Thursday, 26 February 2009

Meat Katie Interview

There's a fine, new Meat Katie interview up over at iloveelectronicmusic that you might wanna check out. Bo!

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Underworld to headline Glade 2009

Underworld to play Glade this year.

Rogue Element on the mix 4 Feb

Longtime T-F stalwart Rogue Element has been keeping a low profile of late as he beavers away in the stoodio to bring us his sophomore album (christ I HATE that word - note to self DO NOT USE AGAIN) & here's a wicked new DJ mix for you from the man as he gears up with new single 'Escalation'.

1. Beni - My Love Sees You (Etienne de Crecy mix)
2. Modeselektor - The Black Block
3. Disco of Doom - Spawned Again
4. The Rogue Element - Unsavoury Urges
5. Brodinski - Oblivion
6. Paolo Mojo - Home
7. Martin Solveig - 1234 (Popof remix)
8. Hot Pink Delorean - Field Agent
9. Shinichi Osawa - Maximum Joy (Van She remix)
10. Felix Da Housecat - Jack U
11.The Rogue Element _ Escalation
12. Elite Force - Kinetic Connection (Rogue Element mix)
13. The Rogue Element - Hive
14. The Rogue Element - Lumina

Rogue Element (February Mix 2009).mp3

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

AC Slater - DJ Mix (Jan' 09)

01 - Djedjotronic - "Dirty and Hard" feat. Spoek
02 - Deekline & Wizard - "Back Up" (AC Slater Remix)
03 - AC Slater - "Rock It Out"
04 - 4am vs Udachi - "Paypur"
05 - Sepalot - "Go Get It" (AC Slater Remix)
06 - Blatta & Inesha vs Congorock - "People"
07 - AC Slater - "Nightshift"
08 - Hostage - "Ain't No Man"
09 - AC Slater - "No Party For Old Men"
10 - Project Bassline - "Drop the Pressure" (Club Mix)
11 - Retro Kidz - "New Era" (Kill The Noise Remix)
12 - Mightyfools - "Amsterdam" (AC Slater Remix)
13 - B. Rich - "We Ball Harder"
14 - AC Slater - "Hello"
15 - AC Slater - "Calm Down"
16 - Stanton Warriors - "Precinct" (AC Slater Remix)
17 - TC - "Where's My Money" (Caspa Remix - Jack Beats Edit)

AC Slater - DJ Mix for Fresh Out of Death (January 09)

Friday, 20 February 2009

Soundcloud Roundup 002

Back with the second in our Soundcloud roundup, where we take a look at some of the hottest tunes that have been lighting candles here @ the Manifesto Mansion over the past couple of weeks. For those of you who don't regularly follow the 'cloud, it's rapidly become one of the best forums for checking out the brand new tracks from producers & labels alike, with many artists now using as their auditioning platform of choice for their new tracks.

Enough blabbering & on with the tracks & I'm gonna start with some new techy goodness from Dustbowl.
With one successful single behind them on Lot49, next month sees their debut on U&A Recordings with another three-tracker that's already been getting the likes of Stephan Bodzin, Slam, Broombeck & Dopamine hot under the collar. Check out Tipton for starters ...

Harvey McKay has been doing some wicked techno of late, without resorting to the minimalistic cliche that the genre can sometimes descend into, and with releases racked up for the likes of Soma & Cubism, here's a guy who knows how to get some of the biggest playaz on board. This newie from him is properly savage though, and could well cross over into a number of trans-genre boxes. Which is why we love it here on the Manifesto!

Andrea Lai is a bit of a genius really. I played out with him years back at Rome's legendary 'Agatha' club, and his ability to push & pull the massive room around at will was something to behold. A musical magpie after my own heart, he's recently been working for Crookers and championing the fidge sound, but on this recent remix for Portsmouth-based newcomers, Dusted Breaks he brings back the breaks with a disgusting & twisted urban soundtrack which I saw smack a roomful of Spaniards upside their heads a month or so ago. Brutal.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Franz Ferdinand remixed by Zodiac Cartel

This was a _massive_ track for me last weekend in France & I'm sure it will be for a lot of people when it surfaces. For the meantime, the Manifesto is delighted to be the first blog to host the sampler of this slice of future-HUGE.

We luv U u know?

Fanciulli does Matter

Next week Nic Fanciulli launches his 'Saved' night at London's Matter. To celebrate the fact, here's a special one-hour mix from the man for those liking those smooth & techy soundz.


Tech-Funk Lowdown (An Interview)

This was shot at last year's Lovefest in LA, and despite being a bit pickled on sleep depravation and battling with howling wind & blaring soundsystems & sirens, the Beat Seeker crew did a wicked job at putting this all together. I hope it makes some kind of sense!

Watch in HD.

Tuesday, 10 February 2009

TOUR DIARIES : A Festival Frenzy down under (part three)

This is the third & final piece in a 3-part serialization exclusively on the Manifesto of the Elite Force Tour Diaries dating back to a particularly intense 13-day trip to Australia in the first part of 2008. For those looking for a refresher on where we were at
here's PART TWO

The second weekend has come around all too quickly; in fact, I feel like I'm just starting to find my feet with timezones, sleeps, pace-of-life, and I feel like I'm almost ready to relax into a whole new groove. However, this weekend has other plans, and because it's also a holiday weekend with the Monday off, it means that the happy sadists at my agency have found some loophole in the space-time continuum whereby one will be able to play seven sets in five cities over a measly four days. And so it is that I embark on my barely credible second weekend in Australia.

Having woken that Friday in Melbourne, by mid-afternoon I'm in Brisbane for the second time, and whilst the weather's looking good, I have little or no appetite for it & opt instead for a chance to catch up on some admin & grab a nap before heading out for raucous meal with Phil K & our charming promoter for the evening. The restaurant is rather odd - sheets are draped throughout to create mini-enclaves within the diners are visually isolated from one another, which has the rather unnerving effect of making you feel like you've been trapped in a giant laundry. Laughter roars from all around us, and in the sheet-booth you can vaguely make out a couple, er, making out.
The gig's actually quite a disappointment, as it seems like Brisbane's clubbing community are completely spent after last weekend's festivities, but whilst the numbers are lower than expected, the sound and lights are fantastic, as is the hospitality, and I stumble into bed just before 6am for the luxury of a 90 minute rest before my ride to the airport arrives.

My time in Sydney flashes by in 7 short hours, but during that time I manage to play a two-hour set on the Future Funk Stage, which is exposed to full rage of the 30C sunshine, and is criminally quiet due to noise restrictions at the site, and then have a crazed five-minute buggy ride across the site to do a second set in the pulpit at the Area 21 stage, which once again, is actually a lot of fun. No sooner am I offstage after a further hour that I'm off to the airport again and en route to Tasmania to play at Halo in Hobart.

By the time I arrive I'm feeling pretty shattered§, but with the weekend barely halfway through I'm becoming a dab hand at grabbing room service on arrival, and then napping for an hour or so pre-show. Halo's a real favourite of mine, and the fact that this is the fourth time I've played here is testament to that: here we have a crowd who truely know how to let themselves go, and it's a thoroughly enjoyable few hours spent in the company of some familiar faces, and an errupting dancefloor.

I have to be in Melbourne by midday, so the 8.30 wake-up call really BITES this morning, but I'm quite buoyed by the fact that I have a good few friends coming along to FMF today, although I'm as concerned as everyone else about the weather forecast. There's an hour or so to kill in the hotel before I hit the site, and I amuse myself in the confines of the aircon by looking at the realtime temperatures soaring away online, and by the time we reach the site it's touching 40C ou there, and the whole area resembles a furious dustbowl. During my set, there's a healthy throng in thrall, and with each ramped up beat the dust clouds billow and choke, and the CDJs smoke under a veneer of sediment. Ice fans keep things sane, but I'm more than happy to have done with it & get to spend a thoroughly pleasant few hours with friends & family backstage, loading up on free booze & assembling a collection of Access All Areas passes, with which I'm hopeful we can use to get a decent viewing spot to see the Chemical Brothers.

Hahaha. Well that was _never_ going to happen. The crowd in the Myer Music Bowl is simply huge, with people hanging off every available structure, and whilst there's no chance of getting close enough to even see the stage, there's still an immense energy to the spectacle of a crowd this huge and this committed. As their light show entrances the masses, we drift off and catch the end of Marcus Shultz, replete with spectacular firework display, which actually belonged to a festival that was happening just over the road. As we wander on foot back into town, thousands and thousands of people join us, all appearing from similar outdoor events and gravitating towards the transport networks to get home ... it's a carnival atmosphere and reminds me of going to football matches at home. Just a buzz.

Later that night I'm doing yet another set, this time in the centre of town, and it's all a bit of a blur to be honest, thanks in the main to a horrible error in my flight bookings that leaves me with less than an hour's sleep, awoken by a stressing taxi driver with only 30 minutes to get to to my flight on time.

By the time I make Adelaide I am done for. That night I close out my stage. Every person on the site only has eyes & ears for the Chemicals, and so slight is my crowd, I nearly abandon ship to join in the fun, but manage to stay pro to the end. As I collapse backstage with the heat still nudging high 30s at 10pm and with Mr. Vath starting to ramp up the last night madness to fever pitch, I knew I couldn't make sense of it all and headed back to the hotel where I crashed. Hard.

The following morning I flew back to Sydney to begin my journey home. My flight was cancelled. They put me up in a shitty airport hotel. I cursed them all so hard they nearly deported me. The following day we finally flew to Hong Kong amidst chaotic airport scenes. At midnight, they cancelled the very flight we were on and put us up in another airport hotel. I finally got home at 2am on Friday morning.

Ah the glamour ...

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Review: Four Ports

Artist: Rudi Stakker, Curious George & The Agent
Release: Four Ports w/ Rmxs
Label: Mad Hatter Recordings
Release Date: 02.23.2009

Number nine from Mad Hatter is a brooding bit of the deeper side of techno – laden with the washes, builds, and hypnotic percussion that primes a floor for a proper wrecking, whether it be in the beginning or at the end of an evening. It’s a great set up. The break is a lengthy bit of sizzle and anticipation, and the payoff is a chugging groove that should find favour with those who dig on the darker side of the tech genres.

Lance Blaise & Rod B. keep their ‘Miami Underground Mix’ in a somewhat similar vein as the Original, thematically speaking, but rather than peaking things out, they dig deeper into the tone, delaying the blips over a simpler loop. Brian Taaffe rubs on a deep house progression, with a bouncy bass riff that keeps things rather lively, while Beatmode gets more removed with a thumper of a kick and a stripped down, almost indie dance approach. And the break on this one is a nice teardown into trippyness that moves fluidly to a slightly truncated sounding second half. Overall though, I gotta go with the Original, as its composition caters more to the techno grooves that I’m currently crushing on.

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Worthy Wonk

Ah I do love me some wonkybird, and there's none more 'Worthy' (see what I did there...?) than, um, Worthy. Fire up the Get The Curse podcast & grab the fodder.

1. Uto Karem - Trentatre - sci -tec
2. Jon Gurd - Fire in Me - killawatt
3. un known
4. Matt Star - Kuhle Fliege (Hugo Remix) - International Freakshow
5. Miss Jools - La Luna - Mobilee
6. Fuzzy Hair - Yebele - We Love Muzik
7. Emerson Todd - My Eyes (Worthy's Blurry Cornea REmix) - Anabatic
8. Mike Monday - I am Plankton (D. Pezzner Remix) - OM
9. Yankee Zulu - Natori - Anabatic
10. Toni D. & Luciano Esse - Istanbul (Format B Remix) - Stardust Rec.
11. Zombie Disco Squad - The Dance - Dirtybird
12. Worthy - Ah Chord - Trapez Ltd.
13. Kaiserdisco - A Traction - Micro.Fon
14. Robert Babicz -Zero - treibstoff


Monday, 2 February 2009

Top 10 Tech-Funk Tuna

Rektchordz :: Promo Mix Jan'09

Since turning his production skillz away from the tear-out sounds of yesteryear, Rektchordz has been going from strength to strength recently, with his chart-topping 'Feed Your Head' tune beating all comers hands down at Beatport. Anyway, he has very kindly sent us through a promo-mix ... not really a DJ mix per se, more a headz up for some of the quality tracks coming your way later in the year.

1.Rektchordz-No Dice (erase recordings)
2.Rektchordz- Her Fix
3.Rektchordz Feed your head (U&A)
4.Rektchordz-dizzy lounge
5.Rektchordz-These girls
6.Rektchordz- Feed your head (elite force remix) (U&A)
7.Jinx- Big fat ass (IF:IM Remix) (yellow finger)
8.COSMONAUT & SATELLITES - Sunrise (IF:IM Remix) Xssr
9.Rektchordz-Tramp Stamp (control breaks)

PEEP IT HERE (yousendit)