Friday, May 29, 2009
You knew it was going to be good, but Skywriter, the first LP release from DatA exceeds expectations and blows them way the fuck out of the water. We got a taste of things to come with 'One In A Million', which was bad ass, but as with most albums the single takes the cake.. but not Skywriter. This is no diss, in fact its a damn good compliment, and shows the depth this album has. From the beginning piano of 'Verdict' you know you're in for a treat. You know it'll be epic when the organ like synths soon follow. It's a good rule of thumb that organs are good foreshadowing for a great album, it's science.
DatA - Verdict
I was mentioning to a friend that this album has a feel to it that hasn't been done since Justice's "Cross". "Skywriter" is a perfect example of how you handle hype and put together an album that delivers. DatA has shown that you don't stick to one style, you expand and make your own sound. Sprinkled between his hook heavy catchy as shit electro jams are Kavinsky-eque synth emblazoned classic.
DatA - Aerius Light
The influences continue to rain down when you hear a track like 'So Much In Love' which has you thinking Daft Punk 'Emotion' meets Justice 'Phantom'. And then then halfway through you realize DatA is doing his own thing as usual.. using the first half only as a drawn out intro to the meat of the track the Discofunk chorus which repeats its way into the next track leaving you wanting more.
DatA - So Much In Love
When comparing a few tracks to Justice it gets a little tricky. Some tracks are classic "Cross", but a few go in the direction of newer "Planisphere" Justice w/ the epic guitar sections blended in.
DatA - Renaissance Theme
With DatA showing his maturity with mixing things up and keeping it interesting throughout the album, I still find that my favorites are his vocal laced songs such as 'Skywriter'. Oh yes, Rapture is in there as well, so glad he decided to incorporate it into the album since it's one of my favorite songs in the electro realm.
DatA - Skywriter
I highly recommend you bust up your piggy bank on this one, you can grab up this highly recommended gem at iTunes. And while we're speaking of change, drop on by his Myspace and give him your 2cents.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Ok back into my blogging form after a little layover in Lazyville (population: 1). Let me introduce MMMatthias, an electro German producer who labels his music as both "easy listening" and "hardcore". This may have you scratching your head for a bit, but only until you listen to his music and get what he means. In the words of a wise fellow DH blogger, Pretty/Ugly, "He manages to bring electro to a calming point where if you are soothed by glitches, stop & pauses - this fits perfectly into your routine of staring out of public transit windows". Well said.
MMMatthias sent us over his newest remix and I've been really enjoying it after letting it sink in my brain a bit. It's his take on Moderat's 'Les Grandes Marches', and he owns it in every sense of owning something.
Moderat - Les Grandes Marches (MMMatthias remix)
His Moderat remix is just one more addition to his already impressive collection of work. The remix of Sigur Ros' 'Saeglopur' is smooth and chill, yet full of glitch, keeping you in a twitchy daze. If music really is a drug, this is the meth variety.
Sigur Ros - Saeglopur (MMMatthias remix)
ALSO, you have to get his "1981 remix" of Database' 'Miami'. I don't want to waste time with silly words about how good it is, just get on it.
Database - Miami (MMMatthias 1981 remix)
If you're a glitch freak, check out his MGMT remix of 'The Youth' as well.
MGMT - The Youth (MMMatthias remix)
And lastly, I present to you good people his remix of Royksopp's 'Vision One'. A.) Because I LOVE 'Vision One', and B.) Because my DH blogger buddy I mentioned before HATES this remix. So there, EAT IT!
Royksopp - Vision One (MMMatthias remix)
This guy is one to keep an eye on, each remix of his gets better and better and he shows no sign of slowing down. Take a look at his MMMyspace and hit him up!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Ok, first off.. I really enjoy having to make another post after some assholes decide to delete my blog posts without telling me what the problem is. I originally posted a nice DIGIRAATII remix of Amanda Blank's "Get It Now".. which I will repost now. I get this stuff from the artists, so back the fuck up..and get your hand off that delete button, k? Anyways..
Better late than never, but fresh for your ears is DIGIRAATII back with another banger. This time they assault the hell out of Amanda Blank 's "Get It Now", which is always welcome. Their Yeah Yeah Yeahs ' "Heads Will Roll" remix has been getting some really great response lately and is moving its way up the Hype Machine charts oh so quickly.
Amanda Blank - Get It Now (DIGIRAATII remix)
Sorry to the DIGIRAATII dudes for this shiz, I'd like to include a certain BURNS remix of a certain Yuksek & Amanda Blank song.. but since shit randomly disappears w/o explanation.. I will resist for now. Maybe this is just a wakeup call that I need to get off my ass and post a little more.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Last week when I did a little writeup for PILLAGE I told you to check out the compilation dubbed "Be Juicy" from On The Fruit Records. Well if you ignored my advice you missed out on some amazing artists and songs. But to further prove my point and try to entice you once again, I present Double Dragon, a duo coming straight outta south France.
Double Dragon are no newbs to the game, although under represented in the blogosphere, they've done remixes for the likes of NOTe FOUND, Ghost In The Water, Enfant Terrible, Culture Prophet, Popular Damage, and We Are Terrorists.
Like any good nu-wave retro act should, these boys love their rock n roll and their movies. Although they didn't specify which movies, I'd make the assumption they love their 80's horror flicks with their mix of Sylvester Stallone as well.
Double Dragon were nice to send us a few of their tracks, and they are some goodins. The first is "Perdu", which is featured on their Perdu EP. It's a rockin electro track much less of a disco track than PILLAGE, but more in the creepy mood of electro king DANGER. They intertwine some French spoken word throughout the track, and I have no clue what they are saying.. but I'd like to imagine its some dialogue set to a horror flick with an insane serial killer stalking his prey. It works for me.
Double Dragon - Perdu
And if the last track wasn't spooky enough, they up the anty with "Misery" which starts off with some haunting synths which reminds me of Friday the 13th. Don't expect to hear this one at your local discoteca, because I don't think too many people are going to find a way to dance to this one quit yet. Instead this one is a brilliant piece you need to turn the lights off and chill with, by yourself, and appreciate what it means to produce unique music which takes you places beyond the dance floor.
Double Dragon - Misery
Their track "To Be A Hero!" steps away from the horror flick soundtracks and sets a lighter happier more inspiring mood. "You too can be a hero!" is the message I am getting from them. Their Myspace page features a picture of an NFL player chuggin ahead towards the endzone alongside this song, and the music fits it perfectly. It sounds as if they've sampled some inspiring NFL theme song and put their own nu wave rockin' twist on it. Since these guys sound to be movie buffs, I think this song would be more fitting alongside The Karate Kid and not Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Definitely an upgrade from Jose Esposito's "You're The Best".
Double Dragon - To Be A Hero!
And if you did not grab up the On The Fruit Records compilation I tried to shove down your throats like a delicious orange, grab up the lone Double Dragon track from it. It's Double Dragon remixing NOTe FOUND's "Night Bus" and it is a peach.
NOTe FOUND - Nightbus (Double Dragon remix)
I'm sure these guys will be getting much more blog love as they've just released their Perdu EP via Eikyou rec!, which you can of course purchase @ Beatport. They are currently doing some projects with Doriane and Eyr as well. Thanks again to these two for sharing their wonderful music, and remember to drop by their Myspace and show some <3.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
While we're all anxiously awaiting Little Boots' debut album, here's a little treat to keep you guys from going bananas. Little Boots has done a nice little mini mix of exclusive tracks appearing on her upcoming album, and a few other non album gemies including her own genius rendition of The Virgins' "Rich Girls". Going with the "Rich Boys" twist.. naturally.
I LOVE how she completely owns this song, slowing it down and adding her sexy Italo Disco flair to it. Since I can't make love to Little Boots, I'll have to metaphorically do so to this song, in 320 might I add. <3 Expect this one to get passed around a bit!
Little Boots - Rich Boys (The Virgins Cover)
Little Boots - Little Boots Album Mix
And just for reference sake, get your discohands on the Le Castle Vania remix of the track while we're at it. One of my favs :)
The Virgins - Rich Girls (Le Castle Vania's Spring Break No Parents Remix)
I'm sure we'll be hearing some new Little Boots news from here until June 9, 2009 when her album "Hands" is due to drop.. she's a busy girl! But in the meantime head over to her Myspace and shoot her some kind words.
Friday, May 8, 2009
DiscoTexan VEGA is back in the blogosphere after the gratis release of his fresh Disco House song "No Reasons". This time with a nice montage to accompany the brilliant track. This isn't the first time VEGA has dipped into the alt sport movie genre for inspiration, he's done so before with the 80's "classic" 'RAD' for the beast of a track "All Too Vivid". This dude has some really great things going for him, not only are the synth blessed songs damn good all by their lonesome, but he has a voice that is the perfect compliment. Alot of electro groups out there have one or the other, but rarely posses both in perfect harmony, such as the magnificent Tesla Boy.
VEGA - No Reasons
VEGA - All Too Vivid
Since we're blogging about homages to "classic" 80's filmography and specifically 'Trashin'.. remember Nightwaves and their boss ass video for the Phil Collins cover of "In The Air Tonight" a la BuffetLibre Rewind 2? Yes? No? It doesn't matter... I think this will be the perfect spot to plug their video and track if you haven't snatched it up yet. Perfect harmony, once again.
Video by TNUC
NightWaves - In The Air Tonight
I'm really diggin this dudes music lately and really pullin' for him. Especially since the bullshit he had to deal with on the Crystal Castles tour. Talk about primadonas. As always float on by to his Myspace and give him some kind words.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Parisian up and comers PILLAGE just sent us over their newest track "Central". It's along the lines of Moulinex, using the same disco funk elements but without the vocals. This one is completely soaked in French Disco, keepin true to what's made France such a powerhouse in electro music for a while now.
Debut! PILLAGE - Central
Also grab up this pretty boss compilation celebrating the first anniversary of On The Fruit Records, dubbed "Be Juicy". It features PILLAGE as well as some remixes by DH favorites WORSHIP, Freak You, Double Dragon, and more. The remix Double Dragon does to Note Found's "Night Bus" is fuckin' ace, taking you on a synth filled journey.. you NEED to check it out. On The Fruit Records is rapidly becoming one of the best labels out there right now, pumping out some of the freshest music on the scene.
On The Fruit Records Presents "Be Juicy"
We're looking forward to even more music from these dudes, hopefully soon enough, but until then dance on over to their Myspace and buddy up if you haven't already.