Thanks for a great year everyone, now let’s party like it’s 1999!
1. Kate Boy – In Your Eyes 2. Ayla Nereo – Live Inside a Dream (ft. The Polish Ambassador) 3. Maribou State – Scarlett Groove (ft. Saint Saviour) 4. Noah And The Whale – Give It All Back (Chad Valley Remix) 5. Mirror Kisses – Sleeping in the Halfway (Future Feelings Remix) 6. Kim Ann Foxman – What You Need (ft. Andrew Butler) (James Curd Remix) 7. Flex Cop – If You Only Knew 8. Black Van – Inside (Oliver Remix) 9. Brothertiger – Reach It All (Germany Germany Remix) 10. Poolside – Slow Down (PIXELATED 2012 End of the World Remix) 11. Jupiter – Juicy Lucy (Needs a Boogieman) 12. Sade – When Am I Going To Make A Living (Poolside’s Tons of Drums Edit) 13. Love Committee – Just As Long As I Got You (Alkalino rework) 14. Para One – When The Night (Amtrac Remix) 15. Sam Sparro – Yellow Orange Rays (Bodyspasm Remix) 16. Grayson P – Girls & Boys Booty 17. Fire Flowerz – Dreams 18. Kimbra – Good Intent (Jesse Rose Remix) 19. Kisses – Kisses (Joe Goddard Remix)
Like many, in the ’90s I danced around the family living room to The Vengaboys‘ cheese encrusted Europop anthems. Sibling based routines were often performed to ‘Boom Boom Boom,’ ‘We’re Going to Ibiza’ and ‘We Like to Party (The Vengabus is Coming).’
Here’s your chance to relive your youth! We have a double pass to giveaway to each of The Vengaboys’ upcoming Australian tour dates. To be in the running for these tickets, leave your name and gig of preference in the comment box below.
Western Australian indie-pop duo Tim & Jean were destined for great things. In 2010, they played at Parklife music festival after becoming finalists in triple j‘s Unearthed High competition earlier that year with their track ‘Come Around.’ This inadvertently hurtled them into a crazy 2 year touring schedule, which saw them gracing festival stages and sold out shows around Australia and the UK.
Sadly, JeanCapotorto decided to walk away from the project last month. As result, Tim Ayre has teamed up with a three-piece band to unleash an album under the name of The Lazy Calm. ‘Where Are You Going Now’ is their first, electro-pop single:
The self produced record is slated for an early 2013 release. Stay tuned for more.
For most, knowledge of Yolanda Be Cool is limited to 2010’s release ‘We No Speak Americano.’ It quickly became a success, used and abused across dance-floors globally. In October this year, the single was recalled to make way for debut record Ladies & Mentalmen. We spoke to Sylvester Martinez, one half of the Bondi Beach duo. The record, Pitbull, and threesomes were hot topics.
Where are you and what are you wearing? (Laughs) I’m at my home in Bondi Beach and I’m wearing our Ladies & Mentalmen t-shirt, which we just picked up the other day. We were supposed to have them ready for the launch but we ran out of time. I tried it on earlier and I’m still wearing it. It feels good (laughs).
Congrats on the album. How does it feel to have it out there? Mate, it feels amazing and exciting. We are so relieved. It sounds very mature and different in comparison to some of your previous material. Did you make a conscious decision to create something more solid? That is great to hear, thanks mate. It has taken us 18 months to put together and from the outset we were thinking about the dance and electronic albums that we really liked over the years, and of course the ones we didn’t like (laughs). Bands like Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx, Massive Attack and Portishead have all written albums with so many different kinds of elements. They would be our inspirations for sure. We definitely didn’t want to go into this thinking we were going to do a David Guetta, 120 BPM, Nothing But the Beat album. That’s just not what we are about. We really wanted to show what we are capable of doing, so we wanted to make a few bangers, we wanted to make some nice ballads and we pretty much wanted to do anything we were feeling at the time.
The decision to ‘recall’‘We No Speak Americano’ was a big one, considering it reached number 1 in over 16 countries and won 2 ARIAs. Yeah mate, it was tough but it had to be done (laughs). What will cats dance to now? Mate, they are going to have to pick something off the new album and they are going to have to focus and try to dance in time (laughs).
Is it good to be back home after touring for a solid 12 months? Yeah mate, for sure. It’s great to be back. Don’t get me wrong, we did have a lot of fun on the road. It is just nice to be back home for a bit.
What were some of the highlights? Mate, we’ve supported guys like Claude VonStroke, which is amazing right? Then we be supported Pitbull. We’ve really got a broad spectrum covered (laughs). But one of our unexpected highlights was this one trip we made to Casablanca. We were focusing on our writing quite a bit at that time and were just heading from place to place for shows and not really having the time to scope out exactly where we were heading and what we were doing. So we were driving for like an hour and then ended up in Morocco. We were reading the play sheet which said we’d be playing to 90,000 people. We just brushed that off as a typo and just assumed it meant 900 or 9,000 at the most. Then we were told that this was actually a free festival that has been put on by the king of Morocco; we were playing after Pitbull and it would be in front of 90,000 people (laughs). So then we get on this massive stage and you seriously couldn’t see the end of the people. That was insane (laughs). To top that off, Pitbull played ‘Bon Bon’ with a ‘We No Speak Americano’ sample in there. That was all pretty crazy and amazing (laughs).
If you could have a three-way with any artist or musician alive today, who would those lucky people be? Oh shit. Tough question (laughs). I should really say guys names so that my girlfriend doesn’t get upset (laughs). How about Azealia Banks and Art Department (laughs)? That’ll make a nice sandwich I think.
Below is the above mentioned recall of ‘We No Speak Americano’:
Check out the latest offering from Yolanda Be Cool featuring American singer/songwriter Arama Mara on vocals. This is ‘Before Midnight’:
Due to Christmas chaos, we didn’t get around to sharing the latest instalment of the KnighTime Mix series by local disco maestro Lancelot.
This one is extra special as it features a brand new, unreleased original from the man himself.
1. Francis Inferno Orchestra – Astral Breeze 2. Hot Natured – Benediction 3. Mario Basanov – Damn Girl 4. Isaac Tichaeur – I Forgive You 5. Lancelot – Higher Ground 6. Elijah Collins – When I’m Around You 7. Danny Daze – Niki and Da Dub 8. Alain Ho – Into a Deep (Hot Toddy Remix) 9. Tensnake – Mainline 10. Bicep, Omar Odyssey – Don’t 11. Hot Since 82 – Knee Deep in Louise 12. Scandal – Just Let Me Dance (Maxxi Soundsystem Remix) 13. Audiojack, Kevin Knapp – These Days Feat. Kevin Knapp (Jimmy Edgar Implication) 14. Art Of Tones – Too Much
During 2012, we encountered a load of retro tunes remixed or covered by talented international and Australian artists. We’ve selected our top 10 from a very long list. Before you stream, bangle up, frizz your hair and don a pair of high-pants.
10. Van Halen – Jump (Fare Soldi Remix)
9. Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun (JVICCC Remix)
8. Bananarama – Venus (Bufi Edit)
7. Michael Jackson – It’s The Being In Love (Late Nite Tuff Guy Rework)
6. Grace Jones – Walking In The Rain (Leftside Wobble Remix)
5. Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) (WhoMadeWho Cover)
4. The Police – Roxanne (Strange Talk Cover)
3. Brigitte Fontaine – Le Goudron (Yacht Cover)
2. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (ft. Giorgio Moroder) (Future Feelings Edit)
If the world is going to end today, let’s go out dancin’.
1. NGHTWRKS – Modern European 2. Brothertiger – Bossa 3. Midnight Magic – Walking The Midnight Streets 4. Para One – When The Night (Breakbot Remix) 5. Y▲CHT – Second Summer (Dub) 6. Black Box – Ride on Time (Satin Jackets Roots Edit) 7. Mitzi – All I Heard 8. Andy Bell – Call On Me (Hey Champ Remix) 9. Black Van – Moments Of Excellence (ft. Holy Ghost!) (Aeroplane Mix) 10. Pelifics – Wish It Could Last (ft. Electric Youth) (Marius Våreid Extended Disco Version) 11. Bakermat – Intro (Exclusive Show Track) 12. Kris Menace – Hide (ft. Miss Kittin) 13. Last Robots – Robots Friend (Thrill Kill Rework) 14. Goldroom – Sweetness Alive (Pat Lok Dip and Drop Mix) 15. Childish Gambino – Heartbeat (Justin Faust Remix) 16. Lane 8 – Without You 17. Wankelmut & Emma-Louise – My Head Is A Jungle 18. Airwolf – Good To You 19. Grayson P – Breakin’ My Heart
Some tough decisions were made when forming our list of top 10 albums of 2012. Below are the records that copped a pounding at acid stag HQ this year. Click on the album name for a full Spotify album stream.
2012 was the year that saw a flood of 1990’s RnB anthems reborn via the interpretation of modern disco and electro producers.
Largely responsible for this trend was US record label French Express, the home of Chris Malinchak, Perseus, Moon Boots and Isaac Tichauer.
Unless an act of homage, not many of the publications that these tracks featured on would post originals by Brandy, Toni Braxton, TLC, or Artful Dodger. However, partnered with sexy reverb, throbbing bass, cowbell and the occasional steel drum, a new generation of listeners discovered divas of the past, whilst others were drenched with nostalgia.
In no particular order, here are our top 10 RnB remixes/samplers of 2012.
Destiny’s Child – Say My Name (Cyril Hahn Remix):
Artful Dodger – Please Don’t Turn Me On (Disclosure Remix):
Le Youth – Dance With Me (samples TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’):
Malinchak – Beside Me (samples Brandy’s ‘Best Friend’):
In a special edition of BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, The xx performed a cover of Wham!‘s ‘Last Christmas.’ The original version is given a minimal reworking by band members Oliver Sim, Romy Madley-Croft and Jamie Smith AKA Jamie xx.
Swedish tech-house producer Adrian Lux will be returning down-under in a few weeks for New Year celebrations. Ahead of his Field Day performance, we spoke to the Western European babe about past, present and future collabs/releases, along with finger-boarding. Yep.
Where are you and what are you wearing? (Laughs) I’m in my studio in Stockholm and I’m wearing a big sweater with a skeleton on the front, some black jeans and some Nikes. Nothing that great to talk about actually (laughs).
Are you excited to be leaving Sweden’s winter for a deliciously hot Australian summer? Yes, of course, I can’t wait! I’ve only ever been there in spring or fall so I haven’t experienced the summer yet. I am very excited about that (laughs). It’s going to be really fun.
The Field Day line up boasts some incredible artists this year. Who are you looking forward to bumping into backstage? I really like Hot Chip; I think they’re great. Also Icona Pop, they are some old friends from here in Sweden. It’ll be a lot of fun with them around I think. I’m looking forward to seeing Erol Alkan play and Coolio as well (laughs). There really is a lot of great people playing. It’s going to be CRAZY!
How has the world reacted to your debut album? It’s been a really great reaction, actually. Well, so far anyway. I am happy with the response. It was a bit scary in the beginning but I guess it is always like that (laughs). I’ve had a lot of fun touring with it too. It’s great to be able to share it with so many people in a live show.
You’ve been dipping your fingers in a bunch of projects over the last few years. Do you have anything special coming up that you can share with us? I do, actually. I have been working with this new singer who I have just discovered. She will feature on my next single, so I’m really excited about that. I’ve also been working on the new album with Lune, which is finishing up nicely. I’m doing a remix for ‘Ghosts’ by The Presets at the moment too. There always seems to be a lot of stuff going on (laughs).
Can you tell us a something about Adrian Lux that not many people know? (Laughs) I don’t know (laughs). Well, I’m very good at finger-boarding. Ha-ha, what? Finger boarding: the skateboards you do with your fingers. I’ve always been really good at that. I used to do it all through school but I don’t get to show it off that often these days. Maybe you can incorporate some finger-boarding into your shows over here? No. No, I don’t think so (laughs).
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