Surprise! No one maintains this blog anymore. If you’re interested in what I’ve gotten up to, I’m now working on a gov tech startup called CityGrows.
I don’t normally use Uh Oh Disco as a make-shift Craigslist, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I, being the generic, easily stereotyped faux-hipster that I am, have been searching far and wide for a vinyl copy of Suzanne Kraft’s Green Flash EP, to very little avail. In fact, the closest I’ve come to finding it has been the December 8th ordered copy at Amoeba Records, which I was recently informed was “probably just not gonna come.”
That being the case, I would like any and all readers who own a copy of this record to please package it up (Use bubble wrap and a sturdy box, as I don’t want it damaged) and kindly send it to us here at Uh Oh Disco. If you could get it done ASAP too, that would be fantastic.
Suzanne Kraft – Turning
There was witch house. Then there wasn’t witch house. It was one of the fastest turnarounds the dance music scene has ever experienced, and with dubstep being the older, jockier newcomer with the trophies on the mantel and a dedicated groupie following, witch house drowned. Perhaps it was because it wasn’t relatable; in retrospect, it was pretty balsy of those guys to think they could make dance music that didn’t even have a beat. Or am I wrong about it being dance music altogether? Was it just that it was associated with dance music producers and remixers that we expect to hear it at clubs? Or because of the simple fact that it’s made on a computer? Who knows. It died. That’s what we do know. But that’s not to say it didn’t leave its mark.
I recently become aware of a group called The Dead Rose Music Company. These guys have taken everything that made witch house great–the visceral moods and thick waves of dreamy noise–and added everything that it was lacking: namely, a groove and a solid beat. The result is some strange form of downtempo, moody house music dripping in a sentiment so strong, it’s sure to turn any drive and ambition you have in life into perfected apathy. It’s incredible.
I‘ve got Mario Cotto to thank for my discovery of this latest tune from Maceo Plex. Everyone needs a jam to compliment a gloomy mood–not so much to help you out of it, but rather to accompany you during those times where you just feel like wallowing in it. Last month that track for me was John Tejada’s “Farther and Fainter.” This month, it’s Maceo Plex’s “Ain’t That Love.”
You try and tell me this doesn’t make you want to put on a good pair of headphones and savor the nostalgia of urban futility.
Uh Oh Disco’s Questions premiered his remix of Madonna’s 1984 single “Like a Virgin” this past Saturday on KCRW (thanks to Valida!) to some pretty positive feedback. If you’re one of the people who thought Madonna couldn’t possibly sound creepy, you might want to guess again, because this one comes out of left field… it really is amazing what a vocoder can do.
It’s good to see some fresh talent hit the market. I recently crossed paths with a couple of UCSB grads who needed only to butt heads in order to grab the attention of Frankfurt’s WEPLAYMINIMAL outfit. The result of their collaboration, a quick 3-track called On One is out now, and to be brief, it’s making me really wonder why I even bother listening to anything BUT deep house.
Dim the lights. Grab a drink. Crank the volume. Find a crowd. And head to the basement.
Here’s a track to download:
Guero (Original Mix)
And here’s the promo mix for On One: