Do you know the drill by now? You should.
I live by Slothboogie. What’s Good With It will probably become a mix of hip hop (thx Molly) and disco (thx me), and you? You’re welcome. Get more on the Munich-based duo here and peep/download their remix of Rhye’s “Open” here. Slothboogie releases mixtapes every so often from up and coming producers and dj’s, definitely worth checking out (in particular, peep HNNY’s mix) HERE. They’ve also started doing free TRAXX giveaways if you’re digging those vibes. Anyway, onto the Rhode & Brown mix:
Falty DL – Straight & Arrow
Murat Tepeli & Prosumer – I Go Mad
Kris Wadsworth – Fan Mail
Lionne – Composure (Ave Astra Remix)
Jacob Bech – No Other Way
Polkadot – Wasn’t Like That
Rhode & Brown – Under Your Spell (Kyodai Remix)
Luca Lozano – Love 106
Breach & Dark Sky – The Click
Seuil – Ultravision feat. Jaw
Jacques Renault – Back To You (Paradis Remix)
Holy Ghost!’s newest single, “It Gets Dark” is an excellent follow-up track from their debut self-titled LP, which was a great jumping off point. Now it’s time for them to push their talent and “It Gets Dark” is a great snippet showcase of what they’re capable of creating.
If there are only two things you need to know about this post, it is that Mykki Blanco has a sick ass weave and the beat to this song is crazy sick. Although the video is completely insane (in the best way possible), the beat doesn’t go completely dub-step hard, which makes way for the lyrics to come through and lets Blanco do his thang. I am really down with this track, especially if I am trying to dance at 2 am in a dirty discothèque. You feel me though? Well…you will after you watch the video. Enjoy!
New track from dance brother duo (Howard & Guy) Disclosure. Not too long ago they created a lovely mix for FADER that I was digging as well. I’m particularly attracted to this track as they use more vocals than normal and it all works together flawlessly. The boys are making some pretty big moves throughout the rest of the year as they’ll be headlining a show with Plan B as well as be a supporting act for SBTRKT and Hot Chip in October. Nice. Dig in!
I can’t tell you what I was expecting from “Shut Up and Play the Hits” aside from an hour and a half of amazing concert footage, ogling at James Murphy’s beard and clinging to every word he spoke. It’s safe to say that like many others LCD Soundsystem and frontman James Murphy made an impact on my life musically. So, upon hearing that there’d be a documentary about the final days of LCDSS including their last live show at Madison Square Garden, I made sure I had tickets to the one and only showing.
Keeping my expectations relatively low and looking forward to watching the songs from their last show that I had missed, it wouldn’t be until the documentary was over that I realized I wanted more from it. It’s not that I was disappointed by the documentary, it was great. I loved feeling like I had a headache watching the musicians scramble before going on at Madison Square Garden, waking up with James Murphy the morning after and watching him walk his adorable French bull dog named Petunia, and I wanted to cry when he cried standing in the storage room holding the LCDSS equipment and instruments that wouldn’t be touched for months, maybe years. The interview with Chuck Kolsterman acted as a good narrative between clips of before, during, and after their final show. But it wasn’t until Kolsterman’s final question of, “What is your biggest failure?”, did I realize that I hadn’t learned much more about LCDSS that I didn’t already know. James Murphy’s been in the spotlight of interviews -at least as much of a spotlight that he’ll allow- that there wasn’t much more he could say about the ending of LCDSS, about what he wants to do after, about how he started dj-ing, or how he started DFA Records; it’s not that I’m tired of hearing the answers, but it made me wonder: What about the rest of the band? Yes, James Murphy is the frontman, but he’s also been backed by, recorded with, and played live with great artists live like Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney, and Tyler Pope. There was no interview with them, let alone any dialogue from them about how excited/nervous/sad they were for the last show ever. And I know James Murphy would agree when I say that they are major figures in disco and dance music today, just as he is. It was the end of an era for all of them, but where were their thoughts and feelings?
Although the movie wasn’t James Murphy’s idea, it was presented as a documentary about the band. Which is not to say that he doesn’t deserve a documentary, but his bandmates are equally as involved in the same music scene and with the DFA label as well, and deserve more recognition (I must also mention that many previous interviews conducted with Whang and Mahoney are rather mundane and barely scratch the surface of the depth that the questions Murphy is prompted with). Aside from hearing how much the band means to James Murphy, I want to know how excited they were to be part of a band that’s influenced and inspired other artists, and more importantly how it impacted their lives. Hell, even Reggie Watts played their final show, I’d love to hear his thoughts on the band and how thankful he was to be a part of it, as well as the side projects he’s worked on with fellow DFA label-mates. My biggest fear is that without interviewing fellow LCDSS bandmates their impact on the music recorded and performed will remain unknown, and their stories will go untold.
I’m hopeful that, sooner than later, fellow LCDSS fans will do their research and realize how involved and important each member of the band is, and a greater demand for information on them will arise. Despite my minor issues with the documentary, I’m excited to re-watch it again and again. I’ll probably end up using the live concert footage as the background music for my next party. The documentary doesn’t take away from the importance or greatness of LCDSS, but narratives from the people who help put LCDSS together for about a decade wouldn’t have been a bad idea either.
We have all heard the original “Bad Girls” by M.I.A. that was released earlier this year, and since then, it seems like every DJ wants to put their creative spin on the song. Although many of the remixes are pretty terrible, Surkin did a really solid job by keeping the original drums with it and just send out some good vibes. Check out the track below (and congrats to M.I.A. on getting a VMA nomination for “Bad Girls”! If that even means anything anymore).