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Some rant on why the biggest indie tunes of the year still manage to bore us.

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So arguably 2012’s biggest tunes were Daphni‘s Ye Ye and Todd Terje‘s Inspector Norse

For some reason, whenever I went out clubbing over this year, attended private parties or spent more than two hours on the internet, there was no avoiding those two songs. Don’t get me wrong, I remember getting the digital promo of both those tracks quite early and immediately thinking to myself those would go on becoming major underground hit tunes. Yet, as soon as I got somewhat excited with those did I also get almost instantly massively bored, or more precisely bored by the fact that those presented no challenge : both those wonderfully crafted tracks offer you everything before you even feel the need to go look for anything. Well, I like my music to fight back a little more before I bag it!

Take Wheez-ie for instance, a newly released artist from the states. His music obviously has some direct appeal, epic ravy stabs, cheesy vocal samples, manic breakbeats, yet I still need to sell it to the audience, listeners, etc, which makes it so much more rewarding to play out when you get the right timing, challenging the deep house heads of the day to a more hedonistic and back to basics style of electronic dance music.

Neud Photo‘s custom memories of the eighties presents the very same challenge with a rather different set of aesthetics but yet remains a quite obviously catchy tune, with an attitude, one that demands the listener to step aside from the current standard to get into the infectious groove.

If you take some of the entries from the previous post such as the Mickey Pearce, King Britt or Omar S ones, you will find this as well, obviously good music that just needs to be fought into the audience’s ears, hips and shoulders, a magnificent statement to the DJing art’s potential.

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave

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Track of the day #47 – File under acid lines #2

First there was house, then there was acid. In the grand scheme that acid house music is, Maurice Joshua or just Maurice was at the right place at the right moment when he released in late 1988 his genre defining “This Is Acid“. “I Got A Big Dick” is another favorite, but for some reason his third track from that same year seems to have slipped through the cracks of history, probably because it was only release as part of a european compilation and never re-issued. That is a mighty shame as “The Other Side” certainly counts as one of the deepest acid tracks thanks to an inhabited vocal and one of the most beautiful 808 line ever. I think that I’m gonna write about those lines a little in the coming days, but Maurice just had to come first. There you go :

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Track of the day #45 – Jason Noble’s passing.

Quite a sad one this time. I was recently having a discussion with fellow friends about the hay days of US punk rock, and Shipping News‘ first LP was voiced many times. And now, out of the blue, I just learn that its founding member passed away yesterday.  Jason Noble was also a leading voice in the careers of bands such as Rachels and Rodan, but Shipping News’ initial effort was back then one of the few remaining reasons many of us didn’t totally give up on current rock music in favor of Aphex, Autechre and co. Sure, Noble was already interested in electronics and filling his various recordings with field recordings and noises (his Per Mission project), but he was still loyal to a rock idiom that is now long washed out.

This is very sad news indeed, no puns intended, and the only good thing that could come out of it is if more people get introduced to this wonderful piece of rock that Save Everything is.

(if you don’t like the punk aspect of this, just fast forward to 3:00 or something and enjoy the tripy journey that is offered to you)

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Anthony Ausgang in my record collection

The prominent artist of the Low Brow school, Ausgang came to my attention in the mid-90ies thanks to my unofficial musical guru Pete Kember. After the Spacemen 3 disbanded, the former art student went on an even further psychedelic journey with his new ventures Spectrum and Experimental Audio Research (E.A.R.). Re-introducing our minds to the likes of Delia Derbyshire or La Monte Young a good decade before The Wire magazine decided these musicians were noteworthy, Sonic Boom (Kember’s alias) hid his references behind a truckload of cryptic imagery, the most striking being the odd Anthony Ausgang cover art perplexing the candid music enthusiast furthermore. Throughout the years, I began to understand Sonic Boom’s antics in a deeper way, and along the way Ausgang’s as well.

Sure most people now know him for his MGMT cover art for the Congratulation LP (produced by Sonic Boom!), and he’s now well accepted by the fine art people, but every now and then, some new music manages to get into my hands (and ears!) thanks to some delicious Ausgang art.

Here’s a sample of those records that have proven mystically beautiful, for the most part

E.A.R. :

Füxa :
Boredoms :
Apollo 440 :
MGMT :
Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave

Back in action

For some pleasant reason, I feel like trying to go back to a steadier rhythm with the blog, so you might see an increased activity in the coming weeks over here. It’s been such a wonderful musical year so far, with yet too many great tracks remaining in the shadows. Let’s try to adress that!

Cheers,

Bertrand Delanowave


Tech support from FaltyDL

The faithful follower of this blog and radioshow should have noticed our ongoing dedication for newyorker FaltyDL and his custom post dubstep/post garage/hardcore sound that’s currently shifting towards house, as his recent Photek remix showcased. Simon Reynolds might be borred with it all, but we’re still young and optimistic.

FaltyDL has mastered the revival of detuned/chipmunk vocal samples better than anybody we know of within dance music. He makes the over the top sound lush and sexy, going beyond the rhythmic quality of those samples.

New York’s Dubspot school of electronic music production recently had a feature between the man and Raz Mesinai (AKA Badawi, an old Helterskelter favorite), having them talk about Drew “FaltyDL” Lustman’s history as a flutist and upright bass player, as well as his use of Propellerhead’s Reason : Drew demonstrate his use of Reason’s powerful new NN-XT sampler—which now records audio, abstracting a Miles Davis sample into new dimensions, in part to sidestep legal challenges, but also to explore new creative realms. He and Raz go on to talk about the analog depth and character possible with sampling, adding a dose of production wisdom to your bedroom approach to music making, while keeping the process streamlined and simple.

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave


Unusual Chicago House artifacts recently seen on ebay

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Jesse Saunders‘ “On And On” orignal master reel tape!

Adonis‘ original matrix for his “We’re rocking down the house” hit!

Bam Bam‘s Marshall Jefferson‘s original TB 303!

Cheers,
Bertrand Delanowave