It doesn't get any truer to old-school disco than this--and that's not a bad thing in the least. Andy Butler and a trio of vocalists--most notably the legendary Antony--have truly formed something special with this bridge between the earliest days of Chicago house and the late '70s club scene in New York.
Announced back in May of 2007, we were beginning to wonder if the Tonium Pacemaker pocket DJ system would ever actually roll off the assembly line. Lo and behold, the fickle DJ gods have smiled, and the Tonium Pacemaker arrived on my desk just days ago.
Following their efforts creating the Pacemaker online mix community and their free Mac and PC DJ editing software, the folks at Tonium have done well to lay a solid foundation under their first product. At a cost of about $800, however, the Pacemaker is not for everyone.
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Ghosty, one of my favorite satellite radio DJs, he's on Sirius Disorder, urged listeners to email their favorite weird and obscure music. Never heard of any of the records, but it set me to wondering about some of my more out titles, and if I had to pick one I'd go for, The Rotor Rooter Good Time Christmas Band LP. It came out in 1974 and yes, I bought it for the wacky title, but it's actually a really good record, I've played it many dozens of times. Mixing equal parts polka, psychedelic, rock, classical and just flat out bizarre, Rotor Rooter is a blast from start to finish. If I had to pick just one cut, it would have to be "Fanfare/Buick LeSabre."… Read more
Blondie's title "blondie" has spent a career pushing pop in edgy new directions. Heck, she helped bring rap to the mainstream while playing punk goddess--no small feat. Debbie Harry's new material continues the theme, mixing hypnotic hooks into a snarky, ultra-modern beatscape.
He might keep a lax tone throughout his detached raps, but his "I'm-not-really-trying" vibe syncs perfectly with the dancefloor-devastating beats that sound like they take from every dark corner of every subgenre of EDM and hip-hop. "Day N Night" is a great track that fits perfectly with the leftist dance/hip-hop vibe of Cudi's new label home: DJ A-Trak's Fool's Gold.
Pronounced "Feeds" not "Feds," this Ed Banger master of the megamix (who produces and also apparently goes out with fellow Bangite, Uffie), appears on the third volume of the compilation that's consistently given the French label bragging rights. Using vocal snippets and unforgettable basslines is Feadz's calling card--and a good one at that.
The never-ending quest for extraterrestrial life goes on: the Phoenix Lander touched down last Sunday on a mission to explore the polar region of Mars. The $420 million spacecraft, which launched last August, is expected to find "ice-rich permafrost" underneath the Martian surface. Back on Earth, members of NASA, astrophysicists, and amateur star gazers worldwide (not to mention those of us at Download Music) will be tracking its every move.
What's a better way to celebrate this historical event than a space-theme playlist? Listen via the green button below and visit the artist pages to download or … Read more