While sensual electronic-pop auteur Dan Bodan hasn't been chasing the limelight, the conceptual art graduate has been continuously releasing remarkably individual material. From the heart throbbing croon of Aaron to Hunger Games' lucid jungle, we've been wanting to get to know more and more. With his second album quickly approaching on DFA, we dialled him up to discuss living in Berlin, working with others and totally nailing his visual aesthetic. Cue the incredible playlist.
When we last riffed about Vancouver label Mood Hut, we never expected they'd raise the bar even higher with this street soul hit of the summer. With its inconspicuous vocal and sophisticated cyclical groove, Jack J doesn't over think it. "Absolutely spiritual". Put on some shades and walk the dog down to Mister Softee. Today is a good day.
Surely by now you've seen Movement's too-sexy-for-youtube 'Ivory' video, a surreal exploration of a young couple's out-of-body sexual experience. This fitting visual accompaniment to the band's arousing sound was directed by French duo Fleur & Manu, whose unparalleled videography includes clips for Gesafelstein, M83, Lykke Li and our own Bag Raiders. Two of the most progressive filmmakers in the game, we asked them to contribute five youtube clips that they've encountered in their research. A twisted sense of humour.
Last week Club Mod teased Astre, the first taste of their newly relaunched label from under the radar UK talent Sharooz. The single has now been put under the head nodding trance of New York house/techno mainstay Marcos Cabral, a L.I.E.S. recording artist and former Runaway member. The Sharooz EP is out August 18 (preorder now). DO NOT operate heavy machinery while listening.
Rhode Island producer The Range really won us over with last year's album Nonfiction, a dense tapestry of breakbeat, ethereal tones and rogue youtube samples which launched the globetrotter's fruitful career. He's tackled this high impact modcast head first, meshing a variety of bass orientated music, r&b and slacker indie, bookended by lucid dream passages. Ahead of playing PS1 and Hopscotch Music Festival (full dates below), we spoke to James Hinton about his artistic practice, observing Jon Hopkins in action and which youtube clips he wouldn't dare sample.
It's open season for budding producers to remix Bag Raiders' latest club single 'Nairobi' after the band blasted this invitation:
We're throwing up the parts for 'Nairobi' on Soundcloud for anyone out there who wants to have a stab at a remix, steal our drums, whatever. Sharing is caring!! Love, Bag Raiders xxx
'Nairobi' is the lead cut of their latest Club EP, featuring two dancefloor bound originals and remixes by Zombie Disco Squad and Roland Tings. It's now available worldwide through Modular via iTunes and all good digital retailers.
Perks and Mini do the world a favour by uploading their series of under the counter mix CDs to soundcloud. Recruiting the likes of 2ManyDJs, discretely billed as The Dee Wees, The Boredoms' Yamantaka Eye, Secret Circuit and Thomas Bullock of Rub N Tug, they have never been commercially available, traded like the underground currency amongst the inner sanctum. Sample 'Spa'z The Place' below, the slomo journey of unidentified objects pieced together by label head Jerky Perks and The Dee Wees, and explore more here.
Entropico (Hayden James, Touch Sensitive) have given us a fun video for 'Protect', Beni's 90s house rewind featuring vocals by Antony & Cleopatra, the duo of soulful London voice Anita Blay and Alexander Burnett. The cheeky clip casts Triple J personality and Sydney techno DJ Linda Marigliano in an entertaining take on the weird youtube phenomenon 'Japanese Techno Girl'.
'Protect' is the lead single from Beni's new EP, now available in Australia, UK and Europe through Modular Recordings (buy here), and soon in the US via WIN Music (Duke Dumont, Tiga). Produced with The Presets' Kim Moyes, the dancefloor dynamite is backed by two select remixes - Melbourne heat waves Indian Summer tackle 'Protect' while Canadian house dons Prince Club rework 'Can't Hide'.
Festival saviours The Presets have a remix package for their charging track 'No Fun'. Out in Australia today / 4 August UK / 5 August US, the EP features diverse reworks from Australian house star Lancelot, Montreal Mau5trap signing Eekkoo, Belfast techno maestro Phil Kieran, new UK outfit Wax Wings and the much loved RÜFÜS. Grab a free download of Lancelot's joust below.
Club Mod is an independent label centred on the instinctual energy of the dancefloor, releasing singles and EPs by a network of geographically scattered, spiritually linked kinfolk for those who like to move their body - and is relaunched today with details of new releases forthcoming from Sharooz and Baio and a bold new aesthetic courtesy of renowned designer Trevor Jackson.
Club Mod is developed by a trans-continental team to bring some of the most resonant sounds of house, techno and disco from clubs all over the map into the one entranced tribe. With due respect to the formative days in New York, Chicago and Detroit, reinterpreted through London, Paris and Berlin, and from our own roots in Australia, Club Mod amplifies those getting busy with the sound of tomorrow.
Masquerade, Atlanta, GA, USA
Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN, USA
9:30 Club, Washington, DC, USA
Union, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA, USA
Terminal 5, New York, NY, USA
Virgin Mobil Corona Theatre, Montreal, OC, USA
Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto, ON, USA
St Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI, USA
Double Door, Chicago, IL, USA
Metro, Chicago, IL, USA
First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO, USA
In The Venue, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
The Showbox, Seattle, WA, USA
Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC, Canada
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