Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Toca's Dubstep.

Have you been waiting for that all time classic 'Toca's Miracle' to get a dubstep rework? Did you ever think it was possible? Well, new kid on the block, Ali Puglianini, known as 'Balboa' has make a bloody decent stab at it. The original sample is tuned up also which gives it a really old school feel, with some really warm deep grinding synths.Keep your eyes on this kid. Find his facebook page here.

Fragma - I Need A Miracle (Balboa Remix) by balboamusic

Peas at 1.30 am!


Thursday, 25 November 2010


The other week a good mate of mine, DeadJosh over at GoshDamn!, managed to get his grubby little mits on some AAA Koko passes so he could sink free cans of Red Stripe and shake a camera in the faces of French fancies SebastiAn and Breakbot. After more teasers than Inception, Josh and GoshDamn finally present their final cut of the epic night.


Sunday, 21 November 2010

Good thing's come in Threes.

So there is three songs. They are all heavily massive. I suggest you plug in your headphones (let's say no to all laptop speakers in future yeah?) or speakers, wham these tunes on, and these will undoubtedly rise the foggy mist from your hangover. Let's not lie. No one got laid last night, they probably just stayed in a hotel room and spooned a couple of girls. Mentioning no names. But I am CLEARLY not one to talk about drunken antics circa Guildford DJing friday night.

Anyway, first tune. If James Blake put on his dancing shoes, it would sound like this? This is Fantastic Mr Fox, and I am giving him Denzi's hot tip of the year....I reckon 2011 could see great things for this chap. This is from his brand new EP Evelyn, and it is my favourite tune on it.

Fantastic Mr Fox - Over

The electro Italian in London, it's Phonat. If you havn't heard Phonat's new EP cockroaches, I suggest you get on it (buy it from here). It's soulful and packed with all sorts of musical gems, and shows that Phonat has pushed his sound to another level. This song, 'Intimate Confessions' is just a great piece of work, and for some reason makes me feel nostalgic about French house music (mabye on similar vibe to Daft Punk's old stuff). Just an incredibly sexy song.

Phonat - Intimate Confessions

And well, it's Simian mobile Disco's new one. The other day I posted this on our facebook page as the year's most bizzare video. I'm sure you'll agree. I do love bizarre things though. And the tune's not bad at all either! I'm looking forward to what else SMD have got lined up for his in the near future.

Simian Mobile Disco - Sweetbread



Friday, 19 November 2010

All the way from Santa Cruz: Vital SC

A lovely man by the name of Santi Torrecilla contacted me on FB a while ago. And I'm damn sure he did.

Santi is one of two entrepreneurs who runs Vital SC, based out of Santa Cruz, California. The company specialize in event production and artist management. Santi has claimed that ''Santa Cruz can easily be said to be the dubstep capital of the United States with artists such as Bassnectar and Mimosa coming from this most grimiest of towns''. And I have just found out that Skrillex and Nero are coming STRAIGHT to Surf City of the man Santi's facebook. Big stuff.

So, a little about the Santa Cruz artist's that Vital SC works with.

First up, I took a straight liking to. It's Minnesota. Listen to this.

Minnesota - DUNE

This tune offers a lovely refreshing sound, merging some real powerful rising wubs with some DUNE samples accompanyed by some 80s synthy keyboards to match in the break.

And a blast from the past, a great remix of Riverside. Very sick drop on this about 1.48, and the orignal tune is so old now so it has great nostalgic value of dropping in a club!Ha. I know I'll be dropping it at the FIRST 'Smoothest Gooch House Party' in Bristol on the 3rd of December with McMess. (More details to be revealed about upcoming events).

Sidney Samson - Riverside (Minnesota Remix)

Next up we have another guy called Getter, who's attracting alot of attention over the Atlantic by one of Datsik's record labels rumour has it. Check out his remix of 'Like a G6'. Similar vibe to Datsik/Excision with very metallic in your face wubs, if that's your cup of tea.

Fly Like a G6 (Getter Remix) FULL by Getter

Enjoy these, and prepare for some big posts in the next few days as I have been off the rader for far too long serving country bumpkins the finest of Ale in Hertfordshire.

Fuck, I love IPA though.

And If you liked what you heard here, check out Vital SC's facebook group for all upcoming events, including LA Riots and Donald Glaude today. (click for event information).



Thursday, 18 November 2010

expressway pt. 2

Hooooooooooooooooohhhhh crumbs!

   Expressway Mix Pt.2 by Russ Chimes

1. Russ Chimes - Horizon (Intro)
2. Booka Shade - Regenerate (Russ Chimes Remix)
3. Kelis - Scream (Russ Chimes Remix)
4. Boys Noize - Yeah
5. Aniki - Feel Good
6. Phonat - Intimate Confessions
7. Bag Raiders - Way Back Home (1928 Remix VS Russ Chimes Re-Edit)
8. Moullinex - Superman (Lorenz Rhode Remix)
9. Evil Nine - Ultimo
10. K.L.A.M - Funky 4 (Hot City Remix)
11. Cassius - I Love U So (Russ Chimes Re-Shuffle)
12. Russ Chimes - Targa (Russ Chimes Remix)
13. Ellie Goulding - Salt Skin (Alex Metric Remix)
14. Dirty Laundry - Hate Me (Arno Cost Remix - Russ Chimes Rework)
15. Para One - Toadstool (Jesse Rose Made To Play Dub)
16. Michael Bolton & Lady Gaga - Murder My Heart (Strip Steve Remix)
17. Beatacue - Bus
18. Foamo - Generate Some Heat
19. Sebastian Krieg - Brooklyn (Russ Chimes ReEdit)


Wednesday, 17 November 2010

"Un repas sans fromage est une belle à qui il manque un œil"

Much like a dollop of fig puree sweetly accompanies a mild and delicate Ossau Iraty, Anoraak's remix adds a different and delicious taste to Manfield TYA's gentle 'You Are The Woman'. 500 copies of the vinyl are available here to buy.

Mansfield TYA - You are the woman [Anoraak remix] by anoraak


Monday, 15 November 2010


I'm pretty sure that if Russ Chimes was pulled apart and re-assembled into an electronic device it would be thinner than an anorexic MacBook Air, quicker than a John Barnes best man speech, more fun than Call of Duty: Community Support Officers and 100 times more reliable than my repeat prescription of Creative Zen Micros circa 2006. Apps available might include iCoffee, Russ Chimes Graphic Design Doodle Jump, Touch Ellie Goulding and Lonely Planet's South/East London Guide.
On a semi-serious note, perhaps someone should build an app that will enable any song in their library to be given the Russ Chimes treatment? Personally, I'd like to see a remix of Wagner.

For now, here's a more progressive remix of the angular and symmetrical iSquare.

ISquare - Hey Sexy Lady - Russ Chimes Remix by EyeIndustriesRemixes


Tuesday, 9 November 2010

anoraak interview

For most people 'Anoraak' will more than likely conjure up thoughts of a spotty middle aged man, wearing a woolly hat and thick glasses, standing on Kings Cross station, clutching a clipboard and reciting numbers to himself. However us nerds or trainspotters abhor our disparaged, stereotyped identity and comprehend such an association avec une French electro-pop producer as an alternative.
Anoraak, named perhaps because he repels drizzly/stormy music [I should have asked him in hindsight], has a perfectly balanced terroir and is right up there with the Pessac-Leognans and Sancerres of this world. Ever since the early days of EP Nightdrive With You, his handful of originals and remixes have shone like beacons on my mountain of electro. His debut LP Wherever The Sun Sets, a record I eagerly anticipated, was released a couple of months ago and paints warm, romantic landscapes on my mind's canvas with each track. 

I managed to pester Frederic while he was on tour and ask him a couple of questions that were on my mind...

McMess: What made you decide you wanted to make the beautiful type of music you do today? Have you ever have a crack at any other genres? 

Anoraak: I've been making music for a long time, so i crossed many periods and genres. I also played in many rock bands as a guitarist, drummer or bass player depending on the projects. I think when you make music, you're making your own mix-up, for my part, i think my biggest influences are coming from late 70's black music, 80's mainstream and 90's alternative rock, to make it quick. But you definitely get influenced by every single music you hear, that's my opinion. 

McMess: I absolutely love the album and find it difficult to decide on a favourite track off it. Can you pinpoint one that's your favourite or do you have the same problem as me? 

Anoraak: It's tricky to ask that ;) I basically like each song of the album, and i picked all of them because they were all particular from the others. I had much more songs before making the final recordings, but i had to make choices. 

McMess: Which bands/artists/producers are you most excited about for the future months/years and recommend a good listen to? 

Anoraak: One of the best records of the year for me is Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti last release, Before Today. That being said, i discovered lately an Australian band called The Swiss, really amazing live (i heard they are going to be the backing band for Aeroplane liev performances) and one of the guys has a project called Luke Million, i really love it. But i think we could write pages about the incoming new good artists :) 

McMess: Whether realistic or not, who would you most like to collaborate with or do a remix of? 

Anoraak: Totally not realistic, a session with Bernard Edwards (Chic bass player and founder). 

McMess: There always has to be a typical silly question to finish on, sorry. I used to work in a cheese shop and, stereotypically, the French are supposed to be the real cheese connoisseurs. Which cheeses (let's say 4) would make your ultimate cheese board? 

Anoraak: Wow that's a good question! And i love cheese aha! Let's say: Cabecou, Boulette d'Avène, Cantal, Ossau-Iraty (with a Bask cerise noire marmelade).

Monday, 8 November 2010

west end grum

I can't say it's everyday I find myself scanning the tracklisting of a new Pet Shop Boys single. It's a good job I did earlier as, what followed the most exaggerated double take I've ever done, was a moment of pure astonishment. My eyes scanned: Pet Shop Boys - Track 1: Together - Track 2: West End Girls - oh that happens to be my favourite song of theirs and look it's been remixed by Grum, oh right... wait, GRUM?
Having said that I shouldn't have been too surprised seeing as our old mate has recently remixed both The Bill and Big Break theme tunes for Jaymo & Andy George. Get involved John Virgo.

   04. Pet Shop Boys - West End Girls (Grum Remix) by PET SHOP BOYS IN PARIS


Monday, 1 November 2010


Despite the rather shouty title of this post, I'm a bit lost for words at the moment. Here are just a couple of little things to mention:

1) Russ Chimes' Midnight Club EP is out TODAY and can be purchased on iTunes.
2) Russ Chimes' Targa Remixes is also out TODAY and can be purchased on iTunes.
3) Thanks to synth pimp Bestrack I won't be seeking the visually stimulating assistance of adult entertainment this evening.

   Targa-Russ Chimes (Bestrack remix) by Bestrack