supplemental to the last post

February 27, 2010 | Filed Under music | Leave a Comment 


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My last post was about Lorenz Rhode’s new jam and I somewhat mentioned his previous EP, Motor Cortex. Well, if you haven’t already gotten it, you’re missing out.

Here’s why: it’s awesome.

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Lorenz RhodeMotor Cortex
The original Motor Cortex track has one fucking amazing synth lick you first begin to hear around the 2:30 mark very faintly, it then comes back in full verse around the 3:30 mark. Sweating hard to that –feel me?

Hear the Ben Mono remix for yourself, it’s all aces. He adds some always welcome hand percussion + puts that lovely synth in the spotlight right at 2:19 and runs with it. so fresh.

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Lorenz RhodeMotor Cortex (Ben Mono Remix)

F-Zero? Mario Kart? Mega-Man? where have I heard that fluttery, airy polyphony?

Upcoming is a big post about some friends in Portugal…be on your toes.



When your last name is Rhode(s)

February 21, 2010 | Filed Under music | 2 Comments 


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You really have no excuse.

Lorenz Rhode makes no excuses and wrangles the FUNK out of that pitch wheel. This track gets real goooood around 1:45 with the synth guitar and just doesn’t stop. Watch the breakdown at 2:48 for some completely ridiculous keys and yes, that bassline is oh so necessary. WWWOOORRRRK IT.

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Lorenz RhodeLike a Player
Unfortunately, I don’t hear any actual Rhodes action in this track.

This second track I had to include because:

1. it’s a pretty big departure from his other stuff
2. it’s awesome
3. best track title of the month, possibly year.

It’s pretty minimal, but in all the right places. Not some fucking avant-minimal techno bullshit that has a barely detectable melody.

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Lorenz RhodeTelephone Helicopter Applause Gunshot

ALSO, be sure to cop his Motor Cortex EP which came out last year. It’s a necessary addition to everyone’s library.

ps: I’ve been facebooking, twittering, and tumbling a lot lately. xo <3



Obligatory (but totally by choice)

February 18, 2010 | Filed Under music | 9 Comments 


image: scoliosis via flickr

Right now, Australia is still one of my favorite places putting out TUNES/JAMS/MAGIC.

You’ve already heard it over and over again, and it seems they’re not letting up. Most notably, Bang Gang has been shaking things down. First major change was joining up with Modular last year and since then putting out amazing releases non-stop. Who could ask for more? Here are some lovely cuts from down hunder that I’ve been recently playing out but I’m quite sure very few of these are actually new to you.

Tenzin oh Tenzin. Biggest techno around! That is all. Play this in a big room with a big system.

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Cut CopyHearts on Fire (Tenzin Remix)

What haven’t I said about Knightlife (even before the advent of tagging on tuftsmania)? He may have been my gateway drug into the world of the Australian Tune Factory. (Oxford Art Factory?) Anyway, hopping allllll the way back to the first time I heard Knightlife’s 2007 demo ‘Ambopop’ to now, the magic is still there. I can honestly say the demo is still just as good as it used to be –and his recent stuff is even better. That’s saying something.

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Our boy Cassian! He’s one of Bang Gang’s freshest hit-makers and has been on a roll since before the new year! With his recent release of the Friday Night EP, people are just starting to get a taste of what this guy is all about. This remix of Polygon Palace is soooo fresh. Leveraging that delicious reverbed piano synth from the original, Cassian lays his magic disco touch on the whole track with finesse –bringing in a solid tambourine / hand clap track as well! sooo much vibe happening!
This track was actually supposed to be released under the CSK OK  name, but somehow that was lost in translation. So here I present you –a properly tagged file! yew!

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Polygon PalaceTokyo Getaway (Cassian Remix) (CSK OK Remix)

Remember that fresh remix of Daft Punk ‘Around the World’ with the live guitar action? Yeah, none other than Nicky Van She and Dangerous Dan! This is Dangerous Dan’s newest solo release and it’s…SOFRESH!! It’s his rendition of the classic ‘Puttin’ on the Ritz’ and the break where it cuts to an original version of the song is OMIGOD awesome. I’m not sure which version of Ritz it’s from as there are quite a few renditions. I’ve only heard the Benny Goodman version and it’s pretty different.

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Dangerous DanThe Ritz

I haven’t heard of any other Dangerous Dan solo releases prior to this one –anyone know if he’s got any other originals?

This isn’t quite Australian, but Hercules & Love Affair (amazing) made a splendid remix of Cut Copy’s Far Away (amazing). Mathematically that would be amazing^2, right? I mean, even if one were not amazing, it would still be amazing… mathematically. This holds true to the remixing world.

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Cut CopyFar Away (Hercules & Love Affair Remix)

Wait, let’s step back for a sec…SPEAKING OF CASSIAN…. How good is his stuff??? It’s so good I’ve been playing a mixtape rip of Friday Night since 2009!! With the Friday Night EP finally out, I don’t have to do that anymore!!

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Cassian – Friday Night

minibonus:

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Dangerous Dan & Nicky Van She – Around the World in 5.07 (again)

Boy that was a juggernaut of a post. Are we done with australia for a while now? ugh, probably not. (but wait, that’s awesome.)

Speaking of juggernauts, where’s the next album???  someone speak up.



Euphorie and the Story of French Techno

February 17, 2010 | Filed Under music | 10 Comments 


I make these with my hands. Email me if you want one $25 USA, $35 INTL.

Hey remember when ____ was big in ____?

Euphorie takes me back to a better time in blog land. A time in 2004, before the mania, when I just heard Justice remix We Are Your Friends, before Uffie changed her name to Ke$ha, when Hipsterrunoff was probably still getting his Business degree somewhere in Texas or NOLA, when techno was ‘gay’.

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Euphorie – My Lipids

That dirty, dirty bass synth, that pounding kick… I was listening to old Bach records tonight and really got in the mood for baroque harpsichords (my own obligatory addition of trombones and tambourines). Euphorie read my mind and delivered a platter full of filthy harpsichord synth arpeggios.

We really need to revisit the tuftsmania classics.

ed: i guess there was no story of french techno.  was that what you were expecting?  piss off, why don’t you go listen to some Roulé or something?



the piano

February 12, 2010 | Filed Under music | 2 Comments 

[photography will be back in due time.]

The piano is a core attribute any well versed musician should hold in his repertoire of chops. When I heard this Montauk track, the syncopated piano licks brought me a steaming cup of tea and told me to sit back and enjoy.

MORE PIANO PEOPLE.

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Montauk – H.O.L.I.D.A.Y.



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