The Fantastix

Apple music

In the past 20 years I have been building my music collection. I started out by recording tapes from the radio and cd’s borrowed from the public library.

Later on I was able to buy myself a minidisc player/recorded. I recorded all the tapes I loved to minidisc, and kept on collecting new material.

When I got my first iPod I started this process again. Recording tapes into the computer and hunting down the cd’s and vinyls I had collected on my minidiscs, just to have better quality versions.

The point is that I have a music collection perfectly curated to my taste. When listening to those recordings from tape, minidisc or bootlegs and vinyl imports they bring back good memories.

This is why I already can say I love Apple Music. It’s like walking into the public library again and choosing anything I think I might like, and when I actually do like it, I can add it to my own music collection with a click. And it’s just there, alongside the music that I already own and love.

The difference between Björk and Madonna

The difference between Björk and Madonna according to Aphex Twin in 2001

Björk is like a little girl in a sweets shop. She’s like: „Oh I love this, I love this! I want this, I want this!“ Madonna is more like brutal. Like: „These are trendy, I can keep myself young and modern if I use them!“ You know? Björk got that as well obviously but her motivation is that she just loves the musicians and would love to work with them. She picks people that aren’t really that famous.

Jeff Mills Exhibitionist 2 Trailer

Genuinely excited about this. Look at him go on that 909… I could watch him play for hours…

I just couldn’t believe that Kanye had never heard Daft Punk.

A-trak on Kanye West sampling Daft Punk’s stronger:

It sort of happened because Swizz Beats sampled “Technologic” for that Busta Rhymes record, “Touch It.” We were on tour in Europe in 2006, spending a lot of hours on the bus listening to the radio. Kanye heard “Touch It” and thought that beat was cool. I said, “He just swooped up Daft Punk.” And Ye said, “Who?” I just couldn’t believe that Kanye had never heard Daft Punk.

On Daft Punk’s Da Funk

Thomas Bangalter in an interview for some Swedish Pop magazine:

It was at the same time as Warren G’s “Regulate” came out, says Thomas. We wanted to make some kind of gangsta rap too and made the sounds as dirty as possible. Strangely, no one ever compared it to hip hop. We have been told that the drums sound like Queen and The Clash, that the melody is reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder, that the synths sounds like electro and a thousand other things. No one agrees that it’s hip hop.

After reading this story and listening to Da Funk again I can totally hear their reference to the funk infused gangsta rap from that time. But I would have never made that connection myself.

The life and death of the mix cd

Good read about the demise of the mix cd format.

DJ Deeon – Deeon Doez Deeon!

To celebrate his legacy, Glasgow’s Numbers label have selected their favorite DJ Deeon cuts for a greatest hits EP, titled Deeon Doez Deeon!. Sourced and remastered from the original DAT tapes, the EP includes slinky vocal jam “2 B Free”, spastic favorite “House-O-Matic”, the erotically charged “Freak Like Me”, and redline drum workout “The 604″.

This was probably one of the Dance Mania reissues Nina was talking about. The title of the EP seems to be a nod to the Deeon Doez Disco! EP where they got the first track “2 B Free”. Overall a great selection of tracks and a good demonstration that Deeon does more than the raunchy stuff he may be known for.

Nina Kraviz on Dance Mania reissues

Nina Kraviz on Dance Mania reissues:

I enjoyed the struggle searching for the damn record, maybe paid a fortune and then struggled to mix it in, breaking my own and other people’s ears in the process. Those frequencies could be really disturbing at times. But I always liked it in a kind of a Charlie Parker painful way. I love the music, but I also loved the myth. My precious myth of playing rare records from a mysterious label that we almost know nothing about. That all in all felt so very special…

I can relate to what she is saying. I have spent years looking for those records and always felt a little rush when I found one I didn’t have. But on the other hand, I still have a lot of them on my wantlist, so now may be the chance to finally get them without paying ridiculous prices

DJ Skull – The Graveyard Orchestra Remixes

I rediscovered this DJ Skull EP a while ago and since then it’s been getting heavy rotation at the office. The original mix has such a cachy bassloop, I have been humming it everywhere. All the remixes are winners too. My favorite remixes are the Claude Young and the Marko Laine ones. The Claude Young and the remix has some heavy filtering going on that reminds me some of Anthony Shakir’s work. Marko Laine takes it down nice and slow and adds some heavy distortion.

Ceephax Acid Crew

Peter Kirn on Create Digital Music about Ceephax Acid Crew:

Ceephax Acid Crew is not a robot. He’s not a chiseled male model behind a pair of CDJs playing 15-minute techno tracks. He is actually f***ing up a bit with his drum machine because he’s using his hands and fingers to make stuff and they’ve got blood flowing through them, and they’re connected to a brain and that brain is happy to let you know that it’s making decisions and some of them probably aren’t, strictly speaking, “correct,” but that human being is playing for you now and it doesn’t know what will happen, either.

I only saw Ceephax Acid Crew once, but it sure was the best fun I could have at a party.