July 29, 2009

Allow Myself to Remix Myself

OK now...OK now I have two versions of this Memory Cassette song. Wigscrambling part is the remix was done by Dayve Hawk, who is Weird Tapes...who is also Memory Cassette. All five rmxs are available for free to celebrate MC's debut Call & Response EP (vinyl is sold out but you can buy the bob digis on Amazon for $4). Considering this bro's already given us more than a full album's worth of incredible music between his various aliases, maybe we can all pick this one up.

Body in the Water
Asleep at a Party
Last One Awake

Buy the Call & Response EP here for less than half of one Hamilton

Memory Cassette - Surfin (Weird Tapes version)

Memory Cassette - Last One Awake (Friend version)

Also notice the crescenfresh artwork provided by Chris from GvB.

Asleep at a Party
Collapsing At Your Doorstep (Friend rmx)

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July 22, 2009

What's Your "Cool it Now" Number?

How many times can you listen to this song in a row? I start seeing unfavorable side effects around 38, but found the collective office threshold is much, much lower.

As coffee highs waned, bagel carbs crashed and the cube farm fell into silence, we enlisted Ronnie, Bobby, Rickie and Mike (+ Ralph) for a motivational experiment. Everyone knows playing New Edition's "Cool it Now" over the paging system provides a noticeable five-minute productivity bump (it's been in the effective manager's toolbox for years), but exactly how long could heightened performance levels be sustained? How would coworkers react to having their dopamine receptors milked repeatedly for hours?

Not too well, as it turns out. Although results were initially promising, the HR rep pulled the plug after an unfortunate "I'm so excited/scared" incident about 14 plays in, and for the rest of the day we were only allowed to listen to Sven Libaek's Open Sea Theme (via Life Aquatic). Please use the streaming dashboard below to discover your personal threshold and share the results.

New Edition - Cool It Now (buy the mp3 on Amazon)

New Edition - Cool It Now (VEGA remix) (from VEGA's Nicky Digital mix)

Robbers on High Street - Cool It Now (from Guilt By Association Vol. 2)

New Edition - Cool It Now (Extended Dub)

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July 17, 2009

Oshit! Ebaahi Highlife Soundz

"Highlife music from Ghana and Sierra Leone emerged in the 1920's and has been a major influence on all subsequent African Music. The fusion of indigenous dance rhythms and melodies with Western sounds began in the coastal towns of Ghana, including regimental brass bands, sea shanty hymns, European foxtrots, Caribbean kaiso, African rhythms of Liberia (dagomba), Sierra Leone (ashiko and goombe) and Fante (osibisaba). The instrumentation included African drums, harmonicas, guitars, accordions; and by 1920's were known collectively as Highlife."

Several different styles of highlife emerged since - ballroom dance, village brass band, rural guitar, etc., but as Awesome Tapes From Africa tells us, "unfortunately there are not many bands still active in this realm of vintage highlife today...but these are my JAMZ."

"Oshitℇ" is more Ghanaian Crosby/Stills than pre-Vampire Weekend juju, and "Kpanlogo" is a simple, yet wig-scrambling reminder that you are not on vacation right now.

Ebaahi Soundz - Oshitℇ (1992)

Ebaahi Soundz - Kpanlogo (1992)

Lots more here, and don't forget Very Best is @ LPR tomorrow (you could try to catch King Sunny Adé @ the African Music Festival first).

Very Best - Salota (2008, from The Very Best Mixtape)

Related: Oh Shit. Gang Gang

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July 13, 2009

Buttery Soul Mix

Just under 30 minutes of speaker pimp classics you've never heard.

New Holidays - Maybe So, Maybe No (1969)
Smokey Robinson - If You Can Want (1968)
Ruby Andrews - You Made a Believer Out of Me (1969)
The Jarmels - A Little of Bit of Soap (1961)
The Impressions - Seven Years (1969)
The Mad Lads - No Strings Attached (1969)
Betty Padgett - Sugar Daddy (1975)
Harvey Averne - You're No Good (1968)
Jackson Sisters - I Believe in Miracles (1976)
The Johnny Otis Show - Watts Breakaway (1969)

Buttery Soul Mix (right click to download mp3)

Enjoy - and remember to hit up Soul Sides for your old soul/funk/latin/hip hop needs.

Here Comes Shuggie (+ Johhny) Otis
3 Feet High and Rising - Original Samples
Q-Tip flips Ruby Andrews

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July 2, 2009

Seems Chill/Not Chill

Well, we can finally pursue other mysteries* - it seems Neon Indian is composed of none other than VEGA's Alan Palomo..."Orbiting around the themes of drug induced heartbreak, weary afternoons, and lost chances, this music provides a lush soundtrack to the deadbeat exploits of teenage ennui. Neon Indian's bedroom ballads have already forged the upcoming Psychic Chasms, the debut full-length, set for release this fall." Assuming ennui means lack of interest or boredom, then yes, this is an accurate description of what you're hearing.

If VEGA is "dreamwave," then we will call this "chillbrocore."

Neon Indian - Terminally Chill

Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer

*Here are some clues for the next mystery I'm working on: A tiny submarine that flies through the air...A half-dollar worth five thousand dollars...Some tipsy birds...A world that fits in the palm of your hand...And a case that turns out to be a real can of worms! (via Encyclopedia Brown on my summer reading list)

If you're not into chillbrocore, new unreleased VEGA joint "Kyoto Gardens" can be found in this mix courtesy of VEGA and Nicky Digital. "This was made in a single unit surrounded by kangaroos on the outskirts of Melbourne working with my dear friend Miami Horror. The frantic sound of hopping brought to mind the similar bubbling of arpeggiated basslines and bouncing tom fills. They made the mix; I was merely dictated by their beat-juggling nature. This mix also premieres my track 'Kyoto Gardens.' Enjoy! Or don’t." - AP

VEGA's Pregame Jamz

Miami Horror Vs. Dan Hartman - Starmaker
Gary Low - You Are Danger (Romeo Erotic Re-Edit)
B.W.H. - Livin Up (Putsch 79 Remix)
Casco - Cybernetic Love
Lifelike - L.O.V.E. Is What You Need
New Edition - Cool It Now
Alan Braxe/ Fred Falke - Arena
VEGA - No Reasons
Sebastian Tellier - Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Itao 84’ Remix)
Kano - It’s A War (Serge Santiago Re-Edit)
Dynasty - I Don’t Want To Be A Freak (Lmr Edit)
Breakbot - Penelope Pitstop
Rhigeria - Vamos A La Playa
Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Treasure Fingers Remix)
VEGA - Kyoto Gardens (Unreleased)

illustration via shantz

Bros I Want To Chill With Vol. 1
Bros I Want To Chill With Vol. 2

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