Video 5 Feb

Music I’ve been listening to over the past few months. Can’t get enough of that John Wizards album.

(Source: Spotify)

Video 2 Dec

Last playlist of the year. Some Christmas stuff mixed in with the normal selections!

(Source: Spotify)

Text 7 Apr 1 note Appleblim - 9 April 2011 @ Lawrenceville Moose

I’m heading out to this on Saturday night:

Should be a great show. From what I’ve heard of Appleblim, both his productions and DJ sets are rock solid. As an experimental dubstep artist, his tracks tend to focus on off-kilter rhythms, syncopated (and brilliant) drum programming, and creative sampling. Another event organized by Pittsburgh’s fantastic VIA audio/video collective, this one is going to have some impressive visuals and home-grown talent as well. 

 A couple of jams and a Fabric mix below:

Appleblim & Al Tourettes - Lipsmacker EP (2010) [Aus Music] (Purchase)

Appleblim - Fabric “Main Room” Mix (2011)

1. Butahn Tiger Rescue - Beginner’s Waltz - excerpt (Kompakt)
2. October & Borai - I Didn’t Mean To (forthcoming Apple Pips)
3. Kowton - She Don’t Jack (Idle Hands)
4. Axel Bowman - Naomi (forthcoming Glass Table)
5. October & Appleblim - NY Fizzzzzz (forthcoming Smorgasbord)
6. George Fitzgerald - We Bilateral (forthcoming Hotflush)
7. Al Tourettes - Badger (forthcoming Bloc / Baselogic)
8. SCB - Loss (forthcoming Aus Music)
9. Pulsar - Coconut Shuffle (unreleased)
10. Sunday Roast - Choices (Soulserious)
11. Arkist & Kidkut - Vanilla Imitate (forthcoming Hotflush)
12. Phat Chex - Can’t Stop - (unreleased)
13. Paul Woolford - Let It Go - Komonazmuk & Appleblim Remix (forthcoming Intimacy Music)
14. Gatekeeper - Atmosphere Processor (forthcoming Apple Pips)
15. Gatekeeper - Let Us in (forthcoming Apple Pips)
16. Arkist - Fill My Coffee (forthcoming Apple Pips)
17. Gatekeeper & Kidkut – Alpha Apex (unreleased)
18. Gatekeeper & Kidkut - Code Red (unreleased)
19. Arkist - Rendezvous (forthcoming Apple Pips)

Video 7 Apr

Ugh, I know that it’s a bad idea to rely on the manufacturer’s videos when researching a product, but Native Instruments have really done a great job highlighting the strengths of the Maschine with this clip from Darren Price of Underworld.

Resisting the urge to pick up one of these beauties is getting more and more difficult by the day.


Video 4 Apr 2 notes

One of the singles off of Brandt Brauer Frick's new release on !K7 Records. Great track, cool video.


Link 27 Oct New Mogwai Album!»

The band that got me through high school in one piece have a new album coming out. I’m excited.

As you may or may not know Mogwai have been spending the summer recording their new album, we’ve not said much about it so far so this is kind of what this email’s about. So, here goes:

We’re delighted to announce that the new album called, ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ will be released on 14th February 2011 on Rock Action Records.

‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’, band’s seventh album, was recorded over the summer at Chem 19 Studios, in Hamilton and mixed at The Castle Of Doom. ‘Hardcore’ is produced by Mogwai confidante Paul Savage (the man behind Mogwai’s exceptional 1997 ‘Mogwai Young Team’ album) and is the follow up to 2008’s magnum opus ‘The Hawk Is Howling’.

The album will be released on February 15 2011 in the US where Mogwai have recently signed to the illustrious Sub Pop label for North America.

‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’
White Noise
Mexican Grand Prix
Rano Pano
Death Rays
San Pedro
Letters To The Metro
George Square Thatcher Death Party
How To Be A Werewolf
Too Raging To Cheers
You’re Lionel Richie

Mogwai are: Dominic Aitchison, Stuart Braithwaite, Martin Bulloch, Barry Burns and John Cummings.

There will also be a Limited Edition version of the album, which includes a bonus CD featuring a 26 minute long piece called ‘The Singing Mountain’ recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai’s ‘Monument for Forgotten Future’ installation in Essen, Germany

The band will be touring extensively early next year, with shows across Scotland, Ireland, the UK, Europe, the US and Japan.”

Video 30 Sep

Nice video from Wing-Yee Wu detailing a day in the life of Diplo.

Text 21 Sep (Zeds Dead), baby.

I was having a conversation with my awesome sister the other day, who made the not-altogether-unreasonable claim that “all party dubstep sounds the same.” While I’m not the biggest fan of Rusko, High Rankin, and other bass-heavy producers, I do like the more headphone-oriented works from producers like Joy Orbison, Scuba, and Mount Kimble on Hotflush (not to mention the absurd talent of Burial).

My buddy Nihal has a great ear for mixing that sort of heady stuff together; check out a few of his mixes and productions on his SoundCloud page here (including a fantastic warmup set for Scuba at a Blkmarket Membership party in New York).

Having said that, there’s definitely a time and place for subwoofer-tearing dirtiness, and when that time comes, I’m a strong supporter of unsigned Ontario production duo ZEDS DEAD (I assume the name is coming from Pulp Fiction). They’ve released a handful of tasty bootleg remixes of some of the biggest names in music (think Rolling Stones, Radiohead, etc.).

It’s the track below that really got my attention. I’m of the mindset that Radiohead are almost an impossible challenge when it comes to remixing, since their original works are so unbelievably good. But ZEDS DEAD take “Pyramid Song” and transform it from a eerie, piano-driven, off-kilter slice of alternative rock into a vicious and invigorating dancefloor monster. Their Massive Attack remix is great as well.

Radiohead - Pyramid Song (Zeds Dead Illuminati Remix)

Massive Attack - Paradise Circus (Zeds Dead Remix) 

They also seem to have a habit of absolutely shaking clubs to the ground, as the video below indicates:

Cool. Thanks to impressive blog Vacay Wave for finding these guys. Hopefully they’ll get signed soon!

Video 16 Sep

Rally driver Ken Block absolutely thrashes the new Olsbergs Racing 2011 Ford Fiesta around a specially-built Gymkhana course at l’Autodrome.

Text 13 Sep Russ Chimes - Midnight Club

I’m hugely impressed with the epic music video/mini-series that director Saman Keshavarz has come up with to promote Russ Chimes' new Midnight Club EP, due to be released later this month on Eye Industries.

It’s a large undertaking that could have gone either way, but I think they’ve done a great job with respect to narrative and visuals while somehow managing to keep the music as the main focal point. I’m not going to spoil the surprise(s), so have a look at the first act below to get started! The finale, Targa, is the standout of the lot in my opinion.

Chimes has been on my radar for nearly two years, and his remixes and original productions continue to improve with every subsequent release. He’s the only British member of the wonderfully-named Valerie Collective, a group of French artists and producers who yearn for the synth-laden and majestic dance tracks of the 1980s.

Couple of tracks below. Like what you hear? Check out Russ Chimes on SoundCloud and Facebook.

Russ Chimes - Targa [Eye Industries]

Ellie Goulding - Starry Eyed (Russ Chimes Remix) [Polydor]

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