Monthly Archives: August 2013
We’re a little late on this one, but it must be posted. Punks Jump Up is made up of a couple of snazzy Brits who’ve been experimenting with their own brand of disco-house fusion, and their own brand of mixing altogether. Aside from their own originals they’ve got an expert hear for talent, shining the spotlight on lesser known artists who deserve the publicity like Villanova and 4mplify. There are so many musicians out there that haven’t been heard, and the Punks get that. This mix is an hour long rocket-fueled house excursion and it’s one hell of a ride. It’s sweaty, steady, smooth, and heavy. Head to the link below for a free download of one of the most impressive house mixes of the summer.
01. Decibels – Regulator Moderator (Bufi Remix)
02. L’Enfant – See Me Now (Drop Out Orchestra Remix) + Diana acapella
03. L’Equipe du Son – Beauty Is The Light (Super Fuzz 3000 LoFT Rework)
04. Drop Out Orchestra feat Steven Kimber – Tough Love
05. Mousse T feat Boris Lennings – Brother On The Run (The Reflex Remix)
06. Eurythmics – Sexcrime (Nineteen Eighty Four) DOO Edit
07. Jkriv & The Disco Machine – I Can’t Be Alone Tonight
08. Kraak & Smak feat Sam Duckworth – Good For The City (Moullinex Remix)
09. Drop Out Orchestra feat Vinny Vero – Be Free With Your Love (DOO New Version)
10. Capri feat Beyou – Disco Re Poch
11. Behling & Simpson – Hurt Me More
12. The Amplifetes – You Want It (Munk Remix)
This is pretty sweet (pun intended). Watch a Patton Oswald doppelganger in Denver, Colorado give away 1000 free ice cones for the Jordan Jesse Go! podcast, filming the entire event. After editing the movie, what music did he choose for the score? Well Lotus of course, because Lotus always comes to mind when you think of ice cream right? When considering the fact that they sold out the Red Rocks Amphitheater when The Disco Biscuits could not, it isn’t all that surprising. Listen to the studio version of “Bush Pilot” from their self titled album as this guy slings cones in the downtown mile-high. It’s worth a few laughs as these two guys are pretty comical, and it’s an excuse to listen to some Lotus.
Over the last year the production duo Oliver has basically etched themselves into the charts, and for good reason. The recently released Mechanical EP was a colorful, enigmatic collection of originals, and the tip of the iceberg. Known for their vivid and crisp synthesizers, and to-the-point breakdowns, whether up or down tempo they seem to nail it every single time. Just a month ago they released a provocative down-tempo remix of “Her Favorite Song” by Mayer Hawthorne that could get a monk to abandon his celibacy in a heartbeat. Not only successful in the studio, they tour constantly and have built a solid repertoire for their live shows. They make some of the toughest disco-house around, there’s just not a better way to put it. Their newest tune leaves a lot to be desired however.
Just a few days ago they released the Bonnie McKee “American Girl (Oliver Remix)“. In the shadow of their discography there is something about this song that just rubs us the wrong way. Coming off a bit bland and cookie-cutter, the song reminisces the more tasteless side of the Los Angeles club scene they are immersed in. When the verse enters, the breakdowns are OK at best, but the song refuses to stick out. The chorus is as plain as the day is long. Oliver is capable of much, much more, and we hope to seem them break more boundaries. You just can’t fake it, that’s not what we are about. Listen to it in the link below and form your own opinion on the matter, then get back to us!
Luke Miller is a musician with an insatiable appetite for creation. Most of his time is spent as a vital member of the highly successful electronic progressive jam band Lotus. When he’s not doing that, he’s pursuing his interests in making disco music as Luke the Knife, and with much success. Devoting his spare time to DJing is a substantial shift being an educated band musician for so long, but he knows what he’s doing and it shows. LTK not only continues to display his abilities in slick mixing and refined track selections, but he is also producing tracks. This project just began little over a year ago but it seems apparent in his mixes that Luke Miller has been doing this as a hobby for a long time, parallel to his ascending career with Lotus. This newest mix features ALL his own edits, and you’ll be seeing more originals soon. Check out the mix with a free download and view the tracklist below.
Elousia – The Swiss (LtK Edit)
Carried Away – Passion Pit (Mullaha RMX LtK Edit)
Alive – Empire of the Sun (LtK Edit)
Holidays – Miami Horror (LtK Edit)
Music is Magic – Silverstar (LtK Edit)
Confidence – Brett (Viceroy RMX LtK Edit)
Don’t F*ck with My Money – Penguin Prison (LtK Edit)
Blue Jeans – Lana Del Rey (RAC RMX LtK edit)
I’m Just Trying to be Cool – Phoenix (Breakbot RMX LtK edit)
Doses & Mimosas – Cherub (LtK Edit)
Liztomania – Phoenix (Classixx RMX LtK edit)
Petition – Tennis (Vacationer RMX LtK Edit)
Allow us to introduce you to French electronic music duo Villanova, who will release their 5-track Physique Bell EP on My Favorite Robot Records September 2nd. The release features two remixes from Kiki and HearThuG, and three sensational new originals. Although pretty new to the scene, the so-far-accomplished duo from Marseille are quickly making a name for themselves. Having just finished their second EP, they’ve already been picked up by one of the finest underground labels in the world to release it.
Electronic music will never relent, because there is no limit to it’s potential. There are hundreds of styles, techniques, and genres, the earliest of which were house and trance. After 30 years of countless artists giving us their take on those styles, the guys at My Favorite Robot Records manage to keep a clean edge on the genre. The Toronto-based label is large a collection of artists who truly love house music, and capture it’s spirit with more passion than most DJs you see in clubs. Villanova is sure to nestle tightly in their group.
There are barrier-breaking musicians, and there are traditional and classic musicians, and there are both. Villanova embodies a pure old-school vibe but they persevere with a flowing intensity. The two tracks have a distinct sharpness to them. The rolling bass lines and high-hats don’t overstimulate you, but they give you everything you need. This duo flows with clever and calculated simplicity to carry you through the rhythm instead of dropping it on you. They are in no rush, but the pacing is steady and engaging. Similar styles of house music can get very boring, but the precision and actual soundscaping these two play with is very crisp. It is up to the artist to keep the audience interested, and there is nothing dull about Villanova. Sometimes you need to let your body do the work, and let your mind fall into space, going faster and faster as it descends. Take a listen and enjoy the ride.
Polymath is a Scottish house artist working hard on upholding his reputation as an elite producer. He possess a great deal of range compared to other artists in the field, so much in fact that it’s almost trivial to confine him to a genre. His style isn’t localized to one particular set of characteristics, but many. His latest original, “LakeFlakes”, takes a plunge into a deep analogue atmosphere, perfect for passing the street lights alone in the sometimes surreal late hours of the night. Check out the link below and let us know what you think; this one is a contender for our coming top countdowns so we’d love your feedback!
Earlier this week, Yonder Mountain String Band announced they will be hitting the road for a Fall tour! The Colorado-based Jamgrass veterans will embark on an 18 show stretch starting in North Carolina, and ending with five much awaited shows the northeast. In the spirit of a true jam band, Yonder is always on the road, and always spitting out new music. Before even wrapping up their current summer tour they’ve already got the Fall mapped out, which you can view below. It’s truly amazing to see the momentum these guys still play with after being together for almost twenty years without any hiatus.
Breaking boundaries in both bluegrass and jam music, they have started a musical revolution. Yonder is indisputably unlike any other Jam band to date; no drummer, no gimmicks, exclusively acoustic and raw. These four individuals have pioneered their own style, brand, and community in music. By means of pure artistic genius they managed to take true American music and take it to a once unfathomable level. Despite the fact they only use acoustic instruments, their compositions are rich with layers, and endless in depth. Their eccentric frontman and mandolin player Jeff Austin, successfully transformed an instrument once only used for percussive rhythm in bluegrass bands and turned it into a fierce lead force in the group. Other than jam giants The Disco Biscuits, they were also one of the first bands to implement, and fully master the concept of inverting and splitting their songs. YMSB has mastered both a timeless genre and the art of deep improvised jams, simultaneously propelling forward and backward. As the decades carry on, and artists fall from the stage into the streams of time and memory, they have continued to rise.
Since 2010 they haven’t played more than two gigs a year in New England or New York. Needless to say, this is a much anticipated run for their followers in those regions.
10/09 – Wilmington, NC Greenfield Amphitheater
10/10 – Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
10/11 – Athens, GA The Georgia Theater
10/12 – Silk Hope, NC
10/13 – Chattanooga, TN Track 29
10/16 – Oxford, MS The Lyric
10/17 – Ozark, AR Harvest Fest
10/18 – Ozark, AR Harvest Fest
10/19 – Ozark, AR Harvest Fest
10/23 – Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
10/24 – Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
10/25 – Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/26 – Chicago, IL House of Blues
10/29 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
10/30 – Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Bowl
10/31 – Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
11/01 – Boston, MA House of Blues
11/02 – Portland, ME State Theater
Here’s a list of some great acts coming through the Northeast over the next week. Ranging from New England, Philly, Rhode Island, and New York City, there’s something for all tastes and regions. Despite the festival season being in full swing this week is looking packed! If you can make it to one of those Floating Points dates then we strongly recommend it, he is one exceptional artist that seldom tours.
Fri 8/2 Jeff Bujak @ Fiori – Great Barrington, MA [Ambient, Improv, Synth]
Sat 8/3 Midnight Magic @ Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY [Disco/Pop]
Sat 8/3 Yonder Mountain String Band w/ Railroad Earth @ Saranac Brewery – Utica, NY [Jamband/Bluegrass]
Sat 8/3 Dopapod @ Ocean Mist – Wakefield, RI [Electronic/Experimental/Jamband]
Mon 8/5 >>FIVE NIGHTS!<< Dark Star Orchestra @ Full Moon Resort – Big Indian, NY [Jamband/Grateful Dead tribute]
Tue 8/6 Disclosure @ Central Park Summer Stage – New York, NY [House/Live Deep House]
Wed 8/7 Dr.Fameus (featuring Allen Aucoin of The Disco Biscuits) @ The Blockley – Philadelphia, PA [Drum & Bass/Ambient]
Wed 8/7 Twiddle @ Nectar’s – Burlington, VT [Jamband]
Thu 8/8 Destructo @ Output – Brooklyn, NY [House]
Thu 8/8 Floating Points @ Dolphin Tavern – Philadelphia, PA [Ambient/IDM]
Fri 8/9 Break Science & Paper Diamond @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, ME [Experiemental/Improv]
Fri 8/9 Floating Points @ Output – Brooklyn, NY [Ambient/IDM]
Fri 8/9 Bag Raiders @ Morgan’s Pier – Philadelphia, PA [Disco/House/Pop]
Sat 8/10 Turbine @ Spaceland Ballroom – Hamden, CT [Jamband]