This is the official video for DFA’s Factory Floor’s Turn It Up, a hypnotic concoction of 808s, reverb washed vocals, live drums and distant soundscapes.
Dan Tombs put the video together, a kaleidoscope of suitably fitting video effects.
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It’s been a little while since we heard from Canadian soundtrack Electro master Pilotpriest, but this week he quietly let slip otu a brand new track on his SoundCloud page. Featuring fellow Torontonian YongeBlood, who’s turned-in a couple of reMixes for Pilotpriest in the past, Drunk Dial is a new endeavour for Pilotpriest, a swirling, dare we say it, Chillwavey, ElectroPop tune that demands repeated listens.
Putting his core soundtrack talents to good use, Pilotpriest keeps things epic and emotional with big orchestrated synths and layers and layers of texture while ghostly vocals float in and out of focus around the track. Powered by a solid House beat the track mixes groove with atmosphere and the end result is pretty compelling. We’re not sure if this is a new direction for Pilotpriest, or just a stretching of his musical muscles, either way, he’s done a top job here.
♫ Pilotpriest (Feat. YongeBlood) – Drunk Dial
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We don’t tend to make much of a secret of our love for Sheffield Electronic Music pioneers Cabaret Voltaire. They’ve been one of our favourite artists for as long as we can remember and their myriad forms have always been an influence on us. They’ve been few quite a few music changes, experimenting with new styles and taking on new influences and whist we love their harsh experimental beginnings and the deep House influenced later work, the mid-80s era of Cabaret Voltaire is ‘our’ Cabs, the Cabs we grew up with.
Continuing Mute Records series of re-issues, Cabaret Voltaire are set to release the box set #8385 (Collected Works 1984-1985). this is a pretty exciting collection, featuring remastered editions of The Crackdown (1983), Micro-Phonies (1984), Drinking Gasoline (1985) and The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord (1985), some of The Cabs greatest works. Also contained in the package is a CD of Cabaret Voltaire’s 12” of the period and a CD of unreleased material, titled Earthshaker, alongside two DVDs featuring a couple of live shows, the promo videos from the time and the long awaited DVD release of 1985 VHS tape Gasoline In Your Eye. That’s not all, there’s also included a 40-page booklet and some slick packaging. This is a seriously essential purchase for Cabaret Voltaire fans and for anyone interested in the history of electronic music.
♫ Cabaret Voltaire – Sensoria (12” Version)
♫ Cabaret Voltaire – Just Fascination
♫ Cabaret Voltaire – I Want You
Cabaret Voltaire’s #8385 (Collected Works 1984-1985) is released 4th November.
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Goin’ Old School isn’t a trip down music memory lane, it’s a mugging in the dark alleyway of nostalgia:
SynthPop pioneer and all-round electronic experimentalist, the late Fad Gadget’s 1980 single Ricky’s Hand.
And The Rock Steady Crew with their 1984 follow up to (Hey You) The Rock Steady Crew (a track with one of the greatest synth riffs ever), Uprock.
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Canada’s reigning soundtrack Electro master Pilotpriest dropped a couple of new tunes on his SoundCloud this past week. He’s a busy guy these days, as Hollywood beckons, so were glad he’s still got time to sit down and produce some of the most emotional, evocative and enthralling electronic music around today.
Quest For Fire is on of Pilotpriest’s dancier tunes. Although quite mid-paced, it boasts a solid Italo beat and bassline set amidst swirling arpeggios and rousing strings. The synthetic orchestration isn’t lost in the groove though, as ever building waves of Pilotpriest’s rich tapestry of sound plays a gradually escalating narrative, full of character. Hallways, an ode to High School, again employs a pounding Electro beat to underpin a shifting soundscape of nostalgic, hypnotic, audio memories. And although my upbringing was more Grange Hill than Shermer High, I still feel I can relate, it’s just got that tone of youthful optimist melded with doubt and daily grind, to it. More excellence as Pilotpriest effortlessly conjures synthesizer moods.
♫ Pilotpriest – Quest For Fire (Instrumental)
♫ Pilotpriest – Hallways
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