Sunday, March 25, 2007

Designer Drugs - Datamix 01

(click image to listen)

1. Boys Noize - Don't Believe the Hype (Surkin RMX 1)
2. Simian Mobile Disco - It the Beat
3. Guns N' Bombs - Nothing is Getting Us Anywhere
4. Does it Offend You Yeah - We Are Rockstars
5. Justice - Phantom
6. Boys Noize - Feel Good (TV OFF)
7. Klaxons - Magick (Simian Mobile Disco RMX)
8. Prinz and Wallus - Musicgeschichte (Dennis Hurwitz RMX)
9. The Sounds - Tony the Beat

(Graphic content compliments of Damian Hirst)

Friday, March 16, 2007

Simian Mobile Disco Interview

Steve Aoki's favorite producer right now, Simian Mobile Disco, had all the blokes at Making Time subject to "La Breeze". After chatting with them on the balcony, I soon realized they had more amazing information than my drunken brain could retain. The following interview proves SMD really is "guiding the machines."

New Machine Addict - Could you brief us on the transition from Simian to SMD?

Simian Mobile Disco - Me and Jas were DJing while we were in Simian, we used to run off after Simian had finished playing, to play little after parties. After the band split, we kept being asked to play and do remixes, and three years down the line here we are about to release our own album.

NMA - While in Simian, Brian Eno did a remix of La Breeze. That's quite an honor, how did "uncle Eno's" remix come about? Have you ever experienced "La Breeze"?

SMD - Eno was kind of interested in Simian. In fact, he came to the studio to hang out several times while we were making the second record. The mix came via that. La Breeze was our version of the French wind that sends you mad.

NMA - While we are on the subject of remixes; French electro duo Justice did a remix of "We Are Your Friends (Never be alone)", which contains vocals and music originally from a Simian track. How did this come about?

SMD - We ran a remix competition in France around the time we released that song. We just gave the parts out. We had 10 remixes come back from unknown Frenchies, and Justice was one of them. I believe it's only the first or second thing they ever did!

NMA - Mr. James Ford, recently you produced several successful indie rock bands, for instance, The Klaxons and The Test Icicles, just to name a few. You also are credited as drummer on several Klaxons tracks from their album "Myths of the Near Future". How did you end up in the producer's chair and what role did you play as producer (artistic direction or recording/mixing engineer)?

SMD - I've always wanted to be a producer, so it was natural for me to get into that after Simian split. Every time I produce, different things are asked of me, from playing, to the more technical side, to the more conceptual and interpersonal aspects. Thats why I love it, it's thinking on your feet.

NMA - Are there any particular bands you're working with now that we should watch out for?

SMD - I just produced the new Arctic Monkeys record, it's a great record I think.

NMA - After chatting with you for a minute Friday night, I found out you use Protools and Ableton Live. Do you use ALL analog synths and if so what are your favorites?

SMD - Yeah, its all analogues. Favorites are MS-20, Arp 2600, Juno-60. Jas has a modular system.

NMA - Mr. Ford is a Drummer/Producer and Mr. Shaw is a keyboard player. Are there any specific roles either of you tend to play more often in the studio.

SMD - We don't have specific roles, we just plug in all the machines and guide them 'til something good happens. We know each other well enough that we can collaborate instinctively.

NMA - Who does the vocals for the SMD tracks? Char Johnson or Ninja, from "The Go! Team"? Was there any specific reason why you choose them? Do you have plans to collaborate with anyone else in the future?

SMD - They were just some of many vocalists we tried out. The things they contributed just seemed to fit best. We also wanted to use vocalists that were no that well known, otherwise it starts to become about collaborations as opposed to our music.

NMA - What microphone and pre-amp did you use?

SMD - Various, but probably a Nuemann U87 and a Universal Audio 610 pre.

NMA - Do you mix in the box or do you have a console of choice?

SMD - We wrote the whole album in the box, but we ended up mixing it on a lovely old trident board.

NMA - Right now you are touring the world and I noticed that you are doing a few "live" shows? I saw you DJ, and have to admit, you fuckin' killed it. Great selection and tight mixes. What does your live show consist of and does it rave as hard as your DJ set?

SMD - The live show is just gonna be us and some machines. We won't use any backing, It'll all be sequenced live and it'll rock much harder thank the DJ set.

Listen to more tunes at SMD's Myspace Page

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Dancin' Shoes

The MSTRKRFT Puma: Will it "work on you" ?

More Pics here

And, if you haven't seen the video for "Easy Love" yet (pictured inside sneaker) check it out here. I have no doubt these kicks will make you jump higher, dance harder, and get laid more.

Friday, March 9, 2007

Glitch Machine

Not only do these hand modified machines look rad, but they yield sonically similar results. Very reasonably priced at $200 thanks to Syntax Cataract; if you buy one of these please let me hang out with you.

If you don't have the extra cash and have some extra time you can build something similar on your own. Here's a few links to help you get started. Thank you Reed Ghazala.

- Reed Ghazala's circuit bending web guide

- Reed Ghazala's book on circuit bending

- Schematics for circuit bending modifications

- Cementimentals circuit bent instrument gallery or here

I also found this 8 bit (CD audio is 16bit) Nintendo Entertainment System remix of Daft Punk's "Around The World"

Friday, March 2, 2007


Fuck the Gap! It’s time to get yourself some proper party attire. Local designer, DJ, and party kid – Lord Hastings Chesterfield, II is hustling a line of tees like no other. We recently had a chance to chat with the very bizarre genius behind ACIDHAUS T-SHIRTS, and here is what he had to say:

El Rex> A recent blog of yours demands, "a thousand nitrous fiesta balloons to be sent heavenbound", my question to you is - what do you think jesus would be like on nitrous?

Lord Hastings Chesterfield, II>> Haha, haven't the slightest. I would actually like to ponder the idea of jesus on nitrous…for a while

El Rex> It definitely warrants some time

LHCII>> Jesus on nitrous might be like Kurt Cobain… like a “raving” Kurt Cobain… like a raving schizophrenic Kurt Cobain, but that's just my immediate knee-jerk answer. Jesus on nitrous might be just the kind of messiah kids need today… someone they can understand, someone who speaks their “language.”

El Rex> Enough about Jesus, tell me about yourself

LHCII>> Well, hmm… I delivered mail in Reading, where I attended college, one summer… summer of ‘96

El Rex> Wow, you were a mailman?

LHCII>> Yeah! Not a career mailman, though. But I almost got tackled and mauled by a huge dog once. I slammed a door shut in its face just in time.

El Rex> Scary.

LHCII >> Another time I almost lost the mail truck down a hill. I parked it and apparently the hill was so steep that I should've engaged the emergency brake. As soon as I got out and slammed the door…the thing started rolling down the street, alongside the curb.

El Rex> What happened?

LHCII>> I thought for sure my life was over.

El Rex> You and the person at the bottom of the hill!

LHCII>> Then it hit the bumper of the car parked further down the hill…the mail truck stopped, and then that car started rolling a little…but then that car stopped too!

El Rex> So, do you draw inspiration for your tee shirts from your days as a mailman?

LHCII>> Haha, no…not really. I drew my inspiration from the vibe of the old acid house sound… and from my weird dreams… and my weird imagination… and from animal spirit guides that came to me in a vision in the midst of a sweat-lodge ritual. What I hear, essentially, in acid house, is kind of a dark, primordial otherness that is expressed similarly in all of the above. I guess I'm kind of going for a sort of even mix of abrasive (or “acidic”, “over-saturated”) and smooth (“amorphous”, “ectoplasmic”).

Oh, and here’s another inspiration – I kind of had this feeling back in the summer of 2001, that acid house would be making some kind of come back. Maybe not blatantly, but at least as an important influence in underground/indie music and style. I had read this really great book back then called Class of 88 by Wayne Anthony, who wrote from his first-hand experience as one of the first (and extremely daring) entrepreneurs of the original UK acid house parties (‘88-‘90), which were basically the first raves. His story blew my mind. Chaos, drama, adventure, spiritual elation, near-death experiences, and of course music, drugs, and dancing. Extreme vibrations, people were living within. After reading this book, I decided I wanted to superimpose my impressions of acid house onto our current cultural spectacle. And if I don’t, someone else will be chosen to come forward and do it instead. (laughs)

El Rex> Who, specifically, were you listening to?

LHCII>> It wasn't until about 1990 that the label 'Wax Trax' kind of crossed over and introduced the acid house sound to the largely punk/gothic/industrial/alternative scene that I felt myself to be a part of at the time.

The first bands I remember from that era were like KLF, 808 State, Lords of Acid, Psychic TV, Meat Beat Manifesto and then all those Wax Trax bands from Chicago like Revolting Cocks and Thrill Kill Kult. The first time I heard of “rave” was 1991 with that obnoxious "James Brown is Dead" song by LA Style. 808 State were definitely my favorite. That was when I used to go to "alternative dance" clubs: Breakers, Trocadero, Revival, Pulsations, Shadows. There was one in Reading, as a matter of fact, at that time -- The Loft.

At the Loft, there used to be the occasional group of skinheads that would show up and threaten to beat someone up for their doc marten boots.

Ah, the "good old days"

To purchase one of Lord Hastings Chesterfield, II’s psychedelic tees visit Acidhaus