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Jakub Alexander curates the music selections here at the blog. He also runs his Moodgadet record label out of Brooklyn, NY and does A&R for Ghostly International Records. Links: Moodgadget Records Jakub's Tumblr

M. Gaye+Chick Corea+J. Brown+Four Tops

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Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
Yesterday I saw Theo Parrish DJ, the man was an amazing DJ, he played everything that most people would be afraid to combine and play to a crowd but everyone loved everything he put down from Motown into Chicago Acid to Soul Funk into Hard Techno. I tried to Shazam(iPhone app that detects what song is playing) a lot that he was playing but I wasn’t getting much luck but below are a couple songs he did play and a couple that I just wanted to share to make this Monday move along a little happier.

Keep your ear out on some great parts like in the Marvin Gaye song what is that under water sonar echoed out sound? In Chick Corea’s Earth Juice, I want that guitar melody to wake me up every morning, soo good i’d let it loop for 20+ mins. The power of this Four Tops song, at 1:33 and the rest of that breakdown almost sounds like the first taste of what I think Chicago Acid is now with that muffled blown out tom sound. 9 mins of James Brown ramblin’ has never sounded so good, whenever now someone says “I don’t like electronic music is too repetitive” i’ll have to say “Oh, I get it you hate James Brown, no worries we don’t need to talk anymore, good day”

Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)

Chick Corea – Earth Juice

James Brown – Ain’t It Funky Now

Four Tops – Standing In the Shadows of Love

Faux Pas’ Emotions Mixtape

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Cover by Alex Cornell

Cover by Alex Cornell


Australia’s Tim Shiel aka Faux Pas runs a great blog, has a LP coming out soon and is a damn fine DJ with a very unique taste in good new music. Faux Pas recently sent me this mix as something to pass along to a blog but once I heard it I had to share it with the ISO50 blog family first, enjoy your weekend!

On a side note: I think there isn’t one mix out there without a Hudson Mohawke song on it.

TRACKLIST
Arp – St. Tropez
Elegi – Despotiets Vesen
Dam-Funk – Galactic Fun
Ka So Re – Shoes (Eero Johannes remix)
Jason Forrest – Evil Doesn’t Exist Anymore
Aoi – Floral Foam
Megastick Fanfare – June Stranglets (Seekae remix)
The Avalanches – Since I Left You (Cornelius remix)
Charles Spearin – Mrs Morris
Basement Jaxx – Raindrops (Joker & Ginz remix)
Hudson Mohawke – Overnight
Daedelus – Lights Out
Chuncha Via Circuito – Prima
Jean Michel Jarre – Zoolook
Kraftwerk – Tour de France
Mount Kimbie – Vertical
Eero Johannes – Finnrexin
Rustie – Tempered
Qua – Ritmo Giallo
Gershon Kingsley – Popcorn
Moonbeam – Slow Heart
Oh Astro – Candy Sun Smiles
Electronic – Getting Away With It
Jackson – Teen Beat Ocean
Isolee – Enrico
The Soft Pink Truth – Promofunk
Bogdan Irkuk – Space Reflecting On The Bosphorous

DOWNLOAD THE MIX HERE

Faux Pas – Emotions Mixtape

The Notwist+OOIOO+Rustie+Konrad Black

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The Notwist - Neon Golden
You may know The Notwist from listening to Lali Puna or Ms. John Soda or visa versa, I guess if you break the band apart they are all pretty talented. Pilot has alway been a favorite of mine because its got this variety of style in the playing thats in the same range, i like to this of The Notwist as pretty big influence on a lot of bands albums in the mid 2000’s like Phoenix, Snow Patrol, and others that sounded like they’d fit onto an extended soundtrack for Lost in Translation.

OOIOO is a 4 piece all girl noise rock group out of Japan that release on Thrill Jockey(who is home to Tortoise, Sea and Cake, Califone, Radian, etc.) I think what attracted me to their sound is this similarity I hear to certain Slits songs and some stuff my mom listened to when I was young that was coming out in the mid 80s from Eastern Europe’s punk scene that didn’t count on just thrashing out but more distorted/experimental yet not too noisy singing style, building rhythm sections that wasn’t focused on getting you to dance but to just take over the room and the crowd, and upbeat feel at times.

If you heard this Flying Lotus & Kode9 live set that we posted awhile back then you might recognize this Rustie track as the complete crowd pleaser. Can you notice the Mike Tyson Punch Out uppercut sample? Mux Mool pointed that out, totally made the song even better for me since that was my first NES game I ever bought and played.

I’ve only met Konrad Black a couple of times, once I found out he was part of the original Circlesquare group which was great to hear since I loved the early work and the other times he was haunting dancefloors with this dark, sexier, and slower dj sets that would always make me want to pull my hair out because it was soo good. The track that has always grabbed me was this song that I had labeled “Scrawled In Blood Across Your T Shirt” but I guess that was the name of the EP, either way whatever the songs name is its off an EP called that but I have no samples to verify the track name, you’d think 240 Volts which is run by Swayzak would have some kind of info or samples or track times to help me find a copy of this song but thats fine I could never really get mad at Swayzak.

The Notwist – Pilot

OOIOO – OROKAI

Rustie – Bad Science

Konrad Black & Selfpartwo – Busting Down The Door With A Shotgun

FlyLo+Mux Mool+Prince Language+The XX

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Flying Lotus - 3 x 3
Flying Lotus released an EP today which included some remixes as well as 2 new ambient tracks, i’m definitely a fan of both, the man has some talent, when you see him live you’d never think this would of came out of him especially when he drops Lil’ Wayne.

Mux Mool has been on tour with Dark Party(Eliot Lipp & Leo 123) for awhile now(I think 2 or 3 months now in a Scion), he’ll probably be at the Chicago Tycho show this weekend, pinch him for me if you see him he will be the 6 foot 4 guy that should be playing but you might be able to catch him in town later the next week or in your town if you don’t live in Chicago because he has been all over the US, either way this is one of my favorites by him.

Nike has a great mix series going for people that workout unlike myself (except i’m starting up a roller hockey team, if you live in Brooklyn and play indoors let me know), one of the better ones on iTunes is the LCD Soundsystem one which is 45:33 mins long. Well DFA is doing a remix EP which includes this Prince Language remix that i’ve heard him use and kill dance floors with, hope its on vinyl.

Went to the Seaport this weekend in Manhattan to see School of Seven Bells and also caught The xx, really nice stripped down…gentle punk? is there such a thing? either way, they have a ton of buzz and definitely worth checking out.

Flying Lotus – Endless White

Mux Mool – Eagle Fantasies

LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Prince Language remix)

The XX – Shelter

Ghostly / Tycho Chicago Giveaway

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We’re giving away two (2) tickets to the Ghostly 10 Year Show in Chicago this Friday (8/21). Just answer the following question to win:

Name 2 professional athletes that wore the number 77 or 76.

The first to comment with the correct answer will win two (2) tickets to Friday night’s show (21 and over please). Enter your answer in the comments of this post. Be sure to include your email in the form so that we can contact you if you win. And please, only enter if you plan to attend the show.

Good luck!

Choir+Radiohead+Destroyer+Manuel Tur

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Choir of Young Believers
Choir of Young Believers have finally hit the States this week, the band reminds me a lot of Band of Horses but Choir might have the upper hand on the singing end. I’ve seen Jannis sing maybe 3 times when they stayed with me this winter and each time it might of been the most impressive human talent i’ve witnessed even beating out any Nathan’s hot dog eating contest. Jannis strips the songs down live to just him singing on guitar and his lady friend on cello and some pedals and they can literally do any of their songs that usually involve up to 9 people if I remember correctly.

New Radiohead came out Monday, download it here.

After listening to this 13+ minute Destroyer song I think they should change their name for 2 reasons: first one is because I want to use the name because Destroyer might be the best band name ever and the second is this song doesn’t destroy at all, its whimsical at moments almost and drones around like a Piano Magic song until we’re introduced to an almost disco kick and it becomes a whole different exotic animal.

Slow Hands told me Manuel Tur is still in his teens?? if that’s true than this kid will be owning the electronic/disco scene by the time all this mates finish college if he can hold down this diversity and sound. Can someone like Trus’me or Prince Language do a long edit of this song, i’d love to have that on vinyl.

Choir Of Young Believers – Claustrophobia

Radiohead – These Are My Twisted Words

Destroyer – Bay of Pigs

Manuel Tur – Stay Feat. Larissa Kapp

KateBush+FeverRay+Velour100+Warpaint

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Kate Bush - Aerial
I heard a lot of very good female vocalist’s this weekend that I was impressed with, PhilistineDSGN aka Danny turned me onto Velour 100 which is a band from Ypsilanti, MI(home of City Center, Wolf Eyes, etc) while I started buying up a few songs of Kate Bush on iTunes that i didn’t have on this computer, I don’t even need that Chromatic’s Running Up The Hill remix anymore.

This Fever Ray video has to be a favorite of mine now, I try to explain to musicians that a video can be done with a small budget if you have creatives on your side that aren’t into recycling old ideas or following a certain formula, to be honest i’d love to just talk to some crazy on the street and get his incite on something totally off topic and whatever he says make that the video but this Fever Ray is far from simple, she just a has a great creative head on her shoulders.

As for Warpaint I heard it at Urban Outfitter while buying shoes, I love the recording style of this band a lot because i’d never listened to it if it was cleaned up, i’d probably think it was complete trash.

Kate Bush – How To Be Invisible

Fever Ray – Triangle Walks

Velour 100 – Dolphin Grey

Warpaint – Elephants

Fever Ray – When I Grow Up

Fever Ray – Triangle Walks