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Lead single “Road To Recovery" is a dizzying array of stomping disco beats, spiralling synths and effervescent guitars,a sonic mission through laser-soaked corridors and rainbow-lit roller derbies. It’s the perfect intro to Midnight Juggernauts’ debut album, a trekking montage that occupies the dark spaces between M83, Moroder, Air, ELO and John Carpenter– shooting stars, black holes, thumping disco beats, glimpses of the edge of the universe.
Chicago's disco visionary FELIX DA HOUSECAT is creates vocal pop, soulful synth-funk and pulsing electronic disco.
"It's been a bit of a sore spot," laughs Juan Maclean, "sitting on this album and seeing this robot stuff pop up all over the place. I have serious robot credentials that go back years and years. Like, a decade! But Daft Punk beat me to the punch." He may be joking, but the man's right. If anyone's earned the right to call their debut album "Less Than Human" and imagine a love triangle consisting of a man, a woman and the man's gay robot friend (as in "Shining Skinned Friend"), it's Maclean. He was guitarist and synth player with acclaimed but obscure, gonzo electro-punk band Six Finger Satellite, who began formulating their blend of rigidly mechanised disco beats, oddly sumptuous synth melodies and razor-shredded guitar work in the early 90s. The brutish but groovy result suggested a cross between Devo, Kraftwerk and Big Black. Then, America was mired in grunge, the famous French robots were still in short pants and the "punk-funk revival" was in the unimaginable future. Six Finger Satellite were just too far ahead of their time and perished accordingly. With "Less Than Human" Maclean has created a precision-tuned rekindling of his love affair with everything from Kraftwerk to Juan Atkins and Derrick May, Funkadelic to Giorgio Moroder and Lipps Inc, DAF to Talking Heads and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. It's full of tics (sin drums, cow bells, Bootsy Collins bass lines, Moog Liberation motifs) borrowed from dance music history, but refuses to engage with retroism, nostalgia or any notion of "the classic." Opener "AD2003" tracks back to Kraftwerk via Orbital, buoyed up by bubbles of percolating glitch. "Give Me Every Little Thing" rewinds through Underworld and Talking Heads en route to Studio 54. "Tito's Way" contrasts acid-house synth squelches and rave whistles with clattering, tribal percussion. There's a constant, though. Even the LP's euphoric epic "Dance With Me," is poignantly subdued, touched by a melancholy that reflects Maclean's own world view. "It doesn't seem incongruous to me to have a lot of that stuff in there," he says of the album's sadness, "because I made a big effort to make an album, rather than a collection of tunes with just one good track that everybody knows. So I never really set out to say, "this is a song that will played for the dance floor," or whatever. "When I started on it, I don't think I had any pre-conceived notions at all, except that I knew I'd always be operating under the same aesthetic principles that I'd held in making music my whole life."
MUNK are Italian Mathias Modica and German partner Jonas Imbery. They release their own records and also the music of friends like HEADMAN, WHOMADEWHO and TOMBOY on their own little label GOMMA - the label that has achieved a quite good fame for releasing this new sound which mixes the aesthetics of 70ies Disco and Krautrock with modern Electronics and House. In the past Gomma has released the debut albums of avant-garde pop artists like MOCKY, HEADMAN, New York sculpturist THE RAMMELLZEE and NICK MACCARTHY (of Franz Ferdinand) with his former band KAMERAKINO. In early February the new label compilation was released. GOMMAGANG 3. It includes recent tracks from the above mentioned artists and also new remixes and guest appearances of The Rapture, DJ Chloe, Midnight Mike, Dirt Crew. It was mixed by the MUNK guys and shows the sound of the Gomma label of the past two years and also the DJ style of MUNK. MUNK have released their critically acclaimed APERITIVO debut album in 2004. The single "Kick Out The Chairs!" still gets played in clubs around the world. The album is one of the first records that preceded the current "Garagedisco" and "Balearic" trend. Including guest vocalists such as their friend JAMES MURPHY of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM/DFA RECORDS, French DJ CHLOE, MIDNIGHT MIKE from London and BOBBY CONN ? the album still sounds fresher than many similar recordings of now. Since "Aperitivo", the guys have been mostly djing around the world. Their very own hot mix of Minimal house and Leftfield Disco gets appreciated more in more and so they are playing a lot of clubs around the world. From places like The Pulp in Paris, Culture Club in Belgium and Berlin clubs like WMF or FUN to fancy parties like the one of Colette shop in Paris and festivals like Sonar and Melt.
The disc bows with tributes to the fallen: written for and dedicated to the band's friend Greg 'Chickenman' Riley, "Your Spirit's Alive" also remembers Boston Bruin great Ace Bailey and hockey standout Mark Bavis who perished on United Airlines flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001. "Last Letter Home," salutes American serviceman and Dropkick Murphys fan Sgt. Andrew Farrar, who died on his 31st birthday January 28th, 2005. Shortly before his death in a letter he sent home, Farrar requested the Dropkick Murphys' version of "Fields of Athenry" be played at his funeral should anything happen to him while he was in Iraq. In addition to blending excerpts from that very letter into "Last Letter Home," the band was present at Farrar's funeral and played "The Fields Of Athenry" on the pipes as the casket entered the church. The Warrior's Code also marks the second time the Dropkick Murphys have set a previously unused Woody Guthrie lyric to music. Approached three years ago by Guthrie's daughter, Nora (whose son is a Dropkicks fan), with the prospect of putting some of her legendary father's unpublished lyrics to music, the band produced the hard-charging "Gonna Be a Blackout Tonight," from which the title of 2003's Blackout was taken. The Warrior's Code features "I'm Shipping Up to Boston" written around a whimsical lyric about a sailor who lost his wooden leg in Boston. "When Nora gave us the green light to go through the archives and take we wanted," says vocalist/bassist and founding member Ken Casey, "we looked through thousands of his songs. Obviously, there were a lot of deep songs about World War II and labor stuff, but randomly in the middle of all these serious lyrics was this silly song, which seemed kind of cool. When other people do Woody's stuff, you normally don't see that light-hearted side of his work."
The music of Reism is a fusion of gothic industrial electronic rock. The combination of heavy guitar riffs, electronic drum kit, dirty synths, and soaring vocals make for an interesting and complex musical experience. Formed whilst at music school in Liverpool, England, Reism is comprised of 3 main members. Joe Cochrane originates from Ventura, California and contributes drums, programming and commerical-minded production. Tom Poole-Kerr comes from Somerset, England and brings guitars, programming and non-comformist producing to the process. Finally, Kirsten J?rgensen, from Skuneshavn, Norway, adds her haunting and powerful voice. The unsigned debut album from Reism "Lifestyle Product" will be available soon. Until then, check out their links provided here, where you can view news, pictures, videos, and of course, the music. Feedback and questions are always welcome, let the band know what you think! Perfecting Imperfection, Reism
The music of Reism is a fusion of gothic industrial electronic rock. The combination of heavy guitar riffs, electronic drum kit, dirty synths, and soaring vocals make for an interesting and complex musical experience. Formed whilst at music school in Liverpool, England, Reism is comprised of 3 main members. Joe Cochrane originates from Ventura, California and contributes drums, programming and commerical-minded production. Tom Poole-Kerr comes from Somerset, England and brings guitars, programming and non-comformist producing to the process. Finally, Kirsten J?rgensen, from Skuneshavn, Norway, adds her haunting and powerful voice. The unsigned debut album from Reism "Lifestyle Product" will be available soon. Until then, check out the links provided here, where you can view news, pictures, videos, and of course, hear the music. Feedback and questions are always welcome, let the band know what you think! Perfecting Imperfection, Reism
Chicago's disco visionary FELIX DA HOUSECAT is set to return to dominate dance floors and airways with his stunning third album VIRGO BLAKTRO & THE MOVIE DISCO. A master class in sugar-frosted vocal pop, soulful synth-funk and pulsing electronic disco, it is comfortably the most satisfying album this dance music icon has produced. Six years after he glammed up dance floors with Kittenz And Thee Glitz, 20 since he stepped into a studio to record his first underground hit at the age of 15, one of modern pop's great outsiders is about to embark on the next phase of his remarkable career.
Para One is one of the leaders of the French new school. Known for his killer track "Dun Dun" (remixed from MSTRKRFT) and remixes of Agoria, Krazy Baldhead, Ellen Alien (with Tacteel) and Daft Punk, among others. His musics been played by a wide array of the dance floors elite from Feadz, Erol Alkan, Diplo, Modeselektor and Justice to Laurent Garnier, DJ/Rupture, Team Shadetek and Michael Mayer. "Dun Dun" is both the hardest, most ruthless and loveliest, most idyllic techno track in a long time. These tracks are tailor-made for the club, the dancefloor, the moment when the world dissolves into strobes, heat and sound, when the dancers move whether they like it or not, barely breathing machines operated by way of drugs, snares and synths.
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