Wednesday, 30 April 2008

sebastiAN - motor // late of the pier - focker

SebastiAN has dropped the dance tune / banger / riproarer of the year to date. Motor is absolutely relentless. Bearing all the hallmarks of what we have come to expect from an Ed Banger, as well as from SebastiAN, I think it manages to make the previous undisputed electro destroyer, Waters of Nazareth, seem a little tame. It's pretty much set to demolish everything and everyone in its path like the great big electro lawnmower it is.

SebastiAN - Motor

Castle Donnington's finest, Late of the Pier, are soon to return with their first single proper for Parlophone. Space and the Woods was first released last year on Way Out West Records but has since been scrubbed up and polished by Erol Alkan, whose stock as a producer continues to rise exponentially. I'm not really a fan of re-releases but the other track on the release just goes to show how weird Late of the Pier really are, which is great. Focker is a fuzzy little number that is bonkers. Possibly not quite as bonkers as previous 12" single The Bears Are Coming, but it straddles that bridge that everybody knew existed between 80's hair metal, more recent French inspired 'lectro stuff and TV shows like Finders Keepers perhaps. You can certainly imagine lead singer, Sam, tearing a room to shreds and then covering everyone in gunk. I hope they threaten the charts as well.

Late of the Pier - Focker

Late of the Pier - Space and the Woods (Radio Edit) (out May 19th)

Sunday, 27 April 2008


All my essays are handed in. So it's officially summer really. After a few days blurring into one through constant boozing in the parc Monceau, I headed down to La Fleche D'Or last night for YACHT and Thieves Like Us.

Thieves Like Us were somewhat disappointing. I wasn't sure whether they were going to do a DJ set or play live, and they plumped for the latter which didn't really create the dancefloor impact that their killer tune, Drugs In My Body, can have.

Thieves Like Us - Drugs In My Body (Just A Band Remix)

When I go to a gig, I really want a performance and that was certainly provided by Jona Bechtolt, the one-man extravaganza otherwise known as YACHT. Formerly of The Blow, Jona creates electronic music with a little bit of everything (pop, funk, hip-hop, grunge you name it) that just urges the listener or spectator to move their limbs like a loony (see Girl Talk). Jona demonstrates this in his live performances by jumping about like crazy to a backdrop of Powerpoint presentations, blue screen computer errors and other geeky montages. The performance climaxed beautifully with a stage invasion during See a Penny (Pick It Up), one of the stand-out songs off his last album, I Believe In You. Your Magic Is Real, released DIY style on his own label, Marriage Records. He also offers limited edition handshakes for no charge at his merch stand after the show, which I think is great. He's playing Cargo in London on 29th April, so go to that.

His skillful manipulation of programmed drum-beats has led to one or two remixes, notably for Architecture in Helsinki. With the release of a new record later this year, YACHT might get round to doing some more remixes, as my favourite aspect of his music is the complete unpredictability which keeps the listener guessing. Perfect remix fodder really.

YACHT - See A Penny (Pick It Up)
Architecture in Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind (YACHT remix)
////visit his website.

Things are going to busy round here, as I have a lot more free time now. Proper hosting is on the way, as well as various interviews and gig reviews that I just hadn't got round to but still will mention due to their being awesome. The festival season is almost upon us too. Happy days.

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

love is no excuse for bad art

Okay, I'm still in essay hell so forgive a general lack of composure. Taking a time out for a bit of a remix special. Firstly, we have Sebastien Tellier and the remixes for his new single, Divine. Reworking the track are Aussie electro rockers, Midnight Juggernauts, with a typically downtempo take on the song that I think would be just perfect for a European festival in a dance tent at about 5am, when everything starts to get a bit hazy. On the flipside, we have Danger with a absolute stonker of a remix! Glitchy, drawn out, it takes all the Beach Boys style pop sensibilities of the original and makes it that little bit more suitable for dirty dancefloors everywhere. With this remix, I think Danger demonstrates amply why he is the hottest electro prospect to come out of France since Justice. Single will be out in May on Record Makers in Europe and on iTunes and on Lucky Number in the UK to coincide with Tellier taking Belgrade by storm for the Eurovision. I hope he wins.

Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Midnight Juggernauts remix)
Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Danger remix)

visit Tellier myspace
///buy Sexuality

Right, before the remixes continue, a brief word about Esser. His track, I Love You, is coming out in soon Merok. Recently supported Foals. I like this song a lot, especially the ending which I don't think takes itself very seriously.

Esser - I Love You

I am just way too tired to type really, but the show must go on. Here are some remixes by Boys Noize. Two of the best from the last year, I think you have to say.

Feist - My Moon My Man (Boys Noize remix)
Justice - Phantom PtII (Boys Noize remix)

And last but not least, a Fred Falke mix of the wonderful The Whitest Boy Alive. Got this off the ever wonderful fluokids.

The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)

The good times are just around the corner. I have so much stuff to write about, it's obscene.