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By now we should all know who Cyril Hahn is right? You remember, the guy that created one of the best remixes you ever heard? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, first up..head over to this link quickly ok?
Ok, you with me? Well, as I was saying, Cyril Hahn…He’s only done it again. So this time the remix I’m talking about isn’t of a song with legendary pop status just yet, but it is by the sister of the aforementioned bands lead vocalist. To add to that, its one of my favourite records of 2012 and again, this remix is insanely good.
I wasn’t sure Delilah would be able to top ‘Go’ for me, but with new single ‘Breathe’ shes made my jaw drop for a second time. Its not often tracks give me tingles on first listen, but this has blown me away.
‘Breathe’ hits stores on May 19th with a remix package boasting the likes of LV and Sub Zero. Pre-Order from iTunes by following this LINK.
It could be said that some of the strongest and most impressive vocalists are born from their initial exposure from guest spots. Gone are the days when a dance act release a hit single with a mystery vocalist that no one heres from again. Nowadays, the vocalist is catapulted from the unknown to the mainstream in one single leap.
With artists such as Katy B and Emeli Sande leading the way as examples of this observation, I bring you my favourite, Jessie Ware.
Jessie gained her first exposure in the limelight by guesting on dance legend SBTRKT’s track ‘Nervous’ back in 2010 and although her solo efforts have been relatively sparse since, they have been filled with extraordinary promise.
Her duet with fellow SBTRKT vocalist Sampha, ‘Valentine’ (buy on iTunes HERE) made waves in February and paved the way for her next step, her first solo single.
Sit back, listen and fall in love. This girl is going to be BIG.
Buy ‘Strangest Feeling’ on iTunes now by following this LINK.
Finally, The Squatters are back with a BANGER. From two artists I literally used to obsess over, this is the sound I have been missing…
Turn it up LOUD.
I don’t think I’ve ever used this blog for self promotion, so this feels a little strange, but I’m going to roll with it anyway. By clicking the image link above you will be taken to my new DJ Page on Facebook. Here you will find information about me, my forthcoming gigs, images, my songs of the moment, mixtapes and more.
Follow the link above and don’t forget to hit ‘like’ at the top of the page. I’ll love you forever if you make me look popular!
This is the view from my “home” last weekend..
As you can see Bestival 2008 was a muddy affair.
I won’t lie, on a few occasions I found this pretty depressing. Like trying to put up our “home” in the rain and watching it fill up with water for example. Or witnessing the power on the BBC Introducing Stage cut out because the rain was falling so hard. Or maybe hearing that some of the acts I was dying to go see had either pulled out or been cancelled due to sinking stages. Oh yes..or maybe getting soaked to the skin, shivering, having to go back to my tent and getting into my sleeping bag to warm up meaning I missed Chromeo…all because my stupid H&M waterproof wasn’t actually waterproof!
However, all those little grumbles aside I still had an awesome weekend. My heart went out to Rob Da Bank and his team this weekend, this being the first rainy Bestival in 5 years must have been really hard work. So much effort is normally put into the beauty of Bestival, its so D.I.Y, so beautiful to look at, theres so many cute little tea stalls and tents seating areas which were just ruined in the conditions. It must have been heartbreaking watching all your hard work get washed out.
What amazed me the most was the vibe around the site, ok, so some people were bailing out early but for those who stuck around, there was a real sense of commaradery and determination to have a good time whatever happened. And that, we did.
Here are some of my highlights:
Santogold was CD perfect. Her vocals were spot on, her stage presence was intense and her dancers were captivating. Santogold was my number one must see for the weekend and she did not disappoint. I believe in Santogold.
Kissy Sell Out‘s live set was not what I was expecting. Armed with his keytar and supported by a drummer and Dan from Bolt Action Five on Bass and Vocals the stage was filled with energy. We were on the bar at the front of the stage and the water was almost up to our knees, people were sliding around in the muddiest coniditions of the weekend at this point but still managing to dance. My personal highlight of the set being their cover of EMF‘s ‘Unbelievable‘ which you can check out here on the BBC Introducing site. My lowlight however, seeing the power blow and realising I was soaked to the skin.
With his set in the Bollywood tent on Saturday night, A-Trak secured the number one spot in my chart of best live DJ’s. I was expecting a good set. But not that good. Pumping out track after track of pure electro goodness he then slowed it down with a medley of cut and pasted hip hop tracks which made the tent go wild. The energy buzzing around was electric especially as he showcased he scratching skills. This guy is a hero. An absolute hero. I’m still aching from dancing in my wellies now.
Thomas Tantrum are a band that I’ve bigged up quite a few times over the last few weeks or so. I was particularly excited as I hadn’t seen these guys play since our University days in Southampton. They certainly proved to everyone in that crowd that they are more than worthy of receiving the amount of buzz surrounding them right now. Their set was flawless, even with a short loss of power at the start. If you haven’t seen these guys yet or bought their album. Do it. Do it now.
Why The English Are Rubbish – Thomas Tantrum (YSI) (Alt Link Mediafire)
The turnout for The Shoes suprised me. I was expecting to have to cram into the Club Dada tent in order to see them but it appeared that alot of people had instead crammed into their own tents to avoid the rain. After purchasing my poncho though, I was alot happier so skipped down to the front. And after witnessing ‘Knock Out’ I was pleased I did. Incredibly entertaining to watch as you could feel the love for what they do oozing from the stage as they threw themself about, gave each other high fives and hugs wearing the biggest grins.
Saturday night also brought me to my second experience of Hercules and Love Affair live. After waiting 45 minutes for Amy Winehouse to appear on the main stage and being incredibly disappointed with her first two songs we decided that she certainly wasn’t worth missing Hercules for. This time it was much different. Their set was still perfect and sounded great. However I couldn’t help but think that they were a little bit lost in the Big Top. However that could be because we were crammed in about half the way back, I’m sure the people on the bar would disagree with me. I fell in love with their cover of Blue Oyster Cults ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ and also with the guy next to me who asked if his friends were joking when they told him that the hot girl on stage was really a man. When I broke the news I expected a typically male response but instead was greeted with “ah well, in that case shes an incredibly hot dude”.
You Belong (Riton Re-rub) – Hercules and Love Affair (YSI) (Alt Link Mediafire)
And heres a selection of some of the other acts we saw:
Amy Winehouse – A let down if I’m honest, although some friends who watched her whole set told me she got better near the end..I’m not convinced.
The Human League – I felt young for the first time in ages..they sounded great, but if I’m honest I was bored and only stuck around to hear ‘Don’t You Want Me’.
– I enjoyed these guys more than I thought I would. ‘Sweat Shop’ in particular was great with guest vocals from Har Mar Superstar.
The Count & Sinden – I was shocked at how 90’s acid house these two had gone. Accompanied by a male MC who was pretty shocking and a girl filling in for Kid Sister on Beeper, we left early to see A-Trak. The right choice I feel.
Sebastien Tellier – “This one, is er, about my, er, bisexuality. As strange as expected, but fun all the same.
Fresh Legs were a band we stumbled across by mistake on the BBC Introducing stage, I later found out they’re from Portsmouth. Definately worth keeping an eye on!
Alan Mx is a lovely chap that I have the pleasure of knowing.
Of course, with that first statement you could be right to assume that my further comments may be biased. And of course, you’re also bound to assume that when I tell you that they’re not, that I’m fibbing abit.
Well. I’m not. So there.
Anyway, here are the facts:
Alan is from Basingstoke;
Alan is a wonderful young man; (told you..fact.)
Alan makes experimental, electro, catchy pop-ish tracks that are incredibly infectious and uplifting;
Alan is signed by Smalltown America Records;
Alan is also very good at Christmas party games unlike myself.
This is a video for his track ‘Captain America Video’:
And heres the same track remixed by Brad Walsh..
Captain America Video (Brad Walsh Remix) – Alan Mx (zshare)
Check Alan out on Myspace for a collection of his other tracks (I personally recommend ‘Flesh Emergency’, gig listing and all that jazz.
These guys don’t need an introduction, because if you haven’t heard of Crookers then I’m going to have to ask where you’ve had your head buried this year.
After seeing them play at Field Day last Saturday my absolute adoration of them has been confirmed. Crookers are definitely my artists of 2008 so far and I simply cannot imagine that changing.
Last month they signed to label Mad Decent and on July 29th they released their E.P “Il Buono, Il Brutto e Il Cattivo”. For those who don’t know Il Buono is Diplo, Il Brutto is Phra and Il Cattivo is Bot.
After hearing some of the tracks in their hour long set at Field Day, I finally purchased the E.P this morning. (You too can do the same at Beatport for a barginous £5.96) And it has not disappointed. It even went down well before 9am and that can only be a good thing right?
Track listing of the E.P is as follows:
1. Il Brutto (Original Mix)
2. Il Brutto (Bloody Beetroots Il Bruttissimo Remix)
3. Il Cattivo
4. Il Buono
As a little taster here’s a sneaky little download for you (my favourite track on the E.P)
And as an extra special treat here is a simply marvellous mixtape that Crookers own Phra apparently put together whilst on a train from Stresa to Bern. My geography is awful, so I don’t know where either of those places are. But I know that this mixtape is quite super.
CROOKERS – BIG MONEY COMIN’
BART B MORE – BINGO PLAYERS (DIPLO REMIX)
MIA – XR2 (BOY 8-BIT EDIT)
BOY 8-BIT – THE SUSPENSE IS KILLING ME (DTL MIX)
CROOKERS – IL BUONO
DUKE DUMONT – HOY
COBRA KRAMES – WHATEVER SHE SAID
BUSTA RHYMES – I GOT BASS
BENGA – 26 BASSLINE
RUSKO – HAMMERTIME
DJ Q – YOU WOT (WIDE BOYS MIX)
OUTHERE BROTHERS – ENJOY (CROOKERS WORK IN PROGRESS MIX)
ALPHABEAT – BOYFRIEND (BLOODY BEETROOTS MIX)
MADERA LIMPIA – LOCO (DANIEL HAAKSMAN MIX)
Enjoy, I did.