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Video + New Audio: Simian Mobile Disco – “Synthesise”

Posted in Media, Music News, Video with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, February 12, 2009 by Erik Burg

Simian Mobile Disco have stayed fairly busy since their amazing 2007 release Attack Sustain Decay Release. Though the album didn’t gain as much support as it deserved (thank Justice and Daft Punk touring for that) the boys still released plenty of single around the album, touring heavily in support, and fixed up a Fabriclive mix as well. I haven’t heard much in the way of official plans for their next release, fingers crossed that it’s this year, but a new song they’ve been playing live got the video treatment. Though the video is nothing special, seeing as it’s just the video accompiament for when they play the track live, the song is something to stick around for. “Synthesise” is more beat driven and heavy than some of their prior songs that may have relied a bit more on vocal samples. At any rate though, it’s definitely worth a listen. Enjoy!

Audio Mix: Hybrid, Transitions Mix

Posted in Downloads, Music Reviews with tags , , , , on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 by raeflect

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Hybrid, the electronic brainchild of UK’ers Mike Truman and Chris Healings, remains one of my favorite techno/ electronic groups to date.  Their stylish mix of trance, progressive house, and their inventive drum breaks cement their reputation as a very solid DJ act.  Their debut LP “Wide Angle” came out in 1999, and although I didn’t discover it until a few years after the release, their amazing mix of electronic beats and live string arrangements pulled me into the diverse world of techno, and broke ground for a future love of all things electronic.

Their distinctive style has evolved into something all their own, but comparisons can be drawn from such powerhouse electronic acts such as Massive Attack, Portishead, John Digweed, and Underworld.  Many live trance acts mar their performance (in my opinion) with unnecessary vocal samples, often in the flavor of a female vocalist voicing shallow philosophy or heartbreak, but Hybrid uses a more opera style female vocals very tastefully, and not as a main aspect of their live mixes.

Their latest live mix, which debuted on Transitions (Kiss 100) in the UK (DJ’d by John Digweed) last October, draws from a great list of remixed tracks:

01) Rufus Wainwright – Tiergarten (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
02) Layo & Bushwaka – Now Is The Time (Original Mix) [Olmeto]
03) James Talk & Ridney – Sunshyne (Original Mix) [CDR]
04) Tim Davison – Love You Bye (Original Mix) [CDR]
05) Shilo & Radiohead – Flywheel / Nude (Hybrid Re-Edit) [CDR]
06) Tim Davison & Stacey Kitson – Deliver Me (Less Vox Mix) [CDR]
07) Hybrid & Charlotte James – The Formula Of Fear (Hybrid Remix) [Disctinctive]
08) Leftfield – Song For Life (Tim Davison Mix) [CDR]
09) Dive & Jin Sonic – Play (Wolfgang Gartner Dub) [U-Boot]

These tracks flow effortlessly into each other, creating a great mix for a late night dance party or as a soundtrack to any other activity: Driving, gaming, or smoking. Starting with the more chill Wainwright, and transitioning into the next track, this mix gains steam, eventually building into the deep trance, low frequency beats I love Hybrid for.

You can find this mix, free and legal at:

http://www.hybridized.org/sets/562

If you dig this mix, I highly recommend the ‘DJ Set on Frisky Radio Pt. 1’ which you can find, along with tons of other sets at:

http://www.hybridized.org/sets/?artist=1

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Audio: Calvin Harris – “I’m Not Alone” Radio Rip

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , , , on Friday, January 30, 2009 by Erik Burg

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With the 2007 release of his debut album entitled “I Created Disco,” Calvin Harris burst onto the scene just about as fast as he disappeared from it. Riding the wave of stellar electro-pop that year with Justice, Simian Mobile Disco, and Digitalism all lighting up the charts, Harris was heralded for a while but then was immediately dismissed as “the same cookie cutter bullshit” that was floating around in heavy amounts that summer.

I have to say though, that “I Created Disco” however cookie cutter it may be, was a fun album. I got plenty of plays out of it, and when it comes up on shuffle now-a-days its a great refresher. I guess I was sort of dismissing a sophomore album from him though, thinking that it might just be over-the-top and foolish a la his track with Dizzee Rascal “Dance Wiv Me.”

But here I sit, enraptured by Harris’ newest single. Premiering on what seems to be some sort of French electro radio/podcast (it’s a radio rip so he talks near the end, but it doesn’t take away from the essence of the song at all) “I’m Not Alone” is pretty different from his past material. And in a really good way. Instead of the same old indie-hipster-electro-techno whatever you want to call it, Harris goes the route of 80’s new-wave house. Well, it’s kind of hard to describe and certainly not easy to categorize, for whatever it’s worth though it’s good. Like I said, “I’m Not Alone” absolutely booms with energy and club vibe, sounding like something you might hear overseas at a Tiesto show rather than on the average teenage kid’s iPod.

I’ll stop trying to describe a song that simply has to be heard. Whether you dismissed his first release or simply haven’t heard him yet, Harris will be making waves with this release, so be ahead of the curb and grab “I’m Not Alone” now!

mp3: Calvin Harris – “I’m Not Alone” Radio Rip

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