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Podcast 129: Strategy—A Rainy Night in Portland: A Selection of Past and Present Portland

Posted in Eclectic, Electronic, Electronica, Experimental, Funk, Indie, Podcast, XLR8R Podcast with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 28, 2010 by J.D.


Download Podcast 129: Strategy—A Rainy Night in Portland: A Selection of Past and Present Portland

01 Watty Burnett “Rainy Night in Portland” (Black Ark)
02 Strategy/DJ Slip “Drumsolo’s Revenge Remix” (ORAC)
03 Atole “Dirty Bird” (Community Library)
04 Nu Shooz “I Can’t Wait” (Atlantic)
05 Solenoid “Ingrid” (audraglint)
06 Jungle Nausea “Uniform” (Inner Mystique)
07 Reanimator “Blown Subidah” (Community Library)
08 Lifesavas “Headexercise” (Quannum)
09 Nice Nice “See Waves” (Warp)
10 Portland Bike Ensemble “unknown” (Olde English Spelling Bee)
11 Jefrey Leighton Brown “Prayer for Earth” (Jaffe)
12 Daniel Menche “Vulgar Scratch” (Gender-less Kibbutz)
13 Operative “Pulse” (Ecstasy)
14 Strategy “World House” (Community Library)
15 Miracles Club “Chango” (Leech Remix)” (Ecstasy)
16 The Ash Street Peddlers “U Dubbed Me” (Flooded)
17 Hedford Vachal “Toys” (Tirk)

Optimo Fabric 52

Posted in Deep Tech, Dub Techno, Dubstep, Eclectic, Electronic, Experimental, House, Mix, News, Techno, UK Funky, Various with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2010 by J.D.

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes, better known as Optimo, have been tapped to mix Fabric 52.

The Glaswegian duo are known for their wide-ranging and atypical track selection, which often mixes up post-punk, disco and experimental music with contemporary house and techno, as heard on their 2007 mix Walkabout. But for Fabric 52, the pair chose a slightly different tack, focusing more than usual on club tracks.

“We’ve been fortunate enough in the past that labels have let us experiment a bit and put together selections that make really diverse and sometimes quite difficult mixes,” says Wilkes. “With Fabric 52, we were really excited by the idea of a dance floor-centric mix of tracks.”

01. Fad Gadget – Lady Shave
02. Discodromo – Cosmorama (Prins Thomas Discomiks)
03. Basic Channel – Q1.1
04. Spencer Parker – YOGOTO
05. Locussolus – Gunship
06. Rebolledo – Amigos Cómeme
07. The Minister – Jack Your Bodey House Your Mind
08. Altz – Get It Down!
09. Thomas Brinkmann – Walk With Me
10. Rheingold – Dreiklangsdimensionen
11. Capablanca & T Keeler – La Konk Fiesta
12. Roska – Feeline
13. Cumbia Moderna De Soledad – Shacalao
14. The Tyrell Corporation – Together Alone
15. Roni Griffith – Spys
16. Levon Vincent – Love Technique
17. Oni Ayhun – OAR003-B
18. Desire – Don’t Call
19. Crazy Cousinz – Inflation
20. Matias Aguayo – Walter Neff
21. Nakion – Heartbit
22. Xex – Heartbeat

Fabric will release Optimo’s Fabric 52 on May 10th, 2010.(RA)

Download: FACT mix 118 – Bullion

Posted in Beats, Downtempo, Eclectic, Fact, Glitch, Hip Hop, Podcast on January 25, 2010 by J.D.

This morning’s FACT mix takes the form of an exclusive session by Bullion.

Part of Alex Chase’s One Handed Music stable along with Paul White, Nathan ‘Bullion’ Jenkins is an Acton based hip-hop obsessive who first came to many’s attention with Pet Sounds: in the Key of Dee, a remix project that paired pop monoliths The Beach Boys with late Detroit hip-hop legend J Dilla.

A series of singles for One Handed followed, including a poignant collection of delay-soaked love songs on last year’s Young Heartache EP, and well, here we are.

Bullion has a new single out this month, ‘Say Goodbye to What’; his FACT mix should be the ideal soundtrack to you buying it online, or just illegally downloading it or whatever you kids do these days. David Crosby, Fleetwood Mac, Cabaret Voltaire and more feature.

Download: FACT mix 118 – Bullion
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Caravan – Ride
Brainticket – Places Of Light
David Crosby – Orleans
Delaney – Some Things Coming
Kraan – You’re Right
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Adam
Orchestre Veve Star – Bassala Hot
Syreeta – Move It, Do It
Hudson-Ford – Shy Girl
Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria
Paul Hart – Strides
Fleetwood Mac – Coming Home
July – I See


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XLR8R Podcast-Star Eyes’ Love from NY Mix

Posted in Eclectic, Electro, Electronic, Hip Hop, House, XLR8R Podcast on December 9, 2009 by J.D.

Until now, our City Guide podcast series has been focused on the West Coast, but we’ve also got plenty of love for our friends on the other side of the continent. This week we’re sampling the sounds of New York, and who better to survey the Big Apple than our homegirl (and former editor) Vivian Host (a.k.a Star Eyes). Although she’s best known for throttling soundsystems as a member of NY’s Trouble & Bass crew, Host has little trouble bounding from one genre to the next. Whether it’s the disco stylings of Metro Area and DFA, bass-heavy bangers from Drop the Lime and AC Slater, tropical tunes from Uproot Andy and 77Klash, hip-hop anthems from Lil’ Mama and Ja Rule, or dancefloor classics from Larry Levan and Madonna, her Love from NY mix and its cornucopia of sounds capture the freewheeling spirit of New York City nightlife.

XLR8R Podcast-Star Eyes’ Love from NY Mix
01 Gang Gang Dance “House Jam” (Hot Chip Remix) (Social Registry)
02 Adultnapper “Vase” (Clink)
03 Runaway “Poltergeist” (On The Prowl)
04 The Juan MacLean “Happy House (Lee Douglas Remix)” (DFA)
05 Detachments “Circles (Beg to Differ Dub Mix)” (Thisisnotanexit)
06 The Juan MacLean “Happy House” (DFA)
07 Holy Ghost! “Hold On” (DFA)
08 Bumblebee Unlimited “Lady Bug (Larry Levan Disco Remix)” (RCA Victor)
09 Tanlines “Bejan” (Kitsuné)
10 No Regular Play “Things I Know” (Wolf & Lamb)
11 Lauren Flax “You’ve Changed (War Games Remix)” (DANR)
12 The Martinez Brothers & Argy “Debbie Downer” (Objektivity)
13 Cubic Zirconia “Fuck Work (Dance With White Girls Remix)” (The Savant Guard)
14 Bobby Konders “Nervous Acid” (Massive B)
15 In Flagranti “Genital Blue Room” (Codek)
16 The Glass “Wanna Be Dancin” (Plant Music)
17 Sammy Bananas “Dat Funk” (Fool’s Gold)
18 Armand Van Helden & DJ Sneak “The Ultrafunkula” (FFRR)
19 Madonna “Causing A Commotion” (Sire)
20 Metro Area “Miura” (Environ)
21 DJ Ayres “Broke Ass Home” (Money Studies)
22 Dre Skull “I Want You (Dre Skull Remix)” (Mixpak)
23 Kingdom “You” (Fool’s Gold)
24 AC Slater “No Party For Old Men” (Nightshifters)
25 Drop the Lime “New York Massacre” (Trouble & Bass)
26 Lil’ Mama “Lip Gloss” (Zomba)
27 Drop The Lime “Set Me Free” (Trouble & Bass)
28 Larry Tee feat. Princess Superstar “Licky (Herve Remix)” (Ultra)
29 Uproot Andy “Brooklyn Cumbia” (ZZK Sound/Nacional)
30 Udachi & Jubilee “Smoke Rings” (Nightshifters)
31 Michna “Triple Chrome Dipped (Star Eyes & Mayster Liquid Vision)” (Ghostly)
32 Thirstin Howl III “Stole” (Landscape)
33 77Klash (produced by Matt Shadetek) “Mad Again feat. Johnny Osbourne” (Klash City)
34 Ja Rule feat. Fat Joe & Jadakiss “New York” (Def Jam)
35 Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Yeah New York!” (Interscope)
36 Matt & Kim “Daylight (Ninjasonik Remix)”
37 Frank Sinatra “New York, New York” (Reprise)

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FACT mix 85: Andrew Weatherall

Posted in Eclectic, Electronic, Experimental, Podcast, Progressive Rock on September 21, 2009 by J.D.

This Monday’s FACT mix comes from Andrew Weatherall, a British DJ and producer who should require no introduction.
A vital part of UK music in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Weatherall was the wry wit and leading DJ behind seminal acid house crew Boys Own whose early remixes and productions for the likes of Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine and Saint Etienne led the way in blending dance and rock music into blissed-out loose-limbed union, writ largest on the ‘Scream’s still peerless debut album Screamdelica (which Weatherall produced).
A mid-’90s stint as part of The Sabres of Paradise followed (check their stunning Haunted Dancehall album for Warp) whilst Weatherall’s DJ sets reached legendary proportions – at this point he was one of the UK’s most in-demand remixers, and now boasts a back catalogue of edits that includes Bjork, Manic Street Preachers, Mogwai and more. In 1996, he formed Two Lone Swordsemen with Keith ‘Radioactive Man’ Tenniswood, setting up the Rotters Golf Club label and releasing several full-lengths, including the particularly acclaimed Tiny Reminders, also on Warp.

Never one to be shackled to a particular groove or sub-genre, Weatherall’s contributed a wonderful micro-house mix for Force Tracks, a forward-thinking dancefloor-leaning mix for Fabric (that introduced many to the likes of Villalobos, The Emperor Machine and more), the ground-breaking ‘9’O Clock Drop’ comp of post punk classics (before the world and his wife discovered them) and an excellent comp of his much-loved rockabilly to Soma’s Sci-Fi-Lo-Fi series. And if that wasn’t enough, this month he releases his first solo album, a collection of slow-burning punk-funk titled A Pox on the Pioneers, that merges Weatherall’s longstanding interested in rock ‘n’ roll and “modernist electronics”.

While we’re at it, he’s produced the new Fuck Buttons album, has a regular slot on BBC 6Music, and remains one of the world’s best DJs, as comfortable spinning nosebleed techno at German superclubs as he is digging through the crates for his more eccentric rock sets. He’s a bit of a national treasure really.

His FACT mix is subtitled ‘A Pox on the Influences’, and features Circlesquare, Dennis Wilson, The Monks, The Durutti Column, White Williams and more. We’re fucking proud to be hosting it.

Download: FACT Mix 85 – Andrew Weatherall
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Circlesquare – Hey You Guys
Whitey – It Was Made of Night
Dum, Dum, Dum – Dum, Dum, Dum
White Williams – Route to Palm
The Ole Miss Downbeats – Geraldine
Bert Weedon – Ginchy
Johnny Knight – Rock’n’Roll Guitars
Wayne Walker – All I Can Do Is Cry
The Monks – I Hate You
The National – Apartment Story
Stockholm Monsters – Life’s Two Faces
Wasted Youth – Things…
Mogwai – The Sun Smells Too Loud
Durutti Column – Sketch for Summer
Dennis Wilson – Farewell my Friends
The Mighty Wah! – Talkin’ the Blues

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Brennan Green – XLR8R Podcast

Posted in Ambient, Dark Ambient, Eclectic, Electronic, Funk, XLR8R Podcast on August 19, 2009 by J.D.

New York City DJ and producer Brennan Green has carved his own little niche in dance music’s leftfield—between his genre-bending DJ sets and releases on Modal, Balihu, and his own Chinatown imprint, it’s hard to predict exactly what kind of otherworldly sonic experience he’s about to cook up. On this exclusive Prepare to XLR8 mix, Green takes it to a whole ‘nother level, largely ditching the house and disco sounds he’s often associated with in favor of a lengthy psychedelic journey through downtempo, prog, funk, Krautrock, and other sounds on the outer reaches of the aural spectrum. With a protracted moment of silence dedicated to Michael Jackson segueing into a Bruce Springsteen re-edit, it’s pretty clear that this isn’t the average DJ mix. Prepare to XLR8 is an unusual journey, albeit one well worth taking.

Brennan Green – XLR8R Podcast
01 Supersempfft “Pipe Dreams On A Lilypad”
02 The Orb “A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules from the Centre of the Ultraworld (Orbital Dance Mix)”
03 Robert Quine/Fred Maher “Dark Place”
04 Rolling Stones “Heaven”
05 F.U.S.E. “Dimension Intrusion”
06 Air “Modular Mix”
07 Kenny Hawkes “Sex Propella”
08 Skylab “Seashell”
09 Simple Minds “Today I Died Again”
10 Brian Briggs “AEO (Parts I & II)”
11 Parliament “The Goose”
12 Greek Buck “The Music Lover’s Butt Is Love”
13 John Lennon/Yoko Ono “Two Minutes Silence” (dedicated to Michael Jackson)
14 Bruce Springsteen “State Trooper (Brennan Green Suicidal Edit)”
15 Ippu Do “IN Side/OUT Side”
16 400 Blows “Perspective 5”
17 Ippu Do “OUT Side/IN Side”
18 Sons Of Aroa “Be Wise In The Way Of Plants”
19 B2 Unit “Riot In Lagos”
20 Nu Era “Cydonia”
21 Koro Osanago “Mini-Klik”
22 Berührt Verführt (Brennan Green/Yas Inoue edit)

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The Avalanches – After The Goldrush

Posted in Eclectic, Electronic, Folk Rock, Hip Hop, IDM, Indie, Mash-Up on June 16, 2009 by J.D.

2009 mix from the Australian Dance producers and studio boffins This is an eclectic off the wall mix CD that starts with Bob Dylan and The Beach Boys before mixing into the Chemical Brothers, Basement Jaxx, Felix Da Housecat, Guns ‘N Roses, DJ Zinc, Missy Elliot, Queen and lots more before ending with another appearance from The Beach Boys! Saloon.(amazon,buy here)


1 Bob Dylan – Why Do You Treat Me Like You Do?
2 Beach Boys – Matchpoint Of Our Love
3 Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar
4 KLF – 3 Am Eternal
5 Basement Jaxx – Light Your Lighter
6 Artist Unknown – Shady
7 Q Tip – Breathe And Stop
8 Aldo Bender- Acid Enlightenment
9 Thomas Bangalter – Turbo
10 Phoenix – If I Ever Feel Better (Todd Edwards “Dub Better” remix)
11 Mr Oizo – M Seq
12 Felix Da Housecat – Strobe
13 DJ Funk – Booty Perc-U-Later
14 BS 2000 – Nobody Beats BS 2000
15 DJ Funk – Every Freakin Day
16 Aphex Twin – Afx237 v7
17 Shimon & Andy C – Bodyrock
18 Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist
19 Bubba Sparxx – Ugly
20 Bobby Digital – Must Be Bobby
21 DJ Zinc – 138 Trek
22 Dr Dre – Forgot About Dre
23 Chemical Brothers – It Began In Africa
24 Underworld – Rez /Cowgirl
25 Guns N Roses – Welcome To The Jungle
26 Thomas Bangalter – Colossus
27 Mc5 – Tonite
28 Missy Elliot – Get Yr Freak On
29 George Michael – Faith
30 Destiny’s Child – Jumpin Jumpin
31 Foundation Players – Fireball
32 Eminem – The Real Slim Shady
33 Xpress 2 – Smoke Machine
34 Missy Elliot – One Minute Man
35 J Walk – Soul Vibration
36 Princess Superstar – Wet Wet Wet
37 Queen – I Want To Break Free
38 Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches
39 Daft Punk – Oh Yeah
40 Hall And Oates – I Cant Go For That (No Can Do)
41 Aphex Twin – Windowlicker
42 Beach Boys – Johnny Carson


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XLR8R Podcast-Buck 65

Posted in Eclectic, Folk Rock, Hip Hop, Pop, Promotions, XLR8R Podcast on June 9, 2009 by J.D.

When asked about the name of this podcast, Richard Terfry (a.k.a. Buck 65) merely stated, “I pulled music from my record collection, which is arranged alphabetically, and I only got as far as the letter F.”

Terfrey clearly put some serious time and thought into the track selection here. On The A to F Podcast, rather than simply mix an hour’s worth of music and chuck it to an audience, he carefully leads us through each song, stopping to explain the origins of the music, tell an anecdote here and there, give shout-outs to fellow Canadian musicians, and hand us a few pieces of little-known music history. Our consensus: he’d make a mighty fine radio-show host from the sounds of this mix.

Terfry just released a new album under his Bike for Three! project, which he does alongside Belgian-based Hoelle Phuong Minh Le (a.k.a. Greetings From Tuskan). More Heart Than Brains is available via anticon..

The A to F Podcast:
01 Greetings From Tuskan – The Fourth of Never
02 Buddy Peace – Ample Champ
03 Al Tuck – Buddah
04 Elevator to Hell – Backteeth
05 Buck 65 – Days on End*
06 Boubacar Traoré – Mariama
07 Ata Kak – Yemmpa Aba
08 Big Daddy Kane – For Your Own Concern
09 Chill Rob G – Future Shock
10 The Chosen Ones – Come and Get Some
11 Brian Wilson – Smart Girls
12 Emmett Miller – The Gypsy
13 Archers of Loaf – The Greatest of All Time
14 Johnny Cash – Couldn’t Keep From Cryin’ (Buck 65 remix)
15 Clarence Ashley – Little Sadie
16 Mystery Song
17 Dave Marsh – Forsaken by the Beautiful People

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Hit the Dancefloor with The Presets-XLR8R Podcast

Posted in Deep House, Eclectic, Electro, Electronic, Podcast, Promotions, Techno, XLR8R Podcast on April 14, 2009 by J.D.

Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes (otherwise known as The Presets) are currently on North American soil, touring through the likes of Chicago, Atlanta, Vancouver, and Murray, Utah, and where these Australian lads go, the party, undoubtedly, will follow.

Such is the case with the latest installment of the XLR8R Podcast, which Moyes curated for us while reportedly on the tour bus. The sheer number of remixes on the tracklisting should indicate what this mix is about, namely, tearing up the dancefloor in the wee hours, to the sounds of hard-hitting electro, driving techno, and a little minimal thrown in for good measure.

This mix also coincides with the remaining dates in the duo’s afterparty series, in which a post-performance Moyes plays musical host to the late-night partygoers.

Hit the Dancefloor:
01 Dinamics – “Rocco Bis”
02 Moodyman – “Freaky Mother Fucker (Catz n Dogz Remake)”
03 The Golden Filter – “Solid Gold (Clouded Vision Remix)”
04 Actor One – “Popcorn”
05 Guy Gerber and Chaim – “MySpace”
06 Fever Ray – “When I Grow Up (Van Driver’s Dark Dails On The Horizon Mix)”
07 The Presets – “Anywhere (Still Going! Remix)”
08 Tiga – “Shoes (Green Velvet Remix)”
09 Lutzenkirchen – “All That Jazz (Popof Remix)”
10 Mr Oizo – “Erreur Jean (Arveene and Misk Remix)”
11 Daniel Papini – “Church of Nonsense”
12 Ramon Tapia – “Just Me”
13 Of Montreal – “Gronlandic Edit”

XLR8R TV: Kate Simko
The classically-trained Ghostly recording artist sheds light on the best part of being an internationally known techno artist (traveling) and the worst thing (also traveling). Additionally, as someone who spends most of her career in clubs, Kate gives us the heads up on her favorite spots to play around the world.

Feature: Wavves
Pre-tour Wavve-Jumping with San Diego Fuzz-Pop Prince Nathan Williams.

Feature: Omar S
Finally bubbling up from the underground, a reclusive Detroit house head gets his due.

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XLR8R Podcast: Meanest Man Contest

Posted in Eclectic, Electronic, Experimental, Podcast, XLR8R Podcast on April 7, 2009 by J.D.

Meanest Man Contest might be known for making hip-hop and leftfield electronic music, but when we approached the duo and asked them to curate the next installment of the XLR8R Podcast, they gave us a pleasantly surprising mix that goes above and beyond the word “eclectic.”

How eclectic? Well, there’s one of the duo’s own tracks, remixed by producer Touane. Then comes leftfield hip-hop from DOOM and Boom Bip, old-school rock tunes from cult bands like The Idle Race and The Wirtschaftswunder, lots of soul from Tim Maia, and slightly country flavored jam by Plug Research artist Samamidon.

XLR8R Podcast: Meanest Man Contest -Category Killer Selection:
01 The Idle Race – “Morning Sunshine”
02 Tim Maia – “Réu Confesso”
03 Shelly Duvall – “He’s Large”
04 Neil Innes & Son – “Cum on Feel the Noize”
05 The Wirtschaftswunder – “The Girls of the Navy”
06 The Samps – “Magnetic Thys”
07 Fashion – “You Only Left Your Picture”
08 Meanest Man Contest – “Some People (Touane Mix)”
09 Chad VanGaalen – “Traffic”
10 Gal Costa & Caetano Veloso – “Que Pena (Ele Já Não Gosta Mais De Mim)”
11 The Style Council – “Long Hot Summer”
12 Boom Bip – “Last Walk Around Mirror Lake (Boards of Canada Remix)”
13 DOOM – “Cellz”
14 Minnie Riperton – “Rainy Day in Centerville”
15 The Walker Brothers – “Shutout”
16 Wendy & Bonnie – “By the Sea”
17 Samamidon – “Tribulation”
18 College & Minitel Rose – “The Energy Story”

XLR8R Exclusive Video Premiere: Daedelus – “L.A. Nocturn”
XLR8R premieres a new video from L.A.’s wackiest beatmaker, Daedelus. “L.A. Nocturn” is from his recent contribution to the new Friends of Friends label, and the video for this song arrives in a flurry of bright colors and costumed characters.

XLR8R TV: Andrew Jeffrey Wright
Philadelphia-based artist Andrew Jeffrey Wright doesn’t confine his humor and obsessions to one medium. Here, the painter, zine maker, illustrator, t-shirt designer, and video director shows us around the co-operatively run Space 1026 studios and gallery, explains his signature haircut, talks about Christian upbringing, and why poop jokes just come to him naturally.

Inbox: Dntel
Sure, we’re always curious to know about an artist’s upcoming release, most recent tour, or arsenal of analog gear, but XLR8R’s also got a curiosity for quirk. In less than two weeks, Jimmy Tamborello, under his Dntel guise, will release a three-CD set of remastered tracks he’s entitled Early Works for Me if it Works for You II. He took a little time to write in about the release, his love of hoodies, and why one should never purchase an electronic trash can.

Feature: Soul-Junk
Jazz enthusiast, commercial-jingle producer, and former high-school teacher Glen Galaxy’s avant-garde gospel gets even stranger.

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