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20
Sep
11

bought some new music…

I freaked out the other day when I saw Eastern Bloc Records in Manchester closed down – I thought, “Goddamn not another record store gone!” – thankfully it looks like they’re just relocating, at least that’s what their Facebook page says. So, since I can’t pop in and see what Eastern Bloc are holding and we’ve got a mix for Classic that needs gettin’ done asap, I done bought me a few WAV’s online. In no particular order here’s a bunch of tunes that we were into:

Track Artist Label
Don’t You George Fitzgerald Hotflush Recordings
Archive Made Up Sound Clone Basement Series
Being With You (Part 1) C.R.S.T Deep Thrills
Vision 2K (feat. Didz) (Part 1) C.R.S.T Deep Thrills
You Are Wild (Part 2) C.R.S.T Deep Thrills
The Let Down George Fitzgerald Hotflush Recordings
Analies Hypno Teal Recordings
Sunkin’ Hypno Teal Recordings
Gabriel (Compound One Remix) Joe Goddard Greco-Roman
The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow (Original Mix) Joy Orbison AUS Music
Can’t U Get A Grip?! Missing Linkx Philpot Records
Parking Garage Politics (Loco Dice Remix) Paperclip People Planet E
Abrupt Roska Hotflush Recordings
Every Day Of My Life (Jimmy Edgar Remix) Sepalcure Hotflush Recordings
Love Pressure (Faulty DL Remix) Sepalcure Hotflush Recordings
Good Love (Original Mix) Sleepyhead Party Guy Records
I Need It (Fantastic Man’s Electric Boogaloo Remix) The Francis Inferno Orchastra Join The Dots Music
Sequence 1 (Scuba remix) Will Saul & Mike Monday AUS Music

Bought from Boomkat and Beatport

17
Sep
11

our first vinyl release…

I guess it’s every dj’s dream to one day be pressed to vinyl, at least it’s been ours for a long time. Well it’s finally happened. The lovely people over at Classic Recordings have just released Luke Solomon’s latest single “Interceptor” featuring remixes from Derrick Carter, Mark E, and yep, you guessed it: Kamo. We’ve always dreamed of being pressed to vinyl but we never thought it would happen with such an established label and never thought it would be next to the likes of Luke Solomon, Derrick Carter or Mark E…!!!!!!

Cruise down the page a little to “the smell of vinyl” post or hit this link.

07
Sep
11

S… S… Studio…

We were boys when we began our world-wide musical journey. Today, we are men. Men who drew plans and looked forward into the future. Men who saw a vacant space and imagined “what could be”. Men who took raw materials and cut, drilled and moulded them into something functional. Men who bought moderately priced power tools. Men who saw their dreams become reality…

That’s right, with some personnel changes at home we scrapped the bedroom studio and moved into our own dedicated space. Over the years we’ve had basement studios, bedroom studios, caravan studios!! Now we’ve got The Studio. Check out the pics…

Our old bedroom studio

Some progress pics building our new studio

The finished product

04
Feb
10

Where’s my virtuosity?

Resident Advisor have posted their respective lists of the top 100 (electronic?) albums and songs of the decade – And a good read it is.  As much as people like to question the point of such lists, it’s nonetheless time well spent scanning through the titles, wondering where and when one heard them all, (personally I can’t claim to know them all – what kind of electronic music lover am I?) kinda like sifting through an old photo album or in this case, an old box of records.

Metro Area, perhaps unsurprisingly, achieved both top track (“Miura”) and second best album, something I can’t really find issue with.  Every track on the record is equally at home coming out of your ipod or on the dance floor, that is to say they’re not just DJ tools of loops and basslines, but songs that transgress electronic music’s favoured forum – The Dancefloor.  Though I can’t say “Muira” was my favourite track off the album (that honour goes to the sublime “Caught Up.”  What a bassline!).

It’s interesting to read Morgan Geist’s thoughts about the making of the track, from it’s bedroom roots to the coming decade’s dance floor domination.  His comments about the song’s lack of virtuosity are intriguing, particularly as my definition of virtuosity doesn’t take into account how many notes are in a bass line or how fast or flawlessly one can play.  Virtuosity to me is playing the right notes at the right time.  Nothing more, nothing less.  And if you’re familiar with the album, these guys have virtuosity spades.

So instead of harping on and dissecting the list (this would be both arduous and more pointless than the list itself), I’m gonna leave you with a nice live recording of Metro Area doing what they do.  Turntables, priceless disco record collection, dance floor.  You’re welcome.

Also here’s a video of them doing a bit of live rejig of some of the tracks off the album.  Live keys and all…

Metro Area – Live @ Somewhere from Roman Filippov on Vimeo.

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




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