Monthly Archives: January 2013

Flight Facilities: Triple J Mix UP Exclusives: 1972 – 1982

…And just when I thought I couldn’t love Flight Facilities any more, they go off and pull a stunt like this.

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I would have thought their creative prowess was evidenced sufficiently in release of “Clair de Lune (ft. Christine Hoberg)” this past year (which would have been enough to sustain my interest and undivided attention for all of 2013), but this Aussie cohort stepped it up in January with a creative project that reignited my faith in the future of music.

In a series of custom mixes commissioned for Triple J, Flight Facilities not only highlights the best tracks in the history of dance music but also the cultural changes which allowed those songs to flourish.

The most recent, Week #1, consists of a sultry ride thru the hits of 1972-1982, including jams from the soul of Al Green to the disco of David Bowie. More importantly, you’ll find interwoven and complimentary audio clips from historical events ranging from Nixon’s resignation, the Vietnam war, John Lennon’s death, and the early onset of AIDS – basically, the historical events that birthed and nurtured the sounds of the times.

Flight Facilities plans to release another THREE mixes in the upcoming month which will bring dance music (and culture) up to the present era (i.e. 2012).

This Aussie cohort has certainly done their research and it’s evident in the care taken with this first mix. You can read more about the entire process here. I can only imagine the next three mixes will exemplify the same commitment to excellence.

Cheers, guys.

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Jamie Jones – Change EP

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After regularly heating dance floors this past summer (and beyond) with hits from his Hot Creations label, Jamie Jones begins 2013 with an EP release highlighting a slightly different aspect of his musicality. Hot Trax, a subsidiary of Hot Creations, was formed to curate Jones’ underground aesthetic and the Change EP is the first release in that vein. These tracks have noticeably more of a warehouse vibe, albeit still marked by that characteristic grooviness that Hot Creations is known for. My personal favorite is “Road to the Studio (Fly Mix),” but I’m expecting to hear all three tracks on the dance floor as we make our way into 2013.

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Death Grips – “COME UP AND GET ME”

Death Grips’ newest video, clocking in at just under 13 minutes, is a continuous series of black and white clips shot in what appears to be a Los Angeles hotel room. Death Grips has never been one to shy away from avant garde interpretations, and this video is no exception. The music kicks in at around the 8:47 mark, but if you have the time, it’s an interesting experience to watch all the way through. Needless to say, I’m a fan.

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Spotlight: Team Supreme

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I recently discovered Team Supreme on SoundCloud and haven’t been able to stop listening. This beat-making collective, made up of eighteen producers, operates under the following guidelines: 

“Every week a different producer picks two samples and a BPM. 

The files get passed around, and everybody uses the guidelines to make a beat. 

Cyphers drop Tuesdays.”

All I can say is, wow. This is exactly the kind of creativity that drives emerging music. On a weekly basis these guys lock in a great mix of hip-hop, futurebass, fusion, and trap that defies boundaries and provides the listener with about fifteen minutes of mind-blowing music. I’d highly recommend for fans of The Gaslamp Killer (Low End Theory), Diplo, Flying Lotus, and Death Grips. I expect they’ll be heavy on the radar in 2013.

They’ve got a show on January 29th at the Echo – make sure you come check it out! 

Team Supreme Facebook, Tumblr, and SoundCloud 

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FAVORITES 2012: EDM

Some of my favorite jaw-dropping electro, house, techno, and whatever else tracks from 2012. Pump up the volume.

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Swedish House Mafia & Knife Party – “Antitode (Chuckie Bumpy Ride EDC Edit)” 

LASSI & ASW – “Green Ocean” 

Goldfrapp – “Strict Machine (Jamie Jones Remix)” 

Madeon – “Icarus” 

DESTRUCTO – “LA Funky (feat. Oliver)” 

Gesaffelstein – “Viol (Brodinski Remix)” 

Disclosure – “What’s In Your Head” 

Boys Noize – “What You Want” 

Major Lazer – “Original Don (Flosstradamus Remix)” 

Dog Blood – “Middle Finger” 

Birdy Nam Nam – “Goin’ In (Skrillex Goin’ Hard Remix)” 

BONES & Nom De Strip – “Yo/Shake + Bake” 

Dillon Francis – “Masta Blasta THE REBIRTH” 

Justice – “New Lands (A-Trak Remix)” 

Brodinski – “Nobody Rules the Steets (feat. Louisahhh!!!)” 

Alex Metric – “Rave Weapon” 

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “American Dream Part 2” 

Gesaffelstein – “Control Movement” 

Justin Martin – “Don’t Go” 

Justin Martin & Ardalan – “LEZGO” 

Jessie Ware – “Running (Disclosure Remix)” 

Gesaffelstein – “Glass” 

Shadow Child – “23 (feat. Tymer)” 

Kry Wolf & Claude Von Stroke – “Turbosteppa” 

Justin Martin – “Ruff Stuff (Eats Everything ReRuff)” 

Djemba Djemba – “Oh Ok Ya That’s Cool” 

Flosstradamus – “Rollup (Baauer Remix)” 

Skrillex & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley – “Make It Bun Dem” 

LA Riots – “Lift Off” 

Kill Paris – “Do You Need Someone (Kill Paris Remix)” 

Beni – “Last Night (Brodinski Remix)” 

Dillon Francis – “Bootleg Fireworks (Burning Up)” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorites 2012: Indie/Electronica/Everything Else

No particular method to the madness here – just every track I truly loved from 2012, sans EDM bangers (which will be published later).

Chad Valley – “I Owe You This (feat. Twin Shadow)”

Grizzly Bear – “Yet Again” 

Father John MIsty – “I’m Writing A Novel” 

Le Youth – “Dance With Me” 

Ellie Goulding – “High For This (The Weeknd Cover)” 

Flume – “Sleepless (feat. Anthony for Cleopatra)” NOTE: listed as Jezzabell Doran, not sure the story on this 

Moon Boots – “Sugar” 

Major Lazer – “Get Free (feat. Amber of Dirty Projectors)” 

Plastic Plates – “Things I Didn’t Know I Loved (feat. Simon Lord)” 

Ultraista – “Smalltalk (Four Tet Remix)” 

The xx – “Angels (Shiny Objects Rework)” 

DIIV – “How Long Have You Known” 

Perseus – “Seychelles” 

Death Grips – “@deathgripz” 

Breakbot – “One out of Two (feat. Irfane)” NOTE: Radio Rip. Sorry :/ 

Van She – “Jamaica (Plastic Plates Remix)” 

Breakbot – “Baby I’m Yours (feat. Irfane)” 

Breakbot – “Fantasy (feat. Ruckazoid)” 

Purity Ring – “Obedear” 

Passion Pit – “Constant Conversations (St. Lucia Remix)” 

Twin Shadow – “Golden Light” 

Twin Shadow – “Run My Heart” 

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Poolside – “Take Me Home” 

Hot Chip – “Night and Day” NOTE: Radio Edit 

Hot Chip – “Flutes” 

Father John Misty – “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” 

Van She – “Idea of Happiness” 

Jeremy Glenn – “New Life” 

RAC – “Hollywood (feat. Penguin Prison) (The Magician Remix)” 

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Your Love” 

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – “Household Goods” 

Flight Facilities – “Clair de Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg)**BEST TRACK OF 2012** 

Friendly Fires – “Hurting (Tensnake Remix)” 

Pierce Fulton – “West Egg (Original Mix)” 

Finnebassen – “If You Only Knew (Original Mix)” 

YACHT – “Le Goudron (Edit)” 

Chromatics – “Cherry” 

Usher – “Climax (prod. by Diplo)” 

A$AP Rocky – “Goldie (prod. by Hit-Boy)” 

Chad Valley – “Tell All Your Friends” 

CHVRCHES – “The Mother We Share” 

Hot Natured & Ali Love – “Benediction” 

Tame Impala – “Elephant” 

Disclosure – “Latch (feat. Sam Smith)” 

M.I.A. – “Bad Girls” 

Yuksek – “The Edge (Album Version)” 

zZz – “Lion (Bag Raiders Remix)” 

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