It is no secret that I love Electropop as a genre. In fact, I devoted a blog post to this fact a few weeks ago. I’m not sure why I love so much, but it’s just a sound I never get bored of. That and Post-Punk are my two eternal musical loves. I decided to put together a mix of some of my favourite electropop tracks, some are brand new, and some are classics that I have never fallen out of love with.
You can download the mix for free, from Soundcloud. Some of the mixing isn’t as technical as with other dance mixes I have put together, but for me this one is more about the songs themselves than any fancy trickery. Hope you enjoy it!
Sometimes the crowds in clubs at Christmas can be a bit variable. Loads of people are out on their work dos, and this inevitably means there are folks out who probably never really go to clubs, and who aren’t that into music. This is cool enough, and it’s great that people do end up hanging out in Gigantic, but it can be a bit difficult when DJing as they aren’t necessarily regulars, and without wanting to be too general, they tend to want to hear big pop hits (and Christmas songs *shudder*). I do love a bit of shameless pop, but I also like to mix it up with some more leftfield choices and a few Gigantic anthems.
There was a pretty variable crowd in last night, with a fair amount of festive party goers, so I was over the moon when some old school Gigantic heads weighed in as it meant I could get away with playing some more risky tracks, and I knew the requests would be good. Shout outs to Kim, Dave and Hollie who picked out a ton of good songs, and it did feel as if I was playing for just them at times. Props to Chris Wee, who asked for this to be played at peak time. No arguments there – Gigantic Classic.
Speaking of Gigantic classics, this song used to get played every week, but it rarely gets played now. Niall Kennedy used to ask for it every time, and as he was down for the first time in ages I thought it would only be right to play it again.
And this last track was my own choice, and it was great to see how well it still goes down.
As always, big big love to everyone who came down and danced!
I’ve been busy this week working on a new DJ mix. It’s on the final draft, so it should be ready for pimping by the weekend. It has meant that the number of posts made this week has been low (like, 0), but I’m making up for it now by firing out some tasty Friday Bangers.
First up we have one of my favourite new discoveries right now, The Amazing Snakeheads. They’re from Glasgow, and this song reveals a penchant for dark, snarling blues. I love it.
To lighten the mood, here is a wee electropop (I know, I can’t get enough of it, stay off my back!) number from Kraak & Smaak. It features guest vocals from Sam Duckworth, AKA Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. I probably prefer it to anything of Sam’s solo stuff, but I’m just biased.
And lastly we have a tune from Lil Silva, and it features the vocal talents of Sound Of 2014 longlister (yes, that’s a madeup word) Sampha. Can’t wait for the Sampha solo album to drop this year, but his guest spots are tiding me over nicely.
It’s time to take Throwback Thursday down to funky town. Once we get there, we’re gonna dance, have a drink and generally enjoy ourselves. These songs will be the soundtrack. They’re all reedits of old disco and funk tunes, and they are all guaranteed dancefloor movers. The reedit scene is the gift that keeps on giving.
This tune has been stuck in my head all week. I probably prefer the original version, but this edit is super tasty and touched with class. It takes you there.
The groove on this tune just keeps on pushing you along like you’re sailing on a river of dreamy chocolate. Like the boat ride in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, if it wasn’t COMPLETELY TERRIFYING.
And this last rework is just so damn cool, it’ll make you strut around, head held high, thinking you’ve got all the moves. And you probably do have all the moves. Could you share some with me please?
How are you feeling today? Bit raw? The weekend is receding fast behind you, and the Monday onslaught is approaching. Perhaps you are still up from the night before, maybe you haven’t opened the curtains all day, and are intending on staying in your jammies. Don’t fret, you don’t need to swallow the fear, just listen to these tracks on repeat all day and you’ll feel much better. Satisfaction guaranteed, or your money back.
If Bobby Womack doesn’t soothe you then there is a high chance that you are a vampire (because no matter what recent movies and TV shows try to tell you, THEY HAVE NO FEELS).
Uplifting pop music that isn’t coated in bubblegum? Hell yeah! The whole Lorde album is pretty good, but this really is an unbeatable song.
And of course, Chillwave is perfect for a Sunday. Jessy Lanza has just released an album called ‘Pull My Hair Back’, and it’s full of wonderful, blissed out vibes. Like this.
Take it easy everyone.
It’s the Gigantic debut of Chris McMahon tonight. I’ve renamed him Chris MaMacattack for the purposes of this blog post, because he has picked out three tracks that are very high on the lethality scale. He’s better known these days for playing a lot of cutting edge House music, but he really shows the depth of this musical knowledge with these choices.
First up is a bit of classic Nirvana. It’s scary to think that this is more than two decades old. Oof! Still slays.
Next we’re bringing things a bit more up to date with a bitta Digitialism.
And finally here is a bit of glitchy bass music for you. All round tasty times.
As always, if you’re looking on the guest list for tonight, head over the to Facebook Page.
Holla! It’s time for Throwback Thursday. I started this style of blog post during Hip Hop Week #2, and the idea for it is that more vintage tracks will be dug up each week and given a fresh airing, as long as they don’t stink. Today I’ve twisted things a bit and used remixes of classic tunes. These are all records that I’ve been playing in the club recently, and they’ve been doing the business.
You could argue that this track doesn’t need remixed or touched, but Gigamesh has done a good job of giving a tweak for DJ use, so hats off.
You could also argue that this song doesn’t need remixed, but I think Todd Terje has worked his magic to tweak it into a non-stop disco builder.
And the last tune of the post is the most interesting rework for me. Pilooski are probably best known for their remix of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons ‘Beggin”, and it seems they can turn their hand to anything as The The are at a very different end of the spectrum. Super stuff.
It really is no secret that I love a bit of electropop. Flip knows I talk about it often enough. Electropop and post-punk are two of the core staples of my musical diet. Today I spent a while trawling about for new music, and lo and behold most of what I was attracted to was electropop. Here are my favourite finds today.
To start with, we have a track from RAC (the Remix Artist Collective). I’ve been playing RAC tracks for years, and they are usually killer remixes of tracks. However, this is their own production and features the vocal talents of Kele and MNDR. Can’t. Get. Enough.
Next we have a release that Mausi put out as a free download a wee while ago. You can grab it from here – It features this tune, plus a few others. I actually think it’s than a previous Gigantic anthem of theirs, ‘Sol’. It’s free, and it’s lovely. Free lovely.
And the last song of the post is by Chela, and it’s released on the faultless Kitsune Maison label. Seriously, are Kitsune capable of doing any wrong? This EP comes with a billion remixes (well, five), but the original is floating my boat.
Stay tuned for more electropop next week, no doubt.
I couldn’t think of a clever pun name for this weeks Friday bangers, so I’ve just opted for boring old numeracy. To be fair, there isn’t a theme running through the track selection apart from the fact that I’m digging them all muchly right now. They’re all a wee bit electro pop, but then so is so much of the music that I’m into so I couldn’t even really claim that as a theme. ANYWAY.
The first track is from Kidnap Kid. I first of them through a remix for Lulu James, which was mega. Turns out their own tracks are damn fine too.
I don’t really know much about Hey Champ, apart from the fact that they remind me of Cut Copy. But let’s be honest, all anything needs to do is reminds me of Cut Copy and I’ll think it’s brilliant (especially Cut Copy, who remind me the most of Cut Copy).
And finally we have a remix of Chvrches by Moon Boots. If you haven’t heard of Chvrches yet, can I just say that I’m glad you have regained consciousness, or returned from that Arctic exploration you’ve been on for the past year, which I can only presume is your excuse. You should check out Moon Boots Soundcloud page for more goodness, he makes killer electro pop. And guess who loves electro pop? That’s right, everyone.
Oh, and I should point out that all of the photos used in these videos were actually taken at Gigantic. Prettah snazzah.
After what seems like a hundred years, the Ed Zealous album finally has a release date. It’s going to be called ‘Wired’ and it will be released on March 2 of next year. This is amazing news. I’m really looking forward to hearing their finished body of work, and nothing makes me happier than when long-running Northern Irish bands release full albums. Too many times in the past great bands have broken up and only left us with a bunch of EPs and singles, so much love to EZ for getting their shit together.
The teaser tracks that the band have released so far reveal a proper electro feel, with a fair smattering of indie bigness. This latest tune ‘Telepaths’ continues in that vein, and bodes well for the album next year. Check it out via their Soundcloud.
And here are some more links for your continued exploration.
Ed Zealous Soundcloud
Ed Zealous Bandcamp
Ed Zealous Facebook
Ed Zealous Twitter