Music I’ve been listening to over the past few months. Can’t get enough of that John Wizards album.
Last playlist of the year. Some Christmas stuff mixed in with the normal selections!
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 - 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)
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.
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!
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.
Russ Chimes - Targa [Eye Industries]