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When was the last time you bought an actual record from an actual record store?

We highly recommend giving it a go if it’s been a while…

It really is good for the soul… or rock… or pop… or alternative… or electronica… or hip hop… or classical… or country… or dance… or folk… or heavy metal… or jazz… or (insert weird sub-genre here) or world.

TGIF - Latin Flavour


So the world cup is almost through its first round and the twin horrors of Wayne Rooney & Pitbull (are they the same person?) are rapidly fading from memory.

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Banished from our memories in favour of latin flair and fervour.

It is already the Latin world cup just through location and now 7 of their teams are already through to the second (knockout rounds). To celebrate the end of the first round here’s some party music from the lucky ones – only Ecuador and Honduras have missed out to date, back on the plane with England, Italy and Spain. If this doesn’t give you football fervour nothing will:

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Airto – Celebration Suite

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Mexican Institute of Sound

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Anna Tijoux – 1977

 

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Quantic y su Conjunto

 

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Los Hicsos

 

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Senor Faraon

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Binary Cumbia Orchestra

 

That Boy Needs Therapy!

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Well… Probably not when you’re dealing with that many but we do love the sentiment.

Age Before Beauty After Midnight.

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“Non posso credere che un ragazzino dalla Norvegia ha fatto un remix Coldplay migliore di me” Fictional quote from Giorgio Moroder

What is Fake-Giorgio saying we hear you ask you unilingual peasants…  Fake-Giorgio is saying “I cannot believe that Kygo kid from Norway has done a remix of Coldplay better than mine”.

While fictional Giorgio is remarkably humble WE personally prefer his epic, 8 minute remix of Midnight that was secretly transported from a disco on Saturn to Soundcloud to Kygo’s blissed out version, But his comments do indicate just how intensely competitive the Coldplay remix race has been. Just one week after the release of the band’s new album Ghost Stories, there are a heap of remixes doing the rounds… shit, Tiësto even got all experimental tech housey with his own bootleg.

As far as the official ones go though, who do YOU think did it better? 23 year Kygo or 74 year old Giorgio?



But What’s The Right Music?

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Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio." - Hunter S. Thompson


"One could argue pretty vigorously that Thompson’s favourite song of all time was “Mr. Tambourine Man.” find out other potential HST ‘right music’ faves via THIS fantastic Beatdom article.


Gangster Doodles.


One of our favourite tumblrs Gangster Doodles has gone and put together a 48 page zine filled with their brilliant depictions of rappers, ballers, players, thugs and gangsters which in their original form are all done on 3x3 yellow post-it notes using common office supplies such as fluorescent highlighters adding to the charm.

It’s limited to 100 copies so you’d better get your skates on if you want to cop a copy which you can do by clicking here.

Below are a few of our faves from the first volume of hopefully many and stay tuned to their blog for your daily dose.

Face The Music




What did you do on Record Store Day this year? Hopefully you went and supported your local record store and bought a whole bunch of limited edition releases… as for UK artist Natalie Sharp, well she offered up a little more commitment and painted her face with a bunch of iconic album covers

Here’s what she had to say about the project in an interview with Quietus -

"I decided to paint my face for record store day. After moaning that I never get the easter weekend off because Im always face painting, a friend Dan Conway suggested I paint my face as a piece of vinyl.

"I stupidly thought I could knock these out in a day. Three days later with a bleeding face and being accused of racism after posting my progress on Facebook, I had to stop. These are not my top eight albums, I don’t believe in that crap, but they are eight very inspiring and spectacular albums that I keep returning to. Each face took between 3 - 6 hours to paint. I cried after finishing grizzly bear, I thought it had broken me. I don’t use any stencils its all freehand.

"Record Store Day, here is my gift to you." - Natalie Sharp



The Endangered Song


We admit it, we have a soft spot for Portugal. The Man

One of many reasons is the social conscience they bring to their music, a social conscience that has most recently been brought to bear to raise awareness for the endangered Sumatran Tiger, of which only 400 remain in the wild.

The band has created the world’s first song that is made to go extinct, unless it is reproduced. With only 400 copies of the record produced on vinyl that will breakdown after a certain number of listens, the band have put the onus on us, the music community, to help keep the song alive.

The rips are popping up left right and centre, with this soundcloud link below the best we’ve heard yet.


So listen to the track, learn more about the project here and keep the endangered song alive.

 And Portugal. The Man, don’t ever change your stripes

King Of The Party Shirts


King Krule doesn’t make party music… he makes great music but it’s not really what you’d program on the iPod if the parents are out of town and you’re sipping spiked fruit punch out of a red party cup is it?

BUT it turns out what he does do well is make party shirts for you to rock at the aforementioned soirees.

You can check out the Set Adrift collection of long and short sleeve beauties in full over at his WEBSITE all of which are designed by Archie and get this for maximum awww factor, his Mum Rachel hand sews them!

Here are our picks of the bunch, we’ll take one of each in a size Large pls.

New Age Unicorn Crystal Balls: Descriptive Beyond Belief.

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Is it just us or are there a lot of junior bedroom laptoppers channeling something between Enya and the love theme from Titanic just now? 


Beautiful enough but bang to rights Enya in the middle 8. Busted, Mr Wallpaper. And you are guilty too Oliver Tank.

For us, if there is one bin in any record store that is guaranteed to FUCK YOU OFF (!) it’s that one called “New Age”. Sometimes it comes with some other really annoying title like “Nu-Conciousness” or “Spiritual” or “Third Eye” or some other quasi-cosmic nonsense. And every album in it looks like shit (both design and content wise). Here is one album from that bin that’s almost guaranteed to make you reach for the submachine gun.

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and here’s another…

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Sorry to be haters but that’s just the way we feel. We don’t need “sound medicine” (whatever that is), I don’t care what you listen to whilst doing that Hot Yoga thing and “serenity” just makes me think of this scene from “The Castle” and as for the Relaxation Company – that sort of makes you yearn for major record companies to come back in and save you with “real pop”.

So it Is with some disgust that we report to you that New Age music is sneakily becoming cool.

Starting with the brilliant compilation of the “jazz flute” mood music of IASOS which needs no other introduction than this image -

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but if you get past this and try it out, it turns out not to be (just) post-hippy drivel (despite the artists brilliantly vomit inducing introduction here) but a sort of synth ecstacy that clearly would have Daft Punk & Air in “virgin suicidal” raptures.

Or you could try this psych-synth fest – from the appropriately New Age-ily named Dolphins Into The Future (you have to ask what did dolphins do to deserve their association with all things new age – we have posted on dolphin rage before and they just aren’t that mellow people)

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it will hardly surprise you to find this is listened to on the Chris Robinson Brotherhood head shop tour bus… 


Trippy, but it features on Balearic Ibiza mix tapes too.

Or this one from the vaults of Japan and featuring new age wizard Keitaro on synths -


Far East Travelling band on a mellow conga fuelled post krautrock synth trip out. Phew! But it kind of dances! Thanks to our man Montero for finding this gem.

Maybe even better is this private press new age compilation of music made by really strange people who really make for a liner note worth reading -

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But which touches a sort of mellow cosmic spot. There’s a strange fascination to be had going from track to track and realising its not utterly awful. Buy it and share the joy.

And that compilation in turn introduces us to the tuned percussion meanderings of Laraaji, whose “cosmic tape experiments” are at once psychobabble and a bit of a jam at once -


As if to prove that there is a fine line, Laraaji has made an album with Brian Eno (Ambient 3: Day of Radiance) and also contributed to the brilliant FRKWYS series that gave us last years brilliant Sun Araw/ Congos collaboration which was an album of the year. Here he is from that one with Blues Control on a dubby trip of a thing called “Awakening Day

If you throw in about half of this brilliant “Influences on French Electronic Music” compilation from our friends at Because, there is starting to be a slight feeling of acceptance based primarily on open eared digging.

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And then add in the awesome Seahawks mix we recently featured and we are all the way there – the mix even has a rather funkily cool track by the above ridiculed Steven Halpern to show he’s not all bad.

Alas I cannot excuse the fact that there is a Laraaji track called Unicorns In Paradise (?!)

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Which still makes us reach for the shotgun and/or laugh at this scene simultaneously, but we have to admit we are rehabilitating. Or is it that we’re going mentally soft in our old age?



-TH