Strut Records to provide a Dance Mania history lesson with Hardcore Traxx comp

Strut Records to provide a Dance Mania history lesson with Hardcore Traxx comp

Dance Mania helped reshape the sonic landscape in the 1980s and 90s. To honor that, on January 24 Strut records will be archiving the influential Chicago label with a two-disc retrospective compilation called Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997.

Dance Mania took off with Ray Barney in 1985 and quickly became a reliable source for early house and acid, including releases from Duane and Co., Hercules, and Li’l Louis, among many others. The label’s reputation for uncompromising innovation made them a force to be reckoned with as “House Nation” by Housemaster Boyz went on to be an international hit. Dance Mania was on the cutting edge once again with the release of Traxmen & Eric Martin’s “Hit if From the Back.”

Hit it From the Back” helped define the Ghetto House sound; raw, stripped-down four-on-the-floor rhythms with 808/909 beats and lyrics explicit enough to make even a seasoned pornographer blush. The sound flourished and paved the way for the later Chicago juke and footwork scenes as well as leaving an impression on Daft Punk. Check out “Teachers” from Discovery. They name drop like half the dudes listed below.

Now that Barney (with some help from Parris Mitchell) has the label operating again, this collection from Strut follows the evolution of the label from its inception through basically the end of its “original” run. The album will feature rare photos, label history, and artist interviews from DJ Chrissy Murderbot.

Hardcore Traxx: Dance Mania Records 1986-1997 tracklist:

Disc 1:
01. Hercules - 7 Ways (Club)
02. Victor Romeo feat. Leatrice Brown - Love Will Find a Way (Club)
03. The House Master Boyz and the Rude Boy of House - House Nation
04. Duane & Co - J.B. Traxx
05. Vincent Floyd - I Dream You
06. Da Posse feat. Martell - Searchin’ Hard
07. Club Style - Crazy Wild
08. Jammin’ the House Gerald - Black Women (Club)
09. Tyree - Nuthin’ Wrong
10. Strong Souls - Twinkles
11. 3.2.6 - Falling (Armando’s House mix)
12. Rhythm II Rhythm - A Touch of Jazz (Lifestyles of the Rich mix)

Disc 2:
01. DJ Funk - House the Groove
02. Paul Johnson - Feel My M.F. Bass
03. DJ Funk - The Original Video Clash: Video Clash II (Street mix)
04. Parris Mitchell Project (feat. Wax Master) - Ghetto Shout Out!!
05. DJ Deeon - Da Bomb
06. Houz’ Mon - Fear the World
07. Vincent Floyd - I’m So Deep
08. Tim Harper - Toxic Waste (Club mix)
09. Robert Armani - Ambulance
10. DJ Deeon - House-O-Matic
11. Traxmen & Eric Martin - Hit It from the Back
12. Top Cat - Work Out

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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds announce new live album; I announce “hell to the YEAH.”

I get it. When you have a catalog as giant as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds currently do after their 1,001 years in business together, you’re sort of obligated to throw one or two live albums in the mix, I think. Cave and his gang, though? They’ve already got three under their belts. That seems like plenty of live albums to me. But then again… I’m just a monkey at a typewriter trying to fill space until the next guy takes over. What do I know? Besides, whether we like counting that high or not, according to The Quietus, live record number four is already on its way down the pipe. Entitled Live at KCRW, it will be released on December 2. Let’s just get over it already!

Plus, this one is a little different than most live albums anyway. It’s culled from a radio session that the band did this past April at Los Angeles’s KCRW studio in between their two performances at this year’s Coachella fest. You know, while they were pretty drunk, but not yet totally drunk. It’s being released on double vinyl, CD, and digital, and the vinyl will include “a couple of extra tracks not broadcast in the original session.” There’s a trailer for it at this place called the internet, but it seems to be set for private viewing only. You can watch it on that Quietus page I mentioned earlier if you want to, though. Or! Just jam along in your head to this kickass tracklisting I’m about to post the shit out of. That’s just as good, I assume.

Live at KCRW tracklisting:

01. Higgs Boson Blues
02. Far from Me
03. Stranger Than Kindness
04. The Mercy Seat
05. And No More Shall We Part
06. Wide Lovely Eyes
07. Mermaids
08. People Ain’t No Good
09. Into My Arms (vinyl only)
10. God Is in the House (vinyl only)
11. Push the Sky Away
12. Jack the Ripper

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Dave Longstreth (Dirty Projectors) to premiere new work and arrangements of Béla Bartók at The Met in November a.k.a. just another weekend for that guy

Flash TMT News Alert! Dave Longstreth from Dirty Projectors — you know, that guy who does all those awesome, complicated, annoying, simple, pretty, ugly, ambitious hi/low art/music things that the rest of us can’t ever even imagine doing? Yeah, he’ll be doing another one of those things again next week.

According to a recent post on Brooklyn Vegan, Longstreth will be premiering a new work of his, along with some fancy-shmancy string quartet arrangements of Dirty Projectors songs with the Calder Quartet, on Friday, November 1 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. It’s part of this thing called the “Bartok Quartet Cycle Series”, which will also feature (no big deal or anything) “new arrangements by Longstreth of some of Bela Bartok’s music.” You know, because that kind of shit is no real hassle for that guy.

Tickets, which include general admission to the museum, are
on sale now at the Met’s website. So yeah. Jealousy aside, if you live nearby, get in there and culture-up, motherfuckers!

&bull: Dirty Projectors:
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A Tribe Called Quest announce dates opening for Kanye West, announce that these dates will be their final shows, announce that these shows will be on point all the time

GOODNIGHT, SWEET A TRIBE. Though A Tribe Called Quest haven’t put out a record since 1998’s The Love Movement, they’ve been active as a reunited touring act since 2006. But no longer! As reported by Complex, Tribe member Q-Tip recently said on Twitter that the group’s pair of shows opening for Kanye West this December would be their final performances. To be absolutely specific, those shows are on November 20 at Barclays Center and November 24 at Madison Square Garden.

“But… but… but… but… I live in California!” Well, tough luck. A Tribe Called Quest’s final California date has already come and gone. It happened this past August at Los Angeles’s H2O Music Festival. Were you there? Then, congratulations, you saw their last California show. If not, well, that’s just the scen… situation. That’s the situation in which you have found yourself.

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Neneh Cherry works with Robyn and Four Tet, plans new album for 2014

Like a magical rainbow hung in a cloudless sky by two chubby baby angels, the words rang out across the blogosphere: “Neneh Cherry Announces First Solo Release Since 1996.” The creepy horny fauns swilling it up at the Elf Bar paused in their frolicking. The unicorns looked away momentarily from braiding one another’s hair. And lo! The voice spake once more: “Featuring production from Four Tet and a guest appearance by Robyn.” And then the entire world exploded in a horrible yet awesome catastrophe and that, boys and girls, is why we don’t have fauns or unicorns anymore. (We do have elves; check under your bed tonight.)

But, dear friends of the enchanted realm, it’s all true. The good people over at Smalltown Supersound are releasing Neneh Cherry’s upcoming 2014 album in collaboration with RocketNumberNine. Crafted over a five-day period, the as-yet-untitled project is the first since Cherry’s 1996 solo effort Man and is the follow-up of sorts to The Cherry Thing, her collabo with Scandinavian free jazz/noise group The Thing; revisit “Dream Baby Dream” from that one below, and expect more info soon.

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[Photo: Kim Hiorthøy]

Oval considers a timeshare in South America, releases new album Voa

A reason for Oval’s avoiding my auditory acquaintance may lie in the surname of the now principal figure behind the project; Markus Popp’s variation on glitch is paradoxically just too damn accessible! — at least relative to the equally German folks over at Raster-Noton, who regularly inspire security in one’s aspirations to be an imperturbable cyborg. Contrarily, even before Popp assumed control over the project, when Sebastian Oschatz and Frank Metzger both offered equal support, there was seemingly nothing overtly uncomfortable or dissonant about their output, the newness of both their sound and their production methods aside. “Do While” is, simplified, an ambient track. Calidostópia!, released earlier this year, was recorded in Brazil and features seven guest vocalists from South America. I mean, it’s cool if you’re into the whole “melody” thing, I guess…

In fact, it’s probably an imperative if you’re awaiting Oval’s next release, which is actually his now release, and which is more or less an extension of Calidostópia!. Voa carries over the vocal presence, as it’s comprised mostly of previously unreleased “A-selection” recordings, which took place concurrent with the sessions that led to the preceding album. There’s also brand-new Oval material, though presumably in short supply, because only two tracks among the 18 exceed three minutes. Samples of mere glitch ornamentation, as well as the option to purchase, here.

I like the cover. It makes me think of an abstract rendition of a senior Smurfette.

Voa tracklisting:

01. Drift (feat. Agustín Albrieu)
02. Stop Motion I (feat. Dandara)
03. -ada
04. Emocor (feat. Hana Kobayashi)
05. Mersey (feat. Aiace)
06. -dor
07. Hmmm (feat. Maité Gadea)
08. Credit Line (feat. Andrés Gualdrón)
09. -ejo
10. Heroic (feat. Dandara)
11. Oslo (feat. Hana Kobayashi)
12. -eza
13. Sediment (feat. Agustín Albrieu)
14. Flageo (feat. Aiace)
15. -ismo
16. Latvia (feat. Andrés Gualdrón)
17. Habitat (feat. Maité Gadea)
18. -oso

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