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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Luke Million - Arnold



Oh Arnold, how could you be in any less trouble right now. Family problems, government problems, country problems and lets not forget the fact that you are nowhere near as ripped/dreamboat-y as you used to be. Between (love) child support payments, too-many mistresses and an unfortunately ailing movie career, I can't imagine you have much to smile about. I do believe however this may just break the drought.




Future Classic, the ever-quality Sydney based dance label are sitting on fire with their latest exclusive, limited edition 7" pressing of Arnold, a meaty disco stomper by Adelaides' Luke Million. With a soul-killing retro bassline and worded instructions by the Terminator himself, this perfect ode to disco leaves a great amount of room to vibe and sits comfortably with over the top clothing and associated dance moves. Real Starsky and Hutch shit. B/side 'Sun Splash' hits directly as the name implies, with a nice little summer jam a few months too-early. Those fatty textural synths work well with classic piano chord/hi-hat jam-outs for a smooth sun drenched voyage that, really, only Australia could produce.

The incredible accompanying video for Arnold displays Mr. Olympia at his finest, giving an added layer of context on that muscley bassline, which stands rather tall amongst the real-muscles of Arnie at his physical peak.





This is club tracks at its Terminating best.


Luke Million - Arnold / Sun Splash by future classic

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Hugo Frederick: Remix EP



So there are a few reasons why you might remember Hugo Frederick. You may remember him because he's awesome and from Australia. You may remember when we wrote about hin here. You might remember him because his tracks are amazing and cross a lot of electronic borders mostly unheard in Australia. You might remember him from a crazy good remix of Bon Chat Bon Rat, or a multitude of swirling, RnB/drone influenced experiments in sound and emotion. You might remember being lost in the sounds, and therefore found again should his wildly fluctuating styles call for it.

Or you might not remember him at all.

Either way, become re-aquatinted with one of Australia's truly unpretentious rising stars, with music made without ego or a requirement to explode. They hum and seethe, circulating around varying influences based from popular genres and the sinister motivations behind them. His latest release, a 3-track remix EP of popular tracks from the 90s add a disquieting exposition of what can be made from something as harmless as the originals, with flair and restraint usually reserved for artists twice his age. Though twice his age isn't that old its still wildly respectable.




The EP is FREE and features three remixes and interpretations that you won't guess could be possible. 'Ain't Another Woman , a take on a Justin Timberlake #1 strips it down to a bone-chilling bass-tune layered with the vocal cuts and choppy ducked-out drum patterns to keep it danceable. Signature tune 'Family Affair' takes from the Mary J Blige track of the same name, pitching down the vox to the Harmonimix level, allowing the 808 toms and gliding high-ends to pull you in. The late-Aaliyah features on #3 with 'Aint Another Woman' with a sparse backing track allowing the vocals to carry it through. Beautiful, credible electronic music that never goes too far in either directions.

Similarities and comparisons to those of the new era, James Blake and Mt. Kimbie etc continue to surface, and it is with great pride that Australia finally has an artist to challenge the impending cultural dominance by foreign zones. The EP is free so you have no reason to not download it, with the added bonus of some dope trax as a reward for your bandwidth. This EP is also a precurser to a new EP of original material due for release over the coming months. Do not forget.

Consume endlessly.

Hugo Frederick - Remix EP (Free Download via. Bandcamp).

1. Ain't Another Woman (Reworking Justin Timberlake)
2. If Your Girl Only Knew (Reworking Aaliyah)
3. Family Affair (Reworking Mary J. Blige)



Guest contributor: Kayla Morlando

Friday, July 22, 2011

MACHINEDRUM - ALARMA


This is like one of those 'where-to-begin' moments. So I'll pause, take a deep breath and steady the spaceship for this post.

Machinedrum, is the man of New York city who has been doing the astounding things in the underground electronic music scene over the past decade. Born as Travis Stewart, he has released 9 steady, yet diverse and equally mind boggling albums, as well as a myriad of remixes, singles and EPs, since his emergence on the scene in the late 90s. Room(s), his 10th album and first for London powerhouse label Planet Mu, is set to be released in a couple days. And I for one cannot wait. You can stream the whole thing at the bottom of the page and holy shit is it G.O.O.D! Stop what you're doing right now and go listen to it. I won't get into it now, but it's an album that is heavily focused around jungle and footwork and it's bloody amazing.

Alarma is one release I can tackle now. It is a huge 4 track 12", which was released on the always impeccable LuckyMe label last month. If you're unfamiliar with Machinedrum's production magic this EP is a perfect reason for you to learn to love him. The opening track Alarma is a track that's done it's rounds of late in London's Boiler Room world and it's an in-your-face screaming wonder! It starts out with a typical drum pattern, tapping hi-hats paired with howling vocals before it shifts into a blazing fusion of heavy bubbling synths and frantic wobbling bass.

Next up we see drastic tempo change in the short and concise I'mabrat, which amazingly uses the vocal samples from a freestyle Lil Wayne's daughter did in his The Carter documentary! If you've seen the documentary, you'd know it's kind of a weird moment when the 12 year old busts out the freestyle... It feels more at home on this crunk Machinedrum beat.

Banger-paced to crunk-paced to footwork-Dream-edit paced. Yep, third track, Loveking is an edit of The Dream original by the same name. The Dream seems to be one of those artists that doesn't get the same remix attention as our RnB heros like Cassie or Ciara. Maybe it's because his incredible voice doesn't translate as well in a dance floor pace, but Machinedrum goes all out in this one. Filtered Dream vocals, manic juke/footwork pace, sick synth pattern backed by some o' that evil pulsating basssssss - TUNE.

Last up is party closer, YNY and it taps into some swirling future boogie vibes. A change up in the concept of the EP, but I think it could be my favourite of the bunch. As you'd expect, it holds some flawless production values and is, as always, harmoniously coherent in structure. It doesn't pack the same punch as the earlier tracks, but works well all the same.

The Alarma EP is a perfect companion to his earlier single release, Sacred Frequency and to the forthcoming sounds of Room(s). Therefore my excitement is now thousandfold!

Machinedrum is a producer that deserves his accolades; he's prolific, ever-evolving and always seeking a new genre realm to explore. A man of veteran/legend/hero status - if you're not all up in his work, that's okay, you've got a decade of music to get into.

As always if ya dig, please go support.

You can buy the Alarma EP on Boomkat/Juno and you can pre-order Room(s) HERE.


STREAM the new album:


His phenomenal FACT Mix is inspired by the same footwork/jungle sounds of Room(s) and is a must:

Here are some of other tracks, incase you arn't convinced yet:
Carry The Weight - Machinedrum (Highly recommended) BUY

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DESIRE


Longing. Yearning.
Wishes.
Love. Lust.
Desire.

This basically gives me an excuse to post some older, forgotten tracks. It was insanely hard to get this down to a manageable playlist. There are sooooo many more tracks that should be in here... Nevertheless, I present to YOU 12 tracks that all embody a common theme of DESIRE. Enjoy.

Slow drums, soulful lyrics, emotions running high, shed a tear to this jam, bro

Funky synths, disco bpm, it's goddam passion on the dance floor

Watching You - Slave
Honestly this be the JAM of the century in my mind. Slave are THE funk band of all funk bands. Steve Arrington is the king of the ladies. Learn from him. "I gotta tell you my name is Stevie, What's yours, baby, whoa"

You'll always have a place in my heart Edwyn Collins. Great punk ish track, born in Scotland from the year 1984.
Lee Moses - a mystery man of soul music. This is a track off his only album, Time and Place, originally released in 1971. His rugged, raw voice demands your attention.

A cruising, funky jazz track from his African Flower album. It'll creep and crawl through your speakers.

He's a talented folk hero. Depressingly beautiful listen. I highly recommend the whole album. It's called Pink Moon and it was his last on this earth.

A new moody hip-hop orientated beat. Downtempo drums, moving violins strings, a yearning hunger.

Amazing track off the new self-titled JP album. It's magical and I don't know what the chanting vocals mean, but it overflows with a weird haunting desire.

DOOM in his lesser known Viktor Vaughn character. He tells a captivating story of love and passion. It's DOOM at his lyrical best.

An R&B/Hip Hop duo with spectacular voices. This track is off their 1997 album Saturday Night.
It's that perfect slow R&B style, preaching that undiscovered love. Ya heard!

Killer g-funk beat on this one. Ever seen the film Phat Beach? Well this is where this track comes from...

Here's the whole bunch in a zip file for you lazy internet users:


A few tracks should have be included.
Shout outs to:





(Youtube vids)

Monday, July 4, 2011

GUERRE

(Photo: Jacob Ring)

ENTER Guerre.

Welcome to them vibes, my friends.

Sydney right now is an insane melting pot of incredible music and Guerre is one artist who deserves some sort of critically acclaimed high five. Conceived in Toronto, now residing in the city of Sydney, this guy is making AMAZING music.




Hollow, evocative washing rhythms. It's like lo-fi RnB explored in murmured moments. The man really makes strikingly sincere and affectionate jams. Listen to his debut EP, Darker My Love and you'll understand what I'm talking about. The EP highlights Guerre's brilliance in creating some sort of introspective galaxy through his lustful harmonies and sparse bounding vocals. It's basically music that needs to be heard. I cannot recommend this enough.

Prior to the release of his debut, a remixed version of the EP was made available via the Yes Please Records Bandcamp and it's absolutely great. As a remix EP it works perfectly and it is powered by an all Australian cast including Fishing, Collarbones, Wintercoats, The Townhouses, Albatross, Marseilles, Naminé and Saltcreek Coyotes. Standout remixes have got to be Fishing's insane remix of River Hymnal. It's like the perfect conflict between happiness and sadness. Chanting vocal stabs carried along by rhythmic hand claps over a chopped up bouncing beat. It's one of the more spirited reworks on the EP that seems to find that perfect balance of originality. Wintercoat's interpretation of Guerre's Transnautica deserves an honourable mention too. It's equally mind blowing. Oh Oh OH and the Marseilles remix!




Guerre is currently wooing Europe into a soulful stupor alongside fellow Sydney wonder duo Fishing, so head over to his tumblr for all the happenings if you're on that side of the globe.You can download the amazing Darker My Love over on the Yes Please Records Bandcamp for a name-your-price donation. And the Darker My Love: Remixes EP is available for FREE download on there too.

Additional Guerre genius:


And as a fitting outro, absorb the SOUUUUUUUL in the video for River Hymnal: