Category: electronic

Flamagra (Album Stream) – Flying Lotus

Flamagra (Album Stream) – Flying Lotus

SMLE – A Way With You

SMLE – A Way With You

Kainalu – Lotus Gate

Kainalu – Lotus Gate

Elohim – Pills

Elohim – Pills

Elohim – Running

Elohim – Running

On this day in music history: May 16, 1980 – &…

On this day in music history: May 16, 1980 – “Freedom Of Choice”, the third studio album by Devo is released. Produced by Robert Margouleff and Devo, it is recorded at The Record Plant in Los Angeles, CA from October 1979 – January 1980. The pioneering new wave bands third release sees their sound become more keyboard driven, incorporating them into their trademark guitar/bass and drums configuration. For this release, Devo collaborates with producer and musician Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder, Tonto’s Expanding Head Band). The unique hybrid results in their most successful album, and is regarded as a landmark album in the new wave genre. It spins off four singles including “Whip It” (#14 Pop, #22 Club Play) and “Girl U Want”. When the album is released, Warner Bros chooses “Girl U Want” as the first single, over the band’s choice of “Whip It”. Though regarded as a classic today (later being covered by Soundgarden, Superchunk and Zombie Ghost Train), the single fails to chart in the US. It’s only after DJ’s in various parts of the country begin playing it off of the album, that “Whip It” is released as a single in August of 1980. Supported a tongue in cheek video (costing only $15,000), is set on a dude ranch and is inspired by an issue of the men’s life style magazine “The Dude”. Though some misconstrue the song as being about sadomasochism or masturbation, it doesn’t stop it from becoming Devo’s biggest hit, and only million selling single.The original twelve track album is remastered and reissued in November of 2009, pairing it with the bands 1981 live EP “DEV-O Live”. A month later, a further expanded edition titled “DEVO-LUX” that includes demo versions of “Gates Of Steel”, “Snowball” and “Time Bomb”, and the bands debut album “Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!”. In January of 2016, Rhino Records reissues “Freedom Of Choice” as part of their “Start Your Ear Off Right” series, as a limited edition vinyl LP pressed on red, white and blue multi-colored vinyl, also replicating the original inner sleeve. The vinyl edition is reissued again in April of 2019, for Record Store Day. Pressed on red vinyl, the LP is included in the box set “This Is The Devo Box”. “Freedom Of Choice” peak at number twenty two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.

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Medasin (Feat. Kathleen) – Always Afternoon

Medasin (Feat. Kathleen) – Always Afternoon

On this day in music history: May 13, 1985 – &…

On this day in music history: May 13, 1985 – “19” by Paul Hardcastle is released (UK release is on April 26, 1985). Written by Paul Hardcastle, William Coutourie and Jonas McCord, it is the biggest hit for the multi-instrumentalist from Kensington, London, UK. Having made his breakthrough on the European and US dance charts with the singles “Rain Forest (and its B-side "Sound Chaser”) (#1 US Club Play) in 1984, musician Paul Hardcastle quickly makes the jump from indie label Oval Records in the UK and Profile Records in the US to a major label the same year. Signed to Chrysalis Records by label A&R man Simon Fuller, who also becomes Hardcastle’s manager, the musician gets to work recording his first album for the label. While working on material, Hardcastle sees an ABC network documentary on the Vietnam War titled “Vietnam Requiem”, which focuses on the effects of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), a condition affecting many veterans who have witnessed the horrors of active combat while serving in Vietnam. Working in his home recording studio in Leytonstone, East London, Hardcastle utilizes various instruments, including the Sequential Circuits Prophet 5 synthesizer, LinnDrum II and Roland TR-808 drum machines to put the track together. He also utilizes an E-mu Emulator II keyboard to sample spoken audio passages from the documentary to lay on top of the instrumental track. Released in the UK first in April of 1985, “19” quickly leaps to number one the UK singles chart, spending five weeks on top. Released in the US three weeks later, it quickly becomes a huge hit on dance floors and R&B radio. Though lingering controversy about the Vietnam War keeps the song off of some US top 40 pop stations. “19” spends two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Club Play chart on July 6, 1985, peaking at #8 on the R&B singles chart on July 13, 1985, and #15 on the Hot 100 on July 20, 1985. The huge success not only establishes Paul Hardcastle on a worldwide basis, it allows Simon Fuller to leave his job at Chrysalis Records to start his own management firm called 19 Entertainment. Fuller later manages numerous British pop stars including Annie Lennox, Cathy Dennis, The Spice Girls, and creates the highly successful “American Idol” franchise. Hardcastle also finds later success in the smooth jazz realm with his band The Jazzmasters. “Vietnam Requiem” narrator Peter Thomas sues over the unauthorized sampling of his voice on “19”, and receives a co-writing credit and royalties from sales of the record.

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On this day in music history: May 13, 1977 – “…

On this day in music history: May 13, 1977 – “I Remember Yesterday”, the fifth studio album by Donna Summer is released. Produced by Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it is recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich, Germany in Early 1977. It is a concept album comprising of popular music throughout the decades (from the 1940’s to the 1970’s) with Moroder and Belotte’s electronic dance rhythms intermingling with music from the past, present and future. The initial single from the album is the ballad “Can’t We Just Sit Down (And Talk It Over?)”, but club DJ’s discover the track “I Feel Love” on the B-side. The last track on the LP, the sequencer driven “I Feel Love” conceptually represents the “future” of music. The groundbreaking song quickly becomes a smash in discos around the world. From the dance floor it crosses over to radio and hitting #1 in the UK, #6 on the Hot 100 and spending three weeks at number one the Billboard Club Play chart. Regarded as one of the most important and influential dance records of all time, “I Feel Love” goes on to be remixed numerous times, the first being an epic length version (running over fifteen minutes) by synth pioneer Patrick Cowley in 1982. The song is also covered by Bronski Beat and Marc Almond (of Soft Cell) in 1985, taking their version to #3 on the UK singles chart. Originally released on CD in 1991, it is remastered and reissued in Japan as a limited edition SHM-CD in 2012. It is also reissued by Culture Factory Records in 2014, packaged in a mini-LP sleeve replicating the original vinyl LP artwork, including the Casablanca label on the disc and company inner sleeve. “I Remember Yesterday” peaks at number eighteen on the Billboard Top 200, number eleven on the R&B album chart, number three on the UK album chart, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.

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On this day in music history: May 10, 1981 – “…

On this day in music history: May 10, 1981 – “Computer World”, the eighth studio album by Kraftwerk is released. Produced by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, it is recorded at the Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany from Mid 1979 – Early 1981. Following the release of “The Man-Machine in 1978, the enigmatic and pioneering Electronic music bands virtually disappear from public view for an extended period of time. In the interim, Kraftwerk spend the time modifying their recording studio in Düsseldorf, as well as composing new music. They also end their association with Capitol Records in the US, and sign a new deal with Warner Bros, remaining with EMI in Europe and the rest of the world. The band spend nearly three years working on their next album, as well as making plans to launch a major tour, to reproduce the complex sounds they have created in the studio on the concert stage. The new release “Computer World” (aka “Computerwelt”), is a concept album about the rise of computers in modern society. Like their previous two albums, it is also released in an alternate German language version in their native country. The singles “Numbers” (#22 R&B, #13 Club Play, #103 Pop) and “Pocket Calculator” (#103 Pop) become highly influential in various forms electronic music including the Techno and Electro funk genres that emerge in its wake. The album is remastered in 2009, and is reissued on both CD and reissued on vinyl for the first time in nearly a decade. “Computer World” peaks at number fifteen on the UK album chart, number thirty two on the R&B album chart, and number seventy two on the Billboard Top 200.

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