Movements of Happiness

1 08 2010

Jon has posted a few of his sets from percussionlab on the blog earlier (https://muzikigan.wordpress.com/2010/05/13/mixes-mixes-whos-got-the-button/). I thought I’d try my hand at playing and recording a dj set. It comes in at just under an hour, with a mix of dancy stuff, electro-indie and other related joyous musical nuggets.

http://www.percussionlab.com/sets/marked_features/dj22

Take On Me (The Twelves Remix) A-Ha
Say Aha Santogold
My Delirium (Walter Sobcek Remix) Ladyhawke
Shake This Mystery Machine
Skulltaste Mux Mool
Twerk That Driver A-Trak
I Can See It In Your Face Pretty Lights
Seven (Martyn’s Seventh Mix) Fever Ray
She’s Electric (Short Circuit Remix) NightWaves
We Are Your Friends (Something Wrong Bass Remix) Justice
Happy House The Juan MacLean
Venus Rising Pacific!
Desperate Measures Millionyoung
Twilight (Jeff Samuel Remix) Lusine
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DEMF (aka Movement 2010): Detroit Electronic Music Festival

7 06 2010

Last weekend (Memorial Day Weekend), two of us bloggers here went to all three days of DEMF, and had a blast. It was crazy sweet, seeing some sick acts from classic techno to dubstep and downtempo. A couple highlights:

First and foremost, Pretty Lights brought down the house. Monday evening in general was just out of control amazing on the Red Bull stage, but my favorite by far was Pretty Lights. They did a live set with a guy mixing and a live drummer. They put together music at a little slower of bpm, but with huge downbeats, sweet samples, and great rises and falls. Within seconds of arriving on stage, the place was packed to the gills, superhot, and heaving. Arms went in the air, rocking the beat. This group does a sensational live show. Do not miss. One song they played was:

Pretty Lights – Total Fascination

Another favorite was A-trak, who played a dj set on Saturday. He’s got a real hip-hop vibe, and actually toured with Kanye West as his dj. The whole show had some sweet energy, and he was clearly having a blast doing it. The best piece of the show was a remix of Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, with an inserted sample saying “Barbra Streisand”. I wish I could that recording. And my favorite track by him (and how I heard of him in the first place) was his remix of Heads Will Roll by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. It is awesome. Unfortunately I only heard from over by the porta-potties.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-trak remix)

Great shows!!!





Pretty Lights

18 03 2010

I love this band. I don’t know how to describe it exactly, or what it is like. It’s not that experimental, but I’m at a loss for words. help! Maybe a mix of Radiohead, the Avalanches, Massive Attack, Stereolab and Lo-fidelity All-stars. But that’s such a crazy chaotic list. Please just check it out. I mean, it’s kind of electro-rockpop. But that makes it sound too trite.

I stumbled across them while playing around on hype machine. Gloriously, they post their albums for free download at http://www.prettylightsmusic.com/#/downloads. I’ve been listening to the album Making Up A Changing Mind and am totally digging it. I really think all the tracks are good, but maybe start with Future Blind and I Can See It In Your Face.

I recommend turning up the bass, at least for the last minute of I Can See It In Your Face.

Oh man, I can’t get enough of this album!!!