10 March 2013
13 February 2013
This is the second part of a compilation (fully mixed this time) of my stand-out tunes of the last year or so (includes a few 2011 killers that I missed in last year’s Top 50). 125-170bpm and back via some half time action, it lasts 3 hrs.
12 February 2013
Partially funded by Creative Scotland, this debut release is the first in a series of remix EPs marking the tenth anniversary of Trouble (not to mention the fifth anniversary of Limbo) and featuring up-and-coming Scottish artists remixed by established and emerging local and international talents. All told, it’s a formidable package, catering for diverse tastes, as the overwhelmingly positive reactions from international DJs and tastemakers across the board demonstrate (97% positive: 17% 5/5, 44% 4/5 and 36% 3/5 stars). See all the feedback/quotes below.
Midnight Thunder will be released by Hobbes Music on Monday 22nd April 2013 and available as limited edition (of 300) vinyl 12”s and via all download platforms, with worldwide distribution by Rubadub.
Selected Feedback:‘Auntie Flo is big!’ (Justin Robertson, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite Mix: Sun Ritual – Will be following this label close. Great release! (Sinden, US – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘iO Sounds mix is great’ (Alex Metric, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – Fresh’ (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Like the Auntie Flo track. Nice nod to Primal Scream in there’ (Plump DJs, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – Thanks men i like this mix’ (Zdar, Ed Banger, France – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite Mix: Sun Ritual – Will download. Thank you for good music!’ (M.A.N.D.Y., Germany – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Wicked package’ (Doorly, Rinse FM, US – Various Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – great release, top notch in quality and diversity’ (Ben Mono, Berlin/Germany – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Auntie Flo is my fav’ (Arveene, Ireland)’Very nice – love Twitch’s mix’ (Sean Johnston / A Love From Outer Space) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Skippy House flows, we like. good work’ (DJ Locksmith / Rudimental, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Auntie Flo is the jam’ (Maetrik/Maceo Plex, USA – Various, Worldwide)
A1. Edinburgh/Glasgow electronic duo Conquering Animal Sound open the EP with Treehouses, singer Anneke Kampman’s distinctive voice reminiscent of a young Bjork. The band are already a live favourite locally and this track is a highlight from their forthcoming second album (due out via Glasgow indie behemoths Chemikal Underground in March). Dazzling new London talent iO supplies the remix, having garnered props from Mary Anne Hobbs and Mad Decent and currently adding a slew of releases to a rapidly burgeoning repertoire for labels such as Fortified Audio, Mad Tech, Future Shock, Infinite Machine, Diamond & Raw, Symbols, Senseless, Black Butter and Audio Culture. iO fuses a well-honed bass aesthetic with twenty-first century beat programming and a deep house sensibility, maintaining the integrity and melancholic feel of the original without forfeiting the demands of the ‘floor. Early feedback suggests this track has the potential to win fans across the board. An instrumental version will be available on a later release.
A2. On the back of a tremendous year which saw his debut album, Future Rhythm Machine (Huntleys & Palmers), widely acclaimed and tour dates all over Europe, Glasgow’s afrofuturist warrior, Auntie Flo, delivers Sun Ritual (the original of which was released by Cologne electronic giants Kompakt in November). This track has been given a heavy makeover by Edinburgh techno legend Neil Landstrumm (Planet Mu, Tresor, Peace Frog), who harnesses the African groove of the original and infuses it with his trademark industrial/bass/rave aesthetics, doffing his cap to Screamadelica-era Primal Scream in the process. Taking no prisoners, it’s an absolute beast and guaranteed to do the damage in the right clubs.
B1. Another local live favourite, HRH (above photo taken live at Limbo by Scott Carroll) deliver postmodern sleaze in their uniquely punky, electrorockabillyglamraggapop style, thanks in no small way to awe-inspiring front-woman Heather Craig, whose impassioned live performances are like John Lydon crossed with Siouxsie Sioux. Scottish DJing legend JD Twitch (Optimo) turns the dark, moody, DAF-inspired original into a menacing stealth bomber of a club cut, ensuring everyone will be dancing like drones as the metaphorical storm clouds descend. Again not for the faint-hearted, this track has already proved popular with those who appreciate music of a darker disposition! [Twitch’s own formative Nineties residency at seminal Edinburgh club night Pure (more info here) was where I had my schooling in classic electronic music before he went on to transform the clubbing landscape in Glasgow with the still more influential Optimo nights, so this remix lends the project a personal symmetry].
B2. Last, but by no means least, up-and-coming Slovenian star Nightwave puts her highenergy stamp and frenzied beats all over Heavy Weather, my own collaborative production with Leonidas (whose own debut EP, Sequential, has been winning fans in underground clubs across the globe since its summer ‘12 release via Japanese-owned label Round In Motion). Maya Medvesek, aka Nightwave, is a Glasgow/London-based Producer, DJ, Vocalist & RBMA graduate. Classically trained from an early age, her releases on Svetlana Industries, Unknown to the Unknown, Fortified Audio and Seed Records, as well as Ministry of Sound’s ‘Adventures in Dubstep & Beyond’ and the Cassie Tribute album ‘Skydiver’ out on Local Action Records either as Nightwave (or her retired moniker 8bitch) have garnered her international acclaim for a forward-thinking combination of Chicago juke, UK bass, techno, grime & 80s funk. 2012 saw Maya play to a packed RBMA stage at Barcelona’s Sonar festival where her set was heralded by international press as one of the festival highlights. Having supported artists like Rusko, Anthony Shake Shakir, MNDR, Dopplereffekt and Death Grips, appearing at festivals such as Outlook, The Electric Picnic & Exit and guesting on Rustie’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Glass Swords’ with the single ‘Surph’ (which hit daytime Radio 1, garnering support far and wide from the likes of Pete Tong, Annie Mac, Nick Grimshaw and Huw Stephens), not to mention participating in the prestigious Red Bull Music Academy in Madrid, it’s not difficult to see why tastemakers have cited her as one to watch.Other DJ feedback so far (11/03/13) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Liking the deep vibes. Great voice too’ (David Cox / AutoKratz, UK – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘I really like the iO Sounds Remix’ (Kruse & Nuernberg, Germany – Various, Worldwide – club) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Loving this, very emotion heavy and subtle, thanks will support!!’ (Jody Wisternoff/Way Out West) ‘Favourite: Pinky Ring – sounds good’ (Heiko Hoffman, Groove Magazine Editor, Germany)’iO remix is really cool – very nice deep groove going on here’ (Ben Gomori, UK – Eastern Electrics Podcast – radio) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Was a close call between this and Keith’s mix but the iO wins… lovely production… Interesting and varied EP’ (Kevin McKay, UK – Various – Glasgow – club) ‘Neil’s is my pick – really properly tribal but without being cheesy like a lot of ‘tribal’ things are’ (Ollie,Bugged Out, UK – club) ‘Favourite: Treehouses’ (Serocee – Various, Europe – club) ‘Favourite: Pinky Ring – cool mixes’ (Benoit Carretier – Tsugi, France) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Great remix package! Exciting first release!’ (goldFFinch, Belgium, Audio Culture, fm brussels, MND BRatislava – club/radio)
‘Neil Landstrumm remix is fantastic. I’ve been fan of him for many many years, and still…. thanks!!’ (Angel Molina, Barcelona – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual – GREAT. Keep this coming! (DJ Wool, The Glass, Berlin, Germany / Awesome Agency / America – club) ‘Optimo remix is incredible’ (Roy Kerr, aka The Freelance Hellraiser, UK) ‘Neil Laundstrumm does no evil’ (Daire Carolan, Ireland) ‘Twitch’s rmx and Landstrumm’s mix of Auntie Flo are really nice’ (Nacho Lovers – Toronto, Canada) ‘Favourite: Heavy Weather – Badass’ (Justiy, GALACTUS, Italy, Kiss Saturdays, Carrick-On-Shannon/Various, Ireland – club) ‘Top draw EP. Especially into the Neil Landstrumm mix’ (Mister Sushi, UK) ‘Neil on the house road again!’ (Embryo, Slovakia – Various, Slovakia – club) ‘Really like the iO Sounds remix. Nice techy vibe, will use at Plug, Sheffield’ (Geoff Ticehurst – Shuffle, Plug, Sheffield / Freshly Squeezed, Leeds Uni – club) ‘Favourite: Treehouses – Support’ (Alex Ormas / MAGNVM!, Juke Box Hero, Plastic Club, Milan – club) ‘Favourite: Sun Ritual Loving this!! Def in my set and prob next mix’ (Mike Mago, Boemklatsch) ‘The Neil Landstrumm mix is ace!’ (Kosmos, Spain, BOOMBOX, NASTY MONDAYS, NITSA-APOLO – club) ‘Love the Neil Landstrumm remix!’ (PMcQ, Glasgow/UK – club) ‘Thanks for this…. LOVE!!!! (Rebecca Vasmant, Ministry Of Sound Word Tours, Resident – club) ‘Thanks for this.. Nightwave mix the highlight for me’ (Dam Mantle, Glasgow – Various, Europe) ‘Thanks, the Neil Landstrumm remix remix rocks!!’ (Ionik/Traveller Records, Finland) ‘Really liking the tracks, well produced all of them’ (Astroboy, Kelburn Garden Party/Various, Scotland) ‘Favourite: Neil Landstrumm/Twitch – Well done, I’m well impressed!’ (Kris Wasabi, Wasabi Disco/Various, Edinburgh)
19 January 2013
This is the first part of a compilation (fully mixed this time) of my stand-out tunes of the last year or so (includes a few 2011 killers that I missed in last year’s Top 50). 105 – 125bpm, it lasts 3.5 hrs.
27 November 2012
Click here to see David Lemm’s excellent Halloween Spooks animated video, which he made for our ‘Day Of The Dead’ warehouse party last month. The audio is a one-minute clip from our Pavement K track, the full-length version of which can be sampled here alongside the rest of our upcoming Machines, Tapes & Electronic Setups EP (due out early 2013 via my new hobbesmusic label).
14 November 2012
I’m back in the Big Smoke at the end of the month, DJing alongside alongside London’s Sketchy, the brains behind the excellent online DJ mix platform, Mixcloud, and the equally fine Man Make Music label. Man Make Music recently released dancefloor bomb “Eah” by U (and check out the ace video for that one right here), counting Erol Alkan among its more high profile supporters. Mixcloud only started a couple of years ago but is a massive internet success story and has obviously been housing my mixes and DJ sets/recordings since it was still at a beta-testing stage (see link in my website tabs above). So, it’s an honour to be invited back by Sketchy and, after last year’s extremely well-lubricated hoedown, I’m expecting a proper blast again! The action kicks off at 9.30pm and entry’s completely FREE. More info here.
23 October 2012
Tame Impala seem to be pretty ubiqutous right now but that’s no reason not to mention their great new album here. The brainchild (in every respect) of Kevin Parker, he allegedly spent two years making the album, most of which was actually picking apart what he’d already recorded, re-working individual sounds and details over and over again until he was absolutely sure of the sound. Such is the freedom of modern production technology, where it’s no longer necessary to spend tens of thousands of pounds on studio time, to get the perfect mix. Now you can just drive yourself insane doing it in the comfort of your own home!
Nevertheless, it has to be said that the results of this neurotic self-doubt are quite magnificent, albeit unashamedly retro, and should at least make Parker feel that his excessive labours were worthwhile, as everyone falls over themselves to heap adulation on this notorious loner’s shoulders, while also shining a light on a somewhat introspective, cliquey scene in his Australian home-town, Perth.
Put it this way, it doesn’t sound new exactly, but Parker still knows a good tune when he hears one and has managed to combine classic rock with electronics in a way that somehow sounds fresh. So, if you like the psychedelic rock of the Sixties, the Beatles output c. 1966-68 (Revolver to Sgt. Pepper) etc, not to mention the likes of The Flaming Lips, Spiritualized et al, you will definitely dig it.
And that’s not all. One of the strongest tracks on the album, glam-rock stomper Elephant, has been given a fierce make-over for the floor by legendary American genius Todd Rundgren (picture below, who also recently contributed a great remix for that Nordic talent, Lindstrøm). You can grab a copy of the remix here but it’s well worth getting your hands on the whole long-player, with all the other bonus tracks it includes, for the full work-out.
Pass the halucinogenics, this one’s a trip!
28 September 2012
Generally down-tempo to mid-tempo (i.e. 80-120 bpm) danceable American indie/electro-pop style; usually made by solo artists with a laptop or small outfits; predominantly influenced by Eighties analogue and electronica, late Eighties/early Nineties shoegaze (hence the ‘nu gaze’ strand) and ambient, plus some Sixties psych and folk.
Origins: Allegedly coined by Carles, the author of scathingly satirical US blog Hipster Runoff, the term is a controversial one. Its main proponents claim it isn’t a genuine musical scene/genre so much as a geographically disparate bunch of artists who have been pigeon- holed by bloggers and critics in that perennial rush to identify a hip new trend. Most of these acts have been around for three or four years, but 2010 was credited with a ‘summer of chillwave’ by the US critics. Panda Bear (founding member of acclaimed Baltimore/New York psychedelic indie band Animal Collective) and LA’s Ariel Pink have both been identified as fore-runners of the scene, while Baltimore outfit Beach House may also have had an influence via their eponymous 2006 album.
Key figures: New Jersey’s Memory Tapes is one of chillwave’s biggest stars, alongside Texas’s Neon Indian and South Carolina’s Toro Y Moi (pictured above), although all three have either directly disputed the tag or seemed keen to shrug off its shackles. Com Truise, also from New Jersey, and Georgia’s Washed Out, also a close friend of Toro Y Moi, are hot on their heels, while Ohio’s Teengirl Fantasy flirted with a similar sonic palette on their debut album, 7 AM. New York’s Twin Sister, Small Black and Warm Ghost have all also been affiliated with the style.
This feature was originally published in October 2011 by The List magazine. It has been reproduced with their permission.
Bar the night’s live set from Lord Of The Isles, this is the live recording of all the night’s DJ sets from our Midsummer Night’s Loft Party at a secret warehouse location on the outskirts of Edinburgh city centre.
N.B. This was recorded in three parts (now pasted together), so there are a couple of wee jumps in the recording. Tracks 1-8 are from me; 9-14 from Leo; 15-26 from me; 27-38 from Leo; the end from me. (Still a few artist & track titles to come from Leo as well – first set).
There will be another party on Saturday 27th October ’12, loosely celebrating Mexico’s Day Of The Dead (officially 1st Nov). There will not be any flyers or posters for this. Follow me on Facebook and/or Twitter to stay in the loop.
28 August 2012
I was invited to be resident DJ/music programmer the live music for this year’s inaugural Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.
It included DJing for the runway shows (a first for me) by Leith’s Bebaroque (sported by Jessie J at the closing ceremony of the Olympics), Glasgow’s Aimee McWilliams, Glasgow/London punk legend Pam Hogg (who used to design outfits for Siouxsie Sioux and Debbie Harry), plus up-and-coming Danish designer Mademoiselle (Christina) Borcher.
While the music for the Bebaroque runway was decided in close consultation with them, I didn’t record that set (but, for the record, it involved Smoke City’s Underwater Love, the intro from Madonna’s Nothing Really Matters, Portishead’s Glory Box, Desire’s enchanting Under Your Spell and William Orbit’s Water From A Vine Leaf). McWilliams and Hogg provided their own audio for the shows, so I was little more than an audio technician for their runways, albeit still delivering my own sonic take on their style before and after (without hitting record).
In any case, while i enjoyed all the shows and loved the work being modelled throughout, the closing night’s runway by Borcher was definitely the highlight of this four-day festival for me and i did manage to record this set. It includes a 40 min. warm-up, 20 mins of music for the runway and then another 45 mins from the after-party, with a few personal favourites from years past and few brand new/newly discovered ones.
Borcher’s style is dark with hints of French chic. So there’s a wee slice of Edith Piaf in the middle of all the darkness – mainly electronic music, including obscurities by legends such as Conrad Shnitzler (Tangerine Dream, Kluster), Fade To Black/Jay Denham (Transmat), Chris Carter (Throbbing Gristle, Chris & Cosey), Liars, Tones On Tail (Daniel Ash of Bauhaus), John Carpenter, The Cure, Fad Gadget, Dominatrix, 69 (Carl Craig) and Azoto, alongside legendary tracks by obscurities such as Zongamin, Rework, Colder, Light Asylum (my new favourite band) and The Fog (aka MURK). There are also some current hits by Metronomy, Todd Terje and Oliver $ at the end.