image: yoghurt via flickr
I LOVE PENGUIN PRISON.
Their latest single “The Worse It Gets” is pure pop and I’m hearing so many things that appeal to me right now.
The track starts off with a rhythm and piano stabs very reminscent of Thibaut Berland’s style of funk (which is derivative of many other things –another story). You hear the chorus? You know what that is? That is SUMMER. It’s fucking here.
Holy shit. Starsmith does this track RIGHT. Opens with a minimal approach and ever so gradually builds on the layers. The guitar picking reminds me of Phoenix, and there are other lovely little licks of guitar that hark back to the days of Alan Braxe, Fred Falke and friends. Again, these are just a few things that make this remix amazing. Let me reiterate: Summer, is, here.
ps: check my TUMBLMANIA lately? shit’s kind of poppin over there.
image: via flickr
I guess blogging about labels is more interesting to me these days, and for good reason. The good people behind them.
Our homeboys in Portugal just recently one HELL of a compilation EP (Forbidden Cuts Vol .1) and just yesterday dropped Justin Faust’s latest jam ‘Holdin’ On’. The label name is Discotexas and they’ve been doing it right. Moullinex, Xinobi, Rockets, Cpt. Luvlace, Double Damage, Bandido$, Flip, and Gun N’ Rose are the leading talent right now and it’s only bound to get better. (more proof? see here, here, here, aaand here)
There 3 major factors that come into play when successfully promoting and distributing albums.
1. Album Artwork – this is so much more important than you think. Who wants to buy a record with ugly or poorly designed sleeve art? I have so many records that I’m almost ashamed to pull out because their sleeves are so ugly. This isn’t to say that the music inside sucks, because it totally doesn’t, but it’s the very first impression someone gets when flipping through a crate or even when browsing iTunes without having had any prior bias. (case in point) You might say, “Chris, there’s more to an album than the artwork.” Well you know what? I’m shallow and design OCD (sup @erinautomatic). get over it. At least it’s better than being sloppy.
2. OK, this is kind of understood but the music better be fucking amazing. To this day, I don’t understand how records get released with such horrible composition/proofing/mastering.
3. Distribution model. Distribution model. Distribution model. Utterly important. Nobody is going to buy your record if it doesn’t make any sense. I am not going to name names, but some labels have been recently putting out vinyl again WITHOUT offering a free digital download.
NOBODY WANTS TO BUY THE FUCKING SAME RELEASE TWICE.
INCLUDE (high quality) DIGITAL COPIES WITH ALL VINYL PURCHASES. Everyone loves vinyl (yeah you do). But not everyone has an analog -> digital interface to rip it themselves. Fuck CDs. Don’t get me wrong I would take vinyl for listening purposes any day but actually prefer playing CDJs based on mechanics and convenience. You can burn cds for that purpose as easy as anything and not give a fuck about them. Stop wasting money and plastic on CD albums please?
Here’s a selection of my fav releases old and new by Discotexas.
THE THEME!!! If anyone reading this was a #radiotuftsmania regular they’d know I sometimes used this track as my sign off. Such a feel-good vibe. Tambourines, what did I tell you?
A beautiful track by Rockets (formerly discorockets), I’ve had the pleasure of hearing his style evolve over the past couple years and it has matured into the refined and masterful product you see here. The demos he sent me almost 2 years ago showed a general structure, but this product is just…. wow. Can you just hear the amazing? –but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Here’s to fat basslines and 2010!
Rockets – Constellation [off the Constellation EP... out later this year? sssshhhhh]
Moullinex in with that disco shimmer!! Has anyone heard a Moullinex remix that wasn’t good? case in point.
So much vibing!!! That keyboard!! The chorus with the vocal ooh’s kills me. Use this as your exmaple mastering drums and layering percussion elements.
Lastly, a super chilled-out remix by Moullinex. This time, it’s of Who Made Who’s ‘I Lost My Voice’. The vocals sound eerily like Øye (not a bad thing) but pay very close attention to the fucking perfect bass and hand percussion. yeeww!!
PS: You can pre-order the Forbidden Cuts Vol. 1 here. (Can’t wait to get mine!!)
update: The Forbidden Cuts Vol. 1 has arrived and it sounds GLORIOUS http://twitpic.com/1al1×4
image: la lune from the eiffel 2006
Got a couple new things at the top of my inbox early this week that just needed a quick “SUP”.
Let me break it down. New Kavinsky. New Vitalic.
Let me start in reverse alphabetical order. Vitalic. He’s been on a steady roll lately, amiright? (check here) This new one off his latest “Second Lives EP” is for the lack of anything better. awesome. It has his very characteristic background reverb with with muted syncopated cymbal percussion –reminiscent of one of my favorite classics “My Friend Dario”, but with so much more depth. When you go buy the EP (out 03/22) make sure you play the Colonel Up and Mister Down remix a million times. ACES!
Now Kavinsky. This track is so mellow and really a big departure from his old stuff IMO. It was produced by Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo (longest fucking name ever??) and the final mixdown was graced by SebastiAn (the french community is in a real circle jerk also, huh?). You can definitely hear stylistic touches to the track from the 2 and I think their lending hands were essential to make this track what you’re hearing right now. Their styles are so unique that it’s really just undoubtable.
There are vocals from none other than Lovefoxxx our favorite darling from CSS and I want to say the modulated vocals in the beginning are from Vincent Belorgey (aka Kavinsky. He kind of sounds like a douche in real life, but ultra nice, promise!). Anyone think otherwise?
Either way, Kavinsky seems to be chugging steadily along in his 80’s videogame-ferrarri testarossa-dreamland just fine, and I am not complaining about it one bit.
Buy it here as a limited edish picture disc.
Kavinsky – Nightcall (feat. Lovefoxxx) (link removed by request)
This is from Vitalic’s previous LP release “Flashmob”. See? on a steady roll.
Here’s the other released track from Kavinsky’s latest, “Pacific Coast Highway”. Complete with awkward/cheesy arcade shooting game narratives.
Kavinsky – Pacific Coast Highway (link removed by request)
don’t worry. all the downed links can still be listened to on my hypemachine page.
For a while I had my Tumblr feeding into the TUFTSMANIA facebook page, but recently cut that off (to save the redundancy for people who follow both) Now I don’t know what content to put on the facebook page. highlight reel?
I posted the Truckers Delight video on my tumblr when it dropped last year, and this year, Flairs’ newest video for “Radio” has been posted there as well. For those of you who don’t have tumblr or don’t follow, check it here. (also, do sign up for tumblr and follow. a lot of interesting things and reblogs happen there that may never make it here)