Friday, April 27, 2007

Existing and new material that will be released on Thisisnotanexit Records is now up on my myspace page - you can listen to current releases They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Its Time (An Optimo Espacio Remix) and They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - The Unstoppable Kite (Radio Edit) plus forthcoming tracks Hatchback - White Diamond and Mountain Machine - Mountain Machine. Get to it!

As always Beats In Space continues to be a regular weekly listen - this weeks mix is from Roy Dank (and he plays They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - Its Time (An Optimo Espacio Remix)!!!) plus a load of great tracks old and new, its been on all morning and is perfect sunshine weekend listening.

The new single from LSB (a collaboration between Baby G and Pete Herbert) is up on their myspace page entitled FOG. It takes a healthy chunk of Crown Heights Affairs - You Gave Me Love and turns it into a summer disco belter. Not sure when its out - all I know is its forthcoming on Eskimo but it sounds great even through the tinny myspace player and a pair of low quality headphones! There's also a remix of Ilija Rudmans After Midnight up too which is amazing - continuing on from Ilijas amazing track UMMA which came out on Infant its another record to the list of must purchases.

Sculpture is also playing at The Macbeth in Hoxton Saturday 28th April - so thats worth checking out methinks. Its a great little venue and Sculpture always brings the noise. He's got a track called SKRAM which might come out on Thisisnotanexit Records if it ever gets finished.

Sculpture is a bit of a perfectionist you see.
There is certainly method to his madness.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

I'm obsessed with the soundtrack to The Fountain this past week. Mogwai and The Kronos Quartet collaborations and some truly stunning stuff on there - it was a shame the film got royally panned when it came out when it was in fact a really beautiful film. But this is the UK and we'd much rather consume rubbish than deal with anything of real substance.

Here's the track Death Is The Road To Awe from the soundtrack.

I'm also loving the new Lindstrom & Solade stuff - Lets Practice is out today on vinyl (and apparently Todd Terje has done a remix - not sure if thats true or if and when its coming out) but they have also covered the Vangelis - Demis Roussos collaboration from Earth LET IT HAPPEN which will be the exclusive track on the forthcoming LATE NIGHT TALES on Azuli. It'll be released as a tasty little 7" at some point in a few months - but if you can't wait you can listen to it on their myspace page.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Yo yo yo

Its all go at Thisisnotanexit HQ - and here's what we've been listening to on the Thisisnotanexit branded boombox (a boombox with a Thisisnotanexit sticker on it) this past week.

1. Battles - Mirrored LP

Nothing gets close to the amazingness of the single ATLAS but this is a mighty fine album.

2. Glass Candy - Miss Broadway

Glass Candy cover an old french disco track by Belle Epoque and go discoball-tastic. Forthcoming on Italians Do It Better its a label to FARAH is also signed up and her stuff sounds exciting too. Dark stalker disco.

3. Prinzhorn Dance School - Up! Up! Up!

New single from DFA signings Prinzhorn Dance School - not as good as their last single - but bodes for an interesting debut album. Already polarising people but in this day an age making people have an opinion is no bad thing.

4. Pylon - Gyrate LP

Being re-released on DFA apparently. A hard to find classic from 1980.

5. Ilya Santana - Discotized

Analogue Metro Area / Daniel Wang-esque disco with a bassline that just absolutely kills on a good soundsystem. He released a track a few years ago on Balihu but this is a dancefloor bomb.

6. Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - George LP

More edits and shiznit from Erol and his best mate. Not a big fan of Erol as a remixer (a better DJ) but his Beyond The Wizards Sleeve edits are always interesting and worth a look.

7. Michoacan - 2 Bullets (DJ Harvey Masterdata Remix)

Harvey mentalism. You can guarantee that DJ History are excited as he isn't prolific - but thats living in Hawaii for you. He's also remixed the new LCD Soundsystem single ALL MY FRIENDS so keep your ear to the ground for that.

Thats it for now, busy busy busy - check FACT Magazine for a review of Hatchback's forthcoming single White Diamond as the finished remixes arrive this week....

Friday, April 13, 2007

Here's what I've been listening to this week - and what I'll be listening to this weekend.

1. Studio - Lifes A Beach (Todd Terje's Beach House Mix) [[Balearic bliss! Hate to say it but this is better than the Prins Thomas remix for me - sorry Thomas!! Just check the bassline and delayed guitars - oooooohhhhhh myyyyyyy]]

2. Human League - Rock N Roll [[Because its all about the Schaffell!!!!!]]

3. Mountain Machine - Mountain Machine (forthcoming on Thisisnotanexit Records) [[Human League Rock N Roll - CHECK Some Motorik Krautrock - CHECK Syd Barrett at the desk - CHECK Schaffelltastic rhythm - CHECK. Throw it all together and thats Mountain Machine the best band you've never heard]]

4. Hot Chip - My Piano [[New track on the new DJ Kicks mix cd - sounds like they've had Noze Remember Love on repeat to me!!!]]

5. Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (Prins Thomas Discomiks) [[I feel kinda dirty putting a *spits* Simian Mobile Disco track in my Top 10 as they're a bit neu-rave-ed-banger synth nonsense but Prins Thomas appears to have saved this from my mp3 scrapheap]]

6. Hatchback - White Diamond (Prins Thomas Remix #2) [[may as well plug this - especially as its reviewed in FACT Magazine this issue, and its not even finished. Contender for tune of the year apparently, and who am I to argue]]

7. They Came From The Stars I Saw Them - The Unstoppable Kite [[gets better with every listen - especially with the sun out]]

8. Malcolm Mclaren - Love Will Keep Us Together [[A mix of Joy Divisions Love Will Tear Us Apart and Captain & Tenilles Love Will Keep Us Together - shouldn't work but oh my its achingly beautiful. Search your blogs and you might find it. Otherwise its featured on the new Thisisnotanexit Volume 6 coming soon]]

9. 120 Days - Come Out, Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone (Mental Overdrive Remix) [[Forthcoming on Smalltown Supersound this is really rocking - kinda rocky but with the Scando disco dials turned up to 11]]

10. Subway - Satellites [[New on Souljazz it can't be slept on - electronic disco techno]]

11. Justine D - RVNG Mix #5 [[Turned me back onto Ministry - All Day (Remix) as featured on the classic TWITCH LP - so so so so good I can't believe I'd forgotten about it!! Aces]]

12. This weeks Beats In Space is worth downloading for the Permanent Vacation mix - featuring exclusive Todd Terje and Joakim remixes. Check it out!!]]

Thats all - just a list of good stuff this week. Maybe some free music next week if I'm feeling nice.

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Here's my top tracks to listen to this weekend whilst eating chocolate easter eggs....

1. Sorcerer - Surfing At Midnight (Prins Thomas Remix)

2. DAF - Brothers (Joseph Watt Remix)

3. OOIOO - Uma (Eye Remix #2)

4. Minilogue - Elephants Parade

5. Fun Boy Three - Lips Are Sealed (JD Twitch Edit)

6. Dappled Cities Fly - Fire! Fire! Fire! (Loving Hand Remix Edit)

7. !!! - Must Be The Moon (Emperor Machine Remix)

8. Peter Visti - Jolene

9. Q Lazarus - Goodbye Horses

10. LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends

I'm looking forward to hearing the DJ Harvey remix of LCD Soundsystems All My Friends - proper wonky-tastic on all accounts.

There's a nice interview with They Came From The Stars I Saw Them on FACT Magazines online site which you can read here:

And that is a groovy photo of The Stars gig that took place last week - with special guest Sarah "The Tambourine" Sharma. Not sure is she's going to be a permanent addition to the band but watch this space - she certainly made her presence felt during a storming version of The Unstoppable Kite.

And speaking of The Unstoppable Kite - its out now! In the shops and everything! Go and buy a copy!

Happy easter!