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Friday, December 12, 2008

The best albums of 2008



2008 has been a great year for music. All kinds of music, as you will see by my very eclectic top 20 list below! If you are interested in hearing or buying the albums below, click the CD image for the amazon link(shameless, I know!).


1 Santogold - Santogold


2 Portishead - Third


3 Costanza - Sonic Diary


4 Martha Wainwright - I Know You're Married But I Got Feelings Too


5 Joan as Police Woman - To Survive


6 Flaming Lips - Christmas on Mars


7 Deerhunter - Microcastle


8 Bloc Party - Intimacy


9 Muscles - Guns, Babes, Lemonade


10 The Kills - Midnight Boom


11 Hot Chip - Made in the Dark


12 Cut Copy - In Ghost Colours


13 My Brightest Diamond - A Thousand Shark's Teeth


14 Tapes 'n Tapes - Walk It Off


15 Sia - Some People Have Real Problems


16 Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip - Angles


17 Loose Salute - Tuned to Love


18 Squarepusher - Just A Souvenir


19 Flight Of The Conchords - Flight Of The Conchords


20 Ava Leigh - Rollin' (this got pushed back to 2009 but my 2008 copy still rules!)






I have reviewed a lot of these CDs this year and the reviews can be found here and on Culture Deluxe.

Now go over to Culture Deluxe to see our group list of the top 100 of 2008!!

A new mix will be up by the end of the weekend, just FYI!!

Cheers!

Thursday, December 04, 2008

It's that time again!

Here is the new Santastic Christmas Bootleg Album! I have been part of this since the beginning in 2004 (3 other albums, see below). Hope you lot like it as much as we do!!


Download them below or go to the site HERE!





1. Christmas Bop- Smash Up Derby (San Francisco, USA)
2. Christmas In The City - Martinn (Sas van Gent, The Netherlands)
3. You Should Be A Freaky Christmas, Baby - ATOM (NYC, USA)
4. Whoville: Won't Get Yuled Again - mojochronic (Berkeley, USA)
5. Xmasploitation (Santa's Baddass Revenge) - mojochronic (Berkeley, USA)
6. High Tides And Blocked Peace Pipes - Go Home Productions (Watford, UK)
7. The Nightclub Before Christmas - dj BC (Boston, USA)
8. Chemical Drummer Boy - Cheekyboy (Southend-on-Sea, England)
9. Pumping Up Christmas - DJ Schmolli (Vienna, Austria)
10. A Message To You Santa Claus - FAROFF (Brasilia, Brazil / Cambridge, MA, USA)
11. O Chanuka Dubstep Bassline Remix - DJ Flack (Boston, USA)
12. Scarey Xmas - DJNoNo (London, England)
13. Little Saint Grinch - Mr Fab and His Bag O' Toys (Hollywood, USA)
14. Polex Swing - Ace of Clubs (Virginia Beach, USA)
15. Sugar Plum Fairy Coda (dj BC recoda) - dj BC (Boston, USA)
16. It's The Little Things - Voicedude (Anaheim, USA)
17. Blitzkreig Santa - Divide and Kreate (Stockholm, Sweden)
18. Nude Christmas - Solcofn (Washington, DC, USA)
Print the Cd Sleeve

Full album zipped, with CD art:
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Get the other 3 Santastic albums HERE or click the images below!!!!





HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Still Alive!

Been slammed with work recently but I will have several new mixes up soon as well as a few tracks!

In the meantime...here is one of my favorite new artists...COSTANZA!




Costanza Myspace!
Costanza Website!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

WTF?




















Not sure why things have been disappearing from my blog...but here is my newest DJ Mix (again!).

Solcofn - We Like These Tunes Mix Oct 08

1 mystery jets - hideaway (switch mix)
2 new rave kids on the block - vivian the whore next door (database mix)
3 hostage - snake charmer
4 fake blood - mars
5 correct effect - smoke and lasers
6 shitdisco - 72 virgins (bloody beet roots mix)
7 round table knights - hold me back (the bulgarian mix)
8 idiotproof - the deacon (duke dumont mix)
9 panda bear - comfy in nautica (xxxchange mix)
10 cowgum - druggggssszzz (edu k and dr gonzo mix)
11 alex braxe - addicted (steetlife dj's mix)
12 moby - alice (drop the lime heavy bass mix)
13 wiley - wearing my rolex (pirate soundsystem bassline mix)
14 the fire and the reason - it stars with one (bsbtrgdclub mix)
15 tronik youth - live laugh cry die (eater mix)
16 the ghost frequency - never before (zombie disco squad mix)
17 fake shark real zombie - designer drugs (designer drugs mix)


Back soon....once I figure out what the hell is going on with Blogger!

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Dont bother to resist, I'll beat you....






















Well...I have been mucking about trying to find new singles for several mixes I am working on at the moment (I know, it's been ages since I did a mix) and I found a bunch of solid tracks. One very sweet one is this...

Marylin Manson - The Beautiful People (Sebastien Leger Mix)

I don't know if I will use it in a mix or not but is sure it one hell of a rockin' tune. I love the original and Sebastian Leger does an ace job of keeping the original feel while totally going all electro funk thoughout the rest of the track. I LOVE that bassline!


Sebastien Leger Myspace!
Sebastien Leger Website!



Back soon with loads more!

Monday, September 29, 2008

RIVA STARR MADE TO PLAY PODCAST !














I got to work today and I was happy to find yet another RIVA STARR promo mix in my inbox. I am fan of all things Riva and this mix does not disappoint!

Check it!!! From the man himself "Here's a special one, it's my podcast for Made To Play in order to launch my new 12" on Jesse Rose's label (mid October release). The ep has got 2 real bombs SQUASH and SNATCH! (that is the name of my future label as well). THE MIXSET CONTAINS AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW OF MY BLACK BETTY BOOTIE but overall my FATBOY SLIM RMX (already played twice by Pete Tong over this weekend!!!) ".

Italian Stylee!

link :

Riva Starr Made To Play Mix


Tracklist

1) Riva Starr-La Conga (Dirtybird)
2) Riva Starr- Freedom (White)
3) Riva Starr- Squash (Made To Play)+ Winx- Don't Laugh (Nervous)
4) Riva $ Vs. Nick Cave - Black Betty (White)
5) Riva Starr - Snatch! (Made To Play)
6) Riva Starr- I Jack U (Southern Fried)
7) Riva Starr - Maria (Kindisch)
8) Radioclit - Secousse - Riva Starr rmx (Mental Groove)
9) Malente & Dex- Hyperactive- Riva Starr rmx Feat. Jammer & Frisco (Exploited Ghetto rec)
10) Riva Starr – Jack My Bell (Southern Fried)
11) FatBoy Slim Vs. Riva $ - Rockafella Starr (White)
12) Riva Starr – Riva's Snake –Bart B More rmx (White)
13) Funkagenda- Afterclub- Riva Starr rmx (Toolroom)
14) Stefano Miele-Kewok (daniel Haaksmaan rmx) white
15) Diplo Wassup Wassup' feat Rye Rye - Bart B More Remix (Mad Decent)
16) Daniel Haaksmaan-Who's Afraid of Rio (Riva Starr rmx) Man Rec
17) Mescal Kid-Magic (Size)
18)Rhumba Macumba voice tool
19) Oliver $ - Funk Mundial (Man Rec)




Riva Starr Myspace!
Riva Starr Website!


Get Riva Starr MP3's at Amazon!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Here we go!















I just love Soulwax. Almost everything they do is taking electronic music to the next level. Whether it's their remix of 'Lovelight' by Robbie Williams or 'Phantom Pt. II' by Justice, they are always surprising me with some sort of sonic goodness.

Soulwax, which is headed by David and Stephen Dewaele, are an indie/electro group from Ghent, Belgium. The two are perhaps best known for their influential contributions to the bastard pop genre under the names Flying Dewaele Brothers and 2 many dj's and the landmark record 'As Heard On Radio Soulwax Pt. 2'.

There newest remixing effort is of the classic (and one of my favs) Chemical brothers tune 'Hey Boy Hey Girl'. As usual they take the expected sounds and flip them around. This would be a great song to throw into any set!

Enjoy.

Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Mix)



Soulwax Myspace!
Soulswax website!


The Duo also have a new DVD that will be out in late 2008. Soulwax: Part Of The Weekend Never Dies is a documentary into Radio Soulwax, a touring concept that for the past three years has showcased the talents of four Belgians (the other two memebrs of Soulwax, the band, are Stefaan Van Leuven and Steve Slingeneyer).

Programming and promoting, DJ'ing and playing live each and every night alongside a revolving array of their friends and some of the most exciting acts in modern music, travelling relentlessly through the four corners of the globe under the banner of 'Radio Soulwax' and recording over 120 shows with one camera in Europe, Japan, US, Latin America and Australia with acclaimed young director Saam Farahmand. The result? 2 films:

The first: Part Of The Weekend Never Dies is a documentary that captures the adulation, debauchery, ebullience, reflection, cynicism, tiredness, despair, delusion, ridiculousness, contradiction, revelation, exhaustion, homesickness of the life of a DJ/band on the road; which includes 2manydj's, Soulwax Nite Versions live footage and also features James Murphy, Nancy Whang, Erol Alkan, Tiga, Justice, Busy P, So-Me, Peaches, Kitsuné & Klaxons in behind the scenes footage and interviews.

The second is a live film that captures perfectly the blissful and beautiful sonic malevolence of Soulwax's Nite Versions blitzkrieg.

Here is a teaser for the DVD.









Thursday, September 18, 2008

Rex The Dog - The Rex the Dog Show













Rex the Dog (real name: Jake Williams) has been making electronic music since the early 90`s and is now well known for making energetic electro-house music. He has remixed tracks by The Knife, Depeche Mode, Client, Mylo, The Prodigy, Röyksopp and Soulwax.

I`ve been a fan of Rex The Dog for some time now and with his new release `The Rex The Dog Show` he has secured his place in my stereo. From start to finish this is a fantastic cd which includes reworks of some classic Rex The Dog tunes like `Maximize 2008`, `Bubblicious`, `Gecko`, `Prototype`, `Heartbeats` remix (by The Knife) and `Italian Skyline` (some I was familiar with, some I was not).

Right out of the gate `Bubbilicious` is filled with sweet disco vocoded vocals, 90`s rave sounds and dreamy sythns, this is a electro-pop dream come true. Tracks like `Heartsong` show how easily Rex can hop from a thumping club track to a blissful chill out interlude. "Italian Style` (one of my favorite tracks) sounds like an updated Jean Jacques Perrey classic. `Maximize 2008` is full of rave stabs and driving kicks and should get any clubber off his ass and on the dance floor. There are also a couple of remixes included here such as the cover of Jose Gonzalez`s cover of The Knife`s `Heartbeats` (the one from the Sony Bravia adverts) and `Tony the beat` by The Sounds that showcase the Rex The Dog style people have come to love.

The most interesting thing to me is that while listening to this album you can`t exactly pin down when it was made. It could have been in the early 90`s or now. This will really help the album hold up over time. My only complaint is that half the tracks on the album are too short, although that fact made it easier to hear the whole album again as I currently have the CD on repeat.


7 out of 10


Monday, September 08, 2008

Joan as Police Woman - To Survive





















Joan Wasser , lead singer for Joan as A Police Woman, is a violinist and singer/songwriter. She spent time with the band 'The Dambuilders' in the mid 90's and has performed and done studio work with the likes of Lou Reed, Tanya Donelly, Sheryl Crow, Sparklehorse, Dave Gahan, Elton John, the Scissor Sisters and Rufus Wainwright (who has a guest spot on the albums last track). In May of 1997, her boyfriend at the time, musician Jeff Buckley, drowned accidentally, in Memphis, Tennessee. He had written the song "Everybody Here Wants You" about her. She then bounced around between bands for a few years and then in February of 2004, Rufus Wainwright asked her to join his band, tour and open the shows with her new project, Joan as Police Woman. She then went on to release the acclaimed album 'Real Life" in 2006.

'To Survive' is Joan's second studio album under the current moniker and her best to date. The album is inspired by the death of Joan's mother from cancer (she definitely has plenty in her life to draw inspiration from). The whole album is very somber, with 'Magpies" (with great subtle use of horns!), 'Hard White Wall' and 'Furious'(one of my favorite tracks on the album) being the most upbeat tracks on the album. The rest, such as 'Honor Wishes', 'To Be Lonely' and 'To Survive' (which uses soft strings to accent her voice) are emotionally haunting tracks with deep and meaningful lyrics about acceptance, love and life lessons learned. When asked about the album she said "I've become obsessed with taking stuff out, leaving only the most important elements in place. I got more into blending and integration and subtlety. I just want to be courageous enough to feel and express as much as possible and that means ALL the emotions." With the album mainly focusing on Joan's voice and piano (and a few more instruments here and there), I believe she has done just that.

This is a wonderful album with loads of depth and emotion. This will most definitely be on my top 10 list of albums of the year. Highly recommended.


9 out of 10