Blog - July 2010

It’s that time of year when people start compiling top 100 lists of favorite DJs, album and songs. DJMag out of the UK is on it first and has set up their annual poll of the world’s top DJs. Usually dominated by big European names, this is our chance to have a say. Visit DJMag to vote.

Posted by: Jonthecorner on July 28, 2010 @ 10:08 AM
Posted in: Contests

As the body comes back on line the rain turns warm. Essex smells sweet & green. Deetron comin up the wires watchin metal cut the sky.

Posted by: Underworld on July 27, 2010 @ 11:59 PM
Posted in: Style

Underworld headlined the 2010 iTunes festival at Camden’s Roundhouse in London along with Kele (Bloc Party), The XX, Ozzy Osbourne, Florence + The Machine, Faithless, and The National.

Check out some clips of Underworld’s performance below.

Posted by: James Stair on July 27, 2010 @ 3:45 PM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

There’s a great new Psyche-Disco mix from dance music legend, Andrew Weatherall!

Due to his career, which spans 30 years, saying that Andrew Weatherall is a legend is an understatement. He was a founding member of the Boy’s Own brigade – one time home to Underworld and The Chemical Brothers. He was also a member of Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen. In addition, he has produced everyone from Beth Orton to Fuck Buttons, and also Primal Scream’s legendary ‘Screamadelica’ album.

Click here to check out his new mix!

Posted by: James Stair on July 27, 2010 @ 1:00 PM
Posted in: Music

Check out the new photos from a photo shoot Samantha James did with She’s Jack. Stay tuned for the release of Samantha’s new single “Subconscious”. Click here to see the entire shoot.

Posted by: on July 26, 2010 @ 8:30 PM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

Om alumni, Kaskade, just dropped a new music video for the track, “Fire In Your Shoes” from his new record “Dynasty”. Dragonette vocalist, Martina Sorbara , makes an appearance in the music video where they actually set her shoes on fire!

Posted by: on July 26, 2010 @ 3:44 PM
Posted in: Music

I felt like jacking it in a couple of times this week.

Much of this was the anti-climax after the excitement of the first release, and the dawning realisation of the frightening task ahead of me. I’ve also got some other studio work on at the moment which I have to finish on Friday, so after that I hope things will get a little less fraught.

Despite this, I feel like I’ve hit my stride musically. There were a couple of times when I found myself falling into some old bad habits, like spending waaaay too long trying to find the “perfect” sound, but if I hadn’t I’d have finished Robot Go Disco very quickly. I had more trouble thinking of a name for it than writing the thing.

There are some implications that I hadn’t thought of previously in writing an album track by track in public. My ideal of writing music for myself alone would only really occur if I didn’t ever play it to anyone. Releasing the tracks as I write them means I’m opening myself up to (both good and bad) criticism way before the whole album is finished. This is bound to affect my album writing process, no matter how hard I try to ignore the noise.

For instance if I release a tune and it gets double the number of downloads of anything else, I might be tempted at worst to replicate it, or at best to make subconscious decisions in the studio as a result of the perceived success of that track. I’ve noticed that by just playing my music to someone else fundamentally and permanently changes my perception of it, so you can imagine what releasing it does!

But so far the benefits of this process are utterly out-weighing any downsides. Despite my couple of freak outs this week I’m loving it. And the weekly deadline, knowing that the world will be able to hear whatever I’ve done that week, is forcing me to write out of my skin. For every idea I’ve committed to audio there are another three that I can’t wait to get out.

Stuff I Learnt This Week

1/ At all costs I must avoid getting bored of the track I’m writing by over-playing it. Ironically this tends to happen with tracks that I’m most excited about. If I’m in danger of getting bored I must stop or move on. And constantly looping the same bit so I can have a boogie in the studio (whilst being fun) probably isn’t the best idea.

2/ My first idea has always been the best this week. Tinkering, editing or changing what I record has just made it worse.

3/ I musn’t overproduce. I should just leave it, as if it’s a bit rough I can get away with more musically.

4/ I need to stop checking my traffic and download numbers every five minutes. Its a pointless waste of time at this stage of the game. From now on I’m instituting a policy of two checks per day.

Click here to check Robot Go Disco and download for free.

Listen & Download: Mike Monday “Robot Disco” (Download via Here)

Posted by: Mike Monday on July 26, 2010 @ 1:45 PM
Posted in: Free Downloads

Amidst a vast, boner-inducing array of anime, manga, fantasy fiction, graphic novels, video games, toys and other pop culture paraphernalia that points to poor eyesight and limited sexual activity, San Diego’s annual nerd-fest Comic Con premiered a brand new trailer for the Daft Punk scored Tron: Legacy – the sequel to 1982’s revolutionary cult hit Tron.

Listen to (what claims to be) the official soundtrack produced by Daft Punk here.


Posted by: James Stair on July 26, 2010 @ 11:04 AM
Posted in: Visual Stimulation

Tune in to KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic this morning to hear the radio debut of the new Underworld single ‘Always Loved a Film’.
Click here to check in to the show.

Posted by: James Stair on July 26, 2010 @ 10:45 AM
Posted in: Music

I’m very serious about stupid music.

Writing 10 free tracks in 10 weeks is an attempt to work out what I’m about musically, and this week I’ve realised just how much I love to write stupid music. I had a lot of fun with this one.

While I also enjoy music with more substance, one of the things that can frustrate me about music in general and electronic music in particular is its need to seem important. I’d rather listen to something that was entertaining and honest than something with an inflated sense of its own significance. Coldplay anyone?

One of my favourite bands of all time is Parliament, who are the kings of brilliant and silly music. Their lyrics are politically charged and all the players in the band have always been incredible musicians, but the music itself is always fun (with a k).

The bassline hook that kicks off Hello Hello is inspired by their track Sir Nose D’Void Of Funk, and it served as the starting point of the whole track.

I’m happy with how its turned out, although the start of every phone call I’ve had this week has been a little surreal.

Stuff I Learnt This Week

1/ I’m very serious about stupid music.

2/ I need to give myself less options. An abundance of choice is the enemy of creativity.

3/ I always overcomplicate things. If I had more time, I’d try and see what I could take out of “Hello Hello”, especially towards the end. I kind of like it though as I’m feeling the chaotic party feel.

4/ I should just go with it. I’ve driven myself to distraction with worry over-thinking the process whilst in the middle of it. It’s only my wife Sally who has stopped me from going insane. “Just go with it Mike” has become her mantra.

5/ I need to let go. In some ways this contradicts the point above, but when something sounds great but doesn’t fit with my vision for this album, I must save it to my sketchbook and move on.

In general I’m very happy with how its gone this week. Although strictly speaking I spent close to two weeks on this track and won’t have that luxury from here on in. But if I put into practice what I’ve learnt this week I shouldn’t lose all my marbles. Yet.

Click here to download “Hello Hello” for free.

Posted by: Mike Monday on July 24, 2010 @ 6:50 AM
Posted in: Free Downloads


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