Eugene Francis Jnr - Kites (buy)
Now for something quite rare here at Random Circuits, indie/folktronica. Eugene Francis Jnr (myspace) was brought up on country, blues, folk music, 80’synth-pop and ambient, now influenced by Air, Beck, Bright Eyes, Postal Service, Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Evan Dando and Sufjan Stevens. This man gives us some sweet melodies and singing for our tender ears to endulge in. Kites together with Poor me released a week ago as a limited single stakes out what is to come with the upcoming debut full-length. FYI: The buy-link points to the limited 7" vinyl in the iTunes store.
Video available at YouTube.
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Pepe Deluxé - Go For Blue (Viva Voce Remix) [Catskills, 2007] (buy)
Four years since eclectic Pepe Deluxé's (out of Finland) last album ("Beatitude"). That's a pretty long time, but the wait is over - a new album, "Spare Time Machine" dropped on Catskills Records a few weeks back. Here's the fresh new third single from the album, dubbed "Go For Blue". It's a funky story, sure to be stuck in your mind for a long time after hearing it. Viva Voce provides the remix, improving the track further in my opinion. Clap your hands!
Posted by skypher at 18:08
- Luke Vibert - Mate tron [EP, Planet mu]
- Tomas Andersson - Upwardly mobile [12, BPitch] (the B-side, "Ofullständiga rättigheter" is excellent as well!)
- Manasyt - Filthdonor [LP, Terminal dusk]
- Aux 88 - Global darkness [EP, Creme organization]
- John Dahlbäck - Years behind [12, Pickadoll]
- Cru - The ebonic plague [Track, Def Jam]
- Skoozbot - Next To Monchhichi [12, Plus 8]
- Ambivalent - R U OK Remixes [12, M_nus]
- Gabriel Ananda - Stream of conciousness [12, Karmarouge]
- Love supreme - Elsewhere [EP, Tirk]
- Ryan Davis - Up 1 [Track, ?] (blogged by 24:hours, gogo check it!)
Edit: Added Ryan Davis - Up 1. Love!
Posted by skypher at 16:51
Saturday, July 28, 2007
John Dahlbäck - Years behind [Pickadoll, 2007] (buy)
John can still crank out releases like nobodies business. Here he's at it again with smooth and hyperthick progressive house vibe production morphed into tech-house, or something. Very easy to get into, although I'm not a fan of the, quite frankly, cheesy female vocals. Club powerhouse anyways. On the flip we have a track called "Years from now".
Manasyt - Everyone missing [Terminal dusk, 2007] (buy)
After a bit of flashy tech-house, I bet you're all aching to get into freaky, dirty, sci-fi electro mood. Yeah? Manasyt producer of mindwobbling neuro-illektro comes straight at you, cheap shotting you with this LP (so aptly titled "Filthdonor"), bursting with chaotic energy. It's all about the saws and the squares, baby.
Posted by skypher at 10:31
Friday, July 27, 2007
Since it's friday afternoon and all, I figured we need some more music. That and a wall of text for ya. Can you count the number of times the word "acid" occurs?
Luke Vibert - Mate tron [Planet mu, 2007] (buy)
Oh yessss. You all know how weak I am for the acid and the analogue goodness. Here's one of the masters twiddling my/the knobs with 4 tracks of heavenly, warm squeakiness. This time Vibert draws inspiration from Last Step, Analord, Ceephax, but is focusing even more on melody and of course adding his own, less spastic, midas touch to things. Meatabix (third track) is all freaky acid play after its introduction, locking in the genius 303 grooves. The title track, Mate tron, my favorite even though not by far (all tracks are love), switches things up a bit with some different modes - always with a clear red thread marking the melodic and quite laidback path though. Carefully placed voice samples complements, like a glove. Asheed is the second track and continues in line with Mate tron along the more mellow side of things, but still the bubbling acid makes its presence clear. Closing the EP is Salacid, lowering the tempo further and lets Luke's precious melody workings hit us with full force - absolutely beautiful, acid sex.
This EP gets 5 random circuits out of 5 possible! [ RC RC RC RC RC ]
Soon off from work! Ughhn.
Posted by skypher at 16:32
Time for the obligatory friday banger. Have a good weekend.
Tomas Andersson - Upwardly mobile [BPitch, 2007] (buy)
Tomas takes his dirty, primitive and shaking minimal techhouse onto the next level. Adding some echoes and more depth to his already pounding sound that could be heard on "Mot matsalen". This is El Retardo Dance Musico - in good ways only. Brute force wins when one of Sweden's finest brings the sledgehammer.
By the way, I think Random Circuits has hit the 500 post mark. Ain't that special! Many thanks to our readers and especially to those who drop comments, we love to get feedback. Here's to another 500.
Posted by skypher at 10:29
Thursday, July 26, 2007
No, sorry. No techno from me today. Was browsing my hiphop library before the weekend as I was going to burn a CD for a friend's birthday party, and I know he digs hiphop more than electronic stuff. Found a couple of sweet, forgotten tracks. With that said, enjoy your thursday lunch.
Goretex - The big sleep
Here's one of the songs I ended up using. It's not old school or anything. From Necro's mixtape Brutality part 1.
Cru - The ebonic plague [Def Jam, 1997]
Mid nineties hiphop is the shit! This perfect track is nicked from the excellent funk/hiphop/soul blog Ear Fuzz (this post specifically). Be sure to check it out. If you only download one hiphop track this week or month even - this should be it!
Posted by skypher at 12:21
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 09:27
Monday, July 23, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 14:50
Artist(s): Ida Engberg
Track title: Disco Volante (Sébastien Léger Remix)
On release: Disco Volante
On label: Pickadoll
Release date: June, 2007
Download link: zshare.net/download/2762223b17c3d2/
Buy link: juno.co.uk/products/258741-01.htm
Comment: Happy, happy and catchy, catchy debut release with electro-tech-house making even the most technophobic friends get busy on the floor. This is great! We're talking class A dance music here with an unmistakable symphonic melody. Ida Engberg - a producer out of Stockholm to watch.
Posted by skypher at 08:15
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Friday, July 20, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 14:57
Artist(s): Ilar & Hedvall
Track title: Rush hour rumble
On release: SONICULTURE 005
On label: SONICULTURE
Release date: March, 2007
Download link: zshare.net/download/2761806ca23a8f/
Buy link: juno.co.uk/products/260334-01.htm
Comment: Sustained damage dealing piece of audio, coming your way from Swedes Anders Ilar and his partner in crime Fredrik Hedvall. A song that keeps on evolving.
Artist(s): DJ T
Track title: Freemind (Dexter remix)
On release: 5 Years Get Physical
On label: Get Physical Music
Release date: June, 2007
Download link: zshare.net/download/2761868c7e0376/
Buy link: phonicarecords.co.uk/detail.aspx?ID=22946
Comment: This has been out for a while now and most people have probably listened a good bit to it, but i's a very nice compilation. Deserves some more attention. Here's an excellent blend of T's and Dexter's different sounds. The end result is uplifting and smooth.
Just trying out a new format to post tracks in, this is obviously way more informative with tons of links. The downside is of course that it takes much longer to compose a post. So we'll see if I have the patience for this in the future or if it's a one-time thing only.
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Thursday, July 19, 2007
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Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 11:12
My fears about IE not playing along nicely with my layout was, of course (according to Murphy's law), all too true. Been messing about with it for the last hour and it seems difficult to get the page to look exactly the same in both Internet Explorer and Firefox (damn margins). As I'm using Firefox myself, I've decided to make it look best in that browser. So if you haven't made the switch yet, it's about time ;-)
Will continue to improve and polish, and eventually add the rounded corners, the upcoming days.
About time we had some music on here now...
Carl Finlow - Blue [Green light, 2007]
Carl A. Finlow - Silicon Scally, a producer I have the utmost respect for. Tight electro, always with new takes on the genre. Either with mood and atmosphere or with some new jacking drum pattern techniques. Blue is the third and last track on the Swoon EP, a track boiling with some dense alien liquid, bubbling over its container. Letting forth funky saws and dripping synth washes. Albeit no surprise, Finlow is in magnificient form.
Posted by skypher at 09:18
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
There will most likely be little kinks and weird looking stuff here and there, I'm gonna try and sort everything out as we go along. Oh and I just realized! I haven't actually looked at this layout in Internet Explorer! If it looks like crap, it's probably going to take a few days or so to fix.
Hope you like it.
Posted by skypher at 23:26
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 12:54
Good morning. Remixing layout and design of the blog is going alright, of course adapting the thing to Blogger turned out to be a bit of a pain. We'll see how it turns out. Now for some music again.
Paul Ritch - Messene [Get Physical, 2007] (buy)
So fresh off the presses that you can smell the wax! Recently released on mega label Get Physical Music, Paul Ritch unloads two expert tracks; June (A) and Messene (B). Both are swell, but Messene fits my mood better at the moment. Be a hero and pick this up from your record shop of choice.
Posted by skypher at 09:31
Monday, July 16, 2007
Preliminary sketch (click image for full size). Opinion? This is all html+css already, so now it's "just" a matter of making Blogger play nice and be able to integrate it.
Thank god for ColorBlender and Stripe Generator, invaluable tools for the stressed out webdesigner.
Posted by skypher at 21:38
What's up with the retarded supply of Blogger templates? I found one place that had anything even remotely appealing, bloggertemplates.org. Couldn't get the one I tried from there to function though, blogger complained about xml tags not being closed. And at first glance I couldn't see what the problem was. Sigh. The designs offered by other sites out there are all so tacky it makes me want to vomit and then stab myself in the eyes. Granted the current look of RC isn't all that hot or flashy, it's simple and works, pretty easy on the eyes and to read. I chose it because I didn't have the time nor the need for anything fancier, plus blogger's other alternatives are either even more boring or too annoying.
What I'm trying to say is that I'd like to spiffy up Random Circuits a bit. Yeah, I can't be the only one a little tired of the same old page look, can I? It seems I'm going to have to do it all by myself though. Unless any of our oh so faithful readers has any links to hidden treasure sites offering clean, minimal, easy to read but still not overly boring templates? Or maybe someone even wants to do us the honor and create it for us? Fat chance, hehe. I'm most likely going to give it a go. Classy and light (color and image -wise) without fluff is the aim.
Going to post any updates about how it goes. If anyone have any input or suggestions, drop a comment or a mail.
Posted by skypher at 16:46
Had a good weekend? I was at some friends' (Boatclub) release party and got completely smashed. The remaining days were spent relaxing and watching some movies, saw Zodiac among others. Good one.
Mark August - Old Joy [Connaisseur, 2007]
Latest from the minimal Connaisseurs. What can I say? It's got the beats, melody and even some originality that makes it stand out. Around 4:50 it switches gears and goes into laid back mode for a bit, very beautiful. I'm enjoying this.
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Posted by Joe H (RC) at 00:06
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Gabriel Ananda - Stream of Consciousness [Karmarouge, 2007] (buy)
Ananda back on Karmarouge, the Cologne label. Stream of Consciousness is truly massive, rich on percussion and atmosphere. Will surely please many a morning dancer with its solid oompf and build-up. A steady trip and yet another mark in Gabriel's book o' hits. Fresh plastic.
Posted by skypher at 12:20
Friday, July 13, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 13:38
Friday, finally! Time to hit the clubs.
Innersphere - Phunk (Mark Broom remix) [Intacto, 2007]
Brand new remix twelve, Mr Broom takes good care of us with his typical techno touch to the b-side. Allstar Ricardo Villalobos works the a-side. The success is evident.
Love supreme - Elsewhere [Tirk, 2007]
Easily the hottest space-pop-disco-funk-tech-house of the summer. Too bad it's raining like nobody's business here though. The EP, "Elsewhere", got 3 equally awesome and catchy sun anthems. This, the title track, warms up slowly with a long, exotic intro, then lets its immenseness loose for all to enjoy. And what a joy it is. Lindstrom put to shame! ;-)
Edit: Corrected a couple of typos.
Posted by skypher at 09:46
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 00:16
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Super rare tracks from our beloved BoC. Korona is the brothers' familiar sound but with a whole new twist, going all dark and grinding techno on us. Psychadelic and rugged - my cup of tea. Trapped is in another unusual style, not that it takes anything away from it.. very catchy and straight up groovy with the vocals and all. And do not miss Midas Touch on the same EP, an 80s influenced synthpop masterpiece.
Boards of canada - Korona
Boards of canada - Trapped (Short slow version)
Buy this white label must-have!
Posted by skypher at 17:56
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 00:02
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 14:34
This is a really great ep from two studio partners Daniella stickroth who you may remember from her track "Chest in the attic" which was released earlier this year. She's back with a brand spanking new 'ep' (About Giants & Dwarfs) on a label called [Meeresteif] where she is collaborating with studio partner Ercolino. Here we have a four track ep featuring remixes from (Sleeper thief) aka (Miss Jools) & (Ripperton) its a great 'ep' full of deep & techy house Ripperton goes deep where as Sleeper thief goes clicky on the (Dwarfs Revenge) What a great title! The originals are clicky with strummed out keys that gradually build. Ripperton's remix is my favorite slow deep and techy great ep and remix package.
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 00:01
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Edit: Linked removed by request.
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 00:49
Monday, July 09, 2007
*Edit it turns out sendspace was taking forever to download so il try this speedy share instead fingers crossed *
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 15:17
Sunday, July 08, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 14:56
Saturday, July 07, 2007
Nerve - Blueprint for a failure [n/a, 2006]
Taking yet another break from the blips and the blops to escape into hardcore land. This is a friend's band. Packing a heavy punch, in your gut! Check their homepage.
Just to complement the post with some pure nostalgia...
Refused - Pump the breaks [Startrec, 1993]
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Friday, July 06, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 15:53
I like robots. Especially big ones equipped with gigantic weapons of mass destruction. Naturally I'm a bit of a Transformers fan. Today I'm going to see the (new) movie at the cinema. So I thought it was fitting to make a Transformers-special post, not to be taken too seriously.
Lion - The Transformers
The theme for the 1986 animated movie. Typical eighties rock. Pretty awful, haha.
Transformers opening theme
TV series intro music. Only 35 seconds, but aahh the memories.
Transformers theme (techno remix)
No idea where this is from or who made it, but it's pretty decent. I remember hearing it a long time ago, so it's not exactly fresh. Perfectly diggable though. Contains congas break and 303 robot sounds for the win.
I'm expecting the soundtrack to the new movie to be quite horrible, we'll see though.
Posted by skypher at 12:51
Glacier - Ultrasonic Humidfie [Wagon repair, 2007]
Quirky minimalism, comfy and sedative. A simple approach that works wonders. Off the Rocky mountains EP. Glacier = Crazy Larry & Pier Bucci. I'd really like to see this track remixed into a dancefloor wildcard.
Imatran Voima - Nuttin' But Leechin' [Mighty robot, 2007]
Imatran's latest album is named "Welfare state of mind", released in april. I have only recently listened through it 2-3 times and I'm actually a bit disappointed. Here's one of the songs I appreciate.
Posted by skypher at 10:59
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 14:06
Sven Weisemann - Stainless [Styrax leaves, 2007]
More from Sven, this time off his newest release "Vivid Memento" EP on Styrax Leaves. More tempo to these tunes, and a little punchier compared to previous outing Shade. Still deep and the liquid flow intact. Stainless, A2, representing the ep quite well I believe.
Posted by skypher at 08:37
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Got quite the super post here...
Soultek - Analogue heart (soultek's beatport mix) [Soundshift, 2007] (buy, buy)
One hundred percent power hit - Soultek's towering creation that is Analogue Heart. The original together with a remix by Area a bit similar to this one is included in the Soundshift [detroit] deal which is pressed on smoked, clear vinyl. Limited to 500 copies. Mean! Pick this up and you won't be disappointed. It's fabolous, twinkling minimal detroit techno, with some freshness injected making it shine brighter than most. Highly recommended.
Jupiter Black ft. Fred Ventura - Hold me [Clone, Aube, 2007] (buy)
Summer Italo Disco time! Massive old school vibes from this track. Ultra melodic, total vocal disco expressway to cheesy love-land. "Hooold me, put your arms arooouund me. Just feel mee, my heart is beating for yoouu!". This file is from CBS top 100, 2006 (when Hold me wasn't even released, hehe) - speaker in the begining & an abrupt ending.
Posted by skypher at 08:27
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 23:01
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 22:50
Canvas - "The Cat" - [Rebelone]
Posted by Joe H (RC) at 19:26
Old school electro funk coming up! I love it. Time to get educated, club kids ;-)
Omega II - Sonic boom [Showroom, 1988]
Dynamix II - Bass generator [Debonaire, 1990]
Dynamix II - Pledge your allegience to electro funk [Monotone, 2002]
- Who are you?
- I'm a machine.
Posted by skypher at 08:24
Monday, July 02, 2007
- Rekorder - Rekorder 9.1
- Avus - Furry Hat
- MANDY vs Booka Shade ft. Laurie Anderson - O superman
- Aril Brikha - Ex Machina
- Differnet - Collapsing universe
- Beroshima - Horizon
- Sean Palm - Where's My Dongle
- Joel Mull - Begun the end has
- Sally Shapiro - I Know (SLL dub remix)
- Boeoes Kaelstigen
- Silicon scally - Bioroid
- Last step - Last step
- Nukubus - Europa (Aux 88 europoort mix)
- Cobra dukes - Leave the light on + remixes
Here's some dubby sounds from Weisemann's Shade EP. Mmhm, floating in mid air. Almost ten minutes :)
PS. Anyone able to hook me up with Love Supreme's Elsewhere EP? Holler!
Posted by skypher at 20:08