In a foggy new england town there comes a distant yet constant bump from a poorly lit dive bar. This rumble comes from the only turntables in the village spilling out the Detroit house and electro pulse. The youngsters flock towards this other worldy distant sound inviting them to flail their bodies to the demanding rhythm.
Behind these turntables stand a couple of fledgling producers named Matt Young and Grant Wheeler. Their pop remixes crafted for each week’s set provided only a hint of their direction in this world of visceral music. However, once combined with the angelic soul stylings of Angelica Bess, a sound took form they could call their own, a sound as instinctual as their own body language.
Just as they uttered their first musical words together, the sound of this small new england town started to fade. A new mechanical rumble came from the earth that was the sounds of New York City. With these city sounds, emerged a voice that spoke volumes of new influences. Body Language was quick to respond, and offered a five song EP aptly titled, Speaks which will be out June 16th and i’ll definitely be sharing a few tracks from on the ISO50 blog.
Upcoming NY Shows:
• 6/10 w/ Mux Mool, Bluejay @ Public Assembly
• 6/17 w/ Giantess @ Piano’s
• 6/19 w/ Passion Pit, Bear Hands @ Bowery Ballroom
• 6/20 DJ Set w/ Miike Snow, Macabees @ Williamsburg Music Hall
Volume 1 – Body Language Soul Influences – DOWNLOAD
Intro / Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves the Sunshine / Pretty Purdie – Don’t Go / Air – Le Soleil Es Pres de Moi / The Temptations – Just my Imagination / Otis Redding – Sitting on the Dock of the Bay / Marvin Gaye – That’s the Way Love is / Percy Sledge – You’ve Really Got a Hold On Me / Jimmy Hughes – Steal Away / Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Jimmy Mack / Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered / Raphael Saadiq – Love That Girl / The Marvelettes – Heat Wave / Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman / Diana Ross and the Supremes – Come See About Me / Jamie Lidell – Multiply / The Commodores – Brick House / Patrice Rushen – Hang it Up / James Brown – The Payback / Nina Simone – Don’t Let me be Misunderstood / Beach Boys – Don’t Talk
Volume 2 – Body Language Disco Influences – DOWNLOAD Roy Ayers – Running Away / Daniel Wang – Like Some Dream I can Stop Dreaming / Escort – Starlight / Hercules and the Love Affair – Blind / Indeep – Last Night a DJ Saved My Life (Mirage Remix) / Evelyn Champlain King – Love Come Down / Kerrier District – Lets Dance and Freak / Marvin Gaye – Got to get Down / Kano – i’m ready / Prince – Controversy / Giorgio Moroder – The Chase / Metro Area – Seduction / Michael Jackson – Off the Wall / Ian Preece – Superfuzz / Panthers – Goblin City (Holy Ghost! disco dub) / Motown Sounds – Bad Mouthin’ / Black Devil Disco Dub – The Devil In Us
Volume 3 – Body Language Detroit Influences – DOWNLOAD Mr Fingers – Can You Feel It / Move D – Quit Quittin / The Other People Place – Let me be me / Joey Beltram – Energy Flash / Adonis – No Way Back / Jeff Mills – Automatic / F.U.S.E. – Substance Abuse / Drexciya – Water Walker / Inner City – Good Life (Magic Juan Mix) / Morgan Geist – Detroit (Carl Craig Remix) / Green Velvet – Shake and Pop / L.F.O. – LFO / Laurent Garnier – Crispy Bacon / Dopplereffekt – Sterilization / Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches / B12- Hall of Mirrors
Bradford Cox of Deerhunter has a great blog for a musician, it might be one of the best if you like humble, talented and informative people. I’m guessing he makes these mixes on the computer because there isn’t much mixing going on but the eclectic tracklist caught my eye even if the mix is a few seasons old.
TRACKLIST Beach Boys – Three Blind Mice (Smile Demo) Lee Hazlewood - My Autumn’s Done Come Bobak, Jons, Malone – On a Meadow Lea Telepathe – I Can’t Stand It Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go Residents – Is He Really Bringing Roses? Suicide – Cheree Evie Sands – I Can’t Let Go Autechre – Drone Nico – Camera Obscura Aaron Neville – Tell It Like It Is Shugie Otis – XI-30 Alvin Curran – At Harmony Ranch Robert Wyatt – Little Red Robin Hood (Hit the Road)
If I had a car or satellite radio i’d probably follow the radio a little more but I don’t have either really, I do try though to catch Alex Ruder on KEXP whenever I can because of his diverse taste on one of radio’s best commercial-free KEXP(Seattle). Its kind of nice to get thru 30 brand new songs within less than 70 mins and a get a little info along the way, definitely worth checking out.
TRACKLIST – KEXP DJ Alex Ruder – “Your Style Won’t Survive You” Balmorhea – Settler Koushik – Welcome Flying Lotus – Camel (Nosaj Thing Remix) Osborne – Hydragilm Exit Destruments – The Get Down Calmer – Past Is Present Kiln – Marigold Bunker New Villager – Rich Doors Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Can’t Hear My Eyes Tussle – Elephants Meandering (Sal Principato and Dennis Young Remix) Roots Manuva – Let the Spirit (Hot Chip Remix) Zion I – DJ DJ Buraka Som Sistema – D…D…D…D…Jay Home Video – I Can Make You Feel It KiD CuDi – Day ‘n’ Nite (Jori Hulkkonen Remix) Grampall Jookabox – Let’s Go Mad Together The Bran Flakes – What It’s All About Charles Trees – Memories CYNE – Fall Through Atlantis Aether – Anywhere Hudson Mohawke – Star Crackout Hauschka – Freibad Dyme Def – Fresh In My Kicks Circle Research – This Is A Recording Black Milk – Give the Drummer Sum Eliot Lipp – Sentinel Benoit Pioulard – Ragged Tint Marie Siouxx – Love Song Daedelus – C’Est Super Surkin – Chrome Knight (f. Chromeo) Lemonade – Big Weekend (Delorean Remix)
Usually every Monday morning I head over to Resident Advisor to check out what weekly dj mix is up. My all time favorite mix on there is this Mark E mix, It was the 112th one up, I think they’re in the 140′s now . This one really kicks off at the 11:30 minute mark and its literally smooth sailing and slow head nodding in your chair(if you’re working and listening) from there on. Some of the highlight tracks are the LTJ Experience and the Marvin Gaye edits but once you get into the meat and potatoes of it I personally lose it, its like watching saltwater taffy, milk chocolate, and crayons being made in front of you on repeat all at the same time, its just this perfect slow tempo and you end up losing track of time.
TRACKLIST STL – Foggy Beats – Something Amp Fiddler – You – Genuine Try to find me VOL 1 – Make Dance – Golf Channel Cole Medina – Love You Inside Out (Pinches Mix) – House Arrest Mark E – Untitled – Unreleased Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose (Mark E edit) – Unreleased Bogdan Irkuk – Carpice – Rollerboys Recordings Rondenion – Precious Time – Parker Music Works Mark E – Get Yourself Together – Unreleased LTJ Experience – I Love You – Irma Marvin Gaye – Heavy Love Affair (The Revenge Rework) – Unreleased Birth Control – Plastic People (Medit) – Unreleased
I haven’t done a mix since 2005′s Pink Rest At Low Levels which you can download here, its an ambient/IDM mix of my favorite music I’d listened to when I would fool around in Adobe Illustrator. This new mix called Goodnight Gracie is kind of an ode to a weekly I did for 3+ years with Matthew Dear, Ryan Elliott, and Scott Brandon at a lounge called Goodnight Gracie in Ann Arbor. Ryan Elliott and Matthew Dear now are big international DJ’s and Scott and I took the night over once they started touring. Ryan would let me open nearly every night and play ambient and deep melodic house before they went on so I could hear Broker/Dealer on decent speakers, I hope you can at least enjoy the end.
Markus Guentner – Untitled 3 – In Moll – Kompakt (2001) Audion – I Am The Car – Unreleased – Spectral Sound (2009) UND – Ambivalente – Maxfield – Defrag Sound Processing (2005) Pleite – Pleite – Pleite – Trapez (2003) The Librarian – The Hornet’s Nest (Teef Antihisatmine rmx) – ModeTwo – Moodgadget (2009) Sten – Way To The Stars – The Essence – Dial (2008) Omar S. – Oasis #1 – Oasis EP – FXHE (2005) Pepe Bradock – Deep Burnt – Burning – Kif Recordings (1999) Cobblestone Jazz – 5th Element – 5th Element EP – Itiswhatitis Recordings (2002) Daso & Pawas – Det (Schatrax Beats Plus rmx) – Det – Spectral Sound (2008) Pigon – Promises – Promises – Dial (2007) Lusine – Excess – Push EP – Ghostly International (2003) Slowdive – Good Day Sunshine – Souvlaki – SBK (1994) M83 – I Guess I’m Floating – Before The Dawn Heals Us – Gooom (2005)
I know very little about Sebastian B. besides the fact that he has a great record collection, when I visited Cincinnati last summer and ran into the super kind guy that was full of knowledge about his vinyl I realized he was pretty old school about things, I don’t even think he has a myspace which is pretty unbelievable to me in 2009 but also a nice change of pace. The tracks he picks in this mix range from 1981 to now, I really adore the ending few songs but one thing I learned about mixes recently from Michna who put out a mixtape on cassette this year is that they’re not made to be skipped around on to find what you want, you just have to trust the DJ that put it together to give you an hour of fresh and enjoyable songs.
DOYOUPKMELANGE? mixed by Sebastian B.
DJ Harvey/Mystic Slot No Way Back/Disco Adventure (Black Cock/UK) (London/Los Angeles) (1993)
Trus’me Nards (White) (Manchester/UK) (2008)/(Jacques Renault Laser EFX – IGETRVNG/NY)
Phreek Plus One New York Dolls (CompostBlackLabel/Munich) (Brescia/Italy) (2007)
Runaway Just Got Paid (Wurst Edits/NY) (New York) (2008)
Force of Nature Unstoppable (Version Idjut) (Headinghome/LA) (Tokyo/UK) (2005)
Kerri Chandler Track 1 Atmosphere EP (157Shelter/NY) (New Jersey) (1991)
Chez Damier A 2 1/2 Step (KMS/Detroit) (Chicago) (1992)
Radio Slave RJ (RunningBack/Munich) (Berlin/UK) (2009)
Still Going On and On (DFA/NY) (New York) (2007)
The Orb A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld: Live Mix MK10 (Big Life/UK) (1991)
Grover Washington Jr. I Can’t Help it (Motown/Detroit) (1980) (C/O (W)ALTZ SUNDAY HAPPYSET)
Linda DiFranco T.V. Scene (WEA) (Tokyo/Italy) (1985)
Recently I got sit in on a recording of Tim Sweeney’s Beats in Space radio show on NYU Radio. The wonderful part about it is that he plays so many unreleased promos so you’ll always get to hear something new if you tune in and he does it weekly. I hope to feature a few more sets off his site in the future since this one was pretty amazing and now i’m trying to catch up on some of the archives.
TRACKLIST Tony Lionni – Found A Place – Ostgut Ton Peter Kruder – Visions Ltd – Gigolo Larry Heard – Mercurian Funk – Black Market Code 718 – Equinox (Henrik Schwarz Dub) – Strictly Rhythm Mark Burns – Disco Child (Mike Burns ReRub) – Disco Devil Night Moves – Transdance (New York Disco Mix) – GC Whomadewho – The Plot – Gomma Faze Action – Good Lovin’ Zombi – Sapphire (Escort Remix) – Throne Of Blood Mr. White – Inside Your Mind (This House Is Home) – Black Market Boozoo Bajou – Same Sun (Prins Thomas Karaoke Version) – K7 Mugwump – Turkish Bath Shehazard – Yalla Yalla (Henrik Schwarz Remix) – Fine Art Recordings
Berlin-based Alan Abrahams has earned a lot of attention lately. His albums as Portable for the Background and ~scape imprints have garnered near-universal acclaim for their deft fusion of tribal rhythms and a modern micro-house sensibility. For his first LP as Bodycode, The Conservation of Electric Charge, Abrahams focuses on the more dancefloor-oriented aspects of his style, yielding a gorgeous album born from the belief that the psyche can be unlocked via the body. Bodycode also came from necessity ? while on tour playing club dates, Abrahams was compelled to seek the most engaging sound for that environment. Remarkably adept at its task, Bodycode?s mesmerizing percussive arrangements and subtle melodic flourishes create an immediately engaging sound that lingers in the mind long after the club has closed.
I just saw Alan aka Portable/Bodycode play last night on a freezing rooftop outdoors right around Union Square in New York and he blew my mind. Alan makes pure body music that’s straight from his roots of South Africa, if anyone is doing any tribal house music properly its him. He also slowly falls into some beautiful droned out breakdowns that aren’t like anything else, so there is something here for the world music(sadly this genre has such a bad rep) and ambient fans as well.