Monday, July 23, 2007

Digitalism - Essential Mix

Digitalism, BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix July 16, 2007 (YSI link) tracklisting in comments

We've been looking back recently, but it's time to turn our attention to the now. I feel like this is the year of neo-electro, when groups like Digitalism and Justice have finally gotten the attention beyond loser bloggers like me. They've got excellent albums out, lots of press and most importantly essential mixes on Pete Tong's BBC Radio 1 program. Last Sunday, Digitalism got their chance to drop a two-hour mix and I felt like this was the perfect way to start off your week of office/subway/home listening.

For those who don't know, Digitalism is the German duo of Jens Moelle and Ismail Tuefekci, the men behind monster tracks like "Zdarlight", "Idealistic" and "Jupiter Room", tons of remixes for acts like Daft Punk, Tom Vek and Klaxons and most importantly put out one of the best albums of 2007, Idealism. They've been a personal favorite since I first heard them, so I'm so psyched that these guys are getting the attention and respect they deserve.

This mix starts slow for me, I'm not totally sure why. I tend to like something catchy right off the bat, just to let me get situated and in the mood, the Chemical Brothers' "Hey Boy Hey Girl" is a little too heavy for me. Jason Nevins' Run DMC mash-up got me back on course and for the next 2- hours and it's all good from there til the end. It's got tons of edits, dance classics fromt the past decades, recent stuff from moving through genres with ease, much like the Soulwax guys. Check around the 21 minute mark, the boys drop Daft Punk's "Rollin' and Scratchin'" and you're never the same. I challenge you to not begin pumping your arms and waving them in the air, regardless of where you are. It's like the one potato chip challenge, you're gonna lose, so no sense in denying yourself the fun.

Mang, this one's another great one, essential for anyone who wants to get into that gap between rock and dance, where so much of the best stuff is going on. Of course, you could also read here, but I don't want to toot my own horn. More to come later today, as we're going to begin alternating between new and old stuff from here on out, 80s shit next.

1 comment:

Jack said...


Digitalism - Intro (Kitsune/Virgin)
Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl (Virgin)
Run DMC vs. Jason Nevins - It's Like That (Profile)
Martin Venetjoki - Notaussteigung (Paper)
Kim - By The Time They Reach You (Bagraiders Rmx) (White)
Alter Ego - Rocker (Klang)
D.I.M. - Airbus (MSTRKRFT) (Digitalism Edit) (Turbo)
with 20 Fingers - Short D**k Man (Accapella) (Digitalism Edit) (DJ World US)
with Culture Beat - Mr. Vain Digitalism Edit (Epic/Sony)
Daft Punk - Rollin' And Scratchin' (Daft Trax)
Bucketheads - The Bomb (Digitalism Edit) (Henry Street)
Lipps Inc. - Funky Town (Digitalism Edit) (Casablanca)
The World Domination & Adam Sky - Galactic Lover (Digitalism Edit) (Kitsuné)
The Clash - Mustapha Dance (Digitalism Edit) (Columbia)
with The Horrors - Gloves (Digitalism Edit) (Polydor)
Test Icicles - Dancing With Pegs (Digitalism Edit) (Domino)
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Klaxons Rmx) (Rinse)
Armand Van Helden - Unknown (White)
The Exploited - Sex And Violence (Digitalism Edit) (Snapper)
Gang Of Four - Damaged Goods (Digitalism Edit) (Fast Product)
Joy Division - Transmission (Factory)
Fat Boy Slim - Right Here Right Now (Skint)
Digitalism - Idealistic (Digitalism Edit) (Kitsuné/Virgin)
Goose - British Mode (Jester Rmx) (Skint)
Proxy - Decoy (Turbo)
Thomas Bangalter - Colossus (Digitalism Edit) (Roulé)
with Yelle - Je Veux Te Voir (Digitalism Edit) (Source)
with Westbam - Beatbox Rocker (Digitalism Edit) (Low Spirit)
Digitalism - Home Zone (Kitsuné/Virgin)
Armand Van Helden - Ultrafunkula (Henry Street)
Azzido Da Bass - Doom's Night (Timo Mass Rmx) (Club Tools)
The Prodigy - No Good (Digitalism Edit) (XL)
Hadouken! - That Boy That Girl (Digitalism Edit) (Kitsuné/Virgin)
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name (Mr Oizo Edit) (Digitalism Edit) (Sony)
David Rubato - Circuit (Digitalism Edit) (Institubes)
Puzique - Don't Go Boys (Noize Records)
with Bel Amour - Bel Amour (Digitalism Edit) (KLR)
with White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button (Digitalism Edit) (XL)
with New Young Pony Club - The Get Go (Digitalism Edit) (Modular)
with Gary Numan - Cars (Digitalism Edit) (Beggars Banquet)
Digitalism - ZDRLT (Rewind) (Kitsuné/Virgin)
CSS - CSS Suxx (Digitalism Edit) (Subpop)
Bloc Party - Helicopter (Whitey Rmx) (Digitalism Edit) (V2)
with The Cure - Grinding Halls (Digitalism Edit) (Fiction)
DJ Assault - Ass'n'T*****s (Digitalism Edit) (Intuit-Solar)
with Tom Vek - I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes (Digitalism Edit) (Polydor Island)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream (Herve Rmx) (Digitalism Edit) (Modular)
Armand Van Helden - KTU (Digitalism Edit)
Faithless - Insomnia (Digitalism Edit) (Cheeky)
Digitalism - Jupiter Room (Kitsuné/Virgin)
Digitalism - The Pictures (Pimp-My-Compressor Mix) (Digitalism Edit) (Kitsuné/Virgin)
Digitalism - Apollo-Gize (Kitsuné/Virgin)