Considering the number of crazy good acts coming to the modest city of Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada I’ve totally dropped the ball highlighting them. Let this be the start of something worthwhile then.
Formally known as VND/LSM, AUTOEROTIQUE are growing in fame thanks to Diplo, who included their bootleg reworking of Rihanna’s Umbrella on Pitchfork. Now representing DIM MAK the pair from Toronto are cutting things up next week at the HIFI CLUB here in Winnipeg.
If you’re in town, visiting or otherwise, Manalogue has some tickets to give away. Tell me why you want to come in an email – be as simple or adventurous as you want with your poetry or prose.
MP3: Lykke Li – Little Bit (AutoErotique Bootleg remix)
First, Designer Drugs took a stab, now here’s another remix for RED BLOODED WOMEN‘s cover of the classic Depeche Mode track.
This time around, HEADS WE DANCE focus on the etheral timelessness and orchestral synth. Somehow they still make this sound more like an Erasure tune than anything else. Amazing. Here’s a thought: maybe the next HWD project should be “Tails We Cover Erasure.”
MP3: Red Blooded Women – Enjoy the Silence
More minimal greatness - this time from a brand new label. ASTOR BELL is a netlabel based in Stockholm that freely releases exclusive and original electronic music in the minimal, IDM and techno genres. They say they’re open-minded and that the above genres mean nothing, only acting as a starting point where creative and forward-thinking artists will find a home regardless of the immediate genre classification.
GIUSEPPE was honoured with the third release from Astor Bell. The two tracks rumble deep from the low end of the sonic spectrum with some acute noodling to balance the tracks out for a contemplative solo headphone. journey. It would be far better hearing these tracks booming from a dim warehouse.
MP3: Giuseppe – Array of Sunshine
MP3: Giuseppe – White Waves
Beginning its incarnation in Torquay, coastal Victoria, OUTRUN evolved out of the shared ambitions of old friends and founders Dan Preston and Josh Armistead (TeamYes!, Slazenger). Initially bonding through early experimentation with fast drums and power synth riffs, as well as a shared love of Trans Am, Giorgio Moroder, and soundtracks from B-grade 80′s videos, the pair would only form Outrun after coincidentally reuniting in 2006 while on separate road trips through Nevada. Resolving that upon returning to Australia they would reignite their sound machines, soon enough they were producing solid dance floor material, channeling influences as diverse as Daft Punk, David Bowie, Aphex Twin, Joy Division, Goblin, Kraftwerk, John Carpenter, Brian Eno, and Roxy Music. With bass player Mark OKeeffe joining the group to make a trio, Outrun have gone on to become regulars on the Melbourne/Sydney club scene, playing alongside the likes of Muscles, The Emergency, WOW, Young & Restless, Cassette Kids, Infusion, The Dardenelles, and The Phillips Sisters.
Hypnotic and wholly danceable, Outruns FutureNature is an explosive debut from a group who are set to follow The Presets, Midnight Juggernauts, and Cut Copy, as the newest stars of Australias thriving dance-rock movement.
MP3: Outruns – Fever
On April 27, visionary artist DJ HELL will release his masterpiece Teufelswerk (German for “Devil’s Work”). Across 16 exquisite tracks divided into two themes, “Night” and “Day”, Hell weaves an intoxicating spell. The nocturnal side offers a contemporary interpretation of Chicago house and Detroit techno. Its sunnier sister disc finds Hell embracing the rich cosmic groove of his roots. A lush, narcotic odyssey, the album sounds unlike anything he’s produced in the past. But at the same time, Hell has drawn on his wealth of experience and put everything he knows into Teufelswerk.
Those familiar with Hell’s earlier albums, 1998’s Munich Machine and 2004’s NY Muscle, will recognize the “Night” half of this double-album. A raw mix of Chicago and Detroit influences combined with Hell’s swashbuckling approach to electronics, this portion is for the dancefloor. Ten-minute jams such as “Wonderland” and “Electronic Germany” zoom and thrust with menacing intent. “The Disaster”, the single produced by Hell and longstanding collaborators Mijk van Dijk and &Me, is the kind of labyrinthine techno trip that will disorientate any dancefloor.
The introductory single is a bit experimental, exploring contrasting dimensions both dark and soulful. Teufelswerk is released on INTERNATIONAL DJ GIGOLO RECORDS on April 27.
MP3: DJ Hell – The Angst Part 1
The Parisian four-piece PHOENIX have become quite good at writing summer’s perfect soundtrack. Their songs glisten with sunshine and rainbows and somehow avoid the preceding rain that generates the spectral refractive glow. They’ve given fans a sneak peek at their new album with “1901″ – a track that is as infectious as their previous material and equally pleasant. Phoenix’s new album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is out on 25th of May.
Grab the tune here.
One of my favourites by Phoenix appears on the DJ KICKS mix by Erlend Oye. You know the one. The remix from Brazil’s FLORIAN BILL doesn’t stray too far from the original. It’s kinda nice.
MP3: Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better (Florian Bill edit)
For those who haven’t noticed yet, “Work Work Work” is all DON DIABLO does! For eff sakes he has more releases than posts on this blog. Don’s forthcoming release Too Cool For School got its first spin this week on BBC Radio 1 (UK) as part of Hervé’s Essential Mix and was featured in last week’s ”CSI: NY” on CBS! That’s a great start. Here’s another.
MP3: Don Diablo – Work Work Work
And if you didn’t believe me about this man’s output, here’s yet another – a bit of a funky number in the spirit of PLUMP DJS.
MP3: Plump DJs – Beat Myself Up (Don Diablo rerub)