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31
Oct
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 14

 

This edition of The Gig List showcases a couple of great nights out for you at venues neatly placed on our beloved Brighton seafront. Both are part of a couple of tours, one from Radio One DJ, Annie Mac, and the other from Vice Magazine. November’s lined up to be a an expensive month if you like your new music and you live in Brighton. Why else do you work so damn hard though right!?

FAKE BLOOD
This DJ is about as surrounded in mystery as the devil himself. Very little is known about him. His name and photo are nowhere to be found, so speculation is rife. I better be careful what I write here, and apologies if I get things wrong, but it’s not the easiest task getting details on this. If you believe NME, then you’ll be forgiven for thinking this guy is one half of Soulwax. Other sources say he’s one half of The Black Ghosts, a band of which he’s done an awesome remix (my favourite tune by him to date), as well as remixes for Crookers and his well known popular club tune packed full of rave flavour – Mars. He’s linked all the time with Boy 8-Bit, Herve and that whole warped, bass-heavy, fidget-house dance scene. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist“. Well he does exist and he’s DJ’ing at Digital, so go see for yourself….

ACT:                     FAKE BLOOD, (support by Little Boots)
VENUE:                 ANNIE MAC PRESENTS TOUR @ DIGITAL, Brighton beach
COST:                   £8
DATE:                   Thursday 20th November 2008
WEBSITE:              Myspace


LITTLE BOOTS

OK I gotta keep this relatively short and sweet because Little Boots is lined up for a Q&A on here soon with a little luck and she’s also getting her own Recommender posting too, so I don’t want the blog turning into too much of a Little Boots love-fest. However, she is totally adorable and a refreshingly brilliant musician. She’s blowing up in the media just about everywhere currently with her awesome synth-pop. As the former frontwoman for the band Dead Disco she should be used to live performances, yet she’s as fresh-faced and wide-eyed as her gathering crowds of teenage worshipers. She’s coming to our town for what will be one of three gigs in the last few months of 2008 in Brighton with the Vice Magazine tour, ‘Vice Kills’, at Coalition on the beach front. She will perform on the same bill as DJ Nightmoves and rapper DELS. All will be well worth your investigative time.

ACT:                    LITTLE BOOTS
VENUE:                VICE KILLS @ COALITION, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £7
DATE:                  Friday 7th November
WEBSITE:             Myspace

Please note that these are two separate gigs involving Little Boots, so don’t get the two confused. Whether you catch her at the first or second performance you really have no excuse to miss her. See you there. Enjoy…

Mike

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29
Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 14

Hello once again Recommender-lings. I have three tidy little beauties listed for you today, two of which have more of an 80’s keyboard-slant than is probably healthy, but we persevere. You really never realised just how much impact Duran Duran would have back then did you eh!? Is it a good thing though? Only one way to find out – read on…

HEY CHAMP
This Chicago 3-piece are all echoing-guitar, drifting keyboards and upbeat 80’s-influenced pop. Just resting the correct side of European pop music, with chromed-out lyrics and a nice pounding pace, they’ve churned out a handful of interesting tunes. Thanks for the heads up on these guys goes to the blog’s Discodust and Chicago’s own Hot Biscuits. Hey Champ have just announced signing for Lupe Fiasco’s label, FNF UP, so things are now taking shape for them. It may be a while before the UK gets to see a tour, but in the mean time check out this tune and bliss yourself out…

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   HEY CHAMPCOLD DUST GIRL

EUGENE MACHINE
This is a fantastic group from London making glitterball-electro-pop. It’s full of catchy keyboards, danceable build ups and breaks to be savoured. We catch them here at the very early stages of their evolution, so the attached mp3 will sound lacking in production, but the promise is there. You will also enjoy the sexy singer and keyboardist, Emma, leading from the front. She’s joined by the equally classy guitarist Robin with his rhythmic sweeps. It’s all plucked straight out of the 80’s, but has enough melodic power and squelchy bleeps and tweaked brass to be as up to date as anybody. I await there arrival of their live set coming soon to Brighton, so I’m off now to prepare my big hair and glittery jump suit…

Find them here:    Myspace

Hear them here:    EUGENE MACHINESCENT OF MONEY

CLINKER
This London 3-piece are all about slowed down, smoking-grooves. They play out like a dreamscape and sit very neatly in your ears. Lots of fuzz and echo is tucked in there and they could tone it down a touch, but it never gets too annoying and the songs remain full of enough melodies. They are in desperate need of some high-end production, but that’s fair enough considering they aren’t even signed yet. They come across like the floppy side to any Beck chorus, with humour in the vocals, yet with enough melody to remain a serious promise. Loosen up and check them out.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:   CLINKERLETS GO OUT AND GET FUCKED

I’ve already written up the next Recommender and it’s a corker, so head back here real soon for another spread of the love…

Mike

26
Oct
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 13

OK, two nights out in Brighton for you. One on Halloween night and the other in early November, so get your backside’s in gear and get ready to dance until your shoes wear thin, coz these are two of the biggest DJ’s in the world right now! We are lucky and we are privileged to have them here, so make the effort because dancing to these guys is the exact reason us monkeys gave up walking on all fours…

EROL ALKAN
London-based super-DJ. Friend and remixer to just about everybody. King of the electro scene. Pioneer of the Indie scene. Producer, event organiser. This guy is everywhere! Loved by just about every scenester on the planet. Everything Erol touches seems to turn golden. With any scene, musical movement, or new powerful development in the world of music you will often find a quiet mover behind the scenes, pulling all the strings. Well Erol Alkan is that man. Having been the promoter for the last 10 years of the night Trash, (at London club The End), Erol hosted all the super-cool bands – Klaxons, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party etc etc. The list goes on and on. He won DJ of the year in Mixmag’s 2006 list. He’s also known for his outstanding remixes of Franz Ferdinand, Justice, Klaxons, amongst a million others. He’s also a fantastic producer, leading the way with Late Of The Pier‘s new album, Fantasy Black Channel, and is expected to throw his hands into Franz Ferdinand’s new work. His sets are so good, you can rest assured that if he’s playing it, it’s hot. 

ACT:                    EROL ALKAN
VENUE:               BLAH BLAH BLAHDIGITAL, Kings Road Arches, Brighton Beach
COST:                  £13
DATE:                  Saturday 8th November
WEBSITES:          Myspace    Erol Alkan.co.uk

SURKIN
There’s this tidy little friendly rivalry that’s been setting up in Brighton over recent years between two event organisers – ‘Blah Blah Blah‘ and ‘Somewhere In The Universe…’. They both provide us with the world’s best dance DJ’s week after week at their respective venues – Digital and New Hero. You can see an example of Blah Blah Blah’s bookings above with Erol Alkan playing for them next month. To counter this ‘Somewhere…’ has got it’s hands on this other world class DJ – Surkin. Another Parisian-based French DJ from the fantastic Institubes label. He’s now a fully-fledged star of the thumping, fidget-house and jack-beat sound. This guy totally burns dancefloors up for kicks. Expect Brighton’s cool kids to be out for this one. He’s also a remixer for the likes of Justice, Boys Noize and Klaxons. One-nil ‘Somewhere…’ right? We will see…

ACT:                    SURKIN
VENUE:               SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE…, NEW HERO, Dyke Road, Brighton
COST:                  £7
DATE:                  Friday 31st October (Halloween)
WEBSITE:            Myspace     Last.fm

Two superb nights out then. There’s also a bit more in November that I must pop in the next Gig List, so come back soon for more highlights from the amazing Brighton live scene.

Mike

24
Oct
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 10

In How Good Is This 7 I listed my favourite Bloc Party tracks. It’s proving to be a never-ending list as more and more remixes crop up.

Thanks to fellow (brilliant) bloggers Dancefloor Mayhem for showing me this latest one. It’s so good I simply couldn’t resist posting it on to you. It’s right up there with the best and goes to prove just how ripe Bloc Party are for a re-edit.

BLOC PARTYTHE PRAYER (La Modes Sunday School Remix)

Is it the best remix ever done of these guys??? Let me know your thoughts as always…
Mike

20
Oct
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 13

Welcome back. I’ve been a busy little Indie monkey recently, so after a few posts of a slightly more Electro bend, I’ve now got a Recommender with a more Indie trend for this edition, (Happy now Stu? – you know who you are! ha ha). This blog is supposed to list all things Indie and Electro so I need to make sure I don’t wander too much in one direction or the other. There’s a lot of ‘blog house’ out there, so sometimes it’s easier to lean towards Electro dance music, but my Recommender Elves are always shopping for Indie stuff too, so I’m pleased to get a little more balance back with this post. Enjoy

THE SHINING LIES
Dave from the band approached me on Myspace and they delightfully turned out to be a band rammed full of joyful, tuneful, classic Indie. Think the Kaiser Chiefs reflecting over The Pixies and you get an idea. Bands like these often melt into one and disastrously tend to seem stuck in the mid-90’s Brit-pop era, without seeing the need to freshen up, but these guys definitely pack enough punch to shine above. Entertaining yet strange lyrics, simple guitar melodies and chanting chorus’ should prove to suit all festival afternoon slots like a dream come true.  Anyways, check them out as it leaves a sweet taste in your ears and you’ll see what a crew of charmers they are. I look forward to their live sets.

Find them here:    Myspace  

Hear them here:    THE SHINING LIESWELCOME TO THE COLD WAR

COLOSSUS
What a sound these guys create! I’m not sure if these guys will be a ‘marmite band’ or not. Sometimes I think their totally ace and when I return to listen another time I’m not so sure. I thought I’d list them here to see what you think, so give them a pop and let me know. Overall though I must admit that I’m gearing more and more towards liking them, so perhaps they’re going to grow on me – like all good bands tend to. Their punky highlights are superb and it’s those that grabbed my attention. Think of a wild, loose animal of a garage band, with fuzzy chords that swing from sweet, delicate old school Bowie-like guitar breaks that then jump into shouty vocals. They’re kinda impossible to describe or to do any justice in words, so I list their tune, ‘Green Card’, which they kindly sent to me on email, for you to cast your ears towards…

Find them here:    Myspace   

Hear them here:   COLOSSUS – GREEN CARD

THE FOXES
This is the sort of good Indie band that used to be found in their dozens in recent years. With their simple, upbeat, feel-good guitaring and beat combo, they merrily swing along. Sadly the singer reminds me of the guy that sings for Mcfly, which is harsh I know, but I just cannot help it. Additionally the lyrics happen to let them down a little and I think I list their best tune to date below. However, the reason they stand out to me, (and this is what ultimately gets them The Recommender treatment), is that there are a handful of highlights jumbled up in the band. Firstly, their lead guitarist, Jonno, is the sort of sharp riffer that really adds to their songs. I like his ‘one long solo’ approach to each song, always flicking little sounds out throughout (like Noel Gallagher did so triumphantly in the song Columbia – Oasis’ best tune in my opinion). The other highlight is when they build up chanting, sing-along hooks that pound out moments any live crowd is going to love. So in conclusion, they’ve a long way to go, particularly listening to the other tracks, but the promise is definitely there. They simply need to focus more on their good points and originality. Oh and they really need to work on those lyrics – way too many “woah woah’s”. Their single, listed below, which they sent to me to review, is out today (20th October), so look out for a right blitz from The Foxes real soon. Enjoy…

 

Find them here:    Myspace  

Hear them here:   THE FOXES – TRAUMA TOWN

New readers and fans are crawling out from all corners of the world for The Recommender these days, in their thousands, so time to say a large THANKS to you all me thinks. Your comments, messages, links and love are part of what makes this whole thing swing, so keep spreading the word and world domination will definitely be kept on track…

Mike

17
Oct
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 9



I barely ever write about Justice themselves. Being so central to one of my scenes, Electro, you would think they would be all over this blog. I do often refer to them and I use them in context for other acts or DJs, but I hardly ever write about Justice themselves. They’ve never had a ‘Recommender’, ‘Gig List’ or ‘How Good Is This…’ posting before. This is mainly because there really isn’t much left to say about them that hasn’t already been said a billion times.

Although Justice are very much Daft Punk’s pumped-up children, they are still the modern behemoths of the Electro scene. With their super-massive album, , released in 2007, they took the global Electro scene by the balls and thus thousands of Electro blogs went crazy for them. With The Recommender only being born in March 2008 I therefore simply couldn’t add any more that would contribute further. However, this will change as new releases arrive from them.

This posting has come about because, whilst I was away on my holidays in Europe, they released the news that they are due to bring out a DVD in November 2008 entitled, A Cross The Universe, showcasing a kind of ‘year in the life…’ documentary. Created by Roamin Gavram, So-Me, and Justice, it’s brought to you by Ed Banger Records. I attach the trailer for the DVD below to get you excited.

Watching this and the other clip below it of them performing in New York made me think of just how awesome they are live and how seeing them at The Astoria last year was one of the best live gigs I’ve ever been to. You’ve never seen a crowd go this ape-shit!

For all those Recommender fans that have ever caught Justice live – this is for you…

I cannot wait to catch them again some day and be sure that if they release any new material soon, I’ll be all over it.

Mike

13
Oct
08

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 12

 

Here’s another Gig List for you lovely people. Got a couple of nights out at one of Brighton’s best venues: Concorde 2. This mid-sized venue, that’s operated in Brighton for many years, often plays host to some of the best acts that have floated through town. Although I’m only posting about two gigs, there’s actually seven bands on show, all of which are looking white hot. 

THE WHIP
We like The Whip very much here at The Recommender. They just about manage to tick all the boxes – great basslines that move your feet for you, a cooler-than-cool swagger to their tunes, a fashionable attire, electro squiggles throughout etc etc. They’re a brilliant example of Electro-Indie, where so many bands have fallen short before them. It’s music you can really dance to – with lyrics. A great combo. Hailing from Manchester, this 4-piece are well worth an evening out. They hit our beloved Concorde 2 venue with some of the finest support slots I’ve seen in ages. Namely; Pnau and Transformer. Get there soon enough to catch them all and you will get one hell of a lovely earful. Aren’t we the lucky ones!?

ACT:                    THE WHIP
VENUE:                CONCORDE 2, Brighton
COST:                  £ 8.50
DATE:                  Tuesday 18th November 2008
WEBSITES:           Myspace   Last.fm


KITSUNE
Arguably THE finest record label in the entire world (OK, OK, please don’t bash my message box too much about Modular, Ed Banger and everybody else…). As well as being a Parisian boutique fashion brand, this Kitsune label have released on thier books the likes of DigitalismFox & Wolf, Autokratz and Simian Mobile Disco, amongst many others. They regularly provide us with their famous compilation albums, (they’re now on number 6), with tracks from artists that encompass the melodic electro that the label so often pursues. These albums often become taste-makers for the global scene. They kick off a tour to back up the latest album’s launch, with the likes of Autokratz, Punks Jump Up, Beni and the fantastic Heartsrevolution on show. It really doesn’t get a lot better than that for a night out. Check out the label, fall in love with the artists, and definitely get your ass down to Concorde 2 for this gig.

ACT:               AUTOKRATZ, PUNKS JUMP UP, BENI, HEARTSREVOLUTION
VENUE:              CONCORDE 2
COST:                £ 5.00   (Free before 11:30pm)
DATE:                Thursday 20th November 2008
WEBSITES:         Kitsune @ Last.fm

OK, so thats two separate evenings, in one week, at one venue, in one town – What a great example of how fine Brighton is for live music. See you there…

Mike




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