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Friday, November 21, 2008

Come With Me On A Permanent Vacation

It's finally getting colder here in the city and despite the warm weather of last weekend, it is feeling more and more like fall. I also realized that people here in SF dress in far less colorful a fashion than people in LA. It's all grays, browns, blacks and navy blues, which isn't a bad thing, but contributes to a noticeably more melancholy mood. Something I'll have to get used to I suppose, but what I really wanna do is hop on a yacht and cruise down to the tropics to get away from it all. Would be nice to Anyways, on with the tracks...

In keeping with the more subdued mood, I have selected a track off of the new Woolfy vs. Projections album, The Astral Projections of Starlight. I'm proud to say WvP hail from California, LA to be specific, and that this is easily one of my favorite albums of the year and it's no surprise it comes off of Permanent Vacation, one of the most consistently amazing labels right now. I picked up a 12" by WvP earlier this year, The Return Of Starlight, which absolutely blew me away. This is the best balearic beardo beachy rock vibe I have heard since Studio and succeeds in an entirely different cosmic fashion. This is by and far the most single-oriented track, but the rest of the album is sublime so please be sure to check it out.

Woolfy vs. Projections - Neeve

Hercules & Love Affair have also made a serious waves in the dance community this year with their self-titled album that came out in March. That coupled with their incredible live performances makes them one of my current favorites and the best thing off DFA since LCD Soundsystem. But in addition to their own material they have been racking up some awesome remixes over the last few years, remixes that stay true to their supremely old school house origins. Check out H&LA member Kim Ann Foxman's set on Beats In Space back in September for more from this awesome vein of dance music. This track is off of another awesome Permanent Vacation release from German newcomer Bostro Pesopeo (Florian Peter). All three original tracks on this 12" are wonderful dark tribal house with clever synth work, in particular "Communiquis" but the H&LA remix reworks the original into a quirky dance monster.

Bostro Pesopeo - Falls (Hercules & Love Affair Mix)

Lastly I have something special for those of you who avidly follow. The first of many (hopefully) exclusive edits from artists before they are pressed. Today's edit comes from SirBilly, a DJ hailing from Treviso, Italy who remixes as a solo artist and has collaborated with nurave masters The Bloody Beetroots. This edit of his takes the new wavey electro track "Oh To Be Ah" by Kajagoogoo and cuts out all the distracting verses, spinning out the synth lines and chanting for quite an awesome 80s jam. More edits by SirBilly are available on his myspace, but enjoy this for now.

Kajagoogoo - Oh To Be Ah(SirBilly Reconstruct Edit)

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