Saturday, 28 November 2009

promise you'll never lie to me.

- Go on try.
- Okay, I'll try. What shall I say?
- Promise you'll never lie to me.
- I promise
- Promets-moi que tu ne me mentiras jamais
- Je promets
- Do I sound any different?
- Just the same.

The summer rushed in through the window, the breeze made it bang. The lock no longer held like it held at the cremaillere. I wasn't sure who was guilty. Truth economist and easily distracted, my thoughts returned to the saucepan. I never questioned what she said.

She was smoking luckies out the window. I went to the bedroom to find the soundtrack.

Organ Morgan - Broken Heart

I sunk into the bed as the beat dropped. Also dropping was the end of the cigarette, hurtling through peletier wind pockets in a motion that twirled and twissled before gently nestling in a stroller's hat. I saw grey, orange, green and white.

- This reminds me of that film. Can we watch it?

I know the one she means.

- I've seen it so many times.

She doesn't know I watched it last week with Alexa.

- Please?

Alright. Alright. Already.

Kraked Unit - Poupées Russes

Mathew Mayes aka Organ Morgan is a purveyor of sample based delights.
Broken Heart occupies the prettiest of middle grounds; a thumb war between Bibio and Kraked Unit that continues to engross after the twentieth replay.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

ce soir.

It's going to be mortel.
Normal posts to return tomorrow.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Friday, 20 November 2009

bright swords

So you're backstage. Waiting to go on. Waiting to shatter every last coeur in the room with your languid mélange of taut white boy funk and wistful soul. Butterflies rise in your belly but you brush them off. Straighten your tie, you bend down to tie your laces. Your name is Othello Woolf.

Swaggering onto the stage, you glance around to find your band conspicuous by their absence. Instead, Gwil is gleaming back at you; the hint of a grin dancing across his face. Samplers whir into life as Golden Silvers reveal their tribute. The crowd are gleefully clapping along in unison. Only one thing remains, wrap your hands around the microphone and forget where you are for a fleeting moment.

Othello Woolf - Stand (Golden Silvers remix) - exclusive

This is decidedly moorish. Stand comes into the world on January 18th on glorious white vinyl courtesy of the Young and Lost girls. Makes you hanker for the new year already right?

///visit his myspace for live dates
///visit Dummy for an interview with the man behind the voice
///visit Transparent for sharp words and the other pieces of the jigsaw


The work of Anthony Burrill always catches the eye.
He uses strong colours to add weight to sharp mantras.
Bossy in tone, they brim with far too much determination to
ever be categorized as self-help, as inspiring as they may be.

Mystery dance duo, Acid Washed, have been the worthy recipients of
Mr Burrill's visual expertise. The above video serves as a delectable introduction
to the space disco wares peddled by these Parisians.

General Motors, Detroit, America
is unashamedly epic. The above video is the only way to experience it until you can get your hands on the transparent twelve inch out on Record Makers on Monday. Acid Washed aren't just here to pay their dues to the annals of techno history, they are here to party.

Throwing shapes with them on this release are Barbara Panther, Gavin Russom and Blackstrobe. Gavin Russom needs no introduction to those that are familiar with DFA; Panther is an unknown quantity who raises the temperature level with her sultry vocals; Blackstrobe sends the GMDA original into overdrive and into the disco stratosphere. Wrap your ears round this.

Acid Washed - General Motors, Detroit, America (Blackstrobe remix)

///visit the Record Makers webshop

post-mortem: levi's one to watch

My recollections of the two Levi's OnestoWatch 5 night revues earlier this week veer from the hazy to the crystalline. Both events were heavily subscribed. Violens were undeservedly on first on Tuesday, their shimmering pop went down a treat. Crystal Fighters pulled out all the stops, whipping the crowd up into a melée that saw assorted Hoxton luminaries lose their shit. Not literally, the day after Clock Opera continued to cement their reputation as White Noise made its way into the record emporiums. Wolf Gang impressed sonically, though it was difficult to enjoy as a spectacle once my brain had decided that Max McEligot bore a striking resemblance to Aussie try-hard tennis legend, Lleyton Hewitt. Marina and The Diamonds looked every inch the star in the making, my guess is that she's holding back that killer tune for 2010. Final night of the revue tonight at Cargo. Free Fridays. Alex Metric.

////head over to RCRDLBL to download the magnificent Mowgli's Road as remixed by Phenomenal Handclap Band
///photos by Tom Bunning

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

interview: tap tap

"He thought you were really tanned.
He must have remembered you as being white.
I wasn’t white.
No, I know.
Such a Pete thing to do.

Today my subject matter is Tap Tap, solo project of Thomas Sanders who fronts the aforementioned pirates. I spent a few minutes downstairs in The Lexington after Eugene McGuinness had finished cooing and Pete from Pete and the Pirates getting all confused.

J: When I interviewed you before, Tap Tap was not really that important to you. Don’t even talk about it. What’s changed?

I wouldn’t say it was ever unimportant to me, On a personal level it’s always been just as important to me as any music I do. It’s just songs that I write. I don’t write for Tap Tap or Pete and the Pirates. I wouldn’t say that one is more important than the other.

All that’s changed is that I had this second album finished. The label said you really needed to do some gigs. I naturally wouldn’t have done the gigs, but they kinda, didn’t put pressure on me, but said it would be really great if you did.

I thought that if I’m gonna do them, I might as well do it properly and put a band together.

J: Does it include any members of Pete and the Pirates?

T: No no it’s noone from Pete and the Pirates. It’s different people. It’s like friends really and different bands that I’ve kinda borrowed people from.

J: Any of them worth mentioning?

T: Oh yeah, all of them are worth mentioning. There’s a guy called Koichi on the guitar, he’s from Screaming Tea Party. There’s a guy who’s going to be doing some singing with me called Matthew. He used to be in a band called Morning Runner. Guy playing the drums called Boomer. He’s in a band called Barringtone and another band called Plugs.

J: Oh yeah, I know him. (in my head, I’m thinking best fucking drummer in town)

T: and there’s a guy called Brett , playing the bass for me. He’s from Australia. He’s not in any well-known bands.

J: A lot of your songs tend to be about women. Is that fair? Mainly?
T: Umm. Yes. Mainly. Yeah, definitely. And then the one’s that aren’t , I suppose they still are really in a way. You can always relate it back to relationships and love, girls and yeah, girls and boys.

J: How many girls is it about?
T: Oh. I don’t know. That’s an interesting question.
More than one. But not like in a sleazy way.

J: One thing I remember being interesting from our previous chat, was how you said you were starting to enjoy all the travelling that starting to happen? Are you still enjoying the touring lifestyle?

T: Yeah. We go on tour tomorrow actually. Yeah I do still enjoy it.

J: Does it have an effect on your relationships? Has it meant you haven’t really been able to have one?

T: Yeah well no. I don’t know actually. I suppose it’s hard to know the answer to that question cos I haven’t really tried. I haven’t tried to have a relationship with a girl whilst being in a band. Not that I haven’t tried, it’s just never happened. I imagine, I know from speaking to my friends and bandmates who have to go through not seeing their girlfriends for a few months or however long it is. It’s horrible, really horrible.

J: Listening to On My Way, one girl stands out. Tell me about the gypsy girl. Who’s she?

T: Yeah that was about a specific person. She doesn’t even know I’ve written the song about her. I don’t think I should… So I don’t actually feel that comfortable talking about it. She was the girl that I once went out with for quite a long time.

J: So it’s not about current times?
T: It’s about someone I went out with like 2 years ago.

J: So you’re quite comfortable about writing things in the past?
What influences the way that you write songs?

T: I’ve never really thought about. Yeah, Maybe my writing is quite retrospective. I’ve never thought about that.

J: Do you ever write about things you think will happen?
T: I guess most of it’s in the past. What I write about. I’d have to sit down and read all my lyrics to answer that question. I’ve never actually thought about that. Very good question.

J: What’s your favourite lyrical moment off the new stuff?
T: I quite like the words to El Gusano. Spanish title. They are quite playful. I like them as well cos I wrote them without thinking. They just suddenly all came out, consecutively.

J: I often find your music epitomises the feeling of the morning after. Do you find that alcohol influences a lot of your writing?

T: Yeah I do actually. A lot of the events that the songs talk about tend to come from being drunk. But then, most people are drunk these days aren’t they?

J: Yeah we’ve always been drunk. I read the other day that in the 17th century the average person consumed two pints of gin a week.

T. The doctor would have a real go at you for that.

(Gin was in fact cheaper than milk)

J: What’s your favourite drink?
T: The only drinks I actually drink are beer, cider and wine.

J: No spirits?
T: No I don’t drink spirits, unless it’s in a bloody mary. I like a bloody mary, but that really is the only spirits I drink. It just all gets a bit too much, dangerous. I think spirits are really quite dangerous, get into all kinds of trouble.

J: Any kind of beer or cider?

T: No, no. I drink Strongbow. Any nice lager really. I like Guinness.

J: Favourite musical moment off new album?

T: I think it’s a song called Dirty Sky. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to put it on. Then I recorded it and it turned out so pretty, I couldn’t not put it on.

J: Is it all recorded it home?

T: No no none of it was recorded at home. Except a couple of vocals. It was all done between two or three different studios in East London, little kind of home studios. The guy who produced it, engineered it has a few studios he works in. It was done in a very piecemeal way. The drums and bass were recorded in one place and then the rest of it was recorded all over the place really. I liked doing it like that.

And finally
J:Who would you rather kill Superman or Spiderman?
T: Rather kill?
T: Spiderman.
T: I think he’s generally speaking. Capable of less.
J: Because he’s capable of less?
T: I think Superman is really super.

That makes it 1-1 after Django Django decided to kill Superman.
First superhero with five kills dies. Pony Pony Run Run are next in the hotseat.

Superhero bashing aside, On My Way is perfect music for this time of year when you need warming up. Dirty orange leaves everywhere as you shiver and shuffle your way through the park on the way to the pub. The pub in question should be The Stag's Head. Next Thursday in Dalston. Free entry. Enjoy Dirty Sky below and I'll see you down the front. Codeine is another beauty worth mentioning, but I'm not going to talk about it. Just pick up a copy.

Tap Tap - Dirty Sky

///listen to Queen of Hearts on hypem
///gig review
///visit the stolen shop

I secretly long for the day when Tom discovers gin, different liquors mean different hangovers. Hangovers act as the fuel for his creative output I'd say.

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

i love london.

Violens then Crystal Fighters.
at Hoxton Bar & Grill tonight.
The second of 5 nightly revues
by Levi's and a single launch for
your favourite Basquophiles.

Crystal Fighters have assembled
a monstrous amount of remixes
for their smash hit, 'I Love London'.
Watch out for cuts from Brackles,
Chamboché and the dub mix from
In Flagranti especially. 80kidz is over
at bigstereo and the vintage In Flag at RCRDBL.

Single out 30th Nov on Kitsuné.

Zombie Disco Squad have mashed it up.
Tropical tinges enhance the grainy grooves of the original.

Crystal Fighters - I Love London (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)- removed by request

Violens rock up to these shores as support for
ChessClub compadres, White Lies. It looks like a
slow-burning hype / fan acquisition type of tour.
Smart money is on something pretty magic being in
their locker for 2010. Basslines that roll me back to '83
and lush vocals wrapped tightly around feelings that
rejoice and celebrate the times when being lost is rich in appeal.
Enjoy the contradiction with Doomed and a mix to warm the cockles.

Monday, 16 November 2009

see you all

The lithest of composers to emerge from the Pan European Recording stable; what Koudlam offers is dreamy and deranged. These two poles cris-crossing in and out, twirling each other round and round ad decrepid delirium. Like his peers, the aigle is a shoe-in for spirit animal. An obvious choice...why? The eagle's grandeur evokes a glorious history yet the graceful power of the animal in full flight will always thrill in that modern way.

Koudlam - See You All

Koudlam - Eagles of Africa (via The Walrus)

////buy more on itunes

Koudlam takes Warsaw tomorrow night, New York City on Friday and Nantes in the New Year.
New album, 'Goodbye' out today.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

my name's not even zane

Next Monday I'm going to go out and buy a pair of Levi's. Okay so that was a lie. Their adverts are hilariously edgy. They make me want to be in a band and sleep in my car and then lie. The best I can do is go to the Levi's 5 Night Revue that's taking over the Shoreditch area next week and boy have they saved the best until last.

Monday = Cherbourg (Andrew Davie solo) + Goldheart Assembly + Young Rebel Set

Tuesday = Crystal Fighters + Violens + Wild Palms

Wednesday = Marina & The Diamonds + Wolf Gang + Clock Opera

Thursday = Sky Larkin + MPHO + Beth Jeans Houghton

Friday: Closing Party @ Cargo (FREE FRIDAYS)
The Whip + Alex Metric (Live set) + Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs + Ezra Bang & Hot Machine + VERY special guests

Buy your tickets here or be queuing in Hoxton Square before probably being told it's sold out. You'd then have to go home and sleep in your car.

Crystal Fighters - I Love London (JOCKS DAWN IN DALSTON MIX)

Tuesday, 10 November 2009


I was speeding across LDN after dark towards the Goethe Institute for a techno celebration of the fall of the wall. Rollerskate blared out of my stereo, like a subterranean party animal coming up for air then skulking back down to its own personal groove palace. A thrilling lesson by Matias Aguayo on how much fun you can have playing around with your voice then letting it hang on tight to the beat. Sift through all the facsimilies in the hope you'll find the real one. It probably doesn't exist. Guaranteed to bring out a summertime sweat with every listen.

Matias Aguayo - Rollerskate (radio edit)

He actually makes his voice sound like a saxophone.
///pick up Ay Ay Ay from kompakt.

Monday, 9 November 2009

just to feel you correct it

In the absence of the Fred Falke / Whitest Boy Alive remix album that never came around, I stumbled across this Crayon Fields remix instead via the everdependable bigstereo. The lush, heady, brushing my hair out of my eyes vocal from Geoff O'Connor and crispy guitars are roused from their joyous lounge party smooch and packed off to the discotheque by the inconnu, Dan Block. It's no worldbeater by any stretch of the imagination, rather a joyful extension of a song that continues to circle and weave at the forefront of my faves for the year. Deserves dropping into mixtapes and amateur DJ sets from bedroom tastemakers around the club.

Crayon Fields - All The Pleasures of The World (Dan Block remix)


Friday, 6 November 2009

sweet escapism

Muchuu want you to follow them. Shut the curtains, cram your pockets with marshmallows and penny-chews and just run out the back door, down the garden path into the fields that overlook the railway line and down down down into the forest.

Don't ask questions. Just dance. Or skip. Or frolic.
Your only company is your gameboy, your imagination and everything in between.
Just follow Milky (vocals / dreamy nature) and her brother George (beats and backing vocals) into their secret world.

Somebody Tell Me is youthful escapism condensed into three minutes of nicely styled electro pop. If your bedroom wall is plastered with posters of Lykke Li and Jonas Bechtolt, then these two are your latest pinups. I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of their debut album Adventure We Go a few weeks back. Packed to the brim with more of the same, there isn't a second of filler in sight. Every track can and will be a massive single. 2010 is theirs for the taking. Already getting mad love on 6music, enjoy this exclusive.

Muchuu - Somebody Tell Me

Their pop music is gorgeously innocent, yet holds crimson undertones that prevent it reaching that saccharine saturation point and the inevitable hurling after the ferris wheel ride. Sweet, sweet escapism is what it says on the tin, if Muchuu had a tin. I'd imagine they do, it's probably filled with sweets and fairy dust. Join the queue at the secret door of The Social on Little Portland Street next Tuesday, it's going to be magical. I can't even begin to imagine what they got up to at Halloween.

///visit their fun-filled website.

Thursday, 5 November 2009

taken for a ride

Last Sunday with a hangover the size of a high rise, I clambered into my car and sped down to the coast to take in Daniel Johnston. Down by the pier in Brighton, a sea of sore-headed halloween revellers, eyeliner still intact, took in supports from Laura Marling and The Wave Pictures. In my heart of hearts, I only hoped for something coherent tinged with something magical. Obviously he was never going to play the whole of Don't Be Scared in its entirety. Obviously, he didn't play any of it.

Just seeing him in the flesh brought home how honest his songwriting is.
His searing honesty, filtered and fettered through unrequited love, always bulldozes its way through the harshest of cynics. Even though were moments where he struggled to maintain the pace, the songs he played were infused with tremendous warmth and exuberance. You wouldn't think it necessarily from the above photograph, but his voice is still drenched in childlike glee.

Daniel Johnston (with Yo La Tengo) - Speeding Motorcycle