Image shopping for this post was quite enjoyable. I was on a quest to find the king of the internet douchebags but after going through 6 or 7 pages of googles searches I decided that despite the mocking context I couldn’t let one of these jacked oompa loompas into funkytown so instead I opted for one of the greatest acts of douchebaggery I’ve ever seen. Speaking of Douches Mr. Oizo just dropped a bangin track called “DOUCHE BEAT”. The all caps title is a subtle but appreciated touch of authenticity.
For any of you who aren’t addicted to soundcloud like I am. KOAN Sound dropped a preview for his new Funk Blaster EP two days ago. The track has already garnered 20,000 plays and is one of the hardest, funkiest things I’ve ever heard. That statistic is probably a little misleading because I personally have played it probably 40 times. You gotta give us more than 1:37 of a track man! Cannot wait for this to drop officially on November 1st. (Also how dope is that album cover?)
[Update] They just released two more previews (3 out of the 4 tracks) Looks like this is going to be an amazing release.
And he did.. I suppose we are a little late on the Steve Jobs memorial bandwagon, but in my humble opinion there can never be enough praise for a person who encourages you to pursue what you love. His passion and drive led him to micromanage at times, but it also led him to create computing tools that were unbelievably useful, beautiful, and completely attune to the user experience. I was just glad to see that countless people around the world came out to show their love for a man that revolutionized the way we all interact with and consume media. Unfortunately this is all we could do to repay him.
Luckily there was a talented producer (AzRmusic) was able to stitch together sounds from Apple products with Steve’s 2005 Commencement address to create a song that is nearly as beautiful and inspiring as the devices those sounds came from.
I love to use SoundCloud to find new music, but if there is one thing I hate about it, it’s when artists spam the shit out of me in the hopes that I’ll listen to their music and start following them. If you do that then you should stop. When I get 10 requests in my inbox to listen to your songs do you want to know what I do? I delete them all without blinking and go on living my life. The reason I hate it so much is because 99.9% of the time your music is terrible which is why I’ve almost entirely stopped even listening to it. However, Isco may have single-handedly changed my mind about being sent music on SC. He didn’t send me a million requests that encompassed all his songs (and this is possibly because he only has one). What he did do however was send me one request to listen to one of his songs. I decided to give it a listen, and, for once, I was not disappointed. This fresh face to the music scene just absolutely killed it with his first production! Isco’s style is a perfect blend of disco funk and synth-pop. We should all be hoping that Midnight is just the first surprise of a long line of amazing japanese dance bombs being dropped on unsuspecting U.S. listeners. (still too soon?)
Been meaning to write about these guys for a while. LBCK stands for Long Beach County Kids but the duo has quickly expanded their fanbase past their home state of California. Their style is what I would call hard disco. Always fun, funky, and constantly meandering into glitch/electro styles. In addition to a consistent flow of remixes they also know how to dish out the mixtape love. The wide range they cover leads to some less than elegant transitions but their selection is something special that I relate to whole-heartedly. I’d be down for these guys even if they didn’t make their own music. With that here are some tracks and a prayer for a full length LP.
In case your wondering the Sweatshop Sessions isn’t just an “I’m Asian” joke. When I first started mixing I used an old bar as a DJ booth. It was fixed to the walls of a nook in my room and worked nicely because it didn’t block living room traffic while still providing a good place to broadcast tunes. However, a radiator that could only be controlled by a master dial in the basement happened to be right under it. So whenever I wanted to DJ I would strip down to my boxers and mixed as the radiator pumped heat directly into my body. The Sweatshop Sessions are no longer recorded in that hellhole of a room but I have grown quite attached to the name and you can expect plenty more to come. Enjoy.
1. KOAN Sound – Risky Endeavours
2. Ray Charles – Good Thymes (Opiuo Remixx)
3. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Teddybears Remix)
4. Opiuo – Robo Booty
5. Dandy Warhols – Not if You WereThe Last Junkie(Blunt Instrument Bootleg)
6. Griz – iLL Type Moves
7. Pimpsoul – Pimp Deep
8. Major Lazer – Hold The Line (DJ C Remix)