Jul 212014
 

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We’ve probably talked about The Presets new single, “No Fun” enough now, it already has two posts but that is because it’s actually quite good and warranted two posts. It’s also certainly worth mentioning a third time when they are giving away a remix from the very talented Lancelot. Things like that are a little hard to ignore.  The free download is a massive wav, so, if you’d rather a Mp3…. click here.

The Presetsのニューシングル、”No Fun“関係のポストは既に 二回もしてるんですが単純にそれだけ良いっていう事です。そして今回更に紹介したいのがLancelotのリミックス。コチラはただ今フリーでゲットできます。ただwavのサイズがかなり大きいので、Mp3がいいなぁっていう人はこちらへ。

Jul 192014
 

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Garde Le Pour Toi  is the new single from the French duo Paradis. They’ve been working on their début album since last year and this is the first time they’ve showcased what they’ve been working on.

Garde Le Pour Toi はフランス人デュオParadisによるニューシングル。彼らは去年からデビューアルバム作りに専念していたようですが、今回やっとトラックをお披露目という形になりました。

The track has a really nice gentle pop feeling and it sounds extremely French too (of course in a good way). It’s quite rare for me to instantly like a track with vocal on it as well. Now the expectation for their début album is very high and looking forward to it very much! But first, enjoy almost 7 mins of dreaminess!

とってもジェントルでポップな雰囲気のトラックはいかにもフランス人が作った!って感じがします。(勿論良い意味で)ボーカル入のトラックをすぐに好きになる事ってなかなか無いんですが、今回は不意をうたれた感じ。こんなシングル聞いちゃったらアルバムへの期待も相当高くなっちゃうんですが、とりあえず今はこの7分近くにおよぶドリーミーさをお楽しみください。


You can get it here.
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Jul 182014
 

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Sometimes even I can get very excited about something and in the case of Octave Minds, a collaborative effort from Boys Noize & Chilly Gonzales, I believe that I’m fully justified in being quite hyped. The last time they worked together the end result was “Ivory Tower” an album that influenced the return of the people making Disco-Piano-House tracks. Whilst some of what came out of that was pretty good, nothing really came close to the greatness of that album.

皮肉な事を言う事が多くて想像しにくいかもしれまんせが私だって新しい事にワクワクする事もあります。特に今回紹介するOctave MindsBoys Noize & Chilly Gonzalesによるコラボに関しては相当興奮しました。彼らが前回一緒に音楽を作った結果、”Ivory Tower“という素晴らしいアルバムが出来て、ディスコピアノハウスが再度盛り上がったのも記憶に新しいはず。あのアルバムを超すのは今でもなかなか難しいと思います。

In Silence” is a track being given away from this new project and an album is due for release on September. It’s, well, completely the opposite from “Ivory Tower“, a chill-out track. Too early to judge but given the talent involved, I feel something special could be on it’s way.

In Silence“はこの新しいプロジェクト、そして9月にリリースされるアルバムに収録されているトラックで、”Ivory Tower“とは真逆のチルアウトなトラック。現段階でジャッジするのは早すぎますが、2人の実力から予想してアルバムの出来はかなり期待できるんじゃないかと思います。楽しみ!


Download: Octave Minds – In Silence

Jul 182014
 

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Douze‘s remix of fellow French act Cosmobrown and their track, “Do It Do It” is quite a lovely and unexpected surprise. If it had been produced by somebody with surname Braxe of Falke, the internet would be throwing out the praise out non-stop. It isn’t, but, it really should be. Hopefully this post can help kickstart that. ;)

DouzeCosmobrown、”Do It Do It“リミックスはかなり素敵なサプライズでした。もしもこれがBraxeやらFalkeという名字の人によるプロデュースだったら皆すぐに食いつくと思いますが、残念ながら彼らのプロデュース作品ではありません。とは言え絶対にチェックすべきなんで下でどうぞ!

Jul 172014
 

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Sometime ago I once gave a pretty damning review of the Justice album, “Audio, Video, Disco”. Even now, this review still seems to get a bit of attention (even though, for various reasons, it’s a bit incomplete now). It seems like everybody likes to see an artist get ‘slammed’ or be outraged at the ‘slamming’ of an artist they like.

As an exercise that might not entirely work, I thought it’d be at least an interesting idea to go back and ‘Re-Review’ the album and resist the temptation of doing some sarcastic jpeg files to accompany them. Will I return to this album and admit that I was going after some cheap internet hits or admit it’s actually a masterpiece???

The quick answer is, no and the more truthful answer that a small part of me wanted to be wrong because leading up to this ‘Re-Review’, I also listened to “Cross” again and that album is still all kinds of good. If you wonder why I like making fun of the whole ‘EDM’ thing… please go and listen to that album. It’s interesting, full of ideas and all the buzzwords of now; intense, epic & mega-sick-awesome (examples of words people like using to describe Ballads with idiot riffs now) are words that “Cross” honestly deserve and well done Justice for that, they made an album that will probably stand the test of time.

Maybe it’s because I enjoyed “Cross” so much is the reason why I’m quite damning towards it’s follow-up. It’s not just that though, I think they wanted you to really enjoy “Cross” too and the problem I found with “Audio, Video, Disco” is that they wanted to enjoy it and other people enjoying it is was just a bit secondary. The argument that the artist makes things for themselves to enjoy has always been all well and good to some, I’ve always felt it’s a bit excusey though. If you’ve made it for yourself, keep it to yourself.

What is also quite striking  is that it’s the sound of an artist who has felt they’ve rinsed their own original sound dry and at the same-time isn’t comfortable to move on from it. That’s understandable enough, it’s easy to forget how much remix work they did at the start of their careers and how many of those remixes were also really damn good. Listening to MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and then listening to the Justice remix, you just won’t be going back to the original anytime soon…

It might seem cruel… but, you can still sum up this album by calling it ‘Electro-Dad-Rock’ and I actually wished I’d thought of this description first time round, ‘Spinal Tap: On Ice’ does seem fitting. I’ve never been one of those who has ironically like Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” and having production tricks thrown on that will always seem like a bit of a confused decision from an artist who previously had a good track record with being able to fuse genres together quite well.

If I could tell a song to go fuck itself, it would be this song.

I do think this album has good tracks on it, well two, “Helix” and “Civilization”. The rest though, just sound a bit more horrible to me than they did the first time round and this time around, they just all seemed a bit same and I couldn’t tell them apart anymore.

Ending on a positive note. It was nice to remember a time when people would report that dance music was making people cry at gigs (I still think this is a bit OTT) because of the sheer intensity of the event and that being an unexpected reaction at the time. Now, people cry at dance music because the song is called “Sad Robot’s Sad Day Out” or because it’s got some sad lyrics about somebody not staying the night :(. I don’t want to cry at a dance music thing, I want to have a fucking good time. I wish dance music would stop signposting the emotions I was meant to be feeling, and, no matter how much I hate this album, Justice will always have that.

Jul 162014
 

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Cling To Love” is track taken from the forthcoming third album from Belgian dance group, The Subs. The track has been remixed by the consistently impressive Blende who once again gives the track a major re-working and a touch of his own unique style. The single is released on July 21st with remixes from Fake Blood, Joefarr and Aggborough.

Cling To Love“はベルギーのダンスグループThe Subsのリリース予定のサードアルバムに収録されているトラックで、Blendeがリミックスしています。これまたリワークに近い大掛かりなリミックスで、彼のスタイルもちゃんと感じられる出来になっています。このシングルは7月21日にFake Blood、Joefarr、Aggboroughによるリミックスと一緒にリリースされます。

Jul 152014
 

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The Touch” is the fourth single to be taken from Grum‘s forthcoming sophomore album, “Human Touch“. Hopefully you will have noticed that all the singles from the album being great is a good sign of the albums quality and I’ve mentioned that I’ve heard that album and do believe when it’s finally out, more than a few people will be raving about it. Easily one of the best dance music albums I’ve heard in a bit.

The Touch“はGrumのリリース予定のアルバム、”Human Touch“に収録されていて近日シングルリリースされるトラック。このアルバムからリリースされるシングルがいい感じのトラックばかりという事はアルバムも勿論良作になるだろう、と皆が思ってくれるといいんですが。実はアルバムは既に聞かせてもらったんですが、最近聞いたダンスアルバムの中でもかなり上位にあがるような作品になってますよ。

Ooops. I’m meant to be talking about the single, which is great and one of the best examples of the new style he’s incorporated to his productions. It’s backed with remixes from Andre Sabota, Sebastien Leger and Solaris Heights. We did an interview with Grum ages ago and we will eventually get that up, stay tuned.

話題はシングルに戻りますが、このトラックは彼の新しいスタイルを象徴するような出来になっていてとてもおススメ。リミックスにはAndre Sabota、Sebastien Leger、Solaris Heightsが参加。そういえば大分昔に彼にインタビューをしたんですが、それもどっかのタイミングで紹介出来たらと思っています。