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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Dubstep has been manhandling the electronic scene lately in the States and i’m sure in the UK its even more intense than that and has been for quite sometime now. I think its finally spreading into the “normal” listeners ears, I say it that way so I don’t get too much crap from the true dubstep heads that have been following dubstep since the 90’s or whatnot. Guardian also known as A Setting Sun did a nice job of with this mix by showing the range of how dark to poppy the sound gets plus really capturing a few of my personal favorites.
TRACKLIST Ramadanman – Bidding War Skream – Babylon TRG – Move Dis Hijak – Nightmares RSD – Forward Youth Untold – Dante 2562 – Kontrol Benga – Crunked Up Dizzee Rascal – Round We Go Kode9 – Ping Loefah – Bombay Squad The Bug ft Killa P & Flowdan – Skeng Benga – E Trips Magnetic Man – The Cyberman La Roux – In for the Kill (Skream Remix) Pinch – Punisher (Loefah’s SE25 Remix) Skream – Trapped in a Dark Bubble Bar 9 – Midnight Benga – Evolution Plastician ft Skepta – Intensive Snare Boxcutter – A Familiar Sound D1 – Cocaine Kode9 – Magnetic City Flying Lotus – RobertaFlack (Martyn Remix) Martyn – Right? Star! LD – Woodblock Zomby – Test Me for a Reason
Some people that you randomly come across like Jason Cawood just go around and collect, take, and share great vintage images that i’ve probably had on my computer for awhile now and I don’t know which images are his or if they’re from someone else, either way these 2 from shopping malls always caught my eye. I feel silly tagging this post “1970s malls” hah! if someone actually searched for that i’d be pretty amazed, now the ISO50 blog has that covered. On a side note, I never remember Fairlane looking soo impressive.
Clark comes off to me as someone thats passionate and confident every time I put one of his songs on. To be able to turn something in like this to Warp Records and asking them to put it out and it being so drastic and harsh at times is its own thing but making it sound this good on this other level is another.
Simon Ratcliffe of Basement Jaxx destroys this remix of Throbbing Gristle in the best way possible, such epic theatrical moments that remind me of the movie Bloodsport with Jean-Claude Van Damme when he’s fighting in the Kumite lol or this should of been the music to play along to when those drummers from the Chinese Olympics played in the opening ceremony, either or.
Avey Tare of Animal Collective put out solo project in 2007 and I found this piano experimental piece pretty enjoyable to say the least.
If I could be on a european label it would hands down be Smallville, its just a quality boutique label run by some of the guys from Dial Records. Smallville always puts out those songs that make me think what am I doing listening to anything else and thats usually just fueled purely on nostalgia of what got me hooked to deep melodic music.
Clark – Talis
Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love (Ratcliffe Remix)
South Africa’s Alan Abrahams in my opinion makes the most authentic and unique tribal house, he takes you into the thickest brush on the back of a black panther and just drops you off to fend for yourself while being pretty much assaulted by pure body music, I really couldn’t ask for more of an intense musical experience.
Found these edits on this label called Galaxy at Turntable Lab, some great limited 12’s, recorded a few to MP3, enjoying this Arthur Russell one, i’ll post the Towa Tei one soon.
Saw Prince Language DJ a few weeks ago in Brooklyn with Tom Croose and he dropped an edit of this Lindsey Buckingham track as the last cut of the night, classic jam!
Alright here is some dubstep rowdiness, its on some other tip that my mind doesn’t understand but my ears love, maybe save it for the weekend? or just turn up your speakers as loud as possible. Woooooo the low end and that slow of a tempo just gets me everytime, just think submarine battles and helicopters indoors.
When I first heard this Radio Dept. song I thought I was hearing the beginning of White Town – Your Woman but that definitely wasn’t the case because I check out that song on youtube and they sound nothing alike, I guess thats how long its been since i’ve heard White Town. I really like this David song, it doesn’t follow any trends, the panning on the harp going by at a certain part made me laugh a little, the catchiness and instrumentation might not start a dance party but i’m sure if you played it for friends they would ask who it was.
Some people might not be into Juan Atkins(aka Infiniti), like right now i’m trying to pretend i’m hearing this song for the first time and i’m not from the Detroit area, alright wait okay mind blown at 1:08 & 2:06, i’m sold.
Grand National came along and were overshadowed by The Rapture, Interpol, and The National but if you have even one ounce of excitement when a good slower Indie Dance Rock comes along then this song will definitely give you goosebumps when the bassline drops in and when he says “I blame it on myself ‘cos i can’t keep anything down”.
I think the horns at the beginning of Lalo Schifrin’s were stolen by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire so Mr. Schifrin please collect your royalties on that but other than that the horns in the rest of this song are magnifique
Petar Dundov made an epic piece that reminds me of those Sesame Street songs that were used when you watched something grow or being built in time lapse, always loved those songs.
Le Loup is very similar vocally to something that is on tip of my tongue but its not coming to me, any one know, its not Animal Collective or Grizzly Bear i don’t think but maybe it is. Either way the music starts off like something that Mum might of done then fills with claps and The Chap like melodies into a really catchy track that you might end up playing over and over like I do.
Theo Parrish demolishes an edit, untouchable, test it out yourself.
The label Rush Hour has been front and center this year releasing some of the best non vocal House records in my opinion. This Nebraska 12″ keeps that ball in the air even though its a reissue, the keys and how sweet the loop is just has me playing this song over and over.
When I have to explain to someone that I know deep down doesn’t give a crap about dance music or they file it under club music in their head it really gets me down right in the middle of the conversation. I usually try and speed talk thru and explain the sound as 90%(more like 96% actually) of dance music is awful and there is 10% thats gorgeous. Lawrence in my mind can make mix for a grandmother, a politician, a baby thats falling asleep, a clubby kid riding around in a Nissan Cube, a construction worker that watches alot of Everybody Loves Raymond and I truly think if they got to sit thru one of his sets they’d find out how good this music is, so whenever I find a Lawrence mix I usually ride it out until even the MP3 is worn down like a track shoe you’d find on the side of the road.
“The mix is inspired by the early hours of a deep club night, when the magic is going to be built up and everything is open. I selected old and new all-time faves, deep and danceable – just lovely music.” – Peter Kersten aka Lawrence
Resident Advisor has one of the best podcasts for dance music, so well thought out every week, I check who the guest is every Monday morning and usually it never disappoints.
TRACKLIST Lawrence – Don’t Follow Me – Mule Electronic Further Details – Another Time – A Touch Of Class Theo Parrish – Heal Yourself And Move – Peacefrog Mike Huckaby – Radiance – Deep Transportation Christopher Rau – Ne Travaillez Jamais – Dérive Mike – Oi Vai Voi – Sushitech Leonid – Resting 2 – Statik Entertainment Lowtec – Please Go Away – Playhouse Norm Talley – The Journey – Third Ear Rick Wade – First Darkness – Laid
Schatrax – Vintage Vinyl 1 – Schatrax STL – Silent State – Smallville Robert Dietz – Witness – Running Back Loco Dice – How Do I Know ?! (Cassy remix) – Desolat Q-Burns Abstract Message – Mess Of Afros – Glenn Underground Mix – SSR Moodymann – U Can Dance If U Want 2 – KDJ Christian Naujoks – Bloom (Lawrence Edit) – Dial Records