman And Appleblim
The Magician (Thomas Schumacher Remix) – Johannes Heil
By Your Side – CocoRosie

Beyond the fjord

This was fun – I went on a little mission to find out what’s been going on in Norway, and found heaps of really interesting stuff. In particular there’s Gisle Martens Meyer, a kind of… musical David Lynch? On this compilation he’s behind Ugress, Shadow of the beat, Pixxel Tyger and Spokelsekladden. And these are just some of his projects. Highly recommended, as is Ralph Myerz’s album Ralphorama! Most of these are available on Spotify if you want to check them out further.

Kjempeflott, as my Norwegian colleagues would say.

Tunes:

  1. Intro – Ralph Myerz
  2. Juliuss – Bermuda Triangle
  3. Innerthieves – Shadow of the beat
  4. Dead eyes – Pixxel Tyger
  5. Cthulhu’s night out – Ugress
  6. Kalaallit nunaat daquiri – Shadow of the beat
  7. Heatwave (summersong) feat. Caro – Ralph Myerz
  8. It was a great year (movies with robots) – Ugress
  9. The dancer – Ralph Myerz
  10. Hatten Passer – Bjorn Torske
  11. In transit – Bermuda Triangle
  12. Kapteinens skjegg – Bjorn Torske
  13. Kommisär kontemporär – Ugress
  14. Kyoto 02 AM – Shadow of the beat
  15. Evil jeans – Ugress
  16. My darling feat. Christine Sandtorv – Ralph Myerz
  17. Manhattan sapphire – Ugress
  18. Fembussen hjem – Bjorn Torske
  19. Follow up – Spokelsekladden
  20. Amz 1974 – Ugress

 

Jesus Christ, Har Mar Superstar

I’ve had this category called ‘all over the place’ on this blog for a while… finally I’ve found the perfect subject matter. Last night at Benders for the opening of Noisepop, our man Har Mar was not just ‘all over the place’, but quite simply all in our face (one of our friends narrowly missed a teabagging). This indie court jester/rock hobbit has a stage act nonpareil.

To be honest, I’ve sampled his recorded music before and have never been that enthused. For the same reason I’ve passed up tickets to his show in the past. But the music really isn’t the point. It’s a prop along with the spandex cloak, the African tunic and, erm, his underpants. Not one to blush at pretentious ideas like artistic integrity, there’s even a spell of ‘yelling at the soundman’ drama, where HMS makes it clear the music player dishing out the backing track (including vocals from the likes of Beth Ditto and Karen O) is his fourth band member. The other two floppy-haired fellas being a bassist and drummer, both play it relatively straight as Har Mar pounces and preens through his dance/funk R&B, undressing at will.

Finally, the crowd has what it wants – HMS sporting little more than the garb that brought him into the world. And there, within his ‘barefaced cheek’ lies the crux of my enjoyment: Har Mar exults and adores us humans at our basest, most sordid, most ironic. Like a 40-year old accountant fantasizing about winning gold at the 100 meter sprint and getting it on with a supermodel. Har Mar just brings this fantasy to the stage as an urban yank version of the laughing Buddha. One that gets the last laugh.

More on Har Mar Superstar

A selection of hits from the sleek Har Mar Superstar website (I guess we’re still awaiting his release of a clothing line):

Surprisingly downbeat whilst being interviewed in a launderette:

Dirty Laundry Presents: Har Mar Superstar from Dirty Laundry on Vimeo.

You’ll find a collection of his ‘works’ on YouTube and he’s not too prouo to Tweet.

Best of the blogs for 2009

Here it is – getting on the 2009 teary nostalgia tip like a bunch of other Poprounders (thug wife, doc and yari, who covered the whole noughties).

Most of these tracks have been hacked off the blogs I monitor. Definitely veering on the side of taught electronic production, and me like all the other bloggers is a sucker for the crafty remix so there’s more than a few featured here.

Chelonis R Jones – Rehabilitation (Excerpt)
Kleerup – Until We Bleed (With Lykke Li)
Can you feel it – Barack Obama mix
Vancouver – Felix Cartal
I Remember (Caspa Remix) – Deadmau5
Mr Oizo – Gay Dentists
M.I.A. – Death to the throne
WTF (DJ Wool remix) – Tittsworth
Bot (Original Mix) – Deadmau5
Black Music (One Kitten vs Chris T-T Remix) – Chris T-T
Jack got Macked – Julio Bashmore
Tanya Stephens – “It’s a Pity” (Lulu Rouge Bootleg)
Bigmouth Strikes Again (David Starfire remix) – The Smiths

If you’re interested in more like this, check out this listing of mp3 downloads from time to time.

What’s in store for 2010? Looks like dubstep is fragmenting yet still enjoying a share of the hype/limelight. Personally, can’t wait to get to SXSW in Austin!

Long faded shine of summer

Artwork by ApexSo, this mix started some months back under the glow of an Indian summer. Finally it sees the light of day – just in time for what these Americans call The Holidays.

I’ve been digging back into the past with wisps of drum and bass and old skool trance (303 workouts), mixed up with some new found numbers culled from the wonderful blogosphere. Enjoy…

Tracklisting

Kadebostan – Spirit Soldiers
Sweet Surrender (Roni Size Mix V2) – Sarah McLachlan
Warhead – DJ Krust
Life In Minds – Life On Mars
Kings Of Spain – Agent Purple
When I Grow Up (Bassnectar Remix) – Fever Ray
Sisters, I Don’t Know What This World Is Coming To – Terre Thaemlitz
Psylodub – Transequence
Katouka – Tony Hunt
Reptil – Synesthasia
Vancouver – Felix Cartal
Cicada (Pedro De La Faydro Birth Mix) – Justin Martin
Fucking Boyfriend [Peaches Remix] – The Bird And The Bee
Tira’s boot – DJ Tira
Bot (Original Mix) – Deadmau5
Tom’s Diner (Bingo Players Bootleg) – Suzanne Vega
Wighnomy Bros. – Lampatee (Nick Curly Remix)
IC19 (Deathface Remix) – Buraka Som Sistema
Water From A Vine Leaf – William Orbit