Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The Modernaire

The Modernaire are a Manchester based trio comprising of Cruella De Mill, Oscar Wildstyle and Chesty La Rue (I'm thinking that ain't their real names). They make music that is multi-purpose. Menacing synths and surging beats are contrasted by wispy vocals and anodyne harmonies, making their sound as suitable for dance floor as it would for a bedtime lullaby. Electro-be-bop anyone? Having played with the likes of The Whip, Ratatat and The Ting Tings (whom I believe requested their support), the band have now released their second extended player, 'Velvet Never Dries' on independent label Jackdaw Recordings. You like? You BUY.

MP3: Metronomy - Heartbreaker (
The Modernaire Remix) DOWNLOAD

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Electro Tektonik

Check out this nice little documentary, featured on Current TV, in which some UK comedian (who I sure as hell never heard of) heads to Paris to investigate the dancing/fashion youth culture phenomenon known as 'Electro' or 'Tektonik'.

MP3: Lowrider - Cool (Ozi Remix) DOWNLOAD is a superb Australian based webzine supplying up-to-the-minute doses of fashion, art, parties, and music news through the medium of podcasts, blogs, galleries and video's. The fact is, if you're reading this, you should probably be reading Pedestrian.

Pedestrian actually started out as a bi-monthly DVD magazine (or Plastazine) that could be acquired through Australia's fashion boutiques, retail chains, cafes, design schools, hairdressers and modelling agencies. To celebrate the recommencemnt of the DVD, Pedestrian is offering issue 14 to anyone who wants one. Sign up HERE and a 60 minute Digital Versatile Disk featuring the likes of The Presets, PNAU, Klaxons and Surkin (among others) will be winging its way to your doorstep.

MP3: PNAU - Will Love You Forever DOWNLOAD

Thursday, 24 July 2008

No. 8

"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining and wants it back the minute it begins to rain." Mark Twain

MP3: DJ Mehdi - Pocket Piano DOWNLOAD
MP3: Shitdisco - 72 Virgins (Bloody Beetroots Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: The Delgados - Mr Blue Sky (E.L.O. Cover) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Kaleef - Golden Brown DOWNLOAD
MP3: Adam Kesher - Local Girl (Fisher Preyes Remix) DOWNLOAD
MP3: Gentlemen Drivers - 2042 LA Dreams DOWNLOAD
MP3: Mystery Jets - Flakes (Loud Pipes Remix) DOWNLOAD

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Getset, Go!!!

Here's one for the diary. Saturday 2ND August will see Getset, Go take over The Magnet (Hardman Street, Liverpool). From what I can gather, if you're after a night of skulking in the shadows looking cool while the DJ spins pretentiously dull B sides, this night may not be for you. What can be assured is a disco playing an assortment of indie, soul, punk, house, hip-hop, techno, electro and funk, following the performance of two expertly selected local bands: Dirtblonde (who I'll be dammed if I can find a Myspace page for) and Emily And The Faves, of whom I am genuinely impressed by. Entry's 2 squid with flyer.

MP3: Emily And The Faves - Sometimes DOWNLOAD
MP3: Emily And The Faves - Golden Hair DOWNLOAD

Monday, 21 July 2008

No. 7

"I'm an excellent housekeeper. Everytime I get a divorce, I keep the house" Zsa Zsa Gabor

MP3: Loud Pipes - Untitled 2 YSI/Zshare/Filden
MP3: Trash Yourself - Fuck The Police (NWA Cover) YSI/Zshare/Fileden
MP3: Regina Spektor - Fidelity YSI/Zshare/Fileden
MP3: Kap10Kurt - Dangerseekers (Shinichi Osawa Edit) YSI/Zshare/Fileden
MP3: R.E.M. - Nightswimming (Kissy Sell Out Remix) YSI/Zshare/Fileden
MP3: NT89 - Alfonso In The Bunker YSI/Zshare/Fileden
Das Pop - Underground (Van She Tech Remix) YSI/Zshare/Fileden

The New Sins

The New Sins are the collaborative effort of Nick Phillips and Louise Hayter. Hayter, you may or may not know, is NYPC's keyboard player which, I guess makes this a 'side project'. Anyway, The New Sins produce dreamy electro-pop; kind of sedentary but with enough bounce to puncture pre/post party conversations. Yes they're no fun, but there's enough of that elsewhere. And anyway, their in need of shaking that Ellis-Bextor comparison they've picked up...damn you NME!!!

MP3: The New Shins - Feelings Have Changed (Removed as Per Artist Request)

Sunday, 13 July 2008

The Joy Formidable

Are The Joy Formidable Cool? Yes, of course. Not only do the London based trio (by way of Wales and Manchester) have a strong affection for dream-pop/indie and falsetto vocals (music has been lacking), they're also willing to take on the increasingly impersonal world of music promotion, mailing me the official video to upcoming 7", Austere (released August 18Th, if you're interested, which you are) together with a badge and a hand written note. Yeah I know, hand written!!! I'd love for this trend to continue, but I'm wary of dishing out my home address to all and sundry. And by all and sundry, I mean label lawyers and letter bombers.

Friday, 11 July 2008

No. 6

"Either be hot or cold. If you luke warm, the Lord will spew you forth from His mouth" Jerry Lee Lewis

MP3: Database - Party People (Feat. Midnight Martyn) YSI/Zshare
MP3: Diskokaine - Riminini YSI/Zshare
MP3: Jence - Wired YSI/Zshare
MP3: Ted&Francis -Erlend YSI/Zshare
MP3: Tepr - Deutschland To Italia (1987) YSI/Zshare
MP3: Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name Of (Losers Remix) YSI/Zshare
MP3: Private - We've Got Some Breaking Up To Do (St Andrew's Victory Force! Breakdown) YSI/Zshare

Thursday, 10 July 2008


"You seriously just discovered teenagersintokyo?!". Alas yes, today was the day my ears caught a whiff of this fashionably clad Sydney based quintet. Having just signed a deal with UK label Backyard Recordings, I predict these guys are heading in the same direction as New Young Pony Club. All's their missing is a Van She Tech remix and a slot on a sexy mobile phone advert. Can't help thinking they sound a, a the now deceased The Organ, no?

As per the norm, Ohh! Crapp has already interviewed them.

MP3: teenagersintokyo - End It Tonight YSI/Zshare
MP3: teenagersintokyo - Very Vampyr YSI/Zshare
MP3: teenagersintokyo - Very Vampyr (DCup Remix) YSI/Zshare
MP3: The Organ - Brother YSI/Zshare

Tuesday, 8 July 2008


Men pampering themselves with moisturisers. The Labour Party embracing the free market. And now Indie bands turning all dance in this ever homogenising world in which we live. There was once a time when the two concepts were seen as polar opposites. These days, it's not uncommon to find a band with its own in house remixing wing, al la Van She, Cut Copy...and Haunts.

On the one hand, the London based foursome deliver murky, blustering punk-funk which I find surprisingly danceable. While elsewhere, they produce bass heavy dance remixes, with nods in the direction of their 80's influences. They aptly describe it as "like Haunts with synths".

If you happen to have a ticket for T in the Park (that's Scotland, Americans!) this weekend, you'll be glad to hear they're playing the Friday on the Relentless stage. Go cut a rug and give them my regards.

MP3: Haunts - Low Slung City Skyline YSI/Zshare
MP3: Haunts - Bomz II Drop YSI/Zshare
MP3: The Enemy - Your Not Alone (Haunts Remix) YSI/Zshare
MP3: Late Of The Pier - The Bears Are Coming (Haunts Remix) YSI/Zshare

Saturday, 5 July 2008

Hearts On Fire Remixes

It seems that In Ghost Colours highlight, Hearts On Fire is rapidly turning into this years D.A.N.C.E. On the plus side there's always at least one great remix in the pile, but at the same time it can become a bit of a shitter as I invariably end up hating the original. This presents me with something of a conundrum. Do I jump of the bandwagon and get trigger happy with these remixes, or do I hold fire to help maintain the integrity of the original...inflation leads to devaluation n'all that.

Guess I have to head somewhere in the middle. That's what blogging's all about these days innit, perpetuating the hype. I want in.

MP3: Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Polygon Palace Remix) YSI/Zshare
MP3: Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (Damage's 'Broken Heart Siren' Remix) YSI/Zshare

MP3: Cut Copy - Hearts On Fire (The C90's Remix) Fileden/Zshare

For a more comprehensive list of Hearts On Fire remixes, head over to the Lemur Blog, yeah.