Halfway through my opening DJ set for Echo & the Bunnymen, I worked in “Get the Message” by Electronic, the 1991 collaboration between Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr.
Jensen Sportag is Austin Wilkinson and Elvis Craig from Nashville, TN. Their song “Mapquest” is on their 2011 debut EP, Pure Wet, on Cascine Records.
A promising remix for a J-Pop singer early in Röyksopp’s career arc eventually became “Vision One”, an underrated banger on the Norwegian duo’s third album Wall Of Sound.
Atticus’ Song of the Day leads to an in-depth study in bass weight’s past and present.
Here is my top ten for 2011, as you can see I have some chill wave and some straight up dance-floor bombs filling out my top ten. This has been an amazing year musically, and we were blessed with tons of great albums and singles.
German electro-pop pioneers Kraftwerk flew mostly below the radar stateside, yet they were a very influential group to many synth based artists that charted highly in America. Driving rhythms with flowing melodies can be a formula for pop success and this was the basic recipe for their 1978 release, “The Model.”
A late entry into the Halloween-themed downloads, Glass Candy have created an homage to John Carpenter’s legendary all-synthesizer scores for his own “Halloween” films. A sing-song “trick or treat” melody glides atop slick synths creeping along at a stalker pace. Nicely done!
Fresh from the lab, here’s a new mix just in time for Halloween scares! Forty-eight minutes of creeping, unrelenting menace.
Just a few songs I’ve been personally feeling lately, including great new releases from indie artists St. Vincent and CANT, a brilliant cumbia/house hybrid from Quantic, vital revivalist soul from Raphael Saadiq, and some incredible reworkings of classics from Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye.
Ten years and twelve albums into his career, Will Holland aka Quantic shows no sign of stopping. This new double-disc retrospective highlights his amazingly varied music released under a number of studio projects.