Archive | December, 2009

Fine Wine: South African House Music: Installment 1

31 Dec

-Dj Mbuso-

 

South Africa could be likened to a twilight zone where house music never faded out of fashion but instead evolved and with more money progressed in sound production and quality throughout the years. Like a fine wine I’d say South African house music, along with its children- deep house, minimal and tech, are just about to peak. So without adieu here is one of two instalments. I would recommend your largest set of headphones or your largest speakers- fill your ears or fill your room… Happy New Years.

 ^be patient with this one^

^ and this one too^

 6 track download (some minimal inc.) 

 

“The K&D Sessions” Album Review

29 Dec

-Kruder Dorfmeister-

 

Three words: Boutique Electro Lounge. That’s all one needs these days and the stress just melts away. These tunes have been Duracell during my south of the boarder vaca- officially the official music of midday pool sessions. Pure Luck: Couple days ago I was walking through the music store looking for some local South African house music when I recognized the album cover off of Pandora. I think my third-world copy was imported either from the States or Germany, for Americans it’ll be an easy pull. It’s a two disc experience, to expectation the Germans do well not to disappoint –yes they’ve come a long way since 99 Red Balloons. Most tracks are a wall of sound that skilfully manage to maintain their relaxing subtlety, ranging from remixed Bossa to slo-mo Drum ‘n’ Bass to Trip-Hop.  Type these guys in Pandora and it should give you a weird mix of electro lounge that will need a little tuning to get the internet radio station pumping out a symphony of serial hits before sloughing off after about an hour or so. Off the top of my head other guys that should pop up on Pandora that are worth mentioning are Supreme Beings of Leisure, Boards of Canada, Portishead and Massive Attack- essentials for your library.

The tracks are growing on me daily but there is  one obvious hitter that I’m restraining from listening to forego beating the shit out of novelty- seven DEPECHE MODE Useless. On the whole it’s a Swiss Army knife with all the benefits and no disadvantages of non-effective puny-ness. I’ll be listening to this shit for a while to come – homework, ambient, morning music, chill out, w/e baby all-weather.

Disc: 1  
1. Heroes [Kruder’s Long Loose Bossa] – Roni Size  
2. Jazz Master – Alex Reece  
3. Speechless [Drum ‘N Bass] – Count Basic  
4. Hifi Going Under [Main Version]
5. Bug Powder Dust – Bomb the Bass  
6. Rollin’ on Chrome [Wild Motherfucker Dub] – Aphrodelics  
7. Useless – Depeche Mode  
8. Gotta Jazz – Count Basic, Depeche Mode  
9. Donaueschingen [Peter Kruder’s Donaudampfschifffahrtsgelellschafts … – Depeche Mode, , Trüby Trio, Rainer Trüby  
10. Trans Fatty Acid – Lamb
Disc: 2  
1. Gone – David Holmes  
2. Sofa Rockers [Richard Dorfmeister Remix] – Sofa Surfers  
3. Eastwest [Stoned Together] – Mama Oliver  
4. Bug Powder Dust [Dub] – Bomb the Bass  
5. Boogie Woogie – Kruder & Dorfmeister  
6. Where Shall I Turn?  
7. 1st of tha Month – Bone Thugs-N-Harmony  
8. Lexicon – Kruder & Dorfmeister  
9. Bomberclad Joint – Knowtoryus  
10. Going Under [Evil Love and Insanity Dub] – Rockers Hi-Fi  

 

 

 

 

 

Longest shower of my life

17 Dec

so after passing out after my last (5 hour) final, while reading Fear of Flying, a semi-erotic, self-indulgent novel about this disillusioned, fucked up writer and her quest for the perfect “zipless fuck”, i woke up. groggy and out of it, as one often is after a four-hour nap that bridges the gap between blinding sun and complete darkness, i really need to use the bathroom, but of course one of my frickin (not so) suite mates is in there. starving, i make some broccoli quesadilla and find half an episode of Mad Men to watch. 35 minutes later, and the bladder sitch reaching a critical point, i try to enter the bathroom, pretending i don’t know anyone is in there, hoping the sound of the knob turning will clue her to the fact that someone desperately needs to get in there. talk about aggressive passive aggressive, but whatever. (the deal with this suite mate is annoying in and of itself. we have exchanged no more than 4 words and don’t acknowledge each other. i have stopped trying to be nice. fuck her and her neo punk skinny jeans). moral of the story, here i am continuing to eat time. i can’t wait till i have my own place, or the balls to knock on the door and ask her to hurry the fuck up in there.

Now here’s some tracks:

Portofino – Teengirl Fantasy

Floor to Floor – Teengirl Fantasy

Now that’s what i call Volume – Teengirl Fantasy

Time Management for Creative People

17 Dec

“Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work.”

Gustave Flaubert

So you start  the day full of enthusiasm. You’re excited about a new piece of creative work anditching to put your ideas into action. Firing up your computer, the familiar stream of e-mails poursinto your inbox, burying the ones you didn’t get round to replying to yesterday. Scanning throughthe list, your heart sinks – two of them look as though they require urgent action. You hit ‘reply’and start typing a response to one of them… 20 minutes later you ‘come round’ and realiseyou’ve got sucked into the e-mail zone and have been sidetracked by interesting links sent byfriends, as well as writing replies about issues that aren’t a priority for you. You minimize the emailwindow and get back to your project…After 15 minutes you’re really enjoying yourself, getting into your creative flow – when the phonerings. Somebody wants something from you. Something to do with a meeting last week. Yourummage through the papers on your desk, searching for your notes. You can’t find them.Suddenly your heart leaps as you lift up a folder and find an important letter you’d forgotten about– it needed an urgent response, several days ago. ‘Hang on, I’ll get back to you’ you tell theperson on the phone, ‘I’ll ring you back when I’ve found it’. You put the phone down and pick up the letter – this needs sorting immediately, but you remember why you put it off – it involves several phone calls and hunting through your files for documents you’re not sure you even kept. By now, you’ve only got half an hour before your first meeting and you’ve promised to ring that person back. . Your design stares at you reproachfully. The e-mail inbox is pinging away as it fills up – already there are more messages than before you started answering them. Your enthusiasm has nosedived and the day has hardly begun. Creative work seems like a distant dream.  *** Download the rest of this ebook HERE***

Black Moth Super Rainbow Album Review

14 Dec

Eating Us-

Mmmm- something about bare feet and rolled up dungarees, total turn on.   Black Moth Super Rainbow (fucking mouthful) does me another, manging to make me feel like I’m on a space mission while keeping it farmy (11.American Face Dust). Definitely a band to look out for; will they keep it indie or progress to those driven dancy pop sounds like the track Twin of Myself ?  Though I do think this band could use  more direction and the album cover needs work, some songs just hit a mood on the nose with a hammer.  Personally I’d order just my favorite tracks and not even bother with the whole album experience- those feet start to get funky on 08., 09., 10., 12. Check out the track Iron Lemonade, progressive but gets really noisy n starts to stress me out.  Born on a Day, Dark Bubbles, Twin of Myself (of course), Gold Splatter, Tooth Decay, Fields are Breathing and even Smile the Day After Today are must haves that grow on you. IF you haven’t heard of them already check out their 07 album Dandelion Gum : Sun Lips, Melt Me, Rollerdisco, Neon Syrup for Cemetery Sisters, and Spinning Cotton Candy in a Shack Made of Shingles.  Serious headphone music.

1. Born on a Day the Sun Didn’t Rise
2. Dark Bubbles
3. Twin of Myself
4. Gold Splatter
5. Iron Lemonade
6. Tooth Decay
7. Fields Are Breathing
8. Smile the Day After Today
9. Sticky
10. Bubblegum Animals
11. American Face Dust

electropopart :: marco morandi

10 Dec

Sound by Leoparden.


Sound 2, 3 by Ninca Leece.

DL: on top of the world – ninca leece

Visuals by Marco Morandi.

Midweek Stimulus: Freeway and Jake One

10 Dec

early leak from Freeway’s forthcoming The Stimulus Package is called ‘Know What I Mean.’ its produced by Jake One, who dropped an excellent and largely unnoticed LP in 2008 titled White Van Music. the new track is pretty simple, a little organ, a soul sample, a good bassline, and Freeway discussin the economics of thug life. its short, so grab the other track ‘Glow,’ which was part of Jake’s LP from 08. oK

DL: Know What I Mean – Freeway & Jake One

DL: Glow (ft. Elzhi) – Jake One

Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat

9 Dec

Modselektor

Zi Germans are back with a new album and I’d kill to see Modselektor live- this is my morning music… imagine if I made it my taking-a-shit-music(ach mein gott!)

Click the underlined names and we’ll send you to the artist’s Myspace.

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Apparat

For me Apparat fails to disappoint – solid.

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Moderat

Moderat really combos the essence of what these artists are, listening to the alum is comparable to eating a pbnj – flavors wholly unique whilst remaining distinct unto themselves.

Nr. 22 is a great upbeat minimal track. One rarely hears an electronic album that pulls as hard as this across the board- most are usually hit or miss. There is not one song that I could do without accept maybe BeatsWaySick – I really really like the concept but I felt the implementation was poor- vocals are just too thematic. I really like these guys so I’m not posting any tracks up for free I know this blog has a habit of that- I think its fine with the bigger artists (call it tax) but these smaller guys in the game just have so much more honesty in what and for what they do when they do what they do- yur me?.

01. New Error
02. Rusty Nails
03. Seamonkey
04. Slow Match
05. 3 Minutes Of
06. Nasty Silence
07. Sick With It
08. Porc#1
09. Porc#2
10. No. 22
11. Out of Sight

Hospital Records out with another one…

8 Dec

– Netsky –

Hailing from a small town in Belgium, Netsky is one of the most promising upcoming producers of the moment. In the last 4 years involved in music production, he realized that he likes his drum & bass deep and soulful. He is trying to balance the deepness and musicality of his sound with big enough beats and bass to keep the dance floor alive. With a number of 12″s on Hype’s Liqweed Ganja and Twisted Individual’s Allsorts in the pipeline, he is definitely one to keep an eye on.

Download an entire 40min session here or if you just like ‘eyes closed’- yeah we got that coming too.

High Supply: new Cashis, classic Devin

7 Dec

Hot new jam/vid from Cashis’ Euthanasia LP, and can you guess what its about? yurp, schmokin. Songs dedicated to weed are tricky; they too easily become cliche or just straight up retarded. The trick is to do something like what Cashis does here… create a super-smooth beat out of some synth and breezy vocals, set a nice slow tempo with jingly bells and finger snaps (don’t forget to turn the echo on), and lace it with some sleepy wordplay:

this is it; you can play it while you’re grindin with your woman, or you’re riding with your homies with your woofers cookin somethin…

DL: High Az Fucc – Cashis

An oldie from Devin’s 2002 release Just Tryin’ ta Live that I have to thank DP for sending my way a few weeks back… I had a couple laid back tracks from Devin previous, but this one is by far the most chillin… producer DJ Premier brings some slow bass, twangly guitar, and great vocal harmonies in the chorus, makin this one a perfect ‘joint’ for the tail end of a long night.

DL: Doobie Ashtray – Devin the Dude