Excuse the lack of updates

I’m shuffling between two flats right now and am stressed because of the move, my sister’s birthday and unrelated work-stuff.

Regular updates should resume as of Wednesday next week. Until then, there will be sporadic updates only.

Also, have some awesome soundtrack tunes for one of the best games of last year.

Let’s combine three very nice things.

I miss two things right now:
Going out dancing.
Doctor Who.

In addition to those two things, I also enjoy songs with political commentary.

It’s very good then, that a local act managed to combine those three on a six years old album, isn’t it?

Rotersand – Exterminate Annihilate Destroy [Welcome to Goodbye] | 2005 | Futurepop

This is simply a good song!
It’s lyrics are minimal but poignant.
The samples are very well chosen and played to great effect.
The breaks, beats and hooks just make you dance your heart out.

It might be slightly dark, but it’s really great to raise my mood.
I really needed this today. And I got it. Thanks to this great song our from Rhine-Ruhr.

Let’s kick myself in the ass.

Because I’m regretting not having instituted my insidious plan of cataloging each and every track I add here. So now I don’t know if I have used “Books from Boxes” already or not. Which sucks. And I’m too lazy to go look. So I pick another song, that’s also fitting with the current events.

No lyrics.
No intertwined history.
Just a great tune with loads and loads and loads of legacy.

And this is a tune EVERYBODY knows. Be it from their own experience or through cultural osmosis.

Hirokazu Tanaka – Korobeiniki/Tetris A [Tetirs GameBoy] | 1989 | Electronic

This is pretty damn fitting to what I’m doing now.

Let’s mix it up a bit, Holland style.

No, sorry. No Rotterdam Terror Corps for you. Not today. Not ever. So, if you were afraid if I would ever to that far? Rest assured, I won’t. Even my musical taste has its limits.

But we’re still going to enjoy some tunes from the Netherlands tonight, by way of Junkie XL.
This is again one of those posts about a kind of Electronica that might have been.

I mean… It WAS. But it never went on to dominate the airwaves. We got… Well… Our current crop of party-centred, low-brow, cheap crap.

I really don’t know what it’s about good, multi-layered music that seems to push it into the background. It’s fucking everywhere, even in sub-cultures, when they reach a certain critical point. And the stupid thing is, it didn’t start to be that way until… … Well, fuck me. Yeah. I know now. … Let me now debate if I want to put up a long, winded, angry rant about ARO, marketing, manipulation of charts (and the horrible shit that’s “radio controlled charts”. But even after this rant there will be only one target to shoulder most of the blame: The public.

For three chief reasons.

1) Letting themselves being so easily led, goaded and manipulated.
2) Being lazy and only very seldomly taking a glimpse around their preconceived notions and likes.
3) Having a generally horrible taste. I mean, FUCKING AUTOTUNE! Nobody using autotune through more than a few seconds inside a whole song should be making any money, unless they’re a phenomenal rapper and dying from throat-cancer!

But, enough hate and rage.
On towards love and calm!

Junkie XL ft. Saffron Beauty Never Fades | 2002 | Electronica / Trance

[expand title=”Lyrics”]Each step I take the shadows grow longer
Padded footfalls in the dark I wonder
Come to steel your lifeblood away
Looking for a beauty that never fades

See a glimpse inside the foolish hollow
Come to know a time when he will haunt you
Snapping at my heels made me live
Someone take me back to the angel realm today

Each step I take the shadows grow longer
Padded footfalls in the dark I wonder
Come to steel your lifeblood away
Looking for a beauty that never fades

See a glimpse inside the foolish hollow
Come to know a time when he will haunt you
Snapping at my heels made me live
Someone take me back to the angel realm today[/expand]

This is a very fine piece of trance-y electronica with lyrics worthy of being included in a World of Darkness story or serving as a companion to Svbway to Sally’s “Wenn Engel Hassen”. It’s darkly atmospheric and fully driving. I’m not a particular fan of the initial build-up, but the other eight minutes more than make up for it, in my opinion.

I know that this song will not be to everyone’s liking. But I also know that probably each and every one of you knows another song by Junkie XL. He was using his JXL moniker for that. It was that utterly catchy electro-remix of Elvis’ “A Little Less Conversation” that was a great hit in the early 00s. And I think that this shows how malleable and dynamic a good producer can be. Also, go and look at the artists Junkie XL made remixes for. Fear Factory. Dave Gahan. Madonna. Tiësto, the Beastie Boys… Even Sarah McLachlan. He has his style and his vision, but he is still able to change, adapt, form and mold. Something which I don’t see most “Ibiza!” DJs doing so very well.

This piece though. This is electronica I would like being more popular all around. And not confined to Klaus Fiehe’s wonderfull Plan B on certain Monday nights on a certain German radio station.

And I only got wind of it through a remix that was made for the Animatrix and then licensed by CCP to promote EVE Online.
And, well. This is a fine example of how an artist can take a song of his and make two WIDELY divergent pieces out of it. And (Yes. A third “And”. I’m sorry. I’m slightly tired and can’t be bothered with accessing my internal thesaurus and style-guide tonight.)… AND I have to admit that I’m much more partial to this remix. So I will offer it up to you, too. In it’s full, EVE-trailer infused glory.

It’s shorter. It’s darker. It’s more atmospheric. And the intro kicks much more ass, as well as being tighter and more pushing than the original.
Use it inside your car when driving towards a party or a night out dancing and feel the energy.

Let’s Party.

Dave Clarke feat. Chicks on Speed – What Was Her Name [What Was Her Name] | 2004 [Album:2003] | Dark Electro

Today’s song came out seven years ago, when I turned 21.
Which… Is not wholly true. Well, I DID turn 21. But the song actually came out the year before. Which I didn’t know. All I knew was the superb single with the even more superb Blackstrobe remix on it. (Which I will link to at the end of this post.)

I first learned about it on Onyx.tv, when it was still on the air. I think 2004 was the channels last year. So you got to see the exact same video that I watched, seven years earlier. And the day after I first saw it, I ran out and bought the damn single. The video uses the Radio Mix. Which is weird, as TV isn’t radio, but… Eh. I can overlook this. Mostly because the Radio version actually got airplay on 1Live at the time, which made me very happy. The album version is only about 67 seconds longer and gives some passages more time to breathe.

It’s Dave Clarke’s almost old-school Techno beats, Chicks on Speed on the vocal side and a smashing of Bauhaus thrown in for good measure. It’s dark, it’s pounding, it’s heavy, it’s intense. It’s also catchy as hell. Which might be due to the fact that “She’s in Parties” is one of Bauhaus’ catchier tunes (topped only by a few songs, “Of Lilies and Remains” being one example). Nevertheless, it’s a perfect party tune. Especially for those kind of parties that end up with a core of people in the hosts kitchen at around 02:00, talking, smoking, drinking coffee or hard drinks and laughing into the cold night through an open window, forgetting time and all the shit that lays hard on their shoulders the rest of the time.

That’s what 2004 became for me. I turned 21. I started University. I wish I had done it all in a more organized, thought-out way, but… Ah. The past’s the past. Unchangeable. Immutable. And I wouldn’t want to change all that much, either. The people I met, the friends I made, the experiences I now can call my own… They are special and dear to me. Those parties I just described… They are some of those special memories. Wonderful people, wonderful nights, long, tired drives on nightly Autobahns to excellent music. Good times. Good times. With change came the good.

And so it will do again, if I play my cards right.
Yesterday’s post was slightly cryptic, but I still had to process some things. This processing is now mostly done.

I got the keys to my new home.
I signed and counter-signed the contract in duplicate.
I paid the security deposit.
It’s… Mine. (Well, rented, but… You get the picture!)

So it was only fitting to play this song again.
To make you listen to it.

This song is my bell, ringing in a new chapter.
Giving me hope that 2012 will be a different year, filled with change and dynamism. Filled with good things. Filled with me turning things around again. Fuck knows I really want to!

So, yeah. What Was Her Name.
What WAS her name? I couldn’t tell you, to be honest. 2004-2005 were… Wild years. And I didn’t even drink… *g*

So, yeah.
Ring on that bell for me. I intend to change more than just my address in 2012.
And I will take this song to christen my new flat when it’s done.
I will also take it to exit this year and enter the new one. Even if I have to bludgeon a DJ to death for it. ;)

Oh! Yeah.
I mentioned the Blackstrobe Remix.
Here it is.
It’s longer, darker, heavier and has slightly more “bang”. It’s again one of those tracks I really miss hearing on the dancefloor. But, alas, T-Club, Blade and Saint are all gone now. *sniff*

Let’s hope that I didn’t get infected today.

But in any case, I’m sporting some stupid headaches again.
I’ll be going to sleep very soon, but I will leave you all with three European electro covers of slightly older US songs that didn’t leave a sour taste in my mouth after listening to them. You could even say that I enjoyed them all, when they got out. Liked them, even. For various reasons and in various circumstances. But as of now, they’re all “comfort songs” for me. The originals still have their very own and very special connotations, too.

Tiga & Zyntherius – Sunglasses at Night [Sunglasses at Night] | 2001 | Electro, Club

Yes. Yes you can re-style an 80s Wave cult-classic as modern electro (For various reasons of modern. It was modern in 2001, at the very least. ;) ) without destroying the core of the song OR without copying it all as closely as possible without any new input or interpretation. Corey Hart’s original has a widely divergent sense of self and invokes a very different mood. Yet they are not so different from each other as to be wholly unrelated. And I like both. I really do. But today’s cover day, so this gets posted.

Jan Wayne – Because The Night [Because The Night] | 2002 | (“Bangin'”) Trance

“How to destroy your musical creditability in three seconds or less…” ;)
But, really, I have to agree with the youtube poster who put this video online:

“Uh oh! A European dance version of the BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN version of ‘Because the Night’. – Hell yes.”

It’s just sublime. It’s not really baaad, it’s just slightly cheap. But, then, THERE’S NO FUCKING AUTOTUNING! And if you can look over the gratuitous over-use of techno-trumpets (What’s up with them, anyway?), the beat and upbeatness (Yes, that’s a word now, goddammit!) of this cover are quite good, really. It’s no Proust, but it sure as hell is enjoyable when you’re in the right mood. And it’s bound to raise your spirits, even if its in an ironic fashion. … You fucking hipster! ;)

Boogie Pimps – Somebody to Love [Somebody to Love] | 2003 | Prog House

If you don’t like this song, you’re a bad person!

Jefferson Airplane were all about them drugs. (Seriously… Listen to “White Rabbit” and don’t try to excuse everything with “It’s just about Alice!”, because, well, think about what the fuck Alice was about!)

Hunter S. Thompson was even more about all them damn drugs.

Putting Jefferson Airplane and inspirations from both the book and movie of “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” together to produce a fun-filled, drug-loving, party-starting song was pure genius. It’s short and sweet and it’s all about the smiling and the dancing and the fun having. … And the drugs, obviously. But, hell, I’m of the opinion that more drugs would be good for the current crop of electro “artists”. Might inspire them to do something new and crazy again. Like, I don’t know, KICK THAT FUCKING AUTOTUNE HABIT! Gah. Hate that.

So, enjoy!
I sure did.
Those songs are a nice ride through the early 00’s and how it looked at older music and worked with newer styles. It’s also the shit I listened to at the parties at that time, besides all the Depeche Modes, Rammsteins and VNV Nations. *g*

Let’s start Autumn properly.

Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation) [Clubbed to Death] | 1995 | Electronic Beats

You all know it. You all love it.
And you all probably only learned about it on a nice autumn’s night in 1999 when you went to the cinema with some friends.

Yes. Clubbed to Death’s Kurayamino Variation is the best known mix of this song. But it’s also one of the best ones, too. Which is not always the same.

It’s a near-perfect synthesis of a classical theme with modern music. And, because of this… It still sounds modern. Current. As if it was made, produced and released yesterday.

And today, with a torrentous rain and harsh winds and falling leafs… It’s perfect.
I always put this song on when walking on cold and rainy days. It’s epic. It’s Mage-like. It reminds me of some of the best RPG sessions I ever had. Also, of some of the best mettings-with-friends I ever had.

Don’t just mix it with The Matrix. Yes, it made the movie. Became it’s unofficial anthem. But it’s larger than it. It can and does stand on its own two legs. [Yes. I know which video I chose for it. It was the best quality, sorry! I’m aware of the ginormous irony therein.]
Let it. Listen to it.

Put it on your MP3 player, go outside in the evening and enjoy rain, wind and cold with it.
And you WILL enjoy it it. :)