Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Inbox Lurve

Clubfeet are electro-popsters from Oz that I came across earlier in the year but never posted about them. They are a trio from Melbourne who have just released debut LP Gold On Gold. Subtley shouted vocals, soft synths on Teenage Suicide, very nice indeed. Remixes of the track to come from Eli Escobar, Kasper Bjorke, Kap10Kurt, The Glass, Loose Shus & More.

Clubfeet - Teenage Suicide


On a slighty more upbeat note (irony), five-piece electro-rockers Funeral Party have just released their Bootleg EP. From it we have Carwars, a delightful Friendly Fire-ish slice of Rapture cowbell-funk. Really good stuff.

Funeral Party - Carwars

Funeral Party


Monday, December 8, 2008

First up a rollicking remix of Escort's Starlight, Drums of Death beefs up the percussion and drags out the build ups only to smash them down into an epic death-disco house bomb. Also the superb original to go with.

Drums of Death - Dodfucksupanescorttune

Escort - Starlight

Foals were a group that really took me a while to come around to. But I must say my love has continually grown for the boys especially with some of the quality remixes that have been coming out of their tracks. These two are no exception, Tensake has made a dub-disco burner of Cassius (thanks Blouse) and the ever-reliable Diskjokke has turned Olympic Airways into a haunted space disco jam. Both impressive.

Foals - Olympic Airways (Diskjokke remix)

Foals - Cassius (Tensnake remix)

Lastly a couple of the standouts from the most recent Kitsune Maison 6 'Melodic One'. I am quite enjoying it, considering the most recent Ed Banger Comp sucked except for Mehdi's Pocket Piano. Ted and Francis are good Aussie boys and Lo-Fi-Fnk give us electro pop at its best.

Ted & Francis - I Wish I Was A Polar Bear (Arctic Urgency Edit)

Lo-Fi-Fnk - Want U


Wednesday, December 3, 2008


This post is to the person who makes me feel better.

Amazing electro-pop first heard on the Hot Chip Dj Kicks

Grovesnor - Nightmoves

Their EP was just as good as the album

Fleet Foxes - Mykonos

My favourite song from the best album of the year

Friendly Fires - Jump In The Pool

Love yous all

And a bonus of pure summer love

Findlay Brown - Promised Land

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


Not sure if anyone still reads this thing. Have had other shit on my mind. Though one thing that hasn't dimished in new music. I'll attempt to share some with you.

Three tracks, all from aussie groups/producers, two at the top of their game, one taking a different direction for the group but no less impressive.

Stunning new original from the soon to be released (well in Oz anyway) Far Away EP, with a whole stack of other quality tracks. Cheers to Hyperboletron

Cut Copy - Sands of Time

The b-side from the recent Turbo Love EP is truly one of the tracks of the year. Amazing dancey synth-pop.

Bag Raiders - Shooting Stars

The last track is a demo from the newly duo Damn Arms and they have turned their hand to Breakbot like french house with just a splash of robot to go with. Very good.

Damn Arms - Destination (Removed)

Love yous all

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Birdsnest

I have really been pissed off with Channel 7's covereage of the Olympics, no field events, too much fucking gymnastics that's for sure. One thing that is funny is Kevin Rudd speaking mandarin. Jackass.

Here's a quick selection of tunes I have been digging recently:

Late Of The Pier are quite good, though it really pisses me off that any band that sounds noisy and uses electronic elements with a bit of rhythm are compared to Klaxons. Sublime psychodelic discofied remix from one half of Chicken Lips

Late Of The Pier - The Bears Are Coming (Emperor Machine Remix)

Lovely ol' school French house remix from one of my favourite bands Phoenix, anyone know when the new album's coming out?

Phoenix - If I Ever Feel Better, I'll Go to the Disco (Said The Buffalo Bunch)

Blissed out remix of everyone's favourite swedepoppers by Studio, you know its good.

Shout Out Louds - Impossible (Remake by Studio)

Techno vs Disco, a match made in heaven, possibly Terje's finest work ever. Mesmerising

Simon Baker - Plastik (Todd Terje Türkatech Mix)

One of the strongest tracks from their debut last year gets a tripped out wash by Jas & James

Simian Mobile Disco - I Believe (SMD Space Out Dub)

While we wait for Holy Ghost's follow up to their amazing original Hold On, we get a remix by UK duo Mock and Toof who strip in back and polish it up again to a nice mirror ball shine.

Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Mock And Toof Remix)

Outstanding remix of the Juggers by Chateau Marmont who succeed where so many have failed before in managing to equal the staggering heights of the original.

Mignight Juggernauts - Into The Galaxy (Chateau Marmont Remix)

Lastly another, yes you guessed it, disco remix of the amazing Jens Lekman. He really does have a showbiz voice ol' Jens and Irkuk really manages to pull it off without going into cheese territory.

Jens Lekman - Sipping On the Sweet Nectar (Bogdan Irkuk Love Nectar Mix)

Hope everyone got their MGMT tickets :)


Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Gig Of The Year?


Moving to this

Plus This

Saturday December 6
MGMT @ the greatest outdoor venue in Australia, Belvoir Amphitheatre
Tickets on sale from Heatseeker Tuesday 19th of August, get em while they're hot kids, these are going to go like lollies at fat camp.

MGMT - Kids (Tronik Youth Re Edit)

MGMT - Destrokk

MGMT - Electric Feel (Aeroplane Remix)


Sunday, July 20, 2008

Glasto Roundup

Hi kids,
A special treat today in the form of a Glastonbury Oh Eight review by none other than the male model from Claremont, the youngest of 15 children, Mister Thomas Rohr.

"Glastonbury is a festival we’ve all heard about how awesome it is and blah blah blah. For that reason I had absolutely massive expectations when going to my first one this year. I have been to Leeds Festival and a few other biggies before. However, this blew all of my expectations out of the water and more. It truly is a festival everyone has to experience to get a real grip on it. The main reason is that it’s about so much more than the music, it’s about the mud, the kids, the old school hippies, the incredible set-up of the vast different areas and pretty much the mammoth size of absolutely everything. 180 000 people went this year and to get a grip on the size of the whole site, it would take about an hour to walk from one end to the other. Along with this, there were one or two bands that played as well.

Day 1.

Kings Of Leon headlined on the Pyramid Stage on the first night and delivered another absolutely Stellar Performance that the music world has come to expect from this unfairly good-looking and incredibly talented Mega-band. However, before these guys played I had the great experience of meeting Franz Ferdinand in the crowd, as they were handing out flyers for their secret gig later that night. When this happened, I managed to get the drummer Paul Thompson to comb my hair with the comb in his back pocket. I did catch the first half of their gig before I went to Kings Of Leon and they played mainly new songs. Their sound was incredibly crisp and I think we are all going to be listening to another cracking album from this Glaswegian quartet very soon.

However, the biggest highlight of day one for me came from Foals. Foals album Antidotes is for me, one of the best releases of this year, so I was eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see them live. They produced an amazing live sound with front man Yannis Phillipakis playing lead guitar, singing and leading the band with a brilliant level of flow from beginning to end. They produced amazing synth driven breakdowns linking songs (not dissimilar to their album) and then had the crowd moving with their catchy riffs and ever-changing percussion beats.

Foals - 2 Steps Twice

Foals - Big Big Love

Day 2.

I started the day with a very average set by the teenagers. They were literally like a band you’d watch at school with there sound levels all over the place. The lead guy was trying to keep a good energy, but with the sound as shocking as it was, he was really pushing diarrhea up a snow hill. Which was such a shame considering the splash these French dudes have made on myspace over the last year or so.

Soko – Love No (Teenagers Cover)

After that Holy Fuck really lifted my spirits with an energising performance. The guy MC-ing the John Peel stage regarded them as one of the biggest highlights of Glastonbury ’07, which is a massive wrap for the 4-piece Canadian electronic outfit. Then I was lucky enough to catch Black Lips and Band of Horses back to back. Black Lips had pig heads on stakes on the front of the stage and one of the singers came out wearing almost like a scream like mask over his head. They had a massive amount of energy and probably one of the most rock n roll attitudes of any band I saw over the three days. A really great high-energy show concluding with one of the front dudes kicking over one of the pigs heads on a spike (they were real by the way). Band of Horses came through with a stirring set culminating in the chick standing next to me coming to tears during it. They are incredibly tight for a seven piece and have now 2 good albums worth of material which all culminated into an hour and 10 minutes of absolute pleasure.

Black Lips – It Feels Alright

Band of Horses – Is There A Ghost

Amy Winehouse who played before Jay-Z did finish her set early as she could barely stand and she also punched a guy in the audience (bless her cotton socks). The biggest highlight of the day and I would say the Festival was Jay-Z. This guy copped so much flack for being the headliner. A lot of people blamed the initial low ticket sales on him being named and the Gallagher brothers really let him and the bookers of the festival have it over his selection. This all proved as Fuel on a roaring fire as one of the biggest names in Hip-Hop put on a ripping show. He started with a 2-minute video, then he came out with Wonderwall over the top miming the words with a guitar around his neck. The whole crowd was singing along then he cut it and said “I just got one thing to say . . . I GOT 99 PROBLEMS BUT A BITCH AINT ONE”. That was the most responsive I saw the crowd in the whole 3 days. It was awesome! (check it out yourself).

Jay-Z - Renegade Feat. Eminem

Day 3.

The first band I saw on Day 3 that were worth mentioning would have to be the Duke Spirit. These guys are certainly up and comers. The lead singer is Kate Moss’s niece Liela Moss. She is incredibly fit and has a phenomenal stage presence. Along with that they have the music to back-up the look. They were playing on one of the smaller stages but still pulled a reasonable crowd and really rocked out with Moss wearing a lycra body suit and pulling out some unreal dance moves.

The Duke spirit – Love is an Unfamiliar Name

The Duke Spirit - Win Your love (live KEXP session)

Crystal Castles went absolutely nuts. The lead chick was climbing up the scaffolding, crowd surfing and genuinely going absolutely mental. So mental that after 20 minutes they pulled the plug. Then everyone went nuts and starting booing. So they played another two songs at that same intensity and then got pulled for good after a half hour. Who would have thought computer game music could get so intense. After this, I ducked over to see the Presets and you’ll be glad to know that they represented the homeland amazingly well. They had the roof of the dance lounge lifting. To finish up the festival, I caught the end of the Verve’s set. I would describe Richard Ashcroft as a mix of Ian Brown and Noel Gallagher. He was incredibly egotistical on stage. Either way, it was a comforting way to finish off the festival singing along to Bitter Sweet Symphony with about 120 000 other people.

Crystal Castles – Untrust Us

The Verve - Love Is Noise

It truly was a remarkable 3 days. I guess my only recommendation is to do this festival as many times as you can. I genuinely don’t think you could ever get sick of it. Along with that, I’m sure every year you go you would discover a whole new area and a whole new aspect to add to the list of things to love about this festival."

Thanks T. Rohr, sounded like a tough gig.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Axe Work

Why aren't there any good self-indulgent guitar solos any more? Modern bands too democratic? They certainly knew how to rock it back in the day.

Neil Young - Like A Hurricane

Neil Young - Down By The River



Thursday, July 10, 2008

Mama Was A Pimp

A couple of bumping new hip-hop releases over the past few weeks. Everyone should listen to hip hop occasionally, good for the soul.

The first track is from local Aussie boys Bliss n Eso, who have recently released their third LP entitled Flying Colours. Definitely worth your hard earned this one. Take this taste track that samples Angus & Julia Stones folk anthem Paper Aeroplane. The MCing is tight and i've always thought the Aussie/US mix of MCs has worked well.

Bliss N Eso - Eye of the Storm

Angus & Julia Stone - Paper Aeroplane

Next is more Oz-hop goodness with East coast duo Muph & Plutonic (Muphin is the MC, Plutonic Labs the producer) with their latest single Size of The Soul. It use an absolutely perfect string drenched soul sample that really soars. I have read reviewers asking how many times hip-hop groups use a soul sample, but honestly who cares when it sounds this good.

Muph & Plutonic - Size of the Soul

Thirdly is one of the true godfathers of hip hop in Wu Tang numero uno and samurai sword specialist RZA. Under his Bobby Digital moniker, the new album is called Digi-Snacks and takes more of a traditional street thug attitude to his verses rather than the Shaolin orientated Wu projects. Sublime production, RZA's throaty delivery = Masterful. (Also a bonus as a cheeky guest on an absolute cracker from a couple of years ago)

RZA - Can't Stop Me Now

Handsome Boy Modeling School - A Day In The Life Feat. RZA, AG, The Mars Volta & Tim Meadows.

Lastly some smooth US hip hop from the mail bag, its a little cheesy but nice nonetheless. Title track from an upcoming album.

Common Market - Tobacco Road

Golden oldies, does it get any better? (well not that old i suppose)

Nas - Get Down

Mo' Thugs Family - Getto Cowboys (thanks to POW)


Wednesday, July 9, 2008

I Wanna Funk With You Tonight

A trio of newbies that are guaranteed to get your groove on.

The first is a huge new remix from 4 Highlighter faves. It really is a big of a blog house party, everybody's favourite Frenchman Fred Falke and Australia's finest Miami Horror give a facelift to one of the strongest tracks from Pnau's self-titled LP of last year. Falke adds his signature live bassline and Horror throws some sublime synths in to make this amazing track even better. A massive thanks to Who The Hell... for the heads up.

Pnau - Embrace ft. Ladyhawke (Fred Falke & Miami Horror remix)

Next is a another storming remix from another Highlighter crush, local boys The Dirty Secrets. You may remember when we posted about them here and here and now we have a cowbell heavy remix of by PH DJ who I posted about here. "Dept. (pronounced "diˈpärtmənt") is the odd but superb musical alliance of superstar PhDJ and supernerd Black Anthony." A corking remix which we'll hopefully be hearing more of soon.

The Dirty Secrets - Devil's Inside (Dept. remix)

The last group need no introduction. Suffice to say they are the kings of cowbell and have a new single produced for the GTA IV soundtrack, produced by Timbaland, Banger.

The Rapture - No Sex For Ben