New Division blows us away yet again. This time the Riverside natives remix 2 Hearts & Chemicals' Coming Home. You might never be able to go home again, but if this is what passes for the new home you must get used to, it is a welcome one. Download New Divisions' remix of 2 Hearts & Chemicals' Coming Home for free right off the player. The grass is overgrown/and you have come to take me home.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Active Child serves up Johnny Belinda (White Arrows remix), a stuttering and lively mix. The singer often mentions the word 'chain', and 'chain' is the perfect word to describe what is happening with the jutting instrumental behind the voice: If one link is out of place, one more beat or effect added or removed, the song would not be the compact, concise fun that it is. Rarely has stuttering sounded so smooth.
Pick up Active Child-Johnny Belinda (White Arrows remix) directly from iTunes.
RΠЯ aka RPR, releases Hydra, a glittering electronic track befitting of its name. Of course RΠЯ is probably better known for his work with Keep Shelly in Athens. KSiA-4-Life. However, we are very much in love with his solo project as well. OK, back to the Hydra. The hydra is actually an organism that does not undergo senescence(also known as aging). RΠЯ's 'Hydra' sounds like music for the (literally) eternally young. Wait, that's us (and you).
Goldroom remixes Citizens!' 'Reptile'. It is always interesting to note what artists use as their soundcloud labels, and Goldroom provides one: Blue. As for what kind of blue, take a listen to the building swell and eventual come down of this nu-disco track, and one blue may come to mind: The ephemeral, light blue of that meets your eyes when you open them after a long nap on the beach, on a blisteringly sunny day. Don't let your blood run cold.
Monday, February 6, 2012
The wondrous Antler remixes the wunderkind James Blake's 'Lindisfarne'. Antler succeeds in creating an aesthetic even more spacious and abstract than the original. Blake's distinct falsetto gets minutely fragmented into deep, computerized vocals pushed up against a lovely down-tempo beat. Antler writes that the song is for 'getting deep in the winter', and we know exactly what he means: It is a song that warms you like a layer of 7 blankets, and still chills you down to the marrow.
Joakim offers up his Garage remix of Charlotte Gainsbourg's 'Paradisco' remix. The song makes it difficult to imagine that the words 'paradise' and 'disco' are not synonymous. Charlotte Gainsbourg's disaffectedly cool (much like the vocals of her father) vocals are set behind a jumping boogie disco beat. It is quite a turn for a musician who was recently in movies with titles like 'Melancholia' and 'Antichrist'. Joakim's 'Paradisco' remix is intended as a tribute to Larry Levan, and will be released very soon on Because.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A mixtape for those Dreamers of the Golden Dream. Says Zimmer: "Here's a mixtape to celebrate my signing with Vitalic Noise for North American bookings. Back to my Californian roots!" In this mix, you'll find elements of classic California G-Funk, Disco, House, and much more.
1. Moon Boots - Aretha (Zimmer Remix)
2. Perseus - Running Back To You
3. Honom - Bedcat
4. Odyssey - Going Back To My Roots (Slow Hands Edit)
5. Luke Million - Sun Splash
6. Chilly - For Your Love (Psychemagik Edit)
7. Max Sedgley feat. Tasita D Mour - Superstrong (Faze Action Remix)
8. Only Children - Be The One
9. Jay Lamar & Jesse Oliver - Diamonda (Xinobi Remix)
10. Chris Malinchak - At Night
11. Debonair - Shuffle
12. Soft House Company - What You Need
13. Friendly Fires - Hurting (Tensnake Remix)
14. Todd Terje - Swing Star Pt. 1
15. Lou Teti - Shake (Drop Out Orchestra Remix)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
RAC presents a remix of Zee Avi's 'Concrete Wall', a poppy breakup song with Fiona Apple-esque vocals and Lilly Allen-like production. Her voice has the solemn serenity of someone who mentally exited a long time ago but is just now getting around to letting you know. She probably wasn't going to bother anyway, but what the hell.
LUST creates a haunting, elegiac tribute to the number sixteen with his latest track Room Sixteen. Sixteen is, for some reason for other, a sacred number and also not. We celebrate sweet sixteens as a particularly special age, while we also lament a certain loss of innocence. Nabokov's nymphets would never be 16, and Molly Ringwald seems to have never been anything other than 16. The number will continue to have some immeasurable aura, and LUST gives it its own room.
RüFüS remixes(complete with whistles!) New Navy's 'Zimbabwe' . It is a breezy track that's Friday-at-5 o'clock-warm and hopeful about the coming days off. We need a holiday-y-y/away from here.
(Fun game: Name all the movies in this video for RüFüS' remix of New Navy's 'Zimbabwe'). Is there any medium more visceral and pleasing to all the senses(like the best vacations and holidays) than film? Massive film montage is an wonderful choice to mirror the joyful, global trek the track celebrates.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Keep Shelly in Athens presents a pared down cover of Jesus & The Mary Chains' "Just Like Honey". The shoe gaze and wooze from the original is gone, and the vocals are the central focus in this new vision. When the singer says 'I'll be your plastic toy" it is perhaps even more startling than in the original, for this voice is all too human and all too vulnerable.
"Brooklyn Sunburn", the latest from Teen Daze, is a synth-full, mid-tempo song perfect for a delayed summer. All of Us, Together, the full LP from Teen Daze, is out on May 22nd, but with New Yorkers experiencing multiple 60 degree days in January(!) perhaps the sunburn is closer in Brooklyn than imagined.
Lend your ears to Aeroplane's January mix, featuring artists like Lula Circus, Classixx, and the impeccably named Harmonious Thelonious . A standout (at least for this writer) is C2's remix of the Friendly Fires' deceptively titled "Hurting". Aeroplane's mix brims with energy and optimism, a mix lovingly arranged to reflect the promise each January brings.
1. Pop & Eye - Give me a fight
2. Friendly Fires - Hurting ( C2 Instrumental Mix )
3. Great Weekend - That's the thing ( to do )
4. Chemistry - Funky People
5. Parallel Dance Ensemble - Shopping Cart ( Maxxi Soundsystem Remix )
6. Ruf Kutz #4 - 4 Ron
7. Miguel Migs - Close Your Eyes ( Deetron Dub )
8. Art Department - Tell me Why ( Brennan Green Remix )
9. Lula Circus - Fake Blood, True Wound
10. Classixx - A Fax From The Beach
11. Harmonious Thelonious - Trans Harmonic System
You know we love us some Gesaffelstein over here at SMM. The Frenchman lays down a notty mix on Boys Noize & Erol Alkan's, "Lemonade EP". The re-work is full of itchy guitar and heavy bass. The track and it's combinations might even give you that yellowed fruit face; the expression of bunched eyeballs and disappearing lips. Get a copy of "Lemonade EP" from beatport, released just yesterday, on Phantasy.
Monday, January 30, 2012
Tomorrow night at Cake Shop, you'll get more than one kind of layering. Past the layer cakes and backroom hang-outs, you'll find three acts who have sonic fusion and exploration as their jump-off. e l e n a k i starts things off at 9. The picture on their website features a woman balancing a blow up space shuttle on her heel, and that is how the music feels: A deceptively sweet sound that could pop at any moment. Next, at 10 PM, is Dark Inc., a band that blends jazz, classic, and electronic experimental, making, as Dark Inc. themselves say, 'the cross genre THE genre." Last up, at 11:30, is FJazz,
FJazz - Still Time To Trance
Friday, January 27, 2012
By now you've realized our love for everything We Have Band. Well Scotch and Murder was lucky enough to catch up with WHB and get some of our questions answered. Topics of discussion include the release of their sophomore album Ternion, buzz, producer Luke Smith, video blogging, and eggs. Special thanks to We Have Band and our dear friends at Tell All Your Friends. Now get ready to blow up.
*How did you deal with the initial wave of ‘buzz’ when you first began, and do you feel more stable and confident now that your newest album will probably elicit even greater buzz?
To be honest when it comes to buzz we're really happy when people are into what we're doing and talking about us but its still something that we take very lightly and don't get too focused on it. We do feel very lucky though that we're still here making a new record and that people want to listen to it because there is so much good music coming all the time and its an honour to feel that we fit into that somehow.
* How did you come to choose ‘Ternion’ as the album title?
Ternion is a latin word for a group or set of three and its also the cardinal sum of 1 and 1 and 1 so we really felt it was perfect for what this album represents. The album is all about what the three of us have been through both as a group and as individuals in the last few years and how the two are so closely linked. Also, its a word thats rarely used and sounds nice so we felt like it was a special one.
* What was the most challenging thing to overcome in the making of ‘Ternion’?
There were moments particularly in the final stages when we were in the studio with Luke Smith and we were making big directional decisions about the tracks and that was hard to commit to taking a particular road. We get so used to working on tracks over a long period of time and revisiting them and slowly shaping them so when the moment comes to make the piece final it can be tricky.
* How have these tracks been translating to the stage (in comparison to your previous release?) I saw ‘What’s Mine, What’s Yours’ online and it was gorgeous.
We're so pleased with the reaction we're getting to that version of the track but thats it in a very raw acoustic composition which we probably wont do on tour. We've done a few gigs so far and everything is working nicely, the record is still very danceable so we're expecting things to still be as crazy and wild as they were before. The trick will be working out where and which songs from the first record can feel at home with the new ones that will definitely be taking priority.
*How was it to work with Luke Smith? And any clues about the video for ‘Where Are Your People’(directed by Alex Turvey)?
Luke was wonderful, he's such a nice and talented guy and he's really one of the most dedicated people we've ever worked with. He totally gives everything when he's working on a record. We'd be having breakfast, lunch and dinner in the studio and doing really long days so we got very close. We still see him for dinner and drinks regularly.
Well the WAYP video is out there already now but we can say that we're really happy with it. Alex really managed to make it exciting but without screaming at the audience, its one that the more you watch it the more fun it is.
* Approximately how many eggs did Darren eat during the making of “Ternion”? We hear he is addicted.
Ha! Thats a funny question. Lots. Its always lots. Eggs are just great and so versatile and good for any time of the day.
* How was the songwriting process this time around? I know earlier you’ve spoken about equal songwriting duties, and many feel this album is more personal than your last. How did you manage three distinct voices? Speaking of writing, were there any particular books you found yourself gravitating to during the recording?
We had to give each other quite a lot of space to blossom on this record and to get out what we really wanted to say. It was nice though because we would regularly sit down and write out and explain the lyrics we'd been writing to each other to make sure we fully understood and could all feel ownership on the songs. Books wise we all read quite a bit but there wasn't so much a theme connecting to the album.
*Tell us more about ‘Pressure On’. I find it such a marvelous record.
Its a track that Dede led the writing on because its about how she struggled with insomnia as a result of touring. And its also about how its so important to have comfort and support from Thomas at those times. It was nice to be able to turn something that was a real personal struggle into something beautiful to share with people. We always knew that it had be the album closer and musically we wanted it to have the feeling of calm confusion that you have when you cant sleep.
We sure will be. We love doing them and we sometimes look back at ones we'd forgotten and laugh a lot. Its a nice visual diary in a world that moves so fast.
* Any resolutions for 2012?
Work hard, play hard.
We Have Band - Visionary
We Have Band - Watertight
So some how news of Thieves Like Us' latest release Marie Marie slipped by us. Thankfully not for too long. The band keeps with the dark under tones and stellar album artwork. TLU can do no wrong in our eyes, and Marie Marie is further proof of that. Marie Marie is off the trio's upcoming BLEED BLEED BLEED album due out March 20th (Captured Tracks).
Thieves Like Us - Marie Marie by thieveslikeus
Miike Snow offers another cut of off his promising sophomore album Happy to You (out 3/27) . ‘Black Tin Box’ features indie darling Lykke Li (fresh off her stellar 2011 with the release of Wounded Rhymes). This Miike Snow track is darker than ‘Paddling Out’, the sunny single we covered not long ago. ‘Black Tin Box’ sounds inspired by gothic 808’s, gutter synths, and theremins alike. ‘Black Sheep black sheep leave me aftershocks’, or ‘Take my down the hillside/show me where they used to play/your sisters and you running through the orange light of the afterday’. Bleak stuff, but infectious, and far from tinny
Miike Snow – Black Tin Box (feat. Lykke Li)
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Hemingway had his Old Man and The Sea. It’s about time someone tackled the Old Man and the River. The video for Active Child’s “Hanging On” follows two fly fishermen coming to grips with their vitality, and their mortality. The directors (T.S. Pfeffer & Robert McHugh), much like the voice of Active Child (who switches between airy falsetto/grainy moans), flashes between the heavy and the light. The flies change, fall on the hook; the fish swim upstream, change, some eventually gutted; and the water even sinks those above.
Levantine remixes a 90’s classic in ‘Sweet Harmony’(by The Beloved). This Nu-Disco twists the seduction of the original into a more innocent version. Most tellingly, Levantine takes the ethereal vocals put into the chorus of the original and weaves them into the verses(and take these backing vocals out of the chorus). It is a worthy translation. The Beloved may sing in English, but they truly sing in The Beloved. Levantine, in this skillful sampling, performs in Levantine.
Download: The Beloved - Sweet Harmony (Levantine Remix)
Download: The Beloved - Sweet Harmony (Levantine Remix)
Gambino standout from Camp, ‘Heartbeat’ , gets remixed by Oliver. Oliver adds a very deep, slower bass-line and some jabbing synths in place of the breakneck dubstep inspired vibe of the original. Gambino fans won’t find his furious ‘Heartbeat’ verses on here, just an interpolation of the light chorus and an altogether deserving, more upbeat side B.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Digitalism remixes WhoMadeWho's ‘Inside World’(an appropriate phrase for what a remix is if there ever was one). This song sounds like David Byrne’s voice on E., less Talking Heads and more Seeing Sounds. The voice sings about the love to simply walk around to a beat, and the songs builds into a uphill crescendo at around the 3 minute mark. (Check out the SoundCloud visuals to see the massive changes in tone). We also leave you the debut music video for the original version of Inside World.
From Doleips comes a stand-out in synth pop, his remix of The New Division's Opium. Tracking by a high falsetto that manages to sound both relaxed and entirely present. The ‘ cure for a bad day’ surely refers to the fluffy and white, but you can add another palliative to the mix: This track. Secrets that I never should have known/are running through my veins into my soul.
We’ve featured the sounds of We Have Band before, and here is the video for single ‘Where Are Your People’ off of their new album Ternion. The set design is reminiscent of 70’s family sitcoms like The Brady Bunch, and the execution gives off the same uncomfortably serene vibe. The members of We Have Band channel their spirit into effigies that definitely have lied in the uncanny valley once or twice. It is a nice sprite of revulsion, one that motivates you to find the real live person closest to you and hold on.
There are no shortage of tributes to the sprawling lands of California, but Goldroom’s ‘Angeles’ feels right at home. ‘Dreamwave’ could not be a more fitting sonic match to the City of Dreams. It’s a tribute to the nights when you’re set right in the middle of LA, content to let its endless amount of contradictions and worlds wash over you. Angeles/they wanna know, they wanna know about it.
Plastic Plates' ‘Toys’ stars out with jumpy synths that wouldn’t sound out of place at a Tahitian rave, then breaks down into slick electro befitting of speeding down an Akira inspired highway. Plastic Plates maintain a firm balance of aesthetic throughout the track; a track so well prepared that it seems as flexible and light as their namesake.
Mr. Plates was also kind enough to drop some love in the form of his January Mixtape. Both are here for your listening pleasure, as well as free for you downloading pleasure. Long live Plastic Plates.
Tensnake - Need Your Lovin (Tiger & Woods Remix)
Plastic Plates - Toys
The Rapture - Sail Away (Cut Copy Remix)
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
Shindu - All In My Fridge (Cosmonauts Remix)
James Curd - Moon
Jonas Rathsman - Feeling You
Carte Blanche feat. Alexis Taylor - With You
Punks Jump Up - Get Down (Special Cccrash Mixxx)
Appaloosa - Patchwork (ATTAR! Remix)
Sneaky Sound System - Always By Your Side (Nicolas Jaar "Big" Version)
The Magician drops Magic Tape Nineteen on this very fine morning. The magic man seems to be getting better with each mixtape he drops. It must be all that magic school. Magic Tape Nineteen features some SMM favorites including Goldroom, Friendly Fires, Lancelot, Tiger Stripes, and Tensnake. We will be updating the track list as we pick up the tunes. Enjoy.
Lancelot - We Can Dance (Goldroom Remix)
??? - ???
Parallel Dance Ensemble - Shopping Cart (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix)
??? - ???
Friendly Fires - Hurting (Tensnake Dub Remix)
??? - ???
Disclosure - Flow
DJ Nibc & Patrick L – Call Me (Tiger Stripes Remix)
Todd Terje - Inspector Norse
??? - ???
Friday, January 20, 2012
D/R/U/G/S treats us to this 25 minute Selector mix, featuring the likes of Pearsan Sound, John Rundell, and Max Cooper, to name but a few. Keep an ear out for around the 8:30 mark, when a piercing synth stretches into almost Theremin proportions then disappears. Many small, worthy treasures like that are to be found in this mix.
Max Cooper -Miocene
John Rundell - Knick Knack
Mit - Rauch (Luke Abbott Remix)
Nick Muir & John Digweed - Beatiful Strange
Clouds - Sucker
Blawan - Getting Me Down
Pearson Sound - Wad
Walls - Gaberdine
Justice drops in with their latest video for ON'N'ON. Director Alexandre Courtes out does himself on the inter-galactic mind bender of a video. ON'N'ON gets its own EP (Out January 30th) with remixes by Brodinski, Erol Alkan, Rick Rubin, Tiga, and Video Village. Simply Stunning.
Cascine and Work Drugs collaborate for two particularly stellar remixes of Work Drugs’ “Ice Wharf”. The first, remixed by Selebrities, is a sunny, synth heavy track. It gives off a vibe of invincibility, stomping on very delicate, soon to be melting ice. And, the second remix, remixed by Southern Shores, is its worthy counterpart: icy electronics over medium drums. It feels as if it aims to capture the suspended moment when the ice finally breaks, but you have not yet fallen in the water.
As per our friends at THE FADER - "Cascine, the little label with some of 2011's most charming sounds, has entered the new year, hoisting two of their most distinctive artists, Southern Shores and Selebrities, across the calendar gap into this weird, uncertain future. The two groups linked with Philadelphia's Work Drugs out of mutual admiration and friendship, crafting totally them remixes of Work Drugs' 'Ice Wharf', a song lovingly dedicated to near-blackouts in Camden." - THE FADER
Both tracks are available for free right off the player.
Miike Snow offers up a new cut, ‘Paddling Out’. If you thought no one could make a catchy and song using ‘paddling’ as the main focal point (we count ourselves among you), here is the song that proves you wrong. Miike Snow’s next album, ‘Happy To You’ is due out in March. There is someone here who laughs too hard at everything/You say isn’t it hard/paddling out, paddling out.
Thursday, January 19, 2012
We Have Band's sophomore release Ternion (out on Naïve; January 31st digital release, February physical release) takes its name from a noun for ‘three; triad’. Eager to move past their widely embraced chopped-and-split sound/nonsensical lyrics on the first album, WHB have gone forth in a decidedly more personal, dynamic direction: ‘After All’ has them tackling heady moral quandaries (We took this hook/to soothe the fevers/by hook by crook/become believers), lost love (And now we’re both turned upside down/empty hearts turned inside out/Pick a story its yours to tell/And on your knees you tell it very well), reluctant responsibility (Marching through the streets/we heard them drum for 40 days and 40 nights/it’s all they hummed/their colors jumped up in the flames/jump in the fire/empty words and clever games of which we tire/needing someone to blame for this position/needing someone to blame/but who will listen), and far more.
And, no doubt, the virtuoso sonic moments are still here, more matured and vibrant: Doo-Wop Organs in ‘Visionary’, what sounds like an old AOL dial-up in the opening of ‘Watertight’, a taut strumming breakdown in the end of ‘Pressure On’. At times this record recalls the best of Silver Apples, a band equally as exhilarating and hard to classify. Ternion is an album that resists a ‘scene’. It sounds as if it could have been recorded out-of-time, both in its minute improvisations and its resistance to ephemeral music trends. We Have Band took to heart a fundamental paradox: By digging deep into ones own neuroses and inner lives, a timeless thing can emerge that relates to all.
We Have Band is not simply content to let Ternion stand on its own, though it is proven to be exceedingly capable: They will also be releasing a deluxe edition featuring a deconstruction of the record titled, Ternion Aside. It is a remixing of their own record, an ever-evolving, organic process.
At the end of Ternion, We Have Band asks “Where Are Your People?”. In the case of those who should hear Ternion: They are here, there, and everywhere. A perfect triangle.
We Have Band - Watertight
We Have Band - Where Are Your People
We Have Band - Visionary
Light Asylum’s ‘Skull Fuct’ video is indeed a head-spin, a fucked-upped situation normal all fucked up beyond all recognition so fucked up its ‘Fuct’(emphasis on elongating the t if especially fucked up) .The darkwave duo Light Asylum are backed here by gothic and flash-force visuals: horses, strange men with white eyes walking the woods, spiders, a very, very large knife. But perhaps most startling is the presence of the band members, only their faces lit by shadows. They are a charismatic, complicated presence against the striking visuals, and a reminder that the best skull-fucking art fucks up your brain, but never lets you off that easy. Depths lie underneath.
Official Warning: "This film contains flashing lights which may not be suitable for photosensitive epilepsy."
A snippet of the lead single to Moguai’s heavily anticipated Mpire EP (Mau5trap). This Progressive House track treats you, in only six minutes, to two worthy breakdowns that have the force of a hour long windup. The joys of a full album will have to wait until the 30th, but, for now, ‘Mpire’ should tide you over in good spirits. Pick up Moguai's Mpire directly from beatport.
This is the first in a series of mixes offered up by Bag Raiders (fitting for the kind of glorious ransacking and interpolation of tracks these guys do). The mix begins with a spin on classical composer Nils Frahms’ “More”, followed by a seamless shift into Miguel Campbell’s “Baby I Got It”. Baby I got it you want it/come on and get it. We were convinced to take up the challenge and dive into the rest of these splendid House/Deep House tracks, and bet you will be too.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
We are looking forward to hearing more work like Blondes’ just released ‘Fact Mix 312’ at their upcoming PopRally MoMA show (Saturday January 21st, 8:30-11:30). The mixtape is a near hour-long gift to the senses. Blondes, the Brooklyn based synth duo of Zach Steinman and Sam Haar, combine house, minimal, improvisation, and more into a sound that is their own. It’s a sound as pleasing to the feet as it is to the mind, and it is no surprise that MoMa has asked Blondes to perform alongside the MoMa’s contemporary exhibitions. Blondes makes complementary and challenging music, in the very best of meanings.
States MoMa: “The performance begins at 9:30. Admission includes an exclusive exhibition viewing and cocktails. Come dressed to impress and ready to DANCE!”
- Blondes - ???
- Henning Baer - In Transit
- Love Inc - R.E.S.P.E.C.T. (Mike Ink Remix)
- Blondes - Water (Bicep Remix)
- Blondes - ???
- Levon Vincent - Impression Of A Rainstorm
- Blondes - ???
- Ron Hardy - Crazy Hardy Edit
- Taragana Pyjarama - Ocean (Teengirl Fantasy Remix)
- Blondes - Water
- Peter Van Hoesen - Axis Mundi
- Blondes - Business (Alternate Version)
- Sandwell District - Hunting Lodge (Live)
- Marvin Dash - B1, Workshop 14