Archive for September, 2008

30
Sep
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 11

 

We are blessed in Brighton with many new music festivals throughout the summer months. This winter however brings with it a fine selection of live sets to rank high among any you may have experienced yet this year. I’ve thrown my hand into this pot of cracking performances thats lined up and I’ve plucked out a couple of right charmers.


DEADMAU5

This world-class DJ / producer from Toronto, Canada, brings with him a reputation so sizeable, you’d be hard pushed to find a club big enough to suit him, let alone get his giant red ears through the doorway. His excellent live sets thankfully tend to veer more towards the Electro end of the dance spectrum, as opposed to the more minimalist-techno he often produces in the studio. A proper star in the ascendancy.

ACT:               DEADMAU5
VENUE:               DIGITAL, Kings Arches, Brighton
COST:                 £11
DATE:                 Thursday 23rd October 2008
WEBSITES:          Myspace   Last.fm

DEADMAU5 Live (in Denver)

HOT CHIP
Masters of geekdom. Lords of minimalist-dance-pop. This cheery, bouncy 5-piece are very well known to us all, with mucho Radio One airtime and giant singles and albums now under their belts. Their live sets are totally awesome. They share the type of chemistry on stage that always floods out to the crowd. You won’t know where to look. Release your inner geek.

ACT:               HOT CHIP
VENUE:               THE DOME, Brighton
COST:                 £17.50
DATE:                 Wednesday 5th November 2008
WEBSITES:          Myspace    Last.fm

HOT CHIPLive (@ Coachella)

Who cares if summer is over when you have a winter like this in store. Two brilliant nights out. Two world-class sets of guaranteed fun. I can’t wait. As always, let me know if you’re joining us?

Mike

28
Sep
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 7


THE REMIXES – PART 1 – BLOC PARTY



If you don’t like BLOC PARTY then your going to hate this post.

However if you don’t enjoy Bloc Party you need to check yourself in for surgery, because your ears are clearly surplus to requirements. I’m not sure your bad taste can be surgically removed, but with the medical advances and modern science I’m sure we could try…

So here we are. Bloc Party are very well known to all of us and this is correct and very much as it should be. Nothing new to report. Nothing new I can cover that hasn’t been waxed to within an inch of it’s life. Right?

Pretty much. It’s just that I love Bloc Party like nothing else. They are my smack and I’m their junkie. No intervention’s going to get in my way here.

So what this post is about is a dedication to a well rehearsed passion. I want to list the Bloc Party remixes I enjoy. Yes, they’re a fine, fine band in their own right, with their upbeat, choppy dance-Indie brilliance, but never before in history has a band been so ripe for a remix. And haven’t the button-twiddlers been busy! So many awesome remixes!

Normally I demand a remix has to at least add something to an existing tune, or bring something fresh to the table. Bloc Party clearly write tunes well enough and they clearly have one of the best drummers of all time in Matt tong, but when remixed they seem to be pushed into the electro dance genre like it was as natural as conceiving a child.

I list the results of these remixes below for you. Believe me there are hundreds out there, so I’ve simply included those I see fit for purpose. Enjoy, pinch, comment, what ever you like. At least you know where I stand on the legends that are BLOC PARTY….

HUNTING FOR WITCHES(Villains Electro-Banger Remix)
THIS MODERN LOVE (Dave P & Adam Sparkles Making Time Remix)
THE PRAYER (Does It Offend You Yeah? Remix)
SIGNS(Plimsouls Edit)
I STILL REMEMBER(SebatiAn Remix)
LIKE EATING GLASS (Black Strobe Remix)
TWO MORE YEARS(MSTRKRFT Remix)
MERCURY (Herve Is In Disarray Remix)
MERCURY(CSS Remix)

Phew, I feel like I’ve got that off of my chest now. Hey, if we can’t indulge in our own blogs every now and again then what’s the point eh?? Let me know which remix is your favourite?

Bloc Party have a new album due out real soon. Cue remixers at the ready…
Mike

23
Sep
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 10

Welcome home. Got a couple of sweet gigs to warm your cockles in this edition of THE GIG LIST. The summer may be over, (did it ever start?!), but the live circuit continues to buzz loudly around your pint.

The two venues involved are continuing to push out the coolest bands for us. It’s been tough times for venues in this city with the Barfly closing and the new Hippodrome struggling to get a start date for its inception. Not sure why this is as the other venues seem busy and regularly getting in the top acts. Survival of the fittest I guess. At least I’m doing my bit anyways…

IDA MARIA
We all know Ida by now. We all love her to bits. With Radio One play galore and many a slot on the festival circuit all summer long, she’s breezing into Brighton. Sexy, lively, cute, exciteable and Scandanavian, she ticks most boxes for me. With her hat tipped firmly towards super-catchy singalong pop tracks like ‘Better When You’re Naked’ her gig is bound to swing. Just pop your clothes in the cloakroom on your way in. That’s better…

ACT:                IDA MARIA
VENUE
:                KOMEDIA, North Laines, Brighton
COST:                  £8
DATE:                  18th November 2008 @ 8pm 
WEBSITE:             Myspace    Last.fm

FRIENDLY FIRES
I saw these guys live at the NME tour earlier in the year. They totally kick it! When they’re lively they’ll have the room bouncing off the walls. When they slow it down its all wistful beauty. Either way I love it! Frontman Ed MacFarlane is all you want as a focal point on stage, but the real gem is the lead guitarist. The appropriately named Ed Gibson is truly outstanding. He’s very remeniscent of Johnny Greenwood, of Radiohead fame, and that’s not something to say lightly. Ed even played his guitar with a Dust-buster at one point. Original, interesting and tuneful, I cannot wait for them to return to us in what is a very personal and close-up venue.

ACT:                    FRIENDLY FIRES
VENUE:                AUDIO, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                  £ tbc
DATE:                  6th October 2008
WEBSITES:           Myspace    Last.fm

I’ve already got another GIG LIST to post, but I’m just trying to stick to my two-listings-per-post rule. Who makes these bloody rules anyway! Whilst I grapple with myself in third-person, you just have to make sure you return real soon for more selected Brighton highlights. Woo hoo!

Mike

19
Sep
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 10

Front and center folks. Going to mix it up a little in this post today I’m writing about genres I am not so into. I’m also listing tunes from people I’m not totally familiar with, but it’s always worth a punt in my opinion.

Rather than the usual French-influenced, 80’s-sampled Electro that we all know and love I’m dipping my toes into new waters. Particularly with the bottom recommendation. The simple fact is I’m a hopeless romantic and occasionally I fall madly for a track before I can stand back and slot it into some familiar genre that I find I’m comfortable with.

ALAN MX
Credit where credit is due, (except perhaps for when I don’t credit that is. hmm. I try ‘kay!). Another Brighton blog, called Totally Twitterpated spilled the news to me on this artist and gains the aforementioned credit today. ALAN MX is signed to Smalltown America Records and hails from Basingstoke, Hampshire, UK. The track I list is actually a remix of his ‘Captain America’ tune, done excellently by Brad Walsh. A twisted love song, packed with humour, with a swirling vocal reminiscent of Colin McIntyre (circa Mull Historical Society‘s tune, ‘The Final Arrears’) and brilliant lyrics like “I know I’m gay, but I’ll make an exception”. It all makes for a truly fantastic and entertaining song. You will love it. If not, well, I’ve got some earplugs you can wear, like, permanently…

Find him here:  Myspace

Hear him here:  ALAN MX – Captain America (Brad Walsh Remix)



GEORGE LENTON

OK, I’m always getting emailed and posted tracks, like most other blog writers, with artists trying to get the spread on their stuff posted. Most of the time they’re bollocks. Simple. Thankfully my ears have the patience of a crowd of bored saints with lots and lots of spare time. I always, always listen thoroughly to every track I’m mailed and I check through every myspace/last.fm friend request I receive. I’m too kind. This fella however was one of those that paid off. The track is a remix he’s done of the tune, ‘Je Veux te Voir’ by the French band Yelle. Now I’ve a soft spot for Yelle anyways, so perhaps I was always going to like this, but suffice to say it bangs. A slightly different sound to the normal electro often found on here, but it pounds along with plenty of claps and it breaks brilliantly to emphasize the cute French lyrics. I reckon Pelski would like this. I’ll ask him. Midlander George informs me that Huw Stephens and Tepr are all over it. No bad thing. Perhaps we all ought to watch this space.

Find him here:   Myspace

Hear him here:  Yelle – Je Veux Te Voir (George Lenton Remix)

MATHHEAD
If I’m totally honest here, I’m dipping into a genre with this guy that I don’t really fancy all that much. Not to belittle him in any way, but I generally do not go for the whole bass-heavy warped and distorted, pounding sounds that emanate from this area of dance music. I fervently try and stay true to my own tastes in this blog as it must be sincere and from my heart, but there is a scene thats bubbled away over the last couple of years and it’s impossible to keep away from it. I’ve mostly managed to ignore it, but occasionally it throws out something interesting. Really interesting. I’m talking about the whole Trouble & Bass, Herve, Drop The Lime, Curses, Fake Blood group of DJ’s that owe much to the 90’s drum & bass and rave sounds. It is generally darker and packed with chaotic, heavy, wobbling breaks. Mathhead is a highlight. A New Yorker who loves a sample as much as the next DJ, but works a little magic like nobody else I know. If I fall for any other Dj’s in this crew I’ll post about them also, so watch out.

Find him here:   Myspace

Hear him here:  Mathhead – Magnum (Megaforce Edit)

Right I’m off to dip my head into a bucket of Indie music to wash off this blow out of grime-soaked dance music. I’d be really interested to hear your opinions on this lot. Some you will likely know, others may be new to you. Drop me a comment as always.

Mike

12
Sep
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 9

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Got you lovely people a themed GIG LIST for Number 9. Whether you live in BRIGHTON or not, you really should know all about the new club NEW HERO! Today I’m going to be waxing all about the newest Electro nightclub located in central Brighton. It’s what Saturday night was invented for after all.

Not only does it list the best resident line up of any club I’ve ever known in Brighton, its got sweet flavours on both Friday and Saturday nights! Acts blowing up this dancefloor will be Henron (Fridays and occassional Saturdays) and then a rotation of residents for just the Saturday that will comprise of Midfield General, South Central, Punks Jump Up, Stopmakingme and Nightmoves. Fridays are the legendary ‘Somewhere In The Universe’ parties and Saturdays will be the new ‘Dance Dance Death’ event.

Amongst many others, here is a selection of previous acts to play at ‘Somewhere In The Universe…’ (when it was based at other clubs in a previous life). It reads like a who’s who of the worlds coolest DJ’s. Check this out…

Dj Mehdi

So you really have no excuses…

HENRON
OK just to get a little specific for a minute I wanna post about which nights are coming up. I firstly wanna list Henron as he is the pioneer of ‘Somewhere…’. You’ve never seen such a lively DJ with his enthusiastic and contagious jumping up and down behind the decks. He thumps the air with his fists, climbs upon his decks and gets the place in such a swing! It totally rocks. His electro set is thumping, crunchy and totally banging. You’ll love him.

ACT:                    DJ HENRON
VENUE:                SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE…, NEW HERO, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £3  pre-11pm, £5  after 11pm
DATE:                  Friday 12th September 2008
WEBSITE:             Myspace

NIGHTMOVES
Secondly, on the Saturday night this weekend is NIGHTMOVES from Kitsune playing the Dance Dance Death party. He is well known for his brilliant remixes for everyone from Klaxons to Late Of The Pier to Rosin Murphy to Friendly Fires. Well worth six little pounds of your finest earnings.

ACT:                    NIGHTMOVES
VENUE
:                DANCE DANCE DEATH, NEW HERO, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £6   (10pm to late)
DATE:                  Saturday 13th September 2008
WEBSITE:             Myspace

OK, enough from me for this GIG LIST. I’ll have THE RECOMMENDER 10 up soon, so head back when your ready…or slightly before your ready if you so wish…

Mike

12
Sep
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 6

Another mini-post for today. Thought I’d share this with you coz it made me laugh.

A music video of the highest geekdom (think Napoleon Dynamite on roller skates). The video needs to be watched to the very end for the full effect.

The tune is ‘You Know’ by Super Jupiter, a camped-up Scandinavian trio. A little too camp for me perhaps, but I secretly love it.

Until the next post then…darlings.
Mike

07
Sep
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 9

Theme-time once more people. Got a guy so freaking cool, he’s built up an enormously brilliant record label ram-jammed with some of the best bands and scenesters known to the blog world. This Recommender is going to be all about him and those acts he has so lovingly shared with us over recent years.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you FRANKI CHAN and the IHEARTCOMIX record label…

Search online and you will find an abundance of mp3’s, info and links with Franki Chan’s name sprawled all over them. Amongst many others his IHEARTCOMIX label has accrued acts such as: HEARTSREVOLUTION, Toxic Avenger, Ocelot, Totally Michael, Matt & Kim and Acid Girls. Super-cool!!!! They claim to be “dedicated to challenging the music industry standards by embracing the ever evolving sound of our generation“. Perfect if you ask me…

The label also comes in other successful guises – as a radio show, a website, an event promoter, a world-class blog, an online clothing store and an online tv show, making them one of the best party crews in existence.

But I actually want to speak a little about the man.

FRANKI CHAN

This is a fantastic story of an underdog. Moving to Los Angeles, California from his home in Indiana, Franki quickly set out to penetrate the vibrant local music scene.

Joining up with the famous Steve Aoki, of Dim Mak Records fame, (see The Recommender 6 in the archives…), they ran an event on Tuesdays at the well-known Cinespace nightclub.

Sadly, after a period of success, it blew up in Franki’s face, (perhaps self-inflicted?), forcing an acrimonious and bitter split between them both. Steve Aoki, coming from the wealthy background, with the famous acting family and roots in LA, did his best to suppress Franki it seems, but our man persevered, regrouped and developed the IHEARTCOMIX label into the success it is today.

Not satisfied with a simple label to take up his time, he is also a talented illustrator with a comic book obsession, a musician, a DJ and is even sometimes found behind the drums for HEARTSREVOLUTION. What about sleep!!?? Not for this guy.

So this Recommender is for you Franki. The two bands below are on his label. Enjoy…

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HEARTSREVOLUTION

Boy / Girl combo – CHECK! Fashionable and goodlooking – CHECK! New York, Tokyo, LA and Paris heritage – CHECK! Cooler than cool punk-electro tunes – CHECK! As I’ve previously mentioned in GIG LIST 8 (see archives…), this tasty cute couple, also known as Ben & Lo, are bouncing all over the world in the upcoming IHEARTCOMIX tour, supporting the fantastic Midnight Juggernauts (in the UK). Like a more listenable Crystal Castles, these scenesters are shaking just about everything shakeable. Over in the States, these guys are well known for throwing parties out of their ‘Hearts Challenger’pink ice cream van, which strangely and yet totally candidly also sells goofy sweets and Japanese toys! These guys turn up at parties randomly and jam out the back of the van for all to turn to. Original and totally ace, they also adopted the UK artist and fashion designer, Kate Moross, to help design their live sets and imagery. Kate is just about as wonderful a touch as I can imagine, adding art and creativity in places no other band could reach. They are dedicated to progressing the state of music and pushing change in all the right places. Thing is…do you embrace such change? Of course you do…

Find them here: Myspace Last.fm

Hear them here: HEARTSREVOLUTION – C.Y.O.A (Choose Your Own Adventure)

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TOXIC AVENGER

Here we are with another post, so it seems inevitable we have yet another masked, electro, French DJ to show off! I figure there must be a factory in the outskirts of Paris throwing these guys out or something!!! Maybe they’re all actually robots distributed globally as part of some evil master plan, with a planetary mission to blow up all our favourite clubs?!? I blame Daft Punk! Anyways, this fella is all saturated, squelchy bounce. He always provides good quality tunes and he’s also been busy creating superb remixes for all our favourite people, such as: Late Of The Pier, Le Castle Vania, The Whip, Chromeo and many others! Thankfully he now has his first full official EP on release (14th September), called ‘Superheroes’. I give you the ‘Mixhell Earplugged’ remix of this tune because I love love love it! Oh and lastly – his mask is the best yet…

Find him here: Myspace Last.fm

Hear him here: TOXIC AVENGER –  Superheroes(Mixhell Earplugged Remix)

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OK, thats enough for this edition. Quite a long post I know. Phew. Time for a sit down, as your grandad would say. Until the next rave-up then. Look out for The Recommender on other blogs and media, as I’m now being asked to be interviewed, to be part of other movements and to generally spread the word. Nice.

Go forth and multiply…
Mike




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