Archive for the 'Electronic' Category

13
Apr
12

songs everyone should own: nick cave and the bad seeds – red right hand (mojo filter carne creep out)

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Mojo Filter is back and in rare form folks, taking a great old Nick Cave song and turning it into a creepy, sultry, beat driven number that begs to be played over and over.  Take a listen, download it while you can and be sure to drop the man a line to let him know how much you appreciate things like this.

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08
Mar
12

songs everyone should own: grimes – oblivion

I’ve been trying to find a great album to post.  Like, literally staring at my crates and attempting to will one into existence, but great albums don’t come easy.

So in the meantime, take this insanely catchy little number by Grimes that has been playing in my head all week.   I love the video too, for the low budget win!

23
Jan
12

songs everyone should own: mojo filter – boom boom

One of my favorite denziens of the Soundcloud, Ben Zaven Crane (AKA Mojo Filter,) made this highly dance-able little Indian/dubstep/dub.

“A full-on Slo-Mo venture featuring the vocals of Dodgy Diva-D. I met her at a bus stop in India some years back and could not believe how shiny she was.

Not just that, she’s crammed with untold vocal bytes and pieces.

Enjoy, it’s a mantra meaning ‘keep you faith and store cakes in a cool dry place’ or something like that.”

Personally, I cant get enough!  Free download too for a limited time too!

01
Jan
12

songs everyone should own: the doves – jetstream (lindstrom remix)

I’m a little ashamed to admit I’ve never even listened to the original version of this track, but after hearing what Lindstrom did with the remix I’m not certain it is even necessary.

Just wait till around the 1:04 mark when the keyboards come in…then just sit back and gawk with amazement as he goes absolutely ape shit on this funky shit.  To be honest, I usually mix out of the song before the vocals come in because the intro is so dope.

22
Nov
11

there is a new dj pogo mix up!

DJ POGO has a new video up, this time turning his attention to the Stanley Kubrick/ Steven Speilberg collaboration “A.I.”

While the movie was flawed, this composition is not. In fact, it’s hauntingly beautiful.

03
Nov
11

boombox – visions of backbeat

Every now and then an album like this pops up that appeals to so many of my musical sensibilities all at once that I am left to wonder how it slipped past my nets.  I mean, I listen to a lot of stuff!  Like…tons!

But slip past Boombox did, although only by a few years which is nothing in musical time.  “Visions of Backbeat” dropped in 2004, so I wasn’t too far off, but what singer/songwriter Zion Godchaux and producer/DJ Russ Randolf came up with is pretty transcendent.

They originally met while working on the Heart of Gold Band album “At the Table.”  Zion is the son of Keith and Donna Godchaux (who formed Heart of Gold Band) who were an integral part of the Grateful Dead during some of my favorite Dead years.  Soon after meeting with Russ though, the two had formed Boombox and started recording in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. The area itself is known as a hotbed of American roots music, and some of those sounds definitely find their way into Boombox’s music…but that isn’t all.

To try and label this music as any lone genre is pretty much impossible, because the duo have incorporated so much into their work.  Hip hop, rock and roll, psychedelic, blues,electronic and jam band roots all seem to float in and out of every track with ease.  All with that deep funky back beat.   Unique is the only word that comes to mind.  Uniquely American.

In my head, I can’t help thinking American rock/St Germain.

Their first big hit “Stereo” was one of the big stand outs on this album, but don’t go thinking that that is all there was.  This baby is as  solid as concrete.

I haven’t had a chance to catch them live yet, but that is now on my short term bucket list since I hear they put on a hell of a show.  If you like what you hear here, I also recommend their new album “Downriverelectric” which includes this bitchin’ version of “Shakedown Street.”

Check their website HERE.

Download the whole she-bang at Amazon for $8!  Bargain!

29
Oct
11

artists everyone should follow: mr scruff

There are a lot of great DJs slash producers out there, but none of them get my vote like Mr Scruff does.  Aside from putting out some amazing albums of electronic music, he is also a great illustrator, marathon DJ and tea enthusiast.

Born Andrew Carthy, Scruff started DJing in 1994 at the age of 22 around Manchester, England. His name came from his scruffy facial hair and odd cartooning style.  He released his first single, “Hocus Pocus” on the small Rob’s records label. He dropped his first album “Mr Scruff” soon after, but due to some odd choices of lay out, it is often referred to as “Mrs Cruff.” Eventually he would transition over the the trip hop centric Ninja Tune label.

To be honest, you’ve probably heard of Mr Scruff even if you weren’t aware of it thanks to his big hit “Get a Move On” which was used in multiple commercials.

He is kind of considered a national treasure in England and amongst fans world-wide for his six hour or longer sets, where most DJs would only play for two or three.  And his taste…where to begin? It’s hard to pin down, but I’d venture to say he likes any kind of music that’s good, which covers a lot.  So a set could begin with some Orchestra Baobab and end up six hours later with some Macka B.  But the musical journey in between is wonderful to say the least.

He has an avid fan club on his website too HERE, as well as a popular line of teas (yes…teas!)

But better yet, Scruff has an active Soundcloud page that you should book mark HERE, where he regularly posts new work and giant DJ sets like the ones I’ve posted below.   That’s eighteen hours of music right there.

If you are savvy enough to join his fan club, you’ll receive updates, announcements and even download codes for some of said 6 hour sets…which make for excellent iPod stuffing.




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