Saturday, January 31, 2009

1´S & 2´S


Cage & Aviary (aka Neil & Jamie) are a british duo of selectors and producers. As this mix they did (along with an interview) for Anthem Magazine suggests their selecting skills a top notch and as their myspace suggests, so is their production (and editing) skills. Their only releases up until now are three super limited vinyl releases (100 per release) of great (in the widest sense) disco music.

On the very "now" question on disco musics comeback Jamie said:

"I got into disco in the mid-90s, after getting very bored and disheartened with house music. I never realized how much house owed to disco―when I bought Ride On Time by Black Box at the age of 17 I didn't have a clue that it sampled some black disco diva called Loleatta Holloway. Years later I discovered these roots of house, and that was a really amazing ride. So, it's never really gone away has it?

Oh, and girls."

Read the rest of the interview here.

MP3 Cage & Aivary - One´s & Two´s

Wednesday, January 28, 2009



Nu Rave is sooo 2006, but apparently word hasn´t reached Oz yet. First there was Gameboy/ Gamegirl, now there´s S.Y.L.K. Now S.Y.L.K. has the noisy irritating nu rave blog tracks that we all know and are sick-ass tired of, but they also has breaths of fresh breezy air like "Hot Flush". It´s essentially hip-hop with an 80´s edge and naive rhymes, very reminiscent of the fantastic, yet underrated girl duo Avenue D.

MP3 S.Y.L.K. - Hot Flush (Alt. Link)

Another lesser track is featured on the Girl Powder compilation.

Read an interview with the chicks over at fluo kids.



It´s great to be able to post something Norwegian and worth while. Oslo City five piece King Midas just put out a nice little mix of funky tunes sprinkled with exclusive remixes of the rockers own work.

MP3 King Midas - Midasmix Vol. 1 (zip)


King Midas - Harbor Angels
Joe Jackson - Steppin´ Out
King Midas - High On Dallas Freeway (Olav Brekke Mathisen & Sideshow Jøgge Remix)
Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing
King Midas - Heartbeat Boogie (Pleasure Mix)
Art Of Noise - Moments In Love
King Midas - Revenge
Supermax - Love Machine
Ricardo Villalobos - Enfants
King Midas - The Jaguars (Nils Noa Remix)
Captain Beefheart - Electricity
Fjordfunk - 4.15 (No Countrey For Brennan Green Remix)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009



Iceland is can´t compare with Sweden maybe when it comes to pop talent, but they sure try. It´s a tiny country and pop-wise the music that comes out of there is maybe more of the alternative kind like Björk and Sigur Ros (with the exception of Steed Lord). Borko is more Björk than Steed Lord, but it seems more substantial in a way (I personally can´t stand Björk), so finally there is a great addition to this "genre" that can also speak to people like me who fringe at the sound of a voice that sounds like a cat being ass fucked (pardon the French).

MP3 Borko - Continental Love (Alt. Link)

MP3 Borko - Dingdong Kingdom (Alt. Link)

Buy the album from itunes.

Monday, January 26, 2009



New mix up on Resident Advisor, by a UK gang I never heard of before called Disco Bloodbath. I´m digging on the mix, so I´ll be sure to keep my eyes open for them in the future.

It´s a nice mixture of italo-ish dance tracks. In their own words:

"We decided to do a mix that was musically representative of our party. We wanted to evoke the peaks, troughs and drama of a night at Disco Bloodbath where we get to play the play records we love irrespective of genre. It was also important to us that we recorded it live using predominantly vinyl. Hopefully after you listen to it you'll feel a bit cosmic - and forgive the occasional wonky transition." - DB

MP3 Disco Bloodbath - RA 139 via RA

Sunday, January 25, 2009



Art is an English psych-rock band that did their thing in the late 60´s. Led by front man Greg Ridley they changed the bands name from The VIPs in ´67 and released one album in their short lived career under the
Art name. Another name change came when a keyboardist by the name of Gary Wright joined the bands line up. They were now called Spookey Tooth, but Greg Ridley went on to join Humble Pie and Spookey Tooth split in 1974, but have since hooked back up and are touring again.

The tracks here are from the 1967 album Supernatual Fairy Tales.

MP3 Art - Talkin´ To Myself (Alt. Link)

MP3 Art - Alive Not Dead (Alt. Link)

Saturday, January 24, 2009



Italians really do do it better. Case in point suprelabel Italian´s Do It Better´s latest signing Bottin. He´s an actual Italian person:

"Bottin is from Venice Italy and has been flying under
the radar for a while. Our aim is to bring him into the
limelight where he belongs. He is not only a stellar producer,
but an excellent dj with an even more excellent record collection." - IDIB

And to celebrate his first 12" release on IDIB he has made a well constructed mix of old and new disco.

MP3 Bottin - Disco Aesthetic Mix zshare (Alt. Link)


01. bottin: no static (italians do it better 2009)
02. who's who: hypnodance (out 1980)
03. bottin & kotey: hot ring (deep freeze 2009)
04. amnésie: turas (proto 1983)
05. cheaps: moliendo café (memory records 1983)
06. cat pee: pole (1982, bottin's surgeon edit 2008)
07. egotrya: volcano (synthonic, 2008)
08. bottin: fondamente nove (eskimo, 2008)
09. angels program: morning in tokyo (polydor, 1985)
10. miss plug inn: chanson d'amour (bottin mix)
11. hypnotic samba: stop-watch (zyx, 1984)
12. bottin: undercover monkey (demo)
13. bottin & ropie: theme from st mark (beatport exclusive 2008)
14. zig zag: stop stop stop (pacha, 1977)

Monday, January 19, 2009



Cousin Cole just sent over a couple of remixes from his and partner in crime Pocketknife´s latest EP.

"Pocketknife & I decided to send out low bitrate mp3s of the songs on our new EP (record of the week at Picadilly Records by the way). The version of "Love Lockdown" here is a little different from the EP version, mainly just shorter for home listening."

Now I can´t really stand "Love Lockdown" myself, but it´s tolerable when it´s gone through Mr. Cole´s capable remix machine.

MP3 Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Cousin Cole Radio Edit) (Alt. Link)

MP3 Lykke Li - Breaking It Up (Pocketknife Loosefoot Remix) (Alt. Link)

"Now is as good a time as any to mention we are planning a short trip to Europe in early April. Hope to meet some of y'all out there. Peace" - CC

Sunday, January 18, 2009



Another mix from the always fabulous Optimo (Espacio). This time a collection of tracks from the mystic "No Wave" genre.

"So, what is No Wave? Now there's a question! Ask any fan of No Wave what it is and I bet they'll give you a different answer. They'll also tell you who is and who isn't No Wave and no two lists of bands will be the same. Personally, I don't think there is a right or wrong answer or a definitive list of bands. My definition of it probably encompasses a broader spectrum of bands than most other people's. I'd argue that early Swans and Einsturzende Neubauten could be called No Wave but if you try and tell me ESG are No Wave I'd have to throw you in the Clyde. It's all very confusing!

The name came about as reaction to the term New Wave. At the tail end of the 70's the record industry was trying to rebrand punk and labeled the poppier bands that came in the aftermath of Punk as New Wave. The No Wave bands wanted to reject this poppier side but they also felt no affinity to Punk. At the time, Lydia Lunch (the queen of No Wave?) bemoaned how Punk was just sped up Chuck Berry riffs and it is true that if you listen to most (but not all!) punk today, it is just badly played, sped up three chord rock n' roll. The Garage bands of the 60's had nailed the Punk sound way earlier and frankly mainly sound better to this day. Go listen to 'Never Mind The Bollocks'. Most of it sounds leaden and apart from Rotten's vocals doesn't really sound threatening or revolutionary in the slightest. Listen to No Wave today and it is still a shock to the system and often sounds like a music with no precedent. This last thing is another of the keys to what No Wave is. Many of the artists were determined that their music should not be influenced by anything that came before and should sound totally new. If influences did creep in they were more likely to be from free jazz than any rock based form of music. The 'No' in No Wave could thus be taken to imply the music didn't belong to any particular style or genre.

The ability to play was completely unimportant too. But where Punk liberated thousands of non musicians who found they could make music by only learning a few chords, many of the No Wave artists didn't even bother learning one chord. Coaxing atonal and abrasive sounds from their instruments and conjuring up basic repetitive rhythms was a much more effective way for them to express themselves. Melody? Forget it! Although when one hears No Wave, it is instantly obvious that that is what is being listened to, none of the bands really have that much in common stylistically.

In 1978, Brian Eno was living in New York and was blown away by the performances he was seeing by these artists. He wanted to capture this and document it so he took four of the bands - Mars, The Contortions, DNA and Teenage Jesus and The Jerks into the studio and produced (in the loosest possible sense) four tracks apiece by each of them. This came out as the legendary 'No New York' album. The one problem with this album is all the bands that got left off, which has resulted in many people thinking these four bands are thee definition of No Wave when there were numerous other acts ploughing similar (different) territory. The Theoretical Girls must have been particularly gutted as they were initially meant to be on it and were then dropped at the last minute.

No Wave critics often argue that it was all a load of art wank and while many of the artists involved did come from an art / performance background, most didn't. But, as well as music, there were also No Wave film makers, the most famous of them being Nick Zedd, John Lurie and Richard Kern. In May of 2005 we were showing a Richard Kern film on the tv screens at Optimo. The film upset someone who was attending the club so much that they complained to the police. This resulted in the slightly surreal scenario of Jonnie and Mike, one of the Sub Club's owners, having to sit in a room in Maryhill police station while a WPC and a police Sergeant watched the film to decide if it was pornographic or not. They decided it wasn't but suggested we refrain from showing it again.

No Wave was a huge inspiration when the ideas about what Optimo would be were being formed and the early soundtrack to the club featured a lot of this music. I guess this has diminished over the years, mainly because, well, it's not always the most danceable of musics, but you are still likely to hear many No Wave gems in the first hour of the club. Indeed, every song on this mix had been played at the club.

For me this music was truly revolutionary and I get as much as a buzz out of listening to it today as I did when I first encountered it 20 odd years ago. I still regularly check eBay to see if any No Wave gems I have missed crop up (I'll snag that 'Not Bite' 7" by Red Transistor one day!) and can't imagine a day when I'll stop listening to it. There was a bit of a resurgence of interest in No Wave a few years ago and then last year I was talking with some hipster about my love of No Wave and he replied 'You still listen to that? It's so 2001'. That reply is a masterclass in why hipsters are idiots.

I hope some of you enjoy this 'mix'. It is not an easy ride and definitely not for all. No Wave is a sound you'll either love or hate. I can't imagine anyone thinking it's ok. 'Ok' is never enough. Music that solicits extreme reactions is mainly lacking in our present day culture. Perhaps that's reason no. 347 why I love No Wave?" - JD Twitch

MP3 Optimo (Espacio) - Nowavemix (Alt. Link)


Mars - 3E
DNA - You and You
Teenage Jesus and The Jerks - Freud In Flop
The Contortions - Contort Yourself
The Fire Engines - Get Up And Use Me
Blurt - Puppeteer
Tools You Can Trust - Show Your Teeth
Sonic Youth - Shaking Hell
8 Eyed Spy - Lazy In Love
Pulsallama - On The Rag
Arto / Neto - Pini, Pini
Y Pants - That's The Way Boys Are
ImpLOG - Breakfast
Jill Kroesen - Fay Shism Blues



Sweden keeps popping out pop acts like none other. Among these is Anna Ternheim who has a voice and sound much Sweden´s previous sweetheart Lykke Li. The reason for this might lie in the producer being the same as Ms. Li, namely Björn Yttling. So nothing new under the sun, but very good none the less.

MP3 Anna Ternheim - What Have I Done (Alt. Link)

Buy her stuff from itunes.

Saturday, January 17, 2009



I wasn´t aware of the skinny guy in the falsetto group theBee Gees had a solo career until today. Robin Gibb is his name, and he released three solo albums in the 80´s, the first of which I enjoyed the most. The album "How Old Are You" featured a hit single called "Juliet", which I had heard before, but was not aware was the work of a former "Gee". It´s a great 80´s pop track, and I thank arawa for turning me on to it.

MP3 Robin Gibb - Juliet (Alt. Link)

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Tuesday, January 13, 2009



Tim Sweeney just put up Flagrant Fowl´s (aka. Pocketknife and Cousin Cole) guest mixes from last weeks show. As always a great listen.

MP3 Pocketknife & Cousin Cole - Beats In Space Jan. 11 Part 1

MP3 Cousin Cole & Tim Sweeny - Beats In Space Jan. 11 Part 2

Pocketknife mentions some pretty exciting projects here.


1. Greg Kihn Band - Jeopardy
Pocketknife (Flagrant Fowl) mix:
2. School of Seven Bells - Iamundernodisguise (Pocketknife Edit)
3. Songs of Green Pheasant - Fires P.G.R. (Pocketknife Remix)
4. Victor Gama - O Dialogo Dos Pernetas (Pocketknife Edit)
5. Wooden Wand and the Vanishing Voice - I Am the One and He Is the Caretaker of My Heart (Pocketknife Remix)
6. Motor City Drum Ensemble - Escape To Nowhere
7. Theo Parrish - Dance of Drunken Drums
8. Boonlorm - Preparation IV Demo Version
9. Disco Dub Band - For the Love of Money (The Underdog Remix)
10. John Daly - Solar Lights
11. Benoit Pioulard - Ragged Tint (Pocketknife Edit)
12. Gameplayers - Beirut Disco
Cousin Cole (Flagrant Fowl) mix:
13. Flo Crew - Over These Years - Boogie Disc
14. N-2-U "A-I I-A" House Jam
15. Vallerenga Blues And Disko Combo - Ballerina - Cottage
16. Laughing Light Of Plenty - The Rose - Whatever We Want
17. Lindsay Buckingham - It Was You (Cousin Cole Demo)
Part 2
18. ESP - It's You
19. Flo Crew - And Our Love (Boogie Disco Mix) - Boogie Disc
20. FSK & Shake Shakir - Swing To Bop
21. Auguste Darnell - Friendly Children (Todd Terje Edit)
22. Oorutaichi - Misen Gymnastics (Idjut Mix) - Bear Funk
23. Problem Child - White Horse (Dr. Scratch Stomp Mix) - Groove On
24. Curtis McClaine - Let's Get Busy (Dub Mix) - Trax
25. Bobby Peru - Erotic Discourse - 20/20
26. King Jammy meets Dry & Heavy - In The Jaws of The Tiger - Harmony Dub
27. Altz - Yellow (Idjut Dub Down)
28. T-N-T - Is It House (Hurt me Mix) - Dyn-O-Mix
29. Dezuan - Party House (Underground Clap Mix) - Chi-Mix
30. No age - Everybody's Down (Cousin Cole Mix)
Tim Sweeney takes over
31. Tantra -Hills Of katmandu
32. Giorgio Moroder - From Here To Eternity - Unidisc
33. Gino Soccio - Street Talk - Celebration
34. - Mirrors Of My Mind - Moton Records
35. House Of House - Rushing To Paradise - Whatever We Want
36. Sound Stream - Dance With Me

Sunday, January 11, 2009



The first and only hit from 60´s folk rock duo Zager & Evans (Danny & Rick, respectively) was the futuristic, almost apocalyptic tale "In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus)". It was covered by many artists after, most notably neo romantic new wave group Visage in 1983. The song made the 2001 Clear Channel Memorandum after the 9.11. attacks. The memorandum was a list of songs deemed inappropriate to play on the radio after the twin towers incident. But since we´ve had time to mourn, we can enjoy it now.

MP3 Zager & Evans - In The Year 2525 (Exordium & Terminus) vinyl rip (Alt. Link)

MP3 Visage - In The Year 2525 (Alt. Link)

Saturday, January 10, 2009



One of the best things about 2008, along with the revival of disco, was Quiet Village´s stellar album Silent Movie. Made up of Radio Slave and "master crate digger" Joel Martin Quiet Village made a beautifully understated and portentous album.

That´s my two cents on the whole "best of 2008" fad.

MP3 Quiet Village - Circus Of Horror (Alt. Link)

MP3 Quiet Village - Can´t Beat (Alt. Link)

Thursday, January 8, 2009



A title usually credited Redman, but I think Stanley Steel deserves to take over the stethoscope after turning out this funky grooverider of a gem.

MP3 Stanley Steel - No Time (Alt. Link)

Wednesday, January 7, 2009



Vanessa Chantal Paradis had a pretty big hit with this song in 1988, it was number 1 in 15 countries, even though the vocals are in French. It has all the elements of great 80´s pop and has been covered for that reason by many including fellow French (German) duo Stereo Total most recently.

MP3 Vanessa Paradis - Joe Le Taxi (Alt. Link)

MP3 Stereo Total - Joe Le Taxi (Alt. Link)

The original was featured on the album "M&J", buy it from itunes.

Another unforgettable classic from Ms. Paradis



A beautiful track from 1982, by vocal quartet Risque. I couldn´t find much info on them, but the track speaks for itself. Just sit back and let the starlight envelope you.

MP3 Risque - Starlight (Alt. Link)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009



The years first official Dog mix duties have this month fallen upon Sweden´s Zyron aka. Johan Åstrand. He was kind enough to bless us with half of the segment for his 3 hour (!) mixup on Interstate FM this past Saturday. And what a beautiful mix it is, the old and new go hand in hand, a little bit of Daniel Wang, JJ Cale, Mase and lots I don´t know (so start spotting!).

MP3 Zyron - Saturday Mixing Session on ISFM (January Mix) (Alt. Link)

Go to Interstate FM for the full 3 hours.

Monday, January 5, 2009



I just re-watched Mike Nichols´ simply brilliant feminist masterpiece Working Girl (a title which has in been credited to prostitutes mostly, maybe there´s a wordplay going on there?). What I didn´t remember (or know) about this picture was that the vocal diva Carly Simon was behind the score (which is basically the same song in different dramatic versions). The opening song which features Ms. Simon on vocal duties brings thoughts to Michael Jackson´s Will You Be There what grandness and scale and use of children choirs are concerned at least.

A beautifully bloated and epic track!

MP3 Carly Simon - Let The River Run (Alt. Link)

Sunday, January 4, 2009



That disco feeling is strong with this one. Be it Italo, Cosmic or Boogie it is all represented withing 30 seconds of this mix. It is by Denmark´s Peter Visti and comes to you via the good people at the Cosmic Disco blog.

MP3 Peter Visti - Night Club Mix



The Balanescu Quartet did a whole album consisting only of Kraftwerk songs given the classical makeover by Alexander Balanescu and his three partners in crime. The album was called "Possessed" and my favorite from this album is the timeless classic "The Model".

MP3 The Balanescu Quartet - The Model (Alt. Link)

Buy the album from Amazon.

Saturday, January 3, 2009



It´s the 2009! Happy new year!

It´s cold as an eskimo coochie here in Oslo, but it being the new year and all I can start looking forward to the summer. To accompany my giddy feelings of glee I have chosen this wonderful Swedish (again!?) 1980 track from Magnus Uggla aptly entitled "Sommartid" (Summertime).

MP3 Magnus Uggla - Sommartid (Alt. Link)