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Todosantos (Venezuela) – ‘Acid Boys and Acid Girls’

Some time last year I came across Todosantos from Caracas, and their pean to an indie-year gone by, titled ‘Ian Curtis’ – ripped from their debut album, ‘Aeropuerto’. It was a revelation at the time, given that there was little – if any – truly revolutionary indie music leaking out of the region, but it was a long wait until their next EP finally surfaced. When it landed at the beginning of 2007, it was a remarkable about turn – no longer were ...

Interview: E-Stonji (Germany)

Originally published on Fat Planet. For as long as there has been scientific study and for as long as there has been art, the two disciplines have made for curious bedfellows. Over the centuries, they have been both repelled and attracted to one another – often at the same time – and in each instance, the results are inevitably fascinating. The legacy of crossovers between music and science is just as complex, particularly over the last few decades as electronic music has pushed ...

Sigur Ros (Iceland) – NPR Bryant Park Project Interview

if there’s one thing that makes me feel better about all the times i’ve screwed up live on-air, it’s this video clip right here. sigur ros on NPR’s ‘bryant park project’ programme, described by the program makers as “possibly the worst interview in the history of electronic media”. after hearing a few similar, although nowhere as awkward, interviews on fbi radio (calvin harris being a recent example), the question remains ‘why ...

Rideon (Brazil) – ‘Ghetto 808 Vol.3’

Baile Funk DJ and blogger Rideon returns for the next volume is this 100% on-point mix series – this joint features Rideon’s MIA mix, plus Edu K vs Scottie B, Sany Pitbill and Makossa & Megablast‘s entry in the Funk Mundial series, featuring Gaiola Das Popozudas. Tracklisting: DJ Rideon & MC Duda do Borel vs Gnarls Barkley: Crazy rmx Edu K: Gatas Gatas Gatas (Scottie B Baltimore Club Remix)(DJ Rideon Edit) MIA: Jimmy (DJ Rideon Remix) Rayvon: We Love To Party (DJ ...

Esau Mwamwaya (Malawi) – ‘Chalo’

mp3: ESAU MWAMWAYA Chalo (Demo) head now to the mad decent blog for a stunning rework of m.i.a.‘s paper planes from malawi’s esau mwamwaya – diplo‘s clash-sampling rythym and those zeitgeist gunshots, all re-wrapped with esau’s tropical african vocal. esau played in various bands in malawi before moving to london at the turn of the century and has been working with radioclit on a full album release. download a lo-res version of ‘chalo’ above, or ...

Jahcoozi (Germany / Sri Lanka / Israel) – ‘Style’

mp3: JAHCOOZI style Although based in Berlin, Jahcoozi’s roots are scattered across the globe – Israel, Sri Lanka, London – and it’s therefore no surprise that their sound resists any casual genre-plugging. They originally surfaced in 2003 with the ‘Fish’ EP and, on first contact, it seemed as if they were going to coast into a side alley of alternative electro pop, a low-bpm glitch cousin of Barbara Morgenstern perhaps. However, the subsequent album ...

Schizbreak (China) – ‘Not Fair’

mp3: SCHIZBREAK not fair continuing our irregular series of arists from china >> one part musician, one part design force, schizbreak hails from hong kong and crafts lo-fi guitar / electro pop tales of heartbreak and desire, landing in territory mapped by the likes of casiotone for the painfully alone. embellishing the project title, schizbreak turns himself into two individual identities – schiz on vocals & guitar and break on rhythms and, apparently, dancing. schizbreak ...

Friday Bridge (Sweden) – ‘The Story Of Agnes’

mp3: FRIDAY BRIDGE the story of agnes i’m sure something has been lost in the inevitable translation, after all who would have thought that ‘friday’ and ‘bridge’ would sit together as comfortable little soulmates? miss friday bridge certainly likes to tease – dropping light, electro pop peans to a yesteryear that’s impossible to pin down. 60s, 80s, neither? sounding much like el perro del mar on a happy day, the latest friday bridge release is ...

Mexican Institute Of Sound (Mexico) – ‘Escribeme Pronto’

mp3: MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND escribeme pronto mexican producer camilo lara returns with the sophomore release from his mexican institute of sound project, ‘pinata’ – a feature album on the fat planet radio show a couple of weeks ago. drawing from the roots he laid down with his debut ‘mejico maxico’, lara expands his sights for an album that draws strength from a wide selection of latin influences and stirs them into a smart collection of original tunes. for ...

Tang Ren Ti (China) – ‘Zi Nue’

mp3: TANG REN TI zi nue (self-abuse) mp3: TANG REN TI shanliang de xin (good heart) after a long period of hesitation, i finally took the plunge last weekend and once more attempted to delve deep into china’s alternative music scene. previous attempts have led me down dark alleys of doom metal or coughed up enough bad trance to keep parachute pants in vogue for centuries. fortunately, gokunming.com proved to be something of a salvation, and started a journey that i’ll share with ...

Alexis Weak (Sweden) – ‘Stang Av Techno’

mp3: ALEXIS WEAK stang av techno i know what went through your head this morning: “what i really need is some swedish guy, hard rapping over the thomas banglater remix of dj mehdi’s ‘signatune'”. here at fat planet, we aim to please, for that is exactly what we give you right here, right now. alexis weak storms straight out of the ‘la vida locash’ stable, home to swedish purveyors of dark-syrup electro pop, lo fi fnk and kocky. following the release of lo ...

DJ C (U.S.) – ‘Let It Billie (Dancehall Remix feat. Quality Diamond)’

mp3: DJ C & QUALITY DIAMOND let it billie (dancehall remix) i’ve written a great deal about dj c before on fat planet, so this post serves purely as a short heads-up for the recent release of c’s debut album, ‘sonic weapons’, through tokyo’s wimm recordings. featuring regular collaborator zulu, plus quality diamond, wayne and wax, pamelia kurtsin and more, this is a rare chance to rinse out your record collection with a killer combination of dancehall, ...

Taken By Trees (Sweden) – ‘Lost & Found’

after eleven years as the unforgettable voice of the concretes and a globe-spanning guest appearance on peter bjorn and john‘s ‘young folks’, victoria bergsman steps out on her own for her new project, taken by trees. in an attempt to preserve the spontaneity of her decision to record the album, she locked down the recordings in only six days, roping in andreas soderstrom (who records under the glorious name of ASS), plus electralane‘s verity susman and pbj ...

Interview: Modeselektor (Germany)

Originally published on Fat Planet. with a guest list that includes ttc, maximo park, paul st hillaire and mr thom yorke, expectations were going to be sky-high for modeselektor‘s new album ‘happy birthday’. for the last two weeks, it’s been on high rotation on the fat planet stereo and i’m relieved to say that, much like m.i.a.‘s killer ‘kala’, the hype is more than justified. this sophomore release retains all of the punch, kick and bass ...

DJ BEWARE [HONG KONG] VS MAN RECORDINGS

z-share: man recordings megamix by dj beware hong-kong born dj beware has whipped up a piping hot megamix of man recordings’ latest output – 12 tracks in 15 minutes, featuring both classic masters and the new kids on the baile funk scene. man recordings releases are always met with great anticipation here at fat planet, and beware’s mix raises expectation even further – offering a glimpse of forthcoming vinyl & digital drops from makossa + megablast and scottie ...

AKIKO MATSUURA [JAPAN]

mp3: COMANECHI death of you mp3: COMANECHI death of you (gentleman drivers remix) last year merok gave us klaxons and crystal castles, and in doing so, tipped the earth on its axis for quite a few hundred dancing converse around the world. this year, those same feet are going to find themselves abused and bruised with a new crop of signings, kicking off right here with japan’s akiko matsuura and her double-whammy of noise projects: comanechi and pre. matsuura (aka ‘keeks’) ...

FATMAIL: 14 AUGUST 2007

there’s a heap of great tunes, release info, links, ideas, trivia, new religions etc that arrive in the fat planet mailbox each week. most of this generally gets consigned to a folder marked ‘pending, sometime, soon’, but i’m hoping to rectify that on an occasional basis, starting right now: – dj chief boima, who recently befriended the uber lingua crew on his australian travels, put together this mix following the recent fat planet post on stade’s blues ...

TETINE [BRASIL]

mp3: TETINE l.i.c.k. my favela tetine aren’t so much following in the wake of bonde do role‘s juggernaut, they are quite probably the people who put the gasolina in the monstertruck in the first place. lazy comparisons to one’s fellow countrymen are never useful, but it’s hard to envisage bonde do role rocketing off to the stars without having at least copped an eyeful and earful of tetine and borrowing some of their magic powder. 2007 finds bruno verner and eliete ...

SANY PITBULL & MAVI INTERVIEW

while answering a comment on the last post, i came across this excellent video featuring baile funk producers sany pitbull and mavi. they discuss the origin of one of the classic funk carioca breaks (tamborzao), sourced from a track titled ‘808 volt – beatapella mix’ by dj battery brain. to think that one beatapella could spawn such a monster…

ORESKABAND [JAPAN]

mp3: ORESKABAND 20 tips it’s hard to look past a six-piece, teenage ska band, especially when they hail from osaka and are fresh out of high school. honestly, when i read about oreskaband a couple of months ago, my typing fingers developed a twitch that didn’t rest until the album was secured and making its way across the pacific. stand up ikasu, tae-san, leader, saki, moriko and tomi. sure, oreskaband aren’t going to take home a bunch of awards for originality, but ...

PRINCESA [ARGENTINA]

mp3: PRINCESA i feel so good mp3: PRINCESA si te vas while listening to villa diamante’s blends, one voice keeps getting lodged in the tiny canals at the back of my brain – and it’s the voice of valeria goberna, aka princesa. valeria made her name working with reggae / hip hop crew neuva alianza, fronted by “the mighty empress” alika. princesa’s album, ‘algo para decir’ (“something to say”) adopts a similar philosophical path to ...