Tuesday, 23 February 2010
Nerd Network is a Helsinki based party and DJ collective mainly consisting of Magnus Blomkvist, Lauri Soini and Jaakko Kestilä. It hosts the leading disco night in Helsinki, and features guests such as DJ Spun, Lee Douglas, David Vunk, Magnus International, and Casionova.
Lauri is one half of the disco act Hannullelauri and Jaakko is one half of Imatran Voima. Magnus is co-owner of the record label Noir Discotheque Recordings, which will release its first 12" later this spring featuring Hannullelauri, Ali Renault, Metro Yace and Cohen Blackheart.
01. Findlay Brown ft. The Stallions - Stallions' Suite
02. Montana - Mexican Desert / The Toys Come To Life (Magick Edit)
03. Supermax - Love Machine
04. Shriekback - My Spine Is the Bassline
05. The Osmonds - I, I, I (Quiet Village No Edit)
06. Neil Young - Mr Soul
07. The Inmates - Bogus Beats
08. Mikael Rickfors - Dancing On The Edge Of Danger
09. Ganymed - Robot Love
10. Lalo Schifrin - Amityville Frenzy (Soft Rocks Edit)
11. Bionic Boogie - Chains (Nitedog Anonstop Edit)
12. AC/DC - Gone Shootin'
13. La Bionda - I've Got Your Number
14. Paul Sabu - Sabu - We're Gonna Rock
15. Electric Banana Band - Banankontakt av Tredje Graden
16. Carrara - Ghibli
17. Massimo Barsotti D.J. - Whole Lotta Love
18. The Rockets - On The Road Again
19. Tarnished Thighs - Butter Ball Rock
20. Anna Adamis & Gabor Presser - Ringasd el magad No.2
21. The Seeds - No Escape (Moxie Edit)
The Nerd Network Pres: The Gang Bagers Of New York Mix.
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
One in the eye for all the nay-sayers who continually attempt to perpetuate the nonsense that electronic music is bereft of all emotion. Quite simply one of the greatest records ever made in my opinion.
P.S. I'm usually right.
Jill Scott * Slowly, Surely. (Theo Parrish 'Ugly Edit')
Monday, 15 February 2010
Now, a nice bit of free download action from a sampler I received from Rong/DFA’s newly re-issued (it first came out early 2008) 'Notwave' Compilation, ('Notwave' being term they are using to describe the New Wave/Electro/Noise/Disco rock vibe that grew out of New York in the early 1980s.)
Others have been reaching into this underground leftfield brand of disco such as the 'Disco Not Disco' compilations. To be honest some of it sounds great, but some of it sounds a tad flat to me and just sounds like iffy post-punk bands trying to do disco in a noisy fashion.
Nonetheless, there are a more than a couple of winners and on here.
This compilation strives to offer an alternative slant on the famed New York no-wave sound, helpfully suggesting: "it's kinda like No-Wave, but Not." The selection features new artists from around the world, plus originators of the movement like James Chance & The Contortions, throwing into the bargain eight exclusive tracks. While the level of diversity on show throughout 'Notwave' is exceptionally broad - running from the jagged guitar battery of 'Striplight' to the housey grooves of New Jersey producer Mr. Chin - the essential spirit of the original movement remains more or less intact, with tracks such as 'The River Art' by Research notching up the authenticity factor with an arrhythmic grasp on jazz/punk crossover. Proving that the new school have just as much to offer, Brooklyn's 'Free Bloo' condense the very essence of what 'Notwave' might mean, making bizarre, semi-improvised electronics feel like party music.
Anyhow, give it a listen and make your own mind up about it innit!
01. Quad Throw Salchow - Unwelcome Guest
02. Non-stop - Hydration Explosion
03. Striplight - No Search No Entry (Tim Love Lee dub)
04. Tussle - Elephants Meandering (Sal Principato & Dennis Young mix)
05. Mr. Chin - Faces vs Fractions (Trust)
06. Circuits - Pistols at Dawn (Tim 'Love' Lee's Fully Bearded mix)
07. Freshro - I Turn My Camera On
08. Welcome Stranger - Smoke Machine
09. Free Blood - Weekend
10. Scotty Coats - Beautiful Ones
11. Research - East West Axis
12. Scotty Coats - Lude Boy the Rude Boy
13. James Chance & The Contortions - King Heroin
14. Research - The River Art
DFA/Rong Music Presents: Notwave.
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
The Trammps, based in Philadelphia are remembered as a disco band. Often seen as part of the disco overground, most likely a result of ‘Disco Inferno’ being included on the massively popular Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977.
In the same year the Trammps released the song ‘The Night the Lights Went Out’ to commemorate the electrical blackout that affected New York on 13 July 1977. This song was housed-up by the Black Science Orchestra, as the basis for their debut single ‘Where Were You’ released on Junior Boy’s Own.
Prior to their disco fame the Trammps released Rubber Band as a single in 1973 on Buddah a real soul gem that has featured on more than one occassion in modern hip-hop.
It was sampled as the basis for the Game’s release ‘Hate It Or Love It’ getting re-worked & chopped-up by the legendary production team of Cool & Dr.Dre. J Dilla (rip) used it for ‘Dilla Says Go’ from Donuts.
Yet another re-working here we have the editions disco edit of rubber band. a real fave here at TOL&S.
The Trammps * Rubber Band (Editions Disco Edit)
Local bods bring some classic Clash re-edit pressure.
The Clash * Overpowered By Funk (Red Angel Dragnet Edit)
Monday, 8 February 2010
Just what it says on the tin folks. Freshly ripped from the recently E-bay bound vinyl, crackles an' allllll.
1. On The Nest
2. Get Ready
3. Love Is Everything
4. Vinegar Stroke
5. Juicy Sushi
6. Bermuda Triangle
7. No Way Back
9. Frog Scene
10. Here & Now
DJ Harvey * Black Cock Edits.
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Another re-up from our sister blog 'Tourist' today as I thought it would fit in nicely across here. It's a great little mix that DJ History.com main man Bill Brewster has put together for the release of Bob Blank retrospective 'The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes 1975 - 1985' on the always excellent 'Strut' record label.
Necessity might well be the mother of invention but poverty is the midwife of genius. New York in the 1970s was broke and broken, falling over and burning down, yet gave rise to one of the most creatively fertile periods in popular music.
At the centre of much of the music made during this fruitful period was maverick producer Robert Blank. His studio, Blank Tapes, was at the centre of the downtownscene throughout much of the 1970s and ’80s, and acted as a crossroads for the disco, Latin, jazz and no wave scenes. The album traces the history of his independent studio, Blank Tapes, one of the city’s most important creative dens during the vibrant arts scene of the mid-‘70s to mid-‘80s.
Blank started out in New York in 1973 as a guitarist before producing one of the first 12″ disco records in ‘75 – Jimmy Sabater’s ‘To Be With You’. He opened his own Blank Tape studios a year later. He quickly became an essential port of call for New York’s artistic community, honing the freeform, anarchic visions of August Darnell, Cristina and Lydia Lunch for ZE Records and, with producers Patrick Adams and Greg Carmichael, helping to shape the sound of many disco classics. Musique, Inner Life, Instant Funk and Salsoul Orchestra all recorded classics at Blank Tapes. Arthur Russell also recorded much of his most celebrated disco-related output at the studios under pseudonyms Dinosaur L, Indian Ocean and Felix, as well as “Wax The Van” with Blank’s wife, Lola. Other regulars at Blank Tapes included Latin producer Tito Rodriguez, whose Charanga 76 and Eddie Palmieri recordings with Blank which received Grammy nominations.
The brilliant package features a extensive interviews with Bob Blank about his career in music by Bill Brewster and features some amazing rare archive photos of sessions and clubs from Blank’s personal archive. A must for anyone even remotely interested in theis scene.
1. ORS – Body To Body Boogie
2. Lola – Wax The Van (Jon’s Dub)
3. James Blood Ulmer – Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher
4. Bumblebee Unlimited – I Got A Big Bee
5. Archie Bell – Anytime Is Right
6. Aural Exciters – Spooks In Space
7. Kid Creole & The Coconuts – Darrio
8. The Kay-Gees - Tango Hustle
9. Indian Ocean – Treehouse/School Bells
The Blank Generation Radio Mix By Bill Brewster.
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
A super lively mix from Twitch & Wilkes that was given away to the lucky people who attended the Optimo Hogmanay 2009/2010 party.
Also, any peeps in Newcastle, you should be tres excited to know that you can catch Twitch from Optimo DJing this month at Dragnet @ TheCUT on Saturday the 20th February. You REALLY shouldn't miss it!!
You can click here for details on the Facebook group for JD Twitch at Dragnet.
1 - Delkom - Superjack Infusion One
2 - James Curd - We Just Won't Stop
3 - Gyratory System - Yowser Yowser Yowser (An Optimo (Espacio) mix)
4 - Roni Griffith - Spys
5 - Roni Griffith - Desire
6 - Situation - Bulletproof Heart
7 - Retro Grade - Zoid
8 - Fuck Buttons - Sweet Love For Planet Earth (Andrew Weatherall mix)
9 - Ralphi Rosario - You Used To Hold Me (Accapella)
10 - Rebolledo - Guerrero
11 - Levon Vincent - Late Night Jam
12 - Mike Dehnert - Umlaut 2 (Levon Vincent mix)
13 - Ragtyme - I Can't Stay Away (Ron Hardy Mix)
14 - Manicured Noise - Metronome (Cousin Cole mix)
15 - Faze Action - Good Loving
16 - Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People
17 - Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (Late Night Tuff Guy HMC version)
18 - The Beat Club - Security
19 - OMD - Messages (Greg Wilson edit)
20 - Williams - I Feel The Shivering
21 - Cold Cave - Life Magazine (An Optimo (Espacio) mix)
22 - Yam Who - Go Bang!
23 - Elias Rahbani And His Orchestra - Liza (Twitch pitched down version)
24 - Amadou & Mariam - Sabali
Optimo Hogmany: End Of The Decade Poptimo Mix.
Monday, 1 February 2010
Ivan Smagghe picked some of his favourite 'lost classics' and wrote some words about them. Regarde,
Annette - Dream 17 (Derrick May remix) (Deconstruction)
"North-The Sound of Dance Underground" was the first house record I bought. This is from the remix 12" that came out a bit later. My fave Derrick May remix (yes, Dee-Lite's Wild Times came close)...
Zeus - Cowboys on the Beach (extended) (Aladin)
Zeus B. Held also produced all the Gina X stuff. Great great album. This is an extended version that you will not find anywhere because...
Delkom - Superjack Infusion One (instrumental) (Wau, Mr Modo)
If Zeus was pretty cool, my german producer uber god is Conny Plank. He did not do this, but you feel how much Gaby Delgado was under the influence...
Logic System - Crash (Kaos edit) (original Version: EMI)
Two major influences in the beginning: The Lone Swordsman and nu-beat. Here's this Boccacio hit (proving how pushed the limits were). Edit by Kaos...
Robert Hood - Minus (Combo edit)
I sometimes find "classics" playlist a bit too respectful. This is not. And it's from 2009. It turns Hood's frantic hypnotic techno grinder into a 105 bpm almost krautrock monster. One of my track of this year...
Melody Boy 2000 - Sound Stealer (Monotone Musique)
Electroclash before it even was. From that period, if there was only one... Maybe this...
Asja Auf Capri - Contre Temps (Difficult Fun)
One brilliant album about 6 years ago. Then vanished. Lost indeed...
Aaron Carl - Homoerotic (Detroit Mix Show ext)
Here, I had to put something Weatherall related, Rather than my fave AW remix (MBV's Soon-not very original), this is a track that definitely reminds me of him...
Dark Day - No, Nothing. (Never-Lus/unlust)
And my hat off to Stirmonster. I did not know this incredible 1980 track (and brilliant album) until fairly recently. Sums up what I like about electronics and rock n'roll...
Sex Attac - Eteronout (White Label):
You know those records... The white label you've had for years but no nothing about? Sometimes nice to leave it like that...
01. Annette - Dream 17 (Derrick May Remix)
02. Zeus - Cowboys on the Beach (Extended)
03. Delkom - Superjack Infusion One
04. Logic System - Crash (Kaos Edit)
05. Robert Hood - Minus (Combo Re-Edit)
06. Melody Boy 2000 - Sound Stealer
07. Asja Auf Capri - Contre Temps
08. Aaron Carl - Homoerotic (Detroit Mix Show Extended)
09. Dark Day - No Nothing Never
10. Sex Attac - Eteronout
Download Ivan's Lost Classics.