Monday, 30 July 2007
Saturday, 28 July 2007
Now, I'll be open with you, I think of this event as nothing more than a cynical marketing tool to embed the Brahma brand into youth culture, developed by a brewery with a 2006 market capitalisation of $41.7 billion dollars. But we'll push that aside for now. Although I didn't see the full line-up, what heralded unfortunately did not live up to its own hype: Romulo Froes, King Creosote, Tony Da Gatorra, Gruff Rhys and Tita Lima. I don't know if it was just the mood I was in, or maybe the beer I was drinking, but none of what I saw even hinted on the flair that one associates with Brazilian music. This chiefly demonstrated by Gruff Rhys (who's solo stuff isn't bad) and Tony Da Gatorra's collaborative set, who's mind numbingly arid sound seemed hopelessly monotonous and unfitting. One guy I missed, Ben Westbeech, from what I've heard, would have enthused life into what should have been an invigorating experience.
Anyway, as cynical and despondent as I may sound, money permitting of course, I hope to go see Diplo (as part of the same event) for a dose of grizzly hip-hop. Brahma anyone?
MP3: Gruff Rhys - Candylion DOWNLOAD / Zshare
MP3: Ben Westbeech - Hang Around DOWNLOAD / Zshare
MP3: Diplo - Must Be A Devil DOWNLOAD / Zshare
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
MP3: Daft Punk - Technologic (Digitalism's Highway Remix) DOWNLOAD
Here's a beautifully understated remix of the Klaxons, Its Not Over Yet, courtesy of Lille based serial remixer, Brodinski. Playing in Manchester in late September, although he doesn't say where. Check his myspace for updates.
Sunday, 15 July 2007
MP3: Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats DOWNLOAD
Bringing myself back to the present, here's a rather amazing take on the Chromeo song, Bonafied Lovin', remixed by Florida based DJ, Lazaro Casanova. The song loses some of the Chromeo brand funk but more than makes up for it with easy-on-the-ear dance rhythms and driving beats. Coming to the UK early in September. Check his myspace for details.
MP3: Chromeo - Bonafide Lovin' (Lazaro Casanova Remix) DOWNLOAD
Thursday, 12 July 2007
Another added bonus of the evening (and the main point of the post, although you wouldn't know it) was the support act, The Pistolas. They came recommended by a friend who'd received a promo CD. With an audacious glam punk sound coupled with an infectiously uninhibited front man (an X-rated Will Young) they really did outshine T.P.C. If you do get the opportunity to see these guys play, please, please, don't let the chance pass you by.
While on the topic of support acts, I went to see Ghost on Monday. Preceding them were The Hoosiers, a band I know nothing about yet have achieved a top 5 single I believe. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed these guys. Again, a genuinely entertaining front man (who looked a hell of a lot like Ben Stiller) and brazen sound, stifling the main attraction.
MP3: The Pistolas - Take It With A Kiss DOWNLOAD/Zshare
MP3: The Hoosiers - Goodbye Mr. A DOWNLOAD
Monday, 9 July 2007
I Particularly like Diplo's effort, with its repetitive vocal hook and trademark beats. That said, (and I know I'm only a lowly blogger) I think it's wrongly named. There's nothing to suggest that it's a remix of Stronger, more a re-working of its mother track, Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. Anyway, I'm just nitpicking.
You may also have noticed a reemergence of the aforementioned Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger on the blogging circuit. This, I suspect, has much to do with Kanye putting his weight behind the track. So as not to miss the bandwagon you'll be happy to see I've posted a fine remix for your listening pleasure.
MP3: Kanye West - Stronger (Diplo's Work Is Never Over) MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Kanye West - Stronger (Mano X Remix) MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger (Dirty Disco Youth) DOWNLOAD
BONUS: MP3: Kanye West - Diamonds (Ratatat Remix) MP3 DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 8 July 2007
MP3: Yann Tiersen - La Noyée MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Coldplay - Clocks (Cuban Version) MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Inspector Gadget - Theme Tune MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Tunng - Pioneers (Bloc Party Cover) MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Art Blakey Percussion Ensemble - Cubano Chant MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Feeling - Love It When You Call (Lo-Fi-Fnk Remix) MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Flashbulb - Lucid Bass III MP3 DOWNLOAD
Being honest, I've not really been to many live gigs of late, certainly not enough for someone who contributes to such a high calibre blog like this one. So when I got the offer to go and watch the Tokyo Police Club at Liverpool's Barfly, as part of Levi's One's To Watch, I jumped at the chance.
Tokyo Police Club are a band that I've heard a lot about, but have not actually heard their music. They've been gathering a bit of pace recently, even appearing on Letterman I believe. Now, I understand that when hearing a band for the first time live, you have to give a bit of leeway as the recorded sound is often incomparable to the live attempt. In spite of this, breathing space shall we say, I found the whole experience to be a rather turgid yet lacklustre event, often verging on annoying.
In the first instance, the vocals were feeble at best, delivered by a front man/bassist whose shoulders were in a constant state of hunch. I've listened to the recorded effort and can assure that the singing doesn't lose any of its frailty. The whole sound was often unnecessarily bloated, with keyboards, guitar and drums constantly jostling for attention within the incredibly short length of the songs, all of which seemed to end abruptly. Something I wouldn't mind once or twice for poignancy, but constantly? It became rather irritating yet was so avoidable. Then there was the obligatory 'mad scientist' keyboard player, whose input to the overall sound, aside from a few notable tracks, seemed to be something of an after thought. Stuck-on almost. That coupled with his incessant shrieks (which harked back to At The Drive In) made for a most unpleasant performance.
To sum up, Tokyo Police Club are like a Bloc Party gone bad. Pretentious, without any call to be. Tight, but often cluttered. There are enough of these bands who can do this kind of sound well...Tokyo Police Club are not one of them.
MP3: Tokyo Police Club - Your English Is Good MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Tokyo Police Club - Be Good (RAC Remix) MP3 DOWNLOAD
Monday, 2 July 2007
I urge all people from the Liverpool area, interested in great music, to show their support for this unique night. To honour it, please find below Bring It On complete with MSTRKRFT and Acid Jacks remix.
MP3: Goose - Bring It On MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Goose - Bring It On (Acid Jacks Remix) MP3 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Goose - Bring It On (MSTRKRFT JFK Remix) MP3 DOWNLOAD