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August 31, 2007

Zero V

It's been a while since I checked in on the netlabel scene; turns out, hey, it's still there! Please to enjoy Nameless, an excellent EP of ambient & IDM tracks from Zero V, released by the netlabel ON-Mix Media.

Zero V - Concrete
Zero V - Think
Zero V - Padding (Electro Mix)
Zero V - Nihilism (DJ PulseID Edit)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DOXA - Coming from the cold
Bill Laswell - Cybotron
Dub Pistols - Riptides

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August 29, 2007

Balkan Beat Box

They're Balkan! They're a beat box! They're Balkan Beat Box! It really is that simple. From the 2007 release Nu Med.

Balkan Beat Box - Hermetico
Balkan Beat Box - Gypsy Queens

Recently on Comfort Radio:
tony rudd vs the freelance hairdresser featuring asthma t.k. - machadaynu
Morphine - My Brain
Biosphere - SomEvigeStjerner

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August 27, 2007

Pink Martini

Who couldn't adore the beautifully crafted, retro loungestra known as Pink Martini? Their new album, Hey Eugene!, is a solid set of luxurious crooner tunes, backed by a compact studio orchestra that sounds much more expansive than you'd expect. It's a walk down memory lane - except for the part where most of us never really listened to music like this, so it's, uh, timeless. Or something.

Pink Martini - Tempo Perdido
Pink Martini - City Of Night

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Denali - Time Away
casino versus japan - silver and gold
Dynamo Productions - Give Some Space

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August 24, 2007

Friday grab bag

Oh man, this song is ridiculous, and yet, I can't help but enjoy it. Besides, I do feel love. Seriously. From the 2002 release Reshaken: The Remix Album Project.

Montefiori Cocktail - I Feel Love (Le Hammond Inferno remix)

Uh oh - time to just get down!

Bitrok - My Frequency

Actually, I take that back - it's time to get sweeping, melancholy, and post-orchestral. From the 2007 EP Under Giant Trees by Efterklang.

Efterklang - Jojo

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Negativland - Drink It Up
Chenard Walcker - Tropez
Kat Cross - For One Pound

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August 23, 2007

CD giveaway: might as well stream it!

Congrats to nick, who will be receiving a shiny new mix CD when I get around to mailing it. Thank you all for playing; this seems like a fun thing to do and I'll try to seek out more of these opportunities.

In the meantime, if the Ninja Tune mix sounded interesting, you can stream the whole thing (plus other mixes in that series):

Scion CD Sampler v. 18: Ninja Tune mix by Darko of Spank Rock

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August 22, 2007

UHT°

UHT° is a strange mixture of downtempo, acid jazz, global fusion, and occasional hip hop elements; it starts off sounding very innocuous, like any number of records you've heard before, and then just kind of wobbles all over the place in an entertaining fashion for the duration of its 14 tracks. From the 2006 release Ghost Forest.

UHT° - Bluenvironment
UHT° - Alternate Take
UHT° - Dersou Ouzala

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Voodoo Warriors Of Love - Believe
Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place
One Self (aka DJ Vadim) - Over expose

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August 21, 2007

CD giveaway: Ninja Tune mix by Darko of Spank Rock

Hey, I thought I'd experiment and try a CD giveaway, since all the other cool blogs are doing it. I have in my grubby hands a mix CD of Ninja Tune music, compiled by Darko of Spank Rock, for the giving away. It's a 45 minute seamless mix of tracks by the likes of Kid Koala, Coldcut, The Herbaliser, Blockhead, Hexstatic, Mr. Scruff, DJ Food, Amon Tobin, One Self, Bonobo, and of course, Spank Rock, among others. Leave a comment on this post, and be sure to include an actual email address that I can reach you at, by no later than Thursday at 8am, and I'll pull names out of a gigantic funny hat to see who gets the goods.

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August 20, 2007

The Dining Rooms

What's that? You don't have enough intense & soulful downtempo in your life? Lucky you - The Dining Rooms put out a new album called Ink earlier this year. It's not breaking any new ground, but the territory it treads is still luscious and worth a listen.

The Dining Rooms - Thank You?
The Dining Rooms - Appuntamento A Trieste

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Xerxes - Scar Tissue
Jhelisa - Friendly Pressure
songs to wear pants to - the zesty redhead

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August 17, 2007

Deadbeat

Deep ambient dub today from Deadbeat, on the 2007 release Journeyman's Annual. Listening to the album straight through, the tracks seem to all bleed together into one amorphous soundscape... sometimes when a record does that, you call it "monotony," but with Deadbeat, there's a spark that keeps it weaving in and out of conscious awareness.

Deadbeat - Where Has My Love Gone
Deadbeat - Refund Me

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Morcheeba - coming down gently
Nitrada - We Don't Know Why But We Do It
Eat Static - Pseudopod

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August 15, 2007

Hexstatic

Hexstatic takes a turn for the electro on their new release, When Robots Go Bad. It's their first non-mix CD since Rewind, and it's a decidedly more gritty affair.

Hexstatic - Roll Over (feat. Sabirajade)
Hexstatic - Tokyo Traffic
Hexstatic - Freak Me (feat. B+)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
All Good Funk Alliance feat. Swamburger - Codeword For A Change
Tipsy - Tuatara (Remix)
Jem - Finally Woken

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August 13, 2007

Teargas & Plateglass

Lala finally delivered to my doorstep the 2004 self-titled release by goth techno act Teargas & Plateglass. No, I don't find myself in the mood for goth techno very much at all, but when I do, I dig it on the ethereal side like this.

Teargas & Plateglass - A Book Of Black Valentines (with Lil Gong)
Teargas & Plateglass - Adam's Lullabye (Remix) (with Natacha Atlas)
Teargas & Plateglass - 911 (Remix) (with Oba Funke and Zap Mama)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
DJ Me DJ You - Zodiac Ape
4Eyed Zombie - No More Mr. Smiley
E-Jitz - Shit Shout Out

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August 10, 2007

Friday grab bag

There's something particularly wistful and spacy about this track by Bang Gang that, I don't know, just seemed worth mentioning. From the EP Find What You Get, which you can stream in its entirety here.

Bang Gang - Follow

I used to argue that Styrofoam sounded a lot like The Postal Service, although no one ever believed me. But here, on this remix, I can't help but hear the resemblance all over again. It's not the upbeat, poppy side of PS that is called to mind, but the wistful, emotional techno side, if that makes sense. And if it doesn't - well, it's a cool damn track anyway! From the 2002 remix EP Updates by American Analog Set.

American Analog Set - The Postman (Styrofoam's Just Like the Nineties Never Happened mix)

Who the hell are Kraak & Smaak? I have no idea, but they just put a two CD set called The Remix Sessions, featuring their work on tracks by the likes of Richard Dorfmeister, Jamiroquai, Skeewiff and others. It's a solid set of midtempo dance grooves, and this excellent sample here gives you a sense of the kind of vibe the album displays.

Max Sedgley - Devil Inside (Kraak & Smaak Remix)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
The Herbaliser - 8 Men Strong
Rachid Taha - Dima (Always)
Wimme - Naggu (Argument)

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August 08, 2007

The Budos Band

Please to enjoy this sampling of tracks from The Budos Band, "the unheralded emperors of Instrumental Staten Island Afro-Soul." I'm not sure how much competition they have for that title, but their album clearly establishes bragging rights; if you were a fan of the instrumental album released by The Herbaliser Band, this will definitely be up your alley. From the 2007 release The Budos Band II.

The Budos Band - Ride Or Die
The Budos Band - Budos Rising
The Budos Band - Mas O Menos

Recently on Comfort Radio:
sola rosa - sleepwalker
Meat Beat Manifesto - I Am Organic
RJD2 - Explosive

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August 06, 2007

Squarepusher

Historically, Squarepusher has always irritated the hell out of me, so I'm not sure what possessed me to check out the 2006 release, Hello Everything. Turns out only two tracks drove me nuts; the rest were actually surprisingly enjoyable, bizarre and iterative tracks that occasionally sound like Tangerine Dream high on crystal meth (which sounds better than you might expect).

Squarepusher - Planetarium
Squarepusher - Rotate Electrolyte
Squarepusher - Plontius

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Nicolette - I Am Where the Party's at
Louise Vertigo - Peau d' Ane
808 State - Quincy's Lunch

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August 03, 2007

The Coconut Monkeyrocket

What's that, you say? You've never heard of The Coconut Monkeyrocket?! Allow me to introduce you to the delightfully wonky exotic pop produced by this former netlabel act. A full length album entitled With Birds is now available for your bemusement. Time to boogie!

The Coconut Monkeyrocket - Caffeinated Senor
The Coconut Monkeyrocket - Square Beer
The Coconut Monkeyrocket - Bloops, Bleeps, Bongos & Brass

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Brand Nubian - All for One
Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - A Foggy Day
Metro Area - Machine Vibes

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August 01, 2007

UNKLE

Question: Why did UNKLE decide to make a rock record? Answer: Who cares! From the 2007 release War Stories.

UNKLE - Chemistry
UNKLE - Mayday (feat. Duke Spirit)

Recently on Comfort Radio:
Nor Elle - Evening Echoes
Ursula 1000 - Soft Landing
Spacetime Continuum - Archaic Revival

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