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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

College: License To Dream Mix

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If you’ve seen the Drive movie you’ve probably looked for the soundtrack and you’ve figured out that College did the song you loved off of it, soo happy to see this music finally getting some recognition beyond Daft Punk. I went over to College’s soundcloud and found this great mix he recently did, download it and enjoy.

DOWNLOAD HERE

TRACKLIST
01 – Stephen Falken – See The Unseen
02 – Ken Scott – Dancer (Single Version)
03 – Freak Electrique – Cloud Surfer (Remix)
04 – Electrick Dragon – Italian Inspiration
05 – College – Blue Camera
06 – Maethelvin – Looking For Love
07 – Young Monday – A Written Description
08 – Yellow Beach Balls – Kissing Tail
09 – Smackos – The Age Of Candy Candy
10 – Gianni Rossi – Theme From Star Vehicle
11 – The Parallax Corporation – Lift Off (Album Remix)
12 – Teenage Bad Girl – Keep Up With You (Lifelike Remix)
13 – Synergy – Warriors
14 – M83 – Midnight City

ISO50 Weekly Show Listings – NY & LA

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Last night I realized I should be listing the shows of some of my favorite acts, I mean here and there these musicians freely share their art with us and I wanted to add a new level of support on the ISO50 blog, obviously I can’t share every tour schedule so i’ll pick shows weekly in NY and LA that are worth checking out.

Fri. 11/11
NY: Matthew Dear @ Public Assembly
LA: Holy Ghost! @ The Music Box
Sat. 11/12
NY: Braille, Tim Sweeney, Heathered Pearls @ Zablotski’s
LA: Real Estate @ The Echo
Sun. 11/13
NY: Skeletons, Andrew W.K.(DJing) @ 285 Kent
LA: –
Mon. 11/14
NY: Youth Lagoon @ Mercury Lounge
LA: –
Tue. 11/15
NY: Beacon @ Glasslands
LA: Frank Ocean @ El Rey Theatre
Wed. 11/16
NY: Innergaze @ Shea Stadium
LA: Flying Lotus @ The Music Box
Thu. 11/17
NY: Balam Acab @ Le Poisson Rouge
LA: Future Islands @ The Echo

Above are photos by Bryant Eslava of Sepalcure and Mux Mool from last nights Africa Hi-Tech show at Le Poisson Rouge.

Sepalcure+Chacona+Falke+Clams Casino

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I’ve been waiting for this Sepalcure song to drop since I heard Praveen play it on his PercussionLab radio show, sadly no vinyl or digital yet, only this video, I love these guys even if their video isn’t making much sense to me, HIGHLY RECOMMEND the song.

Digging for songs to play this Saturday at Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival, i’ve always checked out what Nick Chacona puts together, he definitely delivers deep tracks and tasty arpeggios.

On a similar tip to the Nick Chacona track but with a lot more punch is our first taste of new work from Fred Falke, people will never get sick of that filtered breakdown into a big drop style dance music, I don’t blame them as long as its coming from some quality like Fred Falke.

Droned and stretched out Clams Casino does his version of Washed Out’s single Amor Fati.

Dabrye+King Krule+Leisure+Little Dragon

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Honestly one of my favorite things Dabrye has done, if Burial ever switched gears in his sound I think it goes something like this. Also, Dabrye is touring again after a long hiatus, here’s some dates:

11.09 Los Angeles, CA @ LOW END THEORY (DJ SET)
11.10 San Francisco, CA @ SOM BAR (DJ SET)
11.26 Manchester, UK @ THE ROADHOUSE

Too cool for school is the attitude i’m getting from King Krule which throws me off a bit but I can’t deny enjoying his music, there’s a remarkable fusion of cheap electronics meets 50′s slow pop.

Right around this time of year the Darker Pop seems to surface which i’m always a fan of, what I like about Leisure(how is this name not taken?? great name) and this might make me feel old but it reminds me of what I loved about a young U2.

My favorite song Little Dragon played live, its what I like to call a “merch song”, you put this kind of song at the end of your set and people will buy merch, its gorgeous, I even saw it used really well on a TV show the other night.

Trading Card Designs – Part 1

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When I look back into my childhood I try and figure out why I have such a intense passion for certain layouts, design and unique printing. I’m sure some of it just stems from trying to revive nostalgia, though sometimes I think it all comes back to my obsession with collecting sport cards, I think I was at 40k+ cards at one point and every Beckett Pricing Magazine imaginable. I’m only showing the tip of this iceberg so i’ll make it a series, we’ll start with some classic O-Pee-Chee and Fleer and once we get into the deep cuts i’ll share some real favorites but pretty much that Cam Neely one is a favorite.

Beacon + SVIIB + K.S.I.A. + Phantogram

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When I first started to hear the new Beacon EP live on stage it reminded me if Underworld meets James Blake but once masters came back I got to experience their signature deep south low end and it had more of that R+B feel that Active Child or How To Dress Well have been parading. What really grabs me is the hi-fi simplicity mixed in with that feeling that their not trying to make pop music, such a hard thing to pull off, download their FREE single here and watch the trailer below which includes the song Exhale, their EP drops on Nov. 15th.

Warm Ghost will be in my top 10 albums of 2011 no question, so it was a joy to discover this remix today by School Of Seven Bells, the addition of female vocals takes this off this planet and puts it in a new dimension.

What is there not to love about Keep Shelly In Athens? I mean I always hear a new synth usage effected in a way no one else is doing, her vocals are sounding so marvelous for the style their going for.

Phantogram is powering thru with their sound, its got the force to beast thru and become a pop juggernaut while still hanging onto their sound and swirling in some influences from Blonde Redhead and TV on the Radio.

Tycho + Jacob 2 2 + Com Truise + Apparat

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The Radio Edit of Tycho’s Dive single hit iTunes today (including the excellent Teen Daze remix of Hours) which will hopefully help Scott reach some of the non-Tycho listeners and give them something to hum along too. I personally love the longer album version, he makes all 8+ minutes count, I still haven’t had a chance to be alone with the record by the ocean which I think is where this album will flourish on a new level for me.

Jacob 2-2 has a new EP that’s almost a LP length release in this day in age. Chalked full of synth melodies that will take a few listens to hear all the details, this collection of music will touch the hearts of 80′s fantasy lovers, listen to the whole album here.

Com Truise pulled out a beautiful unreleased diamond today, its free for now on his Soundcloud, get it!

An unexpected sleeper from Apparat, gorgeous textures and delays.