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.



WTF is up with these guys

November 6, 2008 | Filed Under music | 7 Comments 


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I’ve posted about this phenomenon in the past, but it’s just starting to become the norm. Just like black presidents. (totally doubt he really actually is black, something must have ramped up to his melanin production as a child.).

Anyway, concrete jammers –Bag Raiders is at it again, having sexual relations with their 1st cousin, Cut Copy. They may be on separate labels, but all blog/electro/crackhouse bands that come out of Australia I lump under the same label: Bandular 12 inch Cutters. All the fuckin same. Didn’t u hear? Modular is in a financial crisis. Why aren’t they closing up shop? because they are part of the Bandular 12 inch Cutters dynasty. Everyone knows that nobody fucks with the Bandular12inCTTRS dynasty.

That said, some people were talking shit on this remix, and you know what I say, “fuck’em” (shouts, D, micronesia, ponhpei ♥ u) This shit is on fire and a half, burning up on your doorstep.

It’s been HOW LONG? and I still can’t get enough of the Bag Raiders signature spiraling rainbow road synth. ♥

Cut Copy – Far Away (Bag Raiders Remix)

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PS: I was just in the mood for some hard and heavy freak out music, and We Are Terrorists delivered PLUS+++. There’s just enough of a break in the middle for you to catch your breath.

turn the volume up. ok, that’s perfect, now louder.

We Are Terrorists – Ground Zero

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If I keep googling We Are Terrorists I might get an unwanted FBI guest in my house.



relief and exhaust

March 21, 2008 | Filed Under music, photography | Leave a Comment 


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3, 2, 1………..after a ludicrous amount of final examinations.

tired, relieved, exhausted, SO FUCKING HAPPY.
SO FUCKING DONE

…until next week. But that’s just what I do.

Here’s something australia does very well. –An insane original by Whitenoise whom I’ve swooned about. The synths they use are unbelievable and they cut right through EVERYTHING. You can have as much ambient noise as you want, but if you blast Whitenoise, everyone’s going to hear it and that’s what I like.

Australia, again. Look out for some more original tracks by Whitenoise soon.

White Noise – It’s What We Do

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These next 2 sound like the way I feel right now.
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