Monday, November 30, 2009

Poskarr and xxxchange

I know I said I was going to do a regular Red Bull Studio column here, but I’m now doing a regular column on the studios on Electrotrash as well, so I needed to wait for something a little different.

If you haven’t heard about it by now, Popskarr is the latest Cape Town Nu-Disco endevour headed by South Africa’s blogosphere king, DJ Lapse and all-round musical dark-horse iamwave. The results heard so far are dark, anthemic disco / electro best exemplified by their debut release “Tonight”. A lot of the material they’re putting out at the moment was recorded here at the studio. In fact by month end we should have a juicy collaboration with the king of the music scene at the moment, or rather should I say disco dictator (which is a hint as to who I speak of).

The track I want to draw your attention to on this post is my own Biscope remix of Tonight. It’s dark, brooding Dubstep with angry bass. Not sure if it’s a dancefloor number per se, but it’s got feel.

Popskarr - Tonight (Biscope Remix) by biscope

The second part of this post has little relation to the first but I’ve been intending to write about this for a while. You see the thing I, this year I really lost interest in the indie-dance / nu-disco (as defined on Beatport) scene at the mo. Which sucks because it’s still very much alive and kicking, and I’m still getting booked to play dancey sets and not clear the floor with weird Dubstep.

So I thought I would post a Red Bull Music Academy Radio mix from xxxchange (of Spank Rock fame) who reinvigorated by love of the fours to the floors at Sonar some months back. This mix is in fact a live recording of that exact Sonar mix. I’ve pretty much based all my sets prior to this one of this set because it was that good when I heard it. And I wasn’t even on MDMA (just lots of booze).

What I think is so good about this set is it is an effortless mix of different styles and flavours. It’s all in here: jacking beats, house, hip-hop, hard-as-nails electro, synth pop, etc. It also contains a fresh and fierce energy that will make your hair stand on end. Check it out:

Thursday, November 26, 2009

This is what it sounds like when...

...I am listening to all kinds of music all over the place. Bit of an incoherent post, but all of this stuff is really cool. Been really digging and playing this stuff a lot of late.

Pink Skull, a more obscure, experimental and krautrock inspired MGMT (to put them in some kind of perspective), return with a new album, Endless Bummer, a record full of haunting drug induced disco delights and a cacophony of treated analogue sounds and effects.

The psychedelic post-punk-funk of "Chicken Dream Inside Egg" is definitely a standout track. And I for one, tend to dislike most placings of a saxophone in any song, but it works here...

Pink Skull - Chicken Dream Inside Egg (MediaFire)

With influences varying from Psychic TV, The Orb and Plastikman to Can, Faust and other kosmische contemporaries, it's sure to induce the odd acid flashback.

The only thing though, is there is nothing on Endless Bummer resembling anything remotely close to the catchy dancefloor grooviness of "Cirkus Bezerkus" (from the Blobbaghanoush EP), released earlier this year.

Pink Skull - Cirkus Bezerkus (MediaFire)

But apparently it's all about their live show, with their live band performing on bass, drums and plenty of toys to trigger to full effect... Fair enough.

Lately, I've also been finding myself blurring the lines between (cosmic) disco and minimal more and more with tracks like this one by New Yorkers Neurotic Drum Band:

Neurotic Drum Band - Robotic Hypnotic Adventure (MediaFire)

and this remix by Diskjokke:

Ost. & Kjex - Boston Food Strangler (Diskjokke Remix) (MediaFire)

I rekindled this track from his collection of Discolated Remixes 2007-2008 that came out earlier this year and it's an oscillating beast of a bubbler. Lovely stuff!

Then there's this Bok Bok remix that caught me a bit off guard.

(Little) Jinder - Youth Blood (Bok Bok remix)

Expecting something more along the lines of his familiar tropic/afro-house vibe much adored in a DJ Danger Ingozi set, it's something quite special. The drums and bassline sounds like it belongs in a dubstep track, but it's the synth and filtered vocal sample from the original by Swedish darling (Little) Jinder that just ties the whole production together beautifully. It makes for more of a dreamy Fred Falke/Grum tinged track, if they chose to produce something a bit more stepping-like.

Girls, be sure to check out the original too:

(Little) Jinder - Youth Blood (MediaFire)

It's your new favourite electro pop crush.

Prins Thomas borrows Lindstrøm's banjo for a blissed out stroll in the footsteps of The Boy Least Likely To, being gentle to the original in his production and turning it into a lovely twee disco epic.

El Guincho - Antillas (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) (MediaFire)

It's part of a much anticipated El Guincho remix project spanning across 4 EPs where singles off his album Allegranza, are reworked by various producers, including Bass Clef, Architecture in Helsinki, Tanlines, Delorean and Mumdance! Tropical goodness.

The new Joe Goddard (of Hot Chip) album is lost on me, I have no real interest in checking it out properly. Any original off it is most likely far better off with the remix treatment like this one from the irresistable Four Tet.

Joe Goddard - Apple Bopping (Four Tet remix) (MediaFire)

Like, wow! What a stunning track.

Lastly, and obsessed as ever I guess:

Aeroplane - Chart Mix November 2009 (right click save as via Soundcloud)

01. Music Go Music : "Warm in The Shadow" (Villa Remix)
02. Gossip : "Heavy Cross" (Siriusmo Dub)
03. Emjae : "Discoplex"
04. Two Door Cinema Club : "I Can Talk" (Golden Bug remix)
05. Palermo Disko Machine : "Vesuvia"
06. Joakim : "Spiders" (Extended Dance Mix)
07. Don Diablo : "I am Not From France" (Cagedbaby's Rollerdisco Lcross Campaign Mix)
08. Detachments : "Circles" (Mighty Mouse remix
09. The XX : "Crystalised" (Rory Phillips Remix)
10. Bot'ox : "Bearded lady Motorcycle Show"

Have a lovely weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Pata Pata Promo

my first promo mix... recorded live...

DJ Danger Ingozi - Pata Pata Promo (MediaFire)


Disrupt - The Bass Has Left The Building
Neil Landstrumm - The Race
DJ Mujava - Township Funk (Matias Aguayo's Comeme Mix)
Matias Aguayo - Pata Pata (feat. Lerato)
Diegors - O Sea, Hello!... (feat. R Costa)
Gucci Vump - The Boogieman
DJ Hell - My Definition Of House Music (Renaissance Man Bootcut)
Basti Grub - Safarifahrt
Renaissance Man - Canto Della Kalimba Bootcut
Daniel Haaksman feat. MC Miltinho - Kid Conga (Edu K Minimal Forro Remix)
R.I.V.E.R. - Fairycide
Débruit - Congo Whoomp
Boy 8-bit - Baltic Pine (GreenMoney Baltic Porn Bootleg)
Pearson Sound - Wad
Steve Angello - Che flute (Douster edit)
Mumdance & Brodinski - Eurostarr (Zombie Disco Squad Remix)
Crazy Cousinz - Inflation
Myd - Train To Bamako
Rainbow Arabia - Holidays In Congo (Myd Remix)
Silverlink Feat. Badness & Jammer - The Message Is Love (Mumdance Tropical 8 Bar Remix)
Timberlee - Gunny Gunny (Schlacthofbronx Remix)
Schlachthofbronx - Mad Instrument
Berou and Canblaster - Kapongo Dance
Gang Gang Dance - Bebey (DJ Rupture and Matt Shadetek Remix)
Ruckus & Roke - Screw Face
Stagga - Sick As Sin
G. Corp meets Lee Perry and Dubble Standart - Dubstep Devil

maybe you'll dig my ayobayo!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Parties: THE END IS LIVE Presents: SCHLACHTHOFBRONX [Germany] Live in South Africa - Interview


Schlachthofbronx [Germany] are the pioneers of Munich Bass; a dirty hybrid of modern styles like Ghettotech, Electro, Dubstep & Hip Hop which also references the authentic sounds of Dancehall, African Kuduro, German folk music, Coupé-Décalé and Roots Reggae. Their one and only aim is: GHETTO-BASS IN YO FACE!

Playdoe, the self styled "Neolectro, Afrobotic, Ethnotechno mama's boys", have developed their own take on Hip Hop and modern club Electro by also including sounds of their own heritage to create a melting pot of musical flavours that sounds unlike anything else.

Schlachtofbronx and Playdoe will also join forces for a short collaboration set that will bring together their diverse musical styles into a modern club sound, free from genres , stereotypes and borders.

Twelv & Thesis are Jozi's own destructive live break-beat duo whose sets are an eclectic high octane blend of Electro, BreakBeat, Drum & Bass and booty shaking ghetto techtonic beats.

It's also the official debut of Jozi's new boombot, DJ Danger Ingozi. He'll be flexing his electroactive polymers with a high voltage selection of Tropic House, Afro-tech, Kwaistep & Dub.

Yo booty wants to come. Bring it.


Twelv & Thesis
Bronx / Playdoe Collaboration
Schlachthof Bronx
DJ Danger Ingozi


So, Munich club bangers, Schlachthofbronx, are hitting Jozi with their dirty ghetto booty bass rave this weekend. As their name suggests, it's sure to be some kind of slaughterhouse on that dancefloor. We caught up with them while on tour in anticipation of the party.

So guys, your new debut album is finally out, you are on tour and it
seems well received by everyone from Diplo to Edu K and Sinden to
Switch. How’s life treating you?

We're glad to have the chance to get around a little and meet so many interesting people.

The album sounds way more consistent than most dance albums. Did you
try to bridge the gap between a conventional club record and something you could
listen to more often and elsewhere?

Its probably not the best soundtrack for a lazy hangover Sunday.
But when you're into club music it works pretty good.
We arranged it more in a way we'd play a set when we DJ. Having different styles and building up vibe with every track....

Your influences are massively eclectic – electro, b-more, kuduro,
baile, soca, dancehall, funana, Balkan, Bavarian, dubstep - but they
all have one thing in common – Bass!
Is this a conscious effort to keep crowds interested in the club and
on the dancefloors, or it just what you find yourselves making in the
studio and then try out in the clubs?

We were kinda bored by the way some club music developed the last years. We don't want to hear the same style of music the whole night when we go out. There's so much cool music around. Lets try some of that stuff in the club.

The press has been having a field day with your genre. Possibly or
probably because you have been instigating it from the start hahaha. So one
more time, in your own words and on the record, how would you describe
your music?

Carnival techno, caribian bounce, worldschranz, Bavarian bounce, polkafunk and everyhing very danceable.

For anyone curious about the type of music you guys make and are into
and whomever else is part of the extended family of your scene… Who
would you recommend checking out?

There are sooooooo many. Start with Mad Decent stuff, Man Recordings stuff, Bersa Discos stuff, check out Generation Bass, etc...

And any upcoming producers you would like to hype and give some loving

Beataucue, Tim Turbo, Sweet Sweat Soundsystem

What music were you into growing up?

Gabba, reggae, Guns n Roses

If you could work with any musician/producer, alive or dead, who would
it be?

Busta Rhymes, Busy Signal

"Ghettosuperstar" has some of the dirtiest lyrics we’ve heard… I dare say more so than Spoek’s. What does your momma’s have to say about it? And do you hear people in the crowd know them off by heart?

no...our mothers don't know so they don't care. It's not that dirty anyway...
And yes people sing that stuff along in some places. The dirtier it gets the more.

Spoek (Sweat-X and Playdoe) has been a frequent collaborator, how did
your working together happen?

We played with Sweat-X last year and played some stuff to him. He'll also be on our next EP on Man Recordings that comes end of the year.

And in one simple gasp, describe how it is to tour with him.

Red hot strawberry water (he just bought that at the airport)... a lot of fun.

I’ve heard his native tongue rubbing off on you guys. Are there any
words or sayings you have been dropping overseas for catchphrases?


All the music he gets involved in seems really well received overseas,
it’s surely generating some curiosity for what’s going on in South
Africa, am I right?

The best representative you can imagine. Soccer does the rest....

What do you guys expect from your shows here in South Africa?

We're really curious about what will happen because you never know how it works with the people. Best would be getting the people who go to the show to party hard. And if they bring vuvuzelas!

You are 3 guys in the studio, but only 2 when you play live. Is the other guy shy or does his best bassface just not cut it?

gone a jail!

What does your live setup consist of and how do you perform your material live?

As the DJ team we come with 3 CDJs, an MPC 2000Xl, some dubsirens and delays and of course a Spoekman5000. We're planning a real live show next year

What can South Africans expect from your show?

Hornblowing, ragwavin, bassheavy carnival techno.


The party happens this Friday night, November 20 at The Bassline in Newtown (10 Henry Nxumalo Street). Secure parking is available, doors open at 9pm. Cover is R50 before 11pm and R60 after.

For map and R.S.V.P. check out the event on Facebook here.

And remember to bring your bassface and a vuvuzela!

You can stream their debut album here...

And this is a freebie off of the album, get your township funk on!

Schlachthofbronx - Mad Instrument (right click save as)

And some more pumping power via Mixed Bizness:

Schlachthofbronx - Good To Go (right click save as)

"A ragga wonkstepping electronic horn led fanfare as featured in Benny Boom’s recent '…Ain’t He Swell?' mix." - MB

Schlachthofbronx - Fatthing (Remix) (right click save as)

"A low slung wobble bass re-hertzing of the classic Sleng Teng rhythm." - MB

Schlachthofbronx - Bretto (right click save as)

"Chunky electro that hits hard on the dance floor. Pure DJ gold." - MB

***Update*** For your poolside/post-banging jiving pleasure, the debut mix by DJ Danger Ingozi:

DJ Danger Ingozi - Pata Pata Promo (MediaFire)

Tracklisting here.

Liver from Cape Town has also just been confirmed to open the party, sample this goodie:

Liver - Flip Flops Glitch Pops Mix (right click save as)

Liver – Intro
Mr. Sakitumi – Secret Agent Man with Liver feat. Disco Israel – Earthworms (Acapella) (unreleased/ unreleased)
Sibot feat. Spoek Mathambo – banging on the drum (jarring effects)
Sibot – Super Mix with. Mix n Blend feat. Sian – Drug in a Mug (vocals) (unreleased/ african dope)
P.h. Fat feat Fuzzy Slippaz – Big Five (Liver remix) (African dope)
Mr Sakitumi – Magnifrique (unreleased)
Sedgewarbler – Close your eyes and open your mouth (unreleased)
P.h. Fat – Squelch this (African dope)
Gazelle – Die Verlore Seun (mix n blend remix)
SFR – Kwaito Mandla (unreleased)
Mix n Blend feat. Rayelle Goodman – First Light vs. Mix n Blend – Everyone Calm (African dope)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Douster in the house

it's nice to hear mother africa having such an influence on such vibrant scenes overseas. makes me oh so proud... even better is that the influences are as diverse as the genres that make up these new sounds... house and electro incorporating such varied tribal rhythms from all over the world... there are these crazy eclectic tropic/afro/balkan raves happening all over!

i've really been loving
douster's productions... his busy signal "dagga" remix is a firm favourite and the yolande be cool one is grrrrrrreat!

Douster - Tasspé (MediaFire)

Busy Signal - Da Style Deh (Douster Dagga Remix) (MediaFire)

Yolanda Be Cool - Afro Nuts (Douster Remix) (MediaFire)

his latest ep triassic genesis was released last month...

preview via this mini-mix:

Douster - Triassic Genesis EP Teaser (right click save as)

his upcoming ep features none other than prolific Mr.Spoek along with one of my other fave producers in the scene momma's boy on remix duties (once again)... preview the original below:

Douster ft. Spoek Mathambo - Punani  by  douster

for a proper introduction grab these mixes:

Douster - ZZK Mixtape Vol. 6 (right click save as)

Clipse - Zen (Douster edit)
Zonora Point - Huachita Rica (Douster Remix)
Bangladesh - Drop (How you feel) ft. Muffy (Douster edit)
Marcianos Crew - Lloren ft. Camilito flow (Douster edit)
Beenie Man - Hum Hum (Douster Tumba riddim mix)
Douster - Khasr (Loser edit ft. Cecill & Lady Saw)
Douster ft. MC Dandao - Puta que Paria
Fauna - Gauchito Gil (Douster Remix)
Douster - Dame Duro
Douster - Schlaggada (Swaggada edit)
Douster - Zombie ft. Fauna
Douster - Yezz
Douster - Triassic Genesis
Douster - Dumbo (Gunship funk edit)
MC Zulu - Body Rock (Douster remix)
Douster - Carajo

"This mixtape, composed entirely of his own productions, shows the evidence of this influence (Digital Cumbia): here the power of Electro is fused, remixed and edited with the rhythmic cadence of Cumbia and Reggaeton wrapped around Baile Funk, Kwaito, Wobble and a bunch of other unclassifiable genres we won´t even try to name." - ZZK Records

Douster – XLR8R Podcast (right click save as)


01 Zonora Point - Apuesta Alto (Douster remix)
02 Busy Signal - Cool Baby (Poirier remix)
03 Tifa - Tick It Like a Clock
04 Sonidero Cordobestia - La Subienda
05 Million Stylez - Miss Fatty (Douster Bubblin Edit)
06 Junior Jack - Quer Sambar (Blood Shake Tropical Remix)
07 Douster feat. Spoek Mathambo “Punani” (Unreleased)
08 Malente & Dex feat. New Kids - Lions (Douster remix)
09 Isa GT - Funketa (Douster Recabeza Remix)
10 Udachi & Jubilee - Paypur (Grahmzilla x Nick Catchdubs Remix Edit)
11 Rustie - Tempered
12 Mark Pritchard & Ommas Keith - Wind It Up
13 David Guetta feat. Akon - Sexy Bitch (Afrojack Remix)
14 N.B Funky - Nutz
15 Justin Martin & Claude VonStroke - Beat That Bird
16 Arcade - Jugo Carioca y Diario Popular (Douster Dumb Remix)
17 Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano - Pondo (Chuckie & Silvio Ecomo Mix)
18 Spencer & Hill - Cool (Afrojack Remix)
19 Benga & Coki - Night (Geeneus Remix)
20 Lady Chann & Sticky - Sticky situation
21 Timberlee Bubble Like Soup (Soca Remix)
22 Douster - Triassic Genesis
23 Gucci Vump - Sha! Shtil! (L-Vis 1990 Remix)
24 Douster - Journey to Tethys Sea
25 The Very Best - Yalira (Douster remix)

Monday, November 09, 2009

Parties: Don't Party presents The Garbage Pail Kids (Cape Town, Friday, November 13)

Event on Facebook

Check out these new tunes from Sibot:

Baggy Leathers edit (right click save as)

Bitch (right click save as)

Fet Snoek (right click save as)

"Bitch" and "Fet Snoek" sounds like he's been tuning into the electro/techno/tropic/afro-house hybrid sound of scenes going down on a massive scale overseas with producers like Renaissance Man, Riva Starr, Crazy Cousinz, Douster and the like. On these 2 tracks he injects a distint local/Kwaito influence. Nice!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Already Lovesick for 2010 Releases

There are some massive records to already look forward to early on in 2010.

January 18 will see the release of Lindstrøm & Christabelle's new album Real Life Is No Cool.

"Lovesick" is probably one of the sexiest tracks I've heard of late. Chanteuse Christabelle's sultry vocals (a.k.a. Solale from a few previous collaborations that will be included on this release) are the perfect compliment to Lindstrøm's flawless production. It makes total sense Aeroplane has remixed "Baby Can't Stop"...

Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Lovesick (Megaupload)

Undoubtedly one of the releases I am most looking forward to playing out, sure it will be a firm fave for many an adoring fan come next year.

The highly anticipated new LCD Soundsystem album is slated for a March 2010 date and this new single, Bye Bye Bayou (offered as a free download via their website), will be out out on the 24th of November on DFA Records. It’s a cover of a 1980ies Alan Vega original. 

It's a slowburning epic disco number, keeping it real for the dancefloor. The bassline moonwalks a catchy groove while the rest of the production perfectly places some hi-hatting handclaps and some awesome oscillating atmospheric touches... The vocals remind me of TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe... Mr. Dance-Punk-Murphy gets it as right as ever on this one.

LCD Soundsystem - Bye Bye Bayou (Mediafire)

Needless to say, it's also going to be huge!