1/25/10

Rethink Video for Langara College!!!!!!


Rethink Scholarship at Langara 2010 Call for Entries from Rory O'Sullivan on Vimeo.

Rory O’Sullivan recently finished a video promoting the Rethink Scholarship at Langara College.  I love how creative and clear each idea is and how it was executed and now will play it again so as to take notes.


Its about time this track was covered!!!!



Florence and the Machine, a South London, songstress gives Robert Palmer's song real texture. Stripping away the overtly chauvenist video and the synth-rock epic quality of 80's pop, Florence delivers grit while reamining faithful to all the sultry sensibilities her voice can afford. 


Robert Palmer_Addicted to Love (Florence and the Machine Cover)


Also for you guys, The Morning Benders covers Fleetwood Mac's classic "Dreams," making it now bearable. Sorry to say but for me, Fleetwood Mac's music is best played on mute. Dreams is such a well crafted song, but adorned with the worst cornucopia of miserable vocalists you could drag out of a pub at 2am. Just off of a Fall tour with Grizzly Bear, these guys have a sound reminiscent to a more colorful time in British Rock (is it bad to say they remind me of the Monkees??). Thank you MB for allowing me the opportunity to listen to FMac, because it seems i can only do so if they're being covered (minus the self-martyered Dixie Chicks).

Fleetwood Mac_Dreams (the Morning Benders Cover)



If you still haven't listened to the Van She, where the **** have you been (definitely some of my favorite Aussie's plus empire of the sun, plus the presets). Here, they cover in exquisite fashion, Blue Oyster Cult's classic "Fear the Reaper." Van She's version, honors BOC's with extreme reverence, but not withholding the soaring keys and spot on harmonies that make Van She so signature. I flipping love this one!!!!



Blue Oyster Cult_Fear the Reaper (Van She Cover)

1/21/10

ODahl's 24 karat remix of kamp!



ODahl oh what can I say. Like Classixx, has the Midas touch. Everything that filters through his computating compositional genius comes out on the other end as pure sweet sweet gold.  His remix of Empire of the Sun's "Walking on a Dream" perked my ears and I've been tracking this guys path through the deep forrests of the blogosphere ever since.  One of my new favorites.  Here, he is giving 24 karat treatment to Polish band kamp!  This band's work is glorious and you can download it FO FREE from their label's, Brennner, super amazing website. Olle (ODahl) believes this is his best remix yet, I definitely agree.


Kamp!_Breaking a Ghost's Heart (ODahl RMX)

1/17/10

Rolling Stone & KID A


Rolling Stone chose Radiohead's Kid A to be the album of the decade and I am fully aware the bonfires of irascibility ignited all across the musical gamut over Rolling Stone's decision. Radiohead hipsters themselves are up in arms, griping that Amnesiac or some obscure b-side only released in Okinawa was their golden opus. How ever you cut it, if you think your favorite album shoulda been numero uno, we have to consider a few factors.  Thom Yorke felt it was time to reconsider the genre. In his word's from the Rolling Stone article, "I find it difficult to think of the path we've chosen as 'rock music"(obviously, the "we" referral being music in general)." Rock had become a tired genre clinging to the schematics of a bygone era, using the same formulas while listening audiences grow bored and wander.  For many, stuck in these ancient definitions, Kid A was a mockery of Rock n' Roll, to some offensive and to a few borderline obscene. A jolt of smelling salts or an ice bath can be whats needed and Kid A was exactly that glorious morning bell on Rock's dismal horizon. Some songs failed to have the proper song structure while others had no structure at all. The first two tracks were void of sounding as if Radiohead were even a rock group -"Did Radiohead hijack the New Age section?" Cross-pollinating in the new synth saturated drum machine realms of electronic music, chopping vocals, manipulating what we think are vocals, removing the human signature from guitar riffs, eliminating riffs all together, they gave us a new proposal that rock n' roll did not in anyway have to be the way its been.
Like in every action movie, when our hero struggles to deactivate the detonation device leaving only a few seconds left on a timer ticking away the final moments of humanity, Kid A cut the red wire on a sound poised for self destruction. Just a few months into the decade and Rock had received new marching orders, or at least some new suggestions.

So if my allegiance with this Rolling Stone opinion (trust me, this doesn't happen often) vexes you, here are some lovely Radiohead remixes as a token of my devotion(to you, not the Rolling Stone).

videotape like you've never heard it.
RADIOHEAD_videotape(xaphoon's dubstep remix)

This is one of Thom's tracks, from his solo project remixed by xxxchange
THOM YORKE_The Eraser (the xxxchange remix)

making a dreary track fun is daunting, but I think Gigamesh pulled it off!
RADIOHEAD_everything in its right place (Gigamesh discotech remix)

a party rawker from our friends at Hood Internet. A little In Rainbows love and Eve!!
RADIOHEAD n EVE_tambourine reckoning

1/8/10

Codebreaker remixes Miami Horror



The original Miami Horror track was released in mid 08. Waiting patiently for the tides of the masses to quickly roll by, and just when the breakers were receding back into the seas Codebreaker emerges with guns a blazing with this top-drawer bomber ( i was picturing the final scene in Rambo, if you were curious). 

miami horror_make you mine (codebreaker rmx)


miami horror_make you mine

BEST TRACKS OF '09


These tracks remained on repeat, bombarded my playlists, found their way into my live sets and basically wouldn't leave me alone. These are my faves of a great year in music.

FEAR OF TIGERS_I CAN MAKE THE PAIN DISAPPEAR

If you don't dance to this, may God have mercy on your soul.

GOLDEN FILTER_SOLID GOLD (RUSS CHIMES RMX)

Russ gives the peak time floor treatment to an already stellar track.

BOYS NOIZE_NERVE(ANALYZER RMX)

Tekno wizardry and grumbly teeth grinding bass. Nerve makes dance halls structurally unstable.

MEECH_BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH(BARLETTS RMX)

Everything about this track is perfect.

BIONIC COMMANDO_TITLE THEME (RUSKO RMX)

Rusko, eight-bit nostalgic glory and lethal basslines

HYSTEREO_GONNA LOVE YOU

 House on the shuffle, harmonized talk boxes, bass disco groove. can't stop smiling

MAJOR LAZER_CASH FLOW (CLASSIXX REMIX)

 The golden boys of house at their best. Soaring and smooth as always.

DAS GLOW_LITE BRITE (STRIP STEVE RMX)

Gurgling beats bubbling over with sample heavy funk and pulsating synths. Groove soup, chunky style.

DIGITAL FOXGLOVE feat. FREAK YOU_BEASTS&FLOWERS


Digitalfoxglove feat. freak you_beasts&flowers
Impeccable intro fearlessly extended, tumbling head long into a relentless surging beat.


BOOTY LUV_SAY IT (SIDECHAINS RMX)


 booty luv_say it (sidechains rmx)
Tingling keys, well placed vox chops layered over elevating melodies make for madness on the floor.

ALLURE_LES DUCHESSES DE L'HOMBRE


allure_les duchesses de l'hombre
Not enough can be said about this orchestrated synth masterpiece, in true French tradition.


1/6/10

would totally live here



63.02ยบ, designed by Jo Nakamara and Schemata Architecture Office, is named for the angle of the front of the house which is positioned so the resident can take in the sight of the city (as well as the next door neighbors cherry tree). The house/apartment, in Tokyo, is ultra minimal and designed to use only the space for necessary living.  I actually really like it, even though I'm not much a "green living" guy.  I personally feel there's much greater need, environmentally speaking, in other aspects of the earth than investing all of our energy (no pun intended) in a climate situation that scientists can't even agree on. However, if "green" means I can save a few bucks to conserve energy then sign me up! The aprtment needs a few startegically placed paintings/tapestries/wall art on it's gray concretet, but other than that I'm signing the lease right now.

1/3/10

fave mixes of the year



(in no particular order)
RUSS CHIMES ESPER MIX
The year was started off right with a brilliant, lush mix from one of my personal favorite's Russ Chimes.  It was made for his friends over at the brand-new web-based British magazine, esper., to feature in their first issue (great mag, btw). This one elevates quickly and refuses to come down - full of energy . Russ has created a mix that can quickly change the hearts and opinions of your "i don't really like techno" friends. I highly recommend this one.
RUSS CHIMES_ESPER. MIX



KILL THE NOISE VOLUME THREE
I had the blessed opportunity to see KTN alongside Treasure Fingers in January of this year. He has been an incredible inspiration to me, personally; with how i construct a mix, create dynamic and keep a healthy coat of gasoline on the dancefloor.  KTN's Vol.3 is a grinder, heavy on grit and rumble, aggressive and downright fun.
KTN_TURN OFF TUNE IN_VOL3
(mixriot after the jump) 

MAJOR LAZER_KEEP WATCH
The bad boys of Mad Decent conjure up their Dance Hall killer, Major Lazer. He's behind the wheels wrecking up the floor with quirky, mad bass lines, dubbed out drum, glitchy synths and a consistent breeze from the islands. Careful, this one kills.

MAJOR LAZER_KEEP WATCH



MORGAN GEIST_WMIG
Morgan Geist's contribution to Fader's We Make It Good series is one of the most well put together sets I've heard in recent days.  It is definitely a voyage through the vintage sound, the retro incubator for latter days electro. Its smooth, moody and painstakingly thought out.
MORGAN GEIST_WMIG
 

TREASURE  FINGERS WINTER MIX
I know, I know it was the winter of '08 when he released this, but I can't help myself.  Granted, it was late December when he handed this set off to Discodust so it slips in for me.  This supplemented to the fact that I killed this mix - virtually memorized it.  His sound is nu-disco glory and I can't get enough. If you're only going to pick one of these mixes to download, here's the winner.
TREASURE WINTER MIX (dwnld from berezzka blog)


BWILLACKERS BACK TO SKOOL SUCKAS
I am unashamed of gratuitous plugs, and so here you go.  I am really proud of this mix. I took it in a direction I wasn't completely used to, and through the unknown sounds I created one of my favorite sets in a while. A bit third world banger with a dancehall rhythm that is undeniably insatiable. Enjoy this if you haven't got it yet.
BWILLACKERS_BAK2SKOOL SUCKAS