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  • BANKS x Shlohmo – “BRAIN”
  • BANKS turned heads last fall with her LONDON EP, and then on tour with The…

    Read more articles like “BANKS x Shlohmo – “BRAIN”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • Album Stream: Broken Bells – After the Disco
  • The Shins’ James Mercer and Gnarls Barley’s Danger Mouse are releasing their second album as…

    Read more articles like “Album Stream: Broken Bells – After the Disco” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • The Preatures – “Better Than It Ever Could Be”
  • The Preatures – “Better Than It Ever Could Be”
  • If you asked us to pick one – just one – band we thought were…

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  • Inventions (Explosions in the Sky x Eluvium) – “Entity”
  • Members of Explosions in the Sky and Eluvian score our most beautiful dreams as Inventions.

    Read more articles like “Inventions (Explosions in the Sky x Eluvium) – “Entity”” on PMA – Pretty Much Amazing.

  • CB-R "Hologram"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • “Hologram” by Brooklyn artist Bret Winans (a.k.a. CB-R or CB Radio) comes from the producer’s recently released Inside Existence EP, an offering which he issued via his own S//P//A label. The song is a fitting introduction to his techno-focused style, as it’s led by the thrust of dubby soundscapes and mechanical beats. The rest of CB-R’s EP features a solid balance of lighter tracks and heavy club fare, and can be previewed in the player embedded after the jump.

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  • Walrus Ghost "Seventwentyone"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Brooklyn artist Walrus Ghost has just sent over “Seventwentyone,” an atmospheric song taken from his debut LP for Project: Mooncircle, Uplifting Themes for the Naysayer. Walrus Ghost embodies the Berlin-based label’s search to find “the conjunction between electronic and organic music” on his new production, on which wispy guitar and crescendos of natural field recordings slowly build around layers of delicate percussion and warm, spring-like ambiance. The subtle jazziness and freeform flow of “Seventwentyone” bring to mind post-rock greats like Tortoise, and bode well for the rest of Walrus Ghost’s upcoming album when it drops on February 14. Before then, its artwork and tracklist can be found after the jump.

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  • She’s Drunk "MashMash"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Berlin-based producer She’s Drunk creates an astonishingly animated tone on his latest exclusive track. As its title suggests, “MashMash” features an eclectic collection of elements ranging from onomatopoeic vocal chants to the indecipherable and abstract sound snippets covering the dancefloor-ready beat.

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  • Kindimmer "Choice"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • Kindimmer "Choice"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • The once-stark borders between house and techno have become increasingly blurred over recent years, with an ever-growing number of producers finding an abundance of possibilities nestled finely between the two staples of dance music fare. One such producer is Kindimmer, a Berlin resident whose “Choice” cut comes laced with a techno pulse, but uses a more house-minded bounce to swing its gaseous chords and shuffled hats and snares. More important than where exactly “Choice” lands on the house/techno spectrum though is the fact that this bonus cut serves as a companion piece to Kindimmer’s Machine Visions EP (artwork above)—out this week via Germany’s fledgling Telefonplan label with four more pieces of swinging club music from Kindimmer. Limited to 200 vinyl copies, that new record can be previewed in the player included after the jump.

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  • Aleqs Notal "Cyborg1"
    3:13, via XLR8R MP3s
  • After having just released his debut EP A.E.T. earlier this month through the French Fries-helmed ClekClekBoom label, Aleqs Notal has given us his exclusive “Cyborg1” track to share as a free download. The Parisian producer’s song is an expedition through submarine sonar blips, tense rhythmic constructions, and faint synth melodies.

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  • Jerome LOL
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  • Jerome LOL
  • While the electronic spectrum is full of producers that could be described as unique, Jerome LOL is someone who truly marches to the beat of his own drum. It’s been more than a year since his shape-shifting former outfit, LOL Boys, went on what has seemingly become a permanent hiatus, and in that time, the LA-based artist and co-founder of the ascendant Body High label has maintained his undeniably meta sense of humor and continued to build an identity based around various web tropes and an affinity for the aesthetics of the internet’s early days. However, he’s also established himself as a skilled producer of washy, emotive, and slow-grooving house, albeit a variant that also includes plenty of nods to (and outright appropriation of) contemporary Top 40. Following a series of self-released singles—which were later compiled and mixed on a limited-edition cassette—Jerome LOL will finally be issuing his first official EP, Deleted/Fool, next week via the Friends of Friends label. The four-track effort is currently streaming online, but we were curious to hear more, which is why we asked Jerome LOL to put together this week’s XLR8R podcast.

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  • The Story So Far: an interview with KING, Prince’s new proteges
  • The Trilogy Tapes announce new EPs from Max D and A Made Up Sound
  • The Trilogy Tapes announce new EPs from Max D and A Made Up Sound
  • The Trilogy Tapes, Will Bankhead’s repository of strange and wonderful house/techno, have two promising EPs in the offing. The first of the two is Drizzling Glass, a new EP from Washington wooze-merchant Max D/Maxmillion Dunbar. 2013 was kind to Dunbar, […]
  • Prince drops his lawsuit against internet bootleggers, teases new song ‘PRETZELBODYLOGIC’
  • Prince has reportedly dropped his $22 million lawsuit against internet bootleggers. Earlier this week, it emerged that Prince was demanding the money from net users that he claims enabled the free distribution of recordings of his gigs, dating back to the […]
  • Lost Elliott Smith recordings released as club tracks
  • Lost Elliott Smith recordings released as club tracks
  • Lost Elliott Smith recordings released as club tracks
  • From A Bashment on the Hill? In the late 1990s, Mike Doughty (formerly of cult art-rock unit Soul Coughing) recorded a series of Elliott Smith vocals at L.A’s Sunset Sound Factory. Smith – who was working on his contributions to […]
  • Valentin Stip — Regards sur l’enfance (I et II)
  • Earlier last year, I made my way to Ravello in the Amalfi Coast to check out pianist Yundi Li‘s recital of Chopin and Beethoven pieces.  Needless to say that my entire time in the area was a dream that I never wanted to wake up from and yearn to dream of again. Regards sur l’enfance […]
  • Jonah McGowan – Stronger (Kill Them With Colour Remix)
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   If you live in Toronto, the name Kill Them With Colour is likely familiar to you. For everyone else, this duo’s house-driven vibes have been a staple of my […]
  • The Belle Game – Tradition (8prn Remix)
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   I don’t know who The Belle Game are, but if WRC Mgmt signee 8prn if remixing them, they must be worth a listen. Enjoy this v emotional remix and […]
  • Rook Milo – Outland
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   Vancouver-based producer, Rook Milo, flips this classic sample into what I’d describe as mo-town getting over a bad breakup.     Rook Milo on: SoundCloud | Facebook | Twitter […]
  • Vancouver Sleep Clinic x GXNXVS – Hold On We’re Going Home
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   My bar-none favourite Australian indie group, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, just put this gem up on their SoundCloud and, well, it’s gorgeous. A little birdie tells me we’ll be seeing […]
  • Matt Lange – So Cliché
    3:13, via Salacious Sound
  •   Apparently I’m on a guitar affiliated deep house kick lately, so here’s my fix of the night from Matt Lange. You can expect So Cliché to pluck those heart strings […]
  • [Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Revenge Of The Dreamers
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  • [Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Revenge Of The Dreamers
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  • [Hip-Hop] J. Cole – Revenge Of The Dreamers
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    J. Cole is definitely a happy man today. Not only is it his birthday, but … Continue reading »
  • [Hip-Hop] Isaiah Rashad – Menthol (Feat. Jean Deaux) + Soliloquy
    3:13, via The Music Ninja
  • As the newest member of the TDE collective, Chattanooga native Isaiah Rashad is out to prove his merit, and show us exactly how he fits … Continue reading »
  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)
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  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)
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  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)
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  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)
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  • [MP3 Playlist] Indie Dojo (January 2014 Round #4)
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  • Remember 2004? La Fleur Filled Out a Myspace Survey for Us
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  • Remember Myspace surveys? We were digging through our old social networks the other day and realized that we can get more dirt on your favorite DJs with a tween-baiting questionnaire than with a boring old interview, so we're gonna make them fill out questionnaires. Make sure not to leave it open while there's a POS.

    Even resident DJs at internationally famous European megaclubs have backup careers. For La Fleur, a resident at Watergate in Berlin, Plan B involves going back to her former day job as a pharmacist. Luckily, her efforts as a DJ, producer, and head of the Power Plant label are taking off, so seems like she won't need to fall back on alchemy. Next month, the Swedish native is set to release a remix for classic house legend Kerri Chandler, and she's also slated to compose a CD for Watergate's imprint this spring. We tracked her down before she jetted off to a weekend gig in Italy and accosted her with questions about her personal life, most of which were culled from old Myspace surveys. 

    ~*SHORT QUESTIONS SURVEY*~
     
    Do you sleep with or without clothes on?  Without
    Do you prefer black or blue pens?  Neither
    Do you dress up on Halloween?  If the party is good yes
    Do you like to travel?  Yes
    Do you like someone?  Yes
    Do they know?  Yes
    Who sleeps with you every night?  No one
    Do you think you're attractive?  Yes
    Do you want to get married?  Yes
    To:  The man who makes me laugh, feel safe and satisfied.
    Are you a good student?  Yes
    Are you currently happy?  Yes
    Have you ever cheated?? Been cheated on?  Yes and not that I know of
    Birthplace?  Örebro, Sweden
    Christmas or Halloween?  Christmas
    Colored or black-and-white photo?  Colored
    Do long distance relationships work?  For a while
    Do you believe in astrology?  Partly
    Do you believe in love at first sight?  Not love, but heavy attraction that can turn into love
    Do you consider yourself the life of the party?  Yes
    Do you drink?  Yes
    Do you make fun of people?  No
    Do you think dreams eventually come true?  Yes
    Favorite fictional character?  Can't think of anyone right now..
    Go to the movies or rent?  Go to the movies
    Have you ever moved?  Yes, many times
    Have you ever stolen anything?  No, not on purpose
    How's the weather right now?  Beautiful
    Last time you cut your hair?  3 months ago
    Last person you talked to on the phone?  Justin
    Last time you showered?  This morning
    Loud or soft music?  Depends on the sitation.
    Mcdonalds or Burger King?  Neither
    Night or day?  Both
    Number of pillows?  Two
    Piano or guitar?  Piano
    Future job?  Health freak coach / DJ granny / Back to being a pharmacist
    Current job?  DJ / producer /label boss
    Current love?  Justin
    Current longing?  To see my love
    Current disappointment?  None
    Current annoyance? 
    Last thing you ate?  Home made vegetarian burger
    Last thing you bought?  Coconut oil
    Most recent thing you are looking forward to?  To finish the remix for one of my favorite DJ/producers
    What are you hearing right now?  The silence
    Plans for the weekend?  Playing in Italy
    What did you do today?  1.5 hr walk in the forest, a Skype meeting and said yes to being an ambassador for a remix contest, answering interviews and answering emails
    Pick a lyric, any lyric or song:  song, the title says it all: Yo La Tengo – "I Heard You looking"
    Pick a movie quote:  "My preeecioooooouuuuuuss"
    Analog or digital?   both!
    Favorite software to produce with:   Logic 9, Trilian from Spectrasonics and Synplant from Sonic Charge.
    Berghain or Panorama Bar?   Panorama Bar to play and for Sunday dancing. Berghain for an adrenaline kick once in a while.
    Clubs or festivals?   Festivals for the open space, nature feeling, and clubs for the intimate, sweaty, dark interaction.

    Connect with La Fleur:
    Soundcloud
    Facebook

  • Hear Benny Ill’s Deep Garage Remix of Dusky’s New Single, "9T8"
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  • Hear Benny Ill’s Deep Garage Remix of Dusky’s New Single, "9T8"
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  • One can not recount dubstep's origin story without mentioning Horsepower Productions—the rotating cast of DJs and producers known for their devastatingly sparse, shadowy garage records. Before the movement had even coalesced under the dubstep name, there was an original crew of early pioneers—Horsepower, Oris Jay, Kode 9, El-B, and others—unloading nose-hair-tickling basslines at a handful of tiny London nightclubs.

    Roughly a decade before dubstep became came to represent formulaic bass drops and tweens in annoying T-shirts, there was Benny Ill, a founding member of Horsepower Productions, pressing tiny batches of dubplate records for basement parties and shooting the shit around the record store. Well it's 2014 and Benny's still doing his thing.

    Check the swingin' remix for the hot-as-wasabi London duo Dusky, channeling a little bit of the dark, hypnotic minimalism of London at turn of the 21st century. Show us some love on Soundcloud and if you're looking to dig deeper into the history of dubstep's Wild West moment, check Resident Advisor's Dubstep 101 feature, Kode 9 and Hatcha's History of Dubstep mix, or pick up a copy of the awesome compilation, The Roots of Dubstep.

    Dusky's '9T8' with Benny Ill remixes is out now in vinyl and digital on School Records: btprt.dj/1e5f4Wk

  • Wolfhaus Just Blessed Us with a Dubbed and Screwed Mix
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  • Wolfhaus Just Blessed Us with a Dubbed and Screwed Mix
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  • Welcome to THUMP's Labels in Residency series, where an esteemed record label takes over our (CMS) decks, showering DJ mixes on you like manna from heaven. Crank the foam machine, lower the disco ball, and check back here often—there'll be a different party every two weeks. Up to bat: Helskinki's modest club kings, Top Billin. 

    Unlike their party-loving label counterparts at Top Billin, Finnish duo Wolfhaus are into dark vibes and emotions—mostly of the glum variety. Or, as they put it, “we like to keep things deep and purple.” Their boundary-busting style, which they've flaunted in a series of “Dubbed and Screwed mixes, is exactly what it sounds like—big subs, slowed-down samples straight out of Memphis, huge delays, and staggered kick drums. 

    Both parts of Wolhaus—Marked Man and Miro—have been in the Top Billin family since its inception (Marked Man also flexes his production muscles for local hip-hop acts like the very excellent Finish/Nigerian Noah Kin). So we could think of no better candidates for the final leg of Top Billin’s run on THUMP. Their dexterous mix of deep, spacey beats from Jam City, Lotic, Spvce, and beyond goes out to UK bassheads and Southern rap lords alike. 

    Tracklist
    Wolfhaus – Drips
    Femme En Fourrure – The Beach
    Jam City – Bells
    Twwth – Boy You Down With It
    Lotic – Rendez-Vous (Drippin' remix)
    Hasta – Cereal
    M.I.A. – Warriors (Wolfhaus edit)
    YSI – Tokyo Cab
    Spvce – Pure
    Enyui – Hold Me
    Grindmode vs Drake – Wu Tang Forever (Miss Milk x Wolfhaus screw)
    Samo Sound Boy – Your Love (Shlohmo remix)
    Club Cacao – Don't Judge
    Kode9 – Love Is The Drug
     
  • Blackdown Names His Top 5 New Producers
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  • Blackdown Names His Top 5 New Producers
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  • Blackdown Names His Top 5 New Producers
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  • Blackdown Names His Top 5 New Producers
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  • Blackdown Names His Top 5 New Producers
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  • Blackdown (AKA Martin Clark) knows a thing or two about chasing down mysterious artists and transforming them into stars. Alongside his production partner, Dusk, Blackdown runs the Keysound label, which explores the continuum of grime, dubstep, hip-hop, and dancehall—and has given him plenty of experience in plundering murky musical territories for hidden gems.

    On top of that, he hosts a weekly radio show on Rinse FM and runs a long-standing music blog, Blackdown Soundboy. Blackdown is a humble man, but he possesses a level of clout that many DJs would kill to have; he’s a tastemaker’s tastemaker, which makes him the perfect subject to kick off our new column, the Lookout. For this edition, Blackdown highlights five young Keysound artists who are exploring the outer limits of the label’s signature sound.

    Wen
    "Our next release on Keysound is Wen. He's found his own sound that spits vocal signals over the groove of garage and the space of early dubstep. He's refixed Dizzee Rascal's classic 'Strings Hoe.' Better than that, Dirtee Stank [Dizzee’s label] gave us their blessing to put it on vinyl."

    Parris
    "Parris is the next Hatcha or Slimzee, in my opinion. He is the 'DJ's DJ' in our emerging 130bpm scene and cuts actual dubplates. He keeps it dark and rolling—love that."

    Logos
    "His album took grime and smeared it into these elongated tropes. We were blown away by the response. Utter badman."

    Luke Benjamin
    "Luke Benjamin is a unique vocalist. He's definitely come at this 130 thing from his own angle, with stories to tell. This track is a mental collaboration with Filter Dread."

    Moleskin
    "On the other side of the spectrum, past Logos and into synthier grooves, is Moleskin. As much inspired by Jersey club as grime, he's capable of club bangers as well as epic emo jams."

  • Hear Lonely C and Baby Prince’s New Collaboration "Fraîche"
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  • Collaborations in electronic music can feel like over-hyped publicity stunts. From the high-profile exchanges between Scandinavian Ken Dolls to the appearance of random washed-up rappers on aggresive electro tracks—the listener is often left wanting more. So it's refreshing when a collaboration comes out of pure creative spontaneity.

    If there's one crew with a natural knack for spontanaeity, it's the guys from the Soul Clap and Wolf & Lamb family, and today's offering comes courtesy of Lonely C (aka Charlie of Soul Clap) and Baby Prince (aka Gadi of Wolf & Lamb). 

    Using the Marcy Hotel as their collaborative hotbed, Lonely C and Baby Prince brewed up the Fraiche EP in August of 2011, when they were couped up waiting for Hurricane Irene to reak havoc on the Big Apple. Though stories of this session have turned to myth it was said to be a weekend full of sweet jams and delinquency. The guys also recruited another talented chap by the name of Greg Paulus (of No Regular Play) to lay down some sultry trumpet croons. Time to get fraîche. 

    The Fraiche EP which features "Irene Is A Hoax" on the B-side will be released Feb. 17th on Beatport, via Soul Clap Records.  7 inch is out now on Juno and Phonica

     
  • What if Your Favorite French DJs Were French Wines?
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  • What if Your Favorite French DJs Were French Wines?
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  • What if Your Favorite French DJs Were French Wines?
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  • What if Your Favorite French DJs Were French Wines?
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  • What if Your Favorite French DJs Were French Wines?
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  • What if Your Favorite French DJs Were French Wines?
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  • In my years in the music game, I have found DJs to be amongst the most discriminating food connoisseurs. This is no coincidence. When travelling, you're being taken to pre-gig meals, usually at a local flagship. When throwing parties in your own town, you're taking guests to dinner or hunting for late night eats. When home relaxing, you're making up for all the gut-buster airport tour food by whipping up some good home cooking. And of course, you're instagramming it all.

    In this space, I'll be bringing you recipes and food stories from the globe's most cookin-est DJs, paired with carefully selected music for culinary enhancement.

    Today we take it to the French Riviera with Franck aka Freaky Franck aka Freak You—producer, head of On the Fruit Records and restaurateur of note. Here at Cooking with the DJ we've made smoked turkey, we've made party chili, we've made some kind of drunken slim-jim thing, but now we've got a Frenchman who owns a wine-centric restaurant, so we're ratcheting up the sophistication. Franck teaches us how to make a gourmet pasta dish that's easy to prepare, but looks fancy enough to get you laid on a dinner date. Plus, Franck tells us why Kavinsky is like "the holy grail in French white wines," the 1996 Meursault 1er cru—“Les Caillerets” from Coche Dury.

    THUMP: Hey Franck, welcome to Cooking With the DJ. Tell us a bit about yourself.
    Freaky Franck: Hi, I’m Franck, born and living in the south of France—Antibes. I never sleep, some people think I've got some super powers. I like wines, sometimes too much.

    Although music is my passion, everything around wines and gastronomy is a large part of me. I’ve always worked in the restaurant/wine business. I was wine-waiter since 16, and around six years ago I opened my own restaurant in Antibes. I plan to sell the restaurant in few years and start to live with music only! My personal project Freak You had its moment. I got played by Vitalic, Aphex Twin and Bloody Beetroots—especially my release "From Nowhere." Just after, I created my own label, On The Fruit Records. I understood this label had potential and I put my personal project on stand-by. It’s only last year that I came back to producing seriously. On The Fruit has lots of upcoming releases with great artists like In Flagranti, Bufi, Future Feelings, Cyclist, Douze, Mr. Maen, Vibes and more.

    Since I have a wine expert here, we're gonna play a word-association game I call "Le Concours Electro Des Vins." I'm going to name you some French electronic artists.  When you hear the name of the artist, respond by telling me the name of a type of wine.

    First one—Brodinski.
    Pommard: Domaine Maréchal “La Chanière” 2010. Straight to the point, elegant, classy but not "too much." I love this wine. 

    Surkin.
    Châteauneuf-du-Pape: Le Clos du Cailloux 2008 (cuvée tradition). Powerful, almost aggressive, but exceptional. Over all this manliness, it's lush.

    Birdy Nam Nam.
    Saint-Julien: Château Ducru-Beaucaillou 1996. Extremely expensive, huge and prestigious, but nowadays living in the past. Although its reputation is still worldwide, people know that it’s not like it used to be. But still—a big wine

    Kavinsky.
    Meursault 1er cru: “Les Caillerets” Dom. Coche Dury 1996. The holy grail in French white wines, it’s been around for decades, still running the show, and doesn’t give a fuck of what people think.

    Cassius.
    Champagne: Francis Boulard “La Comète” 1996. Amazing, really amazing, probably one of best bottles I ever tasted. Not really expensive, but rare and not everybody can really understand its potential or why it’s so famous in the wine connoisseurs niche.

    OK, so what recipe are we cooking right now?  What's so great about it?
    Prawns & penne pasta with fresh tomatoes and zucchinis. Today I’m going to show you how to cook pasta in a different way, if you have a dinner date and you want to blow some minds—it’s easy. It’s local knowledge and a classic for romantic dinners. What’s great about this way to cook pasta is the texture and the real meaning of al dente pasta—which isn’t made properly nowadays. It’s something classic from Italy, to cook pastas like this, really common. What’s best with it is you can add anything to it, almost everything works—raw, cooked, fried, spicy, sweet vegetables, any kind of fish or meat.

    Do I have to be a genius to make this?  What's the trick to making the dish work?
    Not at all, it’s super easy. Follow the recipe and you can’t fail, unless you leave it burning! [laughs] The trick is to cook pasta one minute less [than the box instructions] and wash them just after with cold water. This tiny detail changes everything, this will be explained in the recipe.

    What should we be listening to while we cook this?
    The cliché will go to a romantic classic piano composition like Erik Satie's "Gymnopédie."

    Erik Satie is my favorite classical music composer—him and JS Bach. But for some more rhythm and electronic music I will go for the sublime, something that I’ve just discovered and I’m already addicted to: The Range's Nonfiction LP.

    THUMP: Thanks Franck! Bon Appétit.  
    Bon Appétit.



    Prawns and penne pasta with fresh tomatoes and zucchini

    Recipe serves two.

    Ingredients:
    300 g Tomato passata [Outside of Europe, this can be substituted with tomato puree, but passata is superior if you can find it -ed.]
    200g Penne rigate pasta (Penne because I love them but you can try with different pastas)
    10 prawns, already cooked and peeled (use more than 10 if they seem small)
    One fresh Zucchini
    Good olive oil
    Salt & pepper

    A drop of red wine
    1 head of lettuce
    Fresh basil
    One fresh tomato
    Parmesan Cheese (shaved)

    Directions:
    1. Boil some water with a bit of salt in a big stew pot. Pasta likes some space to be cooked.
    2. Take a frying pan and put in the tomato passada (or puree), some olive oil, a drop of red wine and the salt and pepper.  Simmer until it gets a bit thicker like a thick cream.
    3. Cook pasta, one minute less than is written on the packaging. If they require ten minutes in boiling water, stop at nine. This detail is important for this recipe—the pasta needs to be quite firm. The timing depends of the brand or the kind of pasta.
    4. While the pasta is boiling, cut the fresh tomato in tiny dices and grab six lettuce leaves for the final decoration.
    5. Take the zucchini and cut a dozen slivers with a peeler. It’s super easy, just peel up to down and repeat until you see the white flesh of the zucchini.
    6. Wash the cooked pasta in a strainer a long time with cold water until cool.
    7. Put the cooked pasta, the prawn, tomato dices and a handful of fresh basil leaves into the simmering sauce. Save some tomato dices and a few basil leaves for the final decoration. Keep mixing with a wooden spoon until the sauce is getting thicker (a fwe minutes).
    8. Serve in big plates (big plates are more comfortable while eating and easier to decorate)
    9. Plate the pasta in a rectangular arrangement and add the zucchini slivers all around. Put the lettuce leaves on top of the pasta and place some extra prawns on them, with your peeler cut some parmesan cheese slice and add them randomly all over the meal.
    10. Add a final bit of pepper and salt and it’s ready to be served

    Check out other installments of Cooking With The DJ
    Cooking Chipotle Beans with Sammy Bananas
    Learn to Cook DJ Ayres' World-Famous Party Chili
     

    Freaky Franck knows more about wines than the entire THUMP staff combined. Follow him on twitter at @FREAKYOUtwitt. His record label, On the Fruit is at @onthefruit.

    Michael Fichman speaks conversational French, but only after he's been drinking a fair amount of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Follow him on twitter at @djaptone.

  • Michael Jukeson’s Dance Moves Will End Sadness Forever
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  • Michael Jukeson’s Dance Moves Will End Sadness Forever
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  • Michael Jukeson’s Dance Moves Will End Sadness Forever
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  • Michael Jukeson’s Dance Moves Will End Sadness Forever
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  • If you are currently rolling your eyes at the above headline, I totally understand. I never thought I would ever be down with a DJ named Michael Jukeson, let alone a DJ named Michael Jukeson posting custom dance videos on YouTube. But guess what? They're freakin' great, and his motives are pretty spotless too.

    Before the videos started rolling into my timeline last month, all I knew about Michael Jukeson was that he used to have a crazy mullet, he reps Astronautico, and his name made me laugh out loud when he followed me on Soundcloud. 

    After seeing him pairing the haircut with Day-Glo workout gear at parties, it wasn't much of a surprise to learn that his homepage is set up like Craigslist, with items on sale including one (1) New Years Kiss ($199.99), two (2) Neil Sedaka records ($9.99) and his own chest hair ($99.99). After almost purchasing a selfie along with his phone number "in case I got lonely," I got lost in all of his Youtube videos and decided I really needed to learn more about the collection.

    Here’s how it works: You simply tweet at Mr. Jukeson and tell him your favorite song, and he returns a few days later with a video of him dancing to said song, in hopes that you will never be sad. He has called his movement #nomoresad. A few people asked us, “What’s up with this guy?” and we really had no idea so we hit him up this week to find out what his deal was. We also got a few custom videos that he made for THUMP staff and friends, so enjoy the exclusives.

    THUMP: Hey Michael, how are you?
    Michael Jukeson: Hey! I am well! 

    What are you doing right now?
    I am sipping on some green tea and eating a banana.

    Thank you for the rad video. I appreciate it.
    No problem! It was my pleasure.

    How many have you made so far?
    Seventy-seven videos so far, and the requests keep pouring in!

    I feel like the response to them has been great. Someone left a comment on my Facebook saying things like your videos should be prescribed before Prozac enters the picture. Isn't that the point of your movement?
    The response has been amazing! The point is to make people happy. I have personally struggled with depression and it is a very serious issue and is often overlooked and/or undertreated. It makes me happy that #nomoresad could potentially serve as part of the solution but there is nothing wrong with seeking professional help or treating it with medicine. Everyone deserves a smile.

    How did #nomoresad start?
    It started with a product on my website, “MJ470: 30-Second Dance Video by Michael Jukeson." People were really keen on the idea and I wanted to expand upon the concept so I started the twitter outreach program @nomoresad2014, and then gave it a name—“Michael Jukeson’s #nomoresad Initiative.” And here we are!

    How can the whole world be involved?
    Run with the idea; find new and creative ways to make people happy, to spread positivity, and remember to be kind and compassionate. Go out and make smiles happen.

    Have you been getting crazy comments because we all know the Internet is a horrible place?
    I have received some negative feedback but it pales in comparison to the positive. The Internet harbors a lot of negativity but I hope I am able to change that…

    How do you deal with that?
    I don’t participate in or acknowledge negativity.

    Besides doing #nomoresad videos what else do you do?
    I am currently working on a piano concerto, a few club tunes, the ability to slam-dunk, a film score, running, and a workout video.

    How would you want to take #nomoresad to the next level?
    I have a few #nomoresad ventures in the works: collaborations, a live dance performance, a SXSW booth, and a new public outreach program called Interventures (intervention and adventure). I just want to make as many people happy as I can.

    Has this been making you happier?
    Yes! This is the happiest I’ve ever been! I firmly believe that it is easier to discover happiness when you help others find it.

    What is the best advice you can give people when they are feeling sad?
    If you need help, find help. Eat well, be active, stay positive, smile (even if you don’t feel like it), and dance—a lot. 

    MJ470: 30-Second Dance Video for THUMP

    MJ470: 30-Second Dance Video for Shawn Reynaldo, XLR8R Editor-in-Chief

    MJ470: 30-Second Dance Video for Greg Eggebeen, Supervising Producer for THUMP
     

    Connected with Michael Jukeson:
    www.michaeljukeson.com
    Soundcloud
    Youtube
    Twitter

    Follow Michael Jukeson's #nomoresad Initiative:
    www.twitter.com/nomoresad2014

  • Moody Good’s “Musicbx” Serves R&B with a Side of Sub Bass
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  • Moody Good’s “Musicbx” Serves R&B with a Side of Sub Bass
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  • Moody Good’s “Musicbx” Serves R&B with a Side of Sub Bass
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  • Electronic music has had an on-again-off-again history with the vocal arts, and with all of the Disclosure clones cropping up to share their take on juiced-up, dancefloor-friendly R&B, it would appear that the diva is back in the building. Here at THUMP it is our job to cull the wheat from the chaff so you don't have to, and I think we're doing a fairly good job because today's premiere is a standout. The first few bars of "Musicbx"—its tufts of cheery thumb piano and thin, reverb-washed pop vocals—will not prepare you for the thick swaths of sub bass and sharp, angular drums that kick in when this baby drops. Those crackly kick drums will vibrate your third eye through the bottoms of your feet.

    You may know Moody Good by his former moniker, Broken Note—if you're into the glitchier side of heavy bass. Or perhaps you followed him as a member of the dubstep duo 16-Bit, whose propensity for meticulous sound design definitely translates in Moody's recent solo work. His debut album will be upon us come March 2014 via MTA Records, so here's a taster to get you pumped for the full-length, with the sweet Chicago singer Eryn Allen Kane adorning sparse, impeccably engineered rhythms. 

    Connect with Moody Good:
    Soundcloud
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  • TÂCHES takes you to the dance floor with "Paris"
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  • TÂCHES takes you to the dance floor with "Paris"
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  • TÂCHES takes you to the dance floor with "Paris"
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  • TÂCHES takes you to the dance floor with "Paris"
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  • TÂCHES takes you to the dance floor with "Paris"
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  • Spanish producer, TÂCHES, released his breakout track, “Confessions,” early last summer and since then has been continuing to release killer original dance tunes.  TÂCHES brings a unique relaxed vibe into heavy hitting UK garage beats, finding ways to draw influence from artists all over the dance music spectrum. His ability to merge…
  • Sinjin Hawke unleashes "ThunderScan", "One", and "The Pit" collaborations [Video + Downloads]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Sinjin Hawke unleashes "ThunderScan", "One", and "The Pit" collaborations [Video + Downloads]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • If you know of Sinjin Hawke’s music, it’s hard not to look at him as a creative deity among mortals.  Since the second half of last year he’s been putting out a great deal of one-off tracks including awe-inspiring remixes of DJ Funk, DJ Assault, and Dre Skull, a Gangsta…
  • Banks & Shlohmo team up for brand new track, "Brain"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Banks & Shlohmo team up for brand new track, "Brain"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Banks & Shlohmo team up for brand new track, "Brain"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Banks & Shlohmo team up for brand new track, "Brain"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Banks & Shlohmo team up for brand new track, "Brain"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • 2013 was a break out year for female vocalist, Banks, with hits like “Waiting Game” and “Warmwater.” Her low smokey voice is undeniably sexy, making her the perfect opening act for The Weekend this past fall and using her song for the holiday commercial during the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show….
  • Where The Wild Things Are fan? Check Yellerkin’s video for "Solar Laws"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Back in December of last year, EARMILK had the pleasure of premiering Teen Daze’s remix of Yellerkin’s “Solar Laws”, and now we have the pleasure of viewing the official video for the original track.  Yellerkin, a Brooklyn-based up-and-coming duo, innovatively have created a visual, Where The Wild Things Are-inspired music video for the single,…
  • J1K remixes Big L’s legendary track "Put it On" [Download]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • When you hear the word producer nowadays the first thing that comes to mind is, “which mode of electronic will we hear now?” However, there still exists a massive community of solely hip hop producers who revolve their sounds around word of mouth and organic respect. One of the up…
  • 7 Minutes Dead & Haywyre flaunt it with ‘Peacock’ EP
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • 7 Minutes Dead & Haywyre flaunt it with ‘Peacock’ EP
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Canadian record label Monstercat must really have some savage scouts out there because they are racking up some scary good talent. It’s no surprise that a label with artists like Krewella, Project 46 & Vicetone under its name would be bringing in some of the most original and skilled acts…
  • Jacuzzi releases a bubbly hot remix of Tinashe’s hit single, "Vulnerable"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • ­Ryan Work aka Jacuzzi has cultivated an extraordinary and breathtaking production skill at the young age of 18 that blends artistic classical composition with powerful drums and synths. Mizu, the debut EP for one of the hottest emerging producers reached over 10,000 downloads via his website in December 2013. The…
  • Kronic brings the big room to Colorstarr’s "Do It Again" [Download]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Kronic brings the big room to Colorstarr’s "Do It Again" [Download]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Australian Dj/Producer Kronic has been on a remix tear lately. Recently, he has worked with newly formed indie rock/synth rock music project Colorstarr, whose song “Do It Again” began making waves back in late 2013. Kronic brings the big room sound to the song , as it’s booming bassline leads right into a…
  • NDMA & Rockie Fresh are "Yours for one night"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • NDMA & Rockie Fresh are "Yours for one night"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Angolan/Brazilian artist Nilton De Menezes better known as N.D.M.A has solidified a style that listeners have begun to expect from his work. His use of upbeat instrumentals influenced by his early life living in South America. Has become the basis for a lot of his songs. Speaking on everyday issues he is able…
  • Bumen System gives G-House new meaning with exclusive mix
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Bumen System gives G-House new meaning with exclusive mix
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Bumen System gives G-House new meaning with exclusive mix
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Bumen System gives G-House new meaning with exclusive mix
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • G-House, or Gangsta House, is the latest transition in the four-to-the-floor music spectrum. The sound incorporates the heavy rolling basslines of deep house with the swing and flow of hip-hop. If you like tech house, jackin’ house, bootytech, or anything that gets that booty popping, G-house will be you new favorite…
  • Cock & Swan premiere video for Brian Binning remix of "Looking Out"
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  •  A while back, we premiered a lovely cut from DJAO off Seattle duo Cock & Swan’s first collection of remixes off their album Secret Angles. It’s not often that an album warrants not one but two remix compilaitons, but in this case, Cock & Swan’s dreamy, ethereal style lends itself perfectly to as many…
  • Zak Waters soars with latest release "Over You" [Video + Premiere]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Zak Waters soars with latest release "Over You" [Video + Premiere]
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Pop singer/songwriter and L.A. native Zak Waters has our hearts in a puddle once again with his latest single “Over You”.  On the heels of his overture to his hottie babysitter “Penelope”, Waters is back to take us on another sentimental ride, this time exploring a relatable situation that usually…
  • WoodzSTHLM premieres debut EP ‘Re-Thought/Re-Visited’
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • Last week we introduced you to 20-year-old Fredrik Eriksson and his exclusively released track “Fathers & Sons.”  Hailing from Sweden, WoodzSTHLM (pronounced “Woods Stockholm”) has produced for a variety of underground and mainstream artists since the dawning of his musical career. The young producer is now at the point where he…
  • Twin Caverns "Swell" with downtempo, trip-hop bliss
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • We’d like to introduce 22-year-old duo Louise Millar and Michael Macias, who together form Twin Caverns. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, Millar and Macias aim to “combine the best of electronics and acoustics with a touch of nostalgia,” which is most prominently heard on their single called “Swell”.  Among other noteworthy singles…
  • Phoria’s "Red" takes an acoustic, introspective turn
    3:13, via EARMILK.COM
  • London-based five piece Phoria wowed us back in April with their release via Akira Records of the Bloodworks EP, and now they’re back. We can remember the heart-stopping single, off of Bloodworks, “Red” to have “an experimental backing that meshes samples and a soothing vocal performance,” as described by fellow EARMILK writer, Aaron Thomas.  This time, “Red” has been…
  • Riz Ortolani – Notte al Grand Hotel
    Italian soundtrack composer…

    3:13, via Undomondo
  • Riz Ortolani – Notte al Grand Hotel

    Italian soundtrack composer Riz Ortolani has passed away aged 87. Here is the closer from 69’s Tiffany Memorandum.

The Daily Playlist for January 28, 2014

The Daily Playlist for January 27, 2014