Saturday, 28 August 2010

Chromeo - Don't Turn The Lights On (Aeroplane Remix)

As Chromeo remixes go this is a pretty valiant attempt by Aeroplane and it's very much in keeping with Chromeo's overall style. 3:37 onwards really does it for me with an awesome new piano solo coupled with the original guitar solo over Aeroplanes funkalicous ascending bass line.

Chromeo's MySpace
Aeroplane's MySpace

Friday, 11 June 2010

Caribou - Swim

Having reviewed 'Odessa' - the groovy opening track from Caribou's 'Swim' LP and now hearing that they're going to be playing this year's Bestival, I thought I'd go the whole hog and listen to the album in its entirety.

Click 'Read More' below to peruse the full review.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

The Samps!

Like some bizarre compilation of jolly interludes these six short and punchy segments from the aptly named 'The Samps' employ funk, jazz and plenty of synth-based boogie to produce a highly listenable EP that isn't altogether dissimilar to the work of 'The Avalanches.' There is an unpolished charm to the EP and I cant decide whether the songs need more work or not. Either way it's a taster of great things to come from The Samps. Check out 'Peppergood' on their myspace player and for a pair of their utterly nutty mixes, see below. 

The Samps' MySpace



In-depth album reviews to come including: Holy Fuck, Caribou and the Chemical Brothers!

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

No Can Doooo

Back from Morocco and prepared to re-commence blogging at a regular-ish rate. Have got numerous album reviews in the pipeline ready to spill all over the place in the coming days. But at this moment in time I feel it's only right to share this "match made in heaven" of Chromeo with Daryl Hall & John Oates - No Can Do. It starts at about 3:30 in. Indulge!

Chromeo's Website

Thursday, 29 April 2010

Miami Horror

Since hearing the awesome 'Don't Be On With Her' from Miami Horror's 2008 Bravado EP I've been keeping a watchful eye on the progress of their as yet untitled new album. Their latest offerings 'Sometimes' and 'Moon Theory' are very much in the same vein as Calvin Harris in that they're electronic, catchy and summery; but in my eyes Miami Horror have lost that initial 80's synthesized energy that drew me to them in the first place. The new singles are by no means bad songs and they're definitely worth a listen, but it is as though they sit too uncomfortably on the fence - not quite full blown dance tunes, not quite chilled out head-nodders.

Watch Miami Horror - 'Sometimes' Video

New Single - Moon Theory

Don't Be On With Her

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Kula Shaker - Peter Pan RIP

The dissertation is now over and with revision in progress - the blog goes on. 

With a new album due out in June, Kula Shaker have given us the first taster of what's to come and I must say I like the flavour. Peter Pan R.I.P is a step in a more folky direction for Kula Shaker but the signature sound of Alonza's plodding bass and Crispian's soothing melodies are still very much prevalent. The thickset Eleanor Rigby-esque strings are the perfect accompaniment for the song's mournful lyrics, all in all a very memorable little ditty and a fine single to kick off the album.  

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Sebastien Tellier says "Look!"

The song doesn't really progress a great deal but there is definitely something morbidly hypnotic about staring at a pair of delectable monochrome buttocks.

Saturday, 10 April 2010


'Latin America' by Holy Fuck - my new gym anthem. Sounding like something lifted straight from a slow building action sequence, Holy Fuck have combined energetic live drums and bass with ominous piano chords to created a perpetually-expanding electronic beast!

Sign up to the mailing list on their official website to download 'Latin America' for free!

Holy Fuck's Official Website
Holy Fuck's MySpace

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Late Night Tales - The Cinematic Orchestra

The idea behind Late Night Tales is that an artist rummages through their record collection and puts together a mixed compilation of their favourite late night tunes. As part of the process they also have to produce a cover song, perhaps as a homage to a particular artist or an opportunity to put their own twist on one of their favourites. To top off this mixture the artist has to come up with a spoken word story for the climax of the cd. Much like the Fabric Live releases this is a real gateway into the musical mind of an artist and having listened to Lindstrom's and the Flaming Lips' offerings I've been very impressed.

Anyhow, click 'Read More' to brood over my review of the latest in the Late Night Tales series by The Cinematic Orchestra.

4 Sizzling Squidlies!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Caribou - Odessa

A week or so ago I followed a Facebook advert to download a free cover song by one of my favourite bands - Kula Shaker. The song was a studio-recorded version of a cover that Kula Shaker had played live quite a bit called 'Melody Day' by Caribou. Thought I'd check out Caribou's MySpace and it turns out that he's putting out an album next month called 'Swim' and further exploration unveiled this little number going by the name of 'Odessa.' The song is a real concoction of haunting vocals, metallic percussion, eastern flutes and even the occasional funky guitar strum; all tied together with energetic drum fills and a contagious driving bass line.

Download Kula Shaker's cover of Melody Day
Caribou's MySpace

Also randomly, apparently BBC 6Music could be entirely funded for £6m a year which is less than Chris Moyles senseless salary of £6.3m!

Monday, 29 March 2010

The Girl Who Played with Fire Trailer

Saw 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" the last week and it was amazing. Have nay read the trilogy of books but the film sequels have already come out at the cinema in Sweden so I youtubed the trailer for the 2nd one, looks equally as a nail-biting. 

Sunday, 28 March 2010

Reckoner - Twelves Remix

Definitely the highlight of the Twelves' now relatively old Episode II mix. A thumping remix of one of my favourite tracks from In Rainbows. In the words of the Twelves they "like to take songs that don't usually translate well to the dance-floor and beef them up." 

Vous aimez? Be sure to have a gander at their myspace and listen to their fantastic remix of Daft Punk's Nightvision. Also track down the Radio 1 Essential mix they did last December as there's even a live reworking of this remix on it! 

The Twelves MySpace
The Twelves - Nightvision (Daft Punk)

Saturday, 27 March 2010


Shame they do them in basically every other colour apart from ORANGE!

When my current headphones perish I reckon I'll grab a pair of these from Swedish Company - Urban Ears

Why aren't you in F*CKING orange!?

Friday, 26 March 2010

New Logo/Icon in the works

Thought I'd make a nice little squidly to plaster upon this website. It's WIP, gonna animate it and pop it up sometime in the near future. 

Stylo - Alex Metric Remix

Stylo from Gorillaz' new album Plastic Beach has easily been one of my favourite songs of this year and although the original is heaps better, this remix is pretty toe tapping when it gets into it. 

10 Albums to hear before I kill you

Thought my first blog post had better be something of substance but I couldn't for the life of me think of anything interesting to say. So here is a meagre sprinkling of albums that you may or may not want to ever hear. These are nay to be mistaken for my most-loved/cherished albums in the world ever, but they're up there somewhere.

People in Planes - As Far As The Eye Can See
Squarepusher - Hard Normal Daddy
Supergrass – Road to Rouen
Shinichi Osawa - The One
The Music – The Music
The Cooper Temple Clause – See this through and Leave
Crazy P – A Night on Earth
Etienne De Crecy – Tempovision
Lemon Jelly - '64-'95
Lindstrom - It's a feedelity affair

Click 'Read More' to uncover why