Modular Xmas party!

Modular

Modular have just announced the lineup for their "party of the year" on December 1st at Turnmills, London. The lineup already looks pretty tight featuring the likes of MSTRKRFT, Buraka Som Sistema, The Count Of Monte Cristal & Sinden, Busy P, XXXChange, The Mighty Boosh, The Horrors Dj set, Devlin & Darko, Yo Yo Djs, Martelo and of course Modular Djs and they say more are be announced so check back for updates.

Get your tickets from the following:
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk
http://www.viewtickets.co.uk
http://www.clubtickets.com

I have a...winner!







Digitalism have just announced the winner of their competition to direct and produce a music video for their latest single 'Idealistic'. They announced the winner this morning saying: "Among a great selection of entries, QOOB user Lattanzio has stood out of the crowd as the director and creator of Digitalism's new and official video, a romantic love story with a twist... Lattanzio is also taking home a 2,000 euros prize."

They go on to credit other submissions saying "we are really excited and proud by the outstanding average quality of your work, congratulations to you all!". You can see some other submissions here:

Rino e Giulia
Flex 2
Do-re-mi
Zanne
Rafrock

QOOB website
Digitalism Myspace

Road to recovery

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Alex Salinas

Well, further to my previous prediction, Soulwax were the very special guest at Durrr last night, and they tore the roof off with a storming Nite Versions set playing for just over an hour. What more could you ask for? a rare chance to see the Dewaele brothers and co at such an intimate venue and all for £4! Brilliant! So, today was a bit of a struggle at work but it was worth it.

Heres a little treat I found via the Put The Needle On The Record blog, a Soulwax mixtape dubbed with samples of various presenters of Belgium's Studio Brussel radio station in classic 2 Many Djs style:

Soulwax mixt Studio Brussel.mp3 (zshare)

Also djing was Arveene who is one of Ireland's premier dj's who played a blinder of a set to finish off the night. He has previously toured with The Prodigy and Nightmares on wax and is currently working with fellow producer Misk on new material with Yo Majesty. Check out this recording of his set at Durrr from back in July:

Arveene recorded live at Durrr 02/07/07.mp3 (zshare)

Soulwax Myspace
Arveene Myspace
Durrr Myspace

Some other good news, my tshirt's have been featured over on the death-by-tshirt blog. Check it out. You can purchase one for your very own right here.

Monaux

Monaux

Check out the brilliant artwork of freelance artist Karl Kwasny aka Monaux of Brisbane, Australia. He has a very impressive client list boasting, among others, the likes of Faesthetic, Coca Cola, The KDU, Don't Panic, Mooks and Von Zipper.
Be sure to check out his personal work as well for some gorgeous pencil illustration.

Monaux Website

Choice Cuts Friday 3

www.dirtydirtydancing.com
Dirtydirtydancing.com

Days go much slower when you don't have the internet. Friday was one of those days. So, apologies for the late Friday 'Best of the blogs' post but here it is, some quality tracks around this week. Check em out:

The Gossip Versus Dangerous Dan & Nicky Van She - Gossip Around The World Again.mp3 (zshare)
Versus Blog

Stevie Wonder - Sir Duke (A-Trak Remix).mp3 (zshare)
A-Trak Myspace

Rick Ross - Hustlin (Catchdubs Mix).mp3 (zshare)
Catchdubs Myspace

Roisin Murphy - Overpowered (Kris Menace Remix).mp3 (direct link)
Kris Menace Myspace

Tomas Andersson - Washing Up (Tim Deluxe Remix).mp3 (direct link)
Tim Deluxe Myspace

Altern-8 - Frequency (Hostage Remix).mp3 (direct link)
Hostage Myspace

Armand Van Helden - Witch Doktor (BSOD Remix).mp3 (direct link)
BSOD Myspace

Britney Spears - Outrageous (Felix Cartal Remix).mp3 (zshare)
Felix Cartal Myspace

Japanese Popstars - Dirty Popstars (On Your Radio) (Charlie Fanclub Remix).mp3 (direct link)
Charlie Fanclub Myspace

Purple Crush - Fuck The Dj.mp3 (zshare)
Purple Crush Myspace

Billion Dollar Djs rise from the dead

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Dan and Ric used to dj under the alias 'Shitty Beatz'. They have since changed name and have relaunched themselves as the 'Billion Dollar Djs' and are currently working on new material to release before christmas, as well as perfecting a dj/vj set for upcoming live dates. They have sent me this cracker of a Halloween mixtape for your ears. Checkout the tracklisting:

Chuckii Booker feat John 'Crypt Keeper' Kassir - The Crypt Jam
Goblin - Tenebre (Main Title)
John Carpenter - The End (Disco Version)
Ministry - Everyday Is Halloween
SSQ - Tonight (We'll Make Love Until We Die)
The Bollock Brothers - Horror Movies
Arch Oboler - Drop Dead Interlude
Mark Ayres - Nightmare On Elm Street Theme
Rockwell - Somebody's Watching
Marketts - Out Of Limits
Hashim - Al Naafyish (The Soul)
Pulsailama - Devil Lives In My Husbands Body
Honeymoon Killers - Wait And See
Flirts - Teenage Werewolf
Metronomy - Trick Or Treats
The Immortals - Ultimate Warlord (Remix)
The J Geils Band - Fright Night
Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps
Severed Heads - Dead Eyes Opened
France Gall - Frankenstein

Billion Dollar Djs Presents: Nite Of The Disco Dead.mp3 (zshare)

You can also still checkout their mixtape they made for Stockholm Beat Connection here:

ShittyBeatz - Stockholm Beat Connection Mix tape.mp3 (zshare)

Billion Dollar Djs Myspace

Secret 'Soulwax' Guest???

Durrr

Durrr (formerly Trash) have just posted a bulletin about monday night's lineup which includes a special guest:

"Ok I am allowed to hint at the live act because their other show is sold out now...they are old friends (played Trash) and their name begins with S."

Soulwax Nite Versions @Trash
Soulwax Nite Versions @Trash 26th September 2005 pic:Heike Schneider-Matzigkeit

Using the power of deduction, my guess is that the guest is Soulwax since their other 'London' show is sold out 3 days later, as well a good few of their other UK performances.

Oct 25 Festival, Brighton (Tickets Available)
Oct 26 Ambassador, Dublin (Sold Out)
Oct 27 Warehouse Project, Manchester (Sold Out)
Oct 28 University, Leeds (Tickets Available)
Oct 29 Durrr @The End, London ??????
Oct 31 Academy, Glasgow (Sold Out)
Nov 1 Koko, London (Sold Out)
Nov 2 Nation, Liverpool (Tickets Available)
Nov 3 Secret Location, Newcastle (Tickets Available)

Guess all we can do is go to find out. I know I will be. Digitalism last time was amazing! Any other suggestions of who it could be are welcome.

Durrr Myspace
Soulwax Myspace

(Can't) Sit still and stop fidgiting

UNTITLED3

In one months time to the day, the lucky residents of Ulm, Germany will be treated to a jackin' fidget extravaganza of a show from London's finest Zombie Disco Squad and Copenhagen's finest Dan M.

Dan M is part of the Yohad! crew and together with fellow member Fredzki, he runs the monthly night: Killing it! @Vega featuring the likes of Zombie Disco Squad, Crookers, Patchwork Pirates, Sweat X, Død & Kasper Bjørke at previous events.

Dan sent me his October mixtape which will help keep you warm on those long winter nights. Enjoy:

Give It Up - Twista (Chris Duckenfields Slack Rejack Mix)
Venus Fly Trap - Martin Brothers
Space Cake - Lee Mortimer
Flookin - Solid Groove
Love You Better - Jesse Rose
Open - Spanish Robot (Santiago & Bushido Remix)
Listen Up - Hijack
Grasscourt Blues - Renè Van Munster
All The Time - Lee Mortimer
So It Goes - Bart B More
All She Wants Ft Corey Baker - Dj Fame
Badman Inna Dat - Beenie Man (The Bulagarians 2007 Re-beat)
Hyped Up - Bart B More
No More - Hijack
Paramount - Unknown Artist (Brape Remix)
Love - Smd (Duke Dumont Ode To Todd Mix)

Dan M - Fidgit Fucking Ya Sister / October Mix.mp3 (zshare)

Dan M Myspace

Your weekend starts here...

Daydream Network

Well it looks like my count down to the weekend will be sorted for this week, involving every night in the process.

Firstly, as I mentioned before, Daydream Network are launching their creative design magazine via the means of sound tonight. They have been asking for new and unknown music creative's to send in their tunes which will in turn be played by the dj's on rotation throughout the night. Check out their myspace for details:

Daydream Network Myspace

WEDNESDAY:

Bang Gang

Wednesday see's the return of Sydney's Bang Gang to Shoreditch where they are playing a (not so) secret launch party at the Electricity Showroom, Hoxton Square for their new mix compilation L.S.D (Light Sound Dance) out now on Modular.

If you missed them the other week at Fabric you've got tonight and Sunday nights 'Doombox' Halloween showdown at Boombox before they jet off on the rest of their promo tour and back to Australia.

I highly recommend you catch them at either.

Modular have just sent out this link for the event:
Click here to RSVP.
(RSVP does not guarantee entry you will still need to arrive early as we expect this event to be busy)

Bang Gang Myspace

THURSDAY:

Chromeo

London's Queen's of Noize; Tabitha & Mairead have just announced that the legendary Canadians Chromeo are playing on Thursday at their weekly knees-up Smash & Grab. Take their advice and get down early, this is going to rock!

Smash & Grab Myspace
Chromeo Myspace

FRIDAY:

Phones

And for Friday, better get your dancing shoes reheeled after dancing all night to Chromeo because you're gonna need them for tonights return of Paul 'Phones' Epworth to the decks at Modular Weekly.

Modular Myspace
Phones/ Paul Epworth Myspace

Jeese, you might just need the weekend to recover!

Go Black. Go Low. Go Fast...

Sweat.X

If you're going out in Cape Town, SA this weekend (Oct 27th), make sure you check out Sweat.X as they tear the roof off with a coochie poppin' extravaganza of a show to celebrate the launch of their debut EP 'Ebonyivorytron'. Unfortunatly I missed them when they did a small Euro tour a couple of months back and I'm about £500 short of making it this weekend but, they have plans on returning for round two before the year is out so watch this space.

Check out this Sweat.X live at Paris Paris








Sweat.X

Their debut EP Ebonyivorytron 12" is out today on Citinite. Check out their mini mixes posted on their myspace for a taste of their hip-hop/fidget/electro/pop style soon to take over the world.

Sweat.X: Turbojam Sexmix.mp3 (zshare)
Sweat.X: Nuflex Cowabunga Sexmix.mp3 (zshare)
Sweat.X: Pop That Coochi.mp3 (zshare)

Sweat.X Myspace

London Calling!

Daydream Network

Listen up! Tonight is the deadline for you music creatives out there to send your music into the guys at Daydream Network who will be promoting and playing your stuff at Cargo, London this Tuesday night. So if you have got material you want to get out there upload your track to yousendit or zshare and email the link to playlist@daydreamnetwork.com including your artist name, track name, contact number and email. They will be giving your tracks to the djs on the night: Patchwork Pirates, Session and Young & Positive to mix and promote new music.

Daydream Network

Avue and Hugo have been working on Daydream magazine for the past year or so and are now on the verge of releasing issue 3 and starting a tour of europe's major cities to promote Daydream. The magazine has been designed as an output for young and unknown creatives to get their work out into the public eye. Whether you write poetry, illustrate, or tag the streets at night, visit the site, download the template and get your work seen by the rest of the world.

For more info visit:
www.daydreamnetwork.com
www.daydreamnetwork.blogspot.com
www.myspace.com/daydreamnetworkplaylist

For updates from the Daydream Network - email: network@daydreamnetwork.com

You Should Be Someone Else

When Saints Go Machine

Last week I discovered 'When Saints Go Machine' via a remix by HiJack which has been rattling my speakers ever since. WSGM hail from Copenhagen, Denmark and have been making some of the freshest synth pop sounds and attracting the remix tallent's of Moulinex, James Braun and Mr.Brown to name a few. Their sound is pop and synth in equal measure, in some cases a bit N.E.R.D or Midnight Juggernauts in the production but individual never the less.

When Saints Go Machine - You Should Be Someone Else.mp3 (zshare)
When Saints Go Machine - Better Bring Money.mp3 (zshare)
When Saints Go Machine - Pretty Rich.mp3 (zshare)

Check out these quality and very individual remixes of their first single "You Should Be Someone Else":
When Saints Go Machine - You Should Be Someone Else (James Braun remix).mp3 (zshare)
When Saints Go Machine - You Should Be Someone Else (Eater + Young Lovers remix).mp3 (zshare)
When Saints Go Machine - You Should Be Someone Else (Mr.Brown remix).mp3 (zshare)

When Saints Go Machine Myspace

Choice Cuts Friday 2

Frankie

Bit of a quiet week on the music blogs this week, but here's my choice of the best new music.

Also, I've just got my second T-shirt sampled and the stock will be with me in a week so if you fancy getting your hands on the new 'Vamp' design head over to my online store. The 'Frankie' tee is also back in stock now too.

Jack Penate - Second, Minute, Hour (Aaron LaCrate & Debonair Samir Gutter Remix).mp3 (zshare)
Aaron LaCrate Myspace
Debonair Samir Myspace

The Bootlickers - The Wasp.mp3 (zshare)
The Bootlickers Myspace

Chemical Brothers VS Kasabian - Block Rocking Club Foot (Cassette Jam Remix).mp3 (zshare)
Cassette Jam Myspace

Talib Kweli - Hot Thing (Jim Sharp Remix).mp3
Jim Sharp Myspace

When Saints Go Machine - Pretty Rich (HiJack Remix).mp3 (zshare)
HiJack Myspace

They're Killers!


'3's & 7's'

Possibly my most favorite band; Queens Of The Stone Age sent a mailing list email out this morning promoting their new video for 'Battery Acid'.

Their last album 'Era Vulgaris' has taken a lot longer to grow on me than the others have but this song is one of the better ones, especially when performed live. I didn't really make much of the video but I loved the look and direction of '3's & 7's' (above).

I still think nothing could ever beat the beauty of the 'Go With The Flow' video:


'Go With The Flow'

Heres a couple of live tracks from their secret gig at the 100 Club, London in May:

Queens Of The Stone Age: Sick Sick Sick (Live @ 100 Club London 02/05/07).mp3

Queens Of The Stone Age: Misfit Love (Live @ 100 Club London 02/05/07).mp3

Queens Of The Stone Age website
Queens Of The Stone Age myspace

Talkie Walkie

Mcfaul

There's some awesome work posted on Talkie Walkie, a French design, illustration and photography agency including this illustration by Darren Firth of my good friend Oliver Munden and John Mcfaul from Mcfaul (who also have a beautiful selection of work).

Talkie Walkie website
Darren Firth website
Mcfaul website

Good for something

Good For Nothing

A couple of months back I discovered 'Good For Nothing' podcast series and I haven't stopped listening since. The site and podcast publishing is run by Loïc Hubert who also dj's for the series and he has featured the likes of Tim Sweeney, Busy P, Justice, Trevor Jackson, Padded Cell and Alexander Robotnick, among others. The cast's by Hubert himself are more focused on left field house and disco whereas his guests play anything from classic motown and funk to contemporary house and electro.

The recent Alexander Robotnick cast has been getting some heavy rotation on my ipod recently but others to look out for are the Trevor Jackson & Justice cast's along with of course, Hubert's own.

Subscribe to Good For Nothing Podcast
Good For Nothing website
Good For Nothing myspace

Choice Cuts Friday 1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardoodle
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Leonardoodle

Heres the tracks I've been rinsing on the stereo this week:

Moulinex - Break Chops.mp3 (zshare)
Moulinex Myspace

Davina - Dont You Want It (Leroy Washington & Sevenfive Remix).mp3 (zshare)
Leroy Washington & Sevenfive Myspace

Dizzee Rascal - Flex (Dave Spoon Refix).mp3 (mediafire)
Dave Spoon Myspace

Alter Ego - Why Not.mp3 (mediafire)
Alter Ego Myspace

Team9 vs Britney vs Daft Punk vs Dead or Alive - Britney Dead Or Alive.mp3 (Direct Link)
Team 9 Myspace

Mark Ronson Feat Amy Winehouse - Valerie (Count Of Monte Cristal & Sinden Remix).mp3 (mediafire)
Count Of Monte Cristal Myspace
Sinden Myspace

So many remixes by 2manyDJs

Soulwax

Tonight see's the start of Soulwax's new tour which is apparently "following on from where Nite Versions left off". Their setlist is set to include remixes of tracks they've made over the years "and a few new surprises thrown in for good measure". So expect their usual jaw dropping show but twice as good! And of course the renowned 2manyDJs dj set from the Dewaele brothers.

Oct 12 Lux (LISBON)
Oct 13 Buddha Club (PAVOIA DE VAZIM)
Oct 18 Kofmehl (SOLOTHURN)
Oct 19 Q Club (ZURICH)
Oct 20 D Club (LAUSANNE)
Oct 21 Secret Gig (AMSTERDAM)
Oct 24 Secret Gig (PARIS)
Oct 25 Festival (BRIGHTON)
Oct 26 Ambassador (DUBLIN)
Oct 27 Warehouse Project (MANCHESTER)
Oct 28 University (LEEDS)
Oct 31 Academy (GLASGOW)
Nov 1 Koko (LONDON)
Nov 2 Nation (LIVERPOOL)
Nov 3 Secret Location (NEWCASTLE)
Nov 7 Katmandu (RIO)
Nov 8 Eon (CURITIBA)
Nov 9 Pacha (SAO PAULO)
Nov 10 Creamfields (BUENOS AIRES)
Nov 23 Strp (EINDHOVEN)
Dec 22 ICC (GENT)

On October 22nd Soulwax will also be releasing a double CD called 'Most Of The Remixes'. CD1 will feature some of the more commonly known remixes and CD2 will be a mixed CD featuring these tracks plus a few more gems:

Disc 1

1. Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (Soulwax Remix)
2. LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (Soulwax Shibuya Re-remix)
3. Human Resource vs 808 State - Dominator (Soulwax Remix)
4. Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)
5. DJ Shadow - Six Days (Soulwax Remix)
6. Justice - Phantom Pt.II (Soulwax Remix)
7. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax KYLUSS Remix)
8. Gorillaz - DARE (Soulwax Remix)
9. Robbie Williams - Lovelight (Soulwax Ravelight Dub)
10. Arthur Agent - Hold Your Head Up (Soulwhacked Mix)
11. Lords Of Acid - I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
12. Daft Punk - Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)
13. Sugababes - Round Round (Soulwax Remix)
14. Muse - Muscle Museum (Soulwax Remix)

Disc 2

1. Stella Maris - Einstuerzende Neubauten - Hidden Track
2. LCD Soundsystem - Daft Punk Is Playing At My House (Soulwax Shibuya Re-remix)
3. Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control (Soulwax Remix)
4. Arthur Agent - Hold Your Head Up (Soulwhacked Mix)
5. Daft Punk - Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)
6. Human Resource vs 808 State - Dominator (Soulwax Remix)
7. Robbie - Lovelight (Soulwax Ravelight Dub)
8. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax KYLUSS Remix)
9. West Philips - (I'm Just A Sucker) For A Pretty Face (Soulwax Remix)
10. Justice - Phantom Pt.II (Soulwax Remix)
11. Sugababes - Round Round (Soulwax Remix)
12. Tiga - Move My Body (Only4Erol mix)
13. Playgroup - Make It Happen (Soulwax Remix)
14. Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Soulwax Remix)
15. Felix Da Housecat - Rocket Ride (Soulwax Remix)
16. Ladytron - Seventeen (Soulwax Remix)
17. Gorillaz - DARE (Soulwax Remix)
18. Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor (Soulwax Remix)
19. Lords Of Acid - I Sit On Acid (Soulwax Remix)
20. DJ Shadow - Six Days (Soulwax Remix)

Also, checkout their myspace which has been neatly redesigned by HereChickyChicky.

Soulwax Myspace
Soulwax Website
HereChickyChicky Website

So Haunted

Cut Copy

Exclusive new tracks from Cut Copy & The Bumblebeez:

Cut Copy: So Haunted.mp3 (zshare)

Bumblebeez: Diamonds In The Sea.mp3 (zshare)

Still loving:
Cut Copy: Hearts On Fire.mp3 (zshare)

Cut Copy Myspace
Bumblebeez Myspace

Two shots of your finest Mexican export please

Cul & Sweet

Check out this tight mixtape I just got in the mail from Cul & Sweet (aka Dj Teenagewolf & Dj Spin Laden) in little old Mexico:

Cul & Sweet Radio Vol.1

Starski And Hutch - East To The West
Dj Assault & Dj Godfather - Freaky Bitches
Kazey & Bulldog - Big Truck
Tetine - Horny (Zombieddiscosquad Remix)
Dusty Kid - The Cat (Crookers Eurocrunk Remix)
Examples - So Many Roads (Herve Remix)
Full Phat - Did Anyone Know (Detboi Remix)
Bart B More - Basement Beats
Foamo - Moving It Over Here
Rene Van Munster - Wrap It Up
The Shoes - America (Brodinski Remix)
The Fugges - Ready Or Not (Drop The Lime Remix)
Scanners - Raw (Stdjs Remix)
Edu K - Rave Zombie

Cul & Sweet Radio Vol.1.mp3 (zshare)

Also check out this mixtape from one half of the duo:

Dj Spin Laden Mixxtape

Cajmere - Perculator
Zds - Straight Boy
Crookers Feat. Mc Dandao - Soca Ali Baba
Armand Van Helden - Touch Your Toes (Audio Bullys Remix)
Claude Vonstroke - The Whistler (Dj Assault Remix) Acid Jacks
Mookie Charlean Dance - Mr Dj (Speaker Junk Remix)
Black Ball - Tigerstyle (Tanner Ross Remix)
House Of Pain - Jump Around (Micky Slim Remix)
David E Sugar - Oi Berlin, This Is London (Jesse Rose Remix)
The Chemical Brothers - Salmon Dance (Crookers Remix)
Duke Dumont - Lean & Bounce
Marcella - Stabbin Sally (Audio Jack Remix)
Overnoise - Dry

Dj Spinladen Mixtape.mp3 (zshare)

Cul & Sweet Myspace
Dj Teenagewolf Myspace
Dj Spinladen Myspace

"Bang Gang... thats so Sydney"

Thee Bang Gang
Jamie Doom, DJ Damage, Ajax & Gus Da Hoodrat

This Thursday the UK will see the return of Ajax, Gus Da Hoodrat and Jamie Doom, three prominent members of the Sydney Dj collective: The Bang Gang. They are over here promoting the recent LSD (Light Sound Dance) mix cd out on Modular records with an extensive euro tour. Thursday they will be blowing the minds of the geordie's in Newcastle and Friday they are hosting a room with Modular at Fabric with Para One, Busy P, Surkin, Walter Meego and The Glimmers which, will be awesome!

I first saw these guys when I was living in Sydney in '05 and they knew how to party. With their eclectic sound of beats, breaks and electro housed in Club 77 (one of the dirtiest clubs I have ever seen), it drew in the gay/straight fashion crowds of Sydney and beyond so much so that the queue would start way before the club even opened.

After hosting weekly Friday night parties at Moulin Rouge then Club 77 and playing almost every promo party in between, they took a break and played monthly at Honky Tonks (now Third Class) in Melbourne.

Now they seem defiant on bringing their sound to a wider audience and have already toured the US, UK and Europe supporting the likes of the Klaxons and Daft Punk at this summers UK festivals.

Try and catch them if you can for a taste of the Aussie dance scene. After all, Ajax has been voted Australia's No.1 dj in '06 along with a host of other accolades.

Thee Bang Gang

Also, check out their podcasts here.

Bang Gang Myspace
Ajax Website
Modular Website

Kitsune remix competition!

Thieves Like Us

New York band Thieves Like Us (signed to Kitsune) have just announced a remix competition for their single 'Drugs In My Body'. Apparently the winner will have their track released digitally so head over to Kitsune to get more info and download the samples pack now! Deadline for submissions is Nov 15th so get busy. Have a listen to a couple of their tracks below or check out their myspace to get a perspective of their sound.

Thieves Like Us: Drugs In My Body.mp3 (zshare)

Thieves Like Us: Fass.mp3 (zshare)

Thieves Like Us Myspace

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum



Back in the summer of 2006 I stumbled across this cheery chap playing on the Vice stage at Lovebox festival. With his uplifting sound and jolly dancing it wasn't long before the seated crowd of about 50 people before him were jumping to their feet and jiving with the rest of us. This was the start of my pilgrimage to see him live whenever I could as, in my mind, this guy was going to be big. The man in question was one Jack Peñate.

Over the last year or so its been great to see this guy grow in popularity and hear his music break into the suitably indie-pop scene. From catching him play at the intimate St Moritz to the sold out Scala, Peñate has gone from strength to strength releasing limited edition 7 inch vinyl's of 'Second, Minute Or Hour' and 'Torn On The Platform'. But it was 'Spit At Stars' that was picked up by radio stations that brought him into the public eye and put him where he is today.



Tomorrow see's the release of his debut album 'Matinee' featuring his singles plus the brilliant 'Got My Favourite' and 'Learning Lines'. Buy his album on the way to work and eliminate those monday morning blues.

Jack Peñate: Got My Favorite (Demo).mp3 (zshare)

Jack Peñate: Learning Lines (Demo).mp3 (zshare)

Jack Peñate: Torn On The Platform (Demo).mp3 (zshare)

Jack Peñate website

Jack Peñate myspace

This is the moment they've all been waiting for...

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...this is the sound of Altern8!

Last night I took the opportunity to check out Altern8 dj at 93 Feet East which was amazing! I grew up listening to them along with the likes of The Prodigy, The Shamen, Utah Saints etc. and since I was too young at the time to take advantage of the rave scene as it grew in the early '90's, I made sure I got my money's worth last night.

They played a lot of classic rave tunes most of which I've heard over the years but never known who the track's were by. Of course dropping classics like Baby D: 'Let Me Be Your Fantasy' and 'Charly' and 'One Love' by the Prodigy but the night wouldn't be complete without their classic which was saved for last:

Altern 8: Evapor8 (Incliner 8 Mix).mp3 (zshare)

Mark Archer, one half of the duo has a live mixtape on his myspace page recorded at Reminiscence in Coventry from 2006. It sounds a bit more hardcore to what they played last night, maybe because there is an M.C., I don't know, but this sums up the sound that has influenced many musicians of the so called 'nu rave' era.

Altern 8 @ Reminiscence - Coventry 28.10.2006 (right click/save as)

Altern 8/ Mark Archer Myspace

The night was primarily the launch party for Spektrum's release of 'Kinda New' which actually came out in 2004, but is getting a second release with additional remixes.

Spektrum: Kinda New.mp3 (zshare)

Spektrum: Kinda New (Dirty South remix).mp3 (zshare)

Also playing live were Hunger/Thirst and Kidaswitch. I just missed Kidaswitch's set but saw Hunger/Thirst who were really good. The duo look like a Chemical Brothers tribute group, one sporting the long blonde hair and glasses of Tom Rowlands and the other with short dark hair, Ed Simons style. But don't be fooled by their look, their sound is big and if they played to a festival crowd they would rock it. You can hear their influences from the likes of Justice, SMD, Underworld and indeed the Chemical Brothers but of course they make it sound like their own. Check out their myspace for a couple of their tracks and keep an ear out for them in the future.

Hunger/Thurst Myspace

Kidaswitch Myspace

There's something in the air

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A couple of weeks ago I braved the freezing cold snap that hit the UK to finally get to see Digitalism play live at Durrr after missing them at their festival set's in the summer. I queued for an hour and finally got into the warm, grabbed a couple of beers and caught up with Kissy Sell Out (who was there as a patron rather than his usual floor filling Dj role) before the German duo took to the stage.

Playing live Digitalism fuse a selection of their album tracks together with a few surprises, notably samples of: Technotronic 'Pump Up The Jam' and Daft Punk's 'Da Funk' more or less following the example set by Soulwax's Nite Versions. Never the less it was an awesome set and I left satisfied, if not a little eager to see them at a bigger venue. Lucky for me they are currently touring the US and will be back for some European dates in November check their Myspace for details.

Check the post over at Kidz by Colette to download a live recording of Digitalism Live @ Pukkelpop .

Digitalism Myspace

Their album 'Idealism' is out now on Kitsuné.



Also, if you love black & white graphics as much as I do check out this brilliantly animated advert for Pontiac by Stardust featuring 'Pogo' as the soundtrack. There's a better quality vid on their website along with heaps of other gorgeous animated music videos and advertisements.