Obligatory (but totally by choice)

February 18, 2010 | Filed Under music | 9 Comments 


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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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KnightlifeDiscotirso

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.



all you need is…

October 29, 2009 | Filed Under music | 5 Comments 


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GLOVES OF COURSE. Also known as Yama Indra of Damn Arms (RIP) + being a Bang Gang 12″ artist it’s obvious he’s good. Now is GLOVES starting to sound familiar? Of course, because you’ve heard his material here and here.

He’s blessed us this morning with his latest work remixing The Scare’s upcoming single. If any of you follow my tweets, you may recognize this track from the funky little ‘Body Torque’ minimix that GLOVES whipped up a few months ago.

Yama forgoes most of the original melody samples and leverages some choice lyrical cuts creating this poppin’ disco masterpiece. Yes, my friends…. 2010 is going to be great. Watch out for upcoming GLOVES remixes for Miami Horror in the near future!

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The Scare – Could Be Bad (Gloves Mix Radio Edit)

BONUS FEATURE
For all you superstar DJs, here’s the extended version

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The Scare – Could Be Bad (Gloves 12″ Megamix)

ALSO! If you didn’t catch it the first time, here’s the ‘Body Torque’ Minimix that originally featured the aforementioned remix. (get it, it’s totally awesome)
GLOVES – Body Torque July Minimix

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PS:

Wu-Tang Lego: Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ from davo on Vimeo.



It’s Label Compilation Month!!

October 24, 2009 | Filed Under music | 2 Comments 


image: happy birthday LB

First it was about Binary’s release of LA Lights (fully killing the LA scene), Kitsune’s excuse to see naked skinny people for KM8 (fully killing everything), and now I simply CANNOT get over how good Bang Gang 12’s first official compilation album is (fully killing on the molecular level).

Earlier this year BG12’s (link to probably the best made label blog in the industry, sup kripyjoined forces with Modular (I totally called it. what’s left, Cutters?). Anyway, the kings of all things ‘pun’ just released the first official BG12’s Radicool Compilation featuring super hits and upcoming unreleased gems from their artist roster and WOW. Let’s just say the first track is Shazam’s ‘Hello Cat’ and the rest is history. The comp comes on 2 discs. First one being a selection of single tracks and the second being a fully mixed jam session by Doom and Hoodrat, the two label bosses at BG12’s.

First watch this promo video as Gus da Hoodrat takes you on the “Academy of Art” experience.

Next, you’ve heard at least couple tracks on this compilation on this website for sure. (PYX, Destination etc)
Here’s something I haven’t posted, but it’s on the comp, which you really need to get. Coming up smack in the middle of the first disc is this gem from Cassian (that stands for awesome). Sampling only the best of arcade fighting games…

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Cassian – Final Round

With that, listening to the full compilation and listening to the mix doom and hoodrat threw down, I honestly can’t wait for what ‘10 has in store. Namely Cassian’s ‘Friday Night’. TUUUUNE! (you can hear it on the mixed disc)

BUY.

damn.  feeling pretty wet right now.  can someone send me a TUNE towel so i can dry myself off?



READY!?!?!?

September 26, 2009 | Filed Under music | 3 Comments 


image: bach tree luggage portraits

…and we’re back  –Along with some old friends!  Remember the sometimes cheeky, but always pearly MISSINGTOOF? After a brief hiatus with plenty of R&R they’re back and ready to displace your dentals once again. So head on over and murder some bandwidth!

So, what has been going on in MANIA land lately?  We’ve been working on some projects with a few fantastic local tastemakers to put out events such as the amazing success that was BLOG VOLTRON: Pool Party at the Standard DTLA. Stay tuned for more fun pool parties… can you say Endless Summer? The weather won’t let up!

Next, I have a new portraiture series called ‘Bach Tree Luggage‘ and it’s merely an infant right now, but is enough to keep my itchy-trigger-finger happy for now. I’m tossing around ideas about what to actually do with this series at the moment, but rest assured, it will see the light of day.

Now I’m absolutely positive you didn’t give a fuck about what you may or may not have read, so here’s what’s occupying my ears and should occupy yours as well.

First is the seemingly ubiquitous and editorial favorite, Breakbot remixing Pacific!. I’ve mentioned both (breakbot) and (pacific!) in the past, but here is their marriage in one track of sonic delight. You can expect the most perfect piano riffs, the classic Breakbot drum samples –all on top of Pacific!’s butter-smooth vocals.

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Pacific! – Hold Me (Breakbot Remix)

Who honestly doesn’t love a good ‘ol Bang Gang? One of my favorite AUS labels newly merged with Modular, they’re poised to take over Z world. Or just free up their minds to make really good sounding music. With winners under their umbrella such as Shazam, GLOVES, and Bag Raiders, the label might as well call themselves “All the good music in Australia”. Alright, enough of that, this might as well turn into another “Australian Circle Jerk” post. This is one of their more recent remix adventures with Damn Arms (RIP). Bang Gang’s DOOM and Gus put a happy throwback twist on Damn Arms’ ‘Destination’. Watch out and brace yourself for the tom-rolls and hand claps…YUSSS.

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Damn Arms – Destination (Bang Gang Happy Acid Reshuffle)

BONUS~!
The next post coming will be some delicious hype on a certain LA collective releasing a certain debut compilation album, and here’s a tasty hint:

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Fitz and the TantrumsBreakin the Chains of Love (Keenhouse Remix)

Can you guess it?

note: some of the links were for myspace, many were for twitter. FIGURE IT OUT!

addendum: breakbot: awesome, pacific: awesome, everyone on bang gang: awesome, dreamwave: awesome. add on twitter, facebook….wherever else you find the mania.



next up

January 25, 2009 | Filed Under day to day, music | 8 Comments 


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I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE DOOM from Bang Gang 12″. They are fucking bad ass and insane party animals. He keeps my inbox oh so happy.

These were received quite some time ago and I was buried with work at the time. I still am. But since I’ve decided to not care anymore they’re gonna show their pretty little faces right here.

Way back when (blog years), ZZZ remixed the Bag Raider’s “Fun Punch”. an epic single. It was a hit, and now they’re back with another $$$$$$ piano-filled-face-melting-trip.

Bag Raiders is now returning the favor and remixing ZZZ’s FUEGO track, “Lion”. (and the great big gay australian circle jerk lives on, in a good way.) A bit of the pianos have been deleted in favor of our favorite Bag Raiders outer-galaxy space sounds.

AND I WANT TO FUCKING CRY. this is what dreams are made of.
This isn’t to say that the original isn’t worth a listen, because it’s magnificent on it’s own.

ZZZ – Lion (Bag Raiders Remix)

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(hint: really turn it up around 3:10, thank me later.)

Just buy the EP. It’s worth more than they’re charging. (Leonine will change your life)

bonus for those of you who haven’t heard the ZZZ remix of Fun Punch:
Bag Raiders – Fun Punch (ZZZ remix)

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