Midnight Mike has alerted us to the existence of a new track and video from disco-punk auteur Zongamin. Due for release next year on XL it sounds oddly kind of like the sort of track you reckon the Chemical Brothers would actually like to do if they didn’t have to worry about keeping mini Allen’s in pampers.
Anyway moving on, this Saturday is of course the Warp Records Christmas Party at The Great Eastern Hotel but should you be stuck down south London for the night, you can catch me playing 10 till 4 at the Dogstar in Brixton, it’ll be quite an easy going set, lots of fun, easy to drink and dance to hip-hop, electro and fidgety house. If you’re in the area come say hello.
After that it’s a little break for Christmas and then I’m playing at Cargo on the 28th with people like DJ MK, Mr Thing, Digitonal and many others, just in time to work off a few mince pies on the dancefloor.
And finally Nikhal from the rather good Man Make Music crew sent over this fine mix of bumping tracks to keep you going over the festive period, well worth a download.
Download: DJ Sketchy – Punctuality Problems
Right… time for another infrequent update, what with the real life commitments and a variety of end of year round ups I’ve had to knock out for various odds and sods (writing the Bleep.com top 50 albums of the year nearly killed me, I was surprised to look up when I’d finished and not find the final ten entries just read ‘all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’) I’d somehow managed to miss the new video for Ready For The Floor the new single from probably one of my favouritest bands of recent years Hot Chip.
Anyway for those unable to operate YouTube (yet somehow able to find this murky corner of the internet) I present it here for your pleasure, the track itself is a nice little uptempo number with a vocal from Alexis that harks back to the more emotionally pummelling tracks off Coming On Strong whilst the video, directed by Nima Nourizadeh is one of their best yet, the joker business is a strong look indeed.
If you’re in London next week Greco Roman are throwing an Anti-Christmas party on the 21st at Transit in Shoreditch, which will of course be ace.
Whilst we’re on a video tip I got sent a link to a video of a Kissy Sell Out refix of The Human League’s These Are Things That Dreams Are Made Of. Pretty much sounds exactly as you’d expect it to, the video, an animation by Chris Bianchi is pretty decent, worth a click anyway.
But best of all it allows me to nicely segue into a plug for the Warp Records / Dedbeat Xmas Party which takes place on Saturday the 22nd of December at The Great Eastern Hotel and features a DJ set from the brilliant Martin Rushent, founder member of the League and responsible for the peerless Love and Dancing album that no one who reckons they like music should be without (check your local charity shop you should be able to pick it up for a quid or two). The rest of the lineup is pretty tight too with Weatherall, The Oscillations, Broadcast, Toddla T, Shackleton and loads more playing. Get your tickets from the newly minted Warpmart.
And finally this weekend Allez Allez are hosting Optimo and Grovesnor down at the Amersham Arms, the second best venue in town if you’ve yet to check it out make the effort. Allez Allez is one of the best nights in town, Twitch and Wilkes from Optimo are 2 of the best DJs and Grovesnor, well if you want to get a lady into bed, getting her greased up at a Grovesnor gig is a cheaper and more sure fire way of getting her sexed up than any expensive meal.
Alternatively you could check out the Keston Lodge in Islington, where there no-shit music policy will be tested to the limits as I’m playing a 5 hour set from 9 till 2. If you’re in the area come and say hello and watch the decks for me whilst I make a bid for the bar.
OK, I promise this is the last post for a while to mention Modular, they certainly don’t need any extra hyping from the likes of me but they have just announced details of their Christmas Party, which will inevitably sell out within hours of tickets going to sale so is well worth tipping you off about. Last year’s saw ridiculous queues stretching out of Canvas, mainly populated by people who had no idea why they were there or what music was being played they’d just been told it was the cool place to be, so do us all a favour and get your tickets early before these chumps do.
Anyway this year their ‘Party Of The Year’ is at Turnmills (meh) on Dec 1st and the line-up is suitably plawsh, MSTRKRFT top the bill, alongside the likes of Devlin & Darko (Spank Rock), Busy P, Buraka Som Sistema, Sinden, Herve and loads more. Still a few more names to be announced so I’m waiting by my phone expecting a call any minute… Hmmmm maybe it’s broken.
Buy your tickets here.
Whilst we’re talking all things Modular, the brilliant Buraka Som Sistema are up for an award at the MTV Europe awards and frankly given all the ill feeling that there’s been between Portugal and Britain the last few months I think in the name of international relations you should head over here and vote for them and then come and see them on the 10th of November at The Amersham Arms, officially the second best venue in London.
Ok that’s it… no more.
Expensive looking video for the new LCD Soundsystem single and one of the highlights from the Sound Of Silver album (and in fact from the instrumental Nike+ piece) Someone Great. The EP also features remixes of Get Innocuous (by Soulwax, excellent), Sound Of Silver (by Carl Craig), Us vs. Them (by Sorcerer) and Time To Get Away (by Gucci Soundystem) all of which should take you about 30 seconds to find if you really wanted them so I wont post them here.
One question has to be asked though, who on earth thought it would be a good idea to speed the track up?
We’re big fans of Friendly Fires here at Hot Sauce dating back to when I was rolling with the Bomb Surprise crew and we put them on at 43. Even at that early stage of their career and despite the fact they were being hampered by a painfully amateur sound engineer (me) they showed more than enough promise for me to be able to tip them for bigger things.
Since then I’ve managed to see them a few more times and with every show they’ve come on leaps and bounds till finally towards the end of this Summer we saw them play on the last night at Bestival backed up with a decent soundsystem and lightshow and it really felt like they were living up to their potential, they had the songs and the confidence to deliver them well and as I’ve said before, in Ed MacFarlane they have a genuinely charismatic frontman (actually I think I called him a potential New Rave Jagger, which is slightly cringeworthy). In fact it’s one of my few regrets in taking a break from promoting that I didnt get a chance to put them on again.
Anyway next week their label (the excellent People In The Sky) are releasing a remix EP which should keep the proverbial iron nice and toasty. To whet your appetite they’ve sent over a couple of the remixes including an absolute ear shredder from fellow St. Albans lad Chris Clark and a brilliant mutant disco rework from DFA signings Mock & Toof, expect to hear these get a good rinsing whenever anyone lets me near a DJ booth in the next few weeks.
The label seems to be on a roll at the moment as they also sent over a track by Wax Stag. Now this really goes to show how distracted I’ve been recently as Wax Stag was a completely new name to me despite the track Short Road featuring on the recent Hot Chip DJ Kicks mix.
Anyway thank god I didn’t miss out on this as it’s an absolutely sublime slice of sparkling digital pop. It would seem others agree as the label are doing the correct thing and giving the track a proper release at the end of this month (Oct 22nd), they’ve even got Owls (one half of whom I only just realised is the embarrassingly talented Hugh ‘Sportsday Megaphone‘ Frost) to put together a gorgeous animated video that captures the playfull and slightly magical mood of the track perfectly.
Check out the video, download the track and buy the record when it’s out.
Wax Stag – Short Road – Directed by Owls
Stealthy buggers DC, they might not clock up the headlines like some other labels but over the last few years they’ve steadily put out beautifully packaged release after release, ranging from the stop/start electronic hip-hop of Kelpe or Clause 4 to The Emperor Machine‘s retro-fitted space disco without a single drop in quality. In fact looking back at their last 15 or so releases it’s fair to say they’ve probably released some of our favourite records in recent years.
Anyway the reason for this epiphany is the news that the long awaited debut album by The Oscillation (formerly The Orichalc Phase) is in the bag and ready to drop next week. Dreamy, droning soundscapes that are drowning in reverb are very much the order of the day, a kind of soundclash between The Velvet Underground and Kevin Shields at the Radiophonic Workshop, which is of course a very good thing.
To give you a taster here are the videos for Head Hang Low off the new album and previous releases Violations and Respond In Silence, or head over to DC’s site where if you sign up to their mailing list you can download a free MP3 of the Dub mix of Violations.
Head Hang Low – Directed by Dan Rutley
Violations – Directed by Julian Hand
Respond In Silence – Directed by Julian Hand
We’ve also bagged a couple of copies of the recent Death Before Distemper compilation the label put out, which includes tracks from the likes of Padded Cell, The Emperor Machine, Depth Charge, White Light Circus. To be in with a chance to win one simply email us before Friday (12th) with the answer to this question:
DC Recordings was founded by which multi-moniker’ed producer?
And finally on a similar vein to The Oscillation, if you liked what you heard and fancy taking a trip further down the rabbit hole we can heartily recommend that you check out the insanely good Knives Ov Resistance, (whose line-up includes The Oscillation’s Demian Castellanos) who released the mind bending Prisca Sapientia album at the start of this year, a record that no decent music collection should be without.
Although it feels slightly redundant bigging up the latest offering from Modular, the label could probably release the next Levellers album and would soon have the fashionistas walking around in distressed jumpers, dragging a mangy looking dog behind them, new signing The Whitest Boy Alive are still well worth investigating.
Fronted by Erlend Øye (Kings of Convenience), they have developed over the past few years from being a solely electronic project into a fully fledged live band. They self released their debut album Dreams last year to much acclaim and it is this release that has been picked up for re-release by Modular.
The band are playing only their second UK gig this Tuesday (Oct 9th) at the Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, there are no advance tickets for this so you’ll just have to get their unfashionably early or blag your way onto the guestlist as this one is going to be busy, busy, busy.
If you like what you hear you could also do a lot worse then to dig out Erland’s 2003 solo set Unrest, an excellent and much underated collection of thoughtfull electro pop recorded with the likes of Morgan Geist, Prefuse 73 and Schneider TM.
Keeping with Modular, their weekly night at the Ditch continues to pack them in and this week they’ve got Martelo and Sheffield’s brilliant Toddla T guesting, always a laugh and with a crowd that are surprisingly not too up themselves, if you’re looking for a sure bet on Friday, check it out.