Ladies and gentlemen, we give you Spirit Catcher, two of Belgium’s finest lads.
So much music just comes and goes… but we’re happy to know that we made something special that is staying!
Now it’s time to sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the Mix 🙂
Is there such a thing as too much synth? Let’s assume not and move forward. The Russian synth-masters D-Pulse recently got some remix attention from their neighboring space wizard Ichisan! His new ‘Remember To Save’ remix of their single “More” will appear on the upcoming We Are Five compilation from Nang Records, due for release this coming Monday. You can preview the new track now!
America has House music, and Moscow has analog synthesizers. It’s been that way since the 80’s. While Derrick Carter and Larry Heard were making history in Chicago and Detroit clubs, underground gems like Zodiac and NSRD helped create a new of music that would soon influence artists across the world. With the stark evolution of technology, those two forces inevitably came together as one, helping to shape the various blends of Disco-House and Space Disco that we cherish so much today. History is the future, and the future is history ladies and gentlemen. Enjoy the tune…
The New Deal dropped a brand new track this week. Since returning from hiatus, the Toronto-based live electronica group has been quite unpredictable. The fact that they’re even the studio is a sign they’re here to stay though. This is the first studio track they have done together in over 3 years. Check out their new song “Sabotage The System” now!
This is definitely where they start to define a line between their old material and the sound they currently have. I can already see a lot of the older fans being disappointed by this so. I don’t agree nor disagree, but I have been listening to them for quite some time and the song is definitely a far cry from previous works like “Gone Gone Gone” or even newer material like “Octobong”. There some merit to the direction this song has taken. To some it might sound a little too close to “big room house”, but the choice of sounds and dramatic melodies more closely resemble the old school Russian synth music of the 80’s. That’s a very integral influence to their style, and I hope their newer material will hold true to that. We will just have to see how the next tour goes won’t we?
Were you starting to wonder where all the world’s cosmic tuneage went? Maybe just a little? Well put on your helmets, strap yourselves in, and say goodbye to gravity folks. It’s time for a brand new release from Ichisan. You may swoon accordingly.
Earlier in the year he told us he’d be doing a couple of releases as a precursor to his debut album (which is still in the works). This summer he gave fans a taste of his Extra Ball EP, due on Catune Records this fall. Now, a man of his word, here is a preview of the ‘Kristina’ EP, his second installment of space-laced dance tunes! The Kristina collection is set to drop September 15th on Internasjonal Records and includes two new originals. Despite it’s short length, the EP ranges from the soothing psychedelic overtones one might hear in his mixes, to the more dance-fueled guilty pleasures we hear at his shows. Both tracks showcase a more upbeat and raw sound this time around, an atmospheric result of his synthesizer collection no doubt. Read a full review and preview both tracks below! Space disco, we’ve missed you dearly. Read the rest of this entry
After two years of predominately DJ gigs in the States, Simian Mobile Disco will play as a live act again this Fall! In addition to dropping their 5th studio album ‘Whorl‘, they will perform the entire thing for US audiences. The album itself was recorded in the live format, so what better way to bring this new music into the world? After an official album-release party in London, the duo will journey across the pond for 8 live dates in America starting in Washington, DC. Expect the unexpected friends, Jas Shaw and James Ford have cooked up something fresh for this run. See if they’re playing near you in the dates posted below!
There’s something about the summer and flashy synthesizers that go so well together. France is no stranger to glamour beats, and Zimmer might as well be their national spokesman on the subject. Tropical synth-pop and night-time disco house merge together in the new ‘Hills’ mixtape from the Parisian electronic producer. Grab the mix for free download below!
SPOILER ALERT: There’s a pretty mean Toto rework in there 🙂
Attention all you lovers of interstellar disco! This afternoon The Beat Broker dropped the 10th and final installment to the Classy Dancer Series, hot off the presses and available for free download now. San Francisco’s underground king of cosmic boogie wraps up 5 years of classy dancing with an epic finale. Don’t be discouraged, he’s merely on to the next groove. Grab the mix below!
It’s about time! Earlier this morning, the Belgian production duo Spirit Catcher dropped their first mix installment in what seems like ages. One half of the duo wrote “…no big, super-tight mixing and DJ tricks. Just an honest selection of tracks back-to-back by two music lovers“, and in this case we’re just fine with that. Spirit Catcher utilizes a myriad of synthesizers, mixers, MIDI’s, and other electronic equipment to make their futuristic synth-funk, but you seldom see them around the decks. Unless specifically billed as a solo DJ set, these two perform live and raw, without turntables. So there’s no harm in them having some fun as DJ’s once in a while. You can listen to the brand new ‘Between the Lines Mix’ below!
As we promised on our Facebook page, we have something else to add folks. If you want an example of that “super tight mixing” mentioned above, then these boys have something special just for you. Recently they dug up a rare recording of a Triple JJJ set they did in 2007, which you can stream now! Rather than the defined super-disco vibe that they currently emanate, seven years ago they were still messing with a bunch of influences. While this showcases a lot more genre experimentation, it was still clear what direction they were taking in their music. Here’s a great opportunity to listen to an early stage in the careers of one of Belgium’s most respected electronic acts. Enjoy this un-buried treasure!
Gypsy & the Cat- Piper’s Song (Aeroplane Remix)
Almost immediately topping the charts upon it’s release in 2010, this remix greatly overshadows G&TC’s original version and became an instant classic for fans of indie and electronic alike. “And this man he walks alone,
singing remixing songs of victory…”
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!