Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Kung Fu Super Sounds

Due for release on the 22nd October, De Wolfe Music Library are putting out a collection of unreleased soundtracks from the Shaw Brothers Kung Fu Movies.
Compiled by Lovely Jon, Cherrystones and Joel Martin (Quiet Village)
Features 43 original cues from: Return To The 26th Chamber, The Bastard Swordsman, Dirty Ho, Invincible Shaolin, The Kung Fu Instructor, House Of Traps , My Young Auntie, Flag Of Iron, Shoalin Mantis, Martial Club etc
Available to pre order at numerous places right now!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Kool DJ Dust : The Disco Opera

Great artwork, great sounds..
Kool DJ Dust has sampled and edited together super obscure material into 19 perfect disco rocks, which he dramaturgically arranges into a galactic drama, visualised as a graphic story: The unbelievable Disco Opera

Out now on Service
Grab a copy direct from Service or Juno who have sound samples of the 19 tracks

Download : Kool DJ Dust : Comin To Get You


Kwaidan is a one-off project inspired by Masaki Kobayashi's movie of the same name. Mat Ranson, known more for his work under his Fisk Industries guise, turns his hand to a longer format narrative, dispensing with his more usual hip hop styled rhythms for a more fluid darker style of slow burning techno.
Awash with kinetic energy, the music bristles with texture and ghostly treated sound sources, aiming to hint at the eerieness of Kobayashi's original ghost stories. Two tracks, each close to 12 minutes, and wound around a similar trajectory, built upon intricate punchy drum programming, pounding out an incessant rhythm with waves of sawblade synths vying for attention against an aggresive low-end bass, trying to rend and pull apart the forward motion.

Using the longer time frame, themes are able to fully develop and be
explored with subtle nuance, slowly building up a sense of dread and claustrophobic foreboding, whilst simultaneously allowing more space for the sound to breathe, and a more natural flow and ebb to the listening experience.

This is the first in Highpoint Lowlife's series of digital 12"s - high quality mastered releases, available exclusively only as FLAC or 320kbps MP3s.

Sound sample for track 2 : Masaki, is available over at the HPLL site here and you can buy the digital EP for only £3.00 here

Friday, October 10, 2008

The Black Dog : UR RA Mix

Resident Advisor have just put online a mix from The Black Dog which pays homage to Detroit's mighty UR / Underground Resistance, you can also enjoy a lengthy interview with the boys!
Get the mix via itunes here

Tracklisting :
01. Underground Resistance - Antimatter - Underground Resistance
02. Voice Of Electrifying Mojo
03. Underground Resistance - Afrogermanic - Underground Resistance
04. Underground Resistance - Mirage - Underground Resistance
05. Underground Resistance - Windchime - Underground Resistance
06. Underground Resistance - Talkin2Z - Underground Resistance
07. Underground Resistance - Final Frontier - Underground Resistance
08. Underground Resistance - In Or Out - Underground Resistance
09. Underground Resistance - Maroon - Underground Resistance
10. Underground Resistance - Death of My Neighbor - Underground Resistance
11. Underground Resistance - Baghdad Express - Underground Resistance
12. Underground Resistance - Inversions - Underground Resistance
13. Underground Resistance - Technology Gap - Underground Resistance
14. Underground Resistance - Antimatter - Underground Resistance
15. Underground Resistance - I Am UR - Underground Resistance
16. Underground Resistance - Tazumal - Underground Resistance
17. Underground Resistance - Hunting the Program - Underground Resistance
18. Underground Resistance - Toxic Broadcast - Underground Resistance
19. Underground Resistance - Detonate - Underground Resistance
20. Underground Resistance - Orbit (Black Dog edit) - Underground Resistance
21. Underground Resistance - Riot - Underground Resistance
22. Underground Resistance - Base Camp Alpha 808 - Underground Resistance
23. Underground Resistance - Entering Quadrant 5 - Underground Resistance
24. Underground Resistance - Adrenalin - Underground Resistance
25. Underground Resistance - Gamma Ray - Underground Resistance
26. Underground Resistance - Ambush - Underground Resistance
27. Underground Resistance - Sea Quake - Underground Resistance
28. Underground Resistance - Kill My Radio Station - Underground Resistance

Friday, October 3, 2008

Cousin Cole & Pocketknife : Party Allez Time Mix

Cousin Cole & Pocketknife have a new mix available to download for free over at the superb Allez Allez
Below is a detailed tracklist below from CC and Pocketknife themselves:

  • Apocalyptica - Sad But True
  • Apocalyptica did a record of string covers of Metallica songs that was also the soundtrack for Your Friends & Neighbors -- which was a particularly awkward first date movie for me a couple years ago.
  • Frank Hebly - De Tuinslangboogie
  • A fantastically weird record from a couple years ago that I know absolutely nothing about.
  • Rolling Stones - Can't always get what you want (Soulwax Remix)
  • Graveleaf - The Crusade
  • Graveleaf is Mike B & Omar Doom's joint project and "The Crusade" is a hell of a debut!
  • George Kranz - Bass Drum Ma Bass Drum
  • I hadn't heard "Cosmic Disco? Cosmic Rock!" yet when I started working on this mix, but Baldelli was definitely an inspiration, especially in this section.
  • Axel Bauer - Cargo
  • Vastkustska Ryggdunkarsallskapet - Town Out of Order
  • An edit of "Stockholm" by Pugh Rogefeldt.
  • Sly Mongoose - Bad Pulse
  • Dude n Nem - Feet on Fire
  • Just the chorus but I had to throw some rap in. Love this song.
  • Gang - KKK (dub)
  • I only used the drums but this is a really great song.
  • Divine Edits - Sermon (Seratonin Edit)
  • No idea what the story is on this one, but it somehow makes cut up vocals seem totally 80s.
  • Matthew Dear - Sound and Vision
  • This version blew me away when I first heard it and I knew I had to figure out how to fit it in here.
  • Arbeid Adelt - Death Disco (Todd Terje edit)
  • Back to the dancefloor (somewhat). I'm a huge fan of Terje, and I was super psyched when he used my Bruce Springsteen remix in his mix for Resident Advisor.
  • Slab! - Mars on Ice
  • Photonz - Trembler (Discodeine remix)
  • Discodeine is Pilooski and Benjamin Morando. This track is just beautiful.
  • Glissandro 70 "End West"
  • I like how open this song is at the beginning with the loose animal sounds and polyrhythmic percussion. I love when that hard drum drops in over the tapestry and the afrobeat horns come in just after. I can't help but think that the title is a play on West End Records given that the album artwork is an interpretation of the famed label's cityscape logo. My loose joints are getting looser!
  • Yeasayer "Sunrise (Pocketknife's Rise and Shine Remix)" White Label
  • Promo alert! All of the Pocketknife remixes that appear in my section of the mix will be on an upcoming EP entitled "Canyon Dancing." This remix keeps the structure of the original, but just adds the right elements to get the beardos & hippie-sters prancing around. I'm a big fan of what this band is doing.
  • Soft Circle "Earthed (Pocketknife's Terra Cotta Remix)" White Label
  • Hisham Baroocha is that dude. When I heard the bassline of this track it immediately reminded of old Chicago house. I decided to really push those tendencies, but keep the tribal nature of the original. My favourite part is the drum workout in the middle.
  • Gang Gang Dance "House Jam (xxxchange Remix)"
  • Gang Gang Dance has got a great set of diverse influences and they add up nicely. It's my kind of "world music." When I saw that xxxchange had remixed them I about fell out of my chair. I love his work with Spank Rock and as usual he turns in another great remix.
  • Twilight Circus Dub Sound System "Kik"
  • It took me awhile to figure out how to get a Twilight track into a mix, but at last here it is. I like the dub update that Twilight has produced and you can still hear some of the industrial music influences the dude was involved with before. Gang Gang has riddim influences, so it seemed great to create that little connection between the two. The transition into this song is my favourite one of the mix.
  • Liars "A Visit From Drum (Pocketknife's gro├čer Kessel Remix)" White Label
  • These dudes I would sacrifice a lamb or Williamsburg virgin for. They've managed to keep their sound evolving and Drums Not Dead is one of my favourite concept albums. I've wanted to remix a Liars song for a while now and this one had a nice pagan symmetry (with incredibly mic'ed drums!) that allowed for a great reworking.
  • Jandek "Your Other Man (Secret Frequency Crew Remix)"
  • My man Adrian aka Michna, hooked me up with his crew's Jandek remix. Adrian normally drops classic electro heat, but here he takes the original and adds the right elements to give the song an additional haunting character. The 7" actually comes with a facsimile of the correspondence they had with Jandek who gave the official thumbs up for the remix.
  • Gameplayers "Henri Texier" White Label
  • I stumbled upon these Belgian dudes while looking for other peeps who had remixed Beirut. Their remix of the Henri Texier song, "Le Piroguier," is minimal, but so effective. The metronomic percussion/claps adds to the overall hypnotic quality of the original and I dig the added sound effects as well.
  • Patti Smith "Ghost Dance (Pocketknife's Arms Out Remix)" White Label
  • There are a handful of Patti Smith songs that I think are incredible. I don't listen to her music on a regular basis, but she's a pioneer and I respect that. I dug through her catalogue in hopes of finding something with remix potential and this song's ceremonial chants jumped at me. I'd like to think that the Bowery has a lot of ghosts dancing past CBGBs late at night.
  • Bat For Lashes "Trophy"
  • Natasha Khan is the girl you wanted to roll with in art school. Her entire concept for the band is great (videos, visual identity, and most importantly the music). When I heard her album, it sounded like something that I would have liked to produce. I love handclaps, marching rhythms, harpsichords and tambourines – it's all there in her world. This werewolf would love to steal her gold coins!

Ed Drury & Craig Murphy - A Tree On The Tundra

Ed Drury & Craig Murphy - A Tree On The Tundra
Format - Digital Download
Release Date - 10th November 2008

Ed Drury is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who writes music for film and television. He plays in the region of 60 instruments including members of the woodwind, brass, strings and percussion sections and in his spare time he performs, teaches and writes about the Australian Didgeridoo. Ed has featured on countless albums over the years by literally hundreds of artists from around the globe.

Craig Murphy is a musician, composer and producer of experimental music and a multimedia artist working with abstract music videos. Having established the rising Herb Recordings imprint in his native Scotland, Murphy's own output resembles that of a musical odyssey. An obsession with Frank Zappa has seen to a fascination with experimentation and Murphy's many projects span several genres. From the mechanistic, yet poignant electronica of Solipsism, his electro-psychedelic band shoosh with Neil Carlill and multi-instrumentalist Ed Drury, to his recent ambient outlet ch.pm. Murphy's distinctive sound is often abstract, yet retains a rich, melodic and emotional edge.

1. A Tree On The Tundra : DOWNLOAD
2. Autumn River Revisited
3. Over Rolling Hills
4. Dark Sun Rising
5. Shadows On The Horizon

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Shamanic Technology - Doorways

HERB007CD Shamanic Technology - Doorways
Release Date - 19th January 2009

Shamanic+Technology is the brainchild of Bournemouth based Chris Hare, a former Club DJ turned virtuosic Electronica whiz-kid. His debut record, “Doorways” bears all of the hallmarks one has come to expect of Scotland’s Herb Recordings imprint. It’s fresh, exciting and distinctive. “Doorways” comprises 14 tracks in all, each designed with slide-rule precision without the hindrance such attention to detail often brings to the table.
Textures range from the sinister to the playful, with dynamic twists and euphoric turns occurring on a track by track basis. A lively tapestry of electronic pulses, vacuums of nostalgic synths, intricately placed found sounds and contemporary beatwork, finds Shamanic Technology bracketed by luminaries including Plaid, Boards of Canada and Bola – with particular emphasis placed on the anthemic quality of the latter.

1. Rites Of Passage
2. Shamanic Technology (Floating in Ayahuasca)
3. Ode To The Machine
4. Strange Glass Feeling
5. Thought Bubble Experiment
6. Phonic Sky
Electronic Therapy DOWNLOAD
8. My Shadow Casting
9. Xtractions
10. mIrRoRs
11. Moments Of Reflection
12. Pathseeker
13. Toy Vision
14. Nostalgia