Monthly Archives: July 2012

Keljet – J. Moneypenny

Keljet is about partying.” Residing from Nijmegen (that’s in Netherlands and near Germany), Keljets’ other motto is “We want to make you smile and dance to our music.” These are the only descriptions about the Dutchmen available online. Shrouded in a cloud of anonymity as they are, Keljet is–and really, have been for some time now–most definitely succeeding in making some really nifty and just fun music.

Along with partying, Keljet is all about creating some kind of tropical fusion between mainstream sounds and laid back, tropical disco. And they are doing it damn, damn well. The latest track (which I’ve been meaning to post for awhile now), is a prime example of what Keljet is all about: songs that will make you both swoon into a daze and gyrate into a frenzy, perhaps at the same time, perhaps independently.

Keljet – J. Moneypenny by Keljet

J. Moneypenny was part of La Fille de L’Air compilation, “Zephyr” and it’s a soulful, light gaze right down the beach, mon.

By interweaving (*gasp*) real instruments (some darn nifty guitar riffs), Keljet makes tunes that are ambidextrous, and really, that’s what good music often is–fit for a hang over or a pregame. They’re also evidently rather good at the whole French Express “let’s sample R&B tracks from the 90s and make them as sexier than thou Lush disco”. Hop on the Delorean to 1994, where Brandy and Are You Afraid of the Dark? were probably staples in your life.

Keljet – Got To Be Down by Keljet

A while back, Keljet also tweaked a song from Coldplay’s last album and turned it into something very un-Coldplay (uplifting).

Coldplay – UFO (Keljet’s Hawaiian Remix) by Keljet

The first time I heard a Keljet work, it was what remains one of the finer pop-remixes in my catalogue. You won’t hear Dirty South or Axwell open with an A Capella of this version–but they should consider it, at least for variations sake.

The Temper Trap – Love Lost (Keljet Remix) by Keljet

Keljet vibes. Their sound has progressed/fed off the current “disco scene,” but no one really seems to notice because of their demographics and lack of a buzzworthy label. That really ought to change.

p.s. Their SoundCloud is chalk full of all sorts of interesting remixes (from Scissor Sisters to Passion Pit). And like them on Facebook.

Cutty Gold – Meaning of Love (Falcon Punch Remix)

Good songs usually make you think. Whether its a mind-numbing beat or relatable lyrics, a good song touches a nerve, massages that nerve, and activates the Aristotle in us. When you hear a good song, the words you’re reading in a book become gibberish and your mind becomes a one way street. You’re wrapped around that song, and all the other bullshit in your head receives a busy signal.

Cutty Gold – Meaning of Love (Falcon Punch Remix) by Falcon Punch

What is the meaning of love, and do we say it just because?

With the “Meaning of Love,” Cutty Gold definitely created a good song, and Falcon Punch (our LA pal who sounds a lot like Shook in all the right ways) definitely transformed this good song into a dope song. Deep, “soulful funk” straight out the Congo, this is seaside music that would make Somalian pirates trade their machetes for limbo sticks. It’s one of those songs for right after the storm, when you arrive home late at night or early in the morning and darkness and lightness have just about blended into each other.

And a good song certainly invokes a similar feeling as love (which isn’t a coincidence). Yes, as the lyrics intimate, we throw around the word love rather loosely. I love a nice ass. I love chocolate ice cream. I love Curb Your Enthusiasm. But what is the meaning of love?

 

I don’t know. Love is, above all, a feeling. It’s the switch in your head that goes off when THAT song comes on. It’s the emotion you get when you’re with someone you actually care about. You forget about all the inane, TMZ-ish crap in life. When you’re with someone–or doing something–you love, senseless wars, violence, and evil go to the back burner.

You don’t need a strong libation or a toke. You’re in a moment, and the air tastes damn, damn good.

Love comes in many different shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. I guess when you find the right kind of love you’ll know it: you’ll just be happy.

Final DJs – Just Be Free

Say what you want about the 80s (cheesier than Jarlsberg) but people got down. In a weird way, a lot of dance music owes itself to the 80s, which encouraged people to let go, dance all night (thanks, drugs), and just rock out to music with unabashed corniness. Michael McDonald’s “Sweet Freedom” (1986) is as solid an example of the 80s and their offbeat sensibilities as there is.

Along with 90′s R&B–of which we’ve seen plenty lately)–80′s “soft rock” provides ironically perfect vocal samples for the disco game. Final DJs knows this, and they chose to reworks Michael McDonald’s plucky, catchy-as-hell Zubaz-laden ode to democracy.

Final DJs – Just Be Free by FINAL DJs

William Wallace approves. The effort has got all those summery disco vibe: solid progression, standard hand claps, and a swell flow make it a nice addition to your poolside playlists, especially if your parents and you share the same poolside.

The song also gives me fair reason to direct you to another track from the vault that samples the same song: Paul’s phenomenal “Shine Sweet Freedom.”

Paul – Shine Sweet Freedom by filtertrax

Paul should teach a course in sampling (if he doesn’t already). The guy’s music is kind of impossible to find, but his chunes are definitely some hidden, sapphire treasures of the internet. And if you’re friends with Paul, be a pal and go buy him a premium SoundCloud package, so he can put back up a lot of hits like this dandy of a panty dropper:

Goldroom – Pacific

Goldroom. When I first started writing for Binary, Josh/Goldroom was doing the majority of the writing and publishing.I had a handful of quality blogs that I would check regularly.Binary quickly became a favorite, not because they were the largest source of new music to feed my new music fix, but because of the quality of the posts and the sincerity that I felt relayed when I read them. This was someone whom I could relate to and rely on, he was a member of a cool band (NightWaves) the owner of a rad label (Binary), a dj, a music lover with a great ear and a talented writer. The posts were vulnerable. They were open. I followed Binary differently because I could trust that they were discerning in their tastes and the way that they presented them.

Right around the time I signed on Josh was in the lab creating the first Goldroom tracks. As they were released I watched with excitement as people responded so well. Each milestone, the Alex Metric tape, The Magician, being signed to Bond, the sick tour dates….brought a feeling of being a part of something cool. Not just cool to be cool, cool and authentic. That same quality that permeated the earlier posts is a huge part of what makes Goldroom so good. Josh Legg has soul. His latest-Pacific is just further testimony toward the growth of an evolving and gifted musical artist. The substance and heart involved in the songs Goldroom creates bleed through the basslines and grooves Mr.Legg is throwing down.Well Done.

Goldroom – Pacific (from Scion A/V Presents: Swimming with Sharks – Sharkwaves Vol. 2) by Goldroom

Gorgeous. An emotional synth filled intro has me somewhere between tangerine dream and daytime disco euphoria. When the beat drops its official. This is  THE  jam. Not too urgent, not too bouncy, groovy as it gets…..so good.If Josh were writing this he would have something poignant to say, he would talk about a beautiful picture in his mind, a treasured memory, a feeling that required this touching homage….all I can do is sit here, lost in the groove. In awe kind of…Thanks Goldroom. you made my day. Binary approves.

Late Nite Tuff Guy – One Nite At The Disco (Greg Wilson Rework)


If there was any doubt that Chris Glover (aka Penguin Prison) knows his Disco, he cleared that up by releasing one of the lusher, feel-good dance floor groove mixes in recent memory. Yes, “the D-word” has definitely been watered down by the rise of its Nu-found popularity in recent years, but Penguin Prison’s July mix reminds us that a nice funky bass line coupled with uplifting lyrics is still a very welcome and prominent sound emanating from many of today’s brightest producers

Penguin Prison July 2012 Mixtape by Penguin Prison

Glover has consistently created and with (arguably 2012′s most memorable track, at least for this guy) “Don’t Fuck With Your Money,” perfected his own unique sound that is a distinctly modern fusion of soul and pop. And in this July Mix, Glover beautifully selected and blended an array of tunes that display his taste and inspiration to develop his own, unique sound. It’s a must listen for any fans of Penguin Prison or those with Saturday Night Fever in their blood.

Here are a few of the stand out tracks, which you should stream, download, and, if the wallet allows, buy.

This first one is just pure D-word at its finest, featuring a deep bass line and basic, feel good lyrics that would’ve been a crowd pleaser at Studio 54

LATE NITE TUFF GUY – ONE NITE AT THE DISCO (GREG WILSON REWORK) by Dessert Island Discs

The next stand out track is of the freakier variety. The long intro and steady buildup is worth the line of an absolutely killer synth breakdown at approximately the 3:20 second mark that is followed by a mellifluous, heart-warming message.

Faze Action – Freak for your Love (New Wave Disco Dub Mix) by faze action

And that brings us to the “mystery track” that is not really a mystery as so much of an oddity. It was first heard on Magic Tape Twenty, and its only mention on Hypem is within a post by friends Golden Scissors.

The song (which comes at the 33 minute mark at the mix) is none other than “Holding On” by Classixx, which I first heard played out by Bag Raiders and then Oliver (U-Tern’s set). It’s the type of feel good, uplifting track that represents the core of all that is right with the nu-disco scene.

When it gets its release–and it will this shortly, according to the duo via a SoundCloud message–it will be a summer anthem that graces every pool party and late night disco decay in the Western Hemisphere.

Put on those dancing shoes, and let the rhythm take you higher…and higher…and higher.

BONUS TRACKS:

The legendary Mr. TMS turned me onto Muffin’s rework of PP’s Fair Warning, and it touches all the right nerves at all the right times.

Penguin Prison – Fair Warning (Muffin Remix) by muffintastegood

Shelby Grey – Wild Youth (Goldroom Remix)

It’s been a long time since my last post here.  I’ve been off in Colorado, but now back in the city of angels to let off some steam and bask in the LA heat.  At this point, Goldroom AKA Josh Legg needs no introduction.  It seems like after each new single or remix Goldroom puts out, the “likes” on his facebook and soundcloud instantly skyrocket, as they very well should. On to the music.

 

Here we have yet another solid Goldroom remix.  This time he takes on Shelby Grey’s original lighthearted and enchanting “Wild Youth,” with its upbeat chimes and light percussion and sunny vocals.  Legg transforms this one by transitioning into a larger and more serious synth beat while jumbling the original vocals to only one word, “jump” giving the remix vocals more the ambience of a mantra, and not a bad one at that.  Beneath the whimsical chiming carried over from Shelby Grey’s original, the longer flowing synthesizers add some extra depth to this track.  In this track, Legg perfectly embodies its title, “Wild Youth,” in a profound way while using so few vocals and stamping that established and unique Goldroom sound on it.

Shelby Grey – Wild Youth (Goldroom Remix) by Goldroom

All in all, this is a huge remix of what was an amazing original track, I’m curious to see how he will incorporate this one into Goldroom’s live sets as well.  Shelby Grey’s Wild Youth Remixes was released just a few days ago on Holographic People out of Barcelona.  And for all of you Angelinos out there, Goldroom will be spinning this Saturday, July 14th at the Standard Rooftop Downtown along with a number of other great acts.  Come hear this one live along with the other great tracks and remixes in Goldroom’s ever-expanding arsenal.

Drop Out Orchestra ft. Christopher Norman – In the Dark (NSFW Remix)

 

“I’m gonna wait till the midnight hour, that’s when my love comes tumbling down.” -Wilson Pickett

The year is 2008. It’s 1 in the morning in Southern France and my 7th Stella Artois has washed away all inhibition. The music is loud–so loud that even if I could carry a fluid conversation in the native tongue, it wouldn’t matter. My friend nudges me and points to two French girls. One’s good looking, the other, meh. My friend lunges for the attractive one. Whatever. I make fleeting eye contact with the comme ci comme ca (that’s French for decent) one–She returns the eye contact, and I awkwardly gyrate towards her. Inevitably, this turns in to some foreign mixture of bumping and grinding that is half lost in translation.

10 Minutes later, her tongue is in my mouth, and my abroad mission to romance a French femme has passed stage 1. But the music eventually stops and the lights inevitably come on. The girls look at each other, gain a better look at us, mutter something in French that likely meant something along the lines of “Let’s get the fuck away from these stupid Americans.”

Darkness breeds illusion. And in this illusion the most trivial times often become the most…interesting times. God bless the murky club life, Drop Out Orchestra, and the darkness that unifies complete strangeness:

In The Dark / featuring Christopher Norman / ORIGINAL MIX / NSFW REMIX by Drop Out Orchestra

 

“We can light the spot baby…Only in the dark…”

This song, in both lyrics and vibe, perfectly captures the reality of late night, fleeting dance floor romance. In a brighter, quieter setting, apprehension and nerves have much steadier hold on one’s bravado. But when the sun or the lights go down…anything goes. And Drop Out Orchestra and Christopher Norman capture this unrelenting truth and vibe perfectly in this track, bringing me right back to numerous games of tonsil-hockey that are cruelly interrupted by the switch of a light.

 

Drop Out Orchestra has been at it for some time, making the best edits in Sweden this side of Todd Terje. With a slew of remixes and productions coming out in the past year, it won’t be too much longer before they get their due and hopefully cross the sea. Real instrumentalisation drives forward their work, originals and edits, bringing a pulsating 70s disco vibe to tracks both modern and old.

Here are some of the best ways they capture this vibe.

Craig David – Walking Away (Get Craig David off of my yacht! Rework by Drop Out Orchestra) by Drop Out Orchestra

The Style Council – Promised Land (Drop Out Orchestra Unofficial Live Remix) by Drop Out Orchestra

Paul Weller – Starlite (Drop Out Orchestra Remix) SoundCloud Edit by Drop Out Orchestra

Rick Rolling never felt this good:

Rick Astley – Never Gonna Give You Up (Drop Out Orchestra Dub) by Drop Out Orchestra

Drop Out Orchestra, please keep bringing the heat.

Satin jackets feat. Eric Cozier – Hollywood

A couple weeks back, I was cruising down Hollywood Boulevard with a friend with the windows down and the volume turned up, en route to an improv show featuring Broken Lizard (twas magical). We saw something strange. We saw a guy around our age (23/24ish) dressed casually and clean shaven. He was a bro. But this bro was sitting down against a wall with one of the wittier signs you’ll ever see a (perhaps) homeless person holding: “Need money for crack.”

If you’re a fan of Chris Rock, you’re undoubtedly familiar with one of his more astute observations on the “No Sex In the Champagne Room”: Rock eloquently states that “If a homeless person has a funny sign…he hasn’t been homeless that long. A real homeless person is too hungry to be funny.”

I imagine like many 20somethings before him and many 20somethings after him, the bro with that sign came out to LA on a whim, with dreams of grandeur in his heart. It’s a fair thought to think that if Freddie Prinz Jr. can get a star on the Walk of Fame, why can’t you? But many instead face a cruel reality that faces many a nomad: sometimes, life can be a box of shit.

Regardless, this sight, and the following song made me think. The “real” Hollywood can mean a lonely night stooped against a wall with a witty sign rather than a glamorous party in the Hollywood Hills. (Not to sound bleak or anything), but the vibe and the lyrics in this song are so heartfelt, that it tells the story of a much truer, and much less glamorous Hollywood, than most people believe is out there. And the sounds are ethereal. Deep, lush, honest, and, as always, groovy, this is the jam (courtesy of Aeroplane’s May Mix) that just keeps on cruising/crushing.

Satin Jackets feat. Eric Cozier – Hollywood (Original mix) by Glam Jam Artists

So hard we tried…To realize…The only peace……Is a state of mind

Satin Jackets produce music that’d work well as the soundtrack to a futuristic, nudist colony where everyone is in a constant state of a Valium-like-induced bliss–my chilled out Utopia.

In Hollywood, and in life, people get fucked up. We ingest substances we will undoubtedly regret the next morning. We find a state of mind that is usually transient. But when it’s all said and one, we strive for this inner peace that, more often than not, is found by finding a sound that gets you in tune.

 

Satin Jackets know how to properly light this journey towards a proper, peaceful state of mind.

Could You Be (Slomo Bedroom Edition) feat. Linda Mathews [DOWNLOAD] by Satin Jackets

Go stalk their SoundCloud–it’s worth it