Saturday, February 24, 2007

Birthday Bombs #1

As promised, the first of our Birthday Bombs. Re-posts of exclusive tracks and mixes that we have posted over the last 12 months.

First up is Ricardo Villalobos' best track getting the bootleg treatment by Stuff Records artists The Truffle Club

Ricardo Villalobos - Dexter (Truffle Club Drum-Off) // Bootleg

Check the original post here

If anyone has any requests of tracks they would like re-posting just leave us a comment. Enjoy.

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The Temptations of Joy

Having got back from Our Disco last night with secret special guests 2manyDJs (result!) and having listened to hours of banging Electro House and Rock, getting munted and losing my friends, I am in need of some aural soothing. Fortunately I have just the ticket.

Temptation of Joy by Jatun is gorgeous, ethereal Post-Rock Electronica in an M83 / Mogwai style. It is soothing, uplifting and dark all at the same time. A soundtrack to mornings after the night before.

Jatun - Temptation of Joy // Other Electricities

Taken from the album S/T out on March 6th on Other Electricities. You can check out other tracks from the album here

Jatun Website and Myspace

ill-ec-tro-nic favourite, Gabriel Ananda has a new album due 19th March. Named Bambusbeats it sees him moving away from the Trancey Techno of his older productions and teaming up with live percussionist Oliver Frank. The result is a Techno album with warm textures and synths underpinned by the live drums. Check out samples from the rest of the album here

Gabriel Ananda - Lamakova // Karmarouge

Gabriel Ananda Myspace

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

It's Our Party...

ill-ec-tro-nic is 1!

It has been one year to the day since I first created the ill-ec-tro-nic blog and since then I've been joined by my boys RAW and Bauer and the blog has gone from strength to strength. It actually took me a month between creating ill-ec-tro-nic and getting around to my first music post of some classic Detroit Techno from Rhythim Is Rhythim.

Over the past year we have given you some exclusive tracks and mixes from the world's best producers and DJs including an exclusive Villalobos bootleg, an unreleased track from Lindstrom and unheard DJ mixes from The Glimmers and Metro Area. Remember where you heard Audion's Mouth to Mouth first?

So over the next month we will be re-posting some of these gems for all of you that didn't get to them the first time round. Stay Tuned.

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Sunday, February 18, 2007

Brand New Bodzin

Stephan Bodzin (looking the ever moody baldy Techno producer) has released two brand new tracks on the Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten imprint. Bodzin has become one of my favourite techno producers of recent months and has developed his own distinct sound on his own and in collaboration with producers Thomas Schumacher (Elektrochemie) Oliver Huntemann (Rekorder) and of course Marc Romboy. These two new gems carry on from maximal synth sounds aired on the recent Rekorder series (which owe a debt to 'The Sky Was Pink' by Nathan Fake. The influence of which has become massive). I wonder if Mr Bodzin got the titles for these tracks from recent excursions to these places, although why he would want to travel to Bedford is anyone's guess.

Stephan Bodzin - Daytona Beach // Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten

Stephan Bodzin - Bedford // Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten Sample

Buy this at Juno Download

And here's another treat for you Bodzin fans. Check out his recent podcast at Resident Advisor. It's packed with his own productions and remixes.

Stephan Bodzin - Live DJ set Club Nitsa, Barcelona // Resident Advisor Podcast

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Thursday, February 15, 2007

What Hot Chip Did Next

After their huge success in '06 Hot Chip have thrown caution to the wind and come up with some of their most diverse material yet. Booji Boy High is the work of two of the members of the group under the pseudonyms of Georgios Panayiotou and Mother Markzbow. Also on vocal detail is the ever gifted Alexis effecting the whole effort with his sweet vocal stylings.

Phonica describe the whole affair thus: "They come on strong with the bounciest bounce of the next year, New Rave left dead in its grave, replaced by the rainbow rhythms of the New Age. 'Doubleshaw' is an anthem of love and disbelief for a dear friend of theirs, a party animal of great intelligence and wit. It jumps! 'Twist Myself Again' is about legal highs, and super hero hulk-out lows. It is twisty! Both sides of the plastic disc are pop masterpieces, tossed off in a couple of effortless afternoons of fun with Diana Ross' old piano (purchased from ebay) and Fred Flintstone's bald-feet battle drums (re-imagined for percussion)."

Booji Boy High - Twist Myself Again // DFA 7"

Booji Boy High - Doubleshaw // DFA 7" Sample

Out now on DFA get it while its hot from Phonica and Juno

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Sunday, February 11, 2007

Windowlicking Games

What is the link between Chris Issak and Aphex Twin? The Answer: Anders Trentemoller. Both artists have had bootleg mixes of their tracks done by Mr Trentemoller. I was wanting to do a post about a new mix of 'Take Me To Your Skin' by Trentemoller, so I decided to dig a little deeper. I knew that Trentemoller had done a version of 'Wicked Games' by Chris Issak under the name Businessman which appeared in his Radio 1 Essential Mix. What I didn't know however was that he is also responsible for a track I have had in my collection for some time. (I was probably informed about this fact but promptly forgot) Run Jeremy's version of Aphex Twin's classic 'Windowlicker' is also the handy work of Trentemoller.

Trentemoller - Take Me To Your Skin (Nu Disco Edit) // Beatport Exclusive Buy

Aphex Twin - Run Jeremy's Window Licker (X Rated Lick) // Aphex Twin (White Label)

Of course 'Wicked Games' is best know for that video staring sex kitten Helena Christensen (above) and directed by legendary fashion photographer Herb Ritts. It has always been a guilty pleasure of mine as I can imagine it is of most red blooded males. However I have also got another version of the track which you won't have heard, by none other than this blog's favourite DJs and club promoters, Optimo. Their version is actually older. I have had an MP3 since '05 but I'm sure this was done before the Trentemoller track.

Whereas Trentemoller's is a deep dubby house version, Optimo strip the track right down to it's bare naked elements (hmmm Helena) and produce a sparse minimal Electro version which adds to the dark undercurrents of the vocal. There is not much to choose between the two versions, but let me know your favourite.

[Edit: Apparently this is not the work of Optimo at all, but one member of Renegade Soundwave. Utilising the Richie Hawtin remix of La Funk Mob. Check HERE for full info.]

Businessman - Dubby Games // Balearic Biscuits

Optimo - Wicked Turntable Games // White [Not Optimo but Play A Few]

Of course I couldn't leave without giving you the videos. They are two of the best pop videos ever committed to celluloid (er actually video) Enjoy

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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

This Week I Have Been Mostly Listening To....

My mood has been dark this week. Maybe it's the weather, maybe it's work. These tunes have complemented my state of mind. The Burial album is the sound of urban isolation, echos in subway underpasses. The warm glow of a halogen street lamp.

Burial - Distant Lights // Hyperdubs

Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Sascha Funke Remix) // Minus

This mix by Sascha Funke of Heartthrob is totally hypnotising. It's a dubbed out reworking which which will have you lost in the bassline and cycling synth lines. One of the best Techno records so far this year.

OST & Kjex - How Not To Be A Biscuit // Crosstown Rebels

Elektrochemie - Muck Star (Original Mix) // Get Physical

On a more dancefloor oriented tip here are a couple of tunes that are uplifting yet retain dark undercurrents. OST & Kjex released this mesmerising tune late last year that has synth elements of 'The Sky Was Pink' (yet another one) but still retains its originality and is a progression of the sound.
Mucky Star is the brand new track by Elektrochemie who were responsible for last year's Your My Kind! which utilised the vocal talents of Caitlin Devlin alongside the production work of Thomas Schumacher and one Stephan Bodzin, the man responsible for the Rekorder series and also a big fan of the production style seen on the OST & Kjex tracks, check Rekorder 5.1 and 7.1 to see what I mean. The vocal on this reminds me of Roisin Murphy of Moloko.

If you are down at Cafe 1001 Tomorrow night you may just here me play some of these out.

Buy all these records at Beatport and Boomkat

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

ill-ec-tro-nic @ 1001

This Thursday, February 8th sees ill-ec-tro-nic return to Cafe 1001 in Brick Lane for another hoedown of the electronic variety. Catch us in the bar all night from 7.30pm. It's free all night so come down, listen to some soothing Techno grooves and kick back knowing that you only have one day left until the weekend. Click for directions.

And for those of you not in London Village you can listen to my set from last month in the comfort of your own home. This was a live mix with no pre-planning (except the first two tracks) all off the cuff people.

Langer - Live @ 1001 mix (11.01.07)

Photo: Janette Beckman/PYMCA

Track list:

1. From Karaoke To Stardom - Maguliadura // Rrygular
2. Martin Buttrich - Cloudy Bay // Pokerflat
3. Booka Shade - Darko (Radio Slave remix) // Get Physical
4. Riton & Heidi - Vejer // Get Physical
5. Chelonis R. Jones - Deer In The Headlights (DJ Radioslave Remix) // Get Physical
6. OST, Kjex - Shanghai My Cheddar // Dialect Recordings
7. Lazy Fat People - Shinjuku // Wagon Repair
8. Depeche Mode - The Sinner In Me (Villalobos Conclave Remix) // Mute
9. Cobbletone Jazz - Dump Truck // Wagon Repair
10. Rekorder - Rekorder 7.1 // Rekorder
11. Hot Chip - No It State (Audion Remix) // EMI Promo

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Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Theory Of Everything

Look up 'Prima Materia' and you will discover that it has many meanings. Primevil matter, a fundamental substance. In the broadest terms the concept of the prima materia states that all particular substances are formed out of one and the same original substance.
In Descartes' philosophy of radical doubt the prima materia is knowledge or perception (including the inner perception of one's own mind) because the existence of an objective reality corresponding to our perceptions can never be demonstrated.
Its existence is intimately linked to our need to understand the ultimate or absolute truth of our reality and to the folly of our quest for the 'theory of everything'.

I wonder if Alex Smoke had this on his mind when he produced this beautiful but distorted slice of string led Techno minimalism? This is sublime. This could be very big indeed.

Alex Smoke - Prima Materia (Abort Mix) // Soma Recordings

Buy it

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