Month: October 2009
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Toronto-based Parallels are back releasing music again with their newest single, Find The Fire. Holly Dodson (Vocals) and Cameron Findlay (Drums and Production) are extremely innovative when it comes to creating dark synthesized electro beats. Their new single is a bit lighter than some of their previous releases but it’s still spectacular. Dodson’s vocals are beautiful. She sounds reminiscent of an 80s pop scene, so innocent and pure. Together they put a signature stamp on all of their tracks, and all of them are one of a kind.
Over the past week I came across some new inviting house remixes by Laidback Luke. Both are fixated on heavy synth sequences and layers of loops. Luke has an elaborate playful way of mixing up the original samples and spinning them to his desire. He takes both these tracks for a walk, especially the earlier touch-up to MSTRKRFT/Jon Legend’s Heartbreaker. Included also is the classic remix to MJ’s Thriller. Halloween’s is around the corner so it’s an excellent grab.
2009 has been an impressive year so far for the Netherlands producer. The collaboration with the Swedish House Mafia on Leave The World Behind was Beatports best-selling song of the year as of July 09. He’s also been on tour all year- from Australia to Ibiza so far with upcoming shows in Europe, Russia and Singapore. If you are in one of these areas it would be worth the investment to check the show. Dates can be found on his myspace.
Juan Maclean, frontman to his contemporary self titled project was initially part of the dance-punk group Six Finger Satellite that emerged in 1990. The Providence, Rhode Island band captured a significant following and are still recognized today for their prophetic fusion of electronic and post-punk music. It disbanded in 2001 after lasting 11 years. During their run, James Murphy, an impressive and established sound engineer signed onto the project to assist SFS in sound management while on tour. This was the beginning of an epic relationship.
When the project broke up, MacLean focused on a degree at Providence College, and Murphy moved to NY in an attempt to further himself in the music industry. It wasn’t long before Murphy realized his calling card creating DFA Records with co-founder Tim Goldsworthy in early 2001 (Originally, the record label was Death From Above Records but was altered in the wake of Sept 11). In 2002, Murphy became known for his most successful musical endeavour by providing the vocals for his new project LCD Soundsystem. After some time Juan MacLean was urged back into the business by James Murphy. MacLean started experimenting with modern electronic mixing equipment and within four years released his debut album, Less Than Human. It is a fantastic first album. The track Give Me Every Little Thing can still be found echoing in my speakers.
In MacLean’s resurgence he became associated with much of the crowd Murphy was hanging around. Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem and Juan MacLean still occasionally produce music today. The track Dance With Me is one of their signature tracks together. I don’t have an electronic copy to share but if you have the ability find it, its worth the hunt. It’s interesting how a family of friends reunited to establish a small music empire. Sometimes things just work out and when tracks like this emerge everyone benefits.
Classixx crew Michael David and Tyler Blake are at it again. The recent remix to Drop The Lime’s Devil’s Eyes has a real unique pop to it. The track is complete with smooth vocals and a typical Classixx heavy-synth combo that does wonders. The duo have a couple Halloween gigs coming up in San Fran and L.A. before they’re off on a mini European tour. Catch them if you have the chance. Hit myspace for tour dates.
I also included a disgustingly good remix to Ladyhawke’s Magic from a few weeks ago. If you don’t have it, grab it. It’s a great treat for libraries everywhere.
The video above is directed by Mark Hunter and was released on May 11, 2009 via Kitisune.
CatComplex should be building a lot of hype by now. The Spanish DJ has created some exceptional original tracks in Love Gemma & Run Modernillo. Love Gemma is top notch and delivers a smooth set of disco vibes. The sporadic keys within each verse are extremely impressive. If you haven’t had the chance to check into something new and enthralling, I invite you too below. It may not infect the clubs but it will definitely impact your hearts.
Meterhead released an Official Remix EP package that contains three powerful tracks featuring great stuff from the Black Lips, Acid Girls, and Wale. This is the first release in awhile for LA-based Meterhead. He’s been keeping pretty busy by working on a number of various side projects, some we may even hear of in the coming months. Keep an eye out for this man. One would hope that these recent releases represent his new awakening into the culture and keep him from returning to the dormant lifestyle he was living.