Archive for December, 2007

The Year That Was ~ 10 Singles / Remixes of 2007

December 30, 2007

2007 saw a shedload of music released, alot of it absolute pony – Kitsune inparticular appear to have forgotten where the quality control button on their hype machine was and the several hundred remixes of D.A.N.C.E. got a bit too much and took the shine off the original.

Thankfully there was also plenty of splendid music to sift through and choose ten tracks and remixes which have worked the dancefloors over the past twelve months. Again these are not in any order of preference, and I most likely have left out lots of extremely good tracks. Feel free to leave any glaring ommissions in the comments box.

10 Singles of 2007

1 Mock n Toof – BrownBred //Death From Abroad
2 David E Sugar – Oi New York, This Is London //GrecoRoman
3 LA Priest – Engine //Phantasy Sound
4 Crookers – Para De Gracinha (Eurocrunk Mix) //Man Recordings
5 Glass Candy – Miss Broadway //Italians Do It Better
6 Goose – Everybody (Dub Instrumental) //Skint
7 (Hint) – At The Dance //Tru Thoughts
8 Jence – Wired //Kitsune
9 Bag Raiders – Nil By Mouth //Bang Gang
10 MIA – Paper Planes //XL

10 Remixes of 2007

1 Klaxons – Golden Skans (Surkin Remix) //Because
2 Findlay Brown – Losing The Will… (Beyond The Wizards Sleeve Remix)//Peacefrog
3 New Young Pony Club – The Bomb (Phones Remix) //Modular
4 Justice feat. Uffie – The Party (LA Riots Remix) //White
5 Dj Mehdi – Signatune (Bangalter Edit) // Ed Banger
6 Hot Chip Ready For The Floor (Soulwax Remix) //EMI
7 Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Joakim Remix) //Modular
8 Dragonette – I Get Around (Midnight Juggernauts Remix) //Mercury
9 Mark Stewart vs Adamski – We Are All Prostitutes (Crookers Remix) //Exploited
10 Late Of The Pier – Space & The Woods (C90s Remix) //White

The Year That Was – 10 Compilations/Mix CDs of 2007

December 27, 2007

1 Fabriclive 36 – James Murphy & Pat Mahoney // Fabric

Excellent mixup of dusty old disco oddities,  punk funk and wonk house from the likes of Daniel Wang. Certainly up there with the Jaqcues Lu Cont and CutCopy Fabriclive mixes as the best of the series.

2 Light Sound Dance – Mixed by Bang Gang Deejays // Modular

It’s all about the White Disc here, which delves into several genres, is mixed perfectly and throws out some interesting tracks. The Black Disc sounds like something you could download from Discobelle anyday of the week – Another criticism is the price, £18 for a double disc mix!!

3 Various Artists – Famous When Dead V // Playhouse

I’m not sure why this collection of unreleased rarities, remixes and edits from June hasn’t garnered more props. Included are several tracks from Rework (one to look out for in 2008), contributions from Roman Flugel of Alter Ego, Isolee and My My, who close the mix with Southern Comfort which is built round an exquisite guitar loop.

4 Various Artists – Home Entertainment // 2600 Recordings

Debut release from fledging label 2600 Recordings showcasing some promising UK talent and perhaps offering a wee peek into the future of lo fi hiphop. Featuring the talents of sonic buggery expert Zilla, former Slutty Fringe mix contributer wAx Factor under his Ambulance Chasers guise, and lots of lovely melodic hiphop from the likes of Tempa, Sir Howy and Buddy Peace.

5 DJ Kicks – Hot Chip // K7!

Props to be dropped for the following: Exposing the general public’s ears to the genius yacht rock world of Grovesnor; Somehow conjuring up euphoric house classic My Piano for a Mix CD; putting me onto my new favourite German band Noze; Ressurecting forgotten classic Short Road by Wax Stag. This should be in all collections.

6 Various Artists – A Bugged Out Mix by Klaxons // Bugged Out

Mercury Music Award winners do their best to distance themselves from media preconceptions and conjure up  rather splendid mix shocker – Split over two cds, The Bugged Out mix is a straight mix up of acid tinged techno from the likes of Blende, Luke Vibert and Johannes Heil ending on the excellent Brodinski re/fix of their own rave cover It’s Not Over Yet.

The Bugged In Mix seems to revel in contemporary weirdness, pitting the Wu Tang Clan up against Todd Rundgren, The Liars against Frankie Valli. It all works though. A pleasant suprise throughout.

7 Various Artists – D*I*R*T*Y* Edits Vol 1 // D*I*R*T*Y*

Proving that all that eminates from Paris does not need distorted synth & guitar and expensive tee shirt to garner critcal acclaim. D*I*R*T*Y* have been supplying excellent edits of tracks from yesteryear throughout 2007 and of course scored a major hit with the Pilooski refix of Beggin.

D*I*R*T*Y* Edits Vol 1 was released in limited supply in October and featured all three previously released EPs plus 2 exclusive edits. Definitely worth seaching out for the extremely homoerotic Joy of Sex-esque coverart too – it’s a funny look heheh.

Watch out for the Discodeine EP on Discograph in January for more D*I*R*T*Y* goodness.

8 Soulwax – Most Of The Remixes…. // Parlophone

Joyous collection of Soulwax remixes plus excellent bonus 2ManyDJs mix cd – nuff said

9  Various Artists – I Can Count Vol. 2 // I Can Count Music

Not as striking as the first volume but notable for the inclusion of two acts who may just be very big in 2008: gobby female mc Miss Odd Kidd and one man band Sportsday Megaphone. Plus there is lots of lovely music touching on shoe gazing indie, bass heavy hiphop, art school poser punk funk and folk ditties.

10 Radioclit – Hard Working Volume 1 // Uppercuts

Splendid compilation of Radioclit remixes and productions that has served me well when DJing this year. Some essential ghettocrunkkudurobootybassbaltimore action right hurr.

The Year That Was – 10 Albums of 2007 That I Do Adore

December 26, 2007

It would be something close to the impossible to proclaim one single longplayer my favourite of this year so the following is just ten albums that have made my ears and my feet happy in no particular order with some honourable mentions.

It should be noted there are probably countless albums not included on this list which are deserving, they are missing most likely because I have not heard them.

Von Sudenfed – Tromatic Reflexxions //Domino

Neither Mark E Smith nor Mouse on Mars had previously made much of an impression n me. Smith’s sneering presence in interviews I had read had put me off ever wanting to check any of The Fall’s back catalogue, whilst my only experience of Mouse on Mars was a request to play them whilst DJing in a bar in New York a few years ago.

So I didn’t really know what to expect when a promo of their new single as Von Sudenfed, Fledermaus Can’t Get It, dropped through the postbox. It made such an impression that a purchase of the longplayer was a must. Tromatic Reflexxions displayed an album worth of glitched up pop music that laces some freaky deaky lyricism from Smith over a variety of genres from grime techno.

Some tracks such as Serious Brainskin come close to bursting eardrums whilst there are tracks such as The Rhinohead which are almost Top 40 indie fodder (well apart from Mark E Smith’s indechiperable mutterings)

Von Sudenfed – The Young, The Faceless And The Codes

Buy Tromatic Reflexxions here here or indeed here

The Field – From Here We Go Sublime //Kompakt

A by/product of writing an mp3 blog has been getting slightly tired of being sent countless mixes full to the brim with the latest crEd Banger/Dubsided/Kitsune release/remix/edit and delving into other genres of music to find some solace.

Techno is definitely something I’ve been listening to alot more in 2007 and Kompakt was one label that brought my ears lots of joy (Supermayer album aside) and this album from Swedish producer Alex Willner aka The Field is a real highlight. Bringing the woozy melodic thump with every track, it’s a great album to accompany you on a stroll about town.

The Field – The Little Heart Beats So Fast

Purchase this excellent album from Boomkat or Rough Trade

Fiery Furnaces – Widow City // Thrill Jockey

Shallow bastard that I am, It was photographs of Eleanor Fiery Furnace’s fringe and scowl in a FACT Magazine interview that compelled me to check out Widow City, having not heard any of their previous work. Well hooray for being shallow because this Fiery Furnaces joint is several sorts of splendidness.

Working through elements of Scuzzy Garage, Synth Pop and several other genres defying description (opening song The Philadelphia Grand Jury has at least four changeups) all the tracks contain joyous nonsensical lyrics that appear at times too full of syllables for the music.

It’s not the most accessible of albums, several repeat listens were needed to fully appreciate it and the best tracks do appear to sit on the first half of the album but it’s defintely worth investing in.

Fiery Furnaces – Automatic Husband

Get Widow City hurr or hurr

Teenage Bad Girl – Cocotte // Citizen Rec

Along with the Boys Noize album, Cocotte was the only longplayer from the gosh whatever genre has been made up this week let’s call it electro rave for the moment area of House Music that impressed. Digitalism’s album sounded unfinished whilst Justice were unfortunate that Cross, not a bad album at all suffered from all the hype that precluded it.

Of course you could say it bites the whole distorted guitar samples/synth sound that got everyone interested in Justeeece, but Xavier and Gaspard are busy pilfering Disco string samples these days – Cocotte is full of tracks that work at the right moment on dancfloors.

Teenage Bad Girl – Hands Of A Stranger

Get Cocotte at Boomkat or Rough Trade

Two Lone Swordsmen – Wrong Meeting // Rotters Golf Club

The first part of Wevvers and Keith’s stroll through his love for good old rock and roll, there have been several less than complimentary reviews of this album. In fact, the biggest gripe seems to be the shock of a wholesale dumping of the trademark machine funk sound for proper songs and the like.

If it’s possible for you to put such thoughts to one side, then you will find a very enjoyable album. Part 2 is also worth a mention as it contains elements of the electronic sound of the previous albums, though it did not grab me as much.

Two Lone Swordsmen – Get Out Of My Kingdom

Buy Wrong Meeting part one at the Rotters Golf Club website

Shocking Pinks – Shocking Pinks //DFA

DFA Recs has put out so much quality in 2007, from the LCD album and subsequent proper release of 33:45 (how fucken immense is that first movement? more on that later!) to the new off shoot label Death From Abroad not to mention the countless impressive 12 inches by the likes of Hercules & Love Affair, Prinzhorn Dance School (Optimo refix of Space Invader peoples!) and Still Going.

This compilation of tracks from previous Shocking Pinks albums Mathematical Warfare and Infinity Land is my favourite DFA release though. A selection of short woozy, lo fi rock tracks that are wholly personal – given that they were written in the midst of a gak habit and countless relationships with women. Only slighlty less fraught a listen to than Ladies & Gentlemen….. by Spiritualized

Shocking Pinks – Second Hand Girl

purchase Shocking Pinks from Boomkat or Pure Groove

Gui Boratto – Chromophobia // Kompakt

One of my great regrets from this year was not making it to the Kompakt vs Allez Allez showcase of Gui Boratto at Plastic People as Chromophobia was on constant repeat earlier this year after purchase.

Bought on a whim after taking a shine to the coverart, Chromophobia is laced with shimmering wonky minimal touches throughout apart from certified heater Beautiful Life which sounds amazing in clubs (a fact cemented by my whooping and hollering at Modular Weekly when one of Allez Allez dropped it)

Gui Boratto – Chromophobia

Go to Boomkat or Phonica to purchase Chromophobia

Pepe Deluxe – Spare Time Machine //Catskills

Spare Time Machine is an album without comparison in 2007. Delving fully into their love for 60s psychedelia and 70s prog rock, James Spectrum and JA-Jazz of Pepe Deluxe have crafted an album which is several degrees of crazy and a delight from start to end and contains no samples at all.

It’s amazing that the same Pepe Deluxe who came to prominience thanks to a Levis advert and started putting out tracks at the arse end of Big Beat can sum up music as off kilter and genius as this. In a perfect world, this would be at the top of every end of year list. It’s worth purchasing for the amazing cover art work too

Pepe Deluxe – Forgotten Knights

Purchase Spare Time Machine from the Catskills shop

Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release //Wichita

This year has seen the SMD assault on the senses step up a gear somewhat. Not content with releasing Attack Decay Sustain Release, they’ve rocked festivals and clubs with their live shows & dj sets, added their refix treatment to a number of artists and production nous to some critically acclaimed albums.

It took a while for this album to lodge it’s way into the nether regions of my brain but the Slutty Fringe opinion is now that Attack Decay Sustain Release is a splendid house party workout through different aspects of electronic music giving clear nods to James and Jas’ influences. Definitely augers well for a new SMD lp if they get the time in 2008

Simian Mobile Disco – Sleep Deprivation

Get the goodness at Boomkat or Phonica


LCD Soundsytem – 45/33 //DFA

Recently I was asked to nominate an album of the year for 3BarFire and I chose this for the following reason.

“Put all the nonsense about selling out to Nike aside. The opening track is the closest musical equivalent to a night of slowfucking on cocaine and dom perignon with french saucepot Noemi Lenoir. For this reason alone, 45.33 is my release of the year (even though everyone leached it off fluokids last year).”

Nuff said really.

Honourable mentions

Definite shoutouts go to Husky Rescue for Ghost Is Not Real, the Kathy Diamond lp Miss Diamond To You, Oi Oi Oi by Boys Noize, MIA‘s Kala (for Bamboo Banger and Paper Planes) the Holy Fuck lp, the new Midnight Juggernauts joint, the Radioheed industry slayer and the Burial lp for services to London Nightbuses!

The Year That Was – An Introduction

December 26, 2007

It’s quite possible for me to waffle on endlessly about all the fine (and not so fine) music that was put out this year. In a move to prohibit such endless jibberjabber it has been proposed that there will be a series of lists over the next few days compiling the highlights of 2007 in the following categories:

10 Albums of 2007 That I Do Adore
10 Remixes of 2007
10 Singles of 2007
10 Compilations of 2007
5 Remixers of 2007
5 Labels of 2007
5 Slutty Fringes of 2007
5 to look out for in 2008

There will of course be some snippets of music to download to offset the trauma of having to read – this is an mp3 blog after all.

Chicken Moose Rhino Monkey

December 18, 2007

Leeds clubnight Polaroid played host to Brodinski, the next great French hype after the last fifteen or so, on the 7th December and half of West Yorkshire turned up!

Thankfully for those of us who were not present, a live recording was made and is now available at the Polaroid blogspot – go here (and grab the recording of Wilkes out of Optimo Espacio while you are there!)

You can buy Brodinski’s immense Bad Runner replete with some rather hefty remix action by favourite sons Crookers and Radioclit FINALLY  get it hurr or hurr

All I Wanna Do Is *Bang*Bang*Bang*

December 17, 2007

Paper Planes and it’s many versions is definitely one of the best tracks of this year. Check this video with Maya and Afrikan Boy selling hoagies to the New York peeps (including the Beastie Boys!) This track has me pretending to shoot guns while i’m walking down the street when it shuffles it’s way onto the Slutty Fringe ipod – which I’m sure is a very amusing sight.

Props to Fader magazine for the headsup! head here for a Justeeeece mix recorded live from the Fader 50th issue party last week.

When Pandas Were King

December 17, 2007


A cursory nod to the vacuous materialistic season of festive sillyness that is Christmas here with some yule themed music, all thankfully with an alternative slant.

Dour Scottish singer Malcolm Middleton is doing his bit to highlight how annoying Christmas is with his bid for the Christmas number one single in the UK charts with the excellent We’re All Going To Die (do your bit to help out here) and Sportsday Megaphone has contributed a lovely little vocodered refix. Look out for the Sportsday Megaphone lp dropping on Sunday Best next year, definitely gonna do big things.

Malcolm Middleton – We’re All Going To Die (Sportsday Megaphone remix)

Blamma! Blamma! have taken some time off remixing all and sundry and working on some new WMDs to craft together a cheeky little xmas bootleg that only Slutty Fringe readers from UK shores will clock. Peep here for the inspiration.

Blamma! Blamma! vs Jay Z – Merry Xmas Jigga Man, we got you something from Boots

Keep your left eye out for the new Blamma!Blamma! EP with the somewhat mysterious title of The P out in February on Dovecote Records

Finally, monging proceedings out somewhat is Northampton shoegaze revivalists Maps take on the East 17 Christmas “anthem” of times gone past Stay Another Day, which I just have to post as in my callow youth I, begrudgingly, admit to a certain degree of fondness for the music of Walthamstow’s most famous ecstasy lovers…

Maps – Stay Another Day

(I’m not entirely sure I should have admitted that last bit)

Nothing Like The Ringtone

December 13, 2007

Having had a riotous time at the Santogold gig last Thursday it was fully my intention to write a glowing review of what was without doubt one of the best gigs of this year for me. However, an over indulgence in all sorts of alcohol at the nearby afterparty left me in dire straits for the remainder of the weekend (Manlike me is getting old these days and other such excuses)

For the record, Mapei killed it, looking rather hothothot in a blue spandex catsuit, and spitting rhymes over some classic hiphop samples at one point and doing some rather natty freestyling about 3 girls she pulled onto stage. Santogold was most impressive too with Creator obviously getting the heaviest cheer, with the suprise appearance of Naeem from Spank Ro adding to the allround special feeling – Oh if Mapei is reading this then I apologise for trying to tealeaf your bowler hat several times over….

So anyway, at some point before this year carps it there’s going to be a 2007 retrospective listing the slutty fringe favourite tracks, albums, producers, remixes, haircuts etc but until that point here are some mixes that have found their way to me.

Mr Elastik is more commonly known to the HypeMachine Huggers as purveyor of wonkyfidget The Bulgarian. His track Justice caused a minor degreee of bewilderment earlier this year when edbAnger freaks mistook for some slipped under the radar Justeeece action.

Fools, anyway Mr Elastik has just finished a Christmas Mix which thankfully isn’t seasonally tasted, instead it contains lots of nice wonky techno/house music and cheeky re/edits – bonus props for the inclusion of Boy 8 Bit’s Burial refix cos it rubs the Burial bores up a treat!

Mr Elastik – Christmas Mix tracklist
Robert Babicz – Ping Pong Moonlight (Original)
Jesse Voorn – Here IT Comes (Tony Senghore remix)
Yelle – Les Femmes (mr.elastik live edit)
Rainer Weichhold – Bamboo (original)
The Bulgarian – Crazy Dog Biscuit (KiNK remix [mr.elastik live edit])
Ellen Allien – Your Body Is My Body (original)
Burial – Archangel (Boy 8-bit remix)
Drums of Death – You Ain’t No Punk You (mr.elastik’s live edit)
Thom Yorke – Eraser (xxxchange mix [mr.elastik’s live edit])
Britney Spears – Gimme More (Sam’s secret remix)
mr.elastik – Social Electrics (original)
mr.elastik – Justice (Mowgli Remix)
Mario Kober – Im Wasser (Original)
m0wgli – Satisfaxxxion?
Quench – Dreams (Sebastien Leger remix [mr.elastik’s live edit])
Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler (Shackleton remix)
Surviv – Epic Flow (Ryan Murgatroyd Mix)
Bloc Party – Where is Home? (Burial Remix [mr.elastik’s live edit])
BitCrushers – Time To Work (mr.elastik remix)
Plastikman – Spastik (Dubfire Rework)
Justice – D.A.N.C.E. (Les Rythmes Digitales remix [mr.elastik’s live edit])

Download here or here

One name to check in 2008 is definitely Riva Starr, already getting hype for releases on Dirty Bird and Front Room, is a past guest at Get Rude (c’mon y’all know if the Zombie Disco Squad be on them then you gots to follow suit) and soon to be sharing space on the Armand Van Helden remix train with Switch.

Fully embracing the self promotion ethos Riva Starr done the nice thing and sent through a recently recorded live set for the ears of Slutty Fringe readers (and I’m sure plenty of other blogs) which is heavy heavy heavy
Riva Starr Bootleg Mix Track/List:

Riva Starr – Thizzle
Worthy – Crack El (Justin Martin’S Stoopir Crunky – Ill Hyphy
Speculum – The Menace (Mike Monday Mix)
John Tejada & Justin Maxwell – Mind Bend
Einzelkind, Meat – Bonus Beats
Riva Starr – Wtf
Pecan – Pecan
Tricky Disco – Tricky Disco
Underworld – Globe (Jesse Rose Mix)
Bart B More – Basement Beats
John Dalhback – Sting
Catz & Dogz (3 Channels) – Fixation
30hz – Daddio (Trevor Loveys Mix)
Pirate Robot Midget – It’S My Beat Now (Riva Starr Mix)
Claude Von Stroke – Who’S Afraid Of Detroit (Tanner Ross Mix)
Santos – The Echobox

Download here

As an added bonus, there is some unreleased Riva Starr goodness in the shape of the track Crazy Frog which is simply splendid!

Riva Starr – Crazy Frog

Buy Riva Starr tracks at Beatport

Faggatronix were recently bestowed the honour of doing an end of year mixtape for one of the best free things in life, Fact Magazine, and you should all know about it! Continuing where previous mixes by Bok Bok and Manara left off, it has liberal doses of bassline music, including Niche which I have only recently become fully aware of thanks to Chantelle Fiddy

Bok Bok – Whole World Changing Dub (Southside Intro)
Riva Starr – WTF
Buraka Som Sistema – Wawaba (Radioclit Remix)
Zomby – Tender Touch (Tropical House Mix)
Kink – Badman (The Bulgarian’s Sneaky Edit)
Thunderheist – Bubblegum (Hatchmatik Birdflu in June Remix)
Ssion – Clown (Moves Remix)
Mr Virgo – Game Over
Kasia – Over You (Dexplicit Remix)
T2 – Loose Screws
Lloyd – Get It Shawty (DJ Rashad & Chi Boogie Juke Jams Remix)
D Wizz – Salt Pepper Ketchup Hot Sauce
Curses! – What I Need
L-Vis 1990 – Mr Wobble
Nitro – It’s You Remix
Bart B More – So It Goes
Skepta – Bok Bok’s 2007 Allstar Edit
Drop The Lime – Ready or Not (DTL’s Slime You Refix)
Zomby – Float
Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul (Crookers OG Chop)
Drums of Death – Breathe (Curses! Remix)
The Bug feat. Flow Dan & Killa P – Skeng (Kode9 Remix)
Burial – Archangel (Boy 8-Bit Simple Remix)

Download here (direct link)

I could be really cheeky and up the Simian Mobile Disco mix that is on this month’s Mixmag but I’ve not even had a chance to listen to it!

Santogold / Curtis Vodka hit Londons

December 4, 2007


This weekend is looking pretty good for London peeps. Kicking things off on Thursday evening, Burga Sauce have scored something of a coup with a live performance from Santogold at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.

Santogold’s double A side Creator/L.E.S. Artistes has been slated for proper release for ages now (I got a PR email about it back in October!) so this is a splendid chance to see Santi before that drops and her album is released next year and your friends yap on about her down the pub after reading a feature in Observer Music Monthly – Plus Mapei is on support duties!!!

Santogold – Creator (Dave Nada Santi’s Town edit) / ysi *

When Saturday comes you all best be heading down to Dalston for some Turkish pizza then Bardens for Club Motherfucker cos Daughters of the Kaos have only roped in Alaskan producer/remixer Curtis Vodka in for an exclusive DJ set – Far as I know young Curtis has never been in these parts so it’s a pretty special night.

Check this new rework Curtis Vodka has done of that new Snoop track

Curtis Vodka – Purple Stain / ysi

Here’s a couple of my favourite Vodka tonics, still play thems out when DJing
Curtis Vodka – Mi Corvocas / ysi

Young Dro – Shoulder Lean (Curtis Vodka Remix) / ysi

Club Mofo like to spoil their patrons so not only is Vodka DJing but they’ve got Mia Lilly from Electrelane DJing, and a Dev-less Test-Icicles now fronting as Kasms and hot posh girl and her laptop, George Pringle, are among the live acts!

Drowned In Sound are putting up George Pringle tracks for download the first Monday of every month at RCRD LBL – the first of which is Carte Postale

George Pringle – Carte Postale

*everyone should be out buying Dave Nada‘s  EP, Kick Out The Jams, on T & A – get it at TTLab or Phonica