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.
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In 2003 I remember hearing this mix by Tobias Thomas and it being the first mix to really catch the beauty in melody in house/techno while venturing off into indie electronic, it was super inspiring and probably shaped me and my taste in music from there on. It has this gradual gentle ramp up into the dance music like a friendly tap on the shoulder, such a welcoming collection of tracks too, if you lend this CD to someone that didn’t like house music but liked Erlend Oye then I think you’d have that person asking for more. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED mix to own.
Kaito / Erlend Oye – Release Your Body/Ghost Train (Accapella)
Sami Koivikko – Grunis
Le Dust Sucker – Mandate My Ass
Tonetraeger – Welcome Back Kotter (Thomas/Mayer Mix)
Since the success of the first two exclusive FREE EP’s ( 1st & 2nd ) that we did on ISO50 blog I asked for some musicians for more tracks of covers and edits.
Our very own Tom Croose who has helped with Playlist #4 made a dreamy edit of Beirut’s Venice track, i’ve posted this song before but I never felt like it received the proper love.
I’m sure many have covered Elvis Presley’sCan’t Help Falling In Love but 800beloved’s cover comes to us as one of the more unique and stylized one’s that i’d actually listen to. There is a bit of a 50’s slow swing plus some goth that meets post rock, so if you have your finger on the indie pulse I can only explain it to you this way: it’s like if The xx and the Editors covered Can’t Help Falling In Love, yeah something like that.
One guy to watch in 2010 is Shigeto, he can do what that Los Angeles Flying Lotus crew does but he actually plays the drums live at all of his shows and comes from the same town as Dabrye and Samiyam. His edit of Ravi Shankar is a better representation of his rhythms in his original work, you definitely should check those out if you like fatty synths and dub style kicks.
If you downloaded the last FREE EP here you might of heard the M83You Appearing edit which might be a favorite of mine still. Well Ryan Cavanagh who is half of producing duo Worst Friends, DJ’s as Slowhands, and produces as Addled comes back with an edit of an IDM classic by Aphex Twin. It has the right amount of the original and hints at taking it to soft Tech House land but is definitely more dreamy than dancey.
This Editors song might have some of the best/worst lyrics i’ve heard in a while, all the food stuff just grosses me out but how he sings “Well love, it isn’t felt” well then i’m all in a big fan, not a huge fan but a big one, its the little things sometimes.
Walked into Turntable Lab Annex tonight with my mom[we were looking for a watch] and heard this Mark Ronson remix of Miike Snow, i’m a fan to be honest and I never listen to this kind of music but now when someone asks me to play Raggae i’ll have one song to play them.
I feel like Flying Lotus has a slew of soldier musicans all across the world and Mike Slott is becoming one of my favorites out of that crew, he can get a bit more cut up then what i’d like to share with people as a song that I love although he can still make my head nod.
Computer Jay’s track Distance is what I hope to hear more of in 2010 which is heavy on making your synths sound melodic and large, I see him sitting with acts that are on the rise like Mux Mool, Rustie, Falty DL, Paul White, Lone, etc.
You may recognize Etienne Jaumet’s face from his past project Zombie Zombie which was a pretty influential band back when. The part that grabbed me towards posting this song is how his soundscapes aren’t on autopilot, there is a ton of well done synth work here, nice to hear someone on a rack of gear that has talent and knows how to use it all.
Some of my close friends probably can’t go a day without listening to Dubstep these days, I can see why, its one of fastest growing/addictive genres i’ve heard in awhile, it towers over what slow disco and minimal did. 2562 probably more known for his less dense material brought to the table a high impact package of goodies, a definite highlight for 2009’s dubstep output.
I was hoping for a Pocketknife and Mark E collab at some point even if it was just a remix. You see if you follow the music on the blog I do my damnedest to keep up on all things Mark E since his production style is one of my personal favorites, he blurs the lines of darker deep house and slow disco which always makes a song grow nicely.
Ahh the redheaded stepchild of this music post, Film School can be pure cheese at times but also in the right mood these strings in this song make a minute just a bit more sweet.
This is mind numbing (in the very best sense of the word) next level presentation of club music with the added installation element. Tour dates listed here, hope to see you at the New York one, LA and San Francisco dates this week.
Domino Recordings new signing Wild Beasts scream out “hey we”re talented” right from the start of their record, this kind of record is a gateway drug to lure more people away from pop and into supporting independent. The singers voice is similar to Antony’s[sang with Bjork and Hercules and Love Affair] which is a niche sound kind of like Joanne Newsome, you love it or you hate it but with the catchy backing its hard not to love it.
I found Bear In Heaven accidentally by having to DJ an all Rock n’ Roll 4 hour DJ set Saturday night(which was really hard to do by the way if you want it to sound refreshing). I think what grabbed me was how it reminded me of the Daniel Johnson’s record Lazrus and the Phil Collins like vocal effect accompanied by the synths, that combo was what sold me.
A new one from James Pants, like his label mate Dam Funk but a bit more soulful and less boogie. Stones Throw newer signings[Mayer Hawthorne, Dam Funk, James Pants, etc] this year have just been dominating me, I want what Putter Butter Wolf is having, his A+R skills are right on the mark.
My long time friend Miguel also the guy that taught me how to DJ suggested that I check out Floating Points, pretty low key house that does a great job of tying together West Coast and Detroit House by using elements of what both regions are known for.
The heart of 2009’s year in the music scene has to go to the very passionate Dâm Funk, the man has stuck with west coast funk & boogie thru many years. I got to see him play last night and as he entertained I could tell he was born to do this and nothing else. I even asked for his autograph that’s how amazed I was by his presence and I even met Aziz Ansari[which I thought would of been the biggest and best thing 2 years ago] and saw Josh Hartnett[who I had no idea who he was until someone explained his career to me] the same night and didn’t ask anything from them.
A good amount of people that haven’t heard of him compared it to 2Pac but no matter what its compared to no one is going to play keytar 4 feet from your face and high five the crowd and ask them if they’re having a good night every 10 minutes. His LP Toeachizown is out now
Dâm Funk – Love Is Here 2nite (I Can Feel It) – BUY