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Brian Blackout – Best of 2015 Lists

January 4

Favorite Songs (no order, picked for mixtape appeal)
“Let’s Get Slow” – Aeroplane ft. Benjamin Diamond
“Flirt” – Boycrush ft. Yumi Zouma / Madeira
“Perfect Picture” – I Know Leopard
“Empty Nesters” – Toro y Moi
“The Party Line” – Belle & Sebastian
“Lady’s in Trouble with the Law” – L.A. Priest
“Let It Happen” – Tame Impala
“Jonathan” – Christine & the Queens ft. Perfume Genius
“Ulay, Oh” – How I Became the Bomb
“I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around” – Chromatics
“All the Rest Is Noise” – Formation
“Ooo” – !!!
“Slumlord” – Neon Indian
“Dance in Space (Dream Fiend remix) – Abelard
“Abandonware (Josh and Jer) – Roman à Clef
“Strange Obsession” – Life Size Maps
“Don’t Be Rude” – Yacht
“Flamingo” (Colour Vision “Beach Club” edit) – Kero Kero Bonito
“Spring Wave” – Telephones
“Black Soap” (Eli Escobar remix) – Ex Cops

Favorite Albums (in no order)
Yacht – I Thought the Future Would Be Cooler
Neon Indian – VEGA INTL. Night School
Belle & Sebastian – Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
Skylar Spence – Prom King
Tame Impala – Currents
EZTV – Calling Out
!!! – As If
Róisín Murphy – Hairless Toys
Jaakko Eino Kalevi – Jaakko Eino Kalevi
Toro y Moi – What for?

Favorite EPs
Yumi Zouma – EP II
Boycrush – Girls on Top
Abelard – Meta Valley EP
Bleu Toucan – Imagine EP
HNNY – Carefree EP
I Know Leopard – Another Life EP

YDH2S Podcast Episode #2 – Eugene Tambourine

August 30

Here’s the second episode of our podcast, this time featuring the talented Eugene Tambourine.  During his mix, Eugene talks about his influences, evolution as a DJ, and his lifetime pursuit of the perfect groove.

Let us know your thoughts on the podcasts by leaving comments on SoundCloud, or email keith[at]ydh2s.com if you’re interested in being featured in an upcoming episode.

Topless Vinyl Pick of the Week – Joe “Thinkin’ about”

July 16
The beginning of June saw a slew of excellent releases, but the killer standout is Joe’s debut on Four Tet’s Text imprint. We finally got our copy in the mail last week and all we can say is WOWOWOW.
We first heard it, of course in the most fun Boiler Room set by Four Tet June 1 and then scrubbed the internet to find a copy. Instantly sold out at Phonica and then even after it was back in stock, sold out again in mere hours. This is when Discogs becomes your best friend, as long as you have patience to wait through the German postal strike to get your lovely vinyls.
The imaginative edit of Bobby McFerrin’s “Thinking’ About your Body” features suck a lush bass underneath that despite the slowish BMP can fit snugly in the middle of nice disco or classic house set. But her really makes you wait for it! We see it fitting into our set as a wonderful bridge from downtempo starters to slower disco on to house. Or it could even make a nice interlude in a hard set to give you time to just groove.
It’s a limited edition white label, so if you can grab a copy. It is so well worth it.

YDH2S Podcast Launches with premiere episode – Lepaux

June 27

Check out the first episode of our podcast featuring Lepaux! In this episode, he talks about how he got into DJing and shares some tracks that have influenced his sound.

Follow YDH2S Podcast on SoundCloud for a new episode every few weeks. We’ll feature mixes and interviews from YDH2S DJs and other special guests!  Email keith [at] ydh2s.com for info on being recorded for a future episode.

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Topless Vinyl Pick: Florian Kupfer SAD Edits 001

June 23

Yes, pop edits can be a bit hit or miss, but with this black label not-so-secretly produced by Berlin based Florian Kupfer, we have found our closing track of the summer.

The A side is a deep house mix of Sade’s “I Couldn’t Love You More” from Love Deluxe. The contrast of the super slinky vocals over a rough edged house track creates a very sexy vibe. This is a track just made to close out a deep to hard house set. It is one of the better Sade remixes that have come out.

The B side is not as impressive, but still holds up on it’s own. A stripped down re-work of “Never Thought I’d See The Day” with vocals that sound like they are imploring you from far away. It is a lovely track, but not as strong as the A side.

 

I Wanna Be Loved (Space Duke edit)

June 1

Beautiful edit of a song by a certain beloved English singer. You’ll know who it is as soon as the vocals kick in, or you can just look at the tags. One of the lesser known moments of his career and it would fit nicely into a balearic set, or just while enjoying spring turning into summer. Space Duke, from Madrid, specializes in nice, minimal edit work that gives you some nice mixing options, but not too much in the way of extra cruft to the edit, and this one is a textbook example. It’s a free download, and so are many of Space Duke’s other edits, which you can view on his Soundcloud page.

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Topless Vinyl Pick of the Week – Get Wet Foreplay #1

April 30
Ah the joys of getting a vinyl in the mail! Even more when it is packed full of gems meant for club play and serious for dancing and make out moves.
Get Wet is a label formed by friends spanning the cities of Berlin and Milan. An incongruous match to be sure, but the jive of the two cities against each other makes for great and eclectic mix.
Foreplay #1 is house for sure, but classic and new at the same time. The sounds are definitively 909, 303 and all those Roland synths that built the house and garage. Because they have these classic sounds, they sound familiar but push the tracks into the new by artists using these sounds paired with newer conventions of constructing a house track.
The slow sexy boogie of Sweet Somebody is my particular favorite followed second by the 303 stomper Wet Pant. It sure does, make your pants wet that is.
Check out the previews here on Soundcloud.

Macross 82-99 – A Million Miles Away

March 15

Ah, Japan. What’s not to love about you? Your forward thinking innovations in technology, your often confusing and disturbing commercials that mostly have nothing to do with the product advertised, as well as your wealth of forgotten and oft-overlooked talent in the EDM scene. I made a chance discovery of an artist who goes by the name of Macross 82-99, named after the popular sci-fi mecha anime series: 1982 being the year it was created, and 1999, the year in which the storyline begins. One of his latest full length efforts, A Million Miles Away, is available on bandcamp for as much or as little as you’d like to pay for it. No matter how many pennies, dollars, yen, or any other currency of your choice you decide to part with, this little known gem is more than worth the price of admission.

The album definitely has a mixtape feel to it but has amazing pacing; with tracks that range from original compositions with guest vocals to remixed disco funk classics that stay relatively faithful to the original with slight changes made to make them more danceable (or mixable, depending on which side of the turntables you’re standing on).

Take the track Asuka Bad Girl (w/Lancaster), which begins with bass turned way down with bouncy funk bass and piano underscored by glitchy percussion before exploding into a heart pounding mix of soaring synths, horns, funky guitar and bass lines. Not in a dancing mood? Romance that special someone with the velvety smooth Rhodes piano and vibraphone of the track Lovers (w/ Beat Poems) or the blissful sophisti-pop shuffle of Fugaz (feat. mothica). There’s something for everyone on this album, despite many of the vocal samples and lyrics being in Japanese. Here’s to hoping Macross begins to get some attention stateside.
The artist, of course…not the show.

Topless Vinyl Pick of the Week – We Play House Summer Special

February 17

It’s February. It’s cold even here in Barcelona the temperatures are dipping below 10C. Yeah, I know for an audience mostly in Brooklyn you are thinking, “Man, that’s like spring.” Our friends at We Play House are serving you up a summer preview of three deep, down, and groovy house tracks.

We Play House is based out of Belgium and since 2010 have been pressing interesting music that mostly falls in the house label. This release is no different. Starting with a sample heavy track from Harry Baldi that is just fun to dance to. The A2 though by Miclem kicks off with a super fun bassline and open high hats that just drive the song. The flip side has a kind of lackluster track with a synth line that is really acid house-y as the B1. I’ll admit it’s not really my cuppa. But the B2 by Maxim Lany & Audio City is so icy smooth and hot that I am sure that it would have been on the Drive soundtrack.

Head On: Motown Vs. Studio 54 Spotify Mix

January 29

This Friday at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, the Head On DJs will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary, and to commemorate they’re revisiting one of their most popular themes- Motown Vs. Studio 54. To whet your appetites, DJs Lepaux and Spoolwork put together a little Spotify sampler mix to give you a taste of what’s in store on Friday night.

Check out the mix below, and be sure to help Head On celebrate two years of great parties by coming out to Baby’s All Right this Friday. You can RSVP and get more info here.

Head On’s 2nd Anniversary: Motown Vs. Studio 54 Rematch
w/residents Brian Blackout, Spoolwork & Lepaux
Friday January 30th @ Baby’s All Right
146 Broadway, Williamsburg, Bk
J/M to Marcy, L/G to Metropolitan
11:55pm – late
no cover. That’s free!

Topless Vinyl Only Release of the Week – Soul Clap and Kerri Chandler

January 16

You would think that in the middle of January, there would be a drop off in quality vinyl only releases, but it looks to me like every one wants the summer to start in February. I know my friends back in Brooklyn sure do! This week we saw a flurry of amazing releases and essential re-issues on good quality vinyl! It was super hard to pic so you get two for one this week!

For starters, Soul Clap presents Vinyl Only Summer Jamz with Juice Belushi and Michael the Lion. Man, this one is a going to be popping all over. The A side is silky and starts with a synth that sounds just like ¨Stand Back¨ with a strong bass line. Vocals come in from Nephroki and it sounds like it is going to flow on mellow, but then the breaks in with the happy disco guitar. Ohs and ahs bring the song up and over the edge. The B side is Micheal the Lion with a funky congo driven disco anthem that sounds like it just walked out the bathroom of studio 54 but with modern touches like the isolated vocal break just before breaking into full on disco madness. Vocals from Amy Douglas make this a killer. Summer is here! In the middle of January!

Second pic this week is the essential re-issue of the Atmosphere EP on good quality vinly from the one and only house legend Kerri Chandler. Originally released in 1993, this record does not sound over 10 years old. It holds up mightily and still drives the dance floor. This re-issue is great to fill out a set and move the pace up into the night. If you love deep house, this is for you. Here is my favorite track from this EP.

Let’s Go Further Mixtape

January 9

I thought I’d kick off the 2015 with a new mixtape. This one’s more laid back than my usual selections. I went a little ADHD on some weird disco, electro oddities and a bit of early house. It’s probably more of a repeat listen type thing, so if you don’t get it on the first try, it’s your fault. All kidding aside though, if you don’t record this on cassette immediately and pop it in the tape deck of your car, you’re doing something wrong.  This is the soundtrack for your winter drive to the outlet mall to buy some post holiday marked down Pumas.

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Topless´s Vinyl Pic of the Week – DJ Steef Edits Vol.6

January 9

I promise that this column will not just be disco edits vinyl only releases of edits, but this set of balearic inspired disco edits is making my January just that much warmer in anticipation of the summer. Want a dreamy blast of warm sea air to carry you through? Then this cosmic dream machine should do the trick.

French Fred Berthet aka Copyshop based out of Marseille France has been making collections of edits since 2012 as DJ Steef. And all of them are great. In this latest volume 6, track 1 is beat thumping dance floor igniter with a totally italio influenced synth line and entrancing vocal. Track 2 is total off the Baleares with panning waves of synths rising and falling, Topping off with a sexy soulful vocal, side 1 is AMAZING.

Side 2 winds back up with some tropicalia and a baseline that is unshakeably fun with an intimate whispered vocal that would be so corny if it weren’t so perfectly nestled in the track. Leading out is more synth goodness that makes you wish you were in a hammock chilling out with an umbrella in your drink.

I highly recommend this for the summer to come or better yet now, so you pretend it’s summer in January.

I could´t find the tracks online so here is a recent DJ Steef edit that is the bomb and the Juno link to hear the previews of these tracks!

EDIT: As of 6 hours ago they are up now on Soundcloud for your listening pleasure!

Top 10 for 2014 – Ladycréme

December 31

2014 was a great year for house, so here’s a mix of 10 of our favorites. And keep an eye out for a YDH2S podcast coming atcha in 2015…

Top Ten 2014 by Ladycreme on Mixcloud

duke dumont – won’t look back (extended mix)


jessie ware – say you love me (gorgon city remix)


the subs ft. colonel abrams – trapped (acid jacks dance cult remix)


kiesza – hideaway (gorgon city remix


aden – whip (jimmy edgar remix)


odysseus – done to me


black loops – the lovelite


hercules & love affair – do you feel the same? (oliver dollar remix)


boot & trax – confuzed house


julio bashmore – simple love

Brian Blackout’s Best of 2014 Lists

December 30

Hello hello,

Here’s an obsessive list of my favorite music from the year, because I listened to music obsessively this year.

Best albums
1. Röyksopp – The Inevitable End
2. Erlend Øye – Legao
3. the Juan Maclean – In a Dream
4. Future Islands – Singles
5. Dum Dum Girls – Too True
6. the 2 Bears – The Night Is Young
7. Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
8. Caribou – Our Love
9. Lemonade – Minus Tide
10. Wye Oak – Shriek

Honorable Mention
Mr Twin Sister – Mr Twin Sister
Bear in Heaven – Time Is over One Day Old
Joakim – Tropics of Love

Asundries
Pop song on the radio – Charli XCX “Boom Clap”
Best live performance – Future Islands
Most insane dancing in a video – Kiesza – “Hideaway
Best EP – Yumi Zouma – Yumi Zouma EP

Songs of the Year (no remixes)
(and here’s a handy Spotify playlist)

Yumi Zouma – The Brae
Cafuné – Letting Go
School ’94 – Head over here
Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne
Chromeo – Come Alive (feat. Toro Y Moi)
Les Sins – Why (feat. Nate Salman)
Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
Joakim – Bring Your Love feat. Luke Jenner
Wunder Wunder – Coastline
RAC – Cheap Sunglasses
James Curd – Let’s Bounce
Duke Dumont – I Got U
The 2 Bears – Not This Time
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Kate Boy – Self Control
Klaxons – There Is No Other Time
Zoot Woman – Don’t Tear Yourself Apart
Metronomy – Love Letters
My Favorite – Second Empire
Stars – From The Night
Yumi Zouma – Alena
Timecop1983 – Dreams (feat. Dana Jean Phoenix)
Wild Beasts – Sweet Spot
Orthy – E.M.I.L.Y.
Trans Am – I’ll Never
Loose Shus – Hang Ups
Ed Dowie – Meadow Song
Röyksopp – You Know I Have To Go

Remixes, Re-edits, Reworkings of the Year
(here’s a Soundcloud playlist of most of them, a few got taken down)

Step Out (the Chainsmokers remix) – Jose Gonzalez

Old Robot (Daniel T remix) – James Supercave

Drunk and Incapable (Fred Falke remix) – Krishane

Boom Clap (Aeroplane remix) – Charli XCX

I Might Survive (Bixel Boys remix) – Architecture in Helsinki

If You Were Mine (Baby) (Young Franco remix) – Midnight Pool Party

Holler (Fred Falke remix) – Rebecca & Fiona

Josephine (Dalminjo edit) – Chris Rea

Paradoxx Music (Mongochips remix) – Hatchets

Sundream (Classixx remix) – Rüfüs du Sol

You’re the Inspiration (Ladycréme edit) – Chicago

Running Back – the Dead Rose Music Company


Rock the Box – (Akin’s Slow Dance Version) – Sylvester

Falling in Love (KZA edit) – Miami Sound Machine

Never Thought I’d See the Day (L-Vis 1990 Sunrise edit) – Sade


If Leaving Me Is Easy (Tony Johns edit) – Phil Collins – (this one has been lost to the ether, unless you like Russian MP3 sites)

Christine’s Top 5 Vinyl Disco Edits from 2014

December 29

This year was an incredible year for releases old and new, especially on vinyl. The renaissance of vinyl has been well touted and for us, we never stopped buying it. As a duo DJing in Barcelona (we are called Topless), my husband and I have access to some great record shops as online resources from the UK and Germany to keep us well supplied.

This list is just of the edits and edits that we bought this year that blew our minds! I hope that you enjoy them as well!

Secret Squirrels #4 – Side B

The mysterious Secret Squirrels kept this year rolling with an amazing edit of Diana Ross’s classic “Love Hangover”. It is great warm up the floor with something familiar but totally different. The bass starts up the track and it is sexy as hell. Then the vocals come in with the snares and just wow! Grind on your partner and an end that slinks right into the next track.

KOKO 1985 Edits – Peru

Kornél Kovács as KOKO drops this set of edits from 1985 on the label Puss he founded with DJ HNNY. These are super cute 10″ with a kiss to seal the deal on each of them. There are two on here that are amazing but I love this rework of Depeche Mode’s “Just can’t get enough” because it pulls out the dark synths at the beginning extending a deep mysterious entry. Once the familiar melody hits, you can’t help but start to bounce.

Get Down Edits – Satisfy

Get Down Edits are the Irish duo Daz and Martin who have been release collections of killer edits since 2011. This yeah they collected edits from themselves and other partners in crime for a great EP of 4 edits, more on the digital EP, but this disc is a gem. Shit Hot Soundsystem brings a hot guitar riff and infectious vocal. Try not to dance and smile.

REKchampa – Combine (from The Love Below #3)

The Love Below is an edits only imprint from somethinksounds and in 2013 they released the very well known Cyril Hahn rework of “Say my name”. With number three they bring together some other heavy hitters. The stand out track for me is a rambunctious rework of Jimmy Bo Horten’s “Spank” called “Satisfy”. The double kick and high energy do just that.

Homesick #1 – Ella (Amadei & Zimmer Edit)

This first release in the Homesick series has three great tracks, but for us, we fell in Love with the Amedei and Zimmer re-work of 80’s french pop sugar bomb “Ella”. The hazy synths build up and break into a wave of sexy vocals. It’s a great closing or opening piece and we just love the slow build.

Seinwave?

December 16

You heard right. Seinwave.

Created by Australian producer Abelard, this gem dresses up the sounds of the Seinfeld intro with retro synths.  Upon first listen, I was immediately whisked back to my childhood spent blowing into Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo cartridges until I was light headed, basking in the glow of my TV screen as late as my parents would allow.  Dare to listen to it only once…

Be sure to check out his other songs as well, which sound like they would fit right in the lo-fi bedroom pop craze of the summer of 2010. Fans of Kisses, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, and The Radio Dept will eat it up.

Top 5 from 2014 #1: Seasons (Waiting on You) – Future Islands

November 22

#1 – Seasons (Waiting on You) by Future Islands

So here we have it- my pick for the best song of 2014. By “best” I’m not really referring to its quality (though its quality is undeniably high), but more in the sense that’s implied with a term like “best friend.” That is, something to which we’ve grown extremely close. And of all the songs that passed through my headphones this year, “Seasons (Waiting on You)” by Future Islands managed to get the closest. It’s partly Samuel T. Herrings chameleon-like voice, shifting from a sweet tenor on the verses to an entirely different beast on the choruses (so much that it could easily be mistaken for another singer), along with the endearingly schlubby look of the band, captured so perfectly in their breakout performance on Letterman this year. But ultimately, it’s the emotional paradox of the song that leaves me so mesmerized- it feels uplifting at the same time it feels melancholic. The result is a track that fully resonates, no matter what the context is; it’s a song that’ll stick with you when things are looking up, or not.

Top 5 from 2004 #1: NY Excuse / Another Excuse by Soulwax

November 21


My choice for the best song from 2004 to dance to might be a little bit controversial, as it’s not one of the most popular songs from that year, but it’s one you’ve doubtlessly heard on a dancefloor somewhere. Belgium’s Soulwax released Any Minute Now in 2004, and for the track “NY Excuse,” enlisted the help of Nancy Whang of LCD Soundsystem / Juan Maclean / guest vocalist par excellence. It’s a piece of electropop perfection, so reminiscent of the vestiges of electroclash but by 2004 somehow fresher and more fun than that whole movement ever was. Whang’s vocals are fun, ridiculous, silly, angry, all at once, and the song’s rollercoaster synths rise and rise and rise to a huge crescendo. Not only is the original fantastic, but later in 2004, what might be the definitive version of the track, “Another Excuse,” featuring the remixing assistance of the DFA, aka James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy. Behind their steady hands, the track becomes a haunted house ride, veering between dark disco alleyways, down creepy neon-lit avenues, and seemingly hitting an out of control hairpin turn every few measures. It’s one of the DFA’s best works (and that’s saying a lot) and a song that never gets old, never sounds anything less than perfect for the moment you slip it on.

Best of 2004
#1 – “NY Excuse” / “Another Excuse” – Soulwax
#2 – “Banquet” – Bloc Party
#3 – “Hounds of Love” – the Futureheads
#4 – “I Predict a Riot” – the Kaiser Chiefs
#5 – “I Disappear” – the Faint

In preparing for our upcoming party Head On: 2014 vs 2004, we’re each counting down our 5 favorite songs from our respective years. I’ll be representing 2004 so my task is a pretty fun one for blogging. I thought about how to decide which 5 songs were best. I decided to pick the 5 best songs from 2004 to dance to, rather than just my 5 favorites or something, because that would get obscure and include stuff like Shocking Pinks. Some of these songs I remember dancing to in 2004, some I was playing at dance parties and loved the way people danced.