Friday, March 30, 2007

I don't feel drunk.

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them rocked the hell out of the basement of 333 last night -so I'm feeling a bit shabby today. No excuses for not providing some musical entertainment to help you through the weekend though.

First up is Battles - Atlas. I discovered this earlier this week and its out on Warp on 12" with a DJ Koze remix. I've never been convinced by them previously but jeebus this is next level stuff. Its all about the original and its schaffel-tastic to the max and its been on repeat all week. Need to hear this out as it seriously rocks.

I've also been listening to the Soulwax remix of The Klaxons today (it was only a matter of time before the Dewale boys had a run at them) and guess what? Its disappointing. People are creaming themselves over this but its seriously disappointing. The kids love it but that doesn;t make it good does it? Do yourselves a favour and stick Battles on repeat - its a FAR FAR FAR superior musical experience.

Or alternatively boot this up and shake your thing.

No-one knows who they are but following their first track Mountain Machine going up a couple of weeks ago - a new track TIGER has gone up today and is equally as good. I'm trying to convince them to release these tracks on Thisisnotanexit Records but we'll see.....anyways whatever happens these are seriously ones to watch and have a certain amount of schaffel about them to make me watch closely than ever....

Also worth watching out for are the EY3 remixes of OOIOO out on vinyl (£12 import prices!!! ouch) but worth every penny. Especially as you get two versions (and EY3 is a genius!). Plus The Loving Hand remixes of Wolfmother have finally landed on black plastic - worth a look and one of the best remixes The Loving Hand (aka Tim Goldsworthy) has done. Harald Grosskopf's Emphasis (from the album Synthesis) has been re-issued on the marvellous Supersound and after hearing it on the Padded Cell Beatsinspace mix its worth a listen. Finally Trevor 'Action' Jackson returns with a distinctly rave-esque sounding remix of Black Ghosts which has a hardcore drum sample that can't fail to get the kids dancing...

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - The Unstoppable Kite EP 12" / Download (Thisisnotanexit Records 002)

Its out now - go and buy it! If you can't face leaving the house to go to a record shop then you can order one direct from us and it'll get delivered to your door in a nice 12" mailer package.

It's got live favourite The Unstoppable Kite on it! All 14 minutes of it! Carl Craig likes it! Tim Goldsworthy likes it! Tim Sweeney likes it! Plus its got Livin' On A Island on it! And Its Always Boomtime (Part Two)!

Plus the band are playing live at 333 on Thursday 29th March - so come along if you live in London (its free so what excuse have you got?).

Friday, March 23, 2007

For those luddites out there who can't figure out modern technology (yes the internet is on your computer) here's a link to this weeks Apocalypse Wow show which features a mix from yours truly.

And here's the tracklist:

1. Delia & Gavin - Field Effect #4 (Unknown)
2. Noze - Remember Love (Traum)
3. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - It's Time (An Optimo Espacio Dub Remix) (Thisisnotanexit)
4. Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me (Thisisnotanexit for the club edit) (Virgin)
5. X Vectors - Now Is The Winter Of Our Discotheque (OSCARR)
6. !!! - A New Name (Warp)
7. Tussle - Unknown (Troubleman)
8. Blackbelt Anderson - En Real T Jukkas (Trailerpark Recordings)
9. LSB - Highway Delight (Mungolian Jetset Remix) (Eskimo)
10. Crue-l Grand Orchestra - Spend The Day Without You (EY3 Remix #2) (Crue-l)
11. Unknown - Unknown (Shit Robot Remix) (Unknown)
12. Ronny & Renzo - Uniqorns (Quiet Village Remix) (King Kung Foo)
13. OOIOO - Uma (EY3 Remix) (Thrill Jockey)
14. The Sonics - Psycho (Re-edit) (Moxie Brakes)
15. Human Beingz - Nobody But Me (Pilooski Edit) (Dark & Lovely)
16. Blondie - Fade Away And Radiate (Betty Botox Edit) (RVNG)

I moaned yesterday about free music and that but this next track is only available as a track on the bonus disc on the new Explosions In The Sky album called All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone and only on the first few hundred copies - so its quite hard to get hold of. Anyway its a great album and a real step up from their previous work. This is the best remix on the remix disc and sounds like classic Four Tet rather than his more recent remix work - killer pianos, post rock guitars, melancholic soundscape and mid-90's WARP esque electronics. Great remix - check it out and go buy the full album - worth it, honest.

I also went and saw !!! last night at The Shepherds Bush Empire. An amazing performance from one of the best live bands around to what can only be described as a dull crowd. The crowd were rubbish - !!! are a band you can totally lose the plot to live and people just stood with arms folded and stared - WRONG!!!!! Anyway particular highlights were Heart Of Hearts, Dear Can, Is This Thing On? and a track that sounded like the bastard child of OLIO but with more OOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMPPPFFFF and a demonic 303 line straight from 1988. I don't know that this was - all I could make out was the repeated line DON'T STOP repeatedly repeatedly repeatedly.

Anyway I need this record more than I want it. Anyone who knows what the hell it is send me a postcard. Otherwise I presume its a newie and I await its proper release.

In other news I got the new Black Devil Disco Club / Quiet Village 12" today. I have no idea what it sounds like but I'm excited about hearing it. There's also a nice Bakazou 12" sat waiting to be enjoyed featuring a nice Reverso' 68 remix. Plus I've got a Lindstrom & Thomas remix of Roxy Music AVALON to have a listen to. Oh and Hippie Priest Bum-Out on the b-side of the new LCD Soundsystem 7" is worth checking. And my man Roy Dank sent me some new Wurst Edits by Lee Douglas which totally ROCK!!! On repeat at the moment................

Thursday, March 22, 2007

"Free music, free music, free music....give us some free music."

I hear this alot around these parts.

I'm not some sort of charity dispensing free music to those in need you know - especially when you can quickly log onto a nice online record shop / download shop and purchase some music in seconds that will cost you a few pence. Jeez I give you big lists of good stuff nearly every week to go and buy. And think about it - in this day of age of blogs *whistles* and mp3s and cd swopping think about the poor artists that have worked so hard to put the music out there FOR YOUR LISTENING pleasure and you just STEAL it for free. Go and buy an mp3 and make a band happy eh?

I am though now going to point you in the direction of some free music - AHA! A CONTRADICTION!!!!

But this is ok in my mind as its MIXES and they are like clouds or something and you can't buy these. Plus there's lots of great music on these mixes that GUESS WHAT you should go and buy!

First up, is the man JG Wilkes (General of lunacy at Optimo) and a mix he did just last week for Beatsinspace. Its got some crazy stuff on there so get to it and treat your ears!

Second, is Andy Butler from Hercules & Love Affair. They're signed to DFA so this makes them cool pretty much straightaway. Anyways get over to their myspaz and listen to Classique #2 if you haven't heard it yet. Great track - needs releasing. Anyway I digress, Andy Butler, he's done a mix for Beatsinspace too. Tim Sweeners keeps getting the best guests so yep go and download this mix too.

Both mixes can be downloaded from here:

Thats like 4 hours of music to get through. Which should keep you busy for 4 hours. Which means I won't get hassled for mp3's for about oooooooooooooh 4 hours.

I'm off to see !!! now for some freaky dancing with, as my girlfriend puts it, MONKEY BOY and his funk troops. Heart of heart of heart of heart of heart of HEARTS.

Oh yeah and go read Kiran Sande's new Contemporary Fix column for FACT Magazine - he's loving the Prins Thomas remix of Hatchback rather too much for his own good. And its not even finished!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Lock Tavern

Last week me and Mr. Soft from the marvellous TAPE blog played some records and mp3s and cds down the Lock Tavern in Chalk Farm. Mr. Soft sums it much more eloquently than I possibly could so read about it here:

In terms of what I played here's a little list of stuff in no particular order:

Massive Attack - Protection (Quiet Village Remix)
Jamie Woon - Wayfaring Stranger (Burial Remix)
Shackleton - Blood On My Hands
Zongamin - Phibes House
Pobjednicki Cocek
Uncle Jim - Superstars Of Greenwich Meantime
Little Barrie - Cash In (An Optimo Beatless Edit)
Midlake - Roscoe (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix)
Findlay Brown - Losing The Will To Survive (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix)
Hatchback - White Diamond (Prins Thomas Remix #2)
Beck - Black Tambourine
Noze - Remember Love
They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Its Time (An Optimo Espacio Dub Remix)
Kaos - Panopeeps (Shit Robot Remix)
Blackbelt Anderson - En Real T Jukkas
Love Is All - Busy Doing Nothing (An Optimo Espacio Remix)
Blondie - Fade Away

As Kiran mentioned a random girl did come and ask what the Jamie Woon track was - proof if anything that dubstep is crossing over! And a friend who was there also reckoned that the Midlake - Roscoe track sounds like Richard Marx. The track is now forever tainted by that comment. Thanks alot Sarah.

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - The Unstoppable Kite is out on Monday. If you can't wait watch the band playing it live here:

From The Luminaire last year. Enjoy.
My guest mix for Roy Dank (aka My Cousin Roy / Wurst Edits) goes out tonight on his Apocalypse Wow show. And if you miss it just download it tomorrow!!

Plus the new Thisisnotanexit mix will be up on the official site next week. Expect some exclusives forthcoming on the label.

Friday, March 16, 2007

Soundtrack to my head:

James Yorkston - Woozy With Cider (Quiet Village Remix)
Beck - Black Tambourine
Random Factor - Digitize (Emperor Machine Remix)
Bebel Gilberto - Bring Back The Love (Mungolian Jetset / Prins Thomas Remixes)
Mountain Machine - Mountain Machine
Dust Galaxy - Come Hear The Trumpets (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Re-Animation)

I'll post up what I played at The Lock Tavern over the weekend if I can remember. I was a bit woozy with cider to say the least.

Thursday, March 08, 2007

A date for the diary people - a last minute DJ gig for myself and Mr. Soft from the wonderful TAPE blog. Anyway next Thursday 15th March upstairs @ The Lock Tavern from 8pm until we get dragged off. Its free and we'll be playing the best psychadelic disco, techno and whatever else we like...come on down. We've got some right treats in store.

In other news the mix I have done for Roy Danks APOCALYPSE WOW show will be broadcast on March 20th. For those not in the US it'll be available to download the day afterwards. Here's the link:

They Came From The Stars I Saw Them are over in Ireland for the next few days on tour supporting The Unstoppable Kite EP which comes out on March 26th. The next single SIGNALS will be out in the summer and will feature a remix from hotter than hot Emperor Machine. Really excited about this one - but you'll just have to wait until the summer to hear it! In the meantime listen to some Emperor Machine here:

Worth hunting out this week on the old trusty black plastic is the new Kaos track PANOPEEPS as it features a bleeptastic remix from one of my favourite producers / remixers Shit Robot (or Poop Robot as he's sometimes known). It sounds like mid 90s techno but updated for 2007 and sounding as fresh as you like.

Also worth hunting out is the Junior Boys promo 12" with a Carl Craig remix on it - supadoopa limited but worth it. Similarly Domino are also bang on it with the new Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid promo 12" which features a remix from Holden. Total wonky brilliance. And the Carl Craig remix of Faze Action is finally available to buy from juno - totally aces this, the strings in the second half of the track are immense.

Over and out.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Ahoy. There's alot of great music out there at the moment so here's a little lowdown on what I'll be listening to this weekend....

1. Zwicker - I get my kicks at nighttime (Lexx Dub)

I missed this when it first came out (shame on me!) but got turned onto this earlier this week on a mix I heard. Headed straight over to the friendly Kompakt mp3 store and made the purchase and feel much better for spending my €1.39 on this little bass led funker.

2. Gui Boratto - Beautiful Life

Whilst I was at the Kompakt store I picked up this little beauty too. The Gui Boratto album Chromophobia is picking up ahuge amount of hype (album of 20o7 already apparently) but my tastebuds were whet by this Flaming Lips / My Bloody Valentine houser of a track. I almost bought the LP just to own this on vinyl (but went against it as there was quite a few other bits out I wanted....). Search this one out though, its great and epic and is really quite life affirming.

3. Yoko Ono - Walking On Thin Ice (Spiritualized Reversion)

All the post punk has gone. And instead all is left is a Spiritualized drone. I'm still not completely cold on this yet but we'll see....

4. Villalobos - Smokes Magical Passes

Shout out to 20JFG for this one the other week but have really become a massive fan of Villalobos recently (again - sorry - I'm late as always) but this, and his remixes of Depeche Mode and Beck really are something else.

5. Hatchback - White Diamond (Prins Thomas Remix)

Noone else has got this as it's on Thisisnotanexit Records! Prins has given me his rough mix and this is something else - nearly 18 minutes long and is so EPIC it hurts. If this isn't played all summer long I'll eat my summer hat as its so so so good. And don't sleep on the original when we put it out either - its a 10 minute balearic disco gem.

6. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - The Unstoppable Kite EP

Test pressings arrived yesterday - and it sounds AMAZING. Its released on March 26th so get out there and buy it - seriously worth it. A record in this day and age of copycat-ism that sounds truly unique. The Unstoppable Kite has the bassline of the year by the way.

7. Padded Cell - Face Of The Forest

As good as the a-side Moon Menace don't forget to flip the 12" for the b-side Face Of The Forest and a skronking sax-tastic James & The Contortions-esque track that apparently has been played by JD Twitch for the past 2 months. And what better recommendation than that, eh?

8. Force of Nature - To The Brain (Prins Thomas Remixes)

This isn't out until 20th April on Mule Musiq but managed to snag a copy in my local second hand store for a baragin £4! Also forthcoming on Mule is a nice little Optimo Walkabout 12" sampler with exclusive Naum and Twitch edits (ker-ching!) and a 12" from Tim Sweeney and Tim Goldsworthy under the name TNT featuring two tracks called Don't Stop and Endless Flight. Out in May so watch out for that,

9. Partial Arts - Trauermusik

Slow on this one too but purchased FINALLY today - great track, and all about the original mix for me. Deep and emotive techno.

10. Hercules & Love Affair - Classique / Athene

Forthcoming on DFA I can't stop listening to these two tracks - even if it is through the annoying myspace link. Check 'em out. Probably won't be out for 6 months so you'll just have to do what I do and keep the link in your favourites. Great tracks, seriously.

Finally, the mix I've done for East Village Radio will be broadcast on March 20th - make sure you listen in: