Posts Tagged ‘HEARTSREVOLUTION

26
Jul
09

HOW GOOD IS THIS!!!??? – NUMBER 32

This is just another quickie for you…

Darlings of The Recommender blog, HEARTSREVOLUTION have embarked on a 6 month world tour of sorts. They are planning to take in venues around the world, from New York, to Sydney, to London, to Tokyo.

Catch them if you can as their live sets are a joy to behold, mixing up visuals alongside their playful, pretty Electro-Pop. They are a band that associate themselves with the coolest of the cool, from Frankie Chan, to Kitsune Maison, to the awesome designer Kate Moross.

To help celebrate this fact, we are giving away the two tunes they have had released on the Kitsune Maison compilations for your listening pleasure…

HEARTSREVOLUTION THE ROSE AND HER PRINCE (ysi)

HEARTSREVOLUTION
ULTRAVIOLENCE (ysi)

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

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

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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