Archive for October 16th, 2006

October 16, 2006

DATAROCK – Fa-Fa-Fa (CD & 12″ Singles)

Young Aspiring Professionals YAP005: 9th October 2006
Fa-Fa-Fa (Radio Edit / Album Version / Shakes Remix / Princess Superstar’s New York Dirty Disco Rabbit Pearl Remix / Fa-Fa-Fast & Furious Discomix)
“I need a fix, I need to fix my ignition, if you wanna whip me into shape, I need a plan and a mission”

‘Fa-Fa-Fa’ combines the Bass from ‘Psycho Killer’ by Talking Heads with a smoking Guitar sound. It’s like the Punk-Funk of Electric Six without the Punk and twice the Funk. It’s scientifically impossible to stay still with this tune on, and there’s even a Paul Simon interlude.

The ‘Shakes Remix’ employs those always-reliable Cowbells, whistles and what sounds like a recording of the noises coming from a Video-Arcade. ‘Princess Superstar’s New York Dirty Disco Rabbit Pearl Remix’ takes advantage of that great Bass line and turns the song into a full on Club tune. Bjørn Torske’s ‘Fa-Fa-Fast & Furious Discomix’ extends the tune out to over ten minutes and largely retains the sound of the original. It occasionally detours of into almost House moments and Drum breaks with a Caribbean vibe. The best bit is towards the end when extra female backing vocals echo the “Fa-fa-fa-f-f-fa-fa-fa” line.

Sex Me Up mp3
Nightflight To Uranus mp3
Princess (Morgan Z Remix) mp3
Maybelline (Demo) mp3
I Used To Dance With My Daddy (Demo) mp3
I Used To Dance With My Daddy (Kaptein Kaliber Remix) mp3

Here are links to watch videos for ‘Fa-Fa-Fa’, ‘Computer Camp Love’, ‘Bulldozer’ on YouTube.

Click here to buy Datarock’s new album from HMV for only £8.99.

Datarock Website / Datarock MySpace Page / Shakes MySpace Page
Princess Superstar MySpace Page / Bjørn Torske MySpace Page

October 16, 2006

BADLY DRAWN BOY – Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind (2x CD Singles)

EMI CDEM701 / CDEMS701: 9th October 2006
1. Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind (Original / Hot Chip Mix / King Creosote Version / Maps Mix)
“I stole all the roses that make your crown, now it’s easier, to just put aside the things that face us now”
2. One Wrong Turn
“Hey baby we dropped a stitch, it’s like I don’t know where, and I don’t care which”

Luckily ‘Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind’ doesn’t have any of the production deficiencies that Badly Drawn Boy’s last single ‘Born In The UK’ suffered from. Damon’s voice has rarely sounded better and he brings to mind the graceful Falsetto of Wayne Coyne.

‘Nothing’s Gonna Change Your Mind’ seems to have brought out the spiritual sides of his collaborators. All of the versions feature completely new and radically different music. The ‘Hot Chip Mix’ is like the music you’d get in a strange eastern temple where pray to a little god in woolly hat. The ‘King Creosote Version’ is listed as a ‘Mix’ but it’s actually a completely new cover. It’s an astonishingly beautiful Folk soundscape mixing Accordion, Synthesiser, Harmonica and even backing vocals by the guy who sang the Transformer theme. It’s like the mystical sound of the universe and justifies every second of its nine-minute length. The ‘Maps Mix’ uses a contrasting mix of church Organs and harsh electronic beats.

‘One Wrong Turn’ is a Drum heavy track with some of the best lyrics Damon’s written in a long time. It sounded like an absolute anthem on the second listen but it’s almost scuppered by some of the same production flaws as ‘Born In The UK’.

Click here to buy the new ‘Born In The UK’ album for only £8.99 from HMV. Or click here to buy the deluxe Passport replica version with bonus DVD for £12.99.

You can get Badly Drawn Boy’s 6 Music Session from last week as three Zip files: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.

Visit ‘Silent Site’ to get two full shows as mp3s and ‘It Came From The Underground’ have kindly put up bags of media files to grab.

Badly Drawn Boy Website / Badly Drawn Boy MySpace Page
It Came From The Underground Fansite / Silent Site Fansite
Hot Chip Website / Hot Chip MySpace Page
King Creosote Website / King Creosote MySpace Page
Maps Website / Maps MySpace Page

October 16, 2006

KLAXONS – The Bouncer: South Central Remix (12″ Single)

Master Bootlegs SC0012: 2nd October 2006
The Bouncer (South Central Remix)
“Yer names not down, yer not coming in”

‘The Bouncer’ was the B-side to Klaxons first single and it’s a cover of a track from 1992 by Kicks Like A Mule (Klaxons also do a cover of ‘Not Over Yet’ by Grace in their live set). South Central has recently turned in remixes of Metronomy, Shitdisco and The Maccabees. It’s been pressed up without the permission of the band and with a nod and a wink. It almost triples the length of the original and takes an already highly danceable tune for a night on the tiles.

As far as I know this was a PureGroove exclusive, but you’ll need to get onto Ebay if you want a copy because I suspect it’s long sold-out now. If you don’t want one of those old fashioned physical copy thangs, you can get the mp3 below.

The Bouncer (South Central Remix) mp3

Click here to pre-order Klaxons debut album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’ from HMV for only £8.99.

Kicks Like A Mule – The Bouncer (7″ Edit) mp3

Here are links to watch videos for ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’, ‘Atlantis To Interzone’ and ‘Magick’ on YouTube

Klaxons MySpace Page / Merok MySpace Page
Master Bootlegs MySpace Page / South Central MySpace Page