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Resident Advisor's podcast: awesome or fantastic?

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 19, 2007 02:50pm | Post a Comment

One of my favorite online destinations for dance music in 2007 is Australia's Resident Advisor. It's great for up-to-the-minute news, interviews, DJ charts and more. But while the writing is a bit off occasionally and the coverage a bit too club-focused, RA really shines through its podcast, an hour long mix by cutting-edge DJ's featuring the best the music has to offer. Recent sets from Alexander Robotnik, Âme, Maurice Fulton, Ripperton, M.A.N.D.Y. and particularly the completely satisfying Dixon mix have quenched my thirst for ever-newer mixes. Best part: it's free (unless you consider registration a cost). Go get it!

Save Internet Radio

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 17, 2007 01:01am | Post a Comment
Do you listen to online radio stations? Often? Do you have favorites you love a whole lot? Well, all that is about to end, thanks to yesterday's hearing of the Copyright Royalty Board, at which it declined to change its mind regarding a recent hike in rates that will effectively put everyone out of business.

Still, there's hope.

Send a letter to your Congressperson. If you care, you gotta.

Sweet Sweet Music

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 16, 2007 12:43am | Post a Comment
    At Amoeba SF's electronica section, we've usually got at least four or five titles each month that we're extremely hyped on. Here's our current batch:



    First we've got Gui Boratto's Chromophobia on Kompakt. Boratto's Brazilian heritage gives him an edge when making his brand of tech-house, and that's an ear for rhythm. Straddling between minimal and electrohouse, Chromophobia avoids any LP pitfalls by working equally on a dancefloor as on headphones, it's got enough oomph to sound fantastic on a large sound system, but intricate enough that you notice small details while listening at home. I love his way with melody, particularly the swooping tones of "Terminal" and the bleep counterpoint in "Gate 7"; it gets quite emotional. The rhythms are key, though, and it's clear from the first track on that Boratto has a good grasp of syncopation and funk. Between the Hug and Field albums and now this, Kompakt are on a bit of a roll, again!



    Next up is We Are Together by Japanese producer Kuniyuki Takahashi, released on Mule Musiq. This is an album that is a unanimous vote amongst the electronica staff - everybody loves it (well, at least four of us). It's jazzy house music only in the loosest sense of the phrase, managing to perfectly walk the tightrope between noodly and stiff. The thing I like best about this album is its sense of space, the production on every track sounds so expansive and widescreen as to conjure up images of the music's physicality. In that sense it reminds me of the Burial album where there's a very conscious sense of three-dimensional space - it's a real "smokers delight". Check Kuni's MySpace page to hear more of this excellence.

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You Know The Score

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 15, 2007 12:58am | Post a Comment
Alternately known as Old Skool, Hardcore or simply Rave Music, Breakbeat Hardcore is the bastard spawn of Chicago Acid House, Dub Reggae and Bomb Squad-style Hip Hop. Here's a slew of videos I've been collecting that showcase the stuff in it's full glory. All Hail YouTube!

Run Tings - Fires Burning:



Altern8 - Infiltrate 202
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Kicks Like a Mule - The Bouncer:



Liquid - Sweet Harmony/SL2 - On a Ragga Tip:



SL2 - DJ's Take Control:



Acen - Trip II the Moon (Kaleidiscopiklimax)
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A Basement, a Red Light and a Feeling

Posted by Mike Battaglia, April 14, 2007 08:36pm | Post a Comment
This week I happened to receive new music by Elektrons, a Manchester-based duo who've recently released their second single, and it's one that has shot to the top of my chart - I've been humming it all week!

 

"Dirty Basement" features Eska, a vocalist who's worked extensively in the Broken Beat world with the likes of Bugz in the Attic and I. G. Culture, often the highlight of the songs she's singing, as is the case with the majority of Culture's vastly overlooked New Sector Movements album Turn It Up. She is wicked, and this is no exception. The staccato verses sound like she's channeling Missy Elliot a bit but once she really starts singing, it's purely Eska.



Elektrons
are also known as eclectic DJ crew  The Unabombers and throw an internationally-known club night called The Electric Chair (popular enough that they have their own CD compilations) that's been turning folks on to its varied music policy of fun, funky and leftfield dance tunes since 1995. Made up of Justin Crawford and Luke Cowdrey, the Unas both have a long history in music, with Crawford being behind jazzy downtempo act Only Child on Mark Rae's Grand Central Records as well as bassist for Madchester dance-rockers New Fast Automatic Daffodils (who are due for a major revival any day now - you heard it here first).

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