Adventures In Success

August 3, 2009

Ever since the heady days of Electroclash (miss u 2001) Eskimo Recordings have found themselves a fan in tonysluttyfringe. Employing the likes of The Glimmers, Headman and Ivan Smagghe to compile mixes that took in weird italo, old electro, early Tiga, camp disco and the odd contemporary gem, they remain compelling for those that look to dance musics past as well as the now for inspiration.

Love going back to the compilations they put out and finding a wee gem of a track which sounds perfect for todays dancefloor (most recently it’s been the Fran K edit of Martin Circus from Eskimo Vol IIII)

Right now Eskimo are fully ensconsed in the contemporary cosmic disco movement, having put out the second album from cosmic disco chairmen of the board Lindstrom & Prins Thomas just the other month.

Next up is the release of Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 2 which the sharper tools amongst you will note is the follow up to last years well received Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol.1, an album notable for an In Flagranti track that put aside the sex dripped disco for some cosmiche dubbings.

Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 2 sees Eskimo roundup 16 tracks from producers around the world that include peeps you should know (Naum Gabo, Social Disco Club, Hot Toddy and Visti & Meyland) to ones you’re glad to be hearing for the first time (Phelps and Outrunners for me)

Mixed lovingly by Mindless Boogie newcomers Villa, Cosmic Balearic Beats Vol. 2 is a near perfect exercise in slow mo discoteria, crammed full of tracks suited for the early evening creak before the various excesses dictate an increase in bpms. It will arrive in 2CD format upon release on the 7th September with all tracks presented in unmixed format for the DJs. You can preview all tracks included here

Additionally there are a series of 12″ releases planned with Visti & Meyland’s Yes Maam (All Night Long) having been put out already in anticipation of the compilation and further 12″s by Dance Disorder and Hot Toddy to follow.

The weirded out Kasper Bjorke remix of Visti & Meyland’s Yes Maam (All Night Long) has proved to be one of my favourite tracks of the past few months. So it’s nice to have an excuse to post the track which stood out despite heady competition from Henrik Schwarz and Andy Trentmoller.

Visti & Meyland – Yes Maam [All Night Long] (Kasper Bjorkje)


Only Bloody Beetroots post on Slutty Fringe ever

July 30, 2009

So Romborama, the debut album from The Bloody Beetroots has leaked, like all albums, ahead of it’s official launch.

Not going to post any music, Steve Karaoki doesn’t need anymore reason to drown his Dim Mak sorrows in Grey Goose. Should you want to hear it, ask Google

It does however give us the opportunity to ask wtf is going on with the coverart?

Do The Bloody Bees really keep their masks on when nature calls?

They like to read on the john? ewww

Are they secret members of the Millie Jackson fan club?

Worst coverart of 09?

There’s been a more than few contenders so far this year – Gui Boratto’s mid 90s hippyhouse throwback and Caspa’s lurid lime green amateur photoshop monstrosity for example, but BB take the biscotti.


We Have All We Ever Wanted

July 29, 2009

For the fourth release on their label Think 2wice, Tactic employ themselves as remixers, adding a dash of tribal percussion and some nice sub bass to Control, a collaboration betwixt San Franner Phosho and rapper Cerebral Vortex, last heard by Slutty Fringe adding a touch of vocal Marmite to Rustie’s productions.

Phosho – Control Featuring Cerebral Vortex (Tactic Remix)

The updated electrofunk of the original is worthy of praise too. The full EP is available now from Beatport and Junodownload


Travel In Vain

July 28, 2009

Breezing effortlessly to the top of my summer playlist over the past weeks has been the reissue of The Units synth punk standard High Pressured Days on Relish Recordings.

For label boss Robi Insinna aka Headman, a longterm fan of the band, it can be seen as something of a personal triumph having tried and failed to include the track by the West Coast act on his 2003 Dance Modern compilation for Eskimo Rec.

Six years later, having finally made contact with the band and cleared High Pressured Days for reissue it’s out on a lovely looking 12″ replete with remixes by Headman himself and Rory Phillips.

It’s the latter we’ve developed a woozy lust for as Rory P flirts with the track as opposed to fucking with it, the results being the perfect amount of jerky discopogo for the dancefloor.

You would expect no less from a resident of the sorely missed Our Disco and Durrrr

The Units – High Pressured Days (Rory Phillips Remix)

Buy the vinyl from Phonica or the mp3s from Juno


Tiny Adventures For Imaginary Cosmonauts

July 27, 2009

Close your eyes and let The Horrors lead you on a sublime journey to the far reaches of the galaxy with their sublime Cosmic Dub take on Memory Tapes.

Memory Tapes – Bicycle (The Horrors Cosmic Dub)

Being the anti social types The Horrors will leave you hugging the edge of the galaxy whilst they sneer all the way back to their Dalston hovel to perfect their cosmiche Joy Division impression in time for Field Day.

Thankfully Sail A Whale are on hand to guide you right back through the cosmos with their entrancing remix of Surfin’ by Memory Cassette which evokes memories of The Field in his pomp.

Memory Cassette – Surfin (Sail A Whale Version)

Sail A Whale’s remix is one of five commissioned by the awesome Acephale in anticpation of the forthcoming Call & Response EP and tossed carelessly at the internet without pause for monetary gain. The others being coaxed out of CFCF, Shadow Self, the previously SF featured Friend and Weird Tapes.

Weird Tapes being both Memory Cassette and Memory Tapes – one to wrap your head round as you pass Jupiter

All remixes are available from the Weird Tapes blog.


Something Bigger Something Better

July 27, 2009

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Major Lazer project for Slutty Fringe is Switch’s current penchant for printed shirts, flat caps and Wogan esque decisions in the pant department.

Mercifully, others prefer to focus on the musical knowhow of Wes & Dave. New York label Mishka for example who loaned the reins attached to their Keep Watch series to the duo and their fictional Jamaican Man of War for episode 10.

Major Lazer – Keep Watch Vol.10


Brodinski for Bugged Out

July 25, 2009

brodi_2The busy beardy Frenchman took some time out to speak to Slutty Fringe… Retard questions ensued. Mostly beard-centred:

Flo: Hello I like your beard. It’s quite shiny and possibly even better than Oizo’s.

Brodi: Thanks a lot, it’s not really a Big Beard like The Tom Hanks one, but I prefer my one ; )

Flo: Why do you think it is that you’re often still considered being part of this French electro scene when you actually produce more techno sounds?

Brodi: I don’t know, the people loved to reason just on ONE WAY, like ‘all the French people are arrogant and produce one French electro sound’ ahah.

Flo: How does your production process with Yuksek work? Do you attempt to express your ideas to him, work on the technique, or is it shared?

Brodi: I’m more the idea man for my proper production with the “Brodinski”‘s project. He’s the guy of studio, he loves to work on hardware and stuff like that. I love him for that, he helps me a lot for production, he’s the king.

Flo: Did Oizo’s beard influence your’s in any way?

Brodi: Not really, I’m more into the normal beard, not the Hassidim one. Or the homeless one : )

Flo: I remember a while back at Fabric you played an incredibly progressive tech house/minimal set then BAM it’s the last half hour and it was banger after banger. I went mental at the front and knocked out a couple of ladies who looked like they wandered in after the office hours; how do you decide on your sets, is it often really pre-meditated or do you prefer playing to the crowd?

Brodi: I love to play some different kind of stuff, I’m a party dj. I can play for everyone, I think I’m more an entertainer than a musician. I never predict my set, or prepare something, I prefer to see the crowd and give it to them what they expect ; )

Flo: Have you ever gotten really wasted and played some some Mariah Carey?

Brodi: I love the “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
French people don’t understand why.

Flo: You’ve worked with a lot of diverse producers and I think people were especially excited by the Noob collaboration for Peanuts Club, who do you still want to work with but haven’t?

Brodi: 50 cent, Nelly, T.I., Lil Wayne, Currensy, Cory Gunz, & Teki Latex. Diplo too but I think I can, one day.

Can you finish these sentences-

Your favourite producer for 2009/10 is:
Noob, Douster, Riva Starr, Solo, Bok Bok, Mowgli, Mikix The Cat… I can’t choose, sorry.

The weirdest thing a fan has said:
I’ll fuck your nose. (Not true, but fun).

If in doubt, play:
Lil Wayne – A MILLIE

And the dream you had last night?

Be a revolutionary white man in Hip Hop Music ; )

Bugged Out presents Suck My Deck – Mixed by Brodinski is out now – www.buggedout.net


Beating The Devil At His Own Game

July 24, 2009

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Our friends at Dissident are soon releasing the third volume of their label compilation which handily stacks up a dozen or so of their rather limited and rather expensive vinyl releases from the  likes of Cage and Aviary, Photonz, Barrsica, Naum Gabo and G&S on one little CD for less than the price of 20 Lucky Strikes.

Big haired Dissident boss Andy Blake will be celebrating the release this Saturday with a DJ set at Bethnal Green disco spot Say Yes alongside the residents Nadia K, Rory P and Thommy W – those who attend can get el cheapo copies of Dissident Vol 3.

Further details are available here

An Andy Blake Rock The Boat mix can be procured here

Read interview betwixt A Blake & the excellente Alanfinklekrautrockers here


High Horse

July 21, 2009

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Aside from having a charmingly catchy name, Liverpudlian Tony Lionni has been releasing varied techno/house for only a year now, just having done an RA podcast and recently playing alongside Benedict Bull and Casper C at High Horse.

The Games People Play EP is out on NY dance label Wave Music

Photo: Jonathon Thiang


The First Cut Is The Deepest

July 13, 2009

Despite the fact that messageboards and forums devoted to electronica tend to attract some of the most maladjusted argumentative people online, the genre has thrown up surprisingly few good old fashioned diss tracks.

So it’s quite refreshing to hear one (must remain nameless) producer vent his frustrations at pretty much every other bedroom knob twiddler in several minutes of grin inducing autotune heavy electro funk that takes aim at nearly every cliche within sight.

??? – I Am A Producer


Party Hard

July 12, 2009

In which Fly Life Yungstaz get their freakin gnarl on dude.

F.L.Y. – Party Time


Can You Feel It?

July 10, 2009

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I missed the first wave of acid house, my descent into the strange labyrinthian world of clubs, warehouse parties and raves starting around 1992 (which horrifically may still be before some of you were born), but there was still a lingering sense that all the old rules had been swept away and we were working with a clean sheet.

Of course in retrospect we were in many ways retreading a well worn groove laid out by previous generations, but at the time trapped in the eye of the psychedelic hurricane it was easy to believe we were generally pioneering something dangerously new and exciting.

From jungle to electronica every party, frequently in venues which if you managed to clear your head and look through the smoke you realised were quite possibly someone’s office during the week, seemed to throw up strange new sounds which though today might play in the background of a Tampax advert seemed so utterly alien at the time.

Of course nowadays with every piece of music recorded at our virtual fingertips it’s easy to deduce the subtle evolution of music from one form to another, one slight mutation in every generation inexorably leading us forward, but at the time it was easy to assume the mantle of sonic creationists believing that in the blink of an eye we’d somehow conjured up these delirious new sounds.

What did and to some extent does still seem so revolutionary though was how club culture, the good and unfortunately the bad, swept the nation through the mid to late nineties. From underground cult to mainstream hegemony, the rise of dance music and its avatar the DJ was as astonishing as it was unstoppable.

In the short space of a few years I remember going from screaming rows with my parents over the weird druggy music I was listening to, to waking up to the sound of my mother hoovering the house soundtracked by Fatboy Slim’s ‘You’ve Come A Long Way Baby’ album, a remarkably apt title.

One of the best books to make sense of this strange time was Matthew Collin’s Altered State. Published in 1997 it charted the rise of acid house and club culture in loving detail, from the orbital raves to the impact of the Criminal Justice Bill and the pirate radio stations that at one point seemed to be transmitting from every tower block (shout out to Don FM!).

This month sees the release of a new updated version, with Collin charting club culture’s trajectory past ’97 as it rose and rose and then spectacularly collapsed under it’s own weight around the turn of the century. If you were around at the time you’ll want to buy this to remember exactly what on earth you were up to, if you weren’t well buy it and learn from history, so much of what is sometimes missing from today’s  commodified club experience can be found within these pages.

Carrying on the theme another book published later this month is Raving ’89, aimed squarely at the coffee tables of those who once wore knocked off smiley t-shirts but now actually own coffee tables. A beautiful collection of Gavin Watson’s photographs from the year acid house exploded, it’s a perfect document of a time before camera phones had become ubiquitous in clubs.

Published by the esteemed chaps over at DJhistory.com, this really is an essential document for anyone interested in seeing the early raw days of rave and has brought back some awful memories of my own sartorial mistakes (the drugs were very strong then, ok!).

For a sneak peak check out this sampler of the book.

Luckily for you we have 2 copies of Altered State and a copy of Raving ’89 to give away, simply email the answer to the question below before Friday 17th and we will pick a couple of winners at random.

Q. Where was Danny Rampling’s Shoom originally held?

Anyway all this reminiscing calls for some music so what better than a brand new mix of old tunes courtesy of the always quality Placid

Placid – NYC Downlow

Tracklisting

Bam Bam – Give it to me – Westbrook
Farley – Love Can’t Turn Round – House
Hex Complexx – I Want You – Sunset Records
Maurice Joshua – The Other Side – Needle
Mix Masters – House Express – DJ INternational
DA Posse – In The Heat of The Night – Future
Shawn Shegog Featuring Barbara Shegog – Love Traxs – No Name
DA Rebels – It’s Time To jack The House – Clubhouse
Pierre’s Fantasy Club – I Can’t Stop For You – Max
Steve Poindexter – Mainiac – Housetime
The Children – Freedom – Dj International
Ten City – That’s the Way Love Is – Atlantic
James Jack Rabbit – Only Wanted To Be – White
The House Master Boyz And The Rude Boy Of House – House Nation – Dance Mania
Model 500 – No UFO’s – Metroplex
Master C & J – In The City – State Street
Rocky Jones – Choice of a New Generation – DJ International
Adonis & The Endless Pokers – THe Poke – DJ International
Fast Eddie – My Melody – White
Marcus Mixx – I Wanna House – Missing
Laurent X – 12am – House Nation
Fingers Inc – Never No More Lonely – Jack Trax
DA Posse – It’s My Life – Future
Scrappy – Freeze – Zap
Nouveaux Nation – Strip (Rock Yo Body) – SRO
KA Posse – Stick Music – Dj International
Jeanette Thomas – Shake Your Body – Chicago Connection


Extracts From Stolen Moments

July 9, 2009

With the sun seemingly waving goodbye to London for the rest of the summer, there’s a sense of suitable smugness in the fact I’ll be basking in the glorious rays of central Barcelona all next week.

Those left in London could do worse than seek shelter at the newly opened Tabernacle way out west in Notts Hill next Wednesday where charidee War Child are putting on a rather hype looking fund raiser with live performances from Filthy Dukes, We Have Band, The Phenomenal Handclap Band and Crystal Fighters

Requisite DJ sets come from Leo Green’money’slade, Pure Groove posterboy Stopmakingme, our buddy Firas Filthy Few and Matthew Horne (you fckn wat ?)

More details here.

By way of musical segue from the above information, here is the Allez Allez  remix of  Hot Chip’s cover of Joy Division’s Transmission that was included on the War Child Heroes Compilation released earlier this year.

Yet more reason to get all flustered about forthcoming original material from Allez Allez!

Hot Chip – Transmission (Allez Allez Remix)


Dazed & Confused: Tim Noakes

July 9, 2009

dazedEver the purveyor of relevant journalism, we interviewed Tim Noakes, Music & Deputy Editor of Dazed & Confused Magazine 

(the first of many wasted hyperlinks to come, one may as well be a capybara) in the Old St office-come-warehouse on a busy Thursday morning.

Flo: Hi Tim. So what do you do?

 

Tim: Well it’s a varied role, but basically I commission all the music features and co-edit Dazed with Rod Stanley, the editor.

 

Flo: So you don’t have a separate music editor, you’re deputy and music editor?

 

Tim: Yeah, that’s the thing with Dazed, because it’s an independent magazine, we haven’t got a huge budget to hire a lot of people, whereas in bigger companies like Conde Nast they probably have 20 people trying to do what 3 people here do so, we wear a lot of hats.

 

Flo: And what did you do to get there?

 

Tim: I slept with a lot of people. 

 

Flo: That is the way.

 

Tim: I didn’t… Well it’s been weird, I was kinda trained as a photographer. I wanted to be a photojournalist, travelling the world, going to warzones but somehow I’ve ended up in a fashion bunker in Old Street.

Basically, I had to do a work placement unit for my college in East London. I sent out about 300 letters and one of the only people who replied was Dazed. It was an interesting time, Rankin had his shoots going on, Jefferson was going out with Kate Moss, you’d see Bob Geldof and Bono walking through, I thought, ‘what is this place, this is crazy.’ 

I got on really well with Callum McGeoch who used to be the music editor and he gave me a big break, by saying ‘why don’t you try doing a few record reviews?’ We had a lot of musical taste in common, both being hip hop heads back in the day. I then went on to work at a record company, Ninja TunesBig Dada, getting paid in free records, then someone left Dazed and I came in as the editorial assistant. Gradually people left, so just worked my way up really. 

 

Flo: So how do you pick what goes into the music sections, are they your personal likes or what you get sent from PR?

 

Tim: Generally music content gets sourced by myself and my team of contributors whom I trust, young fresh writers who love everything from dubstep to lo-fi rock, glitchy electronica. We try to cover the whole base of genres, to expose brand new talents but also big artists, like Madonna, orJustin Timberlake.

But I guess all of the music comes from a variety of places. There is a lot of PRs sending me CD’s but I’ll be honest, 90% of them are shit. Terrible, terrible music.

 

Flo: If they were that good, surely you would’ve heard of them already?

 

Tim: Yeah exactly, and you can’t blame people for it, they obviously need publicity to get noticed. But generally the bands we put in are mainly bands you find on Myspace, out playing gigs, I talk to a few people and check them out or find them myself.

 

Flo: What are you listening to right now?

 

Tim: Well I’m getting married in a few weeks, so mostly bad 80’s pop music. But I listen to everything. I used to be a really big hip hop fan but I got bored of it in the last few years, I don’t think anything fresh or interesting has been released in ages, apart from the Clipse record which was amazing. There are a few exceptions like the new Mos Def album, but that kind of genre’s really died out for me. I really like old music, ‘60’s psyche stuff, the new lo-fi sound.

 

Flo: Wavves thing?

 

Tim: Yeah, Wavves maybe not the best, I prefer like, Thee Oh Sees, I like Eat Skull a lot. I just like new music that has an original voice and a good energy about it, a good persona, if your band’s cool, having fun with what you’re doing then..

 

Flo: Ah, I’m probably on the opposite end of all that, more minimal tech-house, a lot of Turbo, which you had a teeny tiny thing on in the last issue?

 

Tim: Oh really, yeah Turbo Recordings! I like all that electro stuff too, a few years ago we were bang in to all the Justice Ed Banger when it was going off. I’m not the biggest minimal tech house fan in the world.. but I can definitely appreciate the good stuff. I like this new guy Gold Panda, he’s not too ‘minimal’ but he changes his sound quite a lot, I think maybe you’d like it.

 

Flo: Yeah there’s been a lot of blog coverage on him recently.

 

Tim: Yeah actually, blogs… We’re like everyone else, we always look at blogs, obviously the internet is so important to journalism these days, I guess blog writers aren’t particularly that great..

 

Flo: Errr…

 

Tim: MOST of them! I mean there are a lot of great ones, I really like Gorilla Vs Bear, Discobelle, 20 Jazz Funk Greats, I like all that stuff, they usually have great taste and can get away with things that we can’t.

 

Flo: Posting mp3’s readers can listen to immediately..

 

Tim: Exactly, if we did that we’d get a big lawsuit and get closed down. I do like the freedom bloggers have and see how they set their own agenda of taste, so I definitely admire and respect what they do.

 

Word. Check http://www.SocialStereotype.com for all of Tim’s Dazed articles and interviews.


Dance Till The Morning Light

July 9, 2009

For those with a Durrrr shaped hole in their hearts, why not let The Lovely Jonjo, resident at every Lndnrs fav Monday night indie disco (RIP),  fill it with his Hot Boy treatment of We Have Band’s You Came Out that crams a whole evenings worth of Durrr sonics into just 5 minutes.

We Have Band – You Came Out (The Lovely Jonjo Hotboy Remix)


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