Monthly Archives: April 2014
You have to admire his work ethic, if not his music. Ichisan just dropped this little mini-mix on us a few hours ago. Keep in mind, this guy just got done with his first tour of the US, he’s constantly working on his new album, and he’s simultaneously engrossed in full-time musicianship and professional photography. Industrious fellow he is. He also included the cosmic sex that is Psychemagik’s “Star Laser” in the mixtape. That alone my friends, is reason enough to download this and get your quick Ichi-fix. Enjoy!
Oh why not, we’ve seen this everywhere over the last 4 days but just in case you haven’t heard it, here’s the new mixtape Satin Jackets did for Dancing Astronaut! This German duo is signed to Eskimo Recordings, so we can add another notch in the disco/house post for both the label and country of origin. If you’re a fan of disco-laced electronica then look no further. This guest mix impressively showcases a wide and tasteful range of deep house, indie, disco, pop, and funk tunes, including their remix of “Somebody” by Salt Ashes. Head to the bottom of the page for the download link, and enjoy the stream! We, and apparently several others felt a strong need to show you this, so you might just want to hit that play button, or hey you might not.
Solomun just released his new ‘Samson’ EP this month on DIynamic Records. For those who are now being introduced to this fine gentleman, he is from Germany, and he makes electronic music. This creature of the Black Forest is no stranger to the studio or the stage. In one solid year, he received the honor of winning Best Producer at the Ibiza DJ Awards, and Mixmag Magazine’s DJ Of The Year award. His “music is moments” motto is something he embodies on a daily basis.
Solomun specializes in meditative, cerebral house grooves. Although his music takes a fairly classic approach to the genre, this artist has rewritten the formula with his own unique twist. He is like the ghost of an era haunting the corridors of the modern electronic industry. The heavy notes of trance, disco, tribal, and especially house influences are all wrapped together in a semi-conventional yet somber format. He is in tune with something higher than the basic desire to make dance music. His tendency to reference theological figures in his titling could have something to do with the otherworldly feel to his sound. As to what, we do not know. Perhaps he chose that moniker because he himself is a prophet, like the Muslim’s fabled Solomon. The ‘Samson’ EP is out now, and you can purchase it on Beatport here! Preview the two new originals below and check out the review>>> Read the rest of this entry
The music video for Avril Lavigne’s new single “Hello Kitty” just premiered, and incidentally it seems to be stirring up quite the controversy. A lot of people are offended, and some people like it. I can’t say I’m here to read into any of that drivel. Perhaps you’ve seen something about this on the incessant news feeds posted across the internet like I did. Like a bad song that won’t get out of your head, I suppose I had to indulge for the sake of getting it out of my system. Thus, here is my input:
10 THINGS I LEARNED FROM AVRIL LAVIGNE’S “HELLO KITTY” MUSIC VIDEO
1- Skrillex dyed his hair blonde.
2- Canada has stereotyping just like we do.
3- There is no subtext, Avril Lavigne actually wrote a song about Hello Kitty.
4- Hello Kitty, candy shops, and sex, are all somehow related.
5- According to Entertainment Weekly, “Pop-punk is unique in the sense that it’s utter inauthenticity was the central authentic aspect”.
6- According to Entertainment Weekly, this is good pop-punk.
7- Her husband Chad Kroeger of Nickleback co-wrote the song.
8- There is in fact, a “drop”.
9- Avril Lavigne is “struggling with EDM” reports Magnetic Magazine.
10- Skrillex dyed his hair blonde.
Apparently Youtube took the video down once yesterday, so if the video doesn’t play, we have another link below that you can try. If you have any problems, just head >here to watch it, since I’m sure you guys are dying to do so. ~CB
We shamefully overslept on some really great news folks, but this should make a lot of people happy. Abakus released a TON of new music since February, including two DJ mixes, and the new EP ‘Tokyo Express’, which was just released this month on Modus Records! We happily present to you (with our tails between our legs) two new mixes for free download, as well his first studio compilation since the ‘The World of Silent Geometry’, released early April of last year. Grab them below, and check out the new EP!
London’s super-producer Russ Davies, the man behind the Abakus/Cinnamon Chasers monikers, seems to be back at it ladies and frogs. If that is so, then we can likely expect some more releases this spring and summer season. Russ has an absolutely fierce work ethic. Between making music as CC and Abakus, and consistently producing back to back to back (and more) albums for both solo projects, one wouldn’t be foolish to think he lived in that London studio. Up until a brief hiatus which has just been broken, he is one of the hardest working musicians in the industry. His son, whom he somehow manages to father full-time, has got some big shoes to fill. Read the rest of this entry
Last week the eclectic British producer Bonobo was the guest star on the BBC Radio One Essential Mix, and today he released the mix for FREE DOWNLOAD! Simon Green, the man behind the Bo, has been making quite a name for himself over the last couple of years. Just last year alone, he played over 140 sold out shows. Primarily performing as solo DJ, he’s also toured with a 10+ member live band (varies from 5 to 16 members). Audiences at festivals like Coachella, Camp Bisco, Bonnaroo, and headlining events around the world have all walked away with whispers of accolade.
This guy has a vision for his career and he hasn’t strayed from that path in the slightest. Over a decade ago he signed to Ninja Tune Records,and he really hasn’t had the need to go anywhere else, it’s the perfect place for a musician like this. They carry a stark reputation for unique musicians, to say the very least. NTR is currently home to producers such as Amon Tobin, FaltyDL, Blockhead, and Machinedrum. If you have any familiarity with those artists, then you could maybe start to form a small basis for comparison between them and Bonobo. Oh did we mention he’s American?! Read the rest of this entry
Relix Magazine, the periodical representative of the jamband community, just published a very intriguing article on the oral history of “livetronica” today. The article features a chronological series of oral passages from musicians including Jamie Shields (The New Deal), Dominic Lalli (Big Gigantic), and Marc Brownstein (Conspirator/ The Disco Biscuits). These artists and more give their own first-hand input on the roots, and exponential growth of this dynamic, multi-branched genre, and for that reason it’s a particularly interesting read. You can read the full article here, or below!
“After the death of Jerry Garcia and the rise of Phish and Widespread Panic, the next generation of jambands emerged. Though firmly rooted in the Grateful Dead’s commitment to improvisation, many of these groups looked past American roots music to such sources as jazz, funk and even hard rock. While musically worlds apart from the early electronic movement that was simultaneously blossoming, the two scenes had a number of similarities. Both audiences liked to dabble in drugs like acid and ecstasy and dance for hours on end.
A few enterprising young jambands saw the crossover appeal and began to incorporate electronic sounds and beats into their live, improvisational-based jam-rock. Enter the Disco Biscuits from Philadelphia, Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) from Atlanta, Lake Trout from Baltimore and The New Deal from Toronto. And a scene and a genre were born.” -excerpt from “An Oral History of Livetronica”
If you thought Daft Punk had the robot music market cornered, you were wrong. In the end they’re human after all, but what we’ve got here really isn’t. Last year a team at the University of Tokyo created the Z-Machines, a fully functional robotic live band. The band’s massive lead guitarist Mach, has 72 fingers. Jake Cinninger, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, end even Jimmy Page do not have 72 fingers ladies and gentlemen. Now, before you start scrolling through Google in a fervent search for all John Connor listings in the United States, these machines are unable to write songs themselves. They need someone to program them in order to perform. That’s where Squarepusher comes in. Read the rest of this entry
If you live in MA and you’re into the electronic jamband wave, then you’ve probably heard of Jules Jenssen. Years ago he formed a three piece band called Higher Organix, based out of Great Barrington, MA. Starting as a local outlet for the hillside “jamtronica” fans to get their kicks, HoX themselves got more involved in not only bringing their music to like minds in the community, but also became an intergal part in bringing more acts, and better events to the home front. Their skills in promotion, and the help of others got acts like Ott [Twisted Records] to play our county. Jules and Higher Organix are also directly involved with the development of the Let It Roll music festival, which eventually became the short-lived, but heavily praised and greatly missed Big Up music festival, both located just outside of MA, in Eastern New York State. Unlike most festivals which evolve over the years, The Big Up came out swinging with it’s initial lineup. Ian Stewart was right there next to him. For several years he has been bringing his heavy house vibe to hillside parties, including the previous festivals. He’s shared the bill at most of the events these two have helped to create. Jules has acknowledged him as mentor is his musical journey as well, which speaks greatly upon his own abilities.
Jules’ talent echoes far beyond the blue hills of Western MA, Eastern NY. Although a founding member of Higher Organix, he has since moved on become to full time drummer for Boston-based electronic jamband, The Indobox. Like Mr. Jenssen here, this band quickly escalated from local stardom to full touring status and mass appeal in the northeastern jam community. Since joining, their fanbase has increased immensely, and their tour presence with it. There’s a noticeable difference in the group’s overall style; they’re bringing more definition to their sound, and much harder dance grooves to both their studio work and live imrov. You can check out some of the material off their last album ‘Shapes and Colors’ here, or below!
Recently Jules suffered from a slipped disc in his back, which forced him to endure a surgery procedure that put him out of commission for a bit. The little black cloud hovering over his drum kit turned into a full fledged thunder storm when the original wound got infected, resulting in two additional surgeries and even more time from his passions. As a drummer, this is a nightmare come true. This kid won’t get taken down by a few minor back surgeries though(please not our sarcasm), there’s a beast inside this boy. Full recovery will be a slow burn, but he’ll be back on the kit before you know it. That will make his fans happy, which is a surprisingly large group of people, all who have shown overwhelming support. We wouldn’t mind hearing more beats like this EP he and Stewart just released!
JJ got off the stool and into the studio with long-time friend Ian Stewart, collaborating as Weird Zero. Just two weeks ago the newly formed duo released their debut EP ”The New Depth‘. No stranger to the studio, along with The Indobox and HoX, Jenssen has also toured under the moniker ELECTRONICAnonymous. Strike that all from the record though, we have an entirely new specimen on our hands.
The EP opens up with the titular track “New Depth” and it gets right to the point. Heavy industrial synths come at you in a slow, repeating assault, and they keep coming for the duration of the song. The second track follows in the same fashion, only carrying on with a gentle melody that eventually wraps into a dark, disco laced culmination. The gritty, low distortion, and heavy weight behind these bass synths, almost sound like the dark and down low style of Soulwax, but with more colorful textures similar to Cinnamon Chasers, or Abakus. In the vein of those musician’s works, these rhythms crawl up your spine and throw your body into motion. It’s becoming more clear why Jules slipped that disc in his back I think. The third track “The Altar”, is a haunting “deer in the headlights” tune, you can’t get away from it. Saylor’s vocal contributions resemble closely to Adelle, if she were singing in the neon rooms of UK disco clubs. The four tracks roll into each beautifully. The EP starts off with such intensity, but as it progresses each track gradually gets more a bit more melodic than the last. This was likely deliberate, regardless the payoff was the same. When you’re dealing with a group of songs that share similar themes, the arrangement can add so so much to the story being told. Finally it ends with “Dock Monster”, which is down tempo tribal mind-bender that slowly develops into, well, a monster really. Ian Stewart is likely responsible for the fresh housey kick to these beats, and they certainly kick. We don’t get much in these parts for house music, but Stewart has always shared his refined tastes with the crowds both local and distant.
Over the years both parties have shown skills in various live formats, and now they’ve brought a nice little electronic release, new and hungry for your speakers. The entire EP was recorded and produced by Ian Stewart and Jules Jenssen themselves. We’re proud these local musicians have come to achieve so much, but then again, everyone has to come from somewhere right? Listen to it below, and try to catch them both at a gig near you!