When it comes to house and electro, few compete with the French. Ed Banger Records is a key label in the Parisian and French electronic scenes, responsible for artists such as Justice, Sebastian, and Kavinsky. On August 2nd the label announced it’s next artist LP, from DJ and producer Breakbot.
Having released two EPs as a member of the Ed Banger family, Baby I’m Yours and One Out Of Two, Breakbot is finally taking the leap and entering full-length territory. Entitled By Your Side, this debut will surely be chock full of relaxed and deep grooves, that have come to characterize Breakbots work and that draw heavily on disco and funk from the '70s. Judging by the video teaser for the song One Out Of Two, the album is sure to incorporate vocals from singer Irfane, who was an integral part of the producer’s first two EPs.
Pearl Jam: Twenty is a Cameron Crowe documentary that highlights the first 20 years of the Seattle rock legends' career, from their small-town beginnings to their 90's mainstream explosion. The documentary, which hits stores tomorrow will include a companion book, highlighting the history of Pearl Jam from the band and crew themselves.
In addition to the film and book, the band is releasing a 29-track soundtrack CD featuring rare recordings and demos, in addition to live recordings from the group's appearances on Saturday Night Live and MTV: Unplugged.
It’s been a good long while since anyone set out from Spain to conquer new territory.
506 years, to be exact.
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Introducing Chus and Ceballos, perhaps the greatest duo to come out of Spain since Ferdinand and Isabella. Once upon a time (in 2001), Chus and Ceballos followed in Columbus’s footsteps, bringing their distinct sound to the New World (or, more appropriately, your 6-disc changer). Seamlessly blending House and Techno with an unmistakeable percussion beat, Chus and Ceballos pioneered a ship dubbed as “Iberican” across the wide ocean of house music to start a new colony of artists and producers dedicated to a tribal way of life. Hard work toiling the land earned them residencies at the top clubs in the world, including Stereo Montreal, Pacha NYC, Space Miami and many others. (Sans tomahawks.)
"This Will Be Our Year" was the first OK Go song I ever listened to. It was the first track on a popular indie compilation album from 2004 entitled The Future Soundtrack of America. The compilation was chock-full of brokenhearted music, but OK Go sounded different. Their song emitted warmth, solace in love, and hope. "This Will Be Our Year" was instantly lovable and infectiously catchy.
In subsequent releases, in spite of the heartache their lyrics displayed in "OK Go" and "Oh No," the warmth and optimism remained. Just check out "Get Over It." There's anger there, sure, but the conclusion is positive. You might be alone, in a lot of pain, but this isn't forever. Get up, lift your head, and face tomorrow. OK, go. Behind these lyrics are some of the tastiest licks in all of rockdom, featuring multi-layered songs, complex keyboard and bass lines, and hooks that would make your grandmother tap her feet.
Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter aren't having any problem keeping themselves occupied these days. Their parties, Mr. Saturday Night (featuring "consistently epic" guest DJs) and Sunday Best (on hold ‘til warmer weather rolls around), have gone beyond simple popular dance parties, to become events that people plan their whole weekend around. Meanwhile, New Release, their blog of sorts, has quietly become somewhat of a to do list for those in the know. I was lucky enough to grab these two for a few questions about their upcoming New Year's Eve party.