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 …


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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Yazoo Live on “Reconnected”

15 09 2010

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Depeche Mode @ the Rose Bowl. Morrissey @ UCLA.  The Cure @ Dodger Stadium. Just a few of the iconic life altering shows that I have been fortunate enough to attend. In July of 2008 I got to add to that exclusive list. Yaz live. The show was the most fulfilling concert experience of my life. There was surprise of seeing a band I had loved for years that I never thought I would see. The raw emotion that came thru Allison Moyet was palpable. In today’s world of choreographed “don’t miss a step or change up a song  in the set”  standard, the excitement she displayed inbetween songs to not only the audience, but to Vince was something that I will NEVER forget.

Now thanks to my favourite label of all time, MUTE, we can relive the moments over and over again. “Yaz: Reconnected”

The soon-to-be classic  will be released on September 27th as a standard 2-CD set, a limited edition 2-CD deluxe edition contained in a 32-page hardback book, and via digital download. If you can’t wait until then to relive Yazoo’s 2008 ‘Reconnected’ tour then help is at hand courtesy of Mute Records who have set up the audio player below, now complete with four tracks from the album: ‘Nobody’s Diary’, ‘State Farm’, ‘Only You’ and ‘Ode To Boy’… enjoy!

How Did You Know I Wanted a Flamingo?

9 09 2010

The Killers. The name of a band that either results in a swell of admiration or a moan of disapproval. I am in Camp Admiration. Since the Duran Duran-ish beginning (Hot Fuss) thru the “Boss of it all” on Sam’s Town, even to the Bowie/Elton vibe of Day & Age– I have swooned over them. And next week (today in the UK) the beloved front man, Brandon Flowers will release his first solo album, “Flamingo. The first single is “Crossfire”, a slow burning mid tempo ballad with a “killer” video starring the beautiful Charlize Theron as a ninja of sorts. Need I say more.

Non-smoking room,please. Strip View. Thanks.

I have had the chance to preview all of the tracks and I must say I LOVE this album. It could be the Killers new album and sit just fine. But it’s more than a Killers album. It is an album that lets B Flo tell his story his way. Using emotional word-play that not many US artists would touch with a ten foot pole. That kind of performance is usually regulated to our friends across the pond. But there is something totally Americana about Brandon. And it’s not just the references of Vegas or that little twinge of country you get when Jenny Lewis is signing backup on a track. It seems as if the war he is having with his emotions is real. Something we don’t get too often in this rap filled and American Idol society.

So moan in disapproval if you will, but thank you Mr. Flowers for not only being pretty but for giving some feeling to some music. It’s appreciated.

Check out the “Crossfire” video below:

New Kylie Video…. (Gasp!)

3 09 2010

And it’s amazing. Aphrodite is another album that is inching it’s way toward “ALBUM OF THE YEAR”…..

FACE FACE FACE! Kylie serving up some serious FACE. (while throwing major SHADE)

Good Stuff.