What’s Happening to Our Producers?

I can’t say I’m not a little frustrated. The normal process by which I write a majority of my updates seems to have fallen through; In the past, my time was very rarely spent actively searching for new tunes to cover. In fact, the case was actually quite the opposite, in that most of the music I choose to share has found it’s way to me, simply due to the tendency of high quality music to spread rather easily through our tightly linked disco districts. Recently however, I’ve been lucky to encounter a track or two that I can even bring myself to listen to, much less love. Maybe it has something to do with this supposed “recession” we’re in. Maybe the contracting money supply is also contracting the creative pool of the many producers that most of us rely on to keep our spirits lifted. And yes, I can see how one might point out that my guess makes little sense, but how else should I account for the drastic change in the quality of music output? Seriously, check this out:

Two of my favorite artists of all time are Daft Punk and (to a somewhat lesser extent, due to their having not been around for quite as long) Crookers. Both artists have managed to put out works that far exceed the standard, to the point that they’ve created miniature revolutions within their respective niches, and both have done it on more than just a few occasions. After listening to their latest, however, I’ve found myself stumped (not to mention nearly brought to tears) as I wonder whether either will make a recovery from the extremely questionable tunes they’ve released.

Crookers

Crookers have always kept their style plain and simple. Their clean beats are well cut, and feature an exceedingly minimalist nature, but despite this, they’ve always managed to keep their tracks progressive enough that upon reaching the end, one feels as though he or she has been taken through the song, and not simply exposed to a couple of bland beats for three minutes. Their remix of Isa Gt’s “Pela O”, however, turns their reputation upside down. Literally none of what’s mentioned above is present in this track. In fact, with random loops that simply repeat and alternate back and forth providing the sole bit of substance for the track, it’s hard to find anything interesting at all.

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Isa Gt – Pela O (Crookers Remix)

Daft Punk

As much as I hate to say it, I think the Daft Punk track I’m about to include is even more of a failure. I’m actually banking on the off chance that perhaps some lonely bedroom producer discovered how to recreate the Rollin’ and Scratchin’ synth line, and then proceeded to use the Daft Punk name to promote his mix, because I find it incredibly difficult to accept the fact the both Guy Manuel de Homem Christo and Thomas Bangalter would find this take on Franz Ferdinand’s Take Me Out suitable to release.

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Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out (Daft Punk Remix)

Please children… work your magic. Make me feel better.

Edit: I can’t explain to you how relieved I am to have discovered that this “Daft Punk remix” is, in fact, a counterfeit. As such, in an attempt to halt the spread of an undeserving bedroom producer’s pilfered track, I’ve removed the download link. The stream, however, will remain up for some time, in order to make an example of this unfortunate experience.

A Few International Hooks

Deepest apologies for my having been so sloppy with my posting habits recently. It seems as though “the man” has finally backed me into the corner and forced a “real job” upon my soldiers.

Regardless, I feel I owe you, the good people of the disco scene, not one, but two teaspoons of cherry flavored beats, both to make up for the sparsity of my recent activity, and to express my heartfelt sorrow.

Love Motel

A short little note in my inbox recently clued me in to a project that I’ve been unfortunate enough to have missed out on for much too long: Love Motel. Not only is the Swiss glam-rock / electronic band an intriguing new sound in itself, but they’ve recently finished a particularly large remix endeavor, to which many a distinctive producer (you’ve likely become familiar with the likes of Cryptonites and Be Trash, both of which were previously featured in the BuffetLibre Rewind project) has contributed. I particularly enjoyed the krafty little Kaz rework, a track that (after you’ve indulged of course) will have traveled all the way from Kyotango, Japan to reach you. Seems as though Japan has taken a quick liking to this trend toward the bouncier we seem to be seeing.

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Love Motel – Dial God USA (Kaz dub)

The Cryptonites remix is more than a bit intriguing as well. Although it does employ a good deal of their usual heavy, grungy style, it manages to preserve the indie-ish feel, as well as the gratifying chord progressions of the original track, quite well.

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Love Motel – Je Pleure (Cryptonites remix)

Keenhouse

(Thanks to Neonized for the image.)

Here’s a change of pace: I’m fully convinced that Los Angeles’s Keenhouse, who also happens to have been featured among the BuffetLibre remix artists, has either spontaneously become great friends with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo, or simply robbed them of their book of secrets, because his beats all seem to wreak of the Daft Punk chord progressions and overall style, and oh is it good. Nearly every track manages to capture the euphoric, positive energy for which we so dearly respect the masked duo, and as such, I simply can’t help but smile and bounce around a bit when these tunes present themselves.

Caution: Listening to these tunes on headphones may, in fact, cause you to look like an idiot, for you’ll likely find yourself getting your groove on at highly inappropriate times to music that no one else can hear. You’ve been warned.

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Keenhouse – Deep in the Forest

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Division Kent – L’heure Bleue (Keenhouse remix)

Sebastian Tellier Returns: Pure Sexuality


Alright my children. Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to take a break from your nearly permanent, distortion-induced headache and prepare yourself to dive into the world of Sexuality. Not to say that grimy electro and sexuality aren’t connected in more than a few ways, but regardless, it’s always quite nice to have a few soft waves of poppy pleasure push your buttons every now and again. The problem is, you’ve probably already assumed I must be referencing something that isn’t heavy, and that’s related to Sexuality, and hence, “Sensual Seduction” is likely ready to play in your stereo. Bad child! See, while a good ninety percent of the world’s unfortunate population is being anything but turned on listening to Snoop Dog, you’ll be enlightened, and therefor, permitted to discover the meaning of pure satisfaction by way of Sebastian Tellier‘s “Sexuality”.

Indeed, the French electro-pop star has returned to bring you his fifth album, a musical experience the likes of which are, unfortunately, quite rare as of late. Using techniques that are strangely reminiscent of a particularly famous Donna Summer track (and not to mention the oh so familiar touch of producer, Guy-Manuel de Homem Christo of Daft Punk), Sexuality will take your hand and assist you on an incredible journey to delusion, confusion, pain, ecstasy, peace, insanity, and back. As would be expected, Tellier‘s approach is highly unusual; Never once will you feel like the album is forcing itself upon you, nor will you be able to chase it. It seems as though the best approach is to simply throw on some headphones, close your eyes and let those curious little chords approach you. But beware, if you let your guard down, they’ll truly devour you. In fact, I’ve nearly become entranced several times just in writing this little post.

If you missed the Donna Summers reference, a lil’ teaser might cue you in. Kinda makes you wonder who he got to do those “vocals”…

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Sebastian Tellier – Pomme (Download removed by request)

And slated to be his first single release off Sexuality:

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Sebastian Tellier – Divine

Though it should be available universally as of October of this year, Tellier has taken a somewhat strange approach on his release of Sexuality: The album is currently available as a promotional prerelease through Los Angeles clothing brand, American Apparel. Assuming you can’t wait until October for a bit of Sexuality, don’t you worry. You’ll be able to grab a copy of the album, as well as Tellier’s official line of tops, the Sexuali-Tee and Sexuali-Tank, at any of their retail locations.