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THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 72

THE AMPLIFETES

It’s rare that an artist gets on to The Recommender on the back of one tune, but we make exceptions when said track is this fucking loveable.  To be fair this tune is a little off our beaten path, with it’s retro, Roy Wood riffing and rather shameless Canned Heat influence, but the magic and uplift is so strong we simply stopped caring.  This tune is made to be a soundtrack to a movie’s bank robbery scene, or a BBC montage, or frankly any time you choose to forget your inhibitions in a happy, drunk haze.  Lyrics that go from almost nothing, “The sound goes off the record“, to name-dropping the coolest of culture, “Easy Rider, Kafka, Kubrick“, but it’s seemingly a tale of a “first class ride” with a beautiful woman.  Nice.  This Swedish four piece have only been together for just over a year, but they’ve worked in the  industry as separate parts on various projects for the likes of Kelis, Madonna, Grandmaster Flash, Peter, Bjorn And John, so there’s form and caliber here.  They aim for a mixture that sits somewhere between garage, electro, 60s psychedelia and pop.  A wide and adventurous target for sure, but if the results are as strong and entertaining as this debut EP, then their collective lights will shine brightly.  Their debut is being mastered at Sterling Sound NYC  right now and a release is planned for March 2010.  Tour dates around Europe are currently being scheduled, so look out for them as their bus rolls around the festival circuits.  In the mean time, we suggest you lift your mood, tuck into that beer and slip this on, very loudly.   (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       THE AMPLIFETES – WHIZZ KID

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CASSIAN

If you like your dance music and remixes with as much buttered funk as possible, then check out this Australian producer.  Be warned though you’ll need to exclusively drink vinegar and pure lemon juice to get this amount of sticky sugar out of your system.  It’s all slapped bass, flicking guitars and those shiny synths wouldn’t have been out of place on a Sonic The Hedgehog game. It’s not particularly surprising that a DJ who hails from Sydney seems to pack the sunshine into his songs, but you may require some serious shades to avoid going blind.  Although he’s completed many decent remixes, for the likes of Empire Of The Sun, to Damn Arms, to Classixx, it’s actually his original work that has earned him a Recommender posting.  He is signed to the Bang Gang 12″ label and following several appearances on their compilations, he finally released his Friday Night EP in December last year.  It’s three tracks are all fantastic, with The Fuck Song listed below, which due to it’s slower pace than his remixes, perhaps finds itself better suited to soundtracking a spot of bedroom fumbling.  In fact it’s probably best imagined as the backdrop to an Axel Foley sex scene.  Although the funk and disco remains, there tends to be a touch more electro in his original tunes and this removes some of the overloaded honey found on his reworks.  The title track, Friday Night, is reminiscent of the wonderful early 80s Swiss double act, Yello, and will surely fulfill it’s promise of a weekend party at DJ sets around the world.  He recently jammed at this week’s Big Day Out festival in Sydney, a party that surely got the place pumped up.  If your pancreas can take it, then we strongly suggest you too take a sip on this wonderful, sugary boost. (MB)

Find him here:         Myspace

Hear him here:        CASSIAN – THE FUCK SONG

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PRIORS

To be fair this article is more a question than a Recommendation;  What has happened to Priors?  Let’s take it back to the start.  This French pairing are a combination of people already familiar to many, Raw Man (a member of the Buffalo Bunch) and Yan Destal (a member of Modjo).  These two made music throughout the turn of the century and it’s fair to say that Priors reminds us of the kind of French house that we used to get way before Ed Banger electrofied (sic) it.  You know, that kind of vocal heavy house music that makes you feel good.  It’s boderline pop music, just stopping short of all that camp fluff.  Just.  The kind of whirling, uplifting tune that Daft Punk evolved into after they finished their Homework crunching.  It’s grown up and as slick as it gets.  The kind of songs that you lose yourself in on the dancefloor towards the end of a Saturday night clubbing.  In the below track the vocals are very strong, provided by Yan Destal, but it’s their ear for a proper melody that hooks you, of the kind that embedded itself in your cerebral cortex for days, well after Saturday night had long faded into the distance.  Now back to our original question, because this magic duo first released the attached track in the first half of 2008, followed by a fair bit of buzz, an extended remix and another tune, Into The Fight, but absolutely nothing since!  There was talk of an album, but here we are in 2010 and we are still scanning the horizon in hope.  Perhaps they went their separate ways?  Perhaps they returned to their original projects?  Well, some good news recently arrived from Eye Industries, who claim a batch of new remixes of What You Need are finally on their way.  If you look up the word ‘anticipation’ in the dictionary, it says – see Priors next release. (MB)

Find them here:        Myspace

Hear them here:       PRIORS – WHAT YOU NEED

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2 Responses to “THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 72”


  1. 1 Emm
    February 12, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Love the Priors and Cassian, but never heard about Amplifelets, different but good. I really hope the Priors do release more, it would be a shame if they didn’t.

    Hey Champ & DCUP both did pretty good remixes of What You Need, you should defiantly check them out & if you haven’t heard of Cassian’s “Friday Night” is great as well.

    Thanks again as always, haven’t visited for a month, I hope your event went well!


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