I’ll be there in spirit, you should be there in person.
I’m not convinced that Jamaica’s remix of Hurts’ “Better Than Love” is better than the original. It might make it more assessable, maybe, but the original is near perfect, even if the original was a bit of departure from what we come to expect from Hurts.
Atari Teenage Riot are back from the grave. At first I was a bit hesitant considering Carl Cracks death in 2001, but after first listen I can easily forgive them. ATR will always have a place in my heart. To be honest they were one of the first bands to get me to appreciate electronic music at all. With a perfect balance of punk attitude and electronic chaos, they created a style all their own. Now they are planning more recordings and a tour, which I would like to think can not be a reunion or rehash, but a new generation of ATR. I hope the kids these days get it.
Here’s their new song “Activate”, are you ready!!!!!!!!
Most interesting/promising thing I’ve heard/seen in days, months maybe even years. ceo is playing the mystery marketing angle (bleh), but it is decided that ceo is tied to both Modular and Sincerely Yours. Considering the last band to release on both Modular and Sincerely Yours is an “all time favorite,” we can only expect good things from ceo.
A few months back we intro’d some Band of Skulls… to sum them up, basically some bad ass rock with a bad ass name. Deluka keeps the bad ass turned up on their newest single “Death by Diamonds and Pearls” (maybe not a bad way to go?), but does it by infusing catchy beats and summer feel goodness.
We posted the 15 second teaser to Monarchy’s video for “The Phoenix Alive” a few weeks ago… and now the full video is now alive and well. Watch it closely because there is a secret page which holds a cut of the video with an alternate ending. It’s all waiting for you. If you figure out the code leave a hint in the comments below for those of us with lower IQs.
B-Side “It Must Be Love”… kinda like this one better than “The Phoenix Alive”, but it’s all pop:
Young Empires is a new love. And “Rain of Gold” is the jam. Pan flute fused with disco punk, something old and something new. Let it rain gold…
Tame Impala is the buzziest act on Modular since maybe Cut Copy… which says a lot since Modular always represents the buzziest of the buzzy. “Runway, Houses, City, Clouds” is everything music right this second is all about: syrupy, dreamy stuff to get lost in. And there’s actually some craftsmanship here. It’s kinda hard to be enthusiastic about pot rock. In it’s nature one should be apathetic. But here we are, faking enthusiasm to jump on a bandwagon.
New York’s Jacques Renault seems to be a busy busy man, and I’m a big fan of everything he puts his touches on. His latest efforts include four edits on his On the Prowl edit output Party Breaks. All four edits are superb… Here’s a little taste.
Check the original plus purchase.
Annnd big news: Baby Monster is off to Europe and the UK for a tour. They’re hitting a lot of cities, some with Zoot Woman, so don’t stay home…
Baby Monster May 2010 European and UK tour dates after the Jump »»
Penguin Prison takes on Jonathan Jeremiah, which isn’t exactly you’re normal Penguin Prison fodder. The end product is some old soul mixed with some synth edges. There are a couple obvious traps Penguin Prison could have fallen into with this one (think Moby circa ’99) but he keeps his focus and turns out a remix all about the pop. It works. Love:
Look for Penguin Prison out on Neon Gold.
It must be someone’s birthday because Hawnay Troof has a present for you. Vice Cooler put together his new EP while living out of his car in LA — and in true “living out of your car” spirit he is giving away his “Shed Skin” EP for free. The EP features exclusive remixes from Kid 606, Death Set, No Age, Leg Lifters and a special unreleased track. Listen to a sample with Kid 606 below, and then head over to Hawnay Troof’s website to download the rest.
Our good friends Greg and Darin from Finger on the Pulse just started a new project called Punches. Apart from being a very lovely set of dream boat twins, excellent DJ’s and promoters, and having a cooking show on IFC called Dinner with the Band they can now add producers. How do they find the time?
Punches is full of disco energy and cocaine infused magic. This project started just like most projects in a taxi cab ride and maybe a little too much alcohol talk with Alan Astor and The Kid Robb. Thankfully they remembered the next morning and now we have a wonderful mix for your ears. In this mix you’ll hear some of their original tracks too so keep an eye out for more fists in your faces from Punches.
You can also download it here.
True story: Just yesterday I was digging through my iTunes and came across “Modern Times” and was like… whatever happened to Adam Kesher? I was a bit worried they got lost in the great nu-rave backlash of ’08. But just today a new Adam Kesher track appeared in my inbox, and no, they didn’t get lost. They were just busy working on their second album. Good news. Even better news because Dave One from Chromeo produced and A-Trak, Phillipe Zdar and Pierrick Devin all had a hand in the album. But don’t think those guys are defining Adam Kesher’s sound. As “Hour of the Wolf” proves, Adam Kesher is still very Adam Kesher.
Fool’s Gold take on “I Am Not A Robot” sounds more like a robot strung together out of pots and pans in the Caribbean rather than your typical robot from the future. Marina and the Diamonds hasn’t sounded quite like this before. It’s exciting. And yeah, that calypso breakdown makes me want to be on a beach, right now.
Long time since we’ve heard from these guys. Here’s their new video for “Farewell to Wendo”, I love this track, the monotone wannabe Nico vocals are really doing it for me.
Stopmakingme has started to make a name for himself in London as a go to producer & dj — and he’s quickly making a name for himself on the Internet with recent remixes for blog favorites We Have Band and Marina & the Diamonds. Stopmakingme is ready to let go of his Boy 8-Bit’s “A City Under Siege” remix which is a treat for you guys — a bit of a fresh sound on this one:
And Stopmakingme did this mix for Dummy last month which you can read all about at Dummy.