INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: James Hillard of HORSE MEAT DISCO Talks Grade A Organic Music

11 09 2011

James Hillard (left) and his Horse Meat Disco stable

Best to have things to get your mind off the day-to-day and what better way to do that than loose yourself in a little music and conversation, right?

Enter HORSE MEAT DISCO and their third compilation release. DAA gave you a review of it earlier this year HERE and we thought it best to follow it up with some choice thoughts from one fine stallion from the HMD collective JAMES HILLARD and some FREE downloads you can nab at the end of this post. Huzzah!

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HOT SUMMER BREEZE: Review – Horse Meat Disco III

9 07 2011
OPEN 24/7 - HAWT new compilation from HORSE MEAT DISCO

OPEN 24/7 - HAWT new compilation from HORSE MEAT DISCO

Growing up I always thought I had been a lost soul that bit it a bit too soon (or was is just right?) from the darkened halls of Studio 54 at the height of its day in the late seventies. Strobe lights, smoke machines, coked up bangee boy/girl/shims, you know the drill. Maybe you don’t, but that’s ok. You know have the a new soundtrack to make sure you can step into your platforms, put a headband on and shimmy right into the dancefloor you could easily find under the light of the neon-lit back alleys of NYC, Libson, Berlin and London without leaving the comfort of your earphones.

Look, there you are, the one in the middle left, no your middle left. Damn Polaroid exposure ...

Enter the THIRD installment of Europe’s HAWT as HADES Eagle-style-disco-come-new-salsoul-sensation for the new millennium HORSE MEAT DISCO. Made up of DJ team James Hillard, Jim Stanton, Severino and Filthy Luka, this new comp has — seriously — 28 (TWENTY-EIGHT poeple!) tracks that grab from the era but merge into heights of 80s electro-groove and steaming NEW tracks that sound like they could have been popped out the Mork from Ork space egg. Read the rest of this entry »

Going Global: Three choice cuts

14 06 2011

Passport? Who needs one when you can take a vacay via a few choice listens and downloads!

I bring you tasty cuts from around the globe that you can add to your visited destinations, feel a bit more cultured, in-the-know and jammin’-on-the-one.


The first comes from Iceland and a blast from the past: GusGus. Remember them? 90s heyday of triphop and good grooves that you could ‘believe’ in? Well, the group’s female vocalist HAFDIS HULD is still holding her own with backing tracks with TRICKY on his recent KNOWLE WEST BOY and this amazing little ditty below called ‘ACTION MAN’ from her recent solo release:

If that wasn’t enough, grab a track FREE from this adorable chanteuse of the great white North HERE.

Look for great things to come from this voice in the months ahead and check out more from her WONDERFUL WORLD here.


Now, off to Denmark and the spank-tastic electro duo of MASON.

We told you about their stellar release THEY ARE AMONG US with a special interview we did with the Dutch boys a few weeks back and wouldn’t you know it, they keep on delivering with a HAWT remix of their track featuring Matt Hales – also known as Aqualung – remixed by none other than REX THE DOG.

If that wasn’t enough Pete Tong tipped it as a stand-out track and the single (out July 18) will have additional Dave Seaman, Steve Aoki, Zombie Disco Squad and The Magician (LOVE!)

The DJ team have been working with a load of folk via their label Animal Language and you can nab the remix for LITTLE ANGEL HERE.


Finally, off to France for a track that I melted into courtesy of the folks behind and a single that came out earlier this year from KEREN ANN.

The song was great enough on its own – MY NAME IS TROUBLE – but the tweaked out remix from the genius Walter Sobcek took it to another plane of consciousness. Sobcek has done some stellar remixes of PHOENIX and NIGHTWAVES but this one tears out her desperation and longing and makes it something other-worldy.

Check out that feature (written by yours truly) HERE, grab the remix, down it with some choice barbits and enjoy.

NOW, consider yourself a cross-continent globe-trotter!

— written by d_wall, a lover not a fighter for the world of music

“Don’t it make your heart go wow …”

2 06 2011

Swing your bat and don't look back.

It’s OK Nicola, you can come to the front of class. Don’t worry about coming through the window. Your bedazzled shoes are allowed even to this discriminating eye.

Beat of my Drum represents one of the most successful post-download era campaigns I have seen in my years in the music industry. Now, my “years” in the music industry have been for the most part, the outside looking in. Those years have been able to put a questioning eye on the direction of the industry, how ridiculously non-plus it was about downloads – legal or illegal – and how insurmountable their approach was once it realized something was hapening there.  Since that point, nothing has really tackled that issue head on. Until now.

The team behind Nicola Roberts new single Beat Of My Drum have done the impossible: delivered a track and the excitement for it without spending anything more than :30 to make it


thing to hear.

Let me say it again: 30 SECONDS. By doing so with small leaks of video and audio everyone across the pond – as much as they won’t admit it – have been waiting for today to hear the GING on Radio 1 and finally hear its three minutes of Diplo-Switch produced glory.

Who CARES what happens after this. She’s done it. Without an “official” leak, a website rip, anything, this song will be more than set to be number one next week on the most important chart in the world: the UK chart show in a week’s time. I’ll say it: Billboard lost it at SoundScan v. download battle of a decade past. Sorry, fight’s over, you can all go home.

Is the track anything new? Who’s to say. Could I have heard the same backing track on the intro portion of the video for the Beyonce video (:40 and :57 to be exact)? Perhaps. The important part is it’s done. It got my, yours and everyone’s attention and that is something that hasn’t happened in the last decade. Hold your tongue GaGas. Remember when a debut of a song wasn’t already pre-planned because you listened to that song more than a thousand times on your own playlist? That’s right.

Bad Romance. Heard it weeks prior. Hold It Against Me. Heard the demo prior to the track prior to the remixes prior to the “offical” debut.

This song. Loved :30 seconds. Loved 3 minutes and will love the minutes more to come. Thank you for the BEAT and thank you for the exercise in the right thing to do and then some …

PERHAPS you will be able to hear it hear before June 4: L.O.V.E.

(It’s alright darling sweetie, I would look exhausted at the end of that interview too …)

An Open Letter To All Music Lovers …

28 05 2011


Memorial Day Weekend is that odd time where people think of vacations but if you’re anything like me, escape is a hard thing to do when that oddity called “work” doesn’t let you get too far away from the homestead.

No bother, I offer you two album releases that can help anyone escape their day-to-day and find a little sonic vacation worth taking.

Consider each of these offering, and forward-thinking soldiers in the world of music, young “veterans” of the industry that, for whatever reason, haven’t found the right audience for global recognition. Sure, CockNBullKid has gotten amazing press from the shows at SXSW, touring with Duran Duran in the UK and finding great radio love across the pond with folks like Huw Stephens but would anyone here in the states truly know this band beyond hearing the name and thinking it sounded like a badly placed expletive in conversation? And, OK, I’ll give it to you, Patrick Wolf has been a darling of the underground music scene, even finding major label push from his ’06 release The Magic Position, but where is he on the US media radar: sadly, not a blip I tell you.

An open request to US music lovers everywhere, take in these two 2011 releases: ADULTHOOD from CockNBullKid and LUPERCALIA from Patrick Wolf and for your consideration, add them to some of your best releases of the year. Why? See below … Read the rest of this entry »

INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: MASON Shows ‘They Are Among Us’ In All Kind Of Ways

4 05 2011
Mason: Pub Image

MASON: The perfect music addition to your mantle!

In honor of MASON making moves into some amazing visuals (the new video for their now classic collbo with Róisín Murphy BOADICEA – which you can catch below) and delicious new work with Brazilian bossa nova legend Marcos Valle (hear it here) , I took the opportunity to talk DJ with the dutchmen duo and here is what they had to say …

How do you describe it? MASON: Dutch DJ duo, electronic music label hub (Animal Language), critic / industry one-to-watch and a “refurb”-ing, baboon booth-ing live act (??) what a thrill it is to see your debut release THEY ARE AMONG US finally make its way to the fans worldwide.
What a release it is too, touting ol’ skool rap acts like Kurtis Blow and Run of Run DMC while paying new dues to the latest arsenal of global talent like Sam Sparro, Aqualung and the genius Róisín Murphy. It’s been five years since MASON properly have been releasing mixes and hits, why now for a full-length album?
Iason:  The last few years we’ve indeed been very busy releasing dance floor driven instrumental stuff,  but on the side we’ve been working on this more pop album as well for the last 2 years. Its a nice way of balancing things out, as it would be boring for us to make techno all day! We’re also both big lovers and manic collectors of pop music, present and past, so it felt like the right thing to do. 

DW: You have a love of the craft that seems to go way back to backgrounds for both of you in instruments (Iason on classical violin and his grandmother’s turntable – NICE! – and Coen with rock bands and electro-synth) and of course, the decks. How did you two find each other and what strengths do you each draw on to get you inspired in the studio and on the road?
Coen: We both studied music technology at a …


29 04 2011
BIMBO JONES Haulin' to the U S of A for MAY DAY!

BIMBO JONES Haulin' to the U S of A for MAY DAY!

Hola music-loving amigos!
Drew_Wall_ giving a first official post for DANCING ABOUT ARCHITECTURE and glad to be doing it with this one. BIMBO JONES has been turning people to the dancefloor for decades and now those lucky folks in the NYC area can experience them — alongside the equally amazing FREEMASONS— spinning stateside at a special one-time event called MAY DAY at Amnesia NYC on, well, May 1 (funny how that works).
We had a chance to throw the man behind the over 70 #1 mixes of Bimbo Jones a few questions LEE DAGGER and here is what he had to say about the love of GaGa, Acapella and Ciara, DJ love they have, going number one and a ton more.

First, thank you for the music and mixes as a DJ troupe, writers and a band. It has been an interesting ride to the current result of BIMBO JONES that we have today. Number one club play hits, top-charting international songs, live shows with the divine Katherine Ellis and always with a consistent move to getting folks to the floor. All these things factor into where you are now and we are glad to have you there. 
In preparing for this interview I did a quick search on my music libraries and playlists to get up to speed and realized I have near 150 club mixes and radio edits with the stamp of Bimbo Jones on it. When I turned around and listened to them, it is interesting to hear your gradual transformation over the years as a remix unit. Do you hear a change in your sound when you look over what you’ve done or do you know that change is there and make it a conscious choice in your sound, given the “hits of the dancefloor” at a certain time? 
Hi there Lee Dagger here (aka DJ BIMBO JONES) firstly a big thanks to you all for all your support over the years.
Yes there is a gradual change in the sound to a certain degree. Our productions and songs can easily vary from track to track.  Remixes can be a different story. It can all depend on how the original song sounded before the remix. Some can be far easier than others and some can prove to be much more of a challenge. The sound of now is always changing and its good to move forward, though I always like to have the ‘push and energy’ within a track especially if I am going to use it in my dj sets.

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