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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Random Quick Remix: Dustin Skiles’ Does ‘Bad Things’ from True Blood

25 07 2011

The amazing Dustin Skiles remix’s Jace Everett‘s theme song to True Blood, Bad Things. Very sexy.

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Shiny Toy Guns Over the Sophomore Slump

25 07 2011

I was already giddy when I heard Shiny Toy Guns, one of my favorite current bands, was coming to our Northalsted Market Days, but really over the moon when I heard Carah, the original girl half of the vocals was back in the band after their toxic Season of Poison album in 2008 with a new lead singer. Seasons was a dismal and unispired sequel to their debut album, We Are Pilots (featuring the hit Le Disko) and sent many of their fans away wondering what happened to the exuberant young band with so much promise, already crumbling and turning out a shadow of their last album.

Well, they’re back in case you were wondering and from the sound of their first single, they haven’t missed a beat! Carah rightfully starts off the track, with co-vocalist Chad Petree following, as it should be. The track goes right back to their original dance rock sound, this time a bit more dance/electronic but still with the powerful punch that makes them beloved.

Wait, it gets better, you can get their new single AND a hot Human League reminiscent remix here and here. Their new album III hits stores this fall. STG hits Chicago Saturday, August 13th at 8:30pm.

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Bonus treat, in 2009, Redmonkey and I did our top 10 remixes of all time. STG was my #2 with the unreleased (but get it here) Justin Skiles mix of You Are The One. Here you go. You’re welcome.

https://danceaboutarc.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/top-ten-remixes-ever-marc%E2%80%99s-2-you-are-the-one-dustin-skiles-mix/

 

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Matt Alber’s Cover of Missing is Missing Nothing

18 07 2011

Most songs come and go in and out of your life and your ears, but some linger, some become legendary in your heart. When I moved away from St. Louis to Chicago in the 90’s leaving my friends and family, this became not only legendary, but my all time favorite song.

Everything But the Girl originally recorded Missing for their Amplified Heart CD, a transitional album away from their “Sunday Brunch” sound of the late 80’s, early 90’s to a more contemporary but still soft sound. It debuted to little fanfare but to their die hard fans like me who’d bought their 8 previous albums and loved every one. From the Smiths-like sound of the first 2, to the Swing Out Sister vibe of the middle period, to their minor hit, Driving, a VH-1/soft jazz staple I’d love every one of their eras. Now it seams they were trying to get a bit serious without trying to seem to young. It didn’t work. Until Todd Terry remixed the single for Missing.

After the remix hit the club, it hit the radio and hit the world. Going #1 in Germany and #2 in the US it would be their biggest hit and be remixed and remade many times over the years (most recently by Fedde LeGrand). EBTG went on to embrace this sound with the heavily electronic two following CDs, and Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn’s solo careers which have been primarily house and electronic respectively.

Forward 15 years and DJ Saul Ruiz meets classically trained vocalist Matt Alber. Alber, hot on the heals of hit album, Hide Nothing, due to the single End Of The World was riding high and prepping for his new CD when Ruiz walked in with an idea to cover Missing, followed by a proposed EP of other covers in the dance vein. Unlike Ben and Tracey’s version, Saul’s version is recorded as a dance track, forcing Matt to record it as such unlike EBTG’s which was remixed later. And the result is no less beautiful. Saul’s version, which takes the Todd Terry approach of less is more and sexy is best, caresses Matt’s silky vocals never overtaking. Matt’s appoach is not trying to be Tracey Thorn but to be Matt in his signature seductive manner, without ever sounding too morose for the dancefloor. That is until his otherworldly wail before and after the bridge like a ghost in the night. Nice touch.

The EP, out now (click on the graphic) contains 4 remixes. The best of which is Hector Fonseca’s soaring and epic remix and Saul’s own Peak Hour Mix. Saul told me earlier today he and Matt are working currently on doing a few more covers for a planned EP. Next on the list, Fleetwood Mac’s legendary dreams. Are they stalking my Best Of All Time playlist or what?!

P.S. You can preorder Matt’s long desired second album here for a short time www.mattalber.com/preorder.

Saul Ruiz feat. Matt Alber’s Missing (Original Mix)





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.

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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.

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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.

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Finally, off to France for a track that I melted into courtesy of the folks behind Dailybeatz.com 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





Kerli: Some Euro-beats For Your Maifest Weekend!

2 06 2011

Here’s 2 fun, eurotastic remixes by Estonia pop singer/Traci Lords illegit daughter Kerli. I really dug her first album in 2008, just for its pop rock silliness. Now it seems she’s gone a bit more dance with her next step, Army of Love. Army came out earlier this year, but bolstered by her #1 position on Billboard’s Dance Chart, some fun remixes are dribbling, not leaking out to you.

Click on the down arrow on each for a free mp3:

new remix!

http://kerli.net/





An Open Letter To All Music Lovers …

28 05 2011

CockNBullKid - ADULTHOODPatrick Wolf - LUPERCALIA

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 »