Posts Tagged ‘Danger

06
Jan
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 20

Welcome back. The blog world is awash with buzz at the moment, as it always seems to be at the start of  a new year. The Xmas period is typically left to the pop charts and a bit of a wasteland for good quality new music as bands wait to launch their assault until the new year. Interestingly it’s the classic pop tune that’s getting a mention here for acts that will undoubtedly blow up as big as anything you know in 2009. They write pop tunes you always used to like, when the charts weren’t so commercially comfortable and saturated. Enjoy…

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V V BROWN
Where to start? This London-based solo artist is about as eye catching as you could possibly imagine. We’ve said it before and we”ll say it again, if 2008 was the year of ‘the unexpected’, then 2009 will surely be the year of the ‘female solo artist’. Part of the pack that’s about to stop the charts in their tracks is V V Brown. With an inspired California sound that has a heavy 1950’s style, her music is self-described as ‘Doo Wop Indie’ – I couldn’t have described it any better! She’s like nothing else you’ve ever heard and already getting remixed by the likes of The Dust Brothers and Andy Weatherall. She would suit a support slot alongside Dion & The Belmonts as much as she would Amy Winehouse. Her image is powerful and original, looking dressed to kill in most photo’s and videos we’ve ever seen.  She’s a multi-instrumentalist, showing off her talents with keyboards and her one-string guitar, but it is with her confident, powerful vocals that she really hits the home run. I’m excited about catching her live set – I’ll be the one at the front doing the mash potato…

Find her here:     Myspace

Hear her here:   V V BROWNCRYING BLOOD (ysi)

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FRANKMUSIK
Just when you thought music was starting to get a little bit too samey through 2008, a new year turns and the latest batch of artists burst through, revitalising the various scenes. After the awesomeness of Justice a few years back the scene flooded with ‘Electro’. After the originality of the Klaxons there seemed to be a whole swathe of fashionista ‘Nu Rave’ copycats. Once the Arctic Monkeys blew us away with their power-Indie, a million others tried to take the throne. All of this only led to a watering down of their respective scenes, so it is with a refreshing gulp that the above V V Brown and now also Frankmusik brings us all back up for air in 2009. Frankmusik brings us a house 4-beat backing with a pounding pop pace, all linked up with his TomChaplin-esque vocals. It all wraps up well without getting too tacky. He’s a strong singer and that keeps it all above the line. NME magazine are all over him, which surprises us, but that’s how the future’s lining up it seems. Be prepared for lots of Frankmusik throughout 2009.

Find him here:       Myspace

Hear him here:       FRANKMUSIKIN STEP (ysi)

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THE SOUND OF ARROWS
This Swedish 2-piece are plucked straight from a place of purest pop. The kind of place where the clouds are a fluffy pastel pink and people talk of heaven and say things like “my goodness”, rather than “for fuck sake!!!” We gotta admit it’s not the sort of place The Recommender usually finds itself, but these guys have lured us there and we’ve fallen for their magic. Which, incidentally, turns out to be the exact name of their second single – ‘M.A.G.I.C.’ , which is released in January from the label that’s gaining more and more interest lately, Labrador Records. Their first single, Danger, (listed below), is the tune that’s trapped us in this sick place. It’s awesome, breezy pop at its very best. It’s camp and uplifting, but sits just the right side of cool, like MGMT, The Beach Boys, or even fellow Scandinavians, Super Jupiter. Great melodies, a wall of sound set of vocals, sharp synths and a sometimes delicate but sometimes crashing beat. Totally brilliant.

Find them here:      Myspace

Hear them here:     THE SOUND OF ARROWS –  DANGER (ysi)

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So that’s another packed edition, full of artists many people tip for great things in 2009. Remember their names, check out their other works, as all of them have a big box of tricks at their disposal.
Mike

07
Dec
08

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 15

I know every other blog and music magazine does this, so I thought I’d obligingly contribute my ‘best-tracks-of-2008’  list too. I know what you’re thinking – “but every track you post is blindingly brilliant Mike, how can you choose?!” – I know, I know, but I’ve spent the last month trapped in a tower in a Buddhist monastery in Tibet thinking this through, so I’m sticking with it and you best enjoy it!

Before you ask, it’s in no particular order. None of us would agree, it’s really pointless and it would take at least another 6 months in the monastery. Feel free to comment listing which numbers should go in which priority, or if you have any additions you’d like to add >>>

And lastly, please note that not all the tracks listed here were released in 2008 – some are likely to be released in 2009 – it’s just that they floated past The Recommender’s ears this year, as tunes do when you write a blog. At least it’s making 2009 also looking fooking ace!!!

1) THECOCKANDBULLKIDON MY OWN
>> I’ve kept a keen eye on this young, new talent that’s emerged this year. She has that independent look and style all her own and her music is no different. Confident, yet beautifully sweet music, full of melody and tune. Her vocals lift the music off the page and are impossible not to love. Upbeat and catchy, her masterful ear for a good pop hook is right up there with the best of them. 2008 has seen a fantastic emergence of strong female solo-artists, including the likes of Little Boots, La Roux, Goldielocks, and Thecocknbullkid’s Anita Blay can definitely be firmly added to the list.

2) MGMTKIDS (Soulwax Edit)
>> 2008 was a particularly good year for remixes, covers and mash ups, as the world’s bedroom-producers got very busy with their new technology. This original tune already blew me away, nestled in the middle of the MGMT album, Oracular Spectacular, and to be fair this Soulwax remix only tweaks it a touch, but it’s pushed up just enough to become a true club floor filler. Hear this in a club packed with Indie-loving teenagers and watch the place erupt.

3) ELBOWONE DAY LIKE THIS
>> 2008 saw this masterful band of truly exceptional musicians get their buttons in the form of the critically affirming Mercury Music Prize. True acclaim has never been so apt and I for one implore you all to grab a copy of their album, Seldom Seen Kid, as it has many peaks. This tune is a highlight for me and it replaced my previous ‘favourite track’ by them, ‘Forget Myself’. It has an advanced, superb production and boy what a sing-along climax! Never before has a band leapt into the stadium arena with such a triumphant stride. It’s all they deserve. And Guy Garvey is such a top, top fella to boot…

4) VAN SHECAT & THE EYE
> > A fresh effort from these Australian fellas from the monster label Modular Records. The Australian competition really stepped up a gear in 2008, with Midnight Juggernauts, The Bumblebeez and The Presets all shining strong with great releases of their own, but Van She definitely held their own. A sublime song, with it’s MGMT-style opening and it’s burst of fresh chords that break to the rumbling bass. A leaf taken from the band Sugar and an additional taste all of their own, it’s uplifting chorus leaves you feeling like the tune has existed forever. It’s great songwriting by a band well into their stride.

5) DANGER ft VYLE0h00
>> I am in love with the sound Danger produces in his tunes. It’s all cinematic, 80’s thriller film scores. They are a dark, scary back drop theme tune to any Carpenter movie, circa Halloween or Christine. A tidy Electro pounding pace with heavy synths, its like being hooked by the mouth into a nightclub. This tune follows the same theme, but adds a missing ingredient to previous tunes – namely vocals. Vyle’s lyrics make the tune lighter and infinitely more listenable. It therefore goes down as my favourite work by him to date. I look forward to a lot more from him in 2009.

6) LADYHAWKEBACK OF THE VAN
>> 2008 was the year that Pip Brown finally splashed onto the scene in proper 80’s synth-pop lovliness. She’s been all over the blogosphere this year, but this New Zealand songstress eventually trapped me with this tune. Retro-pop that sounds comfortably familiar, yet bursts with freshness too. Her earlier effort, Paris Is burning, also ranked highly, but it was this tune that finally stole my heart. Her Chrissie Hynde-sounding vocals and an ear for a strum-tastic melody-making chord change meant for a full song with plenty to love.

7) BUSY P ft MURSTO PROTECT AND ENTERTAIN (Crookers Remix) 
>> What more do you require in a tune? It’s comes from the Ed Banger Records god that is Busy P and the lyrics are sweetly married by rapper Murs. It brilliantly details an LA scene that’s had my eyes and ears glued to it all year long. This particular version has had the magical Crookers remix dust sprinkled all over it, giving it the perfect pace, electro rough edges and bounce that really adds to it. There was a dozen or so remixes released of this tune, including ones by Mehdi, So Me and Mr.Oizo, but for me, this is the best.

8 ) TV ON THE RADIOHALFWAY HOME
>> Although their left-field, alternative Indie so familiar in their previous albums was somehow smartened up on 2008’s album, Dear Science, the more polished finish that’s evident here actually turned them into a more listenable, less dark affair. I loved previous work by this New York 5-piece, but with this album the songs hit you instantly and with their talents that means they hit you real hard. The highlight for me was this opener, a sublime building track that reminds me of Bloc Party at their most peaceful, with the echoing lyrics and sweeping drums that crash as the guitars kick in. It’s one of the most beautiful openers to any album. The album maintains the fantastic setting throughout, so hunt it out and get swept up.

9) FOALSCASIUS
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Released in Spring 2008, a couple of weeks before their fantastic debut album, Antidotes, this tune provided the confirmation, after the massive hype throughout 2007, that this band were the real deal. Their ‘Math Rock’ or ‘Geek Rock’, as the blogs named it, was fresh, different and exciting to hear. With their distinctive guitaring, played high up the neck of the guitar, flicking out brilliant riffs that caught the eye live, as well as the ear. The band are very tight on stage, sharing a bond that causes a magical chemistry with the crowd. The high tempo of the song bounces along like a robotic butterfly, as it’s all over the place, however, its never lost. With it’s crashing breaks and fantastic chorus, that first splits off at 25 seconds in, it bursts into a fantastic sing along. A proper teenage Indie anthem.        

10) THE WILD BEASTSTHE DEVILS CRAYON
>> “This truly is the devil’s answer…” – What more can I say!? Slotting neatly on the shelf alongside Yeasayer, this beautiful, wistful, swirl of a song is truly epic. It also has a fantastic video, found posted here on ‘How Good Is This 4’. A fantastic four-piece, with two very credible and differing singers (a unique rarity in itself!). Bursting out of Kendall in the North West in the summer of 2008, with their debut album, Limbo Panto, this band look to have a bright future indeed.

11) PRIMARY ONE –  HOLD ME DOWN (The Shoes Remix)
>> I’ve lost at least a couple of nights sleep having this goddamn tune going round and round in my head as I hit the pillow. I warn you not to listen to it prior to sleep, as it’s literally impossible to remove it once it’s in there. I caught them live in the summer and they were satisfyingly ace. If you don’t yet know them it will only be a matter of time. I believe 2009 could well belong to these guys if things go as planned.

12) FLEET FOXESWHITE WINTER HYMNAL
> > It’s frustrated the hell out me reading that many, many of the world’s largest music magazine’s voted Fleet Foxes self-titled album, released through the awesome American label Sub Pop, at the top of their ‘best albums of 2008’ lists! It’s good, but it’s not that good. It’s an album that looks backwards rather than forwards. It’s an accoustic mix of Beach Boys harmonies, were they fronted by Neil Young and backed by the band America. Not a lot that’s breaking moulds then, but it could be worse. After all, there’s still enough magic to warrant your attention.  Sitting by a winter’s fireplace with the snow at your door this song feels so right. It’s beautiful, it’s cinematic and somehow it feels like it has always existed.

13) THE ROLLING STONESYOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT (Soulwax Remix)
>> The second of the remixes by Soulwax on this list, as boy have they been working hard this year! Chopping other people’s tunes up is indeed what they do best. Keeping true to Mick Jagger’s words, (probably contractually, knowing The Stones’ tight ship), they added just enough frisson to build the pounding song up to a new level. The Electro and 60’s band’s sound shouldn’t go hand in hand, but with this work looking well polished it seems we are all going to have to re-raid our Beatles/Beach Boys/Bob Dylan/Byrds/Kinks, (- delete as appropriate), record collections for the next remixes.

14) MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTSSHADOWS
>> Australia went cra-zeeeee this year with an explosion of cooler than cool new Indie-Electro bands. They just about all slot neatly into The Recommender’s intended record box. Modular Records is very much at the front of this Aussie push, signing up most of them. The MJ’s though are my favourites. Disco-infused prog-rock-influenced 80’s casio brilliance. The album drifted a little, but the highlights, of which Shadows is my favourite, keep it well above most other albums released in 2008. I managed to see them live in Brighton earlier in the year and had a chance to thank Vince (lead singer) personally which was the least I could do for such an awesome effort.

15) BLOC PARTYTHE PRAYER (La Modes Sunday School Mix)
>> Bloc Party get a lot of cover on the blog world. They have that magic ability to cross dance and indie music quite like nobody else can. We love them and their sublime back catalogue. It also makes them ripe for a good remix, so you will find there’s a million available out there. This one drifted past my inbox this year and I believe it to be one of the best I’ve ever heard, so it gets onto this list simply by standing tall amongst a crowd of others. La Mode have had a fantastic year as most of what they touch turns out to be really strong.

16) RADIOHEADNUDE
>> Although this is from the album In Rainbows, initially released in 2007 through the inspired choice of a ‘pay-what-you-want’ scheme, this single was actually released in March 2008. The second single to come from that album, it was originally penned more than 10 years previously. Thom Yorke is a master of the haunting, climactic vocals and never before has it shot straight through you quite like it does in this song. Delicate, simple and truly beautiful. It’s a modern masterpiece that no other band could quite achieve. I don’t know how they manage to create songs of such strength that yet seem so fragile.

17) FRIENDLY FIRESWHITE DIAMONDS
>> This St.Albans 3-piece burst onto the scene with mucho NME back up and plenty of blog cover through 2007 and 2008. Like most other people, I first came across this band through their amazing tune ‘Paris’, which turned into a subsequent hit, but it was with the tune ‘White Diamonds’, found on the self-titled album released back in September, that I finally fell in love. It’s like a smarter, better dressed version of a tune The Killers would love to have created, had the Las Vegas band not lost it and focused more on their silly facial hair than their music. Its all whirling drum claps, with a funky riffing guitar, that pairs up with the excellent, stylish vocals from Ed McFarlane. Just as it’s verse builds and breaks into the chorus it provides a satisfying knock out blow that smacks you for a home run. A ‘killer track’ in the true sense I guess.

18) MIAPAPER PLANES
>> This tune came out in February 2008. The third single from the critically acclaimed 2007 album, Kala, is the strongest in my opinion and proved to be the most commercially successful of any of MIA’s releases. Remixed by Diplo, Speak, Scottie B and Adrock amongst others, this tune is full of samples and sounds that hammer home it’s strong lyrical bite. An unlikely tuneful chorus that you could actually sing along to found me seeing a side to the inventive MIA that hadn’t reared it’s head before. It’s a totally stunning and original piece of work. More will be written about the wonderful MIA in an upcoming post I’m doing about the strong female solo artists, so find out more soon.

19) THE GOLDEN FILTERSOLID GOLD
A strange selection this, but due it’s entry all the same. The band did the ‘Fake Blood’ thing and deliberately held back from letting anyone know their names, faces, or quite frankly anything about them. I think it’s becoming a more and more popular thing to do. Perhaps it’s tantalising to the adoring teenagers to have that air of mystery surrounding them. Perhaps it’s a kick back against the blog world’s ability to spread any new music they locate wafer thin, even before the band are signed up. Either way, it doesn’t deflect from the fact that the songs this group write are strong enough on their own. I had the chance to meet up with them recently and watch them play live in my local town a few weeks ago and even though the mystery regarding their names and faces has now been lifted for me the excitement remains, as they play out a fantastic live show. 2009 may well belong to them.

20) GRINNY GRANDADMONTY
>> This lot are brand spanking new and yet to release any album etc, but I was in contact with them earlier in the year and they very kindly sent me a selection of their finest songs. All are potential future singles and all were truly fantastic. It’s a sample heavy blend of smooth guitars and beautiful vocals from the talented Claire and Kimberley, backed up by a powerful, slow beat. It’s a dreamy concoction and will remind you of the best bits out of a Zero 7 or Morcheeba album. The melodies seem like they nestle in your ears perfectly, creating a tune that you will instantly love. Perfect for a summer’s day outdoors. Perhaps summer 2009?

OK, I’d better stop there. I’d love to have added The Hair, or La Roux, or Little Boots or, or, or, or….

I hope you agree that this is a list of truly great songs, from great artists, in a productively great year. For more details on them please search through The Recommender’s bountiful archives.

Leave your comments, because I know you will have your opinions on all this.

Be sure to return throughout 2009 to see some of the above artists really blossom. We’ll be right there when they do…
Mike

16
Nov
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 16

With some of the world’s best profile photographers now on board, magazines lining up to interview The Recommender, and visitors arriving in their thousands every day now, you are now part of a blog that’s growing and developing in front of your very eyes. Just another handful of reasons for you lovely people to keep on coming back. Now, back to the real reason for it’s existence  – totally awesome tuneage…

ENFANT TERRIBLE
Landed on my feet here with this super-hot new, unsigned, French band. They approached me via Myspace and kindly dropped me their mp3’s. They are totally superb. I love it when fresh meat discoveries like this pop up and give you goosebumps all over. Their dance-pop-electro-madness sound is somewhere between CSS and Crystal Castles. Remember when you first heard the cute, badly-pronounced lyrics of Lovefoxxx from CSS, mixed over a melody-mad chorus, tinged with the echo of Alice Glass’ vocals and Ethan Kath’s stripped down basics and you’re right on the button. The upbeat backdrops with sharp guitars and an 8-bit, ZX Spectrum keyboard accompaniment, makes you smile broadly. Totally irresistible.

Find them here:   Myspace

Hear them here:  ENFANT TERRIBLE – I CAN’T HELP MYSELF

THE BIG PINK
This two-piece from London came wafting by my ears when I located them on the fantastic website, Styleslut. Milo and Robbie also seem to pair up on occasion with a third member who plays the drums for them; the crazy but gorgeous Akiko Matsuura, from the bands Pre and Comanechi. The Big Pink seem to hark back to a day when Manchester sold us every album going. There’s definitely a Primal Scream flavour to them, which is a fantastic thing, but it drops the guitaring for a psychedelic bass rumble. It’s not too retro as they are definitely pushing that sound in a brilliant, modern direction. It’s almost more Chemical Brothers, were they to mash up ‘One Too Many Mornings’ with ‘Life is Sweet’. It’s totally enchanting and will have you hooked.

 

Find them here:     Myspace

Hear them here:    THE BIG PINK – TOO YOUNG TO LOVE

THE GOLDEN FILTER
About time I did a post on this, following their Gig List posting. They describe themselves as secretive and so we don’t know what they look like or any specific info on them as people, apart from that they hail from New York, which leaves us the bare bones to pick over – the music. Thank fuck it’s this good then. An electric-pop sound, sometimes very danceable indeed, sometimes of a slower pace, flows behind the sexy, irresistible vocals. Singing this pure and lovely simply must be from a woman that I imagine to be stunningly beautiful! It’s like Division Kent or St.Etienne having the French DJ Danger jamming behind them. Light and gorgeous. Instantly loveable. The blogs – Big Stereo and Discodust – grabbed them first back in the summer, but as The Golden Filter turn up to play in my town of Brighton in the coming weeks it was time to turn my attention to them. I’m glad I did as it’s solid gold stuff.

Find them here:     Myspace    Last.fm

Hear them here:     THE GOLDEN FILTER – SOLID GOLD

Hope this helped shove a couple more fresh bands down your musical gullets. Return here for more lovingly plucked highlights from the world’s music real soon. Got the ‘Best Of 2008’  list being drafted as we speak, so that’s going to be ram-jammed full of lovelies.

Mike

07
Nov
08

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 15

Are you getting hooked yet? Thought so. Well here is a little more Recommender juice to keep you pumped up and coming back for more. You adorable Recommender junkies you.

In my usual nosey manner I’ve been sifting through my favourite blogs online and located a couple of sounds that seem to be getting the chatter going. Our friends; Missing Toof, Disco Dust and You Can Call Me Pelski get the credit for tempting my nose of recent. The sound is a Hip Hop/Electro blend that’s spawned a couple of new tunes that I wanna throw your way.

Hip Hop and Electro blend surprisingly well and I’ve been more and more drawn to it of recent. With the more playful mix of rap lyrics over a twist of crunchy electro it seems to work real well. It keeps the Hip Hop more upbeat and danceable, whilst the rapping keeps the Electro lighter and both seem to lose their seriousness, which is no bad thing in a club.

The crossover sound has been flirted with for a while, ever since the lyrical assault of Uffie, or the popularity of DJ Mehdi, (who I’ve also listed below), and has often been seen in the fun(k) that Chromeo inject, so long may its evolution continue…

VYLE
You will find the likes of Busy P, Flosstradamus and Danger on this Chicago rapper’s Myspace friends list, showing us his love for the gods of Electro. In truth, I don’t think his lyrics or vocal sound are as strong as others, but I think he is onto something with his overall soundscape and choice of collaborations. Laying words down over tuneful, choppy, electro riffs makes for a tidy set. Slower than the normal dance pace, but definitely crunchy, funky and dirty like all good electro is. I list below a cracking track from Danger that features Vyle. It provides the usual cinematic sound, (Danger’s tunes always seem like they’re straight out of a John Carpenter film…), with the DJ’s slow, pounding beats, while Vyle’s lyrics give a refreshing dimension.

Find him here:    Myspace   

Hear him here:   DANGER Ft VYLE00h00

THE AMERICAN DREAM TEAM
With the DJ Code-D fronting the mix, this is a team of guys utilising guitars, vocals and beats to full effect.
The breaks, rolling beats and fuzzy riffs make for an entertaining blend. Now releasing their own original creations, having only previously released remixes, they are a fine addition to any mp3 player. I list their tune Money VIP, which although full of Vocoder vocals and a dance tempo, is actually all about typically Hip Hop themes – As the lyric explains…”Money, Bitches, Cars, Clothes and Weed”. Need I say more?

Find them here:      Myspace

Hear them here:    THE AMERICAN DREAM TEAMMONEY VIP

DJ MEHDI
Well known to the blog world this superstar collaborator has been walking the planks for many years now. The French DJ and key friend to all things Ed Banger, DJ Mehdi has had many guises, either DJ’ing for other artists, or producing his own material. He is happy switching from dreamy Hip Hop to pacey Electro at a heartbeat and perfectly comfortable in either genre. Perhaps the master of this crossover sound, I list below a remix he’s done on the Ed Banger label that’s floated around the clubs this year, but still makes me smile every time I hear it.  The tune is a commentary on the LA scene, originally by Busy P with lyrics by MURS, this mix has been suitably spiced up well by our man Mehdi. (Note – There’s also decent mixes of the same tune out there by Crookers and Mr.Oizo).  As a little bonus I also attach the video for his song, Signatune, an original mix, edited by Daft Punk’s very own Thomas Bengalter. It’s a better example of the more electro end of the spectrum Mehdi encompasses.

Find him here:     Myspace    Last.fm

Hear him here:     BUSYP Ft MURSTO PROTECT AND ENTERTAIN (DJ MEHDI Remix)

So that’s a first – a little Hip Hop flavour for The Recommender. Be sure to look out soon for more familiar stuff returning for the next edition. I’m off to my usual hunting ground to shoot me some more meaty tunes for your listening pleasure. Click, lock…BOOM!

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

06
Jun
08

THE RECOMMENDER – Number 4

O-to-the-K, wait no longer, here she is – THE RECOMMENDER Number 4 in all her glory…

Back to new music, which is what this site is all about. I still hope you enjoyed the last few posts, but shouting about any new gems of tuneage that float past my ears is essentially the purpose of me doing this, so it’s great to have some new little beauties ready for you. Enjoy.

First up, OK TOKYO.  A band hailing from Ricky Gervais’ home town, Reading. I don’t want to be too harsh, but its not the first stop on the map for cool Brittania, but it’s been throwing out interesting shapes in recent years. This 3-piece indie-punk band are loud, bright, jerky and gaining interest fast. I attach a remix of their single ‘You better believe it”, recently released, mixed up by none other than the group ‘Does It Offend You Yeah?’. They describe it as follows : “pyrotechnic-enhanced powerpop for the new generation”. What do you think ?

Find them here: www.myspace.com/oktokyouk

Hear them here: http://www.zshare.net/download/13215768634c8ef5/

 

Next up in a nice-and-neat-tied-in-sort-of-way, DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH?.  Obviously this lot have been all over the blogosphere for some time, but I make no apologies. Time to give their excellence The Recommender listing they well deserve. Cool as fuck, they chop excellent indie-guitaring with a dancing-pace. Somehow they often go all Electro on a tune and it works really well, like a schizophrenic with two fantastically agreeable personalities. I list ‘Epic Last Song’ below because it’s Bloc Party-influenced sound is…well…epic! Off they go to tour America with the afformentioned, so I wish them all good luck. Can’t wait for their return to our shores.

Find them here: www.myspace.com/doesitoffendyou

Hear them here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/13216526e1237f11/

And finally for this edition, DANGER. As much a comic hero designer as he is DJ, this French electro mystery man is throwing it around clubs worldwide. Appearing in a mask onstage (what is it with this genre and masks!) he also increases the anonimity by naming his tracks after the 24hr clock. Whether this is the time of day he recorded each track is not known. Banging straight out of the Justice rulebook, his pounding tunes make for a peak to any club set. He has also completed awesome mixes for Estelle, We Are Scientists, as well as having his own track 11h30 remixed by DJ DatA. I list a couple of tasters for you below.

Find him here: www.myspace.com/2emedanger

Hear 9h20 here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/1322085546c14862/
Hear 11h30 here: http://www.zshare.net/audio/13221273026cd601/

So that’s your ear-food for this edition. Hope you’ve enjoyed them. Subscribe, comment, just remember to keep coming back as I’m always searching out stuff.

Byeeeee,
Mike




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