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08
May
09

THE GIG LIST – NUMBER 26

We are acting like small children pumped up with blue smarties here at The Recommender. Brighton’s equivelant to the SXSW festival, The Great Escape,  is around the corner and we have our ‘Delegate tickets’ booked up. This allows unprecedented access to all gigs, the artists village and the chance to interview and gossip with the worlds newest bands. We will of course bring you all the subsequent treats accordingly. If you’re from further afield or cannot make it then perhaps our Tweeted updates will suffice? Find the Twitter account here.

YUKSEK
You would think that having 300 of the world’s coolest bands and DJ’s hit our town in May for The Great Escape festival would cause a totally empty calendar in June, but alas we see the world-class French dance master coming over the horizon. Following visits across Europe and Japan he jets back to our shores to provide us with his full collection of lyric-heavy, pounding Electro beats, before dancing off on his summer schedule. Having released the excellent, highly acclaimed album, ‘Away From The Sea‘ back in February, it should be a packed out explosion as good as any club floor filling experience. 2009 is likely to be his year, as not only is his powerful album proving a success, but his remixes, including hot property in the shape of Tommy Sparks and White Lies, have proved to be a master stroke. Prepare to catch a DJ enjoying a deserved rise in the competitive ranks.

ACT:                    YUKSEK
VENUE:               DIGITAL, (Blah Blah Blah Events), Kings Road Arches, Brighton
COST:                 £ 10.00
DATE:                 Saturday 23rd May 2009
WEBSITE:          Myspace
TRACK:               SO FAR AWAY FROM THE SEA (ysi)

METRONOMY
Always fearless and inventive, Metronomy bring us their colourful live set in their adopted home of Brighton. Their shows have grown in reputation as it’s often a platform they use to be creative and ultimately do what they do best; entertain.  Famous for wearing round lights stuck to their chests that flash on in time with the music serves to add to their natural connection on stage. Their vibrant, jerky Pop music is brilliantly playful and totally endearing. It is not known whether bassist, Gabriel Stebbing, who recently left to concentrate on his own band, Your Twenties, (more about them on this blog in the near future), is going to continue to appear live with Metronomy, but they have assured us their sets still pack the same entertaining punch. Gabriel or no Gabriel, the dance routines and contagiously enjoyable show will still be there.

ACT:                      METRONOMY
VENUE:                 CONCORDE 2, Marine Parade, Brighton
COST:                   £ 10.00
DATE:                   Wednesday 27th May 2009
WEBSITE:            Myspace
TRACK:                 HEARTBREAKER (Kris Menace Remix)       (ysi)

One last thing regarding The Great Escape festival – For those who are struggling to pick out which highlights you want to see from the 300 bands on show, or aren’t sure about what order to see them in etc, then perhaps our spreadsheet will help? We’ve put together an excel table for each of the days listing the bands we want to see or are interviewing and we don’t mind emailing it over to you if you think it would help. Send us an email titled ‘TGE SCHEDULE‘ to: therecommenderblog@gmail.com.
Mike

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05
Feb
09

THE RECOMMENDER – NUMBER 24

Going to visit some big, big players in this post. It’s still contemporary stuff and packed full of quality so you should be able to absorb plenty of lovely Recommender energy, it’s just that some of you will already know these guys. We have to give everybody their slot on The Recommender and nobody deserves their pop more than the following kings…

SEBASTIAN
Looking back through the now plentiful Recommender archives we can’t quite believe that we’ve never posted about this fella before! We’ve mentioned him lots and certainly used him as a barometer in which to measure many pretenders to his throne, but he’s never had his own entry. It’s a shame because this fella’s been chucking out club-filling dance tunes and remixes like a robot designed by some evil genius, (Ed – a genius who often goes by the name of Busy P). SebastiAn is another one of the of French masters of the Electro scene out of the Ed Banger label. He happily brushes up shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Justice and Erol Alkan, playing out the kind of awesome dance music that takes as much from the ideologies of Rock as anything else. You will find mucho fist pumping at any live set he plays and most likely a mosh pit suitably throwing people left right and centre. We love his remixes too, as he always brings a sort of chopped up, new dimension to any song he selects. The original tune is often unrecognisable and adds to show us his skills as a creator. We list an excellent example below for you.

Find him here:     Myspace

Hear him here:    THE KILLSCHEAP AND CHEERFUL (SebastiAn Remix) (ysi)

YUKSEK
France brings us so many great electro DJ’s. Really. It’s just been silly over recent years how many cracking artists have popped up all over that country. Yuksek can rightly be held way up high amongst them all. In fact, he may even get our vote for greatest current dance DJ around at the moment – now that’s saying something! We adore him here at The Recommender. As well as writing superb original tunes, he is particularly well known for his remixes. He gives us his extraordinary ability to fill a floor with his creative skills and often produces something so impossible to ignore, it’s like a Jedi mind trick luring you onto the dancefloor! The buzz around this fella is particularly high at the moment as he’s just released the album, ‘Away From The Sea’, that burst out on 2nd February. The single is listed below and we love, love, love it! Power-dance that has breaks just where you want them and massive basslines that seem to control your feet more than you do. His 2009 will be totally huge.

Find him here:     Myspace

Hear him here:    YUKSEK ft. THE BEWITCHEDSO FAR AWAY FROM THE SEA (ysi)

SEBASTIAN TELLIER
Where to start? He is a well-established, bearded, strangely-fashioned, long-haired Parisian. Yet this guy seems as much about the world of fucking beautiful women as he is music. Often pictured surrounded by ladies and sporting tiny shorts, he’s as sexual as Serge Gainsbourg and no better looking, making his songs that are full of heavy breathing and moaning women seem as unusual as it is fascinating. If I spoke fluent French I’m sure I’d blush when listening to his tunes. Suffice to say he’s blossomed through his several albums, culminating in his 2008 release, titled Sexuality(of course). Surprising even his closest fans, he was found fronting France’s Eurovision Song Contest entry in 2008. His songs are slowed down, 80’s-influenced synth pop, although more recently produced by one half of Daft Punk. It is with his remixes that the blog world has really been thrown into action. He can list other French DJ’s from the likes of Kavinsky to Mr.Oizo on his remix books, but it’s with the A-Trak remix of ‘Kilometer‘ that’s pushed him into a deserved Recommender posting.

Find him here:     Myspace

Hear him here:    SEBASTIAN TELLIERKILOMETER (A-Trak Main Remix) (ysi)

What a very Gallic selection of refined brilliance that was! All massive artists and all French. We”ll return to a few more fresh bites in the next Recommender. As always, comment, message us, subscribe and generally spread the L.O.V.E.
Mike




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