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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

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2 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 10”


  1. September 27, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Nice one on the Alan Mx mention.

    Hes a friend of mine and a super talented chap.

    Really enjoying the blog.

    Linz x

  2. September 28, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    You’re welcome Linz. Thanks muchly…
    Mike


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