Frikstailers – Crop Circles (video)

DiscoBelle - Wed, 2014-07-30 05:43

Categories: Electronic, Music

Three Emotions: Happy, Sad and Funny

20 Jazz Funk Greats - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:56

(art is by Azuma Makoto.)

The Cambodian Space Project’s singer, Srey Thy:

“My mum sing very good, and she wanted to go to Phnom Penh. But when Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge come they kill her parents. She stopped singing. She cut her hair, same as boy. She make up black to put on face. If very beautiful, they want to kill. My mum was very young.

“Listen radio, listen my mum sing. I say ‘Oh mum, you sing good.’ We have parties, she sing. She work, she sing. She work, I work beside my mum. She make food, washing, she sing a lot. I sing beside my mum. My mum was my teacher. I didn’t go to school, except for one week. When the teacher ask if anybody sing, I say ‘Me! Me!’ Everybody shy, me not shy!

“People say to me: ‘Oh you sing good, old songs. Everybody loves old songs. Romantic.’

“In my song I try to have three emotions: happy, sad and funny. ‘Not Easy, Rock & Roll’, come from heart. ‘Broken Flower’, from heart, ‘Have Visa, No Have Rice’, from heart, ‘You Go, I Come Too’, from head, ‘Whisky Cambodia’, from head. From head, I see and I write, but write from heart not easy.”

The Cambodian Space Project – Here Comes The Rain

The Cambodian Space Project’s co-founder, Julien Poulson:

“[The Khmer Rouge] ripped out the heart and soul of Cambodian culture. Their very ill-conceived manifesto was a kind of fucked-up Maoist thing, to return society to agrarian utopia, which meant destroying and dismantling culture. The Khmer Rouge very successfully destroyed everything, along with almost two million Cambodian lives.

“We do a cover of ‘House of the Rising Sun’. In this country for a band it would be a very silly, overblown and obvious cover, but in the context of a female Cambodian singer, taking the lyrics from Sinn Sisamouth [who, like most Cambodian singers, was murdered by the Khmer Rouge] who did an astonishing version of it in the Sixties, it has an incredible power.

“I met Master Kong Nay, the old, blind musician, and also Srey Thy’s teacher. I heard his voice and saw him playing in a corrugated iron hut and I was just blown away. They call it the ‘Mekong Delta blues’. They call him the Ray Charles of Phnom Penh, because he looks like Ray Charles, but really it’s a misnomer. He’s the Leadbelly of Phnom Penh, and just totally fucking cool.

“It was the biggest baby boom in the world’s history: 1979-1980. Srey Thy was born at the end of that. People weren’t allowed to marry before, or celebrate. I guess we see the result of that now where they have their big Cambodian parties, everyone comes together and the music goes at full blast.

“Her father was a tank driver. There’s an amazing photo which shows her semi-naked except for a handbag and some pants on. She’s about this big. There’s a table here, there’s a transistor radio with its aerial up, there’s Pa in his military uniform, a six gun slung around his hips, and the tank. They’re moving around the country in a Soviet T-53 tank and listening to the radio. They were moving around the frontlines, as the war continued. This is post-Pol Pot times. What many people don’t understand about Cambodian history is that war continued for a long time. The Khmer Rouge was supported by all the Western countries because they didn’t want to support the Vietnamese occupying forces.

“Our first gig was at a little swampy bar called the Alley Cat in Phnom Penh, and the other musicians blew in literally within ten or fifteen minutes of the first few songs. Scott Bywater, who is with us now, offered to play or bring some instruments down. He was the ‘Bill Wyman’ guy, which I can say because he’s not around at the moment! We wanted him for his instruments at that time, but he’s an incredible musician and such a big part of our creativity now.

“Bong Sak was a soldier for a long time. It’s sadly not uncommon in Cambodia. Right now he’s finding it very hard to be here in London. He’d rather stay at home, on the farm, eat food routinely and ride a motorbike down to the gig when it’s on.

“It’s remote, it really is. Srey Thy’s family home is literally a thatched bamboo hut, but she’s very attached to the place and it’s very deep in her persona. She’s steeped in the rice fields of Prey Veng. There are problems with the abject poverty, particularly for Srey Thy, because suddenly everyone there expects her to be rich or to be able to fix problems or to be different. Her grandparents love to look at her pictures from Paris or London, and they’ll say, ‘Now you are very different, very beautiful, you’ve changed!’ She’ll say thank you, and then they’ll say, ‘But never forget, you’re one of us. Your bare feet are in our fields.’ She will say, ‘Yes, I never forget.’

“This album was all recorded in Cambodia, which was very important. It was challenging but the results were pleasing. The next album we’re hopefully going to do in Melbourne with Mick Harvey. He’s interested and wants to do it. He did PJ Harvey’s last album and worked with Anita Lane, so he’s used to female vocalists, and that fact that ours sings in Khmer doesn’t really make any difference if you’re a soundscapey kind of character. Strangely, the darker Cambodian songs are kinda like the Bad Seeds: noir-ish karaoke that ends with murder in the rice paddies. They’ve got this kinda hypnotic groove to them.”

It’s not very often, admittedly, but occasionally the real life biography of the bands we cover are way weirder and more engrossing than any zany shit we could come up with.

Buy Whiskey Cambodia from Metal Postcard

Also, sadly not from Cambodia or space, but here’s a bonus track from 1975!

Fox – The Juggler

Categories: Electronic, Indie, Music

Banks – Beggin For Thread (video)

DiscoBelle - Tue, 2014-07-29 20:08

Categories: Electronic, Music

The Villars – The Signal (feat. Brado) Paradisko Remix

DiscoBelle - Tue, 2014-07-29 00:21

Istanbul duo Paradisko is out with a new track that’s sure to get your blood pumping. The two have just released a disco-infused remix for new Russian outfit, The Villars via On The Fruit Music. You can grab the entire remix EP of “The Signal” featuring additional remixes by Broke One and Pat Lok on Beatport now.

Categories: Electronic, Music

Cashmere Cat – With Me (Infuze Remix)

DiscoBelle - Mon, 2014-07-28 22:42

From DC’s CUFF MGMT comes Brooklyn bass music producer Infuze with a new remix of Cashmere Cat’s “With Me.” If you’re not up on Infuze, this is the last chance you’re gonna get before you’re entirely out of the loop. Infuze’s remix of “With Me” starts off unassuming enough, then rapidly builds to a crescendo that deserves to be played out at all festivals.

Categories: Electronic, Music

Back Back Forward Punch – Solid Gold + Remixes

DiscoBelle - Mon, 2014-07-28 15:45

Melbourne electronic duo Back Back Forward Punch treated us to their downtempo electropop tune “Solid Gold” a few weeks ago and now they share two stunning remixes of the track. First up is Canadian beat connoisseur Pat Lok, who flips the track into a tune with a slight 90s R&B flavor. The second remix comes from Brisban wunderkid cln, who takes us on a dark journey, creating a deeply dynamic atmospheric sound. Both remixes are available as free downloads via Back Back Forward Punch’s Facebook page.

Categories: Electronic, Music

Procedural Wonder Labyrinth

20 Jazz Funk Greats - Sun, 2014-07-27 17:22

(Dwarf  Fortress image via Stuart’s Gaming blog).

The Roguelike video game genre puts the player in a procedurally generated (random) set of interlinked dungeons that she explores with trepidation because every conflict with its denizens could be the last. Death is permanent in these lands, so the stakes are high: defeat means the total obliteration not only of the player, but of the universe that she has generated with her progress through the dungeons, like a sword and sorcery version of the bookish wanderings across Borges’ Library of Babel.

This is a journey through surprising landscapes, conjured out of the complex interplay between our decisions, the imagination of the human authors, and their technology.  We could also call it Frontierslike, a trip through the procedural wonder labyrinth.

Which is precisely what Steve Gunn + Mike Cooper’s Pena Panorama is: a sonic ramble up abrupt mountains and down primeval valleys, in a party of companionable psychedelia, its rhythms are the drone in the muscles and the weight in the bones telling us that we’ll be tired tonight, and satisfied too.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Right now, a guitar melody describes the vector of our progress, a steel guitar raga the interval of uncertainty around it, alternative branches opening up new provinces of space and seasons of time and weather. Out of chaos and randomness we build order, map the eternal frontier, under a sky luminous with the portent of the revelation waiting past the summit of the hill ahead, always past the summit of the hill ahead.

Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper – Pena Panorama

Pena Panorama is included in the frankly astounding ‘Cantos de Lisboa’ FRKWYS collaboration between Steve Gunn and Mike Cooper which RVNG released not long ago. As usual, you can get some actually informative documentation about the release from the wonderful, loving source.

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Pitchfork // MoMA PS1 Warm Up Mix: Cashmere Cat

DiscoBelle - Sun, 2014-07-27 15:15

Mix of the summer from Norwegian wonder Cashmere Cat.

Categories: Electronic, Music

Jesse Rose – Fly Tonight (video)

DiscoBelle - Sun, 2014-07-27 14:48

Categories: Electronic, Music

Nardwuar vs. Yung Lean (video)

DiscoBelle - Sat, 2014-07-26 09:51

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(Premiere) Will Eastman, Ozker & Enea – Falling In Dub

DiscoBelle - Fri, 2014-07-25 17:17

Will Eastman, creator/owner of famed Washington, DC venue U St Music Hall, has teamed up with fellow DC producers Ozker and Enea on a new track “Falling In Dub.” This is the second in a series of four collaborations Will Eastman is sharing this summer, following his track “Breathless” with Caleb L’Etoile. Today we’re happy to premiere “Falling In Dub” and can’t wait for what’s next with the DC contingency we’ve grown to love over the years.

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Fact Magazine Mix 451: DJ Orgasmic & Teki Latex

DiscoBelle - Fri, 2014-07-25 07:26

Let your weekend be soundtracked by this Fact Magazine mix done by none other than DJ Orgasmic and Teki Latex (2/3 of Sound Pellegrino).

Expect left field dance music interspersed by bassed up club sounds from across the globe but with an emphasis on their French counterparts.

“We tend to favour live blends over bootlegs and edits, and the occasional tweaks and glitches you will hear in this mix are made live using (and abusing) the slip mode on the CDJs nexus. We have always had a hard time choosing between 4/4 and broken rhythms, or between techno and a song format, so we tend to jump from one to the other. We grew fascinated and obsessed by these dualities, and it’s the re-contextualisation and association of these tracks together that create our own version of club music.”

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[TICKET GIVEAWAY] Bounce Boat w/ Capital Cities, Brenmar and Solidisco!

DiscoBelle - Thu, 2014-07-24 19:00

OH SNAP! Our good pals at Bounce Boat just laid two tickets to tomorrow’s shindig on us for the benefit of you fine readers!

If you wanna get on board, send an email to:


and put the subject:

‘Bounce Boat’

Winner will be announced 7/25 @ 5pm EST via twitter and notified via email.

Get familiar with tomorrows musical guests:

Capital Cities



Limited amount of tickets still for sale HERE.

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