Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Guilt(y) Pleasures

Another amazing remix from Pantha Du Prince dropped into my inbox last week. This time he turns his talents to Indie popsters The Long Blondes. To be honest I don't think I've ever heard any of their records but I'm very tempted to check their material after hearing this.

As usual Pantha Du Prince adds his classic synth washes and melodic structure which creates a beautiful fusion with the hushed ethereal vocals touches.

This mix is definitely as good if not better than his Animal Collective mix which we posted a few weeks ago. Taken from the album 'Couples', 'Guilt' will be released as a single on the 26th of May. Buy

The Long Blondes - Guilt (Pantha Du Prince Remix) // Rough Trade

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Sunday, April 27, 2008

Boss Sounds

This track by 'The Boss' has been a guilty pleasure of mine since my teens. We aren't the first blog to post this and undoubtabley not the last. Cousin Cole has given 'I'm On Fire' a masterly re-fix that is brilliantly simple utilising extra synths and a subtle 4/4 beat.

Todd Terje recently used this track in his Resident Adviser podcast and I can see this mix causing quite a stir over the summer. It's a perfect Balearic terrace tune.

This track features on Cole's Tambourine Dream mix album and EP. The super-limited (200 hand-screened copies) unmixed CDs for Tambourine Dream (with a bonus track from Pocketknife) will be in shops in a week or so. Buy Here

Bruce Springsteen - I'm On Fire (Cousin Cole's Bad Desire Mix)

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Fabric Competition - Tickets for Saturday

This Saturday sees the launch of Craig Richards' new night 'The Nothing Special' at his long term residency Fabric. The idea behind the night is to showcase live acts and to start things off he's got a couple of corker's lined up in the shape of Deepchord / Echospace and Convextion. I've waxed lyrical about Convextion on these pages before and Echospace's Coldest Season LP was one of my favourite albums of last year. Large sections of the album are indeed very ambient and unlikely to whip up any kind of dancefloor frenzy but by all accounts, the boys turn things up several notches for their live performance and even rocked Berlin's mighty Berghain.

As ever with Fabric, Room 2 is far from an afterthought and this week includes Joris Voorn and Par Grindvik. The full lineup is available here.

Fabric has once again given us a pair of tickets to give away so for a chance to win them send an e-mail to us at with your answer to the following question and the lucky winner will be picked at random and notified on Friday:

Q) Which seminal Convextion track was remixed by both Deepchord and Echospace last year?

And for those of you not able to make it down this weekend or not sure why I'm blabbering on about these guys, here's your usual helping of musical treats:

Echospace - Celestialis // The Coldest Season LP (buy)
Joris Voorn - Resident Advisor Podcast (RA062)

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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Imperialist Electronics

I got sent some rather nice tracks from a producer with the curious moniker, Goodbye Prussia. I'm not entirely sure whether the Kaiser would approve of Electro mixed with Techno and Dubstep influences but it certainly floats our boat here at the ill-ec-tro-nic.

There isn't a great deal of info that I have gleaned about the tracks except to say that they are from an unsigned producer from Leeds in the UK, not, as one may suspect, a imperialistic German holed up in bunker somewhere on the Baltic coast.

The tracks remind me a lot of the output of Radioactive Man and Two Lone Swordsmen with their sharp electro pulses and dark basslines. Well worth checking

Goodbye Prussia - Milk Boat // Unreleased
Goodbye Prussia - Drawing Board // Unreleased

Milk Boat/Drawing Board are like two movements of the same track. New track Hologram follows on from this sound adding extra synths to the mix.

Goodbye Prussia - Hollogram // Unreleased

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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Better Late Than Never

I've been thinking for a while that I should put this mix on the blog but just never seem to get round to it. It's one I knocked up for my Soliton Research site a couple of months back and while I certainly won't be winning the DMC championships anytime soon, I'm reasonably happy with the end product:

RAW - Double Take (SRM05)

1) Najem Sworb - Hydrocarbon
2) Hearthrob - Baby Kate (Konrad Black Remix)
3) Redshape - Unfinished Symmetry (Part 1 & 2)
4) Gui Boratto - Matryoshka
5) Redshape - Black Dust
6) Marc Houle - Techno Vocals
7) Ellen Allien - Go (Marcel Dettmann Remix)
8) Marc Houle - Bay of Figs
9) Emptyset - Isokon
10) Najem Sworb - Not Only
11) Dettmann / Klock - Places Like This
12) Henrik Schwarz - Robert & Dornroosje
13) Convextion - Spice Tea


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Clear Intelect

Metanarrative is the brand new album from Mark Stewart aka Claro Intelecto on Manchester's excellent Modern Love imprint. It is a natural progression on from his last album Neurofibro which appeared on Ai Records back in 2004. Since then Mark has been busy recording material for the Warehouse Sessions series of 12"s of which he is now up to part 4.

The album moves on from the Electro influences of his previous work on Ai to the more Dub inflected Techno which is a product of new influences from label mate and live partner Andy Stott. Indeed the first four tracks can be seen as nods back to his past whereas the last four are directions for the future.

Metanarrative is a very concise piece of work which takes time to seep into your consciousness, but does reveal its depth after several listens.

Claro Intelecto - Dependent // Modern Love

Pick up a copy of the album or download the high quality version at Boomkat

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

Wacky Weather

There's little wonder that the British are renowned for our frequent chatter about the weather when within two days we can go from people happily walking round in t-shirts and shorts to me awaking today and seeing two inches of snow on the ground. So in honour of these freakish occurrences, it seems fitting for me to finally get round to putting up some tracks from Exponential Record's 'Wait til the Ice Melts' compilation. The selections below give a good feel for this very pleasant walk through the many facets of indie electronica and if you like these you can pick up a copy of the full release direct from the label's website.

[on hiatus] - Out of the Blue
Aether216 - Forgive Me (stream)
Dead Waiter - The Liar (stream)

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