Friday, March 30, 2012
I am extremely happy to be playing again alongside my good friend Piotrek from nosnobsallowed.tv, under The Andrews Sisters' Brothers alias, at Film Fatale's 2nd-season-opening event tomorrow night. The theme is Hitchcock. "North by Northwest" to be more precise and our after party set will be dedicated to the wondrous sounds of the 1950's. If you happen to be in Dublin tomorrow night and if you're in search for an alternative saturday night experience, come and dance the night away with us to the lush vintage soundtrack varying from swing, upbeat jazzy classics to exotic mambo and rock'n'roll anthems. The party starts at 11pm and it's only a 5 Euro in! For more details keep an eye out on our event page on Facebook. See you tomorrow glamour girls and boys and don't forget to put on some dancing shoes!
Thursday, March 29, 2012
This is the type of music I love grooving to the most when we're spoiled with such sunny weather like today in Dublin. This selection of neo-soul and future funk gems comes from 2011 compilation called "THE BOOGIE" released via Tokyo Dawn Records, the compilation which I have actually only discovered last week and instantly fell in love with. This will be the soundtrack to my summer this year! There's a volume 2 already too but I'm only catching up on this vibrant explosion of future funk, R'N'B and electronica gems. Enjoy:
AYBEE feat. Omega "In Every Way"
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "LOST IN TIME (Jori Hulkkonen Remix)" - Azari & III /// "#1 in Heaven (Azari & III Remix)" - MNDR
It's been a while since I posted something new by my favourite "Toronto's dark divas of Dance" as called by The Guardian - Azari & III. Why not having a double whammy to catch up a bit with the quartet responsible for the best track of the year both in 2010 and 2011? First up there's a hypnotic remix of one of the stand-out tracks from their album "Lost In Time", reinterpreted by one of Finland's most prolific djs the legendary Jori Hulkkonen. Following his tech-house feast of a mix we continue the fun with the Canadian Boys' latest of mixes, this time for NYC electronica duo - MNDR. Another impressive addition to their ever so expanding catalogue of distinguished remixes.
Lost In Time (Jori Hulkkonen Remix) by Azari & III
MNDR - #1 in Heaven (Azari & III Remix) by Golden Scissors
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Monday, March 26, 2012
Even though the infamous Venga Boys reminiscence makes me cringe a bit, Rye Rye's "Boom Boom" put a huge smile on my face today. Visually it makes perfect sense the lady is M.I.A.'s protégée as the video is a kitsch feast on all possible levels. Kind of like "Gucci Gucci" the song will be the one we'll love and hate in the same time.
I have a delicious 1984 R'N'B niche single by a girl named Carmen for you this evening. The tune was popularised in recent years by the Chromeo boys who included this true gem on their "Dj-Kicks" compilation. The track in its full 6 minutes glory comes as a sonic orgasm for those who dig rare grooves as much as me. The second track was released in Denmark last year and it's entirely based on Carmen's almost edible in its beauty sample. Funk multiplied by two. Do Ya Wanna Get Funky?
Carmen - Time To Move FUNK by sizedu38
Vindahl - Sometimes (12" Groove Version) by irina
Saturday, March 24, 2012
I have been pretty consistently obsessed with anything Miss Kittin was involved in around the time of the millennium explosion of electro clash fashion in music. "The Vogue" with German Dj Antonelli Electr. was always somehow overshadowed by her, now considered cult, recordings with Golden Boy or The Hacker. One of my favourite tracks she's ever done!
Antonelli Electr. feat. Miss Kittin - "The Vogue" by SHREM
TITLE: "Knee Deepen" [pre-album promo edit]
RELEASE DATE: 1998, released as a promo single in 2001
LOCATION: London, UK
ALBUM: "I Am Not a Doctor"
This is the very first version of the song that later appeared on Moloko's second album "I Am Not a Doctor" in a completely different edit. File under "Rare & Juicy".
Moloko - "Knee Deepen (Pre-album Promo Edit)" by SHREM
And here's that fabulous Salt City Orchestra Mix released on their "All Back To The Mine" compilation:
Friday, March 23, 2012
This very unusual mix of tropical vibes and dancehall sounds comes from Australia and features a hula-hoop champion Marawa the Amazing. Bizarre enough?
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Gomma Records really does stand out among all the current dance labels. Before we get our hands, ears and feet over Dimitri from Paris's brand new single featuring our most beloved nu disco queen Hard Ton, we can indulge ourselves in the re-release of Mercury's fabulous collaboration with the legendary Robert Owens. The track emerged first last month and now it's available with a fresh bunch of housey mixes.
Mercury - Candlelight EP Remixes by Gomma
Think this might be a good opportunity to play one of my favourite Robert Owens tracks from his impressive catalogue of club classics he was involved in. Here's "Mine To Give" with Photek:
This is such a great week for all Madonna devotees like me. First we receive the official video for "Girl Gone Wild" which in my opinion stands out as La Ciccone's visually most stunning work in the past 15 years, and then we get to hear MDNA which premieres here in Ireland, at midnight tonight! Well I know exactly what I'll be doing tonight then. Roll on a Madonna themed soirée. I seriously cannot grasp the utter-brilliance of this fantastic new video (the best one since "Nothing Really Matters" imho). I adore the choreography (how cool are KAZAKY!!!), the homoerotic shots are exquisite, the grittiness of the cinematography, the reminiscences of some her previously banned videos (Justify My Love, Erotica) plus herself as tweeted by someone appropriately "as high on her Queen of Pop throne, other b****es can't even see it". I'm having a ball being a boy gone wild this week big time!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
CSLSX's atmospheric, multi-layered, meticulous soundscapes go rather nicely together with Cocteau Twins' ethereal sounds. Two glorious recordings joined in a harmonious sonic symbiosis of one blog post despite 25 years between their release dates.
One of the most colourful and talented artists on this planet, Sébastien Tellier is heralding his long anticipated 3rd LP "My God is Blue" with a ridiculously superb piece of sunny French House, an unexpectedly anthemic follow-up to his wonderfully twisted "Pépito Bleu". I don't know about you guys but I am ecstatic about his new album and can already easily place "Cochon Ville" among the best tracks in 2012. It is an immediate classic! Apart from this funky mix courtesy of The Magician, we can also expect remixes from Dimitri from Paris and Brodinski. ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT NEWS! Mesdames et messieurs je vous présente Monsieur Sébastien Tellier.
Cochon Ville by Sébastien Tellier
Monday, March 19, 2012
The hypnotising "A MAN" comes from one of the most underrated albums of the past few years - "Arabology" which was my album of the year in 2009. The album was a fascinating mélange of extraordinary talents between electronica virtuoso Mirwais Ahmadzaï and Lebanese Underground princess Yasmine Hamdan, one half of the enigmatic duo Soapkills. The song uses a sample from one of Kraftwerk's most famous tracks "The Man Machine". Such a clever fresh idea, a completely new fantastic tune built around a well-known sample. And Yasmine gives a jewel of a vocal performance.
Y.A.S. - "A Man" by SHREM
Sunday, March 18, 2012
SHREM'S DOUBLE TROUBLE: "BELLA PUPA" - Kora & Püdelsi /// "WALKING ON THIN ICE (Felix da Housecat's Tribute Mix)" - Yoko Ono
Kora was our very own Siouxsie Sioux in Poland. Her cult status as a front-woman of Maanam, most charismatic of all punk & rock bands back in the 80's, was undeniable. In 1988 Kora teamed up with Püdelsi to release their explicit, uncompromising, noisy collaborative album "Bella Pupa". The title track resembles some of Yoko Ono's vocal tricks and post punk production. What a smashing occasion to play Ono's "Walking on Thin Ice" in Felix da Housecat's 'dancefloor-ready' mix I was totally hooked by back in 2003. Such a juicy pair, let's get this disco punk party started!
Yoko Ono - "Walking On Thin Ice (Felix da housecat Tribute Mix)" by SHREM
Friday, March 16, 2012
This must the the most bizarre single since Cubic Zirconia's "Josephine". "Ima Read" is a mish-mash some of the darkest urban vibes around, throbbing beat, minimal production with Miss Njena Reddd Foxxx guest appearing Azealia Banks style.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
OK. It took me less then 48 hours to seriously warm up to Gossip's brand new single. Especially since I read "Beth Ditto admitting she'd spend the entire year listening to the music of Abba.". Album number 5 coming up later on this year, it'll be a hell of a challenge though to top Beth's phenomenal EP with Simian Mobile Disco which scored 2 out of 5 best songs of 2011 in my annual countdown.
I have always had a soft spot for Brandy. In fact she was my number one crush of the entire 1990's American R'N'B scene. Higher than Mary, Aaliyah, Monica and others... "Best Friend" was her 3rd single coming from her debut album back in 1995. She was only 16 then!!! The velvet shade of her voice, her multi-layered meticulous vocal arrangements and top notch singles were always very impressive.
The song was sampled by Groove Armada for their 2002 single "My Friend":
I have discovered this ultra-jolly summer anthem-in-the-making listening to Jolie Chérie's latest mixtape on their soundcloud. What a pure joy of a track, I can see myself grooving to it sipping on my chilled Pear Kopparberg at some summery get together with my friends. Delicious!!! Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls I give you Solarsystems.
And here's their blissful cover of Chris Rea's "Josephine":
Monday, March 12, 2012
Do you remember Claptone's "She Loves You", one of the best house singles of 2011? Well the Berlin Dj is back now with another anthem-in-the-making "Cream"! Those strings introduced in 4th minute of the track, gave this deep house number a groovy disco twist. Can people please start requesting remixes from this talented man?