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Kelpe+Last Order+Joy Orbison+Stimming

Posted by Jakub

Kelpe LP
W’eve posted a few songs of Kelpe’s in the past on the blog, a real talent, always unique when it comes to his detail, this song in the second half kind of sounds like he’s playing a few dying toy instruments but its still really good. His new LP seems to be reaching a diverse audience, I wish him luck, he deserves it.

With all this cold coming thru, I just needed to hear Summertime(an edit of it) one last time before I descend into ambient/shoegaze-ville

I can’t find much about Joy Orbison, I only see an EP under his belt but he sounds promising, reminds me of a less gltichy Machinedrum, hope to hear more.

I went to see SV4 dj the other night, he dropped this Stimming track that made me become pretty rude, you know when you’re in a conversation with someone and you stop looking at them and go interrupt the DJ and ask him what he’s playing, pretty rude but well worth finding out what this song was.

Kelpe – Eye Candy Bath – BUY

Last Order – Summertime – BUY

Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo – BUY

Stimming – The Anger – BUY

Plastic Moon

Posted by Alex

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I’ve been spending most of my recent waking hours looking for an apartment in San Francisco. Most of what I see looks like it was built in 1900 (because it was) and is light years away from an architectural style I gravitate towards. I prefer styles like what you see above for Plastic Moon by Norisada Maeda Atlier. (Good luck finding this in SF.)

As weird and crazy as it looks, I think this is fantastic. Reminds me a little of the Micro Compact Home, though I don’t think you can pick up and move everything quite as easily. Sterile looking? Perhaps, but that’s what you get when you combine a living space, dental clinic, and a swimming pool all into one space. I bet I could get a lot of work done here if I switched out the dental clinic for a design firm. I would live in Plastic Moon instantly. And of course, a little resemblance to Jakub’s Moodgadget cube never hurts anybody.

via designboom

Versus Series: Dubstep+AltHipHop+Disco

Posted by Jakub

Versus Series: Round 1 - Dubstep
Versus Series: Round 2 - Alt Hip Hop
Versus Series: Round 3 - Disco
I don’t do much actual design on Moodgadget, mostly just thinking up the concept for the covers and work side to side with the designers sometimes. This series is one that i’m pretty proud of done by Alex/HeadUp[he posts a ton in the comment sections on the ISO50 blog] and I, the goal was to have a strong 2-D iconic image that was related to the genre a bit but also a weapon in a way (i.e. disco having a razor for your hardcore late night clubbers and a razor also being a weapon in a way), a changing 3-color color scheme, and simple consistent text layout, kind of like a label for a vinyl but digital only. The series will come out in 3′s and each being a different round and we’ll go up to 12 and this hopefully will help define genres in the electronic music world. Below is a little more info on the series:

“Moodgadget has caved in to its most savage and pugilistic desires to see electronic genres battle to the death, leaving the listener with the sense of euphoria you get from watching your favorite kung-fu flick, or that adrenaline rush that comes from a flare-up of tempers.

Make no mistake though, the Versus series, while born from a sense of friendly competition, is dedicated to revealing the diversity within each genre. Like a sumo wrestler taking on a fencer, the style of each musician is unique, their approach exotic, the result is pure entertainment, and the battle itself becomes more appealing than the outcome.

Songs are presented as Rounds, a one-two-punch of tracks from the opposites sides of the spectrum. In Round 1, experience Dubstep tracks from Guardian and Shigeto, Round 2 features Alt Hip Hop from Mux Mool and Charles Trees, and Round 3 brings Disco producers Worst Friends and Mogi Grumbles into the ring.”

Shigeto – Beat It Up – BUY

Charles Trees – Exodus – BUY

Worst Friends – Ski Hive – BUY

Halloween Themed Mix by Fever Ray

Posted by Jakub

Fever Ray
Resident Advisor swooped in probably grabbed the best musician at the moment to do a Halloween themed mix for us, Fever Ray. I just don’t remember them contacting her since i’m her boyfriend and all and I should of known about this (just kidding, only in my dreams). Another great perk that comes along with the RA Podcast’s is the short interview, here’s a few snip its from it:

RA: What came first with Fever Ray, the music or the aesthetic? And how do they two inform each other?
Fever Ray: Music always comes first. It is the difficult part. The visual aspect of Fever Ray is more of a great hobby after the hard work is done.

RA: What have you been working on recently?
Fever Ray: I have been touring with Fever Ray and with The Knife I am just about to finish the studio version of the opera, Tomorrow in a Year.

TRACKLISTING
Neil YoungGuitar Solo 1
Yo La TengoEveryday
Journey To IxtlanCorpse On The Mesa
Jad & David FairNosferatu
Zola JesusDevil Take You
Bruce HaackMean Old Devil
KrauseDuo Canopolis
Burial HexWill To Chapel
SuicideGhost Rider
Amadou & MiriamJa Pense À Toi
ShackletonDeath Is Not Final
EntombedNight Of The Vampire
Maddalena FagandiniInterval Signals
Burundi: Musiques TraditionnellesChant Avec Cithare

DOWNLOAD THE MIX HERE

Fever Ray – Halloween Podcast

Newwork Magazine

Posted by Alex

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These spreads from Newwork Magazine are exceptionally awesome. At first I wasn’t sure why I was so taken by them, but I think it’s a combination of the following factors: sole use of (mostly) black and white, implementation of a strict grid, lots of little type details throughout, and a sophisticated and effective use of negative space. Newwork Magazine (ink on paper / 32″ x 23″) is put out by Studio Newwork.

Tromso Day 3

Posted by Scott

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Thanks to everyone for coming out to the workshop last night, I had a great time talking with you and meeting everyone afterwards. Also thanks to Heydays who spoke at the event and designed the die-cut poster (above); very inspiring work which I’ll be posting more on soon.

I haven’t had a chance to take many pictures yet but I did get to tour the offices of Tank Design who had some very interesting artifacts all around.

It’s been a great time so far — in spite of my being sick the whole time. I’m resting up for the Tycho set at Insomnia tonight, hope to see you out there!

WhiteRainbow+Hecker+FckButtons+Vitalic

Posted by Jakub

White Rainbow
Today might be one of the finer selections in a while on the experimental/dense end, some real nice songs that should ride out all the way thru. I’ve only heard good things about Kranky’s one man show White Rainbow, glorious builds and thick lo-fi looping and nearly each song at 15 mins! just what I wanted, looks like Best Of ’09 candidate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

When I heard Tim Hecker + remix I was all over these, cold and airy yet soo appealing.

I just figured out the F*ck Buttons sound, i’m really glad they followed thru with a similar sound on this record, makes them more of a leader of this sound in my eyes.

I know some of you might not like this Vitalic sound but i’m hoping this record can knock Justice off their high horse, the production is really strong and I feel like Vitalic has some substance compared to Justice especially the other songs on the record, it might be clubby but the attention spent on certain sounds to make a party jump off puts a smile on my face.

White Rainbow – Tuesday Rollers and Strollers

Bell Orchestre – Water Light Shifts (Tim Hecker Remix)

F*ck Buttons – The Lisbon Maru

Vitalic – Poison Lips

Decca Records

Posted by Alex

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A few Decca record covers done by ISO50 favorite, Erik Nitsche. I was browsing Flickr for some or Nitsche’s work and I came across the massive assortment of images here, compiled by BustBright. I am in love with the type on these, especially the “Schlusnus sings” typeface. I’m not sure what it is but it amazing. And I always love Didot — if you browse the rest of the archive, you’ll see a lot of that.