Friday, February 27, 2009

Sex Pistols - Anarchy in The UK (B.Beach Breaks Remix) (2004)


How's this then? A remix of our very own for you :) Not that I ever planned to use this blog as a place to plug our own productions. Originally an idea we had back in 2002 while in London and realised over about an 18 month period. I found the wav file today on my hardrive and felt it needed to be shared. Sounds better now than it did back then! Massive respect to Mat and Michael for spending endless hours tightening up the original lyrics. Take a listen and spread it, or its dead.

Tracklisting:

1. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in The UK (B.Beach Breaks Remix)

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Easy B - Found The Gonzo (2004)


The Gonzo was originally a track by Lost and released on Perfecto Records in 1990. It was another of those genre defining tunes that steered things away from the saturated rave sound towards more of a refined techno sound. This is not the original version but another one of those breaks remixes that I've been posting recently. Nothing out of the ordinary but fun all the same.

Tracklisting:

1. Easy B - Found The Gonzo

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Paul Kalkbrenner - Berlin Calling - OST (2008)


Soundtrack to the new movie that actually stars Paul Kalkbrenner in the lead role. You can find out more about it here . Has a number of previously released tunes but also some new ones and re-edits. The one I particularly like is Paul's re-edit of Sascha Funke - Mango.

Tracklisting:

1. Paul Kalkbrenner - Aaron (6:01)
2. Paul Kalkbrenner - Queer Fellow (4:17)
3. Paul Kalkbrenner - Azure (6:11)
4. Paul Kalkbrenner - Sky And Sand (3:59)
5. Paul Kalkbrenner - Square 1 (6:43)
6. Paul Kalkbrenner - Altes Kamuffel (Special Berlin Calling Edit) (4:35)
7. Paul Kalkbrenner - Torted (5:30)
8. Sascha Funke - Mango (Special Berlin Calling Edit) (4:33)
9. Paul Kalkbrenner - QSA (3:38)
10. Paul Kalkbrenner - Castenets (Special Berlin Calling Edit) (5:04)
11. Paul Kalkbrenner - Bengang (5:37)
12. Paul Kalkbrenner - Peet (3:34)
13. Paul Kalkbrenner - Train (5:37)
14. Paul Kalkbrenner - Gebrünn Gebrünn (Special Berlin Calling Edit) (7:14)



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Humanoid - Stakker Humanoid (2003)


Humanoid is Scotsman Brian Dougans , half of what was to become The Future Sound of London. I think this track was one of the first acid house tunes I bought. Remember the year was 1988 and there just wasn't too much shit like this floating about. Anyway, in 2001 the breaks duo Plump DJs did a remix and kept things pretty close to the original besides adding in your typical hands in the air breaks break. (if that makes sense?) This 12" was released including all the original versions and the remix. Nice one.

Some more from Wikipedia:

The project behind the track started out with Stakker, a collaborative project by the video artists Mark McClean and Colin Scott. They needed music to support their video and contacted Brian Dougans. They sent a demo video tape containing graphics and some music to Morgan Khan who (although didn't appreciate the video ) invited Brian Dougans to record 2 demos at his Dance Studios in Ealing London. He probably made use of the Roland TB-303 synthesizer and the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer. The Evil Otto sample “Humanoid” from the videogame Berzerk provided the name of the track.

Tracklisting:

1. Stakker Humanoid (12" Original Mix) (4:55)
2. Stakker Humanoid (Plump DJ's 2001 Re-Touch) (6:49)
3. Stakker Humanoid (Smart System Remix) (4:52)
4. Stakker Humanoid (Snowman Mix) (3:54)


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Various - Silver on Black (1989)


Thanks to Ian for bringing this classic double album comp into work. I did once own a copy but I have no idea where it is these days. I did go on a mission back in the day to hunt down most of the singles and still rate Frankie Knuckles - Tears as one of my all time favorite house tunes. Took me an age to rip the 16 tracks, but it's well worth it. Some absolute classics on here that will take you back to a time when dance music was a little more simpler and a hell of a lot more innovative.

Tracklisting:

1. D Mob - It's Time To Get Funky (7" Edit) (3:35)
2. June Montana - I Need Your Love (3:43)
3. Circuit - Shelter (3:40)
4. Richie Rich - Salsa House (Remix) (8:15)
5. Blacksmith - Get Back To Love (6:07)
6. Frankie Knuckles Presents Satoshi Tomiie - Tears (7:01)
7. Rockers Revenge - Walking On Sunshine '89 (5:08)
8. Simon Harris - London's Finest (3:57)
9. Tyree - Turn Up The Bass (Super Dupermix) (3:15)
10. Reese & Santonio - Rock To The Beat (New Mix) (4:04)
11. Electra - Jibaro (3:59)
12. D Mob - We Call It Acieed (The Matey Mix) (3:16)
13. Salt 'N' Pepa - Shake Your Thang (It's Your Thing) (3:58)
14. The Cookie Crew - Born This Way (Prince Paul Dope Mix) (5:46)
15. Marshall Jefferson Presents Truth - Open Our Eyes (The World Mix) (5:34)
16. Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride (X-Rated) (5:40)


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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lee Coombs - The Land of The Monkey Snake - Album Sampler 1 (2006)


By 2006 there was a deluge of breaks circulating around London. Bootlegs, mash-ups and labels starting left, right and center. There were a few artists that always stood above the rest and Lee Coombs was one of them in my opinion. Others included Meat Katie, Rennie Pilgrim and Adam Freeland. This was a sampler from his mix album of the same name. Appearing on his own label Thrust Recordings which by 2006 had an ace reputation around our office.

Tracklisting:

1. Freaks - Creeps (Lee Coombs Remix)
2. Lee Coombs & Grant Plant - Don't Hold Back The Music


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Björk - Kindness Kind (Delikate Impostors Mix) (2003)


Lovely little progressive house bootleg from 5 or so years ago. Originating in Canada we sold a shed load of these back when I had my record shop. It's a long 10 minute affair, the kind of thing that Digweed and Sasha would have played at Bedrock. Not that I was a massive fan of that scene, nice to see it finally disappeared up its own ass.

Tracklisting:

1. Björk - Kindness Kind (Delikate Impostors Mix)


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Monday, February 23, 2009

Goldfrapp - Ride A White Horse (2006)



From Wikipedia:

Goldfrapp's musical style has changed over time, they are considered to be an electronic music band. Goldfrapp has explored a range of musical styles in their songs, although many songs are characterized by Alison Goldfrapp's distinctive breathy, soft vocals and Will Gregory's multi-layered synthesizer and string arrangements.

These remixes are from the 2005 ablum Supernature, which rode the wave of the popular electro scene. Reminding me of a Donna Summer & Giorgio Moroder style from the 1970's. Like most things that are served up these days it'a more than likely been explored before. Don't let my cynical undertones put you off though.

Tracklisting:

1. Ride A White Horse (Serge Santiágo Re-Edit) (8:05)
2. Ride A White Horse (FK-EK Vocal Version) (7:45)


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Mantronix - The Best of 1986-1988 (1999)


Kurtis Mantronik was a genius. Compared to everything else that was around in the B-Boy scene at the time he was miles ahead. He was the master of the technology of the day, the 808 , the sampler and of course his trademark quick edits. The album ' Mantronix: The Album' was arguably his crowning moment in electronica, but the follow up album 'Music Madness' pushed the sound a little further, before it reached the tipping point with 'In Full Effect'. The first 7 figure hip-hop album deal ever, but in truth it wasn't worth anything like that. The horse had bolted and the sound was spent. 1986-1988 was his best years and this 'best of' is a good reminder of all that was good.

Tracklisting:

1. Ladies (Full Length) (6:52)
2. Electronic Energy Of (5:32)
3. Who Is It (Club Mix) (6:58)
4. Needle To The Groove (3:39)
5. Bassline (Stretched) (5:24)
6. Listen To The Bass Of Get Stupid Part II (4:26)
7. Scream (Remix)
8. Sing A Song (Break It Down)
9. Ladies (Revived) (6:44)
10. Mantronix To The Groove (Megamix) (8:50)




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Modeselektor - Happy Birthday - Remixes Part 3 (2009)


Nice'n fresh from Modeselektor and BPitch Control, Berlin. Includes my pick in the Siriusmo remix and a more minimal techno Paul Kalkbrenner mix. Uffie's man Feadz gives us a remix of Suckerpin. This will be on rotation for a while.

Tracklisting:

1. Suckerpin (Feadz Remix)
2. 2000007 (Siriusmo Remix)
3. 2000007 (Paul Kalkbrenner's Tap Sum Bong 20009 Remix)



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Roxy Music - Remix 2 (2006)


First heard this when I picked up The Glimmers mix for the FabricLive compilation series. Quite a housey affair but like most Glimmers stuff seems to work well. Not entirely convinced with the A side, but that's only my opinion.

Tracklisting:

1. The Main Thing (Rub-N-Tug Proton Saga) (6:10)
2. Same Old Scene (Glimmers Remix) (6:45)


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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Fischerspooner - Danse en France (2008)


Fischerspooner are Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner who met each other in Chicago while at an art school back in 1998. Originally the duo formed for an impromptu rendition of their makeshift track "Indian Cab Driver" at a Starbucks coffee shop, over time the group grew to over 20 performers, most of whom were dancers and guest vocalists. Their sound these days is best described as retro electropop which makes a lot of sense since they're signed to French label Kitsuné Music. I'm in favor of the Oliver Koletzki remix on the B side.

Tracklisting:

1. Danse En France
2. Danse En France (D.I.M. Remix)
3. The Best Revenge (Tocadisco's Macaco Gordo Mix)
4. The Best Revenge (Oliver Koletzki Remix)


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Orbital - Live at Glastonbury (1994-2004)


I went along and saw Orbital's very last London concert at Somerset House back in 2002. What a night it was and I still have the concert poster adorning my study, forever a reminder of that night and their contribution to shaping my musical taste. They went on to play at Glastonbury a few more times and then called it day. A 10 year history of playing at Glastonbury is hard to beat I'd say, that's loyalty to the cause, and from reports their shows were often the jewel in the crown. This double CD release came out in 2007, accompanied by a DVD of different performances. I'm not going to put that up as you can find most of it on YouTube. But this should have a place in everyone's mp3 box.

Tracklisting:

CD1
1. Walk Now (1994) (8:02)
2. Are We Here? (1994) (15:44)
3. Attached (1994) (8:21)
4. Kein Trink Wasser (1995) (7:38)
5. Impact (The Earth Is Burning) (1995) (10:35)
6. Remind (1995) (9:19)
7. Halcyon (1999) (8:04)
8. The Box (1999) (5:20)


CD2
1. Style/Bagpipe Style (1999) (8:57)
2. The Girl With The Sun In Her Head (2002) (5:58)
3. Funny Break (Weekend Ravers) (2002) (9:46)
4. Belfast (2002) (7:30)
5. Frenetic (2002) (9:05)
6. Satan (2004) (7:00)
7. Dr Who? (2004) (5:26)
8. Chime (2004) (11:18)


Doctor Who theme live at Glastonbury 2004...so farking sweet as it phases into 'Chime'.....



You'll need to download all 4 before attempting to unpack...but you knew that right?

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Hot Chip - Boy From School (2006)


I've been posting a few Hot Chip remixes so I thought it would be appropriate to post one of their singles. 'Boy From School ' grew on me over time, I recently saw them perform it live I had a new found appreciation. There's very little doubt that Alexis Taylor and his Putney crew have managed to score it big time with their electropop sound. The challenge for them is to keep the creativity going and to make sure their next album is stronger than their last, which I think, if anyone cares, showed signs of diminishing creativity. Their first album is by far my favorite but let's give them a chance before we toss them on the pile.

Tracklisting:

1. Boy from School
2. Boy from School (Cosmic Sandwich Remix)
3. Boy from School (Erol Alkan's Rework)




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A-Trak - Dirty South Remixes (2007)


A-Trak, aka Alain Macklovitch is a Montreal-based DJ and turntablist. He won the DMCs World DJ Championship in 1997 at the age of 15, making him both the youngest and first Canadian winner of the competition. He was also the first to win all three major championships - International Turntablist Federation (ITF), Disco Mix Club (DMC), and Vestax World Extravaganza; and the first to win five world championship competitions, all before he was 18. The turntablist wunderkind has made himself a pioneer in this subculture of hip-hop just within a few years. Pretty impressive. He set up his label Fool's Gold Records and now producers a mash up of electro, hip-hop, hip-house and something people called new-beat. Don't ask I have no idea. What he does so well though, as you'd expect being a turntablist, is grab loops from more current electro hits such as Alex Gopher's 'Motorcycle' (I posted the original a month or so ago here) and The Gossip, overlay a new beat, get some new rhymes laid over the top and voilà! There you have it.

Tracklisting:

1. Walk It Out Trizz
2. Wampercycle
3. Frenchies Act A Fool
4. MIA-roder


A-Trak 2008 (check out the wall dancers in the background!)

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Popof - Alcoolic EP (2007)


Popof, aka Alexandre Paounov, is a French producer and DJ based in Paris. This EP is what brought international him recognition, well within the electro and techno scene anyway. Released in 2007 this has become somewhat standard-type minimal techno fodder, but this is still a nice example on how to do it properly. Late night- early morning type stuff, when you've already had one warning from the neighbors, loud is never loud enough, speech is slurred, and everyone's feeling a little bulletproof.

Tracklisting:

1. Alcoolic
2. Hypnotical
3. Hologram


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Brad Fiedel - The Terminator - OST (1984)


The James Cameron movie soundtrack produced by Brad Fiedel. For some weird reason this is called 'The Definite Edition' shouldn't that be 'Definitive Edition'? Yes, I admit I picked this up in a market in Kuala Lumpur which might go someway in explaining things. But that aside, who doesn't remember the first time they saw the original Terminator movie?

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Steve Spacek - Dollar (2005)


Steve Spacek reminds me (and others) of Curtis Mayfield, I reckon this is kind thing that Curtis would be knocking out if he was still around and 30 years younger. The moralistic and political slanted vocals are just another similarity. This tune is from the 2005 album 'Space Shift' and was produced by J Dilla, the hugely talented US hip-hop producer. He was so much cooler than the bullshit and formulated sound of P Diddy and the likes. It was one of the last things J Dilla produced before tragically dying in early 2006 of TTP, a rare blood disease. Kick back and listen to what he's doing here, incredible. If there's enough interest I'll post the album too.

Tracklisting:

1. Dollar (Main)
2. Dollar (Instrumental)
3. Dollar (Acapella)


J Dilla - 2005

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Dave Gahan - Kingdom (Remixes) (2007)


Once you've been converted to Depeche Mode at a young age it gets tricky to leave anything alone that Vince Clarke, Martin Gore or Dave Gahan do. They're arguably the first pop group to understand the importance of the dance scene, and have always invited the latest and most current producers from across the dance spectrum to remix their tracks. Reading their discography of singles is like reading the who's who of the dance music universe. On this occasion its Germany's answer to Daft Punk in Digitalism backed up with a couple of remixes from one of my personal favourites Booka Shade.

Tracklisting:

1. Kingdom (Digitalism Remix)
2. Kingdom (Digitalism Dub)
4. Kingdom (Booka Shade Club Mix)
5. Kingdom (Booka Shade Dub Mix)


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Kraftwerk - Ultra Rare Traxx (2004)


I wouldn't agree that these are 'Ultra Rare' Kraftwerk tracks, but hey I will say its a few of the high points in what is an absolutely amazing career in electronic music. Is there really anyone more influential? Have always loved the track 'Pocket Calculator' and 'The Robots' (well of course). All seems to somehow sound better with time. Those clever Germans.

Tracklisting:

1. The Model
2. Pocket Calculator
3. Computer World
4. The Robots
5. Techno Pop
6. Tour De France (François Kevorkian Mix)
7. Showroom Dummies
8. Trans-Europe Express
9. Numbers


And a recent Japanese show performing 'Pocket Calculator':



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Leftfield - Open Out (Bootleg) (2003)


Another breaks remix of Leftfield, this time it's Open Up getting the re-work.

Tracklisting:

1. Open Out (7:39)

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Leftfield - Left of Life (Bootleg) (2003)


I went into my storage or lock-up this afternoon. I had my wife and kid waiting in the car but I managed to get in and quickly open one of the boxes in there. Like a kid in candy store. I found a few breaks bootlegs that did the rounds in London around 2003 or so. I'm trying to set myself a goal of unpacking all the vinyl over the next few months and giving it a new home downstairs in the studio. There's literally 1000's upon 1000's of 12 inches, spanning nearly 30 years of music collecting and got me thinking about a comment from Audiojack earlier in the week. They asked me (anonymously because we don't know their names do we lads?) to take down their track and also reminded me that file sharing is illegal. Holy shit, really? FFS are you honestly telling me you didn't grab anything on the way through? And that all your plugins and software in your studio is bought, you have never copied a CD or made a mixtape for your mates? Made me laugh when it's the people like me and my blog readers that are supporting your music and spreading it for you. Some people's ignorance really does amaze me and I kind of assumed that most producers (including myself) had realised the new world order and how to embrace it. Anyway, that's all I want to say, let's get back to the music and to prove my point I'll post a few bootlegs to underline my point that music is still a malluable substance.

Tracklisting:

1. Left Of Life (6:37)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band - Bongo Rock (2006)


Ok let's rewind and take it back to 1973, when Michael Viner's Incredible Bongo Band decided to bash out a few instrumental tunes. Little did they know that one song in particular 'Apache ' was to become the backbone of a lot of today's modern day dance music genres. From Wikipedia:

"Apache has been cited by Afrika Bambaataa as an early element of hip hop music with the record sampled and scratched by DJs. But it wasn't the hit version by The Shadows, Ingmann or Weedon that Bambaataa, Kool Herc and the like turned into "hip-hop’s anthem": it was the 1973 version by Michael Viner and an ad hoc group called the Incredible Bongo Band. They added a bongo drum intro and added more percussion. This version was not a hit on release but became the sampled foundation of rap and hip-hop classics, reworked by hip hop performers "ranging from the Sugarhill Gang and L.L. Cool J to The Roots and Nas, not to mention sampling by techno performers Future Sound of London and Moby and drum and bass acts J. Majik and Goldie."

This is the 2006 re-release with a few extra tracks and remixes thrown in for good measure.

Tracklisting:

1. Apache (4:51)
2. Let There Be Drums (2:39)
3. Bongolia (2:13)
4. Last Bongo In Belgium (6:53)
5. Dueling Bongos (2:56)
6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (7:41)
7. Raunchy '73 (3:22)
8. Bongo Rock (2:37)
9. Kiburi (Part 1) (2:15)
10. Sing Sing Sing (4:14)
11. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction (4:01)
12. Wipeout (4:30)
13. When The Bed Breaks Down, I'll Meet You In The Spring (2:33)
14. Pipeline (3:53)
15. Okey Dokey (2:50)
16. Sharp Nine (3:14)
17. Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley, Your Tie's Caught In Your Zipper (2:43)
18. Apache (Grandmaster Flash Remix) (7:27)
19. Last Bongo In Belgium (Breakers Mix) (6:29)


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Booka Shade - Numbers (DJ-Kicks) (2007)


Released to coincide with Booka Shade's DJ Kicks compilation in 2007 the original version of this track is more a venture into the house terriotry that you'd usually expect from this duo. The Club Mix takes it more towards mininal tech, but both mixes are all good. The bonus track Estoril is worth the effort alone.

Tracklisting:

1. Numbers (DJ-Kicks) (Extended Vocal Mix)
2. Estoril
3. Numbers (DJ-Kicks) (Club Mix)

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Valentino Kanzyani - Intecnique Album Sampler (2005)


Slovenian based techno producer Valentino Kanzyani release from a few years ago. I bought it for the track Neuva York. Proper head down techno stomper. Booze and feet stamping will make it sound better.

Tracklisting:

1. Nueva York
2. Kittara Sound
3. The Game


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Siriusmo - MiniRock EP (2006)


Yeah its more Siriusmo , from 2006 and another 5 track EP of head bobbing synthetic funk. Just love this shit.

Tracklisting:

1. Mein Neues Fahrrad
2. Urlaub In Berlin
3. Discosau
4. Minirock
5. L.I.Z.I.


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Jon Hopkins - Insides (2009)


Lot's of buzz going on around this album at the moment. Jon Hopkins is some kind of childhood prodigy who was trained since 12 years old at The Royal College of Music. He's chosen the path of electronica these days and is involved with likes of Coldplay, Massive Attack and Brian Eno. Now this album is heavily influenced by piano, perhaps a little too much but there are some great ambient moments as well as lashings of glitch to keep people like me interested.

Tracklisting:


1. The Wider Sun
2. Vessel
3. Insides
4. Wire
5. Colour Eye
6. Light Through The Veins
7. The Lower Places
8. Small Memory
9. A Drifting Up
10. Autumn Hill


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Gabriel Ananda & Dominik Eulberg - Kirschplunder & Jasmin Tee Bei Gabriel (2007)


Now I think there's something very old school Detroit techno sounding about both of these tunes. Gabriel Ananda and Dominik Eulberg, to me, have recreated early Carl Craig, Derrick May and the like with these 10 min plus minimal tunes. The B side once again is the one that gets me all excited. I'm a fan of this label, Traum Schallplatten and also of Mr. Eulberg, more on him in later posts.

Tracklisting:


1. NGC 101
2. Supernova


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Saturday, February 7, 2009

Various Artists - The Glimmers ® (2004)


The Glimmers are Mo Becha & David Fouquaert and are based in Ghent, Belgium. So just goes to show us there's more to the Flemish than strong beers and Marc Dutroux. I picked this box set up back in 2004 and didn't get a lot of mileage out of it until I discovered it again recently. Been sitting there waiting to be recorded and was a daunting task being 4 discs. Anyway, limited to 2000 copies The Glimmers have re-edited everyone from Roxy Music and Billy idol through to Jah Wobble and The Residents. It's a real eclectic mix of artists which is all part of the attraction.

Tracklisting:

1. Queen - Body Language (The Glimmers Edit)
2. WhoMadeWho - Satisfaction (The Glimmers Edit)
3. De Falla - Popuzuda Rock 'n Roll (The Glimmers Edit)
4. Roxy Music - Angel Eyes (The Glimmers Edit)
5. Whitey - Leave Them All Behind (The Glimmers Edit)
6. Shocking Blue - Love-Buzz (The Glimmers Edit)
7. Billy Idol - Hole In the Wall (The Glimmers Edit)
8. Alan Vega - Jukebox Baby (The Glimmers Edit)
9. Pete Shelley - Witness The Change / I Don't Know What Love Is (Dub)(The Glimmers Edit)
10. Jah Wobble - How Much Are They? (The Glimmers Edit)
11. Severed Heads - We Have Come To Bless The House (The Glimmers Edit)
12. Liquid Liquid vs. Jungle Brothers - Optimo / I'll House You (Accapella)(The Glimmers Edit)
13. Sylvester - Band Of Gold (The Glimmers Edit)
14. The Residents - Diskomo (The Glimmers Edit)


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Apparat - Silizium EP (2005)


I've said it before, I know, Apparat is my favorite producer at the moment. His electronic wizardry just never ceases to amaze me, and I always seem to find myself analyzing each and every track and picking up something new and clever. This double pack vinyl is the studio session that was played on the John Peel's Peel Sessions no less on the 13th of June 2004. Released on Apparat's own label Shitkatapult and featuring the gorgeous Telefon Tel Aviv remix of Komponent. Glitchy techno business people, let it into your lives.

Tracklisting:

1. Komponent
2. Silizium
3. Not A Good Place
4. It's Gonna Be A Long Walk
5. Sizilium (Rmx By Bus)
6. Not A Good Place (Rmx By Rechenzentrum)
7. Komponent (Rmx By Telefon Tel Aviv)
8. Not A Good Place (Mx By Apparat)


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Various Artsists - Disco Not Disco: Post Punk, Electro & Leftfield Disco Classics (1974-1986)


When you stop and reflect for a while you start to realise that this era in music was kind of farked up. You had punk rockers at one end of the spectrum, disco balls, roller discos at the other, and the emergence of electro and breakdance somewhere else. For a compilation to claim that they have harnessed all 3 and that there was an actual scene around it is indeed a bold call. Perhaps a call too far I'd say, but if you think of the genres as simply a backdrop then I can see how some bands and artists were influenced in different ways. This is a cool to have, and the highlight for me is Material - Don't Lose Control.

Tracklisting:

1. Vivien Goldman - Launderette (3:47)
2. Delta 5 - Mind Your Own Business (3:13)
3. Shriekback - My Spine Is The Bassline (1982 12" Edit) (4:02)
4. Konk - Your Life (7:25)
5. Isotope - Crunch Cake (3:55)
6. James White & The Blacks - Contort Yourself (August Darnell Remix) (6:15)
7. Quando Quango - Love Tempo (Remix) (7:55)
8. Yellow Magic Orchestra - Seoul Music (4:47)
9. Material - Don't Lose Control (4:19)
10. Kazino - Binary (3:57)
11. Liaisons Dangereuses - Los Niños Del Parque (12" Mix) (5:04)
12. A Number Of Names - Sharevari (Instrumental) (6:18)
13. Six Sed Red - Beat 'Em Right (6:24)
14. Maximum Joy - Silent Street / Silent Dub (7:42)


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DJ Shadow - Def Beat Remixes Vol.8 (2006)


As promised some more from the Def Beat bootleg series, this time its DJ Shadow with a selection of original tracks and a couple of remixes thrown in for good measure.

Tracklisting:

1. DJ Shadow - Entropy (Part C – Count And Estimate)
2. DJ Shadow - Six Days (Remix)
3. DJ Shadow - 89.9 Megamix'
4. UNKLE - Guns Blazing (Drums Of Death Part.1) [Instrumental]
5. Portishead - Midnight In A Perfect World (DJ Shadow Remix)
6. DJ Shadow & Dan The Automator - The Good The Bad And The Chutney
7. DJ Krush - Meiso (DJ Shadow Remix)
8. Groove Robbers - Hardcore (Instrumental) Hip Hop
9. DJ Shadow - Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)
10. Dr. Octagon - Waiting List
11. Radiohead - The Gloaming (DJ Shadow Remix)
12. Depeche Mode - Painkiller (Kill The Pain Mix)
13. DJ Shadow - Number Song (LP Version)


Download Vinyl rip @ 256kbps

DJ Shadow - You Can't Go Home Again (2002)


A couple of DJ Shadow releases to get off my chest this weekend. The first is this little morsel, released in 2002 and appearing on the album 'Private Press', I'm still drawn to the LP version but if you also want some proper big beat also check out the 'Treach Battle Beat', marvelous stuff.

Tracklisting:

1. You Can't Go Home Again (Radio Edit) (4:41)
2. Disavowed (4:29)
3. Treach Battle Beat (2:31)
4. You Can't Go Home Again (LP Version) (7:03)
5. Letter From Home (0:49)


Download @ 192kbps

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Santogold - Say A-Ha - Remixes (2008)


I really am easily pleased, I mean, transforming lyrics (on and off, on and off for those of you not down with the lingo) has been around for years but I'm still a sucker for them and the Tepr remix here just does it so well. I like Santogold, she's cool and there's no doubt she's on the edge of being massive. Lap it up folks before it appears on 'Now That's What I Call Music'.

Tracklisting:

1. Say A-Ha (Original)
2. Say A-Ha (Tepr Remix)
3. Say A-Ha (Phones Cosmic Mix)
4. Say A-Ha (Tom Neville Remix)


Download @ 320kbps

Matthew Dear - Don & Sherri (2007)


I'm not always automatically sold on Audion aka Matthew Dear 's music. I'm sure I'm exposing myself for criticism in saying that too, but I do find some of his productions just a little uninspiring at times. His 2007 ablum 'Asa Breed' did contain some great electronic tunes though and in particular this one. Now you might be seeing a trend here that I'm gravitating towards Hot Chip remixes, but check the original version then their remix and decide for yourself. Hot Chip re-sung the lyrics and made this track their own in doing so. Also the DJ Koze remix of 'Elementary Lover' is all good too.

Tracklisting:

1. Don And Sherri (Original Mix) (3:25)
2. Don And Sherri (M.A.N.D.Y. Remix) (7:42)
3. Don And Sherri (Hot Chip Version) (4:21)
4. Don And Sherri (Hot Chip Instrumental) (4:21)
5. Elementary Lover (DJ Koze Remix) (3:54)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Siriusmo - Exploited (2007)


This synthetic funk stuff is really floating my boat. Berlin based producer and graffiti artist Siriusmo delivered this 6 track EP back in 2007 but it's as timeless as some of the samples he uses, including Stevie Wonder & Roger Troutman. Includes a Modeselektor, Yuksek and Tomboy remix too. Giddy up.

Tracklisting:

1. Allthegirls
2. Girlsrock
3. Femuscle
4. Wow (Modeselektor Edit)
5. Allthegirls (Yuksek Rmx)
6. Allthegirls (Tomboy Rmx)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Altern 8 - Vertigo EP (1991)


Ok hands up if you remember these guys. I was still at University when I parted with my weekly student allowance for this piece of vinyl. I loved it, partly due to the 808 State - Pacific 202 sample in the original mix. These guys went on to be instrumental in defining rave culture as we know it. Yes, I know it's my 2nd rave record posted in as many nights and I'll get back on track soon, I promise.

But in the meantime I'd recommend you read a little more about Altern 8, these guys were really farking cool.... here's some from Wiki:

"Altern-8 was formed in Stafford in 1990, as a side project to the already successful Nexus 21 (a name chosen because of its "technoey" sound), when both members were 21. From the outset the band's objective was to develop their style which was heavily influenced by the musical elements of the Detroit techno artists Derrick May, Juan Atkins and Kevin Saunderson, as well as the Chicago sound of Phuture and early electronic heroes Kraftwerk.

Altern-8 tunes changed the world of dance music, influencing many artists, with their mixture of the sounds of the Roland TB-303, 808 and 909 with breakbeats and familiar samples. At the time in the UK, outdoor rave events were legal, and Altern-8 had a reputation for turning up to play at major unofficial events. They helped to define trends and anthems in hardcore techno with music that became faster, relying more heavily on bass and volume. The use of more bass and eclectic noises gradually evolved Altern-8's music away from the earlier house music style. The duo, dressed in chemical warfare suits and dancing "like electrified monkeys", took part in a large number of live performances.

In 1992, Peat entered as a candidate for the Stafford constituency in the General Election representing the Hardcore (Altern8-ive) party. He polled 158 votes and finished in fourth place."


Tracklisting:

1. Infiltrate 202 (Altern 8 Vs. Astrix and Space Mix)
2. Infiltrate 202 (Vertigo 7" Edit)
3. Re-Indulge
4. Real Time Status (Hand of God Mix))


Download @ 192kbps

Burial - Distant Lights EP


More of that London dubstep fodder from Burial. Another one of the original releases and featuring the Kode9 remix which I'm still listening to on shuffle and still liking.

Tracklisting:

1. Distant Lights (Kode9 Rmx) (4:38)
2. Distant Lights (5:25)
3. Pirates (6:09)
4. Gutted (4:41)


Download @ 320kbps

Monday, February 2, 2009

MSTRKRFT / Metric - Easy Love / Monster Hospital (2005)


A few years back I saw this record on Arthur Baker's playlist. I went online, bought myself a copy and was blown away by the Canadian answer to Daft Punk, MSTRKRFT. Nowdays they're busy trying to turn shit to gold by remixing everyone from All Saints, Usher and even Wolfmother.

The A side track highlights the French duo similarities, but once again it's the B side which really did it for me. Metric get the full MSTRKRFT re-rub.

Tracklisting:

1. MSTRKRFT - Easy Love (Album Version)
2. Metric - Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Skeewiff - Man of Constant Sorrow (2005)


Skeewiff make some interesting stuff, this is no different really. The first couple of mixes are testament to their label Jalapeno Record's philosphy of fusing different styles. But it was the D.Ramirez remix on the B side that took it to new levels for me. It is simply amazing and perhaps my favorite remix from him, a peak time tune which should be saved for special occasions....

Tracklisting:

1. Man Of Constant Sorrow (Original) (5:37)
2. Man Of Constant Sorrow (Kraak & Smaaks Lament) (4:56)
3. Man Of Constant Sorrow (D. Ramirez Remix) (8:46)


Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Shut Up & Dance - Raving, I'm Raving (1992)


'Back in the day' rave tune all the way from Hackney, innit. Shut Up & Dance were massive at the time and bought rave to the commercial masses when this peaked at no.2 in the UK singles chart. Still love it for the sheer audacity of it all.

Tracklisting:

1. Raving, I'm Raving

Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps

Cravats feat. Paul Hartnoll - Séance (2007)

I'll admit that I had never heard of The Cravats until this single was released on Caroline True Records. It was the fact Paul Hartnoll has decided to team up with them and produce this track, which is quite an unlikely combination I reckon. Anyway, it's got Orbital stamped all over it so you shouldn't be too disappointed.

Tracklisting:

1. Séance (Paul Hartnoll Dance Remix)

Vinyl Rip @ 320kbps