It’s hard to escape electro these days when every track loosely fits into the genre but there was a time when it was more definitive. It used to be easy to point out an electro track with distinct and sharp snares on the twos and fours with some modest analogue noodling filling out every bar. It became annoying going into record shops looking in the “electro” section, previewing dozens of 12 inches all with some vocoder work and a hint of a scuzzy bassline. It seemed as though the shop keepers had nowhere else to put these singles and the new school of electro was born out of what these tunes weren’t. They couldn’t be house and by this point everyone was afraid of “electroclash” (because that scene burst into flames as soon as it started).
This next track has a hint of what electro used to be. FREAKATRONIC shape all the right elements – sharp snares, vocoder, hollow synth work – into a jam that reflects the genre’s origination. They even have a true electro-tipped name. Dig it from ITD RECORDS.
MP3: Freakatronic – The Sound of Freakatronic
One of my favourite records ever is actually a four-pack of 12 inches released on REPHLEX RECORDS from DYNAMIX II – the highlight being a track called “Just Give the DJ a Break.” Unfortunately I don’t have it in digital format but I can share this.
MP3: Dynamix II – We Are Your Future
FREELAND have a bit of a mini North American Tour in support of their record Cope, with their first date on Friday, May 1. They’re in Montreal on the 4th and in Toronto on the 5th. If you can catch them live, I’d recommend doing so. Other dates are below.
5/01 – Rock and Rolls Hotel – Washington, DC
5/02 – Le Poisson Rouge – New York, NY
5/04 – Cabaret Juste Pour Rire – Montreal
5/05 – Wrongbar – Toronto
5/06 – Sonotheque – Chicago, IL
5/22 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
5/23 – Cow Palace, (Daly City) San Francisco, CA
MP3: Freeland – Under Control (Original mix)
MP3: Freeland – Under Control (Alex Metric remix)
Something a bit different to start the evening off. This from TWIGGY FROSTBITE is a short, but dreamy pop tune that reminds me of a time long ago, exploring new spaces and making new friends. You’ll probably dig it, but don’t expect to jump up and down and up and down when listening to it.
MP3: Twiggy Frostbite – Thrown in Two
This is Twiggy Frostbite’s second single from their debut long player released on DESPOTZ RECORDS. The 3-piece is from Gävle, Sweden (I know the photo only has two out of three band members) and they should make your summer soundtrack complete.
Here’s one that I’ve unintentionally sat on for a couple days but I figured since DESIGNER DRUGS are in town on May 22nd there’s an even better reason to post another remix from the exploding New York knob twiddlers. Their version of N.A.S.A.‘s latest is a wobbly bass bomb sure to blast party goers from their seats.
MP3: N.A.S.A. – Strange Enough (Designer Drugs Grind House Remix)
Make sure to catch this show (or one in your neighbourhood). It’s going to be sick.
SPENCER PRODUCT just released his latest on COCO MACHETE. The original is a loud distorted mess, kinda like the producer himself.
MP3: Spencer Product – We Bite (Original mix)
I dunno. Seems like I get a new remix from DESIGNER DRUGS almost weekly. NYC must be treating him well and to prove it, the NYC duo run their grinders over this track for more maximal wumph wumph.
MP3: Spencer Product – We Bite (Designer Drugs NY Nite mix)
TRONIK YOUTH takes the tune in a bit of a different direction with his robotdisco flair. The synth work is full of orange and yellows and puppies and bunny rabbits which provides some juxtaposition against the lyrical content.
MP3: Spencer Product – We Bite (Tronik Youth remix)
You can grab the 320s from beatport.
DJ VANISH hit me up with his PONY PONY RUN RUN bootleg. In his own words, DJ Vanish says he bumped the bpm up to 128, gave it a rounder kick, a new percussion bed and a hint of space disco.
This remix will fit nicely into any house set with its indie dance nu disco steez.
MP3: Pony Pony Run Run – Hey You (DJ Vanish remix)
Check out more from DJ Vanish on his Denver-based label VELCRO CITY RECORDS.
I told you everyone’s in on the dancefloor game. CHRIS CORNELL‘s latest efforts have the club vibe written all over them, considering he recruited everyone’s nobody’s favourite producer TIMBALAND. This rework from LA RIOTS is flavoured a bit more to my liking. You might dig it too.
MP3: Chris Cornell – Part of Me (LA Riots remix)