Round two of Science Sundays is already upon us and what better chemical to bring into the mix than the first one I put in my body this morning? Don’t get any of the wrong ideas guys… just caffeine. There are few things I delight in more (slash find absolutely necessary to have in my life every day) than a joyous cup of coffee, and that in large part is due to its caffeine content. Caffeine, for all you terminology nerds, is a xanthine alkaloid that acts as a acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. OK, so that basically means it’s a stimulant. It perks you up, helps keep you clear and focused, and if you’re anything like me after three cappuccinos, can make you jittery and energetic.
So there we have it. Below are a few songs I enjoy, ones that I find help me wake up in the morning, put my head in a nice and clear space, keep me tapping my feet in my desk chair, and ward off any yawns or feelings of exhaustion of the moment. So if you’re feeling a little groggy on Monday morning, or start slowing down at work in the afternoon, fill up your favorite mug and press play. I promise you’ll be right as rain in no time.
I made my way through Downtown LA’ s Chinatown and into what appeared to be my own personal, dusty, hipster hell– only to be delighted by a gentle and bemustachioed crowd, Goldenvoice’s usual top notch accommodations, and surprisingly chest-ratting bass. I ate well, drank well, caught M83, James Blake and Simian Mobile Disco and made it home happy.
Good morning! Today’s news is comprised of music and new releases from James Blake, Moby, & Gorillaz. It’s raining here in Los Angeles, so I found it appropriate to post an Emancipator stream to start the day, but SoundCloud is still letting me down. Listen to the track while you read more on the morning update after the jump…
We’ve decided to bring you a daily GDD™ Morning Update to keep you informed about music happenings. Today’s headlines include the CMJ Music Marathon lineup announcement, James Blake’s take on the emerging “frat-boy market,” the new Skrillex “Cell” light structure, and for all of you in Australia, the Field Day 2012 lineup! Read more after the jump…
Last night, Troy Kurtz and I eagerly ventured out to The Music Box in Hollywood to witness a live, sold out performance from James Blake and his band. Stripping away the ensuing bodily pains from late Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, we knew that this was a show that we couldn’t pass on, and we were right.
Blake took the stage around 10:15PM along with his team, Ben Assister on drums and Rob McAndrews on the guitar and sampler, and started right off into a powerful one-two punch of ‘Unluck’ and ‘Give Me My Month.’ Seemingly very glad to be back in Los Angeles, Blake never once forgot to share his appreciation for the thundering applause after each of the first few emotional numbers. Moving piano solos then transformed into wall-shaking low end, and two of my personal favorites, ‘CMYK’ and ‘Limit To Your Love,’ proved to be a perfect, back to back halfway point of the performance. Supplemented by a barrage of dramatic spotlights and strobes, the trio went on to play 3 more songs before the encore, including the title track of the forthcoming EP, Enough Thunder. As James, Ben, and Rob left the stage for the first time, the applause was nearly deafening and all faces remained vexed toward the stage. Just as the shouts of awaiting concert-goers began to fade, Blake re-entered the stage at Music Box for 2 final songs, including the pumping Digital Mystikz cover and another from the new EP, ‘Once We All Agree.’
As Troy and I turned away to head back to the car, we realized that James Blake may just be the next generation’s Thom Yorke. Don’t agree? See him live.
Check out the set list from last night as well as James Blake’s Essential Mix from last Saturday after the jump.
Last summer, fellow blog bros Tron Jeremy, ///Bones, and I made exclusive mixes for our good friends over at Hot Biscuits. We were told they could be any genre, any style, any whatever. At the time, I had a major falling out with our lascivious lover, Miss Electro, and went pretty left-field, which spawned the first Haute and Bothered. Since then, the obscurity of artists like James Blake, Julio Bashmore, and Canblaster have filled that hole in my heart was left gaping after my sorrowful break-up. Raise your glasses, folks. We’re toasting to the future.
Tom Elkington, or eLDOKO, has been on my radar since sweetFA did a post a couple months ago on Woodworm Blues, eLDOKO’s debut EP on Monkey Safari‘s What! What! label. Since then, Elkington has been working on a few remixes, two of them I felt the need to share with you today. According to his Soundcloud bio, eLDOKO finds and executes a fusion between Jazz, Swing, Tech, and House, resulting in a unique sound that you’d be hard-pressed to sleep on. Grab these goodies and let me know what you think.
I love this track. Something about the vocals always gets stuck in my head and eLDOKO adds a little more magic to the mix. He was offering it in WAV for free on his Soundcloud, so if you want a 192 mp3 version instead of the giant WAV file, click on the alternate link (•).
Fantastic remix fromRound Table Knightsrecently released on the laudedDeadfish label.They’ll be coming over to North America this January so keep your eyes out for a stop near you! Pick up this in full quality, along with the rest of the massive Deadfish Remixed Vol. 1, atBeatport. It’s $12.99 well spent. Trust me.