New York producer and one half of the Flagrant Fowl imprint, Pocketknife, has been deftly remixing choice records since mid 2006. Artist's including Feist, Beirut and Adele have all had their music subtly beautified by the Brooklyn DJ, whose influences include the likes of Diplo, Grandmaster Flash and LCD Soundsystem. Knowing how much you all adore this chap, it is with great pleasure that I offer you his superb Loosefoot remix of Lykke Li's awesome track, Breaking It Up (Oh, I know, soooo 2008!) I do hope your NY celebration go according to plan.
Thursday, 25 December 2008
Wednesday, 24 December 2008
MP3: Osborne - 16Th Stage DOWNLOAD
MP3: Tommy Sparks - I'm A Rope (Yuksek Rework) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Bitclipr - Discofreak DOWNLOAD
MP3: Tiga & Zyntherius - Sunglasses At Night (Black Devil Dub) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Kent - Vy Fraan Ett Luftslott (Punks Jump Up Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: System Of A Down - B.Y.O.B. DOWNLOAD
MP3: The New Standards - Such Great Heights (The Postal Service Cover) DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 21 December 2008
If you're like me, then your itunes will be littered with accomplished female artists (could I sound more patronising?) like Feist, Ladyhawke and Lykke Li (among others). Now you can add to the list pint-sized songstress, Marina And The Diamonds, hailing from the valleys of Wales via Greece (or maybe that's Greece via Wales). Marina's sound seems ripe for chart success, following the breakthrough of other artists like Duffy and Adele, though she's as annoying as neither. That's not to say she won't make it on her own merit, not at all. Obsessions, Marina's incoming single, demonstrates the singers inclination for bouncy keys, brisk beats, and cutting lyrics ("Won't you quit your crying I can't sleep, one minute I'm a little sweet heart, and next minute you are an absolute creep") contrasted by drawn out chords and softly-softly vocals.
Thursday, 18 December 2008
You know you're truly broke when you have to economise servery to be buy a record. In the case of Passion Pits debut 7", Sleepyhead, I didn't mind. Looking back, I think we can agree that Passion Pit provided us with one of the tunes of the year. November saw New York's Finger On The Pulse blog commence a remix competition for the track which saw Wallpaper. crowned the winner. This excellent remix wants to be the darker cousin of the original, with its unrushed tempo and thick, moody synths, lightened up with some neatly placed pitched-up sax.
Wednesday, 17 December 2008
Hailing from County Down's seaside resort of Bangor comes Two Door Cinema Club. This drummer-less three-piece combine the frantic tendencies of Vampire Weekend with the smooth production of Death Cab For Cutie, culminating in a sound not to dissimilar to 2007 favourites, Goodbooks. Bursting at the seems with melodious guitar flourishes and vocal harmony, the band manage to create an indie sound with both pop and electronic overtones. Remarkably, they remain unsigned, but you do have to wonder for how much longer?
One time Hot-Chiper, Grovesvnor (the moniker of one Rob Smoughton), produced a true gem of '08 with the deliciously over the top, Drive Your Car. Now, Grovesvnor has turned his hand to remixing the little known slide-project of former Simian, current Black Ghosts man, Simon Lord. A nice up-tempo slice of boogie-disco.
MP3: Lord Skywave - I Am A Dead Man (Grovesnor Remix) DOWNLOAD
Monday, 15 December 2008
Ou Est Le Swimming Pool are a band who will achieve success in 2009. This time next year, I'll smugly be uttering the words: "told you so". They have it all. They exude confidence, they've given up on their birth names, and they sport moustaches. Oh, and they make gloriously dingy disco tinged electro. Think The Human League on a downer. Enjoy.
Sunday, 14 December 2008
MP3: Jen Feldman - Kaddish For Britney DOWNLOAD
MP3: Housemeister - What You Want (Siriusmo Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Kaiser Chiefs - Golden Skans (Klaxons Cover) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Shannon - Let The Music Play (Death To The Throne Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Skew - Stadiums Are OK Too DOWNLOAD
MP3: Blue Sky Black Death - Once Away DOWNLOAD
MP3: Jedi Mind Tricks - Monolith DOWNLOAD
Friday, 12 December 2008
Few bits of news I want get through. Firstly, electronic music duo, Audio Bullys have made a comic...that's right, a comic! Basically, the narrative fits round the lyrical content of the track Dope Fiend, which, when you purchase a physical copy of the comic you get a download link for. Here's you click-through banner:
Thursday, 11 December 2008
Melbourne trio Clubfeet have just released their debut studio album. I'm rather surprised at the fact that last Wednesday was the first time I'd heard the bands refreshingly humorous brand of smooth electronic pop. The first single off their Gold On Gold album, Teenage Suicide, kind of sounds like it's been commissioned by the Samaritans, featuring the lyrical refrain "Teenage suicide, don't do it!". Very festive. But seriously, you'd be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check these dudes out.
I'm pretty sure that if The Joy Formidable had released an L.P. this year, it would've popped up somewhere on my 'Top Albums of 2008' list, which I posted the other day. Anyway, following the release of the bands debut 7", Austere (of which I'm a proud owner of a signed copy), you can now pre-order their follow up single, Cradle, released on Try Harder records, available on 2ND February. This particular 7", I've been informed, will be a gate fold release, and will feature new track, The Last Drop, as well as remixes from Kyte and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaur. Here's your pre-order LINK.
MP3: The Joy Formidable - Cradle (Kyte Remix) DOWNLOAD
Monday, 8 December 2008
So here's Check The Availability's Top 10 Albums of 2008. I promised myself I'd never do one (I managed to resist last year), however, for me to be able to summit my a list for the Hype Machine's Zeitgeist of 2008 I actually have to have one posted on the blog. Please comment. Here goes:
Sunday, 7 December 2008
Ahoy there! Quirky foursome BMX are an Australian bandwagon worth jumping on. Their minimalist, indie influenced chewing gum pop has already caught the attention of some big name blogs (notably Bigstereo), and they're set to play with Metronomy early next year. I'm pretty sure you'll love the whole girl/boy vocal thing, not to mention the fact that vocalist Dominique sounds like a cross between an 80's Madonna and a Princess Superstar, circa Bad Babysitter. Exactly like everything and nothing you've heard before. Go see...
MP3: BMX - War DOWNLOAD
MP3: BMX - Theme To BMX DOWNLOAD
MP3: BMX - Theme To BMX (Jasper Remix) DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 30 November 2008
A week today, Guns 'n' Roses (or its remnants) released their long awaited album, Chinese Democracy. "Long awaited" doesn't really do the actual time-scale justice, for GNR's sixth studio album was fourteen years in the making running up a bill of thirteen million big ones!
Tuesday, 25 November 2008
Thursday, 20 November 2008
New Yorker, A-ux, makes old school tinged dance music. I'm not talking about that drug fuelled rave crap. No, this is the kind of dance music you can unwind to and gently bop your hat holder. Kind of ambient. Kind of euphoric, and crammed with some gorgeous metallic synth work. He has an album out, y'know. It's available at itunes.
Wednesday, 19 November 2008
Yorkshire's Heads We Dance are set to release their much hyped 12" (and digital download) on 24Th of this month, via Gold City Records. The lead track, The Human Touch, described as "a crunchin' five minute space-disco synth workout", received a 5/5 rating in I-DJ, and was made Song of the Day by Popjustice. The flip side, You Are Never Alone With Model 21, sees the band do a great impression of a slightly sinister Pet Shop Boys. Now, I know that maybe doesn't sound like a compliment, but you should come see my collection of PSB vinyl.
MP3: Heads We Dance - You Are Never Alone With Model 21 DOWNLOAD
MP3: Heads We Dance - My Heart Is Set On You (Geek Chic's Cardio Workout) DOWNLOAD
Tuesday, 18 November 2008
Monday, 17 November 2008
Passion Pit man, Ayad, was kind enough to send over his Bo Flex label's remix of Sleepyhead for posting. It's beefed up a bit and contains some lovely spacey keyboard stabs and melodic bass action, of which members of Giantess had a hand in writing. Weirdly, at the time I received this track from Ayad, I got an email from Brighton based band, The Mummers, containing their own interpretation (or reanimation) of the song. God moves in mysterious ways, blah, blah.
MP3: Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Bo Flex Remix Feat. Giantess) DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Mummers vs. Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Reanimation) DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 16 November 2008
Introducing Giantess; your new favourite Boston based electronic-pop group. They interest me for two reasons: one, they're produced by Passion Pit man, Ayad Al-Adhamy on his very own Bo Flex Music Label; and two, they combine uplifting Bag Raider-esque power synths with kitsch 80's overtones (not to disimilar to Chromeo) and a vocal display of emotive American attitude. A lot of current music seems to be heading more and more in this direction, wouldn't you say? A fact I'm rather happy about.
MP3: Dan Black - Hyptz DOWNLOAD
MP3: Cut Copy - Far Away (Hercules And Love Affair Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: MGMT - Electric Feel (Dskotek Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Asteroids Galaxy Tour - Around The Bend DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Whip -Fire (Geometri Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Joy Formidable - Cradle (Kyte Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: FM Belfast - Lotus (Rage Against The Machine Cover) DOWNLOAD
Monday, 10 November 2008
The picture suggests sunshine drenched indie pop. The reality is not so sun kissed, for The Dark Romantics make music that wouldn't sound out of place on a early to mid eighties noir-rock compilation. The girl, boy, girl, boy, girl band are signed to U.S. label Lujo, and are due to play the Anti-Pop Music Fest in Florida, on 14th of this month. If you like what you hear, go buy the full album over at itunes.
MP3: The Dark Romantics - Another Song For Another Night DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Dark Romantics - Let's Ride
Thursday, 6 November 2008
As promised, UK DJ set Billion Dollar DJs sent over the finished version of their track How I Laid My Minions (The Secret Of My Excess). They bundled it with their edits of Robot Rock and Song 2 (highly recommended) both of which you'll be familiar with if you've caught them live recently. The Song 2 edit is superb.
MP3: Billion Dollare DJs - How I Laid My Minions (The Secret Of My Excess) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Daft Punk - Robot Rock (Billion Dollar DJs Edit) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Blur - Song 2 (Billion Dollar DJs Re-edit) DOWNLOAD
Monday, 3 November 2008
MP3: Fortune - Bully DOWNLOAD
MP3: Robyn - Cobrastyle (The Bloody Beatroots Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Golden Bug - LookLookLook (In Flagranti Remix) DOWLOAD
MP3: Au Revoir Simone - Sad Song (Pacific! Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Mighty Underdogs - Want You Back DOWNLOAD
MP3: Menehan Street Band - Make The Road By Walking DOWNLOAD
MP3: Bonde Do Role - Geremia (Chewy Chocolate Cookies Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Treasure Fingers - Cros The Dancefloor (Alex Metric Remix) DOWNLOAD
Wednesday, 29 October 2008
The past year has seen my slow but definiate jump onto the Dubstep bandwagon, all thanks to a friend of mine. Lets call him Andy Butler. I'll not bother decribing the genre, or why I like it for fear of sounding like a middle-class, white-boy tit. I will, however, post this Fabric promo mixed by Dubstep stalwart, Caspa.
I'm sure you're all aware that French fashion house and record label, Kitsuné Music, dropped the sixth of its popular compilation/zeitgeist series just this Monday. It's filled with all the usual melodic 'bangers', courtesy of Heartsrevolution, The Shoes, Streetlife DJ's, et al; but it's the lighter, poppier aspects of the collection that makes you appreciate the labels ear for a tune.
Buy Kitsuné Maison Compilation 6 HERE and HERE.
MP3: Lo-Fi Fnk - Want U DOWNLOAD
MP3: Grovesnor - Drive Your Car (Hot Chip Remix) (Removed As Per Request)
MP3: Appaloosa - The Day We Fell In Love DOWNLOAD
Monday, 27 October 2008
MP3: Dead Rock Machine - Good News DOWNLOAD
MP3: Kap10kurt - Mission Complete (Moulinex Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Cut Copy - Far Away (Ring Trick Mix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Starfucker - Pop Song DOWNLOAD
MP3: Mr Oizo - Cut Dick DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Loom - Song For The Winter Sun DOWNLOAD
MP3: Sneaky Sound System - When We Were Young (G.L.O.V.E.S. Remix) DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 26 October 2008
Photons (no, not The Photons, just Photons) are an 8 piece musical collective straight out of San Fransisco. They share practice rooms with psychedelic folk rockers The Dodo's and (more importantly from this bloggers perspective) their guitarist studied in Liverpool and used to make music with the Wombats. Anyhoo, they've just released their eponymous debut E.P.. It contains 6 tracks that combine lo-fi indie with some interesting bassoon/glockenspiel/clarinet action over which lead singer, James Parrish pours his gritty London town vocals. And hey, just look how normal they all appear. I like that.
Buy the E.P. HERE, HERE or HERE.
MP3: Photons - This Must Be Love DOWNLOAD
MP3: Photons - Animals DOWNLOAD
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Clique sounds like a rather horrific retro 80's club night. Club Clique is not that night. Rather it is a twice monthly club night that delivers "digital dance, neo-disco and 21ST century explosive party pop" to some of Manchester city's most glamorous blowout kids. After being deemed "A club of the year" by Mixmag and "The city's hottest club night" by the Manchester Evening News, the team thought it about time to release their first ever mixtape. Some stuff you know, some stuff you might not:
1. Kathy Brown vs. Lo-Fi Fnk - Change Channel And Turn On Me
2. Black Kids - Hurricane Jane (The Twelves Remix)
3. The New Sins - It Doesn't Work Like That
4. Trasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor
5. Kate Nash - Punpkin Soup (Russel Bloc Party's Team Tiger Edit)
6. Trailmix -You Make Lovin' Fun
7. Infadels - Free Things For Poor People (Alex Metric Remix)
8. Ciara - One, Two, Step (Captain Planet Mix)
9. Santogold - Say Aha (Tepr Remix)
10. CSS - Move (Cut Copy Remix)
11. Das Pop - Fool for Love (Yuksek Remix)
12. Soundhog - Take It Easy, Freak
13. Mystery Jets - Young Love (The Shoes Remix)
14. Soft Cell - Memorabilia (Edit)
15. Muslces - Sweaty (Shazam Remix)
16. Robyn - Handle Me (Ortzroka Death To Disco Remix)
17. Fox The Fox - Precious Little Diamond (Ben Liebrand Remix)
18. The Whitest Boy Alive - Golden Cage (Fred Falke Remix)
19. The Shoes - Baby I'm For Real
MP3: Club Clique - Mixtape #1 DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 19 October 2008
I remember when I first heard Van She's signature tune, Kelly. I was totally stoked (pardon my Australianism). Now, 2 years on, French producer Lifelike has set about remixing Kelly, in light of the song's update for the release of the band's debut album, V. The result is, well, a pretty boring re-work. See what you think. I'm kind of disappointed.
MP3: Van She - Kelly (Lifelike Remix) DOWNLOAD
BONUS (This is how it's done):
MP3: Van She - Kelly (Alan Braxe and Fred Falke Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Van She - Kelly (Cut Copy Remix) DOWNLOAD
Saturday, 18 October 2008
MP3: BMX - Theme To BMX (1928 Diamondback Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Shinichi Osawa - Star Guitar (The Japanese Popstars Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Late Of The Pier - Focker (Boys Noize Terror Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Truly Beautiful Disaster - Miranda's Verandah DOWNLOAD
MP3: Lo-Fi Fnk - Want U DOWNLOAD
MP3: Streetlife DJs - We Love The Disco Sound DOWNLOAD
MP3: Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor (Chromeo Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Empire Of The Sun - We Are The People (Ted &Francis Remix) DOWNLOAD
Sunday, 12 October 2008
I fucking LOVE Born Ruffians. I got hold of their debut L.P., Red, Yellow & Blue the other day and I'm still grinning. The band, comprising of Luke LaLonde (guitar/vocals), Mitch DeRosier (bass/vocals) and Steve Hamelin (drums), make lovably energetic guitar music, utilising vocal harmonies, minimal production and sporadic hootin' to memorable effect. I caught them at Korova the other week in what must have been one of the hottest gigs I've ever been to, both literally and metaphorically.
If you happen to be in the North America area (I hear there's 300 million of you), they're playing a shit load of shows with Plants and Animals throughout October, so be sure to catch them.
MP3: Born Ruffians - Barnacle Goose DOWNLOAD
MP3: Born Ruffians - I Need A Life (Acoustic) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Born Ruffians - I Need A Life (Four Tet Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Nancy - Keep Cooler (Born Ruffians Remix) DOWNLOAD
Saturday, 11 October 2008
I don't know if you know (I only found out an hour ago) but Leeds DJ/producer, Grum has teamed up with the guys behind Brooklyn's No Big Deal night in setting up one of those remix competition thingys. I say competition, but I have no idea what you win. Maybe every one's a winner. Yeesh, political correctness gone mad. Anyway, if you're interested, you can download the parts for Woah from the Finger On The Pulse blog. In the meantime, check out Future Flashs stellar effort:
MP3: Grum - Woah (Future Flashs Disco Mix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Jape - Strike Me Down (Friendly Fires Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: White Rabbits - The Plot DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Prodigy - Ghost Town (The Specials Cover) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Alphaville - Forever Young DOWNLOAD
MP3: Matt & Kim - Daylight DOWNLOAD
MP3: Caw! Caw! - Organisms DOWNLOAD
MP3: ZZT - The Worm (Database Rework of Erol Alkans Rework) DOWNLOAD
Friday, 10 October 2008
Here's a couple of tracks from the extremely affable, Fear of Tigers. You might have picked up his superb Love Like Semtex remix I posted earlier on this week. Well, this is of the same quality; epic synths wrapped around gorgeous House beats, Jacques Lu Cont styleee. I know of no official up-coming releases but you know this dude will soon be in demand.
MP3: Fear of Tigers - Layers DOWNLOAD
MP3: Fear of Tigers - Sex With Robots DOWNLOAD
MP3: PNAU - With You Forever (Fear of Tigers Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Anoraak - Nightdrive With You (Fear of Tigers Remix) DOWNLOAD
I kept getting asked to re-up this Alex Metric remix which I posted, like, over a year ago now. Long story short, I lost the track, but I found it again, so here it is...erm...TA DAAA!!!
MP3: Metric - Moster Hospital (Alex Metric Remix) DOWNLOAD
Monday, 6 October 2008
MP3: The Spinto Band - Oh Mandy DONWLOAD
MP3: Infadels - Love Like Semtex (Fear Of Tigers Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: DatA - Rapture (White Chokolate Analog Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Amadou & Mariam - Sabali DOWNLOAD
MP3: Mott The Hoople - All The Young Dudes DOWNLOAD
MP3: Seppuku Paradigm - Sure Thing (MARTYRS OST) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Polarkreis 18 - Allien Allien (Nephews Remix) DOWNLOAD