Archive | September, 2009

eli escobar, remix kingpin

28 Sep


summer’s only been over for a week and I already can’t wait until June. perhaps if we keep playing dance beats, we wont notice the cold? doubtful. regardless, i’m posting on eli escobar because he’s a good dj / producer who’s been quietly putting out quality edits for a while now. a new york native, he’s a lifelong fan of hip hop, RnB, disco, and pretty much whatever else, and he specializes in turning genre classics into club bangers. maybe his basslines will keep us warm for a bit longer? hmmm

i’ve assembled a shortlist of eli escobar favorites below. his mix of Acidlife by Nacho Lovers was all over the ‘best of 2008’ lists last year, but my favorite is his edit of Shoulda Let You Go. if youre interested in reading more about escobar, check out this interview, or go to his blog Outside Broadcast. also, don’t forget to watch the video for his new single Glass House. its epic.

I Feel Alive (Eli Escobar Remix) – 33Hz
Acidlife (Eli Escobar Remix) – Nacho Lovers
Shoulda Let You Go (Eli’s Put Echo On Everything remix) – Keyshia Cole
Stand Back (Eli Escobar Disco Mix) – Stevie Nicks


Sound Inside A Vacuum

23 Sep

floating points

You’re hungry for something chilled and sweet like ice cream, so you are tearing through tracks, tossing songs over your shoulder one after another, giving fewer and fewer seconds to each intro, starting to get desperate, beginning to generalize something like “Mannnn music is really getting terribly plain and repetitive these days.”

Then you begin playing something from someone you’ve never heard of before, and you give it a few seconds, and then a few seconds more, and a few more, and you realize all these creamy layers are stacked right in front of you.

You start to feel lighter. Your expression is brightening. There’s a smile being scrawled across your face.

Hey, listen, there is even a cherry mounted on top.

That was sorta my experience with Floating Points. He’s a London based composer making electronic music from another planet.

Vacuum Boogie – Floating Points (mp3)

Love Me Like This (Nonsense Dub) – Floating Points (mp3)

After The Rain (Floating Points remix) – Little Dragon (mp3)

K&G beat – Floating Points (mp3)

J&W beat – Floating Points (mp3)

All mp3 linx removed at the request of Eglo Records. Have a listen at Floating Points’ myspace page (link above^^^).

Where Yeah Been?

18 Sep


yeahD is on a bit of a hiatus. Here’s a quick list to sail you through the liman between summer and fall, ‘til we return in full force.

Boneless (Panda Bear Remix) – The Notwist
Tunnel vision – Here We Go Magic
Many Ways – Navajo Bixby
Feel It All Around (Toro Y Moi Remix) – Washed Out
Ghost In The Boom box – Memory Cassette
Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums
Sweetness of Air France – Air France
Yesterday and Today – The Field

Packaged with a bow on top for your convenience.

You Decide

10 Sep


Anyone with access to cable news and a strong masochistic streak has heard about the heaps of bullshit pouring out from Glenn Beck lately.  Recently making headlines for calling President Obama “a racist,” or possibly holding on to a, “deep-seated hatred for white people,” and even more recently for losing a huge portion of his sponsors over said headlines, Beck is a great example of an opportunist making huge profits off of the United States’ largest renewable resource: retarded people.

Anyway, I’m happy to see that this debate has progressed to the best conclusion one could imagine: accusing Glenn Beck of raping and murdering a young girl (in 1990!).  While it should be clear to any discerning reader that this website seeks to apply Beck’s own pathetic scare tactics to their hyperbolic end, it is pretty funny to see such immature questions raised against him.  And don’t feel bad for this guy; fucker’s making $50 million over the next five years, just from radio!

Anyway, check out the site.

Dream Boat

7 Sep


Toro Y Moi was included in a quick list about a week back entitled Take-Off. But Toro, alias of promising lo-fi whiz-kid Chaz Bundick, is worthy of a little more than an undersized feature. He’s been steadily gaining hype over the past few weeks as more and more listeners discover his hard to describe brand of dream-pop space-rock.

Toro’s not exactly reinventing the wheel with his recent batch of tracks. His music is reminiscent to many contemporary lo-fi/ambient/electro hybrid acts, like Ariel Pink and Panda Bear. It is more as though Toro is taking a few wheels and building a Penny-farthing bicycle, something that is unusual but still takes you on a ride. As each track progresses, his fuzzy, dreamy audio atmosphere comes into focus as brilliantly arranged pop music. He assembles crisp backbeats to somnolent, plaintive vocal hooks, with instrumentals shifting from song to song . But no number of adjective combinations will accurately put Toro Y Moi’s music into words. This is possibly because of the array of influences that have contributed to his distinctive sound. Perhaps the most endearing quality of Toro’s music is how different it will sound from listen to listen, person to person, depending on how one tries to describe it.

Let’s just hope for an album to come out soon.

Human Nature (Michael Jackson Cover) – Toro Y Moi

Talamak – Toro Y Moi

Causers of This – Toro Y Moi

109 – Toro Y Moi

Killin It

5 Sep


It’s a beautiful day for a birthday… and birthday means ego-trippin with some monster hip hop jams. Jimmy Drake (of former Degrassi fame) is hip hop’s new wonder-kid, and this track featuring LA’s Nipsey Hussle has monster written all over it. Dirty organ, deep bass, and a couple verses that’ll make you throw on your pouty-face. Drive slow homies. It’s Saturday.

Killer (feat. Nipsey Hussle) – Drake


4 Sep


Dubtribe Sound System is the ideal house act. My reasoning? Well, the members of Dubtribe are named Sunshine and Moonbeam. Their first gig was a rent party. They gained notoriety putting on live shows that lasted for hours, long before the days of double-click, computerized DJ sets. They employed a variety of African and Latin percussionists from show to show. They played to play, refusing financial support from anything with an outside interests. They even brought their own lights! They were simply musicians inspired by the holy act of dancing and the sometimes overwhelming display of different sizes and shapes moving on the floor in harmony.

Unfortunately, Dubtribe Sound System is no longer together as a performing act. However, tomorrow is special. After six years, Dubtribe is coming back together for a performance in DC. Although this show isn’t incredibly accessible, it signifies a return to music for Sunshine and Moonbeam. Maybe this one-time show will blossom into something more? Pray to the God of dance, my disciples of groove.

Rhythm In Your Mind – Dubtribe Sound System

Nothing Is Impossible – Dubtribe Sound System

Do It Now – Dubtribe Sound System