For episode 3 in the Nialler9 rebooted podcast series, I present a live recording of my DJ set in two parts, recorded live at Lumo Club’s Second Birthday. If you like what you hear, come on down to Lumo this Friday?
DFA’s synth pop and disco dons returned this week.
Previewed last night and released today, ‘Crime Cutz’ is a return to form for the New York duo on DFA Records. Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel’s best work walks the line between synth-pop and disco and this new seven minute tune struts it including an appearance from the East Coast Inspirational Singers Choir.
The song is taken from an EP out April 29th.
Paranoid London feat. Mutato Pintado
Filthy squelchy acid.
Originally released in 2014 on vinyl only, the music on the English electronic duo’s recent self-titled album lives up to their limited self-promotion (no press shots). Available digitally since November, their Tiga-esque acid house music (they feature on Tiga’s recent album No Fantasy Required) with an electro feel has been finding new fans, myself included. Sometimes all you need is a synthesizer and some minimal grooves to get your point across.
A to the point manifesto works too:
“If you like your music melodic, deep, well made & produced jog on. This is the real deal: dirty, repetitive music for DJs & dancers. ha-how-ha-how-ha-how-ha-howse nae shon.”
This Friday night in The Grand Social, there is a special screening of the entire 3-hour LCD Soundsystem gig from the film Shut Up and Play the Hits of the the band’s last show in Madison Square Garden on April 2nd 2011.
It all kicks off at 11pm where I’ll be playing some DFA-themed tunes and then the entire concert will be shown. Better yet, it’s all in aid of Women’s Aid.
To get you in the mood, here’s a 20-track playlist of the tunes that LCD made and DFA Records, their label, released, remixed or had an imprint on:
As purveyors of a very specific modern version of disco dance pop, Holy Ghost! were never going to be DFA Records’ headline grabbers. Where their label peers were methodical in their slavish worship of the DFA beat, the music of Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel’s Holy Ghost! burnished with a ’80s pop sensibility as opposed to punk or electronic one.
Their 2011 self-titled debut burned bright with danceable rhythms, electronic disco synthesizers, and pop-leaning vocals. Its 10 solid tracks all have their individual charms: it’s eminently listenable and is a record that goes on the platter (yes, an actual record) very regularly. It’s one of my go-to albums.
Things don’t change too drastically on their second album Dynamics. That listenability is there; the space-filling production, the modern take on disco sounds past. It’s not a challenging record but it’s not meant to be. Holy Ghost! don’t want to show you their vintage synths, they want to make you dance with them. Full review & stream …→
U:mack, Choice Cuts and Nialler9 present South African dance wizards Shangaan Electro on Thursday October 17th in The Sugar Club. More news during the week.
Syrian electronic maestro and recent Four Tet collaborator Omar Souleyman is finally doing his own Dublin show on Thursday November 7th. Support comes from Toby Kaar, tickets are €18 plus fees on sale Thursday from tickets.ie, ticketmaster.ie & outlets nationwide.
Watching the DFA Records Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic short documentary this week really makes you feel a lot of love for the seminal label and its New York home. One of my favourite DFA bands, Holy Ghost! are back this year with Dynamics in the Autumn.
The band’s new single from the record is a perfect DFA record: hypnotic disco dance music along the lines of The Juan Maclean, Yacht, Shit Robot and Holy Ghost! themselves. The video, by Ben Fries for the track also uses the NYC skyline as an evocative backdrop.
Hey it’s miserable outside (what’s new?) so you need some extra motivation for your weekend plans right? Well, here’s a 20 track Spotify playlist of mostly upbeat electronic-leaning tunes from the likes of Holy Ghost!, Gramme, Rustie, Floating Points, Jai Paul, John Talabot, Debruit, Tropics, ASAP Rocky and more to get you through. And if that’s not enough for you, try out the new Nialler9 Deezer Radio station too.
Well here’s a nice surprise, a new single from Holy Ghost! appeared in the last few days. A pulsating shimmering disco dance number with a robotic foundation that sounds like early Daft Punk, ‘It Gets Dark’ is in the vein of what the New York duo do best; AKA it’ll do the business on the dancefloor.
Limited to 600 copies on vinyl through DFA, you’re probably not going to get one of those now, but it’s available digitally now.
Another DJing favourite and highlight album of the year honouree, Holy Ghost!’s new video is made up of photos of the band and their friends. Only Chromeo matches this band for consistent dancefloor tunes.