Monthly Archives: March 2009

Gone Too Far

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I am all about Buraka Som Sistema at the moment. I must admit, at first its took me a little while to appreciate them. Credited with creating the “progressive kuduro” genre, for me it was quite an acquired taste. Now however, I cannot get enough.

The latest track they have lent their token sound to is the new Dre Skull single ‘Gone Too Far’ which features the vocal stylings of the one and only Sizzla. The single came out on March 25th and is available to buy at Beatport. Not only can you get your hands on the Buraka remix, but it features edits by Lee Mortimer, Goon and Rico Tubbs too.

This track is genuinely off the hook..

Dre Skull Feat. Sizzla – Gone Too Far  (Buraka Som Sistema Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

..and for old times sake, lets crack out a Dre Skull classic…

Dre Skull & Juiceboxxx – Centre Stage (Kissy Klub Version) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

LINKS

Dre Skull’s Myspace

Buraka Som Sistema’s Myspace

Kissy Sell Out’s Myspace

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Full Moon

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‘Full Moon’ seems to have given The Black Ghosts some partially mainstream success after its feature in the soundtrack for teen vampire film ‘Twilight’.

The E.P is released on the 5th of April and features the radio edit and two fantastic remixes by Marlow and Appleblim & Komonazmuk.

If you’re a listener of Kissy Sell Out’s Radio One show you may have heard him drop the Marlow remix on Friday night, if you want to hear it again visit the show HERE.

And if you want to get your hands on it, the E.P is available to pre-order for the tiny sum of £1.85  HERE.

In the meantime…check out the following video posted by Southern Fried Records.  This short film was commissioned and curated by Cult-Geist. To watch the other short films that were commissioned as part of this project, covering all of the tracks on The Black Ghosts album, click HERE.

The Black Ghosts – Full Moon (Appleblim & Komonazmuk Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

LINKS

The Black Ghosts Myspace

Appleblim & Komonazmuk’s Myspace

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1000 Minutes Part Four

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Back to work today, so I’m strapped for time, but I couldn’t let today pass with at least small update to my minutes..

Hopefully you know what this project is all about by now, but for those of you who don’t, check this out.

16. The Knife – Heartbeats [3.54] [time remaining 946:30] (YT Link)

This track is probably an obvious choice for alot of people, but that will not deter me from its inclusion. Made huge by that bloke with a guitar passing it off as his own in 2006, I remember my cousin asking me who had been silly enough to cover him once. I’d never had a problem with cover versions until that day. I guess that’s when you know you’re getting old..when feel you need to educate the younger generations about music that appears outside of the top 40. Other than ‘Maps’ this has got to be one of the greatest indie love songs ever written…disagree? Play it any indie club night and consider my point proven. This track holds so many different, yet equally important memories for me over the last six years which alone proves that it will never lose its appeal.

17. Snow Patrol – You Could Be Happy [3:04] [time remaining 943:26] (YT Link)

Snow Patrol are probably the only band I share a love for with both of my parents. This has got to be one of the most beautiful break up songs ever and never fails to tug on my heart strings. I’m sure that many people can relate to it on one level or another, lyrically perfect and strangely uplifting considering its topic.

tbc….

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1000 Minutes – Part Three

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Back again with part three…this project is literally consuming my life at the moment..

Again,for those of you who are are wondering what I’m talking about, check this out.

12. Justice Vs. Simian – We Are Your Friends (Original Mix) [4:18] [time remaining 960:03] (YT Link)

There was a point in time when I was sick to the back teeth of this song. But the thought of never being able to hear it again saddens me, so its pretty much essential to this list. This track sums up a very happy two year period of my life and right now I truly believe it is the most important dance anthem of our generation. Possibly the best track to hear as the clock strikes twelve on New Years Eve, the memories this triggers will always make me smile.

13. Sleater-Kinney – Modern Girl [3:01] [time remaining 957:02] (YT Link)

Sleater-Kinney are without doubt one of the most important bands I have ever come across. Every single one of their seven albums are superb in my book, but if I’m talking autobiographically, it was their last release ‘The Woods’ which made a rather large mark on my life. Its because of this that ‘Modern Girl’ is the track that makes the cut. Intensely lo-fi, incredibly simple, yet an absolute beaut of a song.

14. The Dresden Dolls – Girl Anachronism [3:00] [time remaining 954:02] (YT Link)

I’m going to be honest, I’m not what I would call a fan of The Dresden Dolls, infact I could count the songs I like on one hand. Girl Anachronism however draws me in and excites me everytime I hear it. There’s something very theatrical about this track, a real show stopper. The lyrics are dark and the recording is as raw as it gets, overall – intense.

15. The Black Ghosts – Anyway You Choose To Give It [3:38] [time remaining 950:24] (YT Link)

A relatively new choice in comparison to alot of my list so far. The Black Ghosts put this track out as a single in 2007 prior to their first full length released the following year. ‘Anyway You Choose To Give It’ was my favourite track in its summer of release, I pretty much wore it out, yet it still holds strong for me. Both the dirty bassline and suggestive lyrics give this track a real edge.

tbc…

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You’ll Realise That I’m The One

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Will Surkin ever bring out a track that disappoints?

Not likely by the looks of things.

His latest remix is for The Juan Maclean’s ‘One Day’. Its addictive. A summer anthem for certain.

The Juan Maclean – One Day (Surkin Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

LINKS

Surkin’s Myspace

The Juan Maclean’s Myspace

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Art Brut Vs. Satan

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April 20th sees the return of the mighty Art Brut. Their third studio album ‘Art Brut Vs. Satan’ has been produced by Pixies front man Frank Black and from what I’ve heard so far, takes us back to their trademark sound found hidden in the depths of 2005′s ‘Bang Bang Rock & Roll’.

Eddie Argos has still got his charm, his storytelling vocal style is one that I thought would lose its novelty four years on. But when I hit play on this album, I was taken back to that time, it has a real student feel to it or a festival feel maybe, I can’t place it. Either way, its a positive thing for me, it gives a sense of nostalgia..or comfort, like your favourite jumper. Now that may sound like its a criticism, but really, its not. What I’m trying to say is that ‘Art Brut Vs. Satan’ fits like a glove on first listen.

Pre Order the album HERE.

U.K. Tour Dates

5 Apr 2009 – The Phoenix, Exeter
23 Apr 2009 – New Slang Club, McCluskys, Kingston
26 Apr 2009 – Mr. Kyp’s Poole
27 Apr 2009 – Academy 3 Manchester
28 Apr 2009 – Academy 2 Birmingham
29 Apr 2009 – Other Rooms Newcastle
30 Apr 2009 – Duchess, York
1 May 2009 – Cockpit, Leeds
2 May 2009 – Stereo, Glasgow
4 May 2009 – Rescue Rooms, Nottingham
5 May 2009 – Thekla, Bristol
6 May 2009 – Concorde 2, Brighton
7 May 2009 – Electric Ballroom, London

This is definitely my choice track from the new release, for many different reasons…

Art Brut – DC Comics And Chocolate Milkshake (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

LINKS

Art Brut’s Myspace

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1000 Minutes Part Two…

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I continue with my 1000 minutes..for those of you who are are wondering what I’m talking about, check this out.

After some sound advice from the creators of this project, I’ve decided to slow my 1000 minutes down abit. Why? Well, once I’ve run out of the designated minutes, there’s no turning back, no editing. That will be it. After discussing the idea with my girlfriend last night we decided how interesting this would be, looking back in a years time and picking out the tracks that I’ve changed my mind about. I like to think that it wouldn’t happen, but who knows. With that, I’m going to try and be as selective and ruthless as I can be.

8. Modest Mouse - Float On [3:28] [time remaining 974:40] (YT Link)

Now here’s a track that always makes me feel alright. No matter how bad things are I find this song almost helps put everything into perspective. This song became quite the indie anthem when I first started university and was arguably Modest Mouse’s most mainstream success. Not only incredibly catchy, but it gives the genuinely positive message that things are never quite that bad and not to worry because we’ll all float on OK.

9. Urusei Yatsura – Hello Tiger [3:18] [time remaining 971:22] (YT Link)

This track is one that completely skipped me by at its time of release in 1998. I’m surprised really, because at that time I was really into my lo-fi/britpop style bands and this would’ve been a perfect addition to my then collection. Instead this song was put on a mix CD for me by my good friend and then work colleague Luke, a good 5-6 years later at least. It was a compilation on constant rotation in my car and this song in particular stands out for me as a good old fashioned, suns out-windows down-volume up driving track. Its perfect. Try it.

10. Sleeper – Nice Guy Eddie [3:21] [time remaining 968:01] (YT Link)

As if this track needs an explanation? Sleeper were always going to be included in this list, the only question was which track. ‘Nice Guy Eddie’ isn’t my favourite Sleeper track, but I believe its the one that has stood the test of time most successfully. Now 13 years old, ‘The I.T Girl’ is one of those albums I can still rotate over and over again without skipping a single track.

11. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps [3:40] [time remaining 964:21] (YT Link)

Its not often that I agree wholeheartedly with what the NME has to say. But who could argue with them when they voted this track the best alternative long song of all time? So many love songs lack the sincerity that make them brilliant, ‘Maps’ is not one of those songs. Karen O’s ability as a front-woman is and always has been outstanding, she is certainly one of the best of our generation. And with ‘Maps’ she took the opportunity to show a different side to the bands sound and excelled. One of the only music video’s to ever bring a tear to my eye, this track is simply beautiful.

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How I Love…

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With the festival season looming, its time to scan the line up’s and make a decision on where you’ll be heading if you haven’t already. As always, my heart lies with Bestival and if you’re contemplating it too then how about I give you an example of an artist playing that should be high on your must watch list.

James Yuill released his brilliant debut album ‘Turning Down Water For Air’ through Moshi Moshi last October, if you don’t own it yet, I suggest you hook yourself up with a copy, here. Packed to the brim with tales of heartbreak and insecurities accompanied by beats that will pull you onto the dance floor. A must own from an artist set for big things.

To tempt you in, I’ve got two new remixes for you to sample from Rod Thomas who captures the original beauty of two of Yuill’s tracks, keeps it locked up tight and adds a little of his own for good measure.

James Yuill – No Surprise (Rod Thomas Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

James Yuill – This Sweet Love (Rod Thomas Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

You can catch James at this years Bestival, Great Escape, Camden Crawl and Berlin’s Dot Festival this summer as well as on one of his vast tour dates. Check out his Myspace page for more details.

LINKS

James Yuill’s Myspace

James Yuill’s Website

Rod Thomas’ Myspace

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1000 Minutes – Part One

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I was doing some blog browsing recently when I came across a project that truly inspired me to think long and hard.

The project is called ’1000 minutes’ and it has been created by the boys over at Tympanogram. The writers of the blog, Andy and Dave have started an ongoing list project in which they choose 1000 minutes worth of tracks they would fill an mp3 player with if they were stuck on a desert island with only that to listen to. The rules are simple, they’re not with each other, so they can’t share music and bit rates/file sizes are not relevant, the mp3 player will hold EXACTLY 1000 minutes. I’ve been following the project over the last few days and it really is worth following.

You may be thinking whats the point? Well, for me its simple. For some of us, we flood our ears, hard drives and stereos with so much music it can sometimes lose its meaning. So having to pick a limited amount of music that you would be stuck with for life, with no chopping and changing and nothing new to treat yourself with is actually pretty damn hard.

Now, I get quite excited about stuff like this. My inner geek loves the idea of making lists and organising my music collection, so I’ve decided to start something similar. I’m not up for copying the boys at Tympanogram’s idea (and I hope they understand that my reason for this is pure, unadulterated inspiration) but instead, I want to put my thoughts down too.

So, here it begins, my 1000 minutes….thank you Tympanogram for a brilliant idea.

I’m going to start with a handful of tracks that mirror my mood today. I’m full of cold and flu, its a horrible day down in Brighton so to fit with this chilled out tracks are what I’m all about. I’m going to share some songs that I find truly beautiful, whether its lyrically or musically they all move me in one way or another.

1. Scanners - Lowlife [3:20] [time remaining - 996:40] (YT LINK)

‘Lowlife’ can move me in different ways depending on how I’m feeling. With this track, Scanners have managed to capture the feelings of loss, despair, hope and longing in a compact three minutes. Sarah Daly’s vocals are filled with desperation, so genuine, they can almost make you feel a little uncomfortable..as if you’ve stumbled across a private conversation you shouldn’t be listening to. Lyrically, one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard.

2. Cat Stevens - The Wind [1:41] [time remaining - 994:59] (YT Link)

I had forgotten about this song until 2002, when I watched my now favourite film, ‘Almost Famous’ for the first time. There is one particular scene in that film where we see Penny Lane (played by Kate Hudson) dancing around an empty venue in bare feet amongst the rubbish left by the gig the night before. Never have I witnessed a piece of music compliment a scene so well. Short but sweet, this song also reminds me of growing up, I only wish it was longer.

3. The Pretenders - Don’t Get Me Wrong [3:49] [time remaining - 991:10] (YT Link)

“I’m thinking about the fireworks, that go off when you smile” – that lyric alone never fails to make me smile. I was only 3 years old when this track was released, but for me it stands the test of time and describes the feeling of infatuation perfectly.

4. MirahRecommendation [1:21] [time remaining - 989:49] (YT Link)

Considering shes released five albums, Mirah seems to be relatively unknown in this country. I myself stumbled across her late one night in 2005/2006 and this track had me instantly hooked. ‘Recommendation’ tells the story of what appears to be a bitter break up, with Mirah advising her now ex what they’ll be missing if they let her go. A really simple track with a drum machine beat, softly spoken vocals and a repetitive synth backing track…so simple, yet so perfect.

5. Kings Of Leon - Fans [3:37] [time remaining - 986:12] (YT Link)

This is the track that converted me towards Kings Of Leon. Before my good friend Freya made me listen to ‘Fans’ in the summer of 2008,  I refused to give them a chance, assuming that they’d be miles removed from my taste. This particular song has stadium anthem written all over it and by all accounts it pays homage to the bands fans in the U.K. I learnt a valuable lesson with this track…always listen to Freya.

6. Metronomy - Heartbreaker [4:13] [time remaining - 981:59] (YT Link)

I’m taking a risk with this one, considering this track is not even a year old there’s quite a high chance I’ll get bored of it soon right? Not a chance. This song has been in my daily playlist (whether in original or remixed form) ever since I first got my hands on it. ‘Heartbreaker’ is as catchy as it is woeful, making it quite the juxtaposition. It works however, and forms a modern take on heartbreak for the electronic generation.

7. Scarlet - Independent Love Song [3:51] [time remaining - 978:08] (YT Link)

Please don’t laugh at this one. At 12 years old, I’d just grown out of my pathetic boy band stage… Now imagine how annoying I was when I truly believed that listening to artists such as Alanis Morrisette and Natalie Imbruglia made me ever so “alternative”. Scarlet were definitely one of the 90′s one hit wonders (and well…If I’m honest, I’m not sure if reaching number 12 in the charts even qualifies you for that..). Most people I talk to about this song look at me blankly and that saddens me. The build up from the verse to the chorus demonstrates what a good pop ballad should sound like.

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Warp Warp

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Yes.

Now this is more like it.

This is what I’ve been waiting for..

The Bloody Beetroots Feat. Steve Aoki – Warp (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

The Bloody Beetroots Feat. Steve Aoki – Warp (Clash The Disko Kids “MIND WARPING” Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

The Bloody Beetroots Feat. Steve Aoki – Warp (Mr Vega 9.6 Remix) (Direct Link) (Alt Link YSI)

LINKS

Dim Mak

Bloody Beetroots Myspace

Steve Aoki’s Myspace

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