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April 30, 2010

Since theres an extra friday this month, and we’ve got nothing to fill it, enjoy this.


The Mysterious Mr Dlugosch

April 23, 2010

I’ve decided this week to write a small piece on the fantastic Boris Dlugosch because he’s just generally brilliant. I will start with some earlier releases from him and work my way up until the present. What many people may not know is that Boris is actually one of the partners in record label Peppermint Jam and has released alongside Mousse T. Boris was also part of the Happy Hardcore scene in Germany in his earlier years as a Dj and Producer and had his first release as Subtle Houzze called “Controversy” alongside Gary D on Hamburg Label Container Records. Unfortunately I have not been able to get any sound clips but at least you know where he started off!
Between 1992 and 1995 Boris Released material as Altered States and Deep Course but it was in 1996 that he released the deep house classic “Keep Pushin” Feat. Inaya Day & Mousse T under the alias Booom!.

The bass line in this is wicked and solidified Dlugosch’ presence as an excellent electronic producer. Booom! Followed up they’re first release as a collective with a second piece of brilliance in 1997 with the track “Hold Your Head Up High” this track could still get thrown down in a club today and get a brilliant response the drum structure is absolutely outstanding and Inaya Day’s vocal is a piece of greatness.

Booom! – Hold Your Head High (Original Mix)

Boris followed up this work with a side project he worked on alongside Michi Lange called B.M.R which put out a release in 1998 called “Check It Out” Which You can hear below. It is clear from listening to this that Boris was angling towards funkier filter style house music which I’m sure is what led him to work on remixes for Daft Punk and Moloko which I have also shared with you below.

The remix for Moloko was released in 1999 and after the commercial success of the record it appeared the best idea for all included was that Roisin Murphy should now record alongside Boris and Michi on a B.M.R record. This beautiful partnership created the fantastic piece of house music “Never Enough” which showed the groups strong ability to make some more forward thinking electronic house music with nice big airy pads and great percussive drums.

“Never Enough” was released in 2001 along with another release the same year from B.M.R called “Starchild”. This was followed by a 4 year hiatus until his next release Feat. Tommie Sunshine which was a big Techno release which I’m not a personal fan of but I will share with you none the less.

Although it says on the video Tommie Sunshine remix this is actually the original and was released on the 17th of October 2005 on Systematic Germany and featured remixes from Tommie Sunshine, Marc Romboy and Olaf Pozgay. The later 2 remixes are very good go check em out on Juno.

Les Visiteurs@Juno

This was followed by yet another 4 year Hiatus from the mighty Dlugosch until his epic return which I think goes without saying was nothing short of brilliant I think everyone knows what I’m talking about. Anyway this is what really has my jumping around at the minute his excellent remix of Boys Noize “Sweet Light”.

Please don’t dissapear for another 4 years you are an inspiration to young Dj’s and Producers everywhere with your slick bass lines amazing drum patterns and epic breakdowns.

Boris Dlugosch In The Mix @ N-Joy Germany


Who’s a dirty bird?

April 19, 2010

2010 marks the 5th anniversary of Claude VonStroke’s Dirtybird record label. One of the most consistently excellent labels in dance music, they have released some of the best tech house music that the world has ever seen, all while carving a very distinctive niche for themselves.

Looking back, its a little surprising to see that VonStroke (real name Barclay Crenshaw) wasn’t the name on the first release; instead, that honour went to Justin Martin with “The Southern Draw”. My personal favourite from that 1st EP is the Southern Fried Remix of the title track. As well as being an excellent song, it also set the template well for the coming releases, managing to mix top-drawer dance music with a quirky sense of fun that too few in the tech end of dance music seem to embrace.

The Southern Draw (Southern Fried Remix)

Vonstroke had to wait until the 3rd release, when he brought out the excellent Deep Throat.

This showcased brilliantly his inventive approach to music making – as with The Whistler, the lead instrument is simply someone making noise into a microphone, and then manipulated in his sampler.

This approach to music-making arguably reached its zenith with the almost perfect song “Vocal Chords”, by VonStroke. Recording a singer intoning all the various vowel sounds at various pitches, he managed to construct a breathtakingly beautiful piece of music in the confines of a modern dance track. I would highly recommend any producers get the issue of Future Music where he explains the process behind how he made this song, and even plays an earlier aborted version which bears precious little resemblance to the one which made the cut for his brilliant album, “Bird Brain”.

Vocal Chords

Probably the most well known song from their catalogue is “Who’s Afraid Of Detroit?”, which is certainly worthy of the title “modern classic”. Lauded by pretty much everyone in dance music, used in adverts, and still sounds fresh today.

Really, trying to pick a couple of highlights from the wealth available on Dirtybird is an impossible task. I’m not sure I’ve heard any songs I dislike, and there are numerous absolute classics on there. I’d urge any fans of tech house, house or techno to give their 5 year anniversary releases a spin, and to revisit their back catalogue. I recently found out to my delight that a good few are available on for pennies!

Here are a couple of personal favourite from the last couple of years for your consideration. I know that this is a hackneyed line, but this is a group of people worth supporting, if you like what you hear please go out and buy their releases as this is exactly the kind of stuff that inspires the music scenes we all love.

Phil Kieran

April 9, 2010

Phil Kieran is and probably always will be one of my favourite producers and DJs. The Belfast bred electronica extraordinaire has had me sweating on the dance floor, bouncing about my room, frustrating my family with unnecessary amounts of volume and got me through some of the most amazing/horrible public transport journeys ever. Making his mark at the famous club ‘Shine’ sharing the stage with the biggest producers and DJ’s around the globe, Phil has moved on to have huge success. With numerous EP’s and 12″s, an essential mix back in 2007, a live session on Annie Mac’s show, two albums; one with his hard hitting band Alloy Mental and his second – a solo artist album called ‘SHH’ released on mega label Cocoon. Phil Kieran is definitely a name any electronic music enthusiast should take note of.

Phil’s output is so extremely exceptional that it’s really not a matter of picking out the best of his tracks, each of them deserves the recognition, time and listeners ears to fall upon in order to fully understand and appreciate just how fantastic they are. But since I can’t just put a whole back catalogue of songs up for you all to enjoy, here are some of my favourites that have just made the mark above the others by the length of a hair.

First up, one from Phil’s first album with his band : Alloy Mental – God Is Green

The first time I heard this track I was completely taken with it. It has a raw power to send you pouncing across any dancfloor. A smile always pops across my face anytime I hear it out or when it shows itself up on my itunes shuffle.

Next up a track from his first solo album, it was really hard to pick one song on it’s own, the album differentiates an awful lot but flows with ease and takes the listener on a journey through techno, with hints of idm, dub  reggae and lots of 90’s electronica but this one I find is a real easy listener and should strike a chord with almost anyone. Phil Kieran – Don’t Look Far Away

Last but not least here’s a bonus track that was presented for free download on Phil’s website, a little bit more forceful than his album ‘SHH’ but without a doubt a complete stomper of a track, enjoy 🙂

Phil Kieran – Again & Again (mediafire)

I highly recommend SHH to anyone I find who has decent taste in electronic music. It really is such a fantastic album that will surely have you coming back to listen again. You’ll find it online for digital download and hardcopy CD. The CD package itself is amazingly designed, I wish I had a larger print for my wall!

Phil’s next release is the remix edition of SHH which will be available for digital sale on April 12th on Cocoon records. Previews for the package can be heard from here:  Phil Kieran – SHH Remixed

Thanks for reading! Keep Dancing 🙂



April 2, 2010

Rusko, eat your heart out and move over. Fun-step has a new leader.

At just 20, the fresh-faced Jakwob, or James Jacob to his mum, has already featured on the flips of singles from Toxic Avenger, Kid Sister and The Temper Trap, as well as smashing the blogs with his own bass-injected bootlegs of Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Heads Will Roll” and Ellie Goulding’s “Starry Eyed”.

I have three of his fantastic tunes to share today. First, his remix of Penguin Prison. This one is kept afloat by a low-end wobble teetering over bits of the original re-shaped into a reggae skank.

Penguin Prison – Animal Animal (Jakwob Remix)

Second, a more recent one. His take on Dan Le Sac & Scroobius Pip’s latest single “Get Better” (which, by the way, is brilliant) is a less-wonky affair, trading in LFOs for electric guitar swells, orchestral strings and… more offbeat skanking.

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – Get Better (Jakwob Remix)

And finally, a house tempo number. Not much to say about this, except that it’s very upbeat and bouncy!

Frankmusik – Confusion Girl (Jakwob Remix)

By the way, since there’s a fifth Friday this month, I’m gonna see if I can sort out a guest post, so stay tuned!

AY! x