Monday, May 28, 2007

The Admiration Of Love

After nearly a three year wait "Our Love To Admire" the new album by my Favourite Indie band - Interpol is virtually here. I wish I could share some exclusives from the album but I have only heard the first single "The Heinrich Maneuver" so far, but it certainly has wetted my appetite for the new material. I'm not going to post The Heinrich Maneuver however as it is already all over the interweb. What I can give you though is this beautiful Electro reworking of "Untitled" which I have simply fallen in love with.

It is the work of Datassette a young man also known as Datashat from London who has released material on respected imprints such as Ai Records.

Check out the Datassette and Datashat Myspace pages to hear more tracks from this talented young producer, including great Electro versions of "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash and "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush

Interpol - Untitled (Datassette Version) // Unreleased

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Saturday, May 26, 2007

They Are The Night

Well I've managed to get my hands on the New Chemical Brothers Album 'We Are The Night' and the Verdict? As usual it veers between moments of inspiration which reminds you why you fell in love with their sound (what seems like so many years ago now) and moments of utter dross which begs the question What were you thinking? For example 'The Salmon Dance' feat Fatlip has to be the worst Chems track I have ever heard. Weak comedy Rapping does not a great album track make. However bar the Collaboration with Willy Mason on 'Battle Scars' the rest of the album flows along very nicely. Second track 'We Are The Night' is their sound back to its Psychedelic best. 'All Rights Reversed' feat Klaxons is much better than imagined and is an early highlight. 'Saturate' is an edited version of 'Electronic Battle Weapon 8' which still totally destroys. 'Do it Again' is solid chunky House music and 'Burst Generator' piles on distorted synths to create a mesmerising uplifting piece of Techno (This will sound amazing live). Album closer 'The Pills Won't Help You Now' feat Midlake starts as melancholic ballad on the come down after the big ride but stills manages to sound uplifting by the end and makes you feel that yes everything will be alright.

So give this album a chance and you will be rewarded. It's a grower that takes a few listens but after it all you will be imagining how good these tracks will sound in their live show. Which begs the question when are you going to release that live album which will blow everyone away?

The Chemical Brothers - Burst Generator // Freestyle Dust - Virgin

The Chemical Brothers - All Rights Reversed (featuring Klaxons) // Freestyle Dust - Virgin

We Are The Night is released on July 2nd check for more info. Pre order at Amazon

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Sunday, May 20, 2007

The Psyche's Out

Photos by Chris Morris/PYMCA. The UFO Club, London circa 1967 -70

I've been wanting to do a Psychedelic/Garage Rock post for some time now and having just acquired some new material from Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve, the time has finally presented itself. As you are probably aware, the two Wizards of which I speak are one Erol Alkan and Richard Norris and using their magical production skills they cut-up and re-edit classic Psyche Rock tracks.

The duo have just released a new EP entitled 'George' and their first 'Beyond The Wizards Sleeve EP' has been re-pressed for your aural Pleasure. They have also just Remixed Findlay Brown on Peacefrog recordings, turning his folky charms into one long Psychedelic wig out.

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve - Dig It // Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve EP - 3rd Mynd 2005

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve - A Path Through The Forest
// Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve EP - 3rd Mynd 2005

Findlay Brown - Losing The Will To Survive (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Reanimation)
// Peacefrog

Props to Headphonesex for introducing me to this. Buy These at Phonica

Photos Peter Francis/PYMCA. Isle of Wight Festival 1970

I couldn't do a proper Psyche post without including some original classics of the genre so here are some proper 60's moments from The 13th Floor Elevators; 'Slip Inside This House' was covered by Primal Scream on Screamadelica; The Chambers Brothers' Time Has Come Today appeared on Optimo's Psyche Out mix last year (here it is though in it's full 11 minute Psychedelic Soul version) and finally a classic from the Nuggets Compilation from the Electric Prunes.

13th Floor Elevators - Slip Inside This House
// Easter Everywhere LP 1967

The Chambers Brothers - Time Has Come Today // The Time Has Come LP 1967

The Electric Prunes - I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night // Nuggets - Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-68

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Balearic Bliss

I got sent this piece of Balearic House from Off The Wall and Information recordings and while, ahem 'Chill Out' is not really my bag, I was quite taken by this slice of sunshine kissed mellowness. I can just imagine laying on Salinas beach as this tune floats from the speakers. The release also comes with a remix from Prins Thomas.

Studio - Lifes a Beach! (Todd Terje's Beach House Mix) // Information 003

Buy it at Juno Download and Pure Groove

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Introducing The 100th Mega Post

Photos PYMCA

Whooo hoo!

It's another celebration here at ill-ec-tro-nic as we have reached our one hundredth post. There are no brand new exclusives to give you at the moment so I shall be sharing some current tracks that are currently rocking my world.

Beck - Cell Phone's Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Remix) // The Information Deluxe, Remixes

One by one he'll knock you out. I said a few months back that I thought that Ricardo Villalobos was overrated. I still stand by that remark but he is slowly winning me over with his superb remixes. Depeche Mode's Sinner In Me, Shackleton's Blood On My Hands and this bomb from Beck have all been huge. Villalobos' sound is to use repetition to such an extent that you get totally tranced out and lost in the mix. And how it works. This beck remix with it's eery moans certainly does that to me.

Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill (Ripperton Dub) // Unreleased

Thom Yorke's The Eraser was one of my favourite albums of last year. There have been some great remixes floating about of which this is one of the best. Ripperton turns Harrowdown Hill into a Minimal Techno stormer. If anyone has a copy I'd love to hear the the vocal version.

Round Four - Find A Way (Vocal and Version) // Main Street 1998

Round Three - Acting Crazy // Main Street 1995

Some classic deep dubby House music from Basic Channel. I've been totally getting into this sound at the moment and the sweet Reggae vocals of Paul St Hilaire make these two tracks really shine. You can still get them as part of the Round One to Round Five 1993 - 1999 CD compilation available at Juno and Beatport

Sebo K & Metro - Transit (Original Mix) // Get Physical Buy

Here is a nice slice of Electro House with soaring synth lines and uplifting strings which should do some damage if slipped into a set at the right time. Sebo K hails from Berlin and is part of the Mobilee crew with Anja Schneider

And finally here is a classic from Two Lone Swordsmen aka Keith Tenniswood and Andrew Weatherall (He attended the PYMCA 20 years of rave exhibition don't you know). Rico's Helly is from their second album The Fifth Mission (Return To The Flightpath Estate) from 1996 on their Emissions Audio Output Label and is my favourite TLS track. It's scattershot beats and live double bass bassline are to die for and create a moody masterpiece. You can finally get hold of this on a new compilation of their pre Warp material entitled Emissions From The Archive on the Rotters Golf Club label. Enjoy.

Two Lone Swordsmen - Rico's Helly // Emissions Audio Output 1996

Buy this compilation at Bleep

Well that's it from the 100th Mega Post. but stay tuned for an upcoming Psychedelic Rock post coming up next week.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Pills, Stills and Bellyaches

PYMCA is celebrating Rave culture with an exhibition that spans the last 20 years from Shoom and The Hacienda in the late eighties, Hardcore Raves in the nineties through to the ‘New Rave’ and ‘Electro’ scenes in the Noughties.

The Exhibition runs from 10th - 23rd June
Open Mon - Fri 11am - 6.30pm
Sat 12pm - 6pm
Admission Free weekdays. (£2.50 Saturdays)

For more info and to view the images check the websites below.

Here is a musical treat to put you in the mood. A breakbeat Rave classic from Jack Dangers aka Meat Beat Manifesto from 1990. Sing along now "Whoo alright, Babylon!"

Meat Beat Manifesto - Radio Babylon // Play It Again Sam 12" 1990

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Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Worm Has Turned

There's been a lot of talk in recent months about techno and dubstep getting ever closer and Villalobos' remix of Shackleton's Blood on my Hands has been one of the most hyped records of the year.

It finally got released this week and weighs in at 18 minutes of extremely dark minimalism.

It's out on the prolific Skull Disco label who have had a number of critically acclaimed releases which have now been collated onto a double pack CD also out this week.

Shackleton - Blood on my Hands (Villalobos Apocalypso mix)
// Skull Disco

You can buy Skull Disco releases here.

Sleeparchive is another of the techno heavyweights to have dabbled in this genre, co-producing the excellent LAC / Russia 12" on Stamp Release earlier this year. Check the speaker-shaking results below and pick up a copy here.

Stamp Release - Russia
// Stamp Release

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