Every year, hundreds of people make that annual trip down to Miami for a week of non-stop, self-indulgent partying (known as Winter Music Conference). And every year, there are a handful of those who don’t make it. This will be the first year, that I will have lived up to the words that were uttered from my mouth last year after WMC….“I’m definitely never doing this again!”.
On the same boat, UK’s funky house duo, Inland Knights. The duo also are not going to Miami…only they’ve one upped me and put it in a mix.
It’s been one of those days, friends. But what better way than to remedy it with music? Here’s some free tidbits that got me going this week, and as usual, if you have any tracks to send or comments to spout, hit me at jenboyles at gmail.
TOP BILLIN’ Solid Gold – Synchronize
One of the most buzzworthy bands out of the Midwest right now and making quite a splash at SXSW this year. Some have called them “dream pop”, which seems quite accurate, but there’s more of an edge here than that term allows.
CHILL: Bonobo – Eyesdown
Featuring Andreya Triana (Real name? We bet not), this track by the always consistent Bonobo (a.k.a. Simon Green) delivers the chill flavor. Loved his last release, Days To Come (Bajka on vocals), and am expecting his new one this month called Black Sands to be just as good.
REMIX: Uffie – MCs Can Kiss (Mike D remix)
Not to be a hater, but I don’t like Uffie: Any cute waif can throw on some leggings and a tank top and squeal out lyrics (“I never force anyone to listen to my music / Never post a bulletin / Never posted shit”. Ugh). But Mike D from the Beasties remixing Uffie? Now that deserves at least a listen.
WMC: DiscoTech – IMMA (Miami We Know How To Play)
One of the best remixers on the scene today, DiscoTech release a Miami-centric track for all the party people going to South Beach next week for WMC. (Tip: If you like this one, find their remix of Rolling Stone’s epic hit ‘Satisfaction’)
THROWBACK: Timex Social Club – Rumors
There was once a girl who nearly woke up the entire floor of her apartment building from singing this song so loudly with her headphones on at 2 a.m. Roommate reported laughing hysterically from the next room. It wasn’t me, I swear. See, this is how rumors get started.
I’ve been a fan of the Crazy P guys for years now and am so excited that they will be making their first trek to the states. With the recent success of their transformation to disco funk group (they also dropped the “penis”), the band will be making stops in San Francisco, New York, Canada, and at the Om Miami party.
To celebrate, here is a monthly free download of the group’s podcast.
Neon Indian. Traped in a pantry with his machines.
Hiya, Ommies! It’s Friday, and that means time for some freebies to start your weekend proper. This week I’m trying out some categories because let’s face it, not all fresh-off-the-mixing-board music is great. Some weeks you can’t keep up with it all and it’s like Christmas (or whatever holiday you prefer) and other weeks you find yourself listening to Phil Collins on repeat (true story).
Love it or hate it? Feel free to email at jenboyles at gmail.
Neon Indian – Sleep Paralyst:
The 21-year-old’s music is like an electro sunset, each synth its own individual ray that warms up the tune. This track is vocal but not overpowering with a distant but optimistic vibe that kind of reminds us of Miami Horror (get familiar if you’re not, he’s great).
Danny Byrd – Sweet Harmony:
Though the liquid funk genre seems to have its feet firmly planted in Londontown, it’s tracks like this that make me wish it would pick up Stateside. Byrd is a huge highlight of that city’s Hospital Records, and this track is one that will make your heart soar (either that or I’m just a total sucker for the mircrogenre). Boh!
Rye Rye – Hip-Hop Changed (Prod by Crookers):
A Baltimore breakout after Blackstarr put her on his “Shake It To The Ground” banger (circa ‘07), Rye Rye returns to rap over a well done Crookers number that for once doesn’t sound like it’s trying to strip you of your hearing forever.
Aaaah MUSIC… that sweet, sweet fuck-all else of a ride. What else is there? To paraphrase the once great, now sadly laughable singer from one of the greatest bands in recent history, THE VERVE’s Richard Ashcroft, “… the feeling you get from live music can’t be bought from any drug dealer in the world”.
Indeed… gotta love those “Holy Shit!” moments of awesome. The ones that give you “THATGRIN”, like yer seeing something special. I was just in one of those same moments this weekend for the Noise Pop festival in SF. I was lucky enough to get into the sold-out MEMORYTAPES show at the Bottom of the Hill, but my joy wasn’t just for the chance to see the headliner, i was super-charged to see a local band called BIRDSANDBATTERIES.
Their sound is fresh, as it should be. In today’s age, where “everything” has been done (not really-have faith in creative evolution, monkies!), it seems like the most exciting shit comes out of the deepest grab bag of influences. Take a band like OASIS… they’ve written some great songs, but when you admittedly sound like the BEATLES and theSTONES, i can pretty much see where yer going. A band like ANIMALCOLLECTIVE, on the other hand, who pull from so many areas, are at the forefront of what’s possible in bringing nuance to what we know is already out there. Just being different doesn’t mean it’s gonna be cool (BJORK’s Medulla anyone?), but it sets the possibility of something that pushes the boundaries to be a new form of great…. SF’s own BIRDSANDBATTERIESdo that for me and many others. They brought Noise Pop attendees a fresh style of music that brought to mind the production values of the DFA label’s dirty rock disco, and the psychedelic song-writing side of SUPERFURRYANIMALS, all delivered in a TALKINGHEADS-ish package ripe and ready for the indie-rock dance floor. And they did it with “THATGRIN”, which made the rounds throughout Bottom of the Hill after their set. So it’s with “THATGRIN” that i offer my first blog for my dear friends at OM… that grin, and a message to music rookies and vets… fuck apathetic complacency. Dig deep and find something that moves you. It’s out there… somewhere.
A weekly feature here on the Om blogs starting today, JB’s Friday Free-4-All aims for one thing: no file expunging from downloader’s remorse. Let me know if you like the tracks and post your own in the comments if you have any to share with us this go-round.
3. Jason Tyler – EZ2LUV
Chicago/Miami producer Jason Tyler strikes gold in really capturing the soul of millennial house music but with a newish twist reminiscent of Armand and A-Trak’s Duck Sauce project. Is heavy sampling on the upswing?
There is nothing that compares to listening to Mark Farina do his thing live. Our recent Om Cast from Farina was recorded with one take live. Here Farina gives fans another podcast recorded live from Mighty in San Francisco.
You all have been begging for the tracklisting from his Om cast. Here we’ve given you what you ask for.
01. The Ode To Lilian (DJ Uncle Milty Violin Mix) | Uncle Milty | Whitebeard Records
03. The Method | Dimitri | Sampled Rec.
04. Dance This Way | Miles Maeda | Promo
05. Record Drops | Max Herbert | Promo
06. Nothing But The Funk | Derek Dunbar | Promo
07. Yeah C’mon | The Untouchables | Strictly Rhythm
08. I Got You | Tuff Jam
09. Jenna Jazz | Someone Else | Promo
10. Sometimes I Feel Like | Chez n Ron | Prescription
11. Chicago Theme | DJ Sneak | Robsoul
12. Forger This | Fries and Bridges | Adult Only
13. Be My Baby | James Cured | Igloo
14. Bones | Lil Mark | Flapjack
15. Mid Tenn Strut | Wattle Green | Flapjack
16. Classic Shit | Dimitri | Sampled
17. That’s How | Mark Farina (Ken ECB Mix) | Great Lakes Audio
18. FOTG 101 | Lurob | Promo
19. Give You Up | Willie Graff and Tuccillo | Freerange
20. ? | Jack City Murduh | Sampled
21. Sea Lion Woman | Wattle Green | Flapjack
22. Party’s Over Here | GJ’s | Promo
23. Jack It Like A Zombie (Jason Hodges Mix) | The Bulgarian | Potty Mouth Rec.
24. Capone Never Made A Record | DJ Sneak | Robsoul
25. Clowning Around | Kinky Boots | Damnoisy
26. Breeze | Max Hebert | Promo
27. Venezuelos Canta | Miss Mee
28. Go Dance | Homero Espinosa and Kuala Lumpur | YBD
29. That’s How (JT Donaldson Mix) | Mark Farina | Great Lakes Audio
30. My Hip House | Miles Maeda | Promo
Manchester’s Delphic has been called the new “New Order” with their electronic pop sound. Their debut album was produced by Ewan Pearson and the group has become one of the newest groups loved amongst press and bloggers. I’m not entirely convinced yet, but I just got this remix from Julio Bashmore that I can’t stop playing. Julio is a producer from Bristol that was recently signed by Claude Von Stroke to Dirtybird Records. Here Julio takes on the Delphic track and transforms it into a vocal-less, moody, spacey track. The bassline is reminiscent of The XX’s recent remix of Florence & The Machine.
Freerange’s Jamie Odell (aka Jimpster) has compiled his Feb chart into a DJ mix for the Freerange Radio Show. All tracks are available for purchase at Beatport.com on Jamie’s Feb Chart. Download the mix below.
Tomasz Wakulewski – Never As Good As Before (Pol_On Raw Mix) – Empedo Records FCL – Let’s Go Seven – We Play House
MotorCitySoul ft. Ernesto – Deliver Me (Prosumer Mix) – Simple
Josh Wink – Jus Right (Jimpster Mix) – Ovum
Argy – Sometimes I’m Blind – These Days
JT Donaldson – Getting Up – Amenti
Pol_On – Molala – PetZ
Shur-i-kan – One Night In Tokyo – Freerange
Shur-i-kan – Out Of Time – Freerange
Reynold Feat. Janvier Jones – To Know You – Trenton