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Banco de Gaia, Songs From The Silk Road (Disco Gecko) February 08, 2011

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2011 by dk

A Rave on the Silk Road: Dance Music Icon Banco de Gaia’s Guided Tour of Electronica’s Eclectic Outlands
release: 02/08/11
Persian strings and prog rock. Tibetan songs and ecstatic house. Welcome to the strange, wonderful world of DJ/remixer/dance music maestro Banco de Gaia (aka Toby Marks) whose work sprang from the hopeful exuberance of British house, the joys of sampling, and the advent of global music.

Now, new listeners unfamiliar with this funky founding father of eclectic electronica can savor nearly two decades of hits, rarities, and remixes on Songs From the Silk Road (Disco Gecko; February 08, 2011). An intro to the vibrant cross-pollination of house and world music, tracks shift from hard-hitting to playful, pulsing to ambient, all guided by a strong, omnivorous ear for powerful beats and delicate filigrees of sound.

Pensive modal harmonies (“Farewell Ferengistan”—named for an obscure Central Asian term for Europeans) alternate with hand drum-heavy dub grooves (“Amber”). Gentle digital pops and glitches (“Big Men Cry”) give way to driving rhythms, stirring vocals, and glittering keyboards (“Last Train to Lhasa”).

But back in the 80s, guitarist and trumpet player Marks hated drum machines. He loved prog rock, experimental jazz, classical, anything—just not synth pop. “But then house happened and changed everything. It opened up a whole new world for me, and I discovered this new machine-made way of making music,” Marks explains. “Combined with the new technology of sampling, I could suddenly have these big Pink Floyd-esque ideas that I could never have executed otherwise.”

But British house was more than a club craze, Marks recalls, and more than a cool new style of music. It was a scene that picked up where the seekers of ’69 left off, exuding a vibe of positivity and optimism in the social and political doldrums of ‘80s Britain. People talked of love, community, and the possibilities of living together in new, humane ways. They went to raves and, quite literally, embraced strangers.

 Musically, this openness meant including a world of musics that were once beyond the pale of pop into dance tracks. Other cultures began sneaking into remixes, even of mainstream rap. “In ‘87, Coldcut remixed ‘Paid in Full’ by Eric B. & Rakim and featured a sample of Ofra Haza,” Marks remembers. “It was straight American hip hop with Israeli vocals, and that really inspired me. I was excited to hear someone combining elements that way outside of jazz and experimental classical music.”


Download:FACT mix 213 – CREEP

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The Brooklyn duo of Lauren Flax and Lauren Dillard emerged last year, and for better or worse were pretty much immediately lumped in with the nascent witch-house trend (the crucifix logo on their debut single was kind of asking for it). Said debut single, ‘Days’, was released by Young Turks and featured vocals from The xx‘s Romy Madley-Croft doing her breathy, gothy, lovelorn thing. The skittering 808s and sickly synths in their tracks are undeniably reminiscent of Salem, but Flax and Dillard’s production is altogether smoother and less fucked-up sound than that of their peers; unlike most drag, it doesn’t drag, it has a real 4/4 momentum to it; if anything, CREEP put the house in witch-house.

Direct download: FACT mix 213 – CREEP
(Available for three weeks)

1. How To Dress Well – Take It On (Holy Other Remix)
2. Pantha Du Prince – Tau
3. Guido – Beautiful Complication
4. Delooze – Too Heavy To Stand Up (Dark Sky Remix)
5. Ciara – Gimme Dat
6. Canblaster – Triple Ring
7. CREEP – Days (Drop The Lime Remix)
8. Katy B & Ms Dynamite – Lights On
9. Hot Natured – Equilibrium
10. Crime Mob – Rock Yo Hips
11. Kanye Wet feat. Rihanna – All Of The Lights
12. Ciara – Deuces (Nguzunguzu Remix)
13. Darko – Hyli

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Jessie J-Who You Are(Live at New York City’s Times Square)

Posted in News with tags , , , on January 14, 2011 by dk

Jessie J (born Jessica Ellen Cornish, 27 March 1988)is an English singer/songwriter, currently signed to Lava Records, and Universal Republic Records. She was announced as the winner of the BBC Sound of 2011 on 7 January 2011.
On 15 December 2010, it was announced that Jessie J had won the Critics Choice award at the BRIT Awards 2011.She has been confirmed to perform at the Brits Nominations launch party alongside Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding.
(more at wiki)