Archive for October, 2009

28
Oct
09

Ladies…

Booty

I’ve had a bit of a thing recently for female vocals…

Lorna Bennett slays on “Breakfast in Bed,” a song that oozes the kind of vintage tongue-in-cheek sexiness that makes it seem twee when compared to the outright raunchiness of more recent pop music – a good example of which is Salt ‘N’ Pepa’s “Chick on the Side,” (1987 is recent?) an ode to cheating-ass marks and mark-ass cheats as oppose to Bennett’s sugar sweet dedication to fucking in the morning (that is what she’s on about, right?).

Now Siriusmo’s probably a bit more well known for dropping keyboard-led spacey, disco bombs than churning out vocal led, french house stompers (don’t worry the keyboards are still there on this one), but it’s the vocals that get me.  Meandering innocently through the melody, it seduces and makes German (Yes.  German.) seem like the sexiest language on the continent.

Both of Carmen’s tracks illicit the same vibe, translating Siriusmo’s filtered samples into a stripped back disco affair as well as uttering the same sort of generic party vocals that Dana is probably purring in German.  Though my friend Bart tells me that “Boot Geklaut” means “Boat Snatch” so fuck knows what Dana’s on about.

What strikes me about the Carmen tracks in particular is how well they sit next to the current sonic landscape.  1984 was a long time ago but I don’t see “Throw Down” feeling out of place next to La Roux or Little Boots (though I reckon it’s miles above either).  It seems weird that we harvest so readily from our past but we rarely investigate it with much more interest than a window shopper.  That’s us I guess.  Window-shopping through the past.

Finally Aretha Franklin’s performance brings the kind of dry honesty that I adore about soul music.  It preaches truth in a way church never could.  Unless you go to Aretha’s church that is.  And quite frankly, the band, though excellent, could be pissing in a flower pot in the background for all I care.  As long as those vocals, smooth, sweet, harsh or hoarse, are up front and proud, I’ll be there.

Lorna Bennett – Breakfast In Bed

Salt ‘N’ Pepa – Chick On The Side (Remix)

Siriusmo ft. Dana – Boot Geklaut

Carmen – Throw Down

Carmen – Time To Move

Aretha Franklin – Do Right Woman, Do Right Man

19
Oct
09

Bankwell Vol.1

We love mixtapes.

Ten years ago we started Dj-ing and ever since we’ve been stringing tracks together on tapes, cd’s, digital mixers and dusty old four-tracks.  Now after a decade technology has caught up with our imaginations and the Bankwell series is what has evolved.

We’re not stringing tracks together anymore.  We’re tearing them apart, stuffing them into the Ableton blender and pouring out beat puree.  Four bars of this, a little bass to taste, some yelping, a location recording, a whole lot of effects and you get the idea.  This is just as much a production process as it is a DJ set.

Hopefully the tracks on this mix are enough to whet your taste-buds, ear-buds, ass-buds and feet-buds.  It sure works for us.

Enjoy.

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Bankwell Vol.1

Tracklisting:

Defunkt – Defunkt

Doctor Rockit – Cameras and Rocks

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers – Welcome

Troubleman – Lullaby

Mr Oizo – M-Seq

Inland Knights – Dance Me

Funkstoerung – You Go Funk

Jahdan Blakkamore – The General (acapella)

Jahdan Blakkamore – The General (instrumental)

Troubleman – Pieces Of Ipanema (Mark Pritchard Remix)

S Tone Inc – Biera Do Mar

Awa Band ft. Tony Allen – Bababatteur (Quantic Mix)

Laird & John Pickett – Ohhhh Ma Ma Ma

Fela Kuti – Open And Close

Morgan Geist – Settle Down

Tipper – Jibber Jabber

Word Of Mouth ft. Dj Cheese – King Kut

Mr Oizo ft. Uffie – Steroidz

Hot Chip – Over And Over (Maurice Fulton Remix)

Modeselektor – Silikon (Siriusmo Remix)

Prince – Feel U Up

Morgan Geist – Detoured

Derrick Carter – Never (Ludovic Navarre Remix)

Super Collider – Darn Cold Way Of Lovin’

I-Cube – Mingus In My Pocket

Edu K – Sex O’matic (Solid Groove Mix)

Pheek – Magda Had A Little Troll ([a]pendics Shuffle Remix)

Pier Bucci – Hay Consuelo (Samim Remix)

Fat Freddy’s Drop – Midnight Marauders

Tipper – Flat Ripple

Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (acapella)

Stimming – Surfer Cat

Mr Oizo – Last Night A DJ Killed My Dog

Mark Farina – Do Things

Ragga Twins – Tan So Back

Appleblim – Fear

La Funk Mob – Motor Bass Get Phunked Up

Young Leek – Jiggle It (acapella)

Mr Oizo ft. Error Smith – Erreur Jean

Dabrye – Prospects

Jamie Lloyd – Bad Motherfucker

Jive Rhythm Trax – 129BPM

Jamie Lloyd – Sabana Salty




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