Archive for August, 2009

The XX

The xx are four 19 year olds from south west London, England, formed in 2005. They met at Elliott School, notable for alumni including Hot Chip, Burial and Four Tet. They were placed at number 6 in the 2009 NME The Future 50 list.Their debut album, xx, was released on Young Turks Records on 17 August 2009.Though the band had worked with both Diplo and Kwes. ‘xx’ was produced by the band themselves. The band has toured with The Big Pink and Micachu. Their single Crystalised was featured on iTunes (UK) as Single of the week, starting from 18 August 2009. The band is scheduled to appear at the 2009 Reading and Leeds festivals.

Check them out over their MySpace :


This Is Not A Disco Mix!

i’ve just recorded this for fun, while the rest of clash the disko kids go hiding in studio making fierce techno beats. Enjoy, we’ll be back stronger!! – Kurt

Download here

This Is Not A Disco Mix by clashthediskokids


01 Music Go Music – Warm In The Shadows
02 Fan Death – Cannibal
03 Blondie – Heart of Glass
04 Hercules & Love Affair – Blind
05 Downtown Party Network – Heart Break Dancing
06 Has – Milankovich
07 The Gossip – Love Long Distance (Riva Starr Remix)
08 Florence & The Machine – Rabbit Heart (Leo Zero Remix)
09 Eine Kleine Nacht Musik – Feuerprobe (Rory Phillips Remix)
10 In Flagranti – Louvere For Yo
11 The Juan Maclean – No Time
12 Abstraxion – Chandler Bing
13 Hugg & Pepp – Penguini
14 Jori Hulkkonen – Bend Over Beethoven
15 Sebastien Leger – Seaweed
16 Lazersonic & Zak Frost – Aquaplane
17 Rhythm Droid – Sunrise On Planet Tokyo
18 Empire of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Clash The Disko Kids & Ming “Lo-Fi Dreamy” Remix)


Fan Death

Fan Death are the best new disco act we’ve heard. The best and the most authentic-sounding: they’re not nu rave, or an indie-dance band, or a guitar group using a funk undercarriage. They’ve got the slightly wonky strings, elegant mid-tempo rhythms and female vocals of disco, recalling the music’s golden age – ie. between the release of Donna Summer’s Love To Love You Baby in 1975 and the ritual burning of disco records in that baseball stadium in Chicago that signalled the death of disco in 1979. They’re a girl duo who recognise that all the best disco records were sung by women, and they sing in the blank, distracted manner of all the finest disco divas. Really, they hardly sing at all – they open their mouths and pout and this spookily, exquisitely blank, almost Teutonic sound comes out. And, again like all the finest disco acts, they’re anonymous, a blank canvas on which listeners can project their ultimate fantasies of romance and dancing, their wistful feelings of longing and regret. They make us think about the allure of sorrow, the sadness of the glamorous life and what the Pet Shop Boys used to call “the void at the heart of dance culture”.

They’re an art project, using mystery and some amateur myth-making to cover their artful tracks because disco at its best wasn’t knowing, it was directly emotional. We know very little about them; we’re not even sure who they are or what they’re called. They’ve taken the name Fan Death from an old South Korean fear that electric fans, if left running overnight in a closed room, can cause death by suffocation, poisoning, or hypothermia. They say they’re from Grey Gardens, but there’s no such place: it’s the title of a 1975 documentary about two women who lived at Grey Gardens, a decrepit 28-room mansion in the wealthy Georgica Pond neighbourhood of New York. A bit of detective work reveals that they’re actually from Vancouver in Canada. Their debut single, Veronica’s Veil, refers to the Catholic relic which, according to legend, belonged to Veronica from Jerusalem who encountered Jesus on the way to Calvary and wiped the sweat from his face, leaving an imprint of his image on her veil.

Some actual, proper facts: Fan Death are the protégés of glam-trash DJ Erol Alkan, who on his remix gives the single extra electroclash-y oomph on the handclaps and bass. They’re adored by superstar tastemaker Diplo. They’re the subjects of blog hysteria. And in a press release they declare their intention to be to “make music that recalls the greatest era of electronic pop: Depeche Mode, OMD, New Order, Human League, Soft Cell and Pet Shop Boys. Great songs that happened to be electronic, not soulless, repetitious club music that seems to dominate these days.” Meanwhile, that graceful figure sashaying across the dancefloor gazing forlornly at his reflection in the mirrorball is John Travolta as Tony Manero.

New track has trickled out from lady disco duo Fan Death. “Cannibal” is business as usual for Fan Death, all disco strings and melodrama while Dandi Wind’s breathy vocal struts straight into the center of the track, although if you listen carefully, you can also hear Marta in there too. Fan Death’s Myspace Page claims that they’re working on an EP, a full length, and videos for all of the faithful who’ve been staving off starvation witth the singles the girls have let dribble from their lips, but you’ll have to do with “Cannibal” until the real meal comes.

- sources, Bigstereo & Guardian

Fan Death – Cannibal

Check them out here


Simian Mobile Disco – Temporary Pleasure (REVIEW)

New Album: Temporary Pleasure – 17th August 2009
Simian Mobile Disco will be releasing a brand-new album ‘Temporary Pleasure’through Wichita Recordings on the 17th August 2009.

The album will be preceded by the single ‘Audacity Of Huge’ on the 3rd August 2009. ‘Audacity Of Huge’ features vocals from Chris Keating from the critically acclaimed Yeasayer.

‘Temporary Pleasure’ was recorded at the band’s studio in east London throughout 2008 and 2009, when the band weren’t busy touring their live show, DJing and producing. As well as representing the best of UK dance music the record contains some staggering pop anthems, featuring vocal contributions from the likes of Beth Ditto and Alexis Taylor. The album will be available on CD and deluxe limited edition CD.


01. Cream Dream (featuring Gruff Rhys)
02. Audacity of Huge (featuring Chris Keating)
03. 10000 Horses Can’t Be Wrong
04. Cruel Intentions (featuring Beth Ditto)
05. Off The Map (featuring Jamie Lidell)
06. Synthesise
07. Bad Blood (featuring Alexis Taylor)
08. Turn Up The Dial (featuring Young Fathers)
09. Ambulance
10. Pinball (featuring Telepathe)

Tracks review

1. Cream Dream (featuring Gruff Rhys): is an ode to ’70s rock fused with ’80s pop. Honestly,Cream Dream is slightly catchy through the use of falsetto vocals but as a whole lacks real re-playability. It is also a questionable track to begin Temporary Pleasure.

2. Audacity of Huge (featuring Chris Keating): sounds like more of an experimental track than a serious track. Simply, the song could have done without the vocals. The blippy, goofy beat is top notch Simian, but the vocals are nettlesome.

3. 10000 Horses Can’t Be Wrong: is an electro piece, very minimal, and nothing too special.

4. Cruel Intentions (featuring Beth Ditto): is an r&b meets disco song from Temporary Pleasure. In this instance, the instrumentals work around the progression of the vocals; they are well synced and for what it’s worth, is pretty good. Beth Ditto’s vocals are quite sexy. Not my cup of tea, but reassuringly someone will drink it.

5. Off the Map (featuring Jamie Lidell): is an attractive track. The eerie yet goofy disco beat oozes Simian Mobile Disco and is easily identifiable as a dance track. The Jamie Liddell vocals are difficult to deny as appealing; very Jamiroquai (good thing).

6. Synthesize: takes it back to the jackin‘ Chicago house days. Though, to be relevant, synthesize is an appropriate word to be vocalized for music currently. Awesome.

7. Bad Blood (featuring Alexis Taylor): The initial exotic middle eastern vibe raises ear drums and as the vocals creep in, a pop song comes to fruition. Bad Blood easily captivates and is a must listen for Hot Chip fans.

8. Turn Up The Dial (featuring Young Fathers): is incorrect. Incorrect. Turn Up The Dialcarries the curse of electro fusion with rap. As most readers are aware, WDPK frowns upon such a movement so this track is dismissed.

9. Ambulance: is where the heart of Simian Mobile Disco truly beats. The blipps and goofy loops are at a climax for Temporary Pleasure with Ambulance. It is situated as the second last song off the album as if to say, “We’re sorry if some of the other tracks were sub par.

10. Pinball (featuring Telepathe): is the final track of the album and sounds like something The Knife or Fever Ray would perform though it would exist as one of the lesser liked tracks.

-from sources WDK 83.7FMSMD’s Homepage



thubmnail icon: New Radiohead -

Another new Radiohead song out of nowhere?  ”These Are My Twisted Words” Take a listen below



Today’s electronic dance culture is due for a melodic transcendence from the shadowy, industrial electro that has been hammering away at the scene. As dance floors begin to buckle under such weighty beats, the Belgium-based band aptly named Aeroplane is dedicated to elevating its fans toward a higher musical space undefined by standardized genres. They reach for freedom from constraints of predictability, weaving currents of psychedelic guitars, pop keys, disco beats, catchy bass lines and melancholic waves into a singular connection of modern beat-driven music.
At the controls of Aeroplane are Stephen Fasano and Vito Deluca, a duo whose combined experience gives life and emotion to the music. Vito brings with him a producer background that pulsates the hands and heart of Aeroplane, and Stephen’s DJ roots vibrate the eyes and soul. Their unique collaboration of sound and purpose is channelling appreciation from among the biggest DJs and producers around, and the 2007 release of their first 12″ entitled “Caramellas/Aeroplane” (Eskimo Recordings) has generated a jet stream of increasing momentum. Subsequent releases have kept their ring tones looping with remix requests from artists like Cobra Dukes, Das Pop, Lindström, Cut Copy, Grace Jones, MGMT, Bloc Party, and Friendly Fires. Projects like these reinforce the integration of electronic music into the omnipresent indie scene. Blends of Cosmic Nu Disco, Psychedelic, Balearic, Emo, etc. are forming a new era of musical hybrids, and explorations are officially under way. After all, machines are human too…

Aeroplane’s orbit originated from an unlikely dot on the globe called Walonie, in the southern French part of Belgium. Stephen’s ravenous musical addiction led him to a record pusher named Vito, whose shop became the launch point for their combined vision. As a duo, they fuel up on every ray of light that breaks through their similar backgrounds. Of mutual Italian descent, both were born and raised amid the smoky gray of the industrial Brussels suburbs. Their music dissolves those clouds and celebrates a cosmic hope they’ve carried with them, each determined to find harmony in life among family, friends and fans.

Check them out over here
Aeroplane’s Myspace


Mayer Hawthorne’s Maybe So, Maybe No

We’re so into Mayer Hawthorne’s stuff lately. It’s really a wonderful album and it’s on our repeat playlist.His debut album, A Strange Arrangement is due for release on CD and LP on Stones Throw Records on September 9, 2009.

Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No from Stones Throw


Boys Noize : Power (Preview Teaser)

Boys Noize “Power” album to be released on September 26th 2009 – get ready y’all.

01. Gax
02. Kontact Me
03. Starter
04. Jeffer
05. Transmischen
06. Nerve
07. Trooper
08. Sweet Light
09. Drummer
10. Rozz Box
11. Nott
12. Heart Attack

Download: Boys Noize: Power (Preview Teaser)


Counting In Fives, The Horrors’ documentary

Check out the trailer for “Counting In Fives” a documentary about The Horrors.


Music Go Music – Warm In The Shadow

‘Warm in the Shadows’ rounds out the trio of three-song 12″s that Music Go Music have released over the course of 2008-09. It’s both a fitting end-piece to the trilogy, and a remarkable expansion of the group’s sonic and emotional breadth. There is a casual, but undeniable magic to these songs, and it flows around and out of each note of every melody.

Title song ‘Warm in the Shadows’ is dance music, as envisioned by a group with a greater allegiance to pop archetypes than to the hymns of the dance-floor. It’s a step in a different direction; an invitation to shake, coupled with a gentle evocation of the pain of wrecked love (“what kind of heart would break so easy as my own”). It’s a case history and a cure for both the lovesick and the lovesick-to-be.

The B-side offers up stories of exotic depravity consuming itself in ways both savage and deceptively elegant. The gypsy rhythms of’ ‘Thousand Crazy Nights’ undergird a tale of dog-piled revelers instructed to “feel with your face, let eyes be your hands” whilst “trapped in desire’s agro dance.” ‘Love, Violent Love’ is a psychedelic voyage through a land of raving mobs who “spiral past control” once their love is at last requited.

This collection of songs is further proof of the power of the transformative embrace in which Music Go Music holds what is dear to them, and the singular vision that they impart to it


Major Lazer’s Pon De Floor

Here’s the latest video from Major Lazer. Check it out!

Major Lazer “Pon De Floor” from Eric Wareheim on Vimeo.


Soulwax’s ONE MAN PARTY at HOME club, Singapore 15th August 09

ONE MAN PARTY (aka Steve Slingeneyer)

Steve will be doing a DJ set on 15th August at HOME Club, Singapore. Come and check him out! I’ll be playing along with him as well. – Kurt

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ONE MAN PARTY (aka Steve Slingeneyer)

What can you say? He lives in Ghent, he is the drummer in SOULWAX and dj’s and travels the world making people happy. Having already Dj’d with the likes of 2manydj’s, Justice, MixHell, Busy P, Vitallic,…

Now he’s just gone and done a remix with his friend RKID (for Dead Pixels) called WORDS ARE POISON. He did one for MixHell too (it’s called D.O.D, not out yet). He did one for this Australian fellow called The E.L.F. (STTEVIENICKSHEART MIX) and he does original material: CREEP-PART 1 and 2. There is more in the works…

You can expect a Dj set that “Sounds like KEITH MOON and ANIMAL from The Muppets double teaming DIANA ROSS on top of a mixer while HENRY ROLLINS watches!”

ONE MAN PARTY does not shy away from playing different styles of music. He’s a fan of disco too. Hmmm… This may be a good time to mention that JAMES MURPHY of a little band called LCD SOUNDSYSTEM gave him the name ONE MAN PARTY after watching him go berserk by himself on an empty dance floor! This has happened on many, many, many occasions…

:: For more information about ONE MAN PARTY (aka Steve Slingeneyer)::

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