Thursday, 26 March 2009

His Majesty Andre

Not content with dominating dance music at present, Joshua ‘Herve’ Harvey has unleashed a new, offshoot of his Cheap Thrills label ‘Cheaper Thrills’. The first release comes courtesy of His Majesty Andre. Already supported by Herve, Sinden, The Crookers, Rob Da Bank and many more, His Majesty is steadly increasing his magic touch in production and djing. He's part of the Italian Fluo scene, rubbing shoulders with The Crookers, Bloody Beetroots, Riva Starr. No surprise he has been captured by the Italo Gods of Wonk. Vatican House proudly and religiously welcomes in his church of wonk the Majesty Andre himself, with some tracks of proper noisy, odd groove. Always bringing on the Italo legacy in party dance music, Andre delivers his own version of a club tune: massive pumping bass and cut as fuck vocals. Another banging release from those lazy Italians.

His Majesty Andre - Peep Thong

His Majesty Andre - NRG 555

His Majesty Andre - GIRRRL

Myspace here


The Bloody Beetroots feat. Steve Aoki - Warp

The Scarlot Harlots - Backlash (Raffertie's Bigger Bass Remake ft. Shiftee Moova)

Tuesday, 17 March 2009


France is probably the hottest place in the world for electronica music, whether its nudisco, bangers or fidget house, and as you probably can tell I am obsessed with all of it. Time for some Fidget House from the South of France, by Stereoheroes, heading into winter last year Stereoheroes were playing various shows throughout Sydney, impressing audiences with their unique style and also with their French charm. Very similiar to Mustard Pimp, you can tell that they are best mates.

Stereoheroes - Shark Spray feat. Mustard Pimp

Mustard Pimp - Oh la la Satan (Stereoheroes Remix)

Stereoheroes - Fin Fang Room feat. Little Prince

Myspace here

Bonus Jack Beats:

Jack Beats - Get Down

Kidda - Feel Too Good (Jack Beats Remix)

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Joe And Will Ask?

Joseph Ashworth and William Green make up the brilliant duo of Joe And Will Ask?. They have just released a 2 track EP on the respected Kitsuné label, and aren't stopping there. There previous work has gotten incredible acclaim, and it just keeps coming.

How old were you guys when you first started making music and what was the reason?

I (Joe) remember buying 'Music' for the Playstation 1. I must have been 11 or something like that. I just used it to try and copy my favourite dance songs, although it taught me the basics of sequencing. Once I finally got my PC, I got a copy of Cubase and just started messing around. There was never a point where I decided I wanted to be a producer. Will hadn't produced until we met.

How would you describe your music?

Well it varies quite a lot, but I would say energetic, bass-driven, melodic, dancey!

I'm sure you are asked this a lot, but how did you guys come up with the name Joe And Will Ask?

Haha we are as it happens! And the answer isn't very interesting - it was just a silly name we came up with before we decided we wanted to make anything serious - it was going to be like "Joe and Will ask"... "what is electro?" - kind of making fun of ourselves. It stuck and we quite like it now.

What do you to make your music and to perform live?

We produce with Cubase and tons of plug-ins (our favorites being z3ta, Absynth, and the Moog and Korg Legacy emulations). For performance, we both use Ableton Live on 2 computers, and sync up so that we are both adding different elements of the songs.

I am aware that you guys used to be associated with the Drum & Bass scene. How did you switch over to making electro music?

It was just me actually. Will was more of a hard-house fan. Haha. There was a period of about two years where I made more experimental music in different time structures and with recorded fucked up noises in between the drum and bass phase and this project. The transition was a weird one, but it's an entirely different way of putting noises together. Our music now definitely has elements of drum and bass and ambientness to it though.

From a DJ standpoint do you know intuitively what songs to play to certain crowds based on the first song you play or does it take you time to really know what the crowd wants to hear?

I'm sure many essays have been written by many DJ's on this. You can learn a lot from turning up a few hours early before your set and watching how the crowd reacts to the other DJs. Knowing what to play is a balance of a lot of factors.

Is there any track that you guys can play anywhere and know will always really get the crowd going?

We seem to have one for a few months, then another. It was the Popof remix of "John Starlight - Road Rage" for Autumn/Winter, "Funkagenda - What The Fuck" or "Kevin Saunderson - Bassline 2008" before that. Right now our next single "Mongozo" is getting the biggest reactions of everything we play.

What's going on in 2009 for Joe And Will Ask?

Our next single "Mongozo EP" is coming out at the end of March. That's going to be huge! Aside from that, we have spent the last few months in the studio remixing for Hockey, Kris Menace, Sharam Jey, Acid Girls, Franz And Shape, and loads more. All of these will be out soon. We have going live soon, with new t-shirts, and we are in the studio with Micachu working on a song which is awesome!

Can you name a few artists you think everyone should be keeping an eye on?

Basti Grub, Jesper Dahlback, Arrow, Noob, Italoboyz.

What are your top favorite tracks at the moment?

Milton Channels - Black Is Black
Reboot - Vandon
Kolumbo - Sniff
Pryda - Loaded

La Roux - Quicksand (Joe & Will Ask? Remix)

Ellen Allien & Apparat - Do Not Break (Joe And Will Ask? Unofficial Remix)

Joe & Will Ask? - Claymore

Myspace here


The always amazing Mustard Pimp

Motörhead - Ace Of Spades (Mustard Pimp Remix)

Will Smith - Fresh Prince Of Bel Air (Mustard Pimp Remix)

Monday, 2 March 2009

Mad Decent

The genius label Diplo started up in 2006, gotta be one of the best labels around at the minute with some huge names on its side. Check them out here . Have a listen to the kind of stuff Diplo is doing under the Mad Decent name:

Metronomy - A Thing For Me (Mad Decent Remix)

Of Montreal - Id Engager (Mad Decent Remix)

Groove Armada - Pull Up (Crank It Up) (Mad Decent B-Live Remix)

Myspace here

And the very cool Miike Snow:

Miike Snow Vs Vampire Weekend - The Kids Don't Stand A Chance