Loving the new Walter Meego album Voyager. Think Chris introduced me to them a long time ago, but checked the blog and don't think we've actually posted any tracks from them. Hmmm, that's not good, let's change that ASAP! Here's a new single I'm loving from them called 'Forever' plus a sweet Remix for 'Girls' that I've been playing out at da clubs!
MP3: Forever - Walter Meego (YSI)
MP3: Girls (Spruce Lee & Kato Remix) - Walter Meego (YSI)
Here's their breezy summertime Video for Forever. What summer's complete without a pool party!?
When I was up in Chicago I was lucky enough to catch duo He Say, She Say perform right after my set at Evil Olive. They put on a great show! They managed to get everyone in the crowd into their set. He was spinning/playing gear while she rapped to the tracks as she stood on top of a speaker (check pic above). Since she couldn't move much up there, she kept telling the crowd 'you better dance for me!'
Anyways a few days ago I got a track of theirs 'Crash Dummie' sent to me and I was mightily impressed! It's a pretty amazing dance jam. It'll fit just as nicely at a Hip Hop party as it will at an Electro-Indie Party. Perfect dancefloor form with hard synth lines and booming bass. If they keep doing stuff this catchy their bound to make it big. Don't think their signed yet, but apparently this track is already doing some damage on dancefloors in Chicago. Check it out...
MP3: Crash Dummie - He Say, She Say (YSI)
Next question, did he die hard?
No really, he's not dead. But this track is pretty damn hard. It's not groundbreaking or anything. In fact I you can head over to club row on 11st Street in "Dwntwn" Miami (ie. the area I avoid like the plague but I hang out 3 blocks away... LOLOL) and catch a lot of stuff like this.
But it's Mr. Oizo. And he and his little sock puppet, Flat Eric, have a special place in my a heart 4-ever. And it's also a ridiculously slow Friday and the weekend is going to be rained out so might as well give you some dance party music.
MP3: Mr. Oizo - Bruce Willis Is Dead (ysi) - removed (I didn't like the song anyways)
Mr. Oizo - (Kavinsky) Bruce Willis is dead
Since I spent most of the day at home yesterday as Tropical Storm Fay came through Florida, thought I'd do something constructive and record a mix. I always have people asking me for a mixed cd, so here's one. Nothing too fancy, just 11 tracks/28 mins mixed together for dancing! I used 2 Pioneer CDJ1000's and a Pioneer DJM 800 Mixer recorded onto a Mac Laptop. No editing done. This was a one take straight through, mistakes and all...
Hope you like it!
T.S. Fay Mix by Ray Milian (YSI)
T.S. Fay Tracklisting::
1- Casa Del Mirto - Say Goodbay
2- The Twelves - When You Talk
3- Cut Copy - Out There on the Ice
4- Alyoa- It's Been too Long (Lifelike Top Gun Remix)
5- Woolfy - Oh Missy
6- Bufi - We Begin
7- Islands - Creeper
8- The Golden Filter - Solid Gold
9- Sebastian Tellier - Sexual Sportswear (Donavan Remix)
10-The Presets - This Boy's in Love (Lifelike Remix)
11- Sebastian Tellier - Divine (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)
You guys have to hop on over to Daryl Hall's website (of Hall & Oates fame duh - we have some young readers, I'm sorry), and check out episode 10 with his guests Chromeo. I have had the item unread for about a week, until I could sit down and truly enjoy the webcast.
In the show, Daryl Hall, along with his musicians and Dave 1 and P-Thugg ,rip through a bunch of Hall & Oates classics as well a couple of Chromeo hits. The Canadian duo look semi-starstruck as Hall explains some of the techniques used to record classics like Private Eyes, I Can't Go For That (No Can Do), Kiss On My List... He even invites them to the indoor pool of his house THAT WAS BUILT IN THE 1700's! Yeah, Hall's hobby is restoring old homes out in Southern Connecticut. Who woulda thunk it?
MP3: Hall and Oats - Kiss On My List (ysi)
Check out Hall's description of Chromeo on his site:
It is funny, I have a few friends that are just discovering Chromeo. So now I am hearing tracks that I have not heard in a couple of years and enjoying them all over again.
"... Remember the debate when Chromeo first came on the scene? The endless back and forth about whether those boys were joking or not? Well, Fancy Footwork will put any vestigial haters to sleep forever. There ain't nothing "ironical" about this music. It's Hall & Oates riding on 22's, busting shots in the air with Quincy Jones driving. That shit ain't funny. "
I told you a bunch of times that the YACHT album I Believe In You, Your Magic Is Real, was good. Now, others have noticed. Particularly James Murphy who signed YACHT to DFA records after replacing Prizhorn Danceschool (they had visa issues) on LCD Soundsystems tour last year. The funny thing is that the track they are releasing first I think least sounds like YACHT. Who cares, it's great. Here is a version they released on their blog last year. It is pretty much the same as the current version out on DFA except the quality of the mix has been beefed up to DFA standards.
MP3: Summer Song (Original Mix from 2007) (ysi)
MP3: See A Penny Pick It Up (ysi)
You guys like videos too....
YACHT - Summer Song from Jona Bechtolt on Vimeo.
Other people like this band too:
"YACHT smells wonderful. I must say, all the time he spent in our bus, it was as if a cool breeze was blowing through my mind. and good songs, too!"
James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
"YACHT = megaphysical."
"Positive energy rainbow dome music from a next-generation west coast healer."
Dave Longstreth, Dirty Projectors
"YACHT is a true renaissance man, feel his magic zap you with its lightning bolt made of awesome."
Architecture in Helsinki
"The energy they brought, the aerobic choreography, the propelling beats, and the catchy repetitive mantras were irresistible."
"A more modern take on Suicide, Sonic Youth, Bush Tetras and ESG."
"Being indie rock's Timbaland ain't easy."
"Oh, man, we love this kid."
"No one combines giddy bubblegum melodies with clinically precise programming quite like Bechtolt."
"After spinning Yacht's new one, I Believe in You. Your Magic Is Real, we are prepared to echo the album title's assessment with respect to the artist himself."
Time Out New York
"Yacht rock has never been better."
"YACHT's not just music, it's a way of life."
"YACHT Became This Week's Biggest Artist In The World"
"Don't miss the boat on YACHT."
The Fader Magazine
"Bechtolt's hip-hop-influenced beats make you want to dance like you're a 10-year-old in aerobics class."
"Jona Bechtolt is no more a normal human being than a toaster is a Ferrari."
By Chris on 8/20/2008
Sorry my posts have been sporadic. But I have Ray backing me up with live mixes and new tracks!!
This is will be a short post. By now you have to have noticed my affection for Germany's Kompakt records (did I play Gui Borrato's Beautiful Life enough times at Abraxas?). Well, their yearly TOTAL compilation was just released (not here) and it once again does not disappoint.
And to all those "people" that got Monday and Tuesday off because of Fay, all I have to say is that you guys owe me a drink when you see me out this weekend. I had to battle torrential ... okay, slight sun showers with the occasional gust of wind (what an idiot that guy, seriously...), and HUUGE puddles going into work this week. The puddles were ginormous! Oh and I still had to wear a shirt and tie. Ugh.
On to the music...
MP3: Joerg Burger - Modernism Begins At Home (ysi)
MP3: Superpitcher vs The Congosound - Say I'm Your Number One (Superpitcher Remix) (ysi)
Oh about the compilation, here are the tracks. The vinyl and CD version are different. The vinyl has all new material and exclusives, while the CD has 8 of the 10 new tracks and has a a bunch of extra ones that have been released in the last few months (as opposed to only new material on the vinyl).
01. Justus Köhncke – Thanks For The Add
02. DJ Koze – Zouzou
03. Superpitcher Vs. The Congosound – Say I'm Your Number One (Superpitcher Remix)
04. Jürgen Paape Feat. Alison Degbe – Come Into My Life
05. Matias Aguayo – Minimal
06. Supermayer – Hey Hotties!
07. Jörg Burger – Modernism Begins At Home
08. Superpitcher – Disko (You Don't Care)
09. Partial Arts – Telescope
10. Thomas Fehlmann – With Wings
11. Burger / Voigt – Wand Aus Klang
01. Dubshape – Droplets – Early Night Mix
02. Jonas Bering – I Can't Stop Loving You
03. Robert Babicz – Don't Look Back
04. Nightguy – Pretty Face
05. Gui Boratto – Annuciacion
06. The Rice Twins – The Signifier
07. Nicolas Stefan – Time Is Over
08. Kaito – Everlasting Dub
09. Scsi-9 – Another Day Acid
10. Maxime Dangles – Tulipa
11. Freiland - Geduld
Freiland - Geduld
Justus Köhncke - Thanks For The Add
DJ Koze - Zouzou
Jürgen Paape feat. Alison Degbe - Come Into My Life
Supermayer - Hey Hotties!
Jörg Burger - Modernism Begins At Home
Superpitcher - Disko (You Don't Care)
Schaeben & Voss - Penisnight
Jürgen Paape - Ausklang
After yesterday's ranting, here is something fresh! And no whistles or Kanye West! I promise!
So I cannot wait to see how Peter, Bjorn and John managed to mix the above styles into a cohesive album. The Swedish trio are set to release their next album after Writer's Block this fall. There is actually a separate and proper follow up to Writer's Block also in the works. This release instead will be an instrumental album that sprang from ideas during the recording sessions of Writer's Block.
"Some songs are African/Brazilian music, then there are a couple of Kraut/punk, and some are lounge songs. The backgrounds are all bass/guitar/piano or bass/guitar/drums, but the melodies are played on different things."
On the track below, I like how the guitar contrasts with the crunchy synth stabs. (Actually hearing the song again, it reminds be a Polynesian version of Portishead's Machine Gun.) The music definitely sounds exotic. If this is a hint of what the album is going to be, I'm all for it. The album is entitled Seaside Rock. Read about what else the prolific Peter Moren is up to at Billboard.
MP3: Peter, Bjorn and John - Inland Empire (ysi)
MP3: Peter, Bjorn and John -The Chills (Thieves Like Us Remix) (ysi)
I actually really enjoy the original version of The Chills (go back to the album and take a listen to it). Thieves Like Us seem to speed up the music by slowing down the vocals. (I know it sounds strange.) This other (2/3's Swedish) trio are also up to new things as well. They have a new EP out today called Your Heart Feels. The title track is their current single. The melody is catchy, maybe if they just tweak their vocals a bit. It's definitely better than (oh God I really hate it..) Drugs In My Body. (And it probably wasn't even the song, but how the crowd reacted to it when it came on.) Moving on...
MP3: Thieves Like Us - Your Heart Feels (ysi)
**Update from Pitchfork:
It turns out that Seaside Rock isn't a completely instrumental album after all. According to a press release written by PB&J themselves, "As homage to Peter Bjorn and John's respective hometowns they wanted to feature the voice and dialect from each of the three areas. So apart from the instrumental soundtrack to the lonely childhood of northern Scandinavia you can also hear three monologues about some sort of seaside. The stories are read by a real saxophone player from Norsjö, a grandfather from Vika and the hairdresser Siw from Piteå."
I feel bad I haven't posted in a while. My free time seems to have mysteriously disappeared. I still have time for music though, just not writing about it.
However, music is in a weird transition. While there is some great new things being produced, a lot of what I am hearing ... well sucks. Some of it is pretty good, but just reminds me of something from a few years back that is better.
Anyways, I don't want to come across as a h8r but you know what I'm saying. You know when a song is recycled, you know when a song is disposable. At least if you actually read this blog you are. I do know people that basically don't know better. With nothing to compare to, well, crappy music sounds good.
So as I was saying disco-piano-deep-space-house music is making a big splash in the clubs lately.
But I really like this.
MP3: Diana Ross - My Old Piano (ysi)
(There is a remix floating around out there - a re-edit whatever they're calling it now, it has a pretty good piano solo, but I really don't see the point of playing it out if you have the original.)
Back from Chicago! Had a great time in the Windy City, almost didn't wanna come back. It's a beautiful city with huge NY Style Skylines, a beautiful river runs right through downtown, safe/clean streets and friendly ass people! Everybody we asked a question spoke to us for like 30 mins, asking us were we're from and recommending places to see. That just doesn't happen in Miami. Most people here ignore you or say they don't know if you ask them anything on the streets. Definitely a great city. Go to my facebook (Ray Milian) and check out some more pics I posted, got some pretty sweet ones on there. The only thing the locals kept telling us is that the winter months sucks there. Oh well, we have Hurricanes here and they seemed pretty worried about that when we mentioned we're from Miami. Funny how we get used to those living here.
Saturday was Lollapalooza! What I liked best is that it's in the middle of the City/Downtown. When you go to Coachella you're in the desert and there's nothing to do before or after the shows. Here the city's right there. You get to see the beautiful Chicago skyline as you watch the shows or if you wanna stroll out to wander outside of the park there's plenty to do.
I had this whole post written up. I think 10 tracks. Uploaded with zshare and yousendit links.... The works. Some photos. Spell checked. Ready to go.
And I lost it...
And now I'm swamped at work and it's 5:10pm.
So I apologize. All I have time for is this post for the new Chemical Brothers album. I just received the promo for it. I'm excited. Sounds better than their last couple efforts.
Enjoy. Smell ya later.
MP3: The Chemical Brothers - Midnight Madness (ysi)