Monday, September 29, 2008
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!!!) ".
Riva Starr Made To Play Mix
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)
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Thursday, September 25, 2008
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!
Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl (Soulwax Mix)
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 (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 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
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Imagine if Abba, ELO and The Dixie Cups had a love child...it would be named Music Go Music!
I was watching one of my guilty pleasures the other day (The Middleman) and I heard something fantastic. Lucky for me The Middleman always has a blurb at the end of the show that tell you what music was used during the show. One second later I was at the computer hunting down Music Go Music's 'Light of Love'. You can find the few tunes they have released on Amazon (see below) and they have a few free tunes on the Secretly Canadian website, including 'Light of Love'.
Music Go Music - Light Of Love
To hear more and to check out their wicked airbrushed artwork, go to their MySpace page. If I'm this in love with them after only a few songs...I can't wait to see how I feel after they get an entire album under their belt!
Here is the Press Release...it's a fun read.
Music Go Music have the simple syrup of pop extravagance running through their veins. These arena-sized songs are composed with such savage efficiency that you find yourself humming along before two bars have gone by. They are as assured and crafted as ABBA and ELO's best songs of '76, yet Music Go Music sounds fresh. They've exploded the formulas from the inside out, sounding like a hundred others and no one else. 'Light of Love' is a true celebration of pop music's potential - laying a thin sheen of magic over the world around it, and making the tedious bits of the human experience a little less so.
Thirty years ago these songs would have been recorded by coke-fueled session musicians and millionaire producers in Nassau or Stockholm for $5000 a day. They would have been performed in huge arenas and played in every mall as the soundtrack to the prom queen's shopping spree. It was music made by the few for the very, very many. Thirty years on, it could only be re-imagined by a band whose members came of age playing music in the tradition of those that ended up killing it off; the punkers. Now that punk's branches sag heavy with the crass kudzu of x-treme ubiquity (hot topic, wallet chains, totally-in-your-face mountain dew commercials), it's old nemesis has become the new underdog. This time it's leaner, wiser, and has been distilled down to an essence of the bloated dinosaur that it grew into the last time around. There are no wasted notes, no fat, no filler. 'Light of Love' plays like the first three tracks of a future Greatest Hits album.
"Speak to me, darling in hushed tones. Tell me your heart's true desire" sings Gala Bell on the title track, equal parts Debbie Harry, Karen Carpenter, and Kate Bush. Maybe it's the wonderfully layered vocals, maybe the rich synth textures, maybe their impossibly uplifting nature, but there is something immediately familiar about these songs. At first listen, we're inexorably drawn into their sphere. For at least a moment, we are surrounded by the halo of their refracted energy - we can bask in the light of love.
What are you doing still reading this...go get their tunes!!!!
Music Go Music Myspace!
Secretly Canadian Myspace!