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I just put together a Burial mix. Have a listen.

I just put together a Burial mix. Have a listen.

Burial is one of a kind when it comes to music, truly original music, creating a new genre and inspiring many more I couldn’t think of a better artist to create a mix from. I’m new at the game with my only past experience being drunken fumblings with decks at parties but it seemed like a fun idea and it was late. Pretty happy with the end product. Take a listen if you want. 

My House Skipped a Beat

If you are tired about people banging on about futuregarage/house music, you shouldn’t be. Embrace this scene while its fresh because it’s not just a passing phase like Nu-Rave. It’s real and it’s real good.

EDM has recently become a bit of a passion of mine, I’m just one among many others who have realized this kind of music has more to offer than first meets the eye. Straying away from my past of worshiping the works of artists like The smiths, who will always be respected and rightfully so, the future is EDM and that’s a pretty bright future.  When you see these producers and DJ’s in a live setting, it’s easy to see why you love this type of music so much, it trumps any experience you’ve ever had when witnessing any other type of artist.

 

Ollie Macfarlane – Someone Warm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOFfEY27P-k

Surprisingly this was not made in 2012 and not 1992, for those fortunate enough to remember the times of illegal raves and other fun cultural ideas around at the time (unfortunately I was yet a small boy) ‘someone warm’ is a doorway to the past. His music is weirdly original in a time where many genres collide endlessly. A man who is not scared to release ‘Burial’ remixes, something that every bedroom DJ will attempt, knowing in the fact that his are distinctly better than the rest.

Ultraista – Gold Dayz (Maribou State Remix)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtYSHD5iynk

I once watched someone in a less that sober state hear this song at about five in the morning, telling everyone to be quiet and in about 30 seconds deemed that this was indeed the most amazing song he had ever heard in his entire life. There is something strangely magical about this remix, when most remixes don’t add much to the song they are trying to portray in a new light, this remix doesn’t just add a new light, but new life.  A little anecdote to finish, I once met the two chaps from Maribou state at Beaverworks in Leeds, I went up to these two guys and asked for a lighter, in small talk also asking if they’ll be going to see maribou state, of which they replied “we are maribou state”. To which you think, who cares.

Toyboy and Robin – To The Top

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yid91VjjXnQ

Getting ever more popular by the day, Toyboy and Robin are converting the unbelievers of house music  by the second. They have almost taken a new view on this genre, a track that seems so disjointed, upon realising it’s just a jigsaw that fits together perfectly. Only on the scene a short while they have already been remixed by the likes of TCTS and Wonky Ninja, these remixes don’t even scratch the surface of the original, proving to a lot of people that toyboy and robin really are ones to look out for this year coming. 

A guide to music without lyrics

No lyrics, just talent.

A collection of songs with no voice, just soul.

Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy

Complete masters, Boards Of Canada have influenced a countless amount of artists from a countless amount of genres. Every song feels like a journey, and their music videos will take you down the scenic route.  Many draw comparisons to artists like Aphex Twin, which in its own right is one of the biggest compliments a musician can receive.

Mogwai – Yes I am A long way from home

I think most Mogwai songs could be studied in an A-level English Lit class, but how is this possible when vocals are scarce for the majority of tracks? At the risk of sounding pretentious (this is a blog so I think I’m ok there…) Every sound that Mogwai makes leaks emotion that could be studied to the most acute degree. The album titled happy songs for happy people could not be any more misleading, Mogwai are a mixture of depression and hope, fitting of the world we live in.

Explosions in the sky – Postcards from 1952

One of the finest bands you will ever have the pleasure of seeing if you are lucky enough, I don’t think I would have passed my A-levels without them, with a hefty back catalogue of outrageously harmonic guitar riffs, this is the definition of background music. I like to think explosions in the sky is music for the bad times, and music for the good times.

DJ Shadow – Building steam with a grain of salt

DJ Shadow need’s no review, the man has been creating God like music for years, you just need to look at his recent boiler room to understand that there is no limit to his genius. Possibly the finest producer to ever live boasts a record collection reaching over 60,000 pieces of vinyl, take a lesson and bow.

Redlight on Route 94

I don’t want this blog to have any kind of tone, I’m hoping to write a mixture of things which will all add up into some kind bourgeotariat mixture of writing, that should definitely be a word. So, we continue…

Location : Wire, Leeds

Who : Redlight. Route 94

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What Happened…

Don’t rush your drink, Don Draper has it right. This is what I have learnt from this experience.  Giving yourself one hour to drink a bottle of your finest Morrison’s own gin and 17p lemonade will only lead for an interesting night, thinking back, it wasn’t the most GINious idea I’ve ever had. Get used to these.

Reaching this level of intoxication at this speed when you’re in an environment of people on a plethora of substances and  the grimiest of underground clubs on offer will only mean two things, you skank harder than usual and you chat copious amount shit to copious amounts of strangers. Believing a strangers story that they were back stage at the SALVA boiler room set and did a line of ket with him becomes almost to unbelievable when you realise it was filmed in Los Angeles in September of 2012, and this guy is almost definitely a first year music production student at one of the various local uni’s.

I was pretty excited for all three acts that night, even though redlights stuff is mainly played in Tiger Tiger and Oceana of late, but we live in a world where Julio Bashmore’s au serve and pretty much disclosures entire discography will be played on any dance floor in the country, and probably primary school discos we all remember attending as a child.

A point was reached where I didn’t care what DJ was on, the gin had its own signature skank, the only reason I knew I was currently laying witness to Route 94 was because a little Japanese fella kept shouting in my ear different suggestions as to who he thinks the man behind route 94′s mask is, as of course no one truly knows his true identity, it soon became apparent that the whole club had decided he was in fact the producer commonly known as Breach and if you thought otherwise you were outside the musical circle for good.

First Post

I once read a poem a long time ago written by Ian Curtis, it was entitled ‘Lonely’, and the poem only included one word. It is easy to think of this and dismiss the idea, that one word could be allowed to consist of the whole poem. That one word was “I”. I have never forgotten this poem, even after reading it many years ago, I’m not sure if I still remember it because it has effected me on so many physiological levels and I have possibly related to it at times, especially lately, which is why I have made this my first blog post, or the fact it’s just an incredibly easy poem to remember. Thankyou.

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