Posts Tagged ‘Chromeo

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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11
Apr
08

THE RECOMMENDER – Number 2

 

Welcome back…

OK, numero 2. Gonna have a bit a of Yorkshire-theme with this one. Got three bands I wanna share with you… One is a band I’ve been harking on about on other spaces/sites etc, but still think they need to be heard to be believed. They fookin’ rock!

The other Yorkshire band I list are new to me and I’ve fallen in love. And in true Nat King Cole style, this time it’s will be forever. You will learn to love them too. They WILL be the sound of your summer if you still have your ears attached. Perfect beer-on-beach material.

Lastly, I wanna shout about an awesome electro act from LA. I told you that town was cooler than cool right now. They’ve been listed a billion times on countless other blogs before mine, but I’m a new blog and I ain’t up for being first, just good, so I felt them worthy of a new mention. Nice.


GRINNY GRANDAD
 Oh what a sound!! Sweet, soulful, silky vocals over a brilliant set.  A Yorkshire 5-piece straight outta the Mr Scruff / Kidda record box. Horizontal, laid back summer stuff. Riffs and samples marry perfectly with Kimberley Kennedy’s and Claire Swain’s talented vocals. Get ready to fall…

 

 

Find them here : www.myspace.com/grinnygrandad

Hear them here : http://www.zshare.net/audio/103942010097d606/


THE HAIR
OK, so I’ve known about these fella’s for ages and so has the Blogosphere, but this is a new blog space and I just cannot avoid listing them – they’re too darn good! A Yorkshire 4-piece with awesome skills. Sadly just lost their drummer in true ‘Spinal Tap’ style, (but not to a tragic gardening accident, he moved to Swindon or something). Anyways, they’ll move onwards and upwards. Sam Robson on lead-everything is one powerful songsmith. Think The Rapture shagging The Sunshine underground with the freshest moves, add in a dollop of Casio keys and you won’t be far off. It’s all brilliant hooks, riffs and danceable indie brilliance. I attach their video for the track Disco/Retro as it’s ace. Sam told me he’s gonna give some thought to which mp3 I can attach as they’re currently arranging their debut, ‘Indecisions’, of which I’ve had a sneak preview and I assure you its hit after hit. I’ll add the mp3 on a later blog…

DISCO/RETRO

 

 

GUNS n BOMBS
– Electro brilliance. Simple. Great remixers. I attach one below they’ve done of Chromeo’s ‘Fancy footwork’ for your pleasure. A Los Angeles 2-piece marking the scene over on the West coast with distinction. Again, I know they’ve been around the blogoshpere for some time, but I love them too much to miss out. Listen, enjoy, check out their Myspace and keep one eye on the wonders that they bring. Awesome stuff.




Find them here
: www.myspace.com/gunsnbombs 

Hear them here : http://www.zshare.net/audio/103978313a7d86f6/

 
As before, I will also be adding a couple of smaller highlights and mentioning others worthy of note…

Please go search out ‘Damn Arms’ at www.myspace.com/damnarms . They are from the same school of greatness as Midnight Juggernauts in Melbourne. Its all good space age synth rock

For loads more of our favourite super-cool electro punk pleeeeeeeeeease go find ‘Burn The Negative’ at     www.myspace.com/burnthenegative . A fantastic 4-piece from Carlisle of all places. Well worth a punt. Go see, go see…

Hope you enjoyed. Leave a comment, subscribe or simply keep checking back for more updates. Until the next one…

Mike

p.s. More info found at www.myspace.com/miguelos if you’re really keen…




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