From Middle to North is pop/dance producer Håkan Lidbo’s latest helping of house music in via a new 12". Lidbo, who has managed labels like MNW Dance, Deck Deli, and Left < > Right, also now has over 50 records to his name across genres, ranging from the deepest underground to the cheesiest pop. In this case, his first single off the new record, Sandviken By Night, features electronic gurgling, dark quirks, and hits of high bell tones rooted in a satisfying 4/4 pulse. Let Lidbo bring you to his floor with this compelling tech-house track. Lulu McAllister
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The delightfully quirky members of The Chap just can't stop having fun. Their recently released Ghostly debut, Mega Breakfast, found the London, U.K.-based experimental pop outfit singing about girls, clubbing, and cycling over high-energy guitars and foot-stomping rhythms. Now, the band has gone and compiled a mini-album full of remixes, covers, and a few unreleased tracks entitled Builder's Brew. The release sees Tigersushi's Joakim turning "Ethnic Instrument" into a 4/4 electro banger, while anticon. band Thee More Shallows and Athens, Greece-based producer Electroware also stepped up took on remix duties Not to be missed, of course, is The Chap's hilariously deadpan version of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It." 2009 tour dates are in the pipeline. In the meantime, check this radio edit of the track "Proper Rock," which lives up to its names. Builder's Brew 01 Proper Rock (Radio Edit) 02 Young and Joyful Bandit 03 Un Deux Trois Boxen 04 Nice Face 05 Ethnic Instrument (Joakim Remix) 06 Auto Where To (Electroware Remix) 07 Caution Me (Thee More Shallows Remix) 08 What's Love Got to Do With It
“Glad I Met You” is the first single off D. Gookin’s first EP, When You're Lonely Everybody's a Celebrity. This balmy neo-disco song rolls along seamlessly, with twinkles of chime and sweet flute, until some well-placed scratching reminds you that Mike Birnbaum (D. Gookin) is there making it all come together. A high-pitched electrified soloist fades in and out for the chorus, giving way to a shiny group chant on repeat. The retro synths and funky rhythms make this upbeat track one for the good times. The talented drummer, vocalist, and DJ will be heading out on tour with label mates Worst Friends and Mux Mool on Oct. 2, beginning in New York, then heading west. Lulu McAllister
Vivian Girls, that three-part-harmony-singing, loft-pop-making trio of ladies from Brooklyn causing a stir on the blogwaves of late, recently dropped a new 7", the b-side of which is this, a cover of Daisy Chain's "Blind Spot." Supposedly. Debate has been brewing over the web since the track was leaked last week as to whether or not "Blind Spot" is in fact the name of the song, and apparently there was more than one band that went by the name Daisy Chain. Whatever. If lo-fi, shoegazey guitars and ghostly vocal harmonies suit your palate, this one's worth a listen.
Nudge appears to have a very submissive and peaceful agenda with “War Song,” as the three-piece band synthesizes live instrumentation and singing with computer-generated sounds in this eerie track from the Infinity Padlock EP. Member Brian Foote (who runs the Outward Music and Audraglint labels), Paul Dickow (a.k.a. Strategy), and Honey Owens (of Jackie-O Motherfucker) comprise the PDX-based spacey psych-rock collective and paint a vibrant- yet- illusory picture that has a noteworthy sense of optimistic melancholy.
Unruly Records just took home four Best of Baltimore Awards (an annual happening conducted by Baltimore City Paper), one of which was for Say-Wut, who snagged the Best Club Music producer title for 2008. To celebrate, we're throwing up this remix from the producer and erstwhile Horseman Entertainment boss. Those unfamiliar with the B-more sound need only check this track's rubbery synth horns, hammering drums, and aggressive bass for an education.
Naked Acid is the second full-length from Portland-based pysch-nymph Honey Owens, who makes music under the name Valet. The album was pieced together over a five-month period in 2006 and takes its inspiration from, among other things, “Haitian Voodoo drumming, various shamanic dreamtime musics, and the Velvet Underground," Owens said in a press release. It was recorded in mostly single, live takes, with only some sparse additional tracking. On “Kehaar,” the first single, a few reverberated guitar chords outline a stark musical landscape across which a voice fit for a choir meanders alongside. Owens’ drawn out notes are hauntingly beautiful– sometimes high-pitched and angelic, sometimes atonal and eerie. Find your inner shaman with this ethereal track. Lulu McAllister
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