Sex and Dancing and Drugs, Oh My! Yes, I AM all about electronic dance music on New Years Eve. Must be ’cause I spent most of my early 20′s in San Francisco and Oakland nightclubs, warehouse parties and raves til all hours. It’s been a gr8 year of music here! Thank you all for hanging, hope you have enjoyed my selections. Dj Hero, take us out.
“LFO’s and Oscillators” (download mp3)
from “The Whomp EP”
(Velcro City Records)
“LFO’s and Oscillators” (play)
Long time Kool Keith collaborator does his best impression of an other beat genus – the RZA – on “Inspector Shingo.” A jazzy trumpet sample plays along nicely with the percussion and the choppy boom-bap of the drums making this one damn funky instrumental mp3.
“Inspector Shingo” (download mp3)
from “Funky Redneck Visits Nippon”
(Threshold Recordings, LLC)
“Inspector Shingo“ (play)
Time to step it up toward New Years Eve. Here’s a funky electro-sexy pop ditty from Small Sins, AKA former Carnations singer Thomas D’Arcy. I love the production – it has some brilliant unexpected turns and the guest vocal by K-OS is gr8. Fans of Beck will agree. Hawt.
“Déjà Vu feat. K-OS“ (download mp3)
from “Pot Calls Kettle Black”
(Arts & Crafts)
“Déjà Vu feat. K-OS” (play)
The reggaephonic vibes, as told by The Black Seeds and MC Ishu. Old skool dance hall riddims back up smart lyrical stylings with that certain bold positive flavor that is so right in this genre. Niceness!
The Black Seeds
“Come to Me (JStar Remix feat. MC Ishu)” (download mp3)
from “Specials: Remixes And Versions From Solid Ground”
(Easy Star Records)
Come to Me (JStar Remix feat. MC Ishu) (play)
What would a band from landlocked Tennessee know about deep sea diving? Enough to know about loneliness, darkness, cold, and the obsession to go deeper. A simple, sparse arrangement sets the stage for this glimpse into the psyche of an adventurer who rushes toward the unknown while swimming ever farther from the realities of life above the surface.
Spider + Octopus
“Deep Sea Diver” (download mp3)
(Big Rig Records)
“Deep Sea Diver” (play)
This little ditty is seriously makin’ me shake my stuff. Over an upbeat, poppy sound similar to Blur, the vocals and lyrics hit you like a stun gun. Echos of “Radio Clash” and other 80’s wonderfulness. It’s class war as dance party! And Hey! Brontosaurus is winning.
“Backlash” (download mp3)
Don’t just call it Gypsy — it’s Roma. It’s Greek. It’s Balkan. Whatever it is, Parne Gadje mix seemingly disparate European folk styles with traditional and self-made instruments to create a gorgeous, organic mood. I’m not sure what “Isoun Mia Vrisi” is even about, but it doesn’t even matter when the music speaks that language we all just understand. Merry Xmas everyone. <3
“Isoun Mia Vrisi” (Download mp3)
from “O ManuÅ¡”
“Isoun Mia Vrisi” (play)
Nation! After another fine year of Stephen Colbert’s satirical wingnut punditry, I offer this fitting tribute. Soaked in irony and opiate-based overdriven sounds, here is “Stephen Colbert,” from Tim Hingston and Zoe Keating, together known as Inu. Truthiness forever.
“Stephen Colbert” (download mp3)
from “Not For Anyone”
“Stephen Colbert” (play)
It’s a glorious electro disco dance remiXmas from Cathedral Brass. Huge classical brass band sounds charge over funky beats to bring “Joy To The World” out of the dusty cupboards of Christmas Past, into a lively party of the Jolly Present. Happy Holidays to all you music lovers everywhere!
“Joy To The World (Mocean Worker Remix)” (download mp3)
from “Holiday Dance Party – The Christmas Remixes”
“Joy To The World (Mocean Worker Remix)” (play)
This track by Aussies Wild Pumpkins At Midnight zips around between the Beatles, Cornershop, Spiritualized, and a small church spilling drippy organ out into the air. Cool production imparts a psychedelic buoyancy while sweet, clear vocals tug it gently back to Earth. I dig it.
Wild Pumpkins at Midnight
from “Instant Ocean”