Thursday, January 29, 2009

Various Artists - You Don't Know : Ninja Cuts Sampler - Limited Edition (2008)


Too much goodness in one place can sometimes mean I'm expected to say too much. Modeselektor kick it all off with another of their trademark remixes, then TTC (how good are these guys?!), then the rest just flows on from there. Breaks, electro clash, whatever you want it to be. Makes me want to hug Coldcut for their continual consistency with Ninja Tune. Come a long way since serving us up Yazz and Plastic Population boys, well done.

Tracklisting:


1. Ghislain Poirier - Blazin'(Modeselektor Remix)
2. TTC - Travailler Orgasmic Remix)
3. Kid Koala - Slew Test 2
4. Coldcut - Atomic Moog (The Qemists Remix)
5. Thedeathset - Around The World
6. The Cinematic Orchestra - Breathe (Susumu Yokota Remix)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill (2006)


Described by Thom himself as "the most angry song" he has ever written and performed, Harrowdown Hill is a reference to the mysterious death of Dr David Kelly back in 1993 over the WMD dossiers. Produced by Radiohead's old faithful Nigel Godrich, this track would make it into my top 10 of all time for its truly innovative production. An absolute essential piece of music. So there. (/sips more wine/)

Tracklisting:

1. Harrowdown Hill (Extended Mx)
2. The Drunkk Machine


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Tiga - Pleasure From The Bass (2004)


Canadian based producer and artist Tiga popped over to Stockholm in 2004 and hooked up with Jesper Dahlbäck. The result of their session produced this track, which was apparently knocked out in an evening. Nice work. Also, they credit on the sleeve a guy called Sailorboy for playing the TB-303 in real time. I will say that Sailorboy's cut-off knob turning skills add a great dimension to it all. Still love this tune for it too.

The Joakim seems to be a lot of people's preference. It's a twisted, glitchy affair with some aggressive alterations going on with the vocoders and FX.

Tracklisting:

1. Pleasure From The Bass (12 Inch Version) (6:03)
2. Pleasure From The Bass (Joakim Remix) (7:52)
3. Pleasure From The Dub (6:03)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps (with the right link this time!)

Kate Wax - Remixed (2008)


Once again pulled to this for the Ellen Allien & Apparat remix. Pity the pressing of the vinyl is complete and utter shit though. The Dave The Hustler remix is very good too.

Tracklisting:

1. Cash On Time (Dave The Hustler Mix)
2. Beetles & Spider (Ellen Allien & Apparat Mix)
3. Catch The Buzz (Surkin Mix)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Depeche Mode - Remixes (2006)


Nice double 12" remix package from 2006. A the who's of who of German producers are called in for remix duties. Features the Oliver Huntemann & Stephan Bodzin Dub of Everything Counts which is the highlight for me. The Digitalism remix is just a little too noise for noise sake for my liking and the Boys Noize remix somewhat predictable. A nice to have all the same.

Tracklisting:

1. Personal Jesus (Boys Noize Rework) (6:54)
2. Never Let Me Down Again (Digitalism Remix) (4:35)
3. Everything Counts (Oliver Huntemann & Stephan Bodzin Dub) (6:54)
4. People Are People (Underground Resistance Remix) (7:20)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Petter - Some Polyphony (2006)


Petter is another Swedish electronic producer that arrived on the scene a few years back when James Holden picked up his music for release on the cult-like label Border Community, arguably one of the most consistent and eclectic British electronic labels. This 3 track EP took a while for me to appreciate but it once again is the B side that converted me. The track 'Untight' is just something special, the arrangement through to the sound textures are just so clever. Don't disregard 'Some Polyphony' it's a typical Holden style tune.

Tracklisting:

1. Some Polyphony (7:58)
2. Untight (6:27)
3. Less Exciting (5:35)


Love the video clip too...


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Passarella Death Squad - Ima / Blackout (2007)


You need to hear this. Passarella Death Squad in fact is a fashion label out of London but started to branch out into music by setting up a label called Republic of Desire. (How very fashionable I must say) They describe their sound as 'Heroin chic electronica' with Emilie Albisser on vocals & Tim Holmes from Death in Vegas at the controls. A Google of Emilie show's she a anti-fur campaigner, a shop assistance and generally cares about what other people wear. Don't let this put you off though, she's got a great voice. I'm drawn to the original mix of 'Blackout' on the B side, the 'Motor remix' of 'Ima' is a stark contrast to this track and is peak hour techno floor filler. Essential fodder.

Tracklisting:

1. Ima
2. Ima (Motor Mix)
3. Blackout
4. Blackout (Midnight Mike Remix)


Download at a fashionable 320kbps

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Luomo feat. Apparat - Love You All (2008)


Out of habit I hunt down anything that is produced by Sascha Ring aka Apparat. I was a little disappointed to find that this was a 'digital only' release as I could really do with a vinyl copy of it. Anyway, he's one of my current electronic heroes and sits proudly at No.1 on my my Last.fm page. I feel he's about to reach the tipping point in terms popularity, which is all good as it raises the level in terms on innovation and production techniques that push the fold. This release features his vocals on a track by Finnish producer Luomo. The 'Club Mix' is the one doing it for me, something about the hypnotic appregiatored bass that does it for me (as always).

Tracklisting:

1. Love You All (Album Version) (7:13)
2. Love You All (Club Version) (7:46)
3. Love You All (Radio Edit) (3:49)


Download at a lovely 320kbps

Joe Jackson - Steppin' Out (1982)

Another all time electronic classic in my books from Joe Jackson. From 1982 and it never fails to always take me back to my early childhood years. I just love the bassline overlayed with that piano. I tracked down the 12" a couple of years ago and was a little disappointed there was no extended version or even better an instrumental version. But hey its still a tune. A little scratchy in places but you get the idea.

Tracklisting:

1. Steppin' Out (4:34)
2. T.V. Age (Long Disco Mix) (5:56)


Download Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (Re-Edit) (2008)


Classic Kate Bush re-edited by Ashley Beadle on this single-sided bootleg from 2008.

Tracklisting:


1. Running Up That Hill (Re-Edit)


Download Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Paperclip People - Throw / The Climax (1994)


Carl Craig delivers 2 of his all time classic Paperclip People productions on the retrospective label Planet E Classics. Using the original plates for the masters Carl drops the housed-up winner ‘Throw’ with its proper disco loop, engineered the C2 way, simple organ stabs start the music and are consistently layered as the mammoth track progresses, building up to one of those Detroit dancefloor moments where the vocal drops in and the track filters lower for a proper vintage breakdown, amazing stuff. And the B side tracl is the aptly titled and global deep dancefloor classic ‘The Climax (PCP Version)’, which is a different version to the original version last released on Planet E with a Basic Channel remix on the flip. This version stays beat ridden and tough and saves the climactic and amazing breakdown until near the end, but all the ingredients remain the same, classic breaks and guitar, that looped whistling synth, and the fat chord stabs that chunk the track up, plus the second to none production. For over a decade The Climax has been one of Detroit's shining moments, and still is, Pure genius.

Tracklisting:


1. Throw
2. The Climax (PCP Version)


Download Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

The Sounds - Tony The Beat (2007)


Swedish new wave group The Sounds first single on their album from 1996. (I still love that album cover BTW) Remixed by Rex The Dog as well as Tommie Sunshine's Brooklyn Fire. Would write more about how I saw them at Hoxton Kitchen a while back but I just don't have time. Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. Tony The Beat (Rex The Dog Disco Mix) (6:47)
2. Tony The Beat (Rex The Dog Extras) (0:47)
3. Tony The Beat (Tommie Sunshine Brooklyn Fire Remix) (5:05)
4. Tony The Beat (Rex The Dog Disco Instrumental) (6:47)


Download Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Friday, January 23, 2009

AM-Boy - Horrible Oracle Blessedness (2007)


I was some what inspired this week by the Roland Sebastian Faber releases over at Castles In Space (aka The Towers of Micron). It got me thinking about AM-Boy once again. Not terribly well known, but with a sound all of his own. It's best described as ambient I guess, its not going to confine you to one place though and keeps you interested throughout with his melodies and breaks. I've tried to find more of his stuff since hearing this album, but with no luck whatsoever. His label Attack 9 are a US outfit who also release the music of Freescha.

Tracklisting:

1. A Place Of No Eyes (3:35)
2. Rallies Fads And Riots (5:49)
3. Brackish Exploration (4:58)
4. Over The Bridge (4:52)
5. Seaward Classic (5:16)
6. Moving Up In The World (3:24)
7. Turning Of Season (4:26)
8. Blue Pass (1:44)
9. Brickpath (6:04)
10. Let's Dance (1:27)
11. Erola (7:49)
12. Epic Battalion (2:23)
13. This Dead Scene (4:28)
14. Full Circle (2:27)
15. Never Be The Same (8:44)
16. Seclera (5:10)


Download at 320kbps

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Buraka Som Sistema - Kalemba (Wegue Wegue) (2008)

Buraka Som Sistema are a Kuduro group based in Lisbon, Portugal. WTF is Kuduro I hear you say? Well I consulted the trusty archives of Jimmy Wales' to find out he says:

From Wikipedia:

"Kuduro (or Kuduru) is a type of music born in Angola and immediately exported to Lisbon suburbs in Portugal. It is characterized as uptempo, energetic, and danceable.

"The roots of Kuduro can be traced to the late 80's when producers in Luanda, Angola started mixing African percussion samples with simple Calypso and Soca beats to create a style of music then known as "Batida". European and American electronic music had begun appearing at the largest open-air market in all of Africa, Roque Santeiro market, which attracted Angolan musicians and inspired them to incorporate their own musical styles."


So there you go, pretty cool and a nice addition to the DJ Mujava shizzle I served up last week I'd say. Moving on, I admit I was sucked in by the Hot Chip remix, pretty cool and works well when played at an offensively loud volume. I will admit though that trying to listen to all 3 mixes one after another left me feeling agitated and Kuduro'ed out.

Tracklisting:

1. Kalemba
2. Kalemba (Reso's Aguardente Remix)
3. Kalemba (Hot Chip Remix)


Download at 192kbps

B. Fleischmann - The Humbucking Coil (2006)

Austrian Bernhard Fleischmann, or B. Fleischmann as he is known, is another one of these multi-talented musicians who has found his calling in combining an indie song writing style with electronica. 'Experimental' is a broad descriptive word in music but is probably suited to Bernhard, without that word putting you completely off. His tunes are really accessible for the electronic purists amongst us, and although he has a newer album out called 'Angst Is Not A Weltanschauung!' I find this album from 2006 just a fraction more up my street. Reminds me of 'Ratatat coming to think of it, just with a few vocals sprinkled on for good measure. Like most things I'm posting here give it a whirl while your eating your cornflakes or just reading the papers, given time it will start to all make sense. So strap on your lederhosen and let's hand it over to Bernhard.

Tracklisting:

1. Broken Monitors (7:08)
2. Gain (4:44)
3. Composure (5:34)
4. First Times (5:10)
5. Phones And Machines (5:04)
6. Static Grate (4:24)
7. From To (5:49)
8. Aldebaran Waltz (5:38)


Download at 320kbps

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Alex Gopher - Motorcycle EP (2006)


I haven't always been completely convinced with the French label Kitsuné Music, they seemed to start off so well and then pushed the '$$$' button and churned out the releases which became a little hit and miss for me. There's no denying that they brought us Digitalism, AutoKratz amongst others, but this release from Alex Gopher back in 2006 still remains one my favorites. Its so simple and effective in a Josh Wink - Higher State of Consciousness kinda way, besides anything that twangs & bleeps like that TB-303 clone he's using here gets the two thumbs up from me. BTW I'll try and post the track by A-Trak - Wampercycle over the coming weeks, he uses this as the foundation for rather catchy hip-hop tune.

Tracklisting:

1. Motorcycle (Wet Clutch Edit)
2. Motorcycle (Dry Clutch Edit)


Download at 320kbps

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

John Carpenter - Assault on Precinct 13 - OST (1976)


Great thing about wiki is that someone has said it all before, well most of it anyway. I first heard this when it was sampled by Afrika Bambaataa then by Bomb The Bass, but I'm going through a John Carpenter renaissance at the moment and although I prefer the soundtrack from Escape from New York this is still pretty good. And keep in mind that this is over 32 years old.

From Wikipedia:

"One of the film's features is its score, composed and recorded by director John Carpenter. The combination of synthesizer hooks, electronic drones and drum machines set it apart from many other scores of the period and created a distinct style of minimalist electronic soundtrack for which Carpenter, and his films, would become associated. The score consists of two main themes: the main title theme, with its familiar synthesizer melody, and a slower more contemplative theme used in the film's more subdued scenes. Besides these two themes the soundtrack also features a series of ominous drones and primal drum patterns which often represented the anonymous gang gathering in the shadows.

Beyond its use in the film, the score is often cited as an influence on various electronic and hip hop artists with its main title theme being sampled by artists including Afrika Bambaataa, I-F, Dead Prez and Bomb the Bass, whose song "Megablast" featured a sample of the score and was used in the soundtrack to the video game Xenon 2 Megablast."


Tracklisting:

1. Assault On Precinct 13 (Main Title)
2. Napoleon Wilson
3. Street Thunder
4. Precinct 9 - Division 13
5. Targets / Ice Cream Man On Edge
6. Wrong Flavour
7. Emergy Stop
8. Lawson's Revenge
9. Sanctuary
10. Second Wave
11. The Windows
12. Julie
13. Well's Flight
14. To The Basement
15. Walking Out
16. Assault On Precinct 13


Download at 256kbps

Wax Stag - Wax Stag (2008)


I'm not sure about you but I've always liked the music on the original 80's computer games, that 8 bit melodic stuff which stays embedded and etched on your brain for eternity. I also love the music on the Nintendo Wii and am not ashamed to admit it. So enter Wax Stag of St.Albans, when he's not the drummer for Clark he's making this lovely melodic and emotional 8 bit style music. Hot Chip brought him to my attention with their DJ-Kicks K7! compilation a few years ago and soon afterwards People In The Sky signed him for an EP and now an album. Now feast your eyes on the video below which even I admit is slightly skewed.

Tracklisting:

1. Short Road
2. And How
3. Folk Rock
4. Descant
5. Gold Gold
6. Fantasy Gay
7. Mirror Lantern
8. Glenferrie
9. The Wash
10. Leith
11. George White
12. Sson




Download at 320kbps

Battles - Tonto (2007)


Battles again, and another corker from the math rockers and Warp Records with remixes of courtesy of one of my current personal favorites The Field as well as Four Tet which can always be relied on to deliver some quirky electronica. Not much more to say but to get involved.

Tracklisting:

1. Tonto (Album Version) (7:42)
2. Tonto (The Field Remix) (8:18)
3. Tonto (Four Tet Remix) (9:20)
4. Tonto (Live At FRF 07) (9:08)
5. Leyendecker (Live At FRF 07) (3:41)
6. Leyendecker (DJ Emz Remix) (4:37)


Oh, and while I'm at it I'm going to ask whether anyone else thinks that the album cover looks similar to the Factory Records release by Section 25 - From The Hip? The one below was shot on Mount Snowdonia in Wales by Trevor Key & Peter Saville, but the concept is the same. Right?


Download at 192kbps

Monday, January 19, 2009

Death in Vegas - Scorpio Rising (2002)


3rd album from Richard Fearless & Tim Holmes aka Death in Vegas and a return to their electronic rock roots. (if that makes any sense?) This album captured the mood at the time I reckon, electronica was a little restless and looking for a new genre and just before the Hoxton kids stepped up and stole our 80's nostalgia from under our noses acts like Death In Vegas were laying the foundations for labels like DFA to make an appearance. This album featured a number of high profile guest vocalists, including:

Nicola Kuperus – vocals on "Hands Around My Throat"
Susan Dillane – vocals on "23 Lies," "Girls"
Liam Gallagher – vocals on "Scorpio Rising"
Hope Sandoval – vocals on "Killing Smile", "Help Yourself"
Paul Weller – vocals on "So You Say You Lost Your Baby"
Dot Allison – vocals on "Diving Horses"


The standout track for me has always been "Hands Around My Throat" used on that Sony Ericsson add a while back, "Scorpio Rising", also "Girls" is not too bad either. In fact its all pretty good, if you're in the right mood. I'll also add that I saw them live at that UCL Union in London about the time of this release, beer was way too cheap and the crowd way too young. I had a great time though, so much so I bought the t-shirt.

Tracklisting:

1. Leather (3:30)
2. Girls (4:30)
3. Hands Around My Throat (5:07)
4. 23 Lies (3:49)
5. Scorpio Rising (5:37)
6. Killing Smile (4:49)
7. Natja (3:50)
8. So You Say You Lost Your Baby (3:00)
9. Diving Horses (5:11)
10. Help Yourself (10:31)


Download at 192kbps

Battles - Atlas (2007)

Back in early 2007 I was invited down to the South Bank BFI for the opening night of Bug Video, a night dedicated to showcasing the weird and wonderful world of music video production. It was also hosted by Adam Buxton, who coincidentally I think is a very funny man, so it was an invitation I accepted. The very first video they played that night was this track by Battles. I was immediately drawn into the sound that these guys were making (Math Rock I think they call it) as well as the video of a mirrored room floating in space. It reminded me of a Sapphire & Steel kind of thingy. Anyway I went out bought the record, saw them play at Scala in Kings Cross and have tried to convince my mates ever since that even though he sounds like a chipmunk this track is truly awesome. DJ Koze provides the B side remix on the Warp Records release and takes it into different territory all together.

Tracklisting:

1. Atlas (7:10)
2. Atlas (DJ Koze Remix) (7:03)


Now, how cool is this video by Timothy Saccenti....



Download at 320kbps

Def Beat Remixes Vol.5 Present - Men From U.N.K.L.E. (2005)

I saw UNKLE last year in London and wasn't totally convinced on their new direction. I was also hoping for an appearance from Ian Astbury since he did vocals for their album. No such joy, instead he was sampled and we had to endure James Lavelle, reinvented as a rock star. We left early and went to my old local. Anyway, I'll leave you with this bootleg release from 2005 featuring a great selection of UNKLE remixes and productions.

Tracklisting:

1. Blur - Battle (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (7:15)
2. dead prez - Hip Hop (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (3:50)
3. UNKLE - Rock On (Dust Brothers Remix) (4:37)
4. Radiohead - Everything In It's Right Place (James Lavelle Remix) (4:38)
5. The Verve - Bittersweet Symphony (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (5:50)
6. Cornelius - Free Fall (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (5:27)
7. UNKLE - Last Orgy (Automator From Dr. Octagon Remix) (5:01)
8. Beck - Where It's At (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (4:41
9. Doves - There Goes The Fear (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (6:36)
10. Portishead & DJ Shadow - Time Has Come (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (4:14)
11. Tortoise - DJed (Bruise Blood Mix) (8:08)
12. Breakbeat Era - Bulletproof (U.N.K.L.E. Remix) (5:50)


Download at 192kbps

Uffie - Pop The Glock EP (2006)


Righto, here's the rub. When I originally heard this I wasn't too impressed to be completly honest but I'm not one not to be sold over. Uffie is a rich kid, proud of it and keeps reminding us she doesn't give a fuck what we think of her. Fair play. That aside, this track has something I kind of despise of today's hip-hop but something which I also love. I think it might be the Feadz backing production skills and rather clever vocoder effects he has placed on her voice. That aside French label Ed Banger have something of a star on their hands it seems these days. Rather cool.

Tracklisting:

1. Pop The Glock (3:29)
2. Ready To Uff (3:28)
3. Pop The Glock (2006)(3:29)
4. Hot Chick In Charge (3:40)
5. Pop The Glock (Sebastian Remix) (2:42)



Download at 192kbps

Ninjaman - Weed With Da Macka - Modeselektor Remix (2006)


Ok, let's up the ante here. I heard this one last year on a Modeselektor mix and being the anorak that I am I tracked it down to this rather obscure Oakland, California label called Shockout. How on earth someone had the vision to call Berlin and give a Ninjaman Jamaican ragga track to Modeselektor is beyond me but it's rather a stroke of genius I think.

Modeselektor get up to their usual production tricks with some great edits and vocal FX's. This is da shit!

Tracklisting:

1. Ninjaman - Weed With Da Macka - Modeselektor Remix (4:13)


Download at 320kbps

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Various Artists - Discotheque Volume 1: The Haçienda


This is the first release in this series from a couple of years ago. I haven't seen any follow ups to it either, but its a 'nice to have', all those early cub hits in one place and whilst listening to it all those visions of sweaty Northerners taking way too many pills, glow sticks and shirtless football fans throwing shapes just seem to drift away. The fact that this entire club managed to squander the earnings from the biggest selling 12" of all time still never ceases to amaze me.

Highlights for me as always are Vince Clarke in Yazoo with the awesome François Kevorkian remix. Cybotron - Clear, and one of my all time favorites 808 State - Pacific. There's other hidden gems amongst a thin slice of cheese but all-and-all a great unmixed compilation in a world gone comp mad.

I ripped this at 320kbps and consequently the file sizes are quite large. So its been split into 4 different parts. That's right, these are mp3's and not a DVD, stick with it, its worth it. Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

CD1:
1. Implog - Holland Tunnel Dive (Original 12" Mix) (7:48)
2. Heaven 17 - (We Don't Need This) Fascist Groove Thang (Original 12" Mix) (4:18)
3. Peech Boys - Don't Make Me Wait (Original 12" Dub Mix) (5:41)
4. Yazoo - Situation (Original François Kevorkian 12" Dub Mix) (5:46)
5. Klein & M.B.O.- Dirty Talk (Original 12" Instrumental Mix) (6:24)
6. New Order - The Beach (Original 12" Mix) (7:21)
7. Cybotron - Clear (Original 12" Mix) (4:52)
8. West Street Mob - Break Dancin' - Electric Boogie (Original 12" Mix) (5:09)
9. Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel - White Lines (Don't Do It) (Original 12" Mix) (7:35)
10. Mantronix - Bassline (Original 12" Mix) (6:02)
11. Kid 'N' Play - 2 Hype (Original House Instrumental 12" Mix) (4:16)
12. Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock - Get On The Dancefloor (Original 12" Gail "Sky" King Remix) (7:36)

CD2:
1. Bam Bam - Give It To Me (Original 12" Mix) (5:29)
2. Mayday - Nude Photo '88 (Original 12" Mix) (6:22)
3. A Guy Called Gerald - Voodoo Ray (Original 12" Mix) (4:27)
4. FPI Project - Rich In Paradise (Original 12" Instrumental Mix) (5:28)
5. 808 State - Pacific State (Original Album Mix) (6:28)
6. Sueño Latino - Sueño Latino (Original Latin Dream Mix) (10:36)
7. The 28th Street Crew - I Need A Rhythm (Original 12" Mix) (6:21)
8. De Lite - Wild Times (Original 12" Mayday Mix) (6:47)
9. Alison Limerick - Where Love Lives (Original 12" Classic Club Mix) (6:53)
10. Salt City Orchestra - The Book (Original 12" Paperback Vocal Mix) (7:28)
11. De'Lacy - Hideaway (Original 12" Deep Dish Special Edit) (8:43)


Part 1 at 320kbps
Part 2 at 320kbps
Part 3 at 320kbps
Part 4 at 320kbps

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Manuel Göttsching - E2-E4 (1984)


Stumbling out of a Soho pub one afternoon and feeling a little bulletproof I parted with £70 for an original vinyl copy of this. No real regrets anymore and I'm happy I've ripped it and now stored it away. Manuel Göttsching originally recorded this in Berlin way back in 1981 and its a hugely influential in the evolution of house and ambient music. The basis of the 1989 balearic hit Sueño Latino and countless others over the years.

Now the tracklisting is below but I've simply recorded them as Side A and Side B and have not separated them out into tracks, you'll hear why, because its one continuous tune and you really do need to sit down and go through it in its entirety. The B side is just one long jam session and is rather essential people.

Tracklisting:

1. Ruhige Nervosität (13:00)
2. Gemäßigter Aufbruch (10:00)
3. ...Und Mittelspiel (7:00)
4. Ansatz (1:00)
5. Damen-Eleganza (5:00)
6. Ehrenvoller Kampf (3:00)
7. Hoheit Weicht (Nicht Ohne Schwung...) (9:00)
8. ...Und Souverätität (3:00)
9. Remis (3:00)



Download at 320kbps

Various Artists - Street Sounds Electro 1 (1983)


There is no doubt that Street Sounds's founder Morgan Khan has had a massive influence in the popularity of electronic music in the UK and beyond. A real shame that they went bankrupt, but by that stage the scene had well and truely been established.

I had to save up 3 weeks of paper delivery money to buy this original release. This genre defining series paved the way for hip-hop, electro and all the spin offs that followed in the late 80's and beyond. I'd also add that this isn't the best of the series but its the first. I have the rest of them and will be posting them over the coming months, unfortunately I encoded them all at 128kbps about 5 years ago and don't have the time to re-do them all again, so apologies.

Tracklisting:

1. The Packman - I'm The Packman (Eat Everything I Can) (6:35)
2. Newcleus - Jam On Revenge (The Wikki-Wikki Song) (7:49)
3. West Street Mob - Break Dancin' - Electric Boogie (5:02)
4. C-Bank - Get Wet (7:52)
5. K-9 Corp Featuring Pretty C - Dog Talk (9:35)
6. G-Force Featuring Ronnie Gee & Captain Cee - Feel The Force (7:24)
7. Project Future - Ray-Gun-Omics (6:40)
8. Captain Rock - Return Of Captain Rock (8:23)


Download at 128kbps

The Juan Maclean - Less The Human (2005)


One of those albums that will grow on you if you allow it. I've managed to convince others on it including introducing it to mainstream Hot Chip fans. Anyway, interesting background to Juan and his involvement with James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and DFA Records.

From Wikipedia:

"Maclean was guitarist for the indie Dance-punk band Six Finger Satellite, based in Providence, Rhode Island. The band was struck by several tragedies, and Maclean eventually moved into production duties, utilizing his home studio in Providence (nicknamed "The Parlor"). Eventually James Murphy joined the band as sound engineer (where he became known for a punishing tour PA setup, which he nicknamed "Death From Above").

Eventually the band broke up, and Maclean spent several years out of the music business, getting a degree at the Providence College and teaching English in New Hampshire. He continued a friendship with Murphy, who moved to New York City and founded influential dance-punk label
DFA Records and started LCD Soundsystem. Murphy urged Maclean to get back into music, and got Maclean experimenting with modern electronic mixing equipment; DFA would include several Maclean compositions on compilation records.

His first full length album on the label, Less Than Human, was released in July 2005."


Tracklisting:

1. AD 2003 (2:03)
2. Shining Skinned Friend (4:27)
3. Give Me Every Little Thing (5:25)
4. Tito's Way (3:40)
5. Love Is In The Air (2:54)
6. In The Afternoon (1:52)
7. My Time Is Running Out (5:21)
8. Crush The Liberation (6:45)
9. Dance With Me (14:07)


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The Knife - Heartbeats (2004)


The Knife is Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson. They are based in Stockholm, and I reckon that this was their career highpoint. Yup Jose Gonzalez took the song even bigger with his acoustic version but they're both equally as good in my opinion. This is the CD single which includes the Rex The Dog Remix and the bonus track 'Afraid of You. Essential.

Tracklisting:

1 Heartbeats (Original)
2 Heartbeats (Rex The Dog Remix)
3 Heartbeats (The Knife Techno Remix)
4 Afraid Of You



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DJ Mujava - Township Funk (2008)


A future classic I predict from the legendary Warp Records , DJ Mujava aka Elvis Maswanganyi is a South African DJ who was raised in the Pretorian town of Attridgeville. He has taken the obvious African rhythms of his neighborhood and used it as the basis for his music. So so simple but so original and effective. Also check out the video clip which just says it all.

Tracklisting:

1. Township Funk
2. Township Funk (DJ Nonsense Mix)



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Neneh Cherry - Buffalo Stance (1988)


I remember picking this up on 12" back in 1988 because it was produced by Tim Simenon aka Bomb The Bass. It obviously went on to be a huge pop hit and the vinyl version was stored away. I went to find it recently because there was a acapella version on it I wanted to sample. The vinyl was scratched and so I went on an eBay mission to hunt down a CD version. I finally got one and here it is in all its glory. The original we all know but its the 'Electro Ski' version which is the coolest for me with its gated FX and use of the original melody. And yeah it includes the acapella.

Tracklisting:

1. Buffalo Stance (Extended Mix) (5:43)
2. Buffalo Stance (Scratchapella) (1:38)
3. Buffalo Stance (Electro Ski) (3:38)
4. Give Me A Muthuf***ing Breakbeat (Sukka Mix) (5:19)


SHIT SORRY, this now has the correct link attached to it!

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Long Range - Madness And Me (2007)


I've already posted some of Paul Hartnoll's solo work and this is the other half of Orbital, Phil Hartnoll teaming up with Nick Smith for
'Long Range'. Released back in 2007 I still feel that this didn't get the recognition it deserved. The remixes that followed, namely by Hybrid were a real disappointment and the best versions are all on here and they're all original.

Its not quite the standard of Orbital but very good all the same. Perhaps I'm being a bit harsh but the highlight for me is 'Just One more'. I've included the video below to give you a taster. I also heard that Orbital are reforming for this years 'Big Chill'. I'm hoping for a new album too, if you hear anything please let me know.

Tracklisting:


1 Lie Down (5:15)
2 Madness And Me (7:08)
3 Which Way Now (7:14)
4 Run With The Rain (5:24)
5 Dispell The Clouds (7:04)
6 Three (5:22)
7 Your Face (7:06)
8 Just One More (10:18)
9 So Long (4:23)




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Swayzak - Smile And Recieve (2007)


London based seminal tech producers James S. Taylor and David Brown are Swayzak. They have produced together since 1993 and back in 1998 their debut LP release Snowdboarding Argentina was broadly well recieved. I'll get it ripped soon and put it up. In the meantime this single release is from 2007 and includes the Apparat remix from Shitkatapult.

Tracklisting:

1. Smile And Receive (Apparat Remix)
2. Smile And Receive (Original Version)
3. Smile And Receive (Richard Davis Rework)
4. Smile And Receive (Cassy Beatmix)


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Friday, January 16, 2009

Eero Johannes - Eero Johannes (2008)


Finnish based Eero Johannes makes electronic music best described as synthetic funk. A former drummer this is his debut album from last year released on Mike Paradinas's (aka µ-Ziq) label Planet µ Records.

I'm hearing that this a style of music now being labeled as Skweee -"a musical movement from Scandinavia which is a combination of very simple synth leads and basslines with the rhythms of funk RnB and soul."

Tracklisting:


1 Lipton Service Boy (4:02)
2 HAL Manifesto (4:02)
3 We Could Be Skweeeroes (4:26)
4 Finnrexin (4:16)
5 Natt I Spårvagnen (3:10)
6 Sumuhumus (5:00)
7 Mobile 363 (3:04)
8 Eläin (3:57)
9 Tonewash (3:37)
10 Katt Witt 700 Watts (3:11)
11 Mantik (3:59)
12 Hiisi (0:52)
13 Polka Plok (4:12)


Eero is also a graphic designer and the album art work he has done for this album is really sweet.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Human League - Original Remixes & Rarities (2005)


From Wikipedia (what more can I add to this but to say that 'Dare' is a fringin' masterpiece)

"The Human League Original Remixes and Rarities" is a compilation album by British Synthpop band The Human League constructed of unused remixes of previously released tracks aimed at the DJ/Dance market in the US. It was released in the US and UK in November 2005 by EMI."


Track listing

1. Being Boiled (Travelogue Version) 4:17
2. The Sound of the Crowd (Complete) 6:29
3. Hard Times (Single Version) 5:05
4. Non-stop (Single Version) 4:15
5. Don't You Want Me (Extended Dance Mix) 7:31
6. Mirror Man (Extended) 4:20
7. You Remind Me Of Gold (Single Version) 3:36
8. (Keep Feeling) Fascination (Improvisation Fade) 6:10
9. Total Panic (Single Version) 3:29
10. The Lebanon(Extended) 5:51
11. Life On Your Own (Extended) 5:46
12. Together In Electric Dreams (Extended) 6:20
13. Human (song) (Extended) 5:04
14. Heart Like a Wheel (Extended Mix)


Oh and check this out, look at those reel-2-reels and all that keyboard bashing. Marvelous stuff, wonder what it would have sounded like without the overdub!



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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sascha Funke - Mango (2008)


I've become a firm believer that things don't have to brand spanking new for them to be good, especially in electronic music. Too much and too often people are obsessed with making sure everything they listen to is hot of the press. I think what it ends up doing is leaving very little time to appreciate what has been left behind. A true testament of any kind of electronica is for it to keep sounding fresh and for it to keep inspiring you and this album is a good example of this. This is fast becoming my favorite album for the Southern Hemisphere summer even though it now approaching 12 months old. Its taken that time for me to understand it and to appreciate it. Mango drifts between beautifully produced ambiance through to the more traditional minimal techno that you'd expect from this label. Enjoy.


Tracklisting:


1. Mango (7:01)
2. We Are Facing The Sun (7:10)
3. Feather (5:33)
4. Take A Chance With Me (6:13)
5. Summer Rain (3:17)
6. Double Checked (7:16)
7. Lotre (Mehr Fleisch) (7:08)
8. Chemin Des Figons (8:17)
9. The Fortune Cookie Symphony (3:06)


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Roughage - Katoomba EP (1996)


Not going to beat about the bush on this one. I was addicted to this label back in the mid-90's, that is, Time Unlimited sister label to the legendary techno label Noom. Roughage are just straight up, no-nonsense German trance, borne from the early Frankfurt techno and trance explosion of the early 90's. The stand out tracks for me are track 3 'Katoomba (Sydney Live Mix)' which is an epic 14 or so minutes into old school trance and also Track 'Sydney' which again just seems to hold a special place in my heart. Hope some of you can appreciate this.

Tracklisting:


1. Sydney (Sonido Analogica) (Progressive Mix) (6:37)
2. Goa Suisse (5:44)
3. Katoomba (Sydney Live Mix) (14:44)
4. Freaks (4:47)
5. Bit (2:44)


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Monday, January 12, 2009

Siriusmo - Diskoding EP (2008)


Siriusmo is yet another Berliner who's making some proper machine funk. Be warned, I'm not expecting everyone to like this but its marvelously unpredictable. Quick n'random edits of samples, vocoders, phat funky basslines and a splattering of moogs and vintage synth goodness. This kind of shit must give Daft Punk something to think about down there in Paris. My favourite being track 8 'Lastdear'. Now I read Moritz Friedrich (his real name of course) is good ol'friends with Bpitch Control Record's Modeselektor. They're both definitely making music of the same ilk. Released on Boys Noize's own label back in February 2008.

Tracklisting:

1. Intro (0:26)
2. Simple (4:28)
3. Too Simple (1:58)
4. Mein Neues Fahrrad (Boys Noize Edit) (6:25)
5. Schreitmaschine (1:57)
6. Diskoding (3:13)
7. Diskozinzin (3:06)
8. Lastdear (4:09)



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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Sasha - New Emissions of Light and Sound - OST (2008)


I've never really been a big fan of Sasha which is kind of strange considering his contribution to trance, but the whole Digweed & Sasha thing just got a little too over-hyped for my liking and I lost interest a while back. As for productions I've only ever be drawn towards his Charlie May co-produced material which includes Xpander, Scorchio, Wavy Gravy and others.

This album gave me a new found respect for Sasha, it's for a surf film released by award winning surf film producers, Globe and isn't really trance, nor is it really that progressive house sound that he more recently is famed for, its just an all around quality electronic film score. I haven't seen the film yet but I read that back in January 2008, the film won BEST ORIGINAL SCORE at the X-Dance Film Festival.

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Björk - Dull Flame of Desire - Modeselektor Remixes (2008)



I was pretty excited to hear that one of my favourite production duo's Modeselektor were invited to remix one of favourite artists. 'Dull Flame of Desire' is one of the standout tracks on Björk's latest album Volta and features the haunting vocals of Antony Hegarty from Antony and The Johnsons. Modeselektor have offered 2 very different remixes, the 'Remix for Boys' being the more dubstep flavoured of the two. The original is not included but I'd recommend you check it here:



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Friday, January 9, 2009

Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself (2009)


I've been waiting with high expectations for this one. Telefon Tel Aviv are a Chicago based production duo who have recently signed to Ellen Allien's Bpitch Control Records. It was actually there that I read an insightful explanation from Joshua Eustis on their production approach to this album. I'm still trying to get my head around the entire album and I'm expecting its going to grow on me like their previous work. The first track 'The Birds' is my favourite so far.
From Bpitch Control.

"We started making this record in early 2007, without a very specific direction. We knew that it would be created almost entirely with analog synths, and that we were ready to burn the rhodes. A disinterest in guitars followed quickly - they do not appear on the record at all, which is a strange thing for us. We slowly began the process of writing the songs, lazily, for nearly a year, while working on other music and playing some one-off shows which were mostly in support of the remix record which came out in May 07. This was the first time that we actually demoed the songs first, performed them live, etc. We concentrated first on obvious things like lyrics and melodies, thinking that we'd add the scattered electronic flourishes later. Admittedly, a creeping suspicion arose in our minds that perhaps we wouldn't go through with it again. We realize that we are strange for thinking that the most basic approach to making music is, well, strange.

At the very start of 2008, we looked at what we had, and realized that it was a record, with almost all of the writing done. We began the actual production of the record in January and completed it in April - again, lazily, as we were both working on other things here and there, and dealing with life and its myriad problems (both personal and global), exacerbated by the Chicago winter. We finished nine songs, and with the help of friends, realized we needed one more to anchor it. A lyrical idea was brought to the table which spawned "Helen of Troy". We knew then, after completing this song, that we were in fact finished with our record."



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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Freescha - Lift EP (2000)


Freescha is the musical collaboration of Nick Huntington and Michael McGroarty, based in the San Fernando Valley, California. This is their 2nd release from back in year 2000 on Attack 9 Records. Its slightly minimal & moody electronica, it some instances bordering on elevator music but comes highly recommended all the same. Also, I read more recently that they're co-writing songs for Britney which I'm not quite sure to make of.


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Monday, January 5, 2009

Benn Jordan - Pale Blue Dot - A Tribute to Carl Sagan (2008)


There's no denying that Benn Jordan aka Acidwolf, Flashbulb to name but a few, is a prolific and wholly versatile creating of electronic wizardry. From Breakcore through to composing music for Dove's (woman's soap for the unknowing) TV campaign. This release isn't breakcore nor is it something to wash yourself to, its a masterful display of how to produce ambient music. Don't smoke or drink too much and expect to last the entire album, it ain't going to happen. Instead put it on at work, background it, if you know what I mean? After a few listens you'll start to pick up on the vibe he's trying to create. Believe me it's all goos.


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Christian Burkhardt - Doubledub EP (2008)


German producer Christian Burkhardt is a relatively new producer with only a handful of releases. He really caught my attention about last September with his Doubledub EP release on Frankfurt based label Raumusik. This entire 4 track EP is all about minimal techno rhythms and Christian certainly has his own sound with some complex layering and unique sounds. This is one of my favorite techno releases from 2008 and should be played in dark places, with minimal light. Also keep in mind your Mum might not like it either.

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Saturday, January 3, 2009

Popnoname - White Album (2007)


Based out of Cologne, Popnoname aka Jens-Uwe Beyer really does offer up some original fodder. His latest album is being pushed quite hard it seems, well it keeps appearing on my last.fm page anyway, and although I'm enjoying it I still prefer this one released on Italic Records in 2007. It sits somewhere between minimal techno and progressive house but more often then not it'll move further leftfield with his vocals and subtle & sublime production. He's way too cool to be German I reckon, but you can't really say that. Anyway, I'm sure its not everyone's bag but give it a chance and it might infect you too.


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