Whoa, haven’t done this in a while. Some might say too long? I think so. Anywayyy, I’ve got some really cool stuff for you today. First off, I finally found my most sought after track in decent quality. If you haven’t heard this played live in some form you have been seriously deprived. It sounds much better live and I almost feel guilty about giving this out in not-perfect quality, but I couldn’t help myself.
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Soulwax – Beathoven (Edit)
I’ve been really enjoying some new material from one of my favourite producers Siriusmo. While he is usually very hit and miss with me, these two tracks from his new EP The Uninvited Guest are both resounding hits to me. My favourite of the two is Nights Off, its got the perfect mix of dark synths, a good melody and driving drums. Apparently, he will be releasing another EP and an album by the end of 2009 on Modeselektor’s new label Monkeytown Records.
As pointed out to me today, Datarock will be playing live on June five at The Zoo in Brisbane. They are touring to support the release of their new album Red which will be available through etcetc in June. The first track on the album is called The Blog so I’m guessing that will be another hilarious stab at computer geeks (wait, does that make me a… shit) in the mould of their classic Computer Camp Love. I have a preview of the album for you with the song Dance! When you hear the catchy-as-fuck riff at the start it seems destined for greatness. Sadly I don’t think it ever reaches such great heights – to me it seems like the track never really gets started and then all of sudden it’s finished already, I think that may be because the chorus isn’t pronounced enough from the verses. Still, it’s a solid track, and definitely worth a listen.
The fact Dance! is not actually the lead single, rather the track Give It Up is, gives me hope that the rest of the album will have more direction. Give It Up is a better song and is available right now to download from iTunes. The reason I’m not posting it here is I think I have something much better for you. One of the rising stars of French electronic music Chateau Marmont has provided a remix of Give It Up which I much prefer over the original. The duo keep most of the Romeo & Juliet referencing lyrics intact, albeit in robotic vocodered form, and give the track a much stronger electronic feel. I’ve added a similarly awesome remix they did of Poney Poney (a band which Xavier from Justice produces for) and a nice bouncy original track from their Solar Apex EP. Definitely ones to watch for the future.
This Austrian guy named Parov Stelar seemed to pop up out of the blue recently and I have been loving him ever since. He makes dark electro-house songs that really stand out through his samples of jazz instruments. They are so suave and groove-laden, yet would suit the dance floor at a party really well.
Finally, is one of uber-cool French label Kistune’s latest signings Two Door Cinema Club. These guys are from Ireland funnily enough and make poppy guitar rock in a similar vein to Phoenix (whose album is out at the end of the month!!!). Something Good Can Work is featured on Kitsune’s upcoming compilation Maison 7: The Lucky One which looks like it will be a corker.
Hope you enjoyed this instalment,
Ratatat were amazing at the Hi-Fi last weekend. Guitar solos, crazy eyes, trippy visuals, bongo solos and rock star moves were aplenty. Even though there was a hint of pre-recordedness (it’s only a two-man band though), I highly recommend seeing them if you ever get the chance.