Finally, a clean non-radio rip of Norwegian pop star Lidolido’s remix of Disclosure and their kicker “Latch” feat Sam Smith that we found out yesterday was eventually getting an official release.
Lido seems to be the more straight output of his, outside of the normal pop pseudonym Lidolido and more Jersey tip as Trippy Turtle but we aren’t complaining. Of all the Disclosure remixes this definitely hits the spot and more as it weaves and dives between the originals soulful stamp and todays glossy trap – think Cashmere Cat vs Wave Racer.
The real baby maker drops early in the track around 1:03 and reminds you that Lido has so much pop sensibility it’s just not fair. Better still is word of an entirely original EP dropping soon on Belgium label Pelican Fly. Good lord!
It’s safe to say Australian beat duo Hermitude have a very special place in our hearts as they cross boundaries by drawing on both electronic and Hip Hop elements seamlessly. Since the release of their last record ‘Hyperparadise’ – that nabbed a seriously popular remix from good friend Flume, they’ve successfully navigated local waters and remain both true to their sound and create a live show like no other.
After a recent Boiler Room spot alongside Basenji, Seekae and Black Vanilla it’s hard to understand just how well they translate from the studio to the live performance and vice versa, but a testament to the skill set of Luke Dubs and El Gusto.
They’ve been previewing new material from their forthcoming album for over 12 months now with “Ukiyo” being the first official single to land in full and online for new and old fans. It chops and drives a harder groove than ever and a perfect progression of the lads and a reminder that the new album will be hot as shit!
Looks like they’ll play a sting of UK shows with spots at Liverpool Sound City and The Great Escape while also playing Londons XOYO before jetting off to Germany.
International UK Tour Dates
May 02 – Studio 2, Liverpool Sound City (showcase)
May 03 – Moon Museum, Liverpool Sound City (showcase)
May 08 – The Tube, Brighton, The Great Escape (showcase)
May 10 – Concorde II, Brighton, The Great Escape (showcase)
May 10 – Digital, Brighton, The Great Escape w/ Future Islands (showcase)
May 12 – XOYO, London – TIX
May 14 – Cassiopeia, Berlin (Germany)
It occurred to me the other day while sitting down and playing video games on my xBox (One for the gamers) that video game soundtracks are more often than not, pretty badass. Be it blasting away noobs in Call of Duty or whacking zombies in Dead Rising you’ve got to have an appropriate soundtrack that just works with the action, be it the simple nature of the game or its open world environment, it just needs to work.
This seemed like a better time than ever to take a wider look at both classic and new games that have already used electronic sounds to create something special that has lasted or will last the years to come. If a young gamer can take something from the Tetris theme song or appreciate a Flying Lotus beat from Grand Theft Auto V and use it somehow in their lives, they must be doing something right.
Furthermore with the explosion of electronic dance music globally we think it’d be pretty great if some artists both old and new were more involved in the creation of game soundtracks, no doubt stars like Dash Berlin or Flume could paint a moving picture in a racing game or Flosstradamus or Dillon Francis in a badass beat ‘em up. It’s all there!
Who would you want to see create a video game soundtrack? Did we miss any? Pop them below but be sure they include some electronic elements and they could make the second part of the series.
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5. Super Mario Bros (1985)
Gotta start from the roots right? Although only 6 tracks long there aren’t many game theme songs that have had such a timeless nature, that is if you can stand the obnoxious dribble of Tetris. Composer and Nintendo employee Koji Kondo managed to knock two out of the park not only creating the iconic music for the side scroller but also for the legend of Zelda series – what a guy! Even without any classical training or dedication to music it was somewhat a miracle he managed to create the most memorable of them all “Ground Theme” for Super Mario Bro’s on an everyday piano. Check him slaying out the original tune live below.
4. Command & Conquer – Red Alert (1996)
Composer Frank Klepacki was only 17 when he started writing music for video games, although having scored a number it was the Command & Conquer series that really brought his talents to life. His knack for apocalyptic soundscapes that meld horrifying samples ie boots stomping & war chants with pulsating electronic rhythms led to the ‘Red Alert’ OST that sticks true to me from the countless hours I spent building Athena Tanks and attack dogs. Franks tools of the trade? An ASR-10 sampler, a Roland S760 sampler and a Roland JD-990 synth module.
3. Mortal Kombat (2011)
The biggest announcement for the 2011 leg of the Mortal Kombat series was the soundtrack with notable contributions from producers Run DMT, Bird Peterson, LA Riots and JFK of MSTRKRFT among others. With such a strong cast the game was somewhat overshadowed by the official soundtrack but did reveal some killer ideas, sort of like when Daft Punk tried their hand at the Tron OST. Goro’s theme was one that really stood out for us and helped us tear apart victims for a final fatality.
2. Titanfall (2014)
The newest game on the list is Titatanfall, a futuristic first person shooter that phases between human and mech combat so obviously there was going to be electronic elements in this one. Feeling more like a grown up Command & Conquer the sounds are developed to meet the standards of modern consoles. Uplifting, big, bold and deep, game composer Stephen Barton who also wrote the score for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warefare (the best in the series) has worked a treat in adding suspense and meat to an already impressive game.
1. Grand Theft Auto V (2013)
What can’t be said about the Grand Theft Auto V game let alone the gigantic track selection via the internal radio with 17 stations and 240 tracks equating to something like 30 non-stop hours of music! Both Soulwax and Flying Lotus managed to nab their own freakin’ stations while Cashmere Cat, Hudson Mohawke, Shadow Child, Aphex Twin, Stardust, DJ Mehdi, Miami Horror and many many more earned spots through the jam packed game of the year. Nothing like capping fools to “Windowlicker” – hell yeah!
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Indie-dance lads RUFUS, or RUFUS Du Sol if you’re kicking it in the states or Europe have shared a music video for”Sundream” – one of our favourites from their debut ‘Atlas’ and just in time to remember the last rays of summer!
What starts out with a lovely bronzed lady lazing on a summery deckchair poolside soon turns to a magical kaleidascope’d world of tiny Tyrone’s, James’ and Jon’s spinning and slapping as colours blend and burst much like an outer worldy trip! The band ”recommend watching in HD fullscreen vibing out with all the lights off” so you’d better do as they say…
The fellas have been overseas chasing summer with shows at SXSW and through the states before returning for a ‘Worlds Within Worlds’ Australian headline tour with support from Hayden James who also laid down a badass remix of “Sundream” that of all things channels viola and Hip Hop patterns.
Hell yeah! The Chromeo camp has given the green light for a full stream of Dillon Francis’ remix of “Jealous” (I Ain’t With It) to hit the internet after a successful test run at Ultra and Coachella Weekend One (stream 5 of our favourite sets here).
The remix is playful in the same vein as his collaborative cut with TEED and utilises the slappy bass and killer keys from the original, that was actually produced by Oliver before sterner handclaps, a big ole breakdown and a melodic build remind you this can very well be a peak time burner – not to mention the easy one minute intro for the DJs!
Chromeo’s hotly anticipated ‘White Women’ album will land May 14th, pre-order it here.
Norwegian pop star Lido who also produces and remixes under another popular Jersey handle (ahem T___y T____e) has hinted at the official release of his Disclosure feat Sam Smith remix.
We’ve been listening to a rip from Rinse FM since mid-March when it surfaced online and happy to say the thing will land tomorrow according to Lido’s Instagram with the iconic Disclosure face being put to good use – damn marketing geniuses!
The Lido stamp seems to be a more serious side of his remix abilities and closer notch to his own Lido Lido productions than that of his tongue in cheek Jersey stuff as TT. Although there have been a stash of great Disclosure remixes but this is one we can’t stop re-visiting so add a sigh of relief today knowing we can get our hands on it soon.
Stop the internet, boy wonder Flume managed to sneak through his Lorde remix during a scheduled performance at Highline Ballroom in New York on Monday and its as great as you’d expect!
Kicking it with some magical lights the remix finds itself an easy melodic build before a shattering drop in similar fashion to both his originals and remixes. The remix was thought to be underway August last year when the two shared some friendly tweets which managed to re-hype last week when Lorde tweeted about some fuzzy vibes from “this remix i just got sent !!!”
Irish producer Ejeca has announced a string of Australian club dates following releases on Waze & Odessys W&O label and the Moda Black imprint including his latest “Alone” a piano laden cut already making it’s way around dancefloors.
Like a good black pudding Ejeca will be jigging his way all around Australia with the first stop in Perth come June 5th before riverdancing over to Brisbane, Sydney and a double-header in Melbourne and Geelong June 8th.
Ejeca currently leads the 90′s house renaissance along with Hot Since 82, also found on the Moda Black label. Stream “Alone” below.
Ejeca Australian Club Dates
Perth: June 5th @ Geisha, Perth
Brisbane: June 6th @ Bowler Bar, Brisbane
Sydney: June 7th @ Chinese Laundry, Sydney
Melbourne: June 8th @ Brown Alley, Melbourne (day)
Geelong: June 8th @ Basement Bar, Geelong (night)
Didn’t get a ticket to Coachella? Worse yet, missed out on the live streaming rave from the comfort of your home? Worry not, sets from the first weekend of Coachella have found their way onto Soundcloud and we’ve rounded up five of the best from Skrillex, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus, Calvin Harris and the big geezer Fatboy Slim
Skrillex With the explosion of ‘EDM’ in the states this was going to be a surefire hit with the 75,000 strong crowd and deliver it did. Kicking off with Breach’s breakthough “Jack” before swiftly kicking into gear with the heaviest dubstep we’ve heard in a while. The wubs stuck around for a good portion of the set and included new licks from ‘Recess’ as well as RL Grime and What So Nots banger “Tell Me” which led into one of our new favourite tracks “Hotplate” from Moody Good levelled things out before a cheeky play of MGMT’s “Kids” reminded people a DJ set can dance from different genres and still have you moving. During a full listen you’ll also catch stuff from Disclosure, new Jack U and even Tupacs “California Love”. With enough MC work from the OWSLA boss including the gem “I fucking love my life right now” meant this would have been a fun one to be at!
Flosstradamus The Flossy guys certainly know how to get a crowd moving from the get go. This was evident at their recent stint in Australia for Big Day Out but more than ever when they managed to get people turnt at 6pm, during daylight hours on day 3 in the desert! With a non-stop arsenal of trap and club hits this was always going to be a big one for the obviously dance-friendly crowd. Bombs from DJ Funk, Missy Elliot, 2 Chainz, RL Grime & What So Not and more made this one of our favourite sets of Coachella and a proven example of a Dj and MC combination working oh so perfectly. That, and their attempt at kicking off the ‘biggest mosh at Coachella’ a welcome change of audience participation to the hands up business.
Calvin Harris The planets aligned for Calvin Harris, who managed to nab the second biggest Coachella crowd in it’s history only behind behind the Tupac hologram, a huge feat. Kicking things off with “Close To You Right Now” and hearing the mostly female roar you can understand his perfect placement between ‘EDM’ and pop. Things did get a little slinkier later on with bigger drops and heavier bpms which the crowd undoubtedly would have enjoyed alongside the melodics of Icona Pop and his own “Bounce”. Skip to 1:15 for the start of the set.
Dillon Francis One word… BASS. Probably could have done without so much work on the mic but Dillon sure knows how to rile up a crowd.
Fatboy Slim We can never pass up an opportunity to catch Fatboy Slim behind the decks, whether it’s in the flesh with smiles on our dials or sitting at home with headphones firmly in place and turned up loud. His Coachella set was no different to his usual antics of plainly put, fun music kicking things off with his own classic “Right Here, Right Now” before diving into another, his club anthem “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” before quickly mixing into “Renegade Master” from Wild Child. The peak? A remix of Marvin Gayes “Grape Vine” before a devilishly bumper drop. Action kicks off at 0.49.
Mad Decent boss and natural industrialist Diplo has opened the floodgates of freebies with a Mad Decent giveaway saddled onto the popular BitTorrent platform.
Included are two exclusive remixes of Diplo originals “Biggie Bounce” and “Boy Oh Boy” alongside cuts from Wave Racer who delivered a cracking Diplo & Friends mix, RiFF RAFF, Big Gigantic, Trippy Turtle, Claude vonStroke who teased an Australian Dirtybird BBQ and many more. Also on offer are videos for Dillon Francis & DJ Snakes “Get Low” and the self-titled video from Run The Jewels.
The pack looks to pre-warm the Mad Decent Block Parties that’ll make their way across North America late July by featuring artists that’ll be playing on the tour including Splendour in the Grass hopefuls Outkast perform with Cashmere Cat, Chrome Sparks, Fatboy Slim, Flume and others.