Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Kings of Leon

I've been rinsing a version of Kings of Leon's 'Sex on Fire' of late and to be honest it's getting a bit old. Right on time, Dolby Anol have come through with a new remix in the shape of King's new tune 'Use Somebody'... Think this is a rough edit, but I like it anyway!

Kings Of Leon - Use Somebody (Dolby Anol edit) (Right-click, save as)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Monday, December 22, 2008

Shortie's Top 5

My top 5 of 2008:

1) LeLe - Breakfast (Mercury Remix) (Right-click, save as)



2) Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor (Chromeo Remix) (Right-click, save as)



3) Surkin - White Knight Two (Right-click, save as)



4) Jean Nipon - Lost In Music (Right-click, save as)



5) JME - Juju Riddim (Right-click, save as)

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Handsome Paddy's Top 5 of 2008


1. South Rakkas Crew - Mad Again (Right-click, save as)



2. DJ Mujava - Township Funk (Right-click, save as)



3. Mr Benn w. Black Twang - Long Time (Right-click, save as)



4. Kraak and Smaak - Squeeze Me (Right-click, save as)



5. eDIT - More Lazers (Right-click, save as)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

sadpanda's Top 10 Tracks of 2008

It took me a while to finally choose only 10 tracks of this year. But I think I'm happy with my final 10.
So, here they are:

10. DJ Mujava - Township Funk (Right-click, save as) ...Thank you Neil!!




9. Kasper Bjorke - Doesn't Matter (Trentemoller remix) (Right-click, save as)




8. Broadcast 2000 - Get Up And Go (Right-click, save as)




Amazing video too. Are they pictures or people standing still?



7. Matthew Dear - Deserter (Right-click, save as)




6. MGMT - The Youth (MMMathias remix) (Right-click, save as)




5. Robert Babicz - Dark Flower (Joris Voorn Magnolia mix) (Right-click, save as)




4. Radiohead - Reckoner (Twelves remix) (Right-click, save as)




3. Frightened Rabbit - Keep Yourself Warm (Right-click, save as)




2. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (Right-click, save as)




1. Bon Iver - Skinny Love (Right-click, save as)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Poney Poney

I found these lads last year and thought they would be huge by now based on this song...
I was wrong.

So, just in case you're unaware, they're from Paris, France and this particular song is produced by Xavier de Rosnay (the smaller Justice man). This song has been released on the "Cross The Fader" EP and it really is fantastic.
Makes you wanna dance...
Lots.

Nice video too!



Check out their MySpace too for more!

Also, here's the tune for you to own and enjoy!

Poney Poney - Cross the Fader (Right-click, save as)




On another note, Google maps have just gone and made us all feel that bit more paranoid. This is insane.
(Excuse the silly presenter man)



I'm thinking, if that's what we can do. Imagine what all the governments and shit can do... :o

Pocket Pianist

Ed Banger are a funny old label. I know I shouldn't like their stuff coz it's all a bit cliché but every so often they come out with some really good music. Forget your Justice, Feadz and Uffie, for me, Ed Banger is all about Mickey Moonlight, Oizo and Mehdi. 
3 bangin remixes of 'Pocket Piano' have just dropped and further confirm my theory that Mehdi is the only innovative producer in the Ed Banger camp.
I was lucky enough to get the Japanese release of 'Lucky Boy' the last time I was over there, complete with added artwork and extra tracks, well worth it!!
Posted below are the 3 remixes in question adding new life to the already great original along with Scenario Rock's 'Both Gotta Move On' from which Mr. Mehdi took the piano sample.


Some Pics From Buraka



MGMT INTERVIEW

Monday, December 15, 2008

heartsrevolution

"A revolution without dancing is a revolution not worth having", apparently. The NY hipsters are back, this time with the help of Spankrock. He's traded in the bootay bass for floaty electro dreaminess... The result is below. I'm really into this at the mo. My iPod tune of the week.

Bush vs Shoe

I think this is worth sharing.
The reporter explains all.


Thursday, December 11, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Kasper Bjørke - Doesn't Matter (Trentemoller Remix)





While getting you in the mood for dancing and rockin' out, and all that jazz, Mr.Jones can also make you feel like your floating in mid air.
This is a remix of the second single from 'Kasper Bjørke's' debut album, 'In Gumbo'. Remixed by the one and only Trentemoller. The track is called 'Doesn't Matter'.

Have a taste, it's fresh.

http://www8.zippyshare.com/v/72209304/file.html

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Mr Jones Presents: BURAKA SOM SISTEMA (DJ/MC Set)



Mr Jones presents one of the most exciting & hotly tipped acts around....

Mr Jones - Thursday @ The Twisted Pepper - Dec 11th 2008

The Stage :

BURAKA SOM SISTEMA (DJ/MC Set)

Shortie

The Basement :

Crafty Beggars Showcase

Doors 10pm . Tickets are e10 in advance via www.tickets.ie or e12 on the door.

more info : The Twisted Pepper

MORE INFO :

Kuduro house, an Angolan sub-genre unknown to most, has been causing quite a stir in Portugal and underground clubs worldwide over the last year, and the trio largely responsible for spear heading the scene outside of Angola are Buraka Som Sistema. Kuduro consists fast high energy bass heavy beats n basslines with clear influences taken from African roots music, hip-hop, baltimore, dancehall & so on, and you'll hear it echoing all round Angolan neighbourhoods. What's also special about Kuduro is the unusual dance that accompanies - what seems like a cross between breakdancing, voodoo & caribbean ass jiggling. Intrigued?

Buraka Som Sistema have been blowing up steadily and their full live show has been blowing crowds away across clubs & festival this summer. They are due to release their debut album Black Diamond next Feb with their hit single "Sound of Kuduro" featuring M.I.A. They also released the Buraka EP as an introduction to Kuduro late last year with the hit "Yahh" being dropped in sets by the likes of Diplo, Sinden, Martelo & DJ Craze.

Buraka Som Sistema - Sound of Kudoro [ features M.I.A. , over a million hits ]

Check there vibe out here


Also check out the Dj Manaia remix of kalemba its sweet

WIN 2 DOUBLE PASSES

What is Buraka ?

email answers to neil@bodytonicmusic.com

Monday, December 8, 2008

Lovely Live Album



Justice - A Cross The Universe (Ed Banger)

After nearly 2 years of filling the world's electro-lover's ears. The French duo have released this live album. When I first saw this album mentioned on 'The Lemur Blog', I thought to myself, "Aw no, not another attempt to make just a bit more money". Because at this stage, I think almost everybody is a bit sick of the pair.
But I was clearly intrigued, so I downloaded it. And to my surprise, I was instantly impressed. Even though I had seen this exact live show a few times. It sounds great recorded. It opens up with a self remix of probably their coolest track 'Genesis' and mixes nicely, using their steam-like sounds into 'Phantom Part 1'. Also when you realize what track is coming in, the crowd realize at that same moment and let a huge roar, which for me, gives me a tingle down my spine. On this album Justice were not afraid to admit and use two remixes of their songs, using Mstrfkrft's D.A.N.C.E and Soulwax's Phantom Part 2. Which, for me, are both better than the original mixes.
So the album instantly grabbed me and only got better. Not one track is the same as the original mix and is either remixed by themselves or producers that are just as good. Every track is just that bit heavier. Which is, in fairness, what I think most of us want from the Parisians.
The best track on album is 'Phantom Part 2'. They start the 10 minute version of this song with a sample from 'Killing In The Name' by Rage Against The Machine' and goes into a choppy, teasier and heavier version of the Soulwax version.
For me, this was a bit of nostalgia. It made me remember exactly why I was in love with Justice for a good 4 months. And as live albums go it is not far off the perfect "Alive" from Daft Punk.
8/10

TRAX:
01. Intro
02. Genesis
03. Phantom Part 1
04. Phantom Part 1.5
05. D.A.N.C.E.
06. D.A.N.C.E. Part 2
07. DVNO
08. Waters Of Nazareth
09. One Minute To Midnight
10. Tthhee Ppaarrttyy
11. Let There Be Lite
12. Stress
13. We Are Your Friends (Reprises)
14. Waters Of Nazareth
15. Phantom Part 2
16. Encore
17. NY Excuse (Soulwax/Justice Remix)
18. Justice X Metallica

http://rapidshare.com/files/171136624/justcross.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/171148025/justcross.part2.rar



The film:

http://rapidshare.com/files/167415619/J-ATU.part1.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/167415883/J-ATU.part2.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/167415994/J-ATU.part3.rar
http://rapidshare.com/files/167411206/J-ATU.part4.rar

And the English subtitles:

http://rapidshare.com/files/167632345/JUST-ACROSSTU-ENG-SUBS.rar

Thursday, December 4, 2008

OHOW!



Don Rimini's new video for OHOW!
Not a lot more to say...



DON RIMINI - OHOW? on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Jack

I first got into DJing through my love for all things New Jack. This was way back in the mid 90s and I was being educated in this field by a dude I went to school with. We missed the boat on the whole thing first time around on account of us being about 5 when Teddy Riley and Bobby Brown were doing their thing, but the discovery of films like 'Boyz N the Hood', 'House Party' and obviously 'New Jack City' opened up a whole new world of music for us. I've posted below, just for nostalgia's sake, a few of my favorites and also a sweet remix of  Bell Biv Devoe's classic 'Poison'

Jade - Don't Walk Away (1993)


Bell Biv DeVoe - Poison (1990)


Johnny Gill - Rub You The Right Way (1990)


TLC - Ain't Too Proud To Beg (1992)



Some 'modern' music tomorrow ;)

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

FOAMO


First post in a long time, moved gaf and had no net for like 2 weeks... Head-wrecker... Anyway, I'm gonna keep the posts coming thick and fast and first up is this new banger from London's own Foamo. I'm a huge fan. First introduced to him a few months back through his simply flawless Summer Mix, which I grabbed over on Discobelle. The chap's only 21 and turning out some ridiculous production that's seriously rivaling some of the big boys.
Top tunes of his to look out for are '930 530', 'Rockerman' and his remix of Primary 1's 'Hold Me Down', which, I'm told by his good friend Detboi, was actually turned down by their label!!! Idiots...
Anyways, here's his latest offering, a remix of Mystery Jets 'Half In Love With Elizabeth', and it doesn't disappoint... Enjoy

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Dirt Project This Thursday

Unfortunately, due to unforseen circumstances involving stolen laptops and impromptu house moves, Matjazz & Handsome Paddy will not be able to perform their 4 turntable routine at the Dirt Project this Thursday.

However, Paddy will instead be joined by none other than DJ Mayhem who will be dropping scratches and accapellas over the mix on a second setup. Check the vid below for a taster of his skills on the cut. Roll on Thursday!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mikix The Cat

KEEP THE CLAW

Parisian producer Mikix The Cat & NYC's Trouble & Bass crew are back with a new release. The “Freeze EP” gets some remix action from Drop The Lime, Starkey + the Kanji Kinetic

Check out the orginal and Kanji Kinetic Remix Below!

Mikix The Cat - Freeze (Original Mix) (Right-click, save as)



Mikix The Cat - Freeze (Kanji Kinetic remix) (Right-click, save as)

Switch This Thursday 2 Double Passes



To win a double pass and see the main man in action just anwser the following question

The diplo and switch produced MIA* - Paper Planes - Homeland Security Remixes 12" vinyl got released on which Label ?


Email your anwsers to neil@bodytonicmusic.com

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The Dirt Project...

Oi oi dude's & dudette's!!

Next Thursday 27th November is the launch of The Dirt Project downstairs at Mr.Jones!
For all you 'ravers' that are getting bored of Electro, come down and experience some quirky beats/dirty breaks and class A scratching!! ;)

For the launch night along with our resident dj 'Handsome Paddy' we have Sean Hughes flying over from Scouse land!

Here's a little teaser of how good it's going to be nxt week!! ENJOY!

http://www.musicv2.com/listen.php?m=55935


1-When did u start dj'n? I started dj'in with two record players i bought from a carboot sale when i was 11 in 1990!

2- What was the first track that made you go oooohhhhhhh? I was a rocker when i was younger.. well into iron maiden but i was first introduced to heavy beats heavy samples and loops in 1989 by means of a track by chad jackson called "hear the drummer get wicked", at the time i had never heard any thing like it and i have never looked back since.

3-First Residency? The wekka in Liverpool! it was an under 18's rave and i was the resident there when i was 14 playin hardcore!

4-What brought u to ibiza? Well i'd been dreaming of djing since i was 11 and i just couldnt settle with normal life i had a "propper" job, nice car ..the works but the calling was too strong one day i remember clocking into work and a feeling of depression coming over me and i just said to noone imparticular.... "funk this..i'm off to ibiza!" i clocked straight back off drove straight to the travel agents and booked my flights for the summer..thankfully it turned out to be the right move!

5-How did the last season go for you? Incredable as well as the amazing new terrace i got to play the main room in amnesia for cream quite a bit, somethin which is just unbelivable it is as good as it looks!! i was also lucky enough to play the mainroom for tiestos collosall gigs..playing on tiestos rig just before him was inspiring he has the best monitors i've ever heard!! my night discobomb also won best workers party at the workers awards so things couldnt of got much better really.

6-What dj's inspire you? I could try and sound cool here and name drop all the new names of the minute but to me if all a dj cares about is makin people feel good with music and they work hard at doin it then they are always gonna be inspiring to me.

7-Moment dj'n that made you stop and think..'Im deadly''?? hmmmm... well at my night discobomb there are no genre boundries so anything goes, i was playing back to back with jamie gittens and he thought it would be funny to drop aggadoo and leave me stood behind the decks with it on whilst fumbling around trying to find a track to quickly get out of it..luckily i was on form and quickly looped aggadoo hit the wide pitch and took it upto a drum and bass tempo and slamed in a wicked d n b track over the top of it...well it absolutly went off!! i kinda turned to jamie and give him a little look that said "top that smart arse!"

8-Favourite shoe? my glow in the dark nikes!

9-Blondes or brunettes?? they both look ace to me....

10-This is first gig in dublin, wat brings you here??? Apart from my girlfriend livin here,wicked nightlife!! wicked crowd!!last time switch played here i was there gettin sweaty with the rest of yous and lovin it! cant wait to play!

11-What track are u dropping at the moment? format b - bootcut..... its a little beast! also my mix of golden girls- kinetic on floorplay.

12-fav new dj's/artists you can recommend etc?? if you havnt allready check hijack for some fat production and if i guy that makes me think about givin up cause he's that good check out youtube clips of kentaro or french team c2c!!


Peace & Hugs...
See u all on the dancefloor ;)
Vicki L♥ve xx

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

DJ Dow Jones(South Rakkas Crew) Old School Hip-Hop Mix

Proper use of digital DJ technology here. Hopefully catch the Crew back here soon.



Fake Blood Vids +

An amazing night for Mr Jones, Check out the action

Monday, November 17, 2008

Jack This



Hey if your into jacking house with big drums and nice samples Hi-Jack is definitely for you . One of londons biggest artists along with his friends at potty mouth records they are sure to keep coming up with quality tunes. Jon has kindly given this new fresh mix for you all to see what hes like. I advise you to check this out


November mix

http://www.zshare.net/audio/50921391e16cd98a/

01. Milton Channels - You Lose
02. Nyra - Tongue
03. House of Stank - Make U Jack (Santiago & Bushido Remix)
04. Urban Monkeys - Disfunktional Caterpillar (The Bulgarian Remix)
05. Jak Z - Untitled
06. Mighty Fools - Hey Babe
07. Lee Mortimer - No Ordinary Girl (HiJack Remix)
08. Alternative Reality - Get Away (Rene Van Munster Remix)
09. MYNC Project - Something On Your Mind (Switch Remix)
10. Yankee Zulu - Head Bob (Hipp-e Remix)
11. HiJack - Keep It Real
12. Bingo Players - Get Up (Diplo Remix)
13. Mr. Oizo - Half An Edit
14. Hatiras - Autograph
15. The BodySnatchers - I Like What I See (HiJack Remix)
16. MC Flipside - The Rubdown (Heavyfeet Remix)
17. Lee Mortimer - Putto
18. Tom EQ - I Need You
19. Jaymo - On The Grind (Jak Z Remix)
20. Laidback Luke & A-Trak - Shake It Down
21. D*Funk - Fracture (HiJack Remix)
22. Unknown - Unknown
23. Unknown - Unknown

Myspace :
http://www.myspace.com/hijackhouse

Crafty Beggars Meet the Artists (Gaetan Billault)




Gaetan Billault - 26 - France.

Q: Where are you from?
A: Orleans, France.

Q: Are you studying?
A: No, I studied in France. I did 2 years of Graphic Design, and 2 years of Conception & Creation for my Degree.
.
Q: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
A: More of a Graphic Designer than an Illustrator, but i think that those two go hand in hand. I incorporate fashion into some of my works also, so id consider myself a Designer.

Q: What kind of style do you have?
A: Naturalistic and organic with a fake naive inspiration.

Q: What do you use for your creations?
A: I try to use everything - Multimedia, textiles, fabric etc etc.

Q: What are your thoughts on the Dublin art scene?
A: I feel like it is getting better, but compared to Paris its so much smaller and slightly behind. It isnt so easy to exhibit your work too. I feel like working as a Graphic Designer i am sometimes limiting myself also, but Dublin is progressing and fast so i am sure in another year things will have changed dramatically.

Q: What can we expect on the night?
A: Small scale drawings, possibly on postcards. I have work displayed at Versus on Smock Alley until Thursday 23rd, so it will be something along those lines.

Q: Peanut Butter or Jelly?
A: Disgusting. Ha.

Meet the Artists Crafty Beggars







Crafty Beggars Rocked a Mr J early show on 6th of November. We caught up with them to ask a few questions so you could learn more about what exactly floats there boats


Steve McCarthy - 24 - Ireland.



Q: Where are you from?
A: Blackrock, but currently living in Glasnevin.

Q: Are you studying?
A: Not anymore but i did study Animation at Ballyfermot.

Q: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
A: An Illustrator, and a Gentleman.

Q: What kind of style is your illustration?
A: Whimsical. I am influenced by Childrens books, Klimt, Egon Schiele and Alan Clarke.

Q: What do you use for your creations?
A: Gouache, Ink, Computers, Bits & Bobs.

Q: What are your thoughts on the Dublin art scene?
A: I think its developing and inproving quite a lot. Theres many groups of atists and in such a small place, they fast become friends and collaborators.

Q: What can we expect on the night?
A: No idea, probably some live stuff, T-shirts.

Q: Peanut Butter or Jelly?
A: Why would you choose between the two?

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Mr Jones Presents Fake Blood this Thursday ( 3 Double Passes to give Away )



Who is Fake Blood???

The mystery killer remixer & blog hero Fake Blood reveals his identity (or maybe not) at Mr Jones with a DJ set fueled with more energy & craziness

Fake Blood is already well known in blog land for his roof raising hit 'Mars', and bananas remixes of tunes like Bonde Do Role's 'Marina Gasolina', The Count & Sinden's 'Beeper', Armand Van Helden's 'I Want Your Soul' and South Rakkas Crew 'Mad Again'. Only in the last month or so has he come out from the depths of his studio to start rocking club so we're very happy to have him in Mr Jones' gaff.

Plastic vampire teeth are a must on the night apparently too!

To win a Double Pass to fake blood this thursday @ Twisted Pepper just email the anwser to the following question to neil@bodytonicmusic.com

What label was mars/blood splashing released on?


Twelves Episode II

Just in case you haven't yet heard this mix...
It's probably my favourite mixtape to date.
And what the Brazilian lads do to with Reckoner is special, and that's coming from a fairly big Radiohead fan...
Enjoy

Tracklist:
01 Zeigeist - Humanitarianism (The Twelves Remix Replay)
02 Radiohead - Reckoner (The Twelves Replay)
03 Mirwais - Naive Song
04 Of Montreal - Gronlandic Edit
05 David E. Sugar - To Yourself
06 The Virgins - Rich Girls (The Twelves Remix Replay)
07 Daft Punk - Voyager
08 Jupiter - CHIP
09 Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal (The Twelves Replay)
10 Metronomy - Heartbreaker
11 The Twelves - Works for Me (The Twelves Replay)
12 Lykke Li - Dance Dance Dance (The Twelves Replay)

The Twelves - Episode II Mixtape (Right-click, save as)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

CRAFTY BEGGARS THIS THURSDAY @ MR JONES























CRAFTY BEGGARS IS AN EVENING OF ART, ILLUSTRATION, PHOTOGRAPHY, FASHION, FILM & CRAFT. SWEET TREATS FOR YOUR EYES, FINISHED WITH A BIG PARTY FOR YOUR EARS AND FEET. WE GOT EVERYTHING COVERED! THIS MONTHS CRAFTY BEGGARS WILL BE HELD AT NEW VENUE THE TWISTED PEPPER ON MIDDLE ABBEY ST.

NOVEMBER 7THS ARTISTS WILL BE:
DAREK FORTAS - MARK BEATTY - GAETAN BILLAULT - DAIRE CAROLAN - STEVE McCARTHY

THE ARTY FARTY PARTY WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU BY:
WHISPERJACK - COLIN DEVINE - ROB E. FRESH - T.A.C. DJ'S - MARK LAM.

THE NIGHT WILL ALSO INCLUDE SOME LIVE ART ON SHOW, AND A SHORT FILM.
CRAFTY BEGGARS WAS SOLELY CREATED FOR THE LOVE OF CREATIVITY AND CREATIVES THAT LOVE.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 6TH - 8 TIL LATE.
DRINKS PROMOTIONS!
PLEASE GO TO WWW.MYSPACE.COM/CRAFTYBEGGARS FOR MORE INFORMATION & INTERVIEWS WITH SOME OF THE ARTISTS.

Monday, November 3, 2008

"I Got Your Fashion Right Here... "

"I Got Your Fashion Right Here... "

'I Got Your Fashion Right...' Here is a Dublin-based Fashion/Art Collective set up by a current National College of Design Fashion student, Julia Doherty.
The project was set up in July 2008 with the idea to mix Fashion, Fine Art and Performance to create a series of one off shows and exhibitions. Each show/exhibition/fashion farce is worked on a collective basis where every Artist or Designer who takes part helps to form the idea for the night then helps out to create the finished product. The first project undertaken by the collective was a Surrealist fashion show run in conjunction with the Relaunch of Bodytonic's "Mister Jones" night and was a great success. The next project taken on is a collaboration between Fashion Design and Fine Art to see who will win the battle of what is more important- the canvas or the content?

Some Pics Of there Last Gig @ MR JONES







'I Got Your Fashion Right Here...'


'I Got Your Fashion Right Here...' Brings you another installment of Fashion/ Art collaborative Fun. ' I Got Your Fashion Right Here...' is a Fashion based collective headed by current NCAD fashion design student Julia Doherty.

An Exhibition of 6 Pieces will be on display for one night in The Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey street on the 13th of November under the theme of what is more important-" The Canvas or the Content". Six plain linen dresses were designed and made then distributed to 6 different artists, 4 from within the National College of Art and Design- Aoibheann Greenan, Siobhan Cox, Oisin O'Brien and Eoghan Ryan and then 2 from outside- Kevin Breen and Danni Creed.

Each artist was given free rein to use whatever medium they wanted on the dress and were told to treat it as a canvas, not as an item on clothing. The end results will be displayed in the Twisted Pepper for one night only and as each project undertaken by the Collective is a one-off, it is advisable to get down there and make sure you see them!

Please contact Julia Doherty at 0868965520 for any more details.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Hostage

First post of the month, and this month is gonna be a big one for Mr.Jones. We've got some big guests lined up in the shape of Fake Blood and Switch, and more of the same in December. 

Continuing on with my little series of interviews, I had a chat with Scottish DJ and producer Hostage. Just signed to the newly launched Nightshifters label, brainchild of DJ Donna Summer, Alan Hostage has been making some big noise recently by way of remixes of OH SNAP!'s tracks "Bill Cosby Sweater" and "High Top Fade" and also his own productions on "Snake Charmer" and Mr.Jones favorite "Hoot".
Expect to hear a lot more from this man during 2009 and the rest of the gang over on Nightshifters. I posted a little thingie here last month about them so be sure to pop back and check it out if you're a little late on things...
In the meantime, Hostage!!!


Shortie: First off, how are you man?
Hostage: Yeah, all is good here if a tad broken after another stupidly good-fun weekend, so I'm in a bed in a hotel room eating a pizza....
niceness.

S: Nightshifters just launched, exciting times?
H: Yeah, totally excited about Nightshifters, DJ Donna Summer (aka Jason Forrest) is one hard working music loving rave machine of a man, and combined with his vision and the roster of artists I reckon it's going to be a biggie.
We've got remixes of the new Hostage track "Shake it" by AC Slater and the Acid Jacks for the first release, as well as 4 original Hostage tracks...Should all be available to buy very soon.


S: How did it all come about?
H: I've been in contact with DJ Donna Summer for a long time and spent a few days chillin' at his house in Berlin in the summer when I played his amazing rave night "Birthday Party Berlin" - he was keen to get my stuff out there and we get on really well which is important so it's going to be a good fun musical family.

S: Are we going to see a Nightshifters tour anytime soon?
H: Yeah, a Nightshifters tour is defo on the cards.

S: Were you involved in the Scottish DJ scene before you start producing?
H: I've been involved in the Scottish music scene for 10 years under many different guises, however it's Hostage all the way now. But if you look on Discogs you'll see the first Hostage album was released 8 years ago...I have been DJing and Producing for 15 years.

S: Your own tunes like “Hoot” and “Sorry” have a bit of a darker sound to them that your remixes, is that a conscious thing?
H: Yeah, the tunes are sounding darker, I'm feeling a bit darker at the moment, some of the wibbly-wobbly-wonk stuff was starting to sound a bit too much like a day at the funfair so I wanted to make it a bit ruff and darker..

S: Production wise, from where do you draw your influences?
H: Production influences: Scottish Hardcore and Rave from the mid 1990s. The entire spectrum of house and techno from modern deep clicky minimal house stuff to oldschool hoover techno. The Prodigy. Jungle. Dubstep. Altern 8. Hawtin. Bloggyshit....Achh I dunno - I listen to lots of everything.

S: Is there much of a difference between the tracks you make and the tracks you play in a DJ set? If so, Why?
H: I only play mostly my own tracks in my DJ sets.

S: There used to be a bigger link between certain cities and certain sounds, Berlin / Techno, Detroit / House, London / Garage… Not so much anymore, why do you reckon that is?
H: I disagree with you regarding cities having certain sounds.
I think it's still very much that way - from Scouse House to Edinburgh Ravebass.

S: What do you have planned for the future?
H: The future - lots more gigs and a lot more productions: let's just keep working it hard.

Fun Quickfire Qs:

Have you ever been the owner of either a Bill Cosby Sweater or a High Top Fade?
I've had some pretty shitty jumpers in my younger years however a ginger high-top-fade would just be soooo wrong.
Worst tune ever?
The Rednecks - Cotton Eye Joe
Best tune ever?
Randy Crawford - Streetlife (sampled for the breakdown in Gluttony)
Favorite Movie?
Nuts in May or Terminator
Daily websites? 
b3ta. com, erolalkan.co.uk, elbo.ws
What question would you like me to ask you?
What would you like to drink.
Now answer that question
Double Jack Danies with ice.
Random piece of information?
I used to work in a cattle market.

So that's Hostage... Keep an eye out in the usual places for upcoming releases from Nightshifter Records and the man himself.

 

Friday, October 31, 2008

Who's Up For A Bang Gang?

Bang Gang DJs have just dropped this version of fellow Australians The Presets tune "Kicking And Screaming". I'm a fairly big fan of The Presets, they're one of the few "Bands" I find myself listening to on a regular basis. They've also recently scooped 3 Aussie Grammies, could be a bad thing but sure time will tell...


The Presets - Kicking and Screaming (Bang Gangs E is for edit) (Right-click, save as)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

ZE! WHAAAAAAAAT?


Ze! is a 20 something Electropop / Dirty Disco songstress, originally from Kuala Lumpur but now based in London. I'm not to sure how I first stumbled upon her myspace page but I'm bloody glad I did. Starting out her career as a rapper in an RnB trio, Ze! (pronounced Zay) decided to fly solo and released her first EP in '03. With a sound as diverse as her musical influences she's bound to appeal to everyone from indie kids to club heads. A quick listen to tracks like "Boys I Like" and my personal favorite "Professional Bitch" shows how versatile this girl is, not something you can say about a lot of emerging artists these days.
Coupling her music skill with a clothing label she co-runs with her sister called Osixnine (the label's called Osixnine, not her sister) and a style M.I.A. would be jealous of I'm predicting some fairly big things for Ze! in 2009.
Taking a break from some shows in Brussels, Ze! was kind enough to have a chat with Mr.Jones.

Shortie: Give us a quick introduction for the uninitiated.
Ze!: Hello, I’m Ze and I sing electropop.

S: Malaysia to the UK… How did that happen?
Z: It came about out of frustration; I was not satisfied and wasn’t getting what I wanted from the music scene back in Kuala Lumpur. It took me 2 years to plan the trip to UK, and I went with no expectations but with 100% commitment and determination. I have spent some time with my producer in Brussels before and decided to make London my base because I felt that would put me in the centre of things. And I have no regrets.

S: You've had some pretty big success and accolades in Asia, was the move necessary to break out on the European scene?
Z: Absolutely. Mostly, I was simply following my instincts which were strongly telling me it was necessary if I seriously want to continue doing my thing. I feel that in Asia it is too much about copying what other people are already doing and I was out wanting to be different which doesn’t work very well in this region. I guess I am happy to have found that there is space for me in Europe 

S: I'm gonna draw a few comparisons here, vocally Madonna, musically Santogold and stylistically M.I.A. It's a unique mix and something that seems to be working. Does it bother you being compared to others?
Z: It is a huge compliment to even be compared to 3 of my biggest influences. I do think that although we might be similar, mostly because I am also targeting the same group of listeners, but I think I do have my own approach music and style-wise. It is natural for people to first compare you to artists they are already familiar with before learning how to distinguish you from everybody else, and I am absolutely okay with that.

S: You're currently running your own clothing label along with your
sister, which comes first fashion or music?

Z: That is a tough question. But then again, no matter how good your image is, if your music sucks, you suck. So, I’ll say the music comes first.

S: How important is your style to your music?
Z: Since I have a producer to help me with my music, I have more time to also think about my style – which I think plays a huge part. On my myspace for example, I put a lot of time in it. Because like it or not, people do judge a book by its cover. On top of that, with the kind of music I make and the lyrics I write, the image needs to be just as powerful to compliment it.

S: So you don’t produce your own stuff?
Z: No, I write my songs and they are produced by my Brussels-based producer, Ruben Debusschere. I met him in 2004 when we studied in Australia together; we have been working on music together ever since. He is like, my other half, without which Ze! wouldn’t have existed.

S: What's all this about working on commercials for McDonalds and Toyota?
Z: Lol. I got a part in my first commercial when I was 19, which was to star in a Mcdonalds 3-series long advertisement. It gave me confidence and I was paid good money. I was hooked on going to as many castings as I could, as it was also rare that they look for brown-skinned girls to put on TV so it wasn’t exactly a modelling career. I keep all the money to invest in my music and the clothing line.

S: Have you got a masterplan or just seeing how it goes?
Z: I have a good mixture of both. I do spend a lot of time just planning things, because without it nothing ever happens. But at the same time I am open to taking a different route as long as it leads me towards the right direction.

S: There's a world of difference between some of your tracks like
"Professional Bitch" and "I Am Glam". Is your writing dependant on
your mood or is it the other way around, like do you set out to make a club tune or an electropop tune or whatever?

Z: I am, personally, a very moody person. I have crazy mood swings, and my producer would know all about it. So I think my writing is highly dependant on my mood, I can never force it out of me. But the joy, the anger, the envy, the frustrations, the love and whatever else it is I feel as a normal human being I express, with brutal honesty, through my songs and lyrics. I would never want to make 2 identical songs and have people buy my cd and say ‘her songs all sound the same’. So I’ll take it is a good thing!

Quickfire Questions

Favorite clothing label (not ur own)?
Johnny Cupcakes
Worst tune ever?
Big Big World by Emilie(?) , I don’t know her name but I can never understand how a stupid track like that could become a hit!
Best tune ever?
I don’t know a dance track more influential than Billie Jean.
Favorite movie?
Sound of Music.
Daily Websites?
I’m a gossip whore, I love thesuperficial.com. Cant go a day without it.
What question would you like me to ask you?
Out of all the boys you like, who’s your number one?
Now answer that question.
James McAvoy, in case that isn’t already obvious.
Random piece of information?
I’m a control freak, which is good and bad at the same time.

So that's Ze!.. The girl's got a work ethic matched only in size by her talent, her diversity and her addiction to gossip apparently. She's a surefire hit if you ask me...
Check out Ze!'s myspace to hear some of those tunes and be sure to click on the Osixnine site to sneak a peak at her fashion designs...
Cheers Ze!


Solar Powered PC




Designer David Velkamp came up with this clever eco-friendly and quite ridiculous computer concept called the LawnPC. Its design features natural cotton grass-like “blades” that are covered in printed solar cells. These solar cells provide about 60 watts per hour to the computer. The miniature lawn sits on top of the computer. Best of all, the solar cell blades are all biodegradable.

All I want to Know is can you run abelton, traktor or serato on it :)

Friday, October 24, 2008

D.I.M.

Absolutely amazing night last night! Video below for those who didn't make it. D.I.M. wrecked the place!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Freaky Freaky

Ok I know it's not until December, but I'm getting proper excited about this Buraka Som Sistema show we've got coming up in Mr.Jones. I saw them last year supporting A-Track (I think) down in Crawdaddy and they absolutely rocked it. That was my first introduction into Kuduro music. I've got a good friend from Angola and he was cool enough to put me on to some names to look out for and places to get some good Kuduro tunes. I have a tidy little collection built up at this stage and expanding it every day!!!
Posted below is one of my favorite tracks by a chap called Kizomba Hélder. Wicked beats, little vocals, good old shake yer rump musics!!!


Kizomba Helder - Frique Frique(Right-click, save as)




Here's a couple of videos too of some other Kuduro stuff!

Rie Helder - Os Marteleiros


Vagabanda - Vou Le Dar


MC Katinga - Tudo a Toa

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Designer Drugs

Following a string of quality remixes, New York outfit Designer Drugs are dropping their first original tune in a while. With Halloween fast approaching, the timing couldn't be better for the release of this one entitled "Zombies!" The track is out on 28th Oct on iHeartComix! with "Back Up On This" as the B-side.
Check it out, good fun!

Designer Drugs - ZOMBIES! (Right-click, save as)

Teki Speaks

Teki Latex; Frenchman of Italian descent, solo artist, one part of TTC and co-founder of ridiculement frais French label Institubes. I managed to trap the chap for a quick chat and a natter about what he's been up to, plans for the future and "that" Yelle tune!



Shortie: First, can you introduce yourself to us?
Teki: My name is Julien Pradeyrol some know me as Teki Latex, I make music, I rap, I DJ... I have a lot of friends who create excellent music and I try to push their stuff by releasing their music on Institubes or booking them at parties and things like that. I love women, fine clothes, nice hotels, Japanese food and the internets.

S: So what have you been up to since Party De Plaisr?
T: I've been Deejaying everywhere, collaborating with the whole world and their mother, and pushing a lot of freestyles on the internet streets. I'm actually collecting a lot of these freestyles and collabs to put them on a mixtape that will go by the very non anglophone-friendly name of "Mes pelures sont plus belles que vos fruits". In the meantime you can check out some of these freestyles on my myspace and all over the internets.

S: Other than yourselves and IAM back in 90s there haven’t really been many French HipHop style MCs to really cross over to the English speaking market. Do you think yours and TTC’s success has anything to do with the fact you guys have such a big Electo influence?
T: Yes maybe no? yes. We wanted to have our own sound and we were just a bunch of french dudes experimenting with rap and club music and i guess people found it cute and exotic. And now everybody's doing the whole "rapping over electro" thing. Anyway some people did it before us, some people will do it after us, but i guess we do it well.

S: What’s happening with TTC? Any plans for mew material?
T: There's talk of a TTC/Modeselektor collaboration album but to be honest we haven't really started working on it yet. We're taking a well deserved break after 5 years of intense non stop touring and promoting. We probably won't start working on new ttc material before cuizinier finishes his long awaited first LP, that's for sure.


S: You played Dublin in ’07 as part of the Let’s French Music Festival, how was that?
T: My friends from Dublin gave me a really cute miniature Guinness glass and a leprechaun glass as well, that was good fun and the show was fun too. Shout out to the Dublin crew.

S: Where’s your favorite place to play?
T: Montreal where TTC are demi gods and strippers dance to my songs in actual strip clubs.

S: A lot of French artists I’ve interviewed have commented on the music scene over there being kind of dead right now. Would you agree?
T: The music scene? No... I don't know, I'm doing stuff, I'm the music scene, I'm not dead so the music scene is not dead. There's zillions of French kids making great music popping out of nowhere every day, go listen to the new Bobmo single and then tell me who's dead.

S: How about Yelle? You a fan?
T: Yes she makes me gay

S: You and Cuiz took a bit of a hit on “Je Veux Te Voir”, how did you feel about that when the song got so big?
T: We didn't mind when it was an internet thing, back in the day no one cared about myspace or anything like that, it wasn't "real". But then it got very real and the song blew up, and obviously we got pissed and got real sad thinking about all the money she was stealing from us with that song and biting our whole swagger and things. I'm still kind of mad at Cuizinier for not answering, or doing a song with her, but at the end of the day that's his problem. And ultimately... I don't feel that bad about Yelle and the song anymore, she did what she had to do, we were too foolish and proud to turn it to our advantage I guess. GET THAT MONEY GURL

S: So aside from your own projects, you’re responsible for a lot of what goes on at Institubes. How’s that all going for you?
T: I'm the co-founder of institubes yo! Things are all good. We're splitting institubes into smaller labels, the dance artists will stay on institubes, the more rock / twisted pop artists will be on a separate sublabel, the rap artists on another sublabel. And we are also starting an internet only imprint with orgasmic and i as A&Rs, dedicated to stupid minimal wonky tribal house, called Sound Pellegrino. Coming soon to a beatport near you. And the surkin album is gonna be bigger than the beatles. Oh and go check the new Jean Nipon video from his single dropping NOW on Institubes.


Quickfire Questions:

You got a cool style, what’s your favorite clothing brand? (I’m guessing Kidrobot btw)
No it's actually Lacoste even though Ralph Lauren is killing it this year. I always dress preppy, I just choose fun colors and good combinations of polos and cardigans.
Worst Tune Ever?
That Fatboy Slim "Check it out now the funk soul brother" song.
Best Tune Ever?
Abba "Dancing Queen"
Favorite Movie?
The Goonies
Daily Websites?
Facebook, Watchtvsitcoms, Beatport, Lostpedia, Genevanheathen, Blogsearch and I google myself a lot!
What Question Would You Like Me To Ask You?
A question where you would ask what question I would like you to ask me.
Now Answer That Question...
Hu"'efzjziefefhade
Random Piece Of Information?
BOOK ME

Teki Latex; label boss, preppy dresser, Abba fan!!!