Monday, October 26, 2009

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FM Belfast 'How To Make Friends' - debut artist album from Icelandic collective

FM Belfast
How To Make Friends
Morr Music / Kimi Records
Released: Jan 22nd

“Be Who You Are and Say What You Feel Because Those Who Mind Don't Matter and Those Who Matter Don't Mind.” - Dr. Zeuss

FM Belfast are Iceland’s best keep secret; a band with colourful energy that instantly captures your attention. Musically, they create inspiring electro-indie-pop and always put on an explosive, impulsive and unpredictable live show - with anything from 3 to 30 people - always hitting the high notes and always leaving you with a smile.

‘How To Make Friends’ is the debut album from the creative collective… Lyrically it covers everything from the VHS (a stage on from The Buggles), to Love, to a Tropical, Exotic Rocky Island, to Running Down The Street In Your Underwear… And the band do cover versions (re-working Rage Against The Machine and Technotronic) in ways you would least expect… Get ready for Fun…

Beginning as a living-room project with Árni Plúseinn (vocals, computers, lights) and Lóa (vocals, percussion), ‘Pump’ became the first FM Belfast song created - a Christmas present for friends. Their first show, as still only a duo, took place in a cave on The Faeroe Islands, in the summer of 2006. Later in the Autumn came their first official Live Show at the Iceland Airwaves Festival - The annual Iceland Music event which showcases local and international talent to the music industry and beyond. Árni Vil (vocals, drum machine, falsetto) and Örvar (vocals) joined before that show and from here the band became a quartet, with some variations.

FM Belfast have since played the festival every year, with the Airwaves Annual booklet describing them as: “Reykjavik’s masters of public pantlessness have no problem getting a whole room to bust a move. Their shows are consistently high quality, electro-pop ragers. Constant Airwaves favourites.” – from here they got to tour far and wide and have been propped by magazines including Clash, NME, Rolling Stone USA, Telegraph and Q magazine as a must see Live Act.

some links..

The band are inspired by artists including Gary Numan, Toto, Aha, Pavement, Flaming Lips, Smog, Primal Scream, Jóhann Helgason, Biggi Veira from GusGus and many more. Their album’s title ‘How To Make Friends’ is inspired by the many great people the band met when making the album and by a comic book title Lóa was illustrating at the time - ‘How to make friends in summer camp’ (a selection of Lóa’s art works can be found here:

A track by track breakdown by the band themselves…

Frequency: “This song was made after a family gathering where one of us had to be the designated driver for drunk family members. It´s probably an experience most people recognize. It can be awful while it lasts but usually funny afterwards.”|

Underwear: “The song is about boredom combined with the freedom of running down the street in your underwear. It’s about growing up in place where you have to make your own entertainment.”

I Can Feel Love: “When you fall more and more in love with each drink you have - when you are drunk and happy in a cheesy kind of way.”

Tropical: “To some people it sounds like it’s a song about Iceland. Tropical was originally written about the town Gjogv in the Faeroe Islands, about a place that’s almost the opposite of Tropical. Exotic rocky island.”

Pump: “Pump is the first FM Belfast song ever made. It was a Christmas gift for our friends Inga and Bóas. The recording on the album is the original one and the lyrics are borrowed from Technotronic´s Pump up the Jam.”

Par Avion: “One very cold winter day there was an article in the newspaper about an Icelandic girl that had moved to the Caribbean and was renting a house on the beach for a small amount of money. At the time it felt almost ridiculous to live on a frozen island and pay high rent for a tiny apartment. We just wanted to move right away. It helps singing this song, then you can go to the Caribbean for 3 minutes and 47 seconds.”

VHS: “About when formats change and become obsolete. You’ve grown attached to some technology and then someone comes along and changes it ruining your collections. Like a love song to a lost friend.”

Lotus: “A friend of ours said: " Why don’t you do something with the Rage against the Machine?" so we did the best we could. We still don’t know if he was being serious or not.”

Optical: “The joy of getting your vision back by buying a pair of spectacles. Most of us in the band are visually impaired. Some in more denial than others.”

Synthia: “There once was a beautiful synthesizer that was owned by a neglectful man. The song is about poor treatment of synthesizers and our desire to save them.”

President: “It’s a song about a determined person that never gives up.”

‘How To Make Friends’ is released January 22nd on Morr Music / Kimi Records

For more press information, contact Kim Booth

Joe Goddard 'Harvest Festival' - debut artist album for Greco-Roman imprint

Joe Goddard
'Harvest Festival'
Released November

“…and party, and bullshit, and party, and bullshit, and party, and bullshit…”

Joe Goddard is no stranger to clubs. As a member of Hot Chip he’s played more than his fair share, as well as remixing, and being remixed by, the great and the good. As a DJ he’s been around the world on top of masterminding Bugged Out and DJ Kicks comps. And as a founding member of the Greco-Roman collective he’s probably seen things, like Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner, you people wouldn’t believe. No wonder the man’s first solo album sounds the way it does.

Harvest Festival is a celebration of electronic music, pure and simple, in which Goddard brings the objects of his passion lovingly into the 21st century. “I wanted to do things that would feel a little out of place on a Hot Chip album,” he explains, “like having long instrumental passages and loops. I love crafting short songs with Alexis [Taylor] but I wanted to have a go at other forms of electronic music.”

Growing up in London, Goddard found himself at the heart of club culture, and this has undeniably rubbed off on him. “I suppose the record is my comment on dance music here as I have experienced it over the years,” he confesses. “It has traces of all the periods I have gone through clubbing, from drum ‘n’ bass to house, garage, techno, dubstep. There is a polyrhythmic, bouncing and Jamaican element to most London music that comes from jungle and rave that you do not find so much in places like Berlin or New York. I love those elements and often try to find places for them. All of these things feature in Greco-Roman nights as well.”

The Greco-Roman nights of which he speaks are run by a collective of musicians, artists and jilted music-lovers that include Goddard himself. The littlest hobo of the international clubbing circuit, together they have thrown quasi-legal parties in off-kilter venues such as boats, warehouses, railway arches and Spanish restaurants in London, Moscow, New York, Austin, Sydney, Melbourne and their second home of Berlin, as well as troubling festivals such as Bestival, Glastonbury, Bloc, Field Day and the Big Chill under the name Greco-Roman Soundsystem. Their extravaganzas have offered Goddard an invaluable opportunity to study what makes a party work, allowing him to justify their beloved Greco-Roman wrestling and bacchanalian orgies by making them as mind-broadening as they are mind-bending. They have also released singles from Buraka Som Sistema, David E Sugar, Grovesnor, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Drums of Death, while Harvest Festival is a worthy title holder for their first full length release.

“I learn about the different phases that nights go through,” he admits, “and watch the way the crowd responds to different environments, different tunes and the prevailing mood of the night. I learn about what people respond to musically whilst dancing, and the conventions that dance music needs and uses to unite people.” But Greco-Roman has had an even greater influence on his debut. “I wanted to avoid the crushing seriousness that a lot of dance producers seem to feel is essential to making music,” he continues. “So with this music, as well as with Hot Chip, there are moments of contemplation and then playful bits that hopefully will be fun for people to dance to.”

Given that the record is as much a record about dance music as it is a dance music record, Goddard has given it an arc similar to that of an evening out. It opens with ‘Apple Bobbing’, whose playful, woozy sound recalls Aphex Twin’s early ambient work, then works up towards ‘Pear-Shaped’, which “was inspired by Theo Parrish’s music, that insistent, jerky bounce that lots of good Detroit music has that doesn’t let up”. ‘Strawberry Jam’ and the mock-anthemic ‘Go Bananas’ both reveal Goddard’s huge love of UK Garage and pick up the pace even further before ‘Half-Time Oranges’ sees him an unlikely marriage between Brian Eno and J. Dilla. ‘Lemon & Lime (Home Time)’ meanwhile represents a turning point, its lush melancholy – and one of only two vocals on the album – addressing “the moment that the sun comes up and people start to think about getting home.” ‘Sour Grapes’ then continues the Detroit theme before the night winds down with nods to LTJ Bukem and, on ‘Coconut Shy’, a second tip of the hat to Brian Eno.

Harvest Festival is an album that raves about the past while striding imaginatively into the future. But those titles? “Collecting together these songs, some of which are very old, felt to me a bit like when your Mum gave you an old tin of peaches to take into church at Harvest Festival. And when making instrumental dance music, titles are often really meaningless anyway. They’re not exactly what’s on people’s minds when they’re dancing, and that’s what this record is for.” Still, it seems like his work has come to fruition. Ouch. Let that be a lesson.

Greco-Roman Presents: 'From The Seat Of Mount Olympus'

'From The Seat Of Mount Olympus'
A Limited 5x CD single Box-set
Various Artists
Released November 2009

GRECO-ROMAN, the London collective of musicians, artists & DJs that includes JOE HOT CHIP, presents “FROM THE SEAT OF MOUNT OLYMPUS”: a collection of their first 5 singles presented for the first time on CD with the striking artwork of illustrator LORENZO FRUZZA. Drawing on the sharp and wide-ranging music policy of their legendary London parties, this compilation brings together all of the Greco-Roman artists that have played – a cult electro banger from DAVID E SUGAR, sugary disco pop from GROVESNOR, Kuduro ghetto bass from BURAKA SOM SISTEMA, bouncy festival house from TOTALLY ENORMOUS EXTINCT DINOSAURS and the debut EP from the much hyped voodoo rave man DRUMS OF DEATH. The package features the artwork for each single and comes complete with remixes from HOT CHIP, JESSE ROSE and SKREAM.


Disc 1: DAVID E SUGAR “Oi New York This Is London”
1. Original
2. Hot Chip vs. Ragga Twins remix
3. Skream remix
4. Jesse Rose remix

Disc 2: GROVESNOR “Drive Your Car”
1. Original
2. Grovesnor's Rebel Quarter version
3. Hot Chip remix
4. Oliver $ remix

Disc 3: BURAKA SOM SISTEMA “Kalemba”
1. Original
2. Hot Chip remix

Disc 4: DRUMS OF DEATH “Steps Into The Ring” EP
1. Breathe
2. Breathe (Drop The Lime remix)
3. Cursed By Magick
4. Midnight Stalker

1. Bournemouth
2. Moon Hits The Mirrorball
3. Sickly Child
4. Moon Hits The Mirrorball (2 Bad Mice remix)

Clash review of Retro/Grade MODA

The Telegraph review of Airwaves

with a massive big up for fm belfast!

Dazed Digital does Airwaves

Hervé playlist en francais

What's on say acid

they really like the snuff crew album, ja.

Carl Craig at ADE


the model review on datatransmission

in case you speak the italian and want to read a review on hell

Boy 8-Bit interview in EQ Mag

still going and boy 8-bit on podcast

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Check out Loa from FM Belfast's art projects

talented not only musically...

Our Shit Jumper Party in Time Out's Critic's Choice!

Our little charity project is on tonight and Time Out has listed it as a Critic's Choice - brilliant! The shittest jumper will win a prize and everything goes to charity.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Q Magazine reaction to FM Belfast

Check FM Belfast at Airwaves

The Glass 'Superhero' (Plant Music)

Plant Music Seed 032
The Glass ‘Superhero’
1) Original
2) Ursula 1000 Remix
3) Luke Solomon Dub
4) Bit Thief Remix
5) Komka Remix
6) Sam Young & I Sancho Mix

New York and Berlin duo The Glass come with the second single from their upcoming album on NYC’s Plant Music label.

In the wake of the summer hit ‘Wanna Be Dancin’’ which had huge support from Club and Radio DJs all over the globe (Pete Tong and Rob Da Bank both banged it on Radio One) vocalist Dominique Keegan (New York) and producer Glen Brady (aka Dj Wool/Berlin) come with ‘Superhero’ a pop leaning dancefloor track with an infectious hook. The boys just came off a three week North American tour and are back out in October with dates in Germany, Switzerland and Norway.

Originally both from Dublin, Ireland, The Glass first reared their heads with 2005’s ‘Won’t Bother Me’ and their collaborations on 2020 Soundsystem ‘No Order’ album as well as their infamous ‘Sound of Young New York’ compilations spawned from Keegan’s now defunct Plant Bar. Having taken a short hiatus they are back with a new look, feel and sound.

‘Superhero’ laments the rise and fall of every lunatic ‘bouncing off the walls’ on a Friday night and the track comes with a slew on sexy remixes by both established and hot up and coming producers.

About the remixers:

ESL Recording’s Ursula 1000 plays up the hip hop elements in the original production with 80s electro feel, shimmering hats and a 90s ravey vibe.

UK’s Luke Solomon, founder of Classic recordings with Derrick Carter, and all round House Music champion. Luke’s mix is an old skool rave dub with pulsing percussion, trippy synths and a wonderful retro bassline.

Newcomer Bit Thief brings an amazing Nu House remix to the table with an incredible conga heavy mix which includes tenor sax honks and much much more…

Brasil’s Komka take a slight Tech House approach with hints of German Minimalism.

London’s Sam Young & I Sancho bring a big room Electro House mix to the floor crushing kicks and a dreamy synth melody.

Peter Kruder 'Hard To Find' (Gigolo)

Press Release
Peter Kruder
1. Hard To Find
2. 25 West 38th St.

Released: November 2009
Gigolo Recordings
Distributed by: NEWS

Peter Kruder returns to the Gigolo Mega-Church to present two new tracks from his recent arsenal of Techno and House dance-floor bombs. Needless to say 2009 has been a good year for Gigolo and Hell with the high times being shared by Peter Kruder. Beginning back in March when we released Peter’s Kruders first 12” in 7 years as part of the CD Eleven release. Followed swiftly by the release of DJ Hells acclaimed ‘Teufelswerk’ album, recorded and produced largely in Peter Kruders Vienna based studio. So as we approach the end of 2009 it gives us great pleasure to announce the latest EP ‘Hard To Find.’

On the a-side you find the title track, which takes in influences from Detroit techno circa the age of UR to North African hooks. The filter sweep towards the end, which serves as the drop/break, is a master-class in restrained modulation that is bound to ignite any dance floor. On the B-side we find ’25 West 38th St.’ a slightly more reserved affair opening with the sound of the ocean air, then swiftly diving into a bass driven groove, which features lush string’s and a piano-led top line creating a track that is as atmospheric as it is rhythmic. The EP itself takes influence from the B-side on two levels, the most immediate being the title of the track, which is the address of the old Nu Groove Records offices. This is Peter Kruder’s homage to a time when dance music served as a momentary escape, an opportunity to make those around happy. It also brings Peter’s relationship with Gigolo Records full circle, having begun in 2004 with his ‘Nu Groove’ remix of Hells ‘Listen to the Hiss.’

Resident Advisor recently alluded to the idea that Peter Kruders finest solo work is coming exclusively through Gigolo Records. It is certainly not beyond the realms of possibility as this latest record goes a long way to proving. With such a statement in mind we invite you to listen to the latest release from Peter Kruder.

Friday, October 16, 2009

If Retro/Grade did Tron...

Hell inbox feature on XLR8R

Retro/Grade interview on the pix zine

Iceland Airwaves hit number 1 - Retro Stefson

They're aged between 17 and 19 and are amazing! Saw them twice yesterday - once at the Naked Ape clothes shop, where they got everyone to sit down and do weird dance moves, and then again later at Karumba. the big show is tomorrow night at NASA...

An extremely tight and fun seven-piece, with melodies and rhythms that take in calypso, pure funk, rock that is soft and so much more, and totally belies their age! ones to watch. The live show gets everyone involved and you know they have so much more to come.

Retro/Grade ZOID

'ZOID' - Released November - VINYL ONLY
Label: Retro/Grade

'ZOID' follows Retro/Grade's massive 'Moda' release, which gained support from Erol Alkan, A-Trak, Trevor Jackson, Riton, Simian Mobile Disco, Brodinski, Ed Bangers, Pete Tong, Annie Mac and many more, with its limited-edition vinyl-only release in September.

'ZOID' is epic italo disco layered in modern way, with emotion that constantly builds as it hits…

The Retro/Grade album 'Motion' is set to follow in 2010.

Inspiration taken from a period between disco and house - the grey zone where synths were first used with disco and when drum machines were used to keep a track in time.

Retro/Grade's sound is a modern day Italo Disco…

Since 2005, Serge Santiago and Tom Neville have been slowly cooking a career-defining album… What came out of the studio sessions was a perfect modern day Italo/Disco sound, straight off the bat… This was the birth of the group Retro/Grade.

For more press info, contact Kim Booth:

Thursday, October 8, 2009

FM Belfast... coming soon!

this is going to be the first official single release from the album....

and they will be at airwaves don't you forget

We Love... the closing party video part 1

check all the we love videos from this summer:

We Love... Ibiza 2009 Episode 16 The Closing - Part 1 from We Love on Vimeo.

Love this!

Future Karaoke classic...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Time And Space Machine ep on Electronic Beats

Radio Slave September Chart

radio slave september chart 2009

1. the machine - fuse - dixon/ame remixes - innervisions
2. dj duke - minimalistic e.p vol.2 - deep house music
3. boola - craftman - cdr
4. dennis ferrer - hey hey - cdr
5. luciano - tribute to the sun lp - cadenza
6. chris liebing/speedy j - double trouble - rekids
7. hell ft diddy - the dj - radio slave remix/spencer parker edit - gigolo
8. radio slave - i feel raw (double 12") - cabin fever
9. the freaks - you make no sense - radio slave's rekid riddim remix - cdr
10. dance disorder feat boris - zusammen (breakdown version) - cdr

We Love... September in pictures:

September 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th... El finale! With highlights including.... 2ManyDJs playing David Bowie 'Rebel Rebel' on the Terrace, Carl Craig in the Discoteca (again amazing), Derrick May, Hot Chip's first set in the Discoteca, Joris Voorn's pure energy LIVE show, Claude Vonstrokes bounce on the terrace, Hell's Bavarian march, Brodinski for Bugged Out! in the Discoteca, Guy Gerber's live show in the rain at the We Love / Space closing, Martin Buttrich in the Discoteca at the closing, Jeff Mills, Miss Kittin, 2ManyDJs, James Zabiela ending the end of the discoteca with Depeche Mode, Clive Henry in the Red Box (complete with a brand new barnet) and of course all the people who came to party...