Posts Tagged ‘UK’

Rad Sauce!

August 25, 2010

Rad Sauce is a great website dedicated to experimental beats, great mixes and up to date general music culture. Created by Grant Thomas, a Perth local living in the UK- he is a regular records scavenger and an amazing DJ (formerly known as DJ Jeeves). He knows his music well, has great style and is way friendly! Some of my personal favourite mixes he’s made are great chilled out dubstep.

Rad Sauce is a blog dedicated to “saucing” experimental, wonky and bassline driven beats including but definitely not limited to Dubstep, Hip Hop, Trip Hop, Wonky, Future Beat, Glitch Hop, Step-no, 2 Step, Garage, Grime, Techno, IDM and everything in between. Updated weekly with the latest tracks, albums, club nights and general music culture.

A highly recommended website to bookmark and check regularly!

Link:
Rad Sauce

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Patrick Wolf

November 23, 2009

The theatrical Patrick Wolf will be performing in Perth December 12th! His creations combine synths and classical instruments- includes the Piano, Ukelele and the Viola. As a result his music is very theatrical and dramatic yet chillingly soothing- it often reminds me of musical plays or music that goes with the climax moments in movies. His voice is similar to the deep mysterious singing voice of Roger Waters from Pink Floyd which fits so so perfectly with the music. So if you love Pink Floyd give Patrick Wolf a listen, it’s a modern version with more electro and less rock but just as dramatic and intense. Then if you like that- go and get your ticket to see him live!

Links:
Patrick Wolf Official
Patrick Wolf MySpace
Patrick Wolf Facebook

You Love Her Because She’s Dead

November 19, 2009

This very well-known British duo has created some eclectic crazy fun music that has pretty much shot them up in their underground alternative/8-bit music scene. As said in the interview- they had a very progressive rise in popularity which was helped by their Live Bristol show being featured in Skins (all you skins fan would definitely know about this)! Enjoy their very informative and interesting interview:

How did you come up with the name?
YOU LOVE HER COZ SHE’S DEAD was just a random name given to the project when it was just a one man project in 2005/2006, when I was still mainly concentrating on hardcore, but until the end of 2007 when there were other people involved the idea to gig anything hadn’t really been considered but the name just stuck when we did. YOU LOVE HER COZ SHE’S DEAD sort of (i admit, awkwardly) suggests the idea of loving people more while they’re still around, and prods the concept that people are idolized in death more than in life, usually because of death. Thats the bullshit explanation, but really it doesn’t mean a thing.

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Elle (Vocals/Synth) is 22 and I, Jay (Programming/Sampling/Bass/Synth) am 27. We’re both from the UK, Bristol/London/Brighton.

What did you guys do before the group started?
I’m not sure what Elle did before the band, I just met her through a friend in a bar and her past is all a bit hazy. I put out a couple of records out 2006/2007 with my old hardcore band which I started back in 2002 in London, which is also when my dabbling in electronic music started, because i used to demo everything for the band using some programs on my PC, which were more suited to electronic music anyway.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Well to be dead honest the things that have happened for YLHCSD have happened very naturally & easily since we put out our first ‘official’ record with Kitsune, which was the ‘Inner City Angst’ EP. Being invited to appear in SKINS is a good example of what I mean when I say things went smoothly for a debut release. We had been in Paris with Gildas, Jean & Constance from the label at the time when that happened, spending some time in the city, just after a German stint, before playing the Kitsune Maison 6 release party at ‘The Maroquinerie’ with autoKratz and Cazals, so it all felt like things were happening very fast for YLHCSD, and we filmed for SKINS just a week later (episode7/series3). I had a fever, it was not fun. The road crew and our manager we have worked with since the very start have all become close friends and that makes everything more enjoyable from the get-go, especially when you’re in a foreign country a long way from home – it’s relaxing to be with folks you can trust.

Any big plans for the near future?
Yeah well we just did a recent limited white vinyl self-release of ‘Me Versus You’ which was something we just wanted to do ourselves (includes CD copy if don’t have a record player, and a few copies still left available from http://www.ylhcsd.bigcartel.com), we’ve decided to do another DIY release for the track ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’; re-recorded and with a brand new video promo featuring a unicorn – The song is about being young, the innocence of first love, and we like the way the film ‘Legend’ from the 1980’s portrays that, being born in ’82 that film is engrained into my psyche, so we hope you’ll enjoy the video (Produced by Elliot Dear who also did our ‘Dead End’ video).

Pre-order for ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’ is now up, i think there will only be 200 copies, and the official release looks like 2nd November.

Aside from those releases we have been writing new material which may be teamed up with re-masters of older tracks for a mini-album or perhaps even full length. For that we would like to work with a label again, and we’ve been talking to a few.

**Random questions**
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Unfortunately the truth is ‘Young Tender Hearts Beat Fast’ on loop as I’ve been remixing it for the release. If it hadn’t been then I think Florence The Machine would be on – Reminds me of Jefferson Airplane. Awesome. Elle’s not stopped listening to Booty Luv’s dubstep remix of ‘Say It’.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
Laptop, sadly.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
My Akai MPC 1000 is ‘The Millennium Falcon’, and the reason I call it that is because to make it work you have to whack it just right.

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
I’m pretty sure that being in a band isn’t exactly the most attractive thing for a person to do haha. Everyone’s in a fucking band! I’d much rather be able to say I’m a butcher, or an explorer and not be lying – because being good with an axe, or a lot of rope, is surely far sexier.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
Apart from the usual equipment getting trashed or tipped over, once there was a random old sofa on the stage at a show we did in Munster (Germany) and someone decided to come and sit on it, facing the crowd, and gaze at people blankly while we were playing.. weirdly, that was surprisingly uncomfortable for everyone involved.

Now if you enjoy the Canadian duo Crystal Castles, enjoy this crazy-melodic music!
Ps- I do love the Star Wars reference to the inanimate object!

Links:
YLHBSD Merch
YLHBSD MySpace
YLHBSD Official Site
YLHBSD Facebook
YLHBSD Twitter
YLHBSD Youtube

Bubbz

May 15, 2009

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Bubbz aka Chief feat. Sparks – Be Easy

Bubbz is a hip-hop, electro experimental kinda artist. His stuff is catchy as hell and you might end up bopping your head to his clever beats! Check out his blog if you like this music scene- he’s always posting up new music, events and his thoughts on them and it’s crazy interesting.

Links:
Bubbz MySpace
Bubbz Blog

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Karoshi Bros.

March 18, 2009

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You’d think with a name like Karoshi Bros., I’ve put up some more 8-Bit music. But on the contrary! These two UK dudes – Big Karoshi Bro & Little Karoshi Bro – have made some pretty damn catchy music. There’s some clever yet neat electro beats and synths that create a nice dance-happy backdrop for real nice vocals.

Just check their videos out and imagine having them perform at a nice festival like Good Vibes or Parklife. In actual fact I think one half of the brothers played at Summadayze!

Look out for their Album. Their sound is radio friendly so I have a feeling sooner or later you’ll start to hear them around- I hope!
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Links:
Karoshi Bros. MySpace

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Nudge Nudge Nudge Mixtape

February 4, 2009

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Our beloved young boy behind Nudge, Nudge, Nudge has created a mix for our listening pleasure- yay!

It’s an amazing 28 minute mix full of his own creations with some great songs covering a variety of genres- mixed with 8-bit goodness and easy listening beats! Free to download!

1. Nudge Nudge Nudge – Epic Intro
2. Nudge Nudge Nudge – Countdown
3. Soulja Boy – Crank Dat Soulja Boy (Nudge Nudge Nudge remix)
4. Nudge Nudge Nudge – Analogue
5. Nudge Nudge Nudge – Super Smash Dancefloor
6. Nudge Nudge Nudge – Lurking Dreams
7. Midfield General – Disco Sirens (Nudge Nudge Nudge remix)
8. Nudge Nudge Nudge – Jelly Monster (edit)
9. Jamie T – Sheila (Nudge Nudge Nudge remix)
10. Foals – Electric Bloom (Nudge Nudge Nudge remix)

Links:
Click Here to download!
Nudge Nudge Nudge MySpace

Death Metal Disco Scene

January 26, 2009

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Death Metal Disco Scene (DMDS) is basically this awesome English dude who does awesome heavy remixes. He pretty much takes Pop songs and punkify the hell out of it and add extra synths and electro beats so it’s even better to crazy dance to- YAY!

Check out the entertaining interview:

How did you come up with the name?
The name. It’s a joke really. It’s sort of a anti-genre thing. You know how people go: ‘right, I’m into Science Metal, my band’s gonna be called Third Degree Bunsen Burns’ or something. Well, this is doing exactly the opposite. It doesn’t describe what I do at all and it is quite funny. What could be worse than a death metal disco? Incidentally, I don’t mind either genre. I’m quite open minded. But I do get abuse off death metal fans on Myspace. Though strangely not off 70s disco throwbacks.

Tell me a little about yourself?
You know, I’m still undecided how much I want to be out there and recognisable. I like the idea of being a shadowy figure, remixing in dark rooms. So, my name’s Davvid Davvoid (you might have guessed I wasn’t born that), I’m in my early 30s and I split my time between London and a remote place on the coast where I do my most of my work.

What did you do before the starting?
I’ve done lots of things. I’ve been a not-very-successful songwriter for pop artists (back in the early 2000s), I’ve been in loads of bands, none of them famous, and I’ve worked everywhere from building sites to film companies to support my music habit. These days I do bits of music for TV and film, a bit of writing and DMDS.

How did you start out/ was it hard?
No, it wasn’t hard. This is the least hard thing I’ve done. I just decided that music was too important for me to chase the cash side of it and feel compromised. I had some really mixed experiences in the pop world. So I just decided to make records exactly as I wanted to hear them and make money doing things I didn’t really want to do. That way the music and the money were kept seperate. Fortunately some people at EMI who I knew from a ways back were kind enough to let me have a crack at remixing Kylie’s ‘Wow’ in January 2008. And I haven’t looked back.

Any big plans for the near future?
No, I don’t make plans. John Lennon said that thing about plans and it’s cliched to quote, but it’s true. I never intended to do anything like DMDS, it was almost an afterthought, and it’s turned out to be the most fun thing I’ve ever done.

But I do want to finish this damn EP of mine soon. So that’s a plan and I’ve totally colntradicted myself.

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Apart from my own (‘cos I’m working on them, not because I sit round listening to them for pleasure), I’ve been loving ‘Halfway Home’ by TV On The Radio and learning to play the theme tune from ‘Cheers’ on the piano.

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
I can’t live without my Macs.

What have you learnt from doing what you do?
I’ve learnt that life turns out very different from how you intend, but to go with it. You have very little control really, it seems.

Do you have a secret name for your favourite inanimate object?
I have a cat, he’s pretty inanimate, and at the moment I call him ‘Chairman Miaow’ or ‘Miu Miu’. I might start calling him Jeffrey Katzenburg.

Has your music helped in picking up girls/boys?
No, music has never helped me pull. I’m quite shy anyway.

Has anything crazy or embarrassing ever happened during a live gig?
DMDS isn’t a live phenomenon (yet), but I did break my leg shortly after exiting the stage for a band I was playing bass for at the Secret Garden Party festival in 2007. That was pretty embarrassing.

And a little special note from DMDS:
Well, anyone wants to sign me for a massive fat album deal, I’m all yours. It’s hard to find time for my own material at the moment and hard to find vocalists who can put up with me and my fairly regimented vision of how things should sound. If anyone out there thinks they can, and channels the spirit of Byrne / Bowie / Almond / Josh Homme then get in touch.

Take a quick minute to just check out the awesome remixes that’s available for your listening pleasure- do it….I say…doooo eeeeeeeet!

Links:
Death Metal Disco MySpace

Fake Blood

January 21, 2009

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Right I gotta say I haven’t stopped playing “Mars” non-stop in like a few weeks now. Even the Cite Crew (especially my manager) can’t stop dancing around the store to it! It’s got awesome bass and awesome beats and awesome everything you can’t help but go crazy dancing!

Fake Blood is The Black Ghost’s Theo Keating in his DJ/Remixer/Producer form. If you take a look at any awesome mixtapes or decent remixes- once in a while you will see in brackets (FAKE BLOOD REMIX). Here’s a list of a small amount of the remixes under Fake Blood just to get you guys started. (ps- I’ve linked some music up so it’s available for download, shhh)

Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2007 )
The Black Ghosts – Any Way You Choose to Give It (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2007 )
Bonde do Rolê – Marina Gasolina (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2007 )
The Count and Sinden feat. Kid Sister – Beeper (Fake Blood Remix) (2007)
Little Boots – Stuck on Repeat (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
Underworld – Ring Road (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
UNKLE – Restless (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip – Look for the Woman (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
South Rakkas Crew – Mad Again (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
The Kills – Cheap and Cheerful (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
Hot Chip – Touch Too Much (Fake Blood Remix) ( 2008 )
Mars- Fake Blood

Links:
Fake Blood MySpace

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Religion Clothing

January 1, 2009

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Religion is a UK brand that’s recently been stocked in my beloved workplace Cite (that’s in Carousel for all you Perth people- must check it out okay). The designs are dark yet sophisticated, falling near high fashion but still wearable.

In Perth, Cite stocks some of the women’s clothing and another store called Bonnie & Clyde stocks Religion too. Enjoy!

Links:
Religion Site
Men’s Online Store
Women’s Online Store

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Sub Rosa

December 13, 2008

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This duo has impressed me with their new style of nu rave, moving away from the awkward vocals and casio pianos. The vocals in the tracks are smooth and chilingly soothing while the electro beats keeps the vibe more upbeat and dancey (especially in the popular song ‘Take Me With You’).

Have a read of the interview!
How did you come up with the name?
Linda: “The term ‘Sub Rosa’ is associated with many things including secrecy and confession
which is a consistent theme in my lyrics.”

Tell me a little about yourselves?
Linda: “We are currently based in Nottingham, England. I’m 23, and the vocalist and lyricist.
AK: “I’m 22 and i make all the music.”

What did you guys do before the duo started?
Linda: “Before Sub Rosa came together I was a writer, poet and just looking for artistic direction.”
AK: “I’ve been involved in various different musical projects.”

How did you start out/ was it hard?
Linda: “We’ve known each other on and off for eight years and have dabbled in music production
with each other in that time. We drifted apart and then came together, more mature and with
mutual ideas.”

Any big plans for the near future?
Linda: “Yes, many. We are planning to start by establishing ourselves around the Nottingham live music scene before moving to London and travelling around the country to promote our sound.”

–Random questions–
What song have you been listening to most in the past few weeks?
Linda: “A song i cant stop listening to is Portishead’s ‘We Carry On’. The lyrics are in the style of alot
of my poetry and the beat is infectious.”
AK: “Totally love ‘Creator’ by Santo Gold at the moment, the bass is rediculous!”

What one materialistic thing can you not live without?
AK: “Hats!”
Linda: “I’m not really a materialistic person but i never leave the house without some beads on.”

Does being in a band help in picking up girls/boys?
AK: “Haha, I wish!”

With music it’s always hard to explain the music, especially with alternative music. So just have a quick listen to the songs they’ve uploaded on their MySpace…mmkay?!

Links:
Sub Rosa MySpace
Official Website under construction