Thursday, March 30, 2006

Indie + Electronics (Slight Return)

Following on from my previous post and the argument that a splash of electronics adds wonders to many a guitar based tune, here are three more examples that I wanted to put up.

First is the New York New Wave of Interpol a band that I love. Despite many people comparing them to Joy Division, I think they update that sound for the 21st century. Their two albums 'Turn On The Bright Lights' and 'Antics' have been on heavy rotation on my stereo since 2004.

I've chosen two tracks that again have been remixed (this is an electronic blog after all) One adding just a few extra synths plus a re-edit to really make the track take off, and the other a electronic glitchy cut-up which only leaves the barest of the original in the mix.

Interpol - Not Even Jail (Daniel Kessler remix)

This was from the C'mere EP and features four tracks, each one remixed by a member of the band.

Buy it here

The next mix I know very little about because it is not an official release. Velapine Screen is a US producer and I haven't had a chance yet to hear any of his other work, but by judging from this it should be worth a listen. Check out his website for more info, photos, and downloads of his live performances.

Interpol - Untitled (Velapine Screen Remix)

Finally we once again have to bow down in respect for the pioneers. I was wanting to post this earlier but technical problems prevented it. Once more Andrew Weatherall (and Oakenfold when he produced decent records) adds magic to a classic Madchester anthem transforming it from a good record to one dropped by God himself. Hallelujah!

Happy Mondays - Hallelujah (Club Mix)

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Monday, March 27, 2006

Rock Remixed

As promised in my last post here are a couple of Indie Rock tracks given the electronic edge via a remix. Everyone's at it these days, Bloc Party releasing a remix version of Silent Alarm, Test Icicles, White Rose Movement, The Futureheads, The Kills, Infadels, Mystery Jets, DFA 1979, the list goes on.

Electro Rock is the new sound, but lets not forget the original indie bands that started getting on a remix tip, in the late 80's Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses and Primal Scream all recieved remixes that fussed rock and electronics and started the much derided 'Indie-Dance' movement.

Remixers of note this year are Digitalism, SebastiAn, MSTRKRFT, Phones, Tiga, DFA, Blackstrobe, Alan Braxe & Fred Falke and of course the mighty Justice, whose remix of Simian's 'Never Be Alone' was huge last year and is also getting more mixes and a reissue this year.

They have just recently demolished Franz Ferdinand into what is possibly the best remix of the year so far.

Check this, their mix of 'The Fallen'

Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen (Justice Edit)

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Check out the scorching 'Waters of Nazareth' (Erol Alkan Re-edit) over at The Prettiest Pony
Pure Electro Filth, Heavy Metal Techno!

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Nathan Fake vs M83 vs MBV

A special post today.
Here at the ill-ec-tro-nic we represent any music with an electronic edge, and over the next few weeks this is going to include a lot of rock and indie records that have been given the remix treatment and in virtually all cases greatly improved the original.

But for today we have a sound off between 3 players who have a very similar style in my opinion.

First off its the new young upstart Nathan Fake, whose new album 'Drowning in a Sea of Love' was released last monday.
Its a different direction from his older techno based grooves, going for a more ethereal sound.
I'm actually more of a fan of his records when they have been remixed by other producers, the case being the mighty remix of 'The Sky Was Pink' by labelmate James Holden. Check out Border Community

Nathan Fake - Long Sunny (Fairmont Remix)

Taken from 'Drowning in a Sea of Remixes' Available here

Nathan Fake - Grandfathered

This track is an original taken from the new album and it bears a striking resemblence to the next artist.


Again an artist that actually sounds better when remixed, although I am a big fan of his second album 'Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts'

I don't have a decent Mp3 of an original track from that album so here instead are two superb remixes.
First a mix by Jackson, which really got peoples attention. And not just because of the name either.

M83 - Run Into Flowers (Jackson's Midnight Fuck Remix)

Second a mix by Superpitcher straight out of the Kompakt stable in Cologne. This was also a big remix last year.

M83 - Don't Save Us From the Flames (Superpitcher Remix)

Buy M83 from Juno

Finally they all have to bow down and pay homage to the master of layered noise, Kevin Shields and My Bloody Valentine.
Loveless is one of my all time favorite albums, and is impossible to improve upon, however Andrew Weatherall had a bloody good go and the result is fantastic. This is now a rare record and exchanges hands for silly money on eBay.

My Bloody Valentine - Soon (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

Finally another rare treat from Mr Shields. An instrumental track from a 7" given away free with the first 5000 copies of 'Isn't Anything'. It utilises a breakbeat from Public Enemy's 'It Takes A Nation of Millions' album, also sampled by Madonna for 'Justify My Love'.

My Bloody Valentine - Instrumental B

Yes there is no contest really, bow down and pay homage.
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Also check out the My Bloody Valentine Website

You can also download some great MBV Videos and Live Tracks at Komakino Fanzine

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Something Allien

From old electronics to new.
The two tracks here are from Ellen Allien, the Berlin producer and label owner of Bpitch Control

Ellen Allien - Cloudy City

From the excellent album Thrills, out last year.
The second track is Jet, from a new collaboration with fellow German producer Apparat

This comes from the decidedly dodgy titled album 'Orchestra of Bubbles', however it is a masterpiece of the minimal sound coming out of Germany at the moment. According to his website the album is now mastered and will be out in April.
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Jet

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Sunday, March 19, 2006

Lets Start At......

For my first post this seemed the obvious choice. A Detroit techno classic. A true master and innovator, this is one of Derrick May's finer moments, of which there are many. This originally came out on Transmat, Derrick's own label in 1990 and was then released by Kool Kat Music.

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Rhythim is Rhythim - The Beginning

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