is an English electronic group that formed in 1987, and take their name from the Roland TR-808 drum machine and their shared state of mind
. As a trio, they produced their iconic track, Pacific
, which fused influences of house music, jazz fusion and exotica
. The group changed membership a bit over the years, but one way or another 808 State have released six albums
* to date, and a number of singles, EPs, and promotional discs
. 808state.com has a ton of information
, including an extensive visual discography
, a list of other productions and remixes
, and over a gig of demos, live tracks, and other non-album audio to download
. Given the group's 27 year-long history, there's a lot more to see and hear. [more inside]
Six and a half years ago, the duo of Pocketknife (Skooby Laposky) and Cousin Cole (aka Cousin Culo) released handful of remixes, edits and re-works, compiled under the name Tambourine Dream
) on their joint Flagrant Fowl label
. The label only lasted a few years, and it seems the duo are now operating alone. Cole/Culo is still solidly
in remix/rework territory
, with self-selected highlights including the moombahton
" & volume 2
mixtape/EPs he made with Phi Unit
, while Laposky
has ventured into a few tributes
to Arthur Russell
), in the form of a mix of Russell's tracks
, and releasing a recently discovered track
(which he remixed as Pocketknife
) on his label, Wilde Calm Records, where he also released an album of "piano not piano" house music
created solely with a prepared piano and raw drum programming, under the name Boonlorm.
NPR's Bob Boilen (host of All Songs Considered
): "People ask me all the time to name my favorite Tiny Desk Concert. It's my desk and I've seen almost all of the nearly 400 concerts up close. So you'd think this would be easy. Moon Hooch have made it a lot easier.
" (video) [more inside]
: bleakly euphoric music by Jon Hopkins
; harrowing video - perfectly married to the music - by director Tom Haines. Hopkins says 'Collider' is the best track he's ever written
. It's the centrepiece of his critically acclaimed
2013 album Immunity
. [more inside]
Last year, English conceptual artist Jeremy Deller
went to Trinidad to have "Pacific State"
, the English dance anthem by 808 State
, reworked on steel drums. He gave the project to Michelle Huggins-Watts
and the Valley Harps
steel pan drum group to see where they'd take it. Here is the result
. Before that, he also brought a similar idea to the Williams Fairey Brass Band
, and they re-arranged 808 State's "Pacific 202"
, for comparison).
features live DJ performances from around the planet. It also has a huge archive of shows
. It's currently featuring live performances from the BPM festival
Do you like listening to DJ mixes? The Mixes DB
has tens of thousands of them, going back 30 years
, broken down by genre
, radio show
. Most pages have the mix embedded. Here are the most popular. [more inside]
is popular dance music from northeastern Brazil. Forró em Vinil
is a blog with out of catalog forró gems for download. But wait, is this legal? [more inside]
A recently uncovered musical experiment
by Delia Derbyshire
predicted the sound of modern dance music three decades before it became fashionable. [more inside]
The bastard offspring of New Age
and Acid House
is one of the most
and most maligned
musical genres of the 21st century.
can be bombastic
or rock and roll
or laid back
You can try making some yourself with this toy
, or go in depth with this tutorial
. You can find it online
, but if you want to really experience it, you need to hear it at a club
A massive collection of live DJ and PA sets
of electronic music sorted by year and genre. Enjoy.
(Coral Cache link. Please use this to help archive and propagate the files.)
- an excellent source for free downloads and streams of original electronic music mixes of all sorts, from seasoned pros to beginning bedroom amatuers, all told numbering in the hundreds or thousands. My current brand new favorite is the very diverse and well-versed Detriot/Chicago techno stylings of DJ Rubsilent
. Recomended mix: Future Funk 23: (Direct MP3 link) (Streaming mp3 link)
But don't let me divert you - search for your favorite local DJ or browse for new ones.
The Box [low-fi mid-nineties MPEG-1; music here]
a DJ uses two turntables
, but recently a series
of new products
of vinyl. While local record shops have been closing left and right, online stores
have begun offering digital downloads. One digital-only outlet
recently sold their 1,000,000th mp3. And now, a new store
has taken the DJ completely out of the equation by making mix cds on demand.
just get yourself high [lo siento para el Player Real]
I find Paris's Radio ABF
the perfect background noise, with an optional 256kb/s stream. It's electronica.
"touch my tra-la-la" -
Mefi falls in love with Günther
I have a what!?!
And now ladies and gentlemen, here is our first candidate for the most annoying song of this summer.