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SSION News: New CD, 12″, & Tour Dates!

Ok, here’s a big post–I’ll try to start at the beginning. I’ve started a new label (a sister label to Dead Homies), called Sleazetone Records, specializing in all the kinds of music that you’d assume a label called “Sleazetone Records” would trade in. The first releases are a CD & 12″ by a group called Ssion–they’re a Kansas City-based art collective fronted by Cody Critcheloe (graphic designer for Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Scream Club, & others). They’ve toured with YYYs, the Faint, Black Dice, & Liars, and they sound kind of like the Pet Shop Boys meet the Dead Kennedys meet Hakan Lidbo.

I’m really not the first person to write about these guys (they’ve been getting a lot of blog buzz lately–see Better Propaganda, Big Stereo, Fluxblog, Gorilla vs. Bear, Imageyenation, Missing Toof, Music For Robots, Palms Out Sounds, Paper Thin Walls, Pitchfork, Pop Tarts Suck Toasted, RCRD LBL, Slutty Fringe, Stereogum, Pitch Weekly,, Pensatos, XLR8R, and forthcoming reviews in Ghetto Blaster, Vice, & Urb), so I’ll skip the press talk–suffice it to say that I feel REALLY strongly about these guys (otherwise why would I have signed them?)–like, I think this new CD is literally one of the best things I’ve heard in years and I’m thrilled to be involved with it.

Anyway, here’s the news, with a few free mp3s for good measure:

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Rock Star VJs

Zombie, Robotkid, and RNDM at Beat Research Halloween ‘07Oh, Boston! It was good to see you.

I started out last week’s journey to my old stomping grounds, partying with my peeps at the Beat Research halloween party where Flack, Wayne, and DJ RNDM threw down hard. RNDM did a VJ set using the Ms. Pinky vinyl DJ system to do live music-video mashups. If you’re having any trouble visualizing what I mean, you’re in luck. Robotkid was in the house documenting the festivities (Flickr pics), and now RNDM’s entire set is immortalized:

RNDM and Robotkid also happen to work at Harmonix, the company that designed the popular Guitar Hero video game, and is about to unleash its latest creation, Rock Band. Robotkid was kind enough to invite me over to Harmonix headquarters so I could get a sneak-preview of the game before it’s released on Txgving day. And man, was it fun! I’m really not much of a gamer, and have never played Guitar Hero but I’ve heard a lot of hype so I was excited to see what this is all about.

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DJ C; Umami
(16 track album: Amazon MP3, iTunes)

Deliciously varied and delectably danceable
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DJ C - Sonic Weapons album coverDJ C; Sonic Weapons
(16 track album: Amazon MP3, iTunes)

To kill sound-systems and destroy dance-floors
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Electro Organic Sound System; Roots Wreck Remix
(10-track Album: Amazon MP3, iTunes)

Wreck-step, ambient-dub, jungle, & dancehall
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Electro Organic Sound System; Herbanism
(6-track Album: Amazon MP3, iTunes)

Mid ’90s ambient-dub and breakbeat experiments
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Cardopusher & Pacheko; ThisTroy
(7-track EP. Out of print)

Pure boom-step;
tight riddims and huge bass

DJ C Mas Hits Album Cover DJ C; Mas Hits
(16 track free album)

massive mashups and ridiculous remixes
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DJ C and Zulu Gods and Robots album DJ C & Zulu; Gods & Robots
(10 track album. AmazonMP3iTunes)

next level

DJ Flack Rock to the Rhythm DJ Flack; Rock to the Rhythm
(2 track single. Out of print)

bounce-step to blow
your speaker-holes

Boston Bounce compilation MP3 downloadBoston Bounce compilation
(14 track album. Out of print)

fresh beat formulas
for the dance-floor

DJ C and Zulu Darling MP3 downloadDJ C & Zulu; Darling
(4 track single. Out of print)

They’re back to stun you
with the bounce

Bong-Ra Panther FightBong-Ra; Panter Fight
(2 track single. Out of print)

2 tracks of
raving madness

DJ C & Zulu Body Work Album CoverDJ C & Zulu; Body Work
(4 track single. Out of print)

Dance-floor killer
in a Boston-bounce style

Murderbot Ruff In The Bunny Fizness Album CoverMurderbot; Ruff in the Bunny Fizness
(11 track album. Out of print)

11 jungle-rave

12-Inch Vinyl Discography
Mashit was founded in 2003 to fill a hole in the DJ vinyl market. Those releases are mostly out of print but you may want to check where they turn up for sale from time to time. Here’s a list of those releases:

Mashit 008 12-inch
Debaser and DJ C; Crazy Baldheads

Mashit 007 12-inch
Murderbot; fi You / Twilight Zone

Mashit 006 12-inch
DJ Flack; Meet Mr. Doobie / Story of Oh

Mashit 005 12-inch
Wayne&Wax; A It Dat

Mashit 004 12-inch
DJ C; Billy Jungle

Mashit 003 12-inch
EOSS / Moosaka; Wacko Macko is Back / Masters of Technology

Mashit 002 12-inch
DJ Sux / DJ C and Pamelia Kurstin / Sick; Fuck You George Bush / It Gets Worse / Steaktippin’

Mashit 001 12-inch
DJ C / Aaron Spectre; Concience a Heng Dem

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Robots & Donuts

Eric Joyner paints Robots. And Donuts. Together. It’s pretty grand. Go look at his website for a good sampling of his work.

“Blend De Luxe” DJ Mix

Soulico CrewTel Aviv’s Soulico crew has been on our radar for minute; dropping a series mashups, tracks, and mixes as part of the JDub records camp (Balkan Beat Box etc.). They recently sent us this hot party mix consisting entirely of their own blends and we think you’ll enjoy it:

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Download: Soulico; Blend De Luxe (Courtesy of JDub records)

  1. Akon Drops by
  2. Bad Man Jump Around – House of Pain & Ding Dong
  3. Give Me The Shake – Buzz Riddim & Ying Yang Twins
  4. Chase me in the Brooklyn Zoo – Hextatic & ODB
  5. Dance Where My Eyes Can See – David Bowie & Busta Rhymes
  6. Give It Or Hate It – Timbaland & Lady Sovereign
  7. Way Are the Robots – Karftwerk & Timbaland
  8. Killing In the Name Of the Champion – RATM & Buju Banton
  9. Fix Up Stopper – Dizzie Rascal & Cutty Ranks
  10. Funky Kingston Girls – Toots & Maytals & Super Cat
  11. Sensicology – Prince & Buju Banton
  12. Bring On The Break – Breakestra & Marvin Gaye
  13. Unified Senoritas – JT & J5
  14. H.E.R Mera – Malkit Singh & Common
  15. You & I Man – Danzia & Patra
  16. Hip Hop Come Around – Dead Prez & Collie Buddz
  17. Birthday’s Sell Out – Flo-Rida & Turbulence
  18. Party Like A Dancehall Star – Tremor Riddim & Da Shop Byoz
  19. Almighty Ice – Sunship & Vanila Ice, Warrior Queen
  20. Rock’n'Roll Bump – Tislam & Spank Rock
  21. Simon Dread – Real Rock Pahroahe Monch
  22. Why I Got 5 On It – Luniz & Jr Reed, Baby Cham
  23. Get Ur Ghosts On – The Specials & Missy Elliott

I. Adore. Lime.

Howdy folks! Murderbot speaking. I am new to this whole fancy “BLOG” thing, and also woefully behind on the whole “world of modern music” nonsense, so I guess I’ll start things out by enumerating some of my very favorite older things that I think should be a little higher-profile than they are in the current hipster dance music culture at large. First and foremost among these has to be LIME.

Denis & Denyse LePage.

It’s kind of a forgotten chapter in our dance music history (unless you’re Canadian), but in the years between the crash of American disco culture and the rise of Italo- & Euro-disco (roughly 1979-1982/3), Montreal was basically the disco capital of the world. There were a ton of great producers, strong distributors, and wonderful (albeit not always consistent) labels (the biggest of which, Unidisc, is still in business and doing a lot of reissues and such). Being a bridge between NY disco and Italo, Quebecois disco sounded pretty much like you’d imagine: think Jackie Moore meets Fun Fun.

Anyway, my personal favorite (and probably the most consistent and forward-thinking) of the whole Montreal scene were Lime, a rather square-looking middle-aged husband-and-wife duo named (get this) Denis & Denyse LePage. They’re really pretty corny (Denis sounds like some sort of raspy gay biker, Denyse kind of sounds like Miss Piggy at times, their cover art makes Patrick Nagel seem tastefully understated by comparison, and their lyrics are often ridiculous in a way that only non-native English speakers can manage), but damnit it WORKS. And furthermore, these guys are SO EFFING TECHNO IT HURTS. Listen to the drums! The synthwork! These two were using 909s, 202s, Junos, Jupiters, and the like during their ORIGINAL PRODUCT RUNS in the same ways we use them now. It kind of puts to bed the old myth of “all this Roland gear was worthless shit until some house kids discovered a cache of it lying abandoned, unsellable, in a pawn shop in the hood, bought it on a whim, and randomly discovered you could make music with it.” I’ll give you that story for the 303 (as long as you don’t mention it to Alexander Robotnick), but seriously GIVE THE CANUCKS SOME EFFING RESPECK ALREADY, FOLKS.

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Download: Lime; Your Love (Re-Mix) (1981)

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Download: Lime; Angel Eyes (Dub Mix) (1983)

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Download: Lime; I Don’t Wanna Lose You (1984)