You'll find a cornucopia of tasty tunes to bounce off your eardrums. I update with new tunes, art and photography every week, depending on what I'm doing and listening to at the time, old and new. I'm based in London UK but I love to travel and discovery new music along the way and share my musical journey on neoloop.
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Another new album out this month, the eagerly anticipated Tango 3.0 from Gotan Project. The usual high quality of tangotronica insures that all Gotan fans are not disappointed. Gotan Project's debut La revancha del tango quickly established itself as the benchmark for this genre of music, reworking old tango classics, taking tango to the masses and soundtracking a thousand catwalk shows - that was back in 2000 and remains one of my all -time classic LP's. Astor Piazzolla, the godfather of Tango in still very much evident in the Gotans sound. Tango and latin melodies twisting together with dub and house grooves makes for a very relaxing headphone chill-out, but are equally as effective stomping on the dancefloor with a rose between its teeth. Basically it's more of the same and if it aint broke don't fix it. Love the cover art too! Can't wait for the live show coming to London Brixton Academy next month.
Like this? Try: Astor Piazzola, Bajofondo, Tosca
I like the rousing strings on this new track from Murder By Death, Foxglove is from their new album out this month Good Morning Magpie. Sounds like the late Johnny Cash jamming in an alt. country band. New album is well worth a listen.
Like this? Try: Fleet Foxes, Johnny Cash, Mark Lanegan
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Following an excellent gig by LCD Soundsystem on Friday night I've been listening to all their old stuff and been digging a bit deeper into some old Disco influences. When you listen in very closely to James Murphy's arrangements you hear a plethora of old Disco nuances, it's no secret that James loves his old disco collection, some of which was showcased on the excellent Fabriclive 36 mix he did with Pat Mahoney. This track from A Taste Of Honey was an old favourite of mine back in the day and I remember dropping it in my old sets to great appreciation. We've Got The Groove was never really big hit, they were of course best known for their 1978 hit Boogie Oogie Oogie from their self titled debut LP. Because of the massive success of that seminal disco tune they were often passed off as just a one hit wonder, but they did record some great tunes on 4 albums. This tune is from the 1982 LP Ladies Of The Eighties (Not to be confused with The Roy Ayers produced band of the same name). The subtle cowbell on this reminds me of a few LCD tunes.
Like This? Try: Chic, Heatwave, LCD Soundsystem, Mtume, Mary Jane Girls
A killer relentless driving tune that pounds along and builds up into an epic extravaganza!
I've mostly been listen to LCD Soundsystem's new album This Is Happening this week in anticipation of the live gig on Friday. However this new album from Broken Social Scene is also fighting for my ears attention. It's as eclectic as ever, for anyone unfamiliar with BSS, they are a band or musical collective made up of many different musicians mainly from Toronto. The band's core members are Kevin Drew and Brendan Canning, releasing their first album in 2001. The new LP Forgiveness Rock Record is due for a May 4th release and is a good quality listening experience. The first single World Sick is available as a free download via their MySpace page, well worth getting. Much of the album sounds like the Fuck Buttons mixing an Arcade Fire LP, especially this track here Meet Me In The Basement and Sentimental X's. Other highlights include Ungrateful Little Father and All to All.
Like This? Try: Fuck Buttons, Arcade Fire, School of Seven Bells
A new LCD album is a very exciting prospect, I've been a massive admirer of James Murphy's project since Daft Punk was playing at his house. LCD's first album was brimming with original ideas and formula's for uniquely crafted songs, Losing My Edge, Tribulations, Too Much Love and the momentous Daft Punk Is Playing At My House all contributed to one amazing LP. Then we had Sound Of Silver which didn't disappoint either with - North American Scum, Someone Great, the hypnotic Get Innocuous, the brilliant Time To Get Away and the euphoric All My Friends marked LCD's second LP as 2007's album of the Year.
So the big question is can he do it again? Well, I've given the 3rd album, titled This Is Happening a good listen and all I have to say is a resounding HELL YES! This tune, the opening track is the first of 7 epic tracks all clocking in over 7 minutes and beyond. Starts as a slow paced easy little jam intro before clashing in at 3 minutes with a pounding electro beat that is pure LCD at heart, next up is the shortest tune on the album Drunk Girls which was the first track to be released as a single, bringing in a bit of garage punk it's the new Daft Punk is Playing at my house. But while the album has the unique LCD flavour it still breaks new ground and treats us to some magical moments. One touch sounds like LCD remixing an old long lost Depeche Mode track while All I Want sounds like what David Bowie should sound like now with soaring guitars and pop hooks a plenty. I Can change is The Human League jamming with Kraftwerk on an electro-ballad with heart felt words of love. You Wanted A Hit is all about writing hit records and or their accidental hits, a low-slung bass epic, 9 minute groover. Pow Pow is the new cousin of Losing My Edge, followed by Somebody's Calling Me which is like Iggy Pop's Nightclubbing for the future-disco kids. The album ends with Home, a long catchy groover with a baseline reminiscent of Losing My Edge, a nice mellow end to another outstanding LCD Soundsystem LP. Can't wait for the live show next week at Brixton Academy.
Like This? Try: Hot Chip, The Juan MacLean, The Rapture
Released date for the album This is Happening is 17 May
Kick start any party with this Balkan skanker, with added Flat Eric rubs and swirling sirens. Add your own air horns for maximum effect. Taken from Balkan Beat Box's remix album Nu Made which sees new remixes of their Nu Med album. Stefano Miele speeds up the original and add more electronic effects and skanks it right up! Banging!
Like This? Try: Shantel, Mahala Rai Banda
While listening to some old mixes, I stumbled on to this old track from Moscow Groove Institute, still sounding fresh. It's hypnotic groove and snake charmer riffs smoking over a pounding drum beat, it has all kinds of instrument going on. This version, the Higher mix first appeared on their 2001 album Pizza as far as I can find out. I first discovered MGI on a compilation album - Moscow The sex, the city, the music. I've since been a keen follower of MGI music, they have a few albums out there, although nothing on iTunes. You can get their music direct from the bands Russian record label at Citadel records. They also have some new stuff on free download on soundcloud here.
I love this tune, I also love the Kraftwerk original, this track is taken from Señor Coconut's El Baile Alemán (Spanish: The German Dance) released in 2000, a complete album of Kraftwerk covers done in a Latin style. Testament to the originals, all of the Kraftwerk tracks covered sound amazingly good. Now a good ten years old this album still amuses me and I often give it an airing when I'm in the mood for some latin flavours. Autobahn is the best track in my opinion, other highlights are versions of Neon Lights, Showroom Dummies and Trans Europe Express.
Like This? Try: Kraftwerk, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carlos Jobim
More chilled out vibes today, this is an absolute classic for me, Dimitri from Paris (born Dimitris Yerasimos 1963) is a French music producer and DJ, best know for his disco compilations. He's produced many runway soundtracks for fashion houses such as Chanel, Jean-Paul Gaultier, Hermès and Yves Saint-Laurent. I think his music suits the fashion scene perfectly, this tune appeared on his excellent debut solo album Sacrebleu released in 1996. Very cool.
Perfect easy listening, light bossa nova for an easy lazy Sunday afternoon, recorded by Ruby & the Romantics, an American R&B group in the 1960s, the band were a bit of a one hit wonder with this in 1963. This tune has since been recorded by so many artists including Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Dionne Warwick, Bobby Darin, Isaac Hayes, Frankie Valli, The Carpenters and Waldeck to name a few. This, the original version has a cracking hammond organ vibe! Sit back, relax, and wait a while, your day will come.
Like This? Try: Waldeck, Dimitri From Paris, Burt Bacharach
Just heard the sad news that Malcolm McLaren has died of cancer today in New York, so tonights blog is a tribute to the man. Where do you start with Malcolm McLaren? Briefly managed the New York Dolls before setting up the Sex Pistols and dressed the whole punk scene in it's unique image together with Vivienne Westwood. In 1983 McLaren recruited various musicians, rappers, singers and DJs from New York and Los Angeles to create The World's Famous Supreme Team and released his first album Duck Rock, an album which mixed up influences from Africa and the Americas, bringing hip-hop to a wider audience in the UK. Two of the singles from the album Buffalo Gals (sampled 20 years later by Eminem) and Double Dutch became top-10 hits in the UK. Malcolm continued his involvement with the crew, in 1984 they released this tune Hey DJ (Malcolm also had a writing credit), now a great piece of old skool hip hop and I still dig it!
McLaren’s 1989 album Waltz Darling introduced vogueing to the world preceding Madonna's Vogue by two years. Ultimately Malcolm McLaren was a one-off — an impresario and entertainer. RIP
Fucking love this shit! Some old school Rock'n'Roll style riffage, tearing it up. The tempo changes from a speedy start in to a low-slung dirty groove, and it grooves like a psychedelic hypno-groove bastard! It's two years old this track from the bands self titled EP, although it could have been recorded in the seventies, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple spring to mind. Tame Impala are Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson from Australia, and they are starting to get a little bit of hype over here in the UK.
Like This? Try: Wooden Shjips, Kyuss, Fu Manchu, Black Sabbath
Part.3 of Neoloop's Contact triplicate:
One of my favourite songs of all time here's Brigitte Bardot's original Contact, it remains an intriguing tune and stands the test of time, incredibly it was recorded in the late sixties. Brigitte never really had a great voice but her charm and beauty shines through and Serge Gainsbourg's production brings out her unique personality. A simple short piece of pop it shows the prolific Gainsbourg in his peak of pop brilliance that's well copied and influenced today. Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot a French actress and singer born in 1934. She recorded Contact with Serge Gainsbourg in 1967. Brigitte also sang on the original recording of Serge's Je t'aime... moi non plus, but Bardot pleaded with Gainsbourg not to release this duet and he complied with her wishes; the following year he re-recorded a version with British-born model and actress Jane Birkin which became a massive hit all over Europe.
Like This? Try: Jane Birkin, Serge Gainsbourg, Francoise Hardy
Part.2 of Neoloop's Contact triplicate:
Godfathers of the Shibuya-kei scene, Tokyo kitsch-pop deconstructionists Pizzicato Five's version of Serge Gainsbourg's Contact stays faithful to Brigitte Bardot's original. Adding some modern blips and bleeps with a drum-machine beat, it samples the original riff and Maki Nomiya's vocal style bares similarities to Bardot. This version appears on their 1995 album Romantique 96 which also includes their brilliant hit Tokyo, Mon Amour. Well worth checking out their back catalogue, although this ones quite hard to find.
Like This ? Try: Stereo Total, Ladytron, Of Montreal
Part.1 of Neoloop's Contact triplicate:
This is Wooden Shjips version of the late great Serge Gainsbourg's Contact, Serge's 1967 version featured the beautiful Brigitte Bardot. San Francisco's Wooden Shjips take the tune on stoner rock, trance-inducing psychedelic journey, extending it into an epic 8.23 minutes and stripping it back to the bare essentials. Taken from the bands Vol. 2 LP, the second compilation of hard-to-find Wooden Shjips tracks made up of the band's Sub Pop and Mexican Summer singles and other rare tracks.
Like This? Try: The Doors, Tame Impala, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve
Caribou's fourth LP Swim is well worth investigating, Dan Snaith's sound is all the more psychedelic on this latest offering. The first track released from this LP was the fantastically infectious Odessa which sets the bench mark high. After a good listen from start to finish on a few long train journeys the whole album hangs together very well as a complete listing experience, and it's quite difficult at first to distinguish tracks that stand out more than others as the quality is of a high standard throughout. Leave House does have a mesmerising groove that sucks you further in with every listen, it's like your at space disco in a freaky eighties sci-fi movie. The Album is due for release 20 April, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Like This? Try: Manitoba, LCD Soundsystem, Modeselektor, Moderat