11 10 2007

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9 10 2007


Disco Sunday #7: Robots in Disguise

7 10 2007

Robots in Disguise

“At the height of our disembodied digital era, two disguised femme-bots descend to deliver their funkpunk message to undiscerning humanoids inclined to the sounds of artful proto punk, exuberant electro-pop and new wave expressionism…”

London based electro-punk duo Robots in Disguise are one of my fave fave fave bands, so much so that I can’t believe I’ve never posted about them yet. So I intend to right that wrong today, because their new record “The Sex Has Made Me Stupid” comes out this week on President Records in the UK, and a 6 week European tour kicks off as well. And I’m such a huge fan I just wrapped up not one but *two* official remixes for the new record!

I can’t post any of the new material just yet, but look out for Baron von Luxxury remixes of “The Sex Has Made Me Stupid” and “We’re In The Music Business” coming soon. And in the mean time, here’s an introduction to the band for y’all who haven’t heard them yet.

RID began when Sue Denim and Dee Plume (get it?) met in Liverpool, hooked up with Berlin based producer Chris Corner (Sneaker Pimps, IAMX) and developed the sonic credo “ESG, Elastica and Serge Gainsbourg in a pop clusterfuck.” A self titled debut was released French label Recall in 2002, and by 2005’s followup “Get RID” they’d perfected their sophisticated, smart and sexy blend of dance-pop and art-punk.

Their signature sound comes from their use of dueling female vocals that twist and turn melodically, almost competitively, but always come together deliciously in the end. That sounds dry and pedantic so enough of my yakkin’ and check out three of my favorite songs from one of my favorite bands.

“Turn it Up” is an adoring ode to Indie pop music. It references nearly a dozen albums in the lyrics, from The Smiths to Peaches. How many can you identify?

MP3: “Turn it Up” – Robots in Disguise

“La Nuit” est une adventure a Paris – en français!

MP3: “La Nuit” – Robots in Disguise

“The DJ’s Got A Gun” is one of my favorite songs to spin:

MP3: “The DJ’s Got a Gun (IAMX Remix)” – Robots in Disguise

In addition to their fantastic songwriting and relentless touring, another reason RID is so big in Europe (70,000 Myspace friends!) is because they’ve made several guest appearances on the cult comedy show “The Mighty Boosh.” Here’s their hilarious battle of the sexes video for the song “Girl” featuring Noel Fielding from that show (who is also a Robot boyfriend.)

YouTube Video: “Girl” – Robots in Disguise

Did I mention how much I love this band? Go be a Robot friend on their Myspace, or just cut to the chase and buy the tracks on Itunes or Amazon.

Message to Dee and Sue: when do I get one of those radddd new shirts you’re wearing below?

Baron von Luxxury

Robots in Disguise

Dave Gahan- Kingdom (Booka Shade and Digitalism Remixes)

7 10 2007


Dave Gahan, of Depeche Mode fame, has just released the next batch of remixes from his single “Kingdom” off of the album “Hourglass”.  Heavy hitters Digitalism and Booka Shade are on board as well.  Digitalism’s remix is distorted and moody, while Booka’s remix is not quite typical of them but is still a really pleasant surprise.

MP3: “Kingdom (Digitalism Remix)” – Dave Gahan (zshare)

MP3: “Kingdom (Booka Shade Remix)” – Dave Gahan  (zshare)

Buy “Hourglass” by Dave Gahan at amazon.



7 10 2007


Health (from LA) sounds like a late sixties garage-psychedelia band combined with the angsty noise of the Velvet Underground. If you enjoy shroom trips in dark forests where visions of rainbow colored snakes slither through trees, then you’ll be enraptured by Health’s perfect mixture of pscychedelia and modern alternative sounds. Interestingly they put three remixes of their songs available for download on a separate myspace (click here). I’ve uploaded them to my server here for you to download. My favorite remix is the CFCF remix of Triceratops. It’s eerie as hell. It’s like a bad acip trip through Miami Vice land.

For those who want to shake their ass the Crystal Castles remix is good for holding your elbows next to your rib cage and swinging your wrists around.

MP3:Health – Triceratops (CFCF Remix)
MP3:Health – Heaven Stems (Pink Skull Remix)
MP3:Health vs. Crystal Castles – Crime Wave (remix)


Johnatron’s Edit Wednesday #27

4 10 2007


“Eutow” by Autechre has long been one of my absolute favorite songs of all time. This song, along with a couple of other classics such as “Windowlicker” by Aphex Twin, represents a time period in which WARP records was at the top of its game. They are still awesome now, but in the early to mid-90s WARP dragged a lot of kids, including myself, into the electronic music camp. This shit is old enough that when it came out I was still listening to nu-metal. It is about time that it gets a lame dance edit.

MP3: “Eutow (Johnatron Edit)” – Autechre

Buy Autechre’s “Tri-Repetae++” at Amazon.


DJ B.Cause

3 10 2007


I think DJ B.Cause is pretty much the shit. Usually edits of old school songs come off sounding really corny or like 1995 in a bad way. Not this shit,… it’s tight like who knows what. I could only think of really crass things to compare that to. It’s pretty difficult to find a good edit of Stevie Wonder. The bass seamlessly accentuates Stevie Wonder’s catchy as fuck verses.

Also – any excuse to listen to T-Pain is welcomed. Thanx gawd for T-Pain edits and songs about fucking bartenders.

DJ B.Cause resides in SF and plays in the clubs frequently. He plays every Wednesday at Double Dutch in the city.

Stevie Wonder – Uptight (DJ B.Cause Bass Re-Fix)

T-Pain – Bartender (DJ B.Cause Spoonie 83 Remix)

– bearbaby