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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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 …