Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Thanks to Patrick @ Kyogoi for the photo (show Canada some love and check his blog)

No, as much as some people would like it to be this isn't a porn site. But we do have some love related goodies up our sleeve for the highlighter faithful and that comes in the form of Sebastien Tellier's new album Sexualtiy (buy it here). His gorgeous 2005 track La Ritournelle would still have to be one of my most favourite tracks ever (you can still pick it up here) and his third album just can't arrive soon enough. Luckily enough we don't have to wait anymore, produced by robot Guy-Manuel De Homem, Sexuality is Barry White for the noughties. Lush synths, rhythmic percussion and some sex vocals lifted off some sort of 80s porn. It doesn't get much better. NME has been kind enough to stream the whole album for you right here, you have to sign up to their site but it's no biggie. This would have to be one of my most anticipated albums of the year so sit back, slip your towelling dressing gown on, light some candles and away you go....
Sebastien Tellier - Pomme (From Sexuality) : Removed at labels request

Monday, February 18, 2008

Feeling The Good Vibrations

A special stationary treat for you kids today, a guest post by good highlighter chum and chief hip hop head Jordy O, the Good Vibrations 2008 review, without further ado....

Good Vibrations 2008 started with a new venue and a fresh outfit. There was a good chance to check out a lot more festival get ups during the long walk from the entry point to the festival grounds. The hip hop heavy lineup was well represented in costume, especially from the lads. Amongst the girls, being hot was popular. I love summer festivals!

The first act that we saw was the really cool group Thievery Corporation who seemed to produce a new MC for every track. There was certainly a lot of energy coming from the stage and that was thrown back with interest by the crowd eager to get their dancing shoes warmed up for a big day ahead. It is always a good thing to see a big band jamming as there are so many things to look at throughout the set, whether it be the hand percussionist relentlessly slapping skin or the brass section adding some nice groove and intermitent stage dancing.

From that set we wandered over to the Roots stage to see underground rap icon Pigeon John. Pigeon was very keen to get the crowd involved in the show and there were "Make some noise" and "If you hear me say ho!" comments being thrown around with almost reckless abandon. With just a DJ and a mic to help him out with his show, Pigeon John ran and bounced around the stage to put on a very memorable show. He is as funny as they come and not at all afraid to joke about his longevity/celebrity ratio. "Lemon to a Lime and a lime to a lemon/ Underground Hip Hop equals no women!" Pigeon was very kind to hand out his self proclaimed 68th and 69th copies of his new album to the Good Vibes crowd. I will definately be joining his quest to go gold in Australia.

We then went back to the Good Vibrations stage (creatively named) to see Scotland's own Calvin Harris. Going from a funk laced reggae sound, to a solo MC, to an electro infused rock band highlights the range of genres at festivals these days. To be honest, it was a bit too much of a contrast for me to properly feel the vibe so to speak. Having said that, trying to leave the crowd was a very hard thing to do as the place was packed all the way back to the bar area. And once out of the sardine tin and with my ears suitably adjusted, I found myself enjoying the band a lot more. It was a good entree for things to come at the very least.

Our next big gig, after a walkabout, was The Rapture. We had a sweet spot, were well stocked with drinks and ready to rock our socks off. To my amazement, Lyrics Born came on stage to introduce the band. I couldnt believe that he was there for a start and almost felt cheated that, having been there, he wasn't performing. How could you have someone like Lyrics Born back stage and not have him grace the crowd with a set? I don't think I will ever understand it. Anyway, The Rapture was absolutely awesome! They were a highly anticipated act and they did not disappoint. "Don Gon Do It" and "Get Myself Into It" were crowd favourites that got a big sing along. The New Yorkers were a big hit.

Following on the same stage was Cypress Hill. I was standing with a big Cypress fan and that made the set very enjoyable to watch. B-Real's voice and lyrical ability and Sen-Dogg's in-your-face attitude made for a great dynamic. They ran hot for their last half of the set where they came out with "Insane in the Membrane", "Hits From The Bong", "Dr. Greenthumb" back to back and "Rock Superstar" shortly after to wrap it up. They also came up with possibly the best stage prop I have ever seen, a massive inflatible gold buddah. While it was inflating, Sen-Dogg lit up a baseball bat and smoked that shit! We saw what we came to see.

We moved on to see Pharoahe Monch. I had not seen or heard him before but he came with a huge recomendation from two of my most respected opinions on all things hip hop so I was hanging out to see him perform all day. He was outstanding, a true highlight. His lyrical powers and versatility were off the heezy fo' sheezy (he has much better material than me). He looked the part too with a bid afro and a couple of guest MCs and backing singers added to a great atmosphere. I danced my little heart out.

The last act of the night was Kanye. He was a great showman and had obviously put a lot of thought into his show. I thought his sound levels were spot on and I did enjoy the set. For some reason though, I thought it fell short of a really good performance, for reasons I find hard to articulate. I think, unlike Cypress Hill, he spaced his fan favourites too far between each other and didnt keep the crowd up for long enough. It was a little bit up and down with the energy levels. However, the lights show was a really good asset to his show, and I thought his costume changes was one of the highlights of the day. What other male artist would wear three costumes on an hour and a half set? Also his neon watch was as unique as it was fantastic. Ending the show with his Daft Punk remix was the perfect finale.

All in all it was a very enjoyable day and I cant wait for next year, I just hope Herisson Island can get a little bit more grass cover to avoid the dustbowl, but then again, it generated nostalgia about our beloved ampitheatre and this festival's former residence.

Friday, February 15, 2008


In to my inbox floats a new couple of tracks by Englishman Lionel Flairs (sweet name), he has played bass with pretty much every musician in France.
The posted track is a little discofied electro burner which is rather cool, but much cooler is the A-Side to the single 'Better Than Prince" (unfortunately we arent allowed to post it) so you'll have to hit up his myspace and check it out. A bravado'd up, bass heavy bomb. I'm sure we'll be hearing a lot more from them.

Monday, February 11, 2008


I just cannot get enough of these tracks at the moment.
Holy Ghost! - Hold On (Highest Recommendation)

Poni Hoax - Antibodies (Highest Recommendation)

Air France - Beach Party (High Recommendation)

What's that? You want more from these top notch cool cats? Ok 2 more

Love Yous All

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Big Weekend Out

Wowh, that was a big one. Saturday night at Shape for the DJ sets from Midnight Juggers, Battles and LCD Soundsystem, then the hot, overcrowded monstrosity that was BDO.

Bad Points:

- 15,000 too many people,

- bout 5 degrees to hot (one mate likened the people to cows following the shade outline of trees, classic!),

- and limited drink varieties to different areas of the showgrounds.

Good Points:

- Two bands that really reinforced their status as icons of the current musical generation.

1) Arcade Fire, their set was absolutely electric. You know there's lots of them but nothing can quite prepare you for the amount of people and musical paraphenalia on stage. No Cars Go was goosebumpy stuff and Rebellion was arguably my favourite song of the day.

Buy Neon Bible or Funeral

2)LCD Soundsystem, I know I have been crapping on about them a lot recently but they really were that good. Transforming pretty much every track into a live version, Murphy's voice was sounding really good and when he had a little cowbell solo I pretty much lost it.

There are also a whole remix album of The Sound Of Silver available here which is full of cool remixes of underground producers. There are also links from here to remix albums of Chemical Brothers, Primal Scream, The Prodigy and more.

Buy Sound of Silver here

And finally I couldn't leave out some Aussie love and a group I always love to see at festivals (even though they seem to be at most these days) are The Hilltop Hoods. The boys always know how to get the crowd going and stalk the stage as well as any hip hop act i've ever seen. They also need more blog love.

Hilltop Hoods Dump Site - This site contains mp3s of their first two albums, no longer on CD release (for all you Hoods buffs) and some unreleased tracks and collaborations, SWEET.
Buy Hilltops Albums
Love Yous All

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

La Mode

La Mode are an electro trio out of Melbourne that have been doing good things in the scene as evidenced by the recent couple (here and here) of posts done about them by highlighter chums electrorash (check the posts out for a Bloc Party remix and original track). They have a quality oz-synth-electro rock sound that is going at the moment as highlighted by their commissioning by Kitsune to do a remix of Cazals 'Life Is Boring'. The boys are going places and their remix of Magnets by Germany's finest throws in a chunky bass line and some bopping cowbells (i wonder if they play them live like James Murphy?) that add to what is an already pounding track. The second track is an original that starts with a deep synthline and moves into some playful vocals and some sweet 80s fantasy samples in the middle which reminds me a tad of some wu-tang stuff which is always good. Anyway, La Mode, enjoy...

La Mode - The Curse (Left Click)

Love Yous All

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Pieces Of The Ewan Pearson We Love

I'd always heard good things about Ewan Pearson and his ability to be at the front of dance music trends whether it be with his remixing skills or DJing. I know I am relatively late on this release but I bought the double CD package of his remix work entitled Piece Work (buy from Amazon or JB Hifi). It is an amazing collection of remixes from Chemical Brothers to Ladytron to Pet Shop boys and quite comfortably plays through every track when I listen to it without an urge to skip one. The two tracks posted below are a little different, The Rapture track an absolute belter, possibly my favourite remix of The Rapture I have heard. The Courtney Tidwell track is very different, for starters it clocks in at 11:57, but fear not dear readers/listeners, it is a beautiful track that develops and progresses and with Tidwell's haunting vocals over the top of it, it is an amazing track.

The Rapture - I Need Your Love [Ewan's Stay In School Mix]

Cortney Tidwell - Don't Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up [Ewan's Objects In Space Remix]

Love yous all.