Friday, July 1, 2011
Zimmer sends us some Fourth of July love with a brand new June Mixtape. We will spare you the gushing over our favorite young producer this time. Note Luke Million's appearance, we feel like we've been typing his name a lot lately.
This Mix is Absolutely, Perfectly, Summer.
Zimmer - Bright City Lights | June Mixtape by Zimmer
Jeremy Glenn - New Life
Goldroom - Morgan's Bay
Laberge - Million Dollar Party
Luke Million - Arnold
Popular People's Front - Party Over Here (Gigamesh Rework)
Tiger & Woods - Kissmetellmemore
Laydisco - More Tigers
Oxford - Holy Moon (Kartell Remix)
Munk - Can I have Your Attention ?
Madonna - Into The Groove (Kolombo Rework)
Golden Bug & Mustang - Soap Opera
Cordova - Paradigm
Peter & The Magician - Twist
Processory - Nightfall (Aeroplane Remix)
Tensnake - Something About You
Cosmic Kids - Reginald's Groove
Laid Back - Bakerman (Soul Clap Remix)
George Duke - Brazilian Love Affair (Zimmer Edit)
Classixx - Into The Valley (Julio Bashmore Remix)
6th Borough Project - If The Feelings Right
DC native Skai Nine was kind enough to share some tracks off his upcoming EP, Somewhere But Not Here, due out this August. Mr. Nine sticks to his 80s and Synth-Pop influences, but you can definitely note the growth in his sound. This will be Skai's first digital release so be sure to keep your ears open. As usual we left you our favorite track, Windows Down. Enjoy.
Windows Down by Skai Nine
We love D/R/U/G/S, who brings a new refreshing take on Lykke Li's Sadness Is A Blessing. Very new sound to the track, while still utilizing Li's perfect vocals. Long Live D/R/U/G/S.
Lykke Li - Sadness Is A Blessing (D/R/U/G/S Remix)
L'Escape released a super sexy video for Caroline Goodbye. The track is off the groups debut album, Caroline X3. The album features a very upbeat chill sound. We instantly fell in love with the group, and we think you will as well. You can pick up Caroline X3 for free over at bandcamp.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
If you're not participating in the mass exodus out of NYC this July 4th weekend, take a trip to Governors Island for the Dance Here Now Festival beginning Friday, July 1st through Monday, July 4th.
Dance.Here.Now, Pacha New York, Massive Event, Glo Fridays and Cielo have combined forces to to unleash an epic 4 day music festival on Governor's Island. The last festival we attended on this Shutter Islandesque location, Governors Ball Music Festival, was so outrageous and surreal it was impossible not to have a great time. This time around, however, the glitch, electro, house, and trance sound waves will be blasting in spades. So, if you were to ever want an extreme July 4th weekend now is your chance to capitalize. Join us for an intense insomnia filled bash.
Friday July 1: Paul van Dyk exclusive 6-hour set
Saturday July 2: Fatboy Slim along with James Zabiela and Sleepy & Boo
Sunday July 3: Benny Benassi & Laidback Luke
Monday July 4: Victor Calderone in association with Cielo w/ guests Nicole Moudaber & Nicolas Matar
Jesus H Christ this song is epic. A nice divine violin intro with tense synth devouring the background then dropping into a gritty concertoesque death tune. 'Warrior Concerto' is the first single off of the July 12th release of We Can Make The World Stop on the band’s own Glass Air Imprint Records. We love this one and can't wait to see them at Lollapalooza. How about you peruse this nice piece of ace!
Glitch Mob - Warrior Concerto
French house, nu-disco, and electro seem to be ruling the airwaves (blogwaves). Not surprising when you have Munich's Justin Faust unleashing his fury in remix or original form. Faust has consistently been releasing/remixing the past few years and in July we will have the pleasure to preview his latest Girl Talk EP. The set below is a compilation of snippets and remixes of the EP. Definitely gonna be a good one.
JUSTIN FAUST "Girl Talk" EP preview by Justin Faust
Following up on our previous M83 post, we figured we might as well reiterate the words of Anthony Gonzalez, the mastermind behind M83, that the followup to Saturday = Youth will be 'epic'. In fact, the album is done and just needs to be mixed.
Gonzalez: It's a double album. It's mainly about dreams, how every one is different, how you dream differently when you're a kid, a teenager, or an adult. I'm really proud of it. If you're doing a very long album, all the songs need to be different and I think I've done that with this one.
Overall, it's pop — and very epic. Anyone who loved M83 before, they'll love this album even more. People that hated me, they're going to hate this, too.M83 - Couleurs
Rob Gentry - EP by Rob Gentry
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thank you Tracasseur. If it wasnt for the Swedish Bloggers/DJs/Badasses we may have never stumbled upon an incredibly awesome duo that probably lives 15 minuets away from our office. That duo of course is Brooklyn based Light Asylum. Composed of Shannon Funchess and Bruno Coviello, Light Asylum is part of the ever growing Witch House genre. The Two come together to bring you deep booming vocals (female vocals mind you) with perfectly picturesque 80s synths.
LS just released a 4-track EP, In Tension (Mexican Summer), which you should probably pick up directly from the Mexican Summer shop. A full length album is set for release in 2012, so you'll have to hold your self over with the EP for now. We left you our favorite track off the EP, Dark Allies. Get your Witch House on kids.
Light Asylum - Dark Allies
We finally go our hands on the new Disco Dictator EP (Homebreakin Records) by Auxiliary Tha Masterfader and we can say with confidence it was well worth the wait. The EP dropped just a few days ago (June 27th) and we cant stop bumping it.
Below is our favorite remix by Luke Million, who we already told you is super awesome. Trust us, let Tha Masterfader be your Disco Dictator.
Pick up your copy of the Disco Dictator EP over at Juno.
Auxiliary Tha Masterfader - Disco Dictator (Luke Million Remix) by Homebreakin Records
We had the chance to catch up with Dollface Devereaux the other night, and the man has been busy. Mr. Devereaux recently remixed Retro Grade's Mindfighter, and has also put together quite the playlist featuring some SMM favorites including Clasixx, Mumbai Science and Friendly Fires. Dollface also passes along a new edit to Battle, his last single, and the song we consider our anthem here at the Scotch and Murder offices. Told you he's been busy.
Retro Grade - Mindfighter - Dollface remix by Dollface Devereaux
June 2011 mix by La Musique DJs
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
If you havent noticed we tend to keep what we call our Banger tracks in our back pocket till we approach the weekend. However, today's Designer Drugs remix of Hussle Club's Night Society needs to be listened to as soon as possible. The tracks bit more tame than what were used to from the masters of the remix (and other things), but still very hardcore. If we could only blast this in a packed house at maximum value, what a scene it would be. Bang your hearts out.
Hussle Club - Night Society (Designer Drugs Remix) by Designer Drugs Official
Just in case you missed the big news: Electric Zoo is now selling single day passes! The line up is absolutely stellar, ranging from up and comers to established kings of genres. We would sit here and list our favorites, but then we would entail typing up more or less the entire line up. Grab your single day tickets (or be a true rock star and grab the full 3-day pass) while they last, this is going to be a show for the books.
On an otherwise slow day we thought we'd pass along a bit of music related movie history to our beloved followers. As most of you likely know, French DJ Mr. Ozio has dabbled in film from time to time, and we recently stumbled across his 2007 release Steak about two high-school "losers" who desperately want to join the "cool gang" of perfectionists, the CHIVERS. The movie truly is a love it or hate it sort of film. This is our favorite scene and we figured we give you something to laugh about.
As we consider ourselves a bit of purists, we tend not to be the biggest fans of mash-ups. However, as with every rule, there are always certain exceptions. Today we came across this little twister of Bob Marley and The Cure by Amoraboy. Although skeptical at first, the two sounds some how do blend with one another quite well. Give it a listen and pass along your thoughts.
We can describe the new Southern Shores EP, Atlantic, in two words, So Blissful. A true summer anthem, Atlantic captures that unique late 80s sound, meshing it with a modern day chillwave feel. The EP is set for release from experimental (and fabulous) label Cascine on July 12, but it already has our hearts throbbing. We left a little taste below for your enjoyment, try it on.
Southern Shores - 04 Night Is Young by CASCINE
Here is a track somewhat off the Scotch and Murder beaten path, however, it must be posted out of respect to our one year stint in Scotland. We had the chance to catch Hosta at a warehouse rave in Edinburgh and he tore it up. Ah the nights of fine scotch and dubstep haha! Jodi and Hosta, both UK natives, have teamed up to release 5AM. For now, open your ears to this fine tune:
Jodi & Merdz & Hosta - End Of The World [Dub] by Hosta
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Swedish label Comorbid Records does not stop pumping out progressive electro. The genre just seems to keep evolving with every release from the Nordic region. You'll understand once you listen to boerd's upcoming release of Shove It Up Your Ears on July 12, featuring remixes of Owl Vision, Comic Strips and Vengeance. Sample the teaser below.
boerd - Shove It Up Your Ears (Teaser) by Comorbid Records
We have said it before, and well say it again: Zimmer is the future. With each release the man simply elevates his style, and perfects what will eventually become his own genre. This time Zimmer takes us back to that 70s funk/disco with his latest edit of George Duke's Brazilian Love Affair. Very groovy feel good music, we love it. And yup, Zimmer is another DISCOTEXAS artist, the love grows.
George Duke - Brazilian Love Affair (Zimmer Edit) by Zimmer
The artist collective that is RAC had tremendous success with their first Nintendo vs. Sega album, so a second in the series made perfect sense. The whole Nintendo vs Sega II album is awesome, especially the remixes of of Sonic 2's Chemical Plant Zone and Contra's Waterfall/Jungle (so gangster to be writing that).
Admittedly, we are suckers for anything that is such a direct link to our youth, but this thing is pure hot fire. If we didnt know any better bet, we would think that the album is a set of original tracks. What is particularly special about the EP is that the songs sound new fresh and clean, but still maintain that original MIDI-esque sound.
Nintendo Vs Sega 2 by RAC
Shindu is one of those up and coming groups that you can't just help but root for. They carry themselves with an extremely lovable air, and the video for Happy House only furthers that sentiment. Up beat, but not in any way corny. We just cant tell you how happy Happy House makes us. Pick up your copy of Happy House.
Lazy Disco, aka Fred Oliveria, seems to selected a alias that perfectly describes his sound. Definitely disco, but a far more chilled out anthem than what were used to hearing from the genre. The man has been painstakingly putting out remixes to his debut EP, More Tigers, a name we simply cant get enough of. This one is our personal favorite and we think you will enjoy it as well. You can pick up the entire More Tigers EP at Juno or Beatport.
On a side note, Lisbon based DISCOTEXAS is quickly becoming our favorite label, more from them later today.
Lazydisco - More Tigers (Astrolabe Remix) FREE DOWNLOAD by Discotexas
Over the weekend Björk released the first track, Crystalline, off of her highly anticipated Biophilia album. As if we need to hype the artists with truly the most beautiful voice out right now (or possibly ever). The song starts out with an incredible calm feel and ultimately evolves into a bass thumping rager, quite the unique sequence of sounds. Simply magnificent.
Björk - Crystalline
Friday, June 24, 2011
Musical genius Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo of the Bloody Beetroots has done it again, this time remixing Something A La Mode's Versailles No Bara. Mr. Rifo continues to produce the most unique sounds out, and still manages to keep your heart pumping throughout the the track. Such talent never seemed so effortless. Cant wait to see the entire Death Crew 77 at Lollapalooza.
Something A La Mode - Versailles No Bara (Bloody Beetroots Remix)
Less than a week away from dropping their debut EP, Rainforest, Clams Casino has released a video for quite possible the most relaxing track we've heard in a minuet, Natural. The video features content from Agguirre, The Wrath of God, which captures the track rather perfectly. We cant wait for the EP, but this will have to hold us over.
Striking new video by Swedish group The Conceretes for their latest single My Ways. The chorus is probably a bit more poppy than your used to hearing here on SMM, but between the rest of the track and the video we think you'll like it. Hats off to Brilliantly Different for their work on the video. Good Stuff.
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Our friends over at CUZ ME PAIN Records (Tokyo, Japan) passed along this very trippy and groovy mixtape that is sure to bend your mind (in a good way). The mixtape does a good job of capturing that CMP sound with a splash of that summer vibe we all love so much. Very unique stuff on this one, at one point Fred Flintstone takes on the locals, for real. Give it a listen, you will be sure to appreciate it.
Cuz Me Pain DJs Mix #1 by CUZMEPAIN
Track List: Artist/Title
01. Nicolas Jaar / Etre
02. Hatchback / Sunrise
03. The Beauty / Fifth Regret
04. Solar Bears / Neon Colony
05. Bullion / Pressure to Dance
06. Faron Square / In Memory of Sally
07. Melancholic Masculinity / Emmanuel
08. Jeff Phelps / Super Lady
09. Maria Minerva / Noble Savage
10. Umberto / Night Stalking
11. The Present Moment /The High Road
12. Sapphire Slows / Spin Lights Over You
13. D/R/U/G/S / Velodrome Ⅱ
14. Brothertiger / Evening Glow
15. AAPS / Invisible Sphisticated
16. Atlas Young / Lost Thing
17. The Alps / Pink/Orange
18. :visited / Sunset Article
19. Nites / While You Were Sleeping
The Joy Formidable released a video for A Heavy Abacus to promote the release of their album The Big Roar. If you haven't had the pleasure to listen to The Formidable yet, please please please, we implore you to get this album (only $10) and listen to it from start to finish, it is an absolute gem. We cannot explain you how refreshing it is to hear such talented artists who play so loudly and still sound perfect. The video merely skims the surface on how good this band truly is. Enjoy.
You may remember Luke Million as the hectic keys player and synth wizard from The Swiss. Well the native Aussie is at it again, set to release a 7"on July 12th (Future Classic),which features a tribute to everyones favorite action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger. We could not help but love the video for Arnold, but Mr. Million supports the lovable short with those perfected synth waves and a very special nu-disco feel. He also sends along the reminder: DON'T GET BIG, GET MASSIVE.
Local chillwave up and comers Thomas Collins dropped their debut self titled EP earlier today. The EP is made up of six thoroughly chilled out tracks that you will need for summer 2011, including a very unique cover of Will Smith's Miami. The duo was kind enough to share a free copy with all of us, which you can download at their bandcamp or here. We left a sample of our favorite track for you, very chill stuff.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Planningtorock applies her wide array of talents to CREEP's You. The remix features a very deep, dark, and driving bass from the start, and applies the same effect to transform Nina Sky's voice to that of a demon. We'd think you would agree that the impact is instant on this one. An interesting track to say the least, we love it. You want it, quite lying, come try it, you cant fight it.
CREEP - You (Planningtorock Remix)
Finally got a chance to listen to the new Rex The Dog podcast, BREED. The dog has impecible taste in music and evidences a unique ability to sequence tracks perfectly. For our UK listeners be sure to check Rex's launch party at London's Dalston Superstore on June 24th 2011. Long live Rex The Dog.
BREED Podcast 3 - Rex The Dog by rexthedog1980
1 Mario & Vidis - Changed feat Ernesto [Rex's School Project Edit]
2 Matias Aquayo - Dance Machine
3 Gesaffelstein - Atmosphere
4 Penguin Prison - Multi Millionaire - Robert Owens Remix/ italo edit
5 Yazoo - Goodbye 70s - sleazy edit
6 Gesaffelstein - Aufstand
7 Hermanos Inglesos - Take Me Down (Back to 1987 with Dave Glimmer Remix)
8 Congress - 40 Miles
9 Gesaffelstein - Glass
Our UK buddy Paul Freegard, a UK-based musician and producer, has just released the track "Smadge my Nadge" along with a tribal remix. This fellow has been collaborating/producing for a quite a while, most notably with Martin Gore on Depeche Mode's Exciter album (one of our favorites) as well as on the remixes. Paul keeps his roots electronically and you clearly recognize the Depeche Mode like association in the following tracks. Awesome prolonged progressive tunes. Definitely check them out as they are most likely to get signed.
Smadge my Nadge by Scotch and Murder
Smadge My Nadge Tribal Mix by Scotch and Murder
Montreal production duo Adventure Club put some dub into the Flight Facilities' Crave You. That wobbly deep dub sound provides quite the perfect juxtaposition to Giselle Rosselli's sweet and pure vocals. Adventure Club was even kind enough to give everyone a free download of the track (directly in the player). Womp your heart out.
Flight Facilities - Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix) by Adventure Club
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
RÜFÜS, the Aussie trio snow balling through the scene, accompanies the Sydney singer Elizabeth Rose on the track "Stars Ago". Defnitely a poppy dance beat however there is some kind of gravitational pull Rose and Rufus exert with their vocals. Watch the edited Fellini 8 1/2 with "Stars Ago".
Elizabeth Rose - Stars Ago (Rufus Remix)
Swedish Kraut disco outfit This Is Head recently dropped a video for their single De Trop (Adrian Recordings), which is the first new track released from the band since their acclaimed debut album, 0001. The video definitely has a strange man in a strange place feel to it, while the song carries a perfect melody and beat. The video was produced shot and shot by Beirut. Order the vinyl here or download the entire EP.