ZFG Vol. 2. reminds me of Volume 1, only funkier.
Lately it seems that alternative genres in electronic music are seeing a definitive rise in popularity. Much like how moombahton graced the scene for awhile (it’s still around.. somewhere, whatever) I think these new genres may come and go for a lot of people, but in the rise of their popularity artists who had spent much time trying to fight their way out of the pile of trash that Soundcloud has become (#IHAZABLETONWATCHDIZ) will suddenly be recognized and be given opportunities to bring their sound to much larger audiences. Anyway some probably disagree with me about all or parts of the above but I think we can all agree that good music is good, doesn’t matter how many people listen to it.
Anyway let’s talk about deep house.
I love deep house.
808, Pausetapes, & Other Shit — Baunz (320)
Doing What I Got — Isaac Tichauer (128)
There I Was — Chris Malinchak (128)
Sunshine — Ponty Mython (128)
Use Me Again (Carl Craig Remix) — Tom Trago (320) (damn, do I love this one.)
Got Somebody — Moon Boots (320)
*Special thanks to Gotta Dance Dirty for bringing Moon Boots (with Kaviar Disco Club) to Cameo Gallery in Williamsburg the other week. Great venue for a show of that caliber (it’s a little tiny room hidden in the back of a restaurant). He dropped a lot of great unreleased French Express magic and I danced so hard I thought I might pass out at any moment.
Shox — Cocolores (320)
No but really. Also it seems that quite a few releases as of late; especially from French Express, have a somewhat tropical vibe, very Caribbean. Strikingly catchy while still maintaining that smooth and even sound that deep house so famously grasps.
Tobago — Jonas Rathsman (128)
Since I Don’t Have You (Radio Rip) — Jonas Rathsmam (256)
Seychelles — Perseus (320)
Russian Girlfriends — Perseus
Moving on to dat Future Garage. Deriving from house, this genre has seen a lot of great releases lately as well as pretty steady upturn in popularity, especially over here across the pond. CJ’s recent post “Feelings” got yr feelings going, now I’m going to kick you in the kidneys while you’re down.
Recently, Montreal artist Jacques Greene released a new EP, ‘Ready’ on 3024. It is a great release, as to be expected of the up and coming producer. Full of that wonderful 4x4 format, along with quite a bit of hollow drum sounds, rolling percussion, reverbed vocal lines, and rnb elements galore. Although this is a bit of a drift off his usual style, I think Greene has found a nice space to occupy between the genres which contend to hold his name in their grasp.
Ready — Jacques Greene (320)
Dakou — Jacques Greene (320)
Prism — Jacques Greene (320)
Disclosure’s release of their EP, The Face has been met with quite a bit of praise. A few months back before The Face, they released a remix EP for their 2010 track, “The Law of One”, the difference in terms of style is striking, especially when comparing the original to the VIP.
The Law of One (Original Mix) — Disclosure (320)
The Law of One (VIP Remix) — Disclosure (128)
Great new remix from the wonderful Eliphino featured on Marina & The Diamonds new album.
Power & Control (Eliphino Remix) — Marina & The Diamonds (128)
I’ve been all about Voltron lately too, especially loving the Jean Nipon remix of ‘Desire’ because of how seamlessly it moves through from one sound/style to a completely different one as a sort ‘drop’ if you will.
Play It — Voltron (128)
Desire (Jean Nipon Remix) — Volton (320)
On the disco-y side of things there was a great new release from L’Étranger and it is beast, as to be expected. Also love that rework of ‘Most Wanted’ from Alan Braxe & Fred Falke
Darlin — L’Étranger (320)
Most Wanted (L’Étranger Rework) — Alan Braxe & Fred Falke (320)
I do think what is happening in the electronic music world is that some of this current generation has put much of it’s interest into said genre and as members of the generation (myself included) get older, they begin to branch out into other forms of electronic music (or maybe they just couldn’t stand the noise that some people call Electro these days) and are discovering that there is probably more good stuff with more than 4 sounds compromising the entire song. Just my two cents, disregard and enjoy the music goodness above if this opinion is not to your liking.
This has been Zero Fucks Given, Volume 2.
All artwork by me:
Elias Theroux – www.beautiful-logic.com
// Original Photos by Nolan Gray Wiley
// Graphic Elements by Elias Théroux
Hi there. My name is Elias. I am a new contributor to CJMILLI. In a fiendish attempt to infiltrate all that is neon, seapunk, reddit-like, and covered in titties (these probably won’t go away, after all everyone loves titties) I have come here to try and balance the equation, so to speak. I’ll be sharing music with you that I like and enjoy and think you might like and enjoy as well. However, allow me to blunt. Not everything I post will be brand spanking new, obscure, or on the cusp of ‘awesome’. Rather, I will post what I think is worth talking about – music that I find relevant. Mind you, most songs will fall into the categories of UK garage/witch house/minimal dub/experimental/deep house/funk/nu-disco/etc. but there is no rhyme or reason as to what I select, it’s simply just an array of shit that I think is legit as fuq.
Let’s start with something super fresh. This new 12″ from Eliphino garners the same reaction I have had about Eliphino tracks in the past. It does not follow a classic flow/build style, instead choosing to slowly work its way up, constantly building the tension and excitement only to drop out into an amazing upbeat techno barrage. I’m pretty sure I’ll be hearing both of these songs on the regular gracing club nights that pride themselves on well engineered deep house music experiences.
Eliphino — Vrybdy (320)
Eliphino — Don’t Make Sense (320)
Bonus track, my all time favorite jam from Eliphino.
Eliphino — More Than Me (320)
VILL?GE is a rather new find for me, as well as only recently gracing the music scene (his oldest track on Soundcloud is from just over 5 months ago). Carrying over many classical garage elements in his sound, the blissful liquid baselines coupled with synthesized vocal cuts give way to a very ethereal sound. This smooth almost hypnotic sound evolves and changes as more structural elements slowly build into the sound. High hats and vocal lines drive the song, all while taking the listener on a distinctly unique musical PCP trip of sorts (no bath salts plz).
VILL?GE — Wanna Tell You (320)
VILL?GE — Lift You Up (320)
VILL?GE — Takeover (320)
Tennis Rodman is the perfect blend of witchy weirdness, grimey elements that echo chopped and screwed musical techniques of 90s hip hop, and rich bass lines. His sound – much like his album art work – epitomize the weirdness that is his sound. These three tracks are from his recently released “Eat Gold EP.”
Tennis Rodman — Blood Everywhere (320)
Tennis Rodman — CrazzzyRefux (320)
Tennis Rodman — BangDissPiXXV (320)
On the funkier side of things, I cannot get these disco tracks out of my head or my playlists as of late. Azari and Ill first came on my radar with their remix of Days by CREEP along with their debut single Manic. Since then I have been drawn to that whiney black man’s voice and undulating funk sound that their tracks always seem to have. This one particular remix of ‘Hungry for the Power’ really has had me hooked for ages.
Azari and Ill — Hungry For The Power (320)
Azari and Ill — Hungry For The Power (Benny Kane & Bass Refix) (320)
CREEP — Days (Azari & Ill Remix) (320)
Hush Hush Pony is legit as fuq. Funky to the highest degree. Need I say more?
Hush Hush Pony — Gossips (320)
A new remix from Daniel Avery of Munk’s Kitchen Call. Quite a relaxed remix and a very interesting re-imagination of the original track. Throw in an oldie by Jupiter just to round out this disco section.
Munk — Kitchen Call (Daniel Avery Remix) (320)
Jupiter — Saké
To top it off, I’ll end with a bit of Mosca. A UK music producer whom I’ve admired for quite some time for his wide range of sounds and his ability to build both wonderfully lounge/ambient music, as well as more dance-floor appropriate deep house magic. These first two tracks taken from his latest EP “Eva Mendes” have a much smoother, but still lovely, vibe than the following two older tracks of his (Nike/Bax.)
Mosca — Eva Mendes (320)
Mosca — Accidentally (320)
Mosca — Nike (Club Edit) (320)
Mosca — Bax (Original Mix) (320)
Anyway that’s all for me. Hope you enjoy the tunes and feel free to let me know your thoughts and opinions, always on the look out for new awesome artists to feature in the future so if you think you’re awesome (you’re probably not) feel free to use the contact section to get in touch and share your weirdness with me. This has been Zero Fucks Given Vol. 1, I bid you adieu.]]>