Monday, December 6, 2010

Benn Jordan - Louisiana Morning (2009)

Over the past few years I've discovered a number of new artists and albums thanks to the nature of music blogs today. Benn Jordan has consistently impressed me now, whether that be under The Flashbulb, Acidwolf guises or his actual name. (Pale Blue Dot has taken its place in my top 10 albums of all time)

I only just discovered this 4 track EP which was originally limited to 500 copies and dedicated to the memory of Charlie Cooper III, half of Telefon Tel Aviv, who tragically passed away in January 2009.

Don't expect breakcore or any kind of glitchy IDM. Instead it's a moving tribute of folk infused ambient. I did read the recommendation somewhere to listen to this EP while lying against a tree. Sounds like the perfect idea.

Tracklisting:

1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV


Download

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx - NY Is Kiling Me (2010)

My favourite track this week goes to this. Huge fan of Gil Scott-Heron, and usually I can take or leave the xx. The full album release is something to look forward to in early 2011.

From last.fm:

In February 2010, Gil Scott-Heron released “I’m New Here”, his first album in thirteen years. In August 2009, as a member of The xx (and producer) Jamie xx released his debut album “xx”.

“NY Is Killing Me” is first song from “We’re New Here”, Jamie xx’s reworking of 13 tracks from the Gil Scott-Heron “I’m New Here” sessions, to be released in February 2011.


Tracklisting:

1. NY Is Kiling Me

Download @320kbps

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Various Artists - Röyksopp - A Collection of Remixes (2010)

A collection of Röyksopp remixes to finish off my evening blogging. Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. Anneli Drecker - Sexy Love (Röyksopp Romantiske Sløyd)
2. Annie - Heartbeat (Röyksopp's Mindre Tilgjengelige Remix)
3. Athome Project - A Feeling Of Care (Tre Nøtter Til Röyksopp)
4. Beck - Still Missing (Röyksopp Remix)
5. Coldplay - Clocks (Röyksopp Trembling Heart Instrumental Mix)
6. Coldplay - Clocks (Röyksopp Trembling Heart Mix)
7. Eri Nobuchika - Sing A Song (Röyksopp I Kramsnø Remix)
8. Felix Da Housecat - What Does It Feel Like? (Röyksopp Return The Sun Remix)
9. Frost - Endless Love (Röyksopp Analoge Euromiks)
10. Kings Of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Remix - Instrumental)
11. Kings Of Convenience - I Don't Know What I Can Save You From (Röyksopp Remix)
12. Mekon feat. Marc Almond - Please Stay (Röyksopp Remix)
13. Peter Gabriel - My Head Sounds Like That (Röyksopp Remix)
14. Roots Manuva - Colossal Insight (Röyksopp Remix)
15. Spiller - Cry Baby (Röyksopp's Målselves Memorabilia Mix)
16. The Streets - Weak Become Heroes (Röyksopp's Memory Lane Dub)
17. The Streets - Weak Become Heroes (Röyksopp's Memory Lane Mix)

Download @192kbps

Thom Yorke - Spitting Feathers EP (2006)

A prelude to the album Eraser, the album that just keeps on giving. This was a Japanese release.

Tracklisting:

1. The Drunkk Machine
2. A Rat's Nest
3. Jetstream
4. Harrowdown Hill (Extended Mix)
5. Iluvya

Download @VBR

The Maytals - Monkey Man (1976)

One of my all time favourite reggae albums, Toots and The Maytals have slowly and surely taken more of my listening time recently. A sign of old age for sure.

Tracklisting:

1. Peeping Tom
2. Revival Reggae
3. Give Peace A Chance
4. Gold And Silver
5. The Preacher
6. Bla Bla Bla
7. African Doctor
8. Monkey Man
9. Sun Moon And Star
10. She's My Scorcher
11. Pressure Drop
12. I Shall Be Free

Download @192kbps

The Ragga Twins - Reggae Owes Me Money (1991)

Another one of those albums that defined my time at University. You haven't heard raw sampling and bleeps until you've heard this. Hooligan 69 I remember was always on constant rotation in our flat, so was Illegal Gunshot and Spliffhead. I even attempted to play this album in a restaurant I worked at as a waiter. Didn't work out. Great forward thinking album of the time.

Tracklisting:

Intro 0:51
1. The Homeless Problem
2. Illegal Gunshot
3. Love Talk
4. Hooligan 69
5. Spliffhead Remix
6. The Killing
7. Wipe The Needle
8. Ragga Trip
9. 18'' Speaker
10. Juggling

Download @320kbps

Slacker - Scared (1996)

I can't believe I never posted this here. Back in 1996 at The Gallery, Turnmills Club in Clerkenwell, London, my friends and I submerged ourselves into club culture. More an experiment of human endurance I'd say. It was fun, a lot of fun, perhaps too much fun, but this track was one of our anthems. Probably won't mean much to many of you, but for those of you who experienced the night, or even that period of London clubbing will appreciate it. Track 5 is the one - Scared (The Lonely Traveller)

Interesting fact about Slacker is that he was DJ Streets Ahead back in the old days of mind 1980's DJ challenges (video)

Tracklisting:

1. Scared (Edit)
2. Scared (The Lonely Traveller)
3. Scared (Dylan Rhymes Remix)
4. Scared (Pob Seismix)
5. Scared (Scared Of Tomorrow)

Download @192kbps

Arnaud Rebotini - Music Components (2009)

French producer under many guises, Arnaud Rebotini, Zend Avesta and Black Strobe. Use to be in death metal band from all accounts then found more creative output in producing techno.

Back in 2008 he decided he'd set up some vintage analog equipment such as the ARP Odyssey, Korg's Mono/Poly, and Roland's ever-reliable TR-808 and bang out this album. I wasn't convinced at first but it's hooked me some 24 months on. It needs to be listened in its entirety to be appreciated. It really does remind me of a Noom Records type release from the mid 90s.

Interesting fact is that he's also 40 years old.

Tracklisting:

1. The Spirit Of Boogie
2. Un Cheval D'Orgueil
3. 1314
4. Cm
5. The Swamp Waltz
6. Horns Of Innocence
7. Conakry Filter Sweep
8. 777
9. Decade Of Aggression
10. Mnll

Download @320kbps

Cybotron - R-9 (1985)

How far you going back? Way back.

Cybotron are Richard Davis and the one and only Juan Atkins. They gave us 'Clear' and 'Techno City' and this release from 1985 is relatively unknown (well it was in New Zealand before someone jumps on me for not knowing my shit). Worth a download, a listen and a back spin.

Tracklisting:

1. R-9 (Vocal)
2. R-9 (Instrumental)

Download @192kbps

Roska & Untold - Myth EP (2010)

Ok, I'm back. I turn 40 this weekend and I've been banished to my computer while my wife prepares for the event. Can't say I'm thrilled with the idea of clocking over to the Big 4, but what can you do?

I've posted a bit of Untold, and a bit of dubstep over the past couple of years. There's not a terrible lot of new shit which is doing it for me to be honest, the odd tune grabs my attention for some obscure reason, but on the whole not that much. So tonight I'm going to upload some stuff which has shuffled its way into my life recently. Hope you enjoy it as much as this old man has.

Tracklisting:

1. Myth
2. Long Range

Buy it here

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

LV & Untold - Beacon (2010)

Mount Kimbie nail this farker to the wall. Absolutely loving it.

Tracklisting:

1. Beacon
2. Beacon (Mount Kimbie Remix)

Download @320kbps

Ladytron - Velocifero - Remixed & Rare (2010)

Something for everyone. Including my personal favourite Apparat.

Tracklisting:

1. Ghost (Toxic Avenger Mix)
2. Tomorrow (Apparat Remix)
3. Runaway (James Zabiela's Red Eye Remix)
4. Predict The Day (Grey Ghost Remix)
5. Runaway (ADULT. Remix)
6. Tomorrow (Vector Lovers Lucky Remix)
7. Ghosts (Modwheelmood Remix)
8. Tomorrow (Jim Abbiss Radio Remix Nmber 1)
9. Versus (Kindle Remix)
10. Tomorrow (port-royal Remix)
11. Runaway (Brendan Long Remix)
12. Tomorrow (Dirty Vegas Club Remix)
13. Runaway (Ashtar Command Remix)

Download @320kbps

Björk - Unison (iTal Tek Remix) (2007)

Unreleased remix from iTal Tek of Planet Mu fame. Apparently from 2007 but I've only just discovered it. All good.

Tracklisting:

1. Björk - Unison (iTal Tek Remix)

Download @192kbps

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The Black Dog - Music For Real Airports (2010)

From The Black Dog's website:

Music for Real Airports is a multimedia art project by musicians The Black Dog and interactive artists Human which is presented in art galleries. It is also a new album of music by the Black Dog. It is a response to the reality of occupying the semi-public space of an airport, and a contemporary reply to Brian Eno's work from the 70s.

Airports are important and revealing. They are dystopian microcosms of a possible future society. The necessity of safety requires that they be systems of human control which only elevate the stress of their transient occupiers. Airports' promise travel, exploration and excitement but endlessly break that promise with their stale, tedious pressure. They are intense and overwhelming environments. Anyone who travels by air will have been puzzled by the way that airports tend to reduce us to a worthless pink blobs of flesh, the human equivalent of the bags on the conveyor belt. Yet despite the frustration of being in that atmosphere, some of the best of human nature is revealed, alongside some of the very worst. Airports make for great "people watching".

The artistic intent of Music for Real Airports is therefore to examine the nature of airports and to explore what they could be. We argue that, considering their importance in our lives, airports have not been sufficiently represented by artists. Perhaps the best known artistic response to airports is Brian Eno's Music for Airports, whose purpose seems to be largely elegiac, even if conceived as an antidote to the stress of plane delays. Our performances, events and installations are a more accurate update to Eno's work, and a to a degree, a riposte. Some members of The Black Dog were disappointed by Eno's treatment of the subject in 1978 and have been considering how to produce a more meaningful response ever since.


Give this your valuable attention, give it time, it won't dissapoint.

Tracklisting:

1.M1
2. Terminal EMA
3. DISinformation Desk
4. Passport Control
5. Wait Behind This Line
6. Empty Seat Calculations
7. Strip Light Hate
8. Future Delay Thinking
9. Lounge
10. Delay 9
11. Sleep Deprivation 1
12. Sleep Deprivation 2
13. He Knows
14. Business Car Park 9

Download @320kbps

Ramadanman - Glut - Tempest (2010)

Keeps releasing good shit. Love his hybrid sound.

Tracklisting:

1. Glut
2. Tempest

Download @320kbps

Fuck Buttons - Olympians (2010)

Their albums can be pretty intense and from what I understand so can their live sets. Hopefully one day I'll have that opportunity. Olympians is a single from their 'Tarot Sports' release which I suggest you go out and purchase. Been on rotation for months now.

Tracklisting:
1. Olympians (Radio Edit)
2. Olympians
3. Olympians (Spaceman Vs. The Olympians Remix)
4. Rough Steez (White Hot Heat Remix)


Download @320kbps

John Carpenter - The End (1983)

Remix From The John Carpenter's Film "The End" (Assault On Precinct 13). Sampled and used by an entire generation of hip-hop and electro producers and starting to rear its head once again in various mix compilations I've noticed. The guy's a genius, it really is that simple.

Tracklisting:

1. The End (Disco Version)
2. The End (Sound Version)

Download @320kbps

Paul Hardcastle - 19 (The Final Story) - Maxi Single (1985)

'The Final Story', or remix as we'd call it these days.

Tracklisting:

1. 19 (Destruction Mix)
2. 19 (The Final Story)

Download @320kbps

Paul Hardcastle - 19 - Maxi Single (1985)

I've always loved Paul Hardcastle. Got slated for posting Rain Forest a year or so ago and describing him as underrated. But I'm sticking to that call. Probably his most successful and memorable release from 1985. I was simply blown away by this when I was 14 or so.

Tracklisting:

1. 19 (Destruction Mix)
2. Fly By Night
3. Dolores
4. The Asylum (It'z Weird)

Download @320kbps

Gwen Guthrie - Padlock EP (Plus Bonus Tracks) (1983)

Couple of reasons for posting this, one is that someone asked me if I had it, which I do, the other is because of this line up:

Larry Levan, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Wally Badarou and not to mention Gwen herself.

Tracklisting:

1. Peanut Butter prelude (0:13)
2. Hopscotch (8:13)
3. Seventh Heaven (7:22)
4. Getting Hot (4:37)
5. Getting Hot prelude (0:15)
6. Peanut Butter (6:04)
7. Padlock (7:02)
8. Hopscotch (Larry Levan Remix Instrumental) 7:27
9. Seventh Heaven (Album Version) 4:21
10. Getting Hot (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:38
11. Peanut Butter (Original 12-Inch Version) 5:03
12. Padlock (Larry Levan Remix Short Vocal) 3:54

Download @320kbps

Friday, April 16, 2010

Various Artists - Rvng of The Nrds Vol. 1-10 (2006-2010)

Ok, here it is. All 10 releases from the Rvng of the Nrds series. Enjoy.

10 Releases:

1. Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 1 (2006)
2. Betty Botox - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 2 (2006)
3. Mock & Toof - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 3 (2007)
4. Lovefingers - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 4 (2007)
5. Wade Nichols - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 5 (2008)
6. Jacques Renault - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 6 (2008)
7. Greg Wilson - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 7 (2008)
8. In Flagranti - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 8 (2009)
9. Jackpot - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 9 (2009)
10. Pilooski - Rvng Of The Nrds Vol. 10 (2010)

Download Part 1
Download Part 2

Laurent Garnier Presents Alaska - It's Just Muzik / Stargazing (2010)

Been revisiting a bit of the Crosstown Rebels stuff recently, love the older releases to be honest, but you can never go past a big of Laurent Garnier. Appearing under his Alaska guise this is a rather nice slice of head nodding minimal techno.

Tracklisting:

1. It's Just Muzik
2. Stargazing

Download @320kbps

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

LCD Soundsystem - This is Happening (2010)

Everyone else is posting it, so what the heck I might as well too. Been looking forward to this for a while and it certainly doesn't dissapoint.

Tracklisting:

1. Dance Yrself Clean
2. Drunk Girls
3. One Touch
4. All I Want
5. Change
6. Hit
7. Pow Pow
8. Somebody's Calling Me
9. What You Need

Download @320kbps

Monday, April 12, 2010

Matias Aguayo / Rebolledo - Bo Jack / Pitaya Frenesí (2009)

Not bad, not bad at all. Both tracks, all mixes. Particularly like the vocal mix of Pitaya Frenesí as featured on the latest Watergate Records compilation mixed by Ellen Allien.

Tracklisting:

1. Matias Aguayo Feat. Ladybumbox - Bo Jack
2. Matias Aguayo - Bo Jack (Inst.)
3. Rebolledo Feat. Matias Aguayo - Pitaya Frenesí (Vocal)
4. Rebolledo - Pitaya Frenesí (Inst.)

Download @320kbps

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Booka Shade - More! (2010)

Got it today and been listening to it on rotation all morning. Absolutely loving it, particularly the track "This Is Not Time". Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. Havanna Sex Dwarf
2. Donut (Interpretation)
3. Regenerate
4. The Door
5. Teenage Spaceman
6. Divine [ft. Yello]
7. Scaramanga
8. L.A. tely
9. Bad Love [ft. Chelonis R. Jones]
10. No Difference
11. This Is Not Time

Download @320kbps

Pilooski - Rvng of the Nrds Vol. 10 (2010)

Frenchman Cédric Marszewski is Pilooski. It was Castles in Space that originally put me onto his lazy beats about year or so ago with a selection of Pilooski remixes and re-edits that appeared on Dirty Edits. Great stuff too I might add. Here's another from the Rvng of the Nrds series.

Tracklisting:

1. AAA
2. OOO (Locked Groove)

Download

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Ramadanman - Ramadanman EP (2010)

Massive fan of his sound, in a world with some pretty average dubstep in it these days I hasten to say, loving this new EP.

Tracklisting:

1. I Beg You
2. No Swing
3. Tumble
4. A Couple More Years
5. Bleeper
6. Don't Change For Me

Download @320kbps

Various Artists - Pop Ambient 2007 (2006)

A continuation of Kompakt's annual ambient series, this one's from late 2006. Yes, a few years old and for those who follow me on Twitter you'll know I rediscovered this the other day by chance (that is the power of shuffle).I'm talking about The Field - Kappsta tune. Sampling the haunting vocals of Julee Cruise from Twin Peaks this is simply farking awesome by Axel Willner, who's styles seems to imitate the sounds you get from doing loops on a Pioneer CDJ, the kind that seem to irritate others but you think sound actually quite good. Also features another wholly underrated producer in my opinion, Popnoname, from Cologne and who's last 2 albums have been absolutely stellar. Keep in mind this is an ambient album, so smoke up and lie down.

Tracklisting:

1. Popnoname - Hafen
2. Markus Guentner - Altocomulus Opacus
3. Gas - Nach 1912
4. The Field - Kappsta
5. Thomas Fehlmann - Next To The Field
6, Triola - Das Wunder Der Kulperhütte
7. Marsen Jules - Où La Nostalgie Habite
8. Klimek - Ruined In A Day (Buenos Aires)
9. Ulf Lohmann - Lai King Est
10. Andrew Thomas - I Am Here Where Are You

Download @320kbps

Lusine - Lucky Numbers: The Ghostly International EPs (2010)

Absolutely love Lusine's sound, aka Jeff McIlwain, and he's been one of my favourite US producers for a while now. Was pretty excited to see Ghostly Records release this a few weeks ago. A lot of the tracks have appeared on earlier releases, B sides and the likes, but all and all it's essential fodder.

From Ghostly's website (your typical PR bollocks to be honest, skip it and take a listen:

Lucky Numbers’ tracks pull from Lusine’s equally vital past and present. McIlwain remixes himself in alternate versions of the sublime singles from 2009’s A Certain Distance, “Twilight” and “Two Dots” – both featuring Vilja Larjosto’s pristine vocals—and in an alternate take of haunted-house creeper “Crowded Room”; and unreleased tracks “John Doe” and “Rubberbands (Dirty Mix)” round out the collection. Lusine’s work may be hard to pigeonhole stylistically, but as a work of genre-defying art and floor-filling ingenuity, Lucky Numbers couldn’t be easier on the ears.

Tracklisting:

1. Push
2. Haze
3. Slapback
4. Excess
5. Inside/Out
6. Sunset
7. These Things
8. Keep Me Fading
9. Near Sight
10. Weaver
11. Emerald
12. Rubberbands
13. Two Dots (Reverse Engineered)
14. Twilight (Elliptical Mix)
15. Crowded Room (Type A)
16. John Doe (Unreleased 2005 Version)
17. Rubberbands (Dirty Mix)

Download Part 1 @320kbps
Download Part 2 @320kbps

Chloé - One In Other (2010)

Thanks to @simianaudio for putting me onto this new album by Paris based techno DJ Chloé. Been on repeat on my iPod the last few days and it's really starting to grow on me. In no way a series of repetitive banging beats either, but instead a well crafted electronic album with a load of different styles, and with some really interesting and quite unique sounds.

Tracklisting:

1. Word For Word
2. Diva
3. Distant
4. The Glow
5. One In Other
6. You
7. One Ring Circus
8. Fair Game
9. Slow Lane
10. Herselves
11. Ways Ahead

Download

Monday, April 5, 2010

The Fauns - The Fauns [2009]

Posting this as I've been lisening to more shoegaze in between my electronic shenanigans recently. A brilliant example of what shoegaze should sound like in my opinion.

From Last.fm:

Initially a three piece in 2007, The Fauns are now firmly established as a live six piece fronted by vocalist Alison Garner. . “…The Fauns have it all just right. Gorgeous songs, delicious sounds, glowing textures and a perfect shoegazing delight of a debut album…”

The band recently released their highly acclaimed debut album “The Fauns” on Laser Ghost Recordings and have been promoting it with a mixture of both electric and acoustic shows. Early versions of their tracks have appeared on “The Secret Garden” and “Just Like A Daydream” compilations. With growing exposure The Fauns have received air play from BBC Radio 6’s Steve Lamacq and have recorded an acoustic session for BBC Radio Bristol Introducing.

The Fauns have played alongside legendary bands such as The Telescopes, The Durutti Column, The Pastels and were remixed by Robert Hampson from Loop. They are continuing to get high profile support slots recently playing an after show for Snow Patrol.

They are currently working on new material for a follow up album which is due later this year. 2010 will see many more dates around the UK and a European tour with The Telescopes lined up for the Summer. A video for “1991” is on the way as is a limited pressing of their debut album on vinyl which features an exclusive mix of “Cool Stuff”.


Tracklisting:

1. Lovestruck
2. Cool Stuff
3. Understand
4. The Sun Is Cruising
5. Fragile
6. Road Meets the Sky
7. Black Sand
8. Deranged
9. Come Around Again
10. 1991
11. Lovestruck(Tunnel Of Love Mix)

Download @320kbps

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Tiefschwarz Feat. Seth Troxler - Trust Remixes (2009)

This time teaming up with Tiefschwarz. A good selection of remixes, with my pick being the Tim Green remix.

Tracklisting:

1. Trust (Jamie Jones Remix)
2. Trust (Audion Remix)
3. Trust (Tim Green Remix)
4. Trust (Adam Port Remix)
5. Trust (Turntablerocker Edit)

Download @320kbps

Seth Troxler - Aphrika EP (2009)

Enjoying Seth Troxler' sound the moment. Here's a selection of the ones that stand out for me.

Tracklisting:

1. Seth Troxler - Aphrika
2. Nicolas Jaar - The Student (Seth Troxler Remix)

Download @320kbps

Various Artists - 12" 80's Electro:Pop (2009)

3 CD compilation with a selection of 80's tunes. I think the title of the post explains it all.

Tracklisting:

CD1

1. Frankie Goes To Hollywood - Relax (New York Mix)
2. Simple Minds - I Travel (Extended Version)
3. Human League - Hard Times/ Love Action/ I Believe In Love (12" Version)
4. Japan - Life In Tokyo (Long Version)
5. Talk Talk - Such A Shame (12" Mix)
6. Yazoo - Nobody's Diary (Extended Version)
7. Tin Tin - Kiss Me (US Remix)
8. Landscape - Einstein A Go-Go (12" Mix)
9. Tears For Fears - Change (Extended Version)
10. Heaven 17 - Play To Win (B.E.F. Disco Mix)
11. A Flock Of Seagulls - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Long Version)

CD2

1. New Order - Confusion
2. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
3. Freestyle - Don't Stop The Rock
4. Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force - Planet Rock (Vocal)
5. Hashim - Al-Naafiysh (The Soul)
6. Mantronix - Bassline (Stretched)
7. LL Cool J - You'll Rock (Remix)
8. Sugarhill Gang - Apache
9. Break Machine - Street Dance (Vocal)
10. Gwen Guthrie - Seventh Heaven (US Remix)
11. Yarbrough & Peoples - Don't Stop The Music

CD3

1. Soft Cell - Torch (Extended Version)
2. The Cure - Why Can't I Be You (Extented Mix)
3. Visage - Pleasure Boys (Dance Mix)
4. The Art Of Noise - Close To The Edit (Extended Remix)
5. The Associates - Club Country (12" Remix)
6. Propaganda - Duel (Bittersweet)
7. Trio - Da Da Da
8. Sharpe & Numan - Change Your Mind (Extended Version)
9. Pete Shelley - Homosapien (Dance Version)
10. Laid Back - White Horse (US Edit)
11. Was (Not Was) - Wheel Me Out (Long Version)

Download Part 1 @320kbps
Download Part 2 @320kbps
Download Part 3 @320kbps

Monday, March 22, 2010

Michoacan – In the Dark of the Night (2010)

The 'Clap Rules' remix is the absolute shit. Best DFA release for ages, might even warrant me wearing their t-shirt to work tomorrow. Love it.

Tracklisting:

1. In The Dark Of The Night
2. In The Dark Of The Night (Clap Rules Remix)

Download @320kbps

Long Range - Control Me EP (2009)

Phil Hartnoll, one half of the infamous Orbital, back together with his Brighton based production partner Nick Smith. Never going to be as good if Paul Hartnoll was involved and something I'm really seeming to notice with regards to the percussive arrangements and their appetite to try new and innovative thing. Perhaps a bit harsh as their debut album wasn't too bad at all. Anyway, keeping true to form I will persist to post anything that has a hint of Orbital. Best track for me is 'Tools'.

Tracklisting:

1. Control Me
2. Tools
3. Flip

Download @320kbps

Julio Bashmore - Julio Bashmore EP (2009)

Julio Bashmore is a young Bristol based producer and DJ. I first picked up on his track 'Moth' which featured on a Fabric compilation. It was by far the stand out track for me. He's managing to blend a heap of styles together, which I just love and is a real indication of any healthy music scene. Apparently he describes his music as an awkward mix of house, disco and dubstep. Call it what you will, but it's a nice follow on from the Ramadanman material I was posting a few months ago.

Tracklisting:

1. Um Bongo's Revenge
2. World Peace


Download @320kbps

Barbara Morgenstern - Come To Berlin Remixes (2008)

More German lyrics, don't know why I like them but I do. If you enjoyed the Quarks posts a few months back you need to get involved in this. It includes an outstanding remix by my personal favourites Telefon Tel Aviv. As well as a more torrid techno affair from French techno mistress Chloé Mix. Lovely stuff indeed.

Tracklisting:

1. Come To Berlin (The Rice Twins Mix)
2. Come To Berlin (Telefon Tel Aviv Mix)
3. Come To Berlin (Chloé Mix)
4. Come To Berlin (Single Mix)


Download @320kbps

Friday, March 5, 2010

Slacker - Scared (1996)

I'm back again, unreliable as ever, apologies.

Anyway, late last night, or very early this morning, I was up listening to a few old tunes and this one really stood out. Back in 1996 I was frequenting a club night called The Gallery at Turnmills, Clerkenwell, London. When looking back I'd have to say they are some of my best clubbing memories and without doubt was the final motivation I needed to start producing music myself.

This tune by Slacker was one of the anthems of The Gallery. It's got real funky and relentless bassline and it's combined with what I guess you'd call trance. It's the 'Lonely Traveller' mix which is my favourite.

Tracklisting:

1. Scared (Edit)
2. Scared (Pob Seismix)
3. Scared (Dylan Rhymes Remix)
4. Scared (The Lonely Traveller)
5. Scared (Of Tomorrow)


Download @192kbps

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Various Artists - All Night Long EP 2 (2009)

I've continued to hunt down a few 12" vinyl releases from Ramadanman. This A side tune is so farking cool. It's like he's taken a progressive house tune and turned it into dubstep, effortlessly. Just seems to sound so right. There's a Martyn track on the flip as well as another production by Ramadanman aka Dave Kennedy under his Pearson Sound guise.

Tracklisting:

1. Appleblim & Ramadanman - Sous Le Sable
2. Martyn - For Lost Relatives
3. Pearson Sound - Indelible


Download Vinyl Rip @320kbps

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ramadanman - Humber (2009)

More Ramadanman and perhaps my favourite release from him. This is where things start to get interesting as far as I'm concerned. I'm not going to say this lightly, but this is perhaps a genre defining release. Reminds me of Chicago house/techno producer Eddie Flashin Fowlkes in places mixed together with a rather hypnotic 2 step arrangement. All good.

Tracklisting:

1. Humber
2. Humber (Sven's Rumber Remix)


Download @320kbps

Ramadanman - Carla (2008)

Ramadanman is North Londoner David Kennedy. Another one of these young kids who has spent all his time on Fruity Loops and in doing so has forged a unqie style all of his own. To me it embraces the dubstep sound with tech and minimal sensibilities. Shit, I like all those genres and hearing his stuff the past few weeks I've been really impressed.

This release appears on Soho based record store Soul Jazz Record's own imprint and first appeared back in 2008. This particular release combines the grime sound more so than others but all 3 tracks float my boat.

Tracklisting:

1. Carla
2. Offal
3. Kablammo Eleven


Download @320kbps

Tis' the season of longhaul flying...

Hello all. I'm going to post a couple of tunes today and then I'll need to wrap up for 2009. This Saturday I'm off to Sweden for Christmas via Singpore, London and Copenhagen. 30 odd hours of travel hell.

I'll be settling into life at the in-laws (see picture below) before swinging through London for a few days, where I hope to catch up with a few of you, before another testing journey all the way back to New Zealand in the 2nd week of January.


Thanks to everyone who has supported the blog over the past year. There's been a few peaks and troughs I know as far as my postings are concerned. I've also had to grapple with work and family life commitments but I'll keep ripping and posting in 2010.

Wishing you all a safe and Merry Christmas.

Carry on.

Tone.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Black Dog - Further Vexations (2009)

The Black Dog was formerly the trio of Ken Downie, Ed Handley, and Andy Turner, also known at the time as Black Dog Productions. Ed and Andy left to pursue their Plaid project, Ken continued with several different line ups of Black Dog before choosing to work with Martin and Richard Dust from Dust Science Recordings after a long break from the music scene.

Released back in April of this year I've only discovered this about 2 weeks ago. It has been on constant rotation ever since. Absolutely love it, got everything from minimal, to techno to Brian Eno'esque ambient soundscapes which are truly amazing. Really does remind me of another Soma artist Vector Lovers on places, which is all good.

From their website:

Further Vexations is our artistic response to 21st century rat on your neighbour smokefree Britain. It is an attempt to capture and express our emotional frustrations, and the trials and tribulations of living in an un-democratic surveillance society.

The seeds of nihilist despair and apathy are well and truly sown amongst the citizens of Airstrip One. We've helplessly watched with mounting horror, while the government trashed the country, signed away its sovereignty to Brussels (with a flourish of a specially minted silver pen), sold off precious national industries and assets at next to bargain basement prices, and indulged itself with two utterly pointless wars which it couldn't afford. We were promised a vote. A referendum. A chance to change things but an unelected politician chancellor man decided not to bother. To say we are pissed off about it, would be an understatement.


We might just have a late challenger for the best electronic album for 2009.

Tracklisting:

1. Biomantric L-if-e
2. 0093
3. Phil: Because Ov, Indeed
4. You're Only SQL
5. We Are Haunted
6. CCTV Nation
7. Stempel
8. Northern Electronic Soul [Part 1]
9. Northern Electronic Soul [Part 2]
10. Northern Electronic Soul [Part 3]
11. Skin Clock
12. Dada Mindstab
13. Tunnels Ov Set
14. Later Vexations
15. Kissing Someone Else's D.O.G


Download @256vbr

Friday, November 27, 2009

Paul Kalkbrenner - Tatü-Tata (2005)

Paul Kalkbrenner has been one of my favourite techno producers for a while now. If you get the chance I really recommend watching his movie 'Berlin Calling'. The soundtrack is a collection of Paul's productions over the past few years on Bpitch Control. The tune Gebrünn Gebrünn just always does it for me. Just builds effortlessly and features the very clever use of a vocal sample by soul and funk group 20th Century Steel Band. Sounds unlikely but it really does work wonders.

Tracklisting:

1. Gebrünn Gebrünn
2. Tatü-Tata



Download Vinyl Rip @320kbps

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quarks - Rehmix (2000)

See post below, here's the remix album I promised. My pick being Königin (Tunnelblick Mix Von Turner). Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. Gut (Besser) (Milch Und Mandel Mix)
2. Gleich (Saku Hanabi)
3. Königin (Tunnelblick)
4. Fallen (Werden Wir Alle In Großen Spiralen Aus Dem Himmel Gespuckt)
5. Sonntag (Some Sundays)
6. Alles Und Mehr (... Au Pianet)
7. Fallen (Mix For Cocolo)
8. Loch Im Tag (Paula's Loch Im Tag)
10. Waldstück (Moonshine)
11. Dunkeln (Dunkeln)
12. Kikyo (Wiederkomm) (Polepop)
13. Königin (In Meinen Träumen)
14. Zeit Hin (Dubbing Da Time)


Download @320kbps

Quarks - Allein (2003)

Discovered Quarks about 4 or so years ago on an Ellen Allien Berlin compilation and immediately fell it love with their sound. The track I first heard was Königin. Made up of Jovanka von Willsdorf and Niels Lorenz they produced a few albums and split while recording their 3rd apparently. Lyrics are all in German (a few in Japanese as well) but get past that and the music, arrangements and the mood is second to done. I can't get enough of their stuff but the cost of their singles are steep to say the least. I'm going to post a remix album as well which took me farking ages to find.

This single includes remixes by Sascha Funke and Swayzak.

Tracklisting:

1. Allein (Augen Zu Und Durch) Remixed by Sascha Funke
2. Allein (Rolling Luggage) Remixed by Swayzak
3. Allein (Original) 3:42


Download Vinyl Rip @320kbps

Apparat - Berlin.Montreal.Tel Aviv - Selected Live Recordings (2006)

Another Apparat single. Released about 3 years ago and featuring 3 tracks from selected live performances.

Has anyone heard anything about a new album from him? It's been a while now.....

Tracklisting:

1. Berlin
2. Montreal
3. Tel Aviv


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Depeche Mode - Precious (2005)

Sasha remixes produced with the help of Spooky aka Charlie May who I'm big fan of.

Tracklisting:

1. Precious (Sasha's Spooky Mix) (Full Length)
2. Precious (Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix) (Full Length)


Download Vinyl Rip @320kbps