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Pillow Dance Volume 1: the first installment

Here it is.

Fueled by more than a fair share of Balearic and early rave (but not exclusively), Pillow Dance sprang out from a preschooler and his deranged dad’s desire to get the blood flowing towards the end of the day. Pillows are piled high in the middle of the living room, the beats cranked up and we charge tribal-like in a freestyle dance battle.

With the soundtrack, there’s nostalgia but hopefully something deeper, haling back to a time in the late 80’s when spotty white suburban (mainly European) kids discovered a link with disenfranchised urban gay African Americans. Together they set about building a global movement, discombobulated from any one culture, underpinned by beats and bass created by emergent electronic tools such as the Roland TR-808. Sonically, this magpie music was as happy plundering from punk as it was from disco. A particular strand that grabbed me in my Manchester dorm room at the time was the Balearic scene which prided itself on expanding its influences and actively juxtaposing the elements you’d least consider, with the tongue often placed firmly in cheek.

What emerged from this rich tapestry? House music, garage and just about every music genre which now gets labelled as ‘electronica’. It has indelibly impacted hip hop and has traces in most modern pop music.

Well pontificating aside, our pillow dancing sessions are living proof that this music can spark energy across generations. Give it a go and let me know how it works for you…

Tracklisting

Stone Roses – I Wanna Be Adored (LunaSol’s Acid Hacienda Mix)
Piano Fantasia – Song for Denise
Secchi – Flute On (Voice On)
Primal Scream – I’m Losing More Than I’ll Ever Have
UVX – Bug Dub
KC Flightt – Planet E (House Mix)
Soul II Soul ft Caron Wheeler – Keep on Moving (Big Beat Acapella)-
Fun Boy Three – Our Lips Are Sealed
Corporation Of One – The Real Life
Vangelis – One More Kiss Dear

Baobinga in the mix for Pitchfork

Paving the way for the upcoming album ‘Joint Ventures’, Baobinga has thrown together this mix tracing a line from sample-laden acid house of 20 years ago to the jump-up sample-laden dubstep for which the Bristol native is typically known.

If you’re looking for nostalgia, or an education on the history of dance music rhythms, or scrub that, let’s say something to practice those latest Zumba moves to, check out the Joint Fixtures mixtape.

For more info and tracklist, see Pitchfork. (And don’t the image fool you, I’m sure he’s a very nice man who’d get on fab with your ma).

Francois K at Cielo: refreshing in every way

It’s refreshing to know that the guy that remixed Chaka Khan and Prince to such great effect back in day is still around.
It’s refreshing to hear uplifting house music verging on disco still has a place in the world.
It’s refreshing to feel the glow of early-evening spring-time.
It’s refreshing to know that you can just dip into SoundCloud and end up with a smile on your face.

Feeling like some refreshments?

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

Seasons’s greetings

I’m always surprised at how quickly Christmas is over, so I’ve decided to start early this year.

On behalf of Cybersanta, here is a collection of Norwegian nutter Bjørn Torske’s own brand of dub-house-electronica, from the last 10 years, niftily compiled by Paris DJs (http://www.parisdjs.com). Ho ho.

cybersanta

The fantastic Mr Scruff

On 16 October, Mr Scruff played a brilliant 5 hour set in Cambridge. He is not just a fantastic DJ, cartoonist and tea-maker, he is also a very nice man. Everyone who attended this gig was given a ticket with a code that could be used to download the whole show.

As I am quite nice myself, I hereby give you 97 fantastic minutes of Mr Scruff live in Cambridge. Enjoy. Oh and do go and see him if you can, it’s a guaranteed top night.

one of mr scruff's recession busting tips
one of mr scruff’s recession busting tips

endless pregnant pause

and so it begins. a right of passage. join the club. the 9th full moon has passed. in folklore it unleashes the sunshine. sunshine is coming.

starting off with a sprinkling of brazilian angel dust in the shape of murucututu (thanks, louise!) before vitalic’s poisin lips tears in. sorry about that. felt like getting this show on the road.

there’s a minor detour through rusko’s wonky dubstep, randanman’s old school take, and some old-school proper in the shape of lfo. i drift towards the end and can’t help rounding off with the ‘last song of the night’ selection. in some ways it’s a tip of the hat towards doc, abby; 10 10 10. in another way, i’m coming clean about my musical preferences in my formative years.

right, i now have another show to get on the road.

tracklisting

Murucututu – Magda Pucci
Poison Lips – Vitalic
Music Sounds Better With You (My!Gay!Husband! EDIT) – Stardust
I Got One (You’re It) – Homework
Mr. Chips – Rusko
Don’t Change For Me – Ramadanman
The Healer – Lazaro Casanova
Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi
LFO [Leeds Warehouse Mix] – LFO
Sex Sax (Dillon Francis Choose Your Adventure Remix) – Drop The Lime
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Bing Bong Bing – MF Borat
Can I Get A – Jay-Z
Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

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).