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New Duck Sauce Video – Barbra Streisand

Posted in Video, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , on September 28, 2010 by Knockturnal

I’m seriously loving this new video from Duck Sauce (A-Trak and Armand Van Helden’s collaboration) for their second single “Barbra Streisand”, already watched it like 4 times this morning… but then I’m a sucker for anything New York City related! The video directed by So Me perfectly captures the buzz of NYC and features an abundance of cameos from famous friends such as Kanye, Pharrell, Chromeo, Biz Markie, Diplo, Quest Love, DJ Mehdi, Fat Jew and a load more who I can’t name, check it out below!

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Planet Turbo – Remixed

Posted in anthem, downtempo, electro, Techno with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2010 by Montagano

Planet Turbo have released a star-studded EP of remixes which features a whole host of classic tracks by the likes of Chromeo, Popof, Boy 8 Bit, Tiga and Proxy (below) getting brand new makeovers from stars of tomorrow. Remixers are Diplo, Carte Blanche, Hey Today!, Matt Walsh and The Finger Prince. Win.

One of my faves of the bunch is probably Diplo’s remix of Proxy’s ‘8000’ – a low-slung mid tempo beast. This sound, or more to the point, this tempo is EXACTLY what I’ve been searching for all summer. I love it. For me – it’s all about the slow stuff. Grab yourself a freebie of it below.

Also, check out the rest of the E.P. here – we love the Hey Today! remix – a playful, bleepy electro house number and according to Planet Turbo “the most shameless party record we’ve ever done”. The Carte Blanche remix of Chromeo is big things too. Basically get your ass over to planet-turbo.com or Beatport and check them all out! There’s something for everyone.

Proxy - 8000 (Diplo remix)

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Win tickets to see Kap Bambino and Egyptian Hip Hop

Posted in Club Night, Competition, Gigs with tags , , , , , on September 25, 2010 by Knockturnal

Next Wednesday 29 September Tiger Beer and Vice Magazine launch Know The Not Known, a programme designed to uncover hidden rewards for Tiger fans. Ahead of the 8 Not Known series of events that kick off in October, Tiger will be heading to brand new Shoreditch venue XOYO for a party that features live sets from hotly tipped Manchester synth-popsters Egyptian Hip Hop, stampeding French punk duo Kap Bambino and brilliant electro pop from Primary 1 – plus a DJ set from Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor.

This secret event is invite only, but we’ve got four very special tickets to give away, if you can answer the following question.

What year was Tiger Beer founded?

A – 1998
B – 2010
C – 1932

Once you’ve done that just email your answer to info@wearenotarockband.com with ‘Tiger Comp’ in the subject line. Closing date for the entries is Tuesday 28th September 2010 at midday. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Far Too Dirt

Posted in Dirt, electro, We are not a rock band with tags , , on September 24, 2010 by Montagano

It’s been a while since I posted some dirt. Lately, it’s been all italo and summery disco vibes. Well, not this one folks. Dirt has been a staple part of my diet for as long as I can remember, and I’m still a sucker for it.

I was having an innocent little peruse through our inbox yesterday, when I stumbled across this little rascal. Here we have ex-breaks producer turned fidgety-electro type dude, Far Too Loud, taking Uffies’ (and Mr. Oizos’), ‘MCs Can Kiss’, shaking it’s ass and adding a pleasant dose of wrongness to it, resulting in mean faces and stomping heels. Or things to that effect. We posted the original here, which was a BIG tune for me earlier this year.

If you’re liking what you’re hearing, be sure to get your hands on Bass Association – another track by Far Too Loud. Dirt.

Uffie - MC’s Can Kiss (Far Too Loud Refix)

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Win tickets for Neon Noise Project at XOYO

Posted in Club Night, Competition with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2010 by Knockturnal

Following their sold out, road blocked Easter special at Heaven Neon Noise Project returns Saturday October 2nd with a killer line up at brand spanking new central London club XOYO. With live performances from We Have Band and Human Life, and DJ sets from Surkin (Institubes), Punks Jump Up (Kitsune) and DJ Feadz (Ed Banger) in the main room, expect catchy vocal hooks, dirty bass lines, stunning synths and speaker spanking electro! Whilst in room 2 the future disco beats are brought to you by The C90’s + Tronik Youth of Relish Records and resident duo Jerry Bouthier and Andrea Gorerino.

We have two pairs of tickets to give away, to be in with a chance of winning answer the following question.

DJ Feadz is signed to Ed banger records, but who is the label Boss?

A) Busy P

B) Busy Q

C) Busy R

Once you’ve done that just email your answer to info@wearenotarockband.com with ‘Neon Noise Comp’ in the subject line. Closing date for the entries is Friday 1st October 2010 at midday. Winners will be picked at random and notified by email.

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Reckless With This Tune

Posted in anthem, disco, Nu-Disco, We are not a rock band with tags , , on September 24, 2010 by Rosenheim

You can see why those late-eighties/early nineties Chicago House kids moved their bodies in the way that they did. They were all about stacking shelves and making boxes on the dance floor. And that’s because those early house tracks, like this salivator from Azari & III, were builders. They were made from solid eight-bar blocks, stacked on top of each other; progressively.

In the same way, the fabulously retrospective Reckless With Your Love is a marcher. It’s got direction. It starts with eight dubbed out bars of pure sex: a barely-there but there-to-stay bass line that’s so solid and self-assured it prompts a pout. Then the keyboard chord sequence starts looping and looping and looping, before the euphoric vocal enters the fray, with it’s street-y inflections and anthemic chorus.

I love the vocal, actually. It’s powerful and androgynous and works as a melodic antidote to the simple repetition of the track’s bricks and mortar. And it’s a great lyric, too: ‘Reckless with your love. You. Just. Give it up. Fearless with your life. But no-one can you trust’. I can see that taking on a lot of drunken poignancy in a club environment. It’s the kind of lyric which brings the wallflowers to the yard.

Anyway, the track pounds on, rising and falling amidst tantric string synths. My favourite part of the whole five and a half minutes, though, is the way is dissembles itself just as it started, breaking down the pieces like Duplo, until all you’re just left with that stalwart, snarl-inducing bass line and those lone four chords, which march stoically on at the back of the party after everyone’s left. And what’s the result of stripping this song back down to its foundations? You press play again to listen to it rebuild itself.

You know that scene in The Lion King when Simba crosses the log bridge with the meerkat and his porcine friend, nodding his head, morphing from a cub into a grown lion; walking for years? Never mind Hakuna Matata, he was probably listening to Reckless With Your Love.

Read Annie Mac’s recent interview with Azari & III here.

Azari & III - Reckless With Your Love

Azari & III - Reckless With Your Love (Tensnake Remix)

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Want to be an extra in a New British Movie about Raving?

Posted in Old School, Uncategorized, Warehouse Party with tags , , on September 22, 2010 by Knockturnal

Momentum pictures are currently filming a new movie based around the Acid House explosion which took Britain by storm in the late 80’s / Early 90’s and are looking for extras to take part in the rave scenes.

It’s 1990 and the rave scene has arrived from Ibiza. Warehouse parties are exploding across the UK, bringing phenomenal wealth to the promoters.

In Manchester, best mates Matt and Dylan are in their early 20’s and long to be more than just punters. As the government moves to outlaw the scene, it’s now or never for our would-be promoters and they know exactly how it should be done.
But as their success continues to grow they begin to attract the dark and sinister attention of the Manchester gangs, forcing Matt and Dylan to question their dreams and their once solid friendship.

WEEKENDER stars three of the hottest young talents in the UK.

Jack O’Connell (SKINS, EDEN LAKE)
Henry Lloyd-Hughes (THE INBETWEENERS)
Emily Barclay (IN MY FATHER’S DEN, SUBURBAN MAYHEM)

This saturday is the last day for filming so if you want to take part in a piece of history and what’s sure to be an iconic film for the rave generation get yourselves down to the Warehouse on Warburton Street, Hackney, London E8 3RT (Map Link, entrance on Sidworth Street), just to the east of London Fields. Food will be supplied as well as free drinks from Red Bull and Kopparberg Cider and everyone attending will be invited to an exclusive preview of the film prior to it’s UK release.  As it’s set in 1990 it’s important that what you wear reflects the period. For further details and a list of suitable 90’s attire click here. There’s no need to register, just come along and bring your mates!

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Munk – La Musica

Posted in Nu-Disco, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , on September 17, 2010 by Montagano

We’ve had to wait 2 years for it, but at last Mathias Modica – head honcho of Gomma records has returned with a brand spanking new 5 track EP. Excitement. Want more excitement? He’s giving you one of the tracks for free!

‘La Musica’ is taken off Munk’s latest E.P / Album – Mondo Vaga-bondo – and is rather large. The E.P itself is pretty boomtastic too. It’s not often that Munk releases, but when he does – it’s always amazing. Check out some of his old tracks (‘Kick Out The Chairs’ with James Murphy and ‘Soda’ remix) below, and you’ll see what I mean.

Interesting fact? Well, Mathias – who is the son of a German avant-garde music composer and an Italian singer – plays all instruments on this E.P. himself: pianos, keys, bass, guitar, drums, xylophones… as he did on the previous Munk releases. He also dabbles in vocals too. Blam.

Munk - La Musica

Munk - Kick Out The Chairs (feat. James Murphy)

Micheal Fakesch - Soda (Munk remix)

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Prepare to get Acid Washed

Posted in disco, electro, New Music, Nu-Disco, We are not a rock band with tags , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by Montagano

Tomorrow (17/09/10), Acid Washed are releasing their eponymous 12″ jam-packed with a bucket load of remixes from The Hacker, Mickey Moonlight, DANGER, Daniel Haaksman, Digikid84, Lazy Flow, Jungle Fiction and Stuff. It’s coming out on Record Maker (grab it here) – a label that I am swiftly growing fond of since the release Kavinsky’s mega-slow motion ‘Nightcall’ earlier in the year.

Acid Washed have been steadily building a stream of admirers from all corners of the globe (including ourselves) and with this, their signature track about to drop on us, more recognition seems a mere inevitability. Unfortunately, I haven’t heard the other remixes yet – but I can’t wait to hear the Mickey Moonlight mix – he’s taken time out from finishing his debut album to contribute to this – and I have no doubt that it’s ace.

Anyway – we have a mix from DANGER to give to you. It’s a dirty electro-edged disco stomper that eases you into a false sense of security with its extra long ‘end of the night’ style intro, only to drop with some badass beats. Whoever Danger is/are, I would like to hear more from them after this showing.
Enjoy

Acid Washed - Acid Washed (Danger remix)

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I wanna be your lover

Posted in 80's, disco, Italo Disco, We are not a rock band with tags , , on September 15, 2010 by Montagano

Made in 1981 by La Bionda, this is Italo Disco at its truly finest. Talk about ahead of their time – this actually sounds like something that could be made by an artist today! I can’t stop watching this performance too – the dude on the lefts’ acting/singing is pretty much the most amazing thing in the world ever. I wonder what the audience made of this back then?

When I posted Radiorama’s ‘Vampires’ here I threatened to start regularly posting 80’s Italo on the blog. That has so far yet to materialize, but I still want to – and work permitting, shall do. Watch this space (again).

La Bionda - I Wanna Be Your Lover

Thanks to Maxwinnipeg for bringing this (and many other) Italo beauties to my attention!

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