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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Robyn - Be Mine (Ocelot Mthrfckrs Remix)

Disco trance confectionary somewhat-90's-dance pop remix bullshit or totes amazing?

Probably both.

In the same night.

Depending on what you've put in you.

Robyn - Be Mine (Ocelot Mthrfckrs Remix)

Robyn's Myspace | Ocelot's Myspace

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Next Untouchables?

So a bunch of new fire got dropped in our laps last week and we've been a bit slow to get it up... until now.
The rest of the BW crew will be very much relieved that one of my most anticipated albums of the year, Cajun Dance Party's debut The Colourful Life, has finally arrived and that they no longer have to listen to me hyping it. And boy do these London kids live up to my hype, not to mention the benchmark set by three singles that preceded the album: Amylase, The Next Untouchable and The Race.
The rolling pop-rock riffs of most CDP tunes are typically balanced by melodic breakdowns, and really beautiful ballads like Time Falls and No Joanna. There are distorted frantically jazzy songs infused with hints of blues and so many other inspirations. This is real ear candy.
It's hard to believe that CDP has only just finished school. The style of The Colourful Life is very much quality and not quantity. The songs are pop song length and there are only 9 of them, but not one second will disappoint you - seriously!

Cajun Dance Party - The Race

Website | MySpace (you can hear a live version of Buttercups at their MySpace)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

More Chronic Heat

In the wake of mash-ups becoming genuinely good (we were all surprised), The Hood Internet are leading the charge. The switched-on pair of ABX and STV SLV have a crazy accurate ability to combine stuff, with a focus on dropping raps over prime tunes, old and new. BW recently claimed these guys would blow up in '08 (if they haven't already), and when they're dropping Clipse over Cat Power or making R. Kelly actually reasonable by mashing him on "7/4 Shoreline" you'll see why. There's an attitude that simple 2-song mash-ups using rap are bullshit because rap is so 4/4 and easy, but when you do it this well, who cares?

The duo drops new tracks fairly regularly, so there's a wealth of stuff. Just to be even more balla, they've linked EVERY SINGLE MIX (there's like a million) plus a whole bunch of mixtapes at their site. Here's a few flavours anyway:

Clipse vs Cat Power - I Don't Blame You For Grinding And Shining

T.I vs Fujiya & Miyagi - What You Know About Transparent Things
Lykke Li mini-mix (individual tracks in a 30MG zip via Sendspace)

Head over already!

Myspace | Website

Monday, April 21, 2008

Iglu & Hartly - In This City

I'm gonna keep this brief as I've got some Guitar Hero to play and an eye fillet to eat but here goes...

Big ups to my main mang Zane for this track. He filled our ears with some MGMT goodness earlier on this year and he's done it again, giving some airtime to this quintet from LA. Delightfully uplifting and jam-packed with cheesy goodness, their break through track, In This City is definitely worth checking out, if not for the semi acapella at the end. It may not be everybody's cup of tea but you know, I'm sure they're not out to make friends...

Iglu & Hartly - In This City

Myspace | Official

Make it rain...

Sometimes people stop Mybooking each other and playing solitaire long enough to do something useful with their computers. This is one of those times. Deejaysee has gone to the trouble of blending a whole mess of wicked hip hop producers best tracks into bumping mixes. Producers including Timbaland, Dr Dre, Just Blaze, DJ Premier and The Neptunes. Check them all out below.

All Producer Mixes

Friday, April 18, 2008

Underworld x Ludacris

Well the South has done it again. Twisted an old rave classic into a strangely compelling banger. In this case we see heavyweight Ludacris spitting fire over Underworld's Born Slippy Nuxx (made famous by the movie Trainspotting). First Alice Deejay's Better Off Alone, now this what's next Crazy Frog?! Actually forget I ever said that.

Ultimate Satisfaction - Ludacris (Cabin Bwoy Remix)

Gnarls WTF-ley

You can download Gnarls Barkley's new album here for free. They uploaded it. Only it's the 'backwards version.' The whole fucking thing in reverse.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Stop Frontin', Internet.

I've been obsessed with this song ever since a buddy turned me onto this part: Devine Calloway in Transworld's Let's Do This. According to youtube user comments, the song is "Words" by The Solution, but I can't find it anywhere. Anyway check it out. It's kinda in the sphere of Van Morrison during "Caravan," but with a more L.A vibe. Seems perfect for this video, too.

Plus, Devine's part is super tight. Big-spin-o-matic.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

*sigh* More Loveable Swedish Pop

This track is called 'The Dance' and it's almost too obvious, but here I go:

dance around to it.

Elias and the Wizzkids - The Dance

Website | Myspace

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Quiet Village

Quiet Village is the kind of random shit that I love. It's not the kind of thing you can listen too all the time but when it is done right it really shines. Comprised of Joel Martin and Matt Edwards (known to many as Radio Slave) their sound is reminiscent of Boards of Canada or Bent, and works by layering soundscapes with a variety of instruments and samples. Everything from crashing waves to bluesy guitars, or snaking piano melodies can found on their debut album 'Silent Movie'. I have posted one of the standouts below but it really is an album best consumed as a whole.

Quiet Village - Pillow Talk


Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Give Me Whiskey-drenched New York Folk (and then a Spanish Harlem flashback)

The Felice Brothers aren't ironically named, because that's the predominant family name. But it does seem somewhat inappropriate. Felice means happy in Italian, but their themes aren't quite that. In fact, the content of their songs seems to owe a lot to the American songwriter tradition, where you sing about tribulations and heartbreak, basically. Although that's completely reductive and does nothing to elucidate the engaging, personal lyrics found in the Felice Brothers' songs, nor the musical appeal of what feels like a band you found in a bar in Mississippi in the late 60's. There's a few really easy ways to work out if you'll be interested in these guys: if you like Bob Dylan, check them out; if you like Tom Waits (when he's not being Rain Dogs weird), check them out; if you like Bruce Springsteen's blue-collar vignettes, check them out; if you liked the earthy beauty of the tones throughout Astral Weeks, check them out. In a more contemporary sort of way, I'd say they had the instrumental appeal of earlier Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the vocal ballpark of David Grey (but WAY less affected), and there's a comforting, plodding Yeasayer vibe too. And if you're listening to them and you think of Beirut and/or Great Lake Swimmers, I'll pay it. IMPORTANT NOTE: despite these comparisons, there is a bluesy, jazzy underscore to their tracks, which adds to the whole cigarettes and bourbon vibe. They're probably influenced by the greats from these musics which I'm too ignorant to be able to reference here. Their self-titled debut on Team Love is out now.

The Felice Brothers - Frankie's Gun
The Felice Brothers - Ruby Mae

Myspace | Team Love


Big Pun - Still Not A Player


Get Close

Plastic Little are bunch of rap nerds from Philidelphia who run in the same circles as DJ Yoda and Spank Rock. They deftly mix humour, indie rock referances/samples and smut into their sound without sounding novelty or tired.

'Get Close' is a perfect example of this, taking the classic Cure track and twisting it into a poppin' party jam. I'm still wondering what 'Dawson Creek up on her cheek' means exactly.

Plastic Little - Get Close

Myspace | Website

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Bjork Steps Up

This new video for Wanderlust is something else. Somewhere between a short film, experimental art installation and music clip; this new video supports the case that music videos are an art form . The video was shot in 3D and features "a mixture of large scale puppeteering, live action acrobatics, miniatures, and CG".

It is directed by Encyclopedia Pictura who have a very interesting story-book like visual style. Definitely check out a few videos on their web page. This clip has even got Kanye West a little jealous... I wonder if it cost more than a million dollars?

Hot Little Chip Boots

New artist alert! This fine young English lady goes by the name of Little Boots and has just put out this fine little tune "stuck on repeat" produced by Mr. Joe Goddard of Hot Chip. Her vocals are nice enough but the real star is Joe's bangin production, sounding a little Stuart Price-y which is not a bad thing. Great to hear some side projects coming out of the potent creative minds of Hot Chip. Hopefully more to come soon!

Little Boots - Stuck On Repeat