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
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Posted by benjimite at 10:51 PM
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
Posted by benjimite at 12:38 PM
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
Posted by benjimite at 11:04 PM
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
Posted by benjimite at 10:08 PM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
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 :)
Posted by benjimite at 9:52 PM
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Moving to 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)
Posted by benjimite at 12:50 PM
Sunday, July 20, 2008
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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."
Posted by benjimite at 3:02 PM
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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)
Posted by benjimite at 2:29 PM
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
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
Posted by benjimite at 3:19 PM