New documentary: Strut releases “A Brief History of Dance Mania Records” "For those of you who might know that Chicago is the mecca of house, and can rattle off a number of influential tunes from that era, this documentary will give you a great look at what the label was built on. Direct from the source (i.e. Dance Mania founder Ray Barney alongside artists Parris Mitchell, Duane Buford [aka Duane & Co[ and Wax Master), you get a chance to hear about this influential label’s story from the bottom up.” (Source: doandroidsdance.com)
New music: Jamaica are “Two On Two” French duo Jamaica had quite a buzz with their by then debout "No Problem", which they had released via Pias. Electronic music from France was very popular by that time, Kavinsky, Justice and the whole Ed Banger crowd, but also rather poppier bands like Phoenix or Tahiti 80 were either on the peak of their careers or reviving it successfully. Now, Antoine Hilaire and Florent Lyonnet are soon back with a new album called “Ventura" and have already released a new song called "Hello Again”, celebrating their return to the music business. Here’s their second single, “Two On Two”, with a hilarious video, which is definitely worth watching.
Win tickets and see Anamanaguchi in Berlin! Anamanaguchi is a boygroup from New York. But unlike most other boygroups the four are indeed pretty funny and cool guys. Their music is a way poppier version of what you know from Horse The Band, but features one very similar element, namely chiptune - so you get an impression. Anamanaguchi’s music obviously orientates itself a lot by the 8-bit-sound game consoles produced in the early 80s. The band actually produces its’ dramatic music with an old Nintendo Entertainment System (released 1985) as well as with a Game Boy (released 1989), which sounds very much as if you were stuck in a 2-D-jump’n’rum game from back then. So it’s no big suprise that they wrote the soundtrack for “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World - The video game" (which afterwards was turned into a movie with Micael Cera as Scott Pilgrim.). However, their songs are catchy, danceable, big fun and always worth being seen live.
On saturday, February 8, 2014, you’ll get the big chance to see them for free, since riskodisko is giving away 1x2 tickets for their show at Berlin’s art gallery Urban Spree this saturday. All you need to do is business as usual: leave a comment at the riskodisko-facebook-fanpage under the status update concering this raffle and with a little luck you’re amongst the audience for this more than fun concert and able to see their known as notorious live appearance! Good luck!
New music: Damon Albarn sings of “Everyday Robots” It has been rumoured for a long time now that the good conscience of contemporary pop-music, Blur- and Gorilaz-mastermind Damon Albarn, will release a solo-album quite soon. And after dozens of projects (also highly recommended: his project with Oxfam featuring T.E.E.D., Actress or Kwes: DRC Music, via Warp) and an opera, Albarn will finally release his solo debut "Everyday Robots" at the end of April via XL. The single of the same name will be released as a limited edition 7” vinyl along with a non-album B-side, “Fences”. The clip for the single was realised by Argentinian fashion designer Aitor Throup, who also is responsible for all the artwork concerning the album, since he is its’ creative director. Albarn calls his solo debut “his most soul-searching and autobiographical yet” and features guests like Brian Eno or Bat For Lashes. We can’t wait.
New music: 6th Borough Projects preview of upcoming album With "One Night In The Borough" scottish house-duo 6th Borough Project released one of the albums in 2011. Baffled how someone would be able to produce music like this hailing from a rather grey and rainy place like Edinburgh, their debut conquered the world with its’ groovy and laid back yet demanding tunes in notime. The expectations to the debuts’ follow-up, “Borough 2 Borough” couldn’t be higher, so after the "B2B Mix" they uploaded to their Soundcloud a few months ago, the two now provided a sneak peek of the record which will be released end of February via Delusions Of Grandeur. This is going to be just great.
Random music: Four Tet is thrilled of making Beats For the new episode of "Beat This"Four Tet accepts the challenge of producing a beat within 10 minutes - solely using samples from one of Michael Jackson's greatest albums of all time: his 1982 masterpiece "Thriller". Genius on the one hand, this episode with Kieran Hebden also shows how arbitrary music production sometimes can be.
New music: JETS give Jamie Lidell “The Midas Touch” Berlin based label for finest electronic music Leisure System (having released Tim Exile, Eprom or Dopplereffekt, amongst others) has announced that their next release will once more be coming from the unholy alliance of Jimmy Edgar and Travis Stewart, better known as Machinedrum, as JETS. In the end of 2012 the two released their first EP, simply titled “Jets EP” and now, after Machinedrum having released his grand "Vapor City" album and Jimmy Edgar working together with Jesse Perez and releasing first the "Hot Inside EP" and then his new "Mercurio EP", the two finally found the time to work together as JETS. For this purpose they got in touch with british soulfreak Jamie Lidell who sang the lyrics for the both latest work, a single called “The Midas Touch”. This features the original track as well as a Machinedrum remix, which both just sound great: electronic and underground on the one side, soulish and poppy on the other. The release will be vinyl only and very limited so be sure to get your hands on this one from January 27 on, before it’s sold out.
New music: Vampire Weekend cover “Time To Say Goodbye” The year was 1995, everybody was still listening to freaked out Eurodance-music and wearing strange clothes (that will be hip next year) when a crafted musician from Italy decided to declare war on these ugly times lacking of culture and beauty. Well, "Popera" never really became that mass phenomenom the blind tenor Andrea Bocelli was hoping it to become, however it brought him world renown and a #1 in most countries of the world. And to this day musicians remember this great moment of music history. In particular, Vampire Weekend did: on the upcoming Valentine’s Day-compilation “Sweetheart” by Starbucks (being sold in their shops from February 4 on) several bands covered great hits of the past. Beck covered John Lennon's "Love", My Morning Jacket's Jim James did a jazzy cover of Bob Marley's "Turn Your Lights Down Low" and Ezra and his gang made a very enjoyable electronic-flavoured reggae cover of "Con Te Partiró" (how "Time To Say Goodbye" was called before ol’ Sarah Brightman came along the way). It’s not that super creative cover you’re expecting from Vampire Weekend, however it’s fun, have a listen.
New music: Chromeo collaborate with Toro Y Moi As we already pointed out in October at riskodisko, canadian electrofunk-duo Chromeo is about to release a new album titled "White Women" (referencing iconic german photographer Helmut Newton's 1976 debut volume of the same title). As a next appetizer for the album being released this spring they just released the next single of the album, a feature with the great NY-based producer Toro Y Moi. Unfortunately his vocal contribution to "Come Alive" sounds as if a little child was singing and hasn’t got much left of that smooth and sexy whispers of his last years album "Anything In Return" or his earlier works. However, the song remains good and if you can see over this little deficiency you’ll sure have a good time with this.
New music: Gabo mourns about NMZS’ passing For a long time we hadn’t had something covering the vital and fresh music scene of Düsseldorf. We wish we wouldn’t need to write about this track, since rapper NMZS also was a good friend of us. End of March of this year the member of Antilopen Gang decided to leave life behind, much to our and so many friends’, colleagues and relatives consternation. One of these friends is very gifted Gabo, a hiphop head all through, whose speciality is freestyling. He also still can’t believe that his good friend left him and recorded a track featuring the crew Mental Movement and beatboxer Pahri, both also hailing from NMZS’ hometown Düsseldorf. Check out this melancholic banger of a track. And have a listen into NMZS’ posthumous released album "Der Ekelhafte" (“The disgusting”), which is rolling up the german end of year charts at the moment and which you can download for free right HERE, just as Gabo’s track which is a freebie, too.
Random music: There was a song before “Hyper Hyper!” and we just stumbled upon it! For many people this might be no surprise at all, but ever since we heard about german Techno-Pop-Band Scooter we always thought that the infamous "Hyper Hyper!" - namedropping some of the hottest Techno-DJs of the early 90s (of which, funnily enough, most of them are still active, like Laurent Garnier, DJ Hell, Sven Väth, Tanith, etc.) - was the trio’s debut single. But after reading the rather middleclass Interview-Book/ Band-biography "Scooter - Always Hardcore" and getting to the bands’ discography at the end of the book we noticed this song before “Hyper Hyper!”: “Vallée De Larmes” is an instrumental midtempo stomper that would never let you think that this actually Scooter you’re hearing. It just would need a bit of reworking of the rather old-fashioned percussion-kit to become one of the best and most credible songs Scooter had ever produced. Maybe one of these days some skilled producer stumbles upon this and will edit this interesting and long hidden piece of 90s-house-pop.