Friday, June 08, 2007

Funky Friday Electro Mixtape

I've been slack at posting this week so today I make it up to you with a mixtape of songs largely inspired by '80s electro. There are some original old school classics, a bunch of new school up and comers and a couple of bits and bobs that sort of just fit in. This should get you in a fine frame of mind for the weekend!

D-Train - Music (12" Version)
One of the old school classics. A shimmering synthfest from '83, this still sounds great. A nice mix of futuristic synths and soulful r'n'b.

Calvin Harris - Certified
Calvin Harris - Disco Heat
From the forthcoming album I Created Disco which is chock full of some seriously jammming recreations of '80s electro funk.

Chromeo - 100%
These funky white boys from Canada love all things eighties - always have. This is a perfect example, right down to the sax solo. Fab breakdown at the end too.

Paul Haig - Heaven Sent
Another gem from '83, this is from the former Josef K singer's solo debut Rhythm Of Life. Gone are the scrappy post punk guitars, replaced by all things electronic and sleek. A favorite of mine.

Joakim - Drumtrax
French musician and remixer whose production work on last year's Poni Hoax album really got my attention. Also produced a lot of Panico's great Subliminal Kill. His own record is a startling blend of electronics, rock, new wave and ambient weirdness. This is a stompin' electro tune with a wacky slo-mo breakdown.

Paul Hartnoll - Patchwork Guilt
One half of the now defunct Orbital on the solo tip. A very orchestral LP, with lots of strings and Robert Smith from the Cure singing on one track. And also very reminiscent of his old band.

Roxy Music - The Main Thing (Rub N Tug's Proton Saga)
A lovely old song updated with a bit more oomph. Actually, quite a lot of oomph. Delicious.

The System - You Are In My System
This is a stone cold classic from 1982, later covered (to great effect) by Robert Palmer. Slick and sleek and soulful.

Architecture In Helsinki - Heart It Races (Yacht's I Should Coco Remix)
Brand new AIH tastiness, from a CD single of remixes and remakes of this song. Loopy steel drum and Tom Tom Club moments, sprinkled with a dash of M.I.A.

Fancy - Whats Your Name Again (Busy P Remix)
French robot rock featuring a remix by the owner of Ed Banger Records.

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